Northern Vegans Carnival at Peter White Library Oct 26th

Marquette, MI – Join Northern Vegans for Free The Animals Spectacular Vegan Carnival in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library between 3 and 6PM on Saturday, October 26th. There will be no admission fee for this event! The Carnival will feature entertainment for everyone, with singers, dancers, magicians, a professional yo-yoer, a comedy skit, a balloon artist, and more. Delicious vegan desserts and pizza will also be available for no charge. All are welcome, you don’t have to be a vegan to join a celebration in which no animals will be exploited or used. Visit or for more information.

Boy Band Review at Calumet Theatre Oct 19

Calumet, MI – The Boy Band Review takes the stage at Calumet Theatre on Saturday, October 19 @ 7:30 pm. Presented by your Houghton-area McDonald’s.

Boy Band Review is the original 90’s Boy Band tribute from Chicago. They have captured the hearts of fans with their show that transports audience members back in time to the days of frosted tips and hunky frontmen professing their undying love. Boy Band Review is an incredible throwback experience where fans relive the best years!

Bringing full production lights, video, choreography, harmonies and energy, Boy Band Review recreates the concert experience of ‘NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, the Jonas Brothers, Hanson & more! Some of the songs featured include Bye Bye Bye by ‘NSYNC, Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) by the Backstreet Boys and MMMBop by Hanson. The group also performs a few songs from solo artists such as Justin Timberlake and Justin Bieber.

Boy Band Review previously had a residency at the Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas and currently travels around the country, performing three to four nights a week at different festivals, amphitheaters, casinos and performance venues. Gather up all your friends to sing-a-long and party with Boy Band Review!

Tickets: $35, $30 & $27. Reserved Seating. Historic Preservation Fee included in ticket price. Member discounts available. Call the Box Office at 906-337-2610, stop at 340 Sixth St., Calumet, MI from Noon-5 pm Monday thru Friday OR order tickets online at

Free Homemade Community Meal at First Baptist Church Oct 16th

Gwinn, MI – A free homemade Community Meal will be served at First Baptist Church of Gwinn (195 N. Billings St., Gwinn, MI) on Wednesday, October 16th at 5:30 – 6:15 PM. Everyone is welcome. Call 906-346-6115 for more information.

Northern Vegans’ Potluck at Peter White Library Oct 14th

Marquette, MI – Join Northern Vegans for a vegan potluck dinner at 6 PM on Monday, October 14th, in the Shiras Room on the second floor of the Peter White Public Library at 217 N. Front St in Marquette. Please bring a vegan dish (no meat, dairy, or honey) to share, or consider a donation to our group if you are unable to bring some vegan food. All are welcome, no RSVP required. Visit, Northern Vegans on Facebook, or call 236-1279 for more information.

National Wildlife Refuge Week October 13th – 20th

Seney, MI – National Wildlife Refuge Week is the week of October 13 – 20. Enjoy your great outdoors at the Seney National Wildlife Refuge!

Citizen’s Climate Lobby Meeting Oct 12

Marquette, MI – Join the Marquette Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby for the group’s monthly meeting in the Lions Room of the Peter White Public Library at 12:30PM on Saturday, October 12th. The national CCL group will present a video-conference to the local chapters during these meetings, which are regularly scheduled the second Saturday of each month.

8th Annual Youth in the Outdoors Event Oct 12

Seney, MI – The 8th Annual Youth in the Outdoors Event is on Saturday, October 12th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Seney National Wildlife Refuge.

Seney National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a fall event to inspire youth to enjoy the outdoors. If you have kids, grandkids, friends with kids, or are a kid, and you want to participate send an email to to be added to our mailing list and registration materials will be sent to you promptly. There will be several activities to choose from and scouts can earn badges or portions of badges. The activities include: archery, tracking and trapping, duck decoy painting, owl pellet dissection, wildlife CSI with a federal wildlife officer, a session on prescribed burns with a fire management specialist, and hands on lessons on birds, fish, insects, fungi, or frogs. Whatever your interests, there is something for everyone.

Things to consider if interested:
● This is a rain or shine event. Participants should wear clothing that is comfortable and appropriate for the weather and outdoor activities.
● All activities are geared towards kids in upper elementary school and older
(approximately 8 and up). Please help your children choose sessions appropriate to their abilities.
● Youth will need to bring a sack lunch the day of the event. Lunch is not provided.
● All youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
● Spots are limited, so make sure to register as soon as possible to ensure participants are included in the activities of their choice.

Find more information at or connect with our Facebook page at

‘The Jungle Book’ at Calumet Theatre Oct 11 and 12

Calumet, MI – Compass Creative Dramatics presents The Jungle Book on Friday, October 11 @ 7:30 pm and Saturday, October 12 @ 2 pm. The Family Series is presented by Aspirus.

See local kids perform live on our historic stage as Compass Creative Dramatics presents The Jungle Book. Students grades one thru twelve are invited to audition on Monday, October 7th. Up to 75 parts are available! Rehearsals start daily after auditions with performances on Friday and Saturday October 11th and 12th. Part of the Calumet Theatre Family Series presented by Aspirus. Media partner Houghton Community Broadcasting.

Tickets: $14 Adults/$8 Age 3-High School/Under 3 FREE. Historic Preservation Fee included in ticket price. Member discounts available. Call the Box Office at 906-337-2610, stop at 340 Sixth St., Calumet, MI from Noon-5 pm Monday thru Friday OR order tickets online at

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NMU Reopens Tennis Courts

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University has officially reopened its tennis courts located off Wright Street near the intramural fields. All eight courts have been resurfaced and four are lined for pickleball. New nets and security cameras have also been installed.

The courts are open to the public daily from 8 am to 7 pm. No recreation membership or reservation is required.

Organizations wishing to hold tourneys or other special events can reserve courts by calling 227-2465.

Archaeology on Ice Coming to Marquette Regional History Center

Marquette, MI – Ancient ice is melting throughout the world and unique artifacts are emerging from melting glaciers. A team of researchers from the University of New Mexico and other institutions has been investigating glaciers in Alaska for more than a decade to recover these rare artifacts. The results of this research is featured in a traveling exhibit opening at the Marquette History Center in Marquette on Monday, October 7-December 28.

Most of the artifacts featured in the exhibit were found at small glaciers called “ice patches” located in Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Ice patches attract caribou in the late summer months to escape the heat and insects that harass them. People who hunted them and other animals that visited the ice patches occasionally lost tools, weapons, and other objects that became frozen in the ice and preserved for thousands of years. The exhibit has been enhanced to explore the connection between climate change and archaeology in the Lake Superior watershed.

The research was led by Dr. James Dixon, former Director of the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology and Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico who is now semi-retired and lives in Marquette. Speaking of the ice patches, he said, “As a result of climate change, annual average temperature in the arctic has increased and this has resulted in a decline in the size and number of glaciers. This has led to the discovery of artifacts that have been frozen in ice for thousands of years in glaciers throughout the northern hemisphere.”

Dr. Dixon will speak at the special exhibit opening reception October 16, 2019 from 5-7 pm at the Marquette Regional History Center. He will describe his research background, the inspiration for the exhibit, and the relationship between climate and archaeology. He will be available to guide tours of the special exhibit and answer community questions about the broader science of archaeology.

The research was conducted in partnership with the Ahtna Heritage Foundation, the regional Native American Tribal Organization near Alaska’s Mount Saint Elias National Park. Together they have found artifacts that are more about 4,000 years old, as well as artifacts dating to later times.

When asked about the contents of the exhibit Dixon said “It highlights the discovery of rare artifacts of wood and antler that are seldom preserved in other types of archaeological sites. The artifacts found at these sites include arrows, spear points, and the remains of a birch bark basket.” He went on to say, “Arrows were made from wooden staves split from carefully selected white spruce that was then tapered, shaped and notched. The discoveries reveal that people often used the feathers from birds of prey, such as golden eagle, to make the arrows fly straight and perhaps give them the homing power of birds of prey. The arrows are tipped with finely crafted barbed arrowheads carved from antler.”

Dixon also will speak about his work and the exhibit on December 12, 7-8 pm as part of the Science on Tap at the Ore Dock Brewing Company across the street at the Marquette Regional History Center. The Marquette Regional History Center will also host visiting school groups and the 4-H History Club to engage with the exhibit and encourage students to think more deeply about climate science and the long history of the Upper Peninsula’s unique environment.

The exhibit is scheduled to coincide with the History Center’s 7th Archaeology Fair on October 19, 2019. School field trips to the History Center in October will offer hands-on activities related to archaeology.

For more information contact the Marquette Regional History Center at or call 906.226.3571.

‘A Matter of Balance’ Class Starts Oct 3rd

Menominee, MI – “A Matter of Balance” Class is starting in Menominee, MI on Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 at the Spies Public Library.

Have you fallen or do you have a fear of falling? Have you turned down a chance to go out or socialize with family or friends because you were concerned about falling? Have you cut down or stopped doing a favorite activity because you might fall? If so, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program for you.

The Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions and socializing with family and friends. A Matter of Balance can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent.

A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance.

An eight-week Matter of Balance class is scheduled to begin on October 3rd and run through November 21st, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon Central Time. The class will be held at the Spies Public Library located at 940 1st Street, Menominee, MI 49858. There is no cost to attend and all materials and a refreshment will be provided, pre-registration is required. Please call UPCAP at 1-800-338-7227 or by dialing 2-1-1. You can also register online at: For more information on this and other events check us out on facebook at This program is being brought to you by UPCAP and local volunteers.

Festival of Races Bridges Twin Saults Sept 28th

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Runners and cyclists will have a chance to partake in one of the most unique and scenic events of the year with the return of the Sault International Festival of Races on Saturday, Sept. 28th.

Now in its 10th year, the Sault International Festival of Races (SIFR) will include four different types of endurance-based competitions. The highlight for many runners will be the opportunity to run, or new this year, bike, across the International Bridge connecting Michigan and Ontario.
Registration is slated for 4-7 p.m. at the Avery Square Center in downtown Sault Ste. Marie (524 Ashmun St.) on Friday, Sept. 27. Race day registration and bib pickup area will be at Lake Superior State University’s Norris Center (650 W. Easterday Ave.) between 5:30 a.m. until race time on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 28th.

The 60-mile Bicycle Race, Half Marathon and 6.9-mile Bridge Run will cross the International Bridge, but will not require participants to need special documentation during the event, as the route turns around before Canadian Customs. Participants that cross the border before and after the event will still need to have WHTI documents (, and must plan accordingly. The 5K Run/Walk will not bring participants across the bridge, but will bring runners underneath the bridge along Portage Avenue.

The newest edition to the SIFR, the 60-mile Bike Race presented by Grand Traverse Ophthalmology Clinic race will kick off the day of races at 7 a.m. Riders will start their route from LSSU, travel across the International Bridge, make their way back and pedal past the Soo Locks, and then race down country roads to the town of Pickford before making their way back to historic downtown Sault Ste. Marie. Registration costs $35.

A trio of on-foot races will begin at 7:15 a.m. with the 12.9 mile Half Marathon. These mostly fast and flat courses will provide runners with a beautiful look of Sault Ste. Marie. Registration costs $70 for the Half Marathon. The Bridge Run starts at 7:30 a.m. and costs $40 to compete in, and the 3.1-mile 5K Run/Walk begins at 7:45 a.m. and costs $30.

Finish lines for all of the events will take place at the Farmers’ Market Square giving the public a great location to come and cheer on their favorite competitors.

With runners crossing the International Bridge, vehicle traffic will be closed along the bridge between 6:45 a.m. until 8:45 a.m. The SIFR is the final planned public bridge event of 2019 that will bring a temporary closure.

Motorists should keep an eye on the International Bridge’s website ( for up-to-date traffic advisories for and during the planned bridge closure.

Following the SIFR, participants are invited to join in the inaugural Sault Ste. Marie Fall Festival taking place throughout the downtown area.
Interested participants can find out more information and register for one of the four events by visiting, calling (906) 632-3366 or emailing

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