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Calendar – Youth – Le Comique Ball – Jan. 31

Marquette – All high school age students are invited to the Le Comique Ball on Saturday, January 31 from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

Dress up in semi-formal or formal attire, or come as your favorite comic book character. Dance to popular tunes; enjoy refreshments and superhero photo ops. The event is free of charge.

For more information call 226-4323, visit www.pwpl.info or find the Peter White Public Library Teen Advisory Board on Facebook.

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Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – 6th Annual Formal/Prom Dress Resale – Jan. 31

Ishpeming – The NICE Community Schools Child and Family Resource Center will sponsor its 6th Annual Formal/Prom Dress Resale on Saturday, January 31 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Westwood High School Media Center in Ishpeming.

Although this is a fund raiser for the Family Resource Center, the main purpose is to provide beautiful affordable dresses for all girls in the area. 80% of the proceeds will go to the seller. Any funds raised by this sale will be used to purchase snacks, supplies and books for the center’s weekly playgroup which is offered free of charge and is open to all families in the Upper Peninsula.

Sellers are welcome to drop dresses off at the Westwood Media Center from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. weekdays through Friday, January 30. Dresses may be dropped off Saturday, January 31, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. only. Dresses must be less than 10 years old and priced under $200.

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Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser – Jan. 31

Harvey – The Knights of Columbus Council 6447 will host a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, January 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Louis the King Catholic Church, 264 Silver Creek Road in Harvey.

Proceeds will go to Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund.

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Calendar – Youth – Dad and Me Storytime – Jan. 31

Marquette – “Dad and Me” will be offered on Saturday January 31 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Youth Atrium of the Peter White Public Library.

Dads and children ages up to 10 are welcome to drop-in for a special Dad and kids storytime featuring books, activities and games. The event is free.

For more information call 226-4320 or visit www.pwpl.info or go to the new Peter White Public Library Youth Services Facebook page.

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Calendar – Music – Northern Nights Performance Series to Present Jonathon Rundman, Erik Koskinen and Charlie Parr – Jan. 31

Marquette – Northern Nights Performance Series will present a singer and songwriter triple bill from Minnesota and the U.P., Jonathan Rundman, Erik Koskinen and Charlie Parr on Saturday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center at Northern Michigan University.

The group will perform genres including soul, country blues and Nordic folk music. Tickets are $5 in advance/$6 at the door for students/kids, $13/$15 for NMU employees/seniors 60+ and $18/$20 for the general public. All are available at any NMU EZ Ticket outlet, at www.nmu.edu/tickets or by calling 227-1032.

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Calendar – Education – Historian and Author to Offer Presentations on “Lies My Teacher Told Me” – Jan. 29

Marquette – James Loewen, historian and best-selling author of “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong,” will give three presentations at Northern Michigan University on Wednesday, January 28. All are free and open to the public.

Loewen will present “Lies My Teacher Told Me About Native Americans” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Whitman Hall commons. He will also address “Lies My Teacher Told Me and How To Do Better” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the same location. Loewen’s evening talk from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in 1100 Jamrich Hall will be titled “The Most Important Era in U.S. History That You Never Heard Of, and Why It Is Still Important Today.”

Loewen is a sociologist who spent two years at the Smithsonian surveying 12 leading high school textbooks of American history and found “an embarrassing blend of bland optimism, blind nationalism and plain misinformation weighing in at an average of 888 pages and almost five pounds.”

For more information, contact NMU history professor Gabe Logan at 227-1744 or the NMU Center for Native American Studies at 227-1397.

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Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – “Sunburns to Snowstorms” Fundraiser – Jan. 29

Marquette – The Marquette Regional History Center will present the “Sunburns to Snowstorms” Fundraiser on Thursday, January 29 at 7 p.m. in Kaufman Auditorium on North Front Street in Marquette.

Meteorologist and author Karl Bohnak and photo historian Jack Deo are combining their stories and images to illustrate the wide range of weather extremes we experience living in the U.P. View famous weather events from the last 150 years: forest fires, lightning, tornados, floods and of course snow. There’s shipwrecks, car wrecks, train wrecks and all sorts of mayhem caused by weather.

Tickets for this fund-raiser are $15 in advance; $18 at the door. Purchase online at marquettehistory.org

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Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – UPAWS Nail Clipping Event – Jan. 29

Negaunee – The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter will offer a Nail Clipping Event on Thursday, January 29 from noon to 6:30 p.m. at the shelter. 84 Snowfield Road in Negaunee Township.

For a donation of $10, UPAWS will clip the nails of dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs. All proceeds will benefit the shelter. For more information, call 475-6661 or go to www.upaws.org.

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Three Midwest Singers to Play at NMU

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Marquette, MI-January 27, 2015-Northern Nights, the performing arts series of Northern Michigan University, will present a triple bill performance featuring three Midwest singer-songwriters: Jonathan Rundman, Erik Koskinen and Charlie Parr. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, in Kaufman Auditorium.

Born and raised in the isolated Finnish-American communities of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Rundman’s music draws from his diverse musical influences including American, Nordic folk music and ‘80s new wave pop. Rundman’s songs have generated reviews in Billboard, The New York Times and have been featured on television’s Ellen Degeneres Show and CBS This Morning.

Koskinen, a native of the Copper Country, is a musician, songwriter, producer and engineer. Koskinen’s blend of American folk, country, rock-n-roll and blues produces a sound that is distinctive and fresh while still being familiar and classic.

Parr, originally from Minnesota, draws much of his inspiration from his love for his home state. He combines the sound of the guitar and banjo with original folk blues and traditional spirituals.

Individual tickets are $6 in advance/$7 at the door for students/kids, $14/$16 for NMU employees/seniors 60+ and $19/$21 for the general public. All are available at any NMU EZ Ticket outlet, at www.nmu.edu/tickets or by calling 906-227-1032.

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Best-Selling Author James Loewen to Visit NMU

Marquette, MI-January 27, 2015-James Loewen, historian and best-selling author of Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, will give three presentations at Northern Michigan University on Wednesday, Jan. 28. All are free and open to the public.

Loewen will present “Lies My Teacher Told Me About Native Americans” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Whitman Hall commons. He will also address “Lies My Teacher Told Me and How To Do Better” from 4-5:30 p.m. in the same location. Loewen’s evening talk from 7-8:30 p.m. in 1100 Jamrich Hall will be titled “The Most Important Era in U.S. History That You Never Heard Of, and Why It Is Still Important Today.”

Loewen is a sociologist who spent two years at the Smithsonian surveying 12 leading high school textbooks of American history and found “an embarrassing blend of bland optimism, blind nationalism and plain misinformation weighing in at an average of 888 pages and almost five pounds.” Loewen taught race relations at the University of Vermont for 20 years and now lives in Washington D.C., where he continues to conduct research on how Americans remember their past.

For more information, contact NMU history professor Gabe Logan at 227-1744 od the NMU Center for Native American Studies at 227-1397.

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NMU Professor Chosen to Attend Nursing Faculty Policy Intensive

Marquette, MIJanuary 23, 2015-Jane Campbell of Northern Michigan University is one of only eight professors nationwide chosen to attend the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Faculty Policy Intensive (FPI). The four-day immersion program will be held in March in Washington, D.C. The highly competitive selection process draws hundreds of applicants each year. Campbell will advance her expertise in healthcare policy and incorporate the experience into her related NMU courses. She is one of the lead faculty members in the university’s new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

“I was ecstatic to find out I was selected,” Campbell said. “I have some background on Michigan health policy and advocacy, but there is much more to learn. Opportunities to network with legislators are limited in the rural Upper Peninsula unless they happen to visit Marquette and I meet with them as the School of Nursing liaison. Attending the FPI will expand and strengthen my knowledge of legislative processes. It will allow me to provide our graduate students with a relevant, progressive perspective of health policy in the hope that they can become politically active leaders in their nursing careers.”

Before the FPI, Campbell will join fellow educators in San Diego in late January for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative. The timely focus is on integrating health policy into doctoral nursing programs. After she completes both programs, she plans to incorporate assignments that can directly impact the local area. These may include health access for veterans, diversity in nursing and nursing workforce development programs that fall under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

An Upper Peninsula native, Campbell is approaching three decades on the NMU faculty. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Northern and spent 11 years as a certified operating nurse at then-Marquette General Hospital before launching her teaching career at her alma mater. She earned her master’s degree from NMU and her doctorate from Oakland University.

Campbell is one of three from NMU who will be represented at AACN events in Washington, D.C. Mandi Roos, a DNP student, is among 200 students nationwide selected for the AACN Student Policy Summit. Nanci Gasiewicz, associate dean and director of the School of Nursing, will also attend.

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NMU Offers Canadian Heritage Tour

Marquette, MI-January 22, 2015-The Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University and Checker Tours will offer a chartered coach trip to Ontario and Québec as part of the Canadian Heritage Tour. The dates are Sept. 19-28, but initial deposits of $300 are requested soon to secure a reservation.

The tour includes guided tours of historic sites and museums in Ottawa, Montréal, Québec City and Trois Riviéres. There will also be two free days built into the trip so that participants can tour the cities and countryside on their own.

Prices are $1,298 for double occupancy and $1,988 for single (singles can be paired, if possible, to secure the double rate). The fee covers lodging, transportation, tours, museum fees and three special meals during the trip. Trip insurance and car rental is available for an additional fee. A valid enhanced driver’s license or U.S. Passport is required.

For more information or to reserve a spot on the tour, contact Lane Dawson of Checker Tours at 906-486-8697.

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