The Crusher Adventure Race July 19-21

Marquette, MI – The Crusher Adventure Race takes place Friday, July 19th-Saturday, July 21st in Marquette. Bikers of all skill levels can explore the enhanced gravel of the Upper Peninsula. Whether you’re a serious rider or just trying things out, you can gain some experience this weekend by taking part in this unique adventure! Visit the website for more details.

52nd Annual UP Pro Rodeo July 19th – 20th

Iron River, MI – The 52nd Annual UP Pro Rodeo kicks off Friday, July 19th and goes through Saturday, July 20th in Iron River. Take in all the rodeo events and stick around for the crowning of the Miss UP Rodeo Queen and Princess! Go to the website to get the schedule of events and buy tickets.

41st Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival July 19th-21st

Marquette, MI – The 41st Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival kicks off Friday, July 19th and goes through Sunday, July 21st! Music lovers can purchase tickets at the Hiawatha offices located at 1051 N. Third Street in Marquette, or buy online. Don’t miss out on enjoying traditional music and the beautiful outdoors of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan!

NMU Board Meets July 18th

Marquette, MI – The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees will hold a formal/business session from 8:30-9:30 am on Thursday, July 18th in 602 Cohodas Hall. To view the agenda and supporting materials, visit

A Mead Tasting Fundraiser at Calumet Art Center July 18th

Calumet, MI – There will be a mead tasting on Thursday, July 18th at 6:30 pm at the Calumet Art Center. Tickets are $20 per person and there are a limited number of tickets, so act fast! There will be food, live music, and a 50/50 raffle. Take a look at the events calendar on the website for more information.

“My Experiences Working as an Officer on a Great Lakes Freighter” at the Ottawa Visitor Center

Watersmeet, MI – The Ottawa Visitor Center presents “My Experiences Working as an Officer on a Great Lakes Freighter” on Thursday, July 18th at 7:00 pm. Doug Tarkowski will take you through his experiences as a Merchant Marine on The Great Lakes, including tales, trivia, and a short video. The event is free and open to the public!

The Red Jacket Jamboree at Calumet Theatre July 18th

Calumet, MI – ​The Red Jacket Jamboree is America’s NEW old-time radio variety show sharing stories, songs and history from Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula (Copper Country). Hosted by Lena Dorey, the show is performed/recorded in front of a live audience at the historic Calumet Theatre in downtown Calumet, Michigan. Two hour-long episodes are recorded per performance for later radio broadcast.

Join us on July 18th, 2019 from 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm as we record two great episodes, ” Clear, Blue, Water” and “A Moon Landing Remembered” with special guest, storyteller Pete Griffin, and many more. There’s fun for the entire family!

City of Negaunee Council Meeting July 18th

Negaunee, MI – The City of Negaunee will hold their regular council meeting on Thursday, July 18th at 7 pm at the Negaunee Senior Center. The agenda is pictured below.

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“Sing with the Symphony” MSO Vocal Competition

Marquette, MI – The Marquette Symphony Orchestra is sponsoring a brand new vocal competition.
Imagine performing with the ultimate back-up group, a professional symphony orchestra! Up to five vocal finalists of any age will perform with the Marquette Symphony Orchestra at its Pops/Family concert on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 3:00 pm at Kaufman Auditorium. The Grand Prize Winner, chosen by audience vote, will return to perform with the orchestra during its 2020-2021 season.

Who is eligible?

Sing with the Symphony! is open to vocalists of any age residing in Marquette County. Any style, including pop, rock, R&B, country, Broadway and classical, is acceptable.

How do I audition?

Prepare one 3-5 minute video and upload it to YouTube as an unlisted video. Send the link along with your name, address, phone number and the name of the song to Note that each applicant is limited to one submission. There is no fee to enter. Deadline is Friday, September 20, 2019.

What should I sing?

You may audition on any piece that showcases your vocal strengths and performing abilities. The review committee intends to select a group of finalists that represent a wide variety of vocal styles, from classical to contemporary.

Selection Process

By October 4, 2019, the review committee will choose 3-5 finalists as well as a ranked list of backup candidates. Conferring with each finalist, the committee will determine whether a suitable orchestral arrangement can be acquired or created for the finalist’s audition song. If this is not possible, the committee will suggest alternate songs. Every effort will be made to find a song that fits the singer’s vocal style and performing strengths while staying within the orchestra’s available resources. If, however, no song is found that is mutually acceptable to the committee and finalist, the committee will move on to the backup candidates. Finalists must give authorization to be included in publicity events and will commit to attending rehearsals as scheduled.

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore “Exploring Water” Workshop August 1st

Munising, MI – On Thursday, August 1st, educators who work with students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to attend “Exploring Water”, an educators’ workshop at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Participants will visit a wetland in the park, learn about park-based research, and take a boat ride along the shore of Lake Superior. They will also try many hands-on activities associated with water and water quality monitoring which they, in turn, can use with their students. Lessons are correlated with the Michigan Science Education Standards.

Teachers participating in the workshop will receive the Healthy Water Healthy People (HWHP) Water Quality Educators Guide and the HWHP Field Monitoring Guide (a $35 value) upon completion of the day’s activities.

This workshop is free of charge. Land-based activities will run from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm. The boat ride aboard a vessel from Pictured Rocks Cruises, will run from 4:00 – 6:30 pm (a $38 value).

This workshop is conducted in partnership with Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and the Great Lakes Research and Education Center, with support from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. It is open to both formal and non-formal educators including teachers, pre-service teachers, naturalists, scout and youth leaders, and anyone who routinely teaches youth in grades 6 – 12.

Pre-registration is required and registration is limited. To register, call (219) 395-1987, or email by Sunday, July 28, 2019.

Garden Tours in Downtown Marquette July 25th

Marquette, MI – The Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee presents the 26th Annual Garden Tour on Thursday, July 25th from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10 and available at several businesses in the area, including Forsberg’s, Northwoods Flora, FlowerWorks, Lutey’s, Nagelkirk All Seasons Floral (Ishpeming), and the Landmark Inn. Visit the website for more details.

NMU’s FROST Hosts Bone Identification Workshop August 17th

Marquette, MI – A “Human v. Non-Human Bone Identification” workshop will be held from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday, August 17, in room 122 of the Jacobetti Complex at Northern Michigan University. The NMU Forensic Research Outdoor Station (FROST) has invited Michigan State University forensic anthropologist Joseph Hefner to lead the program, which is designed for those who may encounter skeletal remains during their daily work duties.

Combining classroom instruction with hands-on laboratory training, participants will work with whole and fragmentary human and non-human bones, in addition to histological material. Michigan law enforcement officers can obtain MCOLES credit. The course is also designed for first responders, park rangers, wildlife managers and community members who frequently explore the outdoors. The information presented will not be sensitive in nature.

Cost for the workshop is $60. To register, or for additional information, email

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