Calendar – Music – 24th Summer in the Park Series to Feature Sparrow Tree – Aug. 22

Munising – The 24th Summer “Concert in the Park Series” will feature Sparrow Tree on Tuesday, August 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Bayshore Park in Munising.

A Farmer’s Market will begin before the concert at 3 p.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. The Cooking Carburys will be making pizza in the Community bread oven, with proceeds going to local non-profit groups.

Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – Annual Pig Roast to Benefit the Alzheimer’s Association – Aug. 22

Marquette – The annual Pig Roast to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association will be held on Tuesday, August 22 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living and Memory Care, 1901 Division Street in Marquette.

The event will include a pig roast dinner, smoked turkey, corn on the cob, and an abundant number of side dishes. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for children. The event has a western theme and will include country music and a midway filled with carnival games. There will also be bucket raffles and 50/50 drawings.

All proceeds generated during this event will be donated to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s to be held on September 23, 2017 in Marquette.

Calendar – Education – Solar Eclipse Viewing Opportunity at NMU – Aug. 21

Marquette – Northern Michigan University’s Physics Department will offer area residents an opportunity to safely view this area’s partial solar eclipse on Wednesday, August 21 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the NMU Observatory dome.

Viewers will be able to see the eclipse through a telescope equipped with a sun filter. Please enter at the rotunda entrance at NMU’s West Science Building and follow directional signs to the catwalk of the Observatory Dome. Overflow visitors will be able to view NASA streaming video of the eclipse in a nearby classroom.The event is free.

For more information, contact Dave Donovan at 227-2453 or .

Calendar – Youth – Solar Eclipse Open House – Aug. 21

Marquette – A Solar Eclipse Open House will be held on Monday, August 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Community Room and outside the Peter White Public Library.

Special glasses will be provided to view the solar eclipse and there will be many activities. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets. The event is free. For more information call 226-4320, visit, or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

Calendar – Sports – Meet the Patriots Fall Sports Rally – Aug. 21

Ishpeming – Meet the Patriots Fall Sports Rally will be held on Monday, August 21 at 6 p.m. at the football field at Westwood High School.

All community members are invited to join the sports booster club as they introduce the staff and teams for the fall sports season.

Calendar – Theater – Superior Arts Youth Theatre Preschool and Early Elementary Acting Camp – Aug. 21-25

Marquette – Superior Arts Youth Theatre will offer Preschool and Early Elementary School Acting Camp on Monday, August 21 through Friday, August 25 from 10 a.m. to noon each day in the SAYT’s Audition Room on the 3rd Floor of Graveraet Elementary School in Marquette.

Ages from preschool to 8 years to be introduced to performing arts and expand upon their already growing skill sets. They will be introduced to all aspects of acting, music, and dance through acting games and imagination exercises while working together to put on a final production. A performance will be offered on Friday, August 25 from noon to 1 p.m.

The cost for the camp is $75 per youth. Register online at More information is available by email at or log on to or call 888-785-0512, ext. 1.

Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – 45th Annual Cooks Corn Roast – Aug. 20

Cooks – The 45th Annual Cooks Corn Roast will be held on Sunday, August 20 from noon to 11 p.m. in Cooks.

There will be live music, a large auction, a bake sale, a cake walk, a beer tent, face painting, chicken poop bingo, bounce houses, and a chicken barbeque. All you can eat corn is $4.50 for adults, and free for children.
Six bikes will be given away and there will be a raffle with the grand prize of a 2017 Polaris Ranger.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Inwood Volunteer Fire Department.

Calendar – Bazaars/Craft Sales – 35th Annual Old Victoria Craft Fair – Aug. 20

Rockland – The 35th annual Old Victoria Craft Fair will be held on Sunday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Old Victoria, four miles outside Rockland on Victoria Dam Road in Ontonagon County.

Refreshments will be served all afternoon. Talented local artisans and crafters will be displaying their wares,
some with working displays to demonstrate their craft. Old-fashioned children’s games will be held at 1:30 p.m. with loads of fun to play and even better to watch. There will be sack races, egg and spoon challenges, and water races. Old Victoria’s famous cinnamon rolls, just dripping with sweet icing and served fresh from the wood stove will be available as well.

Old Victoria is a non-profit historical site, the remnants of a booming Copper Country community built in 1899. Take advantage of the open house to see first-hand what life in the wilds of Upper Peninsula was like when copper was king.

For more information, or if interested in exhibiting your original work, call 906-886-2617 or go online at


Press Releases

Inaugural Classic Cars on Third Car Show – August 19, 2017

Inaugural Classic Cars on Third Car Show to be Held on Saturday, August 19

Preparation is underway for the first annual Classic Cars on Third Car Show on Saturday, August 19, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on North Third Street in Downtown Marquette, Michigan.

Classic cars will fill Third Street between Park Street and Ohio, with registration starting at 10:00 a.m. next to Third Base Bar, 726 North Third Street. The event will be open to the public for viewing between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., with awards taking place at 3:30 p.m. First through third place will be granted in seventeen different categories, along with awards for best of show, people’s choice, and mayor’s choice.

“We’re excited to host a car show on Third Street,” said Tara Laase-McKinney, Marquette Downtown Development Authority Promotions, and Events Coordinator. “We’ve heard a lot of good things about this event; there are a lot of people from across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Northern Wisconsin who are excited to head to Marquette for this show.”

All proceeds from Classic Cars on Third car show will benefit the Women’s Center, in remembrance of Jessica Drummond, a victim of domestic violence.

North Third Street from Ohio to Park Street, will be closed for this event from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For more information on Classic Cars on Third, call the Marquette Downtown Development Authority at 906-228-9475 or visit



Lunch with Rick Snyder at the U.P. State Fair! August 17, 2017
U.P. State Fair

Come down to the U.P. State Fair and have lunch with the Governor!

Marquette Hope—Providing a New Twist on Vacation Bible School – August 15, 2017

Marquette Hope—Providing a New Twist on Vacation Bible School
Marquette, MI (August 15, 2017)

Marquette Hope, a multi-site United Methodist faith based community in Marquette, is offering a new option for families looking for vacation bible school (VBS) for their children. This year’s annual vacation bible school will be a weekend event on August 18-20, 2017 encompassing 3 days of activities for children and parents. The theme this year is “Camp Out Getting S’More of Jesus”.
Marquette Hope wanted to provide an alternative for children and parents who don’t have the ability to commit to a full week of activities. With this shortened, but exciting program, they hope to attract new families to vacation bible school.
“VBS this year is very family-focused with lots of flexibility,” said Kristi Hintz, pastor at Marquette Hope. “Families can drop in at their convenience or come for the entire weekend. We hope this attracts more of our young families and provides a rewarding experience for their children.”
“Since launching Marquette Hope in September 2016, our primary focus has been to do things different and attract new families,” said Christopher Hintz, pastor at Marquette Hope. “Weekend VBS is just one way we can offer something different for the Marquette community.”
The fun starts on Friday, August 18 at 5:00pm with a family picnic potluck and concludes on Sunday, August 20 with an outdoor worship service at the Presque Isle bandshell. A complete agenda is attached.
Media Contact: Kristi Hintz (906) 225-1344


Friday, August 18 5:00pm—8:00pm Church-Wide Picnic Potluck (good, games & activities) Connection Center, 927 W. Fair Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855

Saturday, August 19 9:00am—3:00pm Vacation Bible School (Music, Bible Stories, Crafts, Activities, Games) Connection Center, 927 W. Fair Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855

Sunday, August 20 10:00am Outdoor Worship Service Presque Isle Band Shell Pot Luck to follow Service

Press Conference for the Remodeling of the Holy Family Orphanage! – August 16, 2017

Gov. Snyder, state leaders for economic development and affordable housing to tour site of nearly completed $16 million restoration of blighted Upper Peninsula national landmark

Marquette officials eager to celebrate transformation of former Holy Family Orphanage as Grandview Marquette showcase

Gov. Rick Snyder; Michigan State Housing Development Authority Executive Director Earl Poleski; Michigan Talent and Economic Development Executive Director Roger Curtis; Marquette Mayor Dave Campana; Community Action Alger Marquette Executive Director Amy Lerlie; Home Renewal Systems Senior Vice President Shannon Morgan, who leads the Farmington Hills-based firm that is developing the property; representatives of Evansville, Ind.-based Old National Bank and InSite Capital (subsidiary of Chemical Financial Corporation of Midland), who are the project’s major investors; as well as Wolverine Building Group, which is the project’s general contractor.

Gov. Snyder and state officials in charge of promoting economic development and affordable housing in Michigan will get a guided tour from Marquette civic leaders of the former Holy Family Orphanage, a vacant and blighted downtown presence since 1981 that will be transformed as the new $16 million Grandview Marquette affordable rental housing complex by late fall 2017.

The news media is invited to attend a 15-minute press conference with Gov. Snyder and local dignitaries that will follow the tour.

Home Renewal Systems (HRS), one of Michigan’s premier developers of historic properties, is leading the repurposing of Marquette’s historic orphanage in partnership with Community Action Alger Marquette.  The Holy Family Orphanage was constructed in 1915 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The task of transitioning the building from a hazardous urban ruin to downtown Marquette’s newest gem is supported by Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and Federal Historic Tax Credits, both administered by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. With a growing shortage of affordable rental housing in Marquette, the new Grandview Marquette will offer the rental units to households earning up to $36,000 depending on family size. Rents will range from approximately $301 to $879 per month, depending on household income and unit size.  Of the 56 units, 14 will be set aside as supportive housing units for persons and families in need of some level of support for successful occupancy.

9:30 a.m. Press Conference
Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

Grandview Marquette construction site
600 Altamont Street
Press event tent will be on the northeast corner of the property, located at Altamont and Fisher streets
Marquette, MI 49855


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