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Calendar – Music – Rock-Perkins Area Cantata Choir Concert – Dec. 17

Rock/Perkins – Rock-Perkins Area Cantata Choir Concert will be held on Sunday, December 17 at 4 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Rock and at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Perkins.

The choir will perform “Peace Has Come”, a Christmas musical written by Mary McDonald. Coffee and fellowship will follow each performance.

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Calendar – Music – Community Chorus Concert in Negaunee – Dec. 17

Negaunee – A Community Chorus Concert will be offered on Sunday, December 17 at 3:30 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church, 202 W. Case Street in Negaunee.

Hosted by the Choir of St. Paul, the concert will feature groups from the Negaunee schools, and Marquette’s Bothwell Middle School.

The concert is free, but cash donations will be collected for St. Vincent de Paul and The Salvation Army.

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Calendar – Bazaars/Craft Sales – American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Craft Show – Dec. 17

Ishpeming – The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Craft Show will be held on Sunday, December 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the American Legion Post 114, 3050 County Road 496 in Ishpeming.

There will be baked goods, Christmas ornaments, stocking stuffers, last minute gifts, and many other wonderful creations by local crafters.

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Calendar – Youth – Saturday Book Babies – Dec. 16

Marquette – Saturday Book Babies will be held on Saturday, December 16 from 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. in the Youth Atrium of the Peter White Public Library.

Enjoy songs, rhymes, stories and fingerplays for ages 0 to 24 months and stay for a playtime afterwards. The event is free. For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

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Calendar – Music – Traditional Music Jam – Dec. 16

Marquette – A traditional music jam will be held on Saturday, December 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the at the Peter White Public Library.

Join other musicians for a community jam session celebrating traditional folk music. Acoustic musicians and vocalists are invited to bring their instruments for an informal gathering to play music together. A limited quantity of sheet music is available for use for those not familiar with the songs.

A music jam is not about performing, but a chance for people interested in traditional acoustic music share their love of music and learn a new song or instrumental technique. Listeners and singers are always welcome.

There is no admission charge. For more information, call 226-4328 or visit www.pwpl.info.

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Calendar – Outdoors – 70th Annual Marquette Christmas Bird Count – Dec. 16

Marquette – The 70th Annual Marquette Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday, December 16 beginning at 8 a.m. at Mattson Park in Marquette’s Lower Harbor.

The count will last until about noon. New participants will be paired with experienced counters. There is no cost to participate in the count. Please remember to dress warmly. For information call 906-869-2489.

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Calendar – Youth – “Star Wars” Party – Dec. 15

Marquette – A “Star Wars” Party will be held on Friday, December 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. on the lower level of the Peter White Public Library.

Join the Peter White Library, Marquette Arts And Culture, and Taiga Games in celebrating the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with an out-of-this-galaxy, good for all ages Star Wars Party! There will be Star Wars crafts and games for kids in the Community Room, learning how to play/playing Star Wars x-wing and Star Wars Destiny for ages 14+ and adults.

Check out the Star Wars art reception in the MACC, with our very own Star Wars themed Cantina for refreshments with live sci-fi music from Jeremy Morelock and Denise Owens. There will also be a trivia game, Star Wars characters in full costume for photo ops, Double Trouble Entertainment’s photo booth, and make-up artists Deb and Dan Choszczyk will transform Deb into a Sith Mistress from 6 to 7 p.m. and will be looking for a couple of young volunteers to get made up.

There will be Star Wars crafts for teens and adults, and a costume contest! The costume contest for ages 14 and under will be at 6 p.m., the contest for 15 + and adults will be at 6:30 pm. Costumes are encouraged.

The event is free and open to all ages. For more information, please call 225-9510, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library on Facebook.

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Calendar – Youth – Preschool Story Time – Dec. 15

Marquette – Preschool Storytime will be offered on Friday, December 15 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Youth Atrium of the Peter White Public Library.

Join the fun for books, songs, crafts and more for preschool aged children. The event is free.

For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

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Students Select Wood as December 16th Commencement Speaker

Marquette, Michigan – Northern Michigan University English Professor David Wood will deliver the keynote address at mid-year commencement on Saturday, Dec. 16. He is the second recipient of the Students’ Choice Award, a recognition program that allows graduating students to nominate a faculty or staff member to serve as the featured speaker at the ceremony.

“I am incredibly honored that the invitation came from the students, from [student government president] Tristan Ruiz and the ASNMU,” Wood said. “Like everyone who was fortunate enough to attend last year’s December commencement, the first at which a faculty member was invited to serve as speaker, I was totally blown away with Dr. Marty Reinhardt’s address and his incredibly moving Anishinaabe drum circle. I can’t even begin to consider how to vie with such beauty in my address, so I plan to focus on my own personal and intellectual comfort zone. I am a Shakespeare scholar with a passion for the value of the arts and humanities. That’s who I am, and that focus will define in large part the nature and thesis of my address.”

In April, Wood was named one of three Distinguished Professors of the Year by the Michigan Association of State Universities. The MASU award recognizes the outstanding contributions and dedication exhibited by the faculty from Michigan’s 15 public universities to the education of undergraduate students. He also has been honored by NMU with the 2015 Distinguished Faculty Award and 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award. He joined the NMU faculty in 2007.

As director of the Honors Program, Wood has doubled the program’s enrollment without diminishing standards. He played an instrumental role in landing the largest gift in the university’s history, which supports undergraduate Honors student learning. Thanks to this stewardship, Wood reinvigorated the Stratford Festival Endowment, enabling students to attend the renowned annual Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario.

As a Shakespeare scholar, Wood also infuses his academic work on disability into his literature classes, creating innovative courses that teach older primary course materials alongside culturally and politically current secondary materials. This work on disability studies extends to his service as trustee of the Tyler Rigg Foundation, where he can steer funding to areas of health, disability and alternative education.

Wood earned a B.A. from Skidmore College in 1993, an M.A. from the University of Alaska–Fairbanks in 2000, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2004.

Students Select Wood as December 16th Commencement Speaker

Students Select Wood as December 16th Commencement Speaker

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UPHS Noquemanon Ski Marathon 2018 Race

The UPHS Noquemanon Ski Marathon will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary this January 26th – 28th, 2018, and there are a number of course changes that will both improve the skier experience and prepare the race for future growth.

Larger starting waves will now be utilized in the 50K classic and freestyle races – the classic race will have multiple waves of 200 skiers and the freestyle waves will vary in size with 100 skiers in the first, 180 in the second, and 180 or more in the third. To accommodate for more skiers in the starting waves the trail width for the first 3K has been increased to 30 feet and will utilize a portion of Al Quaal’s famed FIS and NCAA race course.

Major course improvement projects have also been completed. On a privately owned tract of land known as the “Granite Point Section” a beautiful new 3K route, made specifically for the Noquemanon, has been added to the 50K marathon course. The new route is wider, has a better surface, and is more skier friendly than the previous route through the area and it is designed to withstand a high volume of ski racers. In addition to the new Granite Point Section another new section of trail was created for the 24K (ie mBank Half Noque) race which is known as the “Mead Hills Bypass”. After the traditional start at County Road 510 skiers of the 24K will follow the new bypass route which has an improved surface over the older section of trail that was used. The Noquemanon Trail Network will have year-round access for grooming and trail maintenance on this section which will delight local skiers all winter.

The most prominent change of the 2018 UPHS Noquemanon is a new finish line. The new finish line will be at the “Log Yard” – approximately 4K west of the Superior Dome. This new finish line allows the race organization to eliminate the last 4K section of the course that is typically lowest in snow cover and historically is where most negative course feedback was concentrated. To further improve the skiing experience the entrance into the “Log Yard” has been widened and flattened to provide a great launching point for every finisher. Busing will be provided from the finish line to the Superior Dome via a very short commute and all participants will continue to have access to the world-class dome facilities which includes access to locker rooms, hot showers, and saunas.

In addition to the finish line change more well-established Noquemanon Trail Network (NTN) Forestville System ski trial will be added to the UPHS Noquemanon course which will bring with it new and varied terrain for skiers. Other course improvements include the 12K race which will now have a new scenic course over the first 4K along with more inclusive age group awards.

The race organization feels that this year’s course improvements are changes that will not only improve a skiers experience but will also allow the UPHS Noquemanon Ski Marathon to manage its growth safely and responsibly. The 20th anniversary is a major milestone for this event – race organizers look forward to the future while also celebrating the past and they are excited to host participants, both new and returning, in January!

For more information regarding this year’s UPHS Noquemanon Ski Marathon, please visit www.noquemanon.com.

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Forest Service Seeking Committee Members To Advise On Recreation Site Fees

Michigan – The U.S. Forest Service is seeking volunteer committee members to advise the agency on recreation fee changes at national forest sites throughout the northeastern United States. Vacancies exist for four current positions and four “back-up” replacement positions on the Eastern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee. Committee members provide recommendations on new or changing recreation site fees for national forests and grasslands in 13 northeastern states. Committee members receive travel and per diem expenses for regularly scheduled meetings, but do not receive pay or other compensation.

Nominated committee members must represent one of the following interests: Winter Motorized Recreation Summer Non-Motorized Recreation Winter Non-Motorized Recreation Local Environmental Groups American Indian tribes

Members will be appointed for three-year terms based on the following criteria: Qualifications to represent the desired interest group Rationale for committee service and desired contributions Experience working successfully as part of a collaborative group Nominees’ demonstrated ability to represent minorities, women and persons with disabilities will also be considered in membership selections. U.S. Department of Agriculture policies regarding equal opportunity will be followed.

The committee’s jurisdiction includes national forests in Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Recreation use fees have been in place for many years and are charged at many recreation sites such as campgrounds, trailheads, day-use areas and boat ramps. Ninety-five percent of fees collected at these sites are returned to the local national forest or grassland to maintain and enhance the recreation sites.

Interested individuals must complete an application and provide background information supporting their qualifications to represent at least one of the identified interest groups. Applications are available at https://www.ocio.usda.gov/document/ad-755. Completed applications are due by February 1, 2018 and must be mailed to: USFS Region 9- Recreation RAC Nomination Attn: Jennifer Wright, 231 North Main Street, Rutland, VT 05701.

For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r9/recreation/racs, or contact Joanna Wilson at 801-423-7724, jwilson08@fs.fed.us.The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service’s Eastern Region includes 20 states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota. There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R9.

The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit www.fs.fed.us.

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Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum Second Thursday Creativity Series Thursday, December 14th

Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum
Second Thursday Creativity Series

Thursday, December 14th

5:30-7:30

Join us for loads of fun with “Charlie Brown Christmas” themed crafts, creative snacks, live music and FREE Culver’s Custard. Free with admission or membership. Call the museum at 906-226-3911

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