Calendar – Holidays – Rock Labor Day Celebration – Aug. 30

Rock – A Labor Day Celebration will be held on Saturday, August 30 beginning with a parade at 11 a.m. in Rock.

Bingo will begin at noon at the Rock Lions Club, there will be a flea market and craft vendors, concessions and games on the Midway, and music all day until 6 p.m.. A raffle drawing will be held at 5 p.m.

Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – Car Wash and Cookout – Aug. 30

Marquette – A car wash and cookout will be held on Saturday, August 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 927 W. Fair Avenue in Marquette.

Washes are $5 for cars and trucks and $7 for SUVs. Hot dogs will be served for $2, brats for $2.50, chips for $0.50, and drinks for $1. Donations are appreciated.

All proceeds will go to the church programs. The event is being hosted by the Youth and Education programs of Grace United Methodist Church.

Calendar – Fun – U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association 39th Annual Show – Aug. 29 – Sept. 1

Escanaba – The U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association will present its 39th Annual Show Friday, August 29 through Monday, September 1 at the U.P. State Fair Grounds in Escanaba.

Hours are noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday. Admission is $5 per day or $10 for a weekend wristband. Admission is free for exhibitors and children under 14.

There will be many antique tractors and gas engines on display, a flea market, food vendors, a daily parade, and many demonstrations. The Steam Village will open as well as the Agricultural Museum. There will also be a horse show, a gun and knife show and an auction.

For more information, go to

Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – Labor Day Weekend Cookout for UPAWS – Aug. 29-30

Marquette/Negaunee – A Labor Day Weekend Cookout will be held on Friday, August 29 and Saturday, August 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day at Super One Foods in Marquette and Negaunee.

Brats, chips and pop will be offered for $3. All proceeds will benefit the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter.

Calendar – Music – 11th Annual Marquette Area Blues Fest – Aug. 29-31

Marquette – The 11th Annual Marquette Area Blues Fest will be held Friday, August 29 through Sunday, August 31 at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette.

Admission on Friday is free. Music will be provided by Jeff Daniels with the Ben Daniels Band at 6 p.m. and The Jimmys at 8 p.m.

Admission for Saturday and Sunday is $50 for both days. Daily passes are $30. Student tickets are $10.

Music begins on Saturday at 1 p.m. with Fireside Blues Band, followed by Uncle Pete’s All-star BBQ Blues Band, Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat, Johnny Rawls, and Rick Estran and the Nightcats.

Music begins on Sunday at 1 p.m. with Kraig Kenning, followed by Cannonball Drag, Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers, Lurrie Bell, and Nikki Hill.

There will be food vendors, music workshops and dance workshops all weekend. For complete information, go to

Calendar – Fun – Marquette Kennel Club 39th Annual Show – Aug. 29-31

Sands – The Marquette Kennel Club will host the 39th Annual All Breed Dog Show Friday, August 29 through Sunday, August 31 beginning at 8 a.m. each day at the Marquette County Fairgrounds in Sands Township.

Admission is $5 per carload. There will be over 300 purebred dogs entered in the daily shows.

Calendar – Music – L’Anse Lakefront Concert Series to Present the Derrell Syria Project – Aug. 28

L’Anse – The L’Anse Lakefront Concert Series will present the Derrell Syria Project on Thursday, August 28 at 7 p.m. in the bandshell in Lakefront Park, at the foot of Broad Street in L’Anse.

The concert is free. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the Meadowbrook Arena.

Calendar – Groups – Have Fun Grandparenting Playgroup Meeting – Aug. 28

Marquette – The Have Fun Grandparenting Playgroup will meet on Thursday, August 28 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Harlow Park on Washington Street in Marquette.

Join other grandparents and their grandchildren for fun in the park. games and snacks.


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Include Hunter Education as Part of Your ‘Back To School’ Plan

Michigan parents who have children interested in learning to hunt should consider making enrollment in a hunter education class part of their “back to school” plans. Now is the best time to enroll in a class so that new hunters are ready to hit the woods this fall.

“Right now is the best time to enroll because class opportunities are plentiful,” said Department of Natural Resources hunter education program supervisor Sgt. Tom Wanless. “With summer winding down, the focus is on getting kids ready for school. Parents should plan on enrolling their youth hunters in hunter education now. Waiting until the last minute to enroll sometimes makes it difficult to find an available class.”

Wanless said classes are held year-round, but April, May, August and September are traditionally the times when classes are most available.

“Generally, we like the classroom or online instruction completed by Oct. 1 so instructors are available for a field day for the online or home-study students,” Wanless said.

Michigan has three types of hunter education courses: traditional classroom, home study and online. Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1960, is required to complete the course before buying a Michigan hunting license or taking an out-of-state hunting trip. Exceptions are made for youths under the age of 10 who are hunting under a Mentored Youth Hunting license or hunters older than 10 who are hunting with an apprentice hunting license. Hunters can hunt under the apprentice program for two years before they are required to take hunter education.

The traditional classroom course is a minimum of 10 hours and includes both classroom and field work with an instructor. The fee for the class is $10 or less to cover expenses. The home-study course features a workbook to complete classwork. A field day is required with the home-study course and must be scheduled with an instructor prior to starting the course. Michigan also offers three approved online hunter education courses,,, and Students who opt for the online course complete their classwork online and then have a field/skills day with an instructor and take a written exam. The field day must be scheduled with an instructor prior to starting the online course. The online courses have varying fees, but are all priced under $25.

For more information about hunter education or to find a class in your area, go to

Pig Roast for a Purpose Benefits the Alzheimer’s Association August 27th

Benefits the Alzheimer’s Association

August 27, 2014


COST: $10/pig roast ticket

Live music, raffles, great food, and fun for all.

Jewelry designer, Kelly Gilligan, from Beth Millner Jewelry, will be featured at this event. She will be selling “Forget Me Not” pendants and earrings; these flowers are the official flower of the Alzheimer’s Association. A portion of the sales will be donated to Alzheimer’s.

RSVP to Erica Campbell or Katie Brady at: 906-225-4488

Tickets can be purchased NO LATER THAN August 20th.

Pig Roast for a Purpose

Pig Roast for a Purpose

Keweenaw Family Resource Center Encourages Parents to Visit New Website

Parents and caregivers can now find Keweenaw Family Resource Center (KFRC) program information and helpful resources online on the newly designed KFRC website! “The new site allows you to find what you are looking for more easily” explains KFRC Administrator Lori Bradley.

Parents and caregivers can now quickly find information about the popular KFRC indoor playground, The Treehouse, including the hours and upcoming schedules of events and playgroups. This indoor play and exploration space was built to help foster strong families in the Keweenaw, providing children up to 5 years old and their parents a fun and happy place to play together.

“We get a lot of calls about the Treehouse, but we want to make sure parents can find out about all the programs we have to offer” said Bradley. The KFRC began in 1991 by organizing playgroups and now provide a multitude of valuable programs for families, including home and newborn hospital visits and a Baby Closet that collects and distributes gently worn items for children. In addition to information about KFRC programs, interested parties can learn how to get involved and provide support for KFRC programs on the new website.

“This was a really fun design, and we’re happy to have been able to work with such a cool group that does so much for Keweenaw families” said Gary Honold, Director of Business Development with PickAxe Creative, the full-service marketing agency that designed the new KFRC website. PickAxe offers affordable website designs for businesses and organizations, as well as an array of marketing solutions from logo designs to innovative public relation campaigns. To learn more about PickAxe Creative’s marketing solutions, visit their website at or call 906-482-7767.

Caregivers are encouraged to visit the new site to discover all that the KFRC has to offer. Find the fresh face of the KRFC online at

Keweenaw Family Resource Center Encourages Parents to Visit New Website

Keweenaw Family Resource Center Encourages Parents to Visit New Website

Community Forestry Grant Applications Available

The Department of Natural Resources today announced the availability of applications for the 2014 Community Forestry Grants program.

The applications to request support for urban and community forestry activities are available from the DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry program. The grants are funded through the USDA Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry program.

Local units of government, nonprofit organizations, schools and tribal governments are eligible and encouraged to apply for the grants, which can be used for a variety of projects including:

Street and park tree management and planning activities.
Urban forestry and arboriculture-related training and education events.
Tree plantings.
Arbor Day celebrations and materials.

“Trees provide many benefits to our communities, including shade, oxygen and improved property values,” said Kevin Sayers, Urban Community Forestry program coordinator. “The past winter was particularly hard on the trees in many communities. These grants will help to improve management of the urban forest and replace many trees lost due to disease, insects and harsh weather.”

Grant applications must be received by Sept. 12, 2014. Projects awarded funding must be completed by Sept. 1, 2015. All projects must be performed on public land or land that is open to the public.

A total of up to $100,000 is available for projects statewide. Depending on the project type, applicants may request grants up to $20,000. All grants require a one-to-one match of funds, which can be made of cash contributions or in-kind services, but cannot include federal funds.

For a grant application or more information, visit the DNR website at, contact Kevin Sayers at 517-284-5898 or, or write to DNR Forest Resources Division, P.O. Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909-7952.


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