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Calendar – Music – Upper Peninsula Youth Orchestra Spring Concert – May 8

Marquette – The Upper Peninsula Youth Orchestra will present their Spring 2016 concert “Classical and Contemporary Titans” on Sunday, May 8 at 3 p..m. at Reynolds Recital Hall on the campus of Northern Michigan University.

Led by conductor Matthew Mitchell, the orchestra consists of middle and high school aged musicians from across the Upper Peninsula who are mentored by professional musicians from the area. The program includes arrangements from Mahler’s “Symphony #1” and an orchestral arrangement of selections from the film score “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.”

Admission for the concert is free and donations will be accepted at the door to help provide scholarships and educational resources, such as music rentals, for the orchestra.

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Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – Someone Else’s Closet Fashion Show – May 7

Curtis – The Someone Else’s Closet Fashion Show will be held on Saturday, May 7 beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Erickson Center for the Arts in Curtis.

The event will feature clothing and accessories worthy of a second lifetime. Regional and local designer’s artistic creations made from previously loved items will be modeled while guests enjoy a cup of tea and a delicious lunch. See second-hand scarves, handbags, clothing and other items. Fashions and accessories will be available for purchase after the show, so you can make someone else’s forgotten attire your new favorite piece.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children. Lunch and tea are included in the price of the tickets. Advanced ticket sales are recommended, but are not required. Tickets are available at the ECA office. Proceeds will benefit the Erickson Center for the Arts. For tickets or more information, call 586-9974.

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Calendar – Dance – Dance at Ishpeming VFW – May 7

Ishpeming – A dance with the Richie Yurkovich band will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Ishpeming VFW Post 4573 at 310 Bank Street in Ishpeming.

Admission is $8 per person at the door. Refreshments and a meal will be available at a low cost.

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Calendar – Community – Community Breakfast at Mather Nursing Center – May 7

Ishpeming – A free community breakfast and Open House,”Waffles and Welcome” will be held on Saturday, March 7 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the dining room at Mather Nursing Center, 435 Stoneville Road in Ishpeming.

Community members are welcome to attend. Admission staff from Mather will be available to give people tours of the center and employment applications will also be available.

To learn more about “Waffles and Welcome,” call 485-1073.

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Calendar – Youth – Super Saturday at PWPL – May 7

Marquette – Super Saturday will be offered on Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Youth Services Atrium of the Peter White Public Library.

Children and parents are welcome to drop-in for rotating programs (Music Mania, Dad and Me, and Stretch and Learn) featuring books, activities, games, and music. 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 – Benefits/Fundraisers – Hope Starts Here Challenge – May 7

Marquette – The River Valley Bank Hope Starts Here Challenge will be held on Saturday, May 7 in Marquette. The annual challenge raises funds and awareness for the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center through competitive and leisurely events geared for all ages and skill levels.

This year’s options for participants are: a half marathon; a duathlon that consists of a 5k run, 10-mile trail bike and 5k run; a 10k run; a 5k run; and a noncompetitive leisure walk.

The Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center is a collaborative effort between UP Health System, Northern Michigan University and the Superior Health Foundation. Its mission is to empower patients and families dealing with brain tumors through advocacy, research, education and treatment.

Registration fees vary by event and will be higher on race day than in advance. For more information, or to register in advance online, visit www.hopestartshere.org. All events start and finish at Lakeview Arena and complimentary refreshments will be available for paid registrants after the events.

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Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – Cub Scout Crossing Over Ceremony and Dessert Auction – May 6

Gwinn – A Cub Scout Crossing Over Ceremony and Dessert Auction will be held on Friday, May 6 beginning at 6 p.m. at Gwinn United Methodist Church.

Come join our cub scouts as they “rank – up” a level and cross over into the next den level. The scouts are hosting a free ham dinner following the ceremony in the Fellowship Hall.

Elmer Aho is the auctioneer who will encourage you to “bid” on your dessert. All proceeds will help the boys go to camp this summer.

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Calendar – Films/Documentaries – “The Michigan Ice Film” Opening – May 6-8

Negaunee – The Historic Vista Theater and the Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council are pleased to announce the opening of their 2016 entertainment season with the Marquette County Premiere of the Clear and Cold Cinema production “The Michigan Ice Film” on Friday through Sunday, May 6, 7 and 8 at the Historic Vista Theater in Negaunee.

The weekend long event kicks off Friday May 6, with a very special opening celebration. The film will screen at 6 p.m., followed by a question and answer session with director Aaron Peterson, and it will cap off with a set from Marquette’s Nauticore (Heavy Folk) masters The Chanteymen. Tickets for the premiere event are $8.

The rest of the weekend’s shows will cost $5, including the very special screening, and encore question and answer session with Aaron Peterson Saturday May 7 at 6:30 pm. All other shows on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 are at 2 and 4 p.m. and are straight screenings of the documentary. Tickets are $2 per person or $5 for a family/group of 4, and free for PAAC members and senior citizens.

For more information,call 475-7188 or HistoricVistaTheater@gmail.com or Aaron Peterson at aaron@aaronpeterson.net.

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An Unplugged Evening of Music with Keweenaw Brewgrass & Guests: Sat., April 30th ~ 7:30 pm

CALUMET, MI – Enjoy an all acoustic performance for this special Calumet Theatre fundraising event! Keweenaw Brewgrass takes the audience back 116 years when the Theatre opened on March 20, 1900 and bands played without power amplification or electric loudspeakers; taking full advantage of the wonderful acoustics. Three special guests will be performing with the band during parts of the show including the fabulous Misbehavin’ herself, Gail English on vocals; the talented Louise Oppliger on vocals; and Kora Melia Johnson, fiddle player extraordinaire.

From Harold Riter’s Ontonagon Herald review of last year’s Keweenaw Brewgrass show in the Ontonagon Theater:

“This was perhaps one of the most enjoyable concerts we have heard on the local stage and musically, one of the most entertaining. We can say in all sincerity, that if you missed this performance, you are definitely the poorer for it. This is one group we would drive some distance to hear again. These guys enjoy what they are doing and we can assure you that the audience thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Ontonagon.” “ They play tight… really tight. There are no loose ends.” “These guys sing as tight as they play their instruments.”

Keweenaw Brewgrass plays an eclectic mix of “anything rhythmic” on acoustic instruments. They tend toward bluegrass for the rhythms and harmonies, but quickly move from traditional bluegrass to Texas swing, gypsy jazz, country, and even classic rock – you never know what you’re going to hear.

It all started in Michigan Tech’s civil engineering structures lab when three band members (Bogue, Doug, and Jim on banjo at that time) got together for lunchtime picking sessions. Bogue had played in the now infamous Snow Country back in the 70’s with the most interesting banjo player in the world, Doc Kurtz. Several of the band members had played individually in folk, rock, and even jazz bands. So they banded together and brought Doug over to the dark side – singing about trains, lost love, loose foxes – bluegrass. After playing Sunday afternoons at the Keweenaw Brewing Company for a while, someone asked what the band’s name was. For lack of a name they became Keweenaw Brewgrass (KBG for those into brevity) and it stuck. The five are attracted to any song that has a good melody line, a great story and room for rhythm. As folk singers have done for centuries, they find songs that interest them regardless of style and pass the story along to whoever will listen. They always have fun!

Band members include: Jim Hertel – upright bass/banjo/vocals; Craig Kurtz – 5-string banjo/bass/vocals; Doug Oppliger – guitar/vocals; Bogue Sandberg – 8-string dobro; Marshall Weathersby – mandolin/guitar/vocals

All ticket sales go to the Calumet Theatre’s “Lift Us Up” Elevator Project so mark your calendars and plan on attending this “historic” show! General seating tickets are $10. Tickets are available 12–5 pm Wednesday through Friday at the Theatre Box Office at 340 Sixth Street, Calumet or phone 337-2166.

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That’s What She Said – Short Play by Women at PWPL May 26th-28th

Marquette, MI – Vertigo Theatre Company and Peter White Public Library present, “That’s What She Said” a showcase of short plays by female writers in the library’s community room. Tickets are now available for purchase at the Peter White Public Library’s circulation desk.

Some of the area’s finest local talent will knock your socks off with side-splitting and sometimes touching performances about the twists and turns along the winding road of life … from the female point of view. Romance, career, and dysfunctional family dynamics will each take their turn in the spotlight. Forget yourself for a couple of hours and be entertained by the wit, humor, woes, dreams, fantasies and foibles of a few fabulous female playwrights … whose stories are brought to life on stage just for you.

Vertigo Theatre Company strives to produce theatre that is both thought-provoking and of the highest quality. This group of local, experienced professionals produces quality, forward-thinking theatre that challenges and enriches both artists and audiences. Previous acclaimed performances of Vertigo Theatre Company include “The Weir,“ A Christmas Carol,” “It’s A Wonderful Life,” “Rabbit Hole,” “Fat Pig” and “Last Five Years”.

Audiences ages 16 and up are invited to experience the humor and drama of “That’s What She Said” at performances on Thursday, May 26 and Friday May 27 at 7:00 pm, with a Saturday May 28 matinee at 2:00pm. Tickets are $10.

This production is sponsored by Zonta Club of Marquette, Marquette Arts and Culture Center and the Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund of the Peter White Public Library.

Call 906-228-9510 with a valid credit card. Proceeds will benefit the library. Advance purchase is advised due to space constraints. Tickets will be sold at the door, payable by cash or check, only.

Thats What She Said at Peter White Public Library

That’s What She Said at Peter White Public Library

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Take A Vet Fishing And The City of Gladstone, Mi Develop Partnership

TAKE A VET FISHING and the CITY OF GLADSTONE, MI DEVELOP PARTNERSHIP TO BRING

THE 1ST “DAY OF GIVING BACK” EVENT TO MICHIGAN TO SUPPORT MILITARY VETERANS.

Bartlett, Illinois. – Take a Vet Fishing (TAVF) in partnership with the Bays de Noc Convention and Visitors Bureau are pleased to announce on July 17, 2016, the “A Day of Giving Back” fishing program will make their first visit to Michigan in the city of Gladstone. This event is meant to celebrate the sacrifices made by our nation’s Veterans and their families. Veterans, volunteer guides, and event volunteers will have an opportunity to register online to participate in this event at www.TakeaVetFishing.org . This will be the third stop for TAVF during the 2016 season, as they would have already completed events at Fox Lake, IL and Lake Waubesa, Madison, WI. TAVF will conclude their season with visits to Hillsport, Ontario Canada, Mille Lacs, MN and Lake Minnetonka, MN.

Take a Vet Fishing (TAVF) was established in 2011 to provide active and reserve military service members and Veterans emotional support and rehabilitation by way of Piscatorial Therapy (commonly referred to as Fishing Therapy). The slogan, “A Day of Giving Back” is the core of Take a Vet Fishing’s mission and serves as a day of giving back to our nation’s heroes. Approximately twenty percent of the 2.3 million veterans returning from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or depression. Most of them will struggle to ask for assistance. Take a Vet Fishing is a Not-For-Profit 501 (c)3 organization created to help fight and bring awareness to PTSD and depression. With the assistance of volunteer guides and mentors, Take a Vet Fishing provides guided fishing outings and a venue for veterans to socially interact with each other as a way to share their story and reconnect with fellow Veterans.

For more information on Take a Vet Fishing, please contact at 413-FOR-VETS (413-367-8387) or visit their website at www.takeavetfishing.org.

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Friends for Elena Fundraiser This Sunday, April 24th

Marquette, MI – We are hosting a spaghetti benefit at the Masonic Building this Sunday to raise funds for Elena McCombie. She is a junior at Marquette Senior High School on the waiting list for a kidney. She currently is getting dialysis treatment three times a week to keep her healthy until she is pulled for a kidney.

We recently had a young campus ministry student in our congregation step forward, she is not a direct match. However, Amanda did the paired donation program so Elena will be at a much higher place on the waiting list since Amanda is willing to donate her kidney to anyone she matches to increase Elena’s chances and get her a kidney sooner. We will be having information the paired donation program at the event.

Friends of Elena Fundraiser April 24

Friends of Elena Fundraiser April 24

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