Calendar – Outdoors – U.P. 200 Sled Dog Race and Jackpine 30 Race – Feb. 12-14

February 9, 2016

Marquette/Gwinn – The U.P. 200 will begin with an opening ceremony on Friday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Marquette. The race begins at 7 p.m.

The Midnight Run will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. or about 30 minutes after the last team of the U.P. 200 leaves the chute.

The Jackpine 30 race will begin on Saturday, February 13 at 10 a.m. at Larry’s Family Foods in Gwinn.

The U.P. 200 Finish will begin around noon at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette.

For complete information on routes, check-points and finish lines, go to

Calendar – Outdoors – NMU Alumni Association to Host Hospitality Tent – Feb. 12

February 9, 2016

Marquette – The Northern Michigan University Alumni Association will host a hospitality tent near the start of the UP 200 sled dog race on Friday, February 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Upper Peninsula Health Plan parking lot at the corner of Washington and Fourth Streets. Admission is free and open to the public.

This family-friendly event will feature a warming tent with heaters provided by Double Trouble DJs, free hot chocolate and cookies from Babycakes Muffin Co., and an opportunity to meet retired Alaskan husky sled dogs Brianna and Flynt from Snowy Plains Kennels in Gwinn. During “half time,” visitors will also be able to pose for a photo with the dogs and a dogsled.

Calendar – Education – Black History Month Presentation – Feb. 12

February 9, 2016

Marquette – A Black History Month presentation at Northern Michigan University will address “Race and Class in America: Why What Impacts African Americans Impacts All Americans” on Friday, February 12 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in 2904 of the West Science Building at NMU.

Carter Wilson, head of NMU’s political science department, will give the talk and use his book, “Metaracism: Explaining the Persistence of Racial Inequality,” to reflect on Black History Month. His book explores how law, politics and history contribute to the progress and repression of race relations.

The event is free and open to the public.

Calendar – Theater – Fringe Fest Performance at NMU – Feb. 12

February 9, 2016

Marquette – Four different theatrical pieces performed, produced, and directed by the students of the Northern Michigan Theatre and Entertainment Arts program will be offered during the Fringe Fest.

“The Colored Museum” by George C. Wolfe and “The Soul Truth” by JPaul Truckey will be presented on Friday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theater at NMU.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for students, and $5 for NMU students, available at all NMU EZ Ticket Outlets.

Calendar – Education – Digital Technology Help Offered – Feb. 12

February 9, 2016

Marquette – Northern Michigan University Information Technology students will offer their outreach assistance to anyone with digital technology operating problems on Friday, February 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Shiras Room of the Peter White Public Library.

This drop in opportunity is for anyone having issues getting their laptops, tablets, e-readers, phones and other digital equipment up and running. No appointment is necessary and there is no charge for this volunteer service.

For more information visit or call 226-4318.

Calendar – Education – NMU’s 2016 Great Discussion Series to Present “Migration to Michigan: Challenges to Opportunities” – Feb. 9

February 8, 2016

Marquette – Northern Michigan University’s 2016 Great Decisions Global Discussion Series will present “Migration to Michigan: Challenges to Opportunities” will be presented by Bing Goei on Tuesday, February 9 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Jamrich Hall room 3319 on the NMU Campus.

Goeri, who works in the State of Michigan Office for New Americans, will discuss how Michigan receives the third-largest share of refugees coming into the United States and how the state works to integrate newcomers.

Great Decisions is a series of critical examinations of foreign policy presented by a roster of nationally known experts. NMU’s political science department and international programs office are partnering with the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan to share these presentations on campus. Events are free and open to the public.

Calendar – Education – Darwin Week at NMU Events -Feb. 11

February 8, 2016

Marquette – The Northern Michigan University biology department has planned events around Charles Darwin’s birthdate. Two events are planned on Thursday, February 11.

A Frozen Fossils snow sculpture competition on the academic mall will feature students building their favorite creatures—living or extinct—to win prizes. Judging will take place at 4 p.m.

NMU biology professor Neil Cumberlidge will present “Where Did We Come From? New Genetic Evidence For Human Evolution” as part of the Science on Tap series at 7 p.m. at the Ore Dock Brewing Company on Spring Street in downtown Marquette.

Calendar – Music – Northern Nights Series to Present Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project – Feb. 11

February 8, 2016

Marquette – The 2015-16 Northern Nights series at Northern Michigan University will feature Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project on Thursday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Recital Hall at NMU.

Stone will revive and reimagine traditional music collected by folklorist Adam Lomax. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American a cappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday people.

Tickets are $5 in advance/$6 at the door for students/under 18, $15 advance/$17 at the door for NMU faculty/staff and seniors 60+, $20 in advance/$22 at the door for the general public.

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