Michigan’s MEECS Program Expands

March 12, 2017

 Visitor Center longhorn Asian beetle invasive species game.The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has expanded its Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) program offering it online for the first time. Typically, MEECS is only offered through a workshop format, but now teachers can access MEECS modules in a new partnership with Grand Valley State University and PBS. Check out PBS Learning Media and type MEECS in the search bar.

Of course, face to face experiential learning, with a trained MEECS Facilitator, is always the most rewarding option. These formal workshops (4-6 hours in length) cover different Michigan environmental topics. Peer reviewed and highly educational curricula binders focus on Air Quality, Water Quality, Ecosystems, Land Use, Energy Resources, Climate Change and Land and Environment. Many Michigan educators spend years seeking training workshops to learn these lessons and pick up materials. This summer, DEQ and DNR have partnered to offer all seven units at the July Academy of Natural Resources in a course entitled, MEECS WEEK.Read the rest

Calendar – Music – NMU Music Department Guest Artist Series to Present Stephanie Beinlich in Concert – Mar. 15

March 12, 2017

Marquette – The Northern Michigan University Music Department Guest Artist Series will feature a concert with Marquette native and soprano Stephanie Beinlich on Wednesday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Recital Hall on the campus of NMU.

Beinlich is a versatile soprano with extensive experience onstage and behind the scenes. In 2011, she studied with Seraphic Fire at the Professional Choral Institute, where she sang on their Grammy-nominated recording of Brahms’ “Ein deutches Requiem.” Other recent recordings include “Beneath the Ice” the debut album of composer George Fetner. She also holds degrees in voice and pedagogy from Western Michigan University and the University of South Carolina. Beinlich is on faculty with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and has previously taught at Newberry College and the University of North Dakota.

The concert is free and open to the public.… Read the rest

Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – Keweenaw Community Foundation Fundraiser – Mar. 15

March 12, 2017

Houghton – The Keweenaw Community Foundation Keweenaw Gold fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, March 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Bonfire Steakhouse Bar and Grill in Houghton.

This year’s theme is “Blueprints for Our Community’s Future” inspired by the legacy of Herman “Winks” Gundlach. The Herman Gundlach Fund at KCF is one of over 70 endowments managed by KCF for the long-term betterment of the people of Houghton and Keweenaw counties.

Tickets for this event are $75 with a portion of the ticket price eligible as a tax deductible charitable contribution. The event will be catered with a cash bar and live music. It is always a special evening with so many from across the Keweenaw coming together to celebrate, enjoy good food and good company, and help raise funds for this important community foundation.

All proceeds raised during the event will go towards promoting the foundation’s mission to inspire giving that invests in our community’s quality of life.… Read the rest

Calendar – Youth – PWPL Teen Advisory Board Meeting – Mar. 15

March 12, 2017

Marquette – The Teen Advisory Board will meet on Wednesday, March 15 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

All students in grades 9 to 12 are welcome for event planning, book talking and snacks. Tell us what you’d like to see at your library, meet new people, and get some volunteer experience at the same time.

The event is free. For more information, call 226-4323 or visit www.pwpl.info.… Read the rest

Calendar – Youth – 8-18 Media New Member Training – Mar. 15

March 12, 2017

Marquette – 8-18 Media, a journalism program for youth age 8-18 at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, will offer training for new members on Wednesday, March 15 from 4:15 to 6 p.m. at the Museum, 123 W. Baraga Avenue in Marquette.

Experience the thrill of being published! Pizza and snacks will be served. Call museum to pre-register at 226-3911.… Read the rest

Calendar – Education – Astronomical Presentation “What’s Out There? Observing the Moon” – Mar. 15

March 12, 2017

Marquette – The Marquette Astronomical Society will present “What’s Out There? Observing the Moon” on Wednesday, March 15 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

This program, presented by Scott Stobbelaar, will cover when and where to find the Moon and once you have found it, what features to look for whether you are using binoculars or the library loan scope or a larger scope. Topics covered will be: phases of the Moon, craters, maria, moon maps, observing techniques. Be sure to bring your questions.

For more information, visit www.pwpl.info or call 226-4318. … Read the rest

Calendar – Youth – Local Author Reading “Faeries of the Night: Good and Evil” – Mar. 15

March 12, 2017

Ishpeming – Local author Deborah Choszczyk will read her new book “Faeries of the Night: Good and Evil” on Wednesday, March 15 at 6 p.m. at the Carnegie Public Library in Ishpeming.

Bring your imaginations because Deborah’s book will come alive with the use of larger-than-life props from the book! The event is recommended for ages 7 and up. … Read the rest

Calendar – Health – Blood Drive in Manistique – Mar. 15

March 12, 2017

Manistique – The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of UPHSM, will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, March 15 from 1 to 5:15 p.m. at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital in Manistique.

For an appointment, contact Mindy Asp at 341-5777.… Read the rest

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