All-Star Game Completes Fantasy Draft of Players

March 19, 2017

MARQUETTE, MIMarch 19, 2017 – The U.P. Football All-Star Game created quite a buzz this year by changing the most basic premise of the game, how the teams are divided.  2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the U.P. summer football classic.  The biggest change for this year’s game is that the teams will not be aligned East vs West, or North vs South, which has been the case each of the first nine years of the game. Instead, all players selected as all-stars were “drafted” by the coaches, just like fantasy football leagues.  The players are on either the Red Team or the Black Team.

The draft took place on Saturday, March 18th, at Buffalo Wild Wings in Marquette, and the picks were reported live on social media for all who wanted to follow the progress. … Read the rest

Calendar – Music – West End Community Concert Orchestra to Present Family Concert – Mar. 22

March 19, 2017

Negaunee – The West End Community Concert Orchestra will offer a family friendly concert on Wednesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in the Negaunee High School Auditorium.

Enjoy a night of music you will recognize. Water is the theme (it’s also World Water Day) and the orchestra, which is comprised of community and area high school musicians, will be dressed as pirates, Titanic passengers, sailors and more. “Under the Sea”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, and “My Heart Will Go On” are just a few of the songs featured. “Sea Dogs” by Lisa Wheeler will be acted out with life-sized puppets and song.

For more information, call Catherine Moilanen at 361-8030.… Read the rest

Calendar – Youth – PWPL Junior Teen Advisory Board Meeting – Mar. 22

March 19, 2017

Marquette – The Junior Teen Advisory Board will meet on Wednesday, March 22 from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. in the Shiras Room of the Peter White Public Library.

All students in grades 5 to 8 are welcome. Plan events for people your age, play games, talk about books, and get volunteer experience.

The event is free. For more information, call 226-4323, visit or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook. … Read the rest

Calendar – Families – Family Birthday Bash at U.P. Children’s Museum – Mar. 22

March 19, 2017

Marquette – A Family Birthday Bash to celebrate the U.P. Children’s Museum’ 20th Birthday will be held on Wednesday, March 22 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the musuem, 123 W. Baraga Avenue in Marquette.

Admission is free. Join the museum staff for cake, games and fun. For more information, call 226-3911.… Read the rest

Calendar – Groups – NARFE Meeting – Mar. 22

March 19, 2017

Marquette – National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) Chapter 1900 will meet on Wednesday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m. in Room B of the Marquette Senior Center, 300 W. Baraga Avenue in Marquette.

Computer expert Brian Maki will be the guest speaker. Maki teaches the Forever Beginners computer classes. With computer equipment and handouts, he will advise members on personal computer use, including ways to avoid viruses and hacking.

NARFE Chapter 1900 includes members from the Marquette, Escanaba, Rapid River, Houghton and Hancock areas. For more information, call 475-0362.… Read the rest

Calendar – Health – Blood Drive in Marquette – Mar. 22

March 19, 2017

Marquette – The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of UPHSM, will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, March 22 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Halverson Hall Lounge on the campus of Northern Michigan University.

No appointments are necessary.… Read the rest

Calendar – Education – “Discovering the Ancient Caribou Hunters of Marquette County’s Silver Lake” Presentation – Mar. 22

March 19, 2017

Marquette – The Marquette Regional History Center will present “Discovering the Ancient Caribou Hunters of Marquette County’s Silver Lake” on Wednesday March 22 at 7 p.m. at the Center on Spring Street in Marquette.

The program will be presented by Jim Paquette. 12,000 years ago on the shoreline of Silver Lake a herd of migrating caribou stopped for a drink, and ancient hunters using wooden spears with stone tips suddenly appeared. This presentation will focus on the results of the Silver Lake Reservoir archaeological survey project that Jim Paquette undertook starting back in 1987-88, and again, continuing during 2002 through 2008 when low water levels in the basin allowed for additional surface reconnaissance along the exposed shoreline of the original lake.

On display at the program will be an extensive collection of rare ancient stone spear points and tools that were left behind by Ice Age and early Holocene hunter/gatherers who once camped and lived on the shores of Marquette County’s Silver Lake.… Read the rest

Calendar – Films/Documentaries – “13th” Film Screening – Mar. 22

March 19, 2017

Marquette – Northern Michigan University has scheduled a semester-long series of presentations, film screenings, reading groups and creative responses to Claudia Rankine’s “Citizen: An American Lyric”, this year’s Diversity Common Reader Program selection. The book recounts mounting racial aggression in ongoing encounters in 21st century daily life and in the media.

The film “13th” will be shown on Wednesday, March 22 at 6 p.m. in Jamrich Hall 1100. The film takes an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequity. The public is invited to attend. … Read the rest