Ballroom Dancing Weekend – October 5-7

October 1, 2018

Mackinac Island, MI – Ballroom Dancing Weekend is perfect for the experienced fox trotter or those looking to learn some new steps. Dance the night away in both the Theatre and Terrace Room to The Grand Hotel Orchestra led by Dr. Alex Graham, Grand Hotel Music Director, and a guest favorite – Jerry O’Hagan and his Orchestra. The Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra is one of the top dance bands in the MidWest. Dancers can experience a diverse range of ballroom dance styles at the perfect tempos.

Professional dance instructors will be on hand all day Saturday to help refine your moves. Learn beginner steps including Tango, Cha-Cha, and Swing with the Cayaos as well as Intermediate/Advance Tango, Cha-Cha, and Swing with the Tomlians. There is no place better to enjoy the sophistication of Ballroom Dancing than Grand Hotel where nightly dancing and dressing up for dinner has been a tradition for generations.

Macktoberfest – October 6

October 1, 2018

Mackinac Island, MI – Pack your lederhosen and dirndl for an evening celebrating German heritage at Mackinac Island’s oldest hotel. Join us in the Ice House BBQ garden for the first ever Macktoberfest. Grab a stein and chug some beer. Get your fill of well-prepared chicken. Polka! Polka! Polka! with Aaron Dussing and Polka Revolution. Aaron sings in seven languages, specializes in authentic Alpine yodeling, and can play 20 different musical instruments, including the accordion, his instrument of choice.

Baraga Avenue Harvest Fest – October 6

October 1, 2018

Marquette, MI – The fifth annual Baraga Avenue Harvest Fest, will take place on Saturday, October 6, from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the 100 block of Baraga Avenue in Downtown Marquette. It is Bustling with harvest-themed activities for all ages, the festival features food and drink, live music, street dance, children’s activities and much more.

Returning this year is the popular pasty eating contest. Downtown district businesses will highlight their offerings with sales and information booths. The younger set is invited to explore large equipment, emergency response vehicles and construction trucks at the “big truck petting zoo”, while the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum will once again sponsor a chalk art exhibition and contest featuring street-canvas harvest-themed paintings by local artists, individuals and groups. For more information on the chalk painting or to sponsor a square, visit

The return of past favorites will be complemented by new additions to this year’s festival. The big truck petting zoo will be joined by a live animal petting zoo, bounce house and carousel, along with a food truck rally. Come celebrate fall and its bountiful beauty at the Baraga Avenue Harvest Fest.

The Grace United Methodist Church Sauerkraut Supper Returns – October 11

October 1, 2018

It’s back! The return of the formerly known GUMC (Grace United Methodist Church) Sauerkraut Supper! For over 30 years this supper has been a very well attended meal consisting of Roasted Pork, a special recipe of sauerkraut along with mashed potatoes/gravy, and all the trimmings. There will be raffle baskets and entertainment for the diner’s pleasure or for those who may need to wait for seating.

Due to situations beyond their control the GUMC was dissolved and with it the loss of this supper. Several years have gone by and through perseverance some members of the group have realigned itself through The New Free Store in Harvey MI and teamed with the Marquette Lions Club to bring the meal back. This is an all volunteer operation and many hands make short the work, please call if there is anyone interested in helping.

The Masonic Temple has generously offered their facility to serve the community, as they do for so many others. Dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7:00pm on October 11th, with tickets of $15 available in advance at 906-235-3553.

Vegan Pizza Party at Pasqualis Pizza in Negaunee

October 1, 2018

Negaunee, MIOctober 1, 2018 – Join Northern Vegans for vegan pizza at Pasqualis Pizza at 100 Cliff St off Teal Lake Ave in Negaunee at 6 PM on Wednesday, October 3rd. Pasqualis will use Daiya cheese and a vegan crust to make the pizzas! All are welcome, no RSVP required. Visit Northern Vegans’ Facebook page,, or call 236-1279 for more information.

State of Lake Superior Conference Oct. 9-12 at Michigan Tech

October 1, 2018

Houghton, MIOctober 1, 2018 – More than 200 Great Lakes researchers will converge at the State of Lake Superior Conference Oct. 9-12, 2018 at Michigan Technological University.
Lake managers, lake ecosystem stewards, university researchers, tribes, government agencies and decision-makers will convene in Houghton to discuss the results of the latest Lake Superior scientific research and monitoring efforts, and what it signifies to communities and people across the Lake Superior basin.

The State of Lake Superior Conference (SOLS18) is hosted by the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR), a scientific organization of researchers that encompasses all science disciplines with a common interest in the management of large lake ecosystems. The conference will be held at Michigan Technological University in coordination with the University’s Great Lakes Research Center, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s Natural Resources Department and Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College.

Two evening events, scheduled in conjunction with the conference, are free and open to the public:

Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m., the “Lake Superior Lakewide Action and Management Plan (LAMP)” public session will provide an overview of stressors and threats to Lake Superior, as well as actions being taken to protect and restore Lake Superior. A group of kayakers who call themselves “Four the Water” will share stories from their 2018 journey around Lake Superior, including their citizen-science monitoring of microplastics. This session will allow time for networking with various Lake Superior managers who are helping to implement the LAMP. This session will be held in the Memorial Union Ballroom on Michigan Technological University campus.

Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m., the “Scientific Challenges of Developing a Plan to Protect Buffalo Reef” session will describe alternatives being considered to protect the reef in the future, provide an open discussion on the challenges, and discuss how to overcome them. A century ago, 23 million tons of mine tailings were dumped into Lake Superior. Wind, waves and currents have pushed these tailings toward Buffalo Reef, a valuable area for fish spawning. This copper-laden waste, also called stamp sands, has covered over a third of the reef and a similar amount of nearby juvenile whitefish habitat. The United States Environmental Protection Agency initiated the Buffalo Reef Task Force two years ago to develop a management plan to preserve and protect lake trout and whitefish populations. The session will be held in the MUB Ballroom.