Annual Marquette TubaChristmas Holiday Concert – December 9

November 29, 2018

See information about the 2018 TubaChristmas Holiday Concert in Marquette

See information about the 2018 TubaChristmas Holiday Concert in Marquette

Marquette, MI  –  November 29, 2018 –  Marquette’s annual TubaChristmas holiday concert will be held on Sunday, Dec 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Marquette Regional History Center, 145 W. Spring St., Marquette. Tuba and euphonium players from around the area will perform Christmas carols in this annual tradition which is free and open to the public.

TubaChristmas got its start with a concert on the ice rink at New York’s Rockefeller Plaza in 1974. 300 tuba and euphonium players congregated on that day to perform Christmas carols specially arranged by noted composer Alec Wilder. Since the inaugural concert, tuba and euphonium choirs have met annually in various locations to continue this event. This year over 300 cities across the United States and in several foreign countries will play the same arrangements as those performers 44 years ago.

Marquette’s TubaChristmas got its start a bit more recently, but has rapidly established itself as an annual tradition. After instrument valves froze during one particularly cold December day, the Marquette Regional History Center graciously opened its doors to the group a few years ago and has hosted standing-room only crowds. Get there early if you want a chair. Again this year, it’s free, and it’s fun, and it’s at 1:30 PM at the Marquette Regional History Center on Sunday, Dec 9.

See you there!

NCLL Offers Talk on Medicinal Plant Chemistry

November 29, 2018

Marquette, MINovember 29, 2018 – The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will offer a presentation on Northern Michigan University’s medicinal plant chemistry program. Mark Paulsen, head of the NMU Department of Chemistry, will discuss the program, answer related questions, and lead an optional tour of the new lab that is under construction, from 1-3 pm on Thursday, December 13 in West Science room 2902. The registration deadline is Thursday, December 6.

Paulsen will address the rationale for developing the program, along with the academic requirements, expectations and career options.

The cost to attend is $3 for NCLL members and $6 for non-members. Register by calling 227-2979. For more information, contact event liaison Sandi Poindexter at 361-1820.

Downtown Marquette Farmer’s Market – December 1

November 28, 2018

Marquette, Mich.12/01/2018– Come see what the locals have to offer at the Downtown Marquette Farmer’s Market in the Marquette Commons this Saturday, December 1, from 9:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m.

There is plenty to browse around for like: Fresh Michigan-grown produces, other farm-produced goods, baked goods, and various artisan wares.

Come see what the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market has to offer every Saturday until December 15th. Check out!

NCLL Presents ‘Summer Rounds’ Author Talk

November 28, 2018

Marquette, MINovember 28, 2018 – The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will offer a presentation by local author B.G. Bradley on his latest Hunter Lake novel, Summer Rounds. The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 12, at the Peter White Public Library Shiras Room. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Bradley will discuss the adventures of local handyman Dale Slyvanus and other characters such as his wife, Carrie, Father Bill, Big Ol’ Rex and Jen O’Brien-Hicks.

The cost to attend is $3 for NCLL members and $6 for non-members. Register by calling 227-2979. Call liaison Phyllis James for more information at 225-1004.

Marquette Students Get On Their Soapbox

November 27, 2018

Mikva Challenge Announces the Tom Baldini Project Soapbox Challenge in Marquette, MI Marquette Senior High School students will come together to prove that they are neither apathetic nor unengaged in the political process.

Marquette, MI, November 27, 2018— Mikva Challenge today announces that the inaugural Tom Baldini Soapbox Challenge will take place at the Marquette Senior High School Shirley Smith Little Theater, 1203 W. Fair Avenue, on Friday, November 30th, at 10:15 am. The youth-driven civic engagement event calls on students to speak out on issues that affect them and their communities. In its first year, the Tom Baldini Project Soapbox Challenge will honor the legacy of Tom Baldini, a former educator at Marquette Area Public Schools and a longtime area politician and public servant who made an impact at the local, state, and national level. Mr. Baldini devoted his life to promoting civic activism, solving problems, and working to make his community a better place. The dual purpose of this Soapbox Challenge is to honor his legacy and to engage and empower the next generation of community leaders.

Students will have the opportunity to take a stand as they address the question: “What is the most pressing issue facing young people today, why is it important, and what should be done to address it?” In order to qualify for the Tom Baldini Soapbox Challenge, twelve finalists were selected from over 190 competitors who researched, composed, and delivered original speeches in Blythe Raikko and Kris O’Connor’s US History classes. Additionally, there was an at-large competition open to any MSHS student interested in participating. For Friday’s final event, the judges will be a dedicated group of civic, business, and philanthropic leaders who will evaluate the content, delivery, and style of the students’ original speeches of approximately 2-3 minutes in length.

This unique and powerful event aims to shine a light on issues including mental health, environmental concerns, veteran care, as well as other societal ills. Speeches include powerful combinations of passion, research and personal stories about themselves and their loved ones. Performing in the Little Theatre is a unique opportunity for students to experience speaking to a large audience and to have their voices heard beyond their classrooms. We are calling it a competition, but in reality it is a celebration of our dynamic next generation of engaged and active citizens.

Additionally, one winner will advance on to Washington, D.C. this summer to give their speech to a national audience as part of Soapbox Nation, a partnership between Mikva Challenge and Facebook Education.

About Mikva Challenge: Mikva Challenge is a nonpartisan organization that develops youth to be empowered, informed, and active citizens who will promote a just and equitable society. We do this by engaging youth in action civics, an authentic and transformative learning process built on youth voice and youth expertise.

For more information contact:
Blythe Raikko, Marquette Senior High School Teacher,
Kris O’Connor, Marquette Senior High School Teacher,
Carrie Kelso, Action Civics MI Community Engagement Consultant,


42nd annual Poor Artists Sale

November 26, 2018

Calumet, MINovember 26, 2018 – The 42nd annual Poor Artists Sale is Saturday, December 1st from 11 am-4 pm @ the CLK Gym in Calumet, Michigan. For more information, go to the Copper Country Arts website.

NMU Day of Giving

November 26, 2018

Marquette, MINovember 26, 2018 – On Tuesday, November 27th, Northern Michigan University will hold a Day of Giving to coincide with the global charitable event, Giving Tuesday. As happened last year, faculty, staff, friends and alumni will come together at this special time to give and pledge resources. This year the focus is on support for the Northern Fund, the Flexible Aid Fund, student scholarships and the NMU Food Pantry.

The NMU Foundation encourages all faculty and staff to make a gift. The generosity will help increase aid and opportunity for students. The campus community can also participate by donating non-perishable and other items to the NMU Food Pantry. The goal this year is to collect 2,000 items – double last year’s total.

More information and online giving are available at

Online payroll deduct is also available by visiting MyNMU and choosing Foundation Giving–Payroll Deduction from the Employee Services tab.

Westwood Shakespeare Company Presents Romeo and Juliet

November 26, 2018

Ishpeming, MINovember 26, 2018 – Shakespeare’s timeless and ever relevant Romeo and Juliet will be presented by the Westwood Shakespeare Company Dec. 6, 7, and 12 at the Patriot Performing Arts Theatre. Shakespeare’s tale of star crossed teenage lovers has a new voice with every new generation of performers, and this “no time” production by the WSC gives it a unique, romantic and swashbuckling spin.
Said Program Director Maria Hoffman, “It is my first year directing the WHS Shakespeare Company, and I am thrilled to be a part of such a well-established program. The students, especially our student directors, have done a phenomenal job with making the show come to life, and BG Bradley, our acting coach, has been a wonderful help in teaching these young actors and actresses how to develop both their characters and their skills. With everything put together, our performance of Romeo and Juliet is sure to tug at the heartstrings!”
Hoffman added, that Fight Choreographers, Patrick and Taggart Bradley, former members of the grades 9-12 high school company, together with the young actors, have done a great job creating the famous sword fighting scenes, that give this romantic play its infusion of action.
Artistic Director B.G. Bradley commented, “Maria Hoffman is bringing a ton of new energy to this program, and the kids are responding with some astonishingly great work on stage and in the technical booth. The “no time” setting of the play gives the work a contemporary feel, that still maintains its classical roots and timeless Elizabethan language.”
All shows are at 7:00 PM. Advance tickets are on sale for $5 in the Westwood High School office, and tickets will be sold at the door for $8/student and $10/adult. Groups of five or more can purchase tickets at the door for $5 per person. Season tickets are also available.

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