Keweenaw Mineral Days July 15th – 20th

July 13, 2019

Houghton, MI – Keweenaw Mineral Days takes place Monday, July 15th through Saturday, July 20th! The A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum at Michigan Tech hosts a week-long collection event that enthusiasts won’t want to miss! Take a look at the schedule of events and be sure to register on the website!

Movies by the Bay July 14th

July 13, 2019

St. Ignace, MI – Another installment of Movies by the Bay will come into focus on Sunday, July 14th at 10 pm! Outdoor movies take place every Sunday evening in St. Ignace through September 1st. Cozy up on the shores of Lake Huron and settle in for a fun evening of a movie in the open air.

To learn more about Movies by the Bay visit the website.

Creating Confident Caregivers Workshop August 20th

July 13, 2019

Marquette, MI – Creating Confident Caregivers is an exciting new program in select regions of Michigan, for family caregivers of persons with dementia and/or memory loss. Creating Confident Caregivers is a six-session workshop led by trained dementia care specialists. This university tested program provides participants with information, skills and attitudes to manage stress and increase their effectiveness as a Caregiver.

Creating Confident Caregivers is once again available in the Escanaba area, brought to you in part by the U.P. Area Agency on Aging/UPCAP. There is no charge to participants for the weekly sessions or materials and respite care may be available through participating area agencies while caregivers attend the workshop.

The next “Creating Confident Caregivers” workshop starts August 20, 2019 in Escanaba. This is a six week workshop which meets once each week on Tuesdays from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm at the UPCAP conference room. If you are interested in participating in this workshop contact UPCAP by dialing 2-1-1 or visit us on the web at

NMU’s FROST Hosts Bone Identification Workshop August 17th

July 13, 2019

Marquette, MI – A “Human v. Non-Human Bone Identification” workshop will be held from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday, August 17, in room 122 of the Jacobetti Complex at Northern Michigan University. The NMU Forensic Research Outdoor Station (FROST) has invited Michigan State University forensic anthropologist Joseph Hefner to lead the program, which is designed for those who may encounter skeletal remains during their daily work duties.

Combining classroom instruction with hands-on laboratory training, participants will work with whole and fragmentary human and non-human bones, in addition to histological material. Michigan law enforcement officers can obtain MCOLES credit. The course is also designed for first responders, park rangers, wildlife managers and community members who frequently explore the outdoors. The information presented will not be sensitive in nature.

Cost for the workshop is $60. To register, or for additional information, email

Cybersecurity Camp at NMU July 29th – Aug 2nd

July 13, 2019

Marquette, MI – An Intro to Cybersecurity Camp for students in grades 7-12 will be held at Northern Michigan University’s new U.P. Cybersecurity Institute from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Monday, July 29th through Friday, August 2nd. The institute is located in room 2022 at the Northern Center (formerly University Center).

This one-week camp will teach the importance of cybersecurity, how to recognize and interpret characteristics of a cyber attack and how to protect devices from threats, among other topics.

Registration cost is $80 per person, which includes one week of additional access to the online lab. To register, call 227-2103.

The camp is presented by NMU Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

L’Anse Village Manager Selected for Michigan Municipal League Board

July 13, 2019

Ann Arbor, MI – L’Anse Village Manager Robert A. La Fave has been selected to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Michigan Municipal League – a statewide organization representing the state’s cities and villages.

La Fave was appointed by the 18-member board in June to fill former Sault Ste. Marie City Manager Oliver Turner’s vacancy. Turner recently moved out of state for a new position in Ohio.

“I’ve attended many League events and trainings over the years and have long held them in high regard,” La Fave said. “It is truly an honor to be selected to the board and I will do my best to represent my community and all Upper Peninsula communities.”

La Fave is the chief administrative officer of the Village of L’Anse, located at the head of the Keweenaw Bay on Lake Superior. As village manager he is responsible for government operations within the municipal unit, including all aspects of Village services and utilities; including police, fire, street and public works, parks and recreation, zoning/planning, code enforcement, economic development, the Downtown Development Authority, water, sewer, and electricity.

In his 11 years of service to the community, La Fave has worked with multiple community stakeholders, including the village council, DDA, local chamber, economic development organizations, the planning commission, and citizens groups. The aim of this vast community involvement is to engage in placemaking and downtown revitalization efforts to improve the quality of life of local residents and to help make the community more attractive to visitors and business alike.

La Fave has also served on the Michigan Municipal Executives board, and MSU Extension Statewide Board. He is currently on the Baraga County EDC, and other various community boards.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University’s James Madison College and a Master of Public Administration from Grand Valley State University. He also has a Citizen Planner Certification from MSU Extension and is currently a PhD student in Michigan Technological University’s Environmental and Energy Policy Program.

The Michigan Municipal League is a nonprofit organization that serves more than 520 Michigan cities, villages, and urban townships.

For additional information, contact Matt Bach, the League’s director of communications, at (810) 874-1073 (cell); (734) 669-6317 (office) and

NMU Among Top Schools for Indigenous Students

July 13, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University is among the top 200 colleges for Indigenous students for 2019-20. The list will appear in November’s special college issue of Winds of Change, a magazine published quarterly by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES).

The annual college issue is the only resource of its kind for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians focusing on the science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) disciplines. The 2019 edition will contain more than 20 pages of statistical information and survey and research data tailored to Indigenous students who are eager to find the right college based on their budgets, anticipated majors and other criteria.

The magazine compiles information on 200 four-year colleges and universities “where American Indians are going to school in significant numbers and where the community, Native programs and support system are strong enough for these students to enjoy college and stay on to graduation.”

NMU was the first and remains the only university in the State of Michigan to offer a bachelor’s degree in Native American Studies. It also offers certification in American Indian education and a master’s degree in American Indian education administration.

“I believe in Native American Studies because, as a discipline, it raises our critical consciousness of how individually and collectively we identify ourselves, how we treat one another, how we recognize our relationship with our environment, and how we create policy in relation to all of these things,” said April Lindala, professor of Native American studies at NMU. “I believe in Native American Studies because it forces me as an author, an educator and lifelong learner to think outside of the conventional academic box; a system that has previously excluded Indigenous voices. It is time for these voices to be heard, to be discussed and to be honored.”

Other attributes designed to enhance the Native American academic experience include a resource room with printed and audio/visual materials and two student groups: the Native American Student Association, which hosts the annual First Nations Food Taster and campus pow wow; and the Native American Language and Culture Club.

For more information, visit

Hands On! Art and History Day Camp August 19th – 23rd

July 13, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Marquette Regional History Center presents Hands On! Art and History Day Camp Monday through Friday, August 19-23, 2019 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm each day. This is the 6th annual day camp collaboration between the Marquette Regional History Center and Liberty Children’s Art Project!

The camp is a week-long immersion into local history and multi-media art making. We will explore the History Center’s special exhibit: “Changing Hands: A Heritage Crafts Exhibit” through a lively history experience and guest art teachers using contemporary methods and materials in art making. Come explore and create multiple art projects with us! Ages 8-12. Pre-registration required.

Register at the History Center or by calling 906.226.3571. $50 for the week, or $45 for Museum Members. $10 Discount for additional siblings. This Heritage Craft Series event is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or the MHC.