Festival of Races Bridges Twin Saults Sept 28th

September 15, 2019

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Runners and cyclists will have a chance to partake in one of the most unique and scenic events of the year with the return of the Sault International Festival of Races on Saturday, Sept. 28th.

Now in its 10th year, the Sault International Festival of Races (SIFR) will include four different types of endurance-based competitions. The highlight for many runners will be the opportunity to run, or new this year, bike, across the International Bridge connecting Michigan and Ontario.
Registration is slated for 4-7 p.m. at the Avery Square Center in downtown Sault Ste. Marie (524 Ashmun St.) on Friday, Sept. 27. Race day registration and bib pickup area will be at Lake Superior State University’s Norris Center (650 W. Easterday Ave.) between 5:30 a.m. until race time on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 28th.

The 60-mile Bicycle Race, Half Marathon and 6.9-mile Bridge Run will cross the International Bridge, but will not require participants to need special documentation during the event, as the route turns around before Canadian Customs. Participants that cross the border before and after the event will still need to have WHTI documents (https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/united-states), and must plan accordingly. The 5K Run/Walk will not bring participants across the bridge, but will bring runners underneath the bridge along Portage Avenue.

The newest edition to the SIFR, the 60-mile Bike Race presented by Grand Traverse Ophthalmology Clinic race will kick off the day of races at 7 a.m. Riders will start their route from LSSU, travel across the International Bridge, make their way back and pedal past the Soo Locks, and then race down country roads to the town of Pickford before making their way back to historic downtown Sault Ste. Marie. Registration costs $35.

A trio of on-foot races will begin at 7:15 a.m. with the 12.9 mile Half Marathon. These mostly fast and flat courses will provide runners with a beautiful look of Sault Ste. Marie. Registration costs $70 for the Half Marathon. The Bridge Run starts at 7:30 a.m. and costs $40 to compete in, and the 3.1-mile 5K Run/Walk begins at 7:45 a.m. and costs $30.

Finish lines for all of the events will take place at the Farmers’ Market Square giving the public a great location to come and cheer on their favorite competitors.

With runners crossing the International Bridge, vehicle traffic will be closed along the bridge between 6:45 a.m. until 8:45 a.m. The SIFR is the final planned public bridge event of 2019 that will bring a temporary closure.

Motorists should keep an eye on the International Bridge’s website (www.saultbridge.com) for up-to-date traffic advisories for and during the planned bridge closure.

Following the SIFR, participants are invited to join in the inaugural Sault Ste. Marie Fall Festival taking place throughout the downtown area.
Interested participants can find out more information and register for one of the four events by visiting saultstemarie.com, calling (906) 632-3366 or emailing info@saultstemarie.com

Kim Wilson & the Fabulous Thunderbirds at Calumet Theatre Sept 21st

September 15, 2019

Calumet, MI – Kim Wilson & the Fabulous Thunderbirds will take the stage at Calumet Theatre Saturday, September 21 @ 7:30 pm. The Center Stage Series is presented by Lake Fanny Hooe Resort & Campground.

For almost 40 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band.The group’s distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid. Co-founder Kim Wilson, a four-time Grammy nominee, still spearheads the group.

For Wilson, the musical journey started at age 17 when he began playing the harmonica. In search of other musicians who shared his love of the blues, Wilson moved to the burgeoning music scene of Austin, Texas. It was there that he met Jimmie Vaughan and they founded the T-Birds in 1974. The band developed a reputation as a compelling live act and subsequently signed a record deal with CBS/Epic Records.

In 1979, The Fabulous Thunderbirds released their first self-titled album. Primarily blues influenced, it became a cult classic. In 1986, The Fabulous Thunderbirds reached a commercial peak with the album, “Tuff Enuff”. The single of the same title as well as the singles“Wrap It Up” and “Look At That”, all went top 40. The song, “Tuff Enuff” was featured in the film “Gung Ho” starring Michael Keaton.

In addition to Wilson, the current Thunderbirds line-up features Johnny Moeller on guitar, Steve Gomes on bass, Kevin Anker on keyboards, and Nico Leophonte on drums.The house will be rockin’ when the T-Birds hit the historic Calumet Theatre stage. Don’t miss it!

Special Guest opening act: Marquette’s own Flat Broke Blues Band.

Tickets: $50, $44 & $38. Reserved Seating. Historic Preservation Fee included in ticket price. Member discounts available. Call the Box Office at 906-337-2610, stop at 340 Sixth St., Calumet, MI from Noon-5 pm Monday thru Friday OR order tickets online at www.calumettheatre.com.

NAMI Family-to-Family Series Starts Sept 17th

September 15, 2019

Marquette, MI – Family members and friends of individuals with a mental illness may greatly benefit from a 12-week “Family to Family” education course to be offered by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness Alger/Marquette).

The 12-week series of classes is free and confidential. Classes will be held Tuesdays, September 17 through December 3, 2019, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at 129 W. Baraga Avenue, Marquette, Michigan. The course will cover a broad range of topics, including information about Schizophrenia, Mood Disorders (Bipolar Disorder and Major Depression), Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and PTSD. This will be the 15th time this class has been offered in our area and is presented by trained educators. To date more than 250,000 family members in 48 states across the country have completed the course.

The course is designed specifically for parents, siblings, spouses, teenage and adult children, significant others and friends of people with a mental illness. This course also helps people understand that this is an illness and not something they can just “deal with it, shape up” as most times they just have no control over their actions.

Responses from previous family members who took the class are: “I feel the course has saved my family”, “I no longer blame myself for my child’s illness.” “This course has given me a broader understanding of the diagnosis and more comfort in speaking about this to others.”
With the tragedies of well-known public figures dealing with depression, we feel now more than ever the timing of this class is so important for families to learn more about the types of mental illnesses.

Please call to register for the classes by September 16; however, we will accept new class members until October 1st. For further information or to register, contact Louise Wilcox (906-235-0231), or Cindy Bertucci (906-360-7107).

14th Annual Iron Oars Regatta on Teal Lake Sept 15th

September 15, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Upper Peninsula Community Rowing Club (UPCRC) is again hosting the annual Iron Oars Regatta at Teal Lake in Negaunee. The event takes place on Sunday, September 15th from 8 am-1 pm. The race starts at the west end of Teal Lake finishing at the east, approximately 2 miles. This is the 14th year this event has been hosted by the club.

Michigan Tech University and Northern Michigan University will compete again for the coveted Iron Oars – Heavy Metal Series -Trophy. Other competition will include club members rowing against the time clock in different classes, as well as the youth rowers competing for time. It is an exciting event and if you have any interest in rowing, it is a great time to come see what it is all about.

The Upper Peninsula Community Rowing Club was founded in 2004 and has currently grown to 70 members. Our mission is to promote the sport of rowing in Marquette County. The club hosts Learn to Row sessions starting in June for both youth and adults. Everyone with a desire to learn is welcome. For more information, contact Gail Brayden at gbrayden@charter.net.