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RRN Daily Events:  3-16-17

 

The Rotary Club of Escanaba will award three $1,000 scholarships to seniors graduating from a school in Delta County. Students must be enrolled full time in college the following fall & winter semesters to be eligible, & must provide BOTH proof of successful completion of their Fall semester college courses & proof of Winter semester enrollment to receive the full scholarship award. For more information, visit Escanaba Rotary dot org & click “scholarships.” Application must be received (or postmarked) on or before April 1st to be considered.

 

The 22nd Marquette County Community Baby Shower/Health Fair is on April 28th at 1 p.m. at the North Iron Church in Ishpeming. This annual event is open to families from all over Marquette County & assists them in obtaining much needed supplies for their newborn babies. Families have the opportunity to learn about local services to assist them with their pregnancy & education about caring for their new baby. The shower committee is now seeking monetary donations which can be mailed or delivered to Community Action Alger Marquette (CAAM). Pre-registration is required by April 14th. Contact Julie at 906-315-2607

 

A documentary that tells the story of one of the greatest turnarounds in sports history…the 1975 NMU football national championship, is in production & needs some financial help.  After going winless in 1974, NMU the team won the national title the following year. “Put Your Hand On the Line” is spearheaded by Jack Hirn & other former players but they need more money to finish the project.  A sneak peek is available on the NMU Football Alumni Facebook page.  For more info send an email to JackHirn@rocketmail.com

 

The YMCA’s Annual Campaign is underway. Help the Y continue its mission of never turning anyone away. Stop by, go online, or call your nearest Y today!

 

Check Off” for the United Way Fund- The United Way of Marquette County is encouraging Michigan residents to “check off” for the United Way Fund on Michigan tax returns.  Form 4642 on the 2016 income tax return will allow people to donate all or part of their Michigan tax return to the United Way Fund, a fund created to help Michigan’s needy families with their most basic needs.  In accordance with Public Act 527 of 2008, the funds are provided to communities “for basic needs, including, but not limited to, food, clothing & shelter.”

Given today’s economic conditions & high unemployment in Michigan, more families are at risk than ever before & the need for assistance has never been greater.  The Michigan Legislature has created a quick & easy way to donate resources that help ease the burden for many Michigan families.  This year, please be sure to “check off” for the United Way Fund.  All proceeds will directly benefit the United Way in your community.

The United Way of Marquette County, like most United Ways, are experiencing increases in requests for funding & services from agencies, which are facing budget shortfalls.  At the same time, fewer people are able to make the donations they might have in the past, so fundraising has been a bit of a struggle.  The Michigan tax check off is an easy and painless way to help those in our community. Because of everyone’s efforts, last year the United Way of Marquette County received almost $300, which helped provide food and clothing for several local families that needed them. For more info, call the United Way of Marquette County at 226-8171.

 

May 4th –7th

The 8th Annual North of 45 Retreat for Writers is May 4th -7th in Curtis, MI with Chamberlin’s Ole Forest Inn & the Erickson Center for the Arts hosting. The retreat is an opportunity for writers of all styles to gather to share their love of the written word with like-minded people in a relaxed atmosphere. Primary sponsorship comes from the Erickson Center, a non-profit corporation dedicated to enriching the mind, body & spirit of individuals of all ages. Other sponsorships come from local businesses & individuals.  Any adult who has a passion for writing, a desire to pursue the craft, or who feels a need to get away from the distractions of everyday living in order to explore and/or indulge their interest is welcome.  For more info about the North of 45 Retreat, to register, or to become a sponsor, contact Kelly Chamberlin, 800-292-0440 or visit ericksoncenter.org

Feb. 6th–March 31st                                                                                                                                               The Erickson Center for the Arts 3rd Annual Student Art Show is Feb. 6th –March 31st with a large variety of artwork provided by students of all ages from Tahquamenon Area Schools, Three Lakes Academy, Engadine Consolidated Schools, & local home-schooling programs.  The purpose of this exhibit is to demonstrate how essential art is as part of a child’s education.  Patrons of the show will be given a chance to vote for the “People’s Choice Award” presented to one student from each of the schools at the end of the exhibit. The Student Art Show can be seen during regular business hours, 10a.m.–4p.m. Mon.–Fri. Free to the public

 

The Children’s Museum is calling for ideas.  March 22, 2017- March 22, 2018 the Children’s Museum will be celebrating its 20th season serving our community.  We want it to be a very special year filled with fun.  Please share your ideas with us regarding events, special attractions, initiatives, fund development ideas, etc.  Email your thoughts to upcmkids@gmail.com

 

Navigating Medicare can be tough for many seniors. From prescription drug plans to private health plans, it’s not surprising that people with Medicare are confused about their health insurance & their options. Fortunately, there is an organization that they can turn to for help.  UPCAP’s Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) works with people to help them understand their Medicare benefits, bills, & rights. MMAP services are free, confidential, &available to all Michigan Medicare beneficiaries, their families, & caregivers. To learn more about your plan, other plans, or the MMAP program/services visit upcap.org  …or for free assistance, contact your local Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Counselors at 1-800-803-7174 or dial 2-1-1.

 

The Escanaba Public Library is making some changes to the schedule & format of its long-standing Saturday story hour. Story hour will now be held on the second Saturday of the month beginning Jan. 14th. The program will continue to center around reading stories, songs, &games, but each month there will be a special guest along with a hands-on-activity & a treat. Saturday story hour has been a staple at the library since the 1950’s. Many community members remember attending story hour in the basement of the Carnegie Library. Children 4 years & older are invited & encouraged to attend these programs. There is no preregistration & there is no fee. For more info visit the library’s web page at escanabalibrary.org or call the children’s department at 789-7328

 

Ongoing

There will be a “Songwriter’s Group” held the last Monday of every month through May 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Songwriters, musicians & music lovers alike will meet for an informal gathering at the ECA. All are welcome! Join in as guests of the group share song ideas, play guitar & other instruments, sing & just enjoy the company of other music enthusiasts. Free of charge. Meeting will be held in the lower level of the ECA building. *There will be no meeting in Dec. The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 30th. Call Ruthette Mills for more info at 906-586-6384

 

Ongoing

All area middle schoolers (age 12-14) are welcome to join Comedy Club.  The group meets the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month at Gladstone City Hall from 3:30 –5p.m.  Members perform skits, improv, & stand-up comedy.  Costumes & props are provided.  See kidscomedyclub.blogspot.com for cast photos & videos.  No fees, just fun!  Call 428-2843 to register

 

Ongoing

Big Bay de Noc High School is in the planning process of this year’s senior graduation party that will include fun events & activities & assure students an array of gifts & prizes. The seniors are allowed to bring a guest with them, & they must stay the entire evening to collect any of the prizes. Donations can be sent to: Big Bay de Noc Drug-Free Grad Party Committee c/o Mrs. Tammy Rochefort, Treasurer  318 State Hwy M149 Cooks, MI 49817

Ongoing

Public Health Delta & Menominee Counties have several services available. To schedule an appointment, call 786-4111

 

Ongoing

Clinic Services & WIC appointments available at the Marquette County Health Department. To make a Clinic appointment call 906-475-7844.  Clinic Services available are: HIV/AIDS Counseling & Testing, & Immunizations, Family Planning, Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening, STD, & Health Services. WIC appointments are available by calling 475-7846.  For more info on programs & services offered by the Marquette County Health Department visit mqthealth.org

 

Elder Abuse Awareness Workshops are being offered all over the U.P.  Elder abuse is a problem throughout all communities.  Those involved may not realize their behaviors are abusive or may by overwhelmed & feel powerless to change.  Likewise, the person being abused may be afraid to confront the abusive person for fear of retaliation, loss of a caregiver or be placed in a long term care facility. The Elder Abuse Workshop will be one hour providing information & tools to identify & report Elder Abuse, Neglect, & Exploitation of seniors.  Learn How, What, & Where to report situations of suspected abuse, neglect, & exploitation. This NO COST workshop is being facilitated all over the U.P.  To find out if a workshop is scheduled near you or to request an Elder Abuse Awareness Workshop please dial 906-217-3028. These presentations are funded by the Aging & Adult Services Agency, a division of the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

 

Ongoing

Are you from the Curtis area? Do you like playing bridge in your spare time? Well, then the Erickson Center for the Arts (ECA) is looking for you. ECA has a drop-in bridge group that meets every Friday at 1 p.m.  All skill levels & ages are welcome. The group meets in the upper level of the Center, located in Curtis, Michigan.

If you have questions, contact the Erickson Center office at 906-586-9974

 

Ongoing (Mstq.)         Friday Night Fish Fry: Dining open to all at Manistique Elks Club, begins 5pm

 

Ongoing (Mstq.)

Open Swim:  Monday & Wednesday: at the Manistique Area Schools pool from 6:30-8:30pm. Cost is $3 per person, or you can purchase a membership for the school year for $50 for adults and $40 for students.  Family memberships are available for $60 for up to 3 people, and $70 for families of four or more. Swimmers must provide their own suits & towels

 

Ongoing

Delta Animal Shelter Having Doggies Troubles? The Delta Animal Shelter is offering a free class to speak with a dog trainer about any issues you may be having with your dog. The class will be every 3rd Wed. of the month at 5:30 p.m.  Please leave your dog at home, but bring all your questions!

 

Ongoing

If you have moved into the Escanaba or Gladstone area during the last 12 months, or know of someone who has…  then many of our local merchants and the Chamber of Commerce would like to present you with a complimentary welcome package along with civic information to help you get acquainted with your new surroundings.  Please contact Nicolet Welcome Service’s representative, Pamela Heffner-Caron, by calling her at 989-329-0747, or send her a message at Facebook page “Escanaba  & Gladstone Welcome Rep”, & she will deliver a ‘Welcome’ package valued at several hundred dollars to you

 

 

Tues. March 21st -Blood drive in Marinette on 3/21/2017: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 923 5th St.

 

Wed. March 22nd

Newberry High School Baseball Team Pancake Fundraiser at the McDonalds restaurant 4 –7p.m.on March 22nd for $5. All you can eat. Meal includes 1 sausage patty, coffee or pop. “Seconds” on pancakes only. Any other food items must be purchased by the patron. Tickets available from team members & for sale at the door. All funds raised will be used for equipment & field improvements.

 

Thurs. March 23rd

Blood drive in Norway on 3/23/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Norway High School, 300 Section

 

Fri. March 24th & Sat. March 25th

Bark River American Legion Post 438 2017 Gun, Knife & Outdoor Show at the Bark River Senior Center (4283 D Road) in Bark River. Food & refreshments on site! Admission: $5 includes both days. (Over 100 tables available and WIFI. Reserve your table for $20. Pay by 3-14, & save $5 per table.)  For more info call Dwayne Klein at 241-6784

 

Sat. March 25th

Marquette Co Horse Club Annual Horse Tack Sale on March 25th at Negaunee Township Hall (42 M-35) in Negaunee, MI. Tack Check in: 9 –10:30 AM.  Sale Open to Public: 11AM –1PM  **$1.00 Entry at the door**

Concession, Bake Sale   http://www.mqtchc.net/march-25-2017-tack-sale.html   contact info: Andi Goriesky

at 361-4655

 

Tues. March 28th

Blood drive in Iron Mountain on 3/28/2017: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bay College West, 2801 N US 2

 

Wed. March 29th

Blood drive in Escanaba on 3/29/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Delta Plaza Mall, 301 N Lincoln

 

Thurs. March 30th

Blood drive in Marquette on 3/30/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Northern Michigan University, 1401 Presque Isle

 

Thurs. March 30th

The Jake Menghini Museum will present a documentary on March 30th at 2 and 6 p.m. at the museum located at 105 O’Dill Road in Norway… about Roy Albert a WWII Army veteran & former POW. It will also include commentary from his sister, the late Eleanor Albert Haferkorn. Please join us, we are handicap accessible & overflow parking will be available at the Norway Evangelical Covenant Church.

 

Fri. March 31st

Blood drive in Marinette 3/31/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Pine Tree Mall, 2800 Roosevelt Rd

 

Sat. April 1st

Mom to Mom Sale at the Manistique Senior Center (101 Main St.) on April 1st from 10a.m.–2p.m.  Reserve your space as soon as possible!  Booth space is $15 for 6’ table with 2 chairs.  Call Kim Chartier at 573-2462. What is a Mom to Mom Sale?  Time to clean out the toy boxes, book shelves, closets, garage, things the kids have out grown, baby things: cribs, highchairs, playpens, swings, car seats, bicycles, games, etc. Get rid of your out grown things & maybe find some different ones.  The Senior Center will be selling cookies, cupcakes, & punch. Applications available at the Senior Center. Call: 341-5923

 

Sat. April 1st

The American Legion Post 349 in Little Lake will have their Spring Craft Show on April 1st from 10a.m.–3p.m.The legion will be packed with crafts & baked goods.  Snack will be open.  Free admission.  Plenty of parking.

 

Mon. April 3rd

The Upper Peninsula Chapter #16 of the State Employee Retirees Association will hold their annual meeting on April 3rd at 1:30 p.m. EST at the State Office Building Conference Room located at 305 Ludington St. in Escanaba. SERA Members are urged to attend.

 

Tues. April 4th

Blood drive in Kingsford on 4/4/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 395 Hamilton

 

Thurs. April 6th Stephenson

Blood drive in Stephenson 4/6/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stephenson High School, W526 Division St, PO Box 529

 

Fri. April 7th

Blood drive in Marinette 4/7/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bay Area Medical Center, 3100 Shore Dr.

 

Fri. April 7th

The Faithorn Township Volunteer Fire Department’s 55th Annual All You Can Eat Smelt Fry is on April 7th from 4–7p.m. at the Faithorn Township Hall. Also featuring cod & pasta with meat sauce. Adults $12. Kids $6. All proceeds help fund the Faithorn Volunteer Fire Department.

 

Sat. April 8th

The Jake Menghini Museum Craft &Vendor Show fundraiser at the Norway Legion Hall (621 Main Street) in Norway on April 8th from 9a.m.–2p.m. Just in time for Easter, Mother’s Day & Proms there will be many crafters & vendors with top quality items for your spring events.  Admission to the show is only $1 with children under 12 free.  This is a fundraiser for the Jake Menghini Museum located on O’Dill Road in Norway. The Jake Menghini Museum contains archived items from the Norway, Vulcan, Faithorn area. It is open for tours from June until the end of September. All area crafters & vendors are invited to participate.  The cost for a vendor/crafter space is $25.00 for a space 8 feet by 5 feet with a table & 2 chairs.  Call the Museum at 563-5586 for more info. The Norway High School class of 2017 will be serving lunch & having a bake sale to raise funds for their all-night graduation party.

 

Sat. April 8th

In partnership with the Garden Bouquet & Design and Lanni Lantto, fashion (re) designer, the Marquette Regional History Center presents the 8th annual (re)Design Fashion Show on April 8th.  Doors open:  1:30 p.m. Runway show:  2 p.m. Open Vendor’s:  3-4 p.m.  This event is the largest gathering of upcycled artists in the Upper Peninsula. The event showcases fashion by local designers, Taylor Ehle, Libby Buchler, JoAnne Shelby, & Denise Zdroik.  Each designer will present their 2017 clothing line during this high energy runway show. This fashion show is for all ages & each item is wearable & for sale.  Local craft vendors will also be at the event, featuring upcycled, recycled, repurposed & earth friendly work.  Accessories, original artwork & more will be on display.  Tickets are $10 for Adults, $5 for students & 18 and under.  They will go on sale on March 6th & will be available at the Marquette Regional History Center.  Proceeds from this event will benefit the History Center.  If you are interested in becoming a vendor for this event, email Taylor Ehle at taylorjeanehle@gmail.com by March 27th

 

 

Sat. April 8th

Have you ever thought you’d like to become a Wildlife Rehabber? If so then consider attending this free program on April 8th from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Central time (11a.m.–1p.m. Eastern) at the Dickinson County Library, 401 Iron Mountain St, Iron Mountain, MI.  You’ll learn which wild animals may work best at your home, how to set limits, what the associated costs are, & more.  Learn how rewarding & challenging saving the life of a wild animal is.  Residents of MI & WI are invited to attend; the licensing & educational requirements for both states will be discussed. For more info contact Phyllis at: 906-774-5868. There is no cost to attend, but a free will donation will be taken to help cover expenses.

Sun. April 9th

5th Annual “Meet the Teams Breakfast Fundraiser” on April 9th from 8a.m.–2p.m. at the Gladstone Middle School cafeteria (300 S. 10th St.) in Gladstone. Meet the Gladstone High School Varsity & JV baseball teams. Menu: Fresh scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, ham & sausage, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, juice & coffee. Meal tickets are $7. (Under 5, are free). Tickets are available from any player or at the door also. Raffles, door prizes, & something extra for kids! GHS Baseball is 100% community funded. All proceeds benefit the team.

 

Mon. April 10th

Mix & Mingle Community Event:  Spring Dance at the Escanaba Civic Center. Come have dinner, dance & get ready for the Formal in June. (Ladies can select their evening gowns & gentlemen can be measure for tuxedos) Cost: $10 per person. Transportation will be provided for individuals living in Gladstone & Escanaba. (Friends of DATA) Questions, call: 233-1319

 

Tues. April 11th

The Delta County Foster Grandparent Program will have an in-service meeting on April 11th at 10 a.m. at the Willow Creek Professional Building (3500 Ludington St.) in Escanaba. The Foster Grandparent Program is administered by MDS Community Action Agency.

 

Thurs. April 13th

UPCAP’s Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) is offering free seminars in the area to help folks new to Medicare understand their benefits & choices. The next one will be held on, April 13th from 3–5p.m. CST at the UPCAP Lower Conference Room (2501 14th Ave. S.) in Escanaba.    Registration is required by calling 1-800-803-7174, or dialing 2-1-1 & indicating your wish to register for the “Welcome to Medicare” event in Escanaba on April 13th

 

Tues. April 18th

Blood drive in Escanaba on 4/18/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Heirman University Center, 2001 Lincoln

 

Tues. April 18th

Blood drive in Powers on 4/18/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., North Central High School, W3795 US Hwy 2/41

 

Sat. April 22nd

The Munising Vanguards men’s chorus is in its 49th year (a member of Associated Male Choruses of America) is presenting its annual Spring Concert at 7 p.m. on April 22nd at the American Legion Hall in Munising located at 610W. Munising Ave (M- 28). The Vanguards will present selections with a variety of music: Gospel, Contemporary, Golden Oldies, 50’s & 60′ and Show Tunes.  Also featured performances by The Gospel Guys  Quartet & the Munising High School Chorus. Tickets for the event are available at the door, or from any Vanguards member. A donation of  $7 per ticket would be customary. This annual concert is the only “fund raiser” done by the Vanguards. Funds are used to pay the conductor & pianist & for music. They are a 501-C3 non-profit organization

 

Fri. April 28th

The 22nd Marquette County Community Baby Shower/Health Fair is on April 28th at 1 p.m. at the North Iron Church in Ishpeming. This annual event is open to families from all over Marquette County & assists them in obtaining much needed supplies for their newborn babies. Families will also have the opportunity to learn about local services to assist them with their pregnancy & education about caring for their new baby. The shower committee is seeking monetary donations which can be mailed or delivered to Community Action Alger Marquette (CAAM). Pre-registration is required by April 14th. Contact Julie at 906-315-2607

 

Mon. May 1st

The Upper Peninsula Chapter #16 of the State Employee Retirees Association May luncheon will be at the Highland Golf Club on May 1st starting at Noon. Bethany Beauchine (Employee Benefits Director) will be the guest & provide information. SERA members are asked to make reservations by calling Frank Berres at           786-2965.  A 50/50 raffle will be conducted for some lucky attendees.

 

Sat. May 6th

5th Annual Heart of the North Lions Club Kentucky Derby Party on May 6th from 5–10 p.m. at the Highland Golf Club. Ticket includes: hor d’oeuvres, BBQ dinner, desserts, mint julep, music/dancing, viewing of the race at 6:34, raffles & silent auction.  $25 (advance) or $35 (at the door).  Purchase advance tickets in Escanaba at:  Positively, Heynssens Selins Furniture. In Bark River at:  Massie’s Country Market, Northern Michigan Bank, Northern Sun Winery, or Heart of the North Lions Club.  (Sponsored by the Heart of the North Lions Club with proceeds to benefit Bay Cliff Health Camp & other UP Lions Projects.  Derby attire encouraged, but not necessary)

 

Fri. May 19th

The Greater Ishpeming Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce (GINCC) is hosting its first Kid’s event: Chamber Children’s Carnival on May 19th from 5:30– 7:30 p.m.  The event is free & open to the public. It will take place inside &outside River Rock Lanes & Banquet Center. Snacks, drinks, bouncy house, games, & fun prizes! For more info, contact GINCC at 906- 486-1111

 

Mon. June 5th

Mix & Mingle Community Event:  Formal Event at the Island Resort & Casino. Cost: $15 per person. Transportation will be provided for individuals living in Gladstone & Escanaba. (Friends of DATA) Questions, call: 233-1319

 

June 15th –18th & June 22nd–25th

A songwriting retreat that took place for the first time in 2008 at Chamberlin’s Ole Forest Inn will celebrate 10 years this June.  The first session will take place from June 15th-18th. The second session will be June 22nd-25th. The weekend retreats are hosted by Bud & Kelly Chamberlin at Chamberlin’s Ole Forest Inn, an historic hotel and restaurant in Curtis, Michigan. Songwriters or wanna-be songwriters of all levels are welcome to attend.  Weekend activities include open mic time, workshops, constructive critiques, one-on-one sessions, electives & song circles.  The weekend includes all meals, workshops & activities, & lodging & non-lodging options at different price points.  For more info & to download the registration forms for each weekend, visit the Erickson Center For The Arts website ericksoncenter.org   Additional questions may be directed to Kelly Chamberlin at 906-586-6000.