Backroom Boys to play for dancing, listening Feb. 15 at Copper Island Beach Club
HANCOCK -- A Happy St. Valentine's Day to all the sweethearts from the Backroom Boys. The original boys from the backroom -- Bob Norden, trombone; John Munson, clarinet, sax, piano; and Oren Tikkanen, banjo, etc. -- will be at the cozy and romantic Copper Island Beach Club on Fri, Feb 15, from 8 p.m. 'til 11 p.m. to play love songs for you and your sweetie in the old trad-jazz style. Come on down, bottom of Tezcuco Street in Hancock.
The Downtown Houghton Farmer's Market attracts a crowd at its opening on June 14, 2016. (Photo by Allan Baker for Keweenaw Now)
The Downtown Houghton Farmer's Market continues from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Tuesday through Oct. 11, 2016, next to Portage Lake District Library and bike path. Vendors offer regionally produced jams, jellies, bakery, meat, syrup, honey, vegetables, soaps, lotions, and crafted art. Cost for a vendor's spot is $5. Bring your own table or tent.
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While Michigan Tech will be closing at 1 p.m. today, Friday, July 22, to address continuing power outage issues on campus, the Student Development Complex (SDC) will remain open. All HuskiesFit classes will take place as scheduled. ...... Music on the Menu:Guitarist Steve Jones will do a solo one-hour performance from Noon to 1 p.m. Friday, July 22, at the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton -- outside, weather permitting. Bring your lunch and come down and enjoy! Free and open to all. ...... The Sept. 6-11, 2016, Isle Royale Botany Workshop still has openings. The Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association (IRKPA) and Botanist Janet Marr are again offering this workshop at Windigo. It is open to any adult who has an interest in botany and would like to learn to identify plants of Isle Royale. The registration fee of $699 includes transportation between Grand Portage, Minn., and the island on the Voyageur II, meals, user fees, and group camping. OPTIONAL TRANSPORTATION IS AVAILABLE FROM HOUGHTON OR COPPER HARBOR, Mich. A camper cabin is also available first-come, first-served (contact IRKPA if interested IN THE TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS OR CAMPER CABINS). Click here for details. ...... The Portage Lake District Library invites children and their families to participate in Storytimes to be held at the Chassell Heritage Center, 42373 Hancock Ave. in Chassell, on the second and fourth Tuesdays during July and August. Storytime will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on July 12 and 26 and on August 9 and 23. Storytime includes listening to stories, making a craft, and having a great time. Everyone is welcome and all programs are free. The Chassell Heritage Center is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and on Thursdays from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. For information about exhibits and events, visit their website or call 523-1155. For more info on Storytimes in Chassell, please call the library at 482-4570. ...... Dance Zone Marquette's newModern Western Square Dancing class continues at 6 p.m. Monday, July 11, with a second free trial session. Class runs for 12 weeks from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays. The first two sessions (June 27 and July 11) are free trial sessions for beginning dancers. $20 per couple for the following 10 lessons. In this class you will learn the steps and moves that will allow you to dance at the basic level with square dance groups across the globe. Sound square? It isn't. Not only is square dancing an enjoyable social activity, it is also a mental challenge and physical activity (dancers walk about 2 miles during an evening of square dancing). Plus, modern square dancing uses more interesting music and movements than its earlier styles. The class is offered at Dance Zone, 1113 Lincoln Avenue in Marquette. Call Marge at 906-236-1457 or visit www.dancezonemqt.org for more information. (Please note: the community dance originally scheduled for Sunday, July 10th, will be re-scheduled.) ...... If you missed the weekend of action for Lon Johnson's campaign for the First District Congressional seat but still want to get involved, you can help by making phone calls, knocking on doors, and soon distributing yard signs across the district. Contact Nick Wisti at 906-370-4635 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. ...... HEET (Houghton Energy Efficiency Team) is planning a 2016 Winterization Campaign and Efficiency Challenge. Local businesses, organizations and church groups are getting involved. HEET has moved into a new office in Hancock at 422 Quincy St. in Hancock. Click here for info.
New exhibit at Community Arts Center to open July 8
Ceramic work by Ann Russ. (Photo courtesy Copper Country Community Arts Center)
The Copper Country Community Arts Center will host the ceramic work of Marquette artist Ann Russ in an exhibition titled "Everendings. Everbeginnings" in the Kerredge Gallery July 8-August 6, 2016. Russ designs and hand builds memorial urns, reliquaries, and Spirit bowls -- vessels and containers for honoring life and its transitions. For her, it is a sacred act to hand build vessels that will someday hold the remains of someone who was loved and existed upon the earth. Russ's ceramic work is strongly influenced by the natural world around her, a love of simple and elegant architecture, and a childhood fascination with the objects used for enacting sacraments from her Catholic upbringing. Everyone is invited to a reception and gallery talk from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 8.For more information call 482-2333.
Little Brothers needs volunteers
Little Brothers volunteers offer standby assistance to their elderly friends. (Photo courtesy Little Brothers)
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly urgently needs volunteer drivers to provide safe, reliable transportation for the elderly to their medical appointments in the Houghton and Marquette areas. Volunteers should have a valid driver’s license and their own vehicles and be willing to provide "door through door" transportation, which includes standby assistance to and from the car and through the door of the home or medical office. The next volunteer orientation meeting will be held at 6 p.m. July 27 at the Little Brothers office in Hancock. Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to attend the training. Refreshments provided. For more information, call Little Brothers’ Program Director Carol Korpela at 906-482-6944 or email her at email@example.com.
Little Brothers is also launching its annual Mustang Sweepstakes, a major fundraiser for their medical transportation program. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Little Brothers office at 906-482-6944, visiting their website or stopping by one of these booths this summer: Strawberry Festival in Chassell July 8-9; Shopko in Houghton July 14-15; Walmart in Houghton July 21-22; and Houghton County and UP State Fairs in August. Click here for the list of prizes!
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HKCD's 2016 Tree Sale has found a home for every tree and plant. Gina Nicholas, HKCD president, thanks the volunteers and friends who helped make the sale a success. HKCD donated some plants and trees to the school gardens at Calumet, Chassell and Houghton. "It is great that the schools are helping children gain first hand experience about gardening and where the food we eat comes from," Nicholas said.
Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition
The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition's mission is protecting and maintaining the unique environmental qualities of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by educating the public and acting as a watchdog to industry and government. Visit UPEC on Facebook.
Save the Water's Edge
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A Rascal's Craft
The poetic musings of Eelu Kiviranta, a Finnish immigrant and self-proclaimed rascal. Side-by-side Finnish with English translation by Lillian Lehto. Introduction by Steve Lehto. Includes "The Copper Country Strike of 1913." Available from Amazon or the translator, 1419 Yosemite, Birmingham, MI 48009, $19.95. Click on cover to see Youtube video.
Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
Original clothing and wall pieces custom designed and sewn by Andrea Puzakulich in the Keweenaw for 25 years. Distant Drum is located in Hancock's Historic E.L.Wright Bldg. Open most weekday afternoons. Call ahead.
Calumet Art Center
Click above to learn about new classes starting in February 2016.
Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club
Click on the logo above to visit the new (now even newer!) KNSC Web site: http://www.keweenawnordic.org and learn about cross country skiing events at Maasto Hiihto Trails in Hancock.
New edition of book by Steve Lehto
Click on book cover to access Steve's Facebook page on the Italian Hall disaster.
Click here to see Steve Lehto's recent YouTube video about Italian Hall.
Keweenaw Adventure Company
Keweenaw Adventure Co. is celebrating its 20th Anniversary! Click here to celebrate their current events, adventures and specials.
Red Circle Consulting
Mike Lahti at State Farm
Copper Country Community Arts Center
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Portage Lake District Library
Houghton County Democratic Party
Main Street Calumet
Michigan League of Conservation Voters
What Is Sustainable
Author Richard Adrian Reese recounts how his life took a new direction after 9 years of simple living in the Keweenaw -- and offers a new worldview for a sustainable future. Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will hold a discussion of this book at 7 p.m. May 21. See our review.
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