March 2004 Happenings
-- May 2004 Happenings
April 2004 Happenings
Guatemalan survivor to show documentary film May 2
HANCOCK -- Denese "Dominga" Becker will show the award-winning PBS film
Discovering Dominga, documenting her life story, including the massacre by the Guatemalan army that killed more than 176 people in her village, at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at the First United Methodist Church in Hancock. A potluck dinner at 6 p.m. will precede the film and discussion with Becker, who escaped the violence and was adopted by a U.S. couple in Iowa. She will answer questions and share her personal story. The Copper Country Guatemalan Accompaniment Project is sponsoring the presentation, which is open to all interested persons. Read more about
Denese Becker and the film on the PBS Web
Omphale Gallery to hold Goods and Services Auction Apr. 30
CALUMET -- Omphale Gallery will hold its 12th Goods and Services Auction from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 30. The gala event is open to the public and will feature a live auction hosted by Ray Sharp as well as a silent auction exhibit. Guest chef Malcolm Hudson of "The Abbey" catering service will prepare an extravagant evening buffet. The annual event is one of two fund raisers the "not-for-profit" gallery holds each year to meet its operating costs. Located
at 431 Fifth Street in Calumet, Omphale Gallery is a cooperative entity dedicated to bringing contemporary art to the community. The gallery currently offers Tai Chi classes at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, and a Chess Group meets at 8 p.m. on Wednesday nights. Gallery hours are M-W-F:
10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sat: Noon - 4 p.m. For an appointment, contact Julie at 337-1522. For more about Omphale visit
Exurban to host benefit potluck, Erik Koskinen band Apr. 30
HOUGHTON -- The local music community will hold a benefit potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, April 30, at the exurban,
416 Shelden Ave. in Houghton, to help raise $1000 needed for a community room now being constructed in the Motherlode Coffee House. The dinner will be followed by dancing to the Erik Koskinen Band, beginning at about 8:30 p.m. A $3 donation and a dish to share are suggested for the potluck and music. Entry later for the music only is $5. Motherlode owner Bill Rosemurgy, who is donating space for the community room (for classes, meetings, etc.) will also provide Motherlode coffee for the dinner. The event is open to all ages. Katrina McNeely Farren, organizer of the event, requests that those attending the dinner bring their
own dishes and silverware.
First Dump-N-Run, or Green Exchange, to be Apr. 30-May 1
-- The first Dump-N-Run, or Green
Exchange, event in this area. will offer students and the community the
opportunity to drop off unwanted items between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday,
Apr. 30, at the Rozsa parking lot on the Michigan Tech campus or between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
on Saturday, May
1, at the Dee Stadium on Houghton's waterfront. Dump-N-Run goals are to reduce the amount of waste generated at
MTU and in
the local area by extending the useful life of items no longer needed by the current owner.
Since "one person's trash is another's treasure," on Saturday, May 1, at the Dee, the donated
items will be up for sale for new owners to treasure. Read which items will/will not be accepted
Conservancy to hold Keweenaw botany workshop May 29-30
LAKE -- What IS that plant? The Gratiot Lake Conservancy is sponsoring a
two-day botany workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 29, and Sunday, May
30, in the Eagle Harbor and Gratiot Lake areas of the plant-rich Keweenaw Peninsula.
Botanist Janet Marr, who has studied native plants of the area, will teach the
workshop, which is open to anyone interested in learning how to identify local native plants.
Space is limited, and advance enrollment is required. more
Houghton County Democrats to hold discussion group, Spring Fling dinner
Posted 04/18/2004 Updated 04/20/2004
HOUGHTON --The Democratic Party discussion group will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 22, at the Motherlode Coffeehouse in Houghton.
On Friday, Apr. 23, State Senator Mike Prusi and State Representative Rich Brown,
along with many current and former Houghton County elected officials, are expected to
attend the Houghton County Democratic Party's Spring Fling dinner at the Bluffs in Houghton.
The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, followed by dinner and a program.
Tickets are $15 and may be reserved by calling the party secretary, Amy Wisti, at 482-9691.
For information about either of these events, contact Amy Wisti, at
482-9691, or Houghton County Democratic Party Chair, Janet Metsa, at 482-5665.
Exurban to host "icedance" film festival
HOUGHTON -- Bernie Larsen, musician and owner of the Exurban,
will present "icedance" -- an "underground" festival of
independent short films to be shown from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday,
Apr. 16 and 17, at the Exurban, 416
Shelden Ave. in Houghton. The festival includes works by first-time filmmakers of Michigan's Upper
Peninsula. Some are music videos featuring local musicians and bands, including Erik
Koskinen, John Manno and Cry on Cue. Each night a different program of films will be
MTU offers variety of Earth Week events Apr. 19 - 24
-- Interested in wind and innovative technologies, hybrid cars? Want to learn more about
wolves and bats or watch birds in flight? Guest author Angela Arpke of Michigan
Tech University's Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC) invites you to
MTU's Earth Week celebration Apr. 19-24. Starting Monday with live music,
exhibits and a keynote address by Rolf Peterson, MTU professor in Forestry and
director of the Isle Royale Wolf/Moose study, Earth Week offers a variety of
events for the whole family in the Memorial Union Building Commons (MUB) and
several other MTU campus locations. more
Stupak to hold
local town hall, senior, student meetings Apr. 14, 15, 17
Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Menominee) will hold town hall meetings, discuss the
new Medicare law with seniors and meet with students in the Upper Peninsula
starting Wednesday, Apr. 14. His town meetings will be held in Houghton, Republic and Newberry Apr. 14, 15 and 17, respectively.
On Wednesday, Apr. 14, Stupak will meet with seniors at the Chassell Senior
Center and with both Michigan Tech and Finlandia university students, in addition
to holding a town hall meeting at the Houghton County Courthouse. Read
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly need volunteers for Easter dinners
On Easter Sunday, April 11, 2004, Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly will be hosting
nine holiday dinner sites throughout Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga and Ontonagon counties.
Elderly people 60 years and older who would otherwise be spending Easter Day home
alone are invited to the dinners. Volunteers are needed at the sites to help cook, set-up, serve,
socialize and clean-up. Additional volunteers are needed to transport elderly to and from the party
sites and to deliver hot meals with a visit to the homebound. Meal deliveries
and visits are especially needed in the Ontonagon outlying areas and in Baraga. If you can help or need more information, please call
the office at 482-6944.
MTU African Students' Organization presents “SANKOFA” Apr. 1-3
The African Students' Organization (ASO) at Michigan Tech University will be holding their annual “African Nite” event -- dinner and entertainment -- from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 3, in the MTU Memorial Union (MUB) Ballroom.
This year African Nite will be preceded by new events -- an art exhibit and sale on Thursday, Apr. 1, and a cultural presentation and
an African film on Friday, Apr. 2. The theme of this year's event, “Sankofa,” is a Ghanaian term for “Let’s go back to our
Author Barry Lopez to speak
at Finlandia April 3
Barry Lopez -- naturalist, international traveler and award-winning author --
will present a lecture titled "The Wisdom of Local Knowledge" at 7
p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 3, at Finlandia University's Finnish/American Heritage Center in Hancock.
Lopez is the author of Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book
Award. Lopez will be visiting Finlandia through Apr. 6 as a McGregor Campus Mentor for the university's new interdisciplinary bachelor's degree
titled Arts, Culture and the Environment (ACE), which combines the great voices of history, literature, philosophy, religion and the arts to
help students gain a greater understanding of the natural world. The Apr. 3
lecture is free and open to the public. more
Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District
to hold 2004 Tree Sale
HOUGHTON -- This
Thursday, April 1, is the deadline for ordering plants through the Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District's
Tree Sale scheduled for May 7 and 8 at the Houghton County Arena, 1500 Birch
Street, Hancock. HKCD is now taking orders for such items as Conifers for Reforestation;
Trees and Shrubs for Wildlife; Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry and Strawberry Bushes; Apple, Cherry, Peach and Plum Trees; Native Wildflower Seed Packets
and Native Wildflower Plants. HKCD will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Mar. 30, at the UPPCO Building in Houghton. more
March 2004 Happenings
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