November 2005 Happenings -- January 2006
December 2005 Happenings
Finlandia University to present The Snow Queen Dec. 9, 10, 11
HANCOCK -- The Performing Arts Department of Finlandia University and Melvin Kangas will present three performances of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale,
The Snow Queen, a great play for children and adults. The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, and at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, December 11, at the Finnish American Heritage Center, Quincy Street, Hancock. Admission is
$5 per person at the door. Photo: Pella the Lapp Woman (Maija Stadius) confers with Bruin the Brown Bear (Stanley
Murtomaki) during the dress rehearsal for The Snow Queen. Click
here or on photo for larger version. (Photo © 2005 Finlandia
University, courtesy Karen Johnson)
Forum on new mining legislation rules to be held Dec. 6 at MTU
-- The public is invited to learn about proposed rules to implement Michigan's new non-ferrous mining law at a forum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in Fisher 135 on the Michigan Tech Campus. Panelists will discuss both the general regulatory framework and the arguments for and against the Kennecott Minerals Company's Eagle Project, the controversial proposed nickel-copper sulfide mine in Marquette County. The forum provides and opportunity to become informed about the issues and to become involved in the rulemaking process that will regulate mining projects in the future.
Ted Bornhorst, left, Michigan Tech professor of economic and engineering geology,
chats with Jon Cherry, Manager of Environment and Governmental Affairs for Kennecott Minerals
Company, after Cherry's presentation at MTU in September. Cherry and Bornhorst
will participate in the Dec. 6 forum at MTU. (Photo ©
2005 Michele Anderson)
Finlandia University to celebrate Finnish Independence Day Dec. 4
-- The 88th annual Finnish Independence Day celebration at Finlandia University will take place at
2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005, at the Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock. Hon. Osmo Lipponen, Consul General of Finland in New York, will deliver the keynote address. Osmo Lipponen's brother, Paavo Lipponen, is a former Prime Minister of Finland. Vaino Kola, this year's featured artist in Finlandia's 15th Annual Contemporary Finnish-American Artist Series, will also speak. The observance will
feature a variety of Finnish music and a performance by the youth group "Kivajat." A selection of Finnish refreshments will be served following the program. All are invited and there is no charge.
For additional information, please contact the Finnish American Heritage Center
at 906-487-7302. Photo: At 6 p.m. on Finnish Independence Day it is traditional for Finnish families to light two candles in each window of their homes. Those who drive by the Heritage Center on Sunday evening,
Dec. 4, will see that this tradition is also alive in the Copper Country. (Image
courtesy Finlandia University)
French-Canadian song, dance to celebrate Christmas in Lake Linden
LAKE LINDEN -- Local musicians and singers will share an afternoon of traditional French-Canadian music and dance
with visitors from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Historic Congregational Church (First Street and N Avenue) in Lake Linden.
You don't have to be French to listen, dance or tap your feet to
"Boule de Neige," "Reel du Lapin," "Gigue des Sucres," and other fiddle tunes played by Libby Meyer and Kelly Suvanto. Join in a short lesson in French Canadian foot tapping, singing the Chansons à
Répondre (response songs), some in English and some in French, led by Dave Bezotte, Evan Dixon, Floyd Henderson, Eli Ochshorn, Mark Oliver, Rita Panian, Barry Pegg, Mike Robertson, Leroy Steinbacher, Jenny
Veenstra and Jan Wieber. Learn folk dances, "La Bastringue" and "La Noce des
Oiseaux," taught by Deb McDowell and accompanied by Oren Tikkanen and friends.
Host will be Patrick Beausoleil. For more information, contact David Bezotte at
482-4956 or email@example.com and read
more on the Keweenaw Krayons Web site. Photo:
Musicians Oren Tikkanen, left, and Kelly Suvanto will be among those playing French Canadian tunes on Dec. 3 in Lake Linden.
(Keweenaw Now file photo © 2005)
Near-eastern Dance Workshop to be held Dec. 3
HOUGHTON -- Ahlam will offer instruction in Danse Orientale, the Art of Near-eastern Dance, at a "Belly Dance" workshop from
10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 205 E. Montezuma, Houghton. Cost is $20. Increase your flexibility, strength and grace. No prior dance experience is required and everyone is welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing. Ahlam has more than 30 years of dance studies, including oriental dance and folkloric dance with the leading dance teachers from the United States, Egypt, Turkey and Spain. For information contact Ahlam at
Forum to continue co-housing project discussion Dec. 10
HANCOCK -- A second public forum on co-housing will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Motherlode Coffeehouse in Houghton. Topics will include co-housing philosophy, designing single family homes according to a co-housing model, site planning and design features of small and energy-efficient homes.
Co-housing is a way for families and individuals to share some of the tasks,
expenses and enjoyment of living cooperatively while still maintaining separate residences. The proposed project is intended to demonstrate how this innovative
housing model can lead to a better quality of life through energy efficiency, increased
walkability and a stronger sense of community. The event is free and open to the
public. For more information, call 288-3181.
Keweenaw Krayons to hold free winter art classes in Mohawk
MOHAWK -- Keweenaw Krayons Art to Go winter workshops -- free and open to all ages -- offer an opportunity to create gifts or special art pieces for your home. They will be held in the
Renée Stemler Memorial Art Room, located in the Mohawk School. Workshops include Original Ornaments, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, with Adria Simpson; Batik Techniques, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, with Bailey Eckland; Dayna Carlson's Beginner Embroidery, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17; and "Fabric Burnout," 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, with Adria Simpson. Funds are available to provide taxi rides to those wanting to attend the workshops but lacking transportation. For more information or registration call 337-4706 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the
Keweenaw Krayons Web site for details.
meetings, public hearings to discuss sulfide mining rules
Posted 11/20/2005 Updated 11/22/2005
MARQUETTE -- Rules workshops are being sponsored by National Wildlife Federation,
Sierra Club and the Michigan Environmental Council in preparation for public hearings being held across Michigan on non-ferrous
metallic mineral mining. The public is invited to these workshops to learn more about the rules, how they need
to be improved and what is good about them. In MARQUETTE, a Rules Workshop
will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21, in the Michigan
Room of the University Center at Northern Michigan University (NMU). On
Wednesday, Nov. 30, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will
sponsor an informal public information meeting from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and a
formal public hearing on the mining rules from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Huron and Erie
Rooms of the NMU University Center. more
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