January 2006 Happenings -- March 2006
February 2006 Happenings
Near-eastern Dance Workshops to be held Feb. 25, March 11
HOUGHTON -- Ahlam will offer instruction in Danse Orientale, the Art of Near-eastern Dance, at
two "Belly Dance" workshops to be held from noon to 2 p.m., on two Saturdays
-- Feb. 25 and March 11 -- at Trinity Episcopal Church, 205 E. Montezuma, Houghton. Cost is
$20 for one workshop or two for $30. 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
Krayons to celebrate Mardi Gras in Mohawk Feb. 28
MOHAWK -- Keweenaw Krayons Graphic Arts
and Marketing Teens will present the Second Annual Mardi Gras Dinner and Silent Auction from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Mohawk School.
The event is a fundraiser for Keweenaw Krayons, a non-profit art organization, and for New Orleans Habitat for Humanity Musicians’ Village. The dinner will feature New Orleans Creole Style Food (Hot & Spicy as well as Mild and Tasty) by Chef Malcolm Hudson of The Abbey. The dinner menu includes such items as Red Pepper
Crępes, Lake Fish Croquettes, Gumbo, Chicken with Sweet Peppers, Crabmeat Casserole, Jambalaya, Beignets and much more.
The Bayou Echo Band and Mz. Behavin' with the Swing Cats will offer music for dancing and listening.
Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Youth from the Horizons School Art Program,
CLK’s French Club members, local artists and musicians are collaborating on
the project -- all donating art
and services for the fundraiser. Teens are hard at work transforming the Mohawk
School gym and hallway into a Keweenaw version of New Orleans’ French Quarter.
Adria Simpson designed this and several other Mardi Gras pigs for the Silent
Auction at the Feb. 28 Keweenaw Krayons Mardi Gras celebration in Mohawk. (Photo ©
2006 Keweenaw Krayons. Reprinted with permission.)
Charlie Eshbach to present slides of Iditarod sled dog race Feb. 16, 21
HANCOCK -- Keweenaw photographer Charlie Eshbach will present "Bouncin' down the Iditarod
Trail" -- an up-close and personal slide show of the legendary Iditarod Sled Dog Race
running 1160 miles from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska -- on two occasions open to the public
locally. At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, Eshbach will be the guest speaker at the
Sportsmen's Club monthly dinner meeting at the Calumet VFW Post, Highway 41 North and Larch
Eshbach will also show his slides and share his stories of the of the people behind the
scenes along the Iditarod at a Potluck Dinner Party, beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb.
21, at the Community Arts Center, 126 Quincy Street, Hancock. The slide presentation will
begin after the dinner, at 7 p.m. Please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Feb. 21 by calling 482-2333.
An exhibit of Eshbach's photos of the Iditarod, "Welcome to Koyuk: Portraits Along the
Iditarod," is now on display in the
Community Arts Center’s Kerredge Gallery through Feb. 25. more
Photo: Jerry Riley, left -- an Athabaskan Indian who traps, hunts and fishes for his
subsistence -- and Charlie Eshbach pause after bedding down Jerry's team in
the 2004 Iditarod. (Photo ©
2006 Charlie Eshbach. Reprinted with permission.)
Town Hall Meeting to discuss
land use, zoning Feb. 16
HANCOCK -- A Town Hall Meeting prompted by the Land Use Plan being proposed for Houghton County will be held
from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb.16, at the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock.
The question for deliberation will be "Zoning: a Problem or a Solution?" The Copper Country Citizens for Progressive Change
are hosting this meeting to provide citizens an informal opportunity to explore the pros and cons of land use planning and
zoning and to provide guidance to the Houghton County Commissioners as to citizen sentiment
regarding these issues. All viewpoints are welcomed. For more information, contact Carolyn Peterson, 482-4696.
Keweenaw County to hold
hearing on wind power contract Feb. 8
Posted 02/08/2006 Updated 02/09/2006
RIVER -- Keweenaw County will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb.
8, in the Courthouse in Eagle River, in order to receive public comment on a
proposal to set up a test wind turbine on the county's property at Mt. Horace
Greeley (former Air Force base and former site of Keweenaw Academy, near Gratiot
Lake). The hearing precedes the regular monthly meeting of the County Board of
Commissioners, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Courthouse. A potential contract with Mackinaw Power, LLC, to study the
feasibility of wind energy on Mt. Horace Greeley has raised questions among
township residents, environmental groups and
others. While many of those objecting to the contract are in favor of wind
energy, they see flaws in the contract concerning the interests of Keweenaw
County residents and wildlife. more
Photo: Snowy owl -- a recent Keweenaw
visitor. (Photo © 2006
Dana Richter. Reprinted with permission.)
Finlandia's Nordic Film Series to present Raid Feb. 9
HANCOCK -- The Finlandia University Finnish American Heritage Center’s Nordic Film Series continues
at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, with the Finnish film, Raid (2000), a big-screen adaptation of the popular, award-winning Finnish television police drama of the same name.
The film is in Finnish with English subtitles. There is no admission charge, but donations are gratefully accepted.
The Finlandia University Finnish American Heritage Center is located in downtown Hancock,
at 435 Quincy St. For additional information, please contact Heritage Center Director James Kurtti at 906-487-7302.
January 2006 Happenings -- March 2006
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