March 2007 Happenings -- May 2007
April 2007 Happenings
Rep. Mike Lahti to hold office hours in Houghton, Keweenaw counties Apr.
State Representative Mike Lahti (D-Hancock) will hold local office hours in Houghton and Keweenaw counties on Friday, April 27, in order to meet with his constituents.
From 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Rep. Lahti will be at the 5th floor conference room of the Houghton County Courthouse at 401 E. Houghton Ave. in Houghton.
He will be at the Keweenaw County Courthouse, located at 5095 4th St. in Eagle River, from
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. "I encourage people to come and discuss issues with me that are important to
them," said Lahti. "Hearing directly from my constituents about their concerns enables me to better represent the interests of the western U.P. in the legislature and use the resources of my office to help make dealing with any of our state departments quicker and
easier." No appointment is necessary, but questions may be directed to Rep. Lahti’s Lansing office, toll-free, at: 1.888.663.4031.
Second Town Hall Forum on renewable energy to be Apr. 17
HANCOCK -- "Renewable Energy: Reducing Home Energy Costs, Part 2," a Town Hall Forum,
will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 17, at Lakeview Manor, 1401 W. Quincy St., Hancock. Plenty of parking across the street at the
Antila Funeral Home. The Forum follows up on the successful February forum where community members shared practical information based on personal experiences with renewable energy and reducing energy costs. During this forum, participants will break into working groups after presentations by Terry
Benda and Dave Bach on solar and wind power and on retrofitting older homes. Community members with homes powered with a wide range of alternative and sustainable energy sources will also be on hand to provide examples and experience.
Mike Schira of the Michigan State University Extension Service will be the moderator.
The Keweenaw Sustainability Project is sponsoring the forum, which is free and open to the public.
For more information contact Michael Moore at 370-0206 or email@example.com.
Local sustainability rally, "Pinwheel Parade" to focus on energy
needs Apr. 14
MTU Forestry Honor Society to host symposium on wildlife and forests Apr.
HOUGHTON -- "The Power Is In Our Hands" rally, followed by a "Pinwheel
Parade" to Hancock and back, will begin at noon this Saturday, Apr. 14, at the Good Shepherd Church
in Houghton. The rally will include a presentation on current energy consumption,
realistic scenarios, policy change and developable technology. The rally and parade are a local civic action
for our Sustainable -- carbon neutral -- Future Energy Needs. This family-friendly informative
event, co-sponsored by Michigan Inter-Faith Power and Light, is coordinated with over 1,000 other civic
faith-in-action events around the country. For more information, call 483-0704.
HOUGHTON -- Xi Sigma Pi National Forestry Honor Society at Michigan Tech is hosting
its annual natural resources symposium on Friday, Apr. 13. This year's topic is
"Wildlife and Forests: The Role of Management." Several lectures will be presented in Room G002
of the U.J. Noblet Forestry Building on the Michigan Tech Campus: "A Downward Spiral: Deer Abundance and Vegetation Dynamics in
Anthropogenic Landscapes"; "Fishes in the Forest: Effects of Logging on Stream Communities";
"Kirtland's Warblers: An Endangered Songbird Requiring Active Management"; "Managing Forests for American Marten";
"Land, Forests, and Wildlife Conservation in an Age of Consequences." Visit
the Xi Sigma Pi Honor
Society Web site for the schedule. For more information contact Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ukrainian Dance Workshop to be held Apr. 20-22
HANCOCK -- A Ukrainian Dance Workshop weekend will be held
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Apr. 20-22, in Hancock and Laurium. Cathy Paroschy
Harris, artistic director of the Chaban Dance Company of Thunder Bay, Ontario,
will teach the dances, which will be for adult dancers.
While the pace will be medium to fast, the dances will be adapted to all levels of capability. Partners are not
required. The cost is $40 ($25 for college students). A free presentation on Ukrainian dance regions; variations in costumes, music and
steps; similarities to neighboring countries; and the state of Ukrainian dance
today will kick off the workshop from 6:30
p.m. - 8 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 20, at the Community Arts Center (upstairs)
in Hancock. Folk dancing will follow. On Saturday and Sunday, Apr. 21 and 22,
dance instruction will be held at the Laurium Ballroom. Read
the complete schedule with registration form.
Photo: Folk dancers from the Chaban Dance Company of Thunder Bay,
Ontario, model traditional Ukrainian dance costumes. (Photo © 2007 and courtesy
Chaban Dance Company Web site and Cathy Paroschy Harris, artistic
director. Reprinted with permission.)
Author Alan Weisman to speak on Gaviotas, sustainable rainforest community, Apr. 12
HANCOCK, HOUGHTON -- Journalist Alan Weisman, author of Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the
World, will speak to student groups and give public presentations at both Finlandia University and Michigan Tech University on Thursday, April 12. Gaviotas,
a village in Colombia, South America, was named a model of sustainable development by the United Nations. Weisman will conduct a discussion about his book at 2 p.m. in the Finlandia Campus Ministry Center in the lower level of Finlandia’s Chapel of St. Matthew. There is no charge and all are welcome. At 7 p.m. Weisman will give a presentation in Room G002 of the Noblet Forestry Building on the Michigan Tech campus. This talk is also free and open to the public. During the day Weisman will meet with MTU students from various departments and will be interviewed for a new "Noticing Nature" sustainability radio show to be broadcast from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 15, on WMTU. Weisman's visit is sponsored by the Finlandia Campus Enrichment Committee and Michigan Technological University. For more information contact Angela Book at 906-487-7265.
Photo: Alan Weisman, author of Gaviotas: A
Village to Reinvent the World, will visit Finlandia and Michigan Tech on
Thursday, April 12. Click on photo for larger version. (Photo © and courtesy
Alan Weisman and Michigan Tech University. Reprinted with permission.)
Nordic Film Series to present adventure story for children Apr. 12, 14
HANCOCK -- The Finlandia University Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC) continues its Nordic Film
Series with Unna and Nuuk at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 12, 2007. A repeat showing of the film will take place at 11 a.m.
Saturday, Apr. 14, 2007. Unna and Nuuk is an adventure story for children. When 11-year-old Unna feels a stab of pain in her chest,
she senses that her beloved Granddad is in danger. Unna calls her grandfather and discovers he has fallen
gravely ill. Her grandfather reveals that Unna has shaman blood in her veins and that the gift to heal has been
passed on to her. She is the only person Granddad can turn to for help. The film is in Finnish with English subtitles. There is no admission charge, but donations are gratefully
accepted. The FAHC is located at 435 Quincy Street in downtown Hancock. For additional information, please contact
Valentino Achak Deng to speak at Rozsa Apr. 3
HOUGHTON -- Valentino Achak Deng, real-life hero of Dave Eggers’ What is the
What, will present a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 3, in the Rozsa
Center for the Performing Arts on the Michigan Tech University campus. Deng was a refugee from the Sudanese civil war of the 1980s and 90s. Separated from his family when Arab militia destroy his village, Deng becomes a "Lost Boy," beset by starvation, thirst and man-eating lions on a march to squalid refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya. He eventually reaches America, but finds his quest for safety, community and fulfillment in many ways even more difficult here than in the camps.
Photo: Valentino Achak Deng, real-life hero of Dave Eggers’
What is the What. (Photo © 2007 and courtesy The Valentino Achak Deng
Houghton Keweenaw Conservation
District Tree Sale deadline extended to
Apr. 2; letters of support needed
HOUGHTON -- April 2 is the extended deadline for ordering items from the Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District
(HKCD) Tree Sale, the District's major fundraiser. State budget cuts mean the Conservation District needs support in this annual fundraiser more than
ever. The District's budget was recently reduced by 50 percent for the remainder of 2007 and is in danger
of being cut 100 percent for 2008. To order items from the Tree Sale call Sue Haralson at 906-482-0214 or download the flyer and Order Form at
www.hkconserve.com. This year HKCD is offering several new items including Basswood, Paper Birch, three varieties of Lilacs and the Rugosa Rose, plus some larger sizes of trees and
shrubs. Orders can be picked up from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 4, or from 9 a.m. to Noon Saturday, May 5, at
the Houghton County Arena, 1500 Birch St., Hancock. During this time
surplus stock will also be sold. Residents can help HKCD by writing letters to
Governor Granholm and state officials. more
Photo: Bluebird House: a new item at the Houghton
Keweenaw Conservation District 2007 Tree Sale. (Photo courtesy HKCD)
Keweenaw Krayons to offer Oriental Dance beginning Mar. 13 in Mohawk
-- Keweenaw Krayons' new program; "A Cultural Experience," is a six-week class in
Oriental Dance, the dance of the Near East, sometimes referred to in this country as
"belly dancing." The class, which still has room for
registrants, will meet from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, from Mar. 13 through
Apr. 17, at the Mohawk School. Everyone is welcome; no prior dance experience necessary.
Instructor Ahlam has taught beginner and experienced dancers and also has experience with people in wheelchairs and walkers. This is a class designed to increase your flexibility,
grace and strength while learning the "ancient and enduring art" of danse
orientale. Learn to appreciate the beauty of your own body... just as it is! Music used in the class will include Arabic, Turkish, Persian and Armenian.
This program is sponsored in part by the Michigan Women’s Foundation, which has granted more than $3 million to
more than 400 non-profit organizations serving women and girls throughout Michigan.
The cost is $15 a session or $65 for all six weeks. Full and partial
scholarships as well as bartering opportunities are available, with no financial questions asked. Taxi fare is also available for those lacking transportation.
Pre-registration is required. Call 337-4706 or email email@example.com.
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