Full-length ballet held at NMU
MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University Theater and Dance will present the world premiere of the full-length ballet, “East of the Sun, West of the Moon.”
This twist on the classic Scandinavian folk tale “Beauty and the Beast” features original choreography by director Jill Grundstrom and original music composed by Griffin Candey. The production is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in Forest Roberts Theatre. Admission is $15 for general public, $10 for students and $5 for NMU students. All theatre and dance majors and minors are invited to attend free of charge.
In a land that has been depleted and bewitched by the evil Troll Queen, a girl volunteers to go with the White Bear, who is under the spell of the Troll Queen, in payment of her family’s debt. The bear takes the girl on a journey to his castle, where they encounter the Northern Lights. Upon arrival, she meets his servants, who have also been turned into animals. The girl ventures through the castle at night and finds the bear in his princely, human form, which he can only assume during the full moon. The Troll Queen, Troll Princesses and entourage steal away the prince to their lair. The Girl is left with witches and the four winds to find the land of the trolls, which lies “east of the sun and west of the moon.” Her magical journey comes to life in this original production.
An exclusive opening night party for those who attend on Thursday will feature complimentary food and beverages, a photo booth and a meet and greet with the cast and creative team after the show.
Klava Klub to meet Wednesday
MARQUETTE — At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Peter White Public Library will host a meeting of its science fiction book group Klava Klub at Contrast Coffee, located at 600 N. Third St. Marquette.
For this meeting, the group will discuss the first half of James Blish’s Cities in Flight: “They Shall Have Stars” and “A Life for the Stars.” Originally published as four separate novels, this book focuses on two major discoveries that allow man to travel throughout space. The first discovery is that of longevity drugs which allow people to live for thousands of years. The second discovery is that of antigravity devices which allow cities to be lifted from the Earth to become spaceships.
There is no admission charge to attend. For more information, visit www.pwpl.info or call 226-4318.
Meeting held at Mather Auditorium
MUNISING — At 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mather Auditorium in Munising, there will be a meeting for all those interested in local community theater and programming for Mather Auditorium.
In case of a snow day, the back-up meeting day is at 5;30 p.m. Friday at Mather Auditorium).
Direct any questions to the Alger County Chamber of Commerce at 387-2138.
2019 Winter Memorial Service held
MARQUETTE — Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice will be holding its 2019 Winter Memorial Service at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans Chapel.
This service is open to anyone in the community who has lost a loved one and would like to honor and celebrate the memory of that loved one. Gathering with others who have suffered a similar loss offers healing, encouragement, and a reminder that we are not alone in bearing our grief.
The event allows those attending the opportunity to participate in a meaningful event that includes music, prayer, candle lighting, and a bell-ringing ceremony. A reception will immediately follow the service with light refreshments and sweet treats.
All are welcome to attend. RSVP to 225-7760 if you plan to attend and honor your loved one as we read his or her name.
The Jacobetti Veterans Facility is located at 425 Fisher St. in Marquette.
‘A Garden to Die For’ presented
MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Master Gardener Association presents “A Garden to Die For” by Poppy Hatinger from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Peter White Public Library Shiras Room.
Hatinger is a local gardener who has lived and gardened in the Upper Peninsula for 30-plus years growing vegetables, perennials and cultivated baketry willows. She will explain the art of eco-printing. She will explain the process and share information about dye plants suited to local growing conditions.
This program is free. Refreshments will be served and door prizes drawn.
For more information, call Ron Rossway at 906-226-7354 or visit www.UPMGA.com
Creating Confident Caregivers
MARQUETTE — Creating Confident Caregivers is a six-session workshop led by trained dementia care specialists.
This university tested program provides participants with information, skills and attitudes to manage stress and increase their effectiveness as a caregiver.
Creating Confident Caregivers is once again available in the Marquette area through the efforts of the U.P. Area Agency on Aging/UPCAP in partnership with The Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Michigan Chapter. There is no charge to participants for the weekly sessions or materials and respite care may be available through participating area agencies while caregivers attend the workshop.
The next “Creating Confident Caregivers” workshop starts Jan. 28 in Marquette. This is a six-week workshop which meets once each week on Mondays from 3-5 p.m.
Anyone interested in participating in this workshop is asked to call 1-800-305-8137, dial 2-1-1 or visit on the web at www.upcap.org