Local briefing

Solar eclipse events combined

MARQUETTE — The solar eclipse open house scheduled for Monday at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette has been combined with another event scheduled for that day at the rotunda entrance of the Seaborg Center on the Northern Michigan University campus.

The combined event will take place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and will include interactive activities to view the eclipse, the use of the observatory on the roof of the West Science Building, Starlab simulations in a portable planetarium and live streaming through the NASA Network.

Fresnel lenses presentation

MARQUETTE — The public is invited to join the Marquette Maritime Museum at noon Saturday for a presentation on Fresnel lenses by lampist Kurt Fosberg.

Fosberg — often referred to as Capt. Kurt — has spent the past several years combining his skills as a jeweler and machinist into becoming a professional lampist. With James Woodward, the lighthouse consultant, as his mentor, Fosberg has blended his degree in industrial technology and metallurgy with his love of tinkering with mechanical contraptions into an art form.

An avid amateur historian, he also brought his love of the Great Lakes into the lighthouse field; he is currently a board member of the Marquette Maritime Museum, a published author of shipwreck tales, a diver and a guest lecturer aboard Blount Small Ship Adventures.

Tickets, lunch included, are $5 for museum members and $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is required.

Call 906-226-2006 or email mqtmaritimemanager@gmail.com to reserve tickets.

Neighborhood block party set

MARQUETTE — The Silver Creek Neighborhood Block Party will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Silver Creek Church, 219 Silver Creek Road in Harvey.

The entire community is invited to the free event.

Activities include a backpack and school supply distribution, food, music, games and other giveaways. Non-profit agencies will be at the event to provide information about the services and programs they offer within the community. Children will also receive a coupon for three free outfits from Silver Creek Thrift.

New this year, children and adults accompanying children will also receive a voucher for free new clothing. Due to limited sizes and supplies new clothing vouchers can only be redeemed on the day of the block party. Children must be present to receive backpacks and supplies.

The block party is being held in conjunction with Neighbors Night Out. For more information on attending or being involved, visit silvercreekblockparty.org or call Silver Creek Church at 249-1715.

MAE, MPSC at U.P. State Fair

LANSING — The Michigan Agency for Energy and the Michigan Public Service Commission will host an informational exhibit at the Ruth Butler building during the Upper Peninsula State Fair in Escanaba to answer fairgoer questions about energy and telecommunications issues.