MARQUETTE - Registration is open for the third annual "Judge a Cake By Its Cover" Cake Decorating Contest at Peter White Public Library. Bakers of all ages are invited to register by 5 p.m. Jan. 19 to enter a cake of their own creation decorated in a library book theme.
The public may attend the contest and participate in the judging at 2 p.m. Jan. 26 in the library's Community Room. Cash prizes will be awarded in three categories: professional, adult amateur and youth amateur.
Contest details and registration forms are available online at www.pwpl.info or at the library. There is no fee to enter the contest.
For more information, visit www.pwpl.info or call the library at 226-4318.
Young Dubliners concert canceled
MARQUETTE - The Young Dubliners have been forced to cancel a Jan. 26 concert at Northern Michigan University because lead singer Keith Roberts requires throat surgery.
Dan Truckey, director of the Northern Nights performance series, said he is working with the band's agent to find a replacement date in the spring. Details will be announced as soon as they are available.
The Colombian Joropo group Cimarron will be featured at the next Northern Nights concert set for March 16.
Hyacinth workshop offered
MARQUETTE - A workshop on how to force hyacinth bulbs and create artistic cover hats for bulbs will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at FlowerWorks LLC, 1007 N. Third St. in Marquette.
Cost for the workshop is $25.
For more information or to sign up, call 273-1335.
Youth advisory board to meet
MARQUETTE - J-TAB, an advisory board of middle school students in grades 6-8 at Peter White Public Library, will meet from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Wednesday in the library's Community Room. For more information, call 226-4323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skiing talk at NMU
MARQUETTE - The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University will offer a free public presentation titled "Mining is our Bread, but Skiing is Our Soul" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Tom West, director of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum, will give the talk in 105 Cohodas Hall.
The presentation is being held in conjunction with the Beaumier Center exhibition, "U.P. Power! High School Sports in Upper Michigan."
Practical parenting offered at MGH
MARQUETTE - Love & Logic for Early Childhood: Practical Parenting from Birth to Six Years will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 in Conference Room 1 in the east wing of Marquette General Hospital.
The program offers practical strategies for raising children without raiding blood pressure, teaching the tools and techniques that help adults achieve respectful, healthy relationships with their children, while helping them prepare for the real world.
Cost is $15 per individual or $25 per couple. A lunch will be provided. For more information or to register, call 225-3081. To learn more about the Love & Logic Institute, visit www.loveandlogic.com.
MARQUETTE - Gratiot Lake Road of Calumet and Krebs Cycle of Marquette will be the featured bands at the next Beaumier Coffee House Series concert at Northern Michigan University. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Peter White Lounge of the Don H. Bottum University Center. Admission is free, with donations gladly accepted.
Named after a road leading to a lake by the same name deep in the Keweenaw, Gratiot Lake Road performs originals about nightmares on Lake Superior's shores, the inevitableness of winter following autumn, and the ruins and relics of the industrial copper mining boom that are still strewn across the peninsula from 100 years ago. Gratiot Lake Road formed in 2009 and is typically a duo, but has played with friends who join in on various instruments, depending on who's in town.
Krebs Cycle is a trio of Marquette musicians specializing in old-time, bluegrass and country songs. Members are Doug Kitchel on banjo, Brent Graves on mandolin and vocals and Jeff Krebs (Papa Crow) on guitar and vocals.
Used book sale at Peter White
MARQUETTE - The Friends of Peter White Public Library will conduct a used book sale, beginning with a presale at 6 p.m. Thursday in the library's Community Room. The sale will continue daily through Jan. 20. There will be a $5 entrance fee Thursday night. Admission will be free Friday through Sunday.
At the Sunday afternoon bag sale, a whole grocery bag may be filled for only $3. Donations of items for the sale should be dropped off at the desk on the main floor. Hours for the sale are: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17; Fri, Jan 18 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18; 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 19; and 1:30 to 5 p.m. Jan. 20
Proceeds from the sale help support library programs and collections. The Friends help to support literacy programs, the annual Storytelling Festival, Summer Reading Program, special exhibits, teen programs, special collections, audiobooks and more.
For more information, call 906-228-7434 or visit www.pwpl.info.
Healthy living day in Ishpeming
ISHPEMING - A community awareness day for healthy living will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Ishpeming Elks Lodge. Information and services will be available from vendors such as Bell Hospital Community Garden, Marquette General Wellness, the Marquette Food Co-op, Anytime Fitness and several others.
Burns Supper at NMU
MARQUETTE - To honor Scottish poet Robert Burns' birthday, the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University will host a traditional Burns Supper beginning at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Great Lakes Room of the University Center. The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the center's Folk in Schools Initiative, which sends U.P. folk artists to school districts throughout the region for performances and workshops.
Tickets for the buffet dinner and entertainment are $45. Advance reservations are required by Tuesday, Jan. 22, and can be made at www.regonline.com/2013burnssupper.
The menu will feature the required haggis, along with arran potato salad, cock-a-leekie soup, spicy Scottish meatloaf, salmon with tarragon, neeps and tatties, cauliflower and whisky cheeses, onion bannocks, Scottish trifle and coffee or tea. A cash bar will be available.
Several individuals will lend their talents to the event. Chet Defonso will serve as chairman. Gregor MacGregor and Pierce Huxtable will play bagpipes, with MacGregor also delivering "an address to the haggis."
Speakers include Alec Lindsay, Ray Ventre and Shelley Russell. Poetry will be recited by Rachel DeRosie, Laurel Mills, Beverly Matherne and David Wood. Musicians for the evening are Barb Rhyneer, Tim Demarte and Tim Clancy.
Dancing will be performed by Miran and Kira Olson, while singing duties will be shared by Huxtable, Dan Truckey and Paul Truckey.