Portrait event to aid UPAWS
NEGAUNEE - Burke Photo is holding its annual pet portrait fundraiser to benefit the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter. Individual pet portraits will be held April 9 for a $60 donation. People and pets sessions will be held April 13 for a $99 donation. Space is limited.
For more information or to schedule a session, call 228-7580.
Workshop openings at Isle Royale
MARQUETTE - Several openings are still available in the Isle Royale Photography Workshop, which will run June 14-19. There is also one opening left in the Isle Royale Botany Workshop, June 10-15. Early registration rates have been extended, and spots may be reserved with a $200 deposit.
Vegans to meet for dinner
ISHPEMING - Northern Vegans will meet for a casual dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Jasper Ridge Brewery and Restaurant at 1075 Country Lane in the Country Village, Ishpeming. No RSVP is required, and all are welcome. For more information, visit www.northernvegans.com or call 236-1279.
NMU one-acts slated at Black Box
MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan University will present two one-act plays directed by students as their senior capstone projects, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre. Admission is $1, and the public is welcome.
The plays are "How He Lied to Her Husband" by George Bernard Shaw directed by Pierce Huxtable, and "Sorry, Wrong Number" by Lucille Fletcher directed by Jackie Wiles. Casts will feature NMU students and community members.
For more information, call the Forest Roberts Theatre Box Office at 227-2553 or visit www.nmu.edu/theatre.
Biz venture competition at NMU
MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan University's College of Business will hold its sixth annual New Business Venture Competition Thursday in the Great Lakes and Cadillac/Brule Rooms of the University Center.
The event includes a trade fair display and presentation at 1 p.m., a 60-second "elevator pitch" presentation at 2 p.m., the oral presentation of business plans at 2:30 and the announcement of winners at a celebratory reception at 5:30. The activities are free and open to the public.
The competition features six students/teams competing for cash prizes to help launch their businesses. First place is worth $4,000, second is $2,500, third is $1,500 and the prizes for best trade fair and elevator pitch are each $500.
Entrants and their business ideas this year are: Sage Henning, Fossil Woodworks Co., a custom woodworking company specializing in manufacturing tables from trees on Drummond Island; Keegan Hitz, Clean Acoustics, an acoustic portable sound amplifier for cell phones; Tony Plemmons, The Protein Palace, low-cost, health-oriented meals located near exercise facilities; Matthew Yadro and Amanda Yadro, Cat-O-Pillar Co., a designer and manufacturer of customizable cat toys, houses and stands; and Lauren Lund, Warm Fuzzies, a non-profit venture to support the Nepal Orphanage Children's Home with recycled flannels, sweaters and fleece.
This year's judges include Bob Jacquart, president of Jacquart Fabric Products in Ironwood; Mark Kolesar, a senior vice president of investments at UBS Financial Services in Minneapolis; Mike Skytta, the business development lender for Northern Michigan Bank in Marquette; Rich Tegge, president of Wealth Strategy Group; Gina Thorsen, vice president of marketing and sales at Jacquart Fabric Products; and Terry Dehring, president of Quick Trophy in Marquette.
Anger, stress management offered
HARVEY - A Michigan State University Extension program will be offered in Marquette to educate individuals on anger and stress and how to control and manage related emotions. The four-week program will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays, April 4-25 at Silver Creek Church, 219 Silver Creek Road in Harvey. Cost for the program is $20.
MARSP to meet in Harvey
MARQUETTE - The Marquette County Chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel will meet at noon April 10 at Wahlstrom's Restaurant in Harvey. Physical therapist Diane Reetz will present the program "Keeping Your Balance" at this first meeting of 2013. Members may bring guests.
Reservation deadline is Friday. For more information, call 226-9778 or 226-6295.
Kids story, art offered
MARQUETTE - Kids' Saturday Morning Art, a story and art program for kindergarteners through fourth-graders, will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at Peter White Public Library. Participants will read about the murals of Diego Rivera and create one for the Children's Room.
The program is free and no registration needed. For more information, call 226-4320 or visit www.pwpl.info.
Group to discuss murder mystery
MARQUETTE - Once Upon A Crime, the book group for mystery lovers, will meet at 7 p.m. April 10 in the Dandelion Cottage Room at the Peter White Public Library to discuss "Murder Makes Waves" by Anne George. Two delightful and witty sisters from Alabama, both in their 60s, go sleuthing in Florida. Wealthy "big" sister Mary Alice (6 feet, 250 lbs.) invites "little" sister Patricia Anne (5 feet, 1 inch, 105 lbs.) and two others to share her condo and enjoy the beach, but their discovery of a mangled body interrupts the fun.
New members are welcome. For more information, call Caroline Jordan at 226-4312.
Dead River Derby to meet
MARQUETTE - Dead River Derby will hold an informational meeting of all things derby from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Lakeview's Olson Arena, 401 E. Fair Ave. in Marquette. League members will be present to assist skaters of all experience levels. Skaters may sign up to participate in the Summer Fresh Meat 3.0 Training session, or they are welcome to join immediately at the recreational membership level.
The league will also welcome those interested in volunteering with Dead River Derby. Local businesses interested in participating with the league at a partnership or sponsorship level are also invited to this gathering to get info on how to get involved. For more information, call Amy Lakanen at 458-3961 or email Phlip_59@yahoo.com.
Holocaust Memorial Service slated
MARQUETTE - The Holocaust Memorial Service, an annual event sponsored by the Marquette Interfaith Forum and Temple Beth Sholom, will take place at 7 p.m. April 7 on Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Ridge Street in Marquette.
Members of multiple faiths in the Marquette area will present prayers and songs commemorating the Holocaust. The Marquette Male Chorus and the Gwinn High School Chorale also will perform. Guest speaker will be Lev Raphael.
For more information, call 226-2912.
Frank poetry reading at library
MARQUETTE - In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, Matthew Gavin Frank, author, poet and educator, will read selections from his recently published poetry collection at 7 p.m. April 11 in the Peter White Public Library Shiras Room.
A book sale and signing opportunity will follow the presentation. There is no admission charge. For more information, call the Peter White Public Library at 226-4318 or visit www.pwpl.info.
Kids celebrate spring at library
MARQUETTE - Students from the Northern Michigan University Chapter of the National Speech Language Hearing Association will celebrate springtime from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Sunday in the Children's Room of Peter White Public Library. Children ages 3 and older may listen to stories and make a craft project. No registration necessary. For more information, call 226-4320 or visit www.pwpl.info.
Rep. Kivela to hold office hours
MARQUETTE - State Representative John Kivela will have office hours to hear residents' concerns and answer questions about the work he is doing in Lansing. The date of office hours has changed due to scheduling issues.
Office hours will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8 at the Luce County Courthouse, 407 W. Harrie St. in Newberry. He will host regular office hours and town hall meetings once a month throughout Alger, Luce, Marquette and Schoolcraft counties. For more information, call 888-429-1377 or email JohnKivela@house.mi.gov. To sign up for Kivela's e-newsletter, visit www.kivela.housedems.com.