Opera theatre to perform
MARQUETTE - The Michigan Opera Theatre will present a live performance of "The Araboolies of Liberty Street" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Peter White Public Library in the library's community room.
Based on Sam Swope's award-winning children's book of the same name, this one-act children's opera tells a humorous and endearing story of diversity and tolerance. The kids of Liberty Street make it possible for an exotic new family to move into their conformist neighborhood, ruled over by the mean General and Mrs. Pinch.
Performed by both adults and children, the contemporary opera is appropriate for youths in grades K-5 and their families. The 45-minute performance will be followed by a question and answer session with the artists.
Michigan Opera Theatre's Touring Company, a state-wide educational and arts outreach of the Department of Community Programs, offers a variety of residencies, workshops and lectures year-round.
The artists of Michigan Opera Theatre Touring Company perform one-act operas, musical revues and concert operas for all ages.
The program is open to the public at no admission charge thanks to funding in part the Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund of the Peter White Public Library.
For more information, call the Peter White Public Library at 226-4318 or visit www.pwpl.info.
LSYT?auditions start Monday
MARQUETTE - Lake Superior Youth Theatre will be holding auditions for its upcoming summer production of the Musical Theatre International's "Honk Jr."
Auditions will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Graveraet School on the third floor, 611 N. Front St., Marquette. Those auditioning only need to attend one day and will be seen in the order of arrival.
Those auditioning for dancing roles will have an additional audition from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday for grades three and under; 6 to 7 p.m. for fourth grade and up. Arrive 15 minutes prior to the dance auditions. Audition callbacks will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 28 at Graveraet School on the third floor.
Youth ages preschool to 12th grade are eligible to audition. Youth actors, singers, gymnasts and dancers are all needed for a variety of parts. Wear comfortable clothing and bring dance shoes. Those auditioning will be asked to read from scenes, sing a song, and dance. A pianist will be provided.
Those who do not wish to sing a song at auditions may choose not to do so. There is no cost to audition but there is a registration fee to participate in the production. There are special family rates and scholarships are available from funding provided by the L.G. Kaufman Foundation and Phyllis and Max Reynolds Foundation.
HONK! Jr. is a contemporary retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling. Performances will take place at the Lake Superior Theatre Thursday Aug. 1-4, Wednesday Aug. 7-10.
Those unable to attend the auditions times must contact LSYT before auditions to set up an alternate time.
For more information, call 906-362-6453 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elba Morse Club meets Thursday
HARVEY - The Elba Morse Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Wahlstroms Restaurant in Harvey. This will be a social meeting.
The meeting is open to all retired nurses and their guests.
Plant Exchange is Saturday
HARVEY - St. Louis the King Women's Club will hold a spring plant exchange Saturday at the K of C Hall parking lot, Silver Creek Road, Harvey. Display of the plants begins at 9:30 a.m. and the exchange begins at 10 a.m.
Attendees can bring bulbs, seeds, shrubs, trees, all labeled and put into plastic bags. New gardeners are welcome.
Papin to speak for Mind Matters
MARQUETTE - In recognition of May as Mental Health Awareness month, Dr. Michael M. Papin a Psychiatrist with Marquette General Behavioral Health will discuss the Metabolic Syndrome of Psychotropic Drugs from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Peter White Public Library in the Community room on the lower level of the library.
Papin will explore the link between certain medications and weight gain, type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch or buy from the library cafe. There is no admission charge and no pre-registration is required.
This presentation is part of Your Mind Matters, a community dialog on mental health issues sponsored by a coalition of community groups and the Peter White Public Library.
For more information, call 226-4318 or visit www.pwpl.info.
'Young Frankenstein' to be shown
MARQUETTE - The Peter White Public Library Junior Teen Advisory Board presents "Young Frankenstein" at noon Wednesday in the library's Community Room as part of the "Middle School Monster Movie" series on MAPS early-release days. Free admission. Bring a snack or lunch
For more information, call 226-4323.
Sock hop set for Saturday
MARQUETTE - A 1950s Sock Hop and Cookout will be held May 25 at American Legion Post 44 at 700 Bluff St. in Marquette. The cookout will be from 4 to 7 p.m. and music will run from 6 to 10 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children. All proceeds will support the D.J. Jacobetti Activity Fund.
For more information, call 360-0312 or 362-0005.
Free dinner planned at church
ISHPEMING - Hope Free Evangelical Lutheran Church will host a free dinner of sloppy joes and cheesy potatoes from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26. All are welcome to attend and if transportation is needed, call 485-5714.
The church is located across from Sunnyside Estates in west Ishpeming.
Michigamme Memorial Day set
MICHIGAMME - A Memorial Day service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27 at the Lakeview Cemetery in Michigamme. The program will include a salute to the veterans with Bill Robson playing the harmonica and special music by the area children and Sister Margey and Michael Tembruell.
The speaker will be Sheriff Michael Lovelace. Refreshments will be served at the Community Building following the program.
In case of inclement weather the service will be held at the Michigamme Community Building.
Republic marks Memorial Day
REPUBLIC - A Memorial Day parade will be held at 9:30 a.m. May 27 followed by a program at 10 a.m. at the Republic cemetery.
A social gathering will take place at the Township hall following the activities. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held at the Republic-Michigamme High School Gymnasium.
'Fisher King' to be screened
MARQUETTE - In celebration of May as Mental Health month, the Peter White Public Library presents a screening of the feature film, "The Fisher King," at 7 p.m. Thursday in the library's Community Room.
"The Fisher King" stars Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams. Bridges plays a former radio DJ who is suicidal and despondent because of a terrible mistake he made and finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man, played by Williams, who was an unwitting victim of that mistake.
The film was released in 1991, is rated R and runs for 137 minutes. There is no admission charge thanks to sponsorship by the Friends of the Peter White Public Library and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
For more information, visit www.pwpl.info or call 226-4318.