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Repair Cafe to be open Saturday

MARQUETTE — The Transition Marquette County Repair Cafe will be open again on Saturday in the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, on the lower level of the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

From noon to 4 p.m. on that day, the public is invited to bring in small household items in need of repair. Volunteer repair talent will be on hand to work on computers and electronics, sewing machines, small appliances, clothing, lamps, and other household items. The focus is on helping people learn to repair their own items, thus saving money and keeping material out of landfills. There is no charge for this service; a $5 donation is suggested to support the program. For more information call Tom at 573-300-1341 or email tfgauthier55@live.com.

‘UP’s Got Talent’ taking submissions

SAULT STE. MARIE — The “UP’s Got Talent” Committee will take online audition submissions through June 7, giving potential contestants throughout the Upper Peninsula a shot at the $1,500 grand prize and the opportunity to produce a show at Kewadin Casino’s Dream Makers Theater.

The “U.P.’s Got Talent” finals are Aug. 10 at Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie.

YouTube is the preferred method of submission. Contestants may send a link with a three to five-minute video to Tim Ellis at Eagle Radio, tim@radioeagle.com. Finalists will be asked to pay a $50 commitment fee by July 1 and raise $1,000 in sponsorship funds to show their ability to generate community support. All proceeds benefit the Chippewa County Family Project, which is building a foster home for area teens.

The first round of auditions, sponsored by Eagle Radio, Sovereign Communications, Crooked Music, Skinner’s of Pickford, MBank, State Farm-Leisa Mansfield, Century 21-Advantage Plus, Fernelius Hyundai and Smith & Company, were held May 4 at Bay Mills Casino. Caitlin Wanic, Karley McLean and Kellen Perron were the top three finishers. The Sass Squad (Lilianna Gallegos, Hannah Klier and Aubrey Agar), Judith King, Any Shaw, Morgan Brown and Stephanie Sabatine also moved on to the final round.

Talent scouts and producers will judge the final show at Kewadin Casino. In addition to the prize money, the grand champion will take home 50 percent of the ticket sales from his or her produced show. The “People’s Choice” winner will serve as the opening act during the “U.P.’s Got Talent” grand champion’s production.

Volunteers sought for Blues Fest

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Area Blues Society is looking for volunteers for the 16th annual Marquette Area Blues Fest, to be held over Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30-Sept.1) at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette.

Volunteers who work one four-hour shift will receive a Blues Fest T-shirt, while those who work two four-hour shifts will receive a T-shirt and reimbursement of the ticket price up to $50.

The earlier one signs up, the more likely he/she is to receive his/her preferred shifts. To volunteer or find out more about the Blues Fest, check out the website at www.marquetteareabluessociety.

Camp 266 set to meet Monday

MARQUETTE — Camp 266 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will hold its bi-monthly meeting on Memorial Day at 11 a.m. near the gate at the park on Pine Street in Rapid River.

The main focus of the meeting will be planning displays for the new All Veterans Museum at the U.P. State Fairgrounds. Also, members will participate in the parade at 1 p.m. and have a display of memorabilia at the Memorial Day festival.

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is a fraternal organization dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of the heroes who fought and worked to save the Union. Camp 266 includes members from across the Upper Peninsula. The focus of the camp is locating, marking, and maintaining graves of Civil War veterans as well as researching Civil War history.

Anyone interested in the organization including women is welcome to attend. More information is available from Camp Commander Patrick Kennedy at uppermichigan@ yahoo.com or 906-863-7686.