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Superiorland has much to offer this weekend

Let’s put it this way: If you say there’s nothing to do on Saturday, you’re really missing out as the day is a jam-packed array of Yooper fun and charity.

Here are just a few of the events:

≤ The Chocolay Area Festival, which will be from 10 a.m-4 p.m. at the Silver Creek Recreation Area including a softball tournament, a classic car show, kids games and much more.

≤ The 25th annual Lake Superior Shore Run draws participants from the Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and even Canada who come for a series of races will take place along the miles of shoreline and forest trails of the Little Presque Isle Recreation Area on County Road 550 at 9 a.m. Saturday.

≤ Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday and continuing through noon, the Alzheimer’s Association will be hosting a community walk to raise money for the fight against that disease. The walk will start at the Northern Michigan University Jacobetti Complex.

≤ The National Alliance on Mental Illness is celebrating 17 years of NAMIWalks, the nation’s largest mental health awareness and fundraising event. NAMIWalks Northern Michigan will be at Mattson Lower Harbor Park, Marquette. Check-in is at 8 a.m. Saturday with a start time of 10 a.m.

≤ Ishpeming’s Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum will have an Iron Ore Heritage Celebration from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The one-day event is designed to celebrate the “people and the rich history of the Marquette Iron Range.” It will commemorate such events as the 175th anniversary of the construction of the iconic A and B obelisk shaft houses at the Cliffs Mine Museum and the 40-year anniversary of the closing of the Mather B mine in Negaunee.

≤ The sixth annual Upper Peninsula Pride Fest, sponsored by Upper Peninsula Rainbow Pride, will be from noon to 10 p.m. at Marquette’s Tourist Park and will include vendors, live music, games and much more.

≤ The fourth annual It’s All In The Barn event will take place from 3-8 p.m. Saturday at the Michigan State University North Farm in Chatham. Hosted by Alger County Communities That Care, which aims to promote a safe, prosperous and healthy environment for all youth and adults, the event will include activities for all ages.

≤ The Marquette Symphony Orchestra has its season-opening concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Kaufman Auditorium in Marquette. This “Make it A Double” concert will include the “Brahms Double Concerto,” performed by violinist Scott Flavin and cellist Ross Harbaugh of the Bergonzi Trio as well as Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony” and David Little’s “Haunted Topography.”

Whew. That’s a lot of great community activities for one day. We hope everyone finds the time to enjoy what’s supposed to be a lovely autumn day by getting out and taking part in something.