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Marquette365 a great way to keep in virtual touch

How can a person be culturally aware in the Marquette area and still follow Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” order?

There’s a way.

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is inviting the public to use the Marquette365 community calendar to upload and share virtual as well as online events to abide by the order.

“Virtual” and “online” are operative words in the area, the state, the country and the world, considering the crisis that is the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the website at Marquette365.com, MACC encourages people to keep exploring Marquette.

“If you’re a visitor to Marquette County, we hope you’ll find plenty of reasons to stay an extra day or two and see why Marquette County is such a great place to visit, live, work and create in!” it reads.

Of course, a disclaimer reads that due to the response to COVID-19, events on the site might be postponed or canceled. Users are asked to check with individual event organizers for the latest information on the events.

The MACC added an “Online and Streaming” event category to consolidate and promote area events accessible from home. These include online classes, live-streamed concerts and performances, and other events.

For example, HOTplate Pottery & Art Studio is holding an online spring break camps. The Superior Alliance for Independent Learning is planning a virtual Q&A with SAIL Executive Director Sarah Peurakoski at 1 p.m. Wednesday on its Facebook page.

People can join “The UN-Talent Show” set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when they can join via a Zoom link to perform their “amateur acts” from their homes.

“We all have talents, and some of us are even paid for these talents, but none of those are allowed in this talentless act,” the event’s description reads.

“Bodega Bands Together: A Virtual Concert Series” is scheduled for 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. A GoFundMe page at https://bit.ly/YooperStrong allows people to donate, with funds used to help local residents in need, including getting food and supplies safely to the elderly, vulnerable or high-risk. Room at the Inn also will receive donations.

Event hosts are encouraged to create a free account and upload goings-on. To help, contact tluoma@marquettemi.gov or call 906-225-8655, or tkulju@marquettemi.gov or call 906-869-3385.

This is proof you can still stay home — and learn and have fun — at the same time.

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