Paws for the Blues tickets on sale
GLADSTONE - Paws for the Blues, an annual tribute in memory of Jim "Smiley" Lewis, will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Terrace Bay Inn in Gladstone. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Artists Studebaker John and The Hawks will perform.
Tickets cost $15 and are available in advance at the Record Rack in Escanaba. While supplies last, a Jim Lewis CD will be included with all advance tickets purchased. All profits will be used to assist the public with low-cost pet spay/neuter. For more information, call 906-786-6420.
For information about the performers, visit www.studebakerjohn.com.
Lewis, an Escanaba native and gifted musician, passed away in 2005. A long-time pet owner, he left behind a generous amount of money that helped fund the Snip 'n Clip, a low-cost pet spay-neuter program which was discontinued shortly after his death.
Gwinn church to serve free meal
GWINN - The First Baptist Church will serve a free, home-cooked meal featuring the annual taco buffet from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 195 N. Billings St. in Gwinn. Take outs are available after 6 p.m.
For more information, call Mike Payne at 235-6538 or the church office at 346-6115.
Turkey Trot slated in Marquette
MARQUETTE - The annual Marquette Turkey Trot 5K and 10K runs and walks will take place at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Day at Marquette Senior High School.
Entry fee of $10 per person will benefit the MSHS orchestra, or $30 per person if a T-shirt is desired, with shirt sales to benefit the school's Business Professionals of America organization. This year's performance T-shirt includes a logo designed by a Marquette student.
The first-place male and female at each distance will receive a trophy. Leashed dogs are welcome, and a trophy will be presented to the fastest dogs on the 5K and 10K courses.
Registration will be from 8 to 8:40 a.m. on race day at the MSHS canopy entrance and the school's Room 101 on West Fair Avenue. Preregistered entrants may also choose to pick up race numbers and T-shirts from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21 at the canopy entrance.
The race will be held rain, snow or shine, and items may be dropped off for the TV6 Canathon food drive.
A Cherry Creek Elementary School class decorates its 2010 Winter Wonderland Walk tree in the Peter White Public Library.
Tree gallery sign up at library
MARQUETTE - The Peter White Public Library offers community groups, families and individuals the opportunity to be part of the 2012 Winter Wonderland Walk gallery.
Registration is open for the annual exhibit featuring artificial trees and wreaths decorated in creative themes by organizations, classes, businesses and families from across Marquette County. The trees and wreaths will be on display throughout the library Dec. 1-31. Registrations are required by Wednesday. Participants may provide their own artificial trees or borrow one from the library's limited collection. Decorating will begin Nov. 28.
Registration forms and exhibit details are available at the library or online at www.pwpl.info. For more information, call 226-4318.
'Nutcracker' slated at Kaufman
MARQUETTE - A community dance performance of "The Nutcracker" at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and 1 p.m. Dec. 1 at Kaufman Auditorium, 611 N. Front St. in Marquette. The production will be produced by Kaufman Auditorium and Second Skin Shop with sponsorship by Lake Superior Youth Theatre.
Seating is reserved and no refunds or exchanges will be accepted. Advance tickets cost $12 for the general public, $10 for seniors, and $8 for students and NMU students. Cost will be an additional $3 at the door. Purchase tickets at all NMU EZ Ticket Outlets, online at www.nmu.edu/tickets, or by calling 227-1032. For information, visit www.kaufmanauditorium.com, call Second Skin Shop at 226-2263 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bethel to serve holiday meal
ISHPEMING - A free community Thanksgiving dinner will be held at noon Thursday at Bethel Lutheran Church, 333 E. Ridge St. in Ishpeming.
Vegans plan holiday potluck
NEGAUNEE - Northern Vegans will hold their 6th annual Thanksgiving potluck dinner at 2 p.m. Thursday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, corner of U.S. 41 West and Baldwin Avenue in Negaunee. Participants should bring a vegan dish (no meat, dairy, eggs, or honey) to share or donate $5 if unable to bring vegan food.
For more information, visit www.northernvegans.com or call 236-1279.
Christmas parade in Ishpeming
ISHPEMING - The Ishpeming Business Association will again be hosting the annual Christmas parade at 6 p.m. Friday in downtown Ishpeming. The Christmas tree will be lit at the end of the parade route. Santa will make his first appearance of the season and will visit with children in his house.
Cookies and hot chocolate will be served at the Oddfellows Building on Main Street.
Silent auction in Ishpeming
ISHPEMING - The Ishpeming Area Historical Society will hold a silent auction during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 23 and 30 at the Ishpeming Community Federal Credit Union on N. Second Street in Ishpeming. Home collectibles will be displayed in the lobby for viewing and bidding.
Fundraiser to aid Cheer Club
MARQUETTE - A Party With A Purpose Fundraiser to benefit The Mining Journal Christmas Cheer Club will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Federated Women's Clubhouse, 104 W. Ridge St. in Marquette.
The following vendors will donate a portion of their sales: Tastefully Simple, Miche, Partylite, Pampered Chef, Dove Chocolate Discoveries, Park Lane Jewelry and Arbonne.
Those who bring a new toy or make a $5 donation will be entered in the grand prize drawing which includes an item from each vendor.
GHS to stage 'Christmas Schooner'
GWINN - Gwinn High School will present the musical "The Christmas Schooner" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Gwinn High School Cafetorium. Cost is $6 for adults and students, $4 for senior citizens. Purchase tickets at the Gwinn High School principal's office, Modeltown Express, Crossroads Minimart, SIR Credit Union in Gwinn, Snowbound Books in Marquette; and at the door one hour before the show.
Additional performances will be held Dec. 15 at Manistique High School.
This musical is presented in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Rouse Simmons (the Christmas Tree Ship), and dedicated to the memory of cast member Kayla Feliciano.
Art minigrants available
MARQUETTE - The CUPPAD Regional Commission has announced a second round of grant funding for local art minigrants, in partnership with the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
There are two components to the Minigrant Program for FY13, Professional and Organizational Development grants and Art Project grants. Grant activity must take place between March 1 and Sept. 30, 2013.
Applicants to the Minigrant Program must use the MCACA online application at mcaca.egrant.net. Applications must be submitted online by Feb. 1.
For more information, call 906-786-9234 or 800-562-9828, or visit www.cuppad.org to view the guidelines and application process for the Minigrant Program.