Events Saturday offer fun, way to support area

Looking for family fun this weekend combined with an opportunity to help the community? We can recommend two events that provide just that mix. Marquette Township will have its second annual Catch the Vision Car Show and Cruise which will gather donations for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.

The event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with car registration at Applebee’s Restaurant, located at the front of the Westwood Mall parking lot in Marquette. From that time until 3 p.m., food bank donations can be dropped off at Applebee’s “Carside to Go” area.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., cars will be on display in the parking lot, with a raffle set for 1:30 p.m. At 2 p.m., the cars will be assembled for a cruise around Presque Isle Park, with Applebee’s as the starting point, then proceeding to Commerce Drive, then Wright Street. The cruise will then go along Lakeshore Boulevard, around Presque Isle Park.

The return journey will take Lakeshore Boulevard to Lincoln Avenue to Ontario Street to Werner Street, back to the mall, with the scheduled conclusion at 3 p.m.

Another special event is designed for those looking for a way to burn off children’s energy while making life better for area families. Child & Family Services’ fourth annual Family Fun Carnival in Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

This family-oriented event includes a bounce house, an inflatable slide and a water balloon toss for kids to enjoy. There will be face painting, a fortune teller, a concession stand and prizes as well.

Online voting at is deciding which three of seven volunteers will receive a pie in the face during the carnival. Voting continues until 8 a.m. Saturday and costs $2 per online ballot. The volunteers are Vicky Crystal, Norma Semashke, George Hyde, Paul Nardi, Tina McNeely, Dennis Smith and Marquette Mayor John DePetro.

Another Marquette official, Marquette police Capt. Gordie Warchock will be in the dunk tank during the carnival.

Admission is $5 for families of three or less or $10 for families of four or more.

It’s a chance to have fun while helping Child & Family Services of the Upper Peninsula, a private, non-profit, non-sectarian agency that since 1919 has been serving the Upper Peninsula by providing programs that enhance the well-being of families.

Both events are great ways to have a good time while boosting programs that help others. What a great way to spend a summer Saturday.