Lots in store for fall

School is back in session and the tips of the trees are beginning to turn. This has always been one of my favorite times because, as a Yooper, the 90 degree days of summer turn me into a puddle of grumpiness. The 0 degree days of winter turn me into a brick of grumpiness. It is the season between that is my favorite. I love to see new pencils and notebooks in the stores as kids rejoin their friends in a new year of learning. The Chamber would like to wish good luck in the upcoming year to the students at Ishpeming, Negaunee, NICE and Republic/Michigamme – make this a memorable year.

I also like this time of year because it seems to be the calm between the storms of summer fun and holiday madness.

It’s a time when we can look around to see what is going on in the neighborhood.

We have a few great events coming up on the West End that I encourage you to check out.

First is the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame Weekend, Sept. 13 and 14. You can help welcome the latest class of honored members being inducted and show off “The Birthplace of Organized Skiing in America.”

The weekend includes the presentation of the Class of 2012 and a reception on Friday night. On Saturday morning you can attend the 40th Annual Ski Breakfast sponsored by the Ishpeming Noon Kiwanis Club. This is a great way for you and your family to meet world champions and some of the greatest athletes that America has created. And if you’re interested in squeaking out another game of golf before the weather gets too cold, you have until Thursday, to sign up for the golf tournament taking place Saturday afternoon. Contact the U.S. National Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame or the Chamber for information on tickets to this amazing event.

The inaugural Red Earth Classic Mountain Bike Race is happening on Sept. 21. This race highlights the gorgeous trails in Ishpeming, and you can choose your course – 35-mile or 18-mile. If you’re around on the 21st but not biking, consider volunteering. Races like these require the support of the community when it comes to volunteering, even if it’s only for a few hours or the whole day. Sept. 21 is also the Worldwide Day of Play, so feel free to play at Al Quaal and cheer on the racers during the afternoon. There will plenty to keep you entertained including food, beverages, live music and the 2.5mile Kids Race. Information on registering and volunteering can be found at www.redearthclassic.com.

Also coming up in September are two exciting Open Houses. These are the perfect opportunity for you to meet the local business owners, find out what they have to offer and get to know other members in the community at the same time. So join us to

welcome one of our new members, Active Physical Therapy-Ishpeming. They will be holding their grand opening on Monday, Sep. 16. You can meet the physical therapists, business owners and check out the newest rehab facility on the west-end.

Sept. 23 will feature the Open House on Iron Street, hosted by Midtown Bakery, Grand Effex Salon, and Hanna’s Tea Times. This combined event will feature each business and include late business hours at The Old Bank Building Antiques, Tickled Pink and Lowenstein’s Antiques. What better way to get to know these unique Negaunee businesses and what they have to offer.

Editor’s note: Kori Tossava is director of the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce.