OAUP?to hold annual meeting
MARQUETTE – The OAUP 50th Anniversary annual meeting will be at 8 a.m. Jan. 21 in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center at Northern Michigan University, Marquette.
The day will begin with networking and registration at 8 a.m. and will conclude after lunch.
The theme of this year’s Operation Action U.P. Annual Meeting is “Energizing Our Future.” The keynote address will be given by John Hofmeister, the founder and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy, former president of Shell Oil Co. and the author of “Why We Hate The Oil Companies: Straight talk from an energy insider.”
In addition, four outstanding Upper Peninsula businesses will receive Awards of Excellence for 2013.
Nomination forms can be found at www.operationactionup.org.
Operation Action U.P. is the only private-sector economic development organization in the state, which embraces all types of industries and serves a 15 county area.
Please reserve your seat online at www.operationactionup.org or mail a registration form from online to 501 S. Front Street, Marquette, MI 49855.
MARQUETTE – Bothwell Middle School parent/ teacher conferences will run from 5-8 p.m. Monday, noon-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, at the middle school, Marquette.
Bothwell Students will be released at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. School lunches will not be served on half days. For more information, call 225-4262.
Artist to be featured at exhibit
MARQUETTE – The work of Russell Prather, an English professor at Northern Michigan University, will be the focus of the city of Marquette’s Arts and Culture Center’s end-of-the-year exhibit. Prather’s plexiglas hanging installations in the gallery will be on display from Tuesday through Dec. 21.
Prather is a visual artist who has exhibited his work nationally in solo and group shows. He was winner of the Featured Artist Award for his installation in the Northern Exposure XIX exhibit at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba.
There will be an artist reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at the center, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. For details, call 906-228-0472 or email email@example.com.
Leather ornament workshop
MARQUETTE – The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will hold a workshop on the creation of leather Christmas ornaments from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 3 in the craft room of Peter White Public Library, Marquette.
Al Winfield, a leather worker and NCLL member, will lead the class in how to make, emboss and stain leather Christmas ornaments. The cost is $10 for NCLL members and $15 for non-members, due at the time of the class. Register by Tuesday by calling 227-2979.
Annual Interfaith Forum set
HARVEY – The Marquette Interfaith Forum has scheduled its annual Interfaith Evening of Thankfulness for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Marquette Unitarian Universalist Congregation Meeting House on M-28 East in Chocolay Township.
Songs, readings, meditation and prayers from multiple local faith groups in a family-friendly setting will be followed by a social with cider and breads from many traditions. All are welcome.
For more information, contact forum coordinator Aaron Scholnik at 869-6543.
Community Thanksgiving dinner
ISHPEMING – A free community Thanksgiving dinner will be at noon Thursday at Bethel Lutheran Church, Ishpeming. The church is located on the corner of Third and Ridge streets and is handicapped accessible.
Reservations for the dinner are not required. A Thanksgiving eve service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday. For more information call 485-5533.
Community meals canceled
MARQUETTE – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church community meals are canceled for Wednesday and Dec. 25.
The meals will resume in Jan. For more information, call 226-2912.
Registration for holiday exhibit
MARQUETTE – Registration is now open for the community holiday exhibit featuring artificial trees and wreaths throughout the library from Dec. 8 through Jan. 2. The trees are decorated in creative themes by organizations and families.
Participants may provide their own artificial trees or borrow one from the library’s limited collection. Register by Wednesday. Decorating begins on Dec. 4. Registration forms and exhibit details are available at the library or online at www.uproc.lib.mi.us/pwpl/events/ Trees2013.html. For more information, call 226-4318.
Creche collecting program set
MARQUETTE – The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will host a program on collecting creches, or models displaying the scene of Jesus Christ’s birth from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 5, in the Peter White Public Library community room, Marquette.
NCLL member Carol Margrif and her husband, Fred, will lead the class. They will provide a tour of their personal creche collection, which is an exhibit at the library from through Jan. 15. They will also discuss their experiences traveling the world collecting the creches.
There is no cost for NCLL members and a fee of $5 for non-members. Register by Nov. 29 by calling 227-2979.
‘Hope at the Inn’ sundraiser set
ESCANABA -The “Hope at the Inn” Fundraiser is at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Delft Night Club, Escanaba.
Chicago bluesman James Armstrong will be performing. All profits will go to Hope at the Inn.
This new program provides support for homeless individuals by offering them a safe shelter in cooperating churches throughout the area.
Tickets are $10 in advance at the Record Rack in Escanaba and $12 at the door. Donations will also be accepted. This event is sponsored by Blues for a Cause.
For more information, call 906-786-6420.
Silent Auction?Fundraiser Friday
ISHPEMING – The Ishpeming Area Historical Society Silent Auction Fundraiser will be 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday and Dec. 6 at TruNorth Credit Union on North Second Street, Ishpeming. Items will be awarded after 5 p.m. each day.
For more information, call 486-8680.
Openings with Schools of Choice
MARQUETTE – Marquette Area Public Schools Schools of Choice has openings for elementary level non-residents for the 2nd trimester of 2013-14. The deadline for applications is Friday. Cherry Creek Elementary School Second, third and fifth grades. Sandy Knoll Elementary School Second, third and fourth grades.
Students must reside within the Marquette-Alger RESA to be eligible for schools of choice at MAPS.
Application forms may be obtained at Cherry Creek Elementary School, Sandy Knoll Elementary School, the superintendent’s office or visit www.mapsnet.org/Quick Links/SchoolofChoice.aspx.
Outback Holiday Sale on Saturday
MARQUETTE – The Outback Holiday Sale will be at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1, at the Marquette Armory, Marquette. For more information, visit www.outbackartfair.com.
Christmas Bazaar in Big Bay
BIG BAY – A Christmas Bazaar will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 312 Bensigner Street, Big Bay.
There will be Christmas crafts, baked goods, Rada Cutlery and Christmas related rummage sale.
Project Gift Wrap registrations
MARQUETTE – The Volunteer Coordinators of Marquette County Project Gift Wrap is accepting registrations from Saturday to Dec. 24 at the Westwood Mall, Marquette Township.
At the Project Gift Wrap booth, shoppers make a cash donation to have their purchases wrapped with holiday paper and bows provided by the Westwood Mall. Organizations work the booth in three-hour shifts.
Half of the proceeds go to the organizations. The other half goes to the Volunteer Coordinators of Marquette County to sponsor the annual Marquette County Outstanding Volunteer Awards celebration in April and other volunteer-related activities.
Shifts are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To register a group for shifts, call Jill Rady at 920-955-3438 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quilt and Craft Sale this weekend
ISHPEMING – A Quilt and Craft Sale will be from l p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and ll:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Faith Lutheran Church, Ishpeming.
Beautiful handmade quilts of all sizes, crafts, Christmas cookies, bars, coffee and hot apple cider will be available.
‘The Night Before Christmas’
GWINN – Santa and Mrs. Clause and their Elves will be reading “The Night Before Christmas” and taking Children’s Christmas Wishes at 6 p.m. Saturday in Peter Nordeen Park, Gwinn. The Forsyth Singers will also join them with Christmas Carol selections. The Girl Scouts will provide hot cider and hot chocolate and cookies. Larry’s Family Foods will provide candy canes.
We encourage local merchants and individuals to decorate their store fronts for the Holiday Season to light up our towns of Gwinn, Sawyer, Little Lake, New Swanzy, Princeton and Austin for this holiday season.
Big Water Community Sing
MARQUETTE – The Big Water Community Sing will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the Peter White Public Library’s community room, Marquette.
The Song leader will be Corinne Rockow. The first half hour is devoted to music for families with young children. Bring a copy of Rise Up Singing or any other vocal music to share as a group. For more information, visit www.pwpl.info or call 226-4318.