Bulletin Board

Design proposals being accepted

MARQUETTE – The Marquette Arts and Culture Center is accepting award design proposals for the 18th Annual City Arts Awards. Every spring, 10 artists are chosen to receive an award acknowledging their contribution to arts and culture in Marquette. Each recipient will receive a handcrafted award during the ceremony.

The artist selected to complete this project will be required to create 10 awards. The stipend for the design and creation of the awards is $600. Past awards have included found-sculpture art, original watercolor paintings, one-of-a-kind ceramic pots and framed origami.

To be considered, artists are asked to submit a resume, an application form, a maximum one-page project proposal and up to six project proposal images. The proposal deadline is Feb. 26. Art application, criteria and a timeline can be found at or picked up at the MACC in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St.

Marquette hosting open house

MARQUETTE – Community members are invited to the city of Marquette Annual Open House from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Arts and Culture Center, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St.

Meet city commissioners, partners and staff including police officers and firefighters, city manager Bill Vajda, the canine unit and more. There will be interactive displays by city departments, the Downtown Development Authority, the Board of Light and Power, the Superior Watershed Partnership and the library. Families and children can look forward to raffle drawings, giveaways, snacks and refreshments. For more information, call 906-228-0472.

First Thursday Performance Series

MARQUETTE – The city of Marquette will present “The Superior Sackbuts” at February’s First Thursday Performance Series at 7 p.m. Feb. 6. The event is free to the public.

The quartet features trombonists from the Marquette Symphony Orchestra and Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra. A variety of musical styles range from renaissance to rock. Regular members are Dr. Steve Grugin, director of bands and professor of low brass at Northern Michigan University; Gordon Erickson, band director at Westwood High School in Ishpeming; Ben Mayer, band director at Ontonagon High School; and David Allen, retired biologist and community musician.

The MACC is located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. For more information, call 906-228-0472 or email

Jim and Ray at T-Bar on Sunday

MARQUETTE – Jim and Ray will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday in the T-Bar of Marquette Mountain, Marquette.

Master plan public meetings held

MARQUETTE – Arts and Culture Master Plan Public Meetings will be held at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday in the Citizen Forum Room at Lakeview Arena, Marquette.

The City’s new Arts and Culture Master Plan will create vision for a vibrant and sustainable arts and culture scene.

The process will include community input, identifying assets, opportunities and challenges facing the arts and culture community. Public meetings will be facilitated by consulting firms Christine Harris Connections of Milwaukee and Creative Community Builders of Minneapolis.

‘A Thousand Days in Venice’ reading

MARQUETTE – Tasty Reads, a book group for readers who love to cook, will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Monday in the Shiras Room of the Peter White Public Library, Marquette.

This month’s discussion centers on the book, A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance by Marlena de Blasi.

A deliciously satisfying memoir about the author’s adventures in Italy as a divorced American chef.

Unexpectedly, she meets the love of her life and within months of their first meeting, quit her job, sold her house in St. Louis, kissed her two grown sons good-bye, and moved to Venice to marry “the stranger.”

A Thousand Days in Venice is filled with the foods and flavors of Italy and peppered with culinary observations and recipes. But the main course here is an enchanting true story about a woman who falls in love with both a man and a city, and finally finds the home she didn’t even know she was missing. Participants are invited enjoy a sample recipe inspired by the book and new members are always welcome.

The Tasty Reads meets the third Monday of each month at the library and there is no admission charge. For more information, call 226-4318 or visit