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Chris’ Picnic Shopping Trip: Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Posted on July 11, 2017 – 6:55 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites kids of all ages to participate in a Scavenger Hunt at the Downtown Houghton Farmer’s Market on Tuesday, July 18, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

 **This week’s Farmer’s Market will take place on top the parking deck behind KBC and Swift’s Hardware.** 

 

Chris Alquist, Community Programs Director at the library, is asking kids to help her find delicious foods for a family picnic. During “Chris’ Picnic Shopping Trip,” kids will follow clues and search the Farmer’s Market to help her get ready.

 

Kids can stop by the library’s tent at the Farmer’s Market to get a copy of the Scavenger Hunt. This event is free and no registration is required.

 

For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

 

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Outdoor Community Poetry Reading

Posted on July 11, 2017 – 6:12 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites everyone to gather on the dock outside the library for a Community Poetry Reading on Friday, July 21, at 6:00 p.m.

 

Lovers of poetry can read their own poems or poems written by others, or simply enjoy listening to others read.

 

In case of bad weather, the event will be held inside the library.

 

Library programs are free and open to all. For more information please call the library at 482-4570.

 

 

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Music on the Menu with The Backroom Boys

Posted on July 11, 2017 – 6:10 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites everyone to bring their lunch and enjoy “Music on the Menu,” an outdoor series of events held on the dock outside the library.

 

“The Backroom Boys” will perform on Friday, July 21, from noon – 1:00 p.m. Playing traditional jazz, swing and blues will be John Munson on clarinet and tenor sax, Bob Norden on trombone and vocals, Matt Duroche on upright bass, and Oren Tikkanen on banjo, guitar and vocals.

 

Everyone is invited to eat, relax, and enjoy their lunch hour while listening to some great music. In the event of bad weather, the program will be held in the community room.

 

This event is part of the library’s Summer Reading Program and is free and open to all. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit www.pldl.org.

 

 

 

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Butterflies for Kids: Lessons and Fun with Larvinia Caterpillar

Posted on July 11, 2017 – 6:08 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites kids who want to learn about the amazing world of butterflies to an interactive program with  Jackie Manchester-Kempke as she presents “Lessons and Fun with Larvinia Caterpillar” on Saturday, July 22, from

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

 

Using a large caterpillar puppet and a flannel board, Manchester-Kempke will describe

the life cycle of butterflies. Kids will learn how to sing an insect song, listen to stories, make a butterfly craft, and have a good time.

 

Manchester-Kempke is a Michigan State University Extension Master Gardener volunteer. She is fascinated by the important role butterflies have in nature and is eager to share her enthusiasm for them with others.

 

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

 

 

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Summer Storytimes in Chassell with the Library

Posted on July 11, 2017 – 6:06 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites children and their families to participate in Storytimes that will be held at the Chassell Heritage Center on Saturdays during July and August. Storytime will be held on July 15 and 29 and on August 12 and 26 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

 

Storytime includes listening to stories, making a craft, and having a great time. Everyone is welcome to attend and all programs are free.

 

The Chassell Heritage Center is located at 42373 Hancock Ave. in Chassell. The Center is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and on Thursdays from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. For information about exhibits and events, visit their website at www.chassellhistory.org or call 523-1155.

 

For more information about Storytimes in Chassell, please call the library at 482-4570.

 

 

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Summer Storytimes at the Library

Posted on July 11, 2017 – 6:02 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites children and their families to participate in Storytimes that will be held on Saturdays during July, August, and early September.

 

Storytime will be held on July 15 and 22, August 5, 12, and 19 and September 2. These programs will be presented by members of the Houghton High School Key Club and will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

Storytime includes listening to stories and making a craft. Everyone is welcome and all programs are free.

 

For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

 

 

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Music on the Menu with FinnAire

Posted on July 11, 2017 – 5:59 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites everyone to bring their lunch and enjoy “Music on the Menu,” an outdoor series of events held on the dock outside the library.

 

FinnAire will perform on Friday, July 14, from noon – 1:00 p.m. The trio consists of Raimo Juntunen-Hewlett playing an accordion, Steve (Seppo) Niemi on guitar, and Oren Tikkanen performing a variety of stringed instruments. Their music includes Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, German tunes

 

Everyone is invited to eat, relax, and enjoy their lunch hour while listening to some great music. In the event of bad weather, the program will be held in the community room.

 

Library programs are free and open to all. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

 

 

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Health Care and Your Retirement

Posted on July 11, 2017 – 5:57 pm

 

The Portage Lake District Library will host a presentation designed to give participants the information they need to understand the role Medicare will play during retirement.

 

Bob Nelson, financial adviser from Edward Jones, and Jacob Spear from the elder law firm Sturgul & Long, will present “Health Care and Your Retirement” on Thursday, July 13, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. This presentation illustrates how the increasing cost of health care is a growing concern for current and future retirees. Twenty five years ago, retirees spent almost twice as much on food as on health care; now the amounts are nearly equal.

 

Nelson and Spear will discuss Medicare coverage and traditional medical expenses, long-term medical care expenses, and strategies for addressing uncovered expenses.

 

Refreshments will be served.

 

All library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

 

 

 

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Essential Oils 101

Posted on July 3, 2017 – 5:48 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host “Essential Oils 101” on Monday, July 10, from 6:00  – 7:30 p.m.

 

Taylor Oliver will discuss how to use essential oils to improve health and wellness. She will explain how using some of the more common oils can help fight cold and flu symptoms, relax and soothe sore muscles, heal skin conditions, alleviate pain, balance hormones, improve digestion, and more.

 

Oliver is passionate about showing people how to use essential oils to take charge of their own wellness and is eager to share what she has learned about oils and how they have transformed her health.

 

Library programs are free, and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

 

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Mini-grants for Arts Projects Workshop

Posted on July 3, 2017 – 3:53 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host Cynthia Cote, Director of the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock, for a free informational workshop about mini-grants that are available for art projects on Friday, July 7, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

 

The Copper Country Community Arts Council (CCCAC) is the administrator for the Regional Re-granting program of the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The CCCAC facilitates funding opportunities for arts projects in the six counties of the Western Upper Peninsula: Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, Ontonagon, Gogebic, and Iron.

 

Mini-grants for Arts Projects provide up to $4000 for locally developed, high quality arts projects, which provide special opportunities to address local arts needs and increase public access to the arts. Mini-grants support a broad range of artistic expression from all cultures through projects which preserve, produce, or present traditional and contemporary arts.

 

Mini-grant dollars, matched 1.1 in cash/in-kind can be used for many types of arts activities such as exhibits, readings, performances, workshops, broadcasts, consultancies, commissions, festivals, restorations, pow wows, conferences, seminars, video and film productions and screenings, publications, and arts activities for students.

 

Non-profit organizations, schools, and municipalities from the six counties may apply. A panel comprised of knowledgeable individuals from each of the six counties evaluates all funding proposals. The review criterion includes artistic merit, sound planning and management, as well as community service. Geographic distribution, underserved populations, cultural diversity, and a variety of arts disciplines are considered when determining awards.

 

Professional and Organizational Development grants make funding available for training courses, consultants, conference fees and related travel. Organizations or individual artists may apply for up to $1500. A 25% cash/in-kind is required. Organizations may apply for both grant opportunities.

 

The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on August 3, 2017 for projects taking place October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018. All applications must be submitted online using the e-grant system (mcaca.egrant.net). Application guidelines are available online at http://www.michiganadvantage.org/Arts/Grant-Programs/. For more information or technical assistance contact Cynthia Cote, Re-granting Coordinator at (906) 482-3333 or email cynthia@coppercountryarts.com

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