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Junior Ranger Cave Scientist Program Canceled Due to Weather

Posted on April 27, 2017 – 12:50 pm

Ranger Val’s Junior Ranger Cave Scientist program that was scheduled for tonight, April 27, has been canceled due to the weather and will take place next week instead on Thursday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m.

See you then!

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Posted on April 26, 2017 – 6:31 pm

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the Portage Lake District Library will host the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) for two events for the public.

 

On Tuesday, May 2, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Rebecca Crane will discuss the crisis and intervention services that Dial Help provides. Crane, who is the Director of Dial Help, will also announce details of their new Mobile Response Team (MRT) that offers on site crisis intervention to agencies and schools in Houghton, Keweenaw, Ontonagon, and Baraga counties. The MRT crisis specialists offer emotional support and help develop plans to link individuals to the community resources that they need.

 

On Tuesday, May 23, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Angela Davis from the Superior Alliance for Independent Living (SAIL) will discuss outreach programs that SAIL provides in the Keweenaw. SAIL is based in Marquette and offers information, referrals, support, and advocacy services to people with a wide variety of disabilities. They also work on a larger scale with governments, businesses, and other organizations to make changes that improve life for everyone in communities. SAIL is also part of the Disability Network of the Upper Peninsula.

 

NAMI-Keweenaw Area meets at The Institute on Sharon Ave. on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. Information about NAMI can be found by calling 231-2738 and by viewing materials on display at the Portage Lake District Library.

 

Library presentations are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit www.pldl.org.

 

 

 

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Keweenaw Garden Club: Soil Science and Smart Gardening with Vegetables

Posted on April 25, 2017 – 4:56 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host the Keweenaw Garden Club for an evening learning about “Soil Science: Smart Gardening with Vegetables” on Monday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m.

 

Rebecca Krans, Consumer Horticulture Educator with the Michigan State University Extension Office, will discuss the importance of healthy soils and how to create them specifically in vegetable gardens. She will explain what crop rotation is and how to do it as well as discuss what soil amendments are particularly important for vegetables.

 

The Keweenaw Garden Club was established by and for gardening enthusiasts. They have presentations at the Portage Lake District Library on the first Monday of each month September through May. Those who are interested in learning more about the club can visit https://sites.google.com/site/keweenawgardenclub/

 

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

 

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Keweenaw Garden Club: Types, Varieties and Care of Peonies

Posted on April 25, 2017 – 3:06 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host the Keweenaw Garden Club for an evening learning about peonies, a garden favorite for many.

 

Lorenza Mueller-Hindle, owner of Hot Pots in Milford, Michigan, will present “Peonies: Types and Varieties, Care, and Garden Design” on Saturday, April 29, at 11:00 a.m.

 

Mueller-Hindle will focus on how to successfully grow this hardy and beautiful perennial in a Copper Country garden. With a good eye for color and form as well as an insatiable interest in botanicals, she will walk participants through the types and varieties of peonies, their origin, and their care including diseases and division. She will also share some favorite plant pairings.

 

Mueller-Hindle will also answer questions about the care of annuals, perennials, containers, trees, and shrubs in a home landscape.

 

Mueller-Hindle draws from her experience gardening while she was a student at Michigan Technological University as well as talents honed while designing, installing, and maintaining containers for her Hot Pots clients.

 

The Keweenaw Garden Club was established by and for gardening enthusiasts. They have presentations at the Portage Lake District Library on the first Monday of each month September through May. Those who are interested in learning more about the club can visit https://sites.google.com/site/keweenawgardenclub/

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Michigan Alliance for Families Workshop “Transition: Planning for High School and Beyond”

Posted on April 25, 2017 – 2:13 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host Sandee Koski from the Michigan Alliance for Families for a workshop on Friday, April 28, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

 

“Transition: Planning for High School and Beyond” is a workshop for families of students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and the team members who work with them. This workshop will provide participants with information, resources, and tools to start planning now for the future. They will learn how to help young adults plan for a successful transition to adulthood, including rights and responsibilities, and they will learn how high school classes and the school environment can help develop important skills and build pre-employment knowledge.

 

This workshop is specifically geared towards families of middle and high school aged students with a disability/learning challenges as well as for school staff, community members, and organizations.

 

The Michigan Alliance for Families provides information, support, and education to families of children and young adults with disabilities and special education needs, from birth to age 26. The Alliance also helps parents to become more active in their child’s school as a way of improving services and results for children and young adults with special education needs.

 

Participants are asked to pre-register with Lisa Casper by calling 483-0442 or by emailing her at lisa@michiganallianceforfamilies.org. Pizza will be served prior to the workshop.

 

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

 

 

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Creating Imperfect Art Quilts

Posted on April 24, 2017 – 5:07 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host a hands-on fabric art class on Tuesday, April 25, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

 

Quilter and fabric art designer Beth Jukuri will give an overview of how to play with fabric and design and how to do machine quilting. She will also discuss the process of her art and explain how she has used quilting as a form of art therapy. 

 

A sewing machine, ironing station, a tub of fabric, scissors and thread will be available for participants to use and follow their creative whims with. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own sewing machines so more people can sew at one time and complete the project they will be making.

 

Jukuri has been quilting for twenty years. She designs her own patterns and uses them to express how she feels. Her quilts tell a story and some of them are currently on display in the library.

 

Jukuri is also the co-founder of the group WIND, Women in New Directions. This group is for women who like to try new things that are creative and active including biking, kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March for Science Activities for Kids and Adults

Posted on April 21, 2017 – 1:37 pm

The Portage Lake District Library invites kids of all ages who love science to participate in hands-on science activities and demonstrations led by Michigan Tech students and educators on Saturday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m.

 

Kids will use science activities to study a Lake Superior map and plan a cooperative clean-up, design a tower that will withstand a hurricane, build a penny bridge, make something loud, find out why glue is the clue, discover what is the best insulator, and make paper gliders.

 

Following these activities, people will gather under the Portage Lift Bridge on the Houghton side at noon and march across the bridge into Hancock and back. The theme of the march is the Great Lakes watershed and how scientific research is used to protect and maintain the important services and connections the Great Lakes provide. This local march is affiliated with the national march in Washington D.C. and all other marches for science worldwide, and it supports using scientific evidence to inform policy on all levels of government.

 

A community action meeting and discussion will be held at the Portage Lake District Library immediately following the march and will begin between 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. to discuss issues and policies that are pertinent to our community.

 

This is a non-partisan event and everyone is welcome to participate in any combination of the day’s events.

 

For more information about the march, please email MarchforScienceHoughton@gmail.com

or call the library at 482-4570.

 

 

 

 

 

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Folksongs of the Great Lakes

Posted on April 18, 2017 – 4:27 pm

Legendary folksinger, musician, and storyteller Adam Miller will perform “Folksongs of the Great Lakes” for children of all ages and their families at the Portage Lake District Library on Wednesday, April 19, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

 

One of the premier autoharpists in the world, Miller is a renowned American folksinger and natural-born storyteller. A masterful entertainer who never fails to get his audience singing along, he has distinguished himself as one of the great interpreters of American folksongs and folktales, and as a performer who appeals to audiences of all ages.

 

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

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Waterways, Wetlands and You

Posted on April 13, 2017 – 2:33 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District for “Waterways, Wetlands and You” on Tuesday, April 18, at 1:00 p.m.

 

The Corps Regulatory Staff will present this outreach event that will provide an overview of the Regulatory Program for work done in waterways, wetlands, and along shorelines.

 

Topics include an overview of the Corps Regulatory Program, regulatory jurisdiction, activities requiring Corps permits, how to apply for a permit, and an application workshop for submitting a complete application.

 

For more information about the Corps Detroit District Regulatory Program, visit http://www.lre.usace.army.mil/Missions/RegulatoryProgramandPermits.aspx

 

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

 

 

 

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Conversations & Coffee with the Michigan DNR Fisheries Division

Posted on April 12, 2017 – 4:59 pm

The Portage Lake District Library will host the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division for “Conversations and Coffee” with the public on Thursday, April 13, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

 

George Madison, Fisheries Manager for the Western Lake Superior Management Unit, will discuss fish management topics that are pertinent to the local area. In addition to fisheries updates, there will be a discussion on a few sportfishing regulation change proposals, muskellunge regulations, and fish stocking. This meeting is geared to provide information and to collect public input on local fisheries management programs. People attending this meeting can also inquire about statewide regulations that impact anglers.

 

Information about Michigan sport fishing regulations can be found on the Department of Natural Resources website at www.michigan.gov/dnr or you may contact George Madison at 906-353-6651 for further information.

 

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

 

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