Y-101 Community Calendar


The Ontonagon Gladiator booster club is having its regular meeting this Wednesday at 6:00 at the golf course.

Every Thursday in August, starting at 7PM, The Ontonagon Theater of Performing Arts will host a live outdoor music event (weather permitting) on the grounds of the Ontonagon Township Building (Theater/Library building). Performers will consist of an assortment of local talented musicians including: Dale Miller, Dale Venema, Yvonne Blake, Eric Hopper, Crazy Kenny Langlois, and more.

The churches of the Northern LIghts Lutheran Parish (St. Paul’s in Mass City, Siloa in Ontonagon, and First in Winona) WILL be holding in-person services this coming Sunday, August 9, and subsequent Sundays.  Any future schedule changes will be announced on the Jan Tucker show as well as the parish website and Facebook page.

Ontonagon Summer Festival 50/50 raffle tickets are now on sale at The Village office, Ontonagon Township Park, Shamrock Bar, Campioni’s Ace Hardware, Stubb’s, Krist Convenience Store, Roxey’s, Ontonagon Golf Club, M-64 Travel Center and.  Drawing will be held on Sunday, September 6th.

3×3 is a mini fundraiser for the Copper Country Community Arts Center. The CCCAC gave out seventy 3×3 inch canvases and more than 50 artists of all ages participated by creating 3×3 inch works of art. Each piece will be sold for a minimum $25 donation to the CCCAC.  The 3×3’s will be available to view in person at the CCCAC and in an online gallery at coppercountryarts.com on Tuesday, August 11. If you do not live in the area or prefer to stay home, work can be shipped to you.  The pieces will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.Watch the CCCAC website and facebook Tuesday, August 11th for a posting of all the works. The Copper Country Community Arts Center is a non-profit organization located at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock. Open hours are Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.

The Ontonagon Township Library will be hosting a special Online version of their popular 4 Week Finn class with Marlene Broemer, PhD, University of Helsinki. Enjoy fun, low-stress lessons on  Finnish language and culture from the comfort of your own home! Weekly meetings will be held using Zoom videoconferencing, with materials and additional instruction provided via e-mail. The class will be held Wednesday afternoons at 2 PM on 8/12, 8/19, 8/26, and 9/2. If you do not have a smartphone or tablet, the library has technology to accommodate 2 or 3 students on-site. The Ontonagon Township Library is excited to offer this summer’s class at no cost to students. Funds provided in part by the Rise Family Fund of the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation. Space is limited, so sign up today by calling the library at 884-4411 or messaging their Facebook page.

Christmas in August Dinner at the Ontonagon Eagles Club.  Saturday, August 15th, Serving 1-5 (or until sold out).  Take Outs OnlY, $10/meal.  On the menu Turkey, Mashed potatoes and gravy, Stuffing, Rutabaga, Green Beans, Dinner Roll.  Must wear a mask to pick up your dinner.

Beginning Monday, August 17, Ontonagon St. Vincent de Paul has new store hours that will be 9:30 a.m.to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  Donation hours will remain the same:  Tuesdays and Fridays beginning at 9:30 until we are full.  Come early with donations as we are unable to touch anything for 48 hours and must stop taking things when the back room is full.

Mobile Food Pantries coming to Copper Country in August.  Portage Health Foundation bringing trucks to L’Anse, Ontonagon and Houghton.  Each Mobile Food Pantry will provide a variety of foods, including fresh produce and dairy items to approximately 300 families. Attendees will not have to show identification or proof of income to receive food; however, they will be required to provide basic contact information and affirm that they are in need of food. Boxes of food will be provided in a drive-through format. Each event will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  Three Mobile Food Pantries are scheduled.  Thursday, August 13, 2 p.m. at the Community Action Food Pantry in Houghton (Western U.P. Food Bank at 926 Dodge Street) Thursday, August 20, 2 p.m. at Meadowbrook Arena in L’Anse (204 Division Street) Thursday, August 27, 3:30 p.m. at Ontonagon Area Schools in Ontonagon (701 Parker Avenue).  These events are being funded by Portage Health Foundation’s COVID-19 Community Recovery Fund. This is a restricted fund maintained for the purpose of mobilizing resources for the citizens of Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties. All monies contributed to this restricted fund will be used locally for the distribution of health/humanitarian relief.  To support this and other projects like it, visit phfgive.org/covid19.

Watersmeet Township School 2020-2021 kindergarten Registration will be held on Tuesday, August 25th, from 12-3; Wednesday, August 26th from 8am – 3pm; Thursday, August 27th from 8 to 11 at the Watersmeet School kindergarten classroom.  Please call Roxy in the office, at 906-358-4504, to schedule your hour long visit and to obtain your child’s registration packet that will be mailed to you prior to registration.  Parents, please bring:  your child (for readiness testing), a mask for you and your child, his/her birth certificate, social security card and immunization record; Proof of Residency (i.e. drivers license or anything with physical address on it, your completed kindergarten registration packet.

Don’t forget to drop off your Michigan returnable cans and bottles to the OCAP dumpster (located between The Ontonagon Herald office and Peninsula Graphics on River Street in Ontonagon)  money raised goes to help maintain an animal shelter in Ontonagon County.

Returnable cans for kids, sponsored by the Ewen Fire Department.  Cans may be deposited at the storage building across from Ewen Building Supply.

The Ontonagon Al- Anon Family Group has resumed their weekly meetings. Meetings will take place on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at the Holy Family Church Basement. Social distancing rules will be followed and masks are required at all inside gatherings in Michigan.

MSU Extension will be distributing the Michigan Senior Project Fresh coupon via mail due to the COVID 19 restrictions. If you previously participated in this program, we have your contact information on file. Coupons will be mailed directly to you. Senior Project Fresh gives coupon vouchers to eligible older adults to get Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, and honey from local farmers markets and roadside stands. Participants will receive information on how to prepare fresh produce as well as their coupon vouchers.  To get coupons, you must: Be at least 60 years old, Have a total household income of at or less than 185% of poverty questions, please contact Kathy Bauer at MSU Extension at (906) 884-4386 or e-mail [email protected]

Rockland Township Library has new hours:  Tuesdays 2 to 7 pm; Wednesdays & Thursdays Noon to 6 pm.  Scrabble Wednesdays 1 to 3 pm, Book Club the second Tuesday of the month.  Upon entering masks are suggested. Maximum of 10 people at one time.  Use Hand Sanitizer upon entering.  Seniors/Adults only for Scrabble and Book Club times.  The Rockland Township Library has free wi-fi, a new printer and a fax.  Phone 886-2821 (call during regular Library Hours, email: [email protected].

Baragaland Senior Citizens transportation in L’Anse is available for local pickup to medical appointments and for grocery shopping from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.  They also can pick up prescriptions and your pre-ordered groceries from Larry’s Market in Baraga.  Call 524-6711 or 524-6922 for more information.

The UP Regional Blood Center is currently experiencing a CRITICAL NEED for O-, A+, A-, B- blood types. The U.P. Regional Blood Center has collection sites in Marquette, Hancock, Escanaba and is the primary supplier of blood to 13 UP hospitals. Please visit our Facebook page at UPRBC906 or call the U.P. Regional Blood Center at 906-449-1450 for center and blood drive details.

Michigan State University Extension presents “Preserving Your Harvest”.  Make the most of your summer produce.  Join for an online series to learn new ways to use the rest of your garden an farm market produce.  Get help to fill your pantry and freezer by preserving food safely.  You can join for each session or choose just the topics that interest you.  Classed are offered at 1-2:30 pm or 6:00-7:30 pm each week.  Register at:  https://events.anr.msu.edu/PreserveHarvest/  To listen by phone, call in advance to register 877-643-9882.