Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

Community Calendar

The Keweenaw Report Calendar is brought to you by Houghton Community Broadcasting. To add an announcement for your non-profit, community organization, send the information to HoughtonRadio@up.net. For best results, please submit your request at least two weeks in advance. Scroll down past the calendar to see general community announcements.

The St. Vincent dePaul food bank in Hancock has provided us with a list of items that they need for their clients. When you’re considering donating to any local food banks, this list is a great place to start:
– Canned meats: Canned tuna, salmon, beef, ham, chicken
– Hearty, ready-to-go meals in a can like beef stew and chili with meat
– Boxed meal kits, like Hamburger Helper
– Canned potatoes, carrots, peas, corn, green beans
– Canned fruit without extra sugar
– Dried fruit (raisins, craisins,etc.)
– Rice
– Boxes of low-sugar cereal, like plain Cheerios or Raisin Bran
– Peanut butter and jam
– Instant oatmeal
– Cans of beans
– Pasta and pasta sauce
– Biscuit mix
– Powdered and evaporated milk
– Crackers, tortillas
– Bags of apples, oranges or potatoes
– Fruit or vegetable juice
– Soup pouches or cans
– Laundry detergent
– Diapers (in sizes above newborn) and wipes

The Copper Country United Way is holding a Pat’s Foods Pasty Sale to raise money. Until December 16th, you can purchase pasty certificates for $5.00 each, or five for $20.00, at Copper World in Calumet… Century 21 North Country Agency, the Yummy Bar, U.P. Kids Big Brothers Big Sisters, Flowers by Sleeman, and Houghton Community Broadcasting in Houghton… or the Superior National Bank branches in Mohawk, Hancock, Chassell and the Ridgecrest Plaza in Houghton. Redeem the pasty certificates at the Pat’s Foods locations in Calumet or Hancock, or Festival Foods in Houghton.

The Toys for Tots campaign is underway. Last year, the Keweenaw Detachment #1016 of the Marine Corps League distributed more than 4,000 toys to more than 1,000 children in the Copper Country. You can help make sure every child in our area receives gifts this year by dropping off new, unwrapped toys at the following locations: Walmart, Shopko, Shopko Hometown stores in Calumet and L’Anse, Joey’s Seafood and Grill, Book World, Pizza Hut, the Houghton A-T-and-T store, the Calumet AmericInn, Auto Valu stores in Calumet and Houghton, and the Superior National Bank and Baraga County Federal Credit Union Offices in L’Anse. If you’d like to help with the effort, call Jim Mattson (Houghton and Keweenaw Counties) at 337-5068; Lee DeLeon (Baraga County) at 201-0839; or Bob Botkins (Ontonagon County) at 883-3648. To make a financial donation online, click here.

The North Woods Conservancy has a rare opportunity to expand its holdings near Conglomerate Falls along the Gratiot River. A matching grant has been offered to purchase property that will be dedicated for public use. The Conservancy needs to raise $20,000 by the end of the year to meet the match. To find out more about the Conservancy, the Gratiot River property, and to make an online donation, click here.

The Portage Lake District Library is offering its Food for Fines program until January 31st. Patrons can pay up to $10.00 in overdue fines by bringing non-perishable food items to the library. The food will be donated to local food pantries. Patrons are encouraged to bring small, individual sized portions for recipients of Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly programs. Large family size packages and canned goods will be donated to the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul. Foods that are near to, or past, the expiration date will not be accepted. The Food for Fines program is for overdue fines only and does not include money owed to the library for lost or damaged materials. Those who wish to contribute food yet have no library fines are welcome to do so.

The L’Anse Area Schools Athletics Boosters Buy a Brick campaign continues. You can add your custom-engraved brick to a pathway that will be created at the new athletic conference. Proceeds will be used to pay for further development of the complex, including construction of restrooms, locker facilities, and fencing. 4″ by 8″ Golden Bricks may be purchased for a donation of $100.00 or more. 12″ by 12″ Platinum Bricks may be purchased for a donation of $500.00 or more. Order forms are available at the school, or click here. Checks and completed forms may be mailed to: L’Anse Area Schools, Brick Fundraiser, 201 North 4th Street, L’Anse, MI 49946. For details, call 524-6000.