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6:00 pm: Luminary Ski
December 26, 2016
The Luminary Ski takes place on the St. Urho's loop on the Maasto Hiihto trails. Meet at the chalet at the Houghton County Fairgrounds in Hancock for a 6 pm ski by candlelight! Refreshments following. Starts at 6 pm and sponsored by the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club.
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12:00 pm: Swedetown Winter Trails Day
January 15, 2017
Free trail passes all day. Co-sponsored by Cross Country Sports who will offer free rental skis and snowshoes at the Chalet from noon to 4 p.m. (return by 5). Refreshments. We will have our new winter trail groomer, the Prinoth Husky, on display.
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7:00 pm: Green Film Series: "After Coal" and "Half Life"
January 19, 2017
The film profiles individuals building a new future in the coalfields of central Appalachia and Wales. Welsh coalfields were shut down in the 1980s, eliminating more than 20,000 jobs while Appalachian coalfields lost 20,000+ mining jobs from 1994 -2014. Both regions have survived disasters associated with mining production & waste disposal, and each has explored strategies for remembering the past while looking to the future. What lessons does this film have for us today?
Half Life: America’s Last Uranium Mill describes the Ute tribe’s concern that toxic and radioactive contamination from the White Mesa Mill in SE Utah threatens their water supply and way of life. Why is this a common outcome of so many mines and/or mineral processing facilities? How can we change the ending?
Location: G002 Hesterberg Hall, Michigan Tech Forestry Bldg. (all films)
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm; enjoy coffee, dessert and facilitated discussion
Cost: FREE, $3 suggested donation
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6:30 pm: "The Last King" Birkebeiner Movie
January 26, 2017
This Thursday, January 26 at 6:30 pm, you are invited to watch the new movie "The Last King" the story of the Birkebeiners who saved the infant king on skis across Norway; which is the backstory for the Birkebeiner ski marathon ski race. This Free Movie will be on the big screen at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Hwy. 41 in Chassell and sponsored by the local Sons of Norway.
There will be social time at 6:30 pm. Please bring a snack to share, if you can. The movie will begin at 7:00 pm. Donations will be accepted.
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2:00 pm: Retro Ski
February 5, 2017
Retro ski will have a different format this year. Skiers will meet at the Tomasi trailhead at 12:30 and head out for some fun backcountry skiing through the Torangeau property and then on to Ruby Marsh. We’ll probably take set tracks back to the trailhead but the group can decide if it wants more backcountry skiing. After all that we’ll retire to a local restaurant of the group’s choice for beverages and food.
Bring your wood skis, bamboo poles, knickers and wool clothing if you have it but if you don’t, don’t let that stop you from joining the group. All skiers are welcome regardless of ability or equipment. Speaking of ability, if abilities vary widely, we can split into two groups – an easy tour and an extended tour – and still feast together after we all are finished. Please contact either Jay Green at 487-5411 or John Diebel 281-1486 at if you are coming so we have an idea of numbers and can delay leaving somewhat if someone is late; best to speak to one of us as we’re both in and out of town frequently and only one of us may make the tour. Also call with any questions or concerns.