Author Archives: Charlie West

Repair Cafe open April 20

The Transition Marquette County Repair Cafe will be open again on Saturday, April 20, in the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, on the lower level of the Peter White Public Library in Marquette. From noon to 4pm on that day, the public is invited to bring in small household items in need of repair. Volunteer repair talent will be on hand to work on computers and electronics, sewing machines, small appliances, clothing, lamps, and other household items. The focus is on helping people learn to repair their own items, thus saving money and keeping material out of landfills. There is no charge for this service; a $5 donation is suggested to support the program. The next Repair Cafe is scheduled for May 25. For more information call Tom at 573-300-1341 or email tfgauthier55@live.com.

Sustaining Lake Superior – Reading Group read for April

The Reading Group will meet on Thurs, April 11, at 7pm in the Dandelion Cottage Room at Peter White Public Library in Marquette to discuss Sustaining Lake Superior, a book by MTU professor Nancy Langston.

We tend to think of Lake Superior as clear, clean, even pristine. But Langston notes that pollutants and toxins are arriving from a variety of sources. She is a professor at MTU and spoke at the Northern Climate Network at NMU last spring.

“A cautionary story about the true cost of unenlightened commodification of Lake Superior. Like the Anishinaabe whose stewardship Nancy Langston chronicles, she invokes Seventh Generation thinking: make wise decisions today based on the best interests of future generations.” -Patty Loew, Bad River Anishinaabe

Everyone is invited to join the conversation.  It would help to have at least started to read the book!  For more information, call Charlie (226-3314) or email mqtchaz@gmail.com

Then here’s an event of interest – Forests for Fish Forum, Tues, April 16, 5-9pm, River Rock Lanes and Banquet Center, Ishpeming.  Three presentations: Dynamic linkages between forest and lake; Life in the nearshore zone; Fishes in the Abyss- the offshore ecosystem.  FMI – call Gary Willis, (906) 353-6651

Repair Cafe Open Sat, Mar 16!!

The Transition Marquette County Repair Cafe will be open again on Saturday, Mar 16, in the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, on the lower level of the Peter White Public Library in Marquette. From noon to 4pm on that day, the public is invited to bring in small household items in need of repair. Volunteer repair talent will be on hand to work on computers and electronics, sewing machines, small appliances, clothing, lamps, and other household items. The focus is on helping people learn to repair their own items, thus saving money and keeping material out of landfills. There is no charge for this service; a $5 donation is suggested to support the program. Future Repair Cafes are scheduled for April 20, and May 25. For more information call Tom at 573-300-1341 or email tfgauthier55@live.com.

Reading Group meets Thurs, Jan 10

In the Dandelion Cottage Room at Peter White Library.  7pm.  We will be discussing The Big Hunger – the Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-hunger Groups.  It’s an interesting, disturbing, and challenging read.  If the movie Wasted troubled you – this is a book you want to read.

Reading Group begins another year in new location

The Transition Marquette County Reading Group will begin the 2018-2019 schedule with a conversation about the book Surviving the Future, Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy on Thursday, September 13 at 7pm in the Dandelion Cottage Room at Peter White Public Library in Marquette.  The content of Surviving the Future is by David Fleming (colleague and friend of Rob Hopkins), selected and edited by Shaun Chamberlin after Fleming died.  It describes what Fleming calls a “lean culture” that could come into being after the market economy fails.

Through a special grant we have a limited number of copies available for free to people who are willing to commit to coming on the 13th and joining the conversation. (The grantors are going to send us a survey about our experience.)  Interested? Call Charlie at 226-3314 or email mqtchaz@gmail.com.

Note – we will begin the year meeting in the Dandelion Cottage Room at the Library.

To see the rest of the books – click this link     books 2018-2019

Reading Group Conversation on Building Community Resilience

The Transition Marquette County Reading Group will sponsor a conversation on Building Community Resilience at 7pm on Thursday, April 12, in the Conference Room at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette. Resources for the conversation will include two books Community Resilience Reader, edited by David Lerch, and Resilience Thinking by Brian Walker and David Salt.

Click the link above for more info –