Live Music, Stories, Yoga and more: Online Events Keep Us Connected

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For many residents in Michigan, this week’s stay-at-home directive from Governor Whitmer poses the challenge of social isolation. Staying home and practicing social distancing can be lonely, so we’re  highlighting upcoming events in the Houghton/Keweenaw area hosted online, and available for anyone to view from the comfort of their home.

This Friday, March 27, the library will kick-off the first in a series of live music events that viewers can find online. At 2:00pm, local favorite Bob Hiltunen will perform live from the library’s Facebook page.  “I think it’s beautiful that everyone is acting together to protect each other, but we need to also remember that there is so much life and joy trapped inside these walls”, Said Hiltunen. “It’s a frightening and frustrating time for a lot of people, and I think utilizing all of these connective technologies is a way of propagating our sense of community to spread positivity.”

Our community of yogis also have unique opportunities for online engagement over the next several weeks. Fresh Coast Yoga, Houghton’s premier yoga studio, is hosting a handful of free yoga classes on their Instagram page every week. “We believe self-care practices are more important now than ever,” Said Mary Jennings, co-owner of Fresh Coast Yoga. “The decision to live stream classes for free was easy; we wanted to make sure people in our community continued to have access to self-care tools in the midst of all the changes and challenges of these past two weeks.”

You can find details on the many upcoming live streams from Fresh Coast Yoga on their Instagram page. Live streamed classes will include 15-minute, 30-minute and 60-minute sessions, all free and available to view from the Instagram app on your tablet or smart phone.

The Portage Lake District Library will also continue to host their recurring children’s storytime events online every week. On Mondays, viewers can tune in to the library’s Facebook page for Baby & Me Storytime at 10:15am. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, librarians will host storytime for pre-school aged children at 10:15am.

The Copper Country Great Start Collaborative will be hosting a Facebook Live Q & A about the 2020 Census on Thursday, March 26 at 4pm. If you have questions about how to participate or why it’s important for our community, tune in to the live stream and get your questions answered. Every 10 years, the census determines the allocation of federal funding for libraries, museums and other essential local services. Your census response is vital to ensure our community gets the funding we need and deserve.

We hope these online events help you feel a little less lonely while most of us are staying home for a while. Take some time to relax with music, engage with your children through storytime events, and stay active with free yoga classes. Stay healthy!


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