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Saturday events speak to heart, spirit in area

September 14, 2012
The Mining Journal

Those with charitable hearts have several great opportunities to do good for the community this Saturday by participating in any of several events.

One event is the Spokes of Hope bike ride for Beacon House. The event will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with registration at Beacon House. The cost to ride is $25 per individual and $40 per family. The event includes a 1.7-mile, 6.5-mile or 13.5-mile ride. For more information, call 225-7100, email or visit

The Marquette Commons will be the starting point of another event, the Out of Darkness Community Walk. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. It's one of more than 250 such walks taking place in the nation this year, with proceeds to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. For more information, visit

Another Saturday event - in memory of local horse enthusiast Sally Paajanen - is the 10th annual Sally's Ride which will begin with registration 8 a.m., with a 12-mile ride starting at 9:30 a.m. and nine-mile ride at 10:30 a.m. in west Ishpeming. The cost of registration is a $25 minimum donation. The Treasure Hunt and Poker Run each have an additional $5 fee. After the rides, there will be a potluck lunch and an equine soccer demonstration beginning at 2 p.m. Those attending the potluck should bring a dish to pass. For more information, call 475-6665 or visit

Rachael's Hope 5K Non-Competitive Run/Walk is another worthwhile Saturday event. This one is to raise funds to help Negaunee resident Rachael Beacco, 24, who is battling colon cancer.

The event begins with registration at 9 a.m. near the Negaunee Senior Citizens Center and the walk, along the Heritage Trail in Negaunee, starting at 10 a.m.

Registration is $15 and for more information, go to and search for Rachaels-Hope-5k-non-competitive-runwalk.

We hope everyone considers taking time out this Saturday to participate in one of these events. And if that's not possible, we hope folks will consider contributing to any or all of these most worthy causes.



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