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Deadline for local fund-raising event extended

ROSCOMMON – Local poets and comedians wanting a chance to display their talents and compete for prizes at the first-ever “Open-Mic and Poetry Slam for Poverty” on April 16 have a bit more time to decide if they’ll step up on stage, with registration for the event extended to Friday, Feb. 25.

Originally, the deadline for participants to register was Feb. 1. But organizers have announced amateur poets and comedians wanting to participate now have until 4 p.m. on Feb. 25, to sign up. There is a registration fee of $5 per individual and $10 for a team.

“We’ve had several people say they’re trying to decide what they might do for the show, but they wanted a bit more time to choose,” said event organizer Amy Inzina, an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Kirtland Community College. “So, we thought we’d extend the deadline.

“They only need to sign up with their name and the title of their performance,” she added. “The performance material doesn’t have to be complete, not at this point.”

Prizes will be awarded to the top high school and college students – there will also be an open class, in which anyone is welcome to compete – for both the poetry slam and comedian categories, as well as a grand prize for the overall winner. Contestants will be judged by the audience and a three-member panel.

Participants must perform their own original work without the use of props, costumes or musical instruments. Performances will be limited to 5 minutes.

The Open-Mic and Poetry Slam for Poverty is being hosted by Kirtland Ms. Club, a non-profit group which seeks to help students attending Kirtland Community College by providing emergency loans and scholarship opportunities, and will take place on Saturday, April 16, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Grayling Country Club in Grayling.

Cost to attend the April 16 fund-raiser is $5 in advance or $7 at the door. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Ms. Club.

Annually, about 3,200 students attend a variety of certificate and two-year degree programs at Kirtland’s four locations – the main campus near Roscommon and the Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) in Gaylord, as well as in Grayling and West Branch – with the college’s service area including all or parts of Crawford, Oscoda, Ogemaw, Roscommon, Otsego, Kalkaska, Missaukee, Gladwin and Alcona counties, and the surrounding areas.

For more information on the fund-raising event or to register as a participant, contact Inzina via e-mail at amy.inzina@kirtland.edu or call 989-275-5000, ext. 325.