Our Town Iron River: Aspiring Women to host ‘Girls’ Afternoon Off’

IRON RIVER — Ready for a Girls’ Afternoon Off?

Aspirus Iron River Hospital and Clinics’ next Aspiring Women in the Outdoors event will be just that — three hours of pontoon boat rides, kayaking, crafts and other activities Aug. 21 at Bewabic State Park in Crystal Falls.

As in the past, “Aspiring Women in the Outdoors: Girls’ Afternoon Off!” will focus on ways “to relax and enjoy the beauty and recreation of the Upper Peninsula,” said Abby Miller, marketing manager for Aspirus Iron River Hospital.

A meal will be provided as well, along with prizes.

The event is open to all ages, though most who attend range from ages 30 to 70, she said. Some spaces remain, but ideally the session is capped at about 200 to ensure enough of the giveaway materials will be available, so pre-registration is preferred by calling 800-847-4707 or going online to aspirus.org/AspiringWomen, Miller said.

And while the event is free, Michigan residents must have $16 annual park pass to enter Bewabic State Park. Those from out of state will be charged $9 per vehicle.

Participants can check in for the 4 to 7 p.m. event starting at 3:30 p.m. at the park, 720 Idlewild Road in Crystal Falls. In case of rain or hazardous weather, the event will be rescheduled to Aug. 23.

Women in the Outdoors is part of Aspirus Iron River’s Aspiring Women outreach program, which annually has about four events a year. Aspiring Women is the Aspirus partnership with Relevate Health Group, a nationwide network of hospitals and health care systems that inspires health and wellness on a local level, primarily through educational and entertaining events for women. Membership in Aspiring Women is free and includes notice of upcoming events in your area and free e-newsletters.