Make a Difference
• Amateur, open dance competition for ages 9 and older, 2-6 p.m., Sunday, at Grandma's Sports Garden, 425 S. Lake Ave., Duluth. Pre-registration is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All styles welcome. No entry fee. Donations (no money) of hats and mittens accepted for the homeless.
• Young Athletes Foundation Live and Silent Auction Fundraiser: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, Greysolon Ballroom, 231 E. Superior St., Duluth. Complimentary wine, silent and live auction and hors d'oeuvres. Cost: $20. Tickets can be purchased online at bidpal.net/YAFauction18.
• Miller Hill Mall is hosting its 6th annual "Slumber Party with Santa" Thursday, Nov. 15, with arts and crafts, cookies, live reindeer, princesses, songs and stories with Santa. The DTA will be giving VIP winners rides around the mall in the trolley with Santa. You can register online through A Sweet Event. This event is free but be sure to bring a toy. Legacy Toys is partnering with the Salvation Army and is doing a toy match up to $10,000 at all of their locations.
• Christmas by the Lake CD Release Party: 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Greysolon Ballroom, 231 E. Superior St. Duluth. The Christmas by the Lake Homespun Holiday Music project is a two-disc CD set that features 32 traditional and original songs that were graciously submitted by over 200 musicians that currently reside or have ties to the Northland. All proceeds from the Christmas by the Lake project go directly to the Bluebird Foundation, which is an organization that was founded four years ago to support regional, high school aged youth in the performing arts with grants and scholarships.
• Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) Holiday Boutique and Bake Sale: 9:00 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at 512 Skyline Blvd. in Cloquet. All proceeds go towards the CMH auxiliary, which helps pay for equipment and projects in and throughout CMH/SHCC.
• Mentor Duluth is co-sponsoring an "Ugly Sweater Party" at Bent Paddle Brewing Co., 1832 W. Michigan St., Duluth, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, for mentors, wannabe mentors and those who love and support them. The first 50 in the door get a free drink. The ugliest sweaters get prizes. The Mentor Duluth crew will be on-site to give information on how to sign up to be a mentor for area youths. Current mentors will be on-site to tell the benefits of the program, but mostly, it's a time to socialize and celebrate how mentors are giving back to our community.
• Buena Vista ski area will host its annual "Welcome to Winter Open House and Ski/Board Swap Sale Fundraiser" for the ski patrol, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17. Bring ski and snowboard gear for swap between 8-9:30 a.m. A portion of the consignment sales goes to the ski patrol for training and medical education. Free pizza, pop, cookies, free drawings and live music.
• Memorial Blood Centers will offer the following blood drives across the Northland. Call (888) GIVE-BLD (448-3253) or go to mbc.org for eligibility guidelines and to schedule an appointment.
Monday: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 215 N. First Ave. E., Duluth. Sponsored by Duluth public schools and Area Learning Center Monday: 12:30-3:30 p.m., Essentia Health Business Services Center, 4614 Mike Colalillo Drive, Duluth
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3943 Tamminen Road, Iron. Sponsored by Cherry School student council
Tuesday: Noon to 7 p.m., UMD Housing and Residence Life, Lake Superior Hall 149, 513 Niagara Court, Duluth
Wednesday: 8 a.m. to noon, Duluth Public Works and Utilities, 520 Garfield Ave., Duluth
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Northshore Mining, 10 Outer Drive, Silver Bay
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pine Technical and Community College, 900 Fourth St. S.E., Pine City
Thursday: 8-11 a.m., Paulucci Building, 525 S. Lake Ave., Duluth
Thursday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine City High School, 1400 Main St. S.
Thursday: 8:30-11:30 a.m., Environmental Protection Agency, 6201 Congdon Blvd., Duluth
Friday: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Mesabi East High School, 601 N. First St. W., Aurora
• "Dining to Donate" at Superior Applebee's, 3605 Tower Ave., throughout the month of November. Mention the Humane Society of Douglas County (HSDC) to your server, and 15 percent of your check will be donated to HSDC. Donations are also being accepted from their wish list at hsdcpets.com. With an item worth at least $5, you will receive $5 off your bill of $25 or more.
• The 10th annual Give to the Max Day is all day Nov. 15, and a number of area charitable organizations are participating. Go to GiveMN.org and search for your favorite charity, or search on the city name and get a list of all participating organizations in that city. The site also has an option to give to multiple causes.