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• Caring Santa will be available from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in the Barnes & Noble court at the Miller Hill Mall, 1600 Miller Trunk Highway, Duluth. The event provides children with special needs and their families with an opportunity to enjoy the time-honored holiday tradition of photos with Santa through a sensory-friendly event in partnership with Autism Speaks. Register in advance at

• Memorial Blood Centers will offer the following blood drives across the Northland. Call (888) GIVE-BLD (448-3253) or go to for eligibility guidelines and to schedule an appointment.

Sunday, Dec. 3: 8 a.m. to noon, Peace United Church of Christ, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E., Duluth.

Monday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., College of St. Scholastica, 1200 Kenwood Ave., Duluth.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Loll Designs, 5912 Waseca St., Duluth.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lake Superior College, 2101 Trinity Road, Duluth.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Deerwood Bank, 2950 U.S. Highway 169, Grand Rapids.

Wednesday: 7:30-11:30 a.m., Harbor City International School, 332 W. Michigan St., Duluth.

Thursday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Boswell Energy Center, 1210 N.W. Third St., Cohasset.

Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., University of Minnesota Duluth Kirby Student Center, 1120 Kirby Drive.

Thursday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., College of St. Scholastica Health Science Center, 940 Woodland Ave., Duluth.

Friday, Dec. 8: 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Proctor High School, 100 Pionk Drive.

Friday, Dec. 8: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Cloquet High School, 1000 18th St.

Saturday, Dec. 9: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Moose Lake Area Hockey Association, 120 Arrowhead Lane.

Saturday, Dec. 9: 4-7 p.m., Bent Paddle Brewing, 1912 W. Michigan St., Duluth.

• Friends of the Duluth Public Library's holiday book sale is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Mount Royal branch, 105 Mount Royal Shopping Center, Duluth. Proceeds support ongoing events for children and teens at Duluth library locations.

• The fifth annual Mont du Lac alpine team fundraiser is from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday in Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W Michigan St., Duluth. Event includes a silent auction, wine and craft beer tasting, hors d'oeuvres, ski/snowboard vendors on-site and more. Proceeds fund a three-day free holiday race camp at Mont du Lac that is open to Twin Ports youth, as well as equipment for the club. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

• CHOICE, unlimited's seventh annual Evening of the ARTS begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium at Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 W. Third St., Duluth. The event includes students sharing their creativity and talent during an evening of music, poetry, art and dance. The cost is $5 at the door. Proceeds benefit CHOICE, unlimited. Call (218) 724-5869 or email for information.

• Kiwanis Club of the Port of Duluth offers the 46th annual Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 9, in First United Methodist Church, 230 E. Skyline Parkway, Duluth. Event includes live music, balloon animals and a free book to every child. Tickets are $5 per person or $20 per family and can be purchased at the door or by calling Cordy at (218) 216-5595. Tickets can be purchased and donated to the Salvation Army of Duluth to be distributed to families in need. Proceeds benefit the Kaleidoscope program at the Duluth Public Library.


• Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center, Bong Book Club, Richard I. Bong American Legion Auxiliary and Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435 seek donations for the Silver Bay Veterans Home. Gifts should be unwrapped and you may include your name on the gift or donate anonymously. Suggested gift items include shaving and other personal care supplies, blankets, socks, T-shirts, sweatpants, stationery items, stamps, books, magazines and DVDs. Drop off donation in the box located in the lobby of the Bong Center, 305 E. Second St., Superior.

• Vikre Distillery, 525 Lake Ave. S., Duluth, has partnered with American Forests to plant a tree for every bottle sold in December. Individuals can help plant a tree by purchasing a cocktail at a bar or restaurant, purchasing a bottle at their local liquor store or by buying a bottle from the distillery directly.

• Lutheran Social Services Crisis Nursery's December Diaper Drive seeks diaper donations in sizes 4, 5 and 6, and pull-on styles, as these are the most needed. Checks or gift cards can be mailed to: LSS Crisis Nursery, 1 E. First St., Suite 301, Duluth, MN 55802, and please specify "December Diaper Drive." Drop off sites are: Bent Paddle Brewing, 1912 W. Michigan St.; Duluth Grill, 118 S. 27th Ave. W.; Head of the Lakes United Way, 424 W. Superior St., Room 402; Lake Superior Magazine Outlet Store, 310 E. Superior St.; LSS Crisis Nursery, 1 E. First St., Suite 301; North Shore Bank of Commerce (downtown, Hermantown, Lakeside and Woodland locations); Pro Print, 3920 Airpark Boulevard; St. Louis County Auditor's Service Center, Miller Hill Mall; Super One Foods (Kenwood, Lakeside, Miller Hill and West Duluth locations); University of Minnesota Duluth Welcome Center in Kirby Center and Children's Place, Kirby Plaza #260; and UMD's Center for Economic Development, Tech Village, 11 E. Superior St., Suite 212. Check with businesses for their open hours before dropping off donations. Call (218) 302-6879 or email for information.


• United Way of Northeastern Minnesota in Chisholm seeks volunteers to pack Buddy Backpacks for children in need of food from 2-3:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 14, at the warehouse adjacent to Chisholm City Hall off of First Street and Third Avenue. Register online at

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Age Well Arrowhead seeks volunteers to help older adults remain independent and healthy while in their own homes. Contact Shelbi Graber at (218) 623-7804 or for more information.

Groceries-To-Go: Take grocery orders from 9 a.m to noon Tuesday mornings at the downtown office and/or shop and deliver groceries between 8:30 a.m. and noon Wednesdays.

Help in the Home: Provide help with vacuuming, laundry and other minor housekeeping tasks. The time commitment is minimal and flexible.

Handyman: Help move furniture, change light bulbs or fix railings near stairs or deck boards for safe passage. Opportunities can be one-time only or repeating based on client need and your availability.

Snow Angels: Adopt an older adult in your area and commit to shoveling and snow blowing their driveway and walkway once the winter season is upon us.

Transportation (Senior Wheels, errands): Provide minimal transportation to seniors who need rides to and from medical appointments, errands and more.

Companion: Serve as a friendly, compassionate companion who visits regularly to sit, chat, play a game or reminisce. An hour or two can mean the world to someone who is isolated and alone, or a caregiver who needs a quick break.