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• Memorial Blood Centers will offer the following blood drives across the Northland. MBC is facing a serious challenge in maintaining an adequate supply of O negative, A negative and B negative blood types. Call (888) GIVE-BLD (448-3253) or go to for eligibility guidelines and to schedule an appointment.

Monday: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 425 W. Superior St., Duluth.

Monday: Noon to 6 p.m., Congregational United Church of Christ, 13445 County Highway M, Cable.

Monday: 3-6 p.m., United in Christ Lutheran Church, 201 Station 44 Road, Eveleth.

Tuesday: 8-11 a.m., Wells Fargo Building and Holiday Center, 230 W. Superior St., Duluth.

Tuesday: 1:30-4 p.m., USAN Building, 5 W. First St., Duluth.

Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., Cook County Senior Center, 10 Broadway, Grand Marais.

Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., United HealthCare, 4316 Rice Lake Road, Duluth.

Thursday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2501 Rice Lake Road, Duluth. Sponsored by Chris Jensen, Public Safety and Arrowhead Juvenile Detention Center.

Thursday: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Grand Portage Health Services, 62 Upper Road.

Friday, July 21: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Walgreens, 5474 Mountain Iron Drive, Virginia.

• The John Galo 5K Memorial Run/Walk begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Lester Park at 61st Avenue East and Superior Street. Pre-register online and sign in at the race between 4 and 5:45 p.m. Wednesday. All runners and volunteers receive a T-shirt.

Galo suffered a heart attack in January due to undiagnosed coronary artery disease. His family organized this event to honor him and passions in life. Proceeds benefit Miller Dwan Foundations's Amberwing. Register at by searching John Galo. Visit for more information.

• The Hog Roast and Concert Vespers benefit, "Freed from Debt for Vocation," is from 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Messiah Lutheran Church in Mountain Iron. It is sponsored by the Lutheran churches of the Laurentian Conference in the Northeastern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The event includes a hog roast from 5-6:15 p.m. with live music from the Hutter Bunch and the Praise Band from Our Savior's Lutheran Church of Hibbing. A $15 donation is suggested for dinner.

The Concert Vespers is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. will feature a Mass Choir directed by Patti Stoddard of Tower and featuring vocalists and musicians from across the Iron Range. The evening also features music selections from soloists and small group ensembles. Offerings from the Worship Service will be designated towards "Seminarian Debt Relief."

• Lakewoods Forest Ridges Resort hosts the 19th annual Multiple Sclerosis Gofl Tournament which begins with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Friday, July 21, at 21540 County Highway M in Calbe. Team fees are $500 and includes four entry fees with greens fees and a cart, four lunches, four dinners and four golf shirts. Proceeds from the tournament benefit those with MS within Ashland, Bayfield and Sawyer counties. Call (715) 794-2561, ext. 6611, or go to for more information.

• Ruby's Pantry is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at Fond du Lac Community Church, 521 131st Ave. W. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

• North Country Trail Run, a 5K and half marathon fundraiser for North Country Trail Association, begins at 9 a.m. July 23 at Palmers Boat Landing, 9988 E. County Road A., in Solon Springs. The 5K race will be on the Portage Trail section of the North Country Trail near Solon Springs. The half marathon runs northeast towards Highland Town Hall. Both courses are out and back again.

Cost: $30 for the 5K; $40 for the half marathon. Registration is open until Friday, July 21 at Packet pick-up starts at 8 a.m. July 23. Proceeds from the event are used for trail maintenance.


• Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss has the following volunteer opportunities. Contact Sam Singer at or (218) 624-4828, ext. 125, for more information.

Volunteer reader: Volunteers are needed to read local articles from the Duluth News Tribune and other regional newspapers on Twin Ports News of the Air Radio. TPNA radio broadcasts over a special radio frequency and is utilized by hundreds of Northlanders with low vision or blindness. Volunteers typically read once or twice a month from 8—11 a.m., along with a co-reader for that day.

Volunteer driver: Volunteers drives are needed to provide rides to and from monthly vision loss support group meetings in Duluth. Rides can be provided using Lighthouse vehicles. Volunteers can help provide the round trip to and from the meeting or just one-way depending on availability. The Life House vision loss support group meets from 1:30-2:45 p.m. the third Thursday of every month, and at Keystone Bluffs vision loss support group meets from 10-11 a.m. the second Thursday of every month.

Board of Directors: Lighthouse seeks to add new board members to help further their mission of fostering independent and vibrant lives for individuals with vision loss. Contact executive director Mary Junnila at or visit for more information.

• Age Well Arrowhead seeks volunteers to provide basic homemaker services to older adults living independently but who need a little help with minor housekeeping tasks. The time commitment is minimal and flexible. Contact volunteer coordinator Patti Nadeau at or (218) 623-7804.