Community Calendar - Dec. 5-11, 2010A weekly listing of what to do.
By: Budgeteer Staff, Budgeteer News
Sunday, Dec. 5
“Fezziwig’s Feast,” the dinner-theater version of “A Christmas Carol,” will be staged by Renegade and St. Paul’s Actors Theatre of Minnesota Dec. 3-5, 10-12 and 17-19 at Clyde Event Center. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m., Sunday shows are at 5 p.m. Cost is $49.95 for the play and a five-course meal. Call 590-1634 for tickets.
Churchill Elementary School, 515 Granite St. in Cloquet, will host a holiday expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4-5. There will be 50 vendors and crafters on hand for your holiday shopping pleasure. Free admission. Proceeds benefit the school’s playground. See www.santashomefortheholidays.com.
It’s a big day at Club Saratoga: Doors open at noon for the Vikings game; its annual Christmas party will be held at 3 p.m.; and the Milwaukee blues band Reverend Raven and His Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys will play a CD release show at 5 p.m. No cover.
UMD’s choral ensembles will perform “Sounds of the Season” at 1:30 p.m. at Weber Music Hall. Call 726-8877 for complete ticket information.
UMD’s symphonic wind ensemble and concert band will perform “Sounds of the Season” at 4 p.m. at Weber Music Hall. Call 726-8877 for complete ticket information.
James Moors will perform at 10 a.m. at Pizza Lucé for brunch Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4-5.
Essentia Health will host its Tree of Lights fundraiser at 1:30 p.m. Donate $10 and honor or thank a loved one in the Remembrance Book. Call 786-4420 for details.
Fairlawn Mansion in Superior will host a Christmas celebration for children from 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Call (715) 394-5712.
Pikkujoulu, a Finnish Christmas celebration, will be held at noon at the Holiday Inn downtown. There will be a buffet dinner and program. Cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children. Call 525-4435 for more information.
A sacred harp sing in the shape-note tradition will be held at 2 p.m. at Friends Meeting House, 1802 E. First St. Call 727-8462 for details.
Get your picture taken with Santa and his live reindeer at Fitger’s Dec. 4-5. Times TBA. Free admission. Call 722-0410.
Ride “The Polar Express” between Fitger’s and the Depot Dec. 3-5. Cost is $16. Multiple departures per day; call 722-1273 for complete information.
Check out Fitger’s Holiday Forest through Sunday, Dec. 5. Call 722-8826 for more information.
Tour the Bentleyville Tour of Lights through Dec. 26 at Bayfront Festival Park. Free. Open 5 to 9 p.m. daily (and until 10 p.m. Fridays/Saturdays).
Regular screenings at Zinema 2 this week: “127 Hours” (all week) and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” and “Strange Powers” (Sunday through Thursday). “The Walking Dead” will be screened for free at 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. Details at www.zinema2.com.
Monday, Dec. 6
A workshop for citizens to review and comment on the Parks and Trails Legacy Plan will be held at 7 p.m. at the downtown Holiday Inn hotel.
Brian Johnson of Lutheran Social Services will talk about celebrating Christmas on a budget at 6 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 4831 Grand Ave. Free. Call 624-3648 with any questions.
Night Owl will perform at 9 p.m. at Sir Ben’s. Free.
Northern Lights ACA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 1 at Miller Dwan, 502 E. Second St. Call 591-5920 or visit www.adultchildren.org for more information.
Tuesday, Dec. 7
The Spirit Valley Paperback Exchange, which has been closed for more than a year, will re-open Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 7-8, so customers can redeem their book credits and its book inventory can be liquidated.
Fairlawn Mansion in Superior will host holiday tours at 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Cost is $8 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and students and free for children 5 and younger. Call (715) 394-5712.
Chad Polecheck will present the slide show and discussion “Vietnam Now” at 5 p.m. at UWS’s Yellow Jacket Union in the Great Room. Complimentary authentic Vietnamese appetizers will be provided.
The Get Great Stuff shopping fair will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at Duluth Congregational Church, 3833 E. Superior St., with readings by members of Lake Superior Writers throughout the evening. Call 525-5098 with any questions.
Renegade Theater Company will host auditions for “Lieutenant of Inishmore” and “Reasons to Be Pretty” from 6 to 9 p.m. at Teatro Zuccone.
La Leche League, a mother-to-mother support group for nursing mothers, will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Coppertop Church. This month’s topic is “Weaning: Four Chambers of the Heart.” Babies and children welcome. Lending library available. Call 393-2403.
John Moeller will present a free slide show at 7 p.m. at Beaner’s Central.
The Autism Association of Northern Minnesota will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Kenwood Edison Charter School, 1750 Kenwood Ave. This is a business/parent meeting for parents and caregivers of children with autism.
UMD Theatre will stage Shakespeare’s “Richard III” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-11 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at Dudley Experimental Theatre (in the school’s Marshall Performing Arts Center). See www.d.umn.edu/theatre or call 726-8561 for ticket information.
The folk duo of Bill and Kate Isles puts on a free variety show at Clyde Iron Works, 2902 W. Michigan St., at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday through Dec. 28.
Wednesday, Dec. 8
The Playhouse will stage “White Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Call 733-7555 for ticket information.
“A’Cappella a la Carte,” a performance by East High School’s a cappella choir and Choralaires will be held at 7 p.m. at the Depot in the Great Hall. Proceeds benefit East’s choir program. Cost is $20; price includes dessert. Call 525-9387.
Ride the train from Fitger’s to Bentleyville between 5 and 8:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Call 626-5930.
UMD jazz ensembles will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Weber Music Hall. Call 726-8877 for ticket information.
An open mic night will be held at Beaner’s Central from 7 to 11 p.m. Mark Levin hosts.
Jody Kujawa hosts ladies’ night karaoke every Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at R.T. Quinlan’s, 220 W. Superior St. Must be 21.
The Maxi Childs Trio performs at 7 p.m. every Wednesday, Thursday Friday and Saturday at Black Water Lounge, 231 E. Superior St.
Thursday, Dec. 9
Veterans’ Memorial Hall will host a Veterans Remembrance Dinner at 5 p.m. at the Depot in the Great Hall. Cost is $35; food prepared by Arrowhead Professional Chefs Association. Call 733-7500 for ticket information.
The holiday gift fair and sale at Lakeside Lester Park Community Club, 106 N. 54th Ave. E., is open from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 19. Call 525-0845 for complete details.
A Golden Gloves boxing event will be held at 7 p.m. at Grandma’s Sports Garden. Call 722-4724 for ticket information.
Mentor Duluth will hold its movie night at 6 p.m. at Beaner’s Central. Details TBA.
The Rex Liquor Emporium (in the Fitger’s complex) hosts karaoke at 10 p.m. every Thursday.
The Bookstore at Fitger’s hosts “Storytime for Toddlers” from 11 to 11:30 a.m. each Thursday.
Friday, Dec. 10
Tom Cawcutt’s annual Christmas concert will be held at 7 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Cloquet. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for students and free for children. The show will also serve as a CD release event for Cawcutt’s new album, “It’s Christmas.”
Minnesota Ballet will stage “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10-12, at the DECC. Its performers will be accompanied by UMD’s Festival Orchestra. Tickets start at $17 for adults. Call 529-3742 for complete details.
Catherine Holm, author of “My Heart is a Mountain: Stories of Magic and the Land,” will make an appearance at Yoga North, 4628 Pitt St., from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Ride “The Polar Express” between Fitger’s and the Depot Dec. 10-12. Cost is $16. Multiple departures per day; call 722-1273 for complete information.
Shannon Ellis, Fred Gillen Jr., Catherine Miles and Lindsay Jane will perform at 8 p.m. at Beaner’s Central. Cost is $5.
Harbor Squares Square Dance Club will host a mainstream dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Hermantown Middle School, 4289 Ugstad Road. Cost is $7. Call 728-2270.
“Rubber Chicken’s Christmas Tea Party, or: Is That a Chip in Your Cravaack or are You Just Happy to See Me?” — the theater company’s third annual holiday comedy revue — will be staged at 7 p.m. Dec. 10-11, 17-18 and 30-31 at The Venue at Mohaupt Block, 2024 W. Superior St. Cost is $15 (or $10 in groups of 10 or more). Performers include Minden Hultstrom, Taylor Martin-Romme and Nathan St. Germain. Brian Matuszak directs. Call 213-2780 with questions.
Bobby Vinton will put on a Christmas show at 8 p.m. at Grand Casino Hinckley. Tickets start at $20. Call (800) 745-3000 for tickets.
Lake Superior Singles Fellowship, a non-denominational singles group supported by the United Presbyterian Church, will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Duluth Grill for dinner. Call 940-2248 to register and get complete details.
Opening at area theaters: “The Tourist,” “The Fighter” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”
Saturday, Dec. 11
“Arts Smorgasbord: A Sensory Delight” will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Washington Studios, 315 N. Lake Ave. The talents of the co-op’s resident artists will be on display. Highlights include individual exhibits, live performances and open studios.
Candy, Christmas cookies, pies and coffee cakes will be sold at 10 a.m. at Duluth Congregational Church, which is located at 3833 E. Superior St.
Rubber Chicken Theater’s Cracked Egg Improv team will perform at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18 at The Venue at Mohaupt Block following RCT’s Christmas revue. Cost is $5 (or free with a paid holiday revue ticket). Call 213-2780.
Bring up to five of your most curious possessions to the Depot for antique appraisals from 6 to 9 p.m. during the “What’s it Worth?” event. Several local appraisers will be on hand to tell you what your stuff is worth. The Randy Lee Jazz Orchestra will be playing throughout the evening. Cost is $25.
Glensheen will host “Holiday Tea for Dolly and Me” at 2 p.m. Cost is $37 for one adult, one child and one doll. Call (888) 454-GLEN for complete information.
Glensheen will serve holiday brunch (along with abbreviated tours) at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11-12. Call (888) 454-GLEN for complete information.
The Knife River Tour of Homes will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours begin at the Knife River Recreation Center, 199 Alger Smith Road. Cost is $12. Call 834-7138.
Catherine Holm, author of “My Heart is a Mountain: Stories of Magic and the Land,” will make an appearance at Quaker Meeting House, 1802 E. First St., from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Signings at Northern Lights Books & Gifts in Canal Park: Rick Gertsema will sign “Peaceful and Practical Parenting” from noon to 1 p.m.; Paul Zerby will sign “The Grass” from 1 to 2 p.m.; and Michael Nordskog will sign “Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition” from 2 to 3 p.m.
Dennis O’Hara will sign “Picture Duluth” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Bookstore at Fitger’s. He will then sign that book from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble.
The Little Elves Store, where kids can shop for family members, teachers and pets at affordable prices, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lots for Tots, 4921 Matterhorn Drive. Santa will make an appearance from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Aurora Baer will perform at 10 a.m. at Pizza Lucé for brunch Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11-12.
The Swedish Cultural Society of Duluth will host its annual Sankta Lucia celebration at 9 a.m. at the Holiday Inn (in the Great Lakes Ballroom) downtown. A buffet brunch will be followed by a Svenska Sangarna performance. Cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children (toddlers and infants get in free). Call 727-4416 for details.
The eighth annual Scandinavian Festival on the North Shore will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at French River Lutheran Church, 5310 Ryan Road. A traditional Swedish smorgasbord will be served at 11 a.m. Cost is $12 for the meal. Call 525-0375 for full details.
The Neighbor-Made Gift Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Michael’s Church, 4901 E. Superior St. A portion of proceeds benefit the Red Cross. Call 525-5098 with any questions.
Beaner’s Central will host a unique-art sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank’s Ian Alexy will play a CD release show for the EP “Are You Listening?” at 8 p.m. at Beaner’s Central. Lance Benson opens. Cost is $7.
Greg Tiburzi will perform at 8 p.m. at Amazing Grace in Canal Park.
Every Saturday, DAYSNC (Duluth Area Youth Special Needs Community) is sponsoring recreational bowling for youth with special needs at the Incline Station from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Cost is $2.50 a game and shoes are free. For more information visit www.wix.com/DAYSNC/duluth or call 348-5322.
Dubh Linn Comedy Live!, featuring nationally touring comedians, will be held at 9 p.m. at Dubh Linn Irish Brew Pub. Cost is $10 ($18 with pre-show dinner). Reservations recommended; call 727-1559.
“Entertaining the Gods,” yarn paintings of the Mexican Huichol will be on display through Dec. 20 at UMD’s Tweed Museum of Art.
Darwin will be the featured subject through December at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum at 902 E. First St. It is open from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Call 728-0630.
Cecilia Lieder’s solo exhibit “Hands of an Artist” will be on display Nov. 13 through Jan. 8 at Northern Prints Gallery, 318 N. 14th Ave. E.
Vladimir Lobanov’s “Landscapes of the Russian North” will be on display through Feb. 6 at UMD’s Tweed Museum of Art.
The free Veterans’ Memorial Hall exhibit “Generations of Service,” which spans roughly 150 years of military service and includes locally donated artifacts, is now open at the Depot. See www.vets-hall.org for complete details.