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Make a Difference for April 13, 2014


* 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.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eveleth-Gilbert High School, 801 Jones St., Eveleth.

Friday: 2:30-5 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 303 E. 23rd St., Hibbing.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at East Central High School, 61085 State Highway 23, Finlayson.

Friday: 7:30-11:30 a.m. at Cloquet High School, 1000 18th St., Cloquet.

* Mesabi Range Community and Technical College will hold an Empty Bowl supper from 4-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Virginia Campus Commons. Community members can purchase a bowl of homemade wild rice, stuffed green pepper or garlic chicken bowtie pasta soup for $5. The purchase also includes bread and a beverage. The soup is free for all Mesabi Range students. Telicia Honkola, Mesabi Range’s art instructor, will be on hand to help guests create a pottery bowl in the newly renovated art department for $5 per bowl. Already made clay bowls will be available for purchase for $5. Mailboxes hand-painted by Mesabi Range painting students also will be available for purchase.

* The eighth annual Paws for Love fundraiser for the Humane Society of Douglas County will begin at 5:30 p.m. April 26 at the University of Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjacket Union. Tickets are $45 and include a gourmet dinner and drink ticket, along with dessert and silent auctions. Silent auction items can be viewed at Seating is limited, RSVP by Wednesday. Call Jacie at (218) 393-3138 for reservations.

* The Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce will host its sixth annual unWINEd event from 5-8 p.m. April 24 at Aad Shrine, 5152 Miller Trunk Highway. There will be a wine, beer and food tasting from area vendors as well as a silent auction. The event is a fundraiser for the Hermantown Chamber with proceeds going, in part, toward Hermantown’s annual Summerfest Celebration. Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door and can be purchased at hermantown For more information, contact Mike Lundstrom at mike@


* John and Brook Henneman of Grand Marais seek donations to help with the medical costs associated with Cindy Henneman’s (John’s mother) terminal kidney cancer. John and Brook are planning to move their family, including children Boston, Trinity, Asher, Harper and Genesis, from Grand Marais to Appleton, Wis., to be with his parents, Cindy and Rodney Henneman, during this time. Donations can be made at For more information contact John Henneman at (218) 387-3349 or johnhenne

* Circle of Hope seeks donations of hand-made prayer shawls and chemo caps that are knitted, crocheted or sewn. Go to, email peggy@circleofhope or call (218) 464-1626.


* Here are a few volunteer opportunities supported by the United Way Greater Duluth Volunteer Center. Go to volunteer or call Paige Stein at (218) 726-4780 for more information.

The Adult Learning Center seeks volunteers to work with students in the adult basic education program. Volunteers will be in a classroom setting under the guidance of an instructor and will provide assistance to learners with basic skills needs in reading, writing, math or basic computer skills. The time commitment is one 2-3 hour session per week between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information contact Patty Fleege at (218) 336-8790 or patricia.fleege@

* Northwest Wisconsin Community Services Agency Inc. seeks volunteers to assist with meal preparation and service at Solid Rock Safe Haven, 1004 N. Sixth St., Superior. Background checks are required and volunteers must be able to lift and carry items up and down stairs. Volunteers should also be compassionate, patient and willing to work with people from all walks of life. Call (715) 392-5127 or go to for more information.

* North House Folk School has many volunteer opportunities. Volunteers distribute catalogs, host programs during special events, assist with mailings and so much more. To volunteer, contact Kelly Dupre, volunteer and classroom coordinator, at (888) 387-9762 or (218) 387-9762, or go to

* The Foster Grandparent Program is recruiting volunteers to serve as tutors and mentors in the Duluth/ Superior/Cloquet areas at public and parochial schools. Foster grandparents do a variety of activities with children from helping with homework, teaching to read, one-on-one tutoring and guiding children at critical times in their lives. Volunteers also assist with literacy and math skills, social and emotional skills and act as mentors. Foster Grandparent Program volunteers are men and women who must be 55 or older and volunteer between 15 to 40 hours per week. They receive a small, tax-free stipend, transportation assistance, training, vacation and sick leave, recognition, social activities and the satisfaction of knowing that they’ve made a difference in the life of a child. To volunteer or for more information call (715) 394-5384 or (888) 338-6492, or email ETC.

* Ayusa International seeks host families in the Duluth area to host foreign exchange students for the 2014-15 school year. Ayusa exchange students are 15-18 years old, fully insured, bring their own spending money and are proficient in English. For more information or to apply to be a host family, go to or call (888) 552-9872.