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Make a Difference for May 4, 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.

Monday: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. at Hermantown High School, 4335 Hawk Circle Drive.

Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Grand Rapids High School, 800 Conifer Drive.

Tuesday: 7:30-11:30 a.m. at Virginia Fire Department, 115 Fourth Ave. N.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kelliher School, 345 Fourth St. N.W.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at University of Wisconsin-Superior, 1605 Catlin Ave.

Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Blackduck High School, 156 First St. N.W. Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Northwood School, N14463 Highway 53, Minong.

Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Denfeld High School, 401 N. 44th Ave. W., Duluth.

Friday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Superior Police Department, 1316 N. 14th St.

* Life 97.3 FM will hold a Prom Again fundraiser beginning at 7 p.m. Friday in Greysolon Ballroom, 231 E. Superior St., Duluth. The event was created for couples and singles to experience a memorable night similar to the prom they may have missed as an adolescent. The event is geared toward those who have not shared the prom experience with their current spouse, or toward singles looking for a night out to mix and mingle with others. Attendees will connect in an upbeat, social environment with music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, dancing, prizes, a photo booth and cash bar. Tickets are $28 for singles or $52 per couple. For more information or to purchase tickets go to

* The fifth annual Lumberjack Laps will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cloquet Senior High School outdoor track, 1008 18th St. There will be race divisions for children, teens and adults, as well as a silent auction. Concessions will be available.

Check in and same-day registration will be available from 8:45-9:45 a.m. Pre-race check-in will be 3-4 p.m. Friday at Washington Elementary School, 801 12th St. Registration is $8 and forms are available at Proceeds will benefit Washington Elementary Partners in Education. For more information, contact Patty Rothamel at (218) 879-3369, ext. 5082.

* St. John’s School will hold its 27th annual Spring Benefit Dinner and Auction beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday at Spirit Mountain. The fundraiser features a dinner, live and silent auctions, wine tasting, raffles and games. Tickets are $125 per couple and may be purchased by calling (218) 724-9392. All proceeds will support school operations.

* St. Louis County Historical Society will hold the VMH 5K Fun Run at 9 a.m. May 17 at the Twig Bakery, 3930 E. Calvary Road, Duluth. The event is a fundraiser for the Veterans’ Memorial Hall program that records the memories and experiences of veterans in St. Louis County.

Registration is $25 and entry forms are available at the society office at the St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center, 506 W. Michigan St. or at events. Online registration is available at tempo tickets.comvmh5k. The registration fee includes a race T-shirt and refreshments.


* Big Red Bookshelf, a project of United Way of Greater Duluth’s Success by 6 program, seeks donations of new or gently used picture books, board books and hardcover books appropriate for children up to third grade. Big Red Bookshelves placed around the community allow children to take books home to keep for free. Books can be dropped off at the United Way office at 424 W. Superior St., fourth floor, Duluth, or a pick up can be arranged. For more information, contact Courtney Schmidt at (218) 726-4729 or


* The Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging in Duluth seeks volunteers to serve as leaders in the Living Well with Chronic Conditions program. Leaders will facilitate groups of people with chronic conditions with the objectives building confidence in self-health management and helping to maintain an active lifestyle.

Trained leaders will help people find practical ways to deal with issues related to chronic conditions such as pain and fatigue, the need for better nutrition and exercise choices, a better understanding of new treatment options, and learning new ways to talk with family and doctors about health.

Interested volunteers will receive 24 hours of classroom training. The next four-day training class is scheduled for May 13, 14, 20 and 21 in Duluth. Registration is required by Monday and is limited to 16 potential leaders. Contact Lee Swenson at the Senior LinkAge Line, (800) 333-2433, ext. 81019, for a registration packet.

* Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank seeks volunteers to help keep things at the food bank running smoothly. Call Lora Wedge at (218) 727-5653, ext. 108, or email lora@northernlakes

Work on-site: Volunteers are needed at distribution locations to help register program participants or carry 40-pound boxes of food. Must be friendly, enjoy working with people, able to sit for short periods of time and/or lift 40-pound boxes of food. Wear casual, comfortable shoes and clothing. Evening hours are available.

Kids’ Café: Provide a fun food activity to children, read a food-related book, prepare a recipe, work in the garden or just interact with children participating in Duluth’s Kids Café programs at Damiano of Duluth. Volunteers are needed after school Monday through Friday when school is in session, and midday when school is out. Must be qualified by Kids Café agency and enjoy children.