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Make a Difference for June 1, 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: 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 315 S.W. 21st St., Grand Rapids.

Monday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lake View Clinic, 1010 Fourth St., Two Harbors.

Tuesday: 2:30-5:30 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 35568 Foxtail Lane, Cohasset.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. to noon at Boswell Energy Center, 1210 N.W. Third St., Cohasset.

Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Northwestern High School, 4751 County Road F, Maple.

Thursday: 2-6 p.m. at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 102 Fourth St., Cloquet.

Friday: 2-5 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 735 N.E. First Ave., Grand Rapids.

Friday: 8-11 a.m. at Itasca Resource Center, 115 10th Ave. N.E., Grand Rapids.

* Ruby’s Pantry in Morgan Park will distribute food from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday at St. Margaret Mary’s Church fellowship hall, 8830 Idaho St., Duluth. The cost is $20 per share of food and everyone is welcome. For more information, call United Protestant Church in Morgan Park at (218) 626-2570.

* Spring-OH-Ween pub crawl will be from 2-9 p.m. Saturday in Superior. Registration is $10 and participants can register at any of the 18 participating bars and taverns. Proceeds from the event will benefit Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank.

Admission includes a T-shirt and a chance to win a big screen TV. There will be a costume contest, other prizes and music by Rock Brigade from 9 p.m. to midnight at Tower Avenue Tavern. For more information or find a list of participating bars, go to

* Hartley Nature Center will host the first Celebration of our Wildwoods, an event to raise money for Wildwoods Wildlife Rehabilitation, a local charity that rescues, rehabilitates and releases wildlife in the Northland. The event will feature local foods, craft beers, a silent auction, live music and more. Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door.


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

Lutheran Social Service Crisis Nursery seeks foster care families to provide short-term care of up to 72 hours for children whose parents are resolving crisis situations. Lutheran Social Service can license individuals or couples that are 21 or older, have completed a Minnesota home study assessment and passed Minnesota Department of Human Services background study. For more information, contact Leanna Hudson at (218) 626-1901, ext. 17.

Community Action Duluth’s Seeds of Success program seeks participants for its volunteer day on June 21 at the organization’s field at Growing Farms in Rice Lake Township. Volunteers can help with planting, weeding and watering. Growing Farms is a farm business incubator where CAD has a quarter-acre plot on the northwest corner of Jean Duluth Road and Riley Road. For more information or to check availability, contact Michael Latsch at (218) 726-1665 or

* 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 who serve 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 15-40 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

* 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

 Make a difference in your community today by responding to one of these listings. If you have an event or volunteer opportunity that you’d like to have considered for this column, e-mail it to; fax it to 720-4120; or mail it to Scrapbook, Duluth News Tribune, 424 W. First St., Duluth, MN 55802.