• Christmas by the Lake CD Release Party: 5 p.m. Wednesday at Greysolon Ballroom, 231 E. Superior St. Duluth. Christmas by the Lake Homespun Holiday Music project is a two-disc CD set that features 33 songs recorded by local and regional musicians. The evening includes a holiday concert and a silent auction. All proceeds from the Christmas by the Lake project go directly to the Bluebird Foundation, which is an organization that was founded five years ago to support regional, high school aged youth in the performing arts with grants and scholarships.

  • 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: 12:30-7:30 p.m., KBJR 6, 246 S. Lake Ave., Duluth.

Tuesday: 8-10:30 a.m., Paulucci Building, 525 S. Lake Ave., Duluth.

Tuesday: 8:30-11:30 a.m., Environmental Protection Agency, 6201 Congdon Blvd., Duluth.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Willow River High School, 8142 Pine St.

Tuesday: 1-4 p.m., Essentia Health Business Services Center, 4614 Mike Colalillo Drive, Duluth.

Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Essentia Health East, 407 E. Third St., Duluth.

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., College of St. Scholastica Health Science Center, 940 Woodland Ave., Duluth.

Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., BMO Harris Bank, 100 Main St. E., Ashland.

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


  • #GiveHealthy This Holiday Season - If you’re considering a food drive this holiday season, please consider Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Banks #GiveHealthy Food Drive. #GiveHealthy mobilizes healthy food for families, children and seniors in our region. Donate by purchasing curated healthy food items via a standard e-commerce transaction. After #GiveHealthy is over, your donation gets delivered directly to your favorite hunger-relief organization.


  • Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss volunteer opportunities: If interested in learning more about these volunteer opportunities, contact Mary at or call 218-624-4828, ext. 125:

Reader - Twin Ports News of the Air Radio (TPNA): Volunteers to read local articles from the Duluth News Tribune and other regional newspapers. The TPNA radio broadcasts over a special radio frequency and is utilized by hundreds of Northlanders with low vision or blindness. Each volunteer typically reads once or twice a month from 8-11 a.m. along with a co-reader.

Driver: Provide rides to and from monthly meetings of the support groups in Duluth or across the region, or helping with rides for other purposes. Duluth rides can be provided using Lighthouse vehicles.

  • Minnesota Reading and Math Corps is seeking tutors for elementary and middle school students in reading or math. Must be at least 18 years of age to apply. If interested, contact Brianne Benson-Schlegel at 218-464-5112, ext. 201, or For more information, go online at

  • The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to wrap gifts at their Kiosk located in the Miller Hill Mall outside in the Barnes & Noble Court area (by Old Navy) from Dec. 1-24; Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. Shoppers bring their packages to us and in turn make a cash donation to support the Salvation Army’s work of helping people year-round in the greater Duluth area with items such as food, clothing, housing and basic needs. Volunteers are needed every day to wrap two hours or more. To sign up, please call 218-722-7934.

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