• Running for youth food access: David Hyopponen, an elite runner, will be attempting to run 100 miles in 16 hours with the hope of raising $10,000 to raise awareness and money for food access so youth can have full meals year-round. Money raised will go to the Duluth YMCA so they can provide meals at Harbor City Highlands, Gary New Duluth Rec Center and in Cook County.

Event will be held from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday at the Duluth YMCA, 302 W. First St. Anyone interested in supporting this effort can run or walk with David for a suggested donation of $1 per minute as there will be many treadmills and a recumbent bike in the lobby to accommodate runners and walkers of all abilities, or you can donate online at

Two elite runners from Kenya will be supporting him throughout the 16-hour run.

This event is sponsored by the Duluth Running Company.

• Bluegrass Gospel Fundraiser for Maranatha Academy, a Pre-K through twelfth grade Christian school in Superior: Sarah Mae and the Birkeland Boys will be sharing an original blend of bluegrass and gospel music at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, at Hope Community Church, 1604 Banks Ave. in Superior. Free-will donations will be accepted. More information can be found at, and

• 13th annual Bike Swap - Donate a new or gently used bike now until April 27 at Continental Ski & Bike, 1305 E. First St., Duluth. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Sale will be held April 27-28. Funds raised will support Head of the Lakes United Way and Animal Allies Humane Society. For more information, visit

• 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: 7:30-11:30 a.m., Harbor City International School, 332 W. Michigan St., Duluth.

Tuesday: 8-11 a.m., 2626 Courtland St., Duluth. Sponsored by Western Lake Superior Sanitary District and Duluth Transit Authority

Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Louis County - Northland Office Center, 307 S. First St., Virginia.

Tuesday: 3-6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 230 E. Skyline Parkway, Duluth.

Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Northwestern High School, 4751 County Road F, Maple.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Husky Energy, 4210 Hill Ave., Superior.

Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rainy Lake Medical Center, 1400 Highway 71, International Falls.

Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., UnitedHealth Group, 4316 Rice Lake Road, Duluth.

Thursday: 8-11 a.m., International Falls High School, 1515 11th St.

Thursday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2900 Piedmont Ave., Duluth. Sponsored by Piedmont community.

Thursday: 1:30-6 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 123 Wayside Lane, International Falls.

Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Proctor High School, 131 Ninth Ave.

Friday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Forestland Building, International Falls. Sponsored by Koochiching County employees.

• American Red Cross blood drives: To make an appointment or for more information, download the Red Cross blood donor app, visit or call (800) 733-2767.

Monday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., American Red Cross-Northland Chapter, 2524 Maple Grove Road, Duluth.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., University of Minnesota Duluth, Kirby Student Center, 1120 Kirby Drive.

Thursday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aitkin High School, 306 Second St. N.W.

• 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.


• Volunteers needed for Skyline Drive clean-up: The Duluth Experience and co-hosts the City of Duluth Parks Department, Lake Superior Brewing Co. and Whole Foods Co-op are teaming up to clean Skyline Drive beginning at 2 p.m. April 28 in the parking lot of Lake Superior Brewing where The Duluth Experience will shuttle volunteers to Skyline Drive. All necessary supplies will be provided by the city of Duluth. Volunteers are encouraged to wear gloves, sturdy closed-toed shoes and appropriate clothing for weather conditions. At 5 p.m. volunteers will be shuttled back to Lake Superior Brewing Co. where they are invited to join a post-cleanup celebration with drinks, food and prizes. To register, go to

• Volunteers needed for "Clean and Green" clean-up projects hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation and various organizations to help clean city parks and public spaces. The city will provide all necessary supplies. Clean-up begins in early spring and continues until late fall. For times, dates and registration, visit For groups wanting to organize their own clean-up, register at

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Contact volunteer coordinator Cheryl Skafte at or (218) 730-4334.

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