Sunday

A spaghetti dinner benefit for April Flatt will be held at Mr. D's Bar and Grill, 5620 Grand Ave., on Sunday, Jan. 12, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. April was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia and just returned home from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland where she underwent experimental chemotherapy. She will be out of work indefinitely as she faces many more treatments. Admission to the benefit is $6, with children ages 6 and younger admitted free. Prizes will be raffled. For more information, call 624-5197.

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Monday

The group Night Doctor will perform live music on Monday at Fitger's Brewhouse, 600 E. Superior St., at approximately 9:30 p.m. For more information, call 726-1392.

Project SOAR's "Career Development Workshop" will begin Monday at 9 a.m. The four-week class guides men and women through occupation exploration, plotting a career path, job search strategies and career advancement. For more information, call 722-3126 or visit Project SOAR at 205 W. Second St. to speak with a career developer.

The Women's Initiative for Self-Employment (WISE) is offering a free information session on transforming your business idea into a business plan. To learn more about the steps to planning a successful business, attend the "Before the Business Plan" session on Monday at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Debbie at Project SOAR at 722-3126.

Step into the world of dance with Mary and Dale on Monday at the VFW, 2024 W. Superior St. Mary and Dale will teach the merengue and Argentine tango from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by a dance from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $5 for both the lesson and the dance, or $2 for the dance only. For more information, call 724-7248.

Tuesday

The North American Butterfly Association -- Northern Crescents Chapter invites the public to celebrate its first birthday with milkweed, a foodplant for monarchs, on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Office, Paulucci Building, Canal Park. Cathy Leece, St. Louis County master gardener, will discuss native and non-native species of milkweed in Minnesota and Wisconsin. For more information, call Pat Thomas at 525-1656 evenings or send e-mail to pthomas55804@yahoo.com.

The Northland Sustainable Business Alliance (NSBA) will have its annual social gathering on Tuesday at Mama Gets Restaurant in Superior, 525 Tower Ave., at 6 p.m. Community residents wanting to know more about NSBA are welcome to attend. The NSBA, which meets on the second Tuesday of each month, is an association of businesses that are working to secure the economic, environmental and community health of the Western Lake Superior Region. A donation of $8 is requested to help provide food for the event. For more information, visit NSBA Web site at http://www.northlandsustainable.biz or call 722-NSBA.

The next "Doc Talks," a series of free public lectures on health topics offered by the School of Medicine Duluth (SOMD), will be Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in SOMD Lecture Hall 142. Seasonal Affective Disorder will be presented by the Behavioral Science Department. For more information, call 726-7110.

"The Magic of Story and Healing" is a program to be held at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., on Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will be presented by Joel Carter, emergency physician, writer and storyteller. For more information, call 724-5266.

The Evergreen Senior Dance Group will hold a dance Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 5830 Grand Ave. Bob and Elaine Skudstad will provide live music. Couples and singles are welcome.

Wednesday

Charlie Parr will perform live music on Wednesday at Fitger's Brewhouse, 600 E. Superior St., at approximately 9:30 p.m. For more information, call 726-1392.

The public is invited to the next free talk in the "Superior Science for You" speaker series, hosted by the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Duluth, EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division, Gitchee Gumee Conference Facility, 6201 Congdon Boulevard. Professor Gerald Niemi will present "Lake Superior's 'Canaries' -- Detecting Ecological Change." A reception will follow the talk. For more information or to hear live audio of the talk, visit http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/speakerseries/index.html.

Renee Lamoureux and Keith Macpherson, known as the acoustic musical duo Easily Amused, will perform at the College of St. Scholastica in the Student Union of Tower Hall at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The event is free. For more information, visit http://www.easilyamused.ca.

In celebration of Martin Luther King Day, students from Central High School, East High School and Woodland Middle School will have an opportunity to hear from best selling author and speaker Willie Jolley. Jolley will lead workshops for staff and students at Central High School during the day on Wednesday and will conduct a special presentation for Central High School parents later in the evening at C.W. Chips in Duluth. His theme is "Do You Have A Dream?" For more information, call Elsie Robinson, African American liaison, Central High School, 733-2130 ext. 137.

Thursday

The group Starfire Lounge will perform live music on Thursday at Fitger's Brewhouse, 600 E. Superior St., at approximately 9:30 p.m. For more information, call 726-1392.

David Gartzke, chairman and CEO of Allete, will be the first speaker of the 25th annual Minnesota Dialogue business breakfast series at the College of St. Scholastica. He will speak at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in Somers Hall Lounge on campus. Allete, which is headquartered in Duluth, employs 14,000 people in the United States and Canada. Minnesota Dialogue brings key leaders of Midwest business to Duluth. Over breakfast, they describe the strategies and vision that have brought them success. They discuss their companies' roles in the region and plans for the future. Each breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. Ticket prices are $10 per breakfast. To reserve tickets by phone, call 723-7000.

The Duluth Playhouse, 506 W. Michigan St., will hold open auditions for "Of Mice and Men" on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m., and Friday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. Audition packets will be available Jan. 2. Rehearsals begin the week of Jan. 20, and performance dates are March 7-9 and 12-16. For more information, call 733-7555.

Friday

Tom Case and Molly Maher will perform live music on Friday, Jan. 17, at Fitger's Brewhouse, 600 E. Superior St., at approximately 9:30 p.m. For more information, call 726-1392.

Carl Torgeson, Pete Ekstam and Robi Robot will perform live music at Beaner's Central, 324 N. Central Ave., on Friday, Jan. 17, beginning at 8 p.m. For more information, call 624-5957.

The next Bennett's Dinner Theatre, 600 E. Superior St., to be staged by Change of Pace Productions is "Ole and Lena's Wedding," an interactive theater event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 17, 24-25, 31 and Feb. 1, 7-8 and 14-15. The cost is $39.95. On Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 and 9 (Sundays) doors open at noon. The cost is $27.50. Prices include tax, tip and dessert. For more information or to make a reservation, call Bennett's at 722-2829.

Saturday

Peter Hofmann will perform live music on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Fitger's Brewhouse, 600 E. Superior St., at approximately 9:30 p.m. For more information, call 726-1392.

The Dukes of Hubbard will perform live music at Beaner's Central, 324 N. Central Ave., on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m. Cover charge is $1. For more information, call 624-5957.

"Fighting Back Fear," a workshop for and about young women, will be held at First United Methodist Church (Coppertop) on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This event is organized by area high school students concerned about safety and the perceptions of fear that many young women have. The workshop will include sessions on self-defense, avoiding dangerous situations, developing healthy relationships, date rape and more. Speakers will present information valuable for young women who plan to live independent, "fear-free" lives. Cost for the day is $7, and lunch is included. Scholarships are available. For more information or to register, call 728-6426.

The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra will present "Tour Destination: Eastern Europe," the next concert of its Masterworks Series, on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m. at the DECC. The program includes Bart'k's "Romanian Folk Dances," Kodály's "Háry János Suite" and Dvorák's "Symphony No. 6." For more information, call 733-7575 . Tickets are available through TicketMaster.

The Loft Market, a place to buy, sell and trade antiques, collectibles and handmade items, will be held at the historic Canal Park Square (second floor), 310 Lake Ave., on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 19, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Author Events

Sharon Pristash, principal at St. James Catholic School in Duluth, will be at Barnes and Noble Bookstore on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. for a premiere reading and signing of her book "What People Think Principals Do."

Exhibits

The Tweed Museum of Art has announced the opening of a major new exhibit which highlights the high levels of craft, artistry and innovation of ceramics being produced in Minnesota. "Body of Clay, Soul of Fire: Richard Bresnahan and Art from the Saint John's Pottery" will begin Jan. 14 and continue through March 23. For more information, call 726-8222.

"Figure Studies: Vicissitude," mixed media works by Gordon Manary and Lisa McKhann, will be exhibited at the Duluth Art Institute's Hallway Gallery, 506 W. Michigan St. (the Depot), Jan. 14 through March 17. An opening reception will be Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This shared show presents Manary's traditional figure studies and McKhann's colorful nontraditional media.

African Baskets by Beth Grobe Magomolla is on exhibit at the Duluth Teachers Credit Union through February. Magomolla is a 2001 Labovitz Award winner.

The Duluth/Superior Radio Control Model Airplane Club has a unique exhibit of antique and modern model aircraft on display at the Mariner Mall in Superior through January. An interesting and educational display of ornithopters, early flight, antique, old time, biplane, sport and war-bird radio controlled models will be available for public viewing.

"Transparent Connections," an exhibition of paintings by Elizabeth Kuth, will be on display in the George Morrison Gallery, Duluth Art Institute, through Feb. 16.

An art exhibit by Ray Naddy, "Celebrations of the North in Ceramic Sculpture," is on display at the Great Lakes Aquarium and Freshwater Discover Center through Feb. 7 on weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibit is free with paid aquarium admission, which is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for children and $20 per family.

An exhibition of work by Sarah Bauer is currently on display at the Tweed Museum of Art. Professor of Art and Design at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and primarily a new media/multimedia artist who has shown in the U.S. and abroad, Bauer has been studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism and Dzogchen since 1996 and has traveled extensively to countries including South Africa, Israel, Europe, Thailand and most recently Nepal and Tibet. Bauer's mixed-media installation works will be featured in this exhibition. The exhibit runs through Jan. 12. For more information, call 726-7823.