Memoir writing group begins Jan. 14

The Lake Superior Writers (LSW) will meet on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 14, to begin a new memoir writing group. The 3 p.m. meeting will take place the second Sunday of each month at Bixby's Cafe in the Mount Royal Shopping Center. Facilitator Mara Kirk Hart invites writers to bring three or four page samples of their work for discussion. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Also, Jan Zita Grover will offer a class entitled: The Reluctant Writer. That class will also meet weekly.

For more information, call 728-1253 or 728-7463, or send e-mail to

Photography workshop to be held

Beat cabin fever while you learn to capture winter's beauty with your camera by attending "Frozen Landscapes Advanced Photography" workshop being held at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, Wis., on Saturdays, Jan. 13 and Jan. 20.

The two-part workshop will he held from 9:30 a.m. until noon each Saturday. Nature photographer Dale Thomas of Northern Photographics of Ashland will instruct the workshop. He will share his knowledge of advanced photographic techniques for taking breathtaking winter images.

Through the series you will learn proper film selection, advanced shooting techniques and composition with an eye to winter landscapes. Students will journey outdoors to practice these techniques. Photographic compositions will be critiqued.

Included in the workshop cost is one roll of slide film plus developing, instruction and light refreshments. Participants should bring warm clothing for outdoor explorations. Because this program covers advanced photographic techniques, participants should have a SLR (single lens reflex) type camera.

Registration for this workshop is required to insure adequate materials and seating. Call the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center's UW-Extension office at (715) 685-2672 for more information or to register. Check the Web site at and click on "community activities" for information on this and other upcoming educational workshops.

Library closed on Jan. 15

The Duluth Public Library Main Library and both branches will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15, for Martin Luther King Day. For complete information on weekly library hours and activities, call 723-3839.

Arts grant money flowing into Chisholm

Collaboration can really pay off. Chisholm Community Education, The Range Center Inc. and Ironworld Discovery Center recently discovered just how much when the the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council recently awarded Chisholm Community Education $2,200 to assist Chisholm Community Education and Ironworld in collaborating to make artist workshops for adults available to the general public.

The one-year grant was one of seven approved regional grant applications totaling $11,900 awarded by the Arts Council last week. "The idea is to pool local artisans who normally work at Ironworld during the summer and tap into their talents for the rest of the community throughout the year," said Geri Carlstrom, Chisholm Community Ed Director. The first class, ironworking, was offered in November.

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