Crime and cookies

An event tonight is intended to bring Duluth neighbors together from across the city and offer some information on community safety. The event is at Holy Family Church, 2430 W. Third St. in Duluth.

The event starts at 6 p.m. with a chance to meet and greet neighbors. From 6:30-8 p.m., Community Police Officer Shawn McGovern will discuss the city's new nuisance ordinance and "crime-free multi-family housing."

The event is sponsored by Neighborhood Housing Services, CHUM, Duluth Local Initiative Support Corp. and the Duluth Community Safety Initiative. It's part of the Creating Neighborhoods That Work -- At Home in Duluth Collaborative.

Folks who attend will receive a free plate of cookies (on real china) to pass out to another neighbor who didn't attend in an effort to spur neighbor-to-neighbor relations. For more information, call (218) 260-8045.

Homeless teens get help today

Several organizations will be at the Life House, 102 W. First St. in Duluth, from 3-7 p.m. today to help teenagers who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. Any kids who don't have a safe place to stay can attend. A hot meal will be served.

The event is called "Youth Connect" and is part of the community's10-year plan to end homelessness. Homeless kids will be connected with services they need to transition out of homelessness.

Local businesses, social services, individuals and faith-based groups have partnered to bring resources to one location where those in need can find services such as food and clothing, housing, employment, medical and mental health care, and education assistance. Life House also will distribute necessities such as toiletries, underwear and socks at the event.

Those interested in supporting Duluth's first Youth Connect can do so by making a financial contribution to the event. Checks payable to Youth Connect can be mailed to: Life House, 102 W. First St., Duluth, MN 55802. For more information call (218) 390-0465.

Best date ever? Worst date ever?

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Exploring Judaism

The College of St. Scholastica is hosting Rabbi Jacob Staub at 7 p.m. today in Somers Lounge as part of its series on Exploring American Judaism.

Staub will talk about the "Jewish approach to repairing the world: Partnering with the divine." It's free and open to the public. Call (218) 723-5940.