Make a Difference
• Memorial Blood Centers will offer the following blood drives across the Northland. Call (888) GIVE-BLD (448-3253) or go to mbc.org for eligibility guidelines and to schedule an appointment.
• Monday: 12:30-4:30 p.m., Grand Itasca Volunteer Services, 1601 Golf Course Road, Grand Rapids.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to noon, South Shore High School, 9135 School Road, Port Wing.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., United Piping, 4510 Airport Road, Duluth.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Cook County North Shore Hospital, 515 W. Fifth Ave., Grand Marais.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Moose Lake Community Schools, 413 Birch Ave.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Floodwood High School, 115 W. Fourth Ave.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Cook County High School, 101 W. Fifth St., Grand Marais.
Thursday: 8:30-11 a.m., Northwood Children's Services West Campus, 4000 W. Ninth St., Duluth.
Thursday: 1:30-4 p.m., Northwood Children's Services Main Campus, 714 W. College St., Duluth.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Willow River High School, 8142 Pine St.
• Northern Light Foundation's annual gala A Night to Shine is from 5:30-10 p.m. Wednesday in Greysolon Ballroom, 231 E. Superior St. The evening will include a meal by Black Woods Catering, silent and live auctions and a brief program. Tickets are $55 and available at northernlightsfoundation.org. Proceeds help bring light into the lives of local children and families who are experiencing dark times.
• Life House’s A Night to Shine will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday in the Greysolon Ballroom. The event will honor 30 youth for their academic and personal achievements. Keynote speaker will be Famous Dave’s Barbeque founder, Dave Anderson. There will also be hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at lifehouseduluth.org. Proceeds support Life House’s newest program, The Loft Shelter, which is slated to open on the top floor of Life House this summer.
• Running For Justice will begin their 150-mile Bike-A-Thon at 8 a.m. Friday at Thompson Hill Information Center, 8525 W. Skyline Parkway, Duluth. The bike rally will camp overnight in Hinckley and end Saturday in Elk River, Minn. Minimum age is 12. Registration is $75 for individuals and a maximum $175 per family. Fees include one breakfast, two lunches and dinners each, and en-route refreshments.
In addition to the fee, bikers must fundraise a minimum of $200 online through runningforjustice.org. Proceeds will be used to raise awareness about sex trafficking and support organizations that are fighting related issues. For more details, visit runningforjustice.org/bike-a-thon.
• Ignite Studio will host Let's Get Physical 1980s aerobics dance party from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday at 207 W. Superior St., Duluth. Admission is $10 at the door. Proceeds support Choice, a health and wellness program for individuals with disabilities.
• Veterans Memorial Hall's 5K Fun Run/Walk will begin 9 a.m. Saturday at the Other Place Bar and Grille, 3930 E. Calvary Road, Duluth. Registration is $25 per person and forms are available at St. Louis County Historical Society, 506 W. Michigan St., Duluth, or at tempotickets.com/vmh5krun. Registration includes T-shirt and refreshments. Proceeds support VMH's mission to preserve the human experiences of veterans, their families and communities. Call John Werner at (218) 343-8849 or email email@example.com for information. Free parking will be across the street in the Voyageur Bus lot.
• Harbor House Crisis Shelters 5K Run/Walk and 15K will start at 9 a.m. Saturday at Bong Heritage Center, 305 E. Second St., Superior. The race will follow the Osaugie Trail and finish at the Bong Center. Registration is $25 for the 5k and $55 for the 15K. Race packet pickup will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Faith United Methodist Church, 1531 Hughitt Ave., Superior.
Register at tempotickets.com/harborhouse17. Proceeds support Harbor House's mission to provide emergency shelter, transitional living and service to homeless women and children. Contact Karyn Hutchings at (715) 394-9608.
• CrossFit Duluth's Memorial Day Murph fitness event will be 9 a.m. Saturday and will feature a hero workout consisting of a mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 air squats and another mile run while wearing a 20-pound vest. There will also be easier workouts and a Mini Murphy at 8 a.m. for kids ages 4-14. Registration is $35 and includes an event T-shirt. Proceeds benefit 23rd Veteran, a nonprofit dedicated to providing long-term transition process for veterans exiting the military.
• Junior League of Duluth is selling personalized bricks through its Help Pave the Way to a Healthier Community campaign in support of landscaping the deep-winter greenhouse at 45th Avenue West and Grand Avenue. The personalized bricks will be used in the landscaping of the greenhouse, which will be run by Community Action Duluth's Seeds of Success. Greenhouse produce will be sold at the Lincoln Park Farmer's Market. For more information on the bricks or the project, go to juniorleagueduluth.org/bricks-let-it-grow or call (218) 727-0341.
• St. James Catholic School in Duluth is collecting glossy and white paper recycling. Each dumpster-load of paper earns the school more than $200. Collected paper includes magazines, catalogs and shiny newspaper-inserts. Paper can be dropped off anytime in the school's gathering entryway, 715 N. 57th Ave. W.
• St. Louis River Alliance seeks individuals and groups for its annual St. Louis River cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Volunteers will meet in the Superior Municipal Forest near the Archery Range at the corner of Billings Drive and North 42nd Street in Superior. Hip boots are recommended for those who wish to remove trash from the water. The city of Superior will provide water, gloves, bags, buckets and litter pickers. Superior will also pick up the garbage bags. Contact Kris Eilers at firstname.lastname@example.org or (218) 733-9520.
• Duluth North Shore Sanitary District has two volunteer openings on its Board of Managers. Applicants living within the sanitary district must be residents of the city of Duluth. Send a resume and a statement of interest to DuluthNSSD@gmail.com.
• Age Well Arrowhead needs avid gardeners and lawn mowers to help Age Well seniors maintain their yards. Hours are flexible. Contact Patti Nadeau at (218) 623-7804 or email@example.com.
• The Lake Superior Squadron 101 of the Commemorative Air Force seeks volunteers to help at the Armed Forces Museum. The Squadron is located in Hangar 101 of the old Duluth Air Base at 4931 Airport Road in Hermantown.
Volunteers can be anyone with prior military service who are looking for an opportunity to volunteer, retired airline airframe and powerplant mechanics or retired U.S. Air Force or other military aviation maintenance technicians, those interested in preserving history and anyone interested in helping to restore a World War II Consolidated PBY Catalina.
Call (218) 733-0639 or visit the hangar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Go to cafduluth.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
• Damiano Center needs help sorting clothing donations, putting the clothes on display and assisting guests and donors with questions. Volunteers display the clothes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and sort clothes from 3-5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday. Contact Crystal Detlefsen at (218) 722-8708 or email@example.com.
• Duluth Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired seeks volunteers to read newspapers on Radio Talking Book, a local radio broadcast for people who are visually impaired. Volunteers usually commit to three hours, one or two times per month. For details, call Michelle at (218) 721-4479.
• Benedictine Living Community seeks for volunteers to play cribbage with residents twice a week or to work on-call at the front desk from 8 a.m. to noon or noon to 4 p.m. Contact Stacie Oakland at (218) 723-6433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.