Donation station

Eh? has heard of donating canned goods, time, blood and even plasma (but is it really a donation if they pay you?) but this is the first Eh? has heard of a bone marrow drive.

One way to cure bone cancer is by donating bone marrow. This is called stem cell transplantation.

The Multicultural Pharmacy Student Organization at the University of Minnesota Duluth is organizing a bone marrow drive on April 8 and 10 at the Kirby Plaza lower level, in front of the bookstore, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Support athletics

Gary-Morgan Park Hockey is holding a fundraiser for youth hockey from 1-7 p.m. Saturday at Good Fellowship Community Center, 1242 88th Ave. W.

Activities include a raffle, silent auction, bake sale, bingo from 1-4 p.m. and a spaghetti feed from 5-7 p.m.

Cost for supper is $5 for adults and $3 for children. We welcome your submissions and suggestions.

Your next read

Northland, as of right now you are reading “The Cellist of Sarajevo” by Steven Galloway.

The 2008 novel is based on the true story of a cello player who continued to play in bombed-out buildings during the siege of Sarajevo, and it is this year’s pick for the community-wide reading project One Book, One Community.

The read-along, brought to you by the Duluth Public library and other local organizations, will include a handful of book-themed events:

*There will be an author visit and book signing on April 15 at the Spirit of the North Theater at Fitger’s.

* A readers theater adaptation of the novel, directed by Cheryl Skafte, will be performed at 7 p.m. April 26 at Teatro Zuccone.

* Eight photographs by Vesna Pavolvic will be exhibited April 21-24 at the Depot.

* Former state representative Mike Jaros, who grew up in Bosnia and returned to Sarajevo after the siege, will give a first-person account and Alexis Pogorelskin of the University of Minnesota Duluth will provide historical background at 7 p.m. April 7 at the Duluth Public Library.

* Sam Black will direct a string ensemble in a selection of music related thematically to the siege of Sarajevo on March 30 in Virginia and April 13 in Cloquet and Duluth.

* The Virginia, Cloquet and Duluth public libraries will hold tambourine-making events for kids on March 25 and April 8.

Cop and a cup o’ joe

The Superior Police Department is dispatching some officers to City’s 58th Street Diner, 5802 Tower Ave. in Superior, to have a cuppa and converse with residents.

All community members are invited to attend “Coffee with a Cop” at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The purpose of the event is to allow the community and police to meet in a neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and, of course, drink coffee.

Since the majority of contact residents have with police comes during emergency or emotional situations, those moments aren’t effective for building relationships with the community it serves, the department said in a statement. “Coffee with a Cop” breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

The department is asking people to bring any questions or concerns they may have.

Give it up for housing

The Benedictine Health Center Auxiliary would appreciate any donations of used jewelry and new or gently used purses for its annual Pre-owned Jewelry sale. Use the cold “indoor” days to clean out items you don’t use while helping a cause.

All proceeds go toward BHC’s building and renovation project that will enhance the lives of residents and give more options to seniors. Donations may be dropped off at the front desk of the BHC, 935 Kenwood Ave., or call (218) 723-6405 for pickup.

Win-win-win

If the prom is in your future, or your past, now is the time to act.

The second annual Prom Shopping Spectacular is open and will run through Saturday at 2826 Piedmont Ave. in Piedmont Plaza Shopping Center.

The shopping event is for both past and future prom-goers, which offers the opportunity for prom dresses that already have been worn once to be sold to people who are looking for a new-to-you dress.

Tracy Lundeen of Lundeen Productions, who is the driving force behind the event, said nearly 400 dresses already have been catalogued.

That’s right, catalogued. Because Lundeen, who has a daughter, knows that girls don’t want to buy a dress that was seen at their prom the previous year. So Lundeen and his staff take down the history of the dresses as they come in.

Lundeen said that after all the business is done, and everyone has been paid, about 10 percent of the revenue made from the event goes toward various local charities: Life House, Boys and Girls Club and Northwood Children’s Services. Whatever dresses did not sell, the girls can either pick them back up or allow them to be donated.

Last year, Lundeen said, about 60 dresses were donated, which allowed many girls unable to afford their own dress, to make a splash at prom.

For more information, visit facebook.com/promshoppingspectacular.

Snowy, you’re my angel, you’re my dar-ling an-gel

Snow Angels for a Cause is looking for people with a few bucks to donate, a dash of childish glee and the ambition to take on a world record.

Make Your Mark needs 9,000 people to show up at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Malosky Stadium at 2 p.m. Sunday to make snow angels.

Make Your Mark is asking for a donation of $5 for individuals and $10 for families to participate in the event. The goal is to raise $25,000 for the Center for Changing Lives, an initiative to end youth homelessness in the Twin Ports.

Spring clean with marine theme

It’s time to dust, polish and update exhibits. Are you in?

The Lake Superior Marine Museum Association, in conjunction with the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, is hosting its annual spring cleaning day March 11 at 600 S. Lake Ave.

Volunteers — who will get a free lunch from Grandma’s for the effort — are needed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Duties include dusting, updating displays, polishing brass, checking electric equipment and helping the park rangers with special projects.

If you’re interested, call (218) 727-2497 or email info@lsmma.com.

Take a ride, and speak your mind

The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota is inviting people from the Northland to join them for Epilepsy Awareness Day at the state Capitol.

Busing will be provided from the Kmart parking lot in West Duluth, leaving at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Participants will have a chance to share their stories with legislators. Breakfast will be provided on the bus and snacks on the way back, and meal vouchers will be provided to redeem for lunch.

To register or learn more, visit epilepsyfoundationmn.org/programs/adults/
advocacy/ or contact Lisa Peterson, outreach coordinator, at (218) 624-1330 or lpeterson@efmn.org.