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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Salvation Army wants you to donate to the Salvation Army food shelf during Minnesota FoodShare Month.
Minnesota FoodShare’s “March Campaign” is encouraging Northland residents to give to the local Salvation Army. Money goes further than foodstuffs, said Major Bill Cox, a Salvation Army spokesman.
“Each dollar goes a long way,” Cox said. “If you want to do the most good, a $10 gift to us will go further than purchasing $25 worth of groceries on your own.”
The reason, Cox said, is that through its network of retailers and food banks, the Salvation Army can purchase pallets of food for as little as 12 cents per pound, or purchase milk for less than $2 per gallon.
But, Cox says, if people are looking for a more tangible item to give, “peanut butter is perfect. We never have enough of it, and it’s always a welcome protein for families — especially kids.”
To donate financially, bring or mail a donation to the Salvation Army, 215 S. 27th Ave. W., Duluth, MN 55806, or by phone by calling (218) 722-7934. Nonperishable food items can also be brought to the location listed above.
The Ruby’s Pantry Coppertop Food Distribution that was postponed due to last week’s snowstorm is back on for Thursday at First United Methodist Church (the Coppertop Church), 230 E. Skyline Parkway. Registration begins at 4 p.m. and distribution follows at 5:30.
While many of us may have been thinking of heading south this winter, the pastor of a church in Twig headed north — on his snowmobile.
Pastor Brad Shannon of New Life Covenant Church completed his nearly 2,000-mile ride from Twig to Churchill, Manitoba, at 6 p.m. on Thursday as planned, his wife, Brooke Shannon, said in a message via Facebook.
He had to backtrack a couple of times because of inaccessible routes, and he experienced cold weather, wind and snow and suffered minor frostbite, she wrote, “but all is well.”
Brooke Shannon and the couple’s three young children arrived in Churchill earlier after making the trip via a Chevrolet Suburban and by train after the road ended.
The journey, titled “New Frontier Expedition,” raised $23,000 toward the church’s drive to build a new home.
The family began their return journey on Saturday evening.
Eh? has seen the sense of community that develops after a big snowstorm. People helping people. It’s as though when Mother Nature dumps on us all equally, we realize just how much alike we are, and how we all need a little help once in a while.
That was the case for Kelly Abu Azzam of Lakeside after last week’s pummeling. Two anonymous helpers came to her aid at two points in the same day.
“I was on my way to work, and I got stuck in the alley,” Abu Azzam said. “A guy just happened to be there in the avenue and he shoveled me out, and I got to work on time.”
The second instance that day was when Abu Azzam took a break shoveling the sidewalk in front of her home. She got about half of it done before the snow got the better of her, and she needed a rest. A neighbor, she believes, came by with a snowblower and cleared the rest of her sidewalk.
Since she doesn’t know the identity of either of her helpers, Abu Azzam wanted to say “thank you.”
Eh? wants to thank all the Northlanders who helped out their neighbors since the last big snow dump. We all need a little help from our friends, strangers and neighbors.
College of St. Scholastica first-year students will host “Thanksgiving in the Spring” on Feb. 26 at various local agencies and for people who are homebound.
If you’re homebound and you want a meal, you need to get your order in today. To place your order, call (218) 723-6484.
The meal, prepared and served by the 381 freshmen in the college’s Dignitas program, consists of turkey, potatoes, cranberries, muffins, carrots and apple pie.
In addition to the homebound, the students will serve their February Thanksgiving dinner at the Damiano Soup Kitchen, CHUM, Myers-Wilkins Collaborative, San Marcos, Kids Cafe, Life House, Lakeland Shores, Salvation Army, Rainbow Center, CASDA, Aftenro and Union Gospel Mission.
There’s always a reason to smile, if one looks hard enough. This Saturday, Dr. Camille Zelen and her staff at Mount Royal Dental are sure to provide a few smiles, or at least help with those smiles.
Zelen and staff are set to host a free dental clinic for children in support of the American Dental Association’s national Give Kids a Smile program at Mount Royal Dental, 1624 Woodland Ave., from 8 a.m. to noon.
Free dental screenings, treatments, education and advice to children and their parents or guardians will be provided at the clinic.
“February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and hosting a Give Kids a Smile event is a great way for us to celebrate children’s dental health,” Zelen said in a statement. “This clinic will be fun and informative for both adults and children. We have received a lot of support from the community and have many kid-oriented giveaways planned.”
According to the statement, the Give Kids a Smile program was created in 2003 by the American Dental Association to provide quality dental care for underserved children. What began as a one-day event in February is now a year-round national program with more than 41,000 volunteers. Each year, Give Kids a Smile events nationwide benefit more than 450,000 children.
For more information on Give Kids a Smile, go to ada.org/givekidsasmile.aspx.
America’s ToothFairy Smile Drive is looking to bolster some smiles with a drive to collect oral care products for at-risk children as part of Two Harbors’ nonprofit Just Kids Dental’s celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month.
Just Kids Dental will be at the Hermantown Wal-Mart today to collect community donations of toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and rinse.
The nonprofit will be set up from 1-3 p.m. near the Vision Center to promote children’s oral health and encourage donations.
“We are so grateful that Wal-Mart, an America’s ToothFairy Proud Underwriter, is helping to ensure children across the nation benefit from our National Children’s Dental Health Month campaign,” Fern Ingber, National Children’s Oral Health Foundation president and CEO, said in a statement.