Go for launch

With a boost from NASA, educators from the College of St. Scholastica and the Duluth Children’s Museum, fifth-graders from Stowe Elementary are going to take up a “heavy lifting” challenge on Friday.

Education students from St. Scholastica will work with small groups of students to design a means to carry a “payload” of paper clips to a height of 3 meters. The exercise is meant to simulate NASA’s efforts to deliver cargo to space.

The Duluth Children’s Museum and St. Scholastica received a mini-grant from the space agency to engage students and youth organizations with high quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) content and impress upon students the themes and resources of NASA.

The event is scheduled for launch at 10 a.m. on Friday and land at 1 p.m. at the Duluth Children’s Museum, 15 S. 29th Ave W.

LawLaw Palooza

This ain’t the same song and dance you see from lawyers:

The Volunteer Attorney Program in Duluth is hosting a musical fundraiser called LawLaw Palooza on Friday night at the College of St. Scholastica’s Mitchell Auditorium.

Among the musical performers will be St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin and the Grrrl Band. There will be a silent auction, ice cream and other entertainment provided by local attorneys and judges.

The Volunteer Attorney Program has been providing free legal services to low-income residents of Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Itasca, Kanabec, Lake, Pine and St. Louis counties for the past 31 years.

The event starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Contact dori@volunteerattorney.org or (218) 723-4005 for tickets or more information.

The event name is a play on the rock music festival Lollapalooza.

Help homeless connect

An evening of music, food and fellowship is scheduled for Wednesday at the Depot in Duluth as a fundraiser for Project Homeless Connect.

The “Expressions of Home” fundraiser will start at 5 p.m. and is presented by Heading Home St. Louis County in association with the College of St. Scholastica and the University of Minnesota Duluth Office of Civic Engagement.

The evening’s festivities include a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar with music by Jason Hale from 5 to 7 p.m. Concerts will follow with Diet Folk playing at 8 p.m. and The Crunchy Bunch at 10 p.m.

Admission to the event is $5 for students and $10 for others. Anyone bringing a nonperishable food donation for the CHUM food shelf will receive a $1 discount on admission.

Proceeds go to fund Project Homeless Connect, an annual event held in October that connects homeless individuals and families with resources to improve their housing situations, health and well-being, as well as provide a warm meal to those in need. Call (218) 726-7758.

St. Scholastica president on TV

The president of the College of St. Scholastica can be found on TV this weekend.

Larry Goodwin will be featured on the Twin Cities Public Television series “Redesigning Minnesota” to discuss educating the work force of tomorrow. Goodwin is part of an interview with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler and Larry Litecky, former senior vice chancellor for academic student services for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

In Duluth, the program will air at midnight Friday on WDSE-TV Channel 8 and at 8 a.m., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday. The program can be seen on the Twin Cities Public Television website Friday.

‘Glass’ on TV

“Celebrating Stained Glass in the Northland — Its Beauty, Its Story — St. Scholastica Monastery” will get multiple airings on Duluth Public Access Community Television.

It’s the second in a series celebrating stained glass filmed and edited by Jack Salmela of Duluth. It includes the stained glass windows at St. Scholastica and interviews about the history of the windows.

The show will air at 8 p.m. today, 8 a.m. Wednesday, 4 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. March 22.

Volunteers needed for St. Scholastica Community Day

The College of St. Scholastica needs more volunteers for its Community Day on Wednesday.

The multipronged effort involves students delivering free Thanksgiving-in-the-spring meals to those locally in need, preparing food packs for the international Feed My Starving Children organization, which will give to famine-stricken countries, and lobbying at the Capitol in support of the Minnesota State Grant program.

And you can help, too, even if you aren’t a St. Scholastica student.

The public is welcome to help pack food for the international effort in the campus Storm’s Den from noon until 7 p.m. Five hundred volunteers are needed and some slots are unfilled. Call Jay Newcomb at (218) 723-6552 to sign up for remaining slots.

Nun’s ‘Highwayman’ to air Thursday

A piece of music written 70 years ago by a Benedictine nun from the St. Scholastica Monastery that was the centerpiece of the university’s centennial celebration will be featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio.

“The Highwayman,” by Sister Martina Hughes, which goes along with the poem by Alfred Noyes, was performed by a full orchestra and directed by Shelley Gruskin during a Cambiata Concert Series performance in October.

It airs at about 3:10 p.m. Thursday on WSCD-FM 92.9.

“The Highwayman” won a Minnesota composers’ competition and the then-Duluth Symphony gave it a full orchestral debut in 1941.

The performance will be available on mpr.org after it airs.

St. Scholastica student makes national news

“CBS Morning News” last week picked up on the fish-out-of-water aspect of this tale.

A student from the College of St. Scholastica who also is a native of Venezuela recently played in the World Pond Hockey Championship games held on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis. Gabriel Velandia Briceno invited his roller hockey team from Venezuela. Velandia Briceno told a “CBS Morning News” reporter he and his friends had grown up playing roller hockey, but had never played on ice.

“I told my team back home it would be nice to fulfill our dream come true to come here and play ice hockey,” he said on the news program. “We don’t have ice back home.”

Singalong at St. Scholastica

There’s the shower, the car — and now add the College of St. Scholastica as a spot to sing along.

Shelley Gruskin and the Center for Early Music Orchestra present the 32nd annual free singalong of Handel’s “Messiah” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Mitchell Auditorium at the College of St. Scholastica.

The singalong, which is open to the public, draws a crowd that is broken into vocal sections for an almost two-hour choral event. You can bring your own score or purchase one at the door for $15.

This will be the 27th time Gruskin, an emeritus member of St. Scholastica’s music faculty, has led the singalong.

See a rooftop garden

The College of St. Scholastica’s new Science Center addition has no ordinary roof. It’s topped with a green roof and greenhouse that produced plenty of salad fixings over the summer.

Wanna see it?

In conjunction with Food Day, a nationwide day dedicated to raising awareness about sustainable and healthy food, the college is hosting a Green Rooftop Garden Open House from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday. Tour the green rooftop and learn about a pilot project to grow food for the campus. The project is supported in part by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Foundation and the fund for the Environment of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

Parking (not on the roof) is free for the event. Enter the Science Building addition off of the Somers Hall parking lot. Then take the elevators to the fourth floor.