Lego my library

Does your daughter or son have enough Lego bricks to recreate the Eiffel Tower? Or so many that you keep stepping on them and need a great way to get rid of them? The Duluth Public Library has a solution for you.

The library is calling on the community to donate new or gently used Lego and Duplo bricks and sets to be used in programs for kids and teens.

Especially needed items include Lego and Duplo blocks, people, boards or building platforms (no whole tables please). Sets that are missing pieces are just as welcome. Let’s face it, we’re all missing pieces somewhere.

The library asks that those generous enough to donate bring their gift to the youth services desk at the main library, 520 W. Superior St., or to the circulation desks at the Mount Royal branch, 105 Mount Royal Shopping Circle, or the West Duluth Branch, 5830 Grand Ave.
The library’s first Lego program is set to debut this spring.

Going to the cats

The Internet’s love of cats has crossed over into the real world, and Eh? wonders why the Internet loves cats so much anyway, but that can wait for another time. For now, suffice it to say, crazy cat videos are coming to a theater near you.

On Tuesday, Zinema 2 and the Duluth Art Institute will be screening … wait for it … cat videos. That’s not all. In addition to some locally made cat videos, there also will be a screening of “Cat Video Film Festival” from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, which has been billed as “insanely popular.” Check Friday’s Wave Extra for more details.

After Black Friday comes Small Business Saturday

If the madness of Black Friday was too much, or even not enough, the Greater Downtown Council wants to remind shoppers that big-box mega stores are not the only avenue for holiday shopping.

Small Business Saturday traditionally follows Black Friday and precedes Cyber Monday for holiday shopping, and this year, there are more stores downtown that popped in for the season.

There are 11 new shops in downtown Duluth. A complete list can be found at downtownduluth.com.

And of course there are small businesses all around Duluth and Superior, and across the Northland from Glidden to Grand Rapids. For those on the Iron Range, the “Made on the Range” website lists dozens of small businesses at madeontherange.com.

Duluth street’s for dancin’

A street dance will impact traffic on Duluth’s First Street on Friday.

Spurs on First is holding a street dance from 8 p.m. to midnight. As a result, First Street will be closed to traffic from First Avenue West to Second Avenue West from 6:30 p.m. until midnight for setup and the dance, according to the Duluth Police Department. All westbound traffic on First Street will be diverted at First Avenue West. Drivers are urged to use caution when driving the area of the event.

Produce galore in downtown Duluth

The Downtown Farmers Market is back at the corner of Lake Avenue and Superior Street from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. today.

And the days of plenty are here.

There a wealth of fruits and vegetables to choose from alone with breads, granolas, peppers and herbs.

Sweet corn?

You bet.

Tomatoes, cucumbers, postatoes and zucchini?

Of course.

For the market’s weekly ready-to-go lunch, it’ll be a Blackwoods offering. Making an encore appearance, Blackwoods will be serving up its prime rib sandwich and chips for $6. Oh, and there’ll be music by Val Turcotte.

Crane disruption nearly over

The massive crane that has obstructed traffic in the 100 block of West Superior Street this week should soon be done with its work.

Crews used the machine to lift equipment and supplies to the top of the US Bank Building, where they were used to replace the roof and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems and to update a sign. The work was expected to wrap up by today, said Dennis Lamkin, a vice president and senior property manager for the bank. He said the bank arranged for all the work to coincide so as to minimize the disruption.

“We’re trying to be good neighbors,” Lamkin said. “We apologize for the inconvenience it has caused, but unfortunately this is part of doing business in a downtown area when you have a tall building and you need to maintain it.”

Get set for Food Truck Fridays in downtown Duluth

Food trucks are teaming up in August to serve lunch to downtown.

At 11:30 a.m. Friday, the Rambler and Chow Haul food trucks will meet on Michigan Street behind the Duluth Public Library, where they will be open for business until 1 p.m.

Food Truck Fridays will continue through August, with some guest appearances by the ice cream-toting Mrs. Delicious.

Fresh local grub downtown

Tired of eating a sandwich at a desk for your lunch break?\

You could take a break from the cubicle today and stroll down to Lake Superior Plaza, on the corner of Lake Avenue and Superior Street, for the weekly Farmers’ Market.

Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. farmers set up shop on the plaza and sell their in-season produce and fresh-cut flowers. But you also can grab some grub for lunch, too. Every week a different local restaurant is featured.

This week, Restaurant 301 has a special meal deal on offer. It includes BBQ pulled pork, pickles, cole slaw, chips and berry and mint lemonade for $7.

Gavin St. Clair will be providing music for the crowds, too. The market is open every Tuesday until Sept. 16.

Take a piece of Superior Street

The question of what the city of Duluth will do with all the bricks it removed from Superior Street has been answered: It’s selling them.

The bricks cost 30 cents each. If you want to pick up a few or a few hundred, first pay for them at the purchasing office inside City Hall, Room 100, and then show your receipt at the brick pile at the Kenwood Pit across from Lovers Lane. The pit will be staffed from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Warning: Buyers need to load the bricks themselves. For planning purposes, the bricks measure 3.875-by-7.875-by-2.125 inches.