We like butterflies, butterflies like these

The Hillside Public Orchard is selling locally grown native butterfly-attracting plants (grown at the orchard) to raise money for further improvements, including a new outdoor brick oven to be used by the neighborhood.

The event is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the orchard, at 10th Street and Sixth Avenue East in Duluth.

The plants include swamp milkweed, Lindley’s aster, pussy toes, black-eyed Susan, yarrow and fragrant giant hyssop. Prices range from $2 for a 2-inch pot to $6 for a 1-gallon pot. If you can’t make the sale, and still want to buy, call (218) 728-0419.

Take the peace train

The Hillside Youth Theater is riding the Peace Train to The Underground.

The group is putting on its 15th production, “All Aboard the Peace Train,” based on people who changed the world. The kids, ages 8 to 16, spent the summer in a theater camp learning the original play and creating the scenery and costumes for the show.

More than 50 children will present the play today and Friday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Today’s show is preceded by a special fundraising event that begins at 5 p.m. with appetizers, music and a silent auction with a $15 donation.

The performances are free but donations are accepted.

Goodbye, Nettleton

An open house and “goodbye” celebration will be held at Nettleton Elementary School from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday in the school cafeteria for former staff members, students and families.

Guests are welcome to bring old pictures or memorabilia of their time at Nettleton to share at the school, 108 E. Sixth St. The school closed this year as part of the Duluth school district’s long-range facilities plan. Students and staff members will move to Myers-Wilkins Elementary — formerly named Grant — in September. Renovation of that school is expected to be completed sometime in August.

Juneteenth celebration Saturday

Duluth’s annual Juneteenth celebration is a day away.

A party for Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S. and celebration of freedom for African-Americans, is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Central Hillside Community Center, 12 E. Fourth St. in Duluth. The event includes music, food, dance, spoken word, face painting and other activities for kids.

Juneteenth dates back to June 19, 1865, two months after the end of the Civil War and 2½ years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Call Claudie Washington, president of the Duluth Chapter of the NAACP, at (218) 590-9009 for more information about Duluth’s Juneteenth celebration.

Global dance mix at Duluth school

Check out global dance grooves from a few different continents in Duluth this week.

The Grant Community School Collaborative Cultural Arts Family Night is from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Nettleton Elementary School, beginning with a dinner of multicultural dishes. That’s followed by student performances in music, dance, storytelling and drama.

Middle Eastern, African, salsa and Zumba dance will be performed at the school, 108 E. Sixth St. Elizabeth Nordell will tell stories.

Kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Have you seen Chewy the Chihuahua?

Dogs and cats go missing every day in Duluth, but this tale (tail?) caught our attention, if only because it’s an awfully cold time of year for very little dog to be lost in the big city.

Chewy, a 3-month-old Chihuahua puppy, went missing Jan. 4 from the vicinity of Third Street and Second Avenue East. Owner Laura Clark of Littlefork said her daughter, who was dogsitting Chewy, came home to find a door wide open and the 2-pound puppy — who didn’t have a collar — missing.

Clark said they’ve checked with police, local animal shelters, vets — all to no avail. Several people have reported seeing Chewy in the Hillside neighborhood, but he’s eluded would-be rescuers. Chewy has a brindled-to-tan coat, with white toes on his hind right leg.

Clark said her 3-year-old granddaughter was particularly attached to the puppy, and they’re hoping someone out there knows where he is. If you do, give Clark a call at (218) 240-4513.

And as always, if you lose or find a pet, please contact your local animal shelter — it’s the best step you can take to ensure a happy reunion.

Anti-bullying T-shirts on sale

Now here’s a cause the Eh? desk can get behind.

Nettleton Elementary students are selling “stop bullying” T-shirts in an effort to raise enough money to outfit the whole school in its own. The T-shirt money is meant to supplement a grant the school received to work on anti-bullying efforts and to remind students of the “golden rule,” special education teacher Ally Austin said.

“At Nettleton, we are constantly working to develop our students’ sense of civic responsibility and empathy,” she said.

The shirts, which also say “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” cost $10 for short sleeves with youth sizes extra-small through extra-large and adult sizes small through 6XL; and $15 for long sleeves with youth sizes small through extra-large and adult sizes small through 5XL. The deadline to order is Feb. 7. The shirt size can be written in the memo of the check, and checks can be written out to “Nettleton Elementary” and sent to Nettleton Elementary, c/o Ally Austin, 108 E. Sixth St., Duluth, MN 55805. Shirts can be picked up at the school. Call Austin at (218) 733-2172 for details.

Home-fix help program in Duluth’s Central Hillside

For those still dealing with home fixes after the June flood, or just planning some remodeling before winter sets in, there’s a class for that.

One Roof Community Housing, the city of Duluth and the Duluth Energy Efficiency Program are hosting a home-improvement workshop today at the Central Hillside Community Center, 12 E. Fourth St.

The free workshop, limited to 30 people and running 6-9 p.m., will feature local experts on how to prioritize projects and repairs, get the best return on remodeling costs, permits and codes, information on flood-related mold and getting the most efficiency in home-energy use.

There also will be information on deferred and no-interest home loans. One Roof will also make its lending library available.

To register, call (218) 727-5372 or e-mail jbradley@1roofhousing.org.

Alternative reunion for Duluth schools

Central, East and Denfeld all get their class reunions — but what if you marched to the beat of a different drummer and attended one of Duluth’s alternative schools? If so, John D’Auria is looking for you.

Unity, Skyline and Hillside schools are planning a reunion barbecue from 4-9 p.m. July 28 at the beach pavilion on Park Point.

You can chat with some of your former teachers, listen to local band Class Beyond and play volleyball.

Donations will be accepted to help with expenses. Bring a potluck dish and enjoy meat from the grill.