And then there’s the kind of junk that’s used for shabby chic and other home and garden décor.
The third semi-annual Duluth Junk Hunt from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday will have plenty of the latter at the Encounter Building, 201 E. First St. in downtown Duluth.
The number of vendors has tripled since the last junk hunt in November. Vendors from Duluth, the Twin Cities and around the area will be offering all sorts of vintage, antique and repurposed items for sale. More than 1,300 people turned out last time.
Admission is $5 with part of the proceeds going to the Encounter Youth Center. The admission fee also will get you a complimentary photo in the “Junk Hunt” photo booth.
Attention homebound lit lovers: The Duluth Public Library is offering Home Library Service, a free program that delivers up to 15 books or other library materials to Duluth residents.
People interested in receiving Home Library Service should call the library’s fiction/media desk at (218) 730-4200, option 6. An application and reading interest form will be mailed.
Nothing sounds better than a gathering of police and landlords, right? Maybe there will be ice cream.
The Duluth Police Department hosts a landlord social at 2 p.m. April 23 in the public safety building training room at 2030 N. Arlington Ave. Meet officers and learn about landlord alerts and the landlord’s role in crime prevention.
Please RSVP by April 16 to Maya Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org or (218) 730-5486.
The Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity group is letting members of the public know you don’t have to be a carpenter to help families get into needed housing. Seriously: No super-handy skills required.
Habitat will offer an open house 5:30-7 p.m. April 4 at its new headquarters at 1621 Broadway St. in Superior. People can come in and talk with staff about their skills, and Habitat will find a place for them.
“Stop in, visit with our representatives and find out how you can help,” states promotional material for the open house. “Habitat for Humanity has a place for you to put your beliefs into action.”
Habitat has branched off beyond building homes for the needy. It offers a variety of family support services, mortgaging and a place for socializing.
The Superior address includes the Habitat store, where building materials can be donated and purchased for further use.
For questions about Habitat and how to volunteer, call (218) 722-3875 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Duluth Preservation Alliance is looking for homes that are turning 100 years old this year to honor at its annual recognition and awards event in May.
To qualify, homes need to be in good shape with their historic features still intact.
To nominate a home, owners can download an application and form about researching the house’s history. Applications are due April 18.
For more information, e-mail Bob Berg at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jane Shull at email@example.com.
Forget about the recent snowfall: It’s time to start thinking green. The 13th annual New Ventures Garden Seminar will include presentations on roses, shrubs, plant hardiness and plant diseases, with seminars such as “Rusts and Smuts and Leaf Spots,” “Tried, True and New Shrubs,” “Growing Roses that Thrive in the North” and “Getting Plants through Frigid Winters and Steamy Summers.”
The seminar is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. March 16 at Northwood School in Minong. Admission is $14 and can be sent to Northwood School, N14463 Hwy. 53, Minong, WI 54859. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Duluth Public Library hopes to bring back the literary equivalent of Meals on Wheels, but it will take volunteers to make it happen.
The library’s home-delivery service is a way to bring books to and from residents who can’t get to a library because of physical limitations. Budget and staffing cuts forced it to drop home delivery in 2008, when it had nearly 100 participants. The library now is at the point where it can consider restoring the service, said Renee Zurn, digital and outreach library supervisor.
This is where you might come in. Volunteers are needed to select and deliver books and can expect to serve from four to six hours per month. Training will be provided.
Contact volunteer coordinator Cheryl Skafte at (218) 730-4334 or email@example.com to request an application.
The service is expected to start in late spring.
The A.G. Thompson House Historic Bed & Breakfast has been named one of the Best Bed and Breakfast Inns in the United States for the second year by the travel website Trip Advisor.
The A.G. Thompson House is the only inn from the Upper Midwest to get the award. The 1909 Dutch colonial is in the Congdon neighborhood and also has gotten best-of acknowledgements from Midwest Living magazine and Bescover, an organization that represents B&Bs around the world.
The supply of free radon-test kits we told you about in Thursday’s paper has run out — not only in Duluth but statewide, officials say.
The kits, used by homeowners to determine whether their houses have unsafe amounts of the gas known as radon, were offered at several sites in Duluth. Jeannette Lang, of the American Lung Association’s Duluth office, said all of the available kits have been given out.
Photographer and Minnesota native Doug Ohman will be at the Duluth Public Library sharing pictures and stories about the state’s most elegant homes. “Living the Dream: Historic Homes of Minnesota” is 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the library’s Green Room at 520 W. Superior St. Get a firsthand look at Ohman’s photos, which have been published in magazines, calendars and books.
Call (218) 730-4240 for more information.