Love at the library

So, maybe your Valentine is an artist or a bunch of artists or just art in general.

The Superior Public Library is hosting its fourth annual Love Your Local Artist from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday. This free event features more than 20 local artists — including photographers, quilters, painters, jewelry makers and wood carvers — who will display, talk about and sell their work.

The night includes music, wine, an adopt-a-book fundraiser and a silent auction with proceeds going to the Superior Public Library.

Pink the Rink with Hermantown, Superior

In an effort to advertise and raise money for breast cancer research and prevention, Pink the Rink is selling T-shirts that can give the wearer free admission to hockey games.

The junior varsity and varsity hockey games between the Superior Spartans and the Hermantown Hawks on Jan. 14 are part of how local money is being raised for the cause.

Regular T-shirts are $12 and dry-fit T-shirts are $15, and they can be purchased at the Superior middle and high schools. Whatever shirts are left will be available for purchase at the door.

Do it for everyone

It’s in everyone’s benefit that children be vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls it community immunity.

The Douglas County Department of Health and Human Services is offering a children’s immunization clinic on Jan. 8.

The clinic will be from 1-4:30 p.m. in the Government Center building, 1316 N. 14th St., Suite 324, in Superior.

All routine immunizations for children 6 months and older will be available, and parents and guardians are asked to bring immunization records.

Vaccines are given free to children who don’t have health insurance, are on Medical Assistance or whose insurance doesn’t cover vaccines. Parents or guardians must be present to sign the authorization.

When a large segment of the population is immune to an infectious disease, the spread of that illness through the population is slowed or halted. This is especially important because some people are not able to be immunized due to age or chronic illness.

Not so blue holiday in Superior

A church in Superior is trying to make the holidays a little less blue by offering people a service themed to let people know “they are not alone.”
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church will host a “Blue Christmas Service” at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The service is described as a “quiet, healing service (that) will bring together those who are grieving, hurting or otherwise struggling with the Christmas season.”

There will be soft music, candlelight and comforting readings.
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church is at 1924 Wyoming St.

Author Jim Northrup to speak in Superior

Jim Northrup, Vietnam veteran and Anishinaabe author, will give a presentation today at the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus.

Northrup has been recognized with numerous writing awards and is the author of five books.

The event is free and open to the public. The presentation will include a reading and will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Yellowjacket Union Great Room.

Lights, music, action in Superior

There are better ways to blast away Thanksgiving than shopping in a stampede that makes Pamplona look civil. Cruising by a house on East Third Street in Superior for a light show is one of them.
Rawlie Hart and his family, at 2830 E. Third St., Superior, have made it a mission of theirs to emulate some of the more elaborate lighting displays set to music that can be found on YouTube.
“That’s what got me going was the videos on YouTube,” Hart said. “I’ve always had a thing for Christmas lights.”

And while Hart readily admits there are more elaborate and impressive displays out there, his work is nothing to scoff at.

The Hart family has about 4,000 LED lights strung up on the roof, in the trees in the yard and festooning the bushes. Those lights are all connected to a 16-channel switch tied into a computer program that flickers and flashes along to music broadcast on a high-frequency radio channel, 106.5 FM.

The show features an assortment of music, from Christmas songs to Dubstep.
Hart said he wants to expand his light show, but it’s going to take some money. But, he’s not asking for any donations to view the show. All you have to do is drive by Sunday through Thursday from 5-10 p.m., or Friday and Saturday from 5-10:30 p.m. and tune in to 106.5 FM to catch the action.

The display will run until New Year’s Day night.

Last chance to vote for Lola

Lola’s hard-fought campaign is soon coming to an end, but there is still time for voters to make their mark on the Intuit Small Business Big Game Contest.

Of the thousands of small businesses vying for a chance to get their commercial on air for the Super Bowl, Locally Laid Egg Co. has consistently advanced with the help of online voters. But the game isn’t won yet, the voting will continue until 1:59 a.m. Monday. One vote per person, per day is allowed.

Locally Laid, owned by Jason and Lucie Amundsen of Duluth, have 2,500 chickens on property they own in Wrenshall.

It is Minnesota’s only commercial-scale, pasture-raised egg business. It was named one of four finalists earlier this month.

To vote for Locally Laid Egg Co, go to votelola.com. Lola is the acronym for Locally Laid and is the name of all their chickens. What happens if you don’t vote? Perhaps you’ll end up with some egg on your face.

Toy drive rolling

The Northland Chapter of Grandmothers for Peace kicked off its 28th peaceful toy drive on Wednesday, and toys will be accepted until Dec. 20.
Unwrapped toys that promote nonviolent play can be donated at the following locations.
In Superior:
* Cathedral of Christ the King Church, 1111 Belknap St.
* Superior Public Library Children’s Room
* Take 2 Consignments, 1202 Belknap St.
* Superior-Douglas County YMCA, 9 21st St.
In Duluth:
* UMD Women’s Resource and Action Center
* Peace Church, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E.
* Explorations, 201 W. Superior St.
* DeWitt-Seitz Building/Taste of Saigon, 394 S. Lake Ave.
For more information, contact Jan Provost (715) 718-0710 or email g4peace1@charter.net.

First aid for the mind

UMD Continuing Education will bring youth mental health first aid certification training to UWS on Nov. 9 at the Marcovich Wellness Center, Room 2440, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mental health first aid is a public education program that assists with classifying and reacting to signs of mental illness. The training is for amateur responders. No prior experience with mental health care is necessary.

Individuals age 16 and older are welcome to participate. The cost is $135 per person, which includes light refreshments but does not include lunch.

For more information or to register online, go to regonline.com/mentalhealthfirstaid2013.