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Faith and community events Dec. 4-10

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the College of St. Scholastica is Tuesday, Dec. 6.1 / 2
The St. Scholastica Choir performs Dec. 9 and 10 at St. Michael's. Bret Amundson (hands raised) directs. (Photo submitted)2 / 2

Poetry reading

Ellie Schoenfeld, 2016-2018 Duluth Poet Laureate, will present an inaugural reading of her work 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 at Peace United Church of Christ, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E. Sara Thomsen will provide music for the occasion, which also includes a crowning ceremony. The event is free and open to the public.

Speak up, speak out

The Duluth Health in All Policies Campaign will sponsor a meeting of the Speak-up, Speak-out Campaign 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5 at Morgan Park Community Center, 1302 88th Ave. W. The meeting will gather input and survey results from residents of underrepresented neighborhoods to make sure all voices are heard for the city’s Comprehensive Plan. Free dinner and childcare will be available. For more information see Duluth Health in All Policies on Facebook.

Lighting a tradition

The College of St. Scholastica will welcome the Christmas season with its annual "Lighting a Tradition" tree-lighting ceremony, 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 on the front steps of Tower Hall. The celebration is free and open to the public.

Members of the community are invited to join sisters from the St. Scholastica Monastery and students, faculty and staff from the college for a brief ceremony featuring carols and a countdown to the lighting of the trees. Afterward, participants enjoy hot cocoa and cookies in the Tower foyer.

The tree-lighting will take place immediately after the college's Advent Vespers service, which is also open to the public and takes place at 4:30 p.m. in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel on campus.

The event is sponsored by the Student Alumni Association. For more information contact St. Scholastica's alumni relations office at (218) 723-6071 or

Aging with knowledge

The second presentation of the series, "Aging with Knowledge, Control and Independence"  is Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Forbes United Methodist Church, 33 Grove St. in Proctor. A representative from the Senior Citizens Law Project will explain legal matters that face people as they grow older. The event is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, go to or contact Donna at (218) 260-6833.

Christmas concerts

The St. Scholastica Concert Choir, Bella Voce, Women’s Choir and, new this year, the CSS Men’s Chorus, will unite for this annual celebration of the Christmas season through song. Concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 at St. Michael’s at 4901 E. Superior St.

The program will include pieces from the Renaissance to today. The concert typically sells out, so buying tickets early is advised. Tickets are $5 and are available through the Spotlight Box Office at (218) 723-7000 or

Get to the Point

“Get To The Point: Awesome Art and Gift Fair” is  10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., Dec 10 at Lafayette Square on Park Point, 3026 Minnesota Ave. The event sell the works of local artists and artisans. For information go to