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February events

The Sami flag represents the Sami people rather than a geographical area. The Sami Cultural Center in Duluth celebrates Sami National Day Feb. 5.

Lake Superior Research

 “From Red Clay to Ballast Water: History and Highlights of the Lake Superior Research Institute” is a lecture 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at Lake Superior College, 2101 Trinity Rd., room E-2370. For more information go to

Women in Leadership

Northland women will share their experiences, philosophies, advice and tools for professional success on Wednesday, Feb. 1  at the Kitchi Gammi Club, 831 E. Superior St. The program begins at 11:30 a.m.with networking and lunch. Panel discussion follows 12:15-1:30 p.m. Tickets are $30, sold in advance only. To register go to

Basic income

Unconditional basic income, which covers the cost of necessities like food, housing and clothing, is a concept gaining traction in the United States in response to economic inequality and job loss. A potluck and panel discussion on this topic will take place 12:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 at One Roof Community Housing, 12 E. Fourth St. Enno Schmidt, co-architect of the 2016 Swiss Basic Income referendum, will be present. For information see Basic Income: An Answer to Sulfide Mining and Poverty.

Fire and Ice Bowl

Eastridge Community Church, 3727 W. Arrowhead Rd., will host its seventh annual Fire and Ice Bowl Winter Festival 12-2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5. Activities include sledding, skating, snowshoeing and a chili cook-off. The event is free and open to the entire community.

Biblical feasts

 The roots of Christianity in ancient Jewish faith will be discussed by Trevor Rubenstein from Chosen People Ministries in the series “An Overview Of The Biblical Feasts” on Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8 and 15, 6:30 p.m. at Lakeview Covenant Church, 1001 Jean Duluth Rd. in the sanctuary. For information call (218) 525-6625 ext. 113 or go to

Sami National Day

The Sami Cultural Center celebrates Sami National Day 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 4915 E. Superior St. Suite 205 (visitors use the Pitt Street entrance). This year is the 100th anniversary of the first general meeting of Sami people who gathered across national Nordic country borders. Artist and writer Katharine Johnson will present a program on Sami writer and activist Elsa Laula Renberg, one of the primary organizers of the Sami Congress in 1917. For information call (218) 525-4757 or go to

Chili competition

Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 4831 Grand Ave., will hold a chili contest 4:30-6:30 pm. on Thursday, Feb. 9. Individuals and groups may enter. Please make three crock pots. Entry fee is $20. The winner will be awarded the entry fees, amount determined by the number of entrants.

Entries must be received at the church office by Monday, Feb. 6. For questions call (218) 624-3648. The public is invited to judge. The cost is a free will offering and will be given to the local food shelf.

Who wants short shorts?

The Duluth Playhouse presents the 12th Annual Short Shorts Film Festival at The Underground Theater on March 18. This festival is open to local, national and international professional and amateur, and in all genres. A panel of judges selects the top 15 finalists and a live audience picks the top three winners at the event, who are awarded cash prizes of $100-$300. Submissions are due March 6. Guidelines are at

Hartley winter camps

Hartley Nature Center still has openings in the Winter Break Camps for youth ages 4-9, Feb. 20-24 with both morning and afternoon sessions. You can sign up for a half or whole day. Scholarships available to those who qualify. Go to or call (218) 724-6735.