A Kalevala Day Celebration is Sunday, Feb. 26 at Kenwood Lutheran Church, 2720 Myers Ave. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., music by Kanteleen Soittajat starts 1:30 p.m. The 2 p.m. program is "The Kalevala's Contribution to Finnish Identity and Nationhood" by Marianne Wargelin, Honorary Consul of Finland, Minneapolis. Aini Lindquist received special recognition for 50 years in Ladies of Kaleva. Before and afterward enjoy conversation, coffee, goodies and check out the Tori (marketplace) with baked goods, crafts and more.
Faces of Change
“The Movement Imprinted: Faces of Change” is event hosted by the Duluth Branch NAACP on Sunday, Feb. 26 at Zeitgeist Arts, 222 E. Brunch is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Superior St. At 3 p.m. an exhibit opens of original prints from students in the UMD Graphic Design Program, showcasing portraits of Black social activist throughout Black history and inspired by the styles of Black designers. Artwork will be sold via silent auction. At 4 p.m. there will be chronicle readings featuring Black slave narratives. For information see the Facebook page.
St. Luke’s fundraiser
St. Luke’s Volunteer Service Guild presents a Heartland Sales Fundraiser on Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, March 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in St. Luke’s Hospital Main Lobby, 915 E. First St. The fundraising sale features a huge selection of jewelry, fashion accessories, gifts and much more. All proceeds raised will support patient care programs and purchases of medical equipment.
Matters of balance
The Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging seeks volunteers and professionals for its “A Matter of Balance” program. People will receive up to 12 hours of training to help seniors control falls and the fear of falling. The next training is 9 a.m. to 3 pm. March 9-10 at Blue Cross Blue Shield Retail Center, 405 W. Superior St. Registrations will be accepted through Feb. 28. Cost of the training is $100; scholarships available. To register contact Katey Fornear, (218) 529-7531 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Embrace,” a documentary about body image, will be shown at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28 in Bohannon 90 on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. The film follows Taryn Brumfitt, a former bodybuilder who became an international media frenzy. A panel discussion will take place 7-7:30 p.m. This event is part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
Solar Energy Project
“Students Spark Solar” is the topic of the March meeting of the W.J. McCabe Chapter of the Izaak Walton League 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 1 in Room 185 Life Sciences, University of Minnesota Duluth. UMD students will talk about ongoing work to further the use of solar energy on campus.
The event is free and open to the community. For more information go to www.duluthikes.org.
The College of St. Scholastica’s choirs will perform their touring concert program at home 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2 in the Mitchell Auditorium. The concert will feature St. Scholastica’s Women’s Choir, Men’s Choir, Concert Choir,and Bella Voce. Music ranges from Gregorian chant to prolific composers of today. Tickets are $5 and are available through (218) 723-7000 or spotlight.css.edu.
The 2017 Soccer Skills Clinic, hosted by the Duluth-Vaxjo Sister City Soccer Exchange Program, is 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 4 at Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 W. Third St. (Check-in at 9 a.m.) Open to boys and girls K-5th grade. Cost is $25 per player, please bring your own soccer ball. Register at www.DVSEsoccerclinic.com. Call (218) 728-1312 for information.
If the Dress Fits
The second annual Prom Dress Giveaway will be Sunday, March 5 from 11-4 p.m. and Monday, March 6, 2-7 p.m. at Bella Rosa Bridal,1709 Mall Drive. More than 170 current style formal dresses have been donated so they can be given to high school teens who otherwise could not afford a beautiful dress. Students interested in trying on dresses and bringing one home for their dance should bring a current student ID. Demonstrated need is not required. For more information, contact Ashleigh at email@example.com or send a message through the Facebook page.
Bayfront Family Center
The Family Center at Bayfront Park is open 1-8 p.m. on Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, and 4-8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, weather permitting. Bayfront will be closed if wind chills reach minus 20 degrees or if warm weather creates standing puddles of water on the ice rink. The outdoor ice rinks at Norton Park, Merritt Park and Lafayette Square are also open to the public but are not staffed.
Veterans fun run
Veterans Memorial Hall is again sponsoring the VMH 5K Fun Run/Walk on May 20. Registration is open now. For information call (218) 733-7568.
Stained glass for Gloria Dei
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church seeks proposals for the creation of new stained glass windows to replace the ones destroyed by fire last year. Interested parties should submit a description and sketches of their ideas along with examples of similar work by April 1. While the proposal is a rough submission, it should include to the most complete degree possible an estimation of costs as well as a timeline for the work. Contact Brett Amundson at (218) 349-9013 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 duluthplayhouse.org/tickets.
Mental health support
NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) sponsors free support groups for families and friends of individuals living with a mental illness. Led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness, the support groups help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. A family support group meets in Duluth 6-7 p.m. followed by an educational meeting from 7-8 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month at Miller Dwan Hospital, 502 E. Second St., in conference room 3. For information call (218) 409-6566.