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Ed Martin performs a lute recital March 25 at St. Scholastica. (Photo submitted)

 Lute concert

Ed Martin, faculty member in the music department at the College of St. Scholastica, will present a lute recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25 in the Music Hall, room 3625 of Tower Hall on campus. Joining Martin will be tenor William Bastian. Free and open to the public.

Clayton Jackson McGhie

Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, Inc. holds its 10th annual dinner, “Honoring the Past, Building the Future,” 6-9 p.m. on Saturday March 25, at Greysolon Ballroom. This year’s honoree is Karen Diver. To reserve tickets visit claytonjacksonmcghie.org or call (218) 336-2990.

Twin Ports Women

The Women’s History Month Lecture and Discussion Panel presents Beth Bartlett, Ph.D., on “Feminism Activism in the Twin Ports: Where We’ve Been and Where We Need to Go” 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, March 27 in room 249 of the Burns Wellness Commons, College of St. Scholastica.

Reindeer roundup

Reindeer cowboys are the topic 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 30 at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Kathryn A. Martin Library fourth floor rotunda. "Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys" is a documentary in Finnish with English subtitles. Elli Sundholm, co-owner of a reindeer herd in Finland, Minn., will also speak.

Native nations

Karen Diver, longtime advocate for Native American issues, will give a free talk, “The State of Native Nations,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30 in the College of St. Scholastica Mitchell Auditorium.

Next generation art

“For the Next Generation,” an exhibit of youth art, opens 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31 at AICHO Galleries, Trepanier Hall, 202 W. Second St. Youth from the Duluth area came together for one week to create digital images and stories raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco addiction.

Being human

Randall Poole, Ph.D., will give a presentation on “The Mystery and Meaning of Being Human: Liberal Education in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition” at 3:40 p.m. on Friday, March 31 in Tower room 4119 at the College of St. Scholastica.

Walking and Writing for Change

The College of Liberal Arts is hosting “Walking and Writing for Change” 2 p.m. on Friday, March 31 in the University of Minnesota Duluth Kirby Student Center, room 355, free and open to the public. The event features four writers, all UMD alumni, whose work encourages social and personal change: Cheryl Reitan, coauthor of “Thunder of Freedom”; Gwen Hoberg, coauthor of “The Walk Across North Dakota”, Joe Erickson, coauthor of “Expanding Literate Landscapes”; and Lyle Wildes, author of “Brain Change.”

Hope for recovery

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will hold a free interactive workshop that provides families and individuals with information on mental illnesses, practical coping strategies and hope for recovery. The workshop will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1108 E. Eighth St. To register call (651) 645-2948 or go to “classes” at namihelps.org.

Readings from seven nations

Ellie Schoenfeld, Duluth's current Poet Laureate, hosts an open-mic reading celebrating the poetry of writers from the predominantly Muslim countries impacted by the recent travel ban, 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, April 3 at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Kathryn A. Martin Library fourth floor rotunda. Readers should arrive 15 minutes early to sign up and plan to limit readings to 5 minutes or less. There will be poems printed in advance for anyone who would like to participate. Free and open to the public.

Science of ceramics

The Duluth Art Institute will host a series of three Thursday evening conversations, “Earth: Clay + Science,” that explores interconnections in ceramics and earth science. The series is free and open to the public. The lectures include “Pollinators & Pop-up Picnic” April 6 featuring artist Anna Metcalfe and Dan Shutte, owner of an ecologically friendly landscaping company; and “Water” May 25 featuring artist Kimberlee Roth and ecologist Tom Hollenhorst. All lectures run 6-7:30 p.m. and include time for discussion.

 Volunteers sought as counselors

The Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging will hold a three-day training class, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 17, 18 and 24, for persons interested in becoming volunteer counselors in the State Health Insurance & Assistance Program (SHIP). Counselors will help Medicare consumers, their families and caregivers. Registration is limited to 18 volunteers. Applications are accepted through March 31. For an application contact Lee Swenson, volunteer coordinator at (218) 529-7539.

Historical Society annual meeting

St. Louis County Historical Society will hold its 95th annual Meeting of the Membership on April 25 In the Great Hall of the St. Louis County Culture and Arts Center (the Depot), 506 W. Michigan St. RSVP by April 21 to (218) 733-7586, or kathleen@thehistorypeople.org. Cost of the dinner is $35. Featured speaker Miro Medved, honorary consul, Republic of Slovenia, will speak on preserving Slovenian heritage.

Folk dancing

Duluth International Folk Dancers meets 6:45-9 p.m. Mondays at Myers-Wilkins Elementary School, 1027 N. Eighth Ave. E., except when ISD 709 closes. Learn folk dances from Turkey, Sweden, Scotland, Russia, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Ghana, Eastern Europe, England,  Denmark, America and more. Free for all ages, no partners necessary. For information contact Joel Headley at jchtwig64@q.com.

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 brett.amundson@yahoo.com.

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.

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