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Lunch with the History People

Author Chad Lewis will speak on “Bizarre Burial Beliefs and Traditions- Nothing is as Strange as Death” 12-1 p.m. on Thursday, June 15 in the Ruth Maney Room on the first floor of the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot), at 506 West Michigan St. There will be limited theater-style seating (no tables), but feel free to bring your own bag lunch.  Seating is first-come, first-served (no reservations).  Admittance to this event is free to the public. ARCO coffee is provided. For more information contact Julie Bolos at (218) 733-7568 or julie@thehistorypeople.org.

Mental health classes

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers the following free classes in June. For more information or registration (required) contact NAMI at (651) 645-2948 or see “classes” at namihelps.org.

Understanding early episode psychosis help young people who have experienced psychosis and/or their family members and loved ones understand symptoms, causes and treatments of psychosis. Participants who have experienced psychosis will learn how to self-advocate and get back to work or school and achieve recovery. Loved ones and family members will learn how to help and support a young person through recovery. The class is 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20 at Amber Wing, 615 Pecan Ave.

QPR is a one-hour presentation that covers the three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide: question, persuade and refer. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. The class is 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, College of St. Scholastica, 1200 Kenwood Ave., Science Building room 3211.

Children’s challenging behavior helps parents understand the difference between typical age appropriate behaviors and the challenging behaviors that may be a symptom of something more serious. Learn about mental illnesses and their effect on behavior, when and how to seek help, parenting strategies, how to access special education or other educational programs and where to seek support. The class is 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21 at Birch Tree Center, 4800 Burning Tree Rd.

Living well with diabetes

The Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging is sponsoring a six-week workshop for people with Type 2 diabetes to maintain an active lifestyle. The workshop is June 14 through July 26 (no class week of July 4) at Benedictine Living Community, 935 Kenwood Ave. A suggested contribution per session is $5 or based on a sliding fee scale. No one will be turned away based on inability to pay. Deadline to register is June 9, limited to 15 participants. To register contact Katey Fornear at (218) 529-7531 or kfornear@ardc.org.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions  

The Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging is sponsoring the workshop “Living Well with Chronic Conditions” which guides people in exploring healthy ways to live and maintain an active lifestyle while managing the symptoms of chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, chronic pain, heart disease and anxiety or depression. The workshop is 3-5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Aug. 16-Sept. 20 at Faith Haven Apartments, 4901 Grand Ave. A suggested contribution per session is $5 or based on a sliding fee scale, no one is turned away based on inability to pay. Space is limited. To register, or for more information, contact Katey Fornear at (218) 529-7531 or kfornear@ardc.org.

Water monitors

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency invites people to monitor lake and streams in their area. Volunteer water monitors “adopt” one or more water bodies and track how clear the water is. For information go here or call (800) 657-3864.

Farmers Market

The East Hillside Duluth Farmers Market is open every Saturday morning, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Wednesday afternoon, 2-6 p.m. throughout the summer at 14th Avenue East and Third Street. Visit duluthfarmersmarket.com or call (218) 591-0632.

Docents wanted

The St. Louis County Historical Society seeks volunteer gallery attendants for its Lake Superior Ojibwe Gallery. The Ojibwe Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day of the week. Applications are available at 506 W. Michigan St or thehistorypeople.org.

 Alzheimer’s Association seeks educators

Some of the Alzheimer’s Association’s best volunteers are retired educators, community engagement leaders and corporate wellness managers. Volunteer candidates will complete a short training course and agree to present six or more programs each year. Call (800) 272-3900 for more information.

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