Duluth Budgeteer News
Police officers and firefighters will battle it out on the baseball field at the ninth annual Guns ‘n’ Hoses Softball Challenge on Thursday, Aug. 25 at Wade Stadium. Gates open...
As with any summer in Duluth, there are many street closings and blocked-off intersections. Next Sunday, a busy intersection will be closed for a few hours, but for a different reason: a festival. The seventh annual HillFest is Sunday, Aug 28. The free street festival will take place 2-6 p.m. on the 500-600 block of East Fourth Street. Set-up begins at noon. East Fourth Street and Sixth Avenue East will be closed to motor traffic until 8 p.m.
Join CHUM, SOAR Career Solutions, AEOA, Salvation Army, local landlords and probation officials in a forum about the proposed Landlord Incentives Program 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at Central Hillside Community Center, 12 E. Fourth St. Many people released from prison or jails are at risk for homelessness, which can increase the likelihood that they will commit new crimes and return to prison. According to a 2011 Pew Research Study, Minnesota leads all states with a 61 percent recidivism rate.
"Whether you see a tall ship breaking over the horizon, or up close at a tall ship festival, there's nothing quite like seeing a full-fledged sailing ship," writes Kaitlin Morrison in her book, "Tall Ships: History Comes to Life on the Great Lakes." The Tall Ships Festival, an event that occurs only once every two or three years, returns to Duluth Aug. 18-21. The previous festival in 2013 drew more than 200,000 people. For information on tickets, ships and more, go to tallshipsduluth.com. XXXXXXXXX use whichever photo(s) that fit best XXXXXXXXXX
Strikepoint, an internationally known handbell ensemble, will perform 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 at First United Methodist (copper-top church), 230 E. Skyline Parkway. Admission is free but a $10 donation is suggested. This is the final performance of the group's 2016 summer tour, which took them to Växjö, Duluth's Sister City in Sweden. The group was established in 1984 at First United Methodist and has toured annually since 1986. Their travels have taken them to England, Japan, Hong Kong and throughout the U.S. 0814.N.DBN.strikepoint.jpg
Dr. Nicole Mary Kelby will be the guest speaker for Lunch with the History People, noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18 in the Ruth Maney Room, first floor of the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot), 506 W. Michigan St. Kelby will talk about how Mark Twain spent his time in Minnesota and his connection to Bram Stoker, author of "Dracula." She will also talk about the "lost" Marco Polo maps, which she discovered during her time in Northern Ireland and travels to Venice and England. Her research is funded by a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship.
The Norwegian Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre, cancelled its appearance at the Tall Ships Festival this year, but attendees can still get a taste of epic history through a moving scroll (aka "crankie" or story-mill) created by Duluth's Magic Smelt Puppet Troupe. The 60-foot canvas details the story of Harald Hårfagre (in English known as "Harald Fairhair"), the first king of Norway.
Neighbors all over Duluth gathered at community centers, parks, churches, backyards and garages on Tuesday evening. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, better places to live. The parties were visited by firefighters, police officers and members of the mounted patrol.
The need for foster homes in St. Louis County remains at an all-time high. The number has risen dramatically in recent years. Often due to parents' drug addictions and/or mental illness, children have to remain in foster care for longer periods. An average of 700 children are in out-of-home placements on any given day in the county. For people who want to learn what it takes to be a foster parent, county social workers are hosting an open house and information session noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11 in the Government Services Center, 320 W. Second St.