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A special dinner was sponsored in April to highlight cancer awareness among minorities. "African-Americans and American Indians are more likely to die from cancer than the U.S. population as a whole," Marjorie Johnson of the American Cancer Society's Health Equity Department said. The third week in April was National Minority Cancer Awareness Week. On Friday, April 20, African-American, American Indian and other men of color were invited to a Men's Health Supper at the First United Methodist (Coppertop) Church. About 30 people attended.
Last month the Budgeteer announced that one of Duluthian Ivy Vainio's photos would be published in "Capture Minnesota," a book produced by Twin Cities Public Television. Ivy's photos of cultural events have graced the pages of the Budgeteer. Recently the Budgeteer learned that nine photographers with connections to the Duluth Photography Institute (DPI) have also had their photographs chosen to be published in the 144-page book.
More than 250 people filled the banquet room at the Clyde Iron Works for a luncheon during Duluth Local Initiatives Support Corporation's annual meeting and award ceremony on Wednesday, April 18. The keynote speaker, Kate Wolford, president of the McKnight Foundation, told the attendees that Duluth was a model city for reimagining itself and reinventing itself. She said three ingredients are needed for a city to reimagine and reinvent itself: people, places and partnership. Those three ingredients create possibilities. "The Center of power of Duluth is in this room," she told the audience.
A caterpillar clings to a preschooler's shoulder and creeps onto the boy's mother. Tools sit on a shelf waiting to be used, while a baby sits, needing a hug. No, it's not a day in the park, but in the children's section of the library in downtown Duluth, where there are new toys waiting for children to check them out and take them home to play with them. The Duluth Library Foundation received a grant from the Duluth Legacy Endowment Fund to purchase more than 100 toys, ranging from games, dolls, cars and "tool" kits. Of these, 64 can be checked out for two weeks.
There was a little steampunk. And some geek chic urban street wear, fairy tale futuristic and Russian ballerina. One outfit even seemed to evoke Dr. Seuss, made out of aluminum, faux fur, feathers, lace, cotton and Spandex. Five fashion designers -- four of them Duluthians -- displayed their apparel prowess at a charity event March 25 at Clyde Iron Works for children with speech and hearing disorders.
ABOARD THE MSC POESIA, Eastern Caribbean Sea -- The Carlo Felice Theater on Deck 6 is as big as a nice-sized movie theater. In it, 1,500 excited vegans -- or soon to-be-vegans, at least for a week -- are listening to a welcome speech that's more like a pep rally. Revving us up is Jessica Potter, a tall, seductively dressed redhead who truly is a rock star to this crowd as the author of "The Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics." The other hipsters are Dr.
More than 700 registered participants attended the 2012 Energy Design Conference & Expo, which took place at the DECC Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 20 to 22. The event was geared toward builders, contractors, architects, engineers and weatherization experts as well as homeowners and students. Some 52 companies and organizations displayed their products and expertise at booths. Amanda Oja, a marketing coordinator for Minnesota Power, coordinated the event.
The "Trust in the Land: A Masquerade" event was held Jan. 27 at the Greysolon Ballroom to raise money for One Roof Community Housing. One Roof Community Housing is a Duluth nonprofit that helps homeowners afford housing, by holding the land in trust so that the homeowner holds the mortgage on only the building and leases the land for a small fee. One Roof Community Housing is a merger of Duluth Landtrust and Neighborhood Housing services. This merger was effective January 1.
Cathryn Curley, a pioneer in the field of working to stop domestic violence, was instrumental in the creation of the Family Justice Center. The center offers many services, all under one roof, for women who need to leave violent relationships. Some of these services include legal advice, police action, social work, housing information, childcare, and job training. After Curley died in October of 2010, many who worked with her at Safe Haven and through other services in the field of women and domestic violence said there was a big hole where Cathryn's personality used to shine. On Jan.
With all the discord in Washington, nothing is better than coming home to the reality of Minnesota, Sen. Al Franken told the Duluth Greater Downtown Council at its annual dinner last Wednesday. The only thing that makes it better, the Democratic first-term senator said at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center gathering, is to be able to spend some time with his son, Joe, 27. The two Franken men were traveling the state touring manufacturing plants.