A screening of "To Light a Candle" will be shown 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Peace Church, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E. The documentary is about Iran's government oppression of a religious minority, the Baha'is, and their efforts to resist through peaceful action. The 53-minute film was directed by Maziar Bahari, a journalist who was imprisoned in Iran and was the subject of the 2014 film "Rosewater," directed by Jon Stewart. More info is at www.educationisnotacrime.me . This event is free and open to the public. 0301.N.DBN.Faith.CandleFilm.jpg
I tell this story every year. Back in the '90s I was running on Duluth's Lakewalk, near Lake Superior between 26th Avenue East and London Road, when I heard what sounded like a 12-gauge shotgun discharging. (Believe me, I know what a 12 gauge sounds like when it discharges, due to the fact that I grew up with firearms around and hunted as a kid as well as still own guns.) I look toward the lake where the sound came from and witnessed a crack running from approximately 26th Avenue East and heading toward Port Wing at what I would describe as the speed of sound.
I love Larry Weber's writings about small critters, particularly the Feb. 1 column, "Seeing a star-nosed mole in winter." I have had lots of encounters with star-nosed moles, most of them in winter. But here is one from autumn. When I lived in Outing, Minn., a neighbor had me over when a star-nosed mole got into the house and was cornered behind the couch.
We all know nutrition plays an important part in overall health, but what about when you are a cancer survivor? Foods may not taste the same as before or you may need additional nutrients as you are going through cancer treatment. These are just a few of the nutritional challenges that will be addressed by St. Luke's Registered Dietitian Karen Johnson during the Survivorship: The Power of Nutrition lecture and educational event on Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Marshall School Auditorium in Duluth. There is no charge for the lecture but registration is required.
The public is invited to a luncheon noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at Clyde Iron Restaurant, 2920 West Michigan St. Michele Reeves, an urban strategist, will speak about trends and best practices to help revitalize the urban core neighborhoods, using her real world and private sector experience. Mayor Don Ness will provide opening remarks. Cost: is $15. Preregister online at www.gearingup.bpt.me . The event is sponsored by: City of Duluth, Lincoln Park Business Group, ecolibrium3, Duluth LISC and the Northeast Entrepreneur Fund.
The 2015 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be chosen from a field of 123 candidates. These candidates have accepted their nominations and completed the required materials to become eligible for the honor. This year's program will name the 51st Minnesota Teacher of the Year, celebrating the tradition of excellence in teaching in Minnesota. Candidates include pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers, from public or private schools. The 2015 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be announced May 3.
The public is invited to attend a Charles Darwin Day event at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13 at University of Minnesota Duluth's Life Science building, Room 185. Dr. Mark Borrello, a visiting professor from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, will demonstrate Darwin's continued impact on contemporary biology. The free event is sponsored by the Biology Department and the Earth & Environmental Science Department. Borrello refers to himself as a "historian of biology" and focuses his work on evolutionary theory, genetics, behavior and the environment.
The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation division and volunteers working on the Chester Ski Jump memorial invite the public to view and comment on two design concepts, noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8 at the Chester Chalet, 1800 E. Skyline Parkway. The two concepts, memorializing ski jumping at Chester Bowl, were presented by the artists to the volunteer committee earlier this week.
Eastridge Community Church, 3727 W. Arrowhead Rd., will host a "Fire and Ice Bowl" winter event noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1. Activities include sledding, ice skating and trail snowshoeing. There will also be a chili cook-off featuring over 20 different chili recipes from the congregation. The event is free and open to the entire community. For information, call (218) 722-1545.
Robert Ray's "Gospel Mass" will be performed 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8 at First United Methodist Church ("coppertop church"), 230 E. Skyline Parkway. Coppertop's Sanctuary Choir will perform along with the Northwestern High School Chamber Choir. Ray composed "Gospel Mass" in 1978 when he was a liturgy team member of the National Office of Black Catholics. This piece was intended to be a one-time performance, but it caught on and is now a standard part of the choral repertoire performed around the world.