It was nice to see the smiling-faces photo on the front page of the Oct. 5 Budgeteer. The Gary-New Duluth "shack" is set to be renovated with help from a $100,000 Canadian National Railway Company check. Why this gift? Why now? I can only surmise it has something to do with recent approval of the Steelton Hill Double Track project that will widen the existing railway corridor with another track from Nopeming Junction to this area. The scope of this project is immense — almost 5 miles in length with 14 watercourse crossings, according to the Environmental Assessment Worksheet.
About 400 people are expected to attend the the ninth annual Project Homeless Connect on Oct. 15, but so far there is a shortage of volunteers to meet the expected demand. Haircuts are among the most popular services offered, especially for job-seekers. Skilled amateur and professional barbers and hair stylists who can help may call (218) 722-7225. Also needed are winter coats, hats, gloves, socks, underwear, hand-warmers, tarps and sleeping bags. Donations are accepted at Gimaajii, 202 W. 2nd St. on weekdays or at Dorothy Day House, 1712 Jefferson St. any day between 8 a.m.
Tapestry will perform at First United Methodist Church ("copper-top church"), 230 E. Skyline Parkway on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. Tapestry is First UMC's contemporary worship band that blends voices and instruments to create inspiring and uplifting songs in a variety of musical styles including folk, rock, country, blues, jazz and gospel. This is the inaugural concert of the 2014-15 Concert Series at the copper-top.
Duluth Firefighters Local 101 have teamed up with notable Duluthians to accept a challenge. John Goldfine of ZMC Hotels, ISD 709 Superintendent Bill Gronseth, Just Take Action master brewer Dave Hoops, Tim Wilson of The Duluth Experience and Jake Laurion of the City of Duluth Public Works and Utilities will shave their iconic beards if enough money is raised in their name for Operation Warm, which distributes winter coats to kids. "The idea is they are willing to sacrifice their warmth to provide warmth to Duluth children," said Jonathan Otis of Duluth Firefighters Operation Warm.
The Twelve Holy Apostles Orthodox Church will host a gyro sale and open house noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 632 E. Second St. Greek dancers clad in traditional costume will dance at noon and 1 p.m., weather permitting. Tours of the church and an introduction to the history of the Orthodox Church will be available for those curious about Christian traditions dating back to the first century A.D. The church recently completed renovations to its Fellowship Hall and invites the community to come and see its facelift.
The published work of faculty and staff from the University of Minnesota Duluth department of writing studies will be celebrated 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29 at the Zeitgeist Arts Café, 222 E. Superior St. The evening works by Amy Waugh, Crystal Gibbons, David Beard, Lisa Horton and more. Noted author and professional wrestler Terrance Griep will read a selection of his published work. Griep is known for contributions to comic books including Superman, Batman, The Green Lantern and Scooby-Doo. For more information, contact David Beard at email@example.com .