Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Budgeteer.
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Everyone knows the recipe for a great musical. A handful of good music, a helping of decent characters and a pinch of plot. But what if you add in one gigantic man-eating plant who thirsts for human blood? Denfeld High School theatre is about to find out. For the first musical production in about four years at the high school, the theatre department has selected "Little Shop of Horrors." Will this be a recipe for success? Director Matthew Pursi hopes so.
Five women of the Twin Ports were honored by the YWCA for their leadership and significant contributions to the community on Oct. 20 at the 13th Annual Women of Distinction Luncheon. YWCA Board President Kelly Blindauer opened the ceremony in the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Harborside Ballroom by welcoming the crowd of about 300. "We are here to honor these strong women for the excellent work that they do in our communities," Blindauer said.
It's 10 p.m. on a Friday. Do you know where your children are? For over 65 parents of East High school students the answer to that question Oct. 14 was, in a cardboard box outside the high school stadium. Students from the Duluth East Key club set up refrigerator boxes outside the East High School stadium and settled in for the night as part of the "Camp in a Box" fundraiser.
Hundreds of local middle school and high school students attended the annual Science & Engineering Day at the University of Minnesota Duluth last Saturday. The free activity was hosted by UMD's Swenson College of Science and Engineering (SCSE). "We pull out all the stops for this event," said Charity Rupp, Swenson College's Outreach Specialist. "The Chemistry Club will be making things explode, the Civil Engineering Department will be showing off machines that break and measure the strength of concrete slabs. It's definitely going to be a cool, exciting day."
Duluth's Lincoln Park neighborhood was invaded by bright green balloons last Saturday as the neighborhood held an "open house" last Saturday. Over two dozen organizations and businesses joining together to host activity sites to highlight the amenities and businesses of Lincoln Park.
The Monday morning Bone Builders exercise class at the Morgan Park Community Center doesn't usually end its sessions with a dance party. But the usual senior-focused strength and stretch exercise class was taken over by a Twin Cities based intergenerational dance and wellness group called Kairos Alive! on Oct. 17. "We don't really dance much. That's not part our normal routine," said class attendee Sheldean Ion. "But it was something different. It made us move and it was fun."
Very few students at Piedmont Elementary School walk to or from school every day. According to a parent survey conducted last spring, of the 97 respondents, only 2 to 6 percent of students walk. A new program focused on offering education and encouragement while also focusing on improvements that make streets and sidewalks safer, hopes to change that. The first Safe Routes to School planning session for Piedmont Elementary School was held last Monday in the school's media center. A handful of parents showed up to learn more about the program.
The University of Minnesota Duluth's Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) Commission marked National Coming Out day on Oct. 11 with a luncheon in the Kirby Ballroom. National Coming Out Day, traditionally held on Oct. 11, is an internationally observed awareness day celebrating coming out as LGBTQ or as an ally. The observation day started 28 years ago on the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
I've always felt a bit sad to admit that I've never traveled outside of the U.S. when asked. I've been to plenty of states and really can't complain about traveling inside our international borders. But I've never used different currency, tried local food nor spent time with people from a different cultural background. Now, after last weekend, I can finally say that I've been to Canada ... for about 7 hours.