Make a Difference – Duluth News Tribune


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Forbidden Fruit: Fundraiser for Sacred Heart Music Center, a collaborative event organized by Ursa Minor Brewing the band One Less Guest. Ursa Minor Brewing and a local band One Less Guest have come together to raise funds for Sacred Heart Music Center. Ursa Minor Brewing is brewing an ultra-special sour beer with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Sacred Heart, and One Less Guest is throwing a kick ass, three-part livestream event with all proceeds benefitting the cause as well. The goal of this fundraiser is $20,000, which we hope will help Sacred Heart Music Center continue to weather the COVID-19 storm and emerge on the other side to provide amazing local music programming for the community again. They have been hit extraordinarily hard by the shutdowns and their income has all but dried up. They have begun to burn through their reserves to keep the place heated. They need our help. First- the BEER: The amazing Strawberry, Lemon, Hibiscus and Rosemary Sour brew called Forbidden Fruit launched in the taproom on Jan. 22 and reach local liquor stores Thursday, Jan. 28. One hundred percent of dollars raised by this beer will be donated to the fundraiser and will total around $5,000. Second- the live stream event is Saturday, Jan. 30. This virtual live stream will be free to view, and all contributions made during the show will be added to the fundraising goal. The schedule is as follows: 5: 00-5: 45 p.m.: New Salty Dog streaming live from Wussow’s Concert Café 6: 00-7: 15 p.m.: Laura Velvet streaming live from Ursa Minor Brewing

7: 30-9: 00 p.m.: One Less Guest streaming live from Sacred Heart Music Center Where is it? This event is live streamed and can be viewed online through our designated FB page. Donation Page: Event Page: Superior Public Library’s 11th annual Love Your Local Artist fundraiser will be held virtually this year, and includes an online auction, artist profiles and online slideshow. Throughout the month of February, visit, and click the “Love Your Local Artist” link to experience this year’s virtual celebration. As in previous years, local artists have generously donated a variety of hand-crafted items for our auction, and this year you can view items and bid online.

This year’s offerings include: a handcrafted wooden tree created and donated by John Thompson,handcrafted jewelry created and donated by Leah Biezuns,a vintage chair from Superior’s old Webster Chair Factory featuring a gorgeous depiction of the sacred Little Spirit Cedar Tree, painted and donated by Kris Nelson,a framed photograph of Foxboro’s Empire Creek taken and donated by photographer Christel Lewis,plus paintings, handmade cards, and more. Items can be viewed on the auction website starting Feb. 1, with bidding open from Feb. 8-12. Bidders need to register for a free account with BiddingOwl before placing bids. All funds raised during Love Your Local Artist will support library services and programs throughout the year. American Red Cross blood drives: To make an appointment or for more information, download the Red Cross blood donor app, visit, call 800-733-2767 or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Through Jan. 31, Memorial Blood Centers will test all donations for antibodies to COVID-19. Those who come to donate blood or platelets this January will be automatically entered to win two tickets to next year’s Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 17, YMCA at Essentia Wellness, 4289 Ugstad Road, Hermantown.Noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 25, St. Raphael Catholic Church, 5779 Seville Road. Noon to 6 p.m. March 11, LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 1805 Maple Grove Road.

Life 97.3 and St. Luke’s hospital have partnered again to collect typical baby shower items for organizations across the Northland. More information can be found at or call 218-722-6700. Organization supported include: Duluth – Women’s Care Center; Superior – Superior Life Care Center; Hayward – Northwoods New Life Resource Center; Hibbing and Virginia – Options for Women; Ashland – Chequamegon Pregnancy Center; Grand Marais – Violence Prevention Center; and Grand Rapids – New Beginnings Pregnancy Care Center. Drop off your donations by Jan. 31 at one of the following or donate via their Amazon’s Baby Registry. Duluth – St. Luke’s Building A on the first floor, Cub Foods, Life 97.3 Ministry Center Superior – Central Assembly Superior Cloquet – Common Ground Coffee Chisholm Baptist Church Hayward Wesleyan Church Ashland – Salem Baptist Church Proctor – The Landing Church Grand Rapids – Inspirations Bookstore Union Gospel Mission uses cash donations to provide hot meals, warm clothing and hygiene kits to people in need. Meal hours: Breakfast: Wednesday, 8: 30-9 a.m. Lunch: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, noon-12: 30 p.m. Dinner: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 4: 15-5 p.m. Mail donations to: 219 E. First St., Duluth, MN 55802. Call 218-722-1196 for more information or go to St. Luke’s Foundation is asking for donations of children’s toys (no small pieces), crayons, coloring books, puzzles, books, games that can be played solo, small radios and phone chargers. All donated goods can be dropped off at St. Luke’s Foundation, 1000 E. First St., Suite 102, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call Meagan Avery, Development Associate, at 218-249-2543. Carlton High School is banding together to save the Carlton VFW Post #2962, a community staple that has been open since 1934. It’s in danger of closing due to lost revenue from the COVID-19 pandemic. A GoFundMe page, Save the Carlton VFW, has been sent up with a goal of raising $10,000 in hopes of saving the Post and preserving it for years to come. AEOA’s Meals on Wheels program is in need of volunteer drivers on Tuesdays and every other Friday. Delivery times begin between 9: 30-10 a.m. with an approximate delivery time of 1 to 1½ hours. During the pandemic, this service has become more important than ever. Call Kirsten at 218-409-5991 to help.
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