Sacred Heart Music Center, Fitger’s to host fundraising concerts for Ukraine – Duluth News Tribune



Paul Metsa headlines a special benefit for Ukraine with keyboardist Al Oikari (The Big Wu, Cats Under the Stars) along with folk, pop and roots music performers, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, Fitger’s Brewhouse Barrel Room, 600 E. Superior St., Duluth. Suggested donation: $20. All funds raised benefit


, a California-based nonprofit that is providing relief (food, clothing, transport for refugees) and has supported the democracy in Ukraine since 2013.


Memorial Blood Centers is calling all eligible blood and platelet donors to step up and help save lives. All presenting donors will receive a voucher for a free medium hot or iced coffee from Dunkin’ when they donate in April. Go to


or call 888-GIVE-BLD (888-448-3253) to make an appointment.


  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, April 15, Grand Rapids Deerwood Bank, 2950 U.S. Highway 169, Grand Rapids.
  • 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, 2101 14th St., Cloquet.
  • 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, April 18, University of Minnesota Duluth Housing and Residence Life, Griggs Hall.
  • 8 a.m.-4 p.m. April 22, College of St. Scholastica, 1200 Kenwood Ave., Duluth.
  • 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. April 22, Esko High School, 2 Highway 61 E., Esko.
  • 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 25, Eveleth-Gilbert High School, 801 Jones St., Eveleth.
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 25, Essentia Clinic-Deer River, 115 10th Ave. N.E., Deer River.
  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 26, Grand Ely Lodge, 400 N. Pioneer Road, Ely.
  • 8:30 a.m.-noon April 27, Northeast Range School, 30 South Drive, Babbitt.
  • 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. April 27, Cromwell-Wright High School, 5624 Highway 210, Cromwell.
  • 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 28, Duluth Armory, 4015 Airpark Blvd., Hermantown.
  • 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 29, Hermantown High School, 4335 Hawk Circle Drive, Hermantown.

All who donate to the American Red Cross through Monday, April 18, will receive an exclusive Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. All who donate April 19, through May 19 will receive a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice and will be automatically entered to win a new travel trailer camper that sleeps eight. 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.

Heart to Heart at Sacred Heart: Concert for Peace and Solidarity With Ukraine, 7-9:30 p.m. April 21, Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W. Fourth St., Duluth. The concert promises to be varied and diverse, ranging from organ music on the Felgemacher, to peace and antiwar songs performed by the very talented Twin Ports music community and poets. Performers include Aurora Baers, Bill and Kate Isles, Born Too Late, Brian Dack and Doug Greenwood, Ellie Schoenfeld, Fish Heads, George Ellsworth, Janie and the Spokes, Jim Hall, Kyle Orla, John Ward and Lori Hatten, Judas and Israel, Michelle Mathees, Paula Gudmundson, Rachel Kilgour, Rachel Kresha, Ryan Vine, Sara Pajunen, Sarah Lawrence, Skarlett Woods, Sheila Packa, Steve Sokela and Tom Cawcutt. All ticket proceeds and donations will be donated to Heart to Heart International, a global humanitarian organization based in Kansas. The organization has established an advance team in Eastern Europe and is shipping medical aid into Ukraine and hygiene kits into Poland to support refugee work. Suggested donation: $10. Go to


The event will also livestreamed at

Go to

Harbortown Rotary is selling tickets now for their annual spring cash raffle. Tickets are $100 each and only 500 are sold in the community. One grand-prize winner will receive $10,000 in cash.

Proceeds from the raffle help fund community youth programs such as Boys and Girls Clubs, First Witness, youth STEM education, robotics teams, Life House, Mentor Duluth, YMCA Camp Miller and so many more. Last year, over $25,000 was raised and donated back to numerous local programs as well as international aid projects in third world countries.

Raffle tickets can only be purchased with cash or check. To buy tickets, fill out a simple online form at

. In the comments section, list your phone number and number of tickets you would like to purchase. A member of Harbortown Rotary will contact you for payment and ticket information. Or you may join Harbortown at its weekly morning meeting, 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays, in the Ballroom at the Holiday Inn Downtown Duluth.

Prizes awarded include: First prize: $10,000 cash (one winner); second prize: $2,500 cash (two winners); third prize: $1,000 cash (two winners); fourth prize: $500 cash each (10 winners); and fifth prize: $200 cash each (15 winners).

Courage Kenny Northland Adaptive Sports and Recreation is seeking 100 volunteers for its annual Arrowhead Youth Games, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 5, Ward Wells Field House, University of Minnesota Duluth. Lunch is provided. Volunteer orientation: 6-7 p.m. May 4 at UMD Field House. This annual adaptive field day introduces over 300 youth with disabilities from the Northland to a wide variety of adapted sports and activities. Volunteers assist at activity stations such as adaptive cycling, archery, wheelchair races, volleyball, parachute games, dance and more. No experience necessary. This event is made possible by Courage Kenny Northland, University of Minnesota Duluth, and regional schools. It makes for a great group volunteer activity as most stations need four to six volunteers.

Register at

The United Way is looking for volunteers including for the CASDA Office, Valley Youth Center, and more. Go to

for a complete list and details.

CHUM in Duluth seeks volunteers and donations:

  • Folks to offer hospitality and assistance at the Warming Center in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. 

    Sign up at


  • Landscapers and gardeners to plant and maintain raised beds and CHUM outdoor spaces. Email Pat at


  • Groups and individuals to help pack food boxes at the downtown food shelf. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Email Scott at


  • The CHUM Outreach Program needs gift cards for gas or propane in $20 increments. (Examples: Holiday, Kwik Trip, Menards)
  • Houseplants for indoor spaces at St. Francis Apartments and transplants (vegetables and flowers) in the spring for landscaping and garden beds.
  • Looking for donations of tents, sleeping bags and tarps.
  • Several families at the Steve O’Neil Apartments need use large microwave ovens in good condition.


or call 218-720-6521.

Seeking exchange student host families for 2022-23 school year. Exchange students come from more than 60 countries, are fully insured, bring their own spending money, and are proficient in English. A professionally trained community representative from Ayusa works with the host family, student and school for the entire program, supporting student and family needs. This a great experience to learn another culture while sharing your American cultures and experiences and making a new friend for life. Email Dan at

or go to

for details.

ElderCircle is seeking volunteer in a variety of positions including drivers to provide transportation for adults age 60 and over to and from medical appointments anywhere in Minnesota, drivers to deliver grocery orders to homebound clients in Itasca County, and activity, hobby and craft enthusiasts. Contact Audrah Huntley, 218-999-9233, ext. 279 or email for driver positions or Cindy Barret at at

218-999-9233 x280 for activity and craft positions.

Warm Fuzzies Animal Rescue Inc., a nonprofit, 501(c)3, is looking for volunteers for events and foster homes. It also needs cat food and cat litter supplies. Contact

, 218-576-8534 or 218-940-6958 to help.

Head of the Lakes United Way’s 100-Day Experience Auction, through May 11. A daily experience/item with be released for bid from 6 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. For more information, visit


AEOA’s Meals on Wheels program is in need of volunteer drivers. Call Kirsten at 218-409-5991.

Make-A-Wish Minnesota is seeking volunteers in Carlton County to help grant life-changing wishes for local children battling critical illnesses. To learn more, go to


Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank is seeking volunteers to help in the food shelf. Shifts are 8-11 a.m. or 10:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. A firm commitment to the chosen shift is very important. Email Sandy at

. They also need 10-12 volunteers who can pick up food from local convenience stores, retailers, restaurants/caterers and deliver it to local food shelves, on-site meal programs or their food bank. Call Andrew Haukebo at 218-336-2303.

AEOA’s Central Kitchen in Duluth needs volunteers to help in the kitchen, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call Kirsten at 218-409-5991 if interested.

Duluth Art Institute seeks docent volunteers for the weekends. Docents supervise the galleries to ensure visitors and the artwork are safe. Call Liz at 218-723-1310 or email


Ecumen Lakeshore, 4002 London Road, Duluth, is seeking drivers for its home-delivered meals program. Call Jana at 218-625-7822 or email


The Lighthouse Center for Vital Living needs volunteers who will read the newspaper once a month. Reading takes place at the Lighthouse in a recording booth that is COVID-19 safe. To learn more, email Michelle at


Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospice is seeking caring and compassionate people who have a listening heart and may have talents, skills, hobbies or interests to share. Essentia Health Duluth Hospice serves people at Solvay Hospice House, and within a 75-mile radius area including the communities of Silver Bay, Superior, Solon Springs, Sandstone and Saginaw. To volunteer, call Katie Neff Dawson 218-786-4020 or email

. To volunteer in the Grand Rapids area, call Robbie Radaich at 218-327-8780. In the Virginia area, call Katie Bird at 218-749-7976.

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