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Ecological Restoration

This Wednesday, April 27, starting at 7 PM at Hartley Nature Center (3001 Woodland Ave.) Paul Hlina, owner of Leaning Pine native landscapes who has spent many years growing native plants, preparing, planting and maintaining native plantings of all sizes, and conducting related research will talk on some more philosophical aspects of why and how we undertake ecological restoration.  

From Paul: “I will discuss the idea of long term ecological restoration from the perspective of seeking out the balance between natural and human ecosystems.    Whose goals are we achieving, human derived or nature driven goals?  How do our human experiences, aesthetics, belief systems impact our restoration experiences.   I also will discuss there is no such thing as a no-maintenance restoration.  But that maintenance allows one to broaden and deepen the connection with your space.  As in native traditions, it turns the space sacred, instead of a burden to conquer.  There will be a lot of what I’ve learned over the years, about a continue march in living lightly on this planet.”

Join this great conversation organized by the Arrowhead Wild Ones Chapter and Hartley Nature Center.


Matinee Musicale presents the Copper Street Brass Quintet

Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 7:30 PM
At Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2310 E. 4th St.
Tickets: Adults $20, Seniors $18, Students $6

These five brilliant young musicians have nine degrees, dozens of academic recitals, a few hundred jazz gigs, and countless concerts between them. They’ve also got style, substance, and a flair for innovation.

Copper Street Brass


Some guidance for PDD from John Waters

I caught film eccentric John Waters on NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me today. He had some good advice, based on his life and work in Baltimore:

“If you learn to celebrate what everyone else hides about your community, you can have success.”

Keep up the good work, Duluthians!


Duluth endurance cyclists leave mark in Trans-Iowa

From left Charlie Farrow and Tim Ek (who, along with Jason Buffington and Jeremy Kershaw make up the Death Before Dishonor group) at last year’s Trans-Iowa. Note the headlamps because they will be riding all night.

Two of Duluth’s strongest endurance cyclists completed an amazing feat today in Iowa. The Trans-Iowa is a two-day, 300-mile bike race on mostly gravel backroads that starts at 4 a.m. on Saturday morning and finishes when you either cross the finish line or quit, which many people do. To win, you have to pretty much ride without stopping for a little more than 24 hours.

Tim Ek placed second in a sprint for the finish. Tim rides for Salsa bikes.

Charlie Farrow placed fourth after riding all night with Tim.

You can listen to the audio updates of the event here.

These guys pretty much have no off season, riding bikes all year long while the rest of us are skiing or waiting for winter to end. In these races, they don’t know the route until the race starts. They get cards that tell them how long to ride and when and where to turn (and hope they don’t get lost). They have none of the silly support cars or other help you see in professional bike racing. They are basically on their own.

In September, Duluth will host its own version of this race for the third year. Called the Heck of the North, it runs along gravel roads from Duluth to points north with a grueling finish up Seven Bridges Road.

Congrats guys.


Math tutor wanted

Looking for a math tutor for my daughter. 1 to 2 sessions a week. Any math majors want to earn a few extra $. Cheers


Easter hash run today!

Meet at Spirit Mountain main chalet at 11! See you there!


Birdhouses: ‘The women say they look so cozy’

LakeVoice journalists Ethan Walker and James Stitt drove to Angora to visit with birdhouse maker Daniel Rankin.

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Northeast Minnesota Sulfide Mining Conference


Empty Bowl, Good Feeling Inside

I’m planning to attend Empty Bowl, maybe twice. How about you?

Empty Bowl

17th Annual Empty Bowl
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 • 10 am–6:30 pm
The Depot, 506 West Michigan Street, Duluth

Empty Bowl benefits Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, providing food for more than 3 million meals annually to people in need throughout northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. $15 includes a handmade bowl and a simple, delicious soup meal.


Game Night at Collector’s Connection

Collector’s Connection used to be cramped, a place to stall while my wife wandered the mall. No longer! It’s become a destination. Last night, my wife and I played two games with a charming young couple of students and the Host, who did an excellent job of teaching us how to lose gracefully. The evening was free, though I bought a comic on the way out!

If only they had a cappuccino maker. I would have dropped $4 for a $2 cappuccino.

We played Fluxx and Settlers of Catan.

The games will continue, I’m told, Friday nights into the future: 5:30 for lessons, 6pm to start. While the Other Game Shop in town devotes Friday to Magic card tournaments, this is a welcome way to unwind on a Friday.

CollConn!

PS: Plan now for Free Comic Book Day!


Slumber Party Report Needed

Did anyone attend the “Slumber Party” at Yarn Harbor?

The next one will be May 13th. More info about Yarn Harbor is here.

Action at Yarn Harbor -- Not Slumber Party

Action at Yarn Harbor -- Not Slumber Party


Seems like a lot of money…I thought “we” were broke?

This is from the upcoming City Council Agenda for 04/25/11

$450,000 for computers?  I suppose they have to keep up with the $800 chairs each councilor has.  Anyone who works in technology / retail, does this seem like a lot of money?

11-0191R – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH CITON COMPUTER CORPORATION FOR THE PURCHASE AND DELIVERY OF LENOVO COMPUTER HARDWARE (LAPTOPS) AND RELATED EQUIPMENT AS NEEDED IN YEAR 2011, NOT TO EXCEED THE BUDGET ALLOCATION OF $150,000.

11-0194R – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH INSIGHT PUBLIC SECTOR, INC., FOR COMPUTER HARDWARE AND RELATED PRODUCTS AS NEEDED IN YEAR 2011 NOT TO EXCEED THE BUDGET ALLOCATION OF $100,000.

11-0196R – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH SOFTWARE HOUSE INTERNATIONAL (SHI), INC., FOR COMPUTER SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE AS NEEDED IN YEAR 2011, NOT TO EXCEED THE BUDGET ALLOCATION OF $200,000.

you can view the whole thing here

http://www.duluthmn.gov/clerk/council/agenda11/a110425.htm


Homegrown Tickets on Sale!

Advance Homegrown tickets now on sale only at the Electric Fetus.

Friday or Saturday $15
Weeklong passes $25

Be the first on your block. Or something.


Call for Photos – Homegrown Photo Show

For those of you who have been waiting and wondering… will there be a Homegrown Photo Show (it was inadvertently left out of the schedule)…

The answer is YES.

Do you have images that you have to show the world? If you do… get them ready ASAP, and let me know that you wish to participate.

Artists that participate in the show will receive a FREE full week pass to Homegrown!

To participate, send me FLICKR mail, or FACEBOOK mail… indicating that you WILL participate. You can also indicate your intent to participate here… in this thread… just make certain that I know how to contact you.

By the way… this is open to everyone… so feel free to share with your friends.

What: Duluth Homegrown Photo show
Where: Zeitgeist Lobby
When: May 2, 2011. 6PM
Also: Music by Portage

At 6PM, there will be the photo show. At 630PM, the Poetry Showcase. At 700PM the Music Video Festival. All within the same art complex.

Ready? Start printing your photos!

We will hang the show on Sunday evening, May 1, 2011, or Monday morning, May 2, 2011.


Spirit Mountain Snowboard Video

Some shots up at Duluth’s local hill, Spirit Mountain.


Video Sessions with Charlie Parr and the Fontanelles

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New local videos from North Shore Sessions featuring Charlie Parr & Lane Prekker, and the Fontanelles:

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Can’t Wait Until Homegrown the 13?

I know I’ve got everyone really pumped up about the new the Moon is Down EP This Machine, and you all can’t wait to come to the show at the Main Club and be one of the lucky 100 who get a free copy.  I’m getting so many requests for it now, that I decided to put ‘er up on Bandcamp early so you’s all can get a listen!

Go to themoonisdown.bandcamp.com.  However, it will be expected that you learn all of the gang vocals for show participationationationing.  I’ve bought stock in Depends because you’re all gonna need to put on your diaper before you experience This Machine.

Guest Vocalists include Ben Butter, Anders Jefferson, Devon O’Shaughnessy, Mike Wilson, and Paul Daniel Trader,

Blood in, Blood out.


Where in Duluth?

This one is probably pretty easy, but bonus if you know what it’s for. (I don’t, so you could probably make something up.)


UMD Bulldogs Hockey on wild.com

Highlight video of the Frozen Four Championship Game 2011 at Xcel Energy Center.


Another COGGS Movie Night

Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores present the film Life Cycles.

Tuesday, April 26, 7:15 pm
Zinema 2 Theater
222 E. Superior St.

All proceeds go toward completion of the “Duluth Traverse,” a single-track trail running the entire length of Duluth.