Community Calendar: Giving Thanks and Veterans Feast, holiday bazaar and more

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Thursday, Nov. 17

CareerForce Help, noon to 4 p.m., Cloquet Public Library conference room.

Birding in Northern Minnesota, 1-2:30 p.m., Carlton County Transportation Building, 1630 Carlton County Road 61, Carlton. Carlton County Extension hosts Margie Menzies of Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory for a presentation on basic birding. She will cover equipment needed, birding etiquette, bird ID and preparing your landscape for winter bird visitors. The cost is $5 at the door. Children age 18 and under are free. Admission includes handouts and door prizes.

Giving Thanks and Veterans Feast, 5-7 p.m., Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Join FDLTCC to honor our veterans and give thanks.

Family Game Night, 5-7 p.m., Cloquet Public Library.

Financial Class – 5 Keys to Retiring Fearlessly, 6:30 p.m., Barnum High School Community Education Office, 3675 Carlton County Road 140, Barnum. The free workshop will cover five key retirement strategies to consider for a successful retirement in today’s world. The session will address the pitfalls that can derail a retirement plan if left unchecked. Todd Rengo of Greenstone Financial Group will lead the session. The deadline to register is Nov. 9. Register online at Contact Roxy Olsen-Hurst at 218-389-0108 or with questions.


Friday, Nov. 18

"The Evolution of the Jingle Dress" Fashion Show, 6-8 p.m. Black Bear Casino Resort, Carlton. In recognition of Native Heritage Month, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa presents a fashion show highlighting the jingle dress as a catalyst for healing, evolving design trends and dance styles. Doors open at 5 p.m., with the fashion show running from 6-8 p.m. The event will feature special guests Tia Wood, Saddle Lake Cree, Canada and Salish; Isobel White, White Fish Bay, Canada, Anishinaabe; Yvonne Wilson, Leech Lake Anishinaabe; and others to be announced. Produced by IamAnishinaabe and narrated by Delina White in a chronological sequence of events within Native communities that highlight the importance of maintaining traditions while accepting change and diversity.

Saturday, Nov. 19

Holiday Bazaar, 8 a.m. to noon, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 3756 Fair St., Barnum. Baked goods and crafts will be available for purchase at the event.

Turkey Bingo, 6:30 p.m., Cromwell Pavilion. Immaculate Conception Catholic Church sponsors the event.

Monday, Nov. 21

Story Book Walk, Barnum High School Nature Center. Barnum Community Education will host a story book walk from Nov. 21-28 featuring the book “How to Catch a Yeti” by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton. The free activity is available for people of all ages. Attendees are invited to grab their mud boots, wagons, snowshoes or boots and their whole family to enjoy the story books. The trail will be packed down for snowshoeing and walking this winter.

Beginner’s D&D, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Cloquet Public Library.

Teen Reads, 4 p.m., Cloquet Public Library. The library's teen librarian will read aloud chapters from a current book. Snacks are provided.

Tuesday, Nov. 22

Latest Rules for Fall Tax Planning, 6:30-8:30 p.m., virtual. Carlton County Extension will host a webinar for agricultural producers to discuss the latest rules and changes to expect for the upcoming tax year. Extension ag business specialist Rob Holcomb will discuss a variety of topics including charitable gifting, borrowing and lending tax issues, newly acquired farm assets, farm rental property and more. Registration is required. Register online at . For more information please contact Mercedes at the Carlton County Extension Office at 218-384-8681 or .

Wednesday, Nov. 23

Carlton County Trailblazers 55 and Older Group will not have a meeting because of the Thanksgiving holiday. The group's next regularly scheduled meeting will be Dec. 14 at the Cloquet VFW.


Monday, Nov. 28

Beginner’s D&D, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Cloquet Public Library.

Teen Reads, 4 p.m., Cloquet Public Library. The library's teen librarian will read aloud chapters from a current book. Snacks are provided.

Tuesday, Nov. 29

Story Time, 10-10:30 a.m., Cloquet Public Library, Join Ms. Keiko as she sings songs and reads a story. The program is designed for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers.

Between the Lines Book Club, 3:30 p.m., Cloquet Public Library.

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Story Time, 10-10:30 a.m., Cloquet Public Library, Join Ms. Keiko as she sings songs and reads a story. The program is designed for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers.

Self Care with Chair, Chair Yoga for All, 11-11:45 a.m., Cloquet Public Library. Carolyn Ripp will host the weekly Chair Yoga for All classes. Chair Yoga can increase flexibility, improve core strength and balance, reduce stress, alleviate pain and more. The practice can be helpful for people of all ages, including those who work at a desk or tend to sit for long periods of time. Attendees are asked to wear comfortable clothing. No previous experience is needed.

Teen Tech, 4 p.m., Cloquet Public Library.

Tinker Kids After-School Program, 4-5 p.m., Cloquet Public Library.


Thursday, Dec. 1

Tech & Coffee, 9-11 a.m., Chickadee Coffeehouse & Deli, 3691 Alan Syverson Dr., Barnum. Barnum Community Education staff and Nathan Rimolde from RTS will be on hand to help people get their tech questions answered. They’ll be able to help with smartphones, Nooks, Kindles, iPads, laptops, social media, bluetooth and more. Coffee and tea will be available.

Santa's Home for the Holidays, 4 p.m. The annual celebration kicks off with Storytime with Santa at the Cloquet Public Library and evening shopping in Cloquet's West End from 4-6 p.m. A chili feed sponsored by the Cloquet Police Department will run from 4:30-7 p.m. at Our Redeemer Church.

Friday, Dec. 2

Ping Pong and Air Hockey for Teens, 4 p.m., Cloquet Public Library. The event includes story time with Santa at 4:30 p.m., as well as cookie decorating, holiday crafts and a local author's visit.

Santa's Home for the Holidays, 4:30 p.m. Community members can get their photos taken with Santa and enjoy a spaghetti dinner at Queen of Peace Catholic Church from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 3

A Touch of Scandinavia Annual Christmas Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bethesda Lutheran Church, 204 5th St., Carlton. The Women of Bethesda Lutheran church host the annual Christmas bazaar. The event will feature crispy rosettes; lefse (packaged or hot and ready to eat); Christmas cookies and candy; baked and canned goods; a craft table; next to new items; a silent auction; Sloppy Joe's, stew and bars; rice pudding and tomato basil soup.

Churchill Holiday Expo, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Churchill Elementary School. Admission is $5 per person. Vendors and crafters will be on hand. Bearaboo Coffee Escape will have refreshments and goodies available for purchase, as well.

Wood City Motors - Santa's Home for the Holidays celebration, 1-4 p.m. Wood City Motors will host magic shows and Christmas cookie decorating during the annual event.

Cloquet American Legion Post 262 and Auxiliary Home for the Holidays Celebration, 3-7 p.m., Cloquet VFW, 210 Arch St. The Cloquet American Legion Post 262 and Auxiliary will host a silent auction. Coneys and homemade baked goods will be for sale.

Cloquet Area Fire District s'mores, bonfires and more, 4-5 p.m., 508 Cloquet Avenue. The CAFD will have bonfires available for people to roast s'mores. Hot chocolate will also be available.

Santa's Home for the Holidays parade and fireworks, 5 p.m. The parade begins at 5 p.m. and will run down Cloquet Avenue from 18th Street to 8th Street. Fireworks over downtown will begin right after the parade.

Recurring events

A Nesting Place, second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 1-2 p.m. Community Memorial Hospital/Raiter Family Clinic host the free group for new moms regardless of where their baby was delivered. The group meets virtually and offers a safe place to discuss all postpartum issues. It is facilitated by Dr. Natalie Krier. For more information, contact Brenda at 218-499-6702 or

Cloquet Al-Anon, Tuesdays and Fridays, 10-11 a.m.,103 10th St., Cloquet. Closed meetings. The only membership requirement is that a friend or relative have a problem with alcoholism. Call 218-879-9884.

Clothing Depot, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., R-Tech Insulation Building, Minnesota Highway 73, Cromwell. No large loads will be accepted until further notice as the warehouse is full.

Gamblers Anonymous, Mondays, 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, 5 p.m.; Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 615 12th Ave., Cloquet. Use the parking lot entrance. For more information, call 855-222-5542.

Get to Know Your Neighbor, first and third Wednesdays of the month, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Perch Lake Town Hall, 2779 Big Lake Road, Cloquet. Perch Lake Township residents and friends can stop into the Perch Lake Town Hall for coffee, refreshments, cards, cribbage, a book exchange and more. Registration for craft classes is also available.

Narcotics Anonymous, Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., Fridays from 6-7:30 p.m., Alano Club, Cloquet. Call 877-767-7676 or visit .

Riverview Toastmasters, Tuesdays, 7-8 a.m., Cloquet. For more information, visit .

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To submit an event to the community calendar, email
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"Since 2001, we’ve been providing students in grades 2-6 with a safe, fun and educational after-school program. We’ve offered every class imaginable from making cribbage boards to snowshoeing to robotics and we’re still going strong," writes Vicki Radzak.