A flurry of free fun

The snow has finally come and the Christmas Spirit is in the air. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and now we are back in the swing of things for a few weeks until the holidays. Here are some free events going on around town that will keep you entertained and help you to save up your money for Christmas shopping. Monday, Dec. 2, holds a few regular events. Every Monday, Don Ness hosts from noon to 1:00 p.m. This is your chance to go chat it up with the mayor during his open office hours. Amazing Grace will be having an open stage night at 7:30 p.m. so bring your instruments on down and show off your talents. Every Monday is also International Folk Dancing from 6:45- 8:45 p.m. at the Meyers-Wilkins School gym for all you dancers out there.

Interested in becoming a ski or snowboard instructor? Well, Spirit Mountain is hiring. Tuesday, Dec. 3, is one of the two nights of the mandatory power point training at 6:00 p.m. They are looking for instructors so don’t hesitate to go. Every Tuesday, UMD hosts Tweevenings in the Tweed Museum of Art on campus. If you really hit the stage hard at Amazing Grace on Monday night and want to keep going, head down to Sir Ben’s at 9:00 p.m. for some more open mic night.

Wednesday, Dec. 4, is the second night of the power point ski/ snowboard instructor training at 6:00 p.m. Again, you only need to choose one of the two nights to go, but it is mandatory if you really are interested in becoming an instructor. UMD Women's Studies Dept. is hosting a classroom edition of The Business of Being Born at 5:00 p.m. in Humanities. Here is the opportunity to get the nitty gritty on childbirth in case you are planning on having a child soon or just for future reference. DJ Evol will be playing some groovy dance beats at the Red Star Lounge at 10:00 p.m.

On Thursday, Dec. 5, head on downtown to the Depot for a day of art. From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., a Minnesotan Photographer will be showcasing at the The Duluth Art Institute. Right after that, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., there will be more exhibits at the Opening Reception of Broken Threads, Lost Causes, Portraits, and Start Seeing Duluth that you can check out as well.

Start the weekend off with a little wit at the open mic. comedy at Dubh Linn’s at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. Or you can sing your heart out at T-Bonz karaoke starting at 9:00 p.m. Looking for someplace to take your significant other out on a date? At Sarah's Table Chester Creek Cafe will be hosting "Music is Good For You"with live music and a painter starting at 7:00 p.m.

The snowy Saturday, Dec. 7, could make for a perfect day to tour the Bent Paddle Brewing Company. The tours start at noon and only cost a dollar, and I would say it’s worth it. The Depot will be hosting the The Duluth Fiber Handcrafters Guild Sale from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in case you were looking to do some Christmas shopping. Another option for gifts could be the Get it Local Gift Fair at the Peace Church. Don’t miss a Kodak moment with Santa and his live reindeer at Fitgers from noon to 3:00 p.m. Kick off the ice- fishing season at the Ice Fisherman's Ball at Players Sports Bar; should be a lot of beer, food and prizes.

End the weekend with some more Santa activity- on Sunday, Dec. 8 Caring Santa will be taking place at the Miller Hill Mall from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

And that’s what I’ve got for you this week. Hope you stay busy and warm and enjoy the snow. Looking for other events? Check out these other local online calendars: Twin Ports Nightlife CalendarPerfect Duluth Day CalendarVisit Duluth CalendarSpirit Mountain Calendar

UMD stays open for most of Tuesday despite snow

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