Community calendar: technology and coffee, Santa’s house for the holidays

Technology and coffee, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Chickadee Coffeehouse & Deli, Barnum. Barnum Community Education is hosting the free event. Community members can come to the site for help with their cellphones, e-readers, tablets, laptops, social media platforms and more. Community education staff and Nathan Rimolde from RTS will be on hand to answer questions.

Free Chili Food, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Notre Rédempteur Church, 515, boul. Skyline, Cloquet. The Cloquet and Fond du Lac police departments are sponsoring the free meal event as part of the Maison du Père Noël for the Holidays.

Open doors of the library, 4 pm-6pm, Cloquet Public Library. Enjoy holiday crafts for all ages and refreshments. Story time with Santa Claus is at 5 p.m.

West End Open House, 4 pm-6pm, historic west district of Cloquet. Stroll through the historic West Cloquet district and enjoy the open house festivities at local businesses.

Photos with Santa Claus and dinner, 4.30 p.m.-6.30 p.m., Reine de la Paix, 102 4th street, Cloquet. A spaghetti dinner will be served. The cost is $ 10 for all ages 13 and over, $ 5 for children ages 3 to 12. Photos with Santa Claus by Alan Johnson Photography are included with meal purchase. The event also includes a holiday shop and Christmas crafts.

Pancake lunch, 8 am-10:30am, Churchill Elementary School, 515, rue Granite, Cloquet. Boy Scout Troop # 171 is sponsoring the Pancake Breakfast. The cost is $ 5 for people 13 and over, $ 3 for children 3 to 12. Please enter Arthur Street.

Holiday Expo Crafts Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Churchill Elementary School. Admission from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. is $ 5 per person and free from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event includes entertainment and craft vendors.

Wood City Motors Holiday Event, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Wood City Motors, 701 Washington Ave., Cloquet. The event includes a magic show, holiday hay rides and live reindeer sponsored by MCCU.

Rings of Fire and S’mores, 4 p.m., Fire station in the Cloquet 1 sector, 508, avenue Cloquet, Cloquet. The Cloquet Educational Foundation is sponsoring the event featuring foyers and s’mores. Entertainment includes madrigals and Christmas carols. Hot chocolate will also be served.

Santa’s house for the holiday parade and fireworks, 5 p.m. The parade will move downtown on avenue Cloquet. The parade line starts at 4 p.m. The fireworks will begin immediately after the parade.

Copper Street Brass Holiday Concert, 2 p.m., Moose Lake Community School Auditorium. Agate Encores Community Concerts and Essentia Health feature the performance with everything from traditional Christmas carols to holiday rock tunes, from The Nutcracker to the Grinch! Tickets cost $ 5 for students and $ 15 for adults and can be purchased online at, from any board member, or at the door. Customers are encouraged to bring a non-perishable item for the food shelf. For the safety of users, masks are compulsory.

Digital wellness for teens, tweens and caregivers, 6 pm-7:30pm, Municipal Library of Cloquet. The Carlton County Youth Collaborative will discuss digital wellness. Caregivers can attend with their child or come alone. A light meal will be served and a babysitting service will be provided for younger siblings or family members.

Health insurance fraud awareness and prevention course, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m., virtual. The Senior LinkAge Line will offer courses to help people discover the detection, prevention and reporting of Medicare fraud; avoid potential frauds and scams related to COVID-19; as well as other scams targeting the elderly. Participants will also learn to read and understand their Medicare Summary Reviews and other Medicare related documents. The course takes place online through the Microsoft Teams meeting platform. To register, visit or call the Senior LinkAge Line at 800-333-2433.

Pioneers of County Carlton 55+ (formerly the Retired Men’s Group), 11 a.m., Cloquet VFW, 210, rue Arch. Social hour will begin at 11 a.m., followed by a meal at noon. Meatloaf, baked potato, a vegetable and dessert are on the menu. The cost is $ 10 per person. The guest speaker will be Holly Hansen, Director of Development for the Town of Cloquet. Members of the public are welcome.

COVID-19 Reminder Clinic, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Memorial community hospital, Cloquet. The Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 booster will be available to anyone 18 years of age and over, provided six months have passed since your second dose of Moderna or Pfizer or two months since your dose of Johnson & Johnson. Please call (218) 879-1271 to register. The clinic will not accept an appointment.

Bethlehem Christmas Bazaar, sale of brunch and pastries, 9 a.m. to noon, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Wright.

Storybook walk, Barnum High School Nature Center. Barnum Community Education runs the walk, where participants can walk the trail in the center of nature and enjoy a story. The October march will take place from December 23 to 31 and will feature the book “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg.

Bell Al-Anon, Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 am-11am, 103 10th rue, Cloquet. Closed meetings. The only requirement for membership is that a friend or relative has a drinking problem. Call 218-879-9884.

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

Cribbage, Thursdays, 6 p.m., Wright Seniors.

Anonymous players, Mondays, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 5 p.m. Lutheran Church of our Savior, 615 12e avenue, Cloquet. Use the entrance to the parking lot. For more information, call (855) 222-5542.

Bereavement support group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Pine Room at Community Memorial Hospital. This is a general grief support group that is best suited for adults. The group will be moderated by Peggy Maki and questions can be directed to 218-879-4976.

Narcotics Anonymous, Wednesdays from 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m., Alano Club, Cloquet. Call 877-767-7676 or visit

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

Wright Elders, Tuesdays, 1 p.m., seniors’ building.

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