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‘Give to the Max’ Day

This year’s “Give to the Max” Day is Nov. 16 — a 24-hour online fundraising extravaganza for Minnesota nonprofits.

Organizers are hoping to get more than 40,000 donors to participate and log on to — a collaborative venture working on transforming philanthropy in the state.

They also want to break last year’s fundraising effort, which had more than 38,000 donors pledging more than $14 million to 3,434 Minnesota nonprofits, according to a news release from

This year’s event includes some new incentives for people, including a $20,000 and $10,000 prize grant to the top two nonprofits in the Twin Cities and the top two in Greater Minnesota that attract the most individual donors. One donor will randomly be chosen each hour and given $1,000 to tack on their contribution to a charity, too.

Give to the Max starts midnight Nov. 16. The Uptake will be doing a live stream “Give-a-thon” at

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Saturday Signings at Magers & Quinn Booksellers  

If you have some book lovers on your holiday shopping list you’ll want to take note of Magers & Quinn Booksellers’ Saturday Signings events in December.

You’ll get a chance to meet notable local authors and have them sign their books.

Acclaimed local food critic Dara Moskowitz-Grumdahl, author of “Drink This: Wine Made Simple,” and Heidi’s chef Steward Woodman, author of “Shefzilla: Conquering Haute Cuisine at Home,” kick off the series on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m.

Children’s books are the theme for Dec. 11. Alison McGhee, author of “Bink and Gollie,” “Julia Gillian and the Art of Knowing” and “Falling Boy;” and Chris Monroe, author and illustrator of “Monkey with a Toolbelt” and “Sneaky Sheep,” will be signing books at 1 p.m.

For the final event on Dec. 18, three authors will be at Magers & Quinn. The authors of “Minnesota 101: Everything You Wanted to Know About Minnesota and Were Going to Ask Anyway” will be at the bookstore at noon.

Kevin Kling, author of “Kevin Kling’s Holiday Inn” and “The Dogs Says How,” along with Peg Meier, author of “Wishing for a Snow Day: Growing Up in Minnesota” and “Bring Warm Clothes” will be signing books at 1 p.m.


Service Works’ December project

The Southwest-based volunteer group Services Works is adopting youth, adults and families for the holidays.

Volunteers interested in getting involved are asked to spend between $75 and $100 on gifts for each person. All items will be sent to Lutheran Social Services in St. Paul where presents will be wrapped and distributed to people.

Wish lists will be sent out Nov. 15. Service Works will celebrate the holidays and another year of volunteer work on Dec. 3.

To get involved in the December project, contact Welcome Jerde at [email protected]


New hyper-local dating site launches

Plume Blue, a new online dating site exclusive to the Twin Cities, debuted its new site Oct. 26.

It has a novel approach to online matchmaking — event-based dating. Instead of searching for people to ask out, those who subscribe to the site search for fun activities, such as a night at a local comedy club, a cooking class or a wine tasting. You can also go on double, triple or group dates.

“Adults spend more time single than married,” said Stacy Becker, founder and CEO of Plume Blue. “Dating should be fun and liberating — a time to meet new people and try new things. First and foremost, we want Plume Blue to be a source of fun and joy in people’s lives.”

Plume Blue has partnered with local businesses to come up with date ideas. The first 250 who sign up for the site get free access. For those who sign up later, the rate is a $12, two-month introductory rate and then $7 a month afterward.

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