Duluth celebrates beer

More than 100 Minnesota craft breweries will gather July 28 at Duluth's Bayfront Festival Park (700 W. Railroad St., Duluth) to celebrate the best of summer beer. The All Pints North Brew Fest, held by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, will serve up live music, local food vendors and educational presentations, as well as the beverage that draws patrons to its event. All takes place from 3-7 p.m., with awards at the end to reflect the best beer and best brewery. Tickets are available for $45 online at tempotickets.com/APN2018 and will include endless 2-ounce pours. Sober driver tickets are available for $10.

Micro grants available

Attention, women in the food industry: The Minnesota chapter of Les Dames Escoffier International is offering micro grants for professional development. These funds could be used for short-term classes (including certification courses), industry conference fees, professional uniform or equipment purchases, or online courses.

The grants will be determined by a panel and be based on the applicants' career goals, leadership qualities and perceived need. Applications are due July 16 and the grants will be awarded by the end of July. For more information, including the application, see mnlesdames.org/scholarships-grants or e-mail mnlesdames@gmail.com.

Beyond Rice Krispies bars

True, it's only weeks into summer vacation, but it won't be long (if it hasn't been whispered already) before parents hear the words that set them on edge: "I'm bored." Not to worry if you have butter, crispy rice cereal and mini-marshmallows on hand, along with food coloring. You don't even need Jessica Siskin's book, "Treat Yourself! How to Make 93 Ridiculously Fun No-Bake Crispy Rice Treats" (Workman, $14.95) at your fingertips, though it certainly will offer inspiration to those in the kitchen as she colors the cereal concoction and molds it, as you would clay, into a fruit bowl of bananas and oranges, a globe, a dinosaur, checkerboard, fishbowl, flag or 87 other amazing creations. As for me, I'm buying the supersize box of crispy rice for summer activities with the grandkids.

LEE SVITAK DEAN