Local Events & Announcements

Upcoming classes and events at the Grand Marais Art Colony

Grand Marais Art Colony
Tue, 10/21/2014 (All day) - Mon, 01/26/2015 (All day)

The Grand Marais Art Colony offers exhibits, events, activities and classes in a variety of media and for adults and kids. Classes are held from 9 am to 4 pm unless otherwise noted.

"Paint-a-Bowl" will take place on Saturday, November 1, between 10 am and 2 pm, to glaze the pottery bowls made during the "Make-a-Bowl" sessions. No pre-registration is required. Bowls will be used at the Empty Bowls food shelf fundraiser on November 13.

Life Drawing: Artists in all media are welcome to attend the 10-week life drawing sessions offered on Wednesdays through December 10, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm (no class November 26). No instruction is included. The sessions are open to all 18 and older, or younger artists with parental permission.
Youth classes:

"Playwriting," with Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, 3 Tuesdays, November 4 - 18, 4 - 6pm.

"Hand-building: Youth Clay," with John Franz, 3 Mondays, December 1, 8 & 15, 4-5:30 pm.

"Fuse it Up with Glass," with Nancy Seaton, Friday, December 5, 9 am - 2 pm. 
Adult classes:

"Interior Landscapes: Cultivating Creative Resilience," with Kelly O. Finnerty, 2 days,  October 25-26.

"Pots for Presents," with Joan Farnam, 8 Tuesdays, October 28 - December 16, 6-8 pm.
"Print & Stitch," with Julie Crabtree, Saturday-Sunday, November 1 - 2. 

"Mat Your Art," with Neil Sherman, Tuesday, November 4, 6-9 pm.
"Holiday Ornaments," with Nancy Seaton, Saturday, November 22, 9 am - 4 pm.
"Pet Portraiture," with Anna Hess, 5 Thursdays,  January 8 - February 5, 6 - 8 pm.
"Still Life in Oil," with Neil Sherman, Saturday-Sunday, January 10-11.
"The Colors of Winter," with Catherine Hearding, 5 days, Monday-Friday, January 26 - 30.

 The Grand Marais Art Colony is located at 1st Street and 3rd Avenue. The Art Colony and gift shop are open from 9 am to 4 pm daily. More information about courses and events and registration are available at 387-2737 or arts@boreal.org, and on the website, www.grandmaraisartcolony.org.

Cook County Higher Education classes, events, notices and announcements

Cook County Higher Ed North Shore Campus, Grand Marais, and other locations
Tue, 10/21/2014 (All day) - Fri, 01/02/2015 (All day)

Cook County Higher Education in Grand Marais hosts a variety of classes and events. All are at the Higher Ed North Shore Campus at 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue in Grand Marais, unless otherwise noted. Higher Ed also coordinates continuing education programs in the community and partnerships with educational institutions.

 College Knowledge Month events: A series of free informative programs about college and job preparation will be offered at the Higher Ed campus as part of College Knowledge Month in October.


  • "Landing the Perfect Job," October 27, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. This workshop will cover the job search process, putting together an effective resume and cover letter, and anticipating job interview questions.


  • "College Bound Underground Network,"October 7 - 28, 6:30 – 9 pm.  Discussions about past schooling experiences and concerns about going back to school, hosted by Dr. Robert Pratt.


  • "Career Cafes," October 1 - 29, 11:45 - 12:45 pm. All are invited to bring bag lunches and learn from people working in various fields what their jobs are like, what types of training are needed, and the job outlook for the future is.  Each meeting will feature a different career path.
  • NEW!  Study Skills Course, Oct 21 -Nov 12, 5:30-7 pm. Retired Education Professor and college student counselor Dr. Robert Pratt  helps participants of all ages learn the characteristics, study skills, and strategies of a successful student. Participants can take one session or all four sessions. 
  • "Writing the Successful College Paper," October 23, 5:30 - 7 pm. Instructor Erin Altemus will cover the elements of successful college papers and the process of writing a college level paper.

Advance registration is appreciated for the events but not required. 

Creating Partnership workshop: Higher Ed and Hyatt Leadership Coaching will offer "Creating Partnership," an interactive workshop for leaders in government, non-profits, and businesses, on Wednesday, October 23, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. The facilitator is Marcia Hyatt, leadership coach and master trainer in the work of Barry Oshry, pioneer in systems thinking and creator of Power Lab, the Organization Workshop on Creating Partnership.

Guest Lecture Series: Joyce and Peter Fergus-Moore will present "On the Ground in Palestine: An Eyewitness Account of Life Under Occupation," on Saturday, October 25, at 2 pm.

Heavy equipment forklift operator training will be offered on Wednesday, October 29, from 12:30 to 4:30 pm, with instructor Bill Gun. Participants will earn a Certificate of Completion for a State Mandated Safety and Operations Training.

Students who live and work in Cook County and are planning to attend college classes online, by ITV or correspondence, are eligible to apply for two scholarship programs. The Wes Hedstrom Scholarship, in honor of longtime resident and Cook County Commissioner Wes Hedstrom, is for year-round Cook County residents enrolled in distance degree programs. The Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation Scholarship, created through the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation in honor of Lloyd K. Johnson, is for year-round residents enrolled or in the process of enrolling in a distance degree certificate, diploma or degree program. 

Applications for both scholarships are due November 1, for spring 2015 courses.

Combined Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Course: Higher Ed, in conjunction with Lake Superior College, will offer a combined nursing assistant and home health aide course beginning in January or February 2015. This course is a prerequisite for most LPN and RN programs. Home health aides provide routine individualized healthcare for the elderly, convalescents, and persons with disabilities at the patient's home or in a care facility. Certified nursing assistants are responsible for a variety of duties within the medical facility, including assisting patients with mobility and exercise, eating, grooming, and hygiene;and checking vital signs. Classes will be held at the North Shore Campus and at the North Shore Care Center. The instructor is Mark Abrahamson. Financial aid is available, including both loans and scholarships. 

Cook County Higher Education is located at 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue in Grand Marais. Office hours are 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday. Registration and more information about classes and events are available at 387-3411, or highered@northshorecampus.org; on the website, www.northshorecampus.org; and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/cookcountyhighereducation



YMCA classes, events, and announcements

Cook County Community YMCA, Grand Marais
Tue, 10/21/2014 (All day) - Fri, 10/31/2014 (All day)

The Cook County Community YMCA, adjacent to the school complex at 105 W 5th Street in Grand Marais, offers a variety of classes and activities.

After School All-Stars: The Y will welcome all kids from kindergarten through 5th grade to the After School All-Stars program on Mondays through Thursdays, from 3:30 to 6 pm. Monday is cooking and kitchen day; Tuesday is swim day, Wednesday is arts, crafts, and community service day; and on Thursday active activities will be offered.  

Non-school-day Fridays: On Fridays when school is not in session, the Y offers "Friday Madness" from 8 to 4 pm, for ages 4+. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

First Sunday of the month: Free family day, 11 am to 3 pm. Activities include open gymnastics, open gym time with age-appropriate toys, game room, open kid’s club, and swimming. 
More information and class registration are available from Emily Marshall, Branch Executive Director, at 387-3386 ext. 506, or emarshall@duluthymca.org, or on the website, www.cookcountyymca.org.


Birch Grove Community Center events

Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Tue, 10/21/2014 (All day) - Fri, 12/19/2014 (All day)

Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte hosts a variety of activities for all generations in Cook County's West End, including training and education, recreation, arts and culture, and health and wellness. 

A West End Open House, Halloween Party, & Fall Gift Card Giveaway will be held October 31 from 6 to 9 pm. RSVP's are appriciated. More information is available on the website and Facebook page.
Weekly senior lunches are offered to seniors and their guests on Wednesdays from 11:30 to 12:30. Reservations are appreciated. Seniors who attend the lunches regularly need not make reservations.

"Pickle ball" is offered indoors or outdoors on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 10 to ll am. Reservations to reserve the gym and equipment are requested.

"Fitness on Demand" is offered at 10:30 am Wednesday. Participants can choose to exercise to a variety of DVD's, including Tai Chi, yoga, Zumba, and others.

"Second Sunday Fun-Day," 3-7 pm on the second Sunday of the month. Community Room #1 activities such as scrapbooking and stamping, open library, computer lab, games and puzzles. Community Room #2 activities include fitness equipment, "fitness on demand," kids' zone, and more. Gym activities include various sports, including pickle ball, volleyball, bean bag toss, and others.

Wood-fired pizza is prepared twice monthly, on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 5:30 pm. Birch Grove Foundation provides dough, sauce, and cheese, and all are invited to bring their own toppings. RSVP's are appreciated but not required. Donations are requested to support Birch Grove's mission. 

West End Movie Nights will be offered the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, from 6-9 pm: a social hour with games from 6 to 7, and movies from 7 to 9 (one movie for kids and one for adults). RSVP is appreciated, and movie titles are available on request.
The community and recreation center is open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, from 8 to 11:30 am and 12:30 to 5 pm; and Wednesdays from 10 am to 1 pm and 2 to 7 pm.

More information and reservations are available from Caroline Wood at 663-7977.  Information is also available on the website, www.birchgrovefoundation.org, and on Facebook and Twitter. Birch Grove Community Center is located at 9 Good Neighbor Hill Road in Tofte.  


Winter clothing donations for homeless veterans

American Legion Post 413, 17 1st Avenue West, Grand Marais)
Tue, 10/21/2014 (All day) - Sat, 11/15/2014 (All day)

American Legion Post 413 in Grand Marais is currently accepting winter clothing donations for homeless veterans through November 15.  Specific needs are for boots, jackets, socks, sleeping bags, and other winter clothing items. More information is available at 387-2974.

Drury Lane Books Events

Drury Lane Books. Grand Marais
Wed, 10/22/2014 - 6:30pm

Drury Lane Books, on the East Bay in downtown Grand Marais, hosts a variety of events and readings.

Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 pm: Women’s Book Group, title to be determined. 

More information on these events is available at drurylandbooks@boreal.org,  or 387-3370.

Community awareness of human trafficking

Lake County Trafficking Task Force
Evangelical Free Church, 120 E 5th St, Grand Marais
Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

The Evangelical Free Church in Grand Marais will host a community awareness forum on human trafficking on Friday, October 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. A member of the Lake County Trafficking Task Force will speak. The public is invited, and snacks will be served. More information is available from the church, at freeeechurch@boreal.org, or 387-1565.

AARP Driver Safety Classes

Pam McDougall
Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais; Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Sat, 10/25/2014 - 8:30am - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 4:00pm

Minnesota drivers aged 55+ receive a 10% auto insurance discount by taking an approved eight-hour driver safety class. Drivers maintain the discount by taking a four-hour refresher class every three years. AARP sponsors the beginning and refresher classes at various locations in Cook County.

The eight-hour driver safety class will be offered at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais on Saturday, October 25, from 8:30 am to 5 pm.

The four-hour refresher class will be offered at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais on Saturday, October 25, from 9 am to 1 pm; and on Thursday, November 13, from noon to 4 pm.

AARP members receive a discount.

People unable to fit a class into their schedules can take the AARP classes online and will receive the statutory insurance discount. The link is www.aarpdriversafety.org.

For more information and to register, contact Pam at 663-7068 or pamm@boreal or Bill at 387-3167.

Banadad Trail work day and Annual Meeting

Banadad Trail Association
Poplar Creek Guest House B&B and Heston's Lodge
Sun, 10/26/2014 - 9:00am

The Banadad Trail Association invites all to help get the Banadad Ski Trail ready for winter, on Saturday, October 26, at 9 am. Work will include clearing and trimming low hanging tree branches, starting at the Banadad’s eastern trailhead. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B, 11 Poplar Creek Drive (just off the Lima Grade) up the Gunflint Trail. Hand tools and lunches will be provided to all volunteers, who are encouraged to wear sturdy clothing and boots.

After the work session, volunteers and friends of the Banadad are invited to Heston's Lodge, 579 South Gunflint Road, for the Banadad Trail Association’s fifth Annual Meeting, followed by a pizza dinner cooked in the wood-fired outdoor oven. Festivities at Heston’s begin at 6 pm. An RSVP for the dinner is requested, to 218-388-2243.

More information on the trail work day and the Banadad Trail Association’s Annual Meeting is available from Andy Jenks at bct@boundarycountry.com, or from Barb and Ted Young at 218-388-4487.

Halloween Carnival at Birch Grove School

Birch Grove Community School, Tofte
Sun, 10/26/2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

The annual Halloween Carnival at Birch Grove Community School will be on  Sunday, October 26, from 2 to 4 pm. Events will include games, bingo, food, a cake walk, cookie decorating, and prizes. Everyone is welcome -- in costume or "come as you are." More information is available from Diane Blanchette, birchgrove@boreal.org, or 663-0170.

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