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Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center, Gunflint Trail
Mon, 07/27/2015 (All day) - Sun, 10/18/2015 (All day)

The Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center, 55 miles up the Gunflint Trail, presents the cultural and natural history of the Gunflint Trail through dioramas, video displays, and family-friendly, interactive exhibits. Seven nature trails, including two ADA accessible paths, criss-cross the museum’s 50-acre grounds. Grounds are dog-friendly and feature several picnicking spots. The museum and the Gunflint Trail Historical Society host special events and naturalist programs.

"The Paper Trail": This year’s temporary exhibit, “The Paper Trail," includes diaries, letters and brochures collected from resorts and residents from the Gunflint Trail's past. 

USDA Forest Service naturalist talks:  Talks on Tuesdays from 2 to 3:30 pm feature a different topic each week.

Kids' Day:  Tuesdays through August 18, kids' programs and naturalist activities will be offered from 10 am to 5 pm -- including tadpoles, animal tracks, letterboxing, Voyageur dress-up, and more.
The Chik Wauk Museum is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm through October 18. More information is available from Bonny Schudy, site manager, at 388-9915 or, and on the website,  


YMCA classes, events, and announcements

Cook County Community YMCA, Grand Marais
Mon, 07/27/2015 (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.

Family Open Gym: Open gym is offered Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 am. Families are invited to play with equipment that builds motor skills and social skills. Non-member parents are responsible for their children's supervision. Members may drop their children off while they work out or use the facility.

"Flick and Float" movies in the pool: Fridays at 5 pm, water-themed, family-oriented movies will be shown on a big inflatable screen in the pool area. Inner tubes and noodles are available at the pool, and participants are welcome to bring a clean inflatable raft. Admission fee.

July 31: "Shark Tale"
August 14: "Disney Oceans"
August 28: "Free Willy"
Free family day: First Sunday of each month, 11 am to 5 pm. Activities include open gym time with age-appropriate toys, game room, open kids' club, and swimming.

Parents’ Night Out: Second Saturday of each month, 5-8 pm. Activities are provided for ages 4 months and up. Youth ages 5 and older will go swimming, and the evening will end with a child-friendly movie. Preregistration is required and space is limited.

Log Rolling Tournament: The Minnesota State Championship Log Rolling Tournament will be held at Fisherman’s Picnic on August 1. The tournament is open to all amateur log rollers (ages 5+) at all skill levels. Competitors must be members of the US Log Rolling Association to qualify for USLRA points. Registration closes July 25.

Back-to-School Lock-in: The Cook County Youth Area Coalition hosts a summer finale "lock-in" on Saturday, August 29, from 7  pm to 7 am Sunday. Participants can enjoy staying up late, playing volleyball, swimming, and many more summer activities. Registration is required.

More information and class and event registration are available from Emily Marshall at 387-3386 or, or on the website,

Birch Grove Community Center events and activities

Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Mon, 07/27/2015 (All day)

Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte, to the west of downtown at 9 Good Neighbor Hill Rd, hosts a variety of activities for all generations in Cook County's West End, including training and education, arts and culture, recreation and leisure, and health and wellness. 

"Go4Life Fitness" is offered at 10:30 am Mondays and Wednesdays, featuring a variety of exercise options for seniors; "Zumba Gold" is offered Fridays at 10:30 am.

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. The senior advisory group meets at 12:30 following lunch.

West End Pizza is offered every Wednesday through September 5, from 5-8pm. Wood Fired Artisan Pizza by Trevor Huggins is prepared rain or shine. Bring Your Own Toppings (BYOT).  RSVP is requested.

"Pickle ball" is offered indoors or outdoors on Thursdays from 2 to 5 pm, and other times by appointment. 

"Second Sunday Fun-Day," 2-7 pm on the second Sunday of the month. Community Room #1 hosts 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.

Volunteers needed:

Birch Grove seeks potential Board of Directors candidates; committee members for a variety of activities, including Advisory Group Eagles 55+ (A.G.E.55+), Annual Fundraising & Event Calendar Committee, Program Development & Partnerships, Education/Training, Arts/Culture, Recreation/Leisure, Health/Wellness; and volunteers for the community, recreation, and senior centers.
Birch Grove Community Center is located at 9 Good Neighbor Hill Road in Tofte. Regular hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm (closed one hour for lunch). More information is available from Caroline Wood at 663-7977 or Information is also available on the website,, and on Facebook and Twitter. 


Cross River Heritage Center events and exhibits

Cross River Heritage Center, Schroeder
Tue, 07/28/2015 (All day) - Sat, 08/15/2015 (All day)

The Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder hosts a variety of events and exhibits this season. 

"Lost Resorts" exhibit:  A new Schroeder Area Historical Society exhibit features the history of North Shore resorts, including many that no longer exist.  

John Schroeder Day: Saturday August 15, 2015 8 am - 2 pm.

The center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 4:30 pm, Sundays from 1 to 4 pm, closed Mondays. The center closes for the season on October 18. More information is available by phone at 663-7706, or on the website,

Cook County Historical Society events and offerings

Cook County Historical Museum, 8 So Broadway, Grand Marais
Tue, 07/28/2015 (All day) - Tue, 09/29/2015 (All day)

The Cook County Historical Society operates the Cook County Historical Museum at 8 South Broadway in Grand Marais, and the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery at 115 Wisconsin Street in Grand Marais, in addition to several historical sites -- including the Chippewa City Church and Bally Blacksmith Shop.

Exhibit: "Music from the Tip o' the Arrowhead" is on display at the museum through the summer, featuring 100 years of local music. As part of this “growing” exhibit, community members are encouraged to add their own memories and memorabilia to the community music scrapbook, as well as to play a tune on the exhibit’s electric piano. Summer hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. More information is available at 387-2883 or online.
Bally Blacksmith shop demonstrations: The Historical Society will offer shop demonstrations outside the Bally Blacksmith Shop from 10 am to 5 pm on Friday and Saturday, July 31-August 1. Local metal workers will demonstrate their talents on the designated Fridays, and the Duluth organization Forging Community ( will lead the Saturday demonstrations, thanks to a grant from the Grand Marais Area Tourist Association. Historical Society representatives will be on hand each day to talk about the history of the Bally site, share the future site plans, record stories and testimonies, and provide a peek inside the 1911 Bally Blacksmith Shop, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

"Small Talk": Gene Glader will give a historical presentation on Grand Marais businesses at the museum on Saturday, September 12, at 4 pm. 

Annual Meeting and Dinner:  The Historical Society's annual meeting and dinner will be held September 29 at a location to be announced.

Grand Marais Public Library events and programs

Grand Marais Public Library
Wed, 07/29/2015 (All day) - Wed, 08/19/2015 (All day)

The Grand Marais Public Library hosts a variety of events and programs for families, children, and adults. 
Annual Used Book Sale: July 29 - August 1, hosted by Library Friends of Cook County at the Community Center. Wednesday, July 29 -- sale set-up day. Thursday, July 30, 5-7 pm --Library Friends member only sale. Friday, July 31, 8 am - 4 pm -- sale open to the public. Saturday, August 1, 8 am - noon -- bag sale day. Volunteers are needed to work during the set-up, sale and cleanup. More information is available from Jill Levene,

No additional donations of books will be accepted until September 9.  The Library Friends' shelves are full, and they appreciate the generous donations.  

Third Wednesday Technology Open House:  August 19, 6-8pm.  All who have technology questions are invited to attend, as are those who would be willing to serve as a tech mentor to others. "Beginners or below" can spend time with a mentor to learn the basics of using a computer or mobile device. The sessions are unstructured. Depending on need, attention may be highly individualized. Participants may bring their own devices or use those owned by the library.

Many of the Library's public events are sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded in whole or in part by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The library is located one-half block off Hwy 61 on 1st St and 2nd Ave W in downtown Grand Marais. The library is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 10 am to 5 pm; on Wednesdays from 10 am to 8 pm; and on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. The library is closed on Sundays and holidays. More information on library programs is available from Patsy Ingebrigtsen, 387-1140 or, and on the website,

Ultimate Frisbee

Cook County ISD 166 Multi-Purpose Field
Wed, 07/29/2015 - 6:30pm

People of all ages are invited to play "Ultimate Frisbee" -- a limited-contact team sport, similar to football and soccer, but played with a flying disc -- every Wednesday starting at 6:30 pm at the Cook County ISD 166 multi-purpose field.  More information is available from Josh at 387-4040.

Cook County Higher Education classes, events, notices and announcements

Cook County Higher Ed North Shore Campus, Grand Marais, and other locations
Thu, 07/30/2015 (All day) - Sat, 08/29/2015 (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.

Guest Lecture: "Predicting Climate Change Impacts on Northern Minnesota Ecosystems," with Dr. Lucinda Johnson, Director at U of M (Duluth) Natural Resources Research Institute, Thursday, July 30. Dr. Johnson is an aquatic and landscape ecologist whose research focuses on the effects of multiple stressors on aquatic ecosystems, with emphasis on human activities and climate change.

Brown Bag Lunch William Kent Krueger Book Club: First Monday of the month: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. A forum where readers can come together and talk about books and the reading experience. The group will read novels by Minnesota author William Kent Krueger and discuss one book at each book group meeting. Participants can come for any of the groups. This event is a partnership with Birchbark Books and Gifts. Remaining date and book: August 3, Windigo Island (2014).

Conversation With Author William Kent Krueger: Saturday August 29, 3pm; at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts Auditorium, Grand Marais. The event is a fundraiser to help support Cook County Higher Education's Mission.  Registration online or by phone.

"Exploring England Through its Literature":  Instructors Mary Ellen Ashcroft and Karen Halbersleben explore English culture, society, and history through the great works of English literature. Second and fourth Mondays of September, October, and November. Fourth Mondays include screening of BBC dramatizations.

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; on the website,; and on Facebook,


Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center

Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association
Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, SW of Schroeder
Thu, 07/30/2015 (All day) - Sat, 08/29/2015 (All day)

Sugarloaf Cove southwest of Schroeder is a 35-acre preserved site, with foot trails leading to a beautiful sheltered cove on the lake, and including a 7.5-acre Minnesota Scientific and Natural Area, open to the public. Trails are open from dawn to dusk year-round. The Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center is open most days during the summer, with a resident naturalist.

Bird banding sessions:

Thursdays through August 27, all are invited to hands-on, drop-in bird banding sessions anytime between 7 am and noon. 

"There's No Place Like Home" programs on Fridays at 1 pm. Each week participants will explore a unique habitat or location with Sugarloaf's naturalist. These events are sponsored in part by the Cook County Community Fund, an affiliate of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

July 31 - Rock and cliff environment 
August 7 - Inland lakes 
August 21 - Lake Superior

Summer programs on Saturdays at 10 am:
August 1 - "How to See in the Dark: Monitoring Bats on the Superior National Forest." The threat of White-nose Syndrome to bat populations around the country has been in the news. Superior National Forest Wildlife Biologist Peg Robertsen will explain what White-nose Syndrome is, and how much of a threat it poses to bats in northern Minnesota. She’ll also talk about the Northern Long-eared bat and efforts the Superior National Forest is making to monitor the forest bat population.

August 8 - 1 pm. Annual meeting and ice cream social.  All are invited to attend the annual meeting of Sugarloaf: the North Shore Stewardship Association on August 8 at 1 pm. Following the business meeting, Dick Ojakangas will give a presentation on "Geology of Minnesota: The North Shore and More." 

August 15 - "In a Patch of Goldenrods," with Larry Weber. Naturalist Larry Weber's tour into a patch of goldenrods reveals all the creatures that call it home.

August 22 - 10 am - 3 pm. "Nature Journaling Workshop." The presenter shares sketchbooks, ideas and skills, naturalist drawing, and visual poetry. Participants will be supplied with a small sketchbook and variety of drawing and painting equipment for the day for notes and exercises. There will be a short introduction to basic drawing. Advance registration is requested. 
August 29 - "The Limits of the Universe: Neutrinos and Dark Matter." Allen Lipke discusses internationally significant research underway at the Soudan Underground Physics Lab about neutrinos and dark matter, and what the discoveries may mean.
Sugarloaf Cove is located approximately six miles southwest of Schroeder, at mile 73.3, 9096 Hwy 61. More information about programs and events and registration are available from Molly Thompson at, by phone at 218-525-0001, and on the website, The local phone at Sugarloaf is 663-7659.

North House Folk School classes, events, and activities

North House Folk School, Grand Marais
Thu, 07/30/2015 (All day) - Mon, 09/21/2015 (All day)

North House Folk School, on the harbor in Grand Marais, offers classes in northern craft and hosts a variety of public events and activities.
Timber Raising: A Crash Course in the Craft | Fridays 10 am-noon. A timber-framed tiny house in two hours? Tenons and timbers, mortises and more.  An opportunity to participate in an old-fashioned barn raising, working as a group to assemble an 8x8 timber framed structure; learn about the history of timber framing and see several examples of completed frames. Ages 10+ with adult.
Instructor in Residence Live Demonstrations:  most Thursdays - Sundays 10 am- 4 pm.  North House instructors demonstrate their work for the public on the Commons at North House. 
    July 30-8/2 | Emily Derke / Willow Basketry
    Aug 6-9 | Nate Johnson / Traditional Hide Tanning
    Aug 13-16 | Lindy Lind / Black Ash Basketry
    Aug 20-23 | Robert Burns / Blacksmithing
    Aug 27-30 | Candace LaCosse / Shoemaking
    Sept 3-6 | Elise Kyllo / Wet Felting
    Sept 10-13 | Jim Sannerud / Bowl Turning

The North House Folk School campus is located at 500 West Hwy 61, on the harbor in Grand Marais. Local residents receive a 25% discount on class fees. More information is available at 218-387-9762 or 888-387-9762, by email at, and on the website, Registration for classes and events is available by phone and on the website. 



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