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Cook County Senior Center events and activities

Cook County Senior Center, Grand Marais
Mon, 10/05/2015 (All day)

 The Cook County Senior Center in Grand Marais hosts a variety of events and activities.

Inter-Generational Reading Program: The program aims to connect older adults with elementary students. Volunteers are needed to spend one hour per week reading with students at the Senior Center. More information is avaiable from Jes Rodne.

Senior Center lunch: Lunch is available at the Senior Center every weekday, Monday through Friday. Reservations must be called in by 9:30 am each day. 

Seeking new recipes: Community members are invited to submit recipes for future menus, including main dishes, salads, and desserts. Recipes can be emailed to or dropped off at the Senior Center.
Arrowhead Transit: Call 800-862-0175 option 8 for transit information and registrations. Assistance with problems is available from Bev at 387-2660. 

More information and registration for events are available at the Senior Center, 10 Broadway in Grand Marais, by phone at 387-2660, and by email at

Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center, Gunflint Trail
Mon, 10/05/2015 (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. 

End of season sale: now in progress in the gift shop.

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, 10/05/2015 (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.

Free family dayFirst 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 OutSecond 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.

School’s Out Field Trips: On October 19, November 16, and December 7, the Cook County Youth Agency Coalition will host field trips. Details of each field trip and registration will be available from the Y by phone or on the website. 

Halloween Youth Lock-In: Saturday, October 31, from 7 pm to 7 am, for ages 8-15. All-night activities such as swimming, sports, games, and movies will be available to youth ages 8-15. Registration is required.
New Year’s Eve Youth Lock-In: Thursday, December 31, from 7 pm to 7 am.  All-night activities such as swimming, sports, games, and movies will be available for youth ages 8-15. 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, 10/05/2015 (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.

"Pickle ball" is offered indoors or outdoors on Thursdays from 9 to 11 am, and other times by appointment. Up to date information about the schedule is available from Elizabeth Peterson at, or 612-377-8748.

"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  at 663-7977 or Information is also available on the website,, and on Facebook and Twitter. 

Booster Club Concessions

Cook County Booster Club
Mon, 10/05/2015 (All day)

The Cook County Booster Club supports all Vikings athletics teams. The club needs volunteers to help at the concession stands at various Vikings events. A full schedule and sign up is available online.  More information is available from Jennifer at 387-2663.

Volunteers needed for Empty Bowls

Mon, 10/05/2015 (All day)

The annual Empty Bowls fundraiser strives to bring awareness to the pervasiveness of hunger in Cook County, while actively working to solve this community problem. The 10th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held November 12. The event is organized by community volunteers, and bowls for the event are made by local potters at the Art Colony. Approximately 75 volunteers are needed on the day of the event to assist with setting up, serving, and assorted other tasks. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Kelsey at 952-237-3517 or More information about Empty Bowls is available online.


Cross River Heritage Center events and exhibits

Cross River Heritage Center, Schroeder
Tue, 10/06/2015 (All day) - Sat, 10/17/2015 (All day)

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

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

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 17. 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, 10/06/2015 (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.


Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center

Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association
Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, SW of Schroeder
Fri, 10/09/2015 (All day) - Sat, 10/31/2015 (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 on weekends during the fall, with a resident naturalist, and on weekdays when staffed by volunteers.

Family-friendly programs continuing through October:

"Superior Rocks!" -- Fridays at 2 pm: Sugarloaf Cove is an incredible place to explore geology. Naturalist Margie will tell the geological story of the formation of the Sawtooth Mountains and Lake Superior, and also show participants how to recognize common rocks found in the area. 

Bird Banding -- Saturdays, 7 am to noon: Weather permitting, visitors can stop in anytime to take a close look at songbirds. Naturalist Margie and helpers will be banding birds and monitoring the populations of songbirds that nest and travel through Sugarloaf Cove, adding to the growing research on North Shore birds. Visitors can learn more about the banding process and its importance in understanding the lifespan, movement, and productivity of songbirds. 
Sugarloaf "Fun"ology Walk  -- Sundays at 10 am: Naturalist Margie will lead participants on a short hike and will share fun facts about nature's seasonal changes at Sugarloaf Cove -- including what is happening with trees, plants, animals, and birds.

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.

Caregiver Coffees

Care Partners
Fri, 10/09/2015 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Care Partners hosts Caregiver Coffees, an opportunity to get to know other caregivers in a casual setting and to discuss resources for caregivers.  All are welcome.  Those concerned about leaving a loved one can call Care Partners, who will then arrange respite care in a nearby space.  More information from Care Partners at 387-3788. 

Two events are scheduled this fall: 
Friday, October 9,  10-11:30 am at the Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte. The topic is “The Caregiver Story”.  Many of us are caregivers of parents, spouses, or neighbors. What are the challenges and benefits? 
Wednesday, November 11, 10-11:30 am  at the Congregational Church in Grand Marias  (downstairs)
The topic is “Asking for Help”  People want to help. What are the barriers to asking?  What makes it go well?


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