Local Events & Announcements

Upcoming classes and events at the Grand Marais Art Colony

Grand Marais Art Colony
Sat, 09/13/2014 (All day) - Sun, 09/28/2014 (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.

Exhibit: The art created by 60 artists who participated in the Art Colony's just-completed Plein Air Competition will be on display at Johnson Heritage Post in Grand Marais through September 28, from 10 am to 4 pm. 
Make-a-Bowl sessions: All are invited to "Make-a-Bowl" at the Art Colony clay studio. Bowls will be offered to attendees at the annual Empty Bowls food shelf fundraiser on November 13. One-hour bowl-making sessions are Sundays at 2 pm and Mondays at 7 pm through October 13. Pre-registration is required.

"Paint-a-Bowl" will take place on Saturday, November 1, between 10 am and 2 pm, to glaze the bowls made during the "Make-a-Bowl" sessions. No pre-registration is required.
 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.

Chik Wauk Museum summer events

Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center, Gunflint Trail
Mon, 09/15/2014 (All day) - Mon, 10/20/2014 (All day)

The Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center, 55 miles up the Gunflint Trail, is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, through October 19. The museum 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, crisscross 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.

All season:

"Butterflies, Skippers and Moths of the Gunflint Trail" special exhibit will be on display all season.
Saturday, September 27: Year-end gift sale begins.

More information is available from Ada Igoe, museum manager, at 388-9915, or info@chikwauk.com, and on the website, www.chikwauk.com.

YMCA classes, events, and announcements

Cook County Community YMCA, Grand Marais
Mon, 09/15/2014 (All day) - Mon, 10/06/2014 (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.

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. 

Thursday, September 25: Informational session about "Swim Team at the Y," 5:30 pm. Athletes ages 5-18 and their parents are invited to learn about the program, including competition with other regional Y's, meet the coaches, and get sized for team suits.
Friday, September 26:  "Parents' Night Out," with a superhero theme, 5-8 pm, with activities for ages 1 year and up. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. 
Y staff will host fall color hikes for seniors at White Sky Rock on September 20, Oberg Mountain on September 27, and Lookout Mountain on October 4. Transportation is provided, and pre-registration is required. 
New schedules at the YMCA will begin on October 6.

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.


Cook County Master Gardener application period open

Cook County Extension, Community Center, Grand Marais
Mon, 09/15/2014 (All day) - Wed, 10/01/2014 (All day)

Applications will be accepted through October 1 for the Cook County Master Gardener program. Anyone with an interest in plants, gardening, and sharing those interests with others is invited to apply. More information is available from Diane Booth at 387-3015 or dianebooth@co.cook.mn.us, or at the Extension office in the Cook County Community Center.

Cross River Heritage Center events and exhibits

Cross River Heritage Center, Schroeder
Tue, 09/16/2014 (All day) - Sat, 10/18/2014 (All day)

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


"Ojibwe Faces and Stories," an Eastman Johnson Traveling Exhibit on loan from the St. Louis County Historical Society, will be on display through the summer.


The center will host a Wine and Beer Tasting on Thursday, September 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 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, www.crossriverheritage.org.

"By Way of Water: Our History with Lake Superior"

Cook County Historical Society
Cook County Historical Museum, 8 S Broadway, Grand Marais
Tue, 09/16/2014 (All day) - Sun, 09/28/2014 (All day)
“By Way of Water: Our History with Lake Superior” is the new exhibit at the Cook County Historical Museum in Grand Marais. It shares the story of how the lake shaped the people and communities of this region. Included in the exhibit are information about the arrival of settlers by water, the selection of Grand Marais Harbor and East Bay as ideal locations for settlement, the docks that steamships visited regularly, the shipwrecks America and Stranger, the United States Coast Guard, and the people and boats that passed through Cook County. Featured in the exhibit are the Fresnel Lens from the Grand Marais Lighthouse; the wheel from the S.S. America; multimedia stories about Isle Royale, heroic fishermen, and the lighthouse keeper’s family; and local art depicting a time when life depended on the Big Lake. The museum's seasonal hours (through September 27) are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. More information is available at 387-2883.

Birch Grove Community Center events

Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Wed, 09/17/2014 (All day) - Wed, 09/24/2014 (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. 

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.

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.

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.  


Drury Lane Books Events

Drury Lane Books. Grand Marais
Sat, 09/20/2014 (All day) - Wed, 10/22/2014 (All day)

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

Saturday, September 20, 5 pm: Writer’s Salon with poet Kate Hallett Dayton, reading from and discussing Salt Heart and Catalpa.

Wednesday, September 24, 6:30 pm: Women’s Book Group,title to be determined.
Saturday, October 4, 5 pm: Writer’s Salon with poet Louis Jenkins, reading from and discussing Tin Flag: New and Selected Prose Poems.

Wednesday, October 8, 5 - 6 pm: "Full Moose Reading," featuring Tom McCann, outside on the lakeshore.
Saturday, October 18, 11 am: "Moose-a-Rama," stories for kids with The Muffin Man.

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.

Grand Marais Public Library events and programs

Grand Marais Public Library, 102 2nd Ave W
Sat, 09/20/2014 - 2:00pm - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 2:00pm

The Grand Marais Public Library hosts a variety of events and programs for families, children, and adults.    and make money doing it.
The library will distribute 14 free tickets to a performance by classical pianist and composer Peter Arnstein at William Kelly High School in Silver Bay, on Saturday, September 20, at 7 pm.

Wednesday, September 24: Artist and musician Sara Pajunen brings her "Laatikko/Box" project, a sampling of the University of Minnesota’s Finnish-American archives, to the library at 2 pm. Using violin and voice, she weaves Finnish folk song with both archival audio recordings and conversations with her own Finnish-American family members. This event is sponsored by the Grand Marais Public Library and the Arrowhead Library System and is funded 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 pingebrigtsen@arrowhead.lib.mn.us, and on the website, www.grandmaraislibrary.org.

Leonard Sobanja 90th birthday celebration

Municipal Recreation Hall, Grand Marais Rec Park
Sat, 09/20/2014 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

A 90th birthday celebration for Leonard Sobanja will be held at the Municipal Recreation Hall at the Grand Marais Rec Park on Saturday, September 20, from 2 to 5 pm. Food and refreshments will be served. The family requests no gifts. More information is available from Kurt Sobanja at ksobanja@boreal.org.

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