Local Events & Announcements

Cook County Senior Center events and activities

Cook County Senior Center, Grand Marais
Mon, 03/02/2015 (All day)

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

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.

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 cccoa@boreal.org.

YMCA classes, events, and announcements

Cook County Community YMCA, Grand Marais
Mon, 03/02/2015 (All day) - Wed, 04/08/2015 (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.

EFCE open gym: Open gym is offered every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 to 11 am. Families are invited to play with equipment that builds motor skills and social skills.

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.  

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

Parents' night out: March 14, 5-8 pm. Activities are provided for kids ages 4 months and up, ending in a child-friendly movie. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited.

Wednesday Wellness series:

Kayaking skills, with Jack Stone, April 8, 5 pm, in the pool.

Ham Run Half Marathon: Early bird registration is now open for the Ham Run Half Marathon, 5K, and Little Runts Run, on May 2. Proceeds go towards program scholarships to make sure nobody is turned away from the Y for the inability to pay. Register and race sponsorships are available from the Y. 

More information and class and event registration are available on the website, www.cookcountyymca.org, and from Emily Marshall, Branch Executive Director, at 387-3386 ext. 506, or emarshall@duluthymca.org.


Birch Grove Community Center events and activities

Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Mon, 03/02/2015 (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, recreation, arts and culture, and health and wellness. 

"Pickle ball" is offered indoors or outdoors on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 10 to 11 am. Reservations to reserve the gym and equipment are requested.

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

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.

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.

"Second Sunday Fun-Day," 3-7 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.

Mini-bus tours:

"In Search of Spring," May 3-8: Birch Grove will offer a mini-bus tour to the Spring Blossom Festival in Door County, with stops in Iron Mountain and Green Bay, MI, en route, and Ashland, WI, on the return. The trip is planned for seniors, but all ages are welcome. Rates are available for single, double, or triple occupancy. Full payment is due April 3.

"By Road, River and Rail," August 16-21. Birch Grove will offer a mini-bus Circle Route tour around Lake Superior, with stops in Baraga, MI, and Sault Ste Marie, Schreiber, and Thunder Bay, ON. A train tour of the Agawa Canyon and a boat tour of the Soo Locks are included. The trip is planned for seniors, but all ages are welcome. Rates are available for single, double, or triple occupancy. Full payment is due July 16.

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.
The 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.  


Cook County community onion plant group order

NWFP and Cook County Extension
Mon, 03/02/2015 (All day) - Tue, 03/10/2015 (All day)
Once again the North Woods Food Project and the Cook County Extension office are taking group onion plant orders. The deadline for orders is Tuesday, March 10.  More information and ordering information are available from Diane at 387-3015 or diane.booth@co.cook.mn.us

Free tax help from AARP

AARP Tax Aide volunteers
Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais; Community Center, Grand Portage; Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Tue, 03/03/2015 (All day) - Wed, 04/15/2015 (All day)

Again this year, AARP Tax Aide Volunteers will provide free help to members of the community with their 2014 Federal and State Individual Income Tax returns and their Minnesota Property Tax and Rent Refund forms. The volunteers can also amend prior years' returns if mistakes were made.
Volunteers will be available at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais on Tuesdays, from 9 am to 3 pm; at the Community Center in Grand Portage on Wednesdays, from 9 am to 3 pm; and at Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte on Thursdays, from 10 am to 3 pm. Anyone seeking help with returns is asked to bring all 2014 tax documents. Those who have not received help from AARP volunteers in past years are asked to bring copies of last year's federal and state tax returns, and a Social Security card and photo ID.
Tax assistance is given on a first-come, first-served basis. However, arrangements can usually be made to collect necessary information to process returns of people who need to drop off tax documents and return to work. 
More information is available from Chuck Flickinger at 475-2776, or Steve Deschene at 387-1767.

Grand Marais Art Colony classes, events, and announcements

Grand Marais Art Colony
Wed, 03/04/2015 (All day) - Sat, 03/28/2015 (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.


Mary Bergs is an installation artist who will be working in a 2D collage format in the Founders Hall. Marty Harris is an illustrator, designer, painter, and printmaker, who will be working in the Print Studio.

Open Studios, Saturday, March 21, with Marty Harris, 1-2 pm; and with Mary Bergs, 2-3 pm.

Community Engagement Projects, Saturday, March 28: "Make a Mark," with Marty Harris, 9 am-noon; and "Quilting Bee/Artist Salon," with Mary Bergs, 1-4 pm. Space is limited for these half-day classes.

Adult classes:

"Life Drawing," for artists in any medium, no instruction, 10 Wednesdays through April 15 (except March 18 & 25), 6:30 - 9:30 pm.

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.

North House Folk School classes, events, and activities

North House Folk School, Grand Marais
Thu, 03/05/2015 (All day) - Thu, 04/02/2015 (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.

Kids' programs:

"Carving for Kids" will give kids 8 years and older an introduction to use of knives as safe and efficient carving tools. Examples of uses of knives in crafts taught at North House will be demonstrated. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. The workshop is Saturday, March 7, from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Preregistration is required.

Thursday movie nights:

On Thursday evenings, from 7 to 9 pm, favorite movies from past Arctic Film Festivals will be screened:

"Wooden Spoons and the Wood Culture Renaissance: Travels in Southern Sweden," March 5;
"Skiing in the Shadow of Genghis Khan," March 12;
"North of the Sun," March 19;
"The Weeping Camel," March 26;
"Cree Hunters of Mistassini," April 2.

Scholarship opportunity for Pram Boat Building class:

North House is offering a special scholarship opportunity for Cook County residents only, thanks to the support of the Shirley Hansen Memorial Fund. Four sliding-scale scholarships are available in Pram Boat Building, a wooden boat building course that teaches a variety of basic woodworking skills at. Minimum participation is 3 consecutive days during the class, offered March 11-16, but students are welcome to participate for the entire six-day course. The course is best taken from the beginning and for as many days as possible inorder to gain a complete understanding of the process.

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 218-287-9762 or 888-387-9762, by email at info@northhouse.org, and on the website, www.northouse.org. Registration for classes and events is available by phone and on the website. 



Grand Marais Public Library events and programs

Grand Marais Public Library
Fri, 03/06/2015 (All day) - Mon, 03/30/2015 (All day)

The Grand Marais Public Library hosts a variety of events and programs for families, children, and adults. 

Interactive program about the Civil War: The library hosts Arn Kind from Historical Experiences at 6 pm on Friday, March 6, with an interactive program about Minnesota’s involvement in the American Civil War.  Arn shares artifacts, uniforms, and equipment that participants are allowed to observe, handle, and interact with as part of this hands-on history experience.

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 pingebrigtsen@arrowhead.lib.mn.us, and on the website, www.grandmaraislibrary.org.

"Dog Sleds, Snowshoes, Winter Work and Play"

Cook County Historical Society
Cook County Historical Museum, 8 S Broadway, Grand Marais
Fri, 03/06/2015 - 1:00pm - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 10:00am
The Cook County Historical Museum is displaying a new exhibit, "Dog Sleds, Snowshoes, Winter Work and Play," featuring dog sleds built by Hovland trapper Mike West, trapping artifacts, snowshoes built by John Beargrease and the history of the legendary mail-carrier, and dog sled racing memorabilia.

The museum is located at 8 South Broadway in Grand Marais. Winter hours are Fridays from 1 to 4 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. More information is available by phone at 387-2883.

Comfort Food Supper

Men's Group
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Grand Marais
Fri, 03/06/2015 - 6:00pm

The Bethlehem Lutheran Church men's group and friends host a 'comfort food supper' Friday March 6th at the Church.  The meal includes Peterson's potato sausage, creamed peas, lefse and more.  All proceeds benefit Wilderness Canoe Base and their camp scholarships.  More information from Mark at 387-2227.

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