Local Events & Announcements

Naturalist Programs

USDA Forest Service, Superior National Forest
Tue, 06/17/2014 (All day) - Sat, 08/23/2014 (All day)

Naturalist programs are offered at a variety of resorts and campgrounds along the North Shore through the Resort Naturalist Program.  This program is cooperatively funded by the USDA Forest Service and the Cook County Visitor Bureau.  All naturalist programs are free of charge and open to everyone. Activities including hikes and campfires are scheduled Tuesday through Saturday every week during the summer. The 2014 season runs through August 23, with a schedule of 17 programs a week.  For a full schedule, click here.

Cook County LOTS: Learning Opportunities Through Stories

Kids birth to pre-K
Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais
Wed, 06/18/2014 (All day) - Wed, 07/30/2014 (All day)

Cook County LOTS -- Learning Opportunities Through Stories -- is a free program available to all children from birth to 5 years, and their parents and caregivers. The program involves story-telling and free books. Sessions are offered at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm, through July 30.

Registration is not necessary, and kids can come for any or all sessions. More information is available at 218-834-8538, or dean.grace@co.lake.mn.us.

LOTS is a program of the North Shore Collaborative, Lake and Cook County Early Childhood Partners and United Way of Greater Duluth.


​Fish are Important for Superior Health (FISH) Project

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic & Grand Portage Health Services
Tue, 07/01/2014 (All day) - Sat, 08/30/2014 (All day)

Fish are an important part of a healthy diet. Catching and eating fish are a part of the history and culture of the Great Lakes region. Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and Grand Portage Health Service are looking for women 16 to 50 to participate in study of fish consumption and mercury. The project includes one-hour free, confidential appointments; free blood testing for levels of healthful fatty acids and for mercury contamination; and instruction on how to choose the best fish for healthy eating.

A video about the FISH project is on the home page of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic website, www.sawtoothmountainclinic.org. Enrollment and more information are available from the FISH coordinator at the clinic, 387-2330; or at Grand Portage Health Service, 475-2235. 


North Shore Music Association seeks public input

North Shore Music Association
Sat, 07/05/2014 (All day)

The North Shore Music Association seeks input from the public, to assist in determining future direction and programming. An online survey will be posted through August 31:



Study on International Worker Program in Cook County

Cook County Extension and Blandin Leadership Group
Sat, 07/05/2014 (All day)

Cook County Extension and several members of the recent Blandin leadership training are partnering to do a comprehensive study entitled "International Worker Program: Short and Long Term Impacts on the Economic and Social Fabric of Cook County." Members of the community, local businesses, and international workers are invited to participate in surveys, one-on-one confidential interviews, and focus groups to document information for the study.  Data results will be shared with the community upon completion of the project, with a target date of late fall 2014. More information is available from Diane Booth at 387-3015 or diane.booth@co.cook.mn.us.

Grand Marais Playhouse summer productions

Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais
Thu, 07/17/2014 (All day) - Sun, 08/10/2014 (All day)

The Grand Marais Playhouse offers two productions this summer at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts:

"Nunsense: The Mega Musical," by Dan Goggin, will be performed on July 17, 19, 25, 27, and 31, and August 2, 8, and 10.

"Nana's Naughty Knickers," by Katherine DiSavino, will be performed July 18, 20, 24, and 26, and August 1 and 3.

Tickets are available online at www.arrowheadcenterforthearts.tix.com. More information is available at www.grandmaraisplayhouse.com


Upcoming classes and events at the Grand Marais Art Colony

Grand Marais Art Colony
Mon, 07/21/2014 (All day) - Sun, 08/31/2014 (All day)

The Grand Marais Art Colony offers classes and activities in a variety of media and for adults and kids.

July 5-31: Tim Pearson, local painter, is the July feature artist in the Spotlight Gallery. Tim's website is http://riverblendstudio.com/.
Adult classes

"Block Printing: Start to Finish," July 26-28, 9am-4pm.

"Fused Glass Jewelry," July 26-27, 9am-4pm.

"The Beauty of Flowers," July 26-27, 9am-4pm.

"Menotred II," July 28-August 1, 9am-4pm.

"FUN-damentals of Clay: Wheel Throwing & Hand-Building," July 28-August 1, 9am-4pm.

"Cupcakes, Prints & Garbage," Tuesday, August 5, 1-4pm.

"Figure Drawing & Artistic Anatomy," August 9-10, 9am-4pm.

"Photograph the Northern Landscape," August 9-10: 9am-4pm.

"Encaustic Painting and Collage," August 9-11, 9am-4pm.

"Encaustic Collagraph," August 11-13, 9am-4pm.

"Dye Paper, Bind Books," August 12-15, 9am-4pm.

"Fused Glass Landscapes," Friday, August 15, 7-9 pm; Saturday-Sunday, August 16-17, 9am-4pm.

"The Art of Personal Writing," August 16-17, 9am-4pm.

"Driftwood Garden Art," August 16-17, 9am-4pm.

"Sumi-e: Painting From the Heart," August 19-22, 9am-4pm.

"Rules of Perspective," August 23-24, 9am-4pm.

"Wildlife in the Landscape: Moose Study," August 23-24, 9am-4pm.

"Gyotaku: The Dao of Fishy-ness," August 25-26, 9 am-4 pm.

"Mentored III," August 25, 9am-4pm.

"Aged to Perfection: Elders & Art-Making," August 28-29, 9am-noon.

"Capture the Light in Watercolor," August 30-31, 9am-4pm.

"Transfers & Transform: Fiber Arts Collage with Disperse Dyes," August 30-31, 9am-4pm.
 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.

YMCA classes, events, and announcements

Cook County Community YMCA, Grand Marais
Mon, 07/21/2014 (All day) - Sat, 08/30/2014 (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.

The community is invited to participate in open archery on Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm. Children ages 9 and below must have an adult with them. Open archery does not include instruction, but there will be a staff member present to monitor safety and give archers commands.

The Y invites the community to enjoy a free family day from 11 am to 3 pm on the first Sunday of the month. Activities include open gymnastics, open gym time with age-appropriate toys, game room, open kid’s club, and swimming. 

Weekly play dates for families with young children will be held during the summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am to 10:30 am.

Fitness punch cards are available this summer at the Cook County Community YMCA for specialty classes such as Zumba Step, HIIT Strength, Zumba Step, Qigong, Aikido, Parent/Child Yoga and more.

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


Cook County Higher Education classes, events, notices and announcements

Cook County Higher Ed North Shore Campus, Grand Marais, and other locations
Tue, 07/22/2014 (All day) - Tue, 09/02/2014 (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: The next in the Guest Lecture series is “Most of Everything You Think about Early Grand Marais is, Well, Wrong! The American Fur Company in the 1820s,” with presenter Tim Cochrane, local historian and park manager at Grand Portage National Monument. The lecture will be on Tuesday, July 22, from 7 to 8:30 pm.

August guest lecture postponed: Kurt Anderson's presentation on wild rice and sulfates, scheduled for August 5, has been postponed. 

Pharmacy Tech degree program: Hibbing Community College has added a Pharmacy Technician AAS Degree program that can be completed almost entirely online. HCC’s two-year Pharmacy Technician AAS 60-credit degree program will prepare students for entry-level pharmacy technician positions, and those who complete the program will be eligible to complete the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination. The course lectures are online. Hands-on lab requirements will be offered in Hibbing on weekends. Classes begin on August 25. A Pharmacy Technician packet is available at the North Shore Campus. 

Welding Technology Certificate program: Bemidji  State University in partnership with Lake Superior College is offering a Welding Technology Certificate program as one of four manufacturing education options available through a new program called 360° eTECH. Online classes will be taken through Lake Superior College. On-site labs will be held in Cook County over two weekends per semester. Classes begin on September 2. 
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, and on the website, www.northshorecampus.org



Chik Wauk Museum summer events

Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center, Gunflint Trail
Tue, 07/22/2014 (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 summer:

"Butterflies, Skippers and Moths of the Gunflint Trail" special exhibit will be on display all summer.


Tuesdays through August 19, 3 pm: US Forest Service naturalist programs, featuring a different northwoods topic each week.

Wednesdays through August 27, 11 am - 4 pm: "Stories with Harriet and Bill," with Harriet Boostrom Taus and Bill Boissenin, who grew up on the Gunflint Trail and will be on hand in the museum to share their childhood stories.
Mondays through August 25: Chik Wauk Kids' Day. Children can visit the museum free of charge on Mondays, and hands-on activities, stories, hikes, and craft projects will be available. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the museum.  

Special programs:

Sunday, August 17, 2 pm: "Gunflint Trail Geology Field Trip," with geologist John Green.

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.

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