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Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center

Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association
Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, SW of Schroeder
Sat, 05/23/2015 - 7:00am - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 12:00pm

Sugarloaf Cove southwest of Schroeder is a 35-acre preserved site, 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 closed during the winter except for occasional public programs.

Bird banding: Memorial Day weekend, from 7 am to noon Saturday through Monday, naturalist Margie and helpers will be banding birds at Sugarloaf Cove, weather permitting. Everyone is invited to stop by to learn about the banding process and its importance in understanding the lifespan, movement, and productivity of songbirds that nest in and travel through the North Shore. There is no charge for this event.

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.

"Music from the Tip o' the Arrowhead"

Cook County Historical Society
Cook County Historical Museum, 8 So Broadway, Grand Marais
Sat, 05/23/2015 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

The Cook County Historical Society has a new exhibit: "Music from the Tip o' the Arrowhead."  The exhibit features 100 years of local music and continues throughout the summer at the Cook County Historical Museum, 8 South Broadway, Grand Marais. The opening reception is Saturday, May 23, from 1 to 4 pm. More information is available at 387-2883 or online. 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.

Cook County Senior Center events and activities

Cook County Senior Center, Grand Marais
Mon, 05/25/2015 (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. 

Meals on Wheels volunteer needed: The Senior Center is seeking a volunteer driver or drivers to deliver meals on Wednesdays. Drivers will deliver 10 to 15 meals between approximately 10:45 am and noon, within 5 miles of Grand Marais. Anyone interested is asked to call or email Ann at the center. 

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. 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

YMCA classes, events, and announcements

Cook County Community YMCA, Grand Marais
Mon, 05/25/2015 (All day) - Sun, 06/07/2015 (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. Parents are responsible for their children's supervision.

Free family day: Sunday, June 7, 11 am to 5 pm. Activities include open gymnastics, open gym time with age-appropriate toys, game room, open kids' club, and swimming.

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


Birch Grove Community Center events and activities

Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Mon, 05/25/2015 (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 5th from 5-8pm.  Wood Fired Artisan Pizzas by Trevor Huggins are served rain or shine.  (BYOT’s) Bring Your Own Toppings.  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.

Mini-bus tour: "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.
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. 


Single-family housing loans and grants

USDA Rural Development Agency
Mon, 05/25/2015 (All day)

The USDA Rural Development Agency, headquartered in Virginia, MN, is accepting applications from people who want to purchase a home or make repairs to existing homes. The loans are available to low-income families who wish to buy or repair homes located in rural communities. Applicants must meet income and credit guidelines. More information is available from the Rural Development office at 218-742-3929 ext 4, or  

Volunteer drivers needed for VA appointments

Northeast Veterans Transportation Program
Mon, 05/25/2015 (All day)

The Northeast Veterans Transportation Program will provide rides to veterans at no cost. Any Veteran traveling for a VA scheduled appointment is eligible to use this service. The program is seeking volunteer drivers. More information is available from Veterans Service Officer Pat Strand at 387-3639.

Cook County Food Shelf

First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais
Mon, 05/25/2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

The Cook County Food Shelf is open every Monday afternoon from 3 to 5 pm in the lower level of First Congregational Church UCC in Grand Marais. The food shelf also is open the first Wednesday night of each month from 5 to 7 pm. In addition to food for people, the food shelf accepts and distributes food for pets. The food shelf serves as a NAPS program for elders and WIC small bags distribution site. The church is located at 300 West Second Street.


Cook County Community Education classes & events

Tue, 05/26/2015 (All day) - Tue, 06/30/2015 (All day)

Cook County Community Education hosts a variety of classes and events for youth and adults.

ASHI Certification for the Lay Responder (American Safety and Health Institute):  Wednesday, May 26, 5-9 pm.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification:  May 29-31.

Volleyball Camp for Grades 4 – 6:  Tuesday – Thursday, June 2-4, 12:30-3pm.  Instruction will be given on passing, hitting and serving. Daily drill sessions and scrimmage games in the MS/HS Gym.
Summer Basketball Camp for all Girls grades 4 – 6:  Wednesdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29; 9 - 10:30 am. Girls will work on basketball fundamentals and drills with Coach Hana Senty. Scrimmages and games will occur when appropriate.
Basic Introduction to Sidearms for Women: Saturday, June 20, 9 am - 3 pm (break for lunch) at the Cook County Community Center. This is a 1 day class covering basics of firearms and firearm safety, with an emphasis on handguns. Classroom instruction in the morning is combined with an opportunity to shoot a few rounds in the afternoon. Firearms and ammo are provided. Participants are encouraged to bring eye and ear protection.

More class listings, information and registration are available from Community Education at 387-2000 ext. 616, by email, or on the website, The office is located in the YMCA. Office hours are 7:30 am to 4 pm Monday-Thursday. 

Ultimate Frisbee

Cook County ISD 166 Multi-Purpose Field
Wed, 05/27/2015 - 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.

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