Local Events & Announcements

Crossing Borders Art Tour

Various Artist Studios along the North Shore of Lake Superior
Fri, 09/26/2014 (All day) - Sun, 10/05/2014 (All day)

All are invited to participate in the Crossing Borders Studio Tour, a free, self-guided tour of a select group of professional artist studios located along the North Shore. The tour runs through October 5, with participating studios open from 10 am to 6 pm daily. This year's tour features six stops and 22 artists exhibiting work in stone sculpture, Ojibwe art work, pottery, weaving, glass, print making, wood turning, metal works, jewelry, and leather. Local artists include Marcie McIntire, Lee & Dan Ross, Betsy Bowen and Tom Christiansen. More information is available from Marcia or Tom at 663-1008, or online at www.crossingbordersstudiotour.com

Upcoming classes and events at the Grand Marais Art Colony

Grand Marais Art Colony
Sun, 09/28/2014 (All day) - Sun, 10/26/2014 (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. 
Tour d'Art: The Legacy - Art Colony Home & Studio Tour: The annual Art Colony fundraiser will be an exclusive home tour, reception, and exhibit. The tour at noon on October 4 will provide a rare opportunity to view the homes, studios and art collections of some of the North Shore’s most prestigious artists, all of whom played a role in developing the first art colony in the state of Minnesota. Included on the tour are the homes of Dan & Linda Quick (formerly owned by Art Colony founder Birney Quick), Byron & Emma Bradley, Hazel Belvo & Marcia Casey Cushmore, Sharon & Steve Frykman, and Liz Sivertson. Limited tickets are available and can be reserved in advance at 387-2737 or events@grandmaraisartcolony.org. The exhibit will be open to the public October 5-26. 

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.

Life Drawing: Artists in all media are welcome to attend the 10-week life drawing sessions offered on Wednesdays, October 1 - December 10, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm (no class November 26). No instruction is included. The sessions are open to all 18 and older, or younger artists with parental permission.
 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.

Cross River Heritage Center events and exhibits

Cross River Heritage Center, Schroeder
Sun, 09/28/2014 (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 season.

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.

Chik Wauk Museum summer events

Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center, Gunflint Trail
Sun, 09/28/2014 (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.
Year-end gift sale is underway now.

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
Sun, 09/28/2014 (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.

Pre-registration for child care: The Y is accepting pre-registration forms for part-time child care. Forms are due October 15.

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.  

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. 

Y staff will host a fall color hike for seniors at Lookout Mountain on Saturday, 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.


Flu shot clinics

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic
Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Grand Marais; Moondance Coffee Shop, Lutsen; Birch Grove Clinic, Tofte
Tue, 09/30/2014 (All day) - Wed, 10/22/2014 (All day)

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais will offer flu shots to persons 9 years old and over at the clinic and outreach locations:
Tuesday, September 30, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic lower level, noon-1:30 pm.                                   Lower Level

Wednesday, October 1,  Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, lower level,  4:30-6 pm.
Wednesday, October 22, Moon Dance Coffee Shop, Lutsen, 9-10:30 am; 
Birch Grove Clinic, Tofte, 12:30-1:30 pm.

Those who want their insurance billed should bring your insurance cards and information. Otherwise, the fee is payable by cash or check only.

More information is available from the clinic at 387-2330 or amy@sawtoothmountainclinic.org. This service is made available by the clinic and Cook County Public Health & Human Services.


Birch Grove Community Center events

Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Wed, 10/01/2014 (All day) - Wed, 10/08/2014 (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. 
Lunch bus to the Trestle Inn:
Senior West Connect hosts a bus trip to the Trestle Inn for lunch on Wednesday, October 1, from 10 am to 2 pm. Reservations are required.

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.

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

"Zumba Fitness on Demand" is offered at 10:30 am Wednesday.

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. 

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.
The community and recreation 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 Master Gardener application period open

Cook County Extension, Community Center, Grand Marais
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.

Cook County Food Shelf

First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais
Wed, 10/01/2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

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.


Help wanted for Superior Hiking Trail work projects

Superior Hiking Trail Association
Devil Track River and Arrowhead Trail segments of SHT
Fri, 10/03/2014 (All day) - Sat, 10/11/2014 (All day)

The Superior Hiking Trail Association is looking for volunteers to help with two weekend work projects in the Grand Marais area. On October 4-5, the SHTA will rebuild a bridge across a small tributary of the Devil Track River. On October 11-12, the SHTA will add 150 feet of boardwalk on a portion of the trail off of the Arrowhead Trail.  

The SHTA has reserved the group campsite at the Grand Marais Rec Park for volunteers. All volunteers are invited to a "meet and greet" at the Recreation Hall at the Rec Park on Friday, October 3, at 7 pm.

More information is available from Jody Nonnemacher at 218-834-2700 or volunteer@shta.org, and on the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/suphike





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