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Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center, Gunflint Trail
Mon, 08/31/2015 (All day) - Sun, 10/18/2015 (All day)

The Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center, 55 miles up the Gunflint Trail, 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, criss-cross 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.

"The Paper Trail": This year’s temporary exhibit, “The Paper Trail," includes diaries, letters and brochures collected from resorts and residents from the Gunflint Trail's past. 

USDA Forest Service naturalist talks:  Talks on Tuesdays from 2 to 3:30 pm feature a different topic each week.

The Chik Wauk Museum is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm through October 18. More information is available from Bonny Schudy, site manager, at 388-9915 or, and on the website,  


YMCA classes, events, and announcements

Cook County Community YMCA, Grand Marais
Mon, 08/31/2015 (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.

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

Parents’ Night Out: Second Saturday of each month, 5-8 pm. Activities are provided for ages 4 months and up. Youth ages 5 and older will go swimming, and the evening will end with a child-friendly movie. Preregistration is required and space is limited.

Fall open house and membership drive, September 8-14: Free access for all community members to the YMCA. No fee will be charged to anyone joining during the week.
Free Family Block Party: Friday, September 11, 4-6 pm, includes games, snacks, program samples, open swim, and more. A movie will be screened outdoors, with popcorn, at 8 pm. 

School’s Out Field Trips: On September 13, October 19, November 6, and December 7, the Cook County Youth Agency Coalition will host field trips. Details of each field trip and registration will be available by phoning the Y or visiting the website. 

Halloween Youth Lock-In: Saturday, October 31, from 7 pm to 7 am, for ages 8-15. All-night activities such as swimming, sports, games, and movies will be available to youth ages 8-15. Registration is required.
New Year’s Eve Youth Lock-In: Thursday, December 31, from 7 pm to 7 am.  All-night activities such as swimming, sports, games, and movies will be available for youth ages 8-15. Registration is required. 

More information and class and event registration are available from Emily Marshall at 387-3386 or, or on the website,

Birch Grove Community Center events and activities

Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Mon, 08/31/2015 (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 5, from 5 to 8pm. Wood-fired artisan pizza is prepared by Trevor Huggins, rain or shine. Pizza and sauce are provided; diners are asked to bring their own toppings. RSVP is appreciated. 

"Pickle ball" is offered indoors or outdoors on Thursdays from 9 to 11 am, and other times by appointment. Up to date information about the schedule is available from Carroll Peterson at, or 612-377-8748.

"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.

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. 

Monday Hikers

meet at Cook County Senior Center, Grand Marais
Mon, 08/31/2015 - 9:30am - Mon, 09/28/2015 - 9:30am

All are invited to join the Monday Hikers. They meet at 9:30 am at the Cook County Senior Center in Grand Marais to carpool, or at trailheads. After a moderate 2-hour hike, they have lunch at a nearby restaurant. More information is available from Nancy Strayer at 512-567-0653.

August 31 Canadian High Falls or boardwalk Hwy. 61, cross border, park in Visitors Center. Participants must bring passports.
September 21 Pincushion Mountain Overlook to Grand Marais 2.4 miles up Gunflint Trail, right on Pincushion Mtn Rd #53. Leave cars at both ends.
September 28 Oberg Mountain Hwy 61, right on Onion River Rd (FR #336), 2 mi up road to parking. 


Cook County Food Shelf

First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais
Mon, 08/31/2015 - 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. 

Cross River Heritage Center events and exhibits

Cross River Heritage Center, Schroeder
Tue, 09/01/2015 (All day)

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

"Lost Resorts" exhibit:  The Schroeder Area Historical Society exhibit features the history of North Shore resorts, including many that no longer exist.  

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,

Cook County Historical Society events and offerings

Cook County Historical Museum, 8 So Broadway, Grand Marais
Tue, 09/01/2015 (All day) - Tue, 09/29/2015 (All day)

The Cook County Historical Society operates the Cook County Historical Museum at 8 South Broadway in Grand Marais, and the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery at 115 Wisconsin Street in Grand Marais, in addition to several historical sites -- including the Chippewa City Church and Bally Blacksmith Shop.

Exhibit: "Music from the Tip o' the Arrowhead" is on display at the museum through the summer, featuring 100 years of local music. 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. Summer hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. More information is available at 387-2883 or online.

"Small Talk": Gene Glader will give a historical presentation on Grand Marais businesses at the museum on Saturday, September 12, at 4 pm. 

Annual Meeting and Dinner:  The Historical Society's annual meeting and dinner will be held September 29 at a location to be announced.

Informational meetings about school levy

ISD 166 Operating Levy Steering Committee
Hovland Town Hall; Mid-Gunflint Trail Fire Hall; Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte; Cook County Communinty Center, Grand Marais
Wed, 09/02/2015 (All day) - Mon, 10/05/2015 (All day)

At the end of December 2015, the current levy, which Cook County voters approved five years ago to support the students of ISD 166, will expire. The School Board has authorized a vote on approving a new, five-year levy. The ISD 166 Operating Levy Steering Committee will host several community informational meetings:

Hovland Town Hall --  Wednesday, September 2, 6 pm
Lutsen -- Tuesday, September 22, 6:30 pm
Mid-Gunlint Trail Fire Hall -- Thursday, September 24, 6:30 pm
Tofte/Schroeder Birch Grove -- Monday, September 28, 6:30 pm
Grand Portage Log Building -- Tuesday, September 29, 6:30 pm
Cook County Community Center -- Monday, October 5, 6:30 pm

More information is available at the committee's website, Questions and suggestions can be addressed to the committee at, or on Facebook.

Grand Marais Art Colony classes, events, and announcements

Grand Marais Art Colony
Wed, 09/02/2015 - 1:00pm - Sat, 09/05/2015 - 1:00pm

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.
Saturday demonstrations:  Artists demonstrate their craft at 1 pm.

September 5 -- Painting, Anna Hess

Public Lecture Series:

"A History and Overview of Botanical Art," with Denise Walser-Kolar, September 2, 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, and on the website,

Ultimate Frisbee

Cook County ISD 166 Multi-Purpose Field
Wed, 09/02/2015 - 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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