Local Events & Announcements

Cook County Senior Center events and activities

Cook County Senior Center, Grand Marais
Mon, 03/23/2015 (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. Recipes submitted by community members for the Senior Cooks Cookbook will be featured in April menus. 

Seeking new recipes: Community members are invited to submit recipes for future menus, including main dishes, salads, and desserts. Recipes can be emailed to seniors@boreal.org or dropped off at the Senior Center.
Medicare information and counseling: The Senior Center will host a Medicare question and answer session with Marjori Bottila on
Wednesday, April 29, from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Appointments with Marjori for individual counseling are available from 8 to 9 am and 12:30 to 3:30 pm. Marjori is available to answer questions by phone at 800-333-2433 ext. 81008.

Grand Portage shuttle: The Senior Center provides a bus shuttle to the Grand Portage Casino, including coupons for free slot play and discounts on dining room entrees. Participants can meet at the Senior Center or call for home pickup and dropoff within 5 miles of the center. Shuttle Monday, April 6, departs at 9:45 am and returns about 3:30 pm. Shuttle Monday, April 27, departs at 4:15 pm and returns about 10 pm.

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 cccoa@boreal.org.

YMCA classes, events, and announcements

Cook County Community YMCA, Grand Marais
Mon, 03/23/2015 (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. Parents are responsible for their children's supervision.

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+ for those that need childcare. Preregistration is required, and space is limited.

School's Out Spring Break:  The Y and Community Education will host spring break opportunities the week of March 30. Parents can enroll kids for games, crafts, activities, and time with friends. Registration is required and can be for a half day, a full day, or the full week. 
Free family day: Sunday, April 5, 11 am to 5 pm. Activities include open gymnastics, open gym time with age-appropriate toys, game room, open kids' club, and swimming.

 Healthy Kids Day: Saturday, April 25, 1-4 pm. This event is held at 1,800 YMCA's across the nation, to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. Community organizations are invited to host a booth with a health or safety activity, lesson, game, or prize. Local organizations interested in hosting a booth should contact the Y.

Parents' Night Out:  Saturday, April 25, 5-8 pm. Activities are provided for ages 4 months and up. Youth ages 5 and older can swim, and the evening will end with a child-friendly movie. Preregistration 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.  Ham Run registration is open until May 1st.  However, in order to get a race T-shirt, participants need to be registered by April 5th. There will not be any registration on race day.  Registration 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, 03/23/2015 (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 for 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.  


Grand Marais Public Library events and programs

Grand Marais Public Library
Mon, 03/23/2015 (All day)

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

Book donations: The Library Friends of Cook County has received an unprecedented contribution of books and other materials from the community for the August book sale, which is the annual fundraiser.  Because of limited storage space, the Friends can no longer accept magazines or pocket-sized paperback books effective immediately. Also, textbooks and Reader's Digest Condensed books cannot be accepted.  Large format paperbacks are welcome.  The Friends thank the community for their generous donations.

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.

George Morrison's art featured in comprehensive exhibit

Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Mon, 03/23/2015 (All day) - Sun, 04/26/2015 (All day)
"Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison," the first comprehensive retrospective exhibit of the art of the renowned Native American modernist, will be on display at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul through April 26. Morrison was a Cook County native, who was born in Chippewa City and lived in Grand Portage following his retirement from teaching art and American Indian studies. The exhibit includes drawings, paintings, prints, and sculpture that bring together concepts of abstraction, landscape, and spiritual reflection. Half of the 80 works in the exhibition are from the largest collection of Morrison’s artwork at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul. The other half are from public and private collections from across the country, including four pieces from the collection of the Minnesota Historical Society. More information is available on the website, www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/exhibits/modern-spirit-art-of-george-morrison. Check out The Roadhouse page to hear an interview about the exhibit with Dr. Kristin Makholm, the museum's director.

Cook County Historical Society seeks music memorabilia

Cook County Historical Museum, Grand Marais
Mon, 03/23/2015 (All day) - Tue, 03/31/2015 (All day)

The Cook County Historical Museum will open a new exhibit in late May this year: "Music from the Tip O’ the Arrowhead." The exhibit will feature a history of music in Cook County -- particularly from the 1920s through present day. The Historical Society is seeking photographs, concert posters, albums, CDs, art, advertisements, recordings (video especially), newspaper write-ups, programs, and any other items that highlight particular music venues, bands, groups, individual musicians, special events, dances, festivals etc. The Historical Society will digitize original items for anyone who does not want to loan original items for the exhibit. Items are being collected through the end of March. Anyone with items to loan is asked to contact the Historical Society at 387-2883 or history@boreal.org.

Illumination: igniting imagination

Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church
Johnson Heritage Post, 115 W Wisconsin St, Grand Marais
Mon, 03/23/2015 (All day) - Sun, 03/29/2015 (All day)

Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church of Grand Marais is sponsoring an exhibit, "Illumination: Igniting Imagination," through March 29, at the Johnson Heritage Post in Grand Marais. Hours for this exhibit are 10 am to 4pm daily.

Seasonal road restrictions

Cook County Highway Department
Cook County roads
Mon, 03/23/2015 (All day)

Seasonal road restrictions are now in effect, and will remain in effect until at least the first week of April. After that period, road restrictions will be lifted on a case-by-case basis as conditions warrant. All C0ok County roads are limited to 5 tons per axle unless otherwise posted. More information is available from the Cook County Highway Department, 387-3014. 

SWCD annual tree sale

Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District
Mon, 03/23/2015 (All day) - Fri, 04/17/2015 (All day)

Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District is again selling bundles of bare-root trees and shrubs. A variety of species are available. Descriptions and images are on the website, www.cookswcd.org. Order deadline is April 17, with pickup in Grand Marais on May 14. Order forms are available on the website and can also be picked up at the SWCD office in the Cook County Courthouse. More information is available from SWCD at 387-3647, by email from theresa.oberg@co.cook.mn.us, and on the website.


Hedstrom Lumber tree seedlings giveaway

Hedstrom Lumber
Mon, 03/23/2015 (All day) - Fri, 05/08/2015 (All day)
Hedstrom Lumber is offering free tree seedlings again this year. Red pine, white pine and white spruce seedlings can be ordered in quantities of 25, with a maximum of 200 seedlings per family or property owner. Seedling pick-up will be Friday, May 8, from 9 am to 3 pm. Order by email to bob@hedstromlumber.com.


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