Local Events & Announcements

Summer programs at Birch Grove Community School

Birch Grove Community School, Tofte
Sun, 04/20/2014 (All day)

Birch Grove Community School is accepting registrations for two summer programs. Summer Saplings is for preschoolers. Campsite Kids is for children who have completed kindergarten through 5th graders. Both programs will be offered Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm, from June through August, starting June 9. More information is available on the school website, www.birchgroveschool.com. Information and registration are available at 663-0170.

Cook County Food Shelf

First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 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.

AARP Driver Safety Classes

Pam McDougall
Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 5:00pm - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 5:00pm

Minnesota drivers aged 55+ receive a 10% auto insurance discount by taking an approved eight-hour driver safety class. Drivers maintain the discount by taking a four-hour refresher class every three years. AARP sponsors the beginning and refresher classes at various locations in Cook County.

The four-hour refresher class will be offered at the Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte on Monday, April 21, from 5 to 9 pm.

The eight-hour driver safety class will be offered at the Cook County Community Center on Monday and Tuesday, June 23 and 24, from 5 to 9 pm.  

AARP members receive a discount.

People unable to fit a class into their schedules can take the AARP classes online and will receive the statutory insurance discount. The link is www.aarpdriversafety.org.

For more information and to register, contact Pam at 663-7068 or pamm@boreal or Bill at 387-3167.

Cook County Higher Education classes, events, notices and announcements

Cook County Higher Ed North Shore Campus, Grand Marais, and other locations
Tue, 04/22/2014 (All day) - Mon, 08/25/2014 (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.

Brown Bag Lunches

The Cook County Community Fund and Cook County Higher Education are collaborating to offer brown bag lunches in April. 

"Setting Up a Non-Profit" is the topic of the brown bag lunch on Tuesday, April 22, from 11 am to 1 pm.

"Social Media," presented by Molly Solberg, director of sales and marketing at Duluth Pack, is the topic of the brown bag lunch on Tuesday, April 29, from 11 am to 1 pm.   

RSVP is requested for these events at 387-3411 or highered@northshorecampus.org.

"Success Strategies for the Effective Leader": The Cook County Chamber of Commerce, EDA's Small Business Development Center, IRRRB, and Cook County Higher Education are sponsoring "Success Strategies for the Effective Leader," with instructor Inez Wildwood. Group A, for new supervisors and managers, will be offered on Tuesdays, May 20, June 10, June 24, and three additional dates to be determined, from 8 am to noon. Group B, for experienced managers and business owners, will be offered on Wednesdays, May 21, June 11, June 25, and three additional dates to be determined. Scholarships are available from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, with applications online at  www.dsacommunityfoundation.com/forms-and-applications. Applications for the courses are available at Higher Ed and online.

Basic Welding: A three-day course in basic welding fundamentals will be taught by Don Hammer Friday-Sunday, May 23-25, from 9 am to 5 pm. The class will be taught at the Industrial Tech Room at Cook County High School. Enrollment is limited, so prompt registration is encouraged.

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



Cook County Senior Center Events and Activities

Cook County Senior Center, Grand Marais
Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:15am - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 9:45am

The Cook County Senior Center in Grand Marais sponsors a variety of events and activities.

Lunch at Cascade Lodge, Tuesday, April 22. Leave the Senior Center at 11:15 am and return at 1:30 pm. A discount on lunch bills is offered by the restaurant. In-town pickup is available.

Grand Portage Casino Express, Tuesday, April 23. The bus leaves the Senior Center at 9:45 am and returns at approximately 3:30 pm. In-town pickup is available. Registration by Monday, April 22, is requested, and early registration is appreciated. Minimum number of participants is 12.  

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.

Upcoming classes and events at the Grand Marais Art Colony

Grand Marais Art Colony
Fri, 04/25/2014 (All day) - Tue, 05/06/2014 (All day)

The Grand Marais Art Colony offers classes and activities in a variety of media and for adults and kids.
"Transforming Fiber into Art,"3 days, April 25 - 27, 9am - 4 pm.
"Needle Felted Sculpture" (for ages 10-18), Saturday, April 25, 10am - 4 pm.

"Open Print Studio," with instructor Jerry Riach, May 6, 6-8:30 pm.

The Grand Marais Art Colony is located at 1st Street and 3rd Avenue. It is 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.


2014 Emergency Services Conference

Cook County Emergency Management
Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais
Fri, 04/25/2014 (All day) - Sat, 04/26/2014 (All day)

The 25th Annual Cook County Emergency Services Conference will be held April 25-26 at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais. With most Cook County responder entities migrating to ARMER, the focus of the conference will be on communications. Conference information, including registration, schedule, sessions and presenters, is available online at www.co.cook.mn.us/extension/index.php/2014-registration. A suggested registration fee is payable at the door. More information is available from Jim Wiinanen, Cook County Emergency Management Director, 387-3059, or jimwiinanen@co.cook.mn.us.

Care Partners Caregiver Support Group & Group Respite Program

Care Partners of Cook County
First Congregational UCC, Grand Marais
Fri, 04/25/2014 - 11:00am - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:00am

Care Partners of Cook County offers two groups to assist caregivers and their loved ones.

The Group Respite Program is held twice a month to offer a safe and enjoyable social setting for seniors with early memory loss or other long-term illness. Caregivers will have four hours of independent time, while their loved ones are supervised by trained volunteers. It is held the second Wednesday and fourth Friday of the month from 11 am to 3 pm, in the lower level of the First Congregational UCC in Grand Marais. The Group Respite Program on the second Wednesday begins at the same time as the Caregiver Support Group, to give caregivers freedom to join the group and have additional free time. Participants must preregister with  Jeannette at 387-3787.

The Caregiver Support Group meets every second Wednesday of the month, from 11 am to 12:30 pm, in the Fireside Room of the First Congregational Church. Vicky Biggs and Tyler Howell are the group facilitators. More information is available from Care Partners at 387-3788, carepartners@boreal.org, or Vicki Biggs at 387-1913 or vbiggs@boreal.org.


Minnesota History Players presents "Virginia Mae Hope – WWII Woman Air Force Service Pilot"

Grand Marais Public Library
Fri, 04/25/2014 - 1:00pm

The Grand Marais Public Library will host "Virginia Mae Hope (1921-1944) – World War II Woman Airforce Service Pilot," presented by the Minnesota History Players, in a free history program at the Grand Marais Public Library on Friday, April 25, at 1 pm. Virginia Mae Hope lived from 1921 to 1944, and her story includes growing up during the Great Depression, how Pearl Harbor affected the nation, and what it was like to serve as an Air Force Service Pilot during World War II. This event is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and the Grand Marais Public Library, and is funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Tofte Historical Society Annual Meeting

Jim & Joan Hall
Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Sun, 04/27/2014 - 2:00pm

The annual meeting of the Tofte Historical Society will be held at 2 pm on Sunday, April 27, at the Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte. Guest speakers this year are Jim and Joan Hall from Lutsen. The event is free, and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

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