Local Events & Announcements

Grand Marais Art Colony classes, events, and announcements

Grand Marais Art Colony
Mon, 01/26/2015 (All day) - Sat, 03/28/2015 (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.


"Liminal Space," a solo exhibit by Lynn Speaker, Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant recipient, will be on display through February 1.


Mary Bergs is an installation artist who will be working in a 2D collage format in the Founders Hall. Marty Harris is an illustrator, designer, painter, and printmaker, who will be working in the Print Studio.

Open Studios, Saturday, March 21, with Marty Harris, 1-2 pm; and with Mary Bergs, 2-3 pm.

Community Engagement Projects, Saturday, March 28, with Marty Harris, 9 am-noon; and with Mary Bergs, 1-4 pm.

Adult classes:

"Life Drawing," for artists in any medium, no instruction, 10 Wednesdays through April 15 (except January 28, February 11, March 18 & 25), 6:30 - 9:30 pm.

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.

Cook County Senior Center events and activities

Cook County Senior Center, Grand Marais
Mon, 01/26/2015 (All day) - Thu, 02/12/2015 (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.

Valentine Card Making: All ages are invited to make valentine cards on Wednesday, February 4, from 1 to 4 pm. Participants are asked to bring their own supplies, although the Senior Center has limited basic supplies to share. 

 Movie: "Going Blind: Coming out the the Dark about Vision Loss," will be screened on February 12, with two showings at 1 pm and 3 pm. Snacks and beverages will be served. The film is presented by the Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss, to help raise awareness of low vision in the community and to help connect people in need with vision rehabilitation services. The event is free, but reservations are encouraged.  

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, 01/26/2015 (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.

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+. Preregistration is required, and space is limited.

Bone Builders introductory session, Wednesday, January 28, from 2 to 3 pm at the Fitness Studio. The Bone Builders exercise program is designed to help individuals maintain bone mass, build on existing bone mass, and improve balance, all to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Pre-registration is recommended.

Free family day: Saturday, February 7, from 1-5 pm. Activities include open gymnastics, open gym time with age-appropriate toys, game room, open kids' club, and swimming. 

Winter camp-in:  Overnight February 7-8, 6 pm-8 am. Families are invited to pitch a tent in the gym and enjoy numerous family-friendly activities, including a movie in the pool and "campfire" complete with s’mores, songs, and skits. Families can spend the night or just come for the activities. Cost is reduced for Y members.

Wednesday Wellness series:

"Optimizing Your Recovery," free presentation by Loren Stoner, February 18, 5 pm, in the Conference Room.

Stand-up paddle boarding: learning the basics, with Jack Stone, March 4, 5 pm, in the pool.

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. Register 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, 01/26/2015 (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. 

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 11 am. Reservations to reserve the gym and equipment are requested.

"Fitness on Demand" is offered at 10:30 am Wednesday. Participants can choose to exercise to a variety of DVD's, including Tai Chi, yoga, Zumba, and others.

"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.

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.

5th annual Boot Hockey Tournament & W.E. Movie Night, Friday, February 20, 4:30 pm. Team registration deadline is February 13; sign up online or by phone. Corporate team and event sponsorships are available. Volunteers are needed for safety logistics, registration table, concession set-up and sales, bonfire and rink attendants, and movie attendants. Movie "The Mighty Ducks" will be shown at 5 pm and 7 pm in the gym. 

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.  


Workforce housing survey

Cook County-Grand Marais Economic Development Authority & Go Cook County Housing Work Team
Wed, 01/28/2015 (All day) - Mon, 02/09/2015 (All day)

The Cook County-Grand Marais Economic Development Authority and Go Cook County Housing Work Team are collaborating to assess workforce housing needs, preferences, and affordability of both rental and home ownership options. They have developed an anonymous online survey to gather community input. The survey is a follow-up to five focus group sessions and interviews held last fall, and will help with identifying specific locations and key properties to support development. 
The survey takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete anonymously online, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/cookhousing. Anyone interested in the issue is asked to help by providing information requested in the survey. The deadline for completion is February 9. 


"Dog Sleds, Snowshoes, Winter Work and Play"

Cook County Historical Society
Cook County Historical Museum, 8 S Broadway, Grand Marais
Fri, 01/30/2015 - 1:00pm - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 10:00am
The Cook County Historical Museum is displaying a new exhibit, "Dog Sleds, Snowshoes, Winter Work and Play," featuring dog sleds built by Hovland trapper Mike West, trapping artifacts, snowshoes built by John Beargrease and the history of the legendary mail-carrier, and dog sled racing memorabilia.

The museum is located at 8 South Broadway in Grand Marais. Winter hours are Fridays from  1 to 4 pm and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. More information is available by phone at 387-2883.

Move It! in February

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic
Sun, 02/01/2015 (All day) - Sat, 02/28/2015 (All day)
The Sawtooth Mountain Clinic hosts Move It! in February, a month-long celebration of active living in Cook County. All are invited to log minutes and miles online. More event information and registration are available at www.sawtoothmountainclinic.org.

Cook County Food Shelf

First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 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.


Free tax help from AARP

AARP Tax Aide volunteers
Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais; Community Center, Grand Portage; Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Tue, 02/03/2015 (All day) - Wed, 04/15/2015 (All day)

Again this year, AARP Tax Aide Volunteers will provide free help to members of the community with their 2014 Federal and State Individual Income Tax returns and their Minnesota Property Tax and Rent Refund forms. The volunteers can also amend prior years' returns if mistakes were made.
Volunteers will be available at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais on Tuesdays, from 9 am to 3 pm; at the Community Center in Grand Portage on Wednesdays, from 9 am to 3 pm; and at Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte on Thursdays, from 10 am to 3 pm. Anyone seeking help with returns is asked to bring all 2014 tax documents. Those who have not received help from AARP volunteers in past years are asked to bring copies of last year's federal and state tax returns, and a Social Security card and photo ID.
Tax assistance is given on a first-come, first-served basis. However, arrangements can usually be made to collect necessary information to process returns of people who need to drop off tax documents and return to work. 
More information is available from Chuck Flickinger at 475-2776, or Steve Deschene at 387-1767.

Fingerstyle Guitar Workshops with Gordon Thorne

Moondance Coffee House (5335 W Hwy 61, Lutsen)
Wed, 02/04/2015 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Moondance Coffee House in Lutsen hosts fingerstyle guitar workshops with Gordon Thorne every Tuesday evening through March, from 5 to 7 pm.

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