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Grand Marais Public Library events and programs

Grand Marais Public Library
Sat, 10/03/2015 (All day) - Wed, 10/21/2015 (All day)

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

Dlutkowski Violin Performance: Fiddling sisters Emma and Carrie Dlutkowski will perform on Saturday, October 3, at 1 pm. Together with their mother Susan, accompanying on piano, this trio has delighted audiences around Michigan's western Upper Peninsula with their high-energy musicality, drawing on the dynamic music of Canadian and American fiddle traditions. Adding clogging (foot percussion) and Ottawa Valley step dancing to their performances reinforces the driving rhythm of their “stunningly fast fiddling.”

"Stories Sing!": Monday, October 12, at 10:30am. "Stories Sing" is a special story time presentation by the Minnesota Opera.  Teaching Artist Alisa Magallón will read and sing a children’s picture book with an opera theme.  Magallón also brings an educational twist to the program, sharing tips with parents and caregivers on how to bring books to life with music and song --increasing early literacy and creating a love of both music and reading.

Third Wednesday Technology Open House: October 21, 6-8 pm.  All who have technology questions are invited to attend, as are those who would be willing to serve as tech mentors to others. "Beginners or below" can spend time with a mentor to learn the basics of using a computer or mobile device. The sessions are unstructured. Depending on need, attention may be highly individualized. Participants may bring their own devices or use those owned by the library.

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, 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, and on the website,

Make-a-Bowl for Empty Bowls 2015

Grand Marais Art Colony, 120 West 3rd Avenue
Sun, 10/04/2015 - 2:00pm - Wed, 10/28/2015 - 7:00pm

The Grand Marais Art Colony invites the community to participate in the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser by signing up for a Make-a-Bowl session. Participants will make one wheel-thrown and one hand-built bowl to donate to the event and all proceeds go to support the local food shelf and alleviate local hunger issues. Sessions are Sundays at 2 pm or Mondays at 7 pm, through October 19 in the clay studio; and Tuesday and Wednesday, October 27 and 28 at 6:30 pm in the glass studio. More information and registration are available by phone at 387-2737.  The Empty Bowls fundraiser will be Thursday November 12.

AARP Driver Safety Classes

Pam McDougall
Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais; Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Mon, 10/05/2015 (All day) - Mon, 11/09/2015 (All day)

Minnesota drivers aged 55+ receive a 10% auto insurance discount by taking an approved eight-hour driver safety/accident reduction 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 eight-hour class will be offered on Thursday, October 29, from 8:30 am to 5 pm at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais.

The four-hour refresher class will be offered at the Cook County Community Center from noon to 4 pm on Monday, October 5; Tuesday, October 20; and Monday, November 9.

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

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

Cook County Food Shelf

First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais
Mon, 10/05/2015 - 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. 

Informational meetings about school levy

ISD 166 Operating Levy Steering Committee
Cook County Communinty Center, Grand Marais
Mon, 10/05/2015 - 6:30pm

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 hosts the last of several community informational meetings at the Cook County Community Center on Monday, October 5, at 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.

"Extreme picky eating" presentation

Katja Rowell, MD
Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Grand Marais
Mon, 10/05/2015 - 6:30pm - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 9:00am

Katja Rowell, MD, author of Helping Your Child With Extreme Picky Eating, will give two presentations at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais on Monday, October 5, from 6:30 to 8 pm; and Tuesday, October 6, from 9 to 10:30 am. These events are free and open to the public. Her presentation is geared toward parents, caregivers, grandparents, early childhood professionals, and anyone who interacts with children. Refreshments will be served. More information about Dr. Rowell can be found on her website


Cook County Historical Society events and offerings

Cook County Historical Museum, 8 So Broadway, Grand Marais
Tue, 10/06/2015 (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.


Cook County Higher Education classes, events, notices and announcements

Cook County Higher Ed North Shore Campus, Grand Marais, and other locations
Wed, 10/07/2015 (All day) - Sat, 11/21/2015 (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.

Workshop: "College Funding-Investing in your child's future!" Wednesday, October 7, at 5:30 pm. October is College Knowledge Month. Cook County Higher Ed hosts a workshop exploring funding strategies for keeping a college education within reach, with Certified Financial Planner Mary Sorenson. RSVPs requested.
Healing Beyond Borders - HTI Healing Touch Certificate Program Level 1 Workshop: Level 1 (of 5 levels) begins with 18 continuing education contact hours of instruction, with instructor Stacey Quade, COTA/L, CHTP, CHTI, Herbalist. Level 2 Workshop: Level 2 is for students who have completed Level 1, and will be taught by Jackie Mielke, BS, CHTP, CHTI, CAHI. Both workshops will be offered Saturday and Sunday, November 21-22, from 8 am to 5:30 pm. 
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; on the website,; and on Facebook,


Brown Bag Lunch: Sue Hakes

Violence Prevention Center
East Bay Suites, Stone's Throw Room, Grand Marais
Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The Violence Prevention Center hosts a Brown Bag Lunch on Wednesday October 7, from noon to 1 pm, at East Bay Suites, Stone's Throw Room. Guest speaker Sue Hakes will discuss leadership in a presentation entitled "Speak up, even when your voice shakes!" Coffee and desserts will be provided. More information is available from the VPC at 387-1262, or

Office Hours at WTIP

Community Producers Project
WTIP, 1712 W Hwy 61
Wed, 10/07/2015 - 5:30pm - Wed, 10/28/2015 - 7:29pm

Introducing "Office Hours"
Wednesdays September 23 - October 28th 
Patrick Knight of the Community Producers Project is at the station Wednesdays through October from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
Volunteer producers are welcome to stop by the station to talk through ideas, troubleshoot or learn equipment, with Patrick and other contributors.  All are welcome to these drop-in sessions.  More information at 387-1070.

  • Learn to use: editing software & portable recording equipment
  • Generate story ideas
  • Learn how to prep your work for radio or online distribution
  • Gather new techniques to use in your piece
  • Stop by for 2 minutes... or 2 hours...
  • Everyone is welcome!

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