Local Events & Announcements

Birch Grove Community Center events

Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Wed, 07/30/2014 (All day)

Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte 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.

Wood-fired pizza is prepared twice monthly, on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 5:30 pm. Birch Grove Foundation provides dough, sauce, and cheese, and all are invited to bring their own toppings. RSVP's are appreciated but not required. Donations are requested to support Birch Grove's mission.

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.  




Fisherman's Picnic

Grand Marais Lions Club
Harbor Park, Grand Marais, and other locations
Wed, 07/30/2014 (All day) - Sun, 08/03/2014 (All day)

The 85th Annual Fisherman's Picnic will be held in and around Harbor Park in Grand Marais Wednesday-Sunday, July 30-August 3. Sponsored by the Grand Marais Lions Club, the annual event features crazy days sales, a craft show, daily contests and prizes, food, live music, kids' activities, tennis and softball tournaments, professional log rolling, a parade, and fireworks. A Fisherman's Picnic button provides admission to many events and contests.

A full schedule of events is available on the Lions Club website, www.grandmaraislionsclub.com. Several featured events are scheduled each day:

Lioness Buffet Dinner and Silent Auction, Wednesday, July 30, 5-6:30 pm, St. John's Catholic Church, 5th Street and Broadway.

Buck’s & Northern Wild’s Big Fish Contest, July 26-August 2. Fish must be registered by 5 pm Saturday, August 2, to compete for the largest in six categories of fish.

Grand Marais Playhouse presents two musicals: "Nunsense" by Dan Goggin, on Thursday, July 31, and Saturday, August 2, at 7 pm; and "Nana's Naughty Knickers," by Katherin DiSavino, on Friday, August 1, at 7 pm, and Sunday, August 3, at 3 pm. Performances are at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 101 W 5th St. Tickets are available at www.arrowheardcenterforthearts.tix.com, or 387-1284.

Tennis Tournaments: Seniors events (50’s, 60’s, and 70’s+), July 31 - August 1; juniors events (18 & under), August 1-3, open and adult NTRP events (16 & Older): August 1-3. An ice cream social concludes the events on Sunday, August 3, at 2 pm at the High School tennis courts.

Lions Club Fishburger Stand: Thursday, July 31 - Sunday, August 3, opening daily at 11 am.

Live Music: Thursday, July 31 - Sunday, August 3. North Shore musicians will perform on the Harbor Park Stage throughout each day. Harbor Park dances will be held each night at the Park Stage.

Kids' Activities, Thursday, July 31 - Sunday, August 3: Little kid rides, including ferris wheel and spinning airplanes, located in the Senior Center Parking Lot on Broadway Avenue; inflatable rides for kids of all ages located on Wisconsin Street.

Bingo, Thursday, July 31 - Sunday, August 3: Bingo starts each day at noon at the Bingo Tent in the American Legion’s Beer Garden. Proceeds will go to local non-profit organizations.

Log Rolling, Friday-Saturday, August 1-2: North Shore Rollers will be hosting the logrolling event this year. Friday features open rolling for all ages. Saturday is the Minnesota State Logrolling Championship Amateur Only Tournament, with warm-up 9:30-10:30, and rolling beginning at 10:30 am, at the Cook County YMCA.

Daily Contests, Friday-Sunday, August 1-3. Friday features minnow races, World's Best Donut Bingo, egg toss, loon calling contest, stock saw contest, DQ Upside Down Blizzard Race. Saturday features minnow races, cross-cut log sawing contest,  stock saw contest, 3-point shooting contest, pickled herring eating contest, pizza eating contest, kids ' tractor pull, rock skipping contest, loon calling contest, cutest puppy contest. Sunday features the Lions Fish Toss. Details will be available at the info booth.

Minnow Camp, Friday, August 1,  8:30 am- 2 pm, at the Recreation Building in the Tourist Park. Open to boys and girls 5-12 years old.  Kids should bring a lunch and wear outdoor appropriate clothing. Pre-register by calling Laura at 370-1245; walk-ins are welcome up to a maximum of 40 children. 

Fisherman’s Picnic Trail Run, Saturday, August 2, two miles north of Grand Marais up the Gunflint Trail (Co Rd 12). The course is a trail run looping through the edge of a boreal forest with challenging hills. Pre-teen run at 9 am (8 years and under run ¼ mile, 9-12 years run 1 mile); 5 mile run/walk at 9:45 am, 3-mile non-competitive walk at 9:50 am.Pre-register at www.pincushiontrails.org. More information is available from Theresa Oberg, 387-1424 or t.oberg@live.com.

Ben Franklin Annual Rock Painting Contest: All ages can paint a rock and bring it to the Ben Franklin store before 3 pm on Saturday, August 2. The theme me is “Northwoods Wildlife,” and rocks must be no larger than 7”x 7”. Prizes will be announced on the Park stage at 5 pm.

GM Lions Men’s Slow Pitch Softball Tournament, Saturday-Sunday, August 2-3. On Saturday, games start at the High School, Pappy Wright, and Rec/Tourist Park Fields at 8 am. On Sunday, games begin at 8 am, with finals on the Rec Park. There is a maximum of 28 teams and each team is guaranteed 3 games. Pre-registration is available from Bob Spry, 387-2411 or nst@boreal.org.

Kids Tractor Pull, Saturday, August 2, for ages 4-11 years. Each participate must be accompanied by an adult to register.

Fireworks, Saturday, August 2, 9:45 pm, at the harbor.

Putt N Pets Mini Golf Tournament, Sunday, August 3, 9 am to 3 pm. Age divisions 13 and under and 14 yrs to adult.

Lions Fish Toss, Sunday, August 3, 3:30 pm, Wisconsin Street. Partners compete by age group, tossing a fish and increasing length of toss until it fish is dropped.

Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center events

Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, SW of Schroeder
Thu, 07/31/2014 (All day) - Sat, 08/30/2014 (All day)

Sugarloaf Cove southwest of Schroeder is a 35-acre preserved site, including a 7.5-acre Minnesota Scientific and Natural Area, open to the public. Trails are open from dawn to dusk year-round. The Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center is open daily during the summer and offers a schedule of public programs. All programs are free unless otherwise noted.

Every Thursday from 7 am-noon: Bird banding demonstration (come any time).

Every Saturday at 2 pm: Geology walk around the Cove led by naturalist. 

Every Sunday at 1 pm: "Naturally Superior," in-depth presentations on a variety of North Shore nature topics, by Sugarloaf Cove naturalist Margie Menzies. 

Special programs:

Saturday, July 26, 10 am: "Evolution of North Shore Streams," presented by Dr. Karen Gran.

Saturday, August 9, 1 pm: Annual member meeting and Ice Cream Social.

Saturday, August 16, 10 am: "Lake Superior Astronomy."

Saturday, August 23: "Writing Wild - Stories from Sugarloaf Cove" (preregistration and fee required).

Saturday, August 30, 10 am: "In the Field," with botanist Chel Anderson.  
Sugarloaf Cove is located approximately six miles southwest of Schroeder, at mile 73.3, 9096 Hwy 61. More information about programs and events and registration are available at www.sugarloafnorthshore.org, or by phone at 218-525-0001.

"Ride into History" -- 14th Annual Gitchi-Gami Trail Ride

Gitchi-Gami Trail Association
Thu, 07/31/2014 (All day) - Sat, 08/16/2014 (All day)

The Gitchi-Gami Trail Association hosts "Ride into History," the 14th Annual North Shore Trail Ride, on Saturday, August 16. Distance options are 28 or 34 miles; no long ride is offered this year because of road construction. This year only, the ride fee includes free admission to Split Rock Lighthouse, as well as to all state parks. The ride begins at 9 am at Gooseberry Falls State Park. Registration on the day of the ride is welcome, but special artist-designed t-shirt is not guaranteed. Fee is discounted for registration by July 31. Registration is available at www.ggta.org.  More information is available on the website or from Bill Blank at 218-370-1003.

Cook County Invasives Team upcoming events

Cook County Invasives Team
Thu, 07/31/2014 - 5:00pm - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 5:00pm

The Cook County Invasives Team (CCIT) is a group that works to prevent and control the spread of invasive species in northeastern Minnesota. 

Community Forest Restoration Shed: Landowners interested in controlling invasives on their property can use tools, equipment, and herbicides free of charge. The equipment is stored at the Community Forest Restoration Shed at Sugarloaf Cove near Schroeder. To use herbicides and application equipment, landowners must attend a mandatory two-hour training on identification and eradication of invasives. Registration is online at www.sugarloafnorthshore.org, and must be done two days before the training. There is space available at the training scheduled for Thursday, July 31.

Hikes: CCIT is hosting hikes this summer to look at native and non-native plants. Hikes begin at 5 pm. No registration is required.

  • August 8 - Oberg Mountain. Meet at the Oberg parking lot on the Onion River Road (FR 336, between Lutsen and Tofte).
  • August 18 - Superior Hiking Trail at Kadunce River. Meet at the Kadunce River Wayside on Highway 61, east of Grand Marais.

More information is available from Invasive Species Coordinator Angelique Edgerton at aedgerton@boreal.org, or 387-3772. The county web page is www.cookcountyinvasives.org. Updates are available on the CCIT facebook page, www.facebook.com/cookcountyinvasives.

Local area summer farmers' markets

Two Harbors, Finland and Brimson
Fri, 08/01/2014 (All day)

Several local farmers markets are open this summer. The Two Harbors Farmers' Market, located near the downtown bandshell, is open on Saturdays from 9 until noon. Finland hosts a market on Fridays from 5-7 pm at the Clair Nelson Center. Brimson has a market on Saturdays from 9 to noon at Hugo’s on Hwy 44.

Cook County Food Shelf

First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais
Mon, 08/04/2014 - 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.

Upcoming classes and events at the Grand Marais Art Colony

Grand Marais Art Colony
Tue, 08/05/2014 (All day) - Sun, 08/31/2014 (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.

July 5-31: Tim Pearson, local painter, is the July feature artist in the Spotlight Gallery. Tim's website is http://riverblendstudio.com/.
Adult classes

"Cupcakes, Prints & Garbage," Tuesday, August 5, 1-4pm.

"Figure Drawing & Artistic Anatomy," with instructor Ken Wenzel, August 9-10.

"Photograph the Northern Landscape," with instructor Linda Gammell, August 9-10.

"Encaustic Painting and Collage," with instructor Jeff Hirst, August 9-11.

"Encaustic Collagraph," August 11-13, with instructor Jeff Hirst.

"Dye Paper, Bind Books," with instructor Amanda Degener, August 12-15.

"Fused Glass Landscapes," with instructor Sharon Frykman, August 15, 7-9 pm; August 16-17, 9am-4pm.

"The Art of Personal Writing," with instructor Peter Blau, August 16-17.

"Driftwood Garden Art," with instructor Tom Christiansen, August 16-17.

"Sumi-e: Painting From the Heart," with instructor Susan Frame, August 18-22.

"Rules of Perspective," with instructor Tom Westbrook, August 23-24.

"Wildlife in the Landscape: Moose Study," with instructor Stephen Krasemann, August 23-24.

"Gyotaku: The Dao of Fishy-ness," with instructor Cameron Norman, August 25-26.

"Mentored III," August 25.

"Aged to Perfection: Elders & Art-Making," with instructor Peggy Thompson, August 28-29.

"Capture the Light in Watercolor," with instructor Jeanne Larson, August 30-31.

"Transfers & Transform: Fiber Arts Collage with Disperse Dyes," with instructor Kimber Olson, August 30-31.
 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.

West End Candidate Forum

Birch Grove Foundation
Birch Grove Community Center, 9 Good Neighbor Hill Road, Tofte
Wed, 08/06/2014 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm

The Birch Grove Foundation hosts the District 5 Commissioner Candidates on August 6th.  A hearth oven social starts at 5:30 pm, and the candidate forum begins at 7:00.  Cook County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Boyd will moderate the west end candidate forum.  Questions for the forum can be submitted ahead of time to bgf@boreal.org.  More information or RSVP with Caroline at 663-7977.

Drury Lane Books Events

Drury Lane Books. Grand Marais
Sat, 08/09/2014 (All day) - Wed, 10/22/2014 (All day)

Drury Lane Books, on the East Bay in downtown Grand Marais, hosts a variety of events and readings.

Saturdays in July, and August (except August 2), 11 am: Stories for young children with The Muffin Man. 

Saturday, August 9, 5 pm: Writer’s Salon / Full Moon Reading with Rachael Hanel, reading and discussing We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravediggers Daughter.

Saturday, August 23, 5 pm: Writer’s Salon with Kate Hopper, reading from and discussing Ready for Air: A Journey Through
Premature Motherhood.

Wednesday, August 27, 6:30 pm: Women’s Book Group, title to be determined.
Saturday, September 6, 5 pm: Writer’s Salon with poet Ken McCullough reading from and discussing Broken Gates.

Monday September 8, 5 - 6 pm: Full Moon Reading featuring Erin Huggins, outside on the lakeshore.

Saturday, September 20, 5 pm: Writer’s Salon with poet Kate Hallett Dayton, reading from and discussing Salt Heart and Catalpa.

Wednesday, September 24, 6:30 pm: Women’s Book Group,title to be determined.
Saturday, October 4, 5 pm: Writer’s Salon with poet Louis Jenkins, reading from and discussing Tin Flag: New and Selected Prose Poems.

Wednesday, October 8, 5 - 6 pm: "Full Moose Reading," featuring Tom McCann, outside on the lakeshore.
Saturday, October 18, 11 am: "Moose-a-Rama," stories for kids with The Muffin Man.

Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 pm: Women’s Book Group, title to be determined. 

More information on these events is available at drurylandbooks@boreal.org,  or 387-3370.

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