Local Events & Announcements

Grand Marais Public Library events and programs

Where: 
Grand Marais Public Library, 102 2nd Ave W
When: 
Fri, 11/07/2014 - 3:30pm - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 3:30pm

The Grand Marais Public Library hosts a variety of events and programs for families, children, and adults. 
   
The library will host a presentation entitled "Lake Superior Barrels Update" on Wednesday, November 5, at 6 pm. The presenter will be Frank Koehn, an investigator working with the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to retrieve barrels dumped in Lake Superior during the cold war era. The presentation will be an update and report of activities to date, with information about what has been found and future plans.

"Digital Photography 101," with Brian Rauvola from the Duluth Photography Institute, will be offered Friday, November 7, from 1 to 4 pm. The class will be held at Cook County Higher Education, and class size is limited to 20. Registration is through the library at 387-1140.

Henry Boucha, Native American author, film maker, and Olympic and NHL hockey player, will speak at the library on Friday, November 21, at 1:30 pm.

Many of these 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.

Annual Lutefisk and Ham Dinner

Who: 
Zoar Lutheran Church
Where: 
Zoar Lutheran Church, 7239 Hwy 61, Lutsen
When: 
Sat, 11/08/2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Zoar Lutheran Church in Lutsen hosts their annual Lutefisk and Ham Dinner on Saturday, November 8, from 5 to 7 pm. The event is a fundraiser for the church's fuel account. Tickets are available at the door. More information is available from Polly Erickson at 387-7398.

Care Partners Caregiver Support Group & Group Respite Program

Who: 
Care Partners of Cook County
Where: 
First Congregational UCC, Grand Marais
When: 
Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:00am - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 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 three 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 2 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.

 

Empty Bowls 2014

Where: 
St. John's Catholic Church, Grand Marais
When: 
Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:00am - 5:00pm

Empty Bowls 2014 will be held at the St. John's Catholic Church. A soup meal provided by local restaurants will be served from 11 am to 1 pm, and from 5 pm to 7 pm. There will also be a bake sale and a silent auction, featuring a large selection of gift certificates donated by local businesses, which closes at 6:30 pm.

Proceeds from Empty Bowls battle hunger in Cook County by funding hunger programs offered by the Snack Packs Program, Cook County Food Shelf, Violence Prevention Center, ISD 166, Oshki Ogimaag Charter School, Meals on Wheels/Cook County Senior Center, Good Samaritan Fund, and others. More information is available from Kelsey at 952-237-3517 or kelsey@boreal.org.
 
Approximately 75 volunteers are needed on the day of the event to assist with setting up, serving, and assorted other tasks. Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to contact Pat Campanaro at 651-336-2964 or pcampanaro@gmail.com.
 
 

AARP Driver Safety Classes

Who: 
Pam McDougall
Where: 
Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais; Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
When: 
Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

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 Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais on Thursday, November 13, from noon to 4 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 AA and Al-Anon Meetings

Following are regular meetings of AA and Al-Anon around Cook County:
 
Mondays: 

Open Meeting, 7 PM, Senior Center, Grand Marais (the first Monday of the month a speaker meeting at 7 PM)
Al-Anon, 7 PM , First Congregational Church, Grand Marais

Tuesdays:
Big Book Study Group Open Meeting, 6 PM, First Congregational Church, Grand Marais

Wednesdays:
12 Steps, 12 Traditions, 6:00 PM, First Congregational Church, Grand Marais
Open Meeting, 7:00 PM, Windigo Lodge, Villa 2
Open Meeting, 7:00 PM, Moondance Coffee House, Lutsen
Al-Anon Family Support group meeting, 7:00 PM Lutsen Town Hall

Thursdays:
Women's Meeting, Noon, First Congregational Church, Grand Marais
Big Book Study Groups, 7 PM, Senior Center, Grand Marais
7:30 PM, Room 232, Grand Portage Lodge, Grand Portage

Fridays:
Big Book Study Group, Open Meeting, 7 AM, First Congregational Church, Grand Marais
"As Bill Sees It" Discussion Group, Open Meeting, 7:30 PM, First Congregational Church, Grand Marais

Saturdays:
Open Meeting, 7 PM, Trinity Lutheran Church, Hovland

Sundays:
Lutsen Big Book Study Group, 6:30 PM, Lutsen Town Hall

 

Play Nintendo Wii at the Senior Center

Where: 
Cook County Senior Center, Grand Marais

Everyone is invited to play Nintendo Wii at the Grand Marais Senior Center. No experience is necessary. The game was earned by Cook County third graders and donated to the Senior Center. Call the center at 387-2660 for more information.  The Senior Center is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm.

Safe Child Exchange Site

Who: 
North Shore Visitation Center

Separated or divorced parents who need a safe place to exchange children between them may contact the North Shore Visitation Center. The center offers a safe child exchange site in Grand Marais twice each week. More information is available at 370-1677 or 387-2522.

Foot Care Clinic

Where: 
Senior Center, Grand Marais

The Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and Cook County Department of Public Health and Human Services offer a foot care clinic at the Senior Center in downtown Grand Marais on the third Tuesday of each month. The clinic is held from 9 to 11 AM on a first-come, first-served basis. People seeking foot care are asked to bring their own soap, towel and bucket for soaking their feet. More information is available from Sawtooth Mountain Clinic at 387-2330.

WIC Program for Young Families

The Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program, better known as WIC, is available for women who are pregnant or recently had babies. Parents of children under the age of five also are eligible for WIC. A family that qualifies for the WIC program receives education about nutrition, healthy foods from the grocery store every month, health and growth checkups for children, and breastfeeding information and support. More information about Cook County’s WIC program is available from Teresa Borak at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, 387-2330. Information also is available from the Minnesota State WIC office at 800-657-3942 or from the website, www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/WIC/index.


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