Local Events & Announcements

Youth Baseball League registration

Who: 
Cook County Community Education
Where: 
Arrowhead Center for the Arts conference room
When: 
Thu, 04/30/2015 (All day)

Cook County Community Education has sent home registrations forms for this summer's youth baseball league for boys and girls. This summer there are three different leagues: T-Ball (ages 4-6), Parent Pitch (ages 7-9), and Little League (ages 10-12). Registration forms are due April 30. Questions can be directed to Bryan Carpenter, Baseball Commissioner, at 370-9891.  

 
 
 

Open house for County Administrator candidates

When: 
Thu, 04/30/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

The public is invited to meet and greet the candidates for Cook County Administrator from 6:30 to 8 pm on Thursday, April 30, at  East Bay Suites, Stone's Throw Reception Area. The candidates are Jeffrey Cadwell, current City of Mahnomen Administrator, James Ericson, current City of Mounds View Administrator, and James Thoreen, interim Pope County Coordinator.
 
 

North House Folk School classes, events, and activities

Where: 
North House Folk School, Grand Marais
When: 
Fri, 05/01/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/03/2015 (All day)

North House Folk School, on the harbor in Grand Marais, offers classes in northern craft and hosts a variety of public events and activities.

The Northern Sustainability Symposium: Resources from a Changing Forest is coming up May 1-3. Coursework opportunities include Spoon Carving Tutorials I & II, Cabin Masonry Stove, Creating Sacred Space, Creating a Home Apothecary, Willow Plant Supports for the Garden, Making Soba Noodles, Black Ash Basketry, and Green Medicines.

The North House Folk School campus is located at 500 West Hwy 61, on the harbor in Grand Marais. Local residents receive a 25% discount on class fees. More information is available at 218-287-9762 or 888-387-9762, by email at info@northhouse.org, and on the website, www.northouse.org. Registration for classes and events is available by phone and on the website. 

 

 

Apple growing workshop

Who: 
Cindy Hale
Where: 
Cook County Community Center (317 W 5th St, Grand Marais)
When: 
Sat, 05/02/2015 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

An apple growing workshop with Cindy Hale will be offered from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, May 2, at the Cook County Community Center. Topics will include intensive apple growing systems for dwarf apple trees and integrated pest management.  Cost is $10. Newly grafted apple trees will be potted. Preregistion is requested to the CC Extension office at 387-3015. 
 

Fire safety and awareness open houses

Who: 
U.S. Forest Service
Where: 
Finland Volunteer Fire Department, Gunflint Ranger Station, Schaap Community Center
When: 
Mon, 05/04/2015 - 4:00pm - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 4:00pm

The Gunflint and Tofte Ranger Districts of the Superior National Forest will host fire safety and awareness open houses in May:

Monday, May 4, Finland Volunteer Fire Department, 5607 Hwy 1, Finland
Monday, May 11, Gunflint Ranger Station, 2020 W Hwy 61, Grand Marais
Tuesday, May 12, Schaap Community Center, 7401 Gunflint Trail

Each of the open houses will be from 4 to 6 pm. Topics will include the use of fire as a management tool, projected 2015 fire outlook, Fire Wise and Fire Adapted Communities Concept, prescribed burning, available resources, and wildfire preparedness.

Aquatic invasive species workshop

Who: 
Marte Kitson, Minnesota Sea Grant
Where: 
Cook County Community Center (317 W 5th St, Grand Marais)
When: 
Tue, 05/05/2015 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

The Cook County Invastive Team (CCIT) will host an aquatic invasive species workshop from 5 to 6 pm on Tuesday, May 5, at the Cook County Community Center, with Marte Kitson of the Minnesota Sea Grant. Attendees will learn how to identify and prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species that are threatening Minnesota water resources. Attendees will receive a conservation cash coupon for use at Buck's in Grand Marais. More information is available from Laurel Wilson, CCIT coordinator, at 387-3772.

Beginning East Coast Swing dance lessons and open dance sessions

Who: 
Bob Pranis & Veronica Weadock
Where: 
Cook County Community Center, 4-H Log Cabin, Grand Marais
When: 
Tue, 05/05/2015 - 7:00pm - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 7:00pm

Bob Pranis and Veronica Weadock will offer beginning East Coast Swing dance lessons at the Cook County Community Center 4-H Log Cabin building from 7 to 8 pm on Tuesdays, May 5 and 12. The lessons will be followed by open dance sessions from 8 to 8:45 pm, where dancers can practice swing or Lindy or other dance styles. All are welcome.  More information from Bob or Veronica at 387-2358.

Cook County Higher Education classes, events, notices and announcements

Where: 
Cook County Higher Ed North Shore Campus, Grand Marais, and other locations
When: 
Wed, 05/06/2015 (All day) - Mon, 06/01/2015 (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.

QuickBooks I -- Money In (Intermediate Level) Workshop: Wednesday, May 6, 5-8 pm. Instructor Don Bremer will teach participants how to get started using QuickBooks in their businesses. Topics include setting up accounts within QuickBooks, setting company and individual user preferences, and creating and using invoices and sales receipts. A laptop with QuickBooks 2014 is required, and a limited number are available for rental from Higher Ed for use in the course.  

QuickBooks II -- Money Out (Intermediate Level) Workshop: Thursday, May 7, 9 am - noon. Instructor Don Bremer will provide more  QuickBooks business basics. Topics include paying bills, writing checks, issuing credits, e-mailing or printing statements, and reconciling bank statements. A laptop with QuickBooks 2014 is required, and a limited number are available for rental from Higher Ed for use in the course.  

QuickBooks III -- Payroll and Taxes (Intermediate Level) Workshop: Thursday, May 7, 1-4 pm. Instructor Don Bremer will teach more advanced QuickBooks concepts, including creating reports, tracking project progress, using Quickbooks payroll, and preparing for income tax filing. A laptop with QuickBooks 2014 is required, and a limited number are available for rental from Higher Ed for use in the course.   

Brown Bag Lunch: "Mental Illness in the Workplace," with Amy Wood, Minneapolis VA Health Care System, will be presented Thursday, May 7, from 11:30 am to 1 pm. The workshop will assist employers with strategies to support their employees during episodes of mental illness. Information will include first aid techniques to assist people suffering from mental health episodes, and what services for mental illness exist in the local area. RSVP is requested.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Workshop: Thursday, May 7, 6-7 pm, with presenter Amy Wood. This workshop focuses on how to identify the warning signs and risk factors of suicide, how to ask a person if he or she is suicidal, and where to refer suicidal persons for professional help. This event is presented in partnership witht the Minnesota VA. RWVP is requested.

May Guest Lecture: "Two (Unlikely!) Founding Mothers of American Indian Literature," presented by Carol Miller, Thursday, May 28, at 7 pm. This presentation focuses on Mourning Dove (Okanogan) and S. Alice Callahan (Muscogee),  two indigenous women from very different backgrounds and geographies who, with great personal effort, invented themselves as writers of early novels produced at the end of the 19th century and early in the 20th. The Higher Ed Guest Lecture series is offered to the community free, although donations are appreciated. The series is sponsored by the Grand Marais State Bank, Drury Lane Books, Buck’s Hardware, Sawbill Canoe Outfitters, White Pine North, Birchbark Books and Gifts, and Cook County Co-Op. 

ServSafe Training: Higher Ed will offer the National Restaurant Association's ServSafe Food Manager Certification and Renewal Training on Monday, June 1. The full certification course runs from 8 am to 5 pm. The cost includes the textbook and exam certification fee. The renewal course runs from 8 am to noon the same day. This training is designed to fulfill requirements for Minnesota state and local health departments. The instructor is Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux. Registration online is requested. 

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; on the website, www.northshorecampus.org; and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/cookcountyhighereducation

 

 

"Indians and Public Art: Changing the Image"

Who: 
Oshki Ogimaag students
Where: 
Grand Portage Community Center
When: 
Thu, 05/07/2015 (All day) - Thu, 05/14/2015 (All day)

Sixth-grade students at Oshki Ogimaag School in Grand Portage have created artwork for an exhibit entitled "Indians and Public Art: Changing the Image." The exhibit will be on display from May 7-14 at the Grand Portage Community Center. The exhibit is part of a broader effort to raise public awareness about art in the state Capitol and other prominent public spaces in Minnesota and how that art depicts Native Americans. The Oshki Ogimaag student art exhibit is an effort to create new stories and pictures to replace the old ones. A public gathering will be held Thursday, May 14, from 3-5 pm, to meet the young artists. More information is available from Belle at 218-475-2112.

Sawtooth Mountain 2015-16 kindergarten "Round Up"

Where: 
Sawtooth Mountain Elementary, Grand Marais
When: 
Fri, 05/08/2015 (All day)

Sawtooth Mountain Elementary in Grand Marais hosts "Round Up Day" for kids entering kindergarten in 2015 on Friday, May 8. Participants will spend the morning at the school from 8:20 am to 11 am, or the afternoon, from 12:45 to 3:25 pm, without parents. Children may ride the bus with siblings. Children will participate in many kindergarten activities. More information is available from Principal Gwen Carman at 387-2271 x 603 or gcarman@isd166.org.


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