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Local food market

Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais
Thu, 07/30/2015 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

A local food market will be open on Thursdays through August from 4- 6 pm at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais. All local food producers may sell fruits or vegetables that they have grown in Cook County. Tables and refrigerator space are available. Set-up is at 3 pm before the market opens at 4. This is an experimental farmers' market to see if local producers and buyers would utilize a weeknight market. More information is available from Diane Booth at 387-3015 or Kristin Wharton at 387-2330. 

Grand Marais Playhouse 45th Season

Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais
Thu, 07/30/2015 - 7:00pm - Sun, 08/09/2015 - 2:00pm

The Grand Marais Playhouse presents "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," and "Moon Over Buffalo" in repertory as part of its Summer Theater Festival through August 9. Shows are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7 pm; Sundays at 2 pm.  Performance details are available at www.grandmaraisplayhouse.comTickets are available online at


Hedstrom Lumber Sawmill Tours

Hedstrom Lumber Company
1504 Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais
Fri, 07/31/2015 (All day) - Fri, 08/28/2015 (All day)

The Hedstrom Lumber Company offers 90-minute sawmill tours on Tuesdays at 12:30 pm and Fridays at 10 am through August. Tours are limited to 12 visitors, and advance reservations are recommended to Bob at 387-2995 ext 14.

MN State Amateur Logrolling Tournament and open rolling

Fishermen's Picnic, Grand Marais
Fri, 07/31/2015 (All day) - Sat, 08/01/2015 (All day)

The Minnesota State Amateur Logrolling Tournament will be held at 10 am on Saturday, August 1, during Fishermen's Picnic in Grand Marais. Open rolling will be offered on Friday, July 31, from 10 am to 5 pm, for anyone interested in trying the sport. Proceeds will be used for log maintenance. More information is available from Andrea Peterson at 

Drury Lane Books events

Drury Lane Books. Grand Marais
Sat, 08/01/2015 (All day) - Tue, 10/27/2015 (All day)

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

The Muffin Man: Stories for young children, every Saturday at 11 am, through August (except August 1).
Writer’s Salon: Saturday, August 8, at 5 pm. Author Shannon Drury reads from The Radical Housewife.

Writer’s Salon: Saturday, August 22, at 5 pm. Author Margi Preus reads from Enchantment Lake: A Northwoods Mystery.

Full Moon Reading: Saturday, August 29, at 5 pm, outside on the lakeshore, featuring Kate Fitzgerald.

Writer’s Salon: Saturday, September 5, at 5 pm. Jim Pearlman (editor), Deborah Cooper (editor), Mara Hart (editor), Pamela Mittlefehldt (editor) Lake Superior poets reading from their newest anthology, Amethyst and Agate: Poems of Lake Superior.

Full Moon Reading: Saturday, September 26, at 5 pm, outside on the lakeshore, featuring Amy Schmidt.

Writer’s Salon: Saturday, October 3, at 5 pm. Poet Jill Breckenridge reads from Sometimes…: poems.

Moose-a-Rama with The Muffin Man: Saturday, October 17, 11 am. 

Full Moon Reading: Tuesday, October 27, 5 pm, outside on the lakeshore, featuring Tom Mc Cann.

More information on these events is available at  or 387-3370.

Grand Marais Art Colony classes, events, and announcements

Grand Marais Art Colony
Sat, 08/01/2015 - 1:00pm - Sat, 09/05/2015 - 1:00pm

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.
Saturday demonstrations:  Artists demonstrate their craft at 1 pm.

August 1 | Printmaking | Jerry Riach
August 8 | Clay | Maggie Anderson
August 15 | Clay | Melissa Wickwire
August 22 | Painting | Tim Pearson
August 29 | Glass | Mary Bebie
September 5 | Painting | Anna Hess

Public Lecture Series:

Jeff Hirst and Kat Corrigan | August 11 | 4 pm
"How to View Contemporary Art," with Charles Matson Lume | August 14 | 7 pm
Mary Jo Van Dell & Guillermo Cuellar | August 26 | 4 pm
"A History and Overview of Botanical Art," with Denise Walser-Kolar | September 2 | 4pm

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, and on the website,

Monday Hikers

meet at Cook County Senior Center, Grand Marais
Mon, 08/03/2015 - 9:30am - Mon, 09/28/2015 - 9:30am

All are invited to join the Monday Hikers. They meet at 9:30 am at the Cook County Senior Center in Grand Marais to carpool, or at trailheads. After a moderate 2-hour hike, they have lunch at a nearby restaurant. More information is available from Nancy Strayer at 512-567-0653.

August 3 Caribou Falls Hwy 61, 8 mi south of Schroeder, access at Caribou River Wayside 
August 17 So Side of Gunflint Lake 45 mi up Gunflint Trail, right on south Gunflint Lake Rd. (lunch at Gunflint Lodge)
August 24 Kadunce River Hwy 61, 9 mi east of Grand Marais, park on right side
August 31 Canadian High Falls or boardwalk Hwy. 61, cross border, park in Visitors Center. Participants must bring passports.
September 21 Pincushion Mountain Overlook to Grand Marais 2.4 miles up Gunflint Trail, right on Pincushion Mtn Rd #53. Leave cars at both ends.
September 28 Oberg Mountain Hwy 61, right on Onion River Rd (FR #336), 2 mi up road to parking. 


Cook County Food Shelf

First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais
Mon, 08/03/2015 - 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. 

Grand Portage Lodge & Casino Job Fair

Grand Portage Lodge & Casino
East Bay Suites, downtown Grand Marais
Tue, 08/04/2015 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Grand Portage Lodge and Casino invites everyone to a job fair at East Bay Suites in downtown Grand Marais on Tuesday, August 4, from 10 am to 5 pm.  More information is available by phone at 218-475-2808 or online at

AARP Driver Safety Classes

Pam McDougall
Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais; Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Wed, 08/05/2015 - 5:00pm - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 5:00pm

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 from 5-9 pm on Wednesday, August 5, and Tuesday, August 25.

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.

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