Local Events & Announcements

Cross River Heritage Center events

Cross River Heritage Center, Schroeder
Sat, 08/23/2014 (All day) - Sat, 10/18/2014 (All day)

The Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder hosts a variety of events this season. 


"Ojibwe Faces and Stories," an Eastman Johnson Traveling Exhibit on loan from the St. Louis County Historical Society, will be on display through the summer.

An exhibit of Carl Gawboy's work, including watercolor pieces from Bois Forte Heritage Center in Tower and private collections, the "Voyageurs Bench" created with fabricator Jay Newcomb, and ink drawings from Gawboy and Ron Morton's Talking Sky is on display through August 31.


August  23, 7 pm: Poet Larry Schug and Community Poetry Recitation.

September 25, 6:30 - 8:30 pm: Wine and Beer Tasting.

The center closes for the season on October 18.

The center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 4:30 pm, Sundays from 1 to 4 pm, closed Mondays. More information is available by phone at 663-7706, or on the website, www.crossriverheritage.org.

Informational Meetings about North Shore Hospital & Care Center Building Project and Renovation

DSGW Architects
Lutsen Town Hall; Schaap Community Center/Fire Hall #1, Gunflint Trail
Sat, 08/23/2014 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

Cook County North Shore Hospital & Care Center, with DSGW Architects, will hold informational meetings about the proposed building expansion project and renovation. There will be two meetings held on Saturday, August 23: at the Lutsen Town Hall from 9 to 11 am; and at the Schaap Community Center/Fire Hall #1 on the Gunflint Trail, from 1 to 3 pm. Cookies and coffee will be served.

Cook County Higher Education classes, events, notices and announcements

Cook County Higher Ed North Shore Campus, Grand Marais, and other locations
Mon, 08/25/2014 (All day) - Tue, 09/02/2014 (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.
Guest lecture: Ahmed Samatar, professor of international affairs at Macalester College, will present "Perspectives on Globalization," on Friday, September 12, at 3 pm. The lecture will discuss his latest research on development, democracy, and leadership in Somalia. 

Pharmacy Tech degree program: Hibbing Community College has added a Pharmacy Technician AAS Degree program that can be completed almost entirely online. HCC’s two-year Pharmacy Technician AAS 60-credit degree program will prepare students for entry-level pharmacy technician positions, and those who complete the program will be eligible to complete the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination. The course lectures are online. Hands-on lab requirements will be offered in Hibbing on weekends. Classes begin on August 25. A Pharmacy Technician packet is available at the North Shore Campus. 

Welding Technology Certificate program: Bemidji  State University in partnership with Lake Superior College is offering a Welding Technology Certificate program as one of four manufacturing education options available through a new program called 360° eTECH. Online classes will be taken through Lake Superior College. On-site labs will be held in Cook County over two weekends per semester. Classes begin on September 2. 
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, and on the website, www.northshorecampus.org



Cook County Food Shelf

First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais
Mon, 08/25/2014 - 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.

The food shelf needs bags. Anyone who can donate bags is asked to leave them at the church only if the building is open, or call Gwen at 387-9860 to let her know you have bags to contribute.

Meeting: Affordable Housing Working Group

Birch Grove Community Center, 9 Good Neighbor Hill Road, Tofte
Mon, 08/25/2014 - 7:00pm

The affordable housing workgroup will meet Monday August 25th at 7pm at Birch Grove Community Center.  Mike Larson will present an initial report on potential housing sites across Cook County. More information from Andrew Beavers at 370-9883.

Care Partners Caregiver Support Group & Group Respite Program

Care Partners of Cook County
First Congregational UCC, Grand Marais
Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:00am - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 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 last 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.


AARP Driver Safety Classes

Pam McDougall
Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais; Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Thu, 09/04/2014 (All day) - Thu, 11/13/2014 (All day)

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 eight-hour driver safety class will be offered at the Cook County Community Center on Saturday, October 15 , from 8:30 am to 5 pm.

The four-hour refresher class will be offered at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais on several dates:

  • Thursday, September 4, from 5 to 9 pm.
  • Monday, September 8, from noon to 4 pm.
  • Monday, October 13, from noon to 4 pm.
  • Saturday, October 25, from 9 am to 1 pm.
  • Thursday, November 13, from noon to 4 pm.

The four-hour refresher class will be offered at Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte on Thursday, October 2, from 5 to 9 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.

Workdays at Wild Flower Sanctuary

Grand Marais Garden Club
Wild Flower Sanctuary, Co Rd 60 off the Gunflint Trail
Sun, 09/21/2014 - 10:00am - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:00am

Restoration is underway on the Wild Flower Sanctuary that was established by the Grand Marais Garden Club in cooperation with Hedstrom Lumber in 1959.  Helpers are welcome anytime.

Workdays are the third Sunday of the month at 10 am. Remaining workdays this season are September 21 and October 19. Work will focus on identifying, signing, weeding and maintaining the flowers. Some tools will be available, but helpers can bring their own.  A mosquito jacket and gloves are recommended. 

The sanctuary is located 5-1/2 miles from town, just off the Gunflint trail on County Road 60. Parking is at the new entrance just before the Devil's Track River bridge. More information is available from Chris or Anne Hegg at 387-9008

Cook County AA and Al-Anon Meetings

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open Meeting, 7 PM, Trinity Lutheran Church, Hovland

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


Play Nintendo Wii at the Senior Center

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.

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