Local Events & Announcements

Cook County Historical Society seeks music memorabilia

Cook County Historical Museum, Grand Marais
Tue, 03/31/2015 (All day)

The Cook County Historical Museum will open a new exhibit in late May this year: "Music from the Tip O’ the Arrowhead." The exhibit will feature a history of music in Cook County -- particularly from the 1920s through present day. The Historical Society is seeking photographs, concert posters, albums, CDs, art, advertisements, recordings (video especially), newspaper write-ups, programs, and any other items that highlight particular music venues, bands, groups, individual musicians, special events, dances, festivals etc. The Historical Society will digitize original items for anyone who does not want to loan original items for the exhibit. Items are being collected through the end of March. Anyone with items to loan is asked to contact the Historical Society at 387-2883 or history@boreal.org.

Fingerstyle Guitar Workshops with Gordon Thorne

Moondance Coffee House (5335 W Hwy 61, Lutsen)
Tue, 03/31/2015 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Moondance Coffee House in Lutsen hosts fingerstyle guitar workshops with Gordon Thorne every Tuesday evening through March, from 5 to 7 pm.

Grand Marais Art Colony classes, events, and announcements

Grand Marais Art Colony
Wed, 04/01/2015 (All day) - Thu, 04/30/2015 (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.

Eric Thomas Emerging Artist Award:

The Art Colony is accepting applications from local youth completing their sophomore or junior years for the Eric Thomas Emerging Artist Award. The award winner will have an opportunity to take one Art Colony class, all expenses paid. Applications are available from the Art Colony and are due April 23. 


Mary Bergs is an installation artist who will be working in a 2D collage format in the Founders Hall. Marty Harris is an illustrator, designer, painter, and printmaker, who will be working in the Print Studio.

Community Engagement Projects, Saturday, March 28: "Make a Mark," with Marty Harris, 9 am-noon; and "Quilting Bee/Artist Salon," with Mary Bergs, 1-4 pm. Space is limited for these half-day classes.

Adult classes:

"Life Drawing," for artists in any medium, no instruction, Wednesdays through April 15, 6:30 - 9:30 pm.

Youth classes:

"Pewter Cast Jewelry," with instructor John Franz, 3 Thursdays, April 9-23, 4-5 pm. For ages 12 to 16.

"2-D to 3-D," with instructors David Hahn and John Franz, 4 Mondays, April 13-May 4, 4-5:30 pm. Course includes overview of drawing techniques, creation of a 2-D design, and translation to a 3-D boneware clay piece. For ages 10 to 14.

"Printing on Functional Fabric," with instructor Jill Levene, 2 Thursdays, April 30 and May 7, 4-7 pm. For ages 10 to 16.

Weekend Art Excursion to the Twin Cities: April 24 - 26, 2015.  There are still a few spaces available. It's a weekend filled with art-viewing opportunities including a behind-the-scenes tour of the Minnesota History Center's art collection, a private tour of George Morrison's Modern Spirit exhibit, a visit to the home of a Minnesota art collector, and a tour of the Northeast Minneapolis studios.

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.

Cook County Higher Education classes, events, notices and announcements

Cook County Higher Ed North Shore Campus, Grand Marais, and other locations
Wed, 04/01/2015 (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.

CCCF Grant Request Refresher: Higher Ed will host a brown bag lunch on April 1, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, to present information about the simplified application process for grants from the Cook County Community Fund (CCCF), an affiliate fund of the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation (DSACF). The deadline for submission of 2015 grant proposals by Cook County non-profits is May 1. Higher Ed requests RSVP's in order to prepare handouts and seating. Signup is available online at  http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07earc8ud2i7owphcs/a0140i7qbd8a7/questions. Information about about eligibility and the grant application process  is available from DSACF, at 218-726-0232 or grantsinfo@dsacommunityfoundation.com.

"The Wisdom of Dark Emotions: Promoting Resilience and Compassion in our Professional Lives," with featured speaker Gina Dixon, MA, LP, Director of St. Mary’s Essentia Grief Support Services, will be presented Thursday, April 16, from noon to 2 pm, at the Cook County Court House Commissioner’s Room. This presentation will address issues related to grief, loss, and death in professionals' work lives. The event is a brown bag lunch, and beverages and dessert will be provided. Sponsors include Cook County Higher Education, Public Health and Human Services, and the the North Shore Health Care Foundation. Certificates of attendance for continuing education will be provided. More information is available from Joni Kristenson at Public Health and Human Services, joni.kristenson@co.cook.mn.us, and from Higher Ed.

QuickBooks I -- Money In (Intermediate Level) Workshop: 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: 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: 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.   

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



Cook County Food Shelf

First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

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.


North House Folk School classes, events, and activities

North House Folk School, Grand Marais
Thu, 04/02/2015 - 7:00pm

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

Thursday movie nights:

The last of the free winter movie series, featuring favorites from past Arctic Film Festivals, is "Cree Hunters of Mistassini," which will be screened April 2 from 7 to 9 pm.

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. 



6th Annual Kids Plus Easter Egg Fundraiser

Kids Plus
Cook County Community Center and 4-H Log Cabin, Grand Marais
Sat, 04/04/2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Kids Plus hosts its 6th Annual Easter Egg Fundraiser on Saturday, April 4, at the Cook County Community Center and 4H Log Cabin in Grand Marais. Activities include a visit from the Easter Bunny from 9 am to noon, Easter egg hunt at 10 am, scavenger hunt at 10:30 am, raffle, dessert walk, and refreshments. 

Kids Plus thanks its sponsors: Beth’s Fudge, Bill and Gwen Lenz, Birch Bark Books & Gifts, Cook County Whole Foods Coop, Dairy Queen, Grand Marais Holiday Stationstore, Grand Marais State Bank, Java Moose, Johnson’s Foods, Joynes Ben Franklin, North Shore Care Center, Security State Bank, and Swanson & Heeren, P.C.



Beginning East Coast Swing dance lessons and open dance sessions

Bob Pranis & Veronica Weadock
Cook County Community Center, 4-H Log Cabin, Grand Marais
Tue, 04/07/2015 - 7:00pm - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 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, April 7 and 14, and a future date to be announced. 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.

Free Day at the Dentist

Oral Health Task Force and Grand Marais Family Dentistry
Grand Marais Family Dentistry
Thu, 04/09/2015 (All day)
The Oral Health Task Force and Grand Marais Family Dentistry will sponsor a "Free Day at the Dentist" on Thursday, April 19. Cook County parents of children ages 18 months to 26 years of age can schedule a children for exams, cleaning, x-rays, fluoride, and sealants. Transportation will be provided by Cook County High School ISD 166. Appointments may be scheduled at Grand Marais Family Dentistry, at 387-2774. More information about the Oral Health Task Force is available from Georgene Daubanton at 387-2334.

Fingerstyle Masters Weekend Workshops

Bluefin Bay Resort, Tofte
Fri, 04/10/2015 (All day) - Sat, 04/11/2015 (All day)

Bluefin Bay Resort in Tofte hosts the 5th Annual Fingerstyle Masters Weekend Friday to Saturday, April 10-11, featuring the North Shore's fingerpicker Gorden Thorne, Minnesota fiddlers Randy Sabien and Tom Schaefer, and Wyoming guitarist Mike Dowling.  

Workshops: Musicians of all of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate in workshops at 10 am on Saturday, April 11. Workshops include: a free youth guitar workshop, a guitar workshop with Mike Dowling, and a fiddle workshop with Randy Sabien. Advance reservation is required. 

Concerts: Free fingerstyle circle, Friday at 8 pm. Ticketed concert featuring Mike Dowling, Saturday, April 11. Tickets will be available at the door or can be reserved in advance.

Proceeds from the event will benefit WTIP, in support of its transmitter replacement project. More information, registration for workshops, and concert ticket reservations are available from Gordon at 218-353-7308 or oman@live.com.  

Click here for more information about the 5th Annual Fingerstyle Masters Weekend.


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