Local Events & Announcements

Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Jeremy Ridlbauer
Sat, 12/20/2014 (All day)

The Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count day is Saturday, December 20. Both feeder watchers and walking/driving birders are needed for the count in the Grand Marais count area, a 7.5-mile radius circle from a point 3 miles south of the middle of Devil Track Lake. The count circle covers Hwy 61 to Lindskog Rd and north, some of Cty Rd 60, Gunflint Trail to the landfill road, Pine Mountain Rd to the backside of Elbow Lake, Devil Track Rd to Bally Creek Rd, Ball Club Rd to The Grade, Pike Lake Rd, and Hwy 61 west to Cascade Lodge, and all of the lakeshore between Lindskog Rd and Cascade Lodge. Volunteers are also needed to record bird species observed during "count week," three days before and three days after the December 20 "count day." Birders of all skill levels are welcome to participate. Volunteers are asked to contact count compiler Jeremy Ridlbauer at sundew@boreal.org or 370-0733 to let him know what areas they can cover or feeders they will be watching. 


Winter Solstice Shadow Puppet Pagaent, party and potluck

Good Harbor Hill Players
North House Folk School, Sivertson Gallery
Sun, 12/21/2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

The Good Harbor Hill Players will present the annual Winter Solstice Shadow Puppet Pagaent on the commons at North House Folk School on Sunday, December 21, at 6 pm. Everyone is advised to dress warmly for the outdoor performance, and to bring their "gloomies" to toss into the bonfire.

Sivertson Gallery will host a Solstice Party from 4 to 6 pm, with refreshments. All are welcome.

North House will host a potluck supper after the show.

Grand Marais Public Library events and programs

Grand Marais Public Library
Wed, 12/24/2014 - 3:30pm - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:00pm

The Grand Marais Public Library hosts a variety of events and programs for families, children, and adults. 
Holiday hours: The library will close at 2 pm on Wednesday, December 24, and will reopen with regular hours on Friday, December 26. the library will close at 5 pm on Wednesday, January 31, and will reopen with regular hours on Friday, January 2.

Henna Body Art Workshop: A hands-on workshop on the history, culture, and science of henna through the ages, including how to mix and apply henna, will be held on Saturday, January 3, at 3:30 pm.

"Painting with Wool: Needle Felting Fun," a family workshop using wool to create landscapes and abstract art, will be offered on Friday, January 16, at 4 pm.

Many of the Library's 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.

Care Partners Caregiver Support Group & Group Respite Program

Care Partners of Cook County
First Congregational UCC, Grand Marais
Fri, 12/26/2014 - 11:00am - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 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.

NOTE: Check with Care Partners for the holiday schedule.


Upcoming classes and events at the Grand Marais Art Colony

Grand Marais Art Colony
Thu, 01/08/2015 (All day) - Mon, 01/26/2015 (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.

Adult classes:

"Pet Portraiture," with Anna Hess, 5 Thursdays,  January 8 - February 5, 6 - 8 pm.
"Still Life in Oil," with Neil Sherman, Saturday-Sunday, January 10-11.
"The Colors of Winter," with Catherine Hearding, 5 days, Monday-Friday, January 26 - 30.

 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.

HOT DISH youth gatherings

Cook County Community Center, Log Cabin, Grand Marais
Fri, 01/09/2015 - 6:30pm - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 6:30pm

HOT DISH is a place for young folks of Cook County to find community, meet new people, and share art, music, writing and food. Gatherings are held on the second Friday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Cook County Community Center Log Cabin in Grand Marais. More information is available from Stefanie at 218-232-0566.

Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center

Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association
Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, SW of Schroeder
Sat, 01/10/2015 (All day) - Sat, 02/21/2015 (All day)

Sugarloaf Cove southwest of Schroeder is a 35-acre preserved site, including a 7.5-acre Minnesota Scientific and Natural Area, open to the public. Trails are open from dawn to dusk year-round. The Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center is closed during the winter except for occasional public programs.

"Winter Woes and Wonders," a free program on Saturday, January 10, at 10 am, will explore animal adaptations for making it through the winter -- such as how the chickadee eats, keeps its body temperature at 108 degrees during the day, and somehow makes it from one day to the next. Participants should dress warmly for the Nature Center program and the hike. Hot beverages will be available before and after the hike.

Minnesota Master Naturalist Northwoods/Great Lakes Training will give participants the opportunity to learn about about the geology, plant and animal communities, inland lakes and bogs, ecology, and human interactions of the northwoods and Lake Superior, in a six-session course with many guest speakers, field trips, and other unique experiences. The course will be offered every other Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm, beginning February 21 and ending May 19, with a three-week interval over Easter. Cost includes course manuals and supplies. Scholarships are available.

Sugarloaf Cove is located approximately six miles southwest of Schroeder, at mile 73.3, 9096 Hwy 61. More information about programs and events and registration are available from Molly Thompson at molly@sugarloafnorthshore.org, by phone at 218-525-0001, and on the website, www.sugarloafnorthshore.org.

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.

Safe Child Exchange Site

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.

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