Local Events & Announcements

Drury Lane Books Events

Drury Lane Books. Grand Marais
Wed, 07/23/2014 (All day) - Wed, 10/22/2014 (All day)

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

Saturdays in June, July, and August (except August 2), 11 am: Stories for young children with The Muffin Man. 

Wednesday, July 23, 6:30 pm: Women’s Book Group, with title to be determined. 

Saturday, August 9, 5 pm: Writer’s Salon / Full Moon Reading with Rachael Hanel, reading and discussing We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravediggers Daughter.

Saturday, August 23, 5 pm: Writer’s Salon with Kate Hopper, reading from and discussing Ready for Air: A Journey Through
Premature Motherhood.

Wednesday, August 27, 6:30 pm: Women’s Book Group, title to be determined.
Saturday, September 6, 5 pm: Writer’s Salon with poet Ken McCullough reading from and discussing Broken Gates.

Monday September 8, 5 - 6 pm: Full Moon Reading featuring Erin Huggins, outside on the lakeshore.

Saturday, September 20, 5 pm: Writer’s Salon with poet Kate Hallett Dayton, reading from and discussing Salt Heart and Catalpa.

Wednesday, September 24, 6:30 pm: Women’s Book Group,title to be determined.
Saturday, October 4, 5 pm: Writer’s Salon with poet Louis Jenkins, reading from and discussing Tin Flag: New and Selected Prose Poems.

Wednesday, October 8, 5 - 6 pm: "Full Moose Reading," featuring Tom McCann, outside on the lakeshore.
Saturday, October 18, 11 am: "Moose-a-Rama," stories for kids with The Muffin Man.

Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 pm: Women’s Book Group, title to be determined. 

More information on these events is available at drurylandbooks@boreal.org,  or 387-3370.

Birch Grove Community Center events

Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Wed, 07/23/2014 (All day)

Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte hosts a variety of activities for all generations in Cook County's West End, including training and education, recreation, arts and culture, and health and wellness. 

Weekly senior lunches are offered to seniors and their guests on Wednesdays from 11:30 to 12:30. Reservations are appreciated. Seniors who attend the lunches regularly need not make reservations.

Wood-fired pizza is prepared twice monthly, on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 5:30 pm. Birch Grove Foundation provides dough, sauce, and cheese, and all are invited to bring their own toppings. RSVP's are appreciated but not required. Donations are requested to support Birch Grove's mission.

More information and reservations are available from Caroline Wood at 663-7977.  Information is also available on the website, www.birchgrovefoundation.org, and on Facebook and Twitter. Birch Grove Community Center is located at 9 Good Neighbor Hill Road in Tofte.  




Grand Marais Public Library events and programs

Grand Marais Public Library, 102 2nd Ave W
Wed, 07/23/2014 (All day) - Sat, 08/02/2014 (All day)

The Grand Marais Public Library hosts a variety of events and programs. 

Wednesday, July 23: The library hosts a workshop on eBook readers on Wednesday, July 23, at 6:30 pm. Bob Pranis will discuss how reading technology is evolving, the advantages of eBooks, how to get the most from eBook devices, how to download books to e- readers, and considerations in choosing the right device. Those with all types of readers, and at all levels of experience and ability, are welcome. No advance sign-up is necessary.

Tuesday, July 29: The Emmy Award-winning Zinghoppers band performs on Tuesday, July 29, at 10:30 am. The band invites preschool and elementary age kids on a musical  journey to the zoo, as part of the "Paws to Read" summer reading program.  

Free books for kids: All kids and teens participating in the "Paws to Read " summer reading program can receive 10 free books at the Libary Friends of Cook County annual book sale, on Saturday, August 2, from 9 am to noon. Readers must stop by the library to pick up coupons for their free books before the sale.

Friday, August 8: "The Secret Life of Puppets Workshop," featuring the Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, is an opportunity to try performing with puppets at 3 pm on Friday, August 8. The interactive program mixes puppetry history around the world, handcrafted puppetry, and zany comedy with live music.  
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.

Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center events

Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, SW of Schroeder
Thu, 07/24/2014 (All day) - Sat, 08/30/2014 (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 open daily during the summer and offers a schedule of public programs. All programs are free unless otherwise noted.

Every Thursday from 7 am-noon: Bird banding demonstration (come any time).

Every Saturday at 2 pm: Geology walk around the Cove led by naturalist. 

Every Sunday at 1 pm: "Naturally Superior," in-depth presentations on a variety of North Shore nature topics, by Sugarloaf Cove naturalist Margie Menzies. 

Special programs:

Saturday-Sunday, July 26-27: "Geology of the North Shore" (preregistration and fee required).

Saturday, August 9, 1 pm: Annual member meeting and Ice Cream Social.

Saturday, August 16, 10 am: "Lake Superior Astronomy."

Saturday, August 23: "Writing Wild - Stories from Sugarloaf Cove" (preregistration and fee required).

Saturday, August 30, 10 am: "In the Field," with botanist Chel Anderson.  
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 at www.sugarloafnorthshore.org, or by phone at 218-525-0001.

Cook County Senior Center Events and Activities

Cook County Senior Center, Grand Marais
Fri, 07/25/2014 (All day) - Wed, 07/30/2014 (All day)

The Cook County Senior Center in Grand Marais hosts a variety of events and activities.

Friday, July 25, 5-7 pm: All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, supporting the Senior Center.

Wednesday, July 30, 4:15-10:30 pm: Grand Portage Casino Express, with free transportation and discounts for slot play and dinner. 

More information and registration for events are available at the Senior Center, 10 Broadway in Grand Marais, by phone at 387-2660, and by email at cccoa@boreal.org.

Local area summer farmers' markets

Two Harbors, Finland and Brimson
Fri, 07/25/2014 (All day)

Several local farmers markets are open this summer. The Two Harbors Farmers' Market, located near the downtown bandshell, is open on Saturdays from 9 until noon. Finland hosts a market on Fridays from 5-7 pm at the Clair Nelson Center. Brimson has a market on Saturdays from 9 to noon at Hugo’s on Hwy 44.

Care Partners Caregiver Support Group & Group Respite Program

Care Partners of Cook County
First Congregational UCC, Grand Marais
Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:00am - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 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.


Cook County Food Shelf

First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais
Tue, 07/29/2014 - 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.

"Ride into History" -- 14th Annual Gitchi-Gami Trail Ride

Gitchi-Gami Trail Association
Thu, 07/31/2014 (All day) - Sat, 08/16/2014 (All day)

The Gitchi-Gami Trail Association hosts "Ride into History," the 14th Annual North Shore Trail Ride, on Saturday, August 16. Distance options are 28 or 34 miles; no long ride is offered this year because of road construction. This year only, the ride fee includes free admission to Split Rock Lighthouse, as well as to all state parks. The ride begins at 9 am at Gooseberry Falls State Park. Registration on the day of the ride is welcome, but special artist-designed t-shirt is not guaranteed. Fee is discounted for registration by July 31. Registration is available at www.ggta.org.  More information is available on the website or from Bill Blank at 218-370-1003.

West End Candidate Forum

Birch Grove Foundation
Birch Grove Community Center, 9 Good Neighbor Hill Road, Tofte
Wed, 08/06/2014 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm

The Birch Grove Foundation hosts the District 5 Commissioner Candidates on August 6th.  A hearth oven social starts at 5:30 pm, and the candidate forum begins at 7:00.  Cook County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Boyd will moderate the west end candidate forum.  Questions for the forum can be submitted ahead of time to bgf@boreal.org.  More information or RSVP with Caroline at 663-7977.

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