Local Events & Announcements

"Hot Dish" gatherings

Cook County Community Center, Log Cabin, Grand Marais
Fri, 04/10/2015 - 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, 04/11/2015 - 12:00pm - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 12:00pm

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.

"Photo Phenology: the art and science of tracking our seasons," Saturday, April 11, 10 am. Joe Walewski, Wolf Ridge naturalist,will explore both phenology (the science of tracking the seasons) and photography. Joe will describe his two-year personal quest to take photographs every day and select one that captures the essence of that day. All are welcome to bring cameras to learn about digital photography while exploring the local phenology. This event is free, but donations are appreciated.
Lost Forest Program: Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association is  recruiting  landowners along the North Shore to take part in a series of classes designed to bring the North Shore forest back to life. A series of six classes will take place at Bunker Hill Regional Park in Anoka County and at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center. Class topics will include growing and tending tree seedlings, tree identification,  invasive species identification and control, financial care of properties, measuring the forest, GPS/GIS use, wildlife diversity and habitat, and how to obtain and implement a forest management plan. Bunker Hill classes will be from 6 to 9 pm on Tuesdays, April 21, May 5, and May 19. Arrangements will be made for participants who cannot attend these classes in person. The remaining classes will take place over three weekends at Sugarloaf Cove, June 13-14, July 11-12, and July 25-26. These weekend classes will involve hands-on learning and sharing at the participant's properties. Interested persons should complete an online application at www.sugarloafnorthshore.org by April 1. 

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.

Sawtooth Mountain 2015-16 kindergarten informational events

Sawtooth Mountain Elementary, Grand Marais
Thu, 04/16/2015 (All day) - Fri, 05/08/2015 (All day)

Sawtooth Mountain Elementary in Grand Marais hosts informational events for 2015-16 kindergarten enrollment:

Parent visit night: Thursday, April 16, 3:30 - 5 pm. This is an informal opportunity to talk with teachers and current kindergarten families and plan for the Kindergarten Round Up visit. 

Parent/Child Lunch & School Tour: Wednesday, April 22, 10:30 am - 12:15 pm. Parents and children meet outside on the playground at 10:30 am for recess with this year’s kindergartners and teachers. At 11:00 am everyone will go to lunch. There is a charge for lunch, and registration is requested to Cindi at 387-2271 x 609. A tour of the school and activities in the classroom follows lunch.   

Round Up Day: Friday, May 8. Participants will spend the morning from 8:20 am to 11 am, or the afternoon, from 12:45 to 3:25 pm, without parents. Children may ride the bus with siblings. Children will participate in many kindergarten activities.  

More information is available from Principal Gwen Carman at 387-2271 x 603 or gcarman@isd166.org.

DFL Open House

Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Thu, 04/16/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

The next DFL Open House is at Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte, Thursday, April 16th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  Cookies will be served.  More information from Tina Krauz, 387-2700.

AARP Driver Safety Classes

Pam McDougall
Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais; Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

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 in Grand Marais on Friday, April 17, from noon to 4 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.

Cook County Higher Education classes, events, notices and announcements

Cook County Higher Ed North Shore Campus, Grand Marais, and other locations
Wed, 05/06/2015 (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.

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 AA, Al-Anon, and CoDA Meetings

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

CoDA (codependents anonymous) meeting, 5 PM , First Congregational Church, Grand Marais
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

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.

Foot Care Clinic

Senior Center, Grand Marais

The Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and Cook County Department of Public Health and Human Services offer a foot care clinic at the Senior Center in downtown Grand Marais on the third Tuesday of each month. The clinic is held from 9 to 11 AM on a first-come, first-served basis. People seeking foot care are asked to bring their own soap, towel and bucket for soaking their feet. More information is available from Sawtooth Mountain Clinic at 387-2330.

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