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Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Control Options Workshop and Community Weed Pull

Who: 
Cook County Invasives Team
Where: 
Seagull Lake Fire Hall and Blankenburg Public Landing
When: 
Sun, 08/09/2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

The Cook County Invasives Team will host an "Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Control Options Workshop and Community Weed Pull" on Sunday, August 9, from 2 to 4 pm at the Seagull Lake Fire Hall and Blankenburg Public Landing. Invasives Team Coordinator Laurel Wilson will help participants learn identification and control options for regional invasive plant species. After the presentation, all are invited to get hands-on experience helping to control invasive plants at Blankenburg Public Landing. Participants should bring gloves and wear long sleeve shirts. Participants will receive "Conservation Cash" coupons to Buck’s Hardware Hank. 

Perennial garden tour

Who: 
U of M Master Gardeners of Cook County
Where: 
Private West End gardens
When: 
Sun, 08/09/2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

A perennial garden tour will be offered on Sunday, August 9, from 2 to 4 pm. The tour will feature three private gardens located on the shores of Lake Superior, where microclimates creat unique growing conditions. Sites are located between Tofte and the Cascade River, with easy access from Hwy 61. Maps and addresses for the tour are available at the Grand Marais Public Library and Cook County Extension office in the CC Community Center. On the day of the tour, the maps will be available at the Grandview Park in Lutsen. The tour is free and open to the public. Carpooling is encouraged to reduce traffic at each home location. More information is available from Diane Booth at CC Extension, 387-3015.  This tour is sponsored in part by the U of M Master Gardeners in Cook County.
 

Chamber concert to benefit Gunflint Trail Historical Society & Volunteer Fire Department

Who: 
Gunflint Woods, Winds, and Strings
Where: 
Poplar Lake Fire Hall, Gunflint Trail
When: 
Sun, 08/09/2015 - 4:00pm

Gunflint Woods, Winds, and Strings will perform a chamber music concert to benefit the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department, at 4 pm on Sunday, August 9, at the Poplar Lake Fire Hall. A "Meet the Artists" social hour, included in the ticket price, will follow the concert. Seating is limited. More information and tickets are available from Susan Scherer at 388-9494 or scher012@boreal.org.
 
 

Ruby's Pantry food distribution

Where: 
Cook County High School Cafeteria
When: 
Tue, 08/11/2015 (All day)
Ruby’s Pantry holds food distributions on the second Tuesday of the month from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, at the Cook County High School cafeteria. Participants must bring containers to receive food. All are welcome. Volunteers are needed from 2:30 pm until distribution ends at 6:30 pm. More information is available from Barbara Spaulding at 387-9535.

Citizens Climate Lobby informational gathering

Who: 
Citizens Climate Lobby
Where: 
First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais
When: 
Tue, 08/11/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) hosts an informational gathering from 7 to 9 pm on Tuesday, August 11, at the First Congregational Church UCC in Grand Marais. Paul Thompson and Mindy Ahler -- regional co-ordinators of the North Wind Regional CCL -- will explain how people can get involved in building a new CCL chapter in Grand Marais. More information is available from Rose at 387-2113.
 

"Hot Dish" gatherings

Where: 
Cook County Community Center, Log Cabin, Grand Marais
When: 
Fri, 08/14/2015 - 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.

Clearwater Lodge Centennial Celebration

Who: 
Clearwater Historic Lodge and Canoe Outfitters
Where: 
774 Clearwater Rd, Grand Marais
When: 
Sat, 08/15/2015 (All day)

Clearwater Historic Lodge and Canoe Outfitters is celebrating its 100th anniversary in business. The centennial event is Saturday August 15, with music and dancing; and pie, baked goods, and beverages for sale. There will be a dedication at 5pm, followed by a barbecue with baked goods.  Music will begin at 7pm, provided by the North Shore Community Swing Band.  The lodge had community dances like this in the 30's and 40's; all are invited to reminisce and enjoy the restored historic lodge. More information is available from Clearwater at 388-2254, or online at www.clearwaterhistoriclodge.com.
 

15th Annual Gitchi-Gami Trail Association Bike Ride

Who: 
Gitchi-Gami Trail Association
Where: 
Gooseberry Falls State Park
When: 
Sat, 08/15/2015 - 9:00am

The 15th Annual Gitchi-Gami Trail Association North Shore Bike Ride will be held Saturday, August 15, starting at Gooseberry Falls State Park at 9 am. Ride options are 28, 37, and 55-mile loops. The 28-mile loop is entirely on the Gitchi-Gami State Trail (GGST) between Gooseberry and Beaver Bay. The longer loops incorporate roads north of Beaver Bay in addition to the GGST. Snacks and repair services are offered at rest stops, and all participants receive an artist-designed t-shirt. The registration fee is discounted before August 1 and for GGTA members. Day-of-ride registrants are welcome. More information and registration are available online at www.ggta.org, and included in ride brochures available at businesses along the shore.

Superior Hiking Trail guided hike

Who: 
Superior Hiking Trail Association
Where: 
Kadunce River Wayside, Hwy 61
When: 
Sat, 08/15/2015 - 10:00am

The Superior Hiking Trail Association hosts a free guided hike on the Superior Hiking Trail on Saturday, August 15, at 10 am, from the Cook Co Rd 58 trailhead to the Kadunce River Wayside. The 9.2-mile hike includes Woods, Durfee, Cliff, Kimball, and Crow Creeks, and the dramatic Kadunce River gorge. Hikers will meet at the Kadunce Wayside parking lot at Hwy 61 milepost 119. More information is available from the SHTS at 218-834-2700 or volunteer@shta.org.
 

Monday Hikers

Where: 
meet at Cook County Senior Center, Grand Marais
When: 
Mon, 08/17/2015 - 9:30am - Mon, 09/28/2015 - 9:30am

All are invited to join the Monday Hikers. They meet at 9:30 am at the Cook County Senior Center in Grand Marais to carpool, or at trailheads. After a moderate 2-hour hike, they have lunch at a nearby restaurant. More information is available from Nancy Strayer at 512-567-0653.
 

August 17 So Side of Gunflint Lake 45 mi up Gunflint Trail, right on south Gunflint Lake Rd. (lunch at Gunflint Lodge)
August 24 Kadunce River Hwy 61, 9 mi east of Grand Marais, park on right side
August 31 Canadian High Falls or boardwalk Hwy. 61, cross border, park in Visitors Center. Participants must bring passports.
September 21 Pincushion Mountain Overlook to Grand Marais 2.4 miles up Gunflint Trail, right on Pincushion Mtn Rd #53. Leave cars at both ends.
September 28 Oberg Mountain Hwy 61, right on Onion River Rd (FR #336), 2 mi up road to parking. 

 


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