The annual Borealis Chorale & Orchestra concerts will take place on Friday and Saturday, December 8 and 9 at 7 pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. This year they will debut a commission by William Beckstrand titled, “All Earth is Hopeful”. All are welcome to come sing along and enjoy this community offering of music.
Grand Marais Playhouse has upcoming performances of two plays. Both are titled Twas the Night Before Christmas, with the kids’ script authored by Kathryn Schulz Miller, and the other by Ken Ludwig.
Performances are December 8-10, Friday and Saturday at 7 PM and Sunday at 2 PM. More information is available at grandmaraisplayhouse.com.
A kid’s Christmas story hour will be held at The Hub on Saturday, December 9 from 10 to 11:30 am. There will be singing, crafts, treats, and a book for each child.
Drury Lane Books hosts a meet and greet with author Paul Bogard as part of the Dark Skies Festival. Paul will be available to chat and sign books anytime from 11 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, December 9. This event is open to the public, and mobility aid accessible. More information is available at DruryLaneBooks.com.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church Women host their annual holiday bake sale and lunch on Saturday, December 9 from 11 am to 1 pm.
The exhibition, Dark Skies – from artists Adam Swanson and Sam Zimmerman is currently on display at the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery.
Swanson and Zimmerman join forces to present a powerful exhibition celebrating the dark skies of the BWCA, which has been named as one of only 17 certified International Dark Sky Sanctuaries in the world.
The exhibition runs through December 10 alongside the gift shop and permanent Anna C Johnson display. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Sunday 10-4.
Weekly Grand Marais Al-Anon meetings are every Monday at 7 pm at the First Congregational Church in Grand Marais. More information is available by calling 218-370-9799.
To facilitate a local business construction project (the installation of the Crosby Bakery building), one block of CSAH 9/Wisconsin St. will be closed to vehicle traffic from Tuesday, December 12 through Friday, December 15, the Cook County Highway Department announced.
Wisconsin St. will be closed to vehicle traffic between 1st Ave W and Broadway Ave. The area will be open to pedestrian traffic, but pedestrians are asked to obey all construction zone signage.
More information is available on the county’s website.
North House Folk School hosts an open house for their new building on Tuesday, December 12 from 3 to 4 pm (while it’s light out). They will have coffee and cookies in the Blue Building and will be available to share info, answer questions, and offer small group tours of the new space.
Ruby’s Pantry holds food distributions on the second Tuesday of the month from 5 to 6:30 pm at the ISD166 Campus. Enter at the Sawtooth Mountain Elementary School driveway. More information is available by email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCHE is hosting another book discussion as part of the Naturalist Book Group. The next book the group will discuss is White Pine – The Natural and Human History of a Foundational American Tree. This book touches on the story of the white pine, its environment, and the history of the relationship between humans and nature. The group will meet over Zoom on Tuesday, December 12th from 6:30-7:30. To learn more or to register please visit myCCHE.org/events.
Operation Family Christmas is a local program that helps local families in need during the holiday season. Tags for kids to be adopted for Operation Family Christmas are at all local banks. Gifts can also be donated at Johnson’s Family grocery store and Operation Family Christmas will offer a chance for parents that didn’t apply to come and get gifts. More information is available from Jes Rodne at 218-370-2019.
The West End Alanon family Group meets each Wednesday at 7 pm at the Lutsen Town Hall. Alanon is a group that supports friends and family members of alcoholics. The group welcomes anyone who has been affected by a friend or family member who has a problem with alcohol.
Northern Lotus Meditation takes place on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 pm, with instruction in meditation and room manners at 6:45 pm, at Two Bird Healing Arts Center in Grand Marais.