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Cook County Senior Center events and activities

Cook County Senior Center, Grand Marais
Mon, 11/30/2015 (All day)

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

Senior Center lunch: Lunch is available at the Senior Center every weekday, Monday through Friday. Reservations must be called in by 9:30 am each day. 

Seeking new recipes: Community members are invited to submit recipes for future menus, including main dishes, salads, and desserts. Recipes can be emailed to or dropped off at the Senior Center.

Arrowhead Transit: Call 800-862-0175 option 8 for transit information and registration. Assistance with problems is available from Bev at 387-2660. 

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

YMCA classes, events, and announcements

Cook County Community YMCA, Grand Marais
Mon, 11/30/2015 (All day)

The Cook County Community YMCA, adjacent to the school complex at 105 W 5th Street in Grand Marais, offers a variety of classes and activities.

Day pass sale: Members can purchase packages of day passes at a discounted price from November 27 through December 2.

Free family dayFirst Sunday of each month, 11 am to 5 pm. Activities include open gym time with age-appropriate toys, game room, open kids' club, and swimming.

Parents’ Night OutSecond Saturday of each month, 5-8 pm. Activities are provided for ages 4 months and up. Youth ages 5 and older will go swimming, and the evening will end with a child-friendly movie. Preregistration is required and space is limited.

School’s Out Field Trips: On December 7, the Cook County Youth Agency Coalition will host a field trip. Details of each field trip and registration will be available from the Y by phone or on the website. 

New Year’s Eve Youth Lock-In: Thursday, December 31, from 7 pm to 7 am.  All-night activities such as swimming, sports, games, and movies will be available for youth ages 8-15. Registration is required. 

More information and class and event registration are available from Emily Marshall at 387-3386 or, or on the website,

Birch Grove Community Center events and activities

Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Mon, 11/30/2015 (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, arts and culture, recreation and leisure, and health and wellness. 

“W.E. FIT"  Open Gym is offered Monday thru Friday  from 9 am to 4 pm, featuring "Fitness on Demand" video library and equipment.

Group Fitness is offered Monday and Wednesday, 10:30 – 11:15 am; Zumba is offered on Friday, 10:30 – 11:15 am.

Weekly senior lunches are offered to seniors and their guests on Wednesdays from 11:30 to 12:30. Reservations are appreciated.

"Pickle ball" is offered on Thursdays from 9 to 11 am, and other times by appointment.

Birch Grove Community Center is located at 9 Good Neighbor Hill Road, west of downtown in Tofte. Regular hours are  Monday  thru Friday 9am – 4pm. Information is available at 663-7977 or, and on the website,


Salvation Army bell ringers needed

Grand Marais and Tofte
Mon, 11/30/2015 (All day)

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign needs volunteer bell ringers in Grand Marais and Tofte. Anyone who can volunteer in Grand Marais is asked to contact Tina Krauz at 387-2700 or Volunteers for the Tofte General Store are asked to contact Polly Erickson at 663-7398. The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle campaign helps meet the needs of Cook County residents that are not met by other agencies.

Call for artists to display at Cook County Courthouse

Mon, 11/30/2015 (All day) - Fri, 02/26/2016 (All day)

All artists are invited to submit proposals for exhibits in the public spaces of the main floor of the Cook County Courthouse in Grand Marais. Exhibits may be solo or group, but each proposed exhibition must have a unifying theme. Portfolio submissions should include a statement detailing the proposed exhibition (1 page), a resume for each artist included in the proposed exhibit (1 page), and 5 to 10 digital images of proposed pieces. The deadline for submissions is February 26. More information is available from Jeff Cadwell, Cook County Administrator, at or 387-3687.

Curling Club

Cook County Curling Club
Wed, 12/02/2015 - 1:00pm - 6:30pm

Curlers meet every Wednesday at 1 pm at the Cook County Curling Club. Beginners and curlers of all skill levels are welcome. Everybody gets on a team for a friendly match. 

The club's new two-person league will hold practice sessions December 2, 9, and 16 at 6:30 pm. There is no charge, and all are welcome.

Cook County Food Shelf

First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais
Wed, 12/02/2015 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

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. 

The Mall of AmericInn

AmericInn of Silver Bay
AmericInn of Silver Bay (150 Mensing Drive, Silver Bay)
Thu, 12/03/2015 - 3:00pm - 8:00pm

The AmericInn of Silver Bay hosts its annual "Mall of AmericInn" on Thursday, December 3, from 3 to 8 pm, featuring over 40 local artisans and businesses. More information is available from the AmericInn at 218-226-4300.

Gathering of gardeners

Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais
Thu, 12/03/2015 - 5:30pm

There will be a "gathering of gardeners" at 5:30 pm on Thursday, December 3, at the Cook County Community Center to discuss vegetable varieties for growing outdoors and in the greenhouse. Finger food will be available. 

Cook County Extension is updating its recommended Vegetable Variety List for Cook County. Anyone who has grown a vegetable variety for at least 3 years and would like to recommend it to others is asked to call Diane at 387-3015.

North Shore Holiday Weekends

Various locations along the shore
Fri, 12/04/2015 (All day) - Mon, 12/07/2015 (All day)

 North Shore Holiday weekends feature special events every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December, in Schroeder, Tofte, Lutsen, Grand Marais, Grand Portage, and the Gunflint Trail. 


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