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Community forum: "Brain Development in Young Children"

Molly Harney, Ph.D.
Arrowhead Center for the Arts
Mon, 11/30/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm

All are invited to a free community forum on "Brain Development in Young Children," featuring Molly Harney, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education at the University of Minnesota Duluth, from 6 to 8:30 pm on Monday, November 30, at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Dr. Harney will explain in simple-to-understand language the link between children's early experiences (birth to 3rd grade) and lifelong brain development. A light dinner will be provided. RSVP is requested to the Northland Foundation at  218-723-4040. More information is available at the "Events" page at

This event is presented  with support from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation.


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.

North Woods Fiber Guild Holiday Sale and Open House

Grand Marais Art Colony, 120 West 3rd Avenue
Sat, 12/05/2015 - 9:00am - 2:00pm

The North Woods Fiber Guild holds its annual Holiday Sale and Open House on Saturday, December 5,  from 9 am until 2 pm, at the Grand Marais Art Colony. The sale features original hand-crafted items of clothing, gifts, home décor, and more made by Fiber Guild members. There will be fiber art demonstrations and a hands-on table, and refreshments will be served.

Y-Ski League sign-up and equipment rental

North Superior Ski & Run Club
Pincushion Trails Warming Building
Sun, 12/06/2015 - 1:00pm - Mon, 12/07/2015 - 5:30pm

The North Superior Ski and Run Club is once again sponsoring a Youth Ski League (also known as Y-Ski), which encourages kids to learn and love the lifetime sport of cross-country skiing.  Y-Ski is held Sunday afternoons in January and February at the Pincushion Mountain Trail System and is available to children from kindergarten through 6th grade, with all ability levels welcome.  

Sign-up for the program and equipment rental will be held at the Pincushion Trails warming building on Sunday, December 6, from 1 to 2 pm, and Monday, December 7, from 5 to 5:30 pm. More information about the program is available from Mike at 370-9949 or


Ruby's Pantry food distribution

Cook County High School Cafeteria
Tue, 12/08/2015 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Ruby’s Pantry holds food distributions on the second Tuesday of the month from 5:00 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.

Grand Marais Public Library events and programs

Grand Marais Public Library
Wed, 12/16/2015 (All day)

The Grand Marais Public Library hosts a variety of events and programs for families, children, and adults. 

Third Wednesday Technology Open House: December 166-8 pm. All who have technology questions are invited to attend, as are those who would be willing to serve as tech mentors to others. "Beginners or below" can spend time with a mentor to learn the basics of using a computer or mobile device. The sessions are unstructured. Depending on need, attention may be highly individualized. Participants may bring their own devices or use those owned by the library.

Many of the Library's public events are sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded in whole or in part by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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, 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, and on the website,

Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Grand Marais CBC area
Wed, 12/16/2015 (All day) - Wed, 12/23/2015 (All day)

The Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will be held Saturday, December 19. coming up, Saturday, December 19. The Grand Marais CBC area is a circle with a 7.5-mile radius, from a point 3 miles south of the middle of Devil Track Lake. The area includes all of the Hwy 61 lakeshore between Lindskog Rd and Cascade Lodge, plus portions of the Gunflint Trail, Co Rd 60, Pine Mountain Rd, Devil Track Rd, Bally Creek Rd, Ball Club Rd, and Pike Lake Rd. Volunteers are needed for walking, driving, and watching feeders in the CBC area. Novice to professional bird-watchers are welcome. Feeder watchers are encouraged to keep their feeders full, with various kinds of food available in the feeders and on the ground, to entice as many species as possible.
Volunteers are also needed to record species seen in the CBC during "count week" -- three days prior and three days after December 19, but excluding count day. 

Volunteers are asked to contact Jeremy Ridlbauer, CBC compiler, at or 370-0733 to let him know what areas or feeders they will cover. Results will be compiled at 4:15 pm at The Blue Water Cafe on count day.

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, 5:30 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

Big Book Study Group, Closed Meeting, 6 PM, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Grand Marais

12 Steps, 12 Traditions, 6:00 PM, First Congregational Church, Grand Marais
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.

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