Local Events & Announcements

YMCA classes, events, and announcements

Cook County Community YMCA, Grand Marais
Mon, 10/27/2014 (All day) - Fri, 10/31/2014 (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.

After School All-Stars: The Y will welcome all kids from kindergarten through 5th grade to the After School All-Stars program on Mondays through Thursdays, from 3:30 to 6 pm. Monday is cooking and kitchen day; Tuesday is swim day, Wednesday is arts, crafts, and community service day; and on Thursday active activities will be offered.  

Non-school-day Fridays: On Fridays when school is not in session, the Y offers "Friday Madness" from 8 to 4 pm, for ages 4+. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

First Sunday of the month: Free family day, 11 am to 3 pm. Activities include open gymnastics, open gym time with age-appropriate toys, game room, open kid’s club, and swimming. 
More information and class registration are available from Emily Marshall, Branch Executive Director, at 387-3386 ext. 506, or emarshall@duluthymca.org, or on the website, www.cookcountyymca.org.


Birch Grove Community Center events

Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Mon, 10/27/2014 (All day) - Fri, 12/19/2014 (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, recreation, arts and culture, and health and wellness. 

A West End Open House, Halloween Party, & Fall Gift Card Giveaway will be held October 31 from 6 to 9 pm. RSVP's are appreciated. More information is available on the website and Facebook page.
Weekly senior lunches are offered to seniors and their guests on Wednesdays from 11:30 to 12:30. Reservations are appreciated. Seniors who attend the lunches regularly need not make reservations.

"Pickle ball" is offered indoors or outdoors on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 10 to ll am. Reservations to reserve the gym and equipment are requested.

"Fitness on Demand" is offered at 10:30 am Wednesday. Participants can choose to exercise to a variety of DVD's, including Tai Chi, yoga, Zumba, and others.

"Second Sunday Fun-Day," 3-7 pm on the second Sunday of the month. Community Room #1 activities such as scrapbooking and stamping, open library, computer lab, games and puzzles. Community Room #2 activities include fitness equipment, "fitness on demand," kids' zone, and more. Gym activities include various sports, including pickle ball, volleyball, bean bag toss, and others.

Wood-fired pizza is prepared twice monthly, on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 5:30 pm. Birch Grove Foundation provides dough, sauce, and cheese, and all are invited to bring their own toppings. RSVP's are appreciated but not required. Donations are requested to support Birch Grove's mission. 

West End Movie Nights will be offered the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, from 6-9 pm: a social hour with games from 6 to 7, and movies from 7 to 9 (one movie for kids and one for adults). RSVP is appreciated, and movie titles are available on request.
The community and recreation center is open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, from 8 to 11:30 am and 12:30 to 5 pm; and Wednesdays from 10 am to 1 pm and 2 to 7 pm.

More information and reservations are available from Caroline Wood at 663-7977.  Information is also available on the website, www.birchgrovefoundation.org, and on Facebook and Twitter. Birch Grove Community Center is located at 9 Good Neighbor Hill Road in Tofte.  


Winter clothing donations for homeless veterans

American Legion Post 413, 17 1st Avenue West, Grand Marais)
Mon, 10/27/2014 (All day) - Sat, 11/15/2014 (All day)

American Legion Post 413 in Grand Marais is currently accepting winter clothing donations for homeless veterans through November 15.  Specific needs are for boots, jackets, socks, sleeping bags, and other winter clothing items. More information is available at 387-2974.

Cook County Senior Center Events and Activities

Cook County Senior Center, Grand Marais
Fri, 10/31/2014 (All day) - Fri, 11/21/2014 (All day)

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

Individual Medicare Counseling: Medicare open enrollment is October 15 - December 15, and the Senior Center is offering individual medicate counseling with Marjori Bottila, of ARDC and Senior Linkage Line. Appointments of 30 or 60 minutes for enrollment review or new applicants can be made for Friday, October 31, 9 am - 3:30 pm; Thursday, November 20,12:30 pm - 3:30pm; and Friday, November 21, 9 am - 3:30 pm.

Costume Bingo: The center will host a costume bingo party on Friday, October 31, at 12:30 pm. The cost is reduced for anyone wearing a costume, and the best costume will win a prize. 

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 cccoa@boreal.org.

Halloween SPOOKtacular

Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais
Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm

The Cook County Community Center is hosting a SPOOKtacular HALLOWEEN event on Friday, October 31, from 3 to 6 pm. All ages are welcome. The event will include free food, activities including Pin the Boo on the Ghost, Treasure Fishing, Pumpkin Bowling, Face Painting, Halloween Arts & Crafts, Cakewalk, and Spider Web Obstacle. The Scariest Costume Parade will be at 5 pm, with prizes awarded. 

Donations of cakes for the cakewalk are requested. Donations can be dropped off on October 31 from 7:30 am until 3 pm. Cake pick-up can be arranged at 387-3015.

This event is sponsored by Cook County Community Education, Cook County Extension, Cook County KIDS PLUS, and the Cook County YMCA.

Upcoming classes and events at the Grand Marais Art Colony

Grand Marais Art Colony
Sat, 11/01/2014 (All day) - Mon, 01/26/2015 (All day)

The Grand Marais Art Colony offers exhibits, events, activities and classes in a variety of media and for adults and kids. Classes are held from 9 am to 4 pm unless otherwise noted.

"Paint-a-Bowl" will take place on Saturday, November 1, between 10 am and 2 pm, to glaze the pottery bowls made during the "Make-a-Bowl" sessions. No pre-registration is required. Bowls will be used at the Empty Bowls food shelf fundraiser on November 13.

Life Drawing: Artists in all media are welcome to attend the life drawing sessions offered on Wednesdays through December 10, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm (no class November 26). No instruction is included. The sessions are open to all 18 and older, or younger artists with parental permission.
Youth classes:

"Playwriting," with Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, 3 Tuesdays, November 4 - 18, 4 - 6pm.

"Hand-building: Youth Clay," with John Franz, 3 Mondays, December 1, 8 & 15, 4-5:30 pm.

"Fuse it Up with Glass," with Nancy Seaton, Friday, December 5, 9 am - 2 pm. 
Adult classes:

"Print & Stitch," with Julie Crabtree, Saturday-Sunday, November 1 - 2. 

"Mat Your Art," with Neil Sherman, Tuesday, November 4, 6-9 pm.
"Holiday Ornaments," with Nancy Seaton, Saturday, November 22, 9 am - 4 pm.
"Pet Portraiture," with Anna Hess, 5 Thursdays,  January 8 - February 5, 6 - 8 pm.
"Still Life in Oil," with Neil Sherman, Saturday-Sunday, January 10-11.
"The Colors of Winter," with Catherine Hearding, 5 days, Monday-Friday, January 26 - 30.

 The Grand Marais Art Colony is located at 1st Street and 3rd Avenue. The Art Colony and gift shop are open from 9 am to 4 pm daily. More information about courses and events and registration are available at 387-2737 or arts@boreal.org, and on the website, www.grandmaraisartcolony.org.

Cook County Higher Education classes, events, notices and announcements

Cook County Higher Ed North Shore Campus, Grand Marais, and other locations
Sat, 11/01/2014 (All day) - Fri, 01/02/2015 (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.

 Study Skills Classes will be offered on Wednesday evenings through November 12, from 5:30 to 7 pm. Retired Education Professor and college student counselor Dr. Robert Pratt will help participants of all ages learn the characteristics, study skills, and strategies of a successful student. Participants are welcome to attend individual sessions. 

Students who live and work in Cook County and are planning to attend college classes online, by ITV or correspondence, are eligible to apply for two scholarship programs. The Wes Hedstrom Scholarship, in honor of longtime resident and Cook County Commissioner Wes Hedstrom, is for year-round Cook County residents enrolled in distance degree programs. The Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation Scholarship, created through the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation in honor of Lloyd K. Johnson, is for year-round residents enrolled or in the process of enrolling in a distance degree certificate, diploma or degree program. 

Applications for both scholarships are due November 1, for spring 2015 courses.

QuickBooks Workshop with instructor Jennifer Pontinen will be offered Thursday, November 6, from 9 am to 4 pm. The course will cover the basic functions of the small business accounting program and includes a learning guide.

Combined Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Course: Higher Ed, in conjunction with Lake Superior College, will offer a combined nursing assistant and home health aide course beginning in January or February 2015. This course is a prerequisite for most LPN and RN programs. Home health aides provide routine individualized healthcare for the elderly, convalescents, and persons with disabilities at the patient's home or in a care facility. Certified nursing assistants are responsible for a variety of duties within the medical facility, including assisting patients with mobility and exercise, eating, grooming, and hygiene;and checking vital signs. Classes will be held at the North Shore Campus and at the North Shore Care Center. The instructor is Mark Abrahamson. Financial aid is available, including both loans and scholarships. 

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 Food Shelf

First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais
Mon, 11/03/2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

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.


2014 General Election Night Coverage on WTIP

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 8:00pm

Tune in to WTIP starting at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4, for complete coverage of the 2014 General Election - start to finish.

Jeanette Momot to speak to beekeepers about mite management

North Shore Hobby Beekeepers
Cook County Community Center, 4-H Building, Grand Marais
Wed, 11/05/2014 - 7:00pm

The November meeting of the North Shore Hobby Beekeepers will be held at 7 pm on Wednesday, November 5, at the Cook County Community Center 4-H Building. There will be a presentation about mite management by Jeanette Momot, former provincial bee inspector in southern Ontario and long time beekeeper, who has worked on developing disease resistant bees. More information is available from Louise Reavis at 612-865-8826.

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