Local Events & Announcements

"By Way of Water: Our History with Lake Superior"

Cook County Historical Society
Cook County Historical Museum, 8 S Broadway, Grand Marais
Tue, 07/29/2014 (All day)
“By Way of Water: Our History with Lake Superior” is the new exhibit at the Cook County Historical Museum in Grand Marais. It shares the story of how the lake shaped the people and communities of this region. Included in the exhibit are information about the arrival of settlers by water, the selection of Grand Marais Harbor and East Bay as ideal locations for settlement, the docks that steamships visited regularly, the shipwrecks America and Stranger, the United States Coast Guard, and the people and boats that passed through Cook County. Featured in the exhibit are the Fresnel Lens from the Grand Marais Lighthouse; the wheel from the S.S. America; multimedia stories about Isle Royale, heroic fishermen, and the lighthouse keeper’s family; and local art depicting a time when life depended on the Big Lake. The museum's summer hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. More information is available at 387-2883.

Cross River Heritage Center events

Cross River Heritage Center, Schroeder
Sat, 08/23/2014 (All day) - Sat, 10/18/2014 (All day)

The Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder hosts a variety of events and exhibits this season. 


"Ojibwe Faces and Stories," an Eastman Johnson Traveling Exhibit on loan from the St. Louis County Historical Society, will be on display through the summer.

An exhibit of Carl Gawboy's work, including watercolor pieces from Bois Forte Heritage Center in Tower and private collections, the "Voyageurs Bench" created with fabricator Jay Newcomb, and ink drawings from Gawboy and Ron Morton's Talking Sky is on display through August 31.

The center will host a Wine and Beer Tasting on Thursday, September 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

The center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 4:30 pm, Sundays from 1 to 4 pm, closed Mondays. The center closes for the season on October 18. More information is available by phone at 663-7706, or on the website, www.crossriverheritage.org.

Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center events

Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, SW of Schroeder
Mon, 08/25/2014 (All day) - Sat, 08/30/2014 (All day)

Sugarloaf Cove southwest of Schroeder is a 35-acre preserved site, including a 7.5-acre Minnesota Scientific and Natural Area, open to the public. Trails are open from dawn to dusk year-round. The Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center is open daily during the summer and offers a schedule of public programs. All programs are free unless otherwise noted.

Every Thursday from 7 am-noon: Bird banding demonstration (come any time).

Every Saturday at 2 pm: Geology walk around the Cove led by naturalist. 

Every Sunday at 1 pm: "Naturally Superior," in-depth presentations on a variety of North Shore nature topics, by Sugarloaf Cove naturalist Margie Menzies. 

Special programs:

"Tales they Tell: Plants at Sugarloaf," with botanist Chel Anderson, Saturday, August 30, 10 am.  
Sugarloaf Cove is located approximately six miles southwest of Schroeder, at mile 73.3, 9096 Hwy 61. More information about programs and events and registration are available at sugarloafnorthshore.org, or by phone at 218-525-0001.

Chik Wauk Museum summer events

Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center, Gunflint Trail
Mon, 08/25/2014 (All day) - Mon, 10/20/2014 (All day)

The Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center, 55 miles up the Gunflint Trail, is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, through October 19. The museum presents the cultural and natural history of the Gunflint Trail through dioramas, video displays, and family-friendly, interactive exhibits. Seven nature trails, including two ADA accessible paths, crisscross the museum’s 50-acre grounds. Grounds are dog-friendly and feature several picnicking spots. The museum and the Gunflint Trail Historical Society host special events and naturalist programs.

All summer:

"Butterflies, Skippers and Moths of the Gunflint Trail" special exhibit will be on display all summer.


Mondays through August 25: Chik Wauk Kids' Day. Children can visit the museum free of charge on Mondays, and hands-on activities, stories, hikes, and craft projects will be available. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the museum.  

Wednesdays through August 27, 11 am - 4 pm: "Stories with Harriet and Bill," with Harriet Boostrom Taus and Bill Boissenin, who grew up on the Gunflint Trail and will be on hand in the museum to share their childhood stories.
Special programs:

Saturday, September 27: Year-end Gift Sale begins.

More information is available from Ada Igoe, museum manager, at 388-9915, or info@chikwauk.com, and on the website, www.chikwauk.com.

YMCA classes, events, and announcements

Cook County Community YMCA, Grand Marais
Tue, 08/26/2014 (All day) - Sat, 08/30/2014 (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.

The community is invited to participate in open archery on Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm. Children ages 9 and below must have an adult with them. Open archery does not include instruction, but there will be a staff member present to monitor safety and give archers commands.

The Y invites the community to enjoy a free family day from 11 am to 3 pm on the first Sunday of the month. Activities include open gymnastics, open gym time with age-appropriate toys, game room, open kid’s club, and swimming. 

Weekly play dates for families with young children will be held during the summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am to 10:30 am.

Fitness punch cards are available this summer at the Cook County Community YMCA for specialty classes such as Zumba Step, HIIT Strength, Zumba Step, Qigong, Aikido, Parent/Child Yoga and more.

More information and class registration are available from the Emily Marshall, Branch Executive Director, at 387-3386 ext. 506, or emarshall@duluthymca.org, or on the website, www.cookcountyymca.org.


Cook County Higher Education classes, events, notices and announcements

Cook County Higher Ed North Shore Campus, Grand Marais, and other locations
Wed, 08/27/2014 (All day) - Tue, 09/02/2014 (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.
Higher Ed will host an Afternoon Tea Party at Naniboujou Lodge from 2:15 to 5 pm on Wednesday, September 3. The event includes a silent auction and a presentation by Dr. Karen I. Halbersleben, "God Save the Queens: Learning from the Six Women who have Ruled England since 1066." RSVP by August 27.

Guest lecture: Ahmed Samatar, professor of international affairs at Macalester College, will present "Perspectives on Globalization," on Friday, September 12, at 3 pm. The lecture will discuss his latest research on development, democracy, and leadership in Somalia.able at the North Shore Campus. 

Welding Technology Certificate program: Bemidji  State University in partnership with Lake Superior College is offering a Welding Technology Certificate program as one of four manufacturing education options available through a new program called 360° eTECH. Online classes will be taken through Lake Superior College. On-site labs will be held in Cook County over two weekends per semester. Classes begin on September 2. 
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, and on the website, www.northshorecampus.org



Drury Lane Books Events

Drury Lane Books. Grand Marais
Wed, 08/27/2014 (All day) - Wed, 10/22/2014 (All day)

Drury Lane Books, on the East Bay in downtown Grand Marais, hosts a variety of events and readings.

Saturdays in July and August, 11 am: Stories for young children with The Muffin Man. 

Wednesday, August 27, 6:30 pm: Women’s Book Group, title to be determined.
Saturday, September 6, 5 pm: Writer’s Salon with poet Ken McCullough reading from and discussing Broken Gates.

Monday September 8, 5 - 6 pm: Full Moon Reading featuring Erin Huggins, outside on the lakeshore.

Wednesday, September 17, 2-4 pm: Book signing with Lorna Landvik, signing Best to Laugh, her latest novel.

Saturday, September 20, 5 pm: Writer’s Salon with poet Kate Hallett Dayton, reading from and discussing Salt Heart and Catalpa.

Wednesday, September 24, 6:30 pm: Women’s Book Group,title to be determined.
Saturday, October 4, 5 pm: Writer’s Salon with poet Louis Jenkins, reading from and discussing Tin Flag: New and Selected Prose Poems.

Wednesday, October 8, 5 - 6 pm: "Full Moose Reading," featuring Tom McCann, outside on the lakeshore.
Saturday, October 18, 11 am: "Moose-a-Rama," stories for kids with The Muffin Man.

Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 pm: Women’s Book Group, title to be determined. 

More information on these events is available at drurylandbooks@boreal.org,  or 387-3370.

Birch Grove Community Center events

Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Wed, 08/27/2014 (All day) - Wed, 09/10/2014 (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. 

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.

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.

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.  


Grand Marais Public Library events and programs

Grand Marais Public Library, 102 2nd Ave W
Wed, 08/27/2014 (All day) - Thu, 09/04/2014 (All day)

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

Wednesday, August 27: Jazz guitarist Briand Morrison presents a program of solo guitar on Wednesday, August 27, at 6 pm.

Museum passes: The library has passes for a variety of regional museums and historical sites, good through August 31.

Thursday, September 4: Cartoonist Bill Barnes presents two workshops. At 6 pm, he demonstrates "The Basics of Cartooning," a workshop for middle schoolers to adults, covering creation of comic strips. At 7 pm, he covers "The Technology and Business of Cartooning," for mature teens and adults, desciribing how to publish comic strips to the Internet and make money doing it.
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, 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 pingebrigtsen@arrowhead.lib.mn.us, and on the website, www.grandmaraislibrary.org.

Workshops on lake vegetation

Ilena Berg, Cook County Water Plan Coordinator
Schaap Mid-Trail Community Center, Gunflint Trail
Wed, 08/27/2014 - 1:00pm - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:30am

Two free half-day workshops will be offered by Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District to provide information about keeping lakes clean and the role of aquatic vegetation."Healthy Shorelands" will be offered on Wednesday, August 27, from 1 to 5 pm, at the Schaap Mid-Trail Community Center. Participants will learn why a bit of shoreland buffer can go a long way to maintain clean water. The workshop will include a tour of shorelands and, time permitting, the opportunity to help plant and restore a shoreland.

The "Aquatic Vegetation" workshop will consist of instruction about native aquatic plants, followed by a pontoon boat tour of East Bearskin Lake to view plants. The workshop will be convene at Schaap Mid-Trail Community Center on Thursday, August 28, from 8:30 am to noon. Preregistration is appreciated but not required.

Schaap Mid-Trail Community Center is located at 740 Gunflint Trail, next to Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department Hall #1. 

More information is available from Ilena Berg at 387-3648 or ilena.berg@co.cook.mn.us.

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