Local Events & Announcements

Cook County Community Education classes & events

Cook County Community Center, 101 W 5th St, Gr
Mon, 12/15/2014 (All day) - Wed, 01/14/2015 (All day)

Cook County Community Education hosts a variety of classes and events for youth and adults.

Winter basketball program and snowmobile safety: Registration forms are available for grades K-3 winter basketball program, grades 4 - 6 boys and girls winter basketball program, and snowmobile safety programs are available on the webpage or at the office. 

FAA Private Pilot Course: An FAA Private Pilot Course, which will prepare the student for the FAA Private Pilot written test, will be offered on 12 Wednesdays at 6 pm, beginning January 14, with instructor Mike Raymond. The test is a requirement for a private pilot's license.

More information and class registration are available from Community Education at 387-2000 ext. 616, by email at comed@isd166.k12.mn.us, or on the website, www.cookcountyschools.org/cookcounty/cmed. The office is located in the YMCA. Office hours are 7:30 am to 4 pm Monday-Thursday. 

Cook County Senior Center Events and Activities

Cook County Senior Center, Grand Marais
Mon, 12/15/2014 (All day) - Wed, 12/31/2014 (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.
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.

YMCA classes, events, and announcements

Cook County Community YMCA, Grand Marais
Mon, 12/15/2014 (All day) - Sun, 01/04/2015 (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.

EFCE open gym: Open gym is offered every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 to 11 am. Families are invited to play with equipment that builds motor skills and social skills.

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 kids' club, and swimming. 

New Year's Eve: Youth ages 8+ are invited for an overnight lock-in, with swimming, "dive-in movie," volleyball, and crafts. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

Anniversary Celebration Open House: The community is invited to celebrate the Y's one-year anniversary on January 4 from 1 to 4 pm, with new group fitness class samplings, snacks, open game room, open swim with water slide, and open gym.

More information and class and event 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, 12/15/2014 (All day) - Wed, 12/31/2014 (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.

"Pickle ball" is offered indoors or outdoors on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 10 to 11 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 hosts 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.

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.

Special events:

WE Movies, Friday, December 19, 7 pm: "The Polar Express" in the gym, "The Grinch" in CR #2. KidZone indoor play 6 to 9 pm.

New Year's Eve Pizza Party, Wednesday, December 31, 11:30 am (RSVP required).

Regular hours: The 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.

Holiday hours:  The Community Center is open through Friday, December 19, and will reopen Monday, January 5.

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.  


Cook County Higher Education classes, events, notices and announcements

Cook County Higher Ed North Shore Campus, Grand Marais, and other locations
Thu, 12/18/2014 (All day) - Tue, 02/10/2015 (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.

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 February 10. 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. 

The Kings and Queens of England Series: Dr. Karen I. Halbersleben will present a 10-week class on the history of the English Monarchy from the Norman Conquest of 1066 to the present, on Monday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, January 12-March 16, 2015. Participants will increase their knowledge and appreciation of the key personalities and events in English history and the monarchy for the last 1,000 years; significant developments in English social, political, and economic history over that millennium; and the influence of England on American history, political assumptions, society, legal structure, and culture.   

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



Holiday Art Underground

Betsy Bowen Studio, 301 1st Ave W, Grand Marais
Fri, 12/19/2014 (All day) - Wed, 12/24/2014 (All day)

The annual Holiday Art Underground will be open at the Betsy Bowen Studio through December 24, featuring the art of many local and regional artisans that is not displayed in galleries or sold professionally, as well as crafts, treats, and music. The studio will be open through December 20 on Fridays through Sundays, from 10 am to 5 pm. From December 21-24, the studio will be open from 10 am to 4 pm.

Tentative Opening Date for Cook County Outdoor Ice Rinks & Warming House

Cook County Community Center (317 West 5th Street, Grand Marais)
Fri, 12/19/2014 (All day) - Sat, 12/27/2014 (All day)

Due to the recent difficult weather conditions, the Cook County outdoor ice rinks and warming house will plan to open on Saturday, December 27th, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  More information is available from Diane at 387-3015.

Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Jeremy Ridlbauer
Sat, 12/20/2014 (All day)

The Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count day is Saturday, December 20. Both feeder watchers and walking/driving birders are needed for the count in the Grand Marais count area, a 7.5-mile radius circle from a point 3 miles south of the middle of Devil Track Lake. The count circle covers Hwy 61 to Lindskog Rd and north, some of Cty Rd 60, Gunflint Trail to the landfill road, Pine Mountain Rd to the backside of Elbow Lake, Devil Track Rd to Bally Creek Rd, Ball Club Rd to The Grade, Pike Lake Rd, and Hwy 61 west to Cascade Lodge, and all of the lakeshore between Lindskog Rd and Cascade Lodge. Volunteers are also needed to record bird species observed during "count week," three days before and three days after the December 20 "count day." Birders of all skill levels are welcome to participate. Volunteers are asked to contact count compiler Jeremy Ridlbauer at sundew@boreal.org or 370-0733 to let him know what areas they can cover or feeders they will be watching. 


Winter Solstice Shadow Puppet Pageant, party and potluck

Good Harbor Hill Players
North House Folk School, Sivertson Gallery
Sun, 12/21/2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

The Good Harbor Hill Players will present the annual Winter Solstice Shadow Puppet Pageant - this year's theme is "The Heat Wave" - on the commons at North House Folk School on Sunday, December 21, at 6 pm. Everyone is advised to dress warmly for the outdoor performance, and to bring their "gloomies" to toss into the bonfire.

Sivertson Gallery will host a Solstice Party from 4 to 6 pm, with refreshments. All are welcome.

North House will host a potluck supper after the show.

Cook County Food Shelf

First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais
Mon, 12/22/2014 - 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.


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