Local Events & Announcements

Upcoming classes and events at the Grand Marais Art Colony

Grand Marais Art Colony
Mon, 10/13/2014 (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 10-week 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:

"Watercolor," with John Franz and David Hahn, 4 Mondays, October 20 - November 10, 4-5 pm.

"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:

"Interior Landscapes: Cultivating Creative Resilience," with Kelly O. Finnerty, 2 days,  October 25-26.

"Pots for Presents," with Joan Farnam, 8 Tuesdays, October 28 - December 16, 6-8 pm.
"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
Mon, 10/13/2014 (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.

 College Knowledge Month events: A series of free informative programs about college and job preparation will be offered at the Higher Ed campus as part of College Knowledge Month in October.


  • "How to Start a Business,"October 20, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Learn what it takes to start a business, the elements of a business plan, marketing ideas, and financing options.  Presented by Pat Campanaro, Small Business Consultant from the UMD Center for Economic Development.
  • "Landing the Perfect Job," October 27, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. This workshop will cover the job search process, putting together an effective resume and cover letter, and anticipating job interview questions.


  • "College Bound Underground Network,"October 7 - 28, 6:30 – 9 pm.  Discussions about past schooling experiences and concerns about going back to school, hosted by Dr. Robert Pratt.


  • "Career Cafes," October 1 - 29, 11:45 - 12:45 pm. All are invited to bring bag lunches and learn from people working in various fields what their jobs are like, what types of training are needed, and the job outlook for the future is.  Each meeting will feature a different career path.


  • "Writing the Successful College Paper," October 23, 5:30 - 7 pm. Instructor Erin Altemus will cover the elements of successful college papers and the process of writing a college level paper.

Advance registration is appreciated for the events but not required. 

Creating Partnership workshop: Higher Ed and Hyatt Leadership Coaching will offer "Creating Partnership," an interactive workshop for leaders in government, non-profits, and businesses, on Wednesday, October 23, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. The facilitator is Marcia Hyatt, leadership coach and master trainer in the work of Barry Oshry, pioneer in systems thinking and creator of Power Lab, the Organization Workshop on Creating Partnership.

Guest Lecture Series: Joyce and Peter Fergus-Moore will present "On the Ground in Palestine: An Eyewitness Account of Life Under Occupation," on Saturday, October 25, at 2 pm.

Heavy equipment forklift operator training will be offered on Wednesday, October 29, from 12:30 to 4:30 pm, with instructor Bill Gun. Participants will earn a Certificate of Completion for a State Mandated Safety and Operations Training.

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.

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 Senior Center Events and Activities

Cook County Senior Center, Grand Marais
Mon, 10/13/2014 (All day) - Fri, 10/31/2014 (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.

Chmielewski Funtime Band in Grand Portage: Trip to Grand Portage to see Minnesota’s Chmielewski Fun Time and the Polka Pirates from Thunder Bay, Sunday, October 19. Bus leaves the Senior Center at 11:30 am, returns at approximately 6 pm. Discounted food and free slot play at the casino. Cook County Senior Center at 11:30 am. Registration is requested by Thursday, October 16, at 4 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. 

Volunteers needed: One or more volunteer drivers are needed for the Meals on Wheels program on Mondays. The time commitment is 60 – 90 minutes per week. Meals are delivered within a 5-mile area of Grand Marais to homebound seniors. Meals are available for pick up at the Senior Center at 11 am. More information is available from Ann at 387-2660, from 8-2.

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, 10/13/2014 (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.

Pre-registration for child care: The Y is accepting pre-registration forms for part-time child care. Forms are due October 15.

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, 10/13/2014 (All day) - Fri, 10/31/2014 (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 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
American Legion Post 413 (17 1st Avenue West, Grand Marais)
Thu, 10/16/2014 (All day) - Sat, 11/15/2014 (All day)

The American Legion Post 413 in Grand Marais is currently accepting winter clothing donations for homeless veterans through November 15th.  Specific needs are for boots, jackets, socks, sleeping bags and other winter clothing items.  More information is available from the Legion at 218-387-2974.

Drury Lane Books Events

Drury Lane Books. Grand Marais
Sat, 10/18/2014 (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.

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.

Grand Marais Public Library events and programs

Grand Marais Public Library, 102 2nd Ave W
Sat, 10/18/2014 - 3:30pm

The Grand Marais Public Library hosts a variety of events and programs for families, children, and adults.    and make money doing it.
"History & Music of the Accordion": The library will host accordion virtuoso Mario Cianflone's presentation of "History & Music of the Accordion," on Satuday, October 18, at 3:30 pm.

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.

Appearances by state legislators

David Dill and Tom Bakk
Silver Bay Rec Building; Cook County Higher Education, Grand Marais
Mon, 10/20/2014 (All day) - Tue, 10/21/2014 (All day)

Representative David Dill, incumbent District 3A DFL candidate for MN House, will attend a root beer float social at 6 pm on Monday, October 20, at the Silver Bay Rec Building. More information is available from Carol Youngberg at 218-220-1517.

Representative David Dill, incumbent District 3A DFL candidate for MN House, and MN Senator Tom Bakk of District 3 will be in Grand Marais from 11:30 am to 1 pm on Tuesday, October 21, at Cook County Higher Ed for a "meet and greet" and to answer questions from constitutents.  

Cook County Food Shelf

First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais
Mon, 10/20/2014 - 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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