Local Events & Announcements

Cook County Higher Education classes, events, notices and announcements

Cook County Higher Ed North Shore Campus, Grand Marais, and other locations
Mon, 11/24/2014 (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.

"Down Memory Lane" open house and luncheon, sponsored by Higher Ed, Cook County Chamber of Commerce, and Cook County Historical Society, will be held Thursday, December 18, at 11:30 am. Historian and author Gene Glader will present "Historical Businesses of Grand Marais." Reservations are requested by December 15.

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. 

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



Cook County Community Education classes & events

Cook County Community Center, 101 W 5th St, Gr
Mon, 11/24/2014 (All day) - Mon, 12/15/2014 (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. 

Heartsaver CPR: Pam Taylor, certified CPR instructor, will teach the Heartsaver CPR course on Monday, December 15, from 6 to 9 pm. the class will cover adult, child, and infant CPR.

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, 11/24/2014 (All day) - Sun, 11/30/2014 (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, 11/24/2014 (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. 

Parents' Night Out: On December 13 from 5 to 8:30 pm, activities are provided for ages 4 months & and up. Youth ages 5 and older will go swimming, and the evening will end with a child-friendly movie. All parents taking advantage of Parent’s Night Out will also get a free appetizer at My Sister’s Place the evening of the event. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

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, 11/24/2014 (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. 

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.

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.  


Hides for Habitat

Arrowhead Chapter of the MN Deer Hunters Association
Holiday Station in Tofte, Buck's Hardware in Grand Marais, Runningen's in Hovland
Mon, 11/24/2014 (All day) - Sun, 11/30/2014 (All day)

The Arrowhead Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association is accepting donations of hides during the month of November. Proceeds support local youth attendance at Forkhorn Outdoors Camp. Hide collection boxes are at the Holiday Station in Tofte, Buck's Hardware in Grand Marais, and Runningen's in Hovland.  More information is available from Rich Furlong, chapter president and ides coordinator, at 387-1065.

Grand Marais Public Library events and programs

Grand Marais Public Library
Mon, 11/24/2014 - 3:30pm

The Grand Marais Public Library hosts a variety of events and programs for families, children, and adults. 
Thanksgiving hours: The Library will close at 5 pm on Wednesday, November 26, and will be closed Thursday and Friday of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Online services (e-books, downloadable audiobooks, etc.) will not be affected. The library will reopen with regular hours on Saturday, November 29.

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, 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.

Tree Lighting and Holiday Market at Last Chance Gallery

Last Chance Gallery, Lutsen
Fri, 11/28/2014 (All day) - Sat, 11/29/2014 (All day)

Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen will host the 9th Annual Holiday Market, "Home for the Holidays," on Friday, November 28, from 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, November 29, from 10 am to 5 pm. On Friday, carolers will sing from 4 to 7 pm, with a tree lighting at 6 pm. Artist demonstrations will include basket weaving with Judie Johnson, bronze sculpture casting with Tom Christiansen, pottery with Nate Saunders, figurative sculptures with John Books, and pet portraits with Anna Hess. More information is available at 663-7008, and on the website, www.lastchancefab.com.



Annual Holiday Craft Sale & Open House

Cook County Community Center and 4-H Building, Grand Marais
Sat, 11/29/2014 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

The Annual Holiday Craft Sale & Open House will be held Saturday, November 29, from 10 am to 3 pm, at the Cook County Community Center and the 4-H Building in Grand Marais. Lunch by Alyce will be served from 11 am to 2 pm, Girl Scouts will sell poinsettas, and there will be a bake sale, crafts, and representatives from Avon, Dove Chocolates, Origami Jewelry, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, and Tupperwar.

Upcoming classes and events at the Grand Marais Art Colony

Grand Marais Art Colony
Mon, 12/01/2014 (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.

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:

"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:

"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.

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