Local Events & Announcements

Move It! in February

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic
Sun, 02/01/2015 (All day) - Sat, 02/28/2015 (All day)
The Sawtooth Mountain Clinic hosts Move It! in February, a month-long celebration of active living in Cook County. All are invited to log minutes and miles online. More event information and registration are available at www.sawtoothmountainclinic.org.

George Morrison's art featured in comprehensive exhibit

Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat, 02/14/2015 (All day) - Sun, 04/26/2015 (All day)
"Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison," the first comprehensive retrospective exhibit of the art of the renowned Native American modernist, will be on display at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul through April 26. Morrison was a Cook County native, who was born in Chippewa City and lived in Grand Portage following his retirement from teaching art and American Indian studies. The exhibit includes drawings, paintings, prints, and sculpture that bring together concepts of abstraction, landscape, and spiritual reflection. Half of the 80 works in the exhibition are from the largest collection of Morrison’s artwork at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul. The other half are from public and private collections from across the country, including four pieces from the collection of the Minnesota Historical Society. More information is available on the website, www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/exhibits/modern-spirit-art-of-george-morrison. Check out The Roadhouse page to hear an interview about the exhibit with Dr. Kristin Makholm, the museum's director.

Cook County Senior Center events and activities

Cook County Senior Center, Grand Marais
Mon, 02/23/2015 (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.

Changes to Medicare in 2015: Marjori Bottila of the Senior LinkAge Line® will give a presentation on 2015 changes to Medicare on Friday, February 27, from 10:30 to 11:30 am. All are welcome to attend.

Individual medicare counseling: Marjori Bottila will schedule 30- to 60-minute persoanl Medicare counseling appointments on Thursday, February 26, from 12:30 to 3 pm, and on Friday, February 27, from 8 to 10:30 am and 12:30 to 3 pm. Appointment times must be reserved in advance.

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, 02/23/2015 (All day) - Wed, 04/08/2015 (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.

Canned food month: February is canned food month. The Y invites community members to bring 3 items (or 6 per family) to the Y each Friday in February, and admission will be free.

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.  

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

Parents' night out: March date pending, 5-8 pm. Activities are provided for kids ages 4 months and up, ending in a child-friendly movie. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited.

Winter II Session:  Winter II programs run from February 23 to April 11. Programs include beginning log rolling classes, swim lessons for all ages, competitive swim team for all ages, preschool gym & swim, USTA Tennis, indoor soccer league, gymnastics, quigong, and Senior on Weights. Registration opens February 15.

Free family day: Sunday, March 1, from 1-5 pm. Activities include open gymnastics, open gym time with age-appropriate toys, game room, open kids' club, and swimming. 

Wednesday Wellness series:

Stand-up paddle boarding: learning the basics, with Jack Stone, March 4, 5 pm, in the pool.

Kayaking skills, with Jack Stone, April 8, 5 pm, in the pool.

Ham Run Half Marathon: Early bird registration is now open for the Ham Run Half Marathon, 5K, and Little Runts Run, on May 2. Proceeds go towards program scholarships to make sure nobody is turned away from the Y for the inability to pay. Register and race sponsorships are available from the Y. 

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


Birch Grove Community Center events and activities

Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Mon, 02/23/2015 (All day)

Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte, to the west of downtown at 9 Good Neighbor Hill Rd, 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.

Mini-bus tours:

"In Search of Spring," May 3-8: Birch Grove will offer a mini-bus tour to the Spring Blossom Festival in Door County, with stops in Iron Mountain and Green Bay, MI, en route, and Ashland, WI, on the return. The trip is planned for seniors, but all ages are welcome. Rates are available for single, double, or triple occupancy. Full payment is due April 3.

"By Road, River and Rail," August 16-21. Birch Grove will offer a mini-bus Circle Route tour around Lake Superior, with stops in Baraga, MI, and Sault Ste Marie, Schreiber, and Thunder Bay, ON. A train tour of the Agawa Canyon and a boat tour of the Soo Locks are included. The trip is planned for seniors, but all ages are welcome. Rates are available for single, double, or triple occupancy. Full payment is due July 16.

Volunteers needed:

Birch Grove seeks potential Board of Directors candidates; committee members for a variety of activities, including Advisory Group Eagles 55+ (A.G.E.55+), Annual Fundraising & Event Calendar Committee, Program Development & Partnerships, Education/Training, Arts/Culture, Recreation/Leisure, Health/Wellness; and volunteers for the community, recreation, and senior centers.
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. 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 community onion plant group order

NWFP and Cook County Extension
Mon, 02/23/2015 (All day) - Tue, 03/10/2015 (All day)
Once again the North Woods Food Project and the Cook County Extension office are taking group onion plant orders. The deadline for orders is Tuesday, March 10.  More information and ordering information are available from Diane at 387-3015 or diane.booth@co.cook.mn.us

"Dog Sleds, Snowshoes, Winter Work and Play"

Cook County Historical Society
Cook County Historical Museum, 8 S Broadway, Grand Marais
Fri, 02/27/2015 - 1:00pm - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 10:00am
The Cook County Historical Museum is displaying a new exhibit, "Dog Sleds, Snowshoes, Winter Work and Play," featuring dog sleds built by Hovland trapper Mike West, trapping artifacts, snowshoes built by John Beargrease and the history of the legendary mail-carrier, and dog sled racing memorabilia.

The museum is located at 8 South Broadway in Grand Marais. Winter hours are Fridays from 1 to 4 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. More information is available by phone at 387-2883.

Retirement party for Peter Igoe, Physical Therapist

North Shore Hospital, Large Classroom
Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Peter Igoe is retiring from the Physical Therapy Department of the North Shore Hospital at the end of the month.  All are invited to celebrate his 23 years of service at a retirement party from 2-3pm on Friday February 27th, in the Large Classroom of the Hospital.

Cross Country Ski Class with Tim Dennison: Rescheduled

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, "Move It! in February"
Pincushion Mountain Trail System, Grand Marais
Sat, 02/28/2015 - 1:00pm

The cross country ski class with coach Tim Dennison - part of "Move It! in February" - has been rescheduled to Saturday, February 28, at 1 p, at the Pincushion Mountain warming house. The 90-minute ski lesson is for skiers of all levels and is family-friendly. This event is part of "Move It! in February", a month-long celebration of active living in Cook County, hosted by Sawtooth Mountain Clinic.  More information from Amy at amschmidt@boreal.org.

Cook County Food Shelf

First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais
Mon, 03/02/2015 - 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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