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Cook County Higher Education classes, events, notices and announcements

Cook County Higher Ed North Shore Campus, Grand Marais, and other locations
Mon, 08/03/2015 (All day) - Sat, 08/29/2015 (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.

Brown Bag Lunch William Kent Krueger Book Club: First Monday of the month: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. A forum where readers can come together and talk about books and the reading experience. The group will read novels by Minnesota author William Kent Krueger and discuss one book at each book group meeting. Participants can come for any of the groups. This event is a partnership with Birchbark Books and Gifts. Remaining date and book: August 3, Windigo Island (2014).

Conversation With Author William Kent Krueger: Saturday August 29, 3pm; at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts Auditorium, Grand Marais. The event is a fundraiser to help support Cook County Higher Education's Mission.  Registration online or by phone.

"Exploring England Through its Literature":  Instructors Mary Ellen Ashcroft and Karen Halbersleben explore English culture, society, and history through the great works of English literature. Second and fourth Mondays of September, October, and November. Fourth Mondays include screening of BBC dramatizations.

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; on the website,; and on Facebook,


Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center, Gunflint Trail
Mon, 08/03/2015 (All day) - Sun, 10/18/2015 (All day)

The Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center, 55 miles up the Gunflint Trail, 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, criss-cross 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.

"The Paper Trail": This year’s temporary exhibit, “The Paper Trail," includes diaries, letters and brochures collected from resorts and residents from the Gunflint Trail's past. 

USDA Forest Service naturalist talks:  Talks on Tuesdays from 2 to 3:30 pm feature a different topic each week.

Kids' Day:  Tuesdays through August 18, kids' programs and naturalist activities will be offered from 10 am to 5 pm -- including tadpoles, animal tracks, letterboxing, Voyageur dress-up, and more.
The Chik Wauk Museum is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm through October 18. More information is available from Bonny Schudy, site manager, at 388-9915 or, and on the website,  


YMCA classes, events, and announcements

Cook County Community YMCA, Grand Marais
Mon, 08/03/2015 (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.

Family Open Gym: Open gym is offered Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 am. Families are invited to play with equipment that builds motor skills and social skills. Non-member parents are responsible for their children's supervision. Members may drop their children off while they work out or use the facility.

"Flick and Float" movies in the pool: Fridays at 5 pm, water-themed, family-oriented movies will be shown on a big inflatable screen in the pool area. Inner tubes and noodles are available at the pool, and participants are welcome to bring a clean inflatable raft. Admission fee.

August 14: "Disney Oceans"
August 28: "Free Willy"
Free family day: First Sunday of each month, 11 am to 5 pm. Activities include open gym time with age-appropriate toys, game room, open kids' club, and swimming.

Parents’ Night Out: Second Saturday of each month, 5-8 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. Preregistration is required and space is limited.

Back-to-School Lock-in: The Cook County Youth Area Coalition hosts a summer finale "lock-in" on Saturday, August 29, from 7  pm to 7 am Sunday. Participants can enjoy staying up late, playing volleyball, swimming, and many more summer activities. Registration is required.

More information and class and event registration are available from Emily Marshall at 387-3386 or, or on the website,

Birch Grove Community Center events and activities

Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Mon, 08/03/2015 (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, arts and culture, recreation and leisure, and health and wellness. 

30th Anniversary Celebration “Back to the Future 1985 – 2015": Saturday, August 15. Event includes an open house and tours 3-8 pm; KidsZone with retro races and carnival, 4-5:30 pm; Chaz the Magician, 5:30 pm; 80’s Picnic, 6:15 pm; 30th Anniversary presentation 6:30 pm; ice cream and popcorn, 7:30 pm; Movie “Back to the Future,”8 pm. 

"Go4Life Fitness" is offered at 10:30 am Mondays and Wednesdays, featuring a variety of exercise options for seniors; "Zumba Gold" is offered Fridays at 10:30 am.

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. The senior advisory group meets at 12:30 following lunch.

West End Pizza is offered every Wednesday through September 5, from 5-8pm. Wood Fired Artisan Pizza by Trevor Huggins is prepared rain or shine. Bring Your Own Toppings (BYOT).  RSVP is requested.

"Pickle ball" is offered indoors or outdoors on Thursdays from 2 to 5 pm, and other times by appointment. 

"Second Sunday Fun-Day," 2-7 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.

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.
Birch Grove Community Center is located at 9 Good Neighbor Hill Road in Tofte. Regular hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm (closed one hour for lunch). More information is available from Caroline Wood at 663-7977 or Information is also available on the website,, and on Facebook and Twitter. 


Monday Hikers

meet at Cook County Senior Center, Grand Marais
Mon, 08/03/2015 - 9:30am - Mon, 09/28/2015 - 9:30am

All are invited to join the Monday Hikers. They meet at 9:30 am at the Cook County Senior Center in Grand Marais to carpool, or at trailheads. After a moderate 2-hour hike, they have lunch at a nearby restaurant. More information is available from Nancy Strayer at 512-567-0653.

August 3 Caribou Falls Hwy 61, 8 mi south of Schroeder, access at Caribou River Wayside 
August 17 So Side of Gunflint Lake 45 mi up Gunflint Trail, right on south Gunflint Lake Rd. (lunch at Gunflint Lodge)
August 24 Kadunce River Hwy 61, 9 mi east of Grand Marais, park on right side
August 31 Canadian High Falls or boardwalk Hwy. 61, cross border, park in Visitors Center. Participants must bring passports.
September 21 Pincushion Mountain Overlook to Grand Marais 2.4 miles up Gunflint Trail, right on Pincushion Mtn Rd #53. Leave cars at both ends.
September 28 Oberg Mountain Hwy 61, right on Onion River Rd (FR #336), 2 mi up road to parking. 


Cook County Food Shelf

First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais
Mon, 08/03/2015 - 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. 

Cross River Heritage Center events and exhibits

Cross River Heritage Center, Schroeder
Tue, 08/04/2015 (All day) - Sat, 08/15/2015 (All day)

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

John Schroeder Day  Saturday August 15: Event includes Firemen's Pancake Breakfast, 8-10 am; walk to Father Baraga's Cross and oral history of Schroeder with Skip Lamb, 10 am; local artisans, Zoar Lutheran Church, 10 am - 2 pm; brat stand outside the center, 10 am - 2 pm; presentation on 7 dams of the Cross River with US Forest Service archeologist Lee Johnson 11 am; Cicak Sawmill tour, 12:30 pm. 

"Lost Resorts" exhibit:  The Schroeder Area Historical Society exhibit features the history of North Shore resorts, including many that no longer exist.  

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,

Cook County Historical Society events and offerings

Cook County Historical Museum, 8 So Broadway, Grand Marais
Tue, 08/04/2015 (All day) - Tue, 09/29/2015 (All day)

The Cook County Historical Society operates the Cook County Historical Museum at 8 South Broadway in Grand Marais, and the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery at 115 Wisconsin Street in Grand Marais, in addition to several historical sites -- including the Chippewa City Church and Bally Blacksmith Shop.

Exhibit: "Music from the Tip o' the Arrowhead" is on display at the museum through the summer, featuring 100 years of local music. As part of this “growing” exhibit, community members are encouraged to add their own memories and memorabilia to the community music scrapbook, as well as to play a tune on the exhibit’s electric piano. Summer hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. More information is available at 387-2883 or online.
"Small Talk": Gene Glader will give a historical presentation on Grand Marais businesses at the museum on Saturday, September 12, at 4 pm. 

Annual Meeting and Dinner:  The Historical Society's annual meeting and dinner will be held September 29 at a location to be announced.

Hedstrom Lumber Sawmill Tours

Hedstrom Lumber Company
1504 Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais
Tue, 08/04/2015 (All day) - Fri, 08/28/2015 (All day)

The Hedstrom Lumber Company offers 90-minute sawmill tours on Tuesdays at 12:30 pm and Fridays at 10 am through August. Tours are limited to 12 visitors, and advance reservations are recommended to Bob at 387-2995 ext 14.

Grand Portage Lodge & Casino Job Fair

Grand Portage Lodge & Casino
East Bay Suites, downtown Grand Marais
Tue, 08/04/2015 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Grand Portage Lodge and Casino invites everyone to a job fair at East Bay Suites in downtown Grand Marais on Tuesday, August 4, from 10 am to 5 pm.  More information is available by phone at 218-475-2808 or online at

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