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Make-a-Bowl for Empty Bowls 2015

Grand Marais Art Colony, 120 West 3rd Avenue
Sun, 10/04/2015 - 2:00pm - Wed, 10/28/2015 - 7:00pm

The Grand Marais Art Colony invites the community to participate in the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser by signing up for a Make-a-Bowl session. Participants will make one wheel-thrown and one hand-built bowl to donate to the event and all proceeds go to support the local food shelf and alleviate local hunger issues. Sessions are Sundays at 2 pm or Mondays at 7 pm, through October 19 in the clay studio; and Tuesday and Wednesday, October 27 and 28 at 6:30 pm in the glass studio. More information and registration are available by phone at 387-2737.  The Empty Bowls fundraiser will be Thursday November 12.

AARP Driver Safety Classes

Pam McDougall
Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais; Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Mon, 10/05/2015 (All day) - Mon, 11/09/2015 (All day)

Minnesota drivers aged 55+ receive a 10% auto insurance discount by taking an approved eight-hour driver safety/accident reduction class. Drivers maintain the discount by taking a four-hour refresher class every three years. AARP sponsors the beginning and refresher classes at various locations in Cook County.

The eight-hour class will be offered on Thursday, October 29, from 8:30 am to 5 pm at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais.

The four-hour refresher class will be offered at the Cook County Community Center from noon to 4 pm on Monday, October 5; Tuesday, October 20; and Monday, November 9.

AARP members receive a discount.

People unable to fit a class into their schedules can take the AARP classes online and will receive the statutory insurance discount. The link is

For more information and to register, contact Pam at 663-7068 or pamm@boreal or Bill at 387-3167.

Cook County Senior Center events and activities

Cook County Senior Center, Grand Marais
Mon, 10/05/2015 (All day)

 The Cook County Senior Center in Grand Marais hosts a variety of events and activities.

Inter-Generational Reading Program: The program aims to connect older adults with elementary students. Volunteers are needed to spend one hour per week reading with students at the Senior Center. More information is avaiable from Jes Rodne.

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. 

Seeking new recipes: Community members are invited to submit recipes for future menus, including main dishes, salads, and desserts. Recipes can be emailed to or dropped off at the Senior Center.
Arrowhead Transit: Call 800-862-0175 option 8 for transit information and registrations. Assistance with problems is available from Bev at 387-2660. 

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

Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center, Gunflint Trail
Mon, 10/05/2015 (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. 

End of season sale: now in progress in the gift shop.

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, 10/05/2015 (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.

Free family dayFirst 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 OutSecond 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.

School’s Out Field Trips: On October 19, November 16, and December 7, the Cook County Youth Agency Coalition will host field trips. Details of each field trip and registration will be available from the Y by phone or on the website. 

Halloween Youth Lock-In: Saturday, October 31, from 7 pm to 7 am, for ages 8-15. All-night activities such as swimming, sports, games, and movies will be available to youth ages 8-15. Registration is required.
New Year’s Eve Youth Lock-In: Thursday, December 31, from 7 pm to 7 am.  All-night activities such as swimming, sports, games, and movies will be available for youth ages 8-15. 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, 10/05/2015 (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. 

"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 30, from 5 to 8pm. Wood-fired artisan pizza is prepared by Trevor Huggins, rain or shine. Pizza and sauce are provided; diners are asked to bring their own toppings. RSVP is appreciated. 

"Pickle ball" is offered indoors or outdoors on Thursdays from 9 to 11 am, and other times by appointment. Up to date information about the schedule is available from Elizabeth Peterson at, or 612-377-8748.

"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  at 663-7977 or Information is also available on the website,, and on Facebook and Twitter. 

Booster Club Concessions

Cook County Booster Club
Mon, 10/05/2015 (All day)

The Cook County Booster Club supports all Vikings athletics teams. The club needs volunteers to help at the concession stands at various Vikings events. A full schedule and sign up is available online.  More information is available from Jennifer at 387-2663.

Volunteers needed for Empty Bowls

Mon, 10/05/2015 (All day)

The annual Empty Bowls fundraiser strives to bring awareness to the pervasiveness of hunger in Cook County, while actively working to solve this community problem. The 10th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held November 12. The event is organized by community volunteers, and bowls for the event are made by local potters at the Art Colony. Approximately 75 volunteers are needed on the day of the event to assist with setting up, serving, and assorted other tasks. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Kelsey at 952-237-3517 or More information about Empty Bowls is available online.


Cook County Food Shelf

First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais
Mon, 10/05/2015 - 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. 

"Extreme picky eating" presentation

Katja Rowell, MD
Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Grand Marais
Mon, 10/05/2015 - 6:30pm - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 9:00am

Katja Rowell, MD, author of Helping Your Child With Extreme Picky Eating, will give two presentations at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais on Monday, October 5, from 6:30 to 8 pm; and Tuesday, October 6, from 9 to 10:30 am. These events are free and open to the public. Her presentation is geared toward parents, caregivers, grandparents, early childhood professionals, and anyone who interacts with children. Refreshments will be served. More information about Dr. Rowell can be found on her website


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