Local Events & Announcements

Feedback opportunity for Hwy 61 design

City of Grand Marais
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Grand Marais
Tue, 10/28/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The City of Grand Marais will host an open house to present concept designs for Highway 61 through Grand Marais, with an opportunity for feedback, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, on Tuesday, October 28, from 6 to 8 pm. A light meal will be provided and free childcare will be available at the Cook County Community YMCA. More information is available from Mike Roth, City Administrator, at cityhall@boreal.org or 387-1848. Updates are available on the website, www.becausemovingmatters.org/highway61.



Cook County Senior Center Events and Activities

Cook County Senior Center, Grand Marais
Fri, 10/31/2014 (All day) - Fri, 11/21/2014 (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.

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.

Care Partners Caregiver Support Group & Group Respite Program

Care Partners of Cook County
First Congregational UCC, Grand Marais
Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:00am - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:00am

Care Partners of Cook County offers two groups to assist caregivers and their loved ones.

The Group Respite Program is held twice a month to offer a safe and enjoyable social setting for seniors with early memory loss or other long-term illness. Caregivers will have three hours of independent time, while their loved ones are supervised by trained volunteers. It is held the second Wednesday and last Friday of the month from 11 am to 2 pm, in the lower level of the First Congregational UCC in Grand Marais. The Group Respite Program on the second Wednesday begins at the same time as the Caregiver Support Group, to give caregivers freedom to join the group and have additional free time. Participants must preregister with  Jeannette at 387-3787.

The Caregiver Support Group meets every second Wednesday of the month, from 11 am to 12:30 pm, in the Fireside Room of the First Congregational Church. Vicky Biggs and Tyler Howell are the group facilitators. More information is available from Care Partners at 387-3788, carepartners@boreal.org, or Vicki Biggs at 387-1913 or vbiggs@boreal.org.


Halloween SPOOKtacular

Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais
Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm

The Cook County Community Center is hosting a SPOOKtacular HALLOWEEN event on Friday, October 31, from 3 to 6 pm. All ages are welcome. The event will include free food, activities including Pin the Boo on the Ghost, Treasure Fishing, Pumpkin Bowling, Face Painting, Halloween Arts & Crafts, Cakewalk, and Spider Web Obstacle. The Scariest Costume Parade will be at 5 pm, with prizes awarded. 

Donations of cakes for the cakewalk are requested. Donations can be dropped off on October 31 from 7:30 am until 3 pm. Cake pick-up can be arranged at 387-3015.

This event is sponsored by Cook County Community Education, Cook County Extension, Cook County KIDS PLUS, and the Cook County YMCA.

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Tue, 11/04/2014 - 8:00pm

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Grand Marais Public Library events and programs

Grand Marais Public Library, 102 2nd Ave W
Fri, 11/07/2014 - 3:30pm - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 3:30pm

The Grand Marais Public Library hosts a variety of events and programs for families, children, and adults.    and make money doing it.
"Digital Photography 101" with Brian Rauvola from the Duluth Photography Institute will be offered Friday, November 7, from 1 to 4 pm. The class will be held at Cook County Higher Education, and class size is limited to 20. Registration is through the library at 387-1140.

Henry Boucha, Native American author, film maker, and Olympic and NHL hockey player, will speak at the library on Friday, November 21, at 1:30 pm.

These public events are sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded 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.

Empty Bowls 2014

St. John's Catholic Church, Grand Marais
Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:00am - 5:00pm

Empty Bowls 2014 will be held at the St. John's Catholic Church. A soup meal provided by local restaurants will be served from 11 am to 1 pm, and from 5 pm to 7 pm. There will also be a bake sale and a silent auction, featuring a large selection of gift certificates donated by local businesses, which closes at 6:30 pm.

Proceeds from Empty Bowls battle hunger in Cook County by funding hunger programs offered by the Snack Packs Program, Cook County Food Shelf, Violence Prevention Center, ISD 166, Oshki Ogimaag Charter School, Meals on Wheels/Cook County Senior Center, Good Samaritan Fund, and others. More information is available from Kelsey at 952-237-3517 or kelsey@boreal.org.
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 is asked to contact Pat Campanaro at 651-336-2964 or pcampanaro@gmail.com.

Cook County AA and Al-Anon Meetings

Following are regular meetings of AA and Al-Anon around Cook County:

Open Meeting, 7 PM, Senior Center, Grand Marais (the first Monday of the month a speaker meeting at 7 PM)
Al-Anon, 7 PM , First Congregational Church, Grand Marais

Big Book Study Group Open Meeting, 6 PM, First Congregational Church, Grand Marais

12 Steps, 12 Traditions, 6:00 PM, First Congregational Church, Grand Marais
Open Meeting, 7:00 PM, Windigo Lodge, Villa 2
Open Meeting, 7:00 PM, Moondance Coffee House, Lutsen
Al-Anon Family Support group meeting, 7:00 PM Lutsen Town Hall

Women's Meeting, Noon, First Congregational Church, Grand Marais
Big Book Study Groups, 7 PM, Senior Center, Grand Marais
7:30 PM, Room 232, Grand Portage Lodge, Grand Portage

Big Book Study Group, Open Meeting, 7 AM, First Congregational Church, Grand Marais
"As Bill Sees It" Discussion Group, Open Meeting, 7:30 PM, First Congregational Church, Grand Marais

Open Meeting, 7 PM, Trinity Lutheran Church, Hovland

Lutsen Big Book Study Group, 6:30 PM, Lutsen Town Hall


Play Nintendo Wii at the Senior Center

Cook County Senior Center, Grand Marais

Everyone is invited to play Nintendo Wii at the Grand Marais Senior Center. No experience is necessary. The game was earned by Cook County third graders and donated to the Senior Center. Call the center at 387-2660 for more information.  The Senior Center is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm.

Safe Child Exchange Site

North Shore Visitation Center

Separated or divorced parents who need a safe place to exchange children between them may contact the North Shore Visitation Center. The center offers a safe child exchange site in Grand Marais twice each week. More information is available at 370-1677 or 387-2522.

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