Local Events & Announcements

Free tax help from AARP

AARP Tax Aide volunteers
Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais; Community Center, Grand Portage; Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Tue, 03/24/2015 (All day) - Wed, 04/15/2015 (All day)

 AARP Tax Aide Volunteers provide free help to members of the community with their 2014 Federal and State Individual Income Tax returns and their Minnesota Property Tax and Rent Refund forms. The volunteers can also amend prior years' returns if mistakes were made.
Volunteers are available at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais on Tuesdays, from 9 am to 3 pm; at the Community Center in Grand Portage on Wednesdays, from 9 am to 3 pm; and at Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte on Thursdays, from 10 am to 3 pm. Anyone seeking help with returns is asked to bring all 2014 tax documents. Those who have not received help from AARP volunteers in past years are asked to bring copies of last year's federal and state tax returns, and a Social Security card and photo ID.
Tax assistance is given on a first-come, first-served basis. However, arrangements can usually be made to collect necessary information to process returns of people who need to drop off tax documents and return to work. 
More information is available from Chuck Flickinger at 475-2776, or Steve Deschene at 387-1767.

North House Folk School classes, events, and activities

North House Folk School, Grand Marais
Thu, 03/26/2015 (All day) - Thu, 04/02/2015 (All day)

North House Folk School, on the harbor in Grand Marais, offers classes in northern craft and hosts a variety of public events and activities.

Thursday movie nights:

On Thursday evenings, from 7 to 9 pm, favorite movies from past Arctic Film Festivals will be screened:

"The Weeping Camel," March 26;
"Cree Hunters of Mistassini," April 2.

The North House Folk School campus is located at 500 West Hwy 61, on the harbor in Grand Marais. Local residents receive a 25% discount on class fees. More information is available at 218-287-9762 or 888-387-9762, by email at info@northhouse.org, and on the website, www.northouse.org. Registration for classes and events is available by phone and on the website. 



Grand Marais Art Colony classes, events, and announcements

Grand Marais Art Colony
Sat, 03/28/2015 (All day) - Thu, 04/30/2015 (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.

Eric Thomas Emerging Artist Award:

The Art Colony is accepting applications from local youth completing their sophomore or junior years for the Eric Thomas Emerging Artist Award. The award winner will have an opportunity to take one Art Colony class, all expenses paid. Applications are available from the Art Colony and are due April 23. 


Mary Bergs is an installation artist who will be working in a 2D collage format in the Founders Hall. Marty Harris is an illustrator, designer, painter, and printmaker, who will be working in the Print Studio.

Community Engagement Projects, Saturday, March 28: "Make a Mark," with Marty Harris, 9 am-noon; and "Quilting Bee/Artist Salon," with Mary Bergs, 1-4 pm. Space is limited for these half-day classes.

Adult classes:

"Life Drawing," for artists in any medium, no instruction, 10 Wednesdays through April 15, 6:30 - 9:30 pm. No class March 25.

Youth classes:

"Pewter Cast Jewelry," with instructor John Franz, 3 Thursdays, April 9-23, 4-5 pm. For ages 12 to 16.

"2-D to 3-D," with instructors David Hahn and John Franz, 4 Mondays, April 13-May 4, 4-5:30 pm. Course includes overview of drawing techniques, creation of a 2-D design, and translation to a 3-D boneware clay piece. For ages 10 to 14.

"Printing on Functional Fabric," with instructor Jill Levene, 2 Thursdays, April 30 and May 7, 4-7 pm. For ages 10 to 16.

Weekend Art Excursion to the Twin Cities: April 24 - 26, 2015.  There are still a few spaces available. It's a weekend filled with art-viewing opportunities including a behind-the-scenes tour of the Minnesota History Center's art collection, a private tour of George Morrison's Modern Spirit exhibit, a visit to the home of a Minnesota art collector, and a tour of the Northeast Minneapolis studios.

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.

Film: To Light a Candle

Baha'is of Cook and Lake Counties & the First Congregational Church
First Congregational Church, 300 W 2nd St, Grand Marais
Sun, 03/29/2015 - 12:30pm

All are invited to a film showing at the First Congregational Church Sunday March 29th at 12:30pm.  "To Light A Candle" is a film about the Baha'is in Iran defying religious persecution through non-violent resistance and educating their youth.  The event is hosted by the Baha'is of Cook and Lake Counties in conjunction with the First Congregational United Church of Christ.  More information from Denise Carlson (Little Marais) at 218-226-3630 or Amanda Weberg (Grand Marais) at 608-295-8694.

Cook County Food Shelf

First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais
Mon, 03/30/2015 - 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.


The Great Place Project

Moving Matters
all across the county
Tue, 03/31/2015 (All day)
The Great Place Project, sponsored by the Cook County Chamber of Commerce and the Moving Matters project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, is offering mini-grants to businesses and organizations in Cook County and Grand Portage. A "Great Place" might catch the eye, encourage people to spend time there, and reflect the unique character of the community. Submissions of high impact, low cost ideas will be considered for seed grants up to $1000. Applications will be accepted through March 31.  More information is available from Maren at 387-2330 ext 110 or online,  www.becausemovingmatters.org.

Fingerstyle Guitar Workshops with Gordon Thorne

Moondance Coffee House (5335 W Hwy 61, Lutsen)
Tue, 03/31/2015 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Moondance Coffee House in Lutsen hosts fingerstyle guitar workshops with Gordon Thorne every Tuesday evening through March, from 5 to 7 pm.

6th Annual Kids Plus Easter Egg Fundraiser

Kids Plus
Cook County Community Center and 4-H Log Cabin, Grand Marais
Sat, 04/04/2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Kids Plus hosts its 6th Annual Easter Egg Fundraiser on Saturday, April 4, at the Cook County Community Center and 4H Log Cabin in Grand Marais. Activities include a visit from the Easter Bunny from 9 am to noon, Easter egg hunt at 10 am, scavenger hunt at 10:30 am, raffle, dessert walk, and refreshments. 

Kids Plus thanks its sponsors: Beth’s Fudge, Bill and Gwen Lenz, Birch Bark Books & Gifts, Cook County Whole Foods Coop, Dairy Queen, Grand Marais Holiday Stationstore, Grand Marais State Bank, Java Moose, Johnson’s Foods, Joynes Ben Franklin, North Shore Care Center, Security State Bank, and Swanson & Heeren, P.C.



Free Day at the Dentist

Oral Health Task Force and Grand Marais Family Dentistry
Grand Marais Family Dentistry
Thu, 04/09/2015 (All day)
The Oral Health Task Force and Grand Marais Family Dentistry will sponsor a "Free Day at the Dentist" on Thursday, April 19. Cook County parents of children ages 18 months to 26 years of age can schedule a children for exams, cleaning, x-rays, fluoride, and sealants. Transportation will be provided by Cook County High School ISD 166. Appointments may be scheduled at Grand Marais Family Dentistry, at 387-2774. More information about the Oral Health Task Force is available from Georgene Daubanton at 387-2334.

Fingerstyle Masters Weekend Workshops

Bluefin Bay Resort, Tofte
Fri, 04/10/2015 (All day) - Sat, 04/11/2015 (All day)

Bluefin Bay Resort in Tofte hosts the 5th Annual Fingerstyle Masters Weekend Friday to Saturday, April 10-11, featuring the North Shore's fingerpicker Gorden Thorne, Minnesota fiddlers Randy Sabien and Tom Schaefer, and Wyoming guitarist Mike Dowling.  

Workshops: Musicians of all of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate in workshops at 10 am on Saturday, April 11. Workshops include: a free youth guitar workshop, a guitar workshop with Mike Dowling, and a fiddle workshop with Randy Sabien. Advance reservation is required. 

Concerts: Free fingerstyle circle, Friday at 8 pm. Ticketed concert featuring Mike Dowling, Saturday, April 11. Tickets will be available at the door or can be reserved in advance.

Proceeds from the event will benefit WTIP, in support of its transmitter replacement project. More information, registration for workshops, and concert ticket reservations are available from Gordon at 218-353-7308 or oman@live.com.  

Click here for more information about the 5th Annual Fingerstyle Masters Weekend.


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