Local Events & Announcements

Care Partners Caregiver Support Group & Group Respite Program

Who: 
Care Partners of Cook County
Where: 
First Congregational UCC, Grand Marais
When: 
Fri, 12/26/2014 - 11:00am - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 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 fourth 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.

NOTE: Check with Care Partners for the holiday schedule.

 

Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race

Where: 
Trail Center, Gunflint Trail
When: 
Sat, 01/03/2015 (All day) - Sun, 01/04/2015 (All day)

The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race will take place Saturday and Sunday, January 3-4. The race is a 12-dog, continuous race of about 100 miles open to dog mushers who meet entry requirements. The start, layover, and finish are all located at the Trail Center on the Gunflint Trail. More information is available at 387-3572.

Upcoming classes and events at the Grand Marais Art Colony

Where: 
Grand Marais Art Colony
When: 
Thu, 01/08/2015 (All day) - Mon, 01/26/2015 (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.

Adult classes:

"Pet Portraiture," with Anna Hess, 5 Thursdays,  January 8 - February 5, 6 - 8 pm.
 
"Still Life in Oil," with Neil Sherman, Saturday-Sunday, January 10-11.
 
"The Colors of Winter," with Catherine Hearding, 5 days, Monday-Friday, January 26 - 30.

 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.

HOT DISH youth gatherings

Where: 
Cook County Community Center, Log Cabin, Grand Marais
When: 
Fri, 01/09/2015 - 6:30pm - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 6:30pm

HOT DISH is a place for young folks of Cook County to find community, meet new people, and share art, music, writing and food. Gatherings are held on the second Friday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Cook County Community Center Log Cabin in Grand Marais. More information is available from Stefanie at 218-232-0566.

Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center

Who: 
Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association
Where: 
Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, SW of Schroeder
When: 
Sat, 01/10/2015 (All day) - Sat, 02/21/2015 (All day)

Sugarloaf Cove southwest of Schroeder is a 35-acre preserved site, including a 7.5-acre Minnesota Scientific and Natural Area, open to the public. Trails are open from dawn to dusk year-round. The Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center is closed during the winter except for occasional public programs.

"Winter Woes and Wonders," a free program on Saturday, January 10, at 10 am, will explore animal adaptations for making it through the winter -- such as how the chickadee eats, keeps its body temperature at 108 degrees during the day, and somehow makes it from one day to the next. Participants should dress warmly for the Nature Center program and the hike. Hot beverages will be available before and after the hike.

Minnesota Master Naturalist Northwoods/Great Lakes Training will give participants the opportunity to learn about about the geology, plant and animal communities, inland lakes and bogs, ecology, and human interactions of the northwoods and Lake Superior, in a six-session course with many guest speakers, field trips, and other unique experiences. The course will be offered every other Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm, beginning February 21 and ending May 19, with a three-week interval over Easter. Cost includes course manuals and supplies. Scholarships are available.

Sugarloaf Cove is located approximately six miles southwest of Schroeder, at mile 73.3, 9096 Hwy 61. More information about programs and events and registration are available from Molly Thompson at molly@sugarloafnorthshore.org, by phone at 218-525-0001, and on the website, www.sugarloafnorthshore.org.

Cook County AA and Al-Anon Meetings

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

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

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

Wednesdays:
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

Thursdays:
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

Fridays:
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

Saturdays:
Open Meeting, 7 PM, Trinity Lutheran Church, Hovland

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

 

Play Nintendo Wii at the Senior Center

Where: 
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

Who: 
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.

Foot Care Clinic

Where: 
Senior Center, Grand Marais

The Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and Cook County Department of Public Health and Human Services offer a foot care clinic at the Senior Center in downtown Grand Marais on the third Tuesday of each month. The clinic is held from 9 to 11 AM on a first-come, first-served basis. People seeking foot care are asked to bring their own soap, towel and bucket for soaking their feet. More information is available from Sawtooth Mountain Clinic at 387-2330.

WIC Program for Young Families

The Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program, better known as WIC, is available for women who are pregnant or recently had babies. Parents of children under the age of five also are eligible for WIC. A family that qualifies for the WIC program receives education about nutrition, healthy foods from the grocery store every month, health and growth checkups for children, and breastfeeding information and support. More information about Cook County’s WIC program is available from Teresa Borak at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, 387-2330. Information also is available from the Minnesota State WIC office at 800-657-3942 or from the website, www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/WIC/index.


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