Local Events & Announcements

Cook County Food Shelf

First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais
Mon, 07/28/2014 - 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.

Grand Marais Public Library events and programs

Grand Marais Public Library, 102 2nd Ave W
Tue, 07/29/2014 (All day) - Sat, 08/02/2014 (All day)

The Grand Marais Public Library hosts a variety of events and programs for families, children, and adults. 

Tuesday, July 29: The Emmy Award-winning Zinghoppers band performs on Tuesday, July 29, at 10:30 am. The band invites preschool and elementary age kids on a musical  journey to the zoo, as part of the "Paws to Read" summer reading program.  

Free books for kids: All kids and teens participating in the "Paws to Read " summer reading program can receive 10 free books at the Libary Friends of Cook County annual book sale, on Saturday, August 2, from 9 am to noon. Readers must stop by the library to pick up coupons for their free books before the sale.

Friday, August 8: "The Secret Life of Puppets Workshop," featuring the Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, is an opportunity to try performing with puppets at 3 pm on Friday, August 8. The interactive program mixes puppetry history around the world, handcrafted puppetry, and zany comedy with live music.  

Public Art Project Call for Submissions: Artists working in all media are invited to compete for an award to create one or more artworks to display at the library. The art should honor the community and reinforce the perception of the library as a place to experience arts, culture, and history in a variety of formats. Any artist interested in the project can pick up a brochure outlining submission requirements at Sivertson Gallery, the Grand Marais Art Colony, City Hall, or the library. The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 22, at 4:30 pm. More information is available from Steve Harsin at 387-1140, or sharsin@arrowhead.lib.mn.us.  
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.

New exhibit: By Way of Water: Our History with Lake Superior

Cook County Historical Society
Cook County Historical Museum, 8 S Broadway, Grand Marais
Tue, 07/29/2014 (All day)
Before a highway made the North Shore accessible to automobiles, people came to Cook County by boat. “By Way of Water: Our History with Lake Superior” is the latest exhibit at the Cook County Historical Museum. It shares the story of how the lake shaped the people and communities of this region. The exhibit opens the week of Fishermen’s Picnic (July 29-August 2) and offers information about: Grand Marais Harbor and East Bay as ideal locations for settlement, the docks that steamships visited regularly, the shipwrecks America and Stranger, the United States Coast Guard, and the people and boats that passed through Cook County! Featured in the exhibit are the Fresnel Lens from the Grand Marais Lighthouse; the wheel from the S.S. America; multimedia stories about Isle Royale, heroic fishermen, and the lighthouse keeper’s family; and wonderful local art depicting a time when life depended on the Big Lake.
More information at 387-2883.

Cook County Senior Center Events and Activities

Cook County Senior Center, Grand Marais
Wed, 07/30/2014 (All day)

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

Wednesday, July 30, 4:15-10:30 pm: Grand Portage Casino Express, with free transportation and discounts for slot play and dinner. 

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.

Birch Grove Community Center events

Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Wed, 07/30/2014 (All day)

Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte hosts a variety of activities for all generations in Cook County's West End, including training and education, recreation, arts and culture, and health and wellness. 

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.

Wood-fired pizza is prepared twice monthly, on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 5:30 pm. Birch Grove Foundation provides dough, sauce, and cheese, and all are invited to bring their own toppings. RSVP's are appreciated but not required. Donations are requested to support Birch Grove's mission.

More information and reservations are available from Caroline Wood at 663-7977.  Information is also available on the website, www.birchgrovefoundation.org, and on Facebook and Twitter. Birch Grove Community Center is located at 9 Good Neighbor Hill Road in Tofte.  




"Ride into History" -- 14th Annual Gitchi-Gami Trail Ride

Gitchi-Gami Trail Association
Thu, 07/31/2014 (All day) - Sat, 08/16/2014 (All day)

The Gitchi-Gami Trail Association hosts "Ride into History," the 14th Annual North Shore Trail Ride, on Saturday, August 16. Distance options are 28 or 34 miles; no long ride is offered this year because of road construction. This year only, the ride fee includes free admission to Split Rock Lighthouse, as well as to all state parks. The ride begins at 9 am at Gooseberry Falls State Park. Registration on the day of the ride is welcome, but special artist-designed t-shirt is not guaranteed. Fee is discounted for registration by July 31. Registration is available at www.ggta.org.  More information is available on the website or from Bill Blank at 218-370-1003.

Cook County Invasives Team upcoming events

Cook County Invasives Team
Thu, 07/31/2014 - 5:00pm - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 5:00pm

The Cook County Invasives Team (CCIT) is a group that works to prevent and control the spread of invasive species in northeastern Minnesota. 

Community Forest Restoration Shed: Landowners interested in controlling invasives on their property can use tools, equipment, and herbicides free of charge. The equipment is stored at the Community Forest Restoration Shed at Sugarloaf Cove near Schroeder. To use herbicides and application equipment, landowners must attend a mandatory two-hour training on identification and eradication of invasives. Registration is online at www.sugarloafnorthshore.org, and must be done two days before the training. There is space available at the training scheduled for Thursday, July 31.

Hikes: CCIT is hosting hikes this summer to look at native and non-native plants. Hikes begin at 5 pm. No registration is required.

  • August 8 - Oberg Mountain. Meet at the Oberg parking lot on the Onion River Road (FR 336, between Lutsen and Tofte).
  • August 18 - Superior Hiking Trail at Kadunce River. Meet at the Kadunce River Wayside on Highway 61, east of Grand Marais.

More information is available from Invasive Species Coordinator Angelique Edgerton at aedgerton@boreal.org, or 387-3772. The county web page is www.cookcountyinvasives.org. Updates are available on the CCIT facebook page, www.facebook.com/cookcountyinvasives.

Local area summer farmers' markets

Two Harbors, Finland and Brimson
Fri, 08/01/2014 (All day)

Several local farmers markets are open this summer. The Two Harbors Farmers' Market, located near the downtown bandshell, is open on Saturdays from 9 until noon. Finland hosts a market on Fridays from 5-7 pm at the Clair Nelson Center. Brimson has a market on Saturdays from 9 to noon at Hugo’s on Hwy 44.

West End Candidate Forum

Birch Grove Foundation
Birch Grove Community Center, 9 Good Neighbor Hill Road, Tofte
Wed, 08/06/2014 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm

The Birch Grove Foundation hosts the District 5 Commissioner Candidates on August 6th.  A hearth oven social starts at 5:30 pm, and the candidate forum begins at 7:00.  Cook County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Boyd will moderate the west end candidate forum.  Questions for the forum can be submitted ahead of time to bgf@boreal.org.  More information or RSVP with Caroline at 663-7977.

Drury Lane Books Events

Drury Lane Books. Grand Marais
Sat, 08/09/2014 (All day) - Wed, 10/22/2014 (All day)

Drury Lane Books, on the East Bay in downtown Grand Marais, hosts a variety of events and readings.

Saturdays in July, and August (except August 2), 11 am: Stories for young children with The Muffin Man. 

Saturday, August 9, 5 pm: Writer’s Salon / Full Moon Reading with Rachael Hanel, reading and discussing We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravediggers Daughter.

Saturday, August 23, 5 pm: Writer’s Salon with Kate Hopper, reading from and discussing Ready for Air: A Journey Through
Premature Motherhood.

Wednesday, August 27, 6:30 pm: Women’s Book Group, title to be determined.
Saturday, September 6, 5 pm: Writer’s Salon with poet Ken McCullough reading from and discussing Broken Gates.

Monday September 8, 5 - 6 pm: Full Moon Reading featuring Erin Huggins, outside on the lakeshore.

Saturday, September 20, 5 pm: Writer’s Salon with poet Kate Hallett Dayton, reading from and discussing Salt Heart and Catalpa.

Wednesday, September 24, 6:30 pm: Women’s Book Group,title to be determined.
Saturday, October 4, 5 pm: Writer’s Salon with poet Louis Jenkins, reading from and discussing Tin Flag: New and Selected Prose Poems.

Wednesday, October 8, 5 - 6 pm: "Full Moose Reading," featuring Tom McCann, outside on the lakeshore.
Saturday, October 18, 11 am: "Moose-a-Rama," stories for kids with The Muffin Man.

Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 pm: Women’s Book Group, title to be determined. 

More information on these events is available at drurylandbooks@boreal.org,  or 387-3370.

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