Local Events & Announcements

North House Folk School classes, events, and activities

North House Folk School, Grand Marais
Thu, 02/05/2015 (All day) - Thu, 03/26/2015 (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.

"Making It" Through Winter skill sharing series: 

North House is hosting a series of skill sharing sessions, free and open to the public, on Thursday evenings in February, from 7 to 9 pm. 

"Winter Animal Tracking," with Nate Johnson, February 5. Participants will learn to identify and interpret the tracks, movements, and behavior of northern fauna. The program will be classroom-based, but skills learned can be applied to tracks found outdoors. No registration is required. 

"Useful Hand Sewing," with Carol Colburn, February 12. Participants will learn several basic hand stitches and strategies for successfully repairing, darning, patching and reinforcing everything from clothing to camping equipment, and will take home a sampler. No registration is required; nominal materials fee will be collected.

"Carving with a Knife," with Jim Sannerud, February 19. Participants will be able to try carving or hone their knife skills, and will learn several knife strokes while working on a take-home butter spreader. Program size is limited, so anyone interested is asked to call North House before 5 pm on February 19.  

"Fix Your Holey Socks," with Elise Kyllo, February 26. Participants can bring socks or sweaters in need of repair and leave with socks that are good as new or sweaters with moth holes patched. No registration is required; nominal materials fee will be collected. Mending kits will be available.

Kids' programs:

"Fibers for Kids," with skilled artists from the Northwoods Fiber Guild, will give kids 7 years and older the opportunith to create hands-on fiber projects, including card weaving, knitting, felting wool, paper beadwork, decorative kumihimo braiding, and more. Everyone will leave with at least three completed projects. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. The workshop is Saturday, February 14, from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Preregistration is required.

"Carving for Kids" will give kids 8 years and older an introduction to use of knives as safe and efficient carving tools. Examples of uses of knives in crafts taught at North House will be demonstrated. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. The workshop is Saturday, March 7, from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Preregistration is required.

March movie nights:

Every Thursday evening in March, from 7 to 9 pm, favorite movies from past Arctic Film Festivals will be featured. More information about the films will be forthcoming. 

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. 



Cook County DFL Open House

Cook County DFL
Cook County Community Center (317 West 5th Street, Grand Marais)
Thu, 02/05/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

The Cook County DFL will host an open house at the Cook County Community Center social room on Thursday, February 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. All are invited to discuss interests and concerns regarding local city and county government.  More information is available from Tina Krauz at 387-2700.

Cook County Higher Education classes, events, notices and announcements

Cook County Higher Ed North Shore Campus, Grand Marais, and other locations
Fri, 02/06/2015 (All day) - Sat, 02/21/2015 (All day)

Cook County Higher Education in Grand Marais hosts a variety of classes and events. All are at the Higher Ed North Shore Campus at 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue in Grand Marais, unless otherwise noted. Higher Ed also coordinates continuing education programs in the community and partnerships with educational institutions.

Basic Welding Course: This course, with instructor Don Hammer, provides the student with basic welding fundamentals and the ability to properly use gas and electric welding equipment, incluiding a sculptural component.  The class will be offered Friday to Sunday, February 6-8, from 9 am to 5 pm, at the Cook County High School Industrial Tech Room.
Combined Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Course
: Higher Ed, in conjunction with Lake Superior College, will offer a combined nursing assistant and home health aide course beginning February 10. This course is a prerequisite for most LPN and RN programs. Home health aides provide routine individualized healthcare for the elderly, convalescents, and persons with disabilities at the patient's home or in a care facility. Certified nursing assistants are responsible for a variety of duties within the medical facility, including assisting patients with mobility and exercise, eating, grooming, and hygiene;and checking vital signs. Classes will be held at the North Shore Campus and at the North Shore Care Center. The instructor is Mark Abrahamson. Financial aid is available, including both loans and scholarships. 

Computer Basics: Participants in this workshop, with instructor Don Bremer, will get a general introduction to computer function and terminology. Students will learn to navigate programs like Word, Excel and PowerPoint; to find, open, and save files; and to explore the internet. Anyone without a laptop who wants to take the course may be able to borrow one from Higher Ed. The workshop will be offered Saturday, February 21, from 1 to 4 pm. 

Cook County Higher Education is located at 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue in Grand Marais. Office hours are 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday. Registration and more information about classes and events are available at 387-3411, or highered@northshorecampus.org; on the website, www.northshorecampus.org; and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/cookcountyhighereducation



AARP Driver Safety Classes

Pam McDougall
Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais; Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Mon, 02/09/2015 - 12:00pm - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:00pm

Minnesota drivers aged 55+ receive a 10% auto insurance discount by taking an approved eight-hour driver safety 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 four-hour refresher class will be offered at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais:

Monday, February 9, noon-4 pm;
Thursday, March 5, noon-4 pm;
Friday, April 17, noon-4 pm.

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 www.aarpdriversafety.org.

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

Northern Fibers Retreat

Northern Fibers Guild, North House Folk School, Grand Marais Art Colony
North House Folk School, Grand Marais Art Colony, Cook County Community Center
Wed, 02/11/2015 (All day) - Sun, 02/15/2015 (All day)

The Grand Marais Art Colony, North House Folk School, and the Northwoods Fibers Guild are collaboratively hosting the Northern Fibers Retreat from February 11 to 15. Included are classes and workshops on spinning, quilting, weaving, knitting, bead embroidery, felting, painting with fabric, stitchery, and more. Community events include open studios and sharing sessions, gallery talks, and "lunch and learn" gatherings. Featured speaker Anna Gunnarsdóttir, Icelandic sculptural felt artist, will give a presentation about her work at 7:30 pm Saturday at North House. More information and class registration are available on the North House website, www.northouse.org, and the Art Colony website, www.grandmaraisartcolony.org



Care Partners Caregiver Support Group

Care Partners of Cook County
First Congregational UCC, Grand Marais
Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Care Partners of Cook County hosts a Caregiver Support Group 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.


HOT DISH gatherings

Cook County Community Center, Log Cabin, Grand Marais
Fri, 02/13/2015 - 6:30pm - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 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.

Candlelight Ski & Snowshoe

Sugarbush Trail Association
Oberg Mountain Trailhead, Tofte
Sat, 02/14/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The Sugarbush Trail Association invites everyone to a family-friendly Candlelight Ski & Snowshoe on Saturday, February 14, from 6 to 8 pm. Luminary-lit ski trails and hiking trails through the Superior National Forest begin at the Oberg Mountain Trailhead on the Onion River Road (FR 336) between Lutsen and Tofte on Hwy 61. All are invited to enjoy cocoa and treats provided by area resorts around the bonfire. More information is available at www.sugarbushtrail.org.

Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center

Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association
Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, SW of Schroeder
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.

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:

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


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