Local Events & Announcements

Cook County Higher Education classes, events, notices and announcements

Where: 
Cook County Higher Ed North Shore Campus, Grand Marais, and other locations
When: 
Wed, 09/03/2014 (All day) - Fri, 01/02/2015 (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.
 
Higher Ed will host an Afternoon Tea Party at Naniboujou Lodge from 2:15 to 5 pm on Wednesday, September 3. The event includes a silent auction and a presentation by Dr. Karen I. Halbersleben, "God Save the Queens: Learning from the Six Women who have Ruled England since 1066." RSVP is required.

Guest lecture: Ahmed Samatar, professor of international affairs at Macalester College, will present "Perspectives on Globalization," on Friday, September 12, at 3 pm. The lecture will discuss his latest research on development, democracy, and leadership in Somalia.able at the North Shore Campus. 

Combined Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Course: This course is a prerequisite for most L.P.N. and R.N. courses as well.
Home health aides provides routine individualized healthcare for the elderly, convalescents, or 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 encouraging patients with mobility and exercise, eating, grooming and hygiene, and checking vital signs. This Lake Superior College 4-credit course will be offered most likely starting in January or February 2015. 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 -- both loans and scholarships. 

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, and on the website, www.northshorecampus.org

 

 

Birch Grove Community Center events

Where: 
Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
When: 
Wed, 09/03/2014 (All day) - Wed, 09/10/2014 (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.  
 

 

AARP Driver Safety Classes

Who: 
Pam McDougall
Where: 
Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais; Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
When: 
Thu, 09/04/2014 (All day) - Thu, 11/13/2014 (All day)

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 eight-hour driver safety class will be offered at the Cook County Community Center on Saturday, October 15 , from 8:30 am to 5 pm.

The four-hour refresher class will be offered at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais on several dates:

  • Thursday, September 4, from 5 to 9 pm.
  • Monday, September 8, from noon to 4 pm.
  • Monday, October 13, from noon to 4 pm.
  • Saturday, October 25, from 9 am to 1 pm.
  • Thursday, November 13, from noon to 4 pm.

The four-hour refresher class will be offered at Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte on Thursday, October 2, from 5 to 9 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.
 

"Highway 61 Revisited"

Who: 
Moving Matters
Where: 
Grand Marais Public Library
When: 
Thu, 09/04/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Moving Matters will host "Highway 61 Revisited," to kick off planning the redesign of the Highway 61 corridor through Grand Marais, on Thursday, September 4, from 6 to 8 pm, at the Grand Marais Public Library. All who live, work, shop, walk, bike, drive, or play along Highway 61 in Grand Marais are invited to participate. A light meal will be served, and free child care will be available at the YMCA. More information and updates are available by email at movingmatters@boreal.org, or on the website,  www.becausemovingmatters.org/highway61,

 

 

Care Partners Caregiver Support Group & Group Respite Program

Who: 
Care Partners of Cook County
Where: 
First Congregational UCC, Grand Marais
When: 
Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:00am - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 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.

 

Workdays at Wild Flower Sanctuary

Who: 
Grand Marais Garden Club
Where: 
Wild Flower Sanctuary, Co Rd 60 off the Gunflint Trail
When: 
Sun, 09/21/2014 - 10:00am - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:00am

Restoration is underway on the Wild Flower Sanctuary that was established by the Grand Marais Garden Club in cooperation with Hedstrom Lumber in 1959.  Helpers are welcome anytime.

Workdays are the third Sunday of the month at 10 am. Remaining workdays this season are September 21 and October 19. Work will focus on identifying, signing, weeding and maintaining the flowers. Some tools will be available, but helpers can bring their own.  A mosquito jacket and gloves are recommended. 

The sanctuary is located 5-1/2 miles from town, just off the Gunflint trail on County Road 60. Parking is at the new entrance just before the Devil's Track River bridge. More information is available from Chris or Anne Hegg at 387-9008

Care Partners Senior Rides Program orientation

Where: 
Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Grand Marais
When: 
Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:00am - 12:30pm

Care Partners Senior Rides Program will offer a volunteer driver orientation in the lower level conference room at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais on Thursday, September 25, from 10 am to 12:30 pm. Senior Rides arranges rides to Duluth and around the county for those 60 and over unable to use Arrowhead Transit. The need for volunteers in the West End is especially great. Volunteers are reimbursed for mileage and can choose their assignments. More information and registration are available from Debi LaMusga at 387-3788. 

 

Care Partners Senior Rides Program orientation

Where: 
Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Grand Marais
When: 
Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:00am - 12:30pm

Care Partners Senior Rides Program will offer a volunteer driver orientation in the lower level conference room at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais on Thursday, September 25, from 10 am to 12:30 pm. Senior Rides arranges rides to Duluth and around the county for those 60 and over unable to use Arrowhead Transit. The need for volunteers in the West End is especially great. Volunteers are reimbursed for mileage and can choose their assignments. More information and registration are available from Debi LaMusga at 387-3788. 

 

ATV Club Fall Color Ride

Who: 
Cook County ATV Club
Where: 
Trestle Inn, Finland
When: 
Sat, 10/04/2014 - 11:00am

The Cook County ATV Club will hold its annual fall color ride on Saturday, October 4, meeting at the Trestle Inn in Finland (9459 County Rd 7), and returning there after the ride for dinner. More information is available at 387-9844, or on the website, www.cookcountyatvclub.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

 


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