Local Events & Announcements

Tree Lighting and Holiday Market at Last Chance Gallery

Last Chance Gallery, Lutsen
Fri, 11/28/2014 (All day) - Sat, 11/29/2014 (All day)

Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen will host the 9th Annual Holiday Market, "Home for the Holidays," on Friday, November 28, from 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, November 29, from 10 am to 5 pm. On Friday, carolers will sing from 4 to 7 pm, with a tree lighting at 6 pm. Artist demonstrations will include basket weaving with Judie Johnson, bronze sculpture casting with Tom Christiansen, pottery with Nate Saunders, figurative sculptures with John Books, and pet portraits with Anna Hess. More information is available at 663-7008, and on the website, www.lastchancefab.com.



Annual Holiday Craft Sale & Open House

Cook County Community Center and 4-H Building, Grand Marais
Sat, 11/29/2014 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

The Annual Holiday Craft Sale & Open House will be held Saturday, November 29, from 10 am to 3 pm, at the Cook County Community Center and the 4-H Building in Grand Marais. Lunch by Alyce will be served from 11 am to 2 pm, Girl Scouts will sell poinsettas, and there will be a bake sale, crafts, and representatives from Avon, Dove Chocolates, Origami Jewelry, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, and Tupperwar.

Upcoming classes and events at the Grand Marais Art Colony

Grand Marais Art Colony
Mon, 12/01/2014 (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.

Life Drawing: Artists in all media are welcome to attend the life drawing sessions offered on Wednesdays through December 10, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm (no class November 26). No instruction is included. The sessions are open to all 18 and older, or younger artists with parental permission.

Youth classes:

"Hand-building: Youth Clay," with John Franz, 3 Mondays, December 1, 8 & 15, 4-5:30 pm.

"Fuse it Up with Glass," with Nancy Seaton, Friday, December 5, 9 am - 2 pm. 
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.

Care Partners Caregiver Support Group & Group Respite Program

Care Partners of Cook County
First Congregational UCC, Grand Marais
Mon, 12/01/2014 - 11:00am - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:00am

Care Partners of Cook County offers two groups to assist caregivers and their loved ones.

Note:  these programs have a different schedule in November and December to accomodate holiday schedules.  Please contact Care Partners for details.

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.


CC Community Center Ice Rink, Winter Schedule

Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais
Wed, 12/03/2014 (All day)

The winter schedule for the outdoor ice rink at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais is being set in the next couple of weeks.  Anyone interested in requesting reserved times for groups is asked to contact Diane, either by phone at 387-3015 or  diane.booth@co.cook.mn.us. Schedules will be set by Wednesday, December 3, with the hope to have ice ready to go in early December.

Y-Ski Program

North Superior Ski & Run Club
Pincushion Mountain Trails
Sun, 12/07/2014 - 1:00pm - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 5:00pm

The North Superior Ski and Run Club (NSSRC) will sponsor a Youth Ski League (Y-Ski) on Sunday afternoons, from January 4 through February 22, at the Pincushion Mountain Trails. Y-Ski is designed for kids from grades K-6, and all ability levels are welcomed and accommodated. The NSSRC has a wide selection of children’s skis, boots and poles available for rent for the entire winter. A full discount is available to any family with a parent or guardian who will participate weekly as a group leader or assistant. Sign-up times are Sunday, December 7, from 1 to 2 pm, and Monday, December 8, from 5 to 5:30 pm, at the Pincushion Mountain warming building. More information is available from Mike Crook at 370-9949 or mrcrook@hotmail.com, or Patty Johnson at 370-0392 or patjj@hotmail.com.

Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Jeremy Ridlbauer
Sat, 12/20/2014 (All day)

The Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count day is Saturday, December 20. Both feeder watchers and walking/driving birders are needed for the count in the Grand Marais count area, a 7.5-mile radius circle from a point 3 miles south of the middle of Devil Track Lake. The count circle covers Hwy 61 to Lindskog Rd and north, some of Cty Rd 60, Gunflint Trail to the landfill road, Pine Mountain Rd to the backside of Elbow Lake, Devil Track Rd to Bally Creek Rd, Ball Club Rd to The Grade, Pike Lake Rd, and Hwy 61 west to Cascade Lodge, and all of the lakeshore between Lindskog Rd and Cascade Lodge. Volunteers are also needed to record bird species observed during "count week," three days before and three days after the December 20 "count day." Birders of all skill levels are welcome to participate. Volunteers are asked to contact count compiler Jeremy Ridlbauer at sundew@boreal.org or 370-0733 to let him know what areas they can cover or feeders they will be watching. 


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


Play Nintendo Wii at the Senior Center

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

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.

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