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"Hot Dish" gatherings

Cook County Community Center, Log Cabin, Grand Marais
Fri, 07/10/2015 - 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.

Ruby's Pantry food distribution

Cook County High School Cafeteria
Tue, 07/14/2015 (All day)
Ruby’s Pantry holds food distributions monthly on the second Tuesday, from 4:30 to 6:30pm at the Cook County High School Cafeteria.  Participants need to bring containers for receiving the food.  All are welcome, and volunteers are needed.  Hours for volunteers are 2:30 until distribution ends at 6:30. More information from Barbara Spaulding at 387-9535.

2015 Gunflint Trail Canoe Races

Gunflint Lodge Waterfront
Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:00pm - 7:30pm

All are invited to the 2015 Gunflint Trail Canoe Races, Wednesday July 15, from 4-7:30pm on the Gunflint Lodge Waterfront.  The afternoon event includes a silent auction, kids activities, food and canoe races – including the signature event:  gunnel pumping.  All proceeds go to the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department.  More information from Julie Henricksson at 388-2246.

The event times are as follows:
4:00 pm-7:30 pm Silent Auction
4:00 pm Kids Fun events begin
4:30 pm Food service begins
6:00 pm Canoe Races begin with the long distance race followed by many age and gender races with gunnel pumping as the finale.
Race registration is at the waterfront.
6:00 pm General Raffle begins 

Northland Wonders Flower Show

Grand Marais Garden Club
Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais
Fri, 07/17/2015 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm

The Grand Marais Garden Club host ‘Northland Wonders’, this year’s flower show on Friday July 17 from noon-5pm at the Cook County Community Center.  All are welcome for the silver tea and to view the floral arrangements.  More information from Renee at 651-245-5936.  Admission is free.

North Shore Water Festival

Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply
Downtown Grand Marais (at the harbor and the east bay)
Sat, 07/18/2015 (All day) - Sun, 07/19/2015 (All day)

Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply invites everyone to the “North Shore Water Festival” July 18 and 19 on the “Norwegian Riviera” in downtown Grand Marais.  The event will feature stand up paddle board demos and yoga, as well as fishing and standard kayak demos on the east bay.  More information about the event, and registration for stand up paddle board yoga is online at

Annual Flower Show: As Time Goes By

West End Garden Club
Schroeder Township Hall, 124 Cramer Road
Sat, 07/18/2015 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm

The West End Garden Club hosts their annual flower show Saturday, July 18 from 1 to 5pm at the Schroeder Township hall, 124 Cramer Road.  This year's theme is "As Time Goes By" and will commemorate their 80th year.  All are invited to enjoy the flower arrangements and refreshments.

Clearwater Lodge Centennial Celebration

Clearwater Historic Lodge and Canoe Outfitters
774 Clearwater Rd, Grand Marais
Sat, 08/15/2015 (All day)

Clearwater Historic Lodge and Canoe Outfitters are celebrating their 100th anniversary as a business. The centennial event is Saturday August 15th, with music and dancing, pie and baked goods and beverages for sale.  The North Shore Community Swing Band will play during the afternoon. The lodge used to have community dances like this in the 30's and 40's; all are invited to reminisce and enjoy the restored historic lodge.  More information from Clearwater at 388-2254 or online at

Isle Royale Botany Workshop

Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association
Tue, 09/08/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/13/2015 (All day)

The Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association hosts a botany workshop on Lake Superior’s Isle Royale September 8th through 13th.
Topics include plant communities, rare species, ecology, and invasive species.  More information and registration online.

Cook County AA, Al-Anon, and CoDA Meetings

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

CoDA (codependents anonymous) meeting, 5:30 PM , First Congregational Church, Grand Marais
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

12 Steps, 12 Traditions, 6:00 PM, First Congregational Church, Grand Marais
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.

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