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Make-a-Bowl for Empty Bowls 2015

Grand Marais Art Colony, 120 West 3rd Avenue
Sun, 10/11/2015 - 12:00pm - Wed, 10/28/2015 - 12:00pm

The Grand Marais Art Colony invites the community to participate in the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser by signing up for a Make-a-Bowl session. Participants will make one wheel-thrown and one hand-built bowl to donate to the event. All proceeds go to support the local food shelf and alleviate local hunger issues. Sessions are Sundays at 2 pm or Mondays at 7 pm, through October 19 in the clay studio; and Tuesday and Wednesday, October 27 and 28 at 6:30 pm in the glass studio. More information and registration are available by phone at 387-2737.  The Empty Bowls fundraiser will be Thursday, November 12.

Grand Marais Public Library events and programs

Grand Marais Public Library
Mon, 10/12/2015 (All day) - Wed, 10/21/2015 (All day)

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

"Stories Sing!": Monday, October 12, at 10:30am. "Stories Sing" is a special story time presentation by the Minnesota Opera.  Teaching Artist Alisa Magallón will read and sing a children’s picture book with an opera theme.  Magallón also brings an educational twist to the program, sharing tips with parents and caregivers on how to bring books to life with music and song --increasing early literacy and creating a love of both music and reading.

Third Wednesday Technology Open House: October 21, 6-8 pm.  All who have technology questions are invited to attend, as are those who would be willing to serve as tech mentors to others. "Beginners or below" can spend time with a mentor to learn the basics of using a computer or mobile device. The sessions are unstructured. Depending on need, attention may be highly individualized. Participants may bring their own devices or use those owned by the library.

Many of the Library's public events are sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded in whole or in part by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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, 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, and on the website,

Ruby's Pantry food distribution

Cook County High School Cafeteria
Tue, 10/13/2015 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Ruby’s Pantry holds food distributions on the second Tuesday of the month from 5:00 to 6:30 pm, at the Cook County High School cafeteria. Participants must bring containers to receive food. All are welcome. Volunteers are needed from 3:00 pm until distribution ends at 6:30 pm. More information is available from Barbara Spaulding at 387-9535.

Care Partners Volunteer Training

Care Partners
Wed, 10/14/2015 - 4:30pm - 8:00pm

Care Partners Volunteers provide companionship in the client’s home, at the Care Center, or the Hospital. Volunteers provide on-going friendly visits, a compassionate presence at end-of-life, phone check-ins, or caregiver respite—each volunteer finds their own niche. 
Care Partners Volunteer Training will be held Wednesday, October 14, 21 and 28 from 4:30-8 pm. Contact Kay Grindland or Debi LaMusga at 387-3788 for more information. Registration is required.

Cook County Community Education classes & events

Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais
Thu, 10/15/2015 - 6:30am

Cook County Community Education hosts a variety of classes and events for youth and adults.

"Economic update": Thrivent Financial adviser Greg Hanson will discuss changes in the economy and markets that have been in the headlines, and what they mean for personal financial strategies, on Thursday, October 15, at 6:30 pm, at the JMCC. Preregistration is requested.

More information and registration are available from Community Education at 387-2000 ext. 616, by email at comed@isd166.orgor on the website, The office is located in the YMCA. Office hours are 7:30 am to 4 pm Monday-Thursday. 

Crockpot Cooking

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic & Healthy Northland
Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais
Fri, 10/16/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and Healthy Northland are cosponsoring “Crockpot Cooking,” a food skills class that is designed to help people learn to prepare healthy, delicious, affordable dishes using a slow cooker. These free classes will be held at the Community Center on October 16 from  6 to 7pm, and on October 25 from 12:30 to 130pm. Participants will learn about the basics of crock-pot cooking, taste a variety of dishes, and receive recipes to get them started. Participants will also receive a coupon for a discount on a new slow cooker from Buck’s Hardware. For registration or more information, contact the instructor, Hartley Newell-Acero at 370-2450 or

Drury Lane Books events

Drury Lane Books. Grand Marais
Sat, 10/17/2015 (All day) - Tue, 10/27/2015 (All day)

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

Moose-a-Rama with The Muffin Man: Saturday, October 17, 11 am. 

Full Moon Reading: Tuesday, October 27, 5 pm, outside on the lakeshore, featuring Tom McCann.

More information on these events is available at  or 387-3370.

AARP Driver Safety Classes

Pam McDougall
Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais; Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
Tue, 10/20/2015 (All day) - Mon, 11/09/2015 (All day)

Minnesota drivers aged 55+ receive a 10% auto insurance discount by taking an approved eight-hour driver safety/accident reduction 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 class will be offered on Thursday, October 29, from 8:30 am to 5 pm at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais.

The four-hour refresher class will be offered at the Cook County Community Center from noon to 4 pm on Monday, October 5; Tuesday, October 20; and Monday, November 9.

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

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

North Shore Readers and Writers Festival

Grand Marais Art Colony, Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais Public Library
Thu, 11/05/2015 (All day) - Sun, 11/08/2015 (All day)

The first annual North Shore Readers and Writers Festival will be held Thursday through Sunday, November 5-8, with workshops, readings, panel discussions, and special events. Readers and writers alike will find many opportunities to learn from and engage with more than 20 established authors and book professionals, including keynote author Lorna Landvik. This event is hosted by the Grand Marais Art Colony in partnership with Drury Lane Books and the Grand Marais Public Library. More information and registration are available at, or by phone at 387-2737.

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

Big Book Study Group, Closed Meeting, 6 PM, Bethlehem Lutheran 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


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