Events and Meetings

Announce upcoming community events. Please note that an event hosted by a business is considered a commercial event and should be posted under Business Ads. If an item fits under one of the other categories, please do NOT post it as an event - post it in the other category.

*FREE* 55 Gallon Waste Oil Steel Drums

FREE 55 gallon waste oil steel drums.  Can be picked up at the Cook County Schools Bus Garage between 2pm and 3pm today. Friday 10am to noon.

DATE: 02/23/2017 11:49am

Life in Complex Times Series | Building Community

In this session, we will work together to activate the collective intelligence of the group to find new solutions for challenges in our work life, personal growth and in building community in today's complex world!

How could conversations of possibility shift your work and life? Build confidence and capacity for complex challenges. Learn and practice proven patterns and methods for collaborative leadership and change. Making the most of conversations that matter!

Bring your key issues, challenges, existing and emerging projects, and questions. The stuff you are working on now - or want to begin soon.

Mondays 11:30-1pm (bring your own lunch) 
February 27 -- building community
Cost: $20 per session 

Sue Hakes
As a business owner and former Mayor of Grand Marais (2009-2010) and Cook County Commissioner (2011-2014), Sue Hakes knows that rural communities are wrestling with big challenges that require strong leadership. As a Bush Foundation Fellow, Sue earned a Public Affairs Leadership Certificate at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and has studied leadership in the Executive Education program at Harvard Kennedy School. Serious about bringing the gifts of her Fellowship to her home community, Sue mentors and supports rural women and men in all sectors. She is especially passionate about understanding issues that divide us and working to find new solutions to the increasing challenges in our world today. She currently serves on the Rural and Indigenous Leadership (RAIL) Board, and the Advisory Councils for the Cook County Community YMCA and the Duluth Area Family YMCA. Sue lives in Grand Marais with her husband, John Gorski, where she enjoys the outdoors, friends, volunteering, local politics, and time with their dog, Laker. A life-long Minnesotan, she is especially proud of being an Aunt and a Great Aunt.

CONTACT: Cook County Higher Education
PHONE: 2183873411
DATE: 02/23/2017 11:34am

Spaghetti Dinner Benefit for Angie Cook

Saturday, February 25th at Birch Grove School there will be a spaghetti dinner from 5 PM to 7 PM. All proceeds from the dinner and raffle go to Angie Cook who is fighting a tough battle with cancer.  Raffle ticket prizes include: a Stay at Caribou Highlands with dinner for 2 at Moguls, Lift tickets to Lutsen Mountains, $75 gift certificate to Sue's Hair Etc., and $100 cash.

CONTACT: Aimee Luick
PHONE: 370-0239
DATE: 02/22/2017 03:15pm

Target Marketing Workshop Entfund

Target Marketing Workshop

Jerritt Johnston, True North Consultants

Date | Time: Thursday, March 2, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Location:  Cook County Higher Ed, Grand Marais, MN

How well do you know your audience? How are you doing at connecting with them online? Understanding who our customers are and where best to reach them is essential for maximizing your business potential. This interactive workshop will walk you through some basic steps to be sure you are dialed into who your audience is and what online resources are best for you. We'll also cover recent trends in social media and changes to platforms that impact online business marketing. As a bonus, you'll learn 5 Important Lessons for Small Business Social Media Management.

Workshop attendees will learn to:

Target customers that are most likely to use their goods and services
Assess how their businesses are currently connecting to customers on-line
Decide which platforms and tools are best for their businesses
Adjust to current changes in social media platforms
Create a plan to increase online interaction and conversion of customers


Jerritt Johnston is the owner of True North Consultants, a leadership development and organizational consulting business. He holds a Master’s Degree in Education and has spent his professional career training adults and youth. He has held leadership positions in for-profit and non-profit organizations and he brings that unique experience to his training. He lives in Ely with his family and loves to be in the woods, no matter the season.

PROGRAM FORMAT | 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

8:30 – 8:45                  Networking and Introductions

CONTACT: Cook County Higher Education
PHONE: 2183873411
DATE: 02/21/2017 01:46pm

Irish Singer/Guitarist & Celtic Smallpiper 3/4

Usher in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with one of Ireland's most talented singer/guitarists and North America's leading smallpiper!

The North Shore Music Association presents:

Patsy O’Brien & Dick Hensold

March 4 - 7:30 PM      Arrowhead Center for the Arts (51 W. 5th St.)

Tickets: General admission $20 adult, $10 youth

For sale in advance at and at door night of show (box office opens 6:30 pm).

Award-winning singer/guitarist PATSY O'BRIEN of County Cork supplied the driving guitar rhythms of Celtic/world music diva Eileen Ivers' last European tour and has collaborated with many giants of the Celtic/world music scene, including Paddy Keenan and Cathie Ryan. With four critically acclaimed solo albums under his belt, Patsy reflects in his songwriting a penchant for seamless genre-hopping and a strong interest in roots Americana and jazz. NPR's All Songs Considered has featured his song arrangements. Irish Examiner veteran music critic Paul Dromey calls Patsy "Ireland's best-kept musical secret."

CONTACT: North Shore Music Association
PHONE: 218-387-1272
DATE: 02/21/2017 09:10am

Love to Bike? Become a League Cycling Instructor!

Cycling Instructor Certification Training

Becoming a League Cycling Instructor (LCI) is a great way to help cyclists in your community. Certified instructors can teach Smart Cycling classes to children as well as adults. Whether you want to become an LCI or begin by taking Traffic Skills 101, sign-up today! LCI classes will be offered in the MN twice per year, generally including one weekend and one weekday seminar annually. Prerequisites include TS101 (see here) and basic understanding of bike maintenance (such as Park Tool School). Candidates also must be members of the League of American Bicyclists prior to class.  Contact us to find out more. The LCI training is a 22-hour course and is conducted over three days. Information on the three-day LCI curriculum can be found on the League of American Bicyclists website.

For more information how to enroll,  contact Kristin DeArruda Wharton, no later than April 1.  Call 387-2330 or email .

Moving Matters has funds to support local bikers to become LCIs.

Training will be held in Minneapolis on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 @ 8:30AM - Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 4:00PM
Hosted by Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota @ U of M Twin Cities Campus

CONTACT: Hartley Newell-Acero
PHONE: 218-387-2330
DATE: 02/20/2017 02:00pm

Tuesday! RSVP now for "Stillness Matters, Too..."

Movement helps keep us healthy.   Stillness increases our sense of well-being and our capacity to be more focused on what matters most. 

Join coach Marcia Hyatt, and discover more about the benefits of moments of stillness in life, and learn easy-to-use methods for creating them

When:   Tuesday, Feb.  21      12:00 - 1:00 pm    

Where:  Birch Grove Community Center

RSVP:     Not required, but appreciated.  Email Hartley Newell-Acero at:                           or call 387-2330   

Cost:      FREE!

Marcia Hyatt is a leadership and life coach. With experience as a leader in corporate, government and non-profits, she has facilitated leadership development over 30 years.  She is the creator and host of the weekly WTIP radio feature “The Best of Ourselves”.  Marcia co-founded the Center for Emerging Leadership in 1995 and its Women's Leadership Community, an intentional learning community that supports women in bringing their whole selves into the world. In 2011, she published, What Have I Mythed? Stories for Reflection.  2014-2016, she was voted as Minnesota’s favorite coach by Minnesota Women’s Press readers.  Marcia also co-owns and manages the Last Chance Sculpture Studio and Gallery in Lutsen, Minnesota.

CONTACT: Hartley Newell-Acero
PHONE: 218-387-2330
DATE: 02/20/2017 01:07pm




CONTACT: Jim Miller
PHONE: 2184752656
DATE: 02/19/2017 12:30pm

Women's Ski and Social

Come to the Women's Ski and Social at Pincushion Mountain.  Feb. 20th, 2-4 pm

All ages, all skill levels welcomed to meet at the warming house, go for a ski together and return for coffee, hot cocoa and treats.  Don't worry if weather is adverse, Tim will provide grip waxing (kick waxing) service at the warming building starting at 1:00. 

If you are new to skiing, come to a free beginners lesson at 1:00.  RSVP Elise for ski lesson 612-961-4691 

or  218-387-2532 to help with treats.  

Hope to see you there.  Trails will be great even if it is warm!  If we can't ski we will still gather in the warming building for shared good times.

See you there!


CONTACT: Maureen Hayes
PHONE: 387-2532
DATE: 02/18/2017 10:03am



CONTACT: Jim Miller
PHONE: 2184752656
DATE: 02/17/2017 12:55pm

You can help support Recovery and Higher learning!


Hello Folks!

My Human Services class at Mesabi is holding a raffle to raise money!  We are raising money for a scholarship that will enable participants of Drug Court in Phase 3 attend Human Services and Chemical Dependency Classes at Mesabi Range College.  Tickets are $2 a piece!  This project is part of our grade for Helping Process Class.  If you are interested, please let me know!  Thank you so much for supporting my school, and for helping give participants of Drug Court a chance to go to school. 


CONTACT: Sara Hadley
PHONE: 218-370-2135
DATE: 02/17/2017 11:37am





CONTACT: Jim Miller
PHONE: 2184752656
DATE: 02/16/2017 05:00pm

Interested in taking the combined Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Course?

Interested in taking the combined Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Course?

Contact me TODAY if you are interested in becoming a Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aid!

Get work experience in the field during the course! 
The course is a prerequisite for most L.P.N. and R.N. courses as well.

Home Health Aid: Provides routine individualized healthcare for the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities at the patient's home or in a care facility. Monitor or report changes in health status. May also provide personal care such as bathing, dressing, and grooming of patient.

Nursing Assistant: A certified nursing assistant is responsible for a variety of duties within the medical facility. Encouraging residents with mobility and exercise, making beds, assisting patients with eating, assist with grooming and hygiene tasks, and providing emotional and support for participation in activities. He or she will also check patients' vital signs, including blood pressure and temperature.

This Lake Superior College 4-credit course begins will be offered most likely starting in April 2017.

Classes will be held at the North Shore Campus and at the North Shore Care Center. Tuesday/Thursday Evenings 4-8pm and some Saturdays. This course will roughly take 8 weeks to complete. The instructor is Mark Abrahamson.

Need to be able to pass a background check.

Course Fee: Roughly $850 plus books. Financial Aid Available- Loans and Scholarships! Don’t let finances stop you from inquiring about this course.

To find out more call 218-387-3411 or contact us at

CONTACT: Cook County Higher Education
PHONE: 2183873411
DATE: 02/16/2017 02:48pm

March 3 Day Welding Class | Steel and Aluminum with the TIG welder and Oxy/Fuel torch.

3 Day Welding Class | Steel and Aluminum with the TIG welder and Oxy/Fuel torch.

Come learn Steel and Aluminum with the TIG welder and Oxy/Fuel torch welding from Don Hammer! Get hand's on experience! 

Dates: March 10,11,and 12
Time: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Don Hammer 
Cost: $300 Course Fee and $55 Materials Fee Total: $355.00
Registration: or 218-387-3411 or 

This class is fitting for someone that has experience welding or has taken Don's 3 Day Basic Welding class. 

This series is made possible by a grant from the North Shore Health Care Foundation

CONTACT: Cook County Higher Education
PHONE: 2183873411
DATE: 02/14/2017 04:32pm

Thursday! SMART about Stress & Resiliency

Stress Management And Resiliency Training is a scientifically validated approach to wellbeing developed by Dr. Amit Sood of the Mayo Clinic. SMART enhances happiness, improves our ability to pay attention to the present moment, and increases our engagement in healthy behaviors.            Instead of spending so much time ruminating on the past and worrying about the future, we’re free to focus our time and energy on the parts of life that truly serve us:

  • expressing our gratitude, 
  • living compassionately, 
  • working creatively, and
  • bouncing back from difficulties.

Dr. Sood’s associate, Kami Norland, will be our guide as we explore ways to reframe our thinking, shift our habits, and boost our performance, all while decreasing our stress levels.

Where: Sawtooth Mountain Clinic’s Classroom

When: February 16, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Cost: FREE!

RSVP: Not required, but appreciated. Email Hartley Newell-Acero at: or call 387-2330.

CONTACT: Hartley Newell-Acero
PHONE: 218-387-2330
DATE: 02/14/2017 11:37am