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Community Christmas Concert to be held December 8 & 9

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 1:13am

The Borealis Chorale and Orchestra's Annual Community Christmas Concert will be held on December 8 and 9, 7:00 p.m., at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais.

The concert will include music from Handel's Messiah (Christmas portion) and will feature visiting soloists singing arias and recitatives, a 90-piece choir, and a 20-piece orchestra. The choir will also sing carols, some accompanied by the orchestra (Shepherd's Pipe Carol by John Rutter, Beautiful Savior, and others). Accomplished composer, director, and musician Bill Beckstrand directs.

The BCO and the North Shore Music Association (NSMA) are pleased to announce that they have formed a collaboration, to expand opportunities for community participation in choral and orchestral music with BCO, and to broaden the reach of NSMA as a sponsor of performance and participation in high-quality musical arts and music education.

There is no admission fee, but freewill donations to BCO are gladly accepted.

Girl Scouts invite kids of all ages to Santa's Workshop

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 1:11am

Santa’s Workshop is ready! A team of Girl Scout elves will be standing by to help kids shop for Christmas gifts on December 7, at the First Congregational Church.  Festivities start with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. Pancakes, sausage, eggs and fruit will be available with coffee, juice and milk – $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. Lunch will be available after 11 a.m. – home made chicken rice soup and a sandwich for $5. Coffee and a Christmas treat will be available for $1.50.
Shopping will start at 9 a.m. – kids and their parents fill out a “shopping list” then a Scout Elf will assist the shopper to choose and wrap the presents, before rejoining parents. No gift in the child area will cost more than $2.

There is also a shopping area for adults with small gifts and Scout-made crafts. There will be an area for free child-care – so parents can leave to do some shopping of their own. Free craft making and face painting will also be happening. The day concludes at 2 p.m.
Any profits made go to the Northern Pine Service Unit of Girl Scouts. The money is used through the year for local Service Projects like Santa’s Workshop as well as the Alumni Tea, Minnow Camp, and Thinking Day activities.

Start your holiday shopping Saturday at Santa's Workshop!

Hospital and Blue Cross have a deal

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 11:47am

The hospital has worked out an agreement with Blue Cross to continue their payments schedule, and the hospital board is revisiting its final levy proposal. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center administrator Kimber Wraalstad. .

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Northwoods Fiber Guild Holiday Open House and Sale at Grand Marais Art Colony Saturday

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 11:09am

Mittens, baskets, cards, pottery, jewelry, scarves and rugs are just some of the handmade fiber items that the Northwoods Fiber Guild members have created for the Annual Holiday Sale and Open House at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

An evergreen tree decorated with handmade ornaments and a plentiful supply of treats will set the holiday spirit. Everyone is invited to learn a fiber craft at the Hands On Table.

Higher Ed to dedicate nursing lab classroom in honor of instructor Mark Abrahamson

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 11:07am

Cook County Higher Education invites the community to a special “Dedication Event” on Saturday, December 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. at an Open House at the North Shore Campus.  “Come and celebrate with us as we honor Mark Abrahamson,” said CCHE Executive Director Paula Sundet Wolf.

For the past 17 years, Abrahamson has been the instructor for all of the Higher Ed nursing assistant classes, in addition to teaching licensed practical nursing and registered nursing clinicals.  “Almost all of those students have gone to work in the health care field, most of them right here in Cook County,” said Sundet Wolf.

Ojibwe Heritage Murals project to honor the home place, traditions and talents of the Grand Portage people

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 12:06pm

The Grand Portage National Monument in partnership with the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa announces the Ojibwe Heritage Murals project. The project commemorates the people of Grand Portage, Ojibwe handicrafts at Grand Portage, and Gichi Onigamiing, the great carrying place.

One artist will be chosen to create two murals, 6 by 18 feet, for permanent exhibition in the Heritage Center’s Cultural Demonstration Gallery at Grand Portage National Monument.