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One or more bears have been reported frequenting campsites, portages and campgrounds in the Clearwater and Caribou lakes area. They're hanging out where human food may be available.
The Gunflint Ranger District is warning visitors to be alert for signs of bear activity when travelling in this area and to be sure to store food and other attractants appropriately out of reach. Follow bear country guidelines for personal safety as well as safety for the bears.
For more information contact the Gunflint Ranger District at 387-1750. They're open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Minnesota State Arts Board has awarded 154 grants totaling $13,873,269 to Minnesota organizations through its operating support program and the Community Arts Schools and Conservatories program. North House Folk School was one of those grant recipients, receiving $44,405 to continue its work.
North House Executive Director Greg Wright explained that the operating support program assists schools and arts programs that are considered “Minnesota institutions.”
Wright said the Minnesota State Arts Board understands the challenges of “keeping the lights on” and the operational support grants help meet day-to-day operations.
Unlike the grant that North House received from the Minnesota State Arts Board when it expanded its Unplugged: Northern Harvest event to include MPR’s Mountain Stage, which was an “Arts Tour” grant, operating support grants can be received more than once.
According to the Minnesota Arts Board, grants awarded in the operating support program support high quality, established arts organizations that produce, present, or exhibit works of art; nonprofit organizations that provide a broad range of services to artists; and community arts schools and conservatories that make arts learning available to Minnesotans of all ages and abilities. To ensure that North House is fulfilling that mission, members of the Minnesota State Arts Board visit the Grand Marais campus several times each year.
“They are very diligent about making sure we’re doing what we are supposed to be doing,” said Wright.
The operating support grant program is funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature from the State of Minnesota general fund and the arts and cultural heritage fund and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tennis enthusiasts are invited to take part in the Fisherman’s Picnic Tennis Tournament in Grand Marais, July 31 – August 4 at the Cook County public tennis courts. There are playing opportunities for all ages.
Junior events (Level 6) include: 18, 16, 14, 12, and 10 singles and doubles for boys and girls. Junior events begin on Aug 1, 1 p.m., and finish on Aug. 2. There will be consolation matches. The deadline for junior entry deadline is July 28.
Adult (age 16 and over) events include: Men’s 70 doubles, Men’s 60 singles, Men’s 50 singles/doubles, Women’s 50 singles/doubles, Mixed 50 doubles, Men’s NTRP 4.0 singles, Women’s 3.5 singles, NTRP combined men’s 8.0 doubles, NTRP combined men’s 7.0 doubles, NTRP combined women’s 7.0 doubles, NTRP combined mixed 8.0 doubles, NTRP combined mixed 7.0 doubles, Open men’s singles/doubles, Open women’s singles/doubles, and Open mixed doubles. There will be consolation matches.
Senior/Master (ages 50 and over) events begin on July 31 (1:00 p.m.) and finish up on Aug. 1. All other adult events will be played on Aug. 1 – 2.
There are five courts, three with lights, available for play. Entry deadline is Friday, July 27.
For online registration, draw information and schedule, go to the CCTA website: www.cookcountytennis.org and click on tournaments. Draws will be posted at the tennis courts and on the website the night before the tournament begins, or call 218-387-2198.
The delightful female version of “The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon, is playing at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts this summer. “The Odd Couple” runs July 27 and Aug. 2, 4, 8 and 10. This hilarious comedy is by one of America’s funniest playwrights, Neil Simon. Publisher Samuel French offers the following description of the female version of the play: Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pigeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.
Advance tickets are available at www.grandmaraisplayhouse.com .
The band "Portage" will be back at the North Shore Care Center for their classic country music for a dance today, Saturday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. Community members are always welcome!
For more information about activity programs or volunteer opportunities at the North Shore Care Center, please contact the Activity Department at (218) 387-3518 or check out the website: www.nshorehospital.com.
The Grand Marais Summer Theater Festival continues with Church Basement Ladies, which opened on July 26 to rave reviews. The play is in repertory with The Odd Couple on weekends through August 11. Church Basement Ladies, by Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlke with music and lyrics by Drew Jansen, is a musical comedy inspired by the books of Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson authors of the best-seller Growing Up Lutheran.
The Church Basement Ladies cast includes Mark Abrahamson, Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, Yvonne Mills, Diane Stoddard and Linda Waterhouse.
Performances are July 28, Aug. 1, 3, 9 and 11
As described on the play’s website, Church Basement Ladies is a celebration of the church basement kitchen and the women who work there. Church Basement Ladies is a new musical comedy featuring four distinct characters and their relationships as they organize the food and solve the problems of a rural Minnesota church about to undergo changes in 1965.
From the elderly matriarch of the kitchen to the young bride-to-be learning the proper order of things, we see them handle a record-breaking Christmas dinner, the funeral of a dear friend, a Hawaiian Easter Fundraiser, and, of course, a steaming hot July wedding. They stave off potential disasters, share and debate recipes, instruct the young, and keep the pastor on due course while thoroughly enjoying, (and tolerating) each other as the true "steel magnolias" of the church. Funny and down-to-earth, audiences will recognize these ladies as they witness the church year unfold from below the house of God.
Tickets for summer festival productions are $20 adults, $10 students (18 and under). Save $5 when you buy a ticket to both shows! Available in advance at www.tix.com or at the door one hour before the performance.