Featured Events

Move It!

The Sawtooth Mountain Clinic’s Move It program is about moving towards good health, both physically and emotionally. It’s about choosing healthier food options, working out, and feeling more peaceful and engaged in your life. Get outside and hike, bike, walk or paddle, either by yourself or with a group. Then, register online to log your minutes and miles of physical activity. Activities throughout the month include a free day at the Cook County YMCA on May 7, the Ham Run on May 6, and the Bike Safety Rodeo at 3 p.m. at the Community Center on May 18. Families with tweens and teens can attend the free Parenting with Strengths in Mind program on May 9 at the Community Center; families with pre-school and elementary-age kids can attend the free Parenting Positively program on May 16 at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic Classroom. Both programs are from 5:30-7 p.m. There will be a free “Caring For Our Whole Selves” video on May 10 at the Sawtooth Mountain Classroom; 5:30-7:30 p.m. For a full list of events, visit sawtoothmountainclinic.org/moveit.

Blood Drive

Memorial Blood Centers is teaming up with the Minnesota Twins to give blood donors a chance to win premium baseball tickets. All presenting donors from May 25 through June 30 are automatically entered into weekly drawings for a pair of tickets to a Minnesota Twins game. To register for a blood drive, visit mbc.org or contact the sponsoring organization directly. While walk-in donors are always welcome, appointments are encouraged. A list of blood drive locations are available online. mbc.org/twins

Art Along the Lake

Spend Memorial Weekend exploring the numerous art galleries along the North Shore, many of which will host music, food, artist meet-and-greets, demos and exhibits. The Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder will hold art demos from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Demos include basketry with Mary Jane Huggins; knitting with Kathy West; hand quilting with Orlene Fisher; wood carving with Al Sunde; Ukraine egg carving with Lavona Czaplicki; and hand tool making with Marland Hansen. In Lutsen, Tom Christiansen will provide a live bronze pour demo at Last Chance Fabricating at 4 p.m., followed by a reception to welcome sculptor Greg Mueller. Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery will feature a precious metal clay and silver demo with Judy Christensen, and a raku demonstration with Maggie Anderson; both at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Betsy Bowen Gallery & Studios will hold a sneak peek from 5-7 p.m. on Friday for the Spring Art Underground Show, as well as demos throughout the weekend. The Grand Marais Art Colony will host demos and a Pop-up Exhibit: Made at the Art Colony. Joy and Company will hold children’s art activities from 9-11 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Other demos will take place at Sivertson Gallery, Ron’s World Rocks: Silver and Gems, and Wickwire Clay Works. A full list of Art Along the Lake events can be found online. visitcookcounty.com

Northern Landscapes Festival

Discover the birds, wildflowers, insects and geology of the Northern landscape at this annual North House Folk School festival in Grand Marais. Festival highlights include courses, demos, and free presentations and programs, such as Bird Banding at Sweetheart’s Bluff. Course offerings include birding basics, northern landscapes photography, field botany, forest ecology, and spring phenology in the field. Course registration required. northhouse.org

Kite Festival

The annual Thunder Bay Kite Festival, which first began in 1981, will be held on Sunday, June 4 at Chippewa Park. People of all ages will enjoy kite workshops, demonstrations and activities. Festival-goers will also experience the flying skills of kite experts from renowned kite clubs. Don’t miss this award-winning day of fun, color and amazement, held from noon to 4 p.m. For more info, call 1-888-336-7386.


The Tweed Museum of Art at the University of Minnesota-Duluth will feature a new exhibit in their Studio Gallery, titled Mounties. The exhibition consists of paintings by Arnold Friberg, Robert Addison, Walter S. Oschman, and other painters of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from the Potlatch Collection. These were created to advertise the company’s paper to the printing trade, demonstrating how well the color red could be reproduced. Contemporaries of their advertising-lore cousins, such as the Jolly Green Giant, Betty Crocker, Paul Bunyan, F13 the Land O’ Lakes 

Indian maiden, and the Mounties were reproduced for nearly 75 years on Northwest Paper/Potlatch calendars before going to the Tweed Museum. The Mounties exhibition will open Tuesday, June 6 and remain on display through August 20. d.umn.edu/tma