Sunday, February 28, 2010

News from the North

Here is an update from the North Shore Dragon Boat Festival in Grand Marais. As a team we need to sign up in March so if you are ready to commit to having a great weekend sign up here, now.
Passing the Paddle

The North Shore Dragon Boat Festival is pleased to announce the selection of Sherri Moe as the new Dragon Boat Director. Moe is taking over for Debbie Neitzke, who stepped down after this year's festival to free up more time for her family.

We are very pleased to welcome Sherri on board, the Dragon Boat Selection Committee said as they announced Moe's selection. This festival is important to the North Shore community, and we are confident that Sherri will be able to direct a vibrant festival. We think she will be a good fit.

Moe brings more than 10 years of experience in non-profit administration, special events, and fundraising to the North Shore Dragon Boat Festival, most recently as School Director for Oshki Ogimaag Charter School in Grand Portage. Prior to that, Moe worked in private, corporate and educational settings. She holds an M.S. in Education with a concentration in Educational Psychology from Bemidji State University.

Moe says her 'people-centered' perspective will help to grow and build enthusiasm for the North Shore Dragon Boat Festival, which is entering its 7th year. She is already beginning to plan the event, which will take place July 29 - August 1, 2010.

The North Shore Dragon Boat Festival welcomes outdoor enthusiasts and dragon boat paddlers to Grand Marais for a paddling adventure and weekend community celebration. The proceeds from the festival go to supporting the work of three area non-profit organizations: North House Folk School, The North Shore Health Care Foundation and WTIP North Shore Community Radio.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

“Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.”
– Margaret Shepherd

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Magnificent 7 begin Training

A hardy group of winter runners began training for the Cemstone Run for Others tonight. It was a run/walk. Sue "had an app for that" It was fun! We started out with this prayer:

Run by my side, Live in my heart beat, Give strength to my steps
as cold confronts me, as the wind pushes me, I know you surround me
as the sun warms me, as the rain cleanses me, I know you are touching me, challenging me, loving me.
And so I give you this run, Thank you for matching my stride.

We will meet in the Atrium of the Sanctuary each Wednesday through Lent at 5:15. Join us!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Women on the Edge Couch to 5K- the a Sprint Triathlon!

Training begins Wednesday Feb 24th sharply at 5:15 p.m. We will meet each Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. at the information desk in the Sanctuary building. Be dressed and ready to run. Each week we will run/walk for 30 minutes. If you've only dreamed of running from the comfort of the couch -- we'll get you from the couch to being able to do a 5K and then a triathlon! If you are an experienced runner or triathlete -- join us and help motivate the group! Our first goal is to have all participants in shape to run the St. Andrew’s/Cemstone Run For Others 5K race in April. Beginning at the end of April, we will add in biking and swimming and with the end goal being the YWCA Women’s Triathlon at Lake Calhoun on August 15th. Nursery is available during Wednesday training times Register on-line or contact Lisa Ender for more information.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Go West Woman!

If you are ready to go off the edge, this site has some great opportunities. It also has some internships if you are ready to go off the edge for a while....

Women's Wilderness offers a wide range of outdoor adventures, wilderness vacations and retreats. We welcome you to explore the outdoors in your own style with year-round courses ranging from skill-building days of rock climbing or mountain biking, to the peace and stillness of a backpacking or yoga retreat through a stunning desert canyon. Since 1998, over 3,200 women and girls have experienced a Women's or Girls' Wilderness course and while no two have had exactly the same experience, nearly everyone tells us that they got what they came for. Whichever outdoor adventures you choose, you can expect:
  • Two exceptional, inspiring and knowledgeable Field Staff
  • Strong emphasis on safety
  • Solid friendships and new partners in play
  • Excellent food and plenty of chocolate
  • New skills and rejuvenation from the natural world
  • A personal adventure that includes you as a full participant

Ski Report

16 awesome women hit the slopes. Thanks to our Mountain Hostess Lisa Gruedtner. Not even one photo, I was too busy Skiing. Join us next time!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Alpine Ski day at Afton Alps

Any gals up for a day of Skiing? Come ski Friday Feb 12.
We are getting a great group rate of $22! Click here to sign up.
We will meet at St. Andrew's to carpool down there at 9:00.

Monday, February 1, 2010

More Photos

click here to view Nancy's photos on snapfish.