Family Night at the Y with Moving Matters – Jan 23rd

Join us for a family night at the Y, with free dinner, fun hands-on activity, and free childcare for the little ones! All families are welcome – not necessary to be a member of the YMCA, all Cook County families are invited.

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January 23rd, 2014 5:30-7:00 pm

Cook County Community YMCA
105 West 5th Street, Grand Marais

Planning Thru Play Activity
Free Dinner
Free Childcare (if needed)

Dinner will be provided (Subway and such), followed by the activity ‘Planning Thru Play.’ Just bring your family and your experiences of walking and biking in Cook County.

Please RSVP as seating is limited. You may RSVP on Facebook, email, or call 218-387-2330 x110, by Monday, January 20th. Also let us know the # of people that will be attending for your family (so we can plan for dinner).

Thank you to the Cook County Community YMCA for providing a great space for this event!

Note: Kid’s Club will be open to children ages 4 months to grade 5 during the event for families participating. The hands-on activity includes small objects that may not be suitable for young children, so we encourage parents to either help their children or bring them to Kid’s Club if they prefer.

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‘Planning Thru Play’ activity in progress



Fun Event in the West End – Sunday, Jan 12th

We’ve added something special to this month’s Second Sunday Funday at Birch Grove School on January 12th. Moving Matters will be offering a hands-on activity called “Planning Thru Play.”

At 4:30 pm, join us for conversation and hands-on fun, followed by stone hearth pizza dinner. Moving Matters will provide pizza dinner for participants. Just bring your experiences with walking and biking in Cook County and a friend. All ages are welcome!

Seating is limited. RSVP on the Facebook event page or by emailing by Friday Jan. 10 to ensure your spot. Make an afternoon of it: starting at 3:30 there will be other indoor activities such as Card Making, Games, Zumba, and Open Gym.

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Planning Thru Play Potluck

On December 17th, Moving Matters invited Cook County to share a meal and build their vision of a more walkable, bikeable Cook County. Twenty community members gathered for the “Planning Thru Play Potluck” at the Grand Marais Art Colony. Each person was asked to build their response to the question: “What does a walkable/bikeable community look like?” They were able to build on an 8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper with objects like Legos, small toys, found objects, and more. No drawing allowed! After building, each person had the opportunity to share their ideas and thoughts. Hear a few of these ideas by watching the video below:

Moving Matters is gathering community input and ideas about walking and biking in Cook County, through community events, survey, and conversations. Interesting in sharing your ideas and building a better Cook County? We’ll be hosting several more “Planning Thru Play” events in 2014, so stay tuned!