Community Calendar

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All items for the Lake County Star Community Planner must be in the Lake County Star office no later than NOON ON MONDAY for that week’s paper.

VFW Auxiliary to meet The Peacock Post No. 5315 Ladies Auxiliary will meet on Thursday, Jan. 12.   This Weekend Dinner, Bake and Craft Sales Amvets Post No. 1988 Ladies Auxiliary will host a Dinner, Baked Goods and Craft Sale on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 beginning at 12 p.,m. (noon). Featured for the dinner, beginning at 2 p.m., will be beef pasties. Wild Bill Karaoke will start at 8 p.m.  
 A LOOK AHEAD:   Martin Luther King celebration The Baldwin area Martin Luther King celebration will take place on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 at Baldwin Community Schools High School gymnasium. Dinner will be served at 1 p.m. with the program to start at 2:45 p.m. The Keynote address will be given by Pastor Joe Washington.   Republicans to meet The Lake County Republicans will meet on Monday, Jan. 16 in the basement of the Baldwin Business Center. The potluck is at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 6:30 p.m.   Grief Support Group to meet A Hospice of Michigan grief support group meets the third Monday of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Hollister Senior Citizens Center, 1505 Michigan in Baldwin. These services are provided to anyone who is mourning the loss of a loved one, whether or not the person was a hospice patient. Hospice of Michigan Grief Support programs are available free of charge. The next meeting is Monday, Jan. 16. Please call the Hospice of Michigan office at (231) 845-0321 or 1-800-839-8185 for more information.   Grandparents Support Group meets Lake County Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Family Health Care Loretta Adams-Ashby Health Center located at 1101 Washington Ave. Light dinner and childcare provided. For more information call (231) 745-2000.   Class Reunion Baldwin Community Schools graduating classes of 1990, 1991, and 1992 will gathe at Pompeii’s in Baldwin on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 at 6 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. to Katena at 231-745-1120.   Parkinson’s Support Group Anyone that has Parkinson’s Disease or their caregivers are invited to come to our Mason-Lake County Parkinson’s Support Group meetings which are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Mason County Senior Center, 140 Main St., Scottville.The next meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 18. For more information call Lester at (231) 898-2490.   Trail Event The Spirit of the Woods Chapter of the North Country Trail Association will host a hike, snowshoe, or ski event at Pine Valley Pathway near Luther on Saturday, Jan 21, 2012, beginning at 10 a.m. Pine Valleys is between Baldwin and M55 on M37. It is 17 miles north of Baldwin and 9 miles south of M55, then east on 7 Mile Rd. 2/10 mile to the parking lot. The event is free and open to the public.   Legion to meet American Legion Post 263 will meet Saturday, Jan. 21 at 12 p.m. at the Henrietta Summers Senior Center, 723 E. Lansing Blvd., in Idlewild. For information please call (231) 745-7333 or (231) 745-3280.   Grief Support Group to meet A Hospice of Michigan grief support group will meet the fourth Monday of each month from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Hospice of Michigan office, 5177 W. US-10, Suite 2 in Ludington. Note the new location! The next meeting will be Monday, Jan. 23. This meeting is open to anyone who is mourning the loss of a loved one, whether or not the person was a Hospice patient. The meetings are free of charge. For more information call (231) 845-0321 or 1-800-839-8185.   Fresh Food Giveaway Grace Mobile Pantry, together with Feeding America Food Bank will provide free fresh food on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 12 p.m. (noon), until gone. Food will be distributed in the parking lot Jackie Ryscamp Pavilion, 15580 Star Lake Dr., Baldwin, on Tuesday, Jan. 24. If you are income eligible, have children in need, or have a temporary distress situation, you may come and fill out your complete information on the day of the distribution. Sponsors and volunteers are from area churches and businesses, along with private individual donations. If you, your church or business would like to sponsor a monthly event, please call Sandra Pudell at (231) 898-3813. Sponsors are needed.   Troutarama dates The dates for Troutarama 2012 will be July 18 through July 22, 2012.   Volunteers needed C.O.V.E. (Communities Overcoming Violent Encounters), formerly known as Region Four Community Services (The Women’s Shelter) is seeking a group of people willing to share some of their free time. A training will be held for those interested in assisting staff in answering the crisis line and/or being a receptionist. If you are willing to donate a few hours of your time, please contact Marie at (231) 843-2541. Items needed for the shelter include: curtains, diapers (infants to size five), feminine products (pads and tampons), and socks . Women’s Support Group is every Thursday at the United Methodist Church between FiveCAP, Inc., and MI Works beginning at 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed for child care during these meeting times. For more information contact Chrystal at (231) 843-2541 ext. 28.   Silent Observer Ignoring crimes to children and elderly hurts everyone eventually. If you see a crime, call Silent Observer (231) 745-7581.   Habitat needs volunteers Volunteers are needed for the Habitat Restore. Some lifting also required. Please call (231) 745-2688 to volunteer your time to a Christian organization. Household items in working order are also needed.   Hospice of Michigan Sesame Street Package Hospice of Michigan is pleased to offer the Sesame Street program titled When Families Grieve through the Pathfinder Library, in Baldwin. The kits are bilingual (English and Spanish) and include two booklets and a DVD. Particularly designed to help children grieve, the kit also is to help patients and families sort through complex emotions, remember the life of a loved one, and find strength in one another.   Black History Committee Anyone interested in being a participant in a black history group, please call George Thomas at (231) 745-4767. Please leave your name and phone number.   Employability Skills Workshops Michigan Works! West Central will hold Free Employability Skills Workshops Tuesday through Friday each week at the Michigan Works! office, 5252 M-37, Baldwin. Call (231) 745-2703 for hours and to make your reservation.   JAYS program available The Ludington Area Jaycees are now offering the JAYS program, Jaycees Against Youth Smoking, for all area schools grades 3 through 7. This program s free for schools and provides the curriculum for teachers to take directly into the classroom. For more information or to get your child’sschool involved, please contact the Jaycees at (231) 690-5996 or e-mail   Grandparents Group to meet A support group for grandparents raising grandchildren meets the second and fourth Monday of every month at the Mason County Reformed Church, 45 S. Amber Rd., Scottville from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Come and share, cope, and see the rainbow, the second time around. Call (231) 757-4705 for child care and/or transportation.   Alzheimer’s Association provides services The Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Great Lakes Chapter- West Shore Region, serving Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Oceana, and Newaygo counties provides the following services; educational programs, information and referral, support groups’ lending library, speakers bureau and resource materials. For any of these services or other information call (231) 726-4456 or 1-800-337-3827.   Health programs offered Spectrum Health-Reed City Campus, 300 N. Patterson Road in Reed City is offering the following health programs. Weight Watchers - Every Monday evening at 6 p.m. (231) 832-7178.   Caregiver’s Support Group meets Community Mental Health for Central Michigan is continuing their Caregiver’s Support Group meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The meetings are held at the Community Mental Health building at 4473 220th Ave. in Reed City from 2 to 4 p.m. For further information call Betty McBride, MSW, CSW at (231) 832-2247.   Hollister Senior Center activities Note: Hollister Senior Center is closed on Fridays. Senior activities at Hollister Senior Center, 1505 N. Michigan Ave. in Baldwin are as follows; There will be a Beltone representative at Hollister on the fourth Thursday of the month. Monday - Thursday, Coffee All day. Mon., Wed., Thursday - Exercise Program 9 to 9:30 a.m. First Monday - (every other month) Health & Services, 5 p.m. Second Monday - U.A.W. meeting and potluck noon. Second Monday - Democratic Party Meeting 6 p.m. Each Tuesday - Ceramic Class 9 to noon. Each Tuesday - Euchre games 1 to 3 p.m. Second Tuesday - Lion & Lioness Meeting/potluck 7 p.m. Third Tuesday - Council on Aging Meeting 9:30 a.m. Third Tuesday - Triad Meeting 12:30 p.m. Fourth Tuesday - Lion’s Meeting 7 p.m. Each Wednesday - Swedish weaving 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each Thursday - Quilting Class 10 a.m. to noon. First Thursday is lessons, remaining Thursdays are project time. First Thursday - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blood Pressure and Foot Lady. Second Thursday - Garden Club 5:30 to 7 p.m. Third Thursday - Senior Potluck 5:30 p.m. Fourth Thursday - Beltone Hearing screening 1 to 3 p.m. Second Friday - Hollister Board Meeting 9 a.m. Second Friday - Thrift Center Board Meeting 9:30 a.m. Last Saturday - Euchre games noon to 3 p.m. Beltone Hearing screening - By appointment. Call (231) 745-3843.   Pathfinder Library hours The Pathfinder Community Library, 812 Michigan Ave., Baldwin is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Thursday and Sunday.   Luther Library hours The Luther Library is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Thursday 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Our e-mail address is   Chase Library hours The Chase Township Public Library at 8400 E. North St. in Chase is open Monday, through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday 1 to 4 p.m.   Idlewild Library hours Idlewild Library hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. Closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Come check out our new books and audio books.   Domestic abuse number Are you being abused by your spouse or boyfriend? Do you need to talk to someone? Do you need shelter from abuse? If you answer yes to any one of these questions, there is help for you. Call 1-800-950-5808. There is no excuse for abuse.   Department Veterans Service Officer Ray Moore, Department Veterans Service officer, the American Legion, Michigan, accredited representative for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, will be available to assist veterans, their dependents, and survivors with claims before the VA at the Newaygo County Veteran Services, 1137 Wilcox, in White Cloud, the second and fourth Monday, of each month, from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. It is not necessary to be a member of The American Legion to receive any assistance. Call the center anytime to set up an appointment or verify availability.   Women’s Shelter volunteers The Women’s Shelter in Ludington needs volunteers to staff the 24-hour crisis line and shelter. Volunteers must be trained, but must possess basic communication skills and have well established boundaries. Call (231)843-2541 for an interview if you would like to make a difference in the lives of those in need.   Community Thrift Center The Community Thrift Center at 10th and Maple streets in Baldwin, south of the Courthouse, has clean clothing, household articles, and some furniture.The Center hours are Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. All donations of good used articles are welcome during hours the shop is open, ifpossible. All proceeds benefit the community.   A.A. meetings A. A. will meet Mondays, at 8 p.m., at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Baldwin and Saturdays at 8 p.m. at the Baldwin Congregational Church, on the corner of 8th and Beech streets. Anyone with a desire to stop drinking.   Your Event If you would like your community event published here, please write to: Community Calendar, Lake County Star, Box 399, Baldwin, MI 49304. Please include a contact name and phone number.