Community Calendar

Deadline Reminder

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.


MARSP to meet

The July meeting of the Mason-Lake chapter of Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel will be held on Thursday, July 21 at Ludington United Methodist Church, 5810 Bryant Rd., Ludington. A catered lunch will be served at noon. Reservations are necessary. Call Lou at 231-690-4827 by Tuesday, July 19. Each person should bring a $5.00 Bingo prize.

Echo Thru The Timber

Thursday, July 21, beginning at 8 p.m., Scottville Clown Band. All concerts take place at Wenger Pavilion in Baldwin.

This Weekend

Golf for Warmth

FiveCAP, Inc.’s 7th Annual Golf for Warmth event sponsored by Watson’s Manistee Chrysler, Little River Casino & Resort and Manistee National Golf & Resort will take place on Friday, July 22, 2011 at Manistee National Golf & Resort in Manistee. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and play begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Proceeds from the event will assist local families in need of heating assistance.


The Lake County Emergency Management and the U.S. Forest Service will present Firewise on Saturday, July 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Lake Township Hall, 11580 South Star Lake Dr., Baldwin. Information about how to prepare your home and property to resist wildfire will be given.

No Child

The Idlewild Theatre Company presents  No Child, a play by Nilaja Sun, at the Yates Township Offices Building, 5125 S. Nelson Rd., in historic Idlewild on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 24 at 3 p.m. No Child  is sponsored by the Dean’s Program Initiative Grant, College of Arts and Sciences, Eastern Michigan University.

Sounds From The Forest

Saturday, July 23 beginning at 7 p.m., Johnnie Bassett and the Blues Insurgents. All concerts take place at Wenger Pavilion in Baldwin.

A Look Ahead

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, July 25. 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 of Grace Lutheran Church, 8636 S. M-37, Baldwin, on Tuesday, July 26. 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 Pamela King at (231) 745-3036. Sponsors are needed.

Bible Break

Everyone is invited to take a Bible Break on Tuesday at 12 p.m. each week at the Passover House, 1210 Washington St., Baldwin. Pastor Denise Suttles will lead discussion on how to cope with the pressures of this life through the strength of God’s word. For more information call Pastor Suttles at (231) 349-1046.

Lake County Finance meeting

The Finance meeting for the Lake County Board of Commissioners will take place Wednesday, July 27 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lake County Court house.

Commission meetings

The Lake County Board of Commissioners will meet Wednesday, July 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the Commissioners Room at the Lake County Courthouse. (They meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month).

Echo Thru The Timber

Wednesday, July 27, beginning at 7 p.m., Greg Nagy Blues Band. All concerts take place at Wenger Pavilion in Baldwin.

FiveCAP, Inc. Board meeting

The Board of Directors of FiveCAP, Inc. will meet Thursday, July 28 at 4 p.m. at the Main Office in Scottville, located at 302 N. Main St.,Scottville.

Men Who Cook

On Saturday, July 30, from 1 to 3 p.m., or as long as the food lasts, The Idlewild Lot Owners Association is holding its second annual Men Who Cook Extravaganza at the Robert Riffe Center at 13330 Lake Drive, Idlewild. Proceeds will support youth programs during the summer, support for Camp Idlewild, fun and educational workshops for bridge players, knitting group activity and senior exercise.

Gospel Jamboree

The Original Gospel Jamboree will take place on Saturday, July 30 at Amazing Grace Acres Church, corner of M-37 and Woodland Park Dr., south of Baldwin. Potluck is at 6:30 and music is at 7 p.m. Featured this time will be The Counselors Quartet and the Faith Gospel Team. Everyone is welcome.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School will be held August 1 through 5 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Amazing Grace Church, M-37 and Woodland Pk. Dr. The program is for preschoolers through those youngsters who will be entering sixth grade. Son Harvest County Fair, by Gospel Light, is the theme for the week. Call 231-629-1845 for more info.

Lake County Health and Service Association

The Lake County Health and Service Association will meet on Monday, August 1 at 5 p.m. at Hollister Senior Center, 1505 Michigan Ave. in Baldwin.

MARSP to meet

The Osceola County Chapter of Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel will hold their annual potluck picnic at the riverside home of Nelda McCrocklin, 15458 River Forest Dr., Hersey at 12 noon on Tuesday, August 2. Please bring a dish to pass and your own table service. For further information, call Nelda at (231) 832-9314 or Kay at (231) 832-1707.

Bitely Better Conservation Club

The Bitely Better Conservation Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month (April through December) at its clubhouse at 15 Mile Rd. and M-37. The next meeting will be Wednesday, August 3. The potluck starts  at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. The public is welcome.

Lake County Triad

Seniors, Save the date: Saturday, August 13, 2011. A Day of Enrichment at Baldwin High School from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Line dancing, novice woodworking, Wii games and more. For more information call Hollister Senior Center at (231) 745-3843.

Silent Observer

Ignoring crimes to children & elderly hurts everyone eventually. Call Silent Observer (231) 745-7581.

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 (infant to size 5), feminine products (pads & 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.

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.

Martin Johnson Heritage Museum

Visit the 1901 house of the “Hermit of Big Bass Lake” and Iron’s One-room Schoolhouse from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays during July and August. Camp Martin Johnson memorabilia and photos, Martin Johnson’s paintings and local artifacts on display. The museum is located in Skinner Park, 10 1/2 Mile Road, in downtown Irons.

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.

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 11a.m. to  3 p.m. on Monday. On Tuesday, Wednesday,  Thursday and Friday, 12 to 4 p.m. Closed on Saturday and Sunday. Come check out our new books and audio books.

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.