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.

Today

Head Start

Enrollment for the Head Start Program is now open. The program for children ages 3 (by Oct. 1) to 5 years of age.

Parents may enroll their children at the Robert F. Williams Community and Family Service Center, 2448 W. 44th St., in Baldwin or call (231) 745-6254, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or (231) 757-3785, Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. -to 5 p.m.

Ages and Stages

The Ages and Stages Questionnaire is an interactive screening that helps parents of children ages 0 to 5 years recognize; Developmental milestones: Activities that encourage healthy development. Need for early intervention: To schedule a screening contact Faith at (231) 745-7287 or (817) 600-8550.

VA Assistance

The Department of Veterans Affairs will be available for Lake County Enrollment/Information on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Amvets Post 1988 in Baldwin. The time for the second Thursday is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the fourth Thursday is from 12 to 4 p.m. Veterans who have not enrolled before need to bring a copy of their DD214 and last year’s financial information. For more information or questions, please call (888) 214-1247 ext. 35303.

Alzheimers Caregiver Support Group

A Support Group meeting for those who care for Alzheimers patients will meet the second Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. in the Zonta Room of the Mason County District Library, 217 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington. The next meeting date is Thursday March 12.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary to Meet

The VFW Post 5315 Ladies Auxiliary meets on the second Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. The next meeting will be Thursday, March 12, 2014.

Alcoholics Anonymous

A group meeting is held every Thursday at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Luther at 7 p.m.

This Weekend

Lake County Historical Society

The Lake County Historical Society Historical Museum Room is open Friday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m., or by appointment by calling (231) 898-2194. Museum exhibits include logging, one-room schools and a 1940s Northwoods hunting cabin. Lobby displays can be viewed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 830 N. Michigan Ave. in Baldwin.

C.O.V.E. Meetings

C.O.V.E. (Communities Overcoming Violent Encounters) will be starting a Women’s Group to meet on the first and third Fridays of the month. If you are interested in joining this group, please call (231) 843-2541.

Fish Fry

The Lake County Knights will host a Fish Fry on Friday, March 7 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at St. Ann’s Senior Center (behind St. Ann’s Church). Take outs are available. The dinners will be available each Friday through April 3, 2015.

Fish Fry

Peacock VFW Post No. 5315 will host a Fish Fry every Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. until April 3. Choices available are, chicken, shrimp and fish. World War II vets eat free. Take outs are available. Call (231)-745-2134.

A.A. Meetings

A.A. meetings will be held each Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at the Brohman Chapel, 7731 N. Woodbridge Rd., (M-37) in Brohman. For further information, call 231-689-0888.

Alanon Meetings

An Alanon group for family members and friends of those struggling with addictions meets at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Brohman Chapel, 7731 N. Woodbridge Rd., (M-37) in Brohman. Please use the north door for this (downstairs) meeting.

FREE Family Fun Event

A Family Affair featuring reading and games will be held at Mason County Central High School, 210 W. Broadway, (Scottville) on Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Mason County Children’s Trust Fund, Mason County Central Schools and Lake, Mason, Newaygo and Oceana Departments of Human Services.

Amvets Post 1988 to Meet

Amvets Post 1988 meets on the second Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. at the Post (corner of 24th St. and James Rd., north of Baldwin). The date for the next meeting is Saturday March 14.

Movie and Pizza

The Luther Library will host “Movie and Pizza” on Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m. The movie will be “Mockingjay.”

A Look Ahead

Stehouwer Free Clinic

Free limited health care services are available in Cadillac for residents of Wexford, Missaukee and parts of Osceola and Lake counties with low income and no health insurance. Weekly health clinics are scheduled based on availability of volunteer health care providers. New patients need to call (231)-876-6150 for an eligibility appointment, which are held Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

Office hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m.).

Story Hour

Luther Library hosts Story Hour on Monday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. All ages are welcome.

Republicans to Meet

The Lake County Republicans will meet Monday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Pompeii’s in Baldwin. Come early and order dinner while socializing with fellow Republicans.

Playgroup

Parents and children ages birth to 5 years are invited to join the Baldwin Playgroup, meeting each Monday at the Baldwin Elementary Library from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Playgroup is designed to build on the strengths of families as creative ideas to help children build their skills are shared with parents. For more information contact Holly Karlsen at 231-898-1548.

Summers Senior Center

The Henrietta Summers Senior Center, located at 723 E. Lansing St. in historic Idlewild, is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bingo 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon, lunch 12 to 1 p.m., board games, Wii bowling, dominoes, card games and other activities are available. See the lunch menu in the Luther News article in the Lake County Star. For more information , call 231-745-4011 or 231-745-3940.

Narcotics Anonymous to Meet

NA will meet every Tuesday at 12 p.m. (noon) at 716 7th St., in Baldwin. The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

Caregiver Support Group to Meet

A Caregiver Support Group will meet every third Tuesday of the month at the Ludington Senior Center, 308 S. Rowe St., Ludington at 3 p.m. The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 17.

Grandparents Support Group Meets

The Lake County Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group will meet on Tuesday, March 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.

Community Youth Group

A community youth group will meet at the Baldwin Congregational Church every second, fourth and fifth Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Kelsey at (231) 349-2862.

Parkinson’s Support Group

Anyone who has Parkinson’s Disease or their caregivers are invited to come to a Mason-Lake Support Group meeting. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Mason County Senior Center, 140 Main St., Scottville. For more information call Lester at (231) 898-2490. The next meeting will be March 18.

Grief Support Group to Meet

A Hospice of Michigan, Living On grief support group meets the third Wednesday of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Hollister Senior Center, 1505 Michigan Ave., 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 will be March 18.

Jam Sessions

The VFW Post 5315, ( 3 miles north of Baldwin), will be hosting Jam Sessions on the third Wednesday of each month at the Post. The next Session will be held on Wednesday, March 18 from 6 to 10 p.m. Featured will be Kevin w/Bits & Pieces. Membership Drive: Bring your DD214 to see if you are eligible to join.

Luther Craft Club

The Luther Library Craft Club will meet on Thursday, March 19 at 6 p.m.

Luther Craft Club

The Luther Library Craft Club will meet on Friday, March 20 at 11 a.m.

VA Without Walls

An American Legion Veteran Service Officer will be available on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Baldwin Department of Human Services, 5653 M-37, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The next date will be March 25.

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 5), feminine products (pads & tampons) and socks. For more information, contact Diann at (231) 745-8122 or (231) 843-2541 ext. 28.

Silent Observer

Ignoring crimes to children and the 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 Public 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.

The Luther Library is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 2 to 6 p.m., and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Our email is lutherlibrary@att.net

Chase Library hours

The Chase Township Public Library at 8400 E. North St. in Chase is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and closed Monday and Friday.

District Health No. 10 Services

District Health Department No.  10 (Lake County office) announces the following services that the Health Department has to offer to the community. Please also feel free to call us directly at (231) 745-4663 to learn more or visit our website at www.dhd10.org

MI-Child Program

Children ages o-19 years of age can obtain health insurance coverage. Applications are available. (231)-745-4663

Free Cancer Screening Programs

Breast and cervical cancer screening for women ages 50 to 64 years of age. Colorectal Cancer Screening for men and women ages 50 to 64 years of age. Eligibility based on income and limited or no health insurance. This program is available by appointment only. Please call today to see if you qualify. (231)-745-4663.

Hearing and Vision Testing

This program is offered FREE of charge for preschool and school age children by appointment only. (231)-745-4663.

Children’s Special Health Care Services

The Children’s Special Health Care Services- assessments, referrals, diagnostic evaluations, and coordination for medically eligible children. Please call for more information. (231)-745-4663.

Environmental Health Division

The Environmental Health Division administers 17 different public health programs. These programs include on-site septic systems permits, water inspection, food safety, mortgage evaluations, beach monitoring and tanning bed inspections. Question regarding environmental programs, permits, and fees can be addressed by calling the Health Department directly. (231)-745-4663.

Family Planning

These services are available for both men and women and include birth control, pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, education on birth control options and sexually transmitted diseases. Free and low cost services. Please call today to schedule an appointment. (231)-745-4663.