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.
January is Radon Awareness Month. District Health Dept. No. 10 is giving away free radon test kits at their office in Baldwin north of Sav-A-Lot.
Stop by the Pathfinder Library in Baldwin for information about free computer classes.
Ages and Stages
The Ages and Stages Questionnaire is an interactive screening which helps parents of children ages 0 to 5 years recognize developmental milestones, teach activities to encourage healthy development, and educate parents on the need for early intervention. To schedule a screening, contact Faith at (231) 745-7287 or (817) 600-8550.
AA to Meet
Alcoholics Anonymous will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. each Thursday at 740 Seventh St. in Baldwin. The next meeting will be Jan. 28.
Narcotics Anonymous to Meet
NA will meet every Thursday at noon at 740 Seventh St., in Baldwin. The next meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 28.
A group meeting is held every Thursday at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Luther at 7 p.m.
Veteran’s Trust Fund
Lake County Michigan Veterans Trust Fund Committee can be reached by calling Nicolette McClure at (231) 250-5668 for an appointment.
The VFW Post No. 5315, (three miles north of Baldwin), will be hosting Jam Sessions every Friday at the Post. The next session will be from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29. Membership drive: bring your DD214 to see if you are eligible to join.
Lake County Historical Society
The Lake County Historical Society Museum Room is open Friday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m., or by appointment by calling (231) 898-2194. Museum exhibits include “Women’s Work-1915”. Lobby displays can be viewed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 830 N. Michigan Ave. in Baldwin. Please use the front entrance.
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.
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.).
Preschool Story Hour
The Luther Library will host a Preschool Story Hour at 11 a.m. on Mondays throughout the school year. The next meeting will be Monday, Feb. 1.
Parents and children ages birth to five years are invited to join the Baldwin Playgroup, meeting from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. each Monday at the Baldwin Pathfinder Library. Playgroup is designed to build on the strengths of families by teaching creative ideas to help children build their skills. For more information, contact Holly Karlsen at (231) 898-1548 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: Playgroup does not meet if school is not in session that day.
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 is from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon, lunch is from 12 to 1 p.m., Also available are board games, Wii bowling, dominoes, card games and other activities. See the lunch menu in the St. Ann’s Meals space in the Lake County Star. For more information , call (231) 745-4011 or (231) 745-3940.
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.
Chamber of Commerce
The Lake County Chamber of Commerce will meet at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at the Chamber building (corner of Eighth St. and M-37 in downtown Baldwin). The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 2.
The Spirit of the Woods Chapter of the North Country Trail Association will host a Snowshoe Hike and Chili Feed beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6. The plan is to meet where the North Country Trail meets Udell Hills Rd. and walk west on an out and back hike, ending at the Big M Cross Country Ski Trail lodge.
There is about 12 to 15 inches of snow, so snowshoes are recommended. Please RSVP to Loren at (231) 510-1983 or email her at email@example.com. Snowshoes may be available.
The Luther Lions Club will host their monthly Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016.
Dems to Meet
The Lake County Democratic Party will meet at 5 p.m. the second Monday of every month through November 2016 at the Hollister Senior Center, 1505 Michigan Ave., in Baldwin. The next meeting will be Monday, Feb.8. New members are welcome.
Northwest Conservative Alliance Party
The Northwest Conservative Alliance Party will meet at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of the month, at Pompeii’s in Baldwin. The next meeting will be Feb. 8.
Baldwin Lions Club
The Baldwin Lions Club provides eyeglasses and hearing aids for local residents. They meet at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at Pompeiis, M-37, in Baldwin. The next meeting will be Feb. 9, 2016. For more information, call (213) 745-4524.
VFW Post No. 5315 to Meet
VFW Post No. 5315, in Baldwin will meet at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Post on M-37, North of Baldwin. The next meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.
Lake County Finance Meeting
The finance meeting for the Lake County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Lake County Courthouse.
Lake County Commission Meeting
The Lake County Commission will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Lake County Courthouse. (They meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month).
Legion to Meet
The American Legion Post 133 will meet at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at the Pathfinder Library in Baldwin.
The Lake County Historical Society will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at the Museum, 830 N. Michigan Ave., in Baldwin. The program will be “Fifty Years of Dogsledding-Then and Now”, and will be presented by Linda Lange. The public is invited to drop in and see Zoey.
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: blankets, razors, toilet paper, dish soap and laundry soap.
For more information, contact Diann at (231) 745-8122 or (231) 843-2541 ext. 28.
Crime 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. Volunteers are needed to post and sell items on Ebay and to build a website. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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. Questions regarding environmental programs, permits, and fees can be addressed by calling the Health Department directly. (231) 745-4663.
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.