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.
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 No. 1988 in Baldwin. The time for the second Thursday is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the fourth Thursday is from noon 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 at 1 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month, in the Zonta Room of the Mason County District Library, 217 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington. The next meeting date is Feb. 11, 2016.
VFW Auxiliary to Meet
The VFW Post No. 5315 Auxiliary meets at 2 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. The next meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016.
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 Feb. 11.
Narcotics Anonymous to Meet
NA will meet every Thursday at 12 p.m. at 740 Seventh St., in Baldwin. The next meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016.
Luther Library Board to Meet
The Luther Library Board will meet at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11.
A group meeting is held every Thursday at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Luther at 7 p.m.
Luther Library Bake Sale
The Luther Library will hold a Bake Sale at the Lake Osceola state Bank in Luther beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016.
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.
Edgetts Church will host “Open Gym” from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Fridays.
Friday Fish Fry
The Lake County Knights of Columbus will host a Friday Fish Fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. every Friday from Feb. 12 through March 25 at St. Ann’s Meals program site, 690 E. Ninth St., Baldwin. Takeouts are available.
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, Feb. 12, 2016. Membership drive: bring your DD214 to see if you are eligible to join.
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.
The Men of Purpose will host their FREE monthly breakfast at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 at the St. Ann’s Meals program site, 690 E. Ninth St., in Baldwin.
AMVETS Post 1988 to Meet
AMVETS Post No. 1988 meets at 11 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month at the Post (corner of 24th St. and James Rd., north of Baldwin). The date for the next meeting is Feb. 13.
Duane E. Dewey Amvets Post No. 1988, Baldwin, is hosting a Valentine’s Day Brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. Everyone is welcome!
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. 15, 2016. Please call the Library to verify for Feb. 15, 2016. 231-797-8006.
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.
Republicans to Meet
The Lake County Republicans will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 at Pompeii’s in Baldwin. Come early and order dinner while socializing with fellow Republicans.
Newkirk Township Meeting
The Newkirk Township Board will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 15.
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.
Caregiver Support Group
A Caregiver Support Group will meet at 3 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month at the Ludington Senior Center, 308 S. Rowe St., Ludington. The next meeting will be Tuesday, Feb 16, 2016.
Grandparents Support Group
Lake County Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 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.
Lake County Sportsmans Club to Meet
The Lake County Sportsmans Club will meet at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month. The Tuesday 7 p.m. meeting is a members meeting, but the public is welcome to attend. The meetings are held at the Chamber of Commerce building (corner of 8th St. and M-37) in Baldwin. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
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 at 10 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month, at the Mason County Senior Center, 140 Main St., Scottville. For more information call Lester at (231) 898-2490. The next meeting will be Feb. 17.
Grief Support Group Meets
A Hospice of Michigan “Living On” grief support group meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, 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. This service is free of charge. The next meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. Please call Hospice of Michigan office at (231) 845-3422 or (888) 247-5701 for more information.
4-H Tech Wizards Science Night
The Luther Library will host the 4-H Tech Wizards Night with a demonstration on Lego Robotics from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016.
Biometric Screenings will be available at District No. 10 Health Department in Baldwin from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18
Craft Club will meet at the Luther Library at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18 and 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 19.
Legion to Meet
The American Legion Post 263 will meet at 12 p.m. (noon) on the third Saturday of the month at the Idlewild Chamber of Commerce, 870 E. MLK Dr. The next meeting will be Feb. 20.
Sundaes and a Movie
The Luther Library will host an “Ice Cream Sundaes & a Movie” beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20. The movie is “The Scorch Trials.”
Living On Grief Support
A Hospice of Michigan grief support program, Living On, is held from 12 to 1:30 p.m. on the 4th Monday of the month at the Ludington Hospice of Michigan office, 5177 W. US 10, Suite 2. The next meeting date is Monday, Feb. 22.
Fresh Food Giveaway
Grace Mobile Pantry, together with Feeding America food Bank, will provide free fresh food from noon until gone on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Food will be distributed in the parking lot of Lake Township Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Take M-37 south to 76th St., west to Star Lake Rd., south and west to the hall on the right.
If you are income eligible, have children in need or have a temporary distress situation and are a resident of Lake County, you may come and fill out the form on the day of distribution. Sponsors and volunteers are from area churches and businesses, along with private individual donors. If you, your church or business would like to sponsor a monthly event, please call Sandra at (231) 898-3813. Sponsors are needed.
VA Without Walls
An American Legion Veteran Service Officer will be available on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Baldwin Department of Human Services, 5653 M-37, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The next date will be Feb. 24. For further information, call (231) 590-6200.
Lake County Finance Meeting
The Finance meeting for the Lake County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 14 at the Lake County Courthouse.
Lake County Commission Meeting
The Lake County Commission will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24 in the Lake County Courthouse. (They meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month).
4-H Tech Wizards Science Night
The Luther Library will host Lego Robotics from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016.
The Luther Lions will host their monthly Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016.
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.