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

Computer Classes

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.

Biometric Screenings

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

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. 18.

Narcotics Anonymous to Meet

NA will meet every Thursday at noon at 740 Seventh St., in Baldwin. The next meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 18.

Craft Club

Craft Club will meet at the Luther Library at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18 and 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 19.

Alcoholics Anonymous

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

This Weekend

Open Gym

Edgetts Church will host “Open Gym” from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Fridays.

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.

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. 19 through March 25 at St. Ann’s Meals program site, 690 E. Ninth St., Baldwin. Takeouts are available.

Jam Sessions

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. 19. Membership drive: bring your DD214 to see if you are eligible to join.

Sled Dog Races

The MUSH Amateur Sprint Races will take place on Saturday, Feb, 20 at Sweetwater Non-Motorized Winter Sport Trail west of Baldwin. Best viewing times will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. PLEASE leave your own pets at home. Events will resume at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21.

A.A. Meetings

A.A. meetings will take place 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.

Legion to Meet

The American Legion Post 263 will meet at 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.”

Big M Moonlight Ski

The Manistee Ski Council will host a Moonlight Ski at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Big M Cross Country Ski Area near Wellston. Further information and ski trail conditions can be found at  skibigm.org

Blessing of the Bikes Vendor Meetings

Blessing of the Bikes Vendor meetings will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21 and follow up at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 6. Vendors must be a non-profit organization, be a member  of the Lake County Chamber of Commerce and attend one of the two informational meetings. For more information call (231) 745-4331 and leave a message. The Blessing of the Bikes

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. 22.

Playgroup

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 hakarlsen@wsesd.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 noon, lunch is from noon 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.

Living On Grief Support

A Hospice of Michigan grief support program, Living On, is held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the fourth 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, Feb. 24 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.

Lions Supper

The Luther Lions will host their monthly dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

FiveCAP, Inc. Meeting

The Board of FiveCAP, Inc. will meet at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25 at the Scottville office, 302 N. Main St.

Sports Boosters Auction

The Pine River Sports Boosters will host an Auction at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Lion’s Hall in Luther.

Taco Tower Dinner at Evergreen Covenant Church

A three meat taco plate with all the trimmings will be available at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27. Call the Evergreen Covenant church at (231) 898-2651 to let them know the number of people coming for dinner. 

Great Start Program 

Mason-Lake-Oceana-Mecosta and Osceola counties Great Start will host a FREE training for parents, caregivers, child care providers and the community. The event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday Feb. 29 at Pompeii’s Banquet Room, in downtown Baldwin. The program will feature why it is important to talk to infants and toddlers. Registration is required, please.  GreatStartToQuality.org or call Faith at (817) 600-8550.

Pleasant Plains Township Board to Meet

The Pleasant Plains Township Board will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 29 at the Pleasant Plains township hall, 885 Eighth St., in Baldwin.

Lake County Chamber of Commerce

A meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1 at the chamber building (corner of 8th and Michigan Ave). For more information call (231) 745-4331, leave a message.

Blood Drive

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from noon to 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 749 E 9th St., Baldwin.

Baldwin Rotary 5K run/walk

Baldwin Rotary 5K run/walk will be held beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. This will be a fundraising event for the Bread of Life Food Pantry. For more information, call (231)-745-5044.

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

Silent Observer

Crimes to youth 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. 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.

Pathfinder Library Hours

The Pathfinder Community Library, at 812 Michigan Ave., in Baldwin, is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They are closed on Thursdays and Sundays.

Luther Library Hours

The Luther Library is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 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 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday.

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.

Hollister Senior Center activities

Note: Hollister Senior Center is now open 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-Friday, coffee all day.

Mon., Wed., Thursday - Exercise Program 9 to 9:30 a.m.

Second Monday - U.A.W. meeting and potluck - noon.

Second Monday - Democratic Party Meeting, 6 p.m.

Each Tuesday - Ceramic Class 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Third Tuesday - Council on Aging Meeting 9:30 a.m.

Third Tuesday - Triad Meeting 12:30 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. Blood Pressure and Foot Lady

Second Thursday - Garden Club 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Friday - 9 a.m. to 3 p.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.