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.


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, and need for early intervention: To schedule a screening contact Faith at (231) 745-7287 or (817) 600-8550.

Alcoholics Anonymous

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

This Weekend 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.

Senior Project Fresh

Seniors ages 60 and over who meet the guidelines are eligible to receive $20 worth of coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables. Coupons will be distributed beginning at 8:30 a.m. at St. Ann’s Senior Center, 690 W. Ninth St., Baldwin on Friday, July 3 until 100 coupons are gone. Call 231-745-7201 for more details. Ask for Teri or Bonnie.

Jam Sessions

The VFW Post No. 5315, 3 miles north of Baldwin, will be hosting Jam Sessions every Friday of each month at the Post. The next Session will be from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 3. Membership Drive: Bring your DD214 to see if you are eligible to join.

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.

Luther Logging Days Parade

The Luther Logging Days parade will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 4. Lineup will be at the elementary school beginning at 10:30 a.m. For more details call Lake Osceola State Bank at (231) 797-5221 or Debbie at (231) 797-5567.

July 4 Celebration

Idlewild American Legion Post 263 will host a tribute to fallen veterans at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 at Oak Lawn Cemetery on Foreman Rd. in Idlewild.

Sounds From the Forest

The 24th Annual Variety Concert Series will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 at Wenger Pavilion in Baldwin. Featured will be “Robert Pace and Natures Brew.”

Mid Michigan Idlewilders

Annual Cabaret

The Mid Michigan Idlewilders Annual Caberet will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 at the Lot Owners, 13380 Lake Dr., Idlewild. Featured will be Thornetta Davis.

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

The Luther Library holds Story Hour from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Mondays. (All ages are welcome).


Parents and children ages birth to 5 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 as creative ideas to help children build their skills are shared with parents. For more information contact Holly Karlsen at (231) 898-1548 or email 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 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 St. Ann’s Meals space 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. at 716 7th St., in Baldwin. The next meeting will be Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

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 to Meet

The Lake County Chamber of Commerce will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7 at the Chamber of Commerce office.

Lake County Finance Meeting

The Finance meeting for the Lake County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8 at the Lake County Courthouse.

Commission Meetings

The Lake County Board of Commissioners will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8 in the Commissioners Room at the Lake County Courthouse. (They meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month).

History Day

The Lake County History Day is planned for 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8 at 830 Michigan Ave., Baldwin. Join us and enter the “What is it?” contest. For more information, call Bruce at 231-898-2194. 

Music at the Purchase Pavilion

Music will start in Luther at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8. Featured will be “The Narrow Road & Friends.”

Echoes through the Timbers

The 24th Annual Variety Concert Series will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8 at Wenger Pavilion in Baldwin. Featured will be “Key West Permafrost Blues Band.”

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 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 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 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 July 9, 2015.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary to Meet

The VFW Post No. 5315 Ladies Auxiliary meets at 2 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. The next meeting will be Thursday, July 9, 2015.

Men of Purpose Breakfast

A Men’s Breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 11 at St. Ann’s Meals Program building, 690 Ninth St., Baldwin.

Lake County Sportsmans Club to Meet

The Lake County Sportsmans Club will meet at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month and at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday. The Thursday meeting is a Board meeting, but members are 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 Saturday, July 11.

North Country Trail Hike

The Spirit of the Woods Chapter of the North Country Trail Association announces a hike beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 11.  The hike will begin at the intersection of 16 Mile Rd. (Newaygo Co.) and the North Country Trail near Bitely. Our distance is approximately 6.4 miles. There will be a van at the end point. Please RSVP so we know the numbers for the shuttle. Call Loren at 231-510-1983 or email Loren at

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 July 11.

Sounds From the Forest

The 24th Annual Variety Concert Series will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 11 at Wenger Pavilion in Baldwin. Featured will be “Paul Keller Quintet w/Sarah D’Angelo.”

Lakes Day Camp

Archery, basketball, fishing, swimming and much more will take place at Lakes Day Camp, sponsored by Lake Community Bible Church. Camp will be held July 13 through the 17th. There is no registration fee for campers. Registration forms may be picked up at the church (8033 Central Park Blvd.) or at several businesses in the area. For more information, call the church at (231) 898-2567 or JoAnne at (231) 745-8785 or (231) 287-8379.

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, July 14, 2015.

Grief Support Group Meets

A Hospice of Michigan “Living On” grief support group meets from 1 ro 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 July 15. Please call Hospice of Michigan office at (231) 845-3422 or 1-(888) 247-5701 for more information.

Echoes through the Timbers

The 24th Annual Variety Concert Series will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15 at Wenger Pavilion in Baldwin. Featured will be “Mustang Band.”

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: blankets, razors, toilet paper, dish soap and laundry soap.

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.

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

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.