Community Calendar

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. to 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.

C.O.V.E. Meetings

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

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.

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 Sept. 10, 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, Sept. 10.

Luther Library Board to meet

The Luther Library Board will meet at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10. The Library Garden Dedication will be held at 6:30 p.m.

‘In the Dust of the Rabbi’

Evergreen Covenant Church will host the remaining week of a (DVD) Biblical study beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept.10. This is a Ray Vander Laan series that was filmed in the Holy Land. For more information, call Marilyn at (231) 740- 2181.

Alcoholics Anonymous

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

This Weekend

Fly and Remember

Hospice of Michigan will host a Fly and Remember event from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 at the Manistee Medical Care Facility, 1505 E. Parkdale Ave., Manistee. Fly a kite in memory of a loved one. A kite and materials are free to participants.

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, Sept. 11, 2015. Membership drive: bring your DD214 to see if you are eligible to join.

MOP Breakfast

The Men of Purpose will host a Men’s Breakfast at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12. The event is being held at St. Ann’s Meals location in Baldwin. This event is free.

Hunter’s Education Class

Ruby Creek Conservation Club is hosting a free hunter’s education Class on Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13. Participants must pre-register. Call Melissa at (231) 425-0784.

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.

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 Sept. 12.

Amvets Riders to Meet

Amvets Riders from Post No. 1988, in Baldwin will meet at 12:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of the month. The next meeting will be Sunday, Sept. 12.

Library Booster Reverse Raffle & Asian Dinner

A Library Booster Reverse Raffle & Asian Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Luther Lion’s Hall.

Sons of Amvets to Meet

Sons of Amvets Post No.1988 meet at 11 a.m. on the second Sunday of the month at the Post (corner of 24th St. and James Rd., north of Baldwin). The next meeting will be Sunday, Sept. 13.

VFW Men’s Auxiliary to Meet

The VFW Post No. 5315, Men’s Auxiliary, meets at 3 p.m. on the second Sunday of the month at the Post, North of Baldwin on M-37. The date for the next meeting is Sept. 13.

Church Anniversary

The First Baptist Church of Woodland Park will host its 88th church anniversary beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13. The Heritage Voices of Praise of Grand Rapids will be in concert. For more information, contact Pastor Suttles at (231) 349-1046.

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.).


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.

Monday School

Monday School will be held at the Luther United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. for grades K-12. Call Karen for more information (231) 797-5261.

Dems to Meet

The Lake County Democratic Party will meet at 5 p.m. every month through November 2015 at the Hollister Senior Center, 1505 Michigan Ave., in Baldwin. The next meeting will be Monday, Sept. 14. 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 Sept. 14.

Ellsworth Township meeting

The Ellsworth Township Board will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14.

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 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon, lunch 12 to 1 p.m., and 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, Sept. 15, 2015.

Caregiver Support Group

to Meet

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, Sept. 15.

Grandparents Support

Group Meets

Lake County Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 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.

Village of Luther Board to meet

The Village of Luther Board will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

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 Sept. 16.

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 Wednesday, Sept. 16. Please call Hospice of Michigan at (231) 845-3422 or (888) 247-5701 for more information.

Mixed Pool League meeting

The Lake County Mixed Pool League will hold their annual organizational meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at Amvets Post 1988, (corner of James Rd. and 24th St.). Please bring team lists. New teams welcome.

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 Saturday, Sept. 19.


The Lake County CROP Walk will begin at 12:30 and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 870 Beech St., the Baldwin Congregational Church. Entry fee is a non-perishable food item for the Lake County Bread of Life Food Pantry. For more information, contact Bruce Whitney (231) 301-1433.

Pathfinder Library Board to meet

The Baldwin Pathfinder Library Board will meet at 2 p.m.on Monday, Sept. 21.

Republicans to Meet

The Lake County Republicans will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21 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, Sept. 21.

Lake County Finance Meeting

The Finance meeting for the Lake County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at the Lake County Courthouse.

Commission Meetings

The Lake County Board of Commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at the Pleasant Plains Township Hall, 885 8th St., Baldwin. (They meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month).

Lion’s Supper

The Luther lions will host their monthly supper from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

North Country Trail Hike

The Spirit of the Woods Chapter of the North Country Trail Association plans to celebrate the 2nd Annual North Country National Scenic Trail Day beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. The plan is to hike a 5-mile section of the Trail near the Sauble River. Participants should meet at the Sweetfern Cafe, 7595 W. 5 Mile Rd., Irons at 10 a.m. For further information call Loren at 231-510-1983 or email

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 against youth 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.