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.


Computer Classes

Stop in the Pathfinder Library in Baldwin for information about free computer classes.

Head Start

Enrollment for the Head Start Program is now open. The program is 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, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. -to 5 p.m.

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.

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 Thursday, Oct. 8, 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, Oct. 8, 2015.

Luther Library Board to Meet

The Luther Library Board will meet at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015.

Alcoholics Anonymous

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

This Weekend

Jam Sessions

The VFW Post No. 5315, (three 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, Oct. 9, 2015. Membership drive: bring your DD214 to see if you are eligible to join.

Men of Purpose Breakfast

A Men’s Breakfast will be hosted at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct.10 in the St. Ann’s Meals Program building, 690 Ninth St., Baldwin.

Fun Run 

A Fun Run will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning at the Oak Grove Tavern in Irons. A drawing for a stay at the Carrieville Cabin will take place at the Cabin at 1 p.m.

Hazardous Waste Disposal

A Hazardous Waste Disposal will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. This event will take place at the Wenger Pavilion behind Jones Ice Cream in Baldwin. pre-registration is required if you have over 200 pounds of waste for disposal. Call (231) 745-2732 for details Sites are also available for Mecosta and Osceola counties.

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 No. 1988 to Meet

Amvets Post No. 1988 meets at 11 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month at the Post (at the corner of 24th St. and James Rd., north of Baldwin). The date for the next meeting is Oct. 10.

Rabies Clinic

A Rabies Clinic will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 at the Luther-Newkirk Hall in Luther. Participants will need to present their paperwork for a license at the Lake County courthouse at a later date.

Amvets Auxiliary to Meet

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

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 (at the corner of 24th St. and James Rd., north of Baldwin). The next meeting will be Sunday, Oct. 11.

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, Oct. 11.

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 Oct. 11, 2015.

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 through the school year. The next meeting will be Oct. 12.

Monday School

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


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 NOTE: Playgroup does not meet if school is not in session that day.

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, Oct. 12. 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 Monday, Oct. 12.

Ellsworth Township Meeting

The Ellsworth Township Board will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015.

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 on M-37, in Baldwin. The next meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. For more information, call (213) 745-4524.

Fundraising Banquet

Irons Union Church will host a fundraising banquet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Proceeds will help the Forgotten Man Ministries at the Lake County Jail/Re-entry Center in Baldwin. The Church is located at 5713 W. Jeffers Drive at 10 1/2 Mile Road in downtown Irons.

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, Oct. 13, 2015.

Village of Luther Meeting

The Village of Luther Board will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015.

Lake County Finance Meeting

The finance meeting for the Lake County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct.14 at the Lake County Courthouse.

Commission Meetings

The Lake County Board of Commissioners will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14 in the Commissioners Room at the Lake County Courthouse. (They meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month).

Legion to Meet

The American Legion Post No. 133 will meet at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the Pathfinder Library in Baldwin.

Lake County Historical Society

The Lake County Historical Society will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 830 N. Michigan in Baldwin. A presentation will be given by Jill Engelman about the many photographs that have been donated to the Society.

Dover Township to Meet

The Dover Township Board will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 at the Dover Township Hall.

Flu Shots

Flu shots will be provided at the Peacock Senior Center, W. Four Mile Rd. (west of M-37) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. Call (231) 266-5785 for details.

The Haunted Trail

The Haunted Trail at Shrine of the Pines in Baldwin will be held from 6 to 10 p.m.on Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. The “Light Scare Show” will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. and the “Psycho Circus Trail” will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Steve Cook, the Dogman Artist will be on site from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on SATURDAY ONLY! Also featured will be free games. prizes and food will be available.

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 Oct. 17, 2015.

Arts, Crafts & More Show

Amvets Post 1988 Ladies Auxiliary, in Baldwin, will host an Arts, Crafts and More Show from 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the post (corner of 24th St. and James Rd.). Tables are available by calling Betty at 231-349-1928 (leave a message). Pre-registration is preferred, please.

Auction/Spaghetti Dinner

The Luther Lions Club will host an Auction/Spaghetti Dinner beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at the Lions Club.

Pathfinder Library Board to Meet

The Pathfinder Library Board will meet at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19.

Republicans to Meet

The Lake County Republicans will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19 at Pompeii’s in Baldwin. Come early and order dinner while socializing with fellow Republicans.

Grandparents Support

Group Meets

Lake County Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 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.

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 Oct. 21, 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 date is Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Please call Hospice of Michigan office at (231) 845-3422 or 1-(888) 247-5701 for more information.

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

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. 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

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.