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.
Stop by the Pathfinder Library in Baldwin for information about free computer classes.
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, at 2448 W. 44th St., in Baldwin or by calling (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.
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.
Craft Club will be hosted at the Luther Library at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22 and at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 23.
A group meeting is held every Thursday at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Luther at 7 p.m.
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 logging, a farming display, advertising memorabilia and photographs from 1890-2015 of the Baldwin Streetscape. 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.
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. 23. 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, at 7731 N. Woodbridge Rd., (M-37) in Brohman. For further information, call (231) 689-0888.
Snacks and a Movie
“Wanda the Wacky Witch” will be the featured movie at the Luther Library at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. Snacks will be provided.
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 offered Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 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. 26.
Living On Grief Support
A Hospice of Michigan grief support program, Living On, is hosted from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month at the Ludington Hospice of Michigan office, at 5177 W. US 10, Suite 2. The next meeting date is Monday, Oct. 26.
Monday School will be hosted 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Fresh Food Giveaway
Grace Mobile Pantry, together with the 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 Grace Lutheran Church, at 8636 S. M-37 in Baldwin on Tuesday, Oct. 27. 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 or your church or business would like to sponsor a monthly event, please call Sandra at (231) 898-3813. Sponsors are needed.
Narcotics Anonymous to Meet
NA will meet every Tuesday at noon at 716 7th St., in Baldwin. The next meeting will be Tuesday, July 29.
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.
VA Without Walls
An American Legion Veteran Service Officer will be available on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Baldwin Department of Health and Human Services, at 5653 M-37, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The next date will be Oct. 28. 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, Oct. 28 at the Lake County Courthouse.
The Lake County Board of Commissioners will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28 in the Commissioners Room at the Lake County Courthouse. (They meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month).
Lion’s Harvest Dinner
The Luther Lion’s Club will host a Harvest Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
The Board of FiveCAP, Inc. will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 at The Inn at Manistee National Golf and Resort, at 4797 US-31 S. Manistee
The Pathfinder Library in Baldwin will host a Halloween party for youngsters from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. Join in pumpkin decorating, cider and doughnuts and leave with a bag of treats.
Halloween Open House
The Webber Fire Department, at 2324 Springtime St., Baldwin, will host a Halloween open house from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. Featured will be games, prizes and a haunted maze.
Trick or Treat
The Village of Luther will celebrate Halloween from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015.
The Baldwin Lion’s Club will host a Halloween Party for youngsters from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. The event will take place at the Pleasant Plains Township Hall, at 885 Eighth St. in Baldwin. Join in the costume judging contest, food, fun and games.
Trick or Treat
The Village of Baldwin will celebrate Halloween from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015.
The Original Gospel Jamboree will take place on Saturday, Oct. 31 at Amazing Grace Acres Church, at the corner of M-37 and Woodland Dr., south of Baldwin. A potluck is at 6:30 p.m. and music is at 7 p.m. Featured this time will be the Ben Crofoot Family and the Faith Gospel Team. Everyone is welcome.
The Luther Lions Club will host their monthly Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1.
Chamber of Commerce
The Lake County Chamber of Commerce will meet at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at the chamber building (corner of Eighth St. and M-37 in downtown Baldwin). The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
The American Red Cross Blood Services will hold a Blood Drive on from noon to 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, at 749 Ninth St., in Baldwin. Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds and be in good health. This drive is sponsored by the Lake County Knights of Columbus.
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. Training will be offered 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 at (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. Habitat is also in need of volunteers who can post and sell items on Ebay and 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.
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 (800) 950-5808.
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, a lending library, speakers bureau and resource materials. For any of these services or other information, call (231) 726-4456 or (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, at 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 Department
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 dhd10.org
Children ages 0 to19 years of age can obtain health insurance coverage. Applications are available. Call (231) 745-4663.
Free Cancer Screening Programs
Breast and cervical cancer screening for women ages 50 to 64 years of age are available; as are colorectal cancer screenings for men and women ages 50 to 64 years of age. Eligibility is based on income and limited or no health insurance. This program is available by appointment only. Please call (231) 745-4663 today to see if you qualify.
Hearing and Vision Testing
This program is offered free of charge for preschool and school age children by appointment only. Call (231) 745-4663 for more information.
Children’s Special Health Care Services
The Children’s Special Health Care Services include assessments, referrals, diagnostic evaluations, and coordination for medically eligible children. For more information, call (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 at (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. These are free and low cost services. Please call today to schedule an appointment at (231) 745-4663.