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.
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.
Veteran’s Trust Fund
The Lake County Michigan Veterans Trust Fund Committee can be reached by calling Nicolette McClure at (231) 250-5668 for an appointment.
C.O.V.E. (Communities Overcoming Violent Encounters) will be starting a women’s group to meet on Thursday afternoons. If you are interested in joining this group, please call (231) 843-2541.
A support group meeting for those who care for Alzheimer’s 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 Nov. 12.
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, Nov. 12.
Book and Craft Sale
The Luther Library Book and Craft Sale will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, and from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015.
Luther Library Board to Meet
The Luther Library Board will meet at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12.
Ambulance Adhoc Committee Public Hearing
The Ambulance Adhoc Committee of the Lake County Board of Commissioners will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Chase Township Hall, 8296 E. U.S. 10, Chase.
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 “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.
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, Nov. 13. Membership drive: bring your DD214 to see if you are eligible to join.
Men of Purpose Breakfast
A Men’s Breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 at St. Ann’s Meals Program building, 690 Ninth St., Baldwin.
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 Nov. 14.
The Luther Lions Club will host a Hunter’s Dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015.
The Evergreen Covenant Women will host a complete BBQ Chicken Dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14. The Church is on the corner of 56th St. and Evergreen. All proceeds go to charity.
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 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, Nov. 16.
Pathfinder Library Board to Meet
The Baldwin Pathfinder Library Board will meet at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16.
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 email@example.com. NOTE: Playgroup does not meet if school is not in session that day.
Republicans to Meet
The Lake County Republicans will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16 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, Nov. 16.
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 12 noon, lunch is from 12 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.
Narcotics Anonymous to Meet
NA will meet every Tuesday at noon at 716 7th St., in Baldwin. The next meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015.
Caregiver Support Group
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, Nov. 17.
Lake County Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 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
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 Nov. 18.
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, Nov. 18. Please call Hospice of Michigan office at (231) 845-3422 or (888) 247-5701 for more information.
The Baldwin Area Arts and Action Council will host the 10th Annual Santa Parade beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, from the Lake County Courthouse (Lineup is at 12:30 p.m.). Caroling will be held after the parade at the Wenger Pavilion. Hot cocoa, cider and cookies will be provided.
Kids Ornament Workshop
The Lake County Historical Society will again help youngsters make old fashioned holiday ornaments from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, after the Santa Parade in downtown Baldwin.
Movie and a Potluck
The Luther Library will host a Movie “Age of Adeline” and a potluck beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21.
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, Nov. 23.
Michigan State University Extension will host a training for parents, caregivers and childcare providers from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, at Pompeii’s in Baldwin. The topic will be “Mindfulness: Helping Kids Manage Stress.”
Luther Library Pie Sale
The Luther Library will host a Pie Sale from 9 a.m. to noon. on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at the Lake Osceola State Bank, Luther branch.
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, 15580 Star Lake Dr. (south on M-37, west on 76th St. to Star Lake Rd. to the Township hall) on Tuesday, Nov. 24. 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 Nov. 25. 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, Nov. 25 at the Lake County Courthouse.
The Lake County Board of Commissioners will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25 in the Commissioners Room at the Lake County Courthouse. (They meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month).
Luther Lions Dinner
The Luther Lions Club will host their monthly dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25.
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.
Ignoring crimes to youngsters 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. 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.
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.
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 through Friday, coffee all day.
Mon., Wed., Thursday: an exercise program from 9 to 9:30 a.m.
Second Monday: U.A.W. meeting and potluck at noon.
Second Monday: Democratic Party Meeting at 6 p.m.
Each Tuesday: Ceramic Class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Third Tuesday: Council on Aging meeting at 9:30 a.m.
Third Tuesday: Triad Meeting at 12:30 p.m.
Each Wednesday: Swedish Weaving from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Each Thursday: Quilting Class 10 a.m. to noon, the first Thursday is lessons, remaining Thursdays are project time.
First Thursday: Blood Pressure and Foot Lady at 9 a.m.
Second Thursday: Garden Club from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Second Friday: Thrift Center Board Meeting at 9:30 a.m.
Last Saturday: Euchre games from noon to 3 p.m.
Lastly, Beltone Hearing screening are available by appointment, call (231) 745-3843.