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 Luther Library Craft Club will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19 and at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20. Most projects will be available for a fee of $5.
Food For Fines
The Luther Library will collect Food for Fines during the month of November. Food will be donated to the Edgett’s Church Handfuls of Purpose Food Pantry.
A group meeting is hosted 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. 20. 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, 7731 N. Woodbridge Rd., (M-37) in Brohman. For further information, call (231) 689-0888.
Legion to Meet
The American Legion Post No. 263 will meet at noon on the third Saturday of the month at the Idlewild Chamber of Commerce, 870 E. MLK Dr. The next meeting will be Saturday, Nov. 21.
The Baldwin Area Arts and Action Council will host the 10th Annual Santa Parade beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, starting at the Lake County Courthouse (Lineup is at 12:30 p.m.). Caroling will take place 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.
Hunter’s Ham Dinner
The Ruby Creek Conservation and Recreation Club will host a Hunter’s Ham Dinner from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21. The Club is located at 8152 E. Washington in the southeast corner of Mason County.
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 throughout the school year. The next meeting will be Monday, Nov. 23.
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, 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.
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.
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, at 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.
Narcotics Anonymous to Meet
NA will meet every Tuesday at noon at 716 7th St., in Baldwin. The next meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 2.
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 Human Services, 5653 M-37, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The next date will be Wednesday, 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.
Five CAP, Inc. Board Meeting
There will be no Five CAP, Inc. Board Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 26 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The next meeting will be 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17.
The Original Gospel Jamboree will take place on Saturday, Nov. 28, at Amazing Grace Acres Church, on 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 Nate and Friends and the Faith Gospel Team. Everyone is welcome.
Gingerbread House Contest
The Luther Library will host a Gingerbread House Contest from Dec. 1 through Dec. 18. It is suggested that the houses be ready for display by Saturday, Dec. 5. Winners of this fundraiser will be selected by votes.
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, Dec. 1.
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 session will take place 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. 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.
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 host free Employability Skills Workshops Tuesday through Friday each week at the Michigan Works! office at 5252 M-37 in 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 (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, 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. in 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 dhd10.org.
Children ages 0 to 19 years of age can obtain health insurance coverage. Applications are available. Call (231) 745-4663 for more information.
Free Cancer Screening Programs
Breast and cervical cancer screening for women ages 50 to 64 years of age are available. Colorectal Cancer Screening for men and women ages 50 to 64 years of age are as well. Eligibility is based on income and limited or no health insurance. This program is available by appointment only. Please call today to see if you qualify at (231) 745-4663.
Hearing and Vision Testing
This program is offered FREE of charge for preschool and school age children by appointment only. Call (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, are available. Please call (231) 745-4663 for more information.
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. Call (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. Free and low cost services. Please call today to schedule an appointment at (231) 745-4663.