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.

Today

Computer Classes

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

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.

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 noon 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 Dec. 10.

VFW Auxiliary to Meet

The VFW Post No. 5315 Auxiliary meets at 2 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. The next meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 10.

Luther Library Board to meet

The Luther Library Board will meet at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10.

Alcoholics Anonymous

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

This Weekend

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.

Jam Sessions

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

Men’s Breakfast

Men of Purpose will host their monthly Men’s Breakfast at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 at St. Ann’s Meals in Baldwin.

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.

Gingerbread House Contest

The Luther Library will host a Gingerbread House Contest from Dec. 1 through Dec. 18. Winners of this fundraiser will be selected by votes.

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 (corner of 24th St. and James Rd., north of Baldwin). The date for the next meeting is Dec. 12.

Christmas Open House

The Pathfinder Library in Baldwin will host it’s Christmas Open House from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec 12. Come and meet Santa.

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, Dec. 13.

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 (corner of 24th St. and James Rd., north of Baldwin). The next meeting will be Sunday, Dec. 13.

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, Dec. 13.VFW Men’s Auxiliary to Meet

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 Dec. 13.

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, Dec. 14.

Playgroup

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 hakarlsen@wsesd.org. NOTE: Playgroup does not meet if school is not in session that day.

Donations Needed

The Forgotten Man Ministries of Lake County is planning a Christmas Party at the Lake County Jail and the Lake County Residential Re-entry Program for Wednesday, Dec. 16. If you are able to donate pre-wrapped candy, cookies, homemade treats, oranges or apples, please <Bz14f”sans-serif”>call Chaplain Robert Ziebarth at (231) 923-8244 by Dec. 14. Nothing wrapped in foil can be accepted.

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 Dec. 14, 2015.

Ellsworth Township

Board meeting

The Ellsworth Township Board will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 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 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 12 p.m. at 716 7th St., in Baldwin. The next meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 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, Dec. 15.

Grandparents Support Group Meets

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

Lake County Sportsmans Club to Meet

The Lake County Sportsmans Club will meet at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month only until further notice. The Tuesday meeting is a Board meeting, but members are welcome to attend. The meetings are hosted at the Chamber of Commerce building (corner of 8th St. and M-37) in Baldwin. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Dec. 15. The public is welcome.

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 Dec. 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, Dec. 16. Please call Hospice of Michigan office at (231) 845-3422 or 1-(888) 247-5701 for more information.

Craft Club

The Luther Library will host Craft Club at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17 and at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 18.

Museum Cookie Sale

The Luther Museum’s Annual Christmas Cookie Sale will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 18 at the Lake Osceola State Bank. Anyone wishing to pre-order can call Marilyn Gray at (231) 797-5398.

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 Dec. 19.

Square Dance

A Square Dance sponsored by the Chase Fellowship Church will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 at the Chase Town Hall.

Republicans to Meet

The Lake County Republicans will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21, at Pompeii’s in Baldwin. Come early and order dinner while socializing with fellow Republicans.

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 on Tuesday, Dec. 22. Take M-37 south to 76th St., go west on 76th to Big Star Lake Rd., continue to the hall. 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 Dec. 23. 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, Dec. 23 at the Lake County Courthouse.

Lake County Commission Meeting

The Lake County Commission will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23 in the Lake County Courthouse. (They meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month).

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: curtains diapers (infants to size 5), feminine products (pads & tampons) and socks.

For more information, contact Diann at (231) 745-8122 or (231) 843-2541 ext. 28.

Silent Observer

Ignoring crimes to children 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.

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.

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-Friday, coffee all day.

Mon., Wed., Thursday - Exercise Program 9 to 9:30 a.m.

Second Monday - U.A.W. meeting and potluck - noon.

Second Monday - Democratic Party Meeting, 6 p.m.

Each Tuesday - Ceramic Class 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Third Tuesday - Council on Aging Meeting 9:30 a.m.

Third Tuesday - Triad Meeting 12:30 p.m.

Each Wednesday - Swedish Weaving 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Each Thursday - Quilting Class 10 a.m. to noon First Thursday is lessons, remaining Thursdays are project time.

First Thursday - 9 a.m. Blood Pressure and Foot Lady

Second Thursday - Garden Club 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Friday - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Second Friday - Thrift Center Board Meeting 9:30 a.m.

Last Saturday - Euchre games noon to 3 p.m.

Beltone Hearing screening - by appointment. Call (231) 745-3843.