Community Calendar for 3-10-2011

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

VFW Auxiliary to meet

The Peacock Post No. 5315 Ladies Auxiliary will meet on Thursday, March 10 at 2 p.m. at the Post on M-37 north of Baldwin.

This Weekend

Life Skills Seminar

MichiganWorks! West Central will offer a seminar titled “Life Skills/Self-Esteem on Friday, March 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. at 5252 S. M-37 in Baldwin. This seminar is free to the public. Please call Terri at 231-440-0004 to reserve your seat.

Fish Fry

St Bernard Church in Irons will host “All You Can Eat” Fish Fry Dinners starting Ash Wednesday (March 9,2011) and every Friday during Lent from 4 to 7 p.m. Take-outs are available.

Fish Fry

The Lake County Knights of Columbus will host a Fish Fry each Friday beginning Friday, March 11 through April 22 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the St. Ann Meals Center directly west of St. Ann Catholic Church on 9th St. in Baldwin. Take outs are available.

A Look Ahead

Grief Support Group to meet

A Hospice of Michigan grief support group meets the second Monday of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Briny Building office suites conference room, 50 Filer St., Ste. 210 in Manistee. The group is open to anyone who is grieving a loss. There is no charge to participate. The next meeting is Monday, March 14. Please call the Hospice of Michigan office at (231) 845-0321 or 1-800-839-8185 for more information.

Dems to meet

The Lake County Democratic Party will not in March 2011. The next meeting will be Monday, April 11 at 5 p.m. New members are welcome.

AMVETS to meet

The monthly meeting of AMVETS post 1988 will be held on Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Post at 1959 W. 24th St. in Baldwin.

Bible Break

Everyone is invited to take a Bible Break on Tuesday at noon each week at the Passover House, 1210 Washington St., Baldwin. Pastor Denise Suttles will lead discussion on how to cope with the pressures of this life through the strength of God’s word. For more information call Pastor Suttles at (231) 349-1046.

Grandparents Support Group meets

Lake County Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group will meet on Tuesday, March 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. 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 that has Parkinson’s Disease or their caregivers are invited to come to our Mason-Lake County Parkinson’s Support Group meetings which are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Mason County Senior Center, 140 Main St., Scottville.The next meeting will be Wednesday, March 16. For more information call Lester at (231) 898-2490.

Seminar

MichiganWorks! West Central is offering a seminar titled “Resume Writing” on Wednesday, March 16 at 5252 S. M-37, Baldwin from 1 to 3 p.m. This seminar is free to the public. Please call 231-745-2703, ext. 33 to reserve a seat.

Recovery Matters

First Baptist Church of Woodland Park invites those fighting addiction to join a program every Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the church located at 11 Mile Rd. and Bingham in Bitely. Reclaim your physical and mental health, build self esteem, heal relationships and develop strong relapse prevention skills. For more information call Pastor Suttles at (231) 349-1046.

Optimist Youth Chess Tournament

The Optimist Club of Ludington will sponsor its 56th annual regional Optimist Youth Chess Tournament for all students in the area who play chess. The Chess Tournament will be held on Saturday, March 19 at the Ludington High School Cafeteria, 210 W. Broadway, Scottville, beginning with registration at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Tracy Thompson, (231)-843-8579.

Legion to meet

American Legion Post No. 263 will meet Saturday, March 19 at 12 p.m. at the Yates Township Fire Department, US 10, Idlewild. For information please call (231) 745-7333 or (231) 745-3280.

Spaghetti Dinner

The Luther Park and Recreation Committee will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, March 19 between 5:50 and 8 p.m. at the Luther Lions Club. All proceeds will go to fund the Luther Park & Recreation Committee. For more information, call (231) 878-5368.

Grief Support Group to meet

A Hospice of Michigan grief support group meets the third Monday of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. 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. Hospice of Michigan Grief Support programs are available free of charge.

The next meeting is Monday, March 21. Please call the Hospice of Michigan office at (231) 845-0321 or 1-800-839-8185 for more information.

Republicans to meet

The Lake County Republicans will meet on Monday, March 21 in the basement of the Baldwin Business Center. The potluck is at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 6:30 p.m.

Fresh Food Giveaway

Grace Mobile Pantry, together with Feeding America Food Bank will provide free fresh food on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 12 p.m. (noon), until gone. Food will be distributed at the Lake Township Jackie Ryskamp Pavilion, 15580 Star Lake Dr., Baldwin on Tuesday, March 23. If you are income eligible, have children in need, or have a temporary distress situation, you may come and fill out your complete information on the day of the distribution. Sponsors and volunteers are from area churches and businesses, along with private individual donations. If you, your church or business would like to sponsor a monthly event, please call Pamela King at (231) 745-3036. Sponsors are needed.

Lake County Finance meeting

The Finance meeting for the Lake County Board of Commissioners will take place Wednesday, March 23 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lake County Court house.

Commission meetings

The Lake County Board of Commissioners will meet Wednesday, March 23 at 10:30 a.m. in the Commissioners Room at the Lake County Courthouse. (They meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month).

Soup Supper

The Luther Lions Club will host a Soup Supper on Wednesday, March 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Luther Lions Club. Proceeds go towards scholarships.

AARP Income Tax program

AARP will provide an Income Tax program beginning Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mecosta County Services Building, 14485 Northland Dr., Big Rapids. Please call the Mecosta Senior Center at (231) 972-2884 for an appointment. This service is free for low income individuals and households and will continue through Thursday, April 14.

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.

Women’s Support Group is every Thursday at the United Methodist Church between FiveCAP, Inc., and MI Works beginning at 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed for child care during these meeting times. For more information contact Chrystal at (231) 843-2541 ext. 28.

Silent Observer

Ignoring crimes to children & elderly hurts everyone eventually. 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.

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.

JAYS program available

The Ludington Area Jaycees are now offering the JAYS program, Jaycees Against Youth Smoking, for all area schools grades 3 through 7. This program s free for schools and provides the curriculum for teachers to take directly into the classroom. For more information or to get your child’sschool involved, please contact the Jaycees at (231) 690-5996 or e-mail jessibird@carrinter.net

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.

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.

Health programs offered

Spectrum Health-Reed City Campus, 300 N. Patterson Road in Reed City is offering the following health programs. Weight Watchers - Every Monday evening at 6 p.m. (231) 832-7178.

Caregiver’s Support Group meets

Community Mental Health for Central Michigan is continuing their Caregiver’s Support Group meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The meetings are held at the Community Mental Health building at 4473 220th Ave. in Reed City from 2 to 4 p.m. For further information call Betty McBride, MSW, CSW at (231) 832-2247.

Hollister Senior Center activities

Note: Hollister Senior Center is closed 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 - Thursday, Coffee All day.

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

First Monday - (every other month) Health & Services, 5 p.m.

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

Second Monday - Democratic Party Meeting 6 p.m.

Each Tuesday - Ceramic Class 9 to noon.

Each Tuesday - Euchre games 1 to 3 p.m.

Second Tuesday - Lion & Lioness Meeting/potluck 7 p.m.

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

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

Fourth Tuesday - Lion’s Meeting 7 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. to 4 p.m. Blood Pressure and Foot Lady.

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

Third Thursday - Senior Potluck 5:30 p.m.

Fourth Thursday - Beltone Hearing screening 1 to 3 p.m.

Second Friday - Hollister Board Meeting 9 a.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.

Department Veterans Service Officer

Ray Moore, Department Veterans Service officer, the American Legion, Michigan, accredited representative for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, will be available to assist veterans, their dependents, and survivors with claims before the VA at the Newaygo County Veteran Services, 1137 Wilcox, in White Cloud, the second and fourth Monday, of each month, from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. It is not necessary to be a member of The American Legion to receive any assistance. Call the center anytime to set up an appointment or verify availability.

Women’s Shelter volunteers

The Women’s Shelter in Ludington needs volunteers to staff the 24-hour crisis line and shelter. Volunteers must be trained, but must possess basic communication skills and have well established boundaries. Call (231)843-2541 for an interview if you would like to make a difference in the lives of those in

need.

Support Group for caregivers

The support group for care givers of persons with s disease and other memory loss will now be held at the Croton Township Hall, 5833 E. Division, Newaygo. If you would like to attend, but need someone to stay with your loved one during that time, please call Pam at (231) 689-2100 or 1-800-689-2100, and we will provide a trained volunteer to help you.

Community Thrift Center

The Community Thrift Center at 10th and Maple streets in Baldwin, south of the Courthouse, has clean clothing, household articles, and some furniture.The Center hours are Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. All donations of good used articles are welcome during hours the shop is open, ifpossible. All proceeds benefit the community.

A.A. meetings

A. A. will meet Mondays, at 8 p.m., at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Baldwin and Saturdays at 8 p.m. at the Baldwin Congregational Church, on the corner of 8th and Beech streets. Anyone with a desire to stop drinking.

Your Event

If you would like your community event published here, please write to: Community Calendar, Lake County Star, Box 399, Baldwin, MI 49304. Please include a contact name and phone number.