Community Planner

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

Dinner with Lt. Governor Brian Calley

The public is invited to attend dinner with Lt. Governor Brian Calley, Senator Darwin Booher and State Rep. Ray Franz on Thursday, May 5 at the VFW Hall, 1211 28th St. in Manistee. For ticket information, call Joan at (231) 266-5102.

Blood Drive

The American Red Cross Blood Services will hold a Blood Drive on Thursday, May 5 from 12 to 5:45 p.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 740 E. 9th St., in Baldwin. Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds and be in good health.

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, May 9. 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 meet every month through November 2011 at the Hollister Senior Center, 1505 Michigan Ave., in Baldwin. The next meeting will be Monday, May 9 at 5 p.m. New members are welcome.

AMVETS to meet

The monthly meeting of AMVETS Post No. 1988 will be held on Monday, May 9 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 12 p.m. 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.

Tuesday After 5 Golf League

The Tuesday After 5 Golf League will be having its organizational meeting and the first night of the regular golf season on Tuesday, May 10 at 5:15 p.m. at Marquette Trails Golf Club. For more information call Marquette Trails at 231-898-2450 or Kathy at 231-898-2170.

Troutarama meeting

There will be a Troutarama planning meeting Tuesday, May 9, 2011 at 5 p.m. at the Baldwin Business Center. All committee members, event chairpersons, volunteers, and interested community members are cordially invited to attend. Dates for Troutarama 2011 are July 20-24. Remember, 2011 is the 55 th Anniversary of Troutarama.

Baldwin Lions to meet

The Baldwin Lions Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month at Hollister Senior Center. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 10 at 6 p.m. The Baldwin Lions Club provides eyeglasses and hearing aids for local residents. For more information call 231-745-4524.

VFW to meet

The VFW Peacock Post will meet on Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. at the Post on M-37 north of Baldwin.

Lake County Finance meeting

The Finance meeting for the Lake County Board of Commissioners will take place Wednesday, May 11 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lake County Court house.

Commission meetings

The Lake County Board of Commissioners will meet Wednesday, May 11 at 10:30 a.m. in the Commissioners Room at the Lake County Courthouse. (They meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month).

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.

Lake County Historical Society meeting

The Lake County Historical Society will meet Wednesday, May 11, 2010 at 6 p.m. at the Hollister Senior Center, 1501 Michigan Ave., in Baldwin.This meeting will feature Civil War veterans. The public is invited.

Chamber to meet

The Lake County Chamber of Commerce will meet on Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m.

Legion to meet

The American Legion Post No. 133 will meet on Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at the Pathfinder Library in Baldwin.

Community Fellowship

Covenant Community United Methodist Church invites adults to Community Fellowship the second Wednesday of the month from 12 to 3 p.m. The next meeting is Wednesday, May 11. The Church is located at 5330 S. M-37 (north of FiveCap, Inc.) Baldwin. Everyone is welcome.

Employment Workshop

The Michigan Alliance for Families will host a workshop for parents of students that have an IEP grades 9-12 on Wednesday, May 11. Tips will be given on helping your student get a job. Two sessions are available: 1 to 3 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m. Students may attend but must be accompanied by their parents. Gas cards available for parents that RSVP by May 9. For more information or to RSVP, call Jessie at 1-800-552-4821.

MARSP to meet

The Mason-Lake chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel will hold its Annual Conference on Thursday, May 12 at the United Methodist Church of Ludington, 5810 Bryant Rd. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. with the meeting at 10 a.m. This meeting involves updates on insurance and election of state and chapter officers. For more information call Lou at 231-690-4827.

VFW Auxiliary to meet

The Peacock Post No. 5315 Ladies Auxiliary will meet on Thursday, May 12 at 2 p.m. at the Post on M-37 north of Baldwin.

Colorbration - Fashion Show

The Baldwin High School Class of 2011 and the Chatterboxx Book Club will present a fashion show on Friday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at the Baldwin High School. For more information, call 231-745-1120.

Biker Breakfast

The Wellston Boosters Association will host a Biker Breakfast on Saturday, May 14 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The event will be held at the Norman Township Hall , 1273 S. Seaman Rd., in Wellston.

Hospice of Michigan Sesame Street package

Hospice of Michigan is pleased to offer the Sesame Street program titled When Families Grieve through the Pathfinder 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.

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, May 16. 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, May 16 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.

Grandparents Support Group meets

Lake County Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group will meet on Tuesday, May 17 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, May 18. For more information call Lester at (231) 898-2490.

Legion to meet

American Legion Post 263 will meet Saturday, Feb. 18 at 12 p.m. at the Yates Township Fire Station , in Idlewild. For information please call (231) 745-7333 or (231) 745-3280.

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.

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 1-800-950-5808. There is no excuse for abuse.

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.