Community Planner 3-3-2011

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.

This Weekend

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.

Luther Lions Breakfast

The Luther Lions will host a Breakfast on Sunday, March 6 from 8 to 11 a.m.

A Look Ahead

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.

Troutarama meeting

There will be a Troutarama planning meeting Tuesday, March 8, 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, March 8 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, March 8 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, March 9 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lake County Court house.

Commission meetings

The Lake County Board of Commissioners will meet Wednesday, March 9 at 10:30 a.m. in the Commissioners Room at the Lake County Courthouse. (They meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month).

Community Fellowship

Covenant Community United Methodist Church invites adults to Community Fellowship the second Wednesday of the month from noon to 3 p.m. The next meeting is Wednesday, March 9. The Church is located at 5330 S. M-37 (north of FiveCap, Inc.) Baldwin. Everyone is welcome.

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 fro 4 to 7 p.m. Take-outs are available.

Chamber to meet

The Lake County Chamber of Commerce will meet on Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m.

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.

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 meet every month through November 2010 at the Hollister Senior Center, 1505 Michigan Ave., in Baldwin. The next meeting will be Monday, March 14 at 5 p.m. New members are welcome.

AMVETS to meet

The monthly meeting of AMVETS Post No. 1988 will be held on Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Post at 1959 W. 24th St. in Baldwin.

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.

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

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

Crime costs everyone. 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. 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 third through seventh. 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.

Pathfinder Library hours

The Pathfinder Community Library, 812 Michigan Ave., Baldwin is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Thursday and Sunday.

Luther Library hours

The Luther Library is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Thursday 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Our e-mail address is lapl@wmis.net

Chase Library hours

The Chase Township Public Library at 8400 E. North St. in Chase is open Monday, through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday 1 to 4 p.m.

Idlewild Library hours

Idlewild Library hours are 12 to p.m. on Monday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Closed on Friday. Come check out our new books and audio books.

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.

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. to 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.