Community calendar

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.


Alzheimer’s Support Group

An Alzheimers’s Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month at the Mason County District Library, 217 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington in the Zonta Room. The next meeting will be Thursday, May 8 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

VFW Auxiliary To Meet

The Peacock Post  #5315 VFW Ladies Auxiliary will meet on Thursday, May 8 at 2 p.m. at the Post on M-37 north of Baldwin.

Garden Club To Meet

The Garden Club of Lake County will meet on Thursday, May 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Hollister Senior Center, 1505 Michigan Ave., Baldwin. For more information, call Ruth at 231-898-6403.

A.A. Meetings

A.A. meetings are held each Thursday at 7 p.m. at St. Ignatius Catholic Church basement in Luther.

This Weekend

Blood Drive

The American Red Cross Blood Services will hold a Blood Drive on Friday, May 9 from 8 a.m. to  to 1:45 p.m. at Ludington High School, 508 N. Washington, Ludington. Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds and be in good health.

Lake County Historical Society

The Lake County Historical Museum Room is open Friday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m., or by appointment by calling (231) 898-2194. Museum exhibits include logging, one-room schools and 1930s quilts. Lobby displays can be viewed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 830 N. Michigan Ave. 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.

Alanon Meetings

An Alanon group for family members and friends of those struggling with addictions meets at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Brohman Chapel, 7731 N. Woodbridge Rd., (M-37) in Brohman. Please use the north door for this (downstairs) meeting.

Amvets Post 1988 Meeting

The yearly meeting for the Amvets Post 1988, Baldwin will be held on Saturday, May 10 at 11 a.m. This is the election of officers meeting and there will also be voting on a bylaws change. This is a very important meeting and all members are urged to attend.

Sons of Amvets to Meet

Sons of Amvets Post 1988 meet on the second Sunday of the month at 11 a.m. at the  Post (corner of 24th St. and James Rd., north of Baldwin). The next meeting will be Sunday, May 11.

Amvets Auxiliary to Meet

The Amvets Post 1988, Ladies Auxiliary, meets on the second Sunday of the month at 11 a.m. at the Post (corner of 24th St. and James Rd., north of Baldwin). The next meeting will be Sunday, May 11.

VFW Men’s Auxiliary to Meet

The VFW Post 5315, Men’s Auxiliary, meets on the second Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. at the Post, north of Baldwin on M-37. The date for the next meeting is Sunday, May 11.

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. - 4:30 p.m. (closed noon - 1 p.m.)

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 12. Please call the Hospice of Michigan office at (231) 845-0321 or 1-800-839-8185 for more information.


Parents and children ages birth to 5 years are invited to join the Baldwin Playgroup, meeting each Monday at the Baldwin Elementary Library from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Playgroup is designed to build on the strengths of families as creative ideas to help children build their skills are shared. For more information contact Faith a 231-745-7287 or 817-600-8550 or  NOTE: Playgroup does not meet if school is not in session that day.

Dems To Meet

The Lake County Democratic Party will meet every month through November 2014 at the Hollister Senior Center, 1505 Michigan Ave., in Baldwin. The next meeting will be Monday, May 12 at 5 p.m. New members are welcome.

Northwest Conservative Alliance Party to meet

The Northwest Conservative Alliance Party will meet on the second Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at Pompeii’s in downtown Baldwin. All are welcome. The next meeting will be Monday, May 12, 2014.

Ellsworth Township Board to meet

The Ellsworth Township Board will meet on Monday, May 12 at 7 p.m.

Summers Senior Center

The Henrietta Summers Senior Center, located at 723 E. Lansing St. in historical Idlewild, is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bingo 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon, lunch 12 to 1 p.m., board games, Wii bowling, dominoes, card games and other activities are available. See the lunch menu elsewhere in the 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. (noon) at 716 7th St. in Baldwin. The next meeting will be Tuesday, May 13 , 2014.

Baldwin Lions Club

The Baldwin Lions Club provides eyeglasses and hearing aids for local residents. They meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6 p.m. at the Pleasant Plains township hall, 885 Eighth St. in Baldwin. The next meeting will be May 13. For more information call (231) 745-4524.

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.

Luther Village Council to meet

The Luther Village Council will meet on Tuesday, May 13 at 7 p.m.

Electronic Waste Recycling

Electronic Waste Recycling will take place at Pine River High School May 13-15.

VFW  to Meet

The Peacock Post #5315 will meet on Tuesday, May 13 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 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lake County Court house.

Commission Meetings

The Lake County Board of Commissioners will meet Wednesday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m. in the Commissioners Room at the Lake County Courthouse. (They meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.) Lake County Building.

Newaygo County Museum& Heritage Center

The Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center, 12 Quarterline Rd., (Just off M-37, across from Brooks Park), Newaygo. Open Wednesday, 12 to 4 p.m., Thursday, 12 to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 12 to 4 p.m. Free admission. 231-652-5003, 1-866-901-7489.

Historical Program

The Lake County Historical Society will meet on Wednesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. at the Museum, 830 N. Michigan Ave., in Baldwin. This month’s program will feature a first person portrayal of Andy Horujko and his 12,000 mile hike from Alaska to Argentina. The public is invited. Members are encouraged to renew their memberships. Election of officers and directors will also take place at this meeting.

Legion To Meet

The American Legion Post 133 will meet on Wednesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at the Pathfinder Library in Baldwin.

Chamber To Meet

The Lake County Chamber of Commerce will meet on Wednesday, May 14  at 7 p.m. at the Baldwin Enterprise Center (corner of 8th St. and Michigan Ave.).

Luther Days Association to meet

The Luther Days Association will meet on Wednesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at the Luther Village Hall.

Ages & Stages

An informational group for parents of children ages birth to 5 years is held on the third Thursday of the month at the Baldwin Elementary Library from 5:50 to 7:45 p.m. Screenings are available. For information or to schedule an appointment call 817-600-8550 or email

Blood Drive

The American Red Cross Blood Services will hold a Blood Drive on Friday, May 16 from 8:30 a.m. to  to 2:15 p.m. at Mason County Eastern High School, 18 S. Main St., Custer. Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds and be in good health.

Wellness Walk

A Wellness Walk will take place in Baldwin at noon on Friday, May 16. Family Health Care is organizing the approximately one mile walk to celebrate National Women’s Health Week (May 11-17). Those interested in walking should meet in the lobby of Family Health Care for instructions. For more information, call Terri Vanias at 231-745-5044.

C.O.V.E. Support Group to meet

C.O.V.E. Women’s Support Group is the first and third Friday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Call 231-843-2541 for more information.

Movie and a Potluck

The Luther Library will host a Movie & Potluck on Saturday, May 17 at 2 p.m. The Movie will be “The Book Thief.”

Newkirk Township Board to meet

The Newkirk Township Board will meet on Monday, May 19 at 7 p.m.

Caregiver Support Group to Meet

A Caregiver Support Group will meet every third Tuesday of the month at the Ludington Senior Center, 308 S. Rowe St., Ludington at 3 p.m. The next meeting will be Tuesday, May 20.

Grandparents Support Group Meets

Lake County Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group will meet on Tuesday, May 20 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.

Grief Support Group To Meet

A Hospice of Michigan grief support group meets the third Wednesday 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 Wednesday, May 21. Please call the Hospice of Michigan office at (231) 845-3422 or 1-888-247-5701 for more information.

Veterans Trust Fund

Lake County Michigan Veterans Trust Fund Committee can be reached by calling Nicolette McClure at (231) 250-5668) for an appointment.

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.

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

Silent Observer

Crime 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. 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 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.

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’s school involved, please contact the Jaycees at (231) 690-5996 or e-mail

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.

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

Chase Library hours

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

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. - 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, if possible. 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 is welcome.

Your Event

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