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.


MARSP to meet

Mason-Lake Chapter members and non-members of Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel are invited to the May 15, 2014 meeting. Please call Lou at 231-690-4827 for details.

A.A. Meeting

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Legion to Meet

American Legion Post 263 will meet Saturday, May 17 at 12 p.m. at the Yates Firebarn, 2155 E. US 10, in Idlewild. For information please call (231) 745-8527.

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.”

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.)

Monday Church School

Monday Church School will meet from 4 to 5:50 p.m. on Monday at the Luther United Methodist Church.


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.

Republicans to Meet

The Lake County Republicans will meet on Monday, May 19 at Pompeii’s. The potluck is at 6 p.m. and the meeting is at 6:30 p.m.

Newkirk Township Board to meet

The Newkirk Township Board will meet on Monday, May 19 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 20, 2014.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Parkinson’s Support Group To Meet

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 21. For more information call Lester at (231) 898-2490.

VA Without Walls

The Department of Veterans Affairs will host Veterans Assistance on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, from 12 to 4 p.m. at AMVETS Post 1988, 1959 W. 24th St., Baldwin. Veterans applying for benefits should bring their DD214 and last year’s financial information.The next date is May 22, 2014. For more information call (888) 214-1247 X 35303.

Craft Club

The Luther Library Craft Club will meet on Thursday, May 22 at 6 p.m.

Great Start

A Great Start Collaborative meeting will be held at the Fire Hall in Luther at 7 p.m, on Thursday, May 22.

Bake Sale

The Annual Bake Sale for Feeding the Needy of Lake County, put together by Grace Mobile Pantry, will take place, Friday, May 23 at Lake-Osceola State Bank from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 24 at Houseman’s Grocery from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Craft Club

The Luther Library Craft Club will meet on Friday, May 23 at 11 a.m.

Memorial Day Parade

The Luther Memorial Day Parade will begin Saturday, May 24 at 10 a.m. at the Lion’s Hall.

Health and Wellness Seminar

A seminar for “Wellness for Yourself, Family and Friends,’ will be featured Sunday, May 25 through May 31 from 6 to 8 Hollister Senior Center, 1505 Michigan Ave., in Baldwin. For more details, call Tannya at 231-342-1664.

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 Grace Lutheran Church, 8636 S. M-37., Baldwin, on Tuesday, May 27. 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 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 Sandra Pudell at 231-898-3813. Sponsors are needed.

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 27. For more information call (231) 745-4524.

Lake County Finance Meeting

The Finance meeting for the Lake County Board of Commissioners will take place Wednesday, May 28 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lake County Court house.

Lion’s Dinner

The Luther Lions Club will host a Chicken Dinner on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lion’s Club.

Commission Meetings

The Lake County Board of Commissioners will meet Wednesday, May 28 at 6 p.m. at the Lake Township Hall, 15580 Star Lake Dr, (They meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month).

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: 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 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. 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.

District Health No. 10 services

District Health Department # 10 (Lake County Office) announces the following services that the health department has to offer the community. Please also feel free to call us directly at (231-745-4663) to learn more or visit our website at

MI-Child Program - Children ages 0-19 years of age can obtain health insurance coverage. Applications are available.

Free Cancer Screening Programs - Breast and Cervical Cancer screening for women ages 50 to 64 years of age. Colorectal Cancer Screening for men and women ages 50 to 64 years of age. Eligibility based on income and limited or no health insurance. This program is available by appointment only,please call today to see if you qualify.

Hearing and Vision Testing - This program is offered FREE of charge for preschool and school age children by appointment only.

Children’s Special Health Care Services - The Children’s Special Health Care Services - assessments, referrals, diagnostic evaluations, and coordination for medically eligible children. Please call for more information.

Environmental Health Division - The Environmental Health Division administers 17 different public health programs. These programs include on-site septic systems permits, water supply inspection, food safety, mortgage evaluations, beach monitoring, and tanning bed inspections. Questions regarding environmental programs, permits, and fees can be addressed by calling the health department directly.

WIC Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children - Complete nutrition program for pregnant or breast-feeding women, infants and children under five years of age. WIC is a nutrition program that helps participants eat well and stay healthy.WIC provides a Michigan WIC bridge card to buy healthy foods, nutrition education, support and help with breastfeeding, formula if you are unable to breastfeed, referrals to health care, immunizations and other community resources, and assistance with Medicaid applications. Please call for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Family Planning - These services are available for both men and women and include birth control, pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, education on birth control options, and sexually transmitted diseases. Free and low cost services. Please call today to schedule an appointment.

Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) - This program is available for eligible women from the start of pregnancy through two months after delivery and infants from birth through 1 year of age. The program is designed to help you have a healthy pregnancy and baby. Call today to check your eligibility and schedule an appointment.

Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse Education - We offer a FREE educational presentation to adults in the community on how to prevent prescription drug abuse in our communities. This presentation is great for community groups, church groups, parents, educators, healthcare employees, and more. Call today to learn more.

TIPS Alcohol Server and Seller Training - Education and training for businesses who serve and sell alcohol. This class is as low as $10 a person, call today to check out the availability of our classes.

Please also feel free to call us directly at (231) 745-4663 to learn more or visit our website at

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

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.