Lake County community events calendar

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five things.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five things.

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LAKE COUNTY — The following is a list of community events happening in and around the area. If you have an event you would like posted on the calendar, or if any information is incorrect, contact

The mitten tree is up at the Lake County Courthouse, with sizes from baby to adult, as well as scarves, hats and footies. Those in need are welcome to stop by. The items are available for free.

The Leroy-Rose Lake fire department will host an EMT Course from 6 to 10 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from Nov. 1 through March 28. Register at For more information contact Jenny Edstrom at 231-510-6162 or

The Eden Township board of trustees will meet at 7 p.m., Nov. 17, at the township hall, 5837 W. 10 ½ Mile Rd. For more information visit or call 231-266-8301.

The Big Rapids Downtown Business Association will host the annual Holiday Market and Festival of the Lights Parade in downtown Big Rapids on Nov. 18 and 19. The Holiday Market will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 18 in the city hall parking lot. The Festival of the Lights Parade and Home for the Holidays celebration will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Nov. 19 and will include a tree lighting and pictures with Santa and his reindeer. For more information visit Festival of Lights Facebook page.

The Mason-Lake Conservation District board of directors will meet at 4 p.m., Nov. 21, at the Scottville branch of the mason County Library, 204 E. State St., Scottville. The public is welcome to attend.

The Lake County board of commissioners will meet at 10 a.m., Nov. 23, at the Lake County Courthouse, 800 Tenth St., Baldwin. For more information visit or call 231-745-2725.

The Reed City Evergreen Festival will take place Nov. 25 and 26 in downtown Reed City. Event will include a craft show, lighted parade, tree lighting at the Depot with Santa, hot chocolate and cookies. For more information visit Reed City’s Evergreen Festival Facebook page.

The Baldwin Downtown Merchants Christmas Open House weekend will kick off with a Christmas Parade at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2 in downtown Baldwin. A Community Carol Sing and Christmas Tree lighting will immediately follow the parade at the Brown Trout sculpture. Other activities are in the planning stages. For more information call Jane Allison at 231-745-4671 or Lori Braginton at 231-745-4601, or email

The Reed City Area Ministerial Association Coat Pantry is open from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., each Wednesday through the winter season at Reed City United Methodist Church, 503 S. Chestnut St., Reed City. For more information call 231-250-2790.

The Salvation Army of Big Rapids has opened a Fresh Start Baby Pantry for families with children under age 5 in Mecosta, Osceola, Lake and Newaygo counties. Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information visit

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5315 hosts Bar Bingo every Wednesday beginning at 3:30 p.m. and Queen of Hearts drawing at 5 p.m. Public is welcome at the post, 2225 S M-37, Baldwin. For more information call 231-745-2134.

The Luther Lions Club will host an all you can eat breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m., the first Sunday of every month. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 12. Breakfast will include biscuits and gravy, ham, sausage, scrambled eggs, potatoes, French toast, pancakes, orange juice and coffee.

The Duane E. Dewey AMVETS Post 1988 hosts Euchre at 1 p.m., every Monday, at the AMVETS hall, 1959 W. 24th St., Baldwin. For more information call 231- 745-2550.

The Grand Rapids Red Project is hosting a syringe exchange from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday at the corner of Maple and 9th streets in Baldwin. For more information call 231-563-6865.