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CITY OF ATLANTIC YARD WASTE SITE HOURS:

effective April 2017:

The compost near the Schildberg Recreation Area is open seven days per week from 7:30-a.m. until dusk. The site is monitored by camera to catch illegal dumping. If the gate happens to be locked during those times, please call 243-3512 and tell them that the gate to the yard waste site is locked and a police officer will be out shortly to unlock the gate.

*** City of Atlantic officials remind citizens to bring ONLY trees, branches, grass, garden waste, and/or leaves. ***

LOST and FOUND:

*Please let us know if the pet is returned to the owner to help keep this updated. Items will be listed for 2 weeks**

LOST: Yorkie-shih tzu, about 9 pounds, male named Jasper, whitish/tan apricot color, has collar & tags digi collar is a faded brown. Lost around 11th & Elm St., Atlantic. 712-249-7990.

LOST: black & white shih tzu, 249-0821.

LOST: small white fluffy dog. 249-7642.

FOUND: All black dog has been on Fairview Rd. south of Marne the last few days, has no collar. (8/16)

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NOTICES:

The City of Atlantic’s Park ad Recreation Department will close all public restrooms until next Spring,and will be winterized. Closing takes effect October 10th.

Cass County Landfill and Recycling Center is no longer be accepting glass as recyclable material. As a result, the green recycling containers located throughout Cass County, will cease to have compartments dedicated to glass recycling. All residents will need to place their glass containers in with their regular garbage. Any with questions to call the landfill at 243-1991.

Recycling Trailer in Audubon is no longer located at Shopko, it is now at Audubon Church of Christ parking lot (2050 Hwy. 71)

Recycling bins in Cumberland have been moved north of the Community Building.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18

Atlantic Public Library – Scooby Doo Escape Room on November 18th from 3-6 pm. This is for all ages – younger children might need assistance. Help Scooby Doo celebrate a late 50th birthday with the Atlantic Public Library’s first escape room! Can you complete the puzzles, rescue Scooby & his friends, catch the monsters, & escape the room? More details to come!

Griswold Public Library – Rolls & Coffee on November 18th at 10 am.

Audubon Public Library – Story Time for preschool and kindergarten children every Monday from 4:30-5:15 pm. Come join the fun with stories, songs, fingerplays, and much more!

Audubon Merchant Meeting will be held on November 18th at 5 pm in the Board Room.

Audubon Chamber Board of Directors Meeting will be held on November 18th at 5:30 pm in the Board Room.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19

Atlantic Public Library – Atlantic Public Library – Scooby Doo Escape Room on November 19th from 3-6 pm. This is for all ages – younger children might need assistance. Help Scooby Doo celebrate a late 50th birthday with the Atlantic Public Library’s first escape room! Can you complete the puzzles, rescue Scooby & his friends, catch the monsters, & escape the room? More details to come! Magic the Gathering on November 19th at 3:30 pm. You will need to bring your own dice, counters, & cards for this program!!

Audubon Public Library – Story Time for preschool and kindergarten children every Tuesday from 10:15-11:00 am. Come join the fun with stories, songs, fingerplays, and much more!

The Cass County Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau Financial Services are again sponsoring a Winter Coat Drive and accepting new or gently used winter coats, hats, gloves or mittens for children, men and women. Please drop off your donation at the office at 1501 E. 7th St. in Atlantic. Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday thru Thursday and 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Friday. They will be taking donations through Wednesday, November 27th. Clean out that closet and drop off your extra winter coats and apparel. The coats will be donated the first week in December to the West Central Community Action Office in downtown Atlantic for local families in need.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20

Griswold Public Library – November 20th – Teens Book Club at 3 pm, Kids Book Club at 3 pm.

Audubon Public Library – Native American Author & Master Bow Maker – Richard Longbow presents “Who Were the First Americans” and “Frozen In Time” on Wednesday, November 20th at 6:30 pm in the Audubon Cultural Center.

Walnut Presbyterian Church Annual Bazaar and Dinner will be held on November 20th from 5-7 pm. Mini Bazaar starts at 3. They will be serving turkey, ham, dressing and homemade pie. Cost is $11 for adults, $6 for kids 3-12 and kids under 3 are free. All carry-outs are $12.

Adair Pancake Day is November 20th at St. John’s Parish Hall. Pancakes, sausage and a beverage will be served from 5-7 pm. A free will donation will be accepted with the proceeds going towards the Adair Sesquicentennial Committee. Everyone is welcome.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21

Atlantic Public Library – Books and Brew Book Club at Weitzel’s on November 21st at 7 pm.

Griswold Public Library – Toddler Story Time on November 21st at 5 pm.

The Annual Grand Lighting Ceremony will be Thursday, November 21st at 5-p.m., at the Historic Rock Island Depot in Downtown Atlantic. There will be free hot cocoa, and the Atlantic Hy-Vee will be serving free hot dogs for the community to enjoy. Santa will have a special arrival on his helicopter, weather pending, at 5:30 pm, to turn on the lights and see children in his cabin from 6- until 7:30 pm at the City Park.

Avoca Trinity Lutheran Church Aebleskiver and Sausage Supper will be held on November 21st at Trinity Lutheran Church (301 N. Chestnut, Avoca) from 4-7 pm. Call in carry-out orders until 5 pm. Limit of 2 dozen aebleskivers and 1 dozen sausage. There will also be a Youth Group Bake Sale.

Atlantic Masonic Chili Supper Fundraiser will be held on November 21st from 5-8 pm at the Masonic Lodge at 1010 SW 7th St., Atlantic (Old Villa Dance building). They will be serving chili, corn bread, cheese sandwiches, and desserts for a free will donation. This is sponsored by Pymosa Lodge #271.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22

Atlantic Public Library – Atlantic Public Library – Scooby Doo Escape Room on November 22nd from 3-6 pm. This is for all ages – younger children might need assistance. Help Scooby Doo celebrate a late 50th birthday with the Atlantic Public Library’s first escape room! Can you complete the puzzles, rescue Scooby & his friends, catch the monsters, & escape the room? More details to come!

Iowa State Extension will be at Congregate Meals November 22. They will start presentation at 10:30 to 11:15. If interested call 268-2377, leave message if no answer.  Part 1, 3 Meals Day, Part 2, Feast on Fruits & Vegetables, Part 3, Power Up with Protein, Part 4, Exercise Your Independence. Learn about the health benefits of eating well and moving more Sample healthy, tasty, low cost recipes. Exchange ideas with peers to help you meet your health goals. Address: 104 East Washington St. Exira, Ia. If interested in having a meal call by the Monday before the date you wish to eat and watch program, 268-2377.

Southwest Iowa Pilgrimage is May 18-29th, 2020. Pastor Ray McCalla, a Clarinda native currently of Atlantic, is leading another pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2020. McCalla led 27 pilgrims to Israel to walk where Jesus walked in March of 2019, and he is ready to return. The pilgrimage is designed not along denominational lines, but along geographical lines. They are traveling to the Holy Land as neighbors, as southwest Iowa residents, and as sisters and brothers in Christ. The trip isMay 18-29, 2020, approximate cost: $3,700. For more information or to register, visit: www.shepherdfieldtours.com/tour/raymccalla . Questions can be directed to: (712) 250-1607 or raydemccalla@gmail.com.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23

Trinity Christian Church in Bridgewater (110 NW 2nd St.) Fall Bazaar & Bake Sale will be held on November 23rd from 9-11:30 am. Offering coffee and rolls throughout the morning. Items for sale include: rugs, canned meat, crafts, mincemeat, handiwork and more.

Brayton Legion Post #350 Feather Party will be held on November 23rd at the Brayton Town Hall. Food served at 5 pm, bingo starts at 6 pm. Door prizes.

The Cass County Conservation Board is holding a Bird House Workshop on November 23rd at the Outdoor Educational Classroom in Massena, IA  at 9 am. All ages welcome! Learn all about making bird houses! Make and take a bird house home for a suggested donation! Fun for all ages, children must be accompanied by adult. Suggested donations for House Wren house $8, Bluebird $8, and Kestrel house $10.  Please pre-register by November 18th by calling 712-769-2372 or email lkanning@casscoia.us !

Iowa DNR & Shelby County Conservation Boards’ Swan & S’mores will be held Saturday, November 23rd at 10:00 a.m. at Prairie Rose State Park.  They will have the program inside the shop.  The second program will be on Saturday, November 23 at 4:00 p.m. at Nishna Bend Recreation Area. They will meet inside of the nature center. The public is encourage to attend one or both of these free programs to learn about Trumpeter Swans, their biology, and restoration efforts.  Attendees will be allowed to feel the live swan.  Following the program there will be a chance to make some S’mores. This swan will be arriving from the Maryland Zoo on Friday.  On Monday it will be going to its winter home along with a swan from the Bronx Zoo.  In the spring both of these swans will be released in Southwest Iowa.  You also can have a chance to see the Bronx Zoo swan at Lake Anita State Park on Sunday, November 24 at 2:00 p.m.  Please meet near the park office for this program.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24

Atlantic Boy Scout Troop 54 will be doing a community food drive on November 24th from 1-3 pm. The scouts have asked all 4 scrooge candidates to come and help out with the food drive. All food collected that day will be counted and points given to each candidate that helps out with the food drive. All food collected will be given to the Atlantic Food Pantry.

The Cass County Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau Financial Services are again sponsoring a Winter Coat Drive and accepting new or gently used winter coats, hats, gloves or mittens for children, men and women. Please drop off your donation at the office at 1501 E. 7th St. in Atlantic. Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday thru Thursday and 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Friday. They will be taking donations through Wednesday, November 27th. Clean out that closet and drop off your extra winter coats and apparel. The coats will be donated the first week in December to the West Central Community Action Office in downtown Atlantic for local families in need.

Atl atls are a tool that has been around for a long time.  They can be used to throw spears with greater distance and accuracy.  If you would like to give this a try, come to Prairie Rose State Park on Sunday, November 24 at 1:30 p.m.  They will meet directly south of the main campground entrance on County Road M47.  Atl atls and spears will be available to try out.  The Trumpeter Swan will also be here is you can’t make it to one of Saturday programs.

Community Thanksgiving Service at the Griswold United Methodist Church will be held on Sunday, November 24th, 7:00. Sponsored by Griswold Ministerial Association. Non-perishable food and canned food donations will be greatly appreciated. Monetary offerings will support the GMA in its outreach to those in need

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25

Audubon Public Library – Story Time for preschool and kindergarten children every Monday from 4:30-5:15 pm. Come join the fun with stories, songs, fingerplays, and much more!

The 2019 Harvest Market has been scheduled for Monday, November 25 from 3-7 PM at the Cass County Community Center. This holiday market is held the Monday before Thanksgiving so you can pick up local produce, baked goods, and meats to enjoy at your Thanksgiving meal. The market also offers holiday décor and gifts by local crafters and artisans. This year, Aunt B’s of downtown Atlantic is sponsoring the Harvest Market and will be at the event offering wine tasting and selling bottles of award-winning Iowa wines. Vendor spaces are still available, and local farmers, bakers, artisans or crafters are invited to sign up. Vendors interested in participating can find details and a registration form online at www.atlanticiowa.com or www.produceintheparkatlanticiowa.com, or at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce. A full list of vendors, and information on pre-orders will be posted online at the Produce in the Park website www.produceintheparkatlanticiowa.com. You can also follow the Produce in the Park Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ProduceInThePark) for current event information. Harvest Market is sponsored by the City of Atlantic Community Promotions Commission and Aunt B’s. The event is endorsed by the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce.

The 2019 Atlantic Police Department Canned Food Drive is going on now through November 26th. This year, Lt. Hogue has been asked to participate in the scrooge contest and will be using this to help collect canned good items to donate to the Atlantic Food Pantry. There will be a grade level contest running with this food drive and the winning class for each grade level will be invited to the merchant movie on December 8th. The movie will be chaperoned by the APD and APD Reserves. Thank you in advance for all the students and families who will participate in this program and have participated in the past. In the last 6 years this program has helped donate 24,638 items to our local food pantry!

Adair County ISU Extension and Outreach is offering a Farmers’ Excel Budgeting Class on Monday, December 2 from 6pm-9pm. Farmers will learn to use Microsoft Excel to create and track their personal farm finances. Diane Clayton will lead the class teaching attendees Excel basics that they will need to create their budget. They request all attendees bring their own laptop for this class. There is no cost to attend, and there will be a light soup supper served during class. The registration deadline is Monday, November 25 by 4:30pm. To register please contact the Adair County Extension Office at 641-743-8412 or email sdmorgan@iastate.edu.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26

Atlantic Public Library – Magic the Gathering on November 26th at 3:30 pm. You will need to bring your own dice, counters, & cards for this program. Movie at 4 pm for all ages. Reading Addicts Book Club at 6 pm.

Audubon Public Library – Story Time for preschool and kindergarten children every Tuesday from 10:15-11:00 am. Come join the fun with stories, songs, fingerplays, and much more!

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Griswold Public Library – Free Bird Movie on November 26th at 3 pm.

Cumberland Public Library – Closed November 27th & 29th for Thanksgiving.

The Cass County Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau Financial Services are again sponsoring a Winter Coat Drive and accepting new or gently used winter coats, hats, gloves or mittens for children, men and women. Please drop off your donation at the office at 1501 E. 7th St. in Atlantic. Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday thru Thursday and 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Friday. They will be taking donations through Wednesday, November 27th. Clean out that closet and drop off your extra winter coats and apparel. The coats will be donated the first week in December to the West Central Community Action Office in downtown Atlantic for local families in need.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28

Atlantic Public Library – Closed November 28th for Thanksgiving. Cass County Genealogy Meeting on November 28th at 1 pm in the Community Room.

Griswold Public Library – Closed November 28th-30th for Thanksgiving.

Atlantic Turkey Trot hosted by Shift ATL will be held on November 28th. This is for athletes of all ages and abilities to enjoy a 5K or a 1 mile route. Both routes will start at The Depot (The Atlantic Chamber of Commerce) and will also conclude at The Depot. Post-race you’ll find some warm eats and drinks inside to get you fueled back up for the big day. Both the 5K and 1 mile race start at 8am sharp! Prizes will be awarded for first place male and first place female. To register: facebook.com/shiftATL. Day of registration starts at 7:30 am. Registration link –  Atlantic Turkey Trot Registration

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29

Griswold Public Library – Closed through November 30th.

Cumberland Public Library – Closed November 29th for Thanksgiving.

Audubon Holiday Kickoff will be held on November 29th.

Walnut Antique Walk is November 29th-Decmeber 1st from 9-5. Antiques, food and shopping!

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30

Griswold Public Library – Closed on November 30th.

Small Business Saturday – SHOP LOCAL!!

The 6th Annual Avoca Holidays On Main will be held on November 30th. From 3-3:45 pm Avoca Community & Bell Choir Concert/Memory Tree at United Church, 3-5 Main Street stores open, 3-5:30 pm Petting Zoo w/ Cameron T. Camel – behind Post Office, 3-5:30 pm Santa on Main – The Latest Thing, 3-6 pm Vendor Fair at the Fire Hall, 3-6 pm Free S’mores at front of courthouse, 3-7 18′ Frosty the Snowman Light Show at Exchange Lot, 4:00 pm Reindeer Races front of the Post Office for ages 4-10, 4:20 pm Frosty Snowball Drop – front of courthouse, 4-6 pm Indoor “ice skating” at the library with (surprise Frosty visit), 4:30 pm Miss Tammy’s Country Cloggers at the post office, 4:30-5:30 pm, fire truck rides for children of all ages – departure on Lyon Street, 5-7 pm Frosty Pancake Supper at Legion Hall, 5:45 pm Bethlehem walk – starting at the Avoca Flower Shop, 5:50 pm Live Nativity behind Post Office, 6:15 pm Frost 3K Glo-Run starting at courthouse. Follow Avoca, Iowa Holidays on Main on Facebook.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2

Adair County ISU Extension and Outreach is offering a Farmers’ Excel Budgeting Class on Monday, December 2 from 6pm-9pm. Farmers will learn to use Microsoft Excel to create and track their personal farm finances. Diane Clayton will lead the class teaching attendees Excel basics that they will need to create their budget. They request all attendees bring their own laptop for this class. There is no cost to attend, and there will be a light soup supper served during class. The registration deadline is Monday, November 25 by 4:30pm. To register please contact the Adair County Extension Office at 641-743-8412 or email sdmorgan@iastate.edu.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3

Atlantic Public Library – Magic the Gathering on December 3rd at 3:30 pm. You will need to bring your own dice, counters, & cards for this program.

Audubon Relay For Life Committee will be available to wrap your Christmas gifts on December 3rd, 10th & 17th from 5-8 pm at the Audubon Chamber office for a free will donation. Drop off and pick up same evening. Bring your own special wrapping paper, bows, bags, tags, ect. Clothing and hard to wrap items MUST be boxed prior to drop off. All proceeds go toward the 2020 Audubon Relay For Life of Audubon County.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4

Shelby Lutheran Churches Annual Aebleskiver Supper will be held on Wednesday, December 4th. Serving is from 4:30 to 7 pm. Take out orders available  –  call 544-2173

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5

Audubon Hometown Christmas will be held on December 5th from 5-7 pm. Horse-drawn carriage rides, pizza party with Santa, cookie decorating, free movie, Christmas window displays, Holiday photo with Albert, caroling and business Open Houses.

Southwest Iowa Pilgrimage is May 18-29th, 2020. Pastor Ray McCalla, a Clarinda native currently of Atlantic, is leading another pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2020. McCalla led 27 pilgrims to Israel to walk where Jesus walked in March of 2019, and he is ready to return. The pilgrimage is designed not along denominational lines, but along geographical lines. They are traveling to the Holy Land as neighbors, as southwest Iowa residents, and as sisters and brothers in Christ. The trip isMay 18-29, 2020, approximate cost: $3,700. For more information or to register, visit: www.shepherdfieldtours.com/tour/raymccalla . Questions can be directed to: (712) 250-1607 or raydemccalla@gmail.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7

Atlantic Public Library – Julie’s Retirement Party on December 7th from 1-3 pm.

Atlantic Lighted Parade & Fireworks will be held on December 7th at 6 pm. Visit Santa in his cabin where you can enjoy hot cocoa and popcorn, as well as horse-drawn carriage rides from 3:00-5:30 pm. Visit www.christmasinatlantic.com for Santa’s full holiday schedule.  If you or your group/organization wishes to be in the parade, please submit your entry to the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce by calling 712-243-3017 or emailing chamber@atlanticiowa.com. Pre-registration is not required, but is encouraged.

Audubon County Relay For Life “Christmas Tour of Homes” will be held on December 7th from 1-4 pm. Tour 5 beautifully decorated Audubon area homes. Sam & Kathy Graeve (808 Brookside Dr), Roger & Judy Malmberg (313 E Division St), Brian & Tina Olson (301 E Division St (Stuart Mansion), Eric & Brooke Wegner (1114 S Division St), Dan & Kelly Mennenoh (5113 Jay Ave, Audubon (Ross), PLUS Friendship Home (714 N Division St). Refreshments to follow at Taylor Hill Lodge (1614 Highway 71, Audubon). Tickets are $10. Advance tickets available at Audubon State Bank, Landmands Bank, Jo’s Corner Clip, Exira Public Library, The Hairbenders, Exira. Tickets MUST be presented at each home for admittance and will also be available for purchase the day of the event at any one of the tour locations. All proceeds go toward 2020 Audubon Relay For Life of Audubon County.

The Massena Historical Society’s Annual Soup & Salad Luncheon will be held on Saturday, December 7th at St. Patrick’s Church in Massena. This is a change in location! Doors open at 10 am, lunch served from 11-12:30 pm. Admission at the door is $10. There is handicap access on the west side of the building. Homemade goodies will be for sale and door prizes given. The theme this year is”Ring in the Holidays”

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8

Atlantic Holiday Concert and Angel of Christmas will be held on December 8th, at the First United Methodist Church, starting at 3 pm. Submit your nominations for Angel of Christmas to the Atlantic Area Chamber by November 22nd.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9

Atlantic Public Library – Library Board of Trustees Meeting on December 9th at 5:30 pm.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10

Atlantic Public Library – Magic the Gathering on December 10th at 3:30 pm. You will need to bring your own dice, counters, & cards for this program.

Audubon Relay For Life Committee will be available to wrap your Christmas gifts on December 10th & 17th from 5-8 pm at the Audubon Chamber office for a free will donation. Drop off and pick up same evening. Bring your own special wrapping paper, bows, bags, tags, ect. Clothing and hard to wrap items MUST be boxed prior to drop off. All proceeds go toward the 2020 Audubon Relay For Life of Audubon County.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14

Zion Lutheran Church’s LWML Annual Cookie Walk will be held on December 14th from 11 am – 1:30 pm. Cookies and candy sold for $7 per pound. All proceeds benefit Little Lambs Preschool and Kids Come First Daycare Center.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17

Atlantic Public Library – Magic the Gathering on December 3rd at 3:30 pm. You will need to bring your own dice, counters, & cards for this program.

Audubon Relay For Life Committee will be available to wrap your Christmas gifts on December 17th from 5-8 pm at the Audubon Chamber office for a free will donation. Drop off and pick up same evening. Bring your own special wrapping paper, bows, bags, tags, ect. Clothing and hard to wrap items MUST be boxed prior to drop off. All proceeds go toward the 2020 Audubon Relay For Life of Audubon County.

Southwest Iowa Pilgrimage is May 18-29th, 2020. Pastor Ray McCalla, a Clarinda native currently of Atlantic, is leading another pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2020. McCalla led 27 pilgrims to Israel to walk where Jesus walked in March of 2019, and he is ready to return. The pilgrimage is designed not along denominational lines, but along geographical lines. They are traveling to the Holy Land as neighbors, as southwest Iowa residents, and as sisters and brothers in Christ. The trip isMay 18-29, 2020, approximate cost: $3,700. For more information or to register, visit: www.shepherdfieldtours.com/tour/raymccalla . Questions can be directed to: (712) 250-1607 or raydemccalla@gmail.com.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24

Atlantic Public Library – Closed on December 24th & 25th.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25

Atlantic Public Library – Closed on December 25th.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26

Atlantic Public Library – Cass County Genealogy Meeting on December 26th at 1 pm upstairs.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31

Atlantic Public Library – Closing at 2 pm on December 31st.

EXTRAS ….

The Cass County Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau Financial Services are again sponsoring a Winter Coat Drive and accepting new or gently used winter coats, hats, gloves or mittens for children, men and women. Please drop off your donation at the office at 1501 E. 7th St. in Atlantic. Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday thru Thursday and 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Friday. They will be taking donations through Wednesday, November 27th. Clean out that closet and drop off your extra winter coats and apparel. The coats will be donated the first week in December to the West Central Community Action Office in downtown Atlantic for local families in need.

Atlantic Royal Neighbors of America Chapter #1373 is collecting tissues to donate to the Atlantic schools. The tissue drive goes through November 17th with delivery on the 18th. Drop off locations are available in Atlantic at Fareway, Something For You Quilt Store, Evangelical Free Church and First Church of Christ.

The Cass County Democratic Party is sponsoring a Winter Clothing Drive to help secure warm clothes, winter night clothes, and blankets for residents who may not have the resources needed to purchase necessary winter clothing. New or ‘clean, gently used’ items to drop boxes across the county through November 15, 2019. Donations will be distributed through the clothes closets and schools throughout the county. Children’s clothing—coats, hats, gloves/mittens, boots, even socks and underwear—are especially needed as are larger sized adult clothing. Drop-off sites for good, clean winter clothing (such as caps/gloves & coats) include: Anita: Rolling Hills Bank, Library, Rusty Razor; Atlantic: YMCA, Rolling Hills Bank, Private home at 10 E. 13th St.; Cumberland: Telephone Company, City Hall, Library, Houghton State Bank; Griswold: Rolling Hills Bank, Telephone Company, Library, Houghton State Bank; Lewis: Library; Massena: Economy Food Mart, FN Bank.

Southwest Iowa Pilgrimage is May 18-29th, 2020. Pastor Ray McCalla, a Clarinda native currently of Atlantic, is leading another pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2020. McCalla led 27 pilgrims to Israel to walk where Jesus walked in March of 2019, and he is ready to return. The pilgrimage is designed not along denominational lines, but along geographical lines. They are traveling to the Holy Land as neighbors, as southwest Iowa residents, and as sisters and brothers in Christ. The trip isMay 18-29, 2020, approximate cost: $3,700. For more information or to register, visit: www.shepherdfieldtours.com/tour/raymccalla . Questions can be directed to: (712) 250-1607 or raydemccalla@gmail.com.

American Legion Memorial Building is open Saturday afternoon, 1 to 4 pm. Visit the Military Museum, Military Library and Atlantic History Center.

Community Dinners will begin on Tuesday, September 10th at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Parish Center, from 5:30-6:30. Dinners will run through December and the there is no cost.

Coke Museum open Saturdays, 1:00-4:00, 207 Chestnut St., Atlantic.

The 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month the community is invited to play cards or dominoes at Heritage House. They are welcomed to come as a group or by themselves. Playing starts at 1 pm.

The Atlantic Food Pantry is asking for donations of money and/or grocery items. The funds and shelves are running low. The Atlantic Food Pantry was started in March, 1982, by the Ministerial Association and Church Women United. It has relied solely on cash and food items donated from the community. In the beginning, the Pantry helped 170 individuals/families per year. The Pantry now serves an average of 15-25 individuals/families per week with a limitation of one visit per month for senior citizens and one visit every other month for all others unless they have an emergency and a referral from someone who is aware of their problem. Since it began, the Pantry has rarely requested monetary donations due to the lack of funds, but at the current rate, the Pantry cash account will be extremely low by the end of summer. Grocery items they could use are cereal, canned meat and other canned food items, toilet tissue and soap. If you have any questions, you may contact treasurer, Florence Burrows at 243-1363 or Ken Burkhart at 243-1820. Anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated.

Roland Funeral Service is running Randy Alcorn’s “HAPPINESS” VIDEO SERIES for anyone interested in gatherings Wednesday 3:30 to 5:00 at 1011 E 10th St. In Atlantic. Call Amy Roland at 254-1266.

Breastfeeding Support Group – Open to all nursing or expecting mothers. Held on the third Thursday of every month at Cass County Health System in Conference Room 6 at 7 pm. Call 250-8862 with questions.

A support group helping those touched by dementia and alzheimer’s for family members and caregivers – “People Helping People” – will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at Atlantic Specialty Care/Care Initiatives – in the chapel, 1300 E. 19th St., Atlantic. Call 249-4193 or 243-3952 for more information. Everyone is welcome – you are not alone.

Grief Share meets Wednesday afternoons at 3:30 pm at 1011 East 10th St. in Atlantic. 13 weeks of Grief Share Gatherings include workbook, video lessons and sharing times, each session can stand alone. No charge, donations for Grief Share are welcomed. Call Amy Jo Roland at 712-243-5492. This is sponsored by the Roland Funeral Home.

American Legion Memorial Building, also known as the Armory, will be open for tours Saturday afternoons through October and by request through Atlantic Chamber of Commerce. See the web site at Arise Atlantic for more details.

New SAA (Sex Addicts Anonymous) Meetings will be held on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm at the 12 Step House at 309 Elm Street in Atlantic. Details on SAA website, email atlanticssa@gmail.com or contact Tom at 712-269-0190.

Operation Barnabas meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the Atlantic Iowa Western Community College campus.

A Free Community Dinner will be held every Tuesday at the Catholic Parish Center in Atlantic from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

Join the Firehouse Flames for bingo every first Monday at the Memorial Building in Audubon. Doors open at 5:30 pm with a light lunch available, early bird bingo at 6:30 and regular bingo at 6:45 pm.

Myrtue Medical Center Public Health has scheduled several flu vaccination clinics. Immunization Clinics are held every other month during even-numbered months in 2017. Wednesday, June 7th is the next clinic date. Appointments are available from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Public Health HCCMS Family Services is located at 1408 E 10th St. Call 712-755-4422 or visit www.shelbycountyclinics.com. Clinic will also be held in Irwin, Earling, Westphalia, Shelby, Avoca, Defiance, Panama, Portsmouth and Elk Horn. Appointments are not needed for these clinics.

The Adair & Casey United Methodist Churches have opened the A-C Food Pantry in the Casey United Methodist Church. It is available to those living in the A-C Community School district the 2nd Wednesday and 4th Saturday of every month.

American Legion Post #43 meetings at the Armory at 7 pm. Meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of every month.

HCCMS Family Planning is a program available for men and women of all ages, offering reproductive and other health services to help you get and stay healthy. They serve anyone requesting family planning services regardless of residency, household income or gender. In Cass County, your HCCMS office is located at Cass County Home Care, 1500 E 10th St., Atlantic, IA. For more information or to make an appointment call 712-243-7551 or 1-800-993-4345.

Weight Watchers meeting will be held on Thursdays at 5:30 pm at the United Church of Christ on 16th St. in Atlantic.

TOPS – Take Off Pounds Sensibly a non profit weight loss support group meets every Thursday in the 1st Assembly of God Church (1913 E. 22nd). Weigh in from 5-5:30 pm with meeting from 6-6:30pm. For more information call Barb at 243-6222.

Support group for people with Parkinson’s disease and their family, caregivers or befrienders is held the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 1-3 pm in the Commons room of Summerset Estates, the condos in the north end of the 3rd street in Fontanelle. For further directions or questions about this support group, call Lyle or LaVon at 641-745-4044.

Parkinson’s Support Group will be held the 3rd Wednesday each month at 2 pm at the Heritage House in Atlantic.

The Atlantic Lions Club takes used eye glasses and hearing aids. You can drop them off at these Atlantic locations: Hy-Vee, W & S Appliance, Fareway, or any Lions Club member.

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CITY OF ATLANTIC YARD WASTE SITE SUMMER HOURS:

effective July 1st, 2015:

The site is open seven days per week from 7:30-a.m. until dusk. The site is monitored by camera to catch illegal dumping. *** City of Atlantic officials remind citizens to bring ONLY trees, branches, grass, garden waste, and/or leaves. ***

SHELBY COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT CLINICS:

The Shelby County Public Health Department has the following available services at their office location, 2712 12th Street, in Harlan:

Public Health Influenza Clinics: Influenza vaccination clinics will be held in NOVEMBER, 6TH at the Harlan Community High School and NOVEMBER 8th at the Harlan Elementary School and at the Shelby County Catholic School.  at the Community Health Building, 2712 12th Street in Harlan, Iowa. Please call the schools for consent forms or call Shelby County Public Health for questions on influenza vaccine at 712.755.4422. To schedule an appointment, please call 712.755.4422 or go to the following website:  https://shelbycountyclinics.schedulemeappointments.com/ to schedule an appointment online.

Immunization Clinic for Children:  Immunization Clinic will be held on Wednesday, DECEMBER 4TH from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  at Community Health. Immunizations are free for children that qualify for the VFC program. If you have insurance that pays for immunizations including Hawk-i, please call Myrtue Medical Clinic at 755-4516 to schedule an appointment there.

The Shelby County Public Health Nursing Department at Myrtue Medical Center offers immunizations to infants and children through age 18 that qualify under the Vaccine for Children (VFC) program guidelines. These vaccines are offered to children with Medicaid coverage, children without any health insurance coverage, children with health insurance that does not cover any of the cost of these immunizations or children of American Indian or Alaskan Native descent.

Immunizations are free for children that qualify for the VFC program. An administration fee of $14 per child will be charged, unless the child is covered by Medicaid. If you have insurance that pays for immunizations including Hawk-i, please call Myrtue Medical Clinic at 755-5130 to schedule an appointment there.

Immunizations offered are: DTaP (diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus), Polio, MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), Hib (haemophilus influenza type B), Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Influenza, Varicella (chicken pox), Rotavirus, Pneumococcal, Meningococcal Quadrivalent, Meningitis B, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria & pertussis for older kids & teens) and HPV (Human Papillomavirus, Gardasil 9, for both boys and girls).

Family Planning Services:  Our Family Planning Nurse Clinic will be held on November 21st, 3:00-4:30 p.m.  These clinics are for consultations, contraceptive refills, STD testing and depo injections. Please call to schedule an appointment for family planning services. Free HIV and Hepatitis C testing is also available at the October 17th Family Planning Nurse Clinic. For more information concerning the availability of family planning or women’s health services please call 712-263-3303 for assistance. Family Planning services are also available in Logan, Atlantic, Denison and Onawa.

Lead Screening: This important health screening is available at all immunization clinics or at the Public Health office by appointment for children 12 months to 6 years of age. Lead testing is recommended yearly for every child in this age group.

Learning For Life program offers a home visitation program for families with children from prenatal through age 5. The curriculum uses the Parents as Teachers model, which helps parents, prepare their children for learning and school entry. Assistance with proper installation of car seats for children is also available. Major funding for this program is provided by Harrison/Monona/Shelby Early Childhood Iowa.

Tobacco Cessation: Call Quitline Iowa at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8869) for information on quitting smoking or visit them online @ www.QUITLINEIOWA.org where you can learn more about Quitline Iowa services. Quitline Iowa is offering free nicotine replacement therapy (gum, lozenges or patches) for persons receiving Medicaid or Medicare insurance. Call 1-800-784-8869 or go online to get started with the tobacco-cessation coaching staff.

Blood Pressure Screening: Public Health offers free blood pressure screenings. Appointments preferred but will walk-ins are welcome. Please call 712-755-4422 for an appointment. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Maternal Health Support Group: Pregnant women are welcome to join the Mothers and Babies Support Group. The goal of the group is to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies. Assistance with transportation and child care is available if needed. Group members also receive incentive items to prepare for the baby’s delivery. If interested, call Cara Cacy at 712.755.4406 for more information.

Care For Yourself & Check the Girls: These programs provide free or low-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings to qualified women. Regular screening is the best way to prevent and detect cancer in its earliest stages. Contact Dawn Klein for more information 712-755-4312.

Lean into Life Widow/ Widower Support Group: This informal support group meets as an ongoing support system for people who have lost a spouse or significant other.  A wide range of topics are discussed.  Meeting dates are scheduled for October 10th & 24th and are held at Myrtue Medical Center.  If you are interested in attending a meeting, please call Dawn Klein for more information at 712-755-4312.

For further information about any of these programs or other public health services, contact Lori Hoch, Director of Public Health, Myrtue Medical Center, at 712-755-4423.

WIC CLINIC

West Central Community Action

WIC clinic is held at the Atlantic Head Start Center located 2 miles north of Atlantic on Olive Street.

Parking is limited to the north side of bldg under the Pine trees and use north door entry into the gym. 712-243-5421

All WIC clients must now have an appointment for either a nutrition talk or to certify in order to get checks. If client doesn’t have either, then need to call the Harlan WIC Office at 1-800-338-4129

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