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effective November 20th, 2014:

Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm

CLOSED: Christmas and New Years Day

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

FOUND: Brown & white dog, about 6-7 months old, friendly, 2 collars, no tags. Found 1/2 way between Brayton and I-80. Call 734-765-8992 (cell number). 1/29/2015

FOUND: Buff color, long haired cat in Atlantic. Please call to claim – 254-1266. 1/28/2015

FOUND: Male, large black dog, looks like a Lab but ears flop down, wearing a collar with a tag in the shape of a bone, keeps coming around scaring their dog, has jumped on roof of garage, in the Ridge Road in Atlantic. 402-547-8600.

FOUND: Male, golden retriever, a little older, has a collar. Found by the Valley. 250-0880.

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

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



Exira Community Club’s 2nd Annual Super Shopping Bowl will be held on February 1st from 11 – 2 pm at the Exira Rec Center. There will be 4 different homemade soups to choose from, sandwiches with all the fixings, nachos supreme, apple caramel cheesecake, chocolate desserts, root beer floats and cash bar. There will be vendors of all kinds including handmade, handcrafted, up-cycled and painted decor, crafts, cards, bows and furniture. Other vendors include: Scentsy, LuLaRoe, Pampered Chef, Premiere Jewelry, Jamberry Nails and MANY more. FREE admission and door prizes will be raffled off!

 An Open House for Bob Lane’s 80th birthday will be held on February 1st at the First United Methodist Church in Atlantic from 1-3 pm. The party will be hosted by his daughters, Pam, Robin and Gerri (Roger); and grandchildren, Thomas Vasek, Adam (Alicia) Swanson, Chelsea (Brian) Brookshire, Bailee Swanson, Courtney (Matt) Brewer, Amanda, Alisha and Katelyn Blake; and one great grandchild, Addison Brookshire. Bob never met a stranger and has made many friends driving a Wonder Bread truck and working at Atlantic Bottling Company. Everyone who would like to wish Bob a happy 80th birthday is invited. No gifts please. Cards may be send to: 1100 Brookridge, #3A, Atlantic IA 50022


Winter Movie Madness will be held every Monday during January & February from 3:30 – 5:00 pm at the Atlantic Public Library for kindergarteners and up. You may bring a drink in a closeable container.


The Audubon County Hospital Foundation is hosting a LuLaRoe clothing event at Audubon County Memorial Hospital on February 4th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Comfortable and trendy skirts, dresses, shirts, leggings and accessories will be available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Audubon County Hospital Foundation.


The Cass County Conservation Board is holding FREE Moonlight Snowshoe Hike at the Pellett Memorial Woods outside of Atlantic, IA on February 7th at 7 pm. If there are no clouds the moon will light the way! Come out for a great night hike, who knows what nature has waiting for us then! Snowshoes (variety of sizes) will be available. They will hike and try to call in various species of Owls that may be in the park that night! Dress for the weather, all ages welcome! The event WILL be held with “NO SNOW!” We will just hike without snowshoes!

An Iowa Artist Showcase will be held at Ed & Eva’s located in the Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield on February 7th from 10 am to 3 pm. Iowa artists will be present to display their handmade items. This “meet and shop” event will be a great time to pick up a unique Valentine’s Day gift made in Iowa. Artists will be showcasing jewelry, pottery, woodworking, and more.


The Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast will be held on February 8th from 7:30-10:30 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Anita. The public is invited to attend and a free will offering will be taken.


Winter Movie Madness will be held every Monday during January & February from 3:30 – 5:00 pm at the Atlantic Public Library for kindergarteners and up. You may bring a drink in a closeable container.


The Little Hands Legion Splash Pad will be doing a fundraiser at the Atlantic Pizza Ranch on February 10th from 5 pm to 8 pm.


Supporting Local Food Systems Winter Webinar Series will be held every Thursdays February 12th & March 12th at the Montgomery County Extension Office, 400 Bridge St., in Red Oak from 6:30-8:30 pm. Master Gardeners and the general public will learn about how to support school gardens, food banks, community gardens, and more. Remaining sessions will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Winter Webinar Topics include: Thursday, February 12th – In the Community: Hear how volunteers are teaching in community gardens and growing produce for food banks. Master Gardener Coordinator Jennifer Daugherty will highlight projects in Southeast Iowa. Thursday, March 12th – Back to School: Learn how volunteers are engaging in school gardens and supporting systems change for health. Hear examples from Master Gardener Coordinator Laurie Taylor in western Iowa. You can choose to attend all sessions, or just one or two. There is a $3 fee to offset charges affiliated with the webinar—Master Gardeners get in free! Please call 623-2592 so we can plan for attendance.


Atlantic Business & Professional Women and Atlantic BPO Does Elk 445 Valentine’s Sweetheart Dinner & Dance will be held on February 14th at the Elk Lodge in Atlantic. A romantic dinner with your choice of prime rib or windsor chop, salad, baked potato, roll dessert and glass of wine. Reservations are at 5:30 pm or 7:00 pm and need to be made by February 7th. Cash bar provided by Elks. Cost is $30 per person. Tickets are available at Elk Lodge 445 (501 Poplar St.) Choice Printing/Safeguard (414 Walnut St.) Rex Pharmacy (507 Chestnut St.) or Brenda Swope 712-249-9745. Stay for the dance with popular band Exit 113 playing the 50′s, 60′s 70′s, blues, swing and other great music from 7-11 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door (no guarantee of tickets at the door) and are available at Elks Lodge 445 (561 Poplar St.) Choice Printing/Safeguard (414 Walnut St.), Rex Pharmacy (507 Chestnut St.) or call Debbie Leistad – 712-249-1480. All proceeds go toward local scholarships and community projects.

Great Backyard Bird Count Program will be held at the Atlantic Public Library Community Room on February 14th at 1:00 pm. Come learn how to participate in this wonderful citizen science project. They will also cover some basic bird identification. This is a wonderful family program for bird watchers of all ages and is free of charge. The 18th annual count is taking place February 13th – 16th. Anyone in the world can count birds at any location for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count and enter their sightings at www.BirdCount.org. All you need is basic knowledge of bird identification! It is not required that you record every species you see, only those that can be properly identified. To participate in the bird count either call the Conservation Board at 712-769-2372 and receive everything you need in the mail (or pick up in the office), or go to the website: http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ and follow the instructions. Help Atlantic beat last years record; we were at #3 in the state! Please help the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon Society by participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count.


Winter Movie Madness will be held every Monday during January & February from 3:30 – 5:00 pm at the Atlantic Public Library for kindergarteners and up. You may bring a drink in a closeable container.

Child care providers and interested parents or grandparents are invited to an upcoming professional development opportunity in Atlantic, provided as a partnership between Cass County Extension and the Nishna Valley Family YMCA. The workshop, Don’t Give Kids a Tummyache will be held Monday, February 16th from 6:30-8:30 pm at the YMCA in Atlantic. Learn more about how to tell if “tummyaches” are caused by the flu or a food borne illness. They will also discuss how food becomes unsafe and how to protect the children we care for from food borne illnesses. Find answers while learning the basics of preventing food borne illnesses as you play “Fight BAC” bingo. The workshop will offer 2 hours of licensing credit and credit for CACFP and be taught by Barb Fuller, ISU Extension and Outreach Human Sciences Specialist in Nutrition and Wellness. Pre-registration for the workshop is required by February 13th by calling the Extension office or on the DHS Child Care Training Registry at https://ccmis.dhs.state.ia.us/TrainingRegistry. A $10 registration fee should be sent to the Cass County Extension Office, 805 W. 10th Street, Atlantic, IA 50022. For more information or a brochure with more details, contact the Cass County Extension office at 712-243-1132 or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/cass.

 A Polar Bear Day Camp will be held on February 13th at the Cass County Community Center in Atlantic. Polar Bear Camp is for children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade with sessions from 9:00 am – 12:00 Noon or 1 – 4 or  on Monday, February 16 with a session from 9:00 am – 12:00 Noon. Activities include: Polar Bear Crafts, learn about the life of a polar bear, experience an outdoor adventure by going on a winter hike and coloring in the snow, participate in games & activities about polar bears and other artic animals. These camps will be offered free of charge, with pre-registration required. A snack will be provided. Parents, please remember to dress your children to go outdoors for fun and a winter hike. Registration deadline for Polar Bear Camp is February 4th. Call the Cass County Extension office at 243-1132 or email xcass@iastate.edu to register your children. No registrations will be accepted after the registration deadline. All camps are sponsored by the Cass County ISU Extension and Cass County Conservation Board.



ServSafe, the national certification program for food service managers, will be held in Clarinda on February 17th. The cost of the course is $150 which includes 8 hours class time, a manual, and the national certification exam. There is a $50 discount for Iowa Restaurant Association members. It will be held at ISU Extension and Outreach, Page County office in Clarinda. Anyone interested in preparing and serving safe food is welcome to attend. All food service operations are required to have at least one certified staff person. To receive more information and registration form, contact ISU Extension and Outreach, Page County 877-596-7243 or your local ISU Extension and Outreach office. Anyone needing to take the re-certification exam only may contact the office for more information. Registration is required by February 13th.


Winter Movie Madness will be held every Monday during January & February from 3:30 – 5:00 pm at the Atlantic Public Library for kindergarteners and up. You may bring a drink in a closeable container.


The Audubon County Hospital Foundation is hosting a Masquerade Jewelry Fair on March 11th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Audubon County Memorial Hospital. ALL Jewelry, Scarves, and Accessories are $5 each! Stock up on unique spring and summer accessories or stock up for year round gift giving! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Audubon County Hospital Foundation.


The Audubon County Hospital Foundation is hosting a Scrubs Show & Sale on  April 7th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Audubon County Memorial Hospital. Merchandise includes Barco, Cherokee, Dickies & Grey’s Anatomy. Great chance to purchase uniforms & fun comfort wear while supporting quality health care services! Special Orders are welcome! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Audubon County Hospital Foundation.


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

Grief Share will be held at 4 pm on Wednesdays through the end of December. Won’t be meeting the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Any questions contact Amy at 254-1266

Organizers are looking for volunteers to keep Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program going strong. VITA is an IRS-sponsored program that certifies community volunteers to prepare and e-file basic tax returns at no cost for low to moderate income individuals and families. Volunteers are need in Cass County to prepare 2014 taxes and should have a basic understanding of income tax laws, an interest in helping others and basic computer skills. Volunteers are provided free training, self study materials, and software necessary to prepare basic income tax returns including Forms 1040EZ, 1040A, and 1040. Taxpayers schedule appointments and taxes are prepared by the volunteers at a central location with equipment provided. Volunteers must complete a certification exam and the IRS waives liability for volunteers if they prepare returns within the scope of their certification. The host site is the Cass County Extension. For more information contact Kate Olsen at the Cass County Extension Office at 712-243-1132 or keolson@iastate.edu. Interested persons will need to complete a one page application and background screening. The VITA program provides free tax preparation to low and moderate income families so they can claim the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Care Tax Credits. In Cass County, the program is coordinated by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach with funding and support from the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Human Services, and Iowans for Social and Economic Development (ISED).

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.

 The Atlantic Medical Center is offering influenza vaccines Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 11:00 am and from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm and on Saturdays from 8:30 am to 11:00 am.  No appointments are necessary.  They have flu vaccines in doses for all age groups, including the flu mist.  It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to provide full protection.

Myrtue Medical Center Public Health has scheduled several flu vaccination clinics to be held in Harlan at the Community Health building at 2712 12th Street.  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.

Divorce Care will be held at the Evangelical Free Church at 2:30 pm on Wednesdays with Treva Turpin. For more information call, 243-4738.

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.

The last day the Atlantic Coca-Cola Center and Museum will be open for the season is November 30th. It will be closed starting December 1st until the spring. It will be available for groups during the winter by appointment only. Please contact the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce to make an appointment for your group, 712-243-3017.

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.

Eagles Charity Bingo is every Wednesday night and is open to the public. Doors open at 4:30, early birds at 6:30 with regular games starting at 7 pm. The current charity is for Teigan Kinze, a 4 year old with many medical problems.

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.



effective March 29th, 2014, the hours are as follows:

Sunday: 1 pm to 5 pm

Tuesday: 12 pm to 8 pm

Thursday: 12 pm to 8 pm

Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm

*** The City of Atlantic reminds the citizens to bring ONLY trees,

branches, grass, garden waste, and/or leaves. ***

CCMH Community Support


Immunization Clinic for Children: February 4th  from 3 – 6 pm. NOW MUST PRE-REGISTER!! Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine Seventh Grade School Requirement: A new Iowa law requires a one-time booster dose of Tdap for students entering 7th grade. Students born on or after September 15, 2000 will need a Tdap booster if they have not received a vaccine containing pertussis since they were seven years old. We will be offering Immunization Clinic for 3 hours the first Wednesday of each month. Pre-register each child for an appointment at www.shelbycountyclinics.com or call 755-4422. Vaccines are free to children that qualify. An administration fee of $14 per client will be charged. If the client has Medicaid our office will bill Medicaid the fee. If you have insurance that pays for immunizations or hawk-i please call Myrtue Medical Clinic @ 712-755-5130 to make an appointment there.Immunizations offered are seasonal flu, DTaP (diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus), polio, MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), Hib (haemophilus influenza type B), hepatitis B, hepatitis A, varicella (chicken pox), rotavirus, pneumococcal, meningococcal (meningitis), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria & pertussis), and human papillomavirus (HPV, Gardasil) vaccines. In 2009, the FDA approved the use of Gardasilinmales. They recommend it to males and females age 9 – 26.Please bring the child’s previous vaccination records. No appointment is needed and walk-ins are welcome.
The Shelby County Public Health Nursing Department at Myrtue Medical Center is able to offer immunizations to infants and children through age18 that qualify under the Vaccine for Children (VFC) program guidelines. These free vaccines are offered to children with Medicaid coverage, children without any health insurance coverage, children of American Indian or Alaskan Native decent, or children with health insurance that does not cover any of the cost of routine immunizations.For Influenza vaccine please call the Community Health office at755-4422 for an appointment.

Family Planning:  To schedule an appointment for family planning or women’s health services please call Rachel Birks at 712-755-4312. Family Planning services are also available without appointment every Tuesday afternoon between 1 and 5 p.m.

Lead Screening: Available at all Immunization clinics or at 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. Lead testing is required for Kindergarten entry. Childhood lead poisoning occurs when children are exposed to too much lead. Lead poisoning can be prevented. The only way to tell if your child has lead poisoning is to have a lead test.

Learning For Life program offers a home visitation program for families with children from prenatal through age 5. The curriculum used for home visits is the Parents as Teachers model and helps families prepare their children for learning and school entry. Assistance with proper car seats for children is also available.

Kid’s Korner is a program open to all families with children from prenatal through age 5 in Shelby County. Families earn points through a variety of healthy and developmental activities that can be used to shop in the store. Participation is free. Hours are Tuesdays 11:00a.m.-1:00p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays 1:30-4:30p.m. For more information contact Joan Kloewer at 712-755-4296.

Tobacco Cessation: Call Quitline Iowa at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8869). For more information on quitting smoking, call 755-4422.



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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