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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:

Baird’s Christmas Lights will turn on December 14th at dark until 10 pm. Last night of lights is January 1st.  1233 E Ave, Red Oak, Iowa 51566.

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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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12

The Museum of Danish America is holding a “Hygge Holiday Open House” on Thursday, December 12, starting at 2 pm with free admission, refreshments, shopping, family-friendly activities, and music until 7 pm!

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13

The CAM Sports Club will be having a free will donation spaghetti supper on Friday, December 13th from 5pm to 7pm at the CAM High School during the varsity girl/boy basketball games against AR-WE-VA. They will be serving spaghetti, salad, desserts, lemonade, tea, and Olive Garden breadsticks. All proceeds from this event go to support CAM Athletics.

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.

Baird’s Christmas Lights will turn on December 14th at dark until 10 pm. Last night of lights is January 1st. 1233 E Ave, Red Oak, Iowa 51566.

Exira Trivia Night is December 14th at the Exira Event Center. Doors open at 6:30 and game starts at 7. Cost is $10 per player, maximum of 8 players. Mulligans are $10 for 5 and can’t be used on the bonus rounds or puzzle page. A full cash bar including buckets of beer for $20 are available. Bring your own snacks. Proceeds will go toward a new projector and sound system for the event center.

Cass County Museum Christmas Open House and Pie Auction is Saturday, December 14th at 1 pm. Stop in and enjoy refreshments, tour the museum, enjoy the beautiful Christmas decorations, peanut brittle for sale, pie auction in the afternoon.

Neola’s “Old Fashioned Christmas” is Saturday, December 14th. Phoenix Theater will show “The Santa Claus” at noon. Soup Supper at St. Patrick’s Hall from 4-7 along with cookie walk and raffle drawing. They will also be collecting items – most needed for the local food pantry: soup, crackers, cereal, sugar, flour, canned fruits, mac & cheese, spaghetti sauce, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, cake mixes, toilet paper, kleenex, paper towels, monetary donations welcome. At the Fire Hall is Touch a Truck at 4, Santa arrives 5:30-7:30 – 4-H providing crafts for kids! Bell Choir at St. Patrick’s Hall at 5:30 pm, Community Choir at St. Patrick’s Church at 7.

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church Annual Christmas Homemade Candy & Cookie Walk will be held on Saturday, December 14th from 8-11 am. Candy and cookies sold by the pound. Samples and beverages will be served.

Celebrate Christmas in Griswold on Saturday, December 14th from 10 am – noon. Appearance by Santa at the Griswold Public Library. Free photo with Santa and goodie bag for the kids.

Prairie Rose State Park – special nature center hours for December 14th from 9 am – noon. The Nature Center is located at Nishna Bend Recreation Area about half way between Harlan and Avoca and one mile east of Highway 59. They will be participating in the Harlan business holiday open house and want to provide the public with a chance to come and see their traveling exhibit, Secrets of the Slough.  This exhibit features three hands-on components that teach how to find food like a catfish, find food like a paddlefish, and hear songs of the wetlands.  Refreshments will be provided by the Nishnabotna Conservation Foundation. Take a break from your holiday preparation and get outside for a hike at Prairie Rose to relieve some stress on Saturday, December 14 starting at 1:00.  They will meet at the north shelter house (this is different location than previously announced) for a short and easy hike.

Visit Santa at Santa’s Cabin in Atlantic, in the Atlantic City Park on December 14th from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Enjoy warm hot chocolate and popcorn. Santa will visit again on December 19th from 5:30-7:30 pm and December 21st from 1:30-3:30 pm.

De Briles Memorial Fund Dance with Shadow Ridge Band will be held on December 14th at The Venue in Atlantic from 7-10 pm. Proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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.

Cass County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s Holiday Baked Goods & White Elephant Sale will be held on December 17th from 7 am – 1 pm – or until all the baked goods are sold out! Please enter through the North Atrium. All profits are donated back to CCMH.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19

Visit Santa at Santa’s Cabin in Atlantic, in the Atlantic City Park on December 19th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Enjoy warm hot chocolate and popcorn. Santa will visit again on December 21st from 1:30-3:30 pm.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21

Santa’s last visit at Santa’s Cabin in Atlantic in the Atlantic City Park is December 21st from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Enjoy warm hot chocolate and popcorn.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22

Trinity Christian Church in Bridgewater Live Nativity Scene will be held on Sunday, December 22nd from 4-5 pm. Hot cocoa, coffee and cookies available. If inclement weather, will be held inside the church.

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.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29

The Iowa Bluebird Conservationists and Cass County Conservation are teaming up to host a Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 29th.  Those that want to participate in the count will be meeting at Cold Springs State Park in Lewis at 8:00am to divide into groups that will cover different sections of the count circle. Birders are encouraged to dress for the conditions and bring along binoculars and bird books. It is also suggested to either wear or bring along an article of blaze orange clothing for any birding that may occur in parks that allow public hunting, as it will be deer season. The count will run until 3:30pm that day as we cover a 15 mile diameter circle as thorough as we can. We will meet for lunch at Noon at the Atlantic Pizza Ranch to compare lists and reboot for counting in the afternoon. You are welcome to join for the whole day or just the morning or afternoon sessions. All abilities are welcome whether you are comfortable just birding from a vehicle and roadside or if you would like to walk through areas as well. Weather backup date will be Sunday, January 5th.

Home birders may also contribute to the Cass County Count by watching their home feeder. Feeder counters will need to keep track of the time spent observing and will count the maximum number of a species seen at one time, not a cumulative for the day. Contact Chris Parks at KJAN or Lora Kanning at Cass County Conservation if you would like to contribute and we will provide guidelines.

The Christmas Bird Count is a valuable research tool for the Audubon Society and is the nation’s longest running citizen-science bird project.  This year is the 120th year of the count and the Cass County area is excited to join the count again. Find more information on the Christmas Bird Count at www.christmasbirdcount.org.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31

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

The Warren Cultural Center on the square in Greenfield will be the place to ring in the new year on Tuesday, December 31!  The live band Exit 113 will entertain beginning at 8 pm. Free hors d’oeuvres with wine and beer for purchase will be available. A free champagne toast will be held at midnight. Tickets are $35, and an entire table for 8 can be reserved for $315.  WCC and Hotel Greenfield are running a joint special: Book a room for New Year’s Eve at Hotel Greenfield and get $10 off the hotel room and $10 off a ticket at WCC!  Buy online at warrenculturalcenter.com  or purchase at Ed & Eva’s Store (641) 743-2566 in the Warren Cultural Center. This event is supported in part by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4

Soiree with the Swans will be held on January 4th at the Schildberg Recreation Area from 11 am – 2:30 pm. In case of no swans or bad weather it will be held at the Atlantic Public Library Community Room from noon-1 pm. Presentations will be every half hour with the last presentation at 2 pm. Upcoming events include: Cabin Fever escape in late January and the Great Backyard Bird Count in February.

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:

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 December 19th, 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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