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COVID-19 Cass Co. Comm. Resource Guide

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A Benefit Account has been set up at Rolling Hills Bank & Trust in Atlantic for donations for Steele McLaren. Checks need to be made payable to parents: Dustin or Ricci McLaren or Cory or Jess Ellis. Follow on Facebook. A Go Fund Me account has also been set up. A Meal Train is also set up for the McLaren and Ellis families.

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**

FOUND:  Please call me if this is your kitty or if you want to give it to indoor home. It has a very stubby tail, and it is a girl. 712-249-5047.

LOST:  This is my last hope in finding my dog. He is a pure bred tan and black pug. 2 years old. He went missing from my home in Audubon on Sept. 2nd. He was last spotted about a Mile north of Audubon on 180th and Heron Rd on Sept 8th around noon. If any info call Audubon Police dept or me (Jamie) at 712-304-4794.  His name is Boggle. (9/10)

MISSING: black lab named “Abe”, very friendly, 7 years old, went missing Sept. 1st on Troublesome Creek Rd., has a camo collar with a bone tag. 712-249-9925 or 712-579-2084. (9/8)

LOST: White Angora cat named Snowball, blue eyes, feather like tail, 15 years old, needs daily medication. Can be ID with a chip she has. $25 reward for return can also be returned to 1013 E. 10th St., Atlantic.

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NOTICES:

Due to Covid & lack of employees the Adair County Transfer Station will not be offering city recycling services until further notice. Recycling services will still be available on site at the transfer station

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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CASS COUNTY FOOD PANTRIES:

Atlantic Food Pantry: 19 W. 4th St, Atlantic, IA (1 block South of Fareway on Poplar)
Hours: Thurs., 1-2 PM (or until line ends) Drive-through pantry – line up on 4th St. (West).
Referrals not required, visit the pantry as many times a month as needed during COVID-19.
Phone: (712) 243-5019 (9-11 AM Mon., Thurs. only) Delivery (city limits only): (712) 249-5870.

Anita Food Pantry: 208 Chestnut St, Anita, IA 50020 Drive-through pantry.
Phone: (712) 762-3645 Hours: 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 9 – 11am

Cumberland Care & Share Pantry: Methodist Church, 317 Monroe St, Cumberland, IA
Phone: (712) 774-5818 Hours: 1st & 3rd Wed., 4pm- 5:30pm

Lord’s Cupboard of Griswold: Methodist Church, 100 Cass St., Griswold, IA 51535
Phone: (712) 778-4178 Hours: 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 11am – 2pm

CASS COUNTY COVID-19 MOBILE FOOD FOR ALL
Weekly food delivery service available to Cass County residents in need of food due to COVID-19. To register or for more information, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/cass or call Cass County Public Health at (712) 243-7443. Cass County COVID-19 Mobile Food For All will continue to accept produce donations through October. Donations can be dropped at the back of Cass County Community Center (805 W. 10th Street, Atlantic, IA 50022) Mondays between 10:00am – 11:00am.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29

Cass County Genealogical Society will have an Open House on Thursday, October 29th.  The Room is on the bottom floor of the Atlantic Public Library. It was moved from the east side to the west side during recent remodeling at the Library. Come and go anytime 3 to 6 pm. Resources will be on display in the Library meeting room and a detective game will show off the wide variety of information in the Genealogy Room.  Prizes will be awarded. A mask is required.  Plan to social distance.

The Kiwanis Club of Atlantic will have their weekly meeting, Thursday October 29th at 12 noon at the Pizza Ranch.  Our program will be presented by Kerry Jepsen from the First Church of Christ. She will be sharing information about the annual Night to Shine program hosted by the First Church of Christ. Night to Shine is an annual event that was the product of a foundation founded by Tim Teebo to create a night to focus on our segment of the population with special needs.  If you have not volunteered for our local event contact Kerry at the First Church of Christ. It will be a night that you will long remember!

Griswold Athletes and parents are going to host a free will donation meal on Thursday, October 29th at the Cass county court house parking lot from 5:30pm-7pm. The menu will be pulled pork, chips, and coleslaw. It will be set up drive thru style. Please enter the parking lot from Chestnut Street. As vehicles pull up, students with donation buckets will ask how many meals are wanted. Vehicles will be directed to pull forward. Please exit on Poplar Street after receiving your meal(s). Parent volunteers will be packaging and distributing the meals as they are ordered, so no pre-ordering is necessary. All proceeds will go to Steele McLaren. Food donated by Dusty’s Place and C & J Ag.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30

Kimballton trick or treating will be Friday October 30th from 5PM to 7PM.

Cass County Trump Parade will be held on October 30th starting at the Cass County Fairgrounds (West of Commerical Building). Parade lineup at 4 pm, Parade starts at 4:30 pm – drivers must follow all traffic lights and traffic laws along the route, Freedom Rally at 5:15 pm at the Atlantic City Park, corner of Chestnut & Highway 6 with David Young, invited Officials and Candidates. Grab your Trump flags and decorate your ride to show your support for freedom! Bring your classic car, truck, tractor, ATV, motorcycle, golf cart or any vehicle and join the parade! For more information contact Leanne: 712-249-3207 or Theresa: 712-243-5778.

A Benefit Account has been set up at Rolling Hills Bank & Trust in Atlantic for donations for Steele McLaren. Checks need to be made payable to parents: Dustin or Ricci McLaren or Cory or Jess Ellis. Follow on Facebook. A Go Fund Me account has also been set up. A Meal Train is also set up for the McLaren and Ellis families.

The South West Valley Junior Class will be hosting a Haunted Trail starting at the the beach area of Lake Icaria on October 30th and 31st from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm both days. Kid-friendly trail from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm both days for all the little ones! A hay wagon will bring you back to the beach. Admissions will be $5. There will be a camp fire and hot cocoa following your completion of the trail. All proceeds go towards the 2022 Junior Class Prom.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31

Atlantic Trick or Treating will be held on October 31st from 4:30-6:00 pm. Keep family/children in a group and do not mix/mingle with other children/families. Maintain a 6 ft distance if waiting to approach a house. Downtown Trick-or-Treating in Atlantic will be from 2:00-4:00 PM on Saturday, October 31st and will be a Candy Cruise in place of typical trick-or-treating. business owners/staff are encouraged to dress up and park/sit in parking stalls down Chestnut Street to hand out candy to kids as they drive by and all those handing out and receiving candy to wear masks.

Udderly Delicious will be serving grilled hamburgers & chips for a free will donation from 11 am – 1 pm on Saturday, October 31st. Proceeds will go to Steel McLaren, funds are being matched by Udderly Delicious and another Atlantic family.

Elk Horn trick or treating will be Saturday October 31st from 5PM to 7PM. Costume Contest will be at the Elk Horn City Park (Tennis Courts) on the 31st at 7:30 PM. Please practice social distancing and wear a mask if you are able.

Audubon trick or treating – There will be no sanctioned Trick-or-Treating in Audubon this year.

A Group of Citizens are doing their own Trick or Treating Saturday, October 31st from 5-7 pm. Plus another Group is doing Trunk and Treat at the Audubon County Fairgrounds  on Saturday, October 31st from 3-5 pm.

Griswold Trick or Treating – October 31st from 5-8 pm. CDC COVID-19 guidelines for trick or treating must be followed.

Fontanelle Lions Club will still be doing a Hot Dog meal at the Fontanelle Fire Station on October 31st from 5 – ?? However due to the circumstances this year it will be a drive thru/ pick up. Hot Dog, (ketchup) chips, and dessert will be put in a to-go bag.

The South West Valley Junior Class will be hosting a Haunted Trail starting at the the beach area of Lake Icaria on October 31st from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Kid-friendly trail from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for all the little ones! A hay wagon will bring you back to the beach. Admissions will be $5. There will be a camp fire and hot cocoa following your completion of the trail. All proceeds go towards the 2022 Junior Class Prom.

Pumpkin Fest at 3 Bee Farm Market & Orchard in Griswold (14922 535th St, just west of town on Highway 92)will be held on October 31st from 10 am – 6 pm. Halloween Costume Parade at 2 pm, Costume Contest at 2 pm and Pumpkin Decorating from 2-4 pm. There will be concessions, Family Photos, Hayrides and Family Games. Admission is $5 (4 and over) and includes entire playground, hayride, corn maze, pumpkins and paints for decorating.

Cass County has secured a delivery of USDA Farmers to Families Food Boxes to be delivered on Halloween. They will have 400 boxes – each box contains 10 pounds of produce, 5 pounds of meat, and 5 pounds of dairy products, along with a gallon of milk! These boxes will be given away drive-through style at the Cass County Community Center (805 W. 10th St. Atlantic, IA 50022) at 11 AM on October 31st. This is open to anyone who needs food and is not limited to Atlantic.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1

Benjamin Payne Benefit will be held on Sunday, November 1st at the White Fair Building & Livestock Pavilion in Red Oak at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds from 12-6 pm. Free will donation accepted for lunch – food donated by Mill/Montgomery Cattlemen and Brenda Vrba. A silent auction will be held and live auction begins at 3 pm. There is also a raffle. A benefit account is set up at US Bank in Red Oak if you are unable to attend and would like to donate. Benjamin was born with a rare heart defect. Face masks required, social distancing recommendations will be in effect. For auction items and more information visit them on Facebook – Benjamin Payne Benefit. For more information contact: Jessica Demarce – 712-370-6686 or Hannah Stensrud – 712-789-0197.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2

The Cass County Conservation Board is asking you…When do you think the first Trumpeter Swan will arrive at the Schildberg Quarry?  Please call in your prediction (by November 11th) to the Conservation Board at 712-769-2372, leave a message and return phone number if we are not in.  Duplicate dates will not be allowed.  For example, if a caller predicts November 25th, no one else will be allowed to predict that arrival date.  So, call anytime until November 11th to make your prediction!  One prediction per family, please. The sponsors of this contest will determine the official arrival of more than 6 trumpeter swans to Lake 4.  The winner will receive a Trumpeter Swan 8×10 print from the Cass County Conservation Board.  Sorry, this contest is only for residents of Cass County.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7

Fontanelle United Methodist Church Fall Supper will be held on Saturday, November 7th, at the Fontanelle United Methodist Church. This is drive-thru only! Menu includes: Minutes Steaks, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Creamed Peas or Green Beans, Dinner Roll, Salad and pie. Serving begins at 4:30 pm. This event will be by ADVANCE ORDER ONLY. Call for details and to place your order by Monday, November 2nd. 515-370-4907–641-745-2413 or 641-745-5407.

Atlantic BPO D.O.E.S. Quilt Show and Bake Sale will be held on November 7th, 2020 from 10 am to 3 pm at The Venue (307 Walnut St.) in Atlantic. They will be showing locally owned quilts, raffling a Full Size Quilt and a Lap Size Quilt made and donated by Sonya Clausen (need not be present to win). If you have a quilt that you would like to display, please drop them off by November 5th with Cindy or Katie at Something for You at 501 Chestnut Street, Atlantic Iowa.  For more information about the Quilt Show contact Sonya Clausen at 712-249-1869. A bake sale will be conducted at the same time with all funds going to various DOES Charities. This event is open to the public. They will be taking all precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy. Please remember to social distance, hand sanitizer will be available and masks are welcome but not required.

Exira Christian Church Fall Supper will be held on November 7th from 4:30-6:30 pm. Due to Covid 19 this year will be carryout only. Meal includes: turkey, homemade dressing, potatoes & gravy, creamed peas and carrots, pasta salad, cranberry salad, rolls and homemade dessert. Suggested donation for carry-out is $14. Place your orders for preferred time slot by calling the church: 712-268-5498. Walk-ins welcome as long as the food lasts. Masks are required in the church building. Proceeds from the supper assist with the needs of individuals and families in our community through the Christian Women’s Fellowship. Nuts will also be available for sale.

Griswold Holiday Expo will be held on Saturday, November 7th from 10 am – 2 pm at the Griswold Community Building. Free admission, numerous vendors. Face masks recommended, please use social distancing, if your are not feeling well or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, please do not attend the event. Holiday Cash Frenzy – Buy $20 in Betterment Bucks, $5 free from 10 am – noon – limited to $500 per customer, from noon-2 you can buy as many as you want! Sponsored by the Griswold Community Betterment.

Adair Fire & Rescue Fundraiser Drive Thru Steak Fry will be held on Saturday, November 7th from 5-7 pm at the fire station. Steak dinner is $16 and hot dog dinner is $6 includes dessert. Water, lemonade and tea available for $1.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10

Bat House Building at the Outdoor Educational Classroom will be held on Saturday, November 14th at 9 am Come build a small bat house or purchase a kit. Suggested donation $10. All ages welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 769-2372 or email to sign up lkanning@casscoia.us. Please pre-register by November 10th.

The Atlantic Rotary Club will hold its annual Military Appreciation Lunch on Tuesday, November 10th. The featured speaker is U-S Air Force Major, Michael Gruber. Major Gruber has served in the Air Force for 13 years, and is a graduate of the Air Force Academy in Colorado. He will speak about the things that influenced his decision to join the military, and much more. All those who have served in the military past and present are welcome to attend. The luncheon takes place at the Cass County Community Center, 805 W 10th Street in Atlantic. Veterans are asked to RSVP by November 7th to Dolly Bergmann, program organizer at 712-249-9275 or by email at bsktcola@gmail.com. It is important to RSVP so the Community Center can be set up for social/physical distancing. Those attending are encouraged to arrive by 11:45 AM so they can get seated and the meal be served. Major Gruber will speak after that, with the program expected to conclude about 1:00 PM.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11

A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in Atlantic at the Atlantic YMCA from noon – 6:00 pm. To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or online at redcrossblood.org.

The Cass County Conservation Board is asking you…When do you think the first Trumpeter Swan will arrive at the Schildberg Quarry?  Please call in your prediction (by November 11th) to the Conservation Board at 712-769-2372, leave a message and return phone number if we are not in.  Duplicate dates will not be allowed.  For example, if a caller predicts November 25th, no one else will be allowed to predict that arrival date.  So, call anytime until November 11th to make your prediction!  One prediction per family, please. The sponsors of this contest will determine the official arrival of more than 6 trumpeter swans to Lake 4.  The winner will receive a Trumpeter Swan 8×10 print from the Cass County Conservation Board.  Sorry, this contest is only for residents of Cass County.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12

The Cass County Conservation Board is holding FREE “Acorn Explorers” Programs! The “Acorn Explorers” public programs will be monthly in person and with virtual options available. These programs are targeted for 5th grade and younger doing at-home learning. Programs are all held on Thursdays! Please pre-register for the February/ March dates, if filled we will add another time slot. Please pre-register if you plan on attending virtually so that the zoom link can be sent to you! Pre-register by emailing lkanning@casscoia.us or calling 712-769-2372. They hope you will join us! These programs are to be held on November 12th 2pm- virtual; November 19th 2pm- Terrific Turkeys- Hitchcock House Barn;  January 7th 2pm- virtual; January 14th 2pm- Trumpeter Swan- Schildberg Rec. Area Lake 4;  *February 11th 2pm- Great Backyard Bird Count- Outdoor Educational Classroom (maybe recorded for virtual) Massena- Follow Hwy 148 South of Massena, turn Left onto Tucson Rd for 1 ½ mile the park will be on your right. *March 11th 2pm Turtles- Outdoor Educational Classroom (maybe recorded for virtual). April 8th 2pm Signs of Spring- Cold Springs Park (maybe recorded for virtual).

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

Pellett Memorial Woods Workday will be held on Saturday, November 14th from 1-4pm (come and go). They are looking for those volunteers that wish to be a part of the preservation process may contribute by assisting with the removal of honeysuckle bushes. If you are wishing to help with this program please dress appropriately (wearing long pants, long sleeves and gloves), and bring loppers if you have them.  Those in attendance will have the opportunity to improve one of Southwest Iowa’s best locations to observe spring woodland wildflowers!  Pellett Memorial Woods is located just outside of Atlantic, ½ mile north and ¾ mile east of the KJAN radio station. The event will be cancelled if there is inclement weather.

The Cass County Conservation Board is holding a Bat House Workshop on Saturday, November 14th at 9 am.  The workshop will be held at Outdoor Educational Classroom in Massena, IA. Suggested donation per house $10, All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Learn all about Iowa’s bats, and build a small bat house or purchase a kit! Please pre-register by November 10th by calling 712-769-2372 or email lkanning@casscoia.us

A Scotch Doubles Pool Tournament Fundraiser will be held on November 14th at the Fireside Lounge in Atlantic. Cost is $50 per team and $10 will go towards a fund for Steele McLaren. Registration is at 9 am with 11:30 am start. Lunch will be served to all players, free will donation for spectators. Hosted by Fireside Lounge. For more information: Jordan – 712-249-4793 or April – 712-249-8867.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19

The Cass County Conservation Board is holding FREE “Acorn Explorers” Programs! The “Acorn Explorers” public programs will be monthly in person and with virtual options available. These programs are targeted for 5th grade and younger doing at-home learning. Programs are all held on Thursdays! Please pre-register for the February/ March dates, if filled we will add another time slot. Please pre-register if you plan on attending virtually so that the zoom link can be sent to you! Pre-register by emailing lkanning@casscoia.us or calling 712-769-2372. They hope you will join us! These programs are to be held on November 19th 2pm- Terrific Turkeys- Hitchcock House Barn;  January 7th 2pm- virtual; January 14th 2pm- Trumpeter Swan- Schildberg Rec. Area Lake 4;  *February 11th 2pm- Great Backyard Bird Count- Outdoor Educational Classroom (maybe recorded for virtual) Massena- Follow Hwy 148 South of Massena, turn Left onto Tucson Rd for 1 ½ mile the park will be on your right. *March 11th 2pm Turtles- Outdoor Educational Classroom (maybe recorded for virtual). April 8th 2pm Signs of Spring- Cold Springs Park (maybe recorded for virtual).

Trinity Lutheran Church in Avoca (301 N. Chestnut) is having their Annual Aebleskiver and Sausage Supper will be held on November 19th from 4-7:30 pm. This is take-Out ONLY! No Limit on Orders. For Everyone’s safety- NO change will be given on site. Call the day of from Noon to 6 p.m. 712-343-2518 or 402-639-9186. Or place an order online through our Facebook link by Tuesday, November 17th. Pick Up times are from  4 pm to 7:30 pm,  drive thru style on the South side of the church will be used.  Please stay in your vehicle.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21

Trinity Christian Church in Bridgewater will NOT be having their Annual Fall Bazaar due to covid.

Japanese Forest Bathing will be held on Saturday, November 21st at 1PM. Location TBA, this is for ages: 12+. Cost is $15/person. Explore the natural healing path of Shinrin Yoku or Japanese Forest bathing with certified forest guides. This mindful walk will invite you to use your senses to enhance your well-being. Forest bathing boosts immunity, lowers blood pressure and stress hormones, prevents and relieves stress and anxiety, and increases cognitive functioning. Guided forest bathing walks are appropriate for all ages and abilities, covering less than 1/2 mile on each walk. Guides use techniques to support participants entering a stage of embodied awareness, moving through a series of “invitation” to support participants in tuning in to each of their senses. Thank you to Cass County Health Systems for reducing the costs for this program!

MONDAY,NOVEMBER 23

Harvest Market 2020 will be held Monday, November 23rd from 1-7 PM at the Cass County Community Center. However, this year vendors and customers will have the option to sell and shop without ever entering the building. To slow the spread of COVID-19, Harvest Market is encouraging vendors to offer online preorders with drive-through pick up. While some vendors will offer online pre-orders and also set up a booth at the event, other vendors will not attend the event itself—only offering online pre-orders. Some vendors will continue to only offer in-person sales. Customers who shop online for Harvest Market will “drive-through pick-up” their orders from behind the Community Center during the hours of the event. Exact details about online pre-ordering and pick-up are forthcoming. Vendors interested in participating in Harvest Market, whether in person, online, or both, can find details and register for the event at www.atlanticiowa.com, www.produceintheparkatlanticiowa.com, or at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce. Harvest Market is held the Monday before Thanksgiving, so customers can pick up local produce, baked goods, and meats to enjoy at their holiday meals. The market also offers holiday décor and gifts by local crafters and artisans. Because many people will not be gathering with loved ones this Thanksgiving to slow the spread of COVID-19, Harvest Market will feature gifts to share with “those you love but can’t hug.” This year, the market is taking additional precautions to keep vendors and shoppers safe and healthy. All in-person shoppers will be required to wear masks, asked to give distance, and limit to one shopper per household. High-risk customers will be welcome from 1-3 PM, and everyone will be welcome from 3-7 PM. The number of shoppers allowed in the building at a time will be limited. Event details, including vendors, and information on pre-orders will be posted online at the Produce in the Park’s website www.produceintheparkatlanticiowa.com and on the Produce in the Park Facebook page www.facebook.com/ProduceInThePark. Harvest Market is sponsored by the City of Atlantic Community Promotion Commission and endorsed by the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 7

The Cass County Conservation Board is holding FREE “Acorn Explorers” Programs! The “Acorn Explorers” public programs will be monthly in person and with virtual options available. These programs are targeted for 5th grade and younger doing at-home learning. Programs are all held on Thursdays! Please pre-register for the February/ March dates, if filled we will add another time slot. Please pre-register if you plan on attending virtually so that the zoom link can be sent to you! Pre-register by emailing lkanning@casscoia.us or calling 712-769-2372. They hope you will join us! These programs are to be held on January 7th 2pm- virtual; January 14th 2pm- Trumpeter Swan- Schildberg Rec. Area Lake 4;  *February 11th 2pm- Great Backyard Bird Count- Outdoor Educational Classroom (maybe recorded for virtual) Massena- Follow Hwy 148 South of Massena, turn Left onto Tucson Rd for 1 ½ mile the park will be on your right. *March 11th 2pm Turtles- Outdoor Educational Classroom (maybe recorded for virtual). April 8th 2pm Signs of Spring- Cold Springs Park (maybe recorded for virtual)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 14

The Cass County Conservation Board is holding FREE “Acorn Explorers” Programs! The “Acorn Explorers” public programs will be monthly in person and with virtual options available. These programs are targeted for 5th grade and younger doing at-home learning. Programs are all held on Thursdays! Please pre-register for the February/ March dates, if filled we will add another time slot. Please pre-register if you plan on attending virtually so that the zoom link can be sent to you! Pre-register by emailing lkanning@casscoia.us or calling 712-769-2372. They hope you will join us! These programs are to be held on January 14th 2pm- Trumpeter Swan- Schildberg Rec. Area Lake 4;  *February 11th 2pm- Great Backyard Bird Count- Outdoor Educational Classroom (maybe recorded for virtual) Massena- Follow Hwy 148 South of Massena, turn Left onto Tucson Rd for 1 ½ mile the park will be on your right. *March 11th 2pm Turtles- Outdoor Educational Classroom (maybe recorded for virtual). April 8th 2pm Signs of Spring- Cold Springs Park (maybe recorded for virtual)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11

The Cass County Conservation Board is holding FREE “Acorn Explorers” Programs! The “Acorn Explorers” public programs will be monthly in person and with virtual options available. These programs are targeted for 5th grade and younger doing at-home learning. Programs are all held on Thursdays! Please pre-register for the February/ March dates, if filled we will add another time slot. Please pre-register if you plan on attending virtually so that the zoom link can be sent to you! Pre-register by emailing lkanning@casscoia.us or calling 712-769-2372. They hope you will join us! These programs are to be held on  *February 11th 2pm- Great Backyard Bird Count- Outdoor Educational Classroom (maybe recorded for virtual) Massena- Follow Hwy 148 South of Massena, turn Left onto Tucson Rd for 1 ½ mile the park will be on your right. *March 11th 2pm Turtles- Outdoor Educational Classroom (maybe recorded for virtual). April 8th 2pm Signs of Spring- Cold Springs Park (maybe recorded for virtual)

THURSDAY, MARCH 11

The Cass County Conservation Board is holding FREE “Acorn Explorers” Programs! The “Acorn Explorers” public programs will be monthly in person and with virtual options available. These programs are targeted for 5th grade and younger doing at-home learning. Programs are all held on Thursdays! Please pre-register for the February/ March dates, if filled we will add another time slot. Please pre-register if you plan on attending virtually so that the zoom link can be sent to you! Pre-register by emailing lkanning@casscoia.us or calling 712-769-2372. They hope you will join us! These programs are to be held on *March 11th 2pm Turtles- Outdoor Educational Classroom (maybe recorded for virtual). April 8th 2pm Signs of Spring- Cold Springs Park (maybe recorded for virtual)

THURSDAY, APRIL 8

The Cass County Conservation Board is holding FREE “Acorn Explorers” Programs! The “Acorn Explorers” public programs will be monthly in person and with virtual options available. These programs are targeted for 5th grade and younger doing at-home learning. Programs are all held on Thursdays! Please pre-register for the February/ March dates, if filled we will add another time slot. Please pre-register if you plan on attending virtually so that the zoom link can be sent to you! Pre-register by emailing lkanning@casscoia.us or calling 712-769-2372. They hope you will join us! These programs are to be held on April 8th 2pm Signs of Spring- Cold Springs Park (maybe recorded for virtual)

EXTRAS ….

Atlantic Elk’s Bingo is every Wednesday at the Atlantic Elk Lodge (411 Walnut St., Atlantic) Doors open at 6 pm, bingo starts at 6:30 pm. Open to the public!

The Atlantic Food Pantry is expanding operations and seeking additional volunteers. The Atlantic Food Pantry plans to expand operations to start delivering food to people in Atlantic identified by Cass County COVID-19 Mobile Food For All as not having transportation or living within walking distance or the pantry. However, in order to provide this important service to the community, the Atlantic Food Pantry need volunteers who can commit to delivering food. The Atlantic Food Pantry seeks committed volunteers to assist with sacking and food delivery every Tuesday morning from 9:00 AM – noon. Volunteers will help prepare bags of food, and then deliver food to households in the Atlantic area. Volunteers will be asked to use their own vehicles to deliver food. For more information on local food, farmers markets, and food access, follow the Cass County Local Food Policy Council’s Facebook page @CassCountyLocalFood.

Atlantic Public Library Hours: Monday & Tuesday: 9 am – 7 pm, Wednesday-Friday: 9 am – 6 pm, Saturday: 9 am – 2 pm. The first hour of each day (9-10 am) is designated for patrons who are especially vulnerable to illness. No in-person programs. Look for announcements about online programs. No in-library activities (puzzles, coloring pages, games, ect.), no meeting room reservations. Stay home if you are sick, wear a mask or something that covers your nose and mouth when you are in the building. Staff will wear masks while interacting with the public. The library will not be a gathering place for groups to have seating available for more than 1 person at at able. All materials must be returned in a book drop or in the lobby. Returned materials will be quarantined 3 days before available on the shelf. Only half of the public computers will be available in order to accommodate social distancing.

The Atlantic Farmers Market will be held in the Farm Bureau Parking lot each Saturday from 9am-noon until the end of September.

The Cass County Historical Museum , located on Main Street in Griswold IA, will open for the 2020 season in conjunction with the Griswold Old Soldiers Reunion. Museum hours are 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Wednesdays through Sundays. Opening this year on Friday, July 10th and operating through Saturday, December 5th, the Cass County Historical Museum is dedicated to preserving the past for the future.

2nd Hand Rose is open Monday’s 1:30-3:00 and Friday’s 9:30-11:00 at the Heritage House in Atlantic.

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.

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.

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:

Community Health Needs Assessment: Shelby County Public Health and Myrtue Medical Center is conducting a community health needs assessment survey. Input from all stakeholders and residents of Shelby County is essential to address population health needs in Shelby County. The deadline to complete the survey is March 16th. The survey is available online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2JFVB8N or you can pick up a paper copy at Public Health, the Harlan Library, The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, the Therkildsen Center or at West Central Community Action Agency-WIC office.

Immunization Clinic for Children:  Immunization Clinic will be held on Wednesday, April 1st 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 March 12th & 26th and are held at Myrtue Medical Center.  If you are interested in attending a meeting, please call Public Health 712-755-4312 for more information.

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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