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COVID-19 Cass Co. Comm. Resource Guide

Urgent Need 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 and can be dropped off or mailed: Rolling Hills Bank & Trust, 1307 E. 7th Street, Atlantic, IA 50022. 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. A Venmo account that will go straight to the Rolling Hills Bank & Trust account has been set up as well – @strong-as-steele.

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. The brush pile is offered to citizen within the city limits only.

*** 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: Black & white cat, 13th & Elm Street area with an injured paw. Looking for owners. 243-4642. (2/8)

FOUND:  northwest of Atlantic near Marne, a white cat with big black spots.  This is definitely someone’s pet as it has been well taken care of.  Call 712-254-3893. (2-5-2021)

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NOTICES:

Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department Director Bryant Rasmussen reports, beginning Wednesday (12/23) at 10:00 am, the Sunnyside Park Roads will be closed for the winter. The main road to the Park House will remain open as well as the rest of the park. The Parks Dept. thanks you for your cooperation, and hope you get out and enjoy the parks over the winter months.

Atlantic City Hall lobby and the Police Department will reopen on Monday January, 11th with regular business hours 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please do not enter if you are feeling sick. The public restrooms will remain CLOSED until further notice. If you need assistance, call Atlantic Police Department (Non-Emergency) 243-3512 or Atlantic City Hall: 243-4810.

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

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3

Atlantic Elk’s Bingo begins again on Wednesday, March 3rd and will continue 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!

Food Bank for the Heartland Mobile Food Pantry will be held on Wednesday, March 3rd form 4-6 pm or until supplies run out at the Cass County Community Center (805 W. 10th St.) in Atlantic. Traffic will be directed by volunteers. A mobile pantry is a traveling food pantry that delivers food directly to families in need for a one-day distribution. The mobile pantry is available free of charge. Visitors are asked stay in their vehicles with the trunk open. Anyone in need is welcome. No documentation needed. Any questions contact Cass County Wellness Coordinator Brigham Hoegh at bhoegh@iastate.edu or (712-249-5870).

THURSDAY, MARCH 4

The weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Atlantic will take place at noon, Thursday March 4 at the Pizza Ranch.  Masks are required.  If you want to each lunch come before noon to place your order.  The program is provided by Kim Stowell.  The program presenters are Kim and Ken Jordan.  They will explain how they build their “straw” house. Guests are always welcome.

The $500 Reanne Gruhn Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to an Atlantic High School graduate who benefitted from Resource Room Services in the Atlantic Community School District, or is planning a career in education. The scholarship was established by Xi Beta Phi Sorority in 2003 as a memorial to their sister, Reanne Gruhn. Reanne was an outstanding educator in the Atlantic Schools, specializing in Resource Room education. This scholarship is a tribute to her dedication and continuous love for all students. All graduating seniors or alumni are encouraged to apply for the scholarship. More information can be found on the AHS Guidance link on the website-atlanticiaschools.org. Applications must be turned in by March 29, 2021

FRIDAY, MARCH 5

Knights of Columbus Fish Fry for carry-out meals will be held every Friday during Lent. Meals will be available for carry out from 5:30-7:00 pm at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Parish Center in Atlantic on March 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th. No baked fish this year. Two types of meals will be available for purchase: 1) Fried Alaskan pollock (3 pieces), baked potato, green beans, coleslaw, & dinner roll. 2) Macaroni & Cheese, green beans, coleslaw & dinner roll. Cost for each meal is $10, or $50 maximum for a family. Please call your order to 712-243-2144 at the parish center between the hours of 5-6:45 pm and your order will be ready for pick up. The pick up lane: drive north on Locust St., turn east on 5th St. to the north door of the parish center. Meals will be brought out to your car. Drive up orders can also be taken at the north door. Cash or Check only as payment. Make checks payable to Knights of Columbus #1164. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to purchase meals. Proceeds go to support the Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund and other local charitable causes. The council has donated over $16,000 locally in 2020!

St. Patrick’s Lenten Fish Fry will be held every Friday during Lent from 5-7:30 pm at St. Patrick’s Parish Center in Audubon. Carry-out and limited seating available. Cost is $10 per meal.

SATURDAY, MARCH 6

Atlantic Spring Craft & Vendor Show will be held on March 6th at the Cass County Community Center in Atlantic from 10 am – 2:30 pm.  Vendors include: Express Yourself Bags & Gift, Crafts, Tupperware, Color Street Nails, Norwex, Rodan Fields, Well Armed Woman, Crocheted Items (necklaces, scrubbies, dish ropes etc.), Pampered Chef, Scentsy, My Lo Jems, Plunder Designs, Arbonne,
Face Painter & Balloon Twister, Do Terra,  Homemade Jewelry by Donna, Infinite Threads & Designs, Soldier Woodworking, Cocoa Exchang, Gelmont, Usborne Books and more to come.

Mobile Food Pantry will be held on March 6th from 10 am – noon at Central Church of Christ in Griswold. Please bring boxes or bags to carry food. A mobile food pantry is a traveling food pantry that delivers food directly to families in need for a one-day distribution. The mobile pantry is available free of charge.

Moped Class will be held on Saturday, March 6th from 9 am – 3 pm at America’s Best Value Inn (across from Walmart). Cost is $50, bring a sack lunch and drink.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10

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!

Applications are now being accepted for the 12th Annual Trevor Frederickson Memorial Scholarship. Applications may be obtained from the Atlantic High School guidance office at 1201 E. 14th Street, or the Atlantic High School website at www.atlanticiaschools.org.  There are as many as two $750 scholarships available to those graduating from Atlantic High School in the spring of 2021. Applicants must plan to attend a college or vocational school, show involvement in school and/or community activities, supply a copy of their college acceptance letter, provide two letters of reference along with their 7 semester transcripts, and maintain an academic achievement of 2.5 G.P.A, or better.

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).

A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on March 11th in Atlantic at the YMCA, 1100 Maple Street from noon – 6:00 pm. Schedule online at redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

FRIDAY, MARCH 12

Knights of Columbus Fish Fry for carry-out meals will be held every Friday during Lent. Meals will be available for carry out from 5:30-7:00 pm at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Parish Center in Atlantic on March 12th, 19th & 26th. No baked fish this year. Two types of meals will be available for purchase: 1) Fried Alaskan pollock (3 pieces), baked potato, green beans, coleslaw, & dinner roll. 2) Macaroni & Cheese, green beans, coleslaw & dinner roll. Cost for each meal is $10, or $50 maximum for a family. Please call your order to 712-243-2144 at the parish center between the hours of 5-6:45 pm and your order will be ready for pick up. The pick up lane: drive north on Locust St., turn east on 5th St. to the north door of the parish center. Meals will be brought out to your car. Drive up orders can also be taken at the north door. Cash or Check only as payment. Make checks payable to Knights of Columbus #1164. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to purchase meals. Proceeds go to support the Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund and other local charitable causes. The council has donated over $16,000 locally in 2020!

St. Patrick’s Lenten Fish Fry will be held every Friday during Lent from 5-7:30 pm at St. Patrick’s Parish Center in Audubon. Carry-out and limited seating available. Cost is $10 per meal.

SATURDAY, MARCH 13

Griswold Fire & Rescue Annual Supper, Dance & Auction will be held on Saturday, March 13th starting at 5 pm at the Griswold Community Building. Menu includes pork tenderloin sandwiches, cheesy potatoes, coleslaw, chips and dessert for a free will donation. A drive-thru will be set up for orders to go, no call in is necessary. COVID guidelines and restrictions will apply at the event. Silent auction from 5-7 pm, live auction starts at 7 pm, dance starts at 8 pm. Items on live auction include: wood carvings, metal signs, gift baskets and more. All proceeds go to the cost of training, and the purchase of new equipment.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17

A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on March 17th in Atlantic at the Atlantic High School, 1201 East 14th Street from 7:30 am – 1:00 pm. Schedule online at redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

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!

THURSDAY, MARCH 18

The Cass County 4-H Endowment committee is hosting the annual 4-H Endowment Pancake Supper on Thursday, March 18th, drive-through meals from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm on the Cass County Fairgrounds in Atlantic.  The Pancake Man will be dishing up fresh pancakes and sausage to go, with a choice of juice, milk or water. Supporters can drive through the fairgrounds and enjoy a pancake meal to-go for $7 per plate ($5 for youth under 6). Pancake patrons should enter the fairgrounds from 10th street via Fair Avenue, on the west side of the fairgrounds by the Sunnyside Park tennis courts. Signs will direct cars through the grounds to the pickup location at the back of the community center. The annual silent auction will be moved to an online format this year. Bidders can find auction packages and learn more on the Cass County Extension website- www.extension.iastate.edu/cass – or Facebook page (@CassCoIAExt). The auction is expected to be live online by Monday, March 8th to give bidders time to view packages and place their bids. The auction will remain open through the pancake supper, with winning bidders able to pick up items from the Extenison office the following week. Proceeds from the 4-H Pancake Supper and silent auction directly benefit the Cass County 4-H program.  The money raised goes to the Cass County 4-H Endowment, a fund to offset the 4-H Program Development Fee, support scholarships, and provide dollars for youth programs including Clover Kids and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities. For more information on the Pancake Supper, Endowment or 4-H program contact the Cass County Extension Office at 712-243-1132 or xcass@iastate.edu.

FRIDAY, MARCH 19

Knights of Columbus Fish Fry for carry-out meals will be held every Friday during Lent. Meals will be available for carry out from 5:30-7:00 pm at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Parish Center in Atlantic on March 19th & 26th. No baked fish this year. Two types of meals will be available for purchase: 1) Fried Alaskan pollock (3 pieces), baked potato, green beans, coleslaw, & dinner roll. 2) Macaroni & Cheese, green beans, coleslaw & dinner roll. Cost for each meal is $10, or $50 maximum for a family. Please call your order to 712-243-2144 at the parish center between the hours of 5-6:45 pm and your order will be ready for pick up. The pick up lane: drive north on Locust St., turn east on 5th St. to the north door of the parish center. Meals will be brought out to your car. Drive up orders can also be taken at the north door. Cash or Check only as payment. Make checks payable to Knights of Columbus #1164. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to purchase meals. Proceeds go to support the Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund and other local charitable causes. The council has donated over $16,000 locally in 2020!

St. Patrick’s Lenten Fish Fry will be held every Friday during Lent from 5-7:30 pm at St. Patrick’s Parish Center in Audubon. Carry-out and limited seating available. Cost is $10 per meal.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24

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!

FRIDAY, MARCH 26

Knights of Columbus Fish Fry for carry-out meals will be held every Friday during Lent. Meals will be available for carry out from 5:30-7:00 pm at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Parish Center in Atlantic on March 26th. No baked fish this year. Two types of meals will be available for purchase: 1) Fried Alaskan pollock (3 pieces), baked potato, green beans, coleslaw, & dinner roll. 2) Macaroni & Cheese, green beans, coleslaw & dinner roll. Cost for each meal is $10, or $50 maximum for a family. Please call your order to 712-243-2144 at the parish center between the hours of 5-6:45 pm and your order will be ready for pick up. The pick up lane: drive north on Locust St., turn east on 5th St. to the north door of the parish center. Meals will be brought out to your car. Drive up orders can also be taken at the north door. Cash or Check only as payment. Make checks payable to Knights of Columbus #1164. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to purchase meals. Proceeds go to support the Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund and other local charitable causes. The council has donated over $16,000 locally in 2020!

St. Patrick’s Lenten Fish Fry will be held every Friday during Lent from 5-7:30 pm at St. Patrick’s Parish Center in Audubon. Carry-out and limited seating available. Cost is $10 per meal.

SATURDAY, MARCH 27

Exira Community Club’s 5th Annual 4th of July Kickoff Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, March 27th at the Exira Event Center featuring The Dueling Pianos of Mike & Andy. Social Hour/Silent Auction at 6 pm, Dinner at 6:45 pm, Live Auction at 7:30 pm, Announcements at 7:15 pm, Silent Auction ends at 8 pm, The Dueling Pianos from 8:15-10:15 pm. Tickets are $30 per person in advance, $35 per person at the door. Advanced tickets can by purchased by contacting any board member, several local Exira businesses, or by calling Abby: 712-249-1331. That evening the Grand Marshall will be announced, 156th 4th of July Celebration theme announced, community updates and announcements. Pasta & Salad Bar will be served. Reserve a whole table for $250 which includes 8 tickets and 8 drink tickets.

Hunter Safety Education Online Field Day will be held on Saturday, March 27th from 8 am – noon at Nishna Bend Recreation Area (approx. 1 1/2 mile SE of Harlan Municipal Airport). This is for anyone born after January 1, 1972 must complete a hunter safety education course in order to obtain an Iowa hunting license – must be at least 12 years old to take the class. Visit iowadnr.gov/huntered to sign up. You MUST REGISTER  for this field day online. You MUST COMPLETE online class before coming to the field day. You MUST BRING your online completion voucher to be admitted to the field day. Any questions call: 712-744-3403.

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)

SATURDAY, APRIL 10

Nishna Valley Delta Waterfowl’s Delta Bash will be held on Saturday, April 10th at 6 pm at The Venue (307 Walnut St.) in Atlantic. Cost is $60 per person. Only 54 tickets will be sold, each ticket sold is guaranteed a door prize (prizes will be decoys, and other hunting gear for all types of game), food provided, games for additional prizes. Updates will be given on the Nishna Valley Delta Waterfowl Facebook page. For tickets call Andrew: 712-249-0927 or Mark: 712-249-5810.

EXTRAS ….

The $500 Reanne Gruhn Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to an Atlantic High School graduate who benefitted from Resource Room Services in the Atlantic Community School District, or is planning a career in education. The scholarship was established by Xi Beta Phi Sorority in 2003 as a memorial to their sister, Reanne Gruhn. Reanne was an outstanding educator in the Atlantic Schools, specializing in Resource Room education. This scholarship is a tribute to her dedication and continuous love for all students. All graduating seniors or alumni are encouraged to apply for the scholarship. More information can be found on the AHS Guidance link on the website-atlanticiaschools.org. Applications must be turned in by March 29, 2021

Applications are now being accepted for the 12th Annual Trevor Frederickson Memorial Scholarship. Applications may be obtained from the Atlantic High School guidance office at 1201 E. 14th Street, or the Atlantic High School website at www.atlanticiaschools.org.  There are as many as two $750 scholarships available to those graduating from Atlantic High School in the spring of 2021. Applicants must plan to attend a college or vocational school, show involvement in school and/or community activities, supply a copy of their college acceptance letter, provide two letters of reference along with their 7 semester transcripts, and maintain an academic achievement of 2.5 G.P.A, or better.

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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