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COVID-19 Cass Co. Comm. Resource Guide

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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**

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NOTICES:

Customers of the Atlantic Post Office will need to ask the counter clerks to grab their P.O. Box mail as the lobby is being repainted and remodeled.

The City of Atlantic’s Park ad Recreation Department has closed all public restrooms until Spring (this went into effect 10/10/19).

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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SATURDAY, MAY 30

Free eggs will be given away in Anita & Atlantic on Saturday, May 30th. They will be at the Anita Food Pantry (208 Chestnut St.) from 11-11:30 am and in Atlantic at Iowa Western Community College Parking lot (705 Walnut St.) from 1-2 pm. One person from each household is asked to collect the eggs and masks are appreciated. Eggs will be handed out in flats. A flat is 30 eggs. The eggs are clean and chilled, but ungraded and unwashed. Eggs will be handed out until 11:30 AM or as long as supplies last. The eggs, from Southwest Iowa Egg in Massena, are being paid for by an anonymous donor. Eggs will be handed out by members of the Cass County Local Food Policy Council. Eggs are available to anyone who needs them. There is no requirement to prove need. Recognizing that not everyone in the county will have transportation to participate, the food policy council asks people who may not need the eggs themselves to consider getting them for a neighbor or friend who does.

Take Back Bridgewater, Iowa presents “Music on Main” on Saturday, May 30th at 6:30 pm in Downtown Bridgewater. A free 75 minute fast paced, upbeat, feel-good music program featuring music from the 1920’s through today. The hope is to entertain you, make you tap your toes and may make you want to dance in the street! All current social distancing practices will be maintained Use downtown street parking, side streets or your front porch. Feel free to tailgate or picnic. Bring your own lawn chairs or just sit in your vehicle. Local businesses are planned to offer boxed sandwich meal options.  Popcorn and drinks will be available. KC’s Tavern will offer a FULL sandwich meal to-go. Tentatively planned is: Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich, Pasta Salad, Baked Beans, Potato Chips. Beverages will also be available. “Take Back Bridgewater, Iowa” will offer: Fresh Popped Popcorn and Fresh Caramel Glaze Pop Popcorn. Bridgewater Cafe will offer: Ice Cream – cups and cones. Prelude music will include nostalgic TV theme music so come early. Come out and support Bridgewater while staying safe! Music from some of the best music artists including: Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Bill Haley & the Comets, Elvis, Glenn Miller Band, Jerry Lee Lewis Stevie Wonder, KC & the Sunshine Band the Bee Gees, Abba, The Trammps, The Carpenters, Donna Summer, John Cougar Mellencamp, Whitney Houston, Gloria Gainer, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, MC Hammer, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Journey and more. For additional information visit “Take Back Bridgewater, Iowa” on our Facebook page or to help support/sponsor this event call 641-745-5108.

MONDAY, JUNE 1

Atlantic Community School District back pack lunches are served between 9-11 am every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during school shut down. They will be at the Schuler loading dock. Volunteers will be serving lunches. Please pull up to the table, 1 person get out of the vehicle and grab the needed amount of food. Each back pack is two lunches and two breakfasts. If you can not get yourself to this event they will have a delivery service for people in need of it. Please contact Justin Williams: jwilliams@atlanticiaschools.org or Pastor Ben Winford: 712-254-3928. Please contact prior to 9 am. They will keep delivering to people who have already contacted them.

Griswold School District Backpack Program pick ups are on Mondays from 10-11 am at Faith Lutheran Church in Griswold. For more information call: 712-778-2154 or visit griswoldschools.org. Children in the Friday Food Backpack Program can pick up weekend meals at school meal pickup. If times create hardship contact: Katie Elwood at kelwood@griswolschools.org or Nigel Horton at nhorton@griswoldschools.org.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3

A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in Audubon on Wednesday, June 3rd from noon – 6:00 pm at St. Patrick’s Parish Center in Audubon. To schedule an appointment contact Kathy: 563-2424 or visit redcrossblood.org and enter “Audubon”.

THURSDAY, JUNE 4

CAM School District Backpack Program pick ups are on Mondays and Thursdays  from 11 am – noon at the CAM High School in Anita, Middle School in Massena and Methodist Church in Cumberland. For more information call: 712-762-3231 or visit camcougars.org. If times or locations create hardship contact Tami Williams: 712-762-3231, twilliamson@cam.k12.ia.us

FRIDAY, JUNE 5

Team Fighting Mad’s Relay Across Audubon County will be held on Friday, June 5th. For the 6th year, Team Fighting Mad will be relaying across Audubon County to raise money for American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Jan Andersen, Joan Bauer, and John Roberts choose to run or bike for their relay to bring awareness on the importance of taking control of your own health and cancer risk factors. As a fundraiser, we are asking for your help to conquer each mile of our relay by donating money in the memory or honor of loved ones who have fought cancer. We have prayer papers for you to write a message to your cancer heroes. These prayer papers will then be placed in the baton Jan, Joan, and John carry while they relay. At the end of the relay these prayer papers will be burned to symbolize your thoughts being released to Heaven. Please contact team captain Joan Bauer at joanthmom58@yahoo.com if you would like to sponsor a mile and write a message for your cancer hero.

SATURDAY, JUNE 6

The Cass County Conservation Board is holding a National Trails Day T-Bone Trail Ride-Virtually! They encourage you to still get out on June 6th. They’ve temporarily experienced life with limited access to facilities, and amenities on our T-Bone Trail and in Cass County, and now more than ever, realize how much we need them. Together we can take action to celebrate and protect trails and promote equitable access to quality green space, even from within quarantine. On June 6, 2020, celebrate #NationalTrailsDay by taking the #PublicLandsProtector Pledge. @AmericanHiking Bike, walk, strollers, everyone is welcome! Come out and celebrate National Trails Day! Take a trail photo that day, Tag @CassCCBIA, #NationalTrailsDay, and @AmericanHiking to join in this nationwide effort! bit.ly/trails-day

TUESDAY, JUNE 9

A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in Anita on Tuesday, June 9th from noon – 6:00 pm at the Anita Community Center. To schedule an appointment contact Donnis at 762-3816 or Mary Lou at 762-4471 or visit redcrossblood.org and enter “Anita”.

SATURDAY, JUNE 13

The Cass County Conservation Board is holding “Stand Up Paddleboard” Demonstration! The public demonstration will be held on Saturday, June 13th from 1PM-4PM at Cold Springs Park- Beach Stand Up Paddleboarding is the fastest growing sport in the paddling community not only across the country, but especially right here in land-locked areas like Iowa. It’s fun, healthy as a total body work-out and offers a unique perspective when it comes to being on the water. After a quick demonstration try out the boards for yourself! If you do not bring a life jacket one will be provided to you. Children must be 16 years or older. Paddler must weigh LESS than 250 LBS. Our Stand Up Paddleboard programs will be on the last Saturday of every month (June is an exception), Ending after Labor Day Weekend on Saturday August 29th. If you have attended our SUP demo before, you must still sign up for a spot to use a board that day. June 13th: 1pm- 5 Spots and 2:30pm- 5 Spots. You MUST CALL to get your spot, 712-769-2372. This is a free event. Program will be cancelled if there is unsafe weather conditions on the Lake.

FRIDAY, JULY 10

Wiota All-School Reunion to be held July 10-11, 2020. The Friday evening festivities on July 10 will include a meal and reminiscing at the Wiota Fire House, Wiota Park, and Wiota Community Center, where composite pictures of graduates from 1907 to 1961 are displayed. On Saturday, July 11, attendees will gather at the Atlantic Community Center for a social hour, buffet banquet, and program. There will be exhibits of sports and school memorabilia including photos as well as copies of the Wiota Reflector Newspaper, and the Wiota Owl, the school newspaper published entirely by students. Class photos, picture place mats of the old brick school, name tags, decorations, favors and door prizes will all contribute to making the reunion memorable. Recognition will be given to the oldest graduate attending, as well as those coming the longest distance, and all former teachers. Participants in various sports and activities will be acknowledged, with nearly every person standing several times because most students were heavily involved in multiple activities. Even if you graduated elsewhere, if you ever attended the Wiota school you are urged to attend, reminisce, and rejoice in being a “Wiota kid” once more. The cost is $25 per person which covers both evenings. Reservations are due May 1, by contacting Karen Berger, 204 East 22nd Street, Unit #6, Atlantic, IA 50022. POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT SUMMER – JULY 9-10, 2021.

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Atlantic Community School District back pack lunches are served between 9-11 am every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during school shut down. They will be at the Schuler loading dock. Volunteers will be serving lunches. Please pull up to the table, 1 person get out of the vehicle and grab the needed amount of food. Each back pack is two lunches and two breakfasts. If you can not get yourself to this event they will have a delivery service for people in need of it. Please contact Justin Williams: jwilliams@atlanticiaschools.org or Pastor Ben Winford: 712-254-3928. Please contact prior to 9 am. They will keep delivering to people who have already contacted them.

Griswold School District Backpack Program pick ups are on Mondays from 10-11 am at Faith Lutheran Church in Griswold. For more information call: 712-778-2154 or visit griswoldschools.org. Children in the Friday Food Backpack Program can pick up weekend meals at school meal pickup. If times creat hardship contact: Katie Elwood at kelwood@griswolschools.org or Nigel Horton at nhorton@griswoldschools.org.

CAM School District Backpack Program pick ups are on Mondays and Thursdays  from 11 am – noon at the CAM High School in Anita, Middle School in Massena and Methodist Church in Cumberland. For more information call: 712-762-3231 or visit camcougars.org. If times or locations creat hardship contact Tami Williams: 712-762-3231, twilliamson@cam.k12.ia.us

The Atlantic Public Library will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with guidelines: Stay home if you are sick, Please wear a mask or something that covers your nose & mouth when you are in the building. Staff will wear masks while interacting with the public. There can be no more than 30 people in the library at any given time. The library will not be a gathering place for groups or have seating available for more than one person per table. All material must be returned in a book drop or in the lobby. Returned materials will be quarantined for 48-hours and sanitized before being made available on the shelf. Only half of the public computers will be available in order to accommodate social distancing. All children (ages 12 and under) must be accompanied by an adult while in the building. Grab & Gopick-up appointments will be available every Thursday 10 am to 5 pm.Materials requests and appointments must be made by Wednesday of each week to qualify for Thursday pick up. The first hour of each day (9-10 am) is designated for patrons who are especially vulnerable to sickness. These individuals are also encouraged to continue to use the Grab & Go service. The reading garden will remain closed except for Grab & Go pick-ups. No in-person programs. Look for announcements about online programs. No in-library activities (puzzles, coloring pages, games, makerspace, etc.) will be available. No meeting room reservations No interlibrary loan or homebound services. No walk-up copy service downstairs. Staff assisted copier still available upstairs. This plan will be implemented for the month of May before re-evaluating services and days open. If the library is directed to close again from a state agency or local public health agency, we will close. The summer reading program will still happen in June and July, but it will feel very different from past years. Participants can fill out reading logs online through Beanstack or on paper. There will still be special programs and activities but you will participate from home. More details will be available later in May. Please contact library director Michelle Andersen with questions at 243-5466 or atlanticpubliclibrary@gmail.com

Grow Another Row, Cass County is a campaign to encourage gardeners to grow a little extra food. Plan to plant now to share at harvest time. The food availability challenges of COVID-19 will continue as people find themselves needing a little extra help to put food on the table. Now is the time to plant cold hardy veggies such as broccoli, cabbage, onions and potatoes. Sign up for a weekly newsletter to get timely information for experienced and new gardeners at www.extension.iastate.edu/cass.

SCOOP THE LOOP!  Atlantic – every Thursday from 7- 8:30 pm. Take to the streets for a nice cruise. 7th street from McDonald’s to Pizza Hut and back around again. Griswold – every Saturday at 5 pm on Main Street. Walnut – every Saturday from 7-8:30 pm. Through the loop at Peace Haven down Antique Dr. to Hwy 83, quick turn around and repeat.

National Geographic has a new online hub, NatGeo@Home, which pulls together all of National Geographic’s family-friendly educational content into a one-stop shop for parents and teachers alike. The free digital resource combines the educational content from the National Geographic Society with those from National Geographic Kids and other tools and services. This includes access to the National Geographic Society’s Learn at Home portal, where you’ll find educational content like articles, lessons, videos, other online activities and more. The content on the site, aimed at K-12 students, is organized by grade and tagged as either “read,” “watch” or “play,” depending on whether it’s an article, video or activity. There are also lesson plans available, which parents and teachers can favorite to save to their library, if signed in. The new site is also home to the Explorer Classroom, which offers live video talks from conservationists, scientists, filmmakers, explorers and other experts, that will air weekdays at 2 PM EDT. The talks will cover topics like wildlife, ocean conversation, photography, space exploration and more.

ABC Mouse is offering free membership for your kids with educational games for ages 2-8. Use code: SCHOOL7771. Science, Reading, Math, Art & Colors. Visit abcmouse.com

Animal Cameras! There are a lot of zoos and aquariums that have live cams! A few include: San Diego Zoo – also has a website just for kids with videos, activities and games, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta , Houston Zoo, Georgia Aquarium.

Travel to Paris, France and take a tour of The Louvre

View the stars and planets! Download SkyView for android or Star Walk 2 for iphone for some great night time fun! (There are many other apps to choose from!)

Science Class – Visit Science Mom on YouTube for some fun science experiments for the kids!

1,000 Disney Coloring Pages are available and also link for adult pages! Get coloring by clicking the link! Disney Coloring Pages

Do the Zoo at Home! Visit Do the Zoo at Home and check back each day for an interactive video and activity you can do with your family, so you can still enjoy the Zoo from your living room. Pre-K – 5th grade activity and 6th-12th grade activity.

Take a trip to Disney World & Disneyland in the comfort of your home! Take a virtual ride by clicking on the link! Disney World & Disneyland Virtual Rides

Take a Virtual Tour of National Parks! A few include Arches National Park, Death Valley, Glacier Point and more. Click on link! Virtual Tour of National Parks

Stream Broadway Shows & more! Click link – Filmed on Stage

Have a celebrity read to your child! Click link –  Storyline Online

Remember School House Rock? Watch episodes here – School House Rock!

Art Class! Step by step video instructions on how to draw – your kids will love it! Click link – Art for Kids Hub

Don’t forget about your local libraries! There are digital access to thousands of books! Many may have curbside pick up – just call! Visit your local library on their website and Facebook pages! Here are a few: Atlantic Public Library, Griswold Public Library, Cumberland Public Library, Anita Public Library, Massena Public Library, Elk Horn Public Library, Kimballton Public Library, Exira Public Library, Audubon Public Library, Corning Public Library

EXTRAS ….

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

Community Dinners will be held at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Parish Center starting at 5:30 PM every Tuesday through May 19th. Meals are free and open to the community.

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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