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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**

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:

The Walnut Splash Pad is OPEN! Hours will be noon – 8 pm – 7 days a week.

Atlantic’s city crews will be out with the fogger to spray from 4-until 7-a.m. every Thursday and Friday, beginning June 11th and 12th. The spraying will take place weather permitting, throughout the summer, until further notice.

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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Grow Another Row Cass County Pickup locations:

Reminder – please take only what you need, be sure to wash all produce with water before eating. Availability is subject to strong growing season and sufficient donations. Find more information on Grow Another Row at extension.iastate.edu/cass. Follow on Facebook @ HealthyCassCounty

MONDAYS – Cumberland: Cumberland City Hall (216 Main St.) 8 am – 4 pm; Marne: Barb Fischer’s house (410 Washington St., box in front of yard, no need to go to door) from 8 am – 8 pm. Atlantic: Cass County Community Center, 805 W 10th St. 10 AM-12 PM back entrance. Contact: Brigham Hoegh (712)249-5870

TUESDAYS – Cumberland: Cumberland City Hall (216 Main St.) 8 am – 4 pm;  Atlantic: New Life Church (600 Pine St.) from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Griswold: The Lord’s Cupboard (Methodist Church, 100 Cass St.) Pantry from 11 am – 2 pm and after pantry until 5:30 pm. Marne: Barb Fischer’s house (410 Washington St., box in front of yard, no need to go to door) from 8 am – 8 pm.

WEDNESDAYS – Cumberland: Cumberland City Hall (216 Main St.) 8 am – 4 pm; Wiota: Bonnie Williams’s home (box in front of yard, no need to go to door, 309 Allen St.) from noon – 8 pm; Marne: Barb Fischer’s house (410 Washington St., box in front of yard, no need to go to door) from 8 am – 8 pm.

THURSDAYS – Cumberland: Cumberland City Hall (216 Main St.) 8 am – 4 pm; Marne: Barb Fischer’s house (410 Washington St., box in front of yard, no need to go to door) from 8 am – 8 pm. Atlantic: Atlantic Food Pantry 19 W. 4th St. (pre-bagged produce requested) Contact: (712)243-1820

FRIDAYS – Lewis: 3HO (old elementary school, 201 1st Lewis St.) from 10 am – 3 pm;  Marne: Barb Fischer’s house (410 Washington St., box in front of yard, no need to go to door) from 8 am – 8 pm.

SATURDAYS – Anita:  Anita Food Pantry (208 Chestnut St.) on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays from 9-11 am; Atlantic: American Legion Memorial Building (201 Poplar St.) from 5-7 pm; Marne: Barb Fischer’s house (410 Washington St., box in front of yard, no need to go to door) from 8 am – 8 pm.

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.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

The Cass County Grow Another Row project will soon be coming to an end. Gardeners have always shared the results of their labors and this year many of them did extra work to plant, harvest and deliver their produce to locations around the county. Folks who stopped at the sites got to enjoy the flavors of locally grown food and try some vegetables and herbs new to them. Every week has been an adventure to see what was available from favorites such as green beans, sweet corn and tomatoes to lesser known Swiss chard and eggplant. Thanks to all who participated.Cass County Grow Another Row Pickup locations for FRIDAYS – Lewis: 3HO (old elementary school, 201 1st Lewis St.) from 10 am – 3 pm;  Marne: Barb Fischer’s house (410 Washington St., box in front of yard, no need to go to door) from 8 am – 8 pm.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Iowa state parks in 2020, join the staff and Friends Group of Lake Anita State Park to help care for the park at a special clean-up event on Saturday, September 26th at 9 am. Volunteers will help add rock along the multi-use trail and various spots. As an alternative, volunteers can also pick up trash around the campground. Please bring gloves, hard rakes, brooms or blowers if you have them. For details about the statewide Volunteer Day, visit www.iowadnr.gov/volunteer. Park staff will encourage social distancing. Volunteers are encouraged to share their activities on social media with #IowaStateParks100.

A Drive-In Movie will be held on Saturday, September 26th at the Atlantic High School parking lot. Tickets for “The Little Rascals” are on sale NOW! Tickets are $20 per vehicle if purchased prior to the event. If you choose to purchase your ticket at the gate, the cost is $30 per vehicle. Get tickets here! . Due to COVID-19 restrictions, individuals are not allowed to leave their vehicles. Outside seating will not be allowed, but attendees are able to sit in the back of pickups or vehicles. Two porta-potties will be available for use during the event. Concessions will not be available at the event. Visit Atlas Atlantic Cinema’s Facebook page for details about a pop up popcorn night they will be hosting prior to the movie.

Atlantic Business & Professional Women’s 50th Fall Craft Show will be held on Sunday, October 24th from 9 am – 3 pm at the Cass County Community Building in Atlantic (805 W. 10th St.). They are looking for vendors and will have a limited amount of vendors they can take, first come first serve. Face covering HIGHLY recommended, social distancing is important, maintain a 6 ft. distance from others when possible, keep interactions brief and wash/sanitize your hands. Limited vendor space. Concession stand will be open. Admission is $1. For more information call or text Becky Bonney: 254-0838 or Jacque Wickey: 250-0801. Proceeds benefit many local community projects and scholarships.

Annual Casey Fire Department Steak Fry will be held on Saturday, September 26th from 5-7:30 pm. Steak supper includes baked beans, Huck’s famous grilled onions, potato salad, coleslaw, roll and no drink for $15. Hot dog supper includes baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw and no drink for $5. Meals are only available for pickup and to go orders. Please drive down Baker Street and pull in front of the fire station and stay in your vehicle. For in town delivery service, please to go Linda’s Hair Hut during business hours to place your order or call the fire station day of the event at 641-746-2202. There will be no raffle items this year.

The Exira Lions Club is having a sidewalk sale at the Exira Lions building on September 26th starting at 7:30 am.

Exira Fall Festival will be held on September 26th from 10 am – 2 pm at the City Park. Vendors will only be setting up in the City Park. A traditional chicken salad croissant meals and coffee out of the Event Center in to-go containers. (There will be limited/spaced out seating inside the Event Center for those that would like to sit down to eat.) Unfortunately, there will be no children’s activities this year. They are still planning to do a hay rack ride around town (masks will be encouraged and you will only be able to sit next to people “in your group”.

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, September 26 at the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn to help collect seeds from prairie plants. The collected seeds will be used in the park to revitalize its existing plant communities. Volunteers will be given seeds to take home with them. Volunteers should bring work gloves and a cutting tool for hard stems, and they should wear attire appropriate for the outdoors. Water and instructions will be provided. Those available to help should gather at 9 am or 1 pm on Saturday in the stone ring just east of the Museum of Danish America.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

Jeff Arrandale Band will be performing at an outdoor concert on Sunday, September 27th at 10 am – new location – St. John’s Lutheran Church north of Adair (3046 Union Ave.). Hosted by Adair Presbyterian and Canby Friends Churches of Adair.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in Exira on Monday, September 28th from noon – 6 pm at the Exira Recreational Center. To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or online at redcrossblood.org.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in Harlan from 11:30 am – 5:30 pm on September 29th at Veteran’s Memorial Building (1104 Morningview, Harlan). To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or online at redcrossblood.org.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3

The 23rd Annual Women’s Retreat will be held on Saturday, October 3rd  from 8:30 – 11:45 am at the Bethany Farm Camp & Retreat Center (2144 310th St., Brayton. Guest speakers are Christine VanderWal from Elk Horn and Jan Myers from Atlantic. Light sack lunch and bottled water provided, please bring your own coffee, free will offering. Masks are recommended but not required. Due to spacing, please pre-register by email: bethany.farm.camp.retreat@gmail.com or by calling 712-268-2871. The event will be livestreamed. Link for livesteam

MONDAY, OCTOBER 5

The Iowa Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) Program is hosting outdoor cooking classes virtually where participants are encouraged to cook along with the instructors. Classes will be held September 14th, October 5th and 19th and there is no fee to participate. Workshops are geared toward adults but are open to everyone. Participants under 18 are welcome with an adult present. Classes begin at 5:30 p.m. and last for about 90 minutes. Participants will receive an ingredient list ahead of each session and are encouraged to cook along with the instructors. The relaxed format will allow for participants to ask questions during the class. The sessions will be led by Christina Roelofs, Naturalist for the Shelby County Conservation Board and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Shawnell Richter, and Lydia Goehring, both Dutch oven enthusiasts and BOW instructors. Participants will need to register for each class they plan to attend. Part 2: Sandwich Makers (Pie Irons), Oct. 5:  5:30 – 7 p.m. https://www.register-ed.com/events/view/161918Part 3: Dutch Oven Cooking, Oct. 19: 5:30 – 7 p.m. https://www.register-ed.com/events/view/161919.

Cass County Assessor Office will be closed Monday, October 5 and Tuesday, October 6 for Iowa State Association schooling.  The office will open on Wednesday, October 7 at 8 AM.

Cass County Conservation is looking for people, groups, or organizations to sign up for a site in the 6th Biennial Lighted Halloween Campground to decorate (non-Scary) with Halloween decorations at Cold Springs Park in Lewis on October 24th from 7-9 pm. Prizes will be for the top 3 voted sites, and for some special categories. Deadline for decorating a site sign up is October 16th and the groups will have Saturday(24th) from Noon on to decorate. This event is a great non-scary, Family Friendly, FREE drive into the  night! Call the Cass County Conservation Office to get involved @712-769-2372! The event will be cancelled if there is inclement weather. You do get Saturday night camping for FREE. (if you choose to camp- not required) You DO NOT have to have a camper (we’ve seen some great sites done with tents and easy-ups etc)

LC Clinic Benefit Concert will be held on October 5th at First Church of Christ (1310 W 7th St.) in Atlantic starting at 6 pm. The Ambassadors of Grace along with Heirs Together will be performing. Masks worn in common area but not when seated. Water and snacks will be available. A love offering will be received for LC Clinic. LC Clinic is a non-profit, pregnancy resource center offering free and confidential medical services to west central Iowa. Find them on Facebook or online at iowalcclinc.org to learn more about their services. This southern Gospel duet of Dennis and Sharon Perkins will also present their annual benefit concerts on Saturday, October 3 at 6 PM at the Johnson Funeral Home in Stuart, and on Sunday, October 4 at 4PM at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Creston. LC (LifeCare) Clinic is a pregnancy medical clinic providing medical services, peer counseling, and material assistance at no charge at its clinics in Creston, Stuart, and soon Atlantic.  To donate, to volunteer, or for more information visit IowaLcClinic.org or HelpLifeCareClinic.org, or call 641-782-2150.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6

Cass County Assessor Office will be closed Tuesday, October 6 for Iowa State Association schooling.  The office will open on Wednesday, October 7 at 8 AM.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

The Cass County Master Gardeners will be holding their Second Annual Fall Plant Sale at the Cass County Community Building, 805 W 10th Street in Atlantic, from 8 to 10AM or until sold out.  Master Gardeners will bring bulbs and plants from their own gardens for this sale.  Donations of divided plants are welcome if you would like to donate perennials or bulbs from your garden.  Please call in advance and make arrangements to drop off donated plants before the date of the plant sale!  Bulb sale orders will also be taken, if they are not already sold out.  For more information about this event and about Master Gardener activities in Cass county, please call the Cass County Extension Office at 712-243-1132, or email Cass County Extension Director and Master Gardener Coordinator Kate Olson at keolson@ia.state.edu.  In addition, you are invited to follow the Cass County Master Gardeners at their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CassCoMG to keep up with local events and tips for gardening!

The Shelby County Conservation Board is in need of a few campers to participate in our annual Halloween event at Nishna Bend Recreation Area (halfway between Avoca and Harlan).  The event will be the weekend of October 10.  This year’s event will be drive thru so the only thing that campers need to do this year is decorate their campsite and wave at people as they drive through to look at decorations.  Prizes will be awarded for the top two best decorated campsites.  If you are interested in a campsite, please call Christina at 712-744-3403.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11

Griswold Fire & Rescue’s Omelet Breakfast will be held on Sunday, October 11th from 7 am – noon for a free will donation. A to-go option will also be available. All proceeds go towards the building fund.

Cass County Conservation is looking for people, groups, or organizations to sign up for a site in the 6th Biennial Lighted Halloween Campground to decorate (non-Scary) with Halloween decorations at Cold Springs Park in Lewis on October 24th from 7-9 pm. Prizes will be for the top 3 voted sites, and for some special categories. Deadline for decorating a site sign up is October 16th and the groups will have Saturday(24th) from Noon on to decorate. This event is a great non-scary, Family Friendly, FREE drive into the  night! Call the Cass County Conservation Office to get involved @712-769-2372! The event will be cancelled if there is inclement weather. You do get Saturday night camping for FREE. (if you choose to camp- not required) You DO NOT have to have a camper (we’ve seen some great sites done with tents and easy-ups etc)

The 4th Annual Southwest Iowa Car Cruise will be held on October 11th. The cruise will start in Griswold at the High School parking lot. The cruise will pass through 14 towns on the route. Cruisers will drive 200 miles for the day. You may join at anytime along the route. There is a $20 registration fee that includes an official cruise shirt, cruise route, mileage sheet, time of arrival departure sheet, and stops along the route. For registration and information call Dave at 712-789-0155 or email dgammell@netins.net. Proceeds go to the Griswold Food Pantry.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13

A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in Anita from noon – 6 pm on Tuesday, October 13th at the Community Center, 805 Main Street, Anita. To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or online at redcrossblood.org.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15

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 October 15th 2pm- Virtual; October 22nd 2pm- Batty for Bats- Lake Anita Shelter 5;  November 19th 2pm- Terrific Turkeys- Hitchcock House Barn; November 12th 2pm- virtual; January 14th 2pm- Trumpeter Swan- Schildberg Rec. Area Lake 4; January 7th 2pm- virtual; *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)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 19

The Iowa Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) Program is hosting outdoor cooking classes virtually where participants are encouraged to cook along with the instructors. Classes will be held October 19th and there is no fee to participate. Workshops are geared toward adults but are open to everyone. Participants under 18 are welcome with an adult present. Classes begin at 5:30 p.m. and last for about 90 minutes. Participants will receive an ingredient list ahead of each session and are encouraged to cook along with the instructors. The relaxed format will allow for participants to ask questions during the class. The sessions will be led by Christina Roelofs, Naturalist for the Shelby County Conservation Board and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Shawnell Richter, and Lydia Goehring, both Dutch oven enthusiasts and BOW instructors. Participants will need to register for each class they plan to attend. Part 3: Dutch Oven Cooking, Oct. 19: 5:30 – 7 p.m.  https://www.register-ed.com/events/view/161919

A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in Casey from 10 am – 4 pm on October 19th at the United Methodist Church, 100 E 2nd St., Casey. To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or online at redcrossblood.org.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20

A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in Atlantic at the Atlantic High School from 7:30 am – 1:00 pm. To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or online at redcrossblood.org.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale will be held on October 21st-23rd from 9 am – 6 pm each day at the Atlantic Public Library. Donations will be accepted after October 1st at the Atlantic Public Library. Social distancing will be in place and you must wear a mask. All proceeds go back to the library.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22

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 October 22nd 2pm- Batty for Bats- Lake Anita Shelter 5; 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)

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale continues through October 23rd from 9 am – 6 pm each day at the Atlantic Public Library. Donations will be accepted after October 1st at the Atlantic Public Library. Social distancing will be in place and you must wear a mask. All proceeds go back to the library.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale continues through October 23rd from 9 am – 6 pm each day at the Atlantic Public Library. Donations will be accepted after October 1st at the Atlantic Public Library. Social distancing will be in place and you must wear a mask. All proceeds go back to the library.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24

Atlantic Business & Professional Women’s 50th Fall Craft Show will be held on Sunday, October 24th from 9 am – 3 pm at the Cass County Community Building in Atlantic (805 W. 10th St.). Face covering HIGHLY recommended, social distancing is important, maintain a 6 ft. distance from others when possible, keep interactions brief and wash/sanitize your hands. Limited vendor space. Concession stand will be open. Admission is $1. For more information call or text Becky Bonney: 254-0838 or Jacque Wickey: 250-0801. Proceeds benefit many local community projects and scholarships.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27

A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in Atlantic at Cass County Health Systems from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm. To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or online at redcrossblood.org.

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.

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)

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)

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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