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CASS COUNTY FOOD PANTRIES:

Atlantic Food Pantry: 704 W. 7th St. Hours: Thurs., 12:30 – 3 pm (or until all food sacks are distributed) Drive-through pantry (For safety reasons, there will be no access to the Pantry from 7th Street (Highway 6) during Thursday afternoon food distributions. Pantry Client vehicles will approach the Pantry from the East on 6th Street, turning South on Palm Street, then West on the access road directly in front of the Pantry to receive food. Cars will then exit north on the alley next to the Pantry. Traffic markers will guide the cars before and during food distribution.) Food Referrals are not needed. There is a pick-up limit of 3 households per vehicle. Pantry phone: (712) 243-5019 from 9-11 AM Mon. and Thurs. only

Anita Food Pantry: 208 Chestnut St. Drive-through pantry. Phone: (712) 250-0410 Hours: 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 8-10 am

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

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

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 28

SOCW Waffle Breakfast will take place on Saturday,  January 28 from 9am-1pm at St. Patrick’s Parish Center,  102 Market, Audubon.  Everyone is welcome.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 31

VIP Connections (adult social club) meets every Tuesday morning at the Atlantic Public Library from 10am-noon. If school is delayed or cancelled due to weather, they will not meet.

There’s More to the Story discussion group will meet on Tuesday, January 31 from 5:30-7pm at the Atlantic Public Library. The group will discuss a monthly theme

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1

Atlantic Knights of Columbus will hold a free throw competition on Wednesday, February 1st, at 1:30 pm. at the Nishna Valley Family YMCA in Atlantic. The competition is open to all boys and girls ages 9 through 14 with their age determined as of January 1st.   Participants will shoot free throws in separate boys or girls age level brackets.  Entry forms are available at the YMCA,  Washington Elementary school, Schuler Elementary school, and Atlantic Middle school and must be filled out and signed by a parent / guardian prior to the competition.   Winners in each boy and girl age level bracket will advance to district and regional competitions held in Audubon.

Griswold Tigers Little League Baseball sign up for grades 1-7 will be held on Wednesday, February 1 from 5:30-7pm at the Griswold High School Commons. Get more information on the facebook page “Griswold Youth Sports” or by calling Brian Cook at 712-249-4693. Sponsored by American Post Legion #508

Valentines For Veterans Project is being held again this year. CAM North Elementary students will be creating and sending Valentine Cards to veterans with ties to Anita, Cumberland, Massena and Wiota. Send names of veterans or currently serving military members to Kay Stork at kstork@cam.K12.ia.us with their address. Deadline is February 1.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3

Audubon Chamber of Commerce presents Celebrate Audubon on Friday, February 3 beginning at 5:30pm at the Parish Center in Audubon. There will be a light meal, dessert dash, entertainment by Darla Hansen, Citizen of the Year award, Jr. Citizen of the Year award, Live Large Award and a silent auction! Advance tickets are $20 per person or $25 at the door. $15 for Chamber Members. Get your advanced tickets at Audubon Real Estate, Audubon State Bank, Chamber of Commerce, Landmands Bank, Community Insurance and Medicap.

Harlan Community Theater presents Boeing, Boeing. There will be three different locations and dates for this show. Friday and Saturday, February 2 and 3 at the C.G. Therkildsen Activity Center in Harlan. On Tuesday, February 7 at the German Heritage Hausbarn in Manning and on Friday, February 10 at the 4 Counties Building in Dunlap. Shows start at 7pm. Tickets are $17 at the door.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4

The Cass County Legislative Coffee will take place Saturday, February 4, from 10 – 11 a.m. at the Griswold Community Center. Share your thoughts with our legislators, Senator Tom Shipley and Representative Tom Moore. P.R.I.D.E. President Kenner McDermott will be leading the gathering. Mark your calendars for the second and final legislative coffee for Saturday, March 4, from 10 – 11 a.m. The location will be announced soon. The Cass County Legislative Coffees are scheduled, hosted, and led by the Progressive Rural Iowa Development Enterprise, P.R.I.D.E. economic development organization.

Local Food Workshop- Farmers, Bakers, and Food Trucks are invited to this Local Food Workshop being held on Saturday, February 4 from 1:00-4:00 PM at the Cass County Community Center in Atlantic. Do you sell baked goods, vegetables, eggs, meat, honey, or dream of owning a food truck? The local food scene is growing in Southwest Iowa, and state laws on local food sales have recently changed. The Cass County Local Food Policy Council is partnering with Cass County ISU Extension and Golden Hills RC&D to host this free workshop. It is designed to help all local foods producers learn about selling safe and properly licensed food, and to introduce producers to various sales opportunities including farmers markets, schools, grocery stores, food hubs, and more. Although no registration is required for the workshop, RSVPs are appreciated to Golden Hills RC&D Local Foods Coordinator Jamie Fowler at jamie.fowler@goldenhillsrcd.org or (712) 482-3029.

The Audubon Rec Foundation is holding Casino Night on Saturday, February 4 at the Audubon Rec Center. Happy Hour starts at 6pm, followed by BBQ Dinner. Casino Entertainment is from 8-11pm. Tickets for this Raise Up the Gym Campaign are $50 each and can be purchased at Audubon State Bank, Landmands Bank, The Bakery On Broadway and Audubon Rec Center.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6

Atlantic High School Band Annual Spaghetti Supper will be held on Monday, February 6 from 5:00-8:00pm at the AHS Commons. All you can eat spaghetti with bread, salad, pie and drinks. Adults are $6. Children 5-11 years are $4. Children 4 and under eat free. Advanced tickets can be purchased from any HS or middle school band member or at the door. Take out is available. Proceed go to the 2023-24 band trip.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7

Anita Community Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, February 7 beginning at 11:30am at the Congregational Church in Anita. Program presenter will be CAM high school guidance counselor. All are welcome to enjoy a great meal and play cards with the Sunset Club following lunch.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8

Atlantic Mobile Food Pantry will be held on Wednesday, February 8 from 4:00- 6:00pm at the Cass County Community Building. A mobile pantry is a traveling food pantry that delivers food directly to families in need for a one-day distribution. People from surrounding towns and communities are welcome. Mobile food pantries are available free of charge. Anyone in need is welcome, and no documentation is required. Each car can take food for up to two households at a time.

Massena Mobile Food Pantry will be held on Wednesday, February 8 from 4:00- 6:00pm at the Southwest Iowa Egg Coop, 74877 Clarke Ave, Massena. Boxes are limited for this site, so you must register for this mobile pantry by Monday, February 6. Call 712-779-3447 for more information and to register.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9

Hygee- Get Cozy the Danish Way will be held on Thursday, February 9 from 5-8pm in Elk Horn. Events include: Copenhagen Friday discounts on cozy items; Genealogy & Education Center antique letterpress with free make & take card; Grace On Main will have specialty Glogg drinks and discounts on cozy swag; The Kringle Man will have aebleskiver specials and do demonstrations; Elk Horn Library will have a hot chocolate bar, quilt giveaway & board games; Log Cabin Quilting demonstration at Log Cabin Quilting; Danish Windmill will have new Hygge shirts plus food and drinks samples; get a hot buttered rum specialty drink at The Norse Tavern; The Danish Countryside Vines & Wines will be open for tastings and The Egg Krate will have wine tasting and vendor specials. The Danish concept of “hygge” (pronounced HUE-guh) embraces life’s simple pleasures, feeling relaxed, cozy and surrounded by the warmth of family, friends and community during the long winter months. Enjoy an evening of good food, drink, creating and maybe pick up a Valentine gift or two!

Knights of Columbus Fish Fry will be held on Thursday, February 9 from 5-8pm at St. Patrick’s Parish Center in Audubon. Everyone is welcome.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10

Legislative Briefing will be held on Friday, February 10 beginning at 8am at the Memorial Building in Audubon.

Kids Night Out is being held on Friday, February 10 at the Atlantic High School from 4-9pm. Kids get a night out and parents get a night off. Leave the kids for up to 5 hrs of activities, games, pizza, snacks and a movie. Ages 3-14 yrs. $15 for first child, $8 for additionally children. (All children must be potty trained). To register, email srose@atlanticiaschools.org or call 712-243-5368. Registration is encouraged, but walk ins are welcome. Make checks payable to AHS Student Council.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11

Produce in the Park’s Sweetheart Market has been scheduled for Saturday, February 11 from noon to 3:00 PM at the Nishna Valley Family YMCA in Atlantic. The YMCA will be offering free activities for kids during the market. Additionally, Pim’s Thai food truck will be in the parking lot selling their popular Thai Food. Sweetheart Market is held the Saturday before Valentine’s Day, so shoppers can pick up Valentine’s Day themed sweets, baked goods, and gifts, in addition to farmers market favorites premium local produce, meats, jams, seasonal candles, crafts, art, jewelry, and bath and body products. Sweetheart Market vendors confirmed as of January 19 include Smudge, Bridgewater Farm, Brun Ko Farm, Miss NiNi’s Fine Desserts, Noble Provisions, The Kringle Man, DezaRae Farm Soaps, Ter-Bear Honey, Johnna Joy Designs, Midwest Candles by Brit, Wud Bi Tek, Creekside Crystals and Crafts, Frosting Inc., Spirits of the Faire, Sweet Sisters Vegan, Donna’s Jewelry, Unicorn Clouds, Studio Samantha, Sugar Mamma Cookie Co., and Pim’s Thai Food Truck. Both in-person shopping as well as pre-ordering is available.  Pre-order is available through www.produceintheparkatlanticiowa.com from February 1- 9. Some vendors, such as Miss NiNi’s Fine Desserts, will only be offering pre-ordered products. Produce in the Park continues to accept vendor applications to Sweetheart Market and Spring Celebration Market (April 6). For more information visit produceintheparkatlanticiowa.com or contact Market Manager Brigham Hoegh at produceintheparkatlanticiowa@gmail.com or 712-249-5870.

Mineola German Heritage Dinner will be held on Saturday, February 11 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Mineola. Adults $20, Children 5-12 $10, Under 5 are free. Menu includes mettwurst sausage sauerkraut, fried potatoes, green beans, Jello salad, homemade rye bread, desserts, coffee and tea. Take-out meals and raw sausage links available to purchase. Visit stjohnlutheranchurchmineola.org or call 712-526-2268 to order and for more information.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15

Anita Mobile Food Pantry will be held on Wednesday, February 15 from 4:00- 6:00pm at the Anita Food Pantry, 208 Chestnut Street. A mobile pantry is a traveling food pantry that delivers food directly to families in need for a one-day distribution. People from surrounding towns and communities are welcome. Mobile food pantries are available free of charge. Anyone in need is welcome, and no documentation is required. Each car can take food for up to two households at a time. 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16

Winter Recreation Afternoon will be held on Thursday, February 16 beginning at 2pm at Sunnyside Park near Kiddie Korral.  Cass Co. Conservation will have snowshoes available and Atlantic Parks and Rec will have cross country skis and sleds available to check out for an afternoon of family friendly fun. This is an all ages free event!

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17

Great Backyard Bird Count will be held beginning Friday, February 17 through Monday, February 20. Learn how you can participate by visiting www.birdcount.org

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18

Snowshoe Hike will take place on Saturday, February 18 beginning at 7pm at Pellett Memorial Woods, 63066 Troublesome Creek Rd, Atlantic. Snowshoes will be available. Cancelled if not enough snow.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, February 23 at the Manning Regional Healthcare Center, in Conference Rooms 1 & 2 from 10am-2pm. Walk ins are welcome or you can make an appointment by visiting redcrossblood.org

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25

Audubon Lions Club 32nd Annual Farm Toy Show will be held on Saturday, February 25 at the Agri Hall- Audubon County Fairgrounds from 9am-2:30pm. Admissision is $3 for 9 yrs to audults. Kids 8 yrs and younger are free.  Lunch will be available. There will be drawings for door prizes. For more information call LaVerne Diest at 712-563-2026 or Derek Diest at 712-304-5235

Corning Center for Fine Arts will be holding pottery classes with Terry Ferris on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-8:30pm. All levels of potters are welcome. Cost is $198 which includes supplies and firing. Spaces are limited. Call 712-789-1076 or visit fineartscorning@gmail.com for more information.

FRIDAY, MARCH 10

Legislative Briefing will be held on Friday, March 10 at the Audubon Memorial Building beginning at 8 am. Senator Mark Segebart and State Representative Brian Best will be on hand for questions. Everyone is welcome

FRIDAY, MARCH 17

23rd Annual St. Patrick’s Dinner Dance & AUCTION will take place on Friday, March 17 at the Agri-Hall in Audubon beginning at 5pm. Everyone is welcome

SATURDAY, APRIL 1

Hunter’s Ed Field Day will take place on Saturday, April 1 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at Nishna Bend Recreation Area.  In order to attend this field day, you MUST complete the online portion of the class.  This can take up to 10 hours of time.  So if you would like to attend, we highly recommend that you start on the online portion soon.  For more information contact Christina Roelofs, Naturalist Shelby County Conservation/Iowa DNR at 712-744-3403

 

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CITY OF ATLANTIC YARD WASTE SITE HOURS:

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. ***

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Cass County Farmers Markets 2022

Anita Farmers Market:
Location: Bandshell Park on Main Street in Anita
Time/Dates: Tuesdays 4:30-6:30 PM, June – August
Highlights: Fresh, locally grown vegetables, honey, farm-fresh eggs, Lion’s club nuts, fresh baked
goodies, popcorn, jellies, sauces, salsa, hand-crafted items, and metal yard art.
$: Some vendors accept Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) Senior vouchers and WIC checks.
Some vendors accept SNAP/EBT (also known as “food stamps”).
Contact: (402)677-2460

Atlantic Farmers Market:
Location: Farm Bureau (1501 East 7th Street, Atlantic, IA 50022)
Time/Dates: Saturdays 9:00 AM- Noon, May 21 – End of August
Highlights: Fresh produce, honey, pollen, popcorn, farm-fresh eggs, jellies, dressings, BBQ sauces, salsa,
baked goods, soaps, lotions & more.
$: Some vendors accept Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) Senior vouchers and WIC checks.
Some vendors accept SNAP/EBT (also known as “food stamps”).
Contact: (402)677-2460

Lewis Farmers Market:
Location: 3HO (201 1st St., Lewis, IA 51544)
Time/Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00-6:30 PM, May 31– October 13
Highlights: Fresh produce, baked treats, crafts, and pallet wood creations.
$: Some vendors accept Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) Senior vouchers and WIC checks.
Contact: (712)789)-9455

Produce in the Park:
Location: Atlantic City Park (10 W 7th St., Atlantic, IA 50022)
Time/Dates: Thursdays 4:30-6:30, June 2– October 13
Website: www.produceintheparkatlanticiowa.com
Highlights: Fresh, local produce, baked goods, farm-fresh eggs, honey, local meat, soaps, candles,
additional crafts and art, and weekly food truck. Live music, Guest Chef, free Samples, and activities for
young and old.
$: Some vendors accept Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) Senior vouchers and WIC checks. All
qualifying food vendors at Produce in the Park accept SNAP/EBT (“food stamps”). All produce vendors at
the market both accept and distribute Double Up Food Bucks ($1 coupons for fresh produce provided
for every dollar spent on fresh produce with SNAP/EBT up to $10 per transaction). Contact: (712) 249-5870

The Cass County Local Food Policy Council encourages low-income adults age 60 and older and WIC recipients to apply for Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) produce vouchers. Adults age 60 and older with annual incomes less than $25,142 (single) and $33,874 (married) are eligible to apply for the Senior FMNP. The Senior FMNP provides $30 in farmers market produce
vouchers to qualifying seniors first come, first served. To apply for the Senior FMNP vouchers, individuals over age 60 should call the Connections Area Agency on Aging at 800-432-9209 (extension 8888) and leave a message with their name and phone number. The agency may take up to five days to respond to messages. FMNP produce vouchers are also provided to WIC (Women, Infants, Children) recipients first come, first served. For more information on the WIC program and the WIC FMNP vouchers, people in Cass County should call 800-338-4129.FMNP is a congressionally authorized program with the goals of providing fresh, nutritious, locally grown produce to nutritionally at-risk women, infants, children, and low-income seniors; increasing the
domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding farmers markets; and aiding in the development of farmers markets. More information on the program can be found at
https://iowaagriculture.gov/agricultural-diversification-market-development-bureau/farmers-marketnutrition- program. All four Cass County farmers markets accept both Senior and WIC FMNP vouchers.

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BINGO:

Atlantic Elks Bingo is every Thursday at the Atlantic Elks Lodge, 411 Walnut St in Atlantic. Doors open 5:45 pm bingo starts at 6:30 pm.

Anita American Legion Bingo is every Saturday night at the Anita American Legion Hall (740 Main St. Anita). Doors open at 4:30pm. Bingo begins at 6:30 pm. Payout amounts depend on attendance. Progressive Jackpot. Food is available. No outside food or beverages allowed.

Coon Rapids American Legion Bingo is every Tuesday. Doors open at 5:30, bingo starts at 6:30 pm. Prizes, jackpot $599 weekly. Games range from $20-$40.

Irwin Bingo is every Thursday at the Irwin Community Building (404 Front St) beginning at 7pm. Food will be served beginning at 5:30pm and Early Bird Bingo starts at 6:30pm with a progressive jackpot.

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.

Shenandoah Eagles Bingo will be held on Sunday, December 12th from 2:30-5:00 pm at Shenandoah FOE Club Located at 709 West Thomas St Shenandoah, IA 51601. Shenandoah FOE Auxiliary #3849 has restarted their Sunday Bingo. Currently Bingo will be held bi-weekly starting November 14th, 2021. Holiday weekends are TBD. Early Bird starts at 2:30pm. Bingo starts at 3:00 pm. CASH PRIZES! Family Friendly event. Check the event page on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/eagles3849/

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Cass County Historical Museum in Griswold is now open Wednesdays-Sundays from 1-4

Audubon County Historical Society Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month at 10 am (alternating meetings in Audubon and Exira). This is open to the public, the Historical Society is looking for volunteers!

Hitchcock House – During the season, the Hitchcock House is open for tours beginning at 1 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays May 1st through September 4th. The same fee schedule listed above applies. The last tour each day begins at 4:15 p.m. Tours at other times and groups of 10 or more are encouraged to schedule a tour time by calling 712.769.2323.

GROW ANOTHER ROW CASS COUNTY:
Grow Another Row Cass County has released its pick-up and drop-off schedule for 2021, and is now accepting local fresh produce donations across the county through October 1. Grow Another Row Cass County is a Healthy Cass County campaign started by a group of local growers to encourage residents to grow and share more fresh local produce. Grow Another Row Cass County invites local farmers and gardeners to plant a few more rows of produce to share again this year. Anyone interested in the program is invited to sign up for the Grow Another Row newsletter to keep up with the latest program news, gardening tips, recipes, and more at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/cass/content/grow-another-row-cass-county. Anyone is welcome to donate fresh produce, and anyone is welcome to take fresh produce they need. You are also welcome to drop off extras and pick up something you need in the same trip. There is no requirement to sign up to either donate or take the produce. Donations of any size are appreciated! Each location has set hours during which people can pick-up or drop-off fresh produce. If you plan on just donating, it’s best if you can drop produce off closer to the beginning of the location’s open hours. If you just want to pick up produce, try visiting closer to the end. All pantries in Cass County also accept donations during specified hours prior to their distribution hours.

Monday: Griswold: Griswold United Methodist Church (100 Cass St. Griswold) Time: 8 AM – 12 PM.

Tuesday: Atlantic: New Life Church (600 Pine St. Atlantic) Hours: 9 AM – 3 PM. Marne: Masonic Lodge (Washington St. Marne) Hours: 8 AM – 8 PM. Massena: Southwest Iowa Egg (74877 Clarke Ave. Massena) Hours: 8 AM – 2 PM. Griswold: The Lord’s Cupboard (Griswold United Methodist Church, 100 Cass St. Griswold) Special note: this location only accepts donations on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month Donation hours: 10 AM – Noon Food pantry hours: 11 AM – 2 PM Contact: 712-778-4178

Wednesday: Cumberland: Cumberland City Hall (216 Main St. Cumberland) Hours: 8 AM – Noon. Lewis: Lewis Public Library and Heritage Center (412 W. Main St. Lewis) Hours: 1 – 6 PM. Cumberland: Cumberland Care & Share (Cumberland Methodist Church, 317 Monroe St. Cumberland) Special note: This location only accepts donations on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month Donation hours: 3-4 PM Food pantry hours: 4 – 5:30 PM Contact: 712-774-5818.

Thursday: Atlantic: New Life Church (600 Pine St. Atlantic) Hours: 9 AM – 3 PM Cumberland: Cumberland City Hall (216 Main St. Cumberland) Hours: 1-4 PM Atlantic: Atlantic Food Pantry (19 W. 4th St. Atlantic) Donation hours: 9-10 AM Food pantry hours: 1-2 PM Contact: 712-243-5019

Friday: Massena: Southwest Iowa Egg (74877 Clarke Ave. Massena) Hours: 8 – 11 AM. Marne: Masonic Lodge (Washington St. Marne)
Hours: 8 AM – 8 PM

Saturday: Anita: Anita Food Pantry (208 Chestnut St. Anita) Special note: This location only accepts donations on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Donation hours: 8-9 AM Food pantry hours: 9-11 AM Contact: 712-762-3645

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

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.

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 2nd 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. 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 . 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. 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