How to protect your family from opioid abuse
REED CITY — Spectrum Health and Ten16 Recovery Network are teaming up again to help area residents keep opioid misuse out of their homes.
The next session of the Helping the Whole You series sponsored by Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals will focus on “Protecting your family from opioid abuse.”
The featured speaker will be Shay Tuller of Ten16. She will present a documentary film titled: “Stigmatic: Our Opioid Crisis,” then lead a group discussion on opioid abuse in our communities and tips for safeguarding your home from misuse of opioids and other prescription medications.
The Reed City session is set for Thursday, Nov. 15, at Michigan Works!, 240 E. Church Ave. Space is limited, please RSVP by calling 231-592-4204. A free meal is provided.
Spectrum offices celebrating National Rural Health Day
REED CITY — Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals are inviting community members to visit their rural health clinics for cider and donuts on Thursday, November 15 as they recognize the quality of care and dedication of rural health care providers during National Rural Health Day.
The community is invited to visit one of the following Spectrum Health Clinics during regular business hours on Thursday, November 15 to join the celebration, enjoying cider and donuts:
• Big Rapids Family Medicine, 650 Linden St., Suite. 1
• Canadian Lakes Family Medicine, 8354 100th Ave.
• Big Rapids Obstetrics & Gynecology, 722 Locust St.
• Reed City Multi-Specialty Clinic, 300 N. Patterson Rd.
• Evart Family Practice, 5991 95th Ave.
• Tustin Family Practice, 111 E. Church St.
National Rural Health Day falls on the third Thursday in November each year and recognizes the efforts of those serving the health needs of more than 60 million people across the nation.
Church hosting Hunters Dinner
HERSEY — The Hersey Congregational Church is having its annual Hunters Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 15.
The dinner will be a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal and will be served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the basement of the church. Cost is by donations only.
There also will be a Bake Sale and Gift Basket Sale. Funds raised will be used to restore and repaint the 150-year-old building.
Holiday Craft Fair and Expo Show
TUSTIN — The Osceola County Commission on Aging is hosting a Craft Fair and Expo Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Boomers Rendezvous, 213 Neilson, Tustin.
Lunch will be available.
Annual hunters dinner
SYLVAN TWP. — The annual Hunters Dinner will be held 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Sylvan Township Hall, located off M-66.
Donations are appreciated and will help maintain Sylvan Community Church.
CrossRoads Theatre presenting These Shining Lives
REED CITY — The Reed City CrossRoads Theatre will present These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 16, 17 23 and 24, at 7 p.m. and Sundays, Nov. 18 and 25, at 2 p.m.
The play chronicles the strength and determination of four women considered expendable in their day who worked at a watch factory. Their job was to paint numbers on timepieces using a radium compound that glows in the dark. Catherine and her friends are dying, its true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits.
Tickets cost $10 at the door. To make reservations, call 231-465-4334.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
BIG RAPIDS — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held 10:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at Department of Public Safety, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids.
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.
Another blood drive is scheduled at Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital on Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
To make an appointment, call 800-733-2767.
Annual Christmas Bazaar
BIG RAPIDS — St. Mary – St. Paul Catholic Parish is hosting its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2.
The event will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 1 and 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 2. It includes a luncheon (Saturday only), handmade crafts, bake sale, book sale, grandma’s attic, jewelry booth, gift baskets, raffle and holiday wreaths, swags and centerpieces.
The Knights of Columbus will also be holding a pancake breakfast Sunday morning.
For more information, call 231-796-5202.
at Reed City Church
REED CITY— There will be a free dinner every Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Church of the Firstborn Revival Center, 310 S. Higbee.
Donations accepted but not necessary.
South Quilt Club holding bi-weekly meetings
EVART— The South Evart Quilt Club will be holding their bi-weekly quilting meetings on the first and third Wednesdays of each month through June. Will take place at the Evart Township Hall, South Main Street, from 11 a.m. until 2 or 3 p.m. with a members’ potluck lunch at noon.
All quilters or want-to-be quilters are welcome. No dues, just occasional donations for supplies.
For more information, contact Margie at 231-734-3857 or Ann at 231-867-3237.
T.O.P.S. meets on Thursdays
EVART — T.O.P.S. Weight Loss Group meets every Thursday at 8:20 a.m. at Evart United Methodist Church.
Weigh-in is from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m., and the meeting begins at 9:30 p.m.
Better Breathers Club forms
BIG RAPIDS — Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital is hosting a free support group for people who live with lung disease.
The meetings are 2 p.m. on the third Monday of each month in the hospital’s third-floor classroom. Caregivers, as well as lung disease patients, are welcome.
The classes will be led by Melinda Hutson, a respiratory therapist in the cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation department, and Cassie Tower, lead respiratory therapist in the cardiopulmonary department for Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals.
For more information or to register, call 231-592-4204.
TOPS weight loss meeting
REED CITY— TOPS weight loss meetings, Reed City, Chapter 1682, Monday weigh-in at 5:30 p.m. and meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
REED CITY— Al-Anon meetings will be held on Mondays at 1 p.m. at St. Philips Church in Reed City and Tuesdays at 7 p.m., also at the church.
• EVART— Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Evart.
Fish fry at Evart Moose Lodge
EVART— A fish fry or shrimp dinner will be held on Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Evart Moose Lodge, 8400 U.S. 10 in Evart.
For more information, call 231-734-6181.
Bingo at Evart Moose
EVART— Evart Moose Lodge will host Bingo each Monday at 8400 U.S. 10. Doors open at 4 p.m. Early bird takes place at 6 p.m. with regular Bingo at 6:30 p.m. (License No. A21600).
Rock, gem and mineral club meetings
BIG RAPIDS — Big Rapids Rock, Gem and Mineral Club will hold meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month (March through December) at the Geology lab, room 138, science building, at Ferris State University.
Free blood pressure clinics
EVART— Osceola County Commission on Aging is offering free blood pressure clinics for adults 60 years and older. Monthly blood pressure screenings will be conducted at the OCCOA meal sites in Evart, Marion and Tustin.
Evart’s clinic will be held on the second Tuesday every month, 10 a.m. to noon. The Evart meal site is located at 732 West Seventh St. (U.S. 10).
Marion and Tustin’s clinics will be held on the third Tuesday each month, 10 a.m. to noon. The Marion meal site is at 101 E. Main St. The Tustin meal site is at 213 South Neilson.
Walk-in clinics. If you wish to eat at the meal site, call 231-734-5559 at least a day before to reserve a spot.
A food pantry is available to residents in need who live in Osceola County. The following is a list of the different locations, hours and contact people.
SEARS— Former Orient Township Hall, next to the Post Office
Every Tuesday, 1 to 4 p.m.
Contact Ken at 231-620-2504
MARION— Marion Food Pantry, 112 N. Clark St., open 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month or by appointment
TUSTIN— Augustana Lutheran Church
Every Monday, 9 a.m. to noon, for Pine River school district residents only
Contact Katie at 231-768-4418
LEROY — Rose Lake Free Methodist Church
Second Tuesday of the month from 3-5 p.m. for all Osceola County residents
Contact Vicky at 231-388-1782
REED CITY— St. Phillip Neri Church
Every Tuesday, Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m.
Contact Robert at 231-832-2624
REED CITY— AARP No. 2418 meets on the second Wednesday of every month at the United Methodist Church in Reed City.
Potluck lunch (bring own table service) will start at noon followed by a program starting at 1 p.m. Everyone welcome.
For more information, contact Marylou at 231-832-4938.
REED CITY— Church of the Nazarene, Shepherd’s Table makes a free meal every Thursday at 5:30 p.m., 5300 220th Ave. Donations welcome.
for Road to Recovery
REED CITY— Road to Recovery is an American Cancer Society volunteer-based program that provides transportation for cancer patients to and from their treatments. Volunteer drivers transport patients from their home to cancer treatment centers, doctor visits and other cancer-related appointments.
The American Cancer Society is working with Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital, Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center to recruit volunteer drivers and coordinators from Osceola and its surrounding counties to help drive cancer patients to and from their treatment. All volunteers’ need is a few hours during the week and a desire to make a difference.
Local community members who are interested in volunteering for the Road to Recovery program should contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.
Dinner with friends at St. Paul Lutheran Church
EVART— Dinner with Friends Community Meal will be held on the second Wednesday of each month from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 435 W. 5th St. Sponsored by St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Evart United Methodist Church.
Donations appreciated. Takeout available.
For more information, contact 231-734-3585 or 231-734-5491.
In the event that school is canceled, Dinner with Friends will not take place.
Free community dinner
SEARS— Free community dinner will be held every Saturday night at 5:45 p.m. in Brooks Corners Hall with a contemporary worship at 6:30 p.m. Invite a friend.
Health specialty clinic
REED CITY— Urologist, John Anema, M.D. will be offering outpatient services at the hospital’s Specialty Clinic twice a month.
He will be consulting with patients on the second Friday of the month and performing outpatient surgery and other procedures, including lithotripsy on the fourth Friday.
The clinic is located at 300 N. Patterson Road. Contact Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital Specialty Clinic at 231-832-7108 for more information.
Crossroads Quilt Guild meeting
REED CITY— The Crossroads Quilt Guild will hold meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month, except December, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Reed City Church of the Nazarene.
Activities at the Reed City Senior Center
REED CITY— The Senior Center, 219 Todd Ave., has the following activities:
Wednesday: Fun Bingo (18 and older) at 12:30 p.m.
Thursday: Euchre at 12:30 p.m.
Friday night: Regular Bingo (weather permitting). Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Early Birds start at 6 p.m. (License No.A22502)
For further information, contact Carolyn at 231-832-2676.
Free movie nights
SEARS— Free movie nights will be held the second Friday night of the month at 7 p.m. at Brooks Corner Hall, U.S. 66 and 10. Free popcorn and hot dogs.
Day book club
at Reed City Library
REED CITY— A day book club will be held on the first Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Reed City Public Library.
OLAH holding monthly meetings
EVART— The Osceola League for Arts and Humanities will be holding a monthly meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at 207 N. Main St., Evart, 231-734-9900.
Art, antiques, crafts. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lapidary Class, Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Classes in other areas of the arts will be offered for those interested.
Free health care services
CADILLAC— Free limited health care services are available in Cadillac for residents of Wexford, Missaukee and parts of Osceola and Lake counties with low income and no health insurance. Weekly health clinics are scheduled based on the availability of volunteer healthcare providers. New patients need to call for an eligibility appointment.
Medication assistance may be available through the Stehouwer Free Clinic. Qualified applicants must have a Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital affiliated provider and meet guidelines set by pharmaceutical companies. Eligibility appointments are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m.)
Stehouwer Free Clinic is located at 201 N. Mitchell St. (lower level).
Hersey Congregational Church services
HERSEY— Service time for Hersey Congregational Church, 216 S. Main St., is a 10 a.m. traditional service.
Congregate meal sites for Osceola County COA
TUSTIN — Tustin Meal Site
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Lunch served at noon
REED CITY— Reed City Meal Site
802 Mill Street
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Lunch served at noon
EVART— Evart Meal Site
732 W. 7th Street
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Lunch served at noon
MARION— Marion Meal Site
221 S. Mill Street
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Lunch served at noon
Beginning line dancing classes in Evart
EVART— Line dancing 101 (beginner line dancing) will be held every Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 110 U.S. 10 in Evart.
There will be a $3 donation.
For more information, contact Carol at 231-734-5305.
Breakfast on second Sunday at Evart VFW
EVART— Breakfast will be held the second Sunday of each month from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Evart VFW.
Includes eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, and pancakes. All you can eat for $6.
Quilts to Comfort meeting
REED CITY— Patsy Blue’s Quilts to Comfort meets the second Monday of each month, except December, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to make quilts for the Susan P. Wheatlake Cancer Center. Guild meetings are the fourth Tuesday, except December, at 6 p.m. Quilters of all skill levels welcome.
All meetings are held at Reed City Church of the Nazarene, 5300 220th Ave.
For further details, contact Liz at 231-734-9704.