OCW TO MEET
The Okoboji Christian Women’s Connection will have a luncheon Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Bible Conference in Arnolds Park at 12:30 p.m. The luncheons are open to any women in the area who would like to join us for the afternoon. Penny Brown of Ankeny will be the speaker. As a beauty consultant, Penny gave tips to hundreds of women until she discovered the true essence of beauty. Curtis Jass will provide music. The groups special feature is mmembers providing a style show of second hand clothes they purchased. Next month will be the annual "silent auction" of new and slightly-used articles. Credit cards can now be accepted if you ever forget to bring cash. For reservations call: Mona 332-4552, Dorothy 507- 847-3566 or Sharon 712-580-4060.
SUIDICE PREVENTION PROGRAM PLANNED
"Talk Saves Lives," a brief introduction to suicide prevention will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Sami Bedell Center in Spirit Lake. Attendees will learn the warning signs and risk factors of suicide and how it can be prevented. Pre-meeting music is by Spencer Carlson of Spirit Lake. Ryan Nesbit is the keynote speaker. Nesbit has been a volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention since 2010. He currently serves as Co-Chair for the AFSP Iowa Chapter. Ryan has completed the youth mental health first aid training, AFSP adult facilitator support group training, and AFSP adolescent facilitator support group training. He is the co-director of the Alive & Running Iowa 5k for Suicide Prevention. He has presented "Talk Saves Lives" to college students, high school students, youth groups, Wells Fargo employees, National Guard members, and mental health counselors. He currently serves on a committee to create suicide survivor bereavement groups and strengthen existing groups. RSVP to Chris Spaeth email@example.com or (712) 260-0053.
G.O.L.F. TOURNAMENT GETS NEW DATE
The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce's Great Okoboji Lakes Finale — G.O.L.F. — Tournament has officially been postponed. It was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 19. It will now be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Brooks National Golf Club will still host the 18-hole tournament for teams of four.
Check-in and lunch will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. Participants will enjoy a putting contest before the shotgun start shortly after noon. Additional contests, raffles and pin prizes will be included throughout the afternoon. Players are also encouraged to embrace the "tailgate" theme of the tournament by wearing the colors or apparel of their favorite team.
Chamber Members as well as members of the community are invited to participate. Registration is open on www.okobojichamber.com. Get signed up with your co-workers, friends, family, or neighbors for an afternoon of fun! Contact the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber at (712) 332-2107 with any questions.
CALVARY SING-ALONG PLANNED
Join Respite Angels at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Calvary Methodist Church in Arnolds Park for a sing-along with Pastor Chris St. Clair. Refreshments will be served and organizers are excited to have a good old fashioned sing-along. The public is invited to a time of fellowship and friendship. Call Respite Angels at 712-229-6064 or the church at 712-332-2447 for more information.
ZWAGERMAN TO SPEAK AT UUF
On Sunday, Sept. 23, Jeff Zwagerman, a former educator, principal, superintendent and author will speak to the Iowa Lakes Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of his growing up in Sioux County and how his life did not follow exactly what a Dutch community expected. In his message he will share how his writing and his novels intertwine with his life experiences. Zwagerman earned a degree theatre and speech, a master's degree in educational administration and an doctorate in Education. He now lives on East Lake Okoboji where he writes, boats and fishes off his dock. The Iowa Lakes UU Fellowship meets at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Okoboji. Coffee is served at 10:30 a.m. and the service begins at 11 a.m. An optional buffet lunch ($10) is offered after the program. For more information check the Fellowship website uuokoboji.com. Visitors are always welcome.
SCHOLTEN TO HOST TOWN HALL MEETING
J.D. Scholten is hosting a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Dickinson County Community Building, which is located at 1602 15th St. in Spirit Lake.
DIABETIC GROUP TO MEET
The Spirit Lake Area Diabetic Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, in the Big Spirit Room, lower level at the Lakes Regional Hospital in Spirit Lake. The round table discussion and topic of education will be "Whole-Body Health." Diabetes is a chronic but controllable disease with education being one of the important tools in management of the disease. Knowledge is power for motivation in steps taken to a healthier attitude and care of the body. With the power of knowledge, diabetes care can be focused on inspiring, encouraging, and making life better while taking over the management of the pancreas. The local diabetic support group meeting, led by local patient facilitator Marcia Young, is open to anyone dealing with diabetes, spouse, family members or friend. The support group is a place for discussion, questions, motivation and on-going education for coping and managing this chronic disease. All are welcome and admission is free.
FOOD SAFETY COURSE OFFERED
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a ServSafe food safety certification class at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Spirit Lake on Oct. 2. The class will prepare individuals to become certified food protection managers (CFPM), a requirement for food establishments in Iowa. The ServSafe program blends information from the latest FDA food code, food safety research and years of food sanitation training experience and is administered through the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Renee Sweers, human sciences specialist in nutrition and wellness with ISU Extension and Outreach, will teach the class. To participate in the class, register online at the ISU Extension website. Registration is due by Sept. 11, along with the training fee of $150. Contact Sue Boettcher, Dickinson County Human Sciences Program Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach, at 712-336-3488 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
TREE CARE WORKSHOP SCHEDULED AT IOWA LAKES
Iowa Lakes Community College will be holding a Tree Care Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, on the Emmetsburg Campus. The tree care workshop will be instructed by two certified arborists and will include information about insects and diseases that affect trees, the ABCs of pruning, and the importance of pruning young trees. As part of the course, participants will take part in a walk around campus with a demonstration on proper pruning techniques. The class will be in room 3208 of the Ag Sciences building, with a cost of $59. Lunch will be provided. To register, visit www.iowalakes.edu/ce and search for class #2291, or contact 1-800-252-5664.
OMELET BREAKFASTS HELD AT ST. MARY'S
A freewill offering omelet breakfast by the Knights of Columbus takes place every third Sunday at St. Mary's Catholic Parish Community Hall. Made-to-order omelets, toast and all the fixings are offered — with special treats periodically like cinnamon rolls, fruit and ham or sausage.
COMPUTER DISCUSSION GROUP CONTINUES
The Morning Users Group (MUG) meets at 9:30 a.m. Fridays in the Black Box Theater of the Sami Center at the Spirit Lake High School. This group of beginner and experienced computer users discusses the latest trends in computer technology and smartphones — and how to solve problems brought by the users. Local residents and visitors are asked to bring their questions and observations for a lively discussion. The meeting lasts about an hour. Bring your own coffee. The group does not meet if Spirit Lake Schools are delayed or cancelled that day due to weather.