GOODWILL DONATION DRIVE PLANNED
A Goodwill trailer will be located at the United Methodist Church, 1812 Gary, Ave., Spirit Lake, from Wednesday, July 18, to Tuesday, July 24. Carry all items as far to the front of the trailer as possible. Do not leave items outside the trailer, they will not be picked up.
Drop off good clean usable clothing, shoes, housewares, small furniture, books, CDs and videos, collectables, usable toys, electronics in working condition and computer accessories. Recyclable items such as dry clothing in any condition, computers and accessories, cellphones, used ink cartridges, kitchen utensils and paper goods will be accepted. No large appliances or furniture, paint, chemicals, used oil, wet clothing, TVs, tires, mattresses, box springs or encyclopedias will be accepted. Contact Elthea Danley at 605-357-6151 for additional information.
LANG SHOW COMES TO CALVARY UMC
The public is invited to join Respite Angels at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19, for a free country music concert at Calvary Methodist Church in Arnolds Park. The group is excited to have the Steve Lang Country Music show provide entertainment. Steve is from Armstrong and entertains in southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa and plays a wide array of country music. If you have any questions please contact at 712-229-6064 or the church office at 712-332-2447. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.
GRACE LUTHERAN HOSTS GARAGE SALE
Grace Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake is hosting a garage sale to benefit the street children of Oaxaca, Mexico. Garage sale hours are 7 a.m. to noon July 20 and again July 21. All proceeds go to the Food fund for the Center for the Streetchild. Grace Lutheran Church is located at 801 Hill Avenue.
BEDELL, THORSEN TO SPEAK AT ARROWWOOD
On Sunday, July 22, Congressman Berkley Bedell will speak on the topic of "Finding Civility in Government and Politics" and David Thorsen will discuss "Climate Change."
Congressman Bedell was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1974 and served for 12 years before he retired because he had contacted Lyme disease. Since his retirement, he has been writing and speaking about his concerns of what is happening with our political system and government.
David Thorsen is a professional photographer and explorer from Lake Okoboji. He has made three Arctic expeditions aboard small sailboats as well as sailing circumnavigation of the North and South American continents. Besides capturing thousands of images, his expeditions were designed to raise awareness in the public and highlight many important ocean and sea issues and the science of climate change.
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 $10 buffet lunch is offered after the program. For more information check the Fellowship website uuokoboji.com. Visitors are always welcome.
NORTHWEST IOWA CONCERT COMES TO ARNOLDS PARK
The Northwest Iowa Concert Band, directed by Rich Nicklay, will present its annual summer concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at Arnolds Park Amusement Park. Comprised of volunteers from area communities, the public is invited to this free concert, celebrating their 27th year at the Park. Music selections will include marches, overtures, patriotic, and sing-a-longs,
** LIBRARY PROGRAMS CONTINUE IN MILFORD
"Jump Start to Reading" takes place from 9:30-10 a.m. on Fridays and will continue through Aug. 10. It's not too late to register — adult volunteers will be available to meet one-on-one with children to help them maintain and improve their reading skills. Children at all reading levels are encouraged to register soon.
The final summer reading program event is 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 24. Everyone is invited to a party that includes pizza and inflatables.
Milford Memorial Library has other exciting events planned for children preschool age through the completion of fourth grade. All programs are free of charge. Please register by calling 338-4643, e-mail Children’s Librarian, Betty Naab at email@example.com or on the library website.
COUNTY GOP WOMEN'S EVENT SET FOR JULY 24
The Dickinson County Republican Women invite all residents of Dickinson County to attend the 2018 "Cruising with Politics" event at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 24. Boarding on the Queen II will begin shortly after to set sail on West Lake Okoboji. The keynote speaker for the evening will be Tamara Scott of the National Central Committee. Also scheduled to speak will be State Auditor Mary Moisman, District Representative Kolby DeWitt and Gov. Kim Reynolds' field director Moe Clemon. There will be light appetizers to enjoy plus a cash bar. Reserve tickets by contacting Cami Wills at (712) 330-9486. The email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $25.
COUNTY DEMOCRATS ANNOUNCE SUMMER SIZZLER
The inaugural Summer Sizzler will be held Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the New Majestic Pavilion in Historic Arnolds Park on beautiful Lake Okoboji. The event features an incredible line-up of speakers including Congressman Eric Swalwell, first announced Democratic Presidential candidate Congressman John Delaney, former Congressman Berkley Bedell, Charlotte Hubbell speaking on behalf of Fred Hubbell the Democratic candidate for governor, Iowa Secretary of State candidate Deidre DeJear and U.S. House District 4 candidate JD Scholten. There are also three Iowa Senate candidates and three Iowa House candidates from northwest Iowa who will be present and speak briefly. The event starts with registration at 5 p.m., a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. and a program beginning at at 6:45 p.m. Queen II rides (at their own expense) of West Lake Okoboji will be available at 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased by calling Harold Prior at 712-337-0156 or 515-320-4057 or John Adams Sr. at 515-320-4429.
BOOK SALE COLLECTIONS BEGIN
The Friends of the Jackson County Library group is accepting donations for its annual book sale through Sept. 5. The event provides supplemental funds for programs, materials and other extras for the Jackson, Lakefield and Heron Lake libraries. Books, audiobooks, music, movies, puzzles and games can be dropped off in Jackson at the Historic State Theater and Sunshine Foods.
If you need help with dropping off books or have a large number, please contact a librarian at 507-847-4748 in Jackson, 507-662-5782 in Lakefield or 507-793-2641 in Heron Lake. This year’s book sale is scheduled for the week of Sept. 10. The cost for membership in the Friends of the Jackson County Library is $2 for students, $10 for individuals or $15 per household, with additional sponsorships set at $100 for a Patron and $200 for a Benefactor. Checks can either be dropped off at one of the three libraries or mailed to 311 3rd Street, Jackson, MN, 56143.
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.