OCW PRAYER CONNECTION TO MEET
Okoboji Christian Women’s Prayer Connection will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Wilma McClellan residence (13480 240th Ave., Spirit Lake). This is a time of fellowship, prayer for others, and planning our future luncheons. No reservations are necessary for the prayer connection. For questions call 712-330-0671. The OCW are a non-denominational group sponsored by Stonecroft ministries.
SPIRIT LAKE LIBRARY HOSTS MEDICARE SEMINARS
Medicare educational seminars will be held Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Spirit Lake Public Library. This is an opportunity for those approaching Medicare eligibility and those already on Medicare to have questions answered and to gain a thorough understanding of how Medicare works, the types of plans available and changes taking place this year in the program and the market.
The goal of the seminar is to provide you a proper understanding of Medicare that allows you make informed decisions for your own circumstances. Meetings will be held at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the Spirit Lake Public Library meeting room. Time will be provided to answer all questions. Refreshments will be served. Anyone wanting to know more about Medicare is welcome. The seminars will be presented by Ed Murphy.
ROTARY BOOK SALE APPROACHES
The Spencer Rotary Club is busy preparing for the 2018 Rotary Book Sale set for Wednesday, Nov. 6, through Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Clay County Regional Events Center. The 28th annual book sale is expected to feature approximately 30,000 used books ranging from fictional classics to romance novels and nonfiction selections to rare first editions.
The book sale kicks off on Wednesday, Nov. 6 with the traditional "First Choice Party" from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Admission for the First Choice Party is $5 and provides an opportunity to get the first selection of books and refreshments. That evening, hardcover books are $3 each and paperbacks are $1. Sale hours on Thursday and Friday are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days with $1 admission and the book prices remain $3 for hardcovers and $1 for paperbacks.
On Saturday, Nov. 9, book sale hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and the price of books drops to $1 for hardcovers and 50-cents for paperbacks. On Sunday, Nov. 11, the hours are noon to 4 p.m. All books are $5 for a bag or $25 for a shopping cart load of books and all remaining children's books will be provided at no charge during Sunday's "Last Chance" sale. Bags are provided or customers can bring their own bag.
Complimentary coffee will be available throughout the event. Tables will be set up where shoppers can take a break, enjoy a cup of coffee and peruse an interesting book, or simply use an empty table to stack their future purchases.
RESPITE ANGELS TO HOST HUISENGA
Join Respite Angels at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Calvary Methodist Church for music with Kirk Huisenga. Organizers are excited to have Kirk come back and he specializes in music from Frank Sinatra. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.
ARNOLDS PARK HOSTS PAST TIMES
The Arnolds Park Library is pleased to welcome area residents at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, for the first gathering of Past Times — a monthly opportunity to hear and share stories of the Iowa Great Lakes from days gone by.
With guest speakers and spacious time for sharing personal stories of the area, Past Times will be a place to remember, share and honor the rich history of this area. For more information please call the Arnolds Park Library at 712-332-2033 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOUP'S ON AT CALVARY UMC
Where can a person enjoy delicious soups, delectable desserts and do some Christmas shopping at the same time?
The soup supper at Calvary United Methodist Church in Arnolds Park is the answer. Beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, the free-will offering supper will be served. Three choices of soups (chili, turkey wild rice and vegetable) will be available and a wide variety of desserts will please anyone’s taste buds.
More than 100 area businesses have combined efforts to provide a massive silent auction for browsing and shopping pleasure. A wide variety of items will be on display.
Everyone is invited to spend a fun and delicious early evening on Sunday at Calvary United Methodist Church in Arnolds Park.
HROMATKO TO SPEAK AT UUF
The Nov. 10 Iowa Lakes Unitarian Universalist Fellowship speaker is Rev. Wesley V. Hromatko. The tri-state speaker currently lives on a Century Farm that he owns and operates. He served UU societies in the Midwest and Massachusetts. His topic is "Voices in the Still Houses: Thoughts on the Day." 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. An optional buffet lunch ($10) is offered after the program. For more information, visit the Fellowship Website at uuokoboji.com. Visitors are always welcome.
MILFORD HOSTS HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM
Join Dickinson County Iowa State University Extension and Outreach from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Milford Memorial Library for the program "Smart Choice Health Insurance." Attendees will get a better understanding of what they need for health insurance. This program is free and open to the pubic. Light refreshments/snacks provided.
IOWA LAKES PRESENTS FALL COFFEEHOUSE CONCERT
The Iowa Lakes Music Department will present a fall coffeehouse concert, featuring live music performed by Iowa Lakes students and community members. Vocal ensembles, handbells, and the jazz band will be featured, as well as solos from Iowa Lakes students and others. Styles will include country, jazz, recent pop hits, show tunes, and more. The Coffeehouse starts at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the Student Center, located at 300 S. 18th St. in Estherville. Everyone is invited to attend this free event. Coffee, cider and snacks will be served throughout the evening at no cost.
Anyone interested in performing at a Coffeehouse event should contact Rachelle Gewecke, music department assistant, at email@example.com or 712-362-8345.
WINTER GAMES MEETING APPROACHES
As the cooler weather moves into the Iowa Great Lakes Area, so does the excitement for the 40th University of Okoboji Winter Games. Mark your calendars for Jan. 23-26 to join the fun and celebration of 40 years of University of Okoboji Winter Games traditions combined with so many exciting new events this year.
A public planning meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in The Majestic Pavilion at Arnolds Park Amusement Park. These public meetings are a time to share new ideas, update the schedule of events, or share any new events that businesses may be hosting. Be sure to check out uofowintergames.com or "like" us on Facebook for live updates. Please contact Kiley Zankowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 712-332-2107 with any questions.
YOUTH EVENTS CONTINUE AT MML
Join Miss Becca for the November Afterschool Activity, which will be refreshments and the movie "Smallfoot." Showtime will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, and everything will be provided by the Milford Memorial Library. Upcoming programs for little ones include Public Playdate (Nov. 20), 4-H Clover Kids: Fabulous Fall (Nov. 21), and Building Bookworms: Totally Thankful (Nov. 25). As always, the best way to stay current is through our monthly programming calendar, MML’s website — milford.lib.ia.us — and the various social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).
IRRMA ANNOUNCES CONCERT SERIES
The Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association is pleased to announce their fall Rock the Roof concert series, to be held on the third Thursday of the months of November and December at the Majestic Pavilion in Arnolds Park. The November concert will be the Rock 4 Vets Concert featuring Galaxy on Thursday, Nov. 21. The final concert in the season will be a special Christmas Rock the Roof event with artist TBA on Thursday, Dec. 19.
All of the concerts will run 6-8:30 p.m. at the Majestic Pavilion in Arnolds Park. Tickets are $8, or $15 for couples. The Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association will also hold a Christmas Open House & Jam Session from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at The Iowa Rock 'n Roll Museum in Arnolds Park.
TREE OF LOVE MARKS 30 YEARS
The public is cordially invited to help Lakes Regional Hospital volunteers celebrate the 30th annual Tree of Love Lighting Event at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, inside the Lakes Regional Hospital East Entrance in Spirit Lake. Enjoy a holiday message by Rev. Vicki Fisher, sing carols accompanied by Denise Lev and Russ Eckard, and enjoy refreshments.
Plan now to pay tribute to a loved one with a $5 donation for a heart keepsake ornament hand-painted by Arlene Krogman and Esther Jepsen. Indicate if the Tree of Love ornament is for a birthday, memorial, holiday greeting or anniversary. Include who the ornament is for, who is is from (including name address and phone number) and make checks payable to Lakes Regional Healthcare volunteers. PO Box AB, Spirit Lake, IA 51360.
Ornaments are available at the tree lighting ceremony and are also offered at the hospital east volunteer desk throughout the season. Hearts and acknowledgement cards are available at the reception desk at the Lakes Regional Healthcare Hospital.
Your donation supports scholarships from the Lakes Regional Hospital Volunteers for students entering the healthcare field and Meals on Wheels.
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.
MUGS GROUP CONTINUES TO MEET
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 (28th street entrance). This small group of enthusiasts discusses the latest hot topics in computers and smartphones, but often ranges to streaming videos, social media, organizing digital photos, escaping ransomware, flying drones, and genealogy. Check-out these stimulating discussions to understand the new technology that you would like to know more about — but didn’t know who to ask. There are no dumb questions. Your experiences can add to our knowledge. Discussion lasts about one hour. The group does not meet if Spirit Lake Schools are delayed or cancelled that day due to weather.