OCW TO MEET
"A Slice of Summer" will be the theme for Okoboji Christian Women's Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Okoboji Bible Conference building in Arnolds Park. The speaker will be Jane Shroyer from Ottumwa. Shroyer will be the entire program in concert form and her talk will be "Making Lemonade from Lemons." Okoboji Christian Women is a non-denominational group so enjoy the day with us and come away sweeter. Reservations are appreciated by Monday so organizers can get the right amount of catered food ordered. For reservations call: Mona 362-4552, Jeanne 339-9060, Sharon 580-4060, or Dorothy 507-847-3566.
SPIRIT LAKE HOSTS FINANCIAL AID PROGRAM
Area high school seniors and their parents are invited to a free presentation called "How to Pay for College" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Sami Bedell Center for the Performing Arts. Attendees will learn about the financial aid process, FAFSA application reviews, understanding FAFSA results, FSA IDs, understanding costs – college comparisons, financial aid options, scholarships process and where to go for help. Contact Natasha Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
GOEHRING TO SPEAK AT UUF
Teresa Goehring will present a program to the Iowa Lakes UU Fellowship on Sunday, Aug. 25, about her work in the community with at-risk youngsters. Coffee is served at 10:30 a.m. and the service begins at 11 a.m. at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Okoboji. An optional buffet lunch ($10) is offered after the program. Goehring will share her own personal philosophy that motivates her in her work and will outline how the schools, churches, community organizations and youth groups work to enrich the lives of others. The elementary success coach for the Okoboji School District earned her degree from The South Dakota State University, an endorsement in Native American Studies from Sinte Gleska University, a masters degree from Buena Vista University in counseling, and a masters degree in special education from Morningside College. Teresa has worked with children in the Lakes Area for the past 25 years, currently serving on the Backpack Ministry Program sponsored by all the churches in Milford to provides meals over the weekend for at-risk children. Goehring works with middle, high school and college students as the Director of Youth Ministry at St. Joseph's Church, focusing on connecting scripture to mission and service opportunities. Goehring and her husband, Scott, are parents to three grown children.
ANNUAL YARD SALE PLANNED
Calvary United Methodist Church will host its annual yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the church in Arnolds Park. A luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Candles, pictures, jewelry, lamps, dishes, toys, Christmas items and will be on sale, with proceeds to be used for youth activities.
BRIDGE MARATHON DEADLINE APPROACHES
Calling all bridge players! St. Joseph Catholic Church in Milford will again host its annual bridge marathon beginning Sept. 1 through April 30. Persons interested in playing bridge on a round-robin schedule are asked to call the parish office at 338-2274 by noon Fri., Aug. 30. This deadline will be strictly enforced. Cost is $10 for the year. A fun night is held in May to announce the winners.
MILFORD LIBRARY HOSTS YOUTH EVENTS
Milford Memorial Library had a jam packed summer full of celebrations, programs, local presenters, playdates, storytimes, and partner reading. Of course, there were plenty of incentives to go around for those kiddos who put the time and effort in on their reading logs. Please don't forget Milford Memorial Library as students ease back into the school routine. Miss Becca has three programs planned, so please add these September dates and times to your calendar:
• 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 — Afterschool Activity-Tower Building
• 5:30 pm. Wednesday, Sept. 18 — Public Playdate
• 10:3 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23 — Building Bookworms-Alphabet Fun
BLOOD DRIVE TO BE HELD ON SEPT. 3
Lakes Regional Healthcare is partnering with their blood supplier, LifeServe, to host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, in the Big Spirit Conference Room in the hospital’s lower level (enter the hospital’s east entrance). Donating blood is safe, easy, and takes about an hour. Donors must weigh at least 120 pounds, be at least 16 years old (16 and 17-year-old donors must have a signed parental/guardian permission form), and be in general good health. There is no upper age limit for blood donations. Donors must bring a photo ID and should eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids before giving blood. Those interested in donating blood can call 1-800-287-4903 or schedule their appointment online at the LifeServe website.
DIABETIC SUPPORT GROUP TO MEET
The Spirit Lake Area Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, in the Big Spirit Room at Lakes Regional Hospital, lower level. "Reflections by The Diabetic Warrior" will be the program for discussion led by Marcia Young, Diabetic Support Group Facilitator. Diabetes is a chronic but controllable disease with education being an important tool 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 member, or friend.
The presentation will be held Monday, September 9 at 7 PM in the Big Spirit Room on the lower level at Lakes Regional Hospital. All are welcome and admission is free.
GRANT APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED
The Dickinson County Water Quality Commission is accepting grant applications until Oct. 1. The grant application materials are available at the Clean Water Alliance website. In addition, interested groups can contact the Dickinson SWCD at 3302 18th Street, Spirit Lake, IA or (712) 336-3782 ext. 3 and talk to John Wills, Dickinson County Clean Water Alliance Coordinator, for information about the grants. The Application timeline is as follows: • Aug. 1 — Request for Applications (RFA) begins • Aug. 22 — Water Quality Commission Help Session from 2 p.m. to completion at the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office in Spirit Lake. Grant writers do not need to wait for the help session to receive help – please call or stop in to talk to John. • Oct. 1 – Grant Applications due to Dickinson SWCD by 4:30 p.m. Applications will be accepted for any water quality project from a non-profit organization or governmental agency which improves the water quality of the Iowa Great Lakes, Silver Lake, and Little Swan Lake in Dickinson County and those lakes watershed. To date over $2.8 million has been granted to groups and agencies in Dickinson County to protect our water bodies. That money has been matched by over $26 million. The Dickinson County Water Quality Commission includes members from all the cities and the county government from within Dickinson County. Each city and the county contribute to the commission and have commissioners to represent them on the commission.
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 CONTINUES AT SLHS
The Morning Users Group (MUG) meets Fridays at 9:30 a.m. 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 new computer and smartphone technology and how to solve problems brought by the users. Local residents and visitors are asked to bring their new technology questions and observations for a lively discussion. The meeting lasts about an hour.