MILFORD LIBRARY YOUTH EVENTS PLANNED
February is halfway through, but there are still two more family opportunities at Milford Memorial Library. Public Playdate will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19. Building Bookworms will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24: The theme will be pets with the craft being a cute paper bag dog. Miss Becca is so exited to announce that MML is going to have two special people present programs for all ages in March. Emily Tinsman who is the current Miss Iowa will be doing a musical storytime at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 9, and Kenzie Liechti will be doing yoga at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 30.
TIME TO REMOVE ICE FISHING SHELTERS
Permanent ice shelters must be removed from all state-owned lands and waters by Feb. 20. Ice shelter owners are encouraged not to wait until the last minute to get their shelter off the ice. If a shelter falls through the ice, the owner is responsible for getting it out of the lake.
SL LIBRARY FEBRUARY EVENTS CONTINUE
Remember the come-and-go block party for young patrons from 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. Join the Spirit Lake Public Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, to make a sand dollar craft. All supplies and instruction will be provided for a $10 fee. Kindness and friendship will be the Spirit Lake Library storytime theme at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. Call the library at 336-2667 for more information.
PAST TIMES RETURNS TO ARNOLDS PARK
More and more fascinating stories about early Lakes area history are being shared during the monthly Past Times gatherings at the Arnolds Park Library. The next meeting will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21. Area residents are invited to bring stories and photos to share — or just sit back and enjoy the conversation.
DAVIS FEATURED AT UUF
Avis Davis, after a long career as a registered nurse and as the administrator of Oak Haven Care Facility will be the featured speaker at the next Iowa Lakes UU Fellowship program. Coffee is served at 10:30 a.m. and the service begins at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. Davis' artwork is displayed in many museums and galleries in Iowa, Sioux Falls, Worthington and Fairmont. When she worked in the field of nursing she taught college classes in health and aging, death and dying and gerontology. She continues teaching today but now conducts classes in art as well as presenting at spiritual conferences and retreats. Avis has three children but lost her two daughters in 2011. The Iowa Lakes UU Fellowship topic is "I Don’t Believe in Happiness." An optional $10 buffet lunch is offered after the program. For more information, visit uuokoboji.com.
OAK HILL OUTDOOR HOSTS FEBRUARY BUSINESS AFTER FIVE
Come and take a peek at the beautiful Oak Hill Outdoor building and all that they have been up to in the last year. Join the local business community at Oak Hill Outdoor for a networking event on Tuesday, Feb. 25, with co-host Nautical Okoboji from 5-7 p.m. Enjoy food and beverages, fun prizes and more. Business After 5 events are open to the public — all are encouraged to attend this fun and rewarding Lakes Area networking opportunity. The cost is $5 per person. Contact the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce for more information at 712-332-2107 or e-mail email@example.com. For a full schedule of Business After Five events, visit okobojichamber.com.
SHROVE TUEDAY PANCAKE SUPPER PLANNED
Immanuel Lutheran Church of Spirit Lake is hosting a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the church (2700 27th street). The meal includes you can eat pancakes, sausage and beverages for a free-will donation. Proceeds will go to Joyful Journeys Childcare Center's Scholarship Fund.
MUG FRIDAYS CONTINUE
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 (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. The public is encouraged to check out 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.
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.