2018-01-11 / Community

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New technology lending program

UNIONVILLE - The Columbia Township Library announces its new technology-lending program. The library will lend mobile WiFi hotspots and laptops free-of-charge for a period of one week. Mobile hotspots can be used to connect WiFi-enabled devices like smartphones, tablets and computers to the internet. In order to check out a hotspot or laptop, a borrower must have Columbia Township Library card in good standing. For more information on this program or how to get a library card, call 989- 674-2651 or visit the library’s website at www.columbiatwplibrary.org.

Health department reminds shingles vaccine available

HURON COUNTY - The Huron County Health Department offers Zostavax (Shingles) vaccine to residents of Huron County who are 60 years of age or older. Zoster vaccine may be given to persons with a previous history of shingles. The Health Department participates in programs that may allow for Shingles Vaccine cost to be as low as $20 to those eligible. Persons must be 60 years old or older, have no insurance or have a high deductible which they cannot afford to pay. Call the Huron County Health Department at 989-269-9723 to make an appointment or with any questions.

Community Connections Story Hour, Jan. 11

HARBOR BEACH - Community Connections is offering a Story Hour is every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Harbor Beach Area District Library Common Room. Parents: Enjoy books, snacks, songs and crafts with your children. Story Hour is best for children age 8 and younger, but all are welcome to join in on the fun. Story Hour is made possible by the Huron County Community Foundation and Huron County Child Abuse/Neglect Council. Details: 989-479-3417.

Giant used book sale, Jan. 13

HARBOR BEACH - The HBCS/PTA Giant Used Book Sale will take place on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Harbor Beach Community Schools Library. There will be a wide variety of soft cover and hard cover books available including fiction, biographies, literature, sports, American history, world history, animals, health and reference. Books are priced by soft cover or hard cover and attendees may bring a bag a fill it for a set price. Complete encyclopedia sets are also available at a set price.

Free veterans party, Jan. 13

HARBOR BEACH - The Harbor Beach VFW Post 9344 is hosting a Free Veterans Party for all area Military Veterans and their spouses, Saturday, Jan 13 at 4 p.m. There will be 50/50 drawings and a prize ticket opportunity. The co-host is the Harbor Beach American Legion Post 197. For more information, call Dennis at 989-864-3124.

Harbor Beach library adult reading program sign-up begins Monday, Jan. 15

HARBOR BEACH - Registration for Harbor Beach Area District Library’s “Warm up with Books,” an adult reading program, will begin Monday, Jan. 15. “Join the fun and get some prizes!” Details: 989-479-3417.

Thumb Breadbasket, Jan. 20

PIGEON - A Thumb Breadbasket bi-monthly food distribution to Thumb area families will be Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at Laker Elementary School. Setup 7 a.m., distribution 8:30 a.m. until supplies gone (or 10 a.m.), cleanup 10 a.m. Please bring bags or boxes in which to collect and carry food. (Other 2018 dates: Mar. 17; May 12; Jul. 14; Sep. 15; Nov. 10.) Details: 989-414-0419.

Food safety classes, Jan. 20 & Feb. 2

PIGEON & CASEVILLE - MSU-Extension is offering the Cooking for Crowds food safety program to teach nonprofit groups that prepare food for their members or the general public as part of food fundraisers and events about food safety concepts as it relates to preparing food for the public so that the prepared food is both safe and delicious. A class will be conducted Saturday, Jan. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 7292 Kilmanagh Road, Pigeon; and again Friday, Feb. 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Caseville Eagles Club, 7017 E. Park St., Caseville. Educational information and resources including a 115-page manual with checklists and information to help safely plan and implement food fundraisers or events will be provided. Preregistration is requested: 989-269-9949, extension 602. MSU Extension is also willing to conduct training at your location with a minimum group of 10 people.

58th annual Huron County Picnic, Jan. 26 in Sarasota, Fla.

SARASOTA, FLORIDA - The 58th Huron County Picnic will be held on Friday, Jan. 26 at Sun-N-Fun Resort, 7125 Fruitville, Sarasota, Florida (use exit 210 off of I-75, then 1 mile east). Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Woodland Hall. A buffet potluck will be held at noon. Coffee and ice tea will be furnished. Please bring your table service and a dish to pass.

Euchre tourney, Jan. 27

PORT HOPE - A fundraiser euchre tournament for the Harbor Beach High School Bowling Club will take place on Saturday, Jan. 27, with registration from noon to 1 p.m., at the Port Hope Hotel. For more information, call 989-428-4808 or Herman Kammerzell at 989-479-3576.

Free monthly movie, Jan. 29

HARBOR BEACH - The Friends of the Harbor Beach Area District Library sponsor a monthly free movie, which is usually on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Community Theatre. On Monday, Jan. 29, they’ll be showing “Groundhog Day” (1993, PG, 1 hr 41 min, comedy, fantasy, romance, Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell). The movie on Monday, March 1 will be “3:10 to Yuma” (2007, R, 2 hr 2 min, adventure, crime, drama, Russell Crowe, Christian Bale). Details: 989-479-3417.

MDARD grant opportunity for county fairs

LANSING - The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has announced a competitive grant opportunity for Michigan’s county fairs to make building and other capital improvements to their fairground facilities. Additionally, grants are available for associations or other organized events hosting fairs or expositions showing livestock and commodities. Both grant proposals must be received by MDARD no later than 5 p.m., Feb. 1, 2018. Details: www.michigan.gov/mdard, Cinda Karlik at karlikc@michigan.gov or 517-284-5723.

Breast cancer group meeting, Feb. 13

UBLY - A breast cancer support group is meeting on the second Tuesday of each month (Feb. 13) at 6 p.m. at the Sleeper Public Library in Ubly. Details: 810-705-1250, melzwelz@gmail.com.

Lego contest returns

HARBOR BEACH - The Annual Harbor Beach Area District Library Lego Display & Contest will again be held this February. All entries should be original designs. Entries can be dropped off from Monday, Jan. 29 through Saturday, Feb. 3. All entries will be eligible for a prize drawing and there will be voting for the favorite entry in the library and on Facebook. This contest is open to all ages - even adults. Prizes will be awarded Monday, Feb. 26. Details: 989-479- 3417.

Timeless Trivia, Feb. 19

HARBOR BEACH - The Harbor Beach Area District Library Timeless Trivia Series will resume in February and run for three months on the third Monday at 7:30 p.m. This is a program for all who enjoy discussing trivia and reminiscing about the past. The upcoming programs are “Hail to the Chiefs” in February (Feb. 19), “People, Places & Profiles” in March, and “Classic Radio, TV & Movies” in April. This free program is just for fun and includes snacks and prizes. Details: 989-479-3417.

Spread the Warmth!

HARBOR BEACH - The Community Connections “Spread the Warmth” drive accepts donations of new or gently-used hats, scarves, mittens and gloves. If you are in need any of these winter items, come into Community Connections and take what you need - no questions asked. The office, located at 729 Trescott St., Harbor Beach, is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Community Connections is a program designed to help people who are struggling to make ends meet or living paycheck-to-paycheck. Stop in for assistance with applying for services, meeting basic needs, problem solving, finding trainings and education, employment assistance, creating a resume, goal setting, budgeting and more. For more information, call 989-479-0346. “We look forward to helping you get ahead!”

Soybean scholarship available for 2018-2019 school year

FRANKENMUTH - The Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee is offering scholarships to students enrolled in Michigan State University’s (MSU) Crop & Soil Science (CSS) program. Scholarship applicants must be undergraduate full-time students (12 credit hours or more) in their junior or senior year and possess a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA based on a 4.0 scale. Interested students can apply for the MSPC scholarships through MSU’s scholarship and grant department. MSPC is also offering a statewide scholarship for students attending other colleges or MSU students in a different program besides CSS, as long as they are going into an ag-related field and a family member pays into the soybean checkoff. This scholarship will be awarded using the same criteria as the MSU scholarships. Details: michigansoybean.org.

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