Welcome center participates in drive
MARINETTE — The Marinette Welcome Center, 1680 Bridge St., is once again participating in the The Family Help For the Homeless Drive. In 2016, with help from the community, 15,669.65 hygiene products were used to assist individuals and families in local crisis programs. With continued support, $55,629.39 was raised over the past three years.
All items collected stay in local communities and are donated to local shelters and programs for at-risk families. Items collected help ease the financial strain on area homeless and crisis programs.
Items needed include: Cleaning supplies; feminine needs; bathroom tissue; diapers/baby care; hair-care products; deodorant; dental care items; body lotion; laundry soap; kitchen trash bags; paper towels; and face/bath soap.
Collection continues to March 12. The Marinette Welcome Center is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. week days. For more information, peopel may call, 715-732-4333 or 920-834-4671, ext. 1110.
Local teen artist featured at exhibit
MENOMINEE — Local teens are now exhibiting their artwork in the Teen Learning Center at the Spies Public Library, 940 1st Street. Currently on display is, “Beyond Suburbia,” portraits by April Birch. Birch is a sophomore at Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy and president of the Menominee High School Art Club.
Birch describes her artwork as “honest and captivating — inviting you into a realm of soft brushstrokes intertwined with the rough edges of the adolescent mind.” The public is invited to a reception Wednesday, at 5 p.m., to meet Birch.
Soup and Sermon series to be held
MARINETTE — Holy Family Parish, is sponsoring a Soup and Sermon series Wednesdays during Lent. The weekly gatherings will be from noon to 1 p.m. at the Holy Family Parish Center, 2715 Taylor St.
Soup and Sermon provides a lunch-time meal of homemade soup, bread and desserts and the opportunity to listen to a variety of speakers who will offer a reflection on the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel.
This year’s featured speakers are: March 8, The Rev. Celestine Byekwaso, Holy Family Parish; March 15, the Rev. Brad Sjoquist, Holy Spirit and Resurrection Parishes; March 22, the Rev. Jess Berdol, St. Mary Parish; March 29, the Rev. Jim Wendt, Our Savior’s Lutheran; and April 5, the Rev. Dave Pennell, Abundant Life Church.
The public is invited to attend these ecumenical gatherings. Free-will offerings for the meal will be donated to The Emergency Rescue Squad Inc.
Parkinson group to meet Thursday
MENOMINEE —  The M&M Area Parkinson Support Group will meet Thursday at the Harbors Retirement Building, 1110 10th Ave., at 10 a.m. Christine Pada will be the guest speaker. The support group offers Parkinson patients, family and friends an opportunity to share their individual challenges, and receive support and resources from each other. Everyone is welcome and all meetings are free. For more information, people may contact Pat Ihler, 906-863-9445.
Women’s health screenings offered
Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties, has appointments available to women in need of breast and pelvic exams, a pap test or mammograms Thursday.
Screening services are free of charge through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Navigation Program. Participants must be ages 40-64, meet income guidelines and have little or no health insurance. BCCCNP may also help with breast and cervical follow-up care that may be needed if a woman with insurance has high out-of-pocket costs that her insurance does not cover.
WISEWOMAN services include screening for cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose. Lifestyle counseling is also available.
People may call to make an appointment and determine eligibility at 906-863-4451 (Menominee and Marinette County residents).
Senior center to offer computer class
MARINETTE — Marinette Senior Center will hold a Basic Skills for Computer Usage class March 14 and 16, from 9 a.m. to noon. The course will be taught by Brian Hartnell, an experienced adult instructor. Students will learn basic skills needed to save information, drag and drop between programs to share information between them; delete and rename files/folders, copy, paste, resize windows; organize icons on desktop; create shortcuts to software programs and folders; search on the web; download/upload files to the cloud for sharing and more. Works with Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10 Operating system.
Cost is $25. Participants should bring a portable computer to class to interact with tutorials. Early registration is required during office hours, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or call 715-732-1280.