The Shelby County Food Pantry needs donations. Donations can be made year round at the West Central Community Action on 6th Street in Harlan. Both non-perishable food items and non-food items can be donated.
The Shelby County Veterans Affairs Office will be closed the week of April 17-April 19 for training. The office will be open again on April 24, 2018
The 5th annual Color Run for the Cure has been postponed. It will now be held on Saturday, June 2nd at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Registration is due by Thursday, May 24th. Harlan Community Seniors Kara Rueschenberg and Jacob Bartley are once again organizing the 5th Annual "Color Run for the Cure". Registration will also be held that day at 9 am and the race time at 10 am. All proceeds go to the Shelby County American Cancer Society Relay for Life team. Participants are encouraged to pre-register and the entry is $20 which includes a t-shirt. Registration forms are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month during April. Donating blood is a simple way for those who are short on time to make a life-changing difference. Plus all those who donate between April 9th and May 13th, will be entered to win one of three $1,000 gift cards to a national home improvement retailer, courtesy of Suburban Propane. Local blood donation opportunities include:
Monday, April 23rd 11 am to 5 pm Dewitt Community Building in Macedonia
Wednesday, April 25th 12 Noon to 6 pm Carroll National Guard Armory
Thursday, April 26th 7:30 am to 12:30 pm Conductix in Harlan
Saturday, April 28th 7:30 am to 12:30 pm Shelby Community Building in Shelby
Autism support group meetings -
The Harlan Area Autism and Special Needs Support Group meets the first Thursday of January,, February, March, April, September, October and November at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall of Immanuel Lutheran Church at 1700 19th Street in Harlan. The group empowers individuals with ASD/Special Needs and their families by providing communication, education, awareness and support within the community. If you like to get on the email list, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.\\
Thursday, April 19th:
Family Fun Night will be held Thursday, April 19th, from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Harlan Community Library.
Myrtue Medical Center Auxiliary's Annual Spring Fling will be held 5 to 7 pm, Thursday, April 19th at St. Michael's Rosman Parish Hall in Harlan. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 10. Tickets can be purchased at the A uxiliary Gift Shop or at the door the day of the event.
Friday, April 20th:
Saturday, April 21st:
The final legislative coffee of this session will be held 10 am, Saturday, April 21st at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry Atrium in Harlan. It is sponsored by Farm Sweet Farm in Harlan.
Sunday, April 22nd:
The Harlan Mason's Breakfast Fundraiser will be held on Sunday, April 22nd at the American Legion Building on Chatburn Avenue in Harlan. From 8:30 to 12:30, come and enjoy Biscuits and Gravy, Eggs, Pancakes, Bacon, juice and coffee. All for a free will donation. The breakfast is sponsored by Parian ***PEAR-ee-un*** Masonic Lodge No. 321.
Little Italia has been rescheduled for Sunday April 22nd, from noon until 3pm, at the Peace Haven in Walnut. Enjoy a bottomless bowl of spaghetti with your choice of red or white sauce, salad, and homemade bars. There will also have Olive Garden breadsticks and signature dressing. Wine tasting with Iowa Wines and More of Harlan, music and mingling. All this for a free will donation.
Monday, April 23rd:
The spring tour of four historic town of Western Shelby County will take place on Tuesday, May 15th. Take a guided tour through Westphalia, Portsmouth, Earling, and Panama. Cost is $29 and includes dinner at Byrd’s in Panama. Call 235-2791 or 744-3209 by Monday, May 7th to make reservations.
Tuesday, April 24th:
The Book Worms Youth Volunteer Group will meet 4 to 4:45 pm, Tuesday, April 24th at the Harlan Community Library.
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open from 4 to 6:30, April 24th, at the First Baptist Church on Chatburn Avenue in Harlan. They will be serving a Tater Tot Casserole, salad and Dessert. The Congregational Church will be volunteering and the birthday cake will be sponsored by Lori at Border Fare. Everyone in the community is welcome and bring a friend. All take out meals will be charged $3. The Iowa Community Kitchen is volunteer supported, donation funded and fellowship encouraged.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Shelby County Prevent Child Abuse Council, Myrtue Medical Center Learning for Life and the Harlan Lions Club invite you to a "Make Your Mark" with sidewalk chalk event Tuesday, April 24th, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Shelby County Courthouse. Have fun making designs on the sidewalks, meet and greet the Harlan Police, Fire Department and Shelby County Sheriff's Department. Refreshments will be provided by the Harlan Lions Club. The rain date is Thursday, April 26th.
Wednesday, April 25th:
Activities at the harlan Community Library for Wednesday, April 25th - 10:30 to 11:15 am - Story Time with the theme "What's hatching" with Shelby County Conservation Officers. 10 am - Classic Movie Series "On Golden Pond" - 4 pm - Kid's After School Movie - "Charlotte's Web."
The annual Fun China Luncheon will be held Wednesday, April 25th at the Harlan Golf and Country Club Ball Room. The cost is $15 per person, with 2 seating available - 11 am and 12:30 pm. To reserve tickets contact the Chamber office at 755-2114. Everyone is invited.
Head to St. Joseph's Parish in Earling for Bingo! Early bird starts at 6:30 pm and regular bingo starts at 7 pm. Lunch will be available.
Thursday, April 26th:
A Murder Mystery Dinner, "Murder in Margaritaland" will be held at 5:30 pm, Thursday, April 26th. Sign up is required at the Harlan Community Library.
Audubon Relay for Life will kick off at 6 to 9pm at the Danish Country Vine and Wine. There will be wine tasting, entertainment and food by the Flourmill. Pizza and Desert. Please come join them and be a part of Relay for Life from 6 to 9 at the Danish Country Vine and Wine.
Friday, April 27th:
Saturday, April 28th:
The Methodist Church in Defiance is hosting a Garage Sale, with proceeds going towards a special project in the church, along with a Relay for Life Bake Sale. Both start at 8 am.
Sunday, April 29th:
Monday, April 30th:
The Mobile Food Pantry will be coming to Harlan on Monday, April 30th, from 5 to 6:30 pm at Veteran's Memorial Building. Remember to please bring boxes or bags to carry food. The mobile pantry is available to you free of charge. The Mobile Food Pantry is sponsored by the Harlan Lions Club and Shelby County Community Chest.
Monday, May 7th:
Fishing for Fun will be held Monday, May 7th, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Nishna Bend Recreation Area. All families with children under 12 years of age are invited for some fishing fun and a FREE meal! For more information and to register call 755-4422. Each adult planning to fish MUST have a valid 2018 fishing license. Learning for Life will reimburse $20 towards the cost of a fishing license, but funds are limited so register today.
Thursday, May 24th:
The 5th annual Color Run for the Cure will now be held on Saturday, June 2nd at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Registration is due by Thursday, May 24th. Harlan Community Seniors Kara Rueschenberg and Jacob Bartley are once again organizing the 5th Annual "Color Run for the Cure". Registration will also be held that day at 9 am and the race time at 10 am. All proceeds go to the Shelby County American Cancer Society Relay for Life team. Participants are encouraged to pre-register and the entry is $20 which includes a t-shirt. Registration forms are available by contacting email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org