It’s quick and easy to schedule your COVID-19 vaccination. Myrtue Medical Center Public Health is offering the Moderna, Johnson and Johnson or Pfizer vaccines Fridays during the month of September. Schedule your appointment online at myrtuemedical.org. Just click on the gray bar at the top of the website. Appointments are available on Fridays from 11 am to 1 pm and 2 to 4 pm. Other appointments are also available at Myrtue Medical, Harlan Clinic and local pharmacies.
The Shelby County Food Pantry needs donations. Donations can be made year round at the West Central Community Action on 7th Street in Harlan. Both non-perishable food items and non-food items can be donated.
Donate your extra garden produce to a food pantry. Shelby County has 3 food pantires - West Central Community Action Shelby County Outreach food Pantry in Harlan; Elk Horn Lutheran Church Food Pantry in Elk Horn and the City of Shelby Food Pantry. All would welcome your donations of tomatoes, peppers, onions, cucumbers, squash, carrots, green beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, apples, pears, peaches, berries, beets, eggplant and more. Buckets to use for donations are available in the Chamber atrium.
The annual trick or treating event at Nishna Bend will be held the weekend of October 9. We are in need of five more campers to participate in the event. This is the only weekend that we allow for campsites to be reserved. You still pay for you site as usual, but we just save it for you. The campers will be responsible for decorating their campsite and handing out treats to the trick or treaters that come. Prizes are awarded for the two best campsites. If you are interested or would like more information, please call Christina at 712-744-3403.
Blood Donation Opportunity -
Thursday, September 16th, 2021 - 11 am to 5 pm - Central Church of Christ in Griswold
11:30-5:30 pm - Treynor Community Center
Noon to 6 pm - YMCA in Atlantic
Tuesday, September 21st, 2021 - 11:30 am to 5 pm - Lutheran Church in Elk Horn
Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021 - 1-6 pm - Community Center in Neola
Monday, September 27th, 2021 - Noon to 6 pm - REC Center in Exira
Tuesday, September 28th, 2021 11:30 am to 5:30 pm Vet's Auditorium in Harlan - Contact Sue at 755-5725 or visit RedCrossBlood.org for an appointment. MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED WHETHER YOU ARE VACCINATED OR NOT.
RAISING SCHOOL READY READERS IS A NEW PROGRAM BY SHELBY COUNTY EXTENSION AND OUTREACH. JOIN THEM AS THEY DISCOVER SIMPLE TRICKS FOR EVERYDAY ROUTINES AND EXPERIENCES INTO LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES AND LEARN EASY WAYS TO HELP YOUR CHILD GET READY FOR SCHOOL BY BUILDING THEIR READING AND WRITING SKILLS. THE SESSIONS ARE OPEN FOR ADULTS AND THEIR 3 TO 6 YEAR OLDS AND WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAYS, STARTING SEPTEMBER 28TH AND RUN THROUGH OCTOBER 26TH. A MEAL WILL BE SERVED AT 5:30 WITH THE SESSION STARTING AT 6 PM AT THE IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN HARLAN. REGISTER ONLINE AT BIT.LY/READERS18424 OR CONTACT MARY TAGGS AT 755-3104.
Thursday, September 16th -
The Harlan Community Library will host Local Author, Kaylene Powell with a program and book signing at 6:30 pm.
The Harlan Senior Center will be serving Sloppy Joes, O'Brien hash browns, mixed vegetables and pineapple tidbits.
Friday, September 17th -
The Harlan Community Library will hold their Youth Readers' Advisory at 10:30 am.
The Harlan Senior Center will be serving oven fried chicken, whipped potatoes with gravy, diced beets, wheat bread and Mandarin oranges.
A free seminar "Welcome to Medicare" will be offered by the State of Iowa's Senior Health Insurance Information Program and the Harlan Senior Center will be held Tuesday, September 28th from 5:15 to 7 pm at the Therkildsen Activity Center in Harlan. The seminar will cover Medicare Pars A & B benefits, prescription drug benefits, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplement insurance and how to identify Medicare fraud, errors and abuse. Registration is required by September 17th, Call 755-2757.
Saturday, September 18th -
MISSOURI VALLEY’S SESQUICENTENNIAL FARM PROGRESS – 150 YEARS OF HARVEST PROGRESS – WILL BE HELD THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT THE WISECUP FIELD NORTH OF MCDONALD’S IN MISSOURI VALLEY ENJOY THE SONGS OF ROBBIE SEARS FROM 9 TO 5 AT THE WISECUP FARM MUSEUM BARN. COME TO THE MISSOURI VALLEY CITY PARK STARTING AT 10 AM FOR KIDS GAMES, FACE PAINTING, SCOUTS AND YOUTH GROUPS.
The 2021 Shelby County Relay for Life will be held Saturday, September 18th at Merrill Field in Harlan. A car, truck, motorcycle and tractor show will be held at 1 pm in Vet’s Auditorium parking lot. The welcome and registration for Relay for Life will begin at 5 pm at Merrill Field. A free will donation meal will start at 5:30 pm with take out available. At 6 pm, The survivor recognition will begin with Rachel Knop, at 6:30, the mission moment with speaker Tony Miller, the Luminaria Ceremony and survivor lap will start at 7:30 and Closing ceremonies will be held at 7:45. Entertainment throughout the evening will be provided by the Roadhaus Band.
The Monarch migration is on. Every year around this time Monarch start their journey south to Mexico. Prairie Rose State Park usually has groups stopping at Prairie Rose on their way. There will be a hike on Saturday, September 18th, at 1:30 pm to view some of the areas they like to stop. Meet at the park office for this hike.
And the last full moon/sunset paddle for the year at Prairie Rose will be on Saturday, September beginning at 7 pm. Ten canoes, life jackets, paddles and lights will be provided. They will meet on the east side of County Road M47. You are welcome to bring your own canoe or kayak, but please be sure to have the law required white light for the back of your boat.
The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Western Iowa area residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Harlan Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 18th. The Harlan Walk to End Alzheimer’s helps to support the Alzheimer’s Association’s critical research, care and support across Iowa. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.Event details are as follows:
The Southwest Iowa Art Tour is gearing up for its eighth year connecting rural communities through art. Mark your calendars for Friday, September 17th, Saturday, September 18th and Sunday, September 19th this year. The success of the Southwest Iowa Art Tour has grown the eighth annual event to twelve communities, fifteen Gathering Places, and more than seventy local artists. This self-guided tour allows participants to begin and end where they would like, come and go from location to location at their leisure, and explore diverse art forms – including fiber art, sculpture, pottery, painting, metal works, jewelry, glassware and much more from over seventy artists. The fifteen unique stops, some familiar and others new this year, will be located in: Avoca, Clarinda, Council Bluffs, Essex, Glenwood, Harlan, Macedonia, Malvern, Neola, Red Oak and Villisca.
The Greenridge Steam and Gas Engine Antique Show will be held this Saturday and Sunday south of Irwin. Admission is 5 dollars and that is good for both days. Children 6 and under are free.
Monday, September 20th -
The Harlan Senior Center will be serving chicken with supreme sauce, mashed sweet potatoes, cabbage, applesauce, and multi-grain bread.
A Dutch Oven Cooking Class will be held at Nishna Bend Recreation Area on Monday, September 20th, starting at 5:30 pm. They will have a breakfast theme this time. They will make and eat approximately 8 different recipes. The cost of the class is $20 for ages 10 and up, $10 for ages 5 to 9 and free to those under the age of 5 Preregistration is required and can be done by contacting Christina at 744-3403 or Iowa Western at 755-3568.
Tuesday, September 21st -
The Harlan Community Library will hold Tech Time in Person at 3 pm.
The Harlan Senior Center will be serving turkey breast with gravy, whipped potatoes, peas and carrots, wheat roll, and fluffy fruit salad.
Wednesday, September 22nd -
The Harlan Community Library will hold Story Time in Pioneer Park starting at 10:30 am.
The Harlan Senior Center will be serving tacos on flour tortillas, tortilla chips, pinto beans, whole kernel corn and rocky road pudding.
THE FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF HARLAN INVITES YOU TO JOIN THEM FOR A STALEY’S CHICKEN DINNER ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd FROM 5 TO 7 PM AT THE VET’S AUDITORIUM IN HARLAN. THE COST FOR ADULTS IS 12 DOLLARS, KIDS AGE 4 TO 10 YEARS, ONLY $5, AND 3 AND UNDER EAT FOR FREE! ENJOY DELICIOUS CHICKEN,POTATOES AND GRAVY, CORN AND HOMEMADE SALADS AND PIES, AND OTHER DESSERTS, TOO! DINE IN OR CARRY OUT.
Thursday, September 23rd -
The Harlan Community Library will host the Adult Creative Writing Group at 5 pm with the topic Elements of Short Stories. Lego Challenge Night will start at 6:30 pm
The Harlan Senior Center will be serving sliced ham, cheddar cheese, pasta salad, coleslaw, wheat bread and fresh seasonal fruit.
Friday, September 24th -
The Harlan Community Library will hold the Youth Readers' Advisory at 10:30 am.
The Harlan Serinv Center will be serving goulash, parmesan garlic green beans, wheat bread and mandarin oranges.
Saturday, September 25th -
The Harlan Community Library will hold Babies and Books Online - Baby Bouncy Time at 10 am. They will also have Adult Crafting - Cork Coaster Painting at 10 am.
Sunday, September 26th -
The Harlan Masons invite you to their breakfast, Sunday, September 26th, at the American Legion Building in Harlan from 8:30 to 12:30. For a free will donation, enjoy eggs, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, bacon, juice and coffee. The breakfast is sponsored by the Parian Masonic Lodge Number 321.
The Defiance Fire and Rescue Department will be holding their annual pancake breakfast, Sunday, September 26th, from 7 am to 11 am at the Defiance Fire Hall. They will be serving pancakes, eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy – all for a free will donation. And Carry outs will be available.
Monday, September 27th -
The Harlan Community Library invites you to OWLS - Older Wiser Learning Seniors at 12 Noon. The topic is the history of chocolate milk at the Harlan Senior Center.
The Harlan Senior Center will be serving sausage with onions and pepers, baby red potatoes, seasoned green beans, and pineapple tidbits.
Tuesday, September 28th -
The Harlan Community Library will hold Tech Time in Person at 3 pm.
The Harlan Senior Center will be serving liver and onions or beef with onion gravy, whipped red potatoes, lima beans, a dinner roll and carnival cookie.
Wednesday, September 29th -
The Harlan Community Library will hold Story Time at Pioneer Park at 10:30 am. The 5 O'Clock Somewhere Book Club will meet at 7 pm.
The Harlan Senior Center will be serving BBQ chicken, baked sweet potato, broccoli, sheat bread, and fruited gelatin.
Thursday, September 30th -
The Harlan Senior Center will be serving homemade meatloag with tomato gravy, baked potato, mixed vegetables, hot spiced peaches.
Saturday, October 9th -
The Walnut, Iowa Antique Fall Festival is set for Saturday October 9th from 8 to 5 and Sunday, October 10th from 8 to 3. Come and enjoy an Iowa Fall weekend and browse through antiques and primitives, Red Wing stoneware and pottery, advertising and collectibles, upcycled and repurposed items. It will be held rain or shine.
Creepy Campground at the Willow Lake Recreation Area near Woodbine is back on Saturday, October 9th. Bring the kids out dressed in their favorite costume for trick-or-treating in the campground from 3-5 p.m. This event is not intended to be scary and is great for all ages. There is no cost or registration; all children must be accompanied by an adult; please do not bring pets trick-or-treating. Parking is limited so carpooling is encouraged-watch for park rangers to direct you to park and walk locations; handicap parking available. Campers are encouraged to decorate their campsite and hand out candy; Saturday night camping will be free in exchange for providing enough store-bought wrapped candy for 300 children.
Wednesday, October 20th -
The Harlan Community Schools National Honor Society will be hosting a Red Cross Blood drive from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Harlan Community Schools High School Gym. Those interested can contact the high school office at 755-3101 or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter "HarlanHS" to schedule an appointment.
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