SERA meetings set

ESCANABA — The State Employees Retirement Association (SERA) Upper Peninsula Chapter 16 has set the following schedule for meetings:

– Monday, April 2 at 1:30 p.m. (EST) in the conference room of the State Building in Escanaba.

– On Monday, May 7 at noon (EDT) there will be a luncheon at the Highland Golf Club, seven miles west of Escanaba. reservations for the luncheon are due by April 30. Call Arlene at (906) 786-7199 or Frank at (906) 786-2965.

Ecumenical Good Friday Service March 30

ESCANABA — The Community/Ecumenical Good Friday Service will take place at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 500 Ogden Ave. in Escanaba on Friday, March 30. The hour-long service will begin at noon.

Churches participating include: St. Stephen’s, Immanuel Lutheran, Bethany Lutheran, Christ the King Lutheran, First Presbyterian, Salvation Army, First United Methodist, Central United Methodist, and Harbor Lights Church of God.

Taco Tuesday hosted by Legion Post 71 returns

GLADSTONE — American Legion Post 71 welcomes the public to Taco Tuesday, serving from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. each week at the Gladstone Legion Hall, 802 Delta Ave. Both hard and soft tacos are available, along with nachos and nachos supreme.

Kiwanis Club holds meeting Wednesday

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone – Rapid River Kiwanis Club holds weekly meetings every Wednesday at 7 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 1212 Minneapolis Ave., Gladstone. Plan to attend a meeting and hear about on-going activities in support of community kids.

The Kiwanis Club welcomes new members who desire to support area children. If you are interested in helping to fill weekend food backpacks for the 152 school children who would have little or no food to eat on weekends without these backpacks, your assistance is welcome. Backpacks are filled each Wednesday, starting at 3 p.m. for four Gladstone Schools and the Rapid River School.

Kiwanis Clubs around the globe serve the needs of their community’s kids with all kinds of support including playground equipment, food, clothing and educational opportunities. For more information about Kiwanis, “Serving The Children Of The World,” visit

For more information about the Gladstone-Rapid River Kiwanis Club, check their website To be a part of serving our community’s kids, contact Ken at 428-2261 or write to PO Box 22, Gladstone, MI 49837.

Salvation Army social services available

ESCANABA — Social service assistance from the Salvation Army is available 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in the Community Services Building.

The soup kitchen is open noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Gustafson benefit dinner March 25 in Escanaba

ESCANABA — A benefit dinner will be held for local veteran Bob Gustafson on Sunday, March 25 from 1 to 6 p.m. at UP Plumber, Pipe Fitters & HVAC Local 111, located at 2601 N. 30th Street in Escanaba.

Bob was diagnosed with mercury poisoning and his family and friends are hosting a spaghetti benefit to help cover the medical cost and travel expenses for treatment.

In addition to spaghetti, Parmesan chicken, veggies and garlic bread will be served.

There is a cost to attend. Take-out is available.

Tai Chi class planned

GLADSTONE — Tai Chi classes meet each Thursday from 10 until 11 a.m. at the Gladstone Senior Center. Call Donna Aird at 420-2730 if you would like more information.