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Rep. Calley in town Jan. 27


State Rep. Julie Calley will meet with residents in two communities Monday, Jan. 27.

She will be at the Village of Lake Odessa Page Memorial Building, 839 4th Ave., Lake Odessa, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Afterward, she will be at the Barry County Courthouse Commissioners’ Chambers, 220 W. State St. Hastings, where she will take individual meetings from 1 to 2 and give a legislative update from 2 to 2:30 p.m.

If the school district closest to the meeting location is closed for inclement weather, office hours in that area also will be cancelled.

No appointment is necessary. Out of consideration for other attendees, individual meetings will be limited to 10 minutes each. Anyone who would like additional time or who is unable to attend the scheduled office hours, may email or call 517-373-0842.



Parenting tips, free dinner at workshop


The Family Support Center of Barry County will host a presentation “Teaching Kids Mindfulness for Parents and Caregivers.”

Holly Tiert will be the presenter for the Jan. 27 program at Hastings Baptist Church, 309 E. Woodlawn, Hastings. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a free dinner, followed by the workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The free program teaches techniques of mindful awareness that can help children learn to pay closer attention to their thoughts, feelings and emotions. Parents and caregivers can learn how to help children reduce stress and anxiety to enhance their well-being, explore research, get ideas for mindfulness activities and learn more about children’s literacy that supports mindfulness practices.

Attendees will earn 1.5 hours of training.

Child care is free with pre-registration.

Transportation to the Hastings program is available within in the city limits, but must be pre-arranged at registration.

Individuals may register online at, under the ‘what we do’ tab and finding the listing for Family Workshop Series or by calling 269-945-5439.

Free overdose-prevention training


The Barry County Substance Abuse Task Force will host a free community overdose-prevention training from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, at Barry County Community Mental Health Authority.

This community overdose-prevention training is in response to the opioid crisis and will help participants learn about the opioid issue, gain understanding of addiction, be able to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose, and gain skills to be able to respond to an overdose using naloxone.

Upon completion of training, participants over the age of 18 can receive a free naloxone kit. The training is being offered with assistance from Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health, Community Outreach and Prevention Network, and the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act grant.

Registration prior to the event is required. Anyone with questions or who would like to RSVP may call Hannah Napolillo, 269-948-4200, or email Those interested also may RSVP online at



Women's Giving Circle to meet Feb. 5


The Women’s Giving Circle of Barry County will meet Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the First Presbyterian Church of Hastings, 405 M-37, north of Hastings.

The group meets quarterly to learn about the work of local nonprofit organizations. Members vote to direct their collective donations of $50 each ($30 for those under 30) to a local organization. Members pay for their own dinners, and at each meeting, they hear updates from a previous recipient and learn more about another.

The Feb. 5 meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner. The first speaker will be Lauren Tripp, representing the Type 1 Diabetes Fund of the Barry Community Foundation. She will tell the group how donations from the November meeting will benefit the community. The second speaker will be a representative of Safe Harbor Children’s Resource Center.

RSVPs to attend must be received by Wednesday, Jan. 29, via email to or by calling 616-891-0325. Information will be emailed to interested women, who may join the Women’s Giving Circle at any time.




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