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Jingle Bell Holiday offers festive family fun, merry shopping, and more

Jingle Bell Holiday offers festive family fun, merry shopping, and more   GRINNELL– Grinnell’s annual holiday shopping kick-off event, Jingle Bell Holiday, will be held downtown on Friday, November 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. Guests are invited to enjoy festive activities and promotions at a variety of businesses, and receive double punches on holiday punch cards on all purchases …

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Holidays In Grinnell

Holidays In Grinnell   Join us this holiday season for activities in Grinnell! Keep checking back as we add more activities and events. Central Park We’d like to say a huge thank you to Jennifer McAlexander, Dodi Reilly, Jill Hollingsworth, Chief Reilly, Daniel Clements, Ryan McGuire, Happy Miller, Michelle Butler, Kerri Olson, Gailanne Dill, Jim White and all the other volunteers for …

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GRMC Auxiliary Tree Ornaments

GRMC Auxiliary Tree Ornaments It’s the beginning of the holiday season and the UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary will continue its tradition of decorating a tree in the medical center with angels for everyone to enjoy. This project is a way to honor or remember a loved one through the purchase of an angel ornament for the …

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Extraordinary Nurse Leader Celebrated at Medical Center

Extraordinary Nurse Leader Celebrated at Medical Center UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) was thrilled to honor Vice President Doris Rindels, RN, with The DAISY Nurse Leader Award on November 2. The award reflected the medical center’s appreciation of her compassionate leadership, creating an environment of care that truly makes a difference in the lives of staff, patients and …

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Breakfast with Santa at St. Francis Manor

Breakfast with Santa at St. Francis Manor   (Grinnell, IA – November 8, 2018) St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park are inviting the public to enjoy “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday, December 1st.  All-you-can-eat pancakes (plain, blueberry, and chocolate chip) with butter and maple syrup, sausage links, orange juice, milk and coffee will be served between 8 and 10:30 AM in …

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Academy Award-winner Alexander Payne to speak at Grinnell College

Academy Award-winner Alexander Payne to speak at Grinnell College Scholars’ Convocation on Nov. 15 will feature the director, producer and screenwriter GRINNELL, Iowa — Academy Award-winning director, producer and screenwriter Alexander Payne, who directed “Nebraska,” “The Descendants,” “About Schmidt” and “Election,” among other films, will speak at the Scholars’ Convocation at Grinnell College on Thursday, Nov. 15. Payne, who has worked …

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Clearing the Air – Grinnell Parks

         Clearing the Air – Grinnell Parks The Smoke Free Air Act, which celebrated its 10thanniversary in 2018, prohibits smoking in places like restaurants, theaters and other workplaces; however, it does not extend to smokeless tobacco or electronic smoking devices. That means products like chewing tobacco or e-cigarettes are legal to use unless a tobacco and nicotine free policy is …

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Wes Finch Auto Plaza Donates $1,000 to Wartburg College Dance Marathon!

Wes Finch Auto Plaza Donates $1,000 to Wartburg College Dance Marathon!  Jeff Finch, owner-operator of Wes Finch Auto Plaza in Grinnell, recently presented a $1,000 check to the winners of the dealership’s October Facebook contest, Wartburg College Dance Marathon.  Voting took place in October, and the winner was announced on November 1st. The organization did a wonderful job of engaging their …

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GRMC Auxiliary 2018 Holiday Tour of Homes – November 30 & December 1

Home for the Holidays With winter wonderland weather fast approaching, it’s time to put up those holiday decorations. The UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary will showcase the holiday decorations of ten homes in its first Holiday Tour of Homes. Tour participants will be able to view homes around the Grinnell area on both Friday, Nov. 30, from …

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The Trip of a Lifetime

The Trip of a Lifetime Hear about a life-changing journey across the open roads of America at the UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center Senior Education Program on Monday, Nov. 12. Will Freeman, associate professor of physical education at Grinnell College, covered over 16,000 miles this past summer driving through the 48 contiguous states. Driving the two-lane highways in …

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Maker Lab serving college and community to open on Saturday, Nov. 3

Maker Lab serving college and community to open on Saturday, Nov. 3 New lab in the Stew offers tools from laser cutters to lathes to routers to 3D printers GRINNELL, Iowa — Members of the Grinnell and Grinnell College communities are invited to check out the new Maker Lab (MLab) on Saturday, Nov. 3. The grand opening will run from 7 …

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Music Journalist to Present at the Stew

Music Journalist to Present at the Stew On Tuesday, November 6, award-winning music journalist Jessica Hopper will present at the Stew. The Grinnell Area Arts Council has partnered with Writers@Grinnell to bring Hopper, who is on tour in support of her new memoir Night Moves. The Chicago-based writer has written for Spin, GQ, Chicago Reader, MTV Music News, and Rolling …

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2018 IGA Annual Awards announced

PGA Pro of the Year – John Shawver, Grinnell College Golf Course John Shawver, of Grinnell College Golf Course, is the 2018 IGA’s PGA Professional of the Year. With nearly 30 years of experience in the industry, Shawver has gained insight into grounds maintenance, pro shop sales and general operations of a golf course. And even more important, Shawver understands …

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New Holiday Decorations for Grinnell’s Central Business District

New Holiday Decorations for Grinnell’s Central Business District GRINNELL, IA – In preparation for the upcoming holiday season, a committee is seeking funds to purchase new holiday decorations for the 2018 season, which will attract more people to Grinnell’s Central Business District. The current holiday wreaths have been used in the Central Business District for more than 30 years, and …

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2019 Apollo 11 coin designs take flight four years after program proposed

2019 Apollo 11 coin designs take flight four years after program proposed October 15, 2018 By Louis Golino | reprinted from news.coinupdate.com Michael Olson at the Apollo 11 design unveiling event. On October 11 at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, the designs of the 2019 Apollo 11 50th anniversary commemorative coins were unveiled with …

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Holiday Tour of Homes

Holiday Tour of Homes Mark your calendars for a holiday treat from the UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary. The GRMC Auxiliary will host a Holiday Tour of Homes in Grinnell from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residences to be included in the tour are: Chris …

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Making Waves: The People and Places of Iowa Broadcasting

Making Waves: The People and Places of Iowa Broadcasting   Today, we can hardly imagine a time without broadcasting. Hear more about how radio and television exploded onto the scene in the 20th century at the next UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center Senior Education Program on Monday, Oct. 22. Jeff Stein of Humanities Iowa will treat listeners to …

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GRMC Wellness Run

GRMC Wellness Run The colder temperatures and drizzling rain didn’t stop runners from participating in UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center Super Hero 5K on Sunday, Oct. 7. 56 runners began at the GRMC Healing Garden and braved the wet conditions to head south through the Hazelwood Cemetery and loop around Arbor Lake. For the 5K, Josh Wardenburg, Grinnell, …

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Grinnell College Professor Susan Ferguson receives national award

Grinnell College Professor Susan Ferguson receives national award The award recognizes her contributions to the teaching and learning of sociology GRINNELL, Iowa — Susan J. Ferguson, professor and chair of sociology at Grinnell College, recently received the American Sociological Association’s 2018 Hans O. Mauksch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Sociology. Ferguson was recognized at the annual meeting of the …

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Grinnell College Professor Susan Ferguson receives national award

Grinnell College Professor Susan Ferguson receives national award The award recognizes her contributions to the teaching and learning of sociology GRINNELL, Iowa — Susan J. Ferguson, professor and chair of sociology at Grinnell College, recently received the American Sociological Association’s 2018 Hans O. Mauksch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Sociology. Ferguson was recognized at the annual meeting of the …

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Met Opera Live in HD Program to present ‘Samson et Dalila’ on Oct. 20

Met Opera Live in HD Program to present ‘Samson et Dalila’ on Oct. 20 This is the second of five operas Grinnell College will stream live during fall semester GRINNELL, Iowa — Grinnell College will present a live stream of the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of the biblical epic, “Samson et Dalila,” by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns on Saturday, Oct. …

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Veterans Commission Moves to Establish Fundraising Committee, Expanded Membership

By Michael McAllister At its regular monthly meeting on October 8, Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission took significant steps to enliven the process toward realizing the Prairie Star Artist Residency to be housed in a renovated Veterans Memorial Building. Four members of the commission were present.  Marie Andrews was unable to attend.  Nine people made up the audience. Routine business included …

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Iowa awards highest civilian honor to renowned Grinnell graduate Robert Noyce

Iowa awards highest civilian honor to renowned Grinnell graduate Robert Noyce  Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds presented the Iowa Award to Noyce’s grandson in the Noyce Science Center  GRINNELL, Iowa — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has posthumously recognized 1949 Grinnell College graduate Robert N. Noyce, inventor of the integrated circuit and co-founder of Intel Corp., by presenting the Iowa Award — …

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Healthy Walkers

Healthy Walkers On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, Mayflower residents and staff joined with Davis Elementary School students to participate in the statewide “Healthiest State Initiative” to walk around the campus. Over 50 Davis 4thgraders and teachers accompanied about 40 Mayflower Health Center, Beebe Assisted Living, and independent living residents and staff for the five-block walk.  It began and finished in …

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100 + People Who Care to Meet October 23

100 + People Who Care to Meet October 23 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell will meet Tuesday, October 23, at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the Bartelt Conference and Education Center at Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, 4215 Highway 146 South, Grinnell.  Those attending should park in the south parking lots of the facility and enter …

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Harold Tindall Turns 104

Harold Tindall Turns 104 On September 23, 2018, Harold Tindall celebrated his 104thbirthday.  A nativeof New Jersey, Harold moved into a Mayflower Community apartment in theEdwards building in March 2007.  In August 2017, Harold subsequently moved into an apartment in the Beebe Assisted Living building, his current home. Born and raised on a dairy farm in Mercer County, New Jersey, …

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‘Saints Rest’ movie to be shown to Grinnell audiences on Oct. 3, 4

‘Saints Rest’ movie to be shown to Grinnell audiences on Oct. 3, 4 The musical drama, produced in Grinnell, features many sites familiar to Grinnellians GRINNELL, Iowa — It’s not often that small towns are showcased on the silver screen, but thanks to 2009 Grinnell College graduate Noga Ashkenazi, Grinnell finally gets its chance. “Saints Rest, directed by Ashkenazi,” tells …

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Protect Yourself from Financial Abuse | SE•ED Monday August 20

Protect Yourself from Financial Abuse With the ever-present changes in technology, scammers are coming up with more ways to take advantage of elderly populations. Learn more about the steps you can take to protect yourself or a loved one from elder financial abuse at the next UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center Senior Education program on Monday, Aug. 20. …

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Updates on the Zone of Confluence

  Working with the City of Grinnell and private investors, Grinnell College strives to bring economic and social vitality to downtown Grinnell. One initiative involves developing the Zone of Confluence – the neighborhood located between the Grinnell College campus and downtown Grinnell. Learn about this initiative with John Kalkbrenner, Grinnell College’s assistant vice president for Auxiliary Services and Economic Development, on …

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Applying the Goodness of Soy

Applying the Goodness of Soy Follow a non-GMO soybean on its journey through production in Iowa at the Monday, Sept. 18, Grinnell Regional Medical Center Senior Education Program. Dan Walker, Natural Products Operations Manager, will take the audience from the day the farmland was prepared to be planted, the growing season, the harvest and into the NPI processing plant; where …

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Giving Kids the World

Giving Kids the World Gary and Becky Downey of Grinnell will be sharing their volunteer experience at Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee, Fla., on Monday, Sept. 11, during the Grinnell Regional Medical Center Senior Education Program. Give Kids the World Village (GKTW) is an 84-acre, nonprofit resort that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their …

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