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It’s time to gear up for a wonderful holiday season and the UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center Foundation is hosting Rachael Kinnick, Executive Director of the Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce, to share about upcoming holiday events in Grinnell at the next Senior Education (SEED) Program on Monday, October 28. Kinnick will highlight upcoming holiday events and activities in …

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Drake Community Library hosts Open Book event

Drake Community Library is collaborating with CultureALL, a non-profit organization based in Des Moines, to bring the Open Book concept to Grinnell.   Open Book, designed to create conversations between people who may have very different life experiences, will come to Drake Community Library, on Saturday, November 2, from 10 a.m. until noon with a soup lunch to follow for all participants …

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Veterans Day Commemoration at Mayflower

The Grinnell Historical Museum and The Mayflower Community will team up to provide a tribute entitled “We Care” to all veterans, active duty personnel, and their families in celebration of Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2019. The lobby of Mayflower’s Pearson building, 616 Broad Street, Grinnell will host a variety of activities.  The Historical Museum will show its PowerPoint presentation, Hometown Patriots: …

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(Rev. Ross Epping is Speaker at World Community Day – Nov. 1st)

Rev. Ross Epping Rev. Ross Epping, pastor at St. Mary Catholic Church, will speak on the topic “Resolve to Love,” a message to people of all faiths to love our neighbors as a way to world peace at the World Community Day interfaith service to be held Fri., Nov.1st at noon at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1002 Broad St., Grinnell.  The interfaith prayer …

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Mayflower Community Boards Hold Joint Meeting

Pictured are front row, left to right, Orlan Mitchell, Delphina Baumann, Diane Robertson, Kelly Sandquist, Susan Witt, Emily Moore, Rick Ramsey, and Joe Deal. Back row, left to right are Austin Jones, Nancy Agnew, Jeff Finch, Nicole Brua-Behrens, George Britton, Don Schild, Theresa Pagliai, and Bill Yungclas. All are Grinnellians except Joe Deal of Burlington and Bill Yungclas from Ames. …

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Senior Homecoming Dance Held at St. Francis Manor

(Grinnell, IA – October 15, 2019)  While Grinnell High School students attended their Homecoming Dance on October 5, another dance was held across town at St. Francis Manor. Kayla Faas, Fitness Director at St. Francis Manor, planned this event as a way to end Active Aging Week with a bang!  “Our residents/tenants participated in a variety of fun activities during Active …

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New Pop-Up Restaurant in Hotel Grinnell

Grinnell, Iowa (October 15, 2019) — The Periodic Table is the place for experiments. On November 1, 2019 Hotel Grinnell will be the new home for a pop-up restaurant, Cilino’s.  Cilino’s, a generational, home-style cooking Italian restaurant, based out of Wellman, Iowa will open a second location inside of the historic Hotel Grinnell. Cilino’s will temporarily replace The Periodic Table for 6-months. Angela …

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Katie In is In at Mayflower

As part of the Grinnell Area Arts Council “Music+Health” program community offerings, Katie In performed some oldies on the keyboard in The Mayflower Community on October 10th. Katie, a Chicago native, is a 2013 graduate of Grinnell College in sociology with an emphasis in art and music.  After graduation, she moved away, only to return a few years later.  Now, she works …

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Grinnell College seeks applications for Community Mini-Grants

The grants support local projects that enhance the quality of life in Grinnell GRINNELL, Iowa – Grinnell College is accepting applications for the fall cycle of community mini-grants. Grant applications are due Friday, Nov. 1, and awards will be announced by Friday, Dec. 13.   The program has directed approximately $400,000 toward nearly 200 community-driven initiatives since 2002. Grinnell College Community …

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Chancellor Speaks at Mayflower Forum

Kristie Fisher, PhD Dr. Kristie Fisher, PhD, the Chancellor of the Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCC), spoke at a “Forum” sponsored by the Mayflower Residents Association (Grinnell IA) on October 8th.  Included was information about the $32million District bond issue on the November 5thballot. In addition, Dr. Fisher shared information about current students and offerings along with her vision for …

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Steve Langerud Leads ABI Leadership Iowa Retreat

Steve (left) with Barb Baker (middle), Director of Advertising and Community Relations for Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, outgoing chair of ABI Leadership Iowa Board of Governors, and Jason Gross, Vice-President of Innovation at EMC, incoming chair of Leadership Iowa Board of Governors Steve leading a session of Leadership Iowa candidates. October 9, 2019 On October 1st at the Hotel Pattee in …

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Nonprofit Educational Workshop Series: 2019-2020

October 8, 2019 Beginning next week, the Claude W. & Dolly Ahrens Foundation and Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation will begin a monthly Nonprofit Educational Workshop series for local nonprofit organizations for the second year. Each session will be held on the third Wednesday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will focus on one area of nonprofit …

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Hometown Heroes Sports Grill to Open Soon (Rumors on the Street say October 16th)

By Michael McAllister “Getting close.”  That is the time estimate that Chef Paul Durr, operator of the Prairie Canary and the entrepreneur behind the transformation of the former Lonnski’s, provides for the opening of Hometown Heroes Sports Grill, soon to be Grinnell’s newest eating establishment at 908 Main Street. The restaurant will present a sophisticated environment with a small-town feeling, a …

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100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL TO MEET OCTOBER 22

The quarterly meeting of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell will be Tuesday, October 22, at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the parish center at St. Mary Church, 1002 Broad Street, in Grinnell, and is scheduled to last no more than an hour.   The meeting will feature nomination presentations for up to three organizations in the greater …

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Museum on Main Street – A Smithsonian Pilot Project Right Here in Grinnell

Sarah Smith, Program Manager at Grinnell College, will join the UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Senior Education Program on Monday, October 14 to share about Museum on Main Street. Museum on Main Street (MoMS) was created to serve museums, libraries and historical societies in rural areas, where approximately one-fifth of all Americans live. MoMs has selected Grinnell to participate …

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Sculpture by Gregory Gómez graces new plaza at Grinnell College

‘Broken English’ is the college’s latest contribution to public art in the community GRINNELL, Iowa – Over 40 years after Gregory M. Gómez first read one of W.B. Yeats’ most famous poems in a class in Alumni Recitation Hall, the distinguished sculptor and 1980 Grinnell College graduate has designed, created and installed a sculpture based on the power of that …

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Hotel Grinnell Adds Bamboo Toilet Paper to its Green Initiatives

Grinnell, Iowa (October 2, 2019) — Bamboo toilet paper and facial tissues will join the collection of eco-friendly offerings at Hotel Grinnell starting October 1st.  Hotel Grinnell will start using 100% tree-free toilet paper and facial tissues distributed through Seedling by Grove Collaborative. Seedling products are made from a proprietary blend of bamboo and sugarcane.   “Bamboo is ready for harvesting in as little as …

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Grinnell College cancels its football season due to player injuries

Decision was made to protect the health and safety of Grinnell’s student-athletes GRINNELL, Iowa — Grinnell College today announced its decision to withdraw the football team from competitive play to protect the health and safety of its student-athletes. Team members have received numerous injuries this season, leaving 28 players on the 39-member roster healthy and qualified for play in the …

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Grinnell College signs 20-year pact to acquire renewable electricity

Trusted Energy to build 30-acre solar farm near campus to generate solar energy GRINNELL, Iowa — Grinnell College has signed a 20-year purchase agreement with Iowa-based Trusted Energy, which will provide renewable electricity from a solar installation to be built on 30 acres of farmland adjacent to campus.  The agreement will enable the college to save approximately $3 million in electricity costs over …

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Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist to perform at Grinnell College

Cécile McLorin Salvant Photo by Mark Fitton Cécile McLorin Salvant and the Aaron Diehl Trio will present a concert on Oct. 8 GRINNELL, Iowa – Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant will perform with the Aaron Diehl Trio at Grinnell College on Tuesday, Oct. 8. WHAT: This concert is part of the college’s Public Events Series, which draws artists from around the world …

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Grinnell College president to be honored as an Iowa History Maker

The African American Museum of Iowa will recognize Raynard S. Kington on Oct. 3 GRINNELL, Iowa — The African American Museum of Iowa will recognize Grinnell College President Raynard S. Kington during its 2019 History Makers Gala on Thursday, Oct. 3, in Cedar Rapids. History Makers, according to the museum, “are individuals who modify the course of history with their actions …

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Leaves and Laps: Medical Center to be Host Site for Healthiest State Initiative

Shauna Callaway, RN, BSN UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) and Public Health are pleased to partner with the Healthiest State Initiative’s Annual Walk on October 2. The Annual Walk serves as the kick-off to Healthiest State Month, where Iowans are encouraged throughout the month of October that healthy choices count. The walk is open to the public and …

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Prairiepalooza Music Festival to Fill Central Park

GRINNELL, Iowa– The Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce announces a new music festival, Prairiepalooza, to be held on Sunday, September 29th beginning at noon. The event will feature a number of artists performing throughout the course of the day. This family-friendly event will highlight Grinnell and its musical space in the recently renovated Central Park. Event organizers are excited to announce the …

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Elementary School Students All Ready for Kites Over Grinnell Sat., Sept. 28

Bruce Blankenfeld, coordinator of Kites Over Grinnell, shows students how to attach the string to kites             Students at Grinnell’s three elementary schools and fifth and sixth grades at Grinnell Middle School with the help of Rotarians are hard at work during art classes to get 900 kites ready for Kites Over Grinnell to be held at Ahrens Park on Sat., …

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Dick and Sis Vogel Go Fly A Kite Saturday September 28, 2019

Dick and Sis display their newest kite in their home. A romance that began in their college choir and blossomed with four children is now in full bloom with kites in the sky.  Dick and Sis Vogel, residents of The Mayflower Community, Grinnell, Iowa have been flying kites with their kids and grandkids as they grew up. It developed into an …

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Hammond Center for Assisted Living Passes First State Survey with Flying Colors

Hammond Center Staff–Front L-R: Tiffany Criswell, Sammi Bryan, Brenda Arment, Keisha Lakose. Back L-R: Abby Moyer, Angie Sholley, Jaxon Drake, Kelly Burns, Symantha Sutfin, Kayla Faas. (Grinnell, IA – September 17, 2019)  The Hammond Center for Assisted Living is Grinnell’s newest assisted living community having opened just six months ago. “Along with our 6-month anniversary came a state survey which we …

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Psychology of Humor for Seniors

Janet Gibson, Ph.D., will speak at the UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center Foundation’s upcoming Senior Education Program on Monday, August 12. Gibson will look specifically at senior humor, what it takes for us to understand and appreciate different types of humor, and the role humor plays in our lives. Humor can be encountered daily, but not everyone finds the …

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Update Your Health – Intelligent Aging

Being the picture of health takes more than a yearly checkup with your primary care provider. With so many sources of stress and anxiety, it’s important to understand how the mind-body connection plays an important role on your overall health. Hear from Andy Nish, MD, medical director of the UnityPoint Health®– John Stoddard Cancer Center in Des Moines, about tuning …

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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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