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Grinnell College Museum of Art opens inaugural exhibition on Aug. 23

The museum’s collection provides opportunities for engagement, teaching and research Installation view of “Repeat, Reveal, React: Identities in Flux,” an exhibition of works from the Museum of Art’s collection curated in 2010 by students under the guidance of Jenny Anger, Grinnell College professor of art history. Photo by Daniel Strong. GRINNELL, Iowa — The Grinnell College Museum of Art, formerly known …

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Mayflower Adds All-Abilities Cycle

Austin Jones and Bob Smith get ready to take a spin. The Mayflower Community (Grinnell IA) has purchased a side-by-side tandem Van Raam “Fun2Go” three-wheeled cycle, which was delivered Wednesday, August 14th.  It can be peddled by one or both of the riders and can be used to ferry less-abled residents around the greater campus, which includes the downtown Central Park …

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Grinnell College professor receives Distinguished Faculty Award

Leslie Gregg-Jolly honored for advancing educational equity in Iowa Leslie Gregg-Jolly GRINNELL, Iowa — Grinnell College Professor of Biology Leslie Gregg-Jolly is this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Member Award from the Iowa Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).  Gregg-Jolly was honored for her efforts in working for educational equity for women and underrepresented groups in higher education. She received the award …

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You are the Foundation of Our Success

August Senior Education Program to feature GRMC Foundation The purpose of the UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center Foundation is to enhance philanthropic activities to ensure the UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) mission of improving the health of the people and communities it serves. Dennis Day, GRMC Foundation Board chair, and Angelina Ahrens, director of development for …

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Mayflower Mini-Gift Shop Sale

On Friday, August 16th, the Mini-Gift Shop located in The Mayflower Community will be conducting a Half-Price sale for one day only, from 9:30am to 3:00pm.  The shop is a function of the Mayflower Residents Association and is located in the lower level of the Pearson building, 616 Broad Street, Grinnell, Iowa. In business for over 30 years, the Mini-Gift Shop …

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VETERAN SHARES EXPERIENCE WITH SERVICE DOGS

Travis Thompson with Sadie Article and pictures Courtesy Effie Hall of the Grinnell Rotary Club.  Service dogs can help veterans resume normal lives, according to Travis Thomson, a veteran who spoke at the Grinnell Rotary Club meeting held Tues., Aug. 6. Travis Thomson, formerly of Boulder, CO., and now of Grinnell, IA, served in the army from 2010 to 2019.  Soon …

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Grinnellians Turn Out for National Night Out

By Michael McAllister Grinnell’s version of National Night Out drew the public to Central Park Tuesday evening for a time of connection to neighbors, police officers, firefighters, and first responders. It was the 16thyear that Grinnell observed the event, which, in 1984, grew out of a movement called National Town Watch. There was much to enjoy. Grinnell Optimists served ice cream …

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LINK Grinnell Names Director and Forges Ahead

GRINNELL, IA – LINK Grinnell forges ahead to develop an after-school program in the Grinnell community, and announces today that an executive director has been hired to lead the organization. LINK Grinnell is being formed as a 501(c)(3) organization positioned to address families’ needs forchild care with the initial development of an after-school program. The organization aims tosupport the community’s long-term and …

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Grinnell Farmers Market Celebrates National Farmers Market Week

GRINNELL, Iowa – This year National Farmers Market Week is August 4th – 10th, a great time to get freshly picked produce! Luckily there are many options at the Grinnell Farmers Market to find fresh produce, handcrafted items, and freshly baked goods. During National Farmers Market Week, the Grinnell Farmers Market will be highlighting different vendors on social media and will …

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Candyland Station

A Labor of Love…The Candyland Station Staff Served the Grinnell Community in an Art Deco, Retro Soda Fountain – Ice Cream, 50’s Diner Atmosphere is FOR SALE. Dream Come True Opportunity for a dedicated entrepreneur. Candyland Station Now FOR SALE. Roberta See and her family closed the Candyland station at the end of August 2019 for health reasons and it …

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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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Delivering Meals, Filling Hearts

Left to Right: Kristi Chedester, RN/BSN; Liz Bos, RN; Deb Fraker, RN; and Carla Doane, RN, home health and hospice manager. Not pictured: Jennifer Havens, CEO. UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Home Health and Hospice team members joined efforts to volunteer with Meals on Wheels for the fifth consecutive year in Grinnell.  “Our team understands the importance of this service and …

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An Inside Look at the Grinnell Farmers’ Market

Learn more about the Grinnell Farmers’ Market from Kerri Olson, owner of Olson Garden Market, at the UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center Foundation’s upcoming Senior Education Program on Monday, August 5.  Olson will share an overview of our local farmer’s market including what items are available, market hours, how to become a vendor and different special activities at the …

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Matter of Balance Meets SE•ED

On Monday, July 29th, the UnityPoint Health—Grinnell (UPH-Grinnell) weekly Senior Education Program (“SE*ED”) was presented by Anne Sunday, Independent Living Activities Coordinator for Grinnell’s Mayflower Community and Kayley Thompson, Wellness Specialist for UPH-Grinnell. Both women are certified to facilitate the Area Agency on Aging program, “Matter of Balance.  Managing Concerns about Falling.”  This eight-week class, two hours per one session each week, …

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GENESIS DEVELOPMENT RECEIVES FUNDING THROUGH 100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL

Genesis Development, the Grinnell-based organization that provides programming for persons with disabilities, received the funding support of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell at the July 23rd membership meeting.  Genesis Development will utilize the nearly $ 13,000 received to help purchase a multi-passenger, handicapped-accessible van to be used to transport clients to appointments and events in the greater Grinnell area.   Genesis …

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For the first time in history

Pictured front row L to R: Cole Blackford, Kinnick Johnson, Isaiah Seck, Carson Penyich, Ben Kelne. Back Row L to R: Manager Mike Blackford, Luke Thompson, Jaylen Eitel, Braxton Shaffer, Brady Coffman, Sam Bartlett, Jack Stephens, Coach Dave Shaffer. Grinnell will be representing the state of Iowa in regionals for Babe Ruth baseball. On Sunday, July 14th, the 14u team …

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LINK Grinnell to Develop an After-School Program

GRINNELL, IA – Community members and business leaders convened 20 months ago to address the childcare desert in Grinnell. A collaboration between the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, Pow-I80 and JMP Early Childhood Iowa yielded a feasibility study that confirmed the Grinnell area has a severe shortage of child care spaces to serve the community. Since the initial results were released in June …

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How Is John Doing on the 40,000 Piece Puzzle?

John Noer You may recall that Mayflower Community resident, John Noer, acquired a 40,000-piece puzzle last February.  The 6’ x 22’ Ravensburger stumper was delivered to the Mayflower Edwards building in a 3’ x 1’ box containing 10 pouches of puzzle pieces. Each pouch was the makings of one vivid Disney scene and characters. To date, John has finished two of the …

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Understanding the GRMC Chemotherapy and Infusion Suite

Learn more about the UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) Chemotherapy and Infusion Suite. Attend the Grinnell Regional Medical Center Foundation’s upcoming Senior Education Program on Monday, July 22. Sheryl Baarda, RN, chemotherapy manager, and Kristy Brown, RN, will share about the benefits of this quality care option, close to home.  The Chemotherapy and Infusion Suite at GRMC has …

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New Orthopedic Specialist in Grinnell

UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) welcomes Joseph Brunkhorst, DO, of Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons (DMOS) to our visiting specialty clinic. He will begin seeing patients at GRMC on July 24. Dr. Brunkhorst will be in Grinnell on the 2ndand 4thWednesday of the month seeing outpatients from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dr. Brunkhorst specializes in sports medicine with …

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Making Waves: The People & Places of Iowa Broadcasting…Featuring the Story of Duane Ellett & Floppy

Return to childhood memories of days gone by with Jeff Stein of Humanities Iowa at the upcoming UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Senior Education Program on Monday, July 15. Stein returns with a presentation highlighting children’s television programming – celebrating the 60th birthday of Floppy, the iconic puppet brought to life on Channel 13 by master entertainer Duane …

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Author Visit and Book Signing at Drake Community Library

Henry S. Gurr, Professor of Physics Emeritus, University of South Carolina Henry S. Gurr, Professor of Physics Emeritus, University of South Carolina Aiken, will be at Drake Community Library from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, July 22 for an author visit. Gurr co-authored a biography of Sarah Jennings entitled A WOMAN OF QUALITY: Sarah Vinke, ‘The Divine Sarah’, and …

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What’s the Story on the 4th of July Mayflower Ship?

Taking a break after the champagne christening champagne of the ship is the Mayflower float committee. Front row, left to right: Kathy Herman, Carolyn Roudabush, Dick Vogel, Sis Vogel, Jo Bolton, Suzanne Schwengels, Nancy Agnew, Harriet Adelberg. Back row, left to right: Dan Agnew, Jeananne Schild, Lyle Roudabush, Bonnie Buntz, Greg Buntz, Debi Olson, Darwin Kinne, Don Schild, Gene Herman, …

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Smithsonian exhibition about the American workforce coming to Grinnell

Also, a local exhibition celebrating ‘Grinnell at Work’ will be developed to open in 2020 GRINNELL, Iowa — What would life be like without teachers, doctors or firefighters? Every day Americans are hard at work on farms, in factories, in homes or at desks to keep our communities thriving.  An exploration of America’s world of work will be on view from …

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LEAVE IT BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT” Nominations Open

Nominations are open for the 2019 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” awards from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation.  All Grinnell area nonprofit, social, civic, fraternal, and community groups making a difference in the local community are eligible to be nominated by the Aug. 1 deadline.   The 2019 “Leave It Better” winning organization will receive a $5,000 grant …

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Former Drake president to chair Grinnell College’s Board of Trustees

The board elected David Maxwell, a 1966 Grinnell graduate, to a two-year term GRINNELL, Iowa — The Grinnell College Board of Trustees recently elected former Drake University President David Maxwell to serve as board chair.  A 1966 Grinnell graduate, Maxwell was president and professor of literature at Drake University for 16 years until his retirement in 2015. He went on to become …

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100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL TO MEET JULY 23

100 + People Who Care – Grinnell will meet Tuesday, July 23, at 5:30 p.m.  This hour-long, quarterly meeting will be held at the Parish Center of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1002 Broad Street, Grinnell. This will be a voting meeting for the organization, where a decision is made regarding support for a community organization in the greater Grinnell area.  With total membership …

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Sam Cox to Serve as Grand Marshal in Fourth of July Parade

GRINNELL, IA—The Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce received many entries naming individuals to be considered to serve as the Fourth of July Grand Marshal. Sam Cox, owner of Saint’s Rest Coffee House, will serve as this year’s Grand Marshal for the Fourth of July parade. “I feel grateful that fellow community members would consider me for this honour,” says Cox, owner …

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SE*ED

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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