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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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Local Cancer Survivors to be Honored at American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Poweshiek County

Local cancer survivors will take a celebratory lap at the 20th annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Poweshiek County. The event will be held Friday, July 5th from 5-10PM at Central Park, in conjunction with Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce’s Friday Night Live. Survivors are encouraged to register starting at 5PM and participate in the Survivors Lap beginning …

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Phase II of Ahrens Park Improvements Underway; Phase III to Follow Later This Summer

Twenty-five-year-old Ahrens/Paschall Memorial Park is getting a Phase II facelift, this time for the tennis and basketball courts.     In fall 2017, the Ahrens Park Foundation announced a $1 million multiphase, multiyear capital improvements project. Phase I, the largest of the projects, was completed in May 2018 with the installation of two new playgrounds considered “the biggest and best” made by …

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AmeriCorps Training at Mayflower

On Friday, June 7th, 45 new AmeriCorps volunteers received training over lunch in the Mayflower Community. Under the direction of Grinnell College’s Melissa Strovers and Elizabeth Hansen, the Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership brings together community non-for-profits, area employers, the Grinnell-Newburg School District, and community volunteers to support kids and families in Grinnell. The partnership aims to 1)give students a strong start so …

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Help the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Poweshiek County Attack Cancer in Our Community on Friday, July 5th

Luminaria bags will be available at Grinnell State Bank from May 3rdthrough the event for a $5 donation, with all proceeds going to benefit Relay For Life of Poweshiek County. Darcy Dawson American Cancer Society is calling on all community members to participate in the 20th Annual Relay For Life of Poweshiek County on July 5th from 5-11pm at Grinnell’s Central …

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Local Mental Health Drive Benefits Area Residents

Local Mental Health Drive Benefits Area Residents May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the Grinnell Area Mental Health Consortium is kicking off its annual JPK Fund Drive with a goal of $25,000 to help local individuals receive needed mental health services.  The JPK Fund was established in 2017 by physician J.R. Paulson to honor his late colleague, Dr. Jeffrey …

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Dental Coalition Receiving Funding through 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell

Members of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell voted at their April 23 meeting to support the Poweshiek County Dental Coalition’s ongoing mission to improve access to local dental care for underserved children in the area.  Since forming in 2012, the Dental Coalition has provided support to nearly 2,500 children in Poweshiek County through Free Dental Clinic Days for Kids, …

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Singer-Songwriters to Perform in the Loft Theatre May 4

On Saturday, May 4, the Grinnell Area Arts Council will host singer-songwriters David Huckfelt and Katie Sin at the Loft Theatre. Huckfelt is a member of the Minneapolis-based band The Pines, who have performed in the Loft as well as Arts Council summer concert series Music in the Park. He is currently touring in support of his debut solo album …

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Legislators Tackle Questions about Land Use, Money, and More Hosted By The Grinnell League of Women Voters and the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce.

By Michael McAllister As the Iowa State Legislature closed out week seven and moved toward funnel week, Grinnell area residents had the opportunity to funnel questions to Poweshiek County legislators, Representative Dave Maxwell and Senator Tim Kapucian, Saturday morning, March 2, at the second 2019 legislative coffee.  Hosted by Grinnell’s League of Women Voters and the Grinnell Area Chamber of …

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GRINNELL CONNECTED PTO RECEIVES FUNDING FROM 100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE

Members of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell voted at their February 18 meeting to fund Grinnell Connected PTO’s project to send this year’s 4thGrade students to the Y-Camp, near Boone, for a three-day, two-night camping experience with their classmates, teachers and chaperones.  At the meeting, which had been postponed twice because of weather, members heard three presentations of significant …

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The Grinnell Volunteer Fire Association selected to host the 2020 and 2021 Iowa Firefighter’s Association Annual State Convention

The Grinnell Volunteer Fire Association has been selected to host the 2020 and 2021 Iowa Firefighter’s Association annual State Convention.  The 5-day convention takes place in September following Labor Day weekend.  It has been an annual event in Iowa since 1878.  Grinnell hosted in 2014 and 1964.  The IFA Convention will bring numerous activities to the community for the attendees, including a golf tournament, …

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January Veterans Commission Meeting: No Quorum, Quiet Phase Continues

Six people were on hand for the regular monthly meeting of the Grinnell Veterans Memorial Commission on Monday, January 14.  Unfortunately, only two of them were commission members.   With only Gwen Rieck and Leo Lease (pictured above), two of five members present, no quorum was attained, and Commission Chair Lease could not call an official meeting to order. Yet the conversation …

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100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL TO MEET JANUARY 22

100 + People Who Care – Grinnell will meet Tuesday, January 22, 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. In case …

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New Fund to Benefit Local Families

Nate and Karie Smith – Linda and Skip Lowe Area families may benefit from a new fund established by Grinnell residents Skip and Linda Lowe and Nate and Karie Smith to “strengthen marriages and families.” The STRONG Foundation, a program fund partner of the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation, provides financial support to individuals, couples, and families seeking marriage …

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Applications Now Being Accepted for the 2019 Poweshiek County Alliance Grant Program

December 4, 2018:  The Poweshiek County Alliance (PCA)/GPCF Grants Committee Committee would like to announce that grant applications are now being accepted for the 2019 PCA grant round. Nonprofit (501(c)3) organizations and public entities providing services in Poweshiek County are eligible to apply for project support.  The Committee is particularly interested in projects that provide cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities as well as …

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Imagine Grinnell invites you to “Holiday Cheer and Peace Tree Beer”

Imagine Grinnell invites you to “Holiday Cheer and Peace Tree Beer” Minneapolis Songwriter Mitch McAndrew, Live in Grinnell, December 13th Where: Peace Tree Brewing Company When: Thursday, December 13th, 5:30-9 PMWhat: A holiday party and fundraiser for Imagine GrinnellFor more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/342025099932818/ Imagine Grinnell will host a holiday mixer at the Grinnell Peace Tree Brewing Co., Thursday, December 13th from 5-9pm. Imagine Grinnell’s …

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Music Planned for the Holiday Senior Education Program

Music Planned for the Holiday Senior Education Program Festive music will fill the air at the final UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) Senior Education Program of 2018. Rev. Dr. Kevin Emge will entertain attendees on Monday, Dec. 10, at the annual holiday SEED gathering with a discussion on the significance of different holiday songs followed by a piano …

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Festival of Trees is This Friday, December 7

Festival of Trees is This Friday, December 7 Friends of Drake Community Library invite you to Festival of Trees on Friday, December 7 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm! The GMS Jazz Band will perform, Santa Claus will be in the Story Room, and candy canes and bookmarks will be given to everyone who believes in Santa. Vote for your favorite …

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Relay For Life of Poweshiek County Volunteers Receive Honors

Relay For Life of Poweshiek County Volunteers Receive Honors   American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Poweshiek County volunteers received awards on October 13thduring a Relay For Life conference for the eastern half of Iowa in Waverly. Patty Manatt was awarded the Volunteer of the Year which is awarded to an outstanding individual for their dedication and commitment to …

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GPCF completes its eighth year of promoting partners and funds during the month of October through the Big GIVE for Poweshiek County 2018

GPCF completes its eighth year of promoting partners and funds during the month of October through the Big GIVE for Poweshiek County 2018 The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s annual Big GIVE for Poweshiek County Campaign raised $146,000 for 50 local funds and nonprofits supported by GPCF.  The month-long fund drive in October encourages donors to think locally when they consider …

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Veterans Commission Meeting Brief and Upbeat

Veterans Commission Meeting Brief and Upbeat By Michael McAllister November 2018 calls on Americans to reflect on the 100-year anniversary of the armistice ending World War I.  It also—as Novembers do—prompts Americans to look ahead to the holiday season. Presently, in Grinnell, holiday decorations seem to eclipse the city’s dormant tribute to veterans, but work to restore the building and …

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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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GRINNELL COMMUNITY DAYCARE AND PRESCHOOL RECEIVES FUNDING FROM 100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL

GRINNELL COMMUNITY DAYCARE AND PRESCHOOL RECEIVES FUNDING FROM 100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL   The October 23 meeting of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell resulted in the decision to fund the Grinnell Community Daycare and Preschool with the proceeds from this quarter’s selection process.  By pooling their contributions of $ 100 per member, the result will …

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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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Annual Big GIVE for Poweshiek County kicks off with Spirit of Giving on October 4th

Annual Big GIVE for Poweshiek County kicks off with Spirit of Giving on October 4th Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation will celebrate the launch of the 2018 Big GIVE fundraising campaign with the annual Spirit of Giving event which applauds the important role donors and volunteers have in community success throughout the county.  The public is welcome to attend the event …

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What is Music Therapy? Monday October 1

What is Music Therapy? Hearing your favorite song come on the radio can boost anyone’s mood, but did you know about the advanced therapeutic effects music can have? Learn more about music therapy from Kelly Robertson, MT-BC, of Music Speaks, LLCat the next UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center Senior Education Program on Monday, Oct. 1 Robertson will provide …

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