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Local organizations eligible for Grinnell United Way grants

Grinnell United Way invites local organizations that serve Grinnell residents to apply to receive funding. “Grinnell United Way advances the common good in Grinnell through our partner agencies, supported by our generous donors,” said board president Rachael Kinnick. “Together, we use the key building blocks of education, income, and health to improve these people’s lives by dealing with the underlying …

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Bollywood Ball Supports CultureALL’S Work in Schools

CultureALL’s Bollywood Ball on April 16 features the vibrant East-West fusion dance style of India’s globally acclaimed movie industry. Taking place in the beautiful World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, this fun-filled celebration brings together people of all cultures in Central Iowa. Guests will enjoy live classical sitar performances, an enchanting Indian market, the art of traditional mehndi hand adornment, …

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Green Yard Makeover classes offered in February and March

The green yard makeover    GRINNELL – Want to improve your home landscaping while protecting the environment, creating habitat for native species, and producing fresh food? Get ready for the Green Yard Makeover, a series of three free Tuesday evening classes that will be held in Grinnell in February and March. The classes will introduce you to ecosystem landscape gardening, …

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Local Flavor, International Appeal: McNally’s Sets the Bar for Gourmet and Organic Offerings

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Whether you’ve lived in Grinnell your entire life or have just been here for a year, McNally’s Foods is an instantly recognizable landmark, despite moving from its original location two-and-a-half years ago. Of course Randy Smith – who’s owned and operated McNally’s since 1988 – merely crossed the street to move Grinnell’s only downtown grocery store …

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Pigskins and Petunias: Cynthia Sherman Celebrates Her 6th Rose Bowl

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Football and flowers: Not necessarily a marriage that immediately comes to mind. For Cynthia Sherman, however, it’s a marriage made in heaven. For the last six years, Cynthia Sherman has made the trek to Pasadena, CA to lend her talents as a floral artist for the Rose Bowl Parade floats. This year was of special significance, …

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She’s The Boss: Debra Shearer is the New Owner of Bill’s Jewelry Shop

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Retirement usually presents a potpourri of emotions. Relief, apprehension, excitement, and touch of sadness can often permeate such a monumental event in one’s life, especially if it’s the secession from your beloved business – one you’ve been building for decades. In January, Bill Hammen will hand over the reins to his successful and well-respected jewelry store …

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Luther College presents 2015 Weston Noble Award to Roger Henderson

Luther College presents 2015 Weston Noble Award to Roger Henderson          DECORAH, Iowa— Luther College has named Roger Henderson of Grinnell, Iowa, the 2015 recipient of the Weston Noble Choral Award for distinguished achievement in the fields of teaching and conducting. Henderson, Luther class of 1982, was recognized for his work as an outstanding educator and conductor. Named for Weston Noble, Luther …

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Big GIVE Month Raises More Than $300,000 for Area Groups

Big GIVE Month Raises More Than $300,000 for Area Groups The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s Big GIVE campaign, Oct. 12-Nov. 12, yielded big results for area organizations. Donors pledged and contributed more than $307,500 to 36 different funds administered by GPCF. This was the first year for a month-long fund drive, which emphasized donor participation and was further stimulated by matching …

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Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell SHOPS!

NOTE:  DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, JINGLE BELL HOLIDAY HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4. Although many are dreading the idea of snow before Thanksgiving, perhaps the forecast – which calls for snow this Friday – is actually pretty well-timed. Jingle Bell Holiday, Grinnell’s annual kick-off to the local holiday shopping scene, will offer the community activities, crafts, holiday music, …

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Legacy Gift to Library Benefitting Community Patrons

A December 2014 bequest to Drake Community Library (DCL) from the estate of Malcom area farmer Don Puls is already yielding benefits for library patrons, big and small, now and in the future.  Puls, described as “a lifelong reader,” designated a generous bequest of $169,000 to the public library.   The library board of trustees directed $80,000 of the Puls …

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Bill and Jeanne Hammen Retire After 4 Decades of Diamonds

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Bill and Jeanne Hammen, owners of Bill’s Jewelry Shop, are retiring after 40 years of designing, appraising, and repairing the beloved jewelry of thousands of customers. This January, the Hammens will turn the shop over to a new owner. “This has not been an impulsive decision. We’ve actually been talking about this for two years,” said …

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Sowing the Seeds of Sustainability: Addison Bidwell Named an “Emerging Leader” by Land O’Lakes

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Grinnellian Addison Bidwell has been chosen as one of 10 “Emerging Leaders” by the Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge initiative, a program focused on ending world hunger. Bidwell, an Iowa State University sophomore, will join nine other students in Washington, D.C. for the year-long fellowship. Land O’ Lakes has been offering the Global Food Challenge Initiative …

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Fright Hike to Take Place at Arbor Lake October 30

GRINNELL – In its second year, the Grinnell Fright Hike aims to scare participants into leaving with spine-tingling chills. Teenagers and adults alike are invited to the Fright Hike, a spooky one-mile walk around Arbor Lake. “The Fright Hike is similar to a haunted house, but it takes place outdoors,” said Emily Counts, an event organizer. “Participants will venture into …

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Allegations of Racism at Bailey Park Elementary Has Local Parents Called for Dismissal of Educator

Allegations of racist comments from a paraeducator has Bailey Park Elementary embroiled in controversy this week. According to Geoff Burd, the father of the two mixed race children at the center of the issue, a paraeducator at the school singled out both his son, Marquez, and his daughter, Nikki. The paraeducator allegedly stated that “black people and white people can’t …

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Bridging the Gap: Town Meeting Discusses Impending “Zone of Confluence” Project

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs   CONFLUENCE noun con·flu·ence \ˈkän-ˌflü-ən(t)s, kən-ˈ\ : a place where two rivers or streams join to become one : a situation in which two things come together or happen at the same time   The oft-mentioned “Zone of Confluence” plan has been an ongoing source of mystery, speculation, and misinformation – wrinkles last night’s meeting at …

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GNEE Mini-Grants: Funding Innovative Programs for Students in Middle and High School Music Programs

October 6, 2015: Through a mini-grant from Grinnell Newburg Educational Excellence (GNEE), choral music students in the Grinnell-Newburg system will create and perform original music this fall. For ten years, GNEE mini grants have enabled teachers to get funding for projects that connect to curricular goals and improve student learning. This grant, the “Choral Music Commission Project,” will affect from …

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Join St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park for an Afternoon Tea

Join St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park for an Afternoon Tea Wednesday October 21 at 2:00p in the Social Center. as Barb Lease presents “Aprons in the Attic…Honoring Women One Apron at a Time” Join us for an afternoon tea as we take a trip back in time with Barb Lease and her collection of vintage aprons. We will revisit …

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Prominent Des Moines Geriatric Psychiatrist to Speak at Mayflower

Prominent Des Moines Geriatric Psychiatrist to Speak at Mayflower   The Mayflower Community will host a public presentation by Dr. Robert Bender, one of Iowa’s leading geriatric psychiatrists, on Wed., Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Carman Center on the Mayflower campus. Bender’s presentation will address the “Best Approaches in Caring for and Behavior Management of Individuals with Dementia.” …

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Grinnell Optimist Club Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast Features Food, Fun, and a Hot Air Balloon Ride

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Mission: By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids. – Optimist International The Grinnell Optimist Club hosted its annual Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast at Grinnell Regional Airport September 26. The Club, which is a volunteer organization that focuses on children and community service, hosted approximately 450 hungry Grinnellians Saturday.  A hearty breakfast of …

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Central Park Fundraising Well Underway

Central Park Fundraising Well Underway Fundraising efforts for the Central Park improvement project are well underway, with more than $200,000 pledged or in hand of the $1 million goal for private gifts. Co-chairs Tom and Dianne Latimer and Sandy and Betty Moffett have been making personal solicitations of donors who have given to similar community-wide projects in the past, as …

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Choreographer Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion to Perform September 12

Choreographer Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion to perform Sept. 12    Show at Grinnell College explores triumphs in international history of civil rights Grinnell, Iowa — Grinnell College will present “When the Wolves Came In,” performed by Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, in Roberts Theatre in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell. This stand-alone repertory-based program …

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Grinnell College to host ‘Nature — A Walking Play’ Sept. 11-13

Grinnell College to host ‘Nature — A Walking Play’ Sept. 11-13  Play explores Emerson and Thoreau’s friendship, love of the natural world   Grinnell, Iowa — Grinnell College will host three outdoor performances of “Nature — A Walking Play” about Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau from Sept. 11-13 at the Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA) in rural Kellogg, Iowa.   TigerLion …

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2015 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Award to Grinnell Area Arts Council

2015 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Award to Grinnell Area Arts Council   The Grinnell Area Arts Council (GAAC) is the 2015 recipient of the “Leave It Better Than You Found It” award from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF).   The arts council oversees programming and performances for the Loft Theatre, Arts Academy, Community Theatre, …

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Hubbell Spaulding Loft Project: Full Steam Ahead

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Rumors that the Spaulding Loft Project, an ambitious $12.5 million venture that will turn the former car manufacturing plant into a 77-unit apartment complex, has filed for bankruptcy, is false. According to business insiders, construction is still underway with plans for the lofts to be completed by Spring 2016. The project, which has suffered incorrect reports …

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Photography Exhibition at Grinnell College Explores the Iowa Prairie

  Photography exhibition at Grinnell College explores the Iowa prairie Justin Hayworth’s macro photos reveal the beauty of prairie plants   Grinnell, Iowa — “A Closer Look at the Iowa Prairie: Photographs by Justin Hayworth” is on view at Grinnell College through Sunday, Oct. 11, in Burling Gallery on the lower level of Burling Library, 1111 Sixth Ave., Grinnell. Prairie …

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