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Fifteen Non-Profits Serving Grinnell to Receive $130,000 from Grinnell United Way

Fifteen non-profits serving Grinnell to receive $130,000 from Grinnell United Way Grinnell United Way will allocate $130,000 to 15 non-profits that serve over 4,600 people living in Grinnell. “Grinnell United Way advances the common good in Grinnell through supporting programming that focuses on education, income, and health,” said board president Rachael Kinnick. “Our donors support partner agencies’ programming and improve …

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Drake Library to Celebrate Landscape Completion

Drake Library to Celebrate Landscape Completion Drake Community Library’s “Converging Landscapes” project is now complete, and the public is invited to enjoy the results at a celebration on Wed., July 29, from 4:30p.m.-6 p.m. The Prairie Jewel Dixieland Band, led by trombonist Frank Heath, will perform and root beer floats will be served on the south terrace of the library. …

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Three Organizations Combine Efforts to Support Education

Three Organizations Combine Efforts to Support Education Three organizations that support the Grinnell-Newburg School District are combining efforts to raise funds for classroom equipment, graduate scholarships and alumni association activities. In the past, the Grinnell-Newburg Educational Endowment (GNEE), Dollars for Scholars, and the Grinnell-Newburg Alumni Association have sent separate fundraising appeals at different times of the year, but often with …

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Summer Enrollment Begins at Arts Center

    Grinnell, Iowa – The Grinnell Area Arts Council is now accepting registrations for its Arts Academy classes being offered during the Summer 2015 term where a number of courses will have enrollment caps.   For parents with toddlers and preschool-aged children, two classes are available.  Instructor Jen Collins will be offering Petite Picasso July 7 and July 9, where children will …

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With a Culinary Delight (or Two!)

CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO WITH A CULINARY DELIGHT (OR TWO!) By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs On May 5, 1862, early on in the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867), the Mexican army declared victory over France at the Battle of Puebla. Cinco de Mayo, a holiday that commemorates that triumph, has become widely celebrated in the United States, especially areas with large Mexican-American populations. …

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May Activities and Events At the Drake Community Library

    New! Chilton Online Library DCL has added Chilton Online Library to our online database collection. Need to replace a rear light bulb or view a wiring diagram for your instrument panel? You will find everything you need with easy access from your home computer with your library card and pin number. Try it today! Power of Play for …

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Loft Theatre to Host Central Iowa Premiere of Housebroken May 2

Loft Theatre to Host Central Iowa Premiere of Housebroken   Grinnell, Iowa – The Grinnell Area Arts Council is excited to announce that the Loft Theatre located at the Grinnell Arts Center in historic downtown Grinnell will host the Central Iowa premiere of the play, Housebroken, for one night only on Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 pm.  A talkback with the artist will …

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Poweshiek County Alliance Awards $100,274.46 to Local Organizations

Poweshiek County Alliance awards $100,274.46 to local organizations April 16, 2015: The Poweshiek County Alliance (PCA) honored its 2015 grant recipients at a ceremony at the Foundation Offices on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Representatives from the 34 winning organizations received their checks and spoke about their projects. This year grants ranged from $500 to $10,000 for a total of $100,274.46. …

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What is Broadband and Why It’s Important to You Upcoming Topic at SE*ED April 13

What is Broadband and Why It’s Important to You Upcoming Topic at SE*ED April 13 Broadband is defined by the Federal Communications Commission as high speed internet access that is always on and faster than traditional dial-up access. There are several different kinds of broadband and what kind of broadband you are able to access differs by your community and …

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Drake Community Library April Activities and Events

April Activities and Events Bucket Courses for April On April 1, Jerry Lalonde will finish a series called Writing: The History of a Technology. On April 8, Sarah Purcell will speak about Lincoln for the final Open Wednesday. There is no registration or tuition required for Open Wednesday classes. On April 15, Dan Kaiser will begin a 4-part series on …

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Last Bucket Course of 2014-2015

   Last Bucket Course of 2014-2015      Dan Kaiser, professor of history emeritus at Grinnell College, will present the final class in this year’s Bucket Courses sponsored by the Community Education Council.   The four-session course titled “Grinnell a Century Ago” will look at life in Grinnell between roughly 1910 and 1920. The course will be offered on four consecutive Wednesdays starting …

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Nominations Sought for Creative Community Poster Series

Nominations Sought for Creative Community Poster Series   Grinnell, Iowa – The Grinnell Area Arts Center is pleased to announce that it is seeking nominations for the third year of Creative Community, the annual poster series that celebrates and highlights the diverse, colorful talents of Grinnell and the surrounding area. Nominations can be submitted online at http://www.grinnellarts.org/creative.html or you can stop by the …

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Grinnell College Seeks Creators of All Types for Summer Festival of Learning and Discovery

Grinnell College seeks creators of all types for summer festival of learning and discovery  GRINNELL, Iowa – Grinnell College is accepting applications from artists collaborating across disciplines for the inaugural Grinnell Summerfest.  Grinnell Summerfest, set for Saturday, June 6, 2015, is a one-day festival celebrating creativity across the arts and sciences. The festival will feature brave, collaborative new works on the campus …

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Woe Unto Us! The Arsonists is Coming to Grinnell Feb. 19, 20, 21 & 22

Woe Unto Us! The Arsonists is coming to Grinnell  Grinnell, Iowa – Fires are becoming something of a problem. But Biedermann has it all under control. The great philanthropist is happy to meet his civic duty by giving shelter to two new guests, but when they start filling his attic with petrol drums, will he help them light the fuse? The answer to …

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Local Art Students to Display at Stewart Gallery

Local art students to display at Stewart Gallery   Grinnell, Iowa – Artwork created by local students will be featured in the Grinnell High School & Middle School Annual Art Show at the Stewart Gallery in the Grinnell Arts Center beginning February 5.  There will be a closing reception on February 26 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. “One facet of our …

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Stewart Gallery reopens with quilt exhibit

Stewart Gallery reopens with quilt exhibit   Grinnell, Iowa – After a two-month hiatus, the Grinnell Area Arts Council has reopened the Stewart Gallery in the Grinnell Arts Center at 926 Broad Street in downtown Grinnell with the opening of Made in Grinnell: Quilts of the World Renowned Quilting Author, Judy Martin now through January 29. “We are very excited to be featuring …

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Grinnell Oratorio Society Invites Singers to Share the Joy of Choral Music

Grinnell Oratorio Society invites singers to share the joy of choral music Members will rehearse weekly for spring performance of Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor Starting Monday, Jan. 26, the Grinnell Oratorio Society will begin rehearsals for the performance of Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D minor with the Grinnell Symphony Orchestra this spring. The society is open to all — Grinnell …

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Gordon Parks’ Photos and German Expressionist Prints to Open at Faulconer Gallery Jan. 23

Gordon Parks’ photos and German expressionist prints to open at Faulconer Gallery Jan. 23   Opening reception on Jan. 23 features works by artists confronting issues of the world around them Grinnell, Iowa – Two exhibitions, “Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument” and “Playing It Forward: German Expressionism to Expressionism Today,” will open with a reception on Friday, Jan. …

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Grinnell to show HD broadcast of Metropolitan Opera’s ‘The Merry Widow’ Jan. 17

  Grinnell to show HD broadcast of Metropolitan Opera’s ‘The Merry Widow’ Jan. 17 GRINNELL, Iowa – The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Franz Lehar’s “The Merry Widow” will be streamed live in high-definition at noon Saturday, Jan. 17, in Grinnell College’s Harris Center Cinema, 1114 10th Ave., Grinnell. Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale, with co-stars Nathan Gunn …

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Davis One of 5 in Iowa Honored for Breaking Education Barriers

Five Iowa schools honored for breaking education barriers Five schools from across the state were honored by the State Board of Education today for their work to raise achievement among students who traditionally face challenges in the classroom. The Breaking Barriers to Teaching and Learning Award was created by the State Board of Education. Each year, the award recognizes successful …

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How do people create? What processes do they use, and how do their solutions connect to their values and motivation?

How do people create? What processes do they use, and how do their solutions connect to their values and motivation?   Eric McIntyre, Grinnell College Associate Professor of Music, will explore such broad questions about creativity in his Bucket Course: “Creative Processes in Music.” The course will take place over four consecutive Wednesdays from October 29 through November 19 in …

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Seeland Park Announces Its Fall Tour of Homes – Sunday, October 12

Seeland Park Announces Its Fall Tour of Homes – Sunday, October 12   (Grinnell, IA – September 29, 2014)    Seeland Park, a Continuing Care Retirement Community situated on a 31-acre campus on the east side of Grinnell, announces its Fall Tour of Homes on Sunday, October 12, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Seeland Park now has lots available on …

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Ahrens/Paschall Park Celebrating 20 Years

  Ahrens/Paschall Park Celebrating 20 Years   by Todd Reding It is easy to overlook how unique it is for a small, rural town to have the many assets Grinnell, Iowa possesses.  From its strong regional hospital, to its nationally ranked and financially solid college; Grinnell sets a high standard for the quality of its citizen’s rural life. Perhaps most …

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Butterfly Storytime Oct. 4 for ages 3 and up

Butterfly Storytime Oct. 4  Beautiful Butterflies is the theme of Saturday Storytime for kids ages 3 and up, on Oct. 4 at 10:45 at Drake Community Library. Stories and an activity about Monarch butterflies will be presented by library assistant Brenda McDonald. Songs will be led by Mary Purcell on her ukulele. Before or after the storytime adults may want …

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Culinary Arts classes begin at Iowa Valley Grinnell this January

Culinary Arts classes begin at Iowa Valley Grinnell this January   GRINNELL – Order up! … Iowa Valley Grinnell’s new Culinary Arts Apprenticeship program will kick off with classes starting January 12. Classes will take place on Mondays at the Grinnell College catering kitchen and the Iowa Valley Grinnell campus.   This Associate of Applied Science degree will be matched …

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Grinnell Christian Church Celebrates 60th Anniversary

  We recently celebrated our 60 year anniversary at Grinnell Christian Church with a potluck dinner after morning worship service on September 21st.  We would love for you to share a short article along with the pictures of the charter members who were able to attend.  If you have any questions please contact me at 641-990-9810 or 641-236-5667. Grinnell Christian …

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Hedgehog Storytime September 27

  Children ages 3-7 are invited to a Prickly Pokey Storytime featuring Kim Spasaro and her pet hedgehog, Reginauld, on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 10:45 a.m. Kids can enjoy stories about hedgehogs and learning run facts about hedgehogs. After the storytime, kids can make a cute hedgehog craft. For more information about this and other library programs please call 236-2661 …

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REV. CAMERON BARR CALLED AS PASTOR OF GRINNELL’S FIRST CHURCH

Rev. Cameron Barr Called as Pastor of Grinnell’s First Church               Grinnell United Church of Christ-Congregational is pleased to announce the call of the Rev. Cameron Barr as its pastor. Barr is the congregation’s 21st installed pastor in its 159-year history.             “I’m thrilled to serve the congregation known as the first church in Grinnell,” Barr says. “Since J.B. …

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Go back in time with Living History Farms’ Corn Harvest

Go back in time with Living History Farms’ Corn Harvest Experience harvest as Iowa’s early settlers during Living History Farms’ 2014 Corn Harvest on Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This family-friendly event features hands-on demonstrations for all ages – learn how to pick and husk corn by hand and shell corn with a hand crank. After …

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