If you see some increased traffic north on Hill Avenue in Spirit Lake starting Wednesday, they might be heading to the Gingham Inn Restaurant and Lounge. The eatery opens for the season Wednesday night and can boast more than 55 years of service on the south shore of Big Spirit Lake. They serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays and open at 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Boji Bay Funhouse Pavilion was the site of a commendable event recently. More than 650 fathers and daughters enjoyed Cherish Center's Annual Father Daughter Dance on Feb. 28. "The purpose of the dance is to promote the importance of the father and daughter relationship and it gives dads an opportunity to make an intentional investment in their relationship with their daughter," Cherish Center executive director Jon Pausley told us. The event has an eight-year history. Boji Bay has been the host for the past two years. The evening included dancing, ice cream and riding the giant slide. Other activities at the dance included crafts, a fun photo booth (fathers and daughter got a commemorative photograph), face-painting and carnival style games.
Spirit Lake Hy-Vee is taking pre-orders for daffodils with pick-up or delivery March 19-25. A portion of the daffodil sales will go to the American Cancer Society. The flowers can be bought in 30, 60 and 100 bunch sizes.
Alliant Energy is offering discounted shade trees at the Operation ReLeaf event from 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds in Spirit Lake. Trees are $25 each (valued up to $125) and range from 3 feet to 8 feet tall. Reserve your trees in advance at alliantenergy.com/releaf or call (515) 725-8456. If you have questions, call the Iowa DNR at (515) 725-8456.
Kirt Carstens of Carstens Financial Group in Arnolds Park recently received another honor. For the 21st time he was named to the Million Dollar Round Table for outstanding client service, ethics and professionalism. The Million Dollar Round Table is a global, independent association of more than 42,000 of the world's leading life insurance and financial services professionals from more than 470 companies in 71 countries.
Hilltop Care Center is starting a Fan Club lunch program. The first will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 20. The monthly series is designed to reunite residents who have been discharged from the rehabilitative unit. It also serves as an open house for anyone who wants to visit the facility. Fan Club participants will be able to enjoy a good lunch and good company, we're told. The Fan Club also features a program and the March 20 speaker is one of the nicest people we know. The topic is "Go Green -- Spend Smart ... Eat Smart" presented by Karen Byers from the Dickinson County Iowa State Extension Office. Karen has some healthy planet tips, healthy food tips and recipes in mind. We're told reservations -- at 712-338-0454 -- are helpful for the Hilltop staff, but not mandatory for those us us who inherited a spontaneous gene.