100 YEARS OF CLAY COUNTY FAIR TRADITIONS
Retired northwest Iowa English teacher Arla Kintigh will talk about her latest book at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Little Swan Lake Winery near Superior. The book coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Clay County Fair Association. From pre-association days to the present, the book’s pictures and text cover traditions and relationships formed at Iowa’s second largest tourism event. Although fair food is a theme, many, many more traditions are included. Kintigh will share stories behind those presented in the book, offer perspectives on self-publishing and answer audience questions. Signed copies will be available. For more information, go to www.thatfairbook.com or contact Arla Kintigh at email@example.com. Books are currently sold at Barn Swallow, Maritime Museum Gift Shop, Little Swan Lake Winery in the Lakes Area. In Spencer they are available at Arts on Grand and Clay County Heritage Center.
OCW TO MEET
Join Okoboji Christian Women's Connection at a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the Okoboji Bible Conference Grounds in Arnolds Park. Sally Hjelle of Savage, Minnesota, will present a talk on "Accentuate the Positive … Eliminate the Negative." Share her beautiful music and also have a special feature on "Jewels of Joy: Have boutique, will travel." Cost of the catered luncheon is $10 and reservations are requested by calling : Mona 712-362-4552, Peggy 332-5183, Kay 264-8911, or Dorothy 507-847-3566.
SWCD TO MEET
The regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Dickinson SWCD will be held beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 18, in the District Office at Spirit Lake. A tentative agenda will include: approving the minutes of the last meeting, Treasurer’s Report and bills, reviewing the mail, approving cost share applications, amendments and vouchers, receiving NRCS and District reports, old and new business and planning for the next meeting.
The SWCD Foundation monthly meeting will also be held on Aug. 18. Anyone needing accommodation is asked notify the Dickinson SWCD office by Aug. 17 by calling 712-336-3782, Ext. 3.
BROSSEAU TO PERFORM AT ARTS ON GRAND
Arts on Grand is happy to continue the “Music in the Gallery” events in August and will present the musical stylings of Dr. Rick Brosseau, a Grammy award nominee. Brosseau has traveled the United States entertaining folks with his unique style of guitar playing. He has produced several CDs to promote his music. This concert will include a variety of music from classical guitar to flamenco with some Latin jazz and pop. Everyone is cordially invited to the gallery at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, for this enjoyable evening. A $10 donation would be appreciated. There will be refreshments, great music, and a gathering of friendly people.
CAMP OKOBOJI GOLF OUTING
Camp Okoboji will be holding its Seventh Annual Charity Golf Outing beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. Okoboji View Golf Course will again be hosting this fun afternoon. Green fees for the event are $75 per person. Children ages 10-17 can golf for $35 with their parents. First-time golfers get a special gift package. It is a best-ball format with plenty of prizes and several contests including a $10,000 hole-in-one prize. A steak dinner concludes the day. Non-golfing guests can enjoy the dinner for $30. Funds raised during the outing help keep camp programs affordable, helps less-fortunate families attend camp, and keeps camp moving forward. A brochure and registration are available on the Camp Okoboji website: campokoboji.org or by calling the camp office at 712-337-3325. Camp Okoboji has served the Lakes Area since 1940 as an outdoor ministry site of the LC-MS. Located on West Lake Okoboji, Camp Okoboji offers summer programs for youth and families, as well as retreats year-round. The camp is also available for use by families and organizations looking for an amazing setting to forward their goals.
MEET AND GREET REYNOLDS AND ERNST
Dickinson County will be hosting a meet and greet event featuring two individuals who are now part of Iowa’s political history: Kim Reynolds, our first woman governor and Joni Ernst, the first woman to represent our state in the U.S. Senate. The annual fund-raising event will be held at the Barefoot Bar in Parks Marina. Doors will open at 5:30 and the activities will begin at 6 p.m. on Aug. 22 Tickets are available at the door. Cost is $25 which includes a meal served up by Chef Phil and his staff. In addition to Reynolds and Ernst, Congressman Steve King, Iowa GOP Co-Chair Cody Hoefert and Iowa House representatives, John Wills and Megan Jones will be on the program. The event is co-sponsored by the Dickinson County Republican Party and Dickinson County Republican Women. For reservations or additional information, go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FINANCIAL AID FORUM SET
Iowa College Access Network will be delivering their Regional Financial Aid Presentation at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, at SAMI Bedell Center for Performing Arts. This event is free and open to all. Regional presentations are an opportunity to gain knowledge and resources for career and college planning, as well as the financial aid process. The financial aid process can be daunting. From completing the application to understanding award letters, developing a plan to pay for college is one of the most important steps in the college process. This program covers:
• Financial Aid Process
• FAFSA Application Review
• Understanding the Results of the Application
• Understanding Costs — College Comparisons
• Aid Options
• Scholarship Process
• Where to Go For Help
SOLAR ECLIPSE DAY CAMP SLATED
On Aug. 21 a solar eclipse will cross the continental United States. Those residing in Iowa will be able to experience a partial eclipse with more than 90 percent of the sun in the moon’s shadow. This will not only be a historic event, but also a great opportunity to view one of nature’s most stunning displays.
Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach 4-H and Youth Development and the Iowa Space Consortium have partnered to provide Solar Eclipse Day Camps throughout the state.
ISU Extension and Outreach — Dickinson County will offer the camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 21 at the ISU Extension and Outreach office located at 1600 15th Street in Spirit Lake.
The Solar Eclipse Day Camp in Dickinson County is open to youth entering fourth through sixth grade. The camp is free to attend, but youth must bring their own sack lunch.
Throughout the day, youth will create their own eclipse viewer with mirrors; detect Ultraviolet (UV) rays; harness the sun’s energy to make s’mores; and learn from NASA scientists.
Participants do NOT need to be 4-H members to attend; however, the camp space is limited, so individuals are encouraged to register early to guarantee a spot. To register for the Dickinson County Solar Eclipse Day Camp, call 712-336-3488.
WOMEN INSPIRING WOMEN
The public is invited to attend the “Live Inspired: Women Inspiring Women” conference on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 28-29. This life-changing leadership event will be held at The Waterfront Event Center in Arnolds Park. The mission of this engaging and transformative event is to create an environment that promotes and encourages growth, healthy lifestyle and female leadership. Tickets for this event can be reserved online at live-inspired.eventbrite.com.
MILFORD LIBRARY NEWS
Students in third or fourth grade who like to create with their hands and use their brains will discover the Constructors Club is for them! They will have fun while constructing something different each month. Come to the library at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, and prepare to make density towers. Don’t forget to bring your thinking cap! There is no cost and all materials are provided by the library.
Join them for great stories and much more every Friday morning at 10 o'clock. Betty, our Children's Librarian, looks forward to sharing stories with all students. No pre-registration is necessary. The theme this week is "Monkey Fun."
The Milford Memorial Library invites children preschool age through the completion of fourth grade to participate in events from 10-11 a.m. every Friday. All programs are free of charge. Thank you to all the kids who participated in Jump Start To Reading and to the volunteers who met with them to share reading fun and conversation. Keep reading, kids.
MORNING USERS GROUP CONTINUES
The Morning Users Group meets at 9:30 a.m. Fridays in the Sami Center’s Black Box Theater at Spirit Lake High School. The public, especially residents returning to the Iowa Great Lakes for the summer, are invited to attend. This group of beginner and experienced computer users discusses the latest trends in computer technology and how to solve problems brought by the users. Come and listen to how others have fixed their computer problems and learn possible solutions to your computer issues. The meeting lasts about an hour. During colder times of year, the group does not meet if Spirit Lake Schools are delayed or cancelled due to weather.
ST. MARY’S OMELET BREAKFAST PLANNED
The Knights of Columbus at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Spirit Lake offer an omelet breakfast the third Sunday each month from 8-11:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Parish Hall, 1005 Hill Ave., Spirit Lake. Free will donations benefit local charities. Includes toast, juice and coffee, and often features cinnamon rolls or other surprises.
FOUNDATION NEEDS PAIRS FOR ’DANCING WITH LOCAL STARS’
Dancing with the Local Stars in Palo Alto County will be held on Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at the Wild Rose Casino. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Nov. 1. All proceeds from this event provide scholarships for students who reside in Palo Alto County and are full-time students at Iowa Lakes Community College. Know a couple who would make a great “celebrity” dance couple? Contact the Iowa Lakes Community College Foundation office at 712-362-0425 or email email@example.com.