SPIRIT LAKE SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR CONTINUES
The Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the Spirit Lake Middle School Library. The dates and hours are as follows:
March 15 – 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
March 16 –10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
March 20 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
March 21 –10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
March 23 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Want to get a head start? Download the Scholastic Book Fair app and let the children or grandchildren make their wish lists today! By shopping at the book fair, the public is helping the school get new books, because a percentage of sales come directly back to the middle school library. For avid online shoppers, there is also a website. Persons can order online March 12 to April 1 at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/spiritlakem.... Thank you for supporting the Spirit Lake Middle School library.
COOKING CLASS ANNOUNCED
Vegetables are never a favorite for kids, but now they can be! Iowa Lakes Community College will be hosting a spring time treats cooking class for area youth ages 5-10 from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at the Spirit Lake Hy-Vee.
During this class, kids will learn how to cook using some of the best veggies that are first to peak up in the garden in the spring. Participants will be preparing a spring time pasta and pea salad, homemade hummus dip, and a delicious shamrock shake for St. Patrick’s Day that no one will believe is actually super healthy! Kids will also learn about what makes a healthy meal and snack, how to make vegetables taste yummier, and how these beautiful spring time veggies help us grow healthy and strong. Cost for this class is $13. To register for this event, visit iowalakes.edu/ce or call the continuing education office at 800-252-5664. For more information, contact Nancy Ramos, Career Pathway Navigator, at 712-362-7965.
SWCD MEETING SET
The regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Dickinson SWCD will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, March 17, in the District Office. 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 March 17. A 319 project review will follow these meetings. Anyone needing accommodations, please notify the Dickinson SWCD office by March 15 by calling 712-336-3782, Ext. 3.
PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS MARKETING CLASS OFFERED
When owning a business, marketing and advertising is very important when trying to boost sales and get recognition. Iowa Lakes Community College can help to improve marketing through the photography basics class that is being offered from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 and March 28, at the Spencer campus of Iowa Lakes. In this class, participants will learn the basics of creating digital images to use for their business social media marketing and online blogs and vlogs, newsletters and websites. Individuals will also learn the basics of creating good images and how to save them and prep them for use. The cost of this class is $32. To register for this event, visit iowalakes.edu/ce or call the continuing education office at 800-252-5664. For more information, contact Nancy Ramos, Career Pathway Navigator, at 712-362-7965.
STEM FAIR ANNOUNCED
Spirit Lake Elementary’s third and fourth grade students, along with help from Iowa State University’s Extension and Outreach, are planning a STEM fair. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics and encourages problem-solving and exploratory learning. All are welcome to stop by the Spirit Lake Elementary from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 to hear the students present their projects.
SELF HYPNOSIS OFFERED AT IOWA LAKES
Has life brought on a lot of stress, or trying to kick a bad habit and nothing has worked thus far? Then Let Iowa Lakes Community College step in with self hypnosis and help kick those bad habits, or bring on some relaxation. Hypnosis is a naturally altered state of consciousness that provides extraordinary mental, physical and emotional relaxation and a discharge of tensions from all levels of the body.
Hypnosis can help with many situations including: smoking cessation, weight loss, insomnia, fears and phobias, enhanced athletic performance, speeding up recovery after an accident or surgery, relieve physical and emotional stress, pain management and chronic headaches.
This class will be held from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, on the Emmetsburg campus of Iowa Lakes, in room 10. Cost is $65.
To register, visit www.iowalakes.edu/ce or contact the Continuing Education office at 800-252-5664. For more information, contact Nancy Ramos at 712-362-7965.
HOME BUYERS CLASS OFFERED IN SPIRIT LAKE
Pitfalls abound for anyone seeking to purchase a house, but Iowa Lakes Community College is offering a "Top Home Buying Mistakes" class to help people avoid the worst of them. Participants will discuss the basics of buying a home, what common problems people encounter when trying to purchase a house and how to avoid those problems. The class will be from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, in room 121 at the Spirit Lake campus of Iowa Lakes Community College. The cost of the class is $69. To register, contact the Iowa Lakes Community College Continuing Education office at 800-252-5664 or visit www.iowalakes.edu/ce. For more information, contact Teresa Ball at 712-580-8617 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOME SELLER CLASS SET
A home might be the biggest investment a person makes throughout his or her whole life, but what happens when it’s time to sell? Iowa Lakes Community College hopes to help through its class, "Your Guide to a Successful Home Sale." Participants will learn simple guidelines to follow for a successful home sale, including basic home staging suggestions designed to boost appeal for prospective buyers. The class will be from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, in room 121 of the Spirit Lake Campus of Iowa Lakes Community College. The cost of the class is $69. To register, contact the Iowa Lakes Community College Continuing Education office at 800-252-5664 or visit www.iowalakes.edu/ce. For more information, contact Teresa Ball at 712-580-8617 or email@example.com.
INVESTING IN REAL ESTATE
Real estate can be a great investment, but there are many variables involved that can affect an investor’s bottom line. Iowa Lakes Community College is offering "Real Estate Investments" to help prospective investors sort through those variables. Participants in the class will discuss the possibilities of real estate, including whether it would be a good way for them to generate strong returns and how to lower risks while protecting invested capital. The class will be from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, in room 121 on the Spirit Lake campus of Iowa Lakes Community College. The cost of the class is $69. To register, contact the Iowa Lakes Community College Continuing Education office at 800-252-5664 or visit www.iowalakes.edu/ce. For more information, contact Teresa Ball at 712-580-8617 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOPED SAFETY CLASSES APPROACHING
All area youth desiring a moped license are required to take a moped safety course. This course is open to students under the age of 16 wanting a moped license. Students must be at least 14, or within six months of 14 at class date to enroll. Moped safety fulfills the state requirement of a moped safety education course. Instruction is classroom only. The first Moped Safety class will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25, on the Estherville campus of Iowa Lakes Community College, in room 74. Additional classes for the month will be held on the Algona campus of Iowa Lakes, in room 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, March 27 and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 28. To view the full list of scheduled classes for the year, at all campus locations, and to register, please visit iowalakes.edu/ce. Cost for the course is $39. Pre-registration is required; no walk-ins allowed. For more information, please contact the Continuing Education office at 800-252-5664.
'UNDERSTANDING INVESTMENTS' PROGRAM ANNOUNCED
Everyone has financial goals, but the lists may vary person to person. However, no matter how each list is prioritized, it is important to know how and where to invest in order to reach those individual goals. The world of finance and investing can be extremely difficult to understand, but with the help of Iowa Lakes Community College, investing can be less complicating and easier to understand. Iowa Lakes will be holding an Understanding Investments class on Tuesday, March 28 on the Spirit Lake campus of Iowa Lakes in room 129, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost for the class is $25. To register, please visit www.iowalakes.edu/ce for more information, contact Teresa Ball, Career Pathway Navigator, at 712-580-8617.
GRASSLEY DIRECTOR TO CONDUCT OFFICE HOURS
Jacob Bossman, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s Sioux City-based regional director, will be holding open office hours in Buena Vista, Pocahontas, Sac, Ida, Emmet, Palo Alto, Clay, Osceola, Dickinson and O’Brien counties on March 8, 14 and 20. The office hours provide an opportunity for Iowans to obtain casework assistance or to express views. Bossman’s Dickinson County hours are: 11:30-12:30 p.m. in the Lake Park Community Center, 903 South Market Street in Lake Park.
ANTIQUE BUS TOUR PLANNED
Treasure hunting will take on a new meaning for those who join an upcoming bus expedition to Walnut aimed at antiquing. The small city of Walnut could be considered an antique itself, given that it was founded in 1871, but it also features an extraordinary number of antique stores for its size. It was officially given the title “Antique City” in 1985 by Gov. Terry Branstad. Participants will have the opportunity to take their time exploring the city and hunt for antique treasures at more than 20 antique and specialty shops in Walnut on Friday, March 31. The cost for the trip is $69, which includes transportation but does not include the cost of a meal. The bus departs at 8 a.m. from entrance 1 at the Estherville campus, 8:30 a.m. from the Wellness Center at the Emmetsburg campus and 9 a.m. from entrance 1 at the Spencer campus of Iowa Lakes Community College. The group returns to Estherville at approximately 8 p.m., Emmetsburg at 7:30 p.m. and Spencer at 7 p.m. To register, contact the Iowa Lakes Community College Continuing Education office at 800-252-5664 or visit www.iowalakes.edu/ce. For more information, contact Teresa Ball at 712-580-8617 or email@example.com.
SPIRIT LAKE FFA FUNDRAISER ANNOUNCED
The Spirit Lake FFA fundraiser is through Harmison's. FFA members will be selling meat, cheese, candy assortments, and cookie dough. They will also be selling an assortment of tumblers, including a Spirit Lake Indians-specific for the organization's location. The fundraiser will be completed on Wednesday, March 22. If someone would like to order through this fundraiser and have not been approached by a member, they may contact the FFA advisor through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or via phone (712-209-2899) and she will put them in contact with a FFA member.
IOWA LAKES HAZMAT COURSES SLATED
Iowa Lakes Community College will be holding HazMat Operations courses for all EMS, fire, law enforcement, and public, beginning March 29. The HazMat operations refresher course will be held from 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at the Hap Ketelsen Community Center, 203 N. Main St. in Everly. This course is being paid for by LEPC grant funding. In addition, a HazMat law enforcement refresher course will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at the Spencer campus of Iowa Lakes Community College in room 108B. This course is paid for by LEPC grant funding. Also, a HazMat secondary roads refresher course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 17, on the Spencer campus of Iowa Lakes in room 108B. This course will also be paid for with LEPC grant funding. Those fire, rescue, emergency medical service (EMS) personnel, law enforcement and other first responders who may respond to incidents involving hazardous materials (HazMat), are encouraged to attend. For more information on either, or both courses, contact Miranda DePyper at 712-852-5226, or to register, visit www.iowalakes.edu/ce, or call the continuing education department at 1-800-252-5664.
FIREMEN TO SERVE PANCAKES
The Spirit Lake Community Volunteer Firemen's Pancake Day is set for Saturday, April 8. Firemen will be preparing and serving pancakes from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fire station located at 2001 Peoria Avenue. Admission is by free will offering with proceeds to be used to purchase new equipment.
CALVARY UMC HOSTS AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
Calvary United Methodist Church hosts the Hip Hop Hope After School Program on Wednesdays from March 8 through April 12. Kindergarten – fourth grade children are invited to “Travel to Egypt on Joseph’s Journey from Prisons to Palace.” Participants will meet after school until 5 p.m. at the Old Town Hall in Milford one block north of the library. There is no charge. To register or for more information call 332-2447.
CARES CARNIVAL PLANNED
Plans have been completed for the fundraiser Cares Carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22. Sponsored by Dickinson County CARES (Community Advocates Ready to Empower Victims), the carnival will take place in the Dickinson County Expo Building at Spirit Lake. Crafts, clowns, face painting, games, three inflatables are included. DJ Karaoke, a fireman's dunk tank and carnival food will entertain attendees. A silent auction will transpire between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There is no admission charge to attend Cares Carnival.