EXOTIC ANIMALS COME TO IOWA LAKES
The public is invited to enjoy a day of exploring exotic animals with Iowa Lakes Community College in the ‘I Wonder’ Exotic Animals Day Camp. Participants will be given the chance to pick a unique animal to research through reading, writing, exploration and games. At the end of the day, there will be a student presentation of each animal! Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, on the Spencer campus of Iowa Lakes, in room 108A and 108B. Cost for the day camp is $35, which includes lunch. To register for this unique and exciting day camp, visit www.iowalakes.edu/ce. For more information, please contact the Continuing Education office at 800-252-5664, or Teresa Ball, Career Pathway Navigator, at 712-580-8617.
NORTHWEST IOWA REGIONAL HOUSING TRUST FUND, INC. MEETING PLANNED
The Board of Directors of the Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (NWIRHTF) will hold its annual meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 22, in the Sheldon Community Room located at 416 9th Street in Sheldon. The mission of the NWIRHTF is to promote the creation and preservation of affordable housing for low to moderate income persons residing in Buena Vista, Dickinson, Emmet, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola and Sioux counties. The funding priority this past year was the financing of home repairs for low to moderate income homeowners. The purpose of the annual meeting is to review the past year’s accomplishments and budget. All persons interested in learning more about the Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund are encouraged to attend the meeting. In addition, the board will be soliciting comments from the public regarding the affordable housing issues within the region and seeking public input as the board considers its funding priorities for next year. Written or oral comments are welcomed. Please address written comments to: NWIRHTF, P.O. Box 1493, Spencer, IA, 51301.
RED, WHITE, BLUE BASH ANNOUNCED
Join in the festivities and celebrate Independence Day with a kids’ cooking class. Iowa Lakes Community College and Hy-Vee, will be hosting a kids’ “Red, White and Blue Bash” cooking class from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at Spirit Lake Hy-Vee. During this class, kids will be exploring fun color-themed foods for the holiday, and creating a Fourth of July-themed breakfast, snack and side dish. The cost for this class is $13, and open to all kids ages 8-12. To register for this class, visit www.iowalakes.edu/ce. For more information, contact the Iowa Lakes Continuing Education office at 1-800-252-5664, or Nancy Ramos, Career Pathway Navigator, at 712-362-7965.
GOP FUNDRAISER APPROACHES
The Clay County Republicans are hosting an event Saturday, June 24, featuring Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann and U.S. Rep. Steve King as the special guest speakers. State Central Committee Committeeman Steve Scheffler will also be in attendance.
“We are excited to host Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Kaufmann,” explained Will Jones, the Chairman of the Clay County Republicans said. “We’re coming off a successful election and a legislative session – we want to continue with that momentum.”
Clay County Co-Chairman Kevin Brown said it is an exciting time to be a Republican.
“This is an opportunity to gather together, share in our successes and push forward,” he said.
The event will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the fairgrounds. For more information, visit the Clay County Republicans Facebook page.
WILDWOOD NATURE PROGRAM PLANNED
Join local naturalist Karess Knudtson at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at Wildwood Nature Preserve. Participants will meet inside the screen porch to talk about the importance of pollinators in our environment. Most importantly, the group will discuss the role everyone can have in creating and maintaining spaces that are pollinator friendly. Please come prepared for the weather. This free program is open to all ages and should prove to be highly entertaining, as well as educational. Young people are especially invited to attend this fun session. Wildwood Nature Preserve, a Maser Family Foundation project, is located at 11175 240 Avenue, Spirit Lake, Iowa, just north of Marble Beach. For additional information, contact Tom Maser at 712-540-8025.
‘CHEF TRAINING’ AVAILABLE TO YOUTH
Kids love to be in the kitchen learning new things, so what better way for them to expand their knowledge in the kitchen, than with the “Chef Training 101” class being offered thorough Iowa Lakes Community College? This class isn’t the typical kiddie cooking class where pizza and ice cream sundaes are made. In Chef Training 101, kids will learn techniques for everything from making buttermilk from scratch, baking soft pretzels and cheese dip, to whipping up a tiramisu with chocolate curls.
The course takes place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Spencer High School from Monday, June 26, through Friday, June 30, and will allow them to become a chef in training. Aprons will be provided for each student, and the students will eat their own projects for lunch. The cost of this class is $135 for all 5 days. To register a future chef, please do so by visiting www.iowalakes.edu/ce. For more information, contact the Continuing Education office at 800-252-5664, or contact Teresa Ball, Career Pathway Navigator, at 712-580-8617.
PROGRAMS CONTINUE AT LIBRARY
The Milford Memorial Library invites children preschool age through the completion of fourth grade to participate in events on Tuesdays and Fridays. All programs are free of charge. Please register by calling 338-4643, email Children’s Librarian, Betty Naab at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the library website.
This year’s Summer Reading Program theme is “Build a Better World.” Join them from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, June 27, for Jester Puppets – humor, fun and interaction with the audience.
S.T.E.M activities are planned for every Friday during June from 10-11 a.m. Bradi Baschke, intern from Iowa State University, will be the presenter. Children of all ages are welcome. Additional story time and activities for preschool children on Fridays at 11 a.m. No registration is required.
Jump Start To Reading will begin from 9:30-10 a.m. June 30 and continue every Friday during the summer. Adult volunteers will be available to meet one-on-one with children to help them maintain and improve their reading skills. Children at all reading levels are encouraged to register soon.
MOPED MAINTENANCE CLASS PLANNED
Nice weather has arrived! And now that mopeds have come out of storage, it’s important to know how to properly maintain them to ensure a smooth, safe and efficient ride. Moped maintenance is important. Iowa Lakes Community College will be holding a basic moped maintenance class from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at the Emmetsburg campus of Iowa Lakes (3200 College Dr.) in room 3102 of the Ag Sciences building. This class will be taught by Iowa Lakes Powersports and Power Equipment Instructors. During this class, individuals will learn the basics of how to check the oil, check the lights, check tire pressure and more! Cost is $25. To register for one of the classes, visit www.iowalakes.edu/ce. For more information, contact the Continuing Education office at 800-252-5664. When registering, please use class #503, for June 28.
MOTORCYCLE COURSE OFFERED
All motorcycle riders, regardless of experience, are encouraged to attend the Motorcycle Rider Course though Iowa Lakes Community College and ABATE of Iowa in order to improve their riding skills. The beginner rider and the intermediate rider will both gain from this 18-hour course.
The next sessions will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9, at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer, as well as July 22-23, with the same time and location as the previous session.
Students must complete an eCourse at least one week prior to class, which will take approximately three hours to complete. Motorcycles are provided for use during the course.
On the riding range, riders will begin with the basics of using the clutch to shift gears and using the brakes to stop properly. As students gain experience and skill, they will be challenged with emergency maneuvers, such as quick stops and quick swerves to avoid road obstacles.
The class is open to anyone who is at least 14 years of age. However, if the student is under the age of 18, a parent must sign a waiver. The parental signature must be witnessed by the instructor or notarized.
Cost for this course is $199, which includes online course, workbook and all range driving and instruction. Class size is limited, so enroll early. Preregistration required.
For more information, or to register, call 800-252-5664 or visit www.iowalakes.edu/ce.
ERNST ANNOUNCES LISTENING HOURS
U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s regional directors will hold traveling office hours throughout the month of July in all 99 counties in Iowa. The Dickinson County stop will be held from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at Arnolds Park City Hall. Representatives from Senator Ernst’s office will be available in counties throughout the state to assist Iowans with problems or questions about eligibility involving issues like Social Security, veterans’ benefits, military affairs, passports, immigration issues and other federal programs. Senator Ernst will not be at the traveling office hours.
LEARN TO DANCE
Want to learn to dance, but don’t know where to start? Iowa Lakes Community College can help. Join many other beginners for six group classes, as well as one-on-one instruction of ballroom dancing. After learning the basic dance steps, individuals will have added confidence and poise – and never have to sit out another dance again. Classes will be held 7-8 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 10 at Table 316 in Arnolds Park. Cost for this class is $65, must register with a partner. To register, visit www.iowalakes.edu/ce. For more information, contact the Iowa Lakes Continuing Education office at 800-252-5664.
MILFORD’S 125TH COMMITTEE PLANS STYLE SHOW
In conjunction with Milford's Quasquicentennial Celebration July 23-30, the Quasquicentennial Committee will host a luncheon and style show at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 19, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church Parish Center in Milford. Fashions from Elegance by Sarah, in Okoboji, will be featured. An additional feature will be the modeling and display of wedding gowns from throughout the past decades. If you still have your wedding dress and would consent for it to be shown, please call Susan Reiser at 338-2274 or Brenda Harmon at 712-204-0180. If you can still fit into that gown and would like to model it, or if you have a granddaughter or friend who can fit into the gown and would like to model it, please call us also. It will be great fun to see wedding dresses from the past years. Tickets are $12 per person and will are available at Milford Communications or the St. Joseph Church Office in Milford during normal business hours.
MORNING USERS GROUP CONTINUES
The Morning Users Group (MUG) meets at 9:30 a.m. Fridays in the Sami Center’s Black Box Theater at Spirit Lake High School. The pubic, 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, 2017. 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.
Unitarian Universalist Planning Meeting on June 25
On Sunday, June 25, the program for the Iowa Lakes Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will include a question-and-answer conversation on plans for growth in the next three years. This planning meeting will have a short introduction, explanation of our goals, review of the results of our goals survey, identification of needs for the plan and then a discussion on how to take action. The conversation leader will be Cheryl Squires, a member of the Fellowship.
The UU Fellowship meets at the Arrowwood Resort in Okoboji. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and the program begins at 11. An optional lunch ($10) is served after the program. For more information see the Fellowship’s website, uuokoboji.com. Visitors are always welcome.