IOWA LAKES ANNOUNCES RETURN OF COFFEE HOUSE SERIES
The Iowa Lakes Community College music department announces the return of the coffee house series for the 2018-19 academic year. This year's coffee house series features a new slate of performers. This is a free event and is open to the public. The coffee house series is an opportunity for students and community members to perform in a public setting while enjoying coffee, lemonade and snacks.
The first coffee house starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the student center, located at 300 S. 18th St., on the Estherville Campus.
Attendees are sure to enjoy a variety of vocal ensembles, including a featured performance with handbells. There will be a variety of musical styles showcased during to include country, jazz, show tunes, and more.
TREE CARE WORKSHOP SCHEDULED AT IOWA LAKES Iowa Lakes Community College will be holding a Tree Care Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, on the Emmetsburg Campus. The tree care workshop will be instructed by two certified arborists and will include information about insects and diseases that affect trees, the ABCs of pruning, and the importance of pruning young trees. As part of the course, participants will take part in a walk around campus with a demonstration on proper pruning techniques. The class will be in room 3208 of the Ag Sciences building, with a cost of $59. Lunch will be provided. To register, visit www.iowalakes.edu/ce and search for class #2291, or contact 1-800-252-5664.
LAKE PARK UMC TO HOST FALL BAZAAR
The Lake Park United Methodist Church Fall Bazaar is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, with a bake shop, candy store, crafts and nearly new toys and home accessories for sale. There will be homemade rolls served from 9-10:30 a.m. with a freewill offering. A eat-in or take-out lunch of tavern sandwich or hot dog, green bean casserole, potato salad, coleslaw, potato chips, homemade pie and beverage is available for $9 for adults, $4 for kids 6-12 and age 5 and under is free.
MCNAMARA TO SPEAK AT UUF
Colin McNamara a constitutional attorney with the Madison, Wisconsin based Freedom From Religion Foundation will speak to the Iowa Lakes Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Sunday, Oct. 14. His program will address the purposes and duties of the nonprofit, educational organization. The foundation promotes the constitutional principles of separation of state and church and serves to educate the public on matters related to nontheism. McNamara has served as the organization's Robert G. Ingersoll Legal Fellow since September 2017. His practice specializes in state-church separation complaints arising from state and federal prisons, as well as court-ordered drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. A native of Upstate New York, Colin earned his degree from the State University of New York at Oswego and his J.D. from the University of Richmond. He previously worked for the New York State Attorney General's Office and the ACLU of Virginia. The Iowa Lakes UU Fellowship meets at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Okoboji. Coffee is served at 10:30 a.m. and the service begins at 11. An optional buffet lunch ($10) is offered after the program. For more information check the Fellowship website uuokoboji.com. Visitors are always welcome.
IOWA LAKES COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCE HOLIDAY MARKETING CLASS
Iowa Lakes Community College announced a free holiday-focused marketing class, entitled, "Drive a Holiday Shopping Rush for your Business," will be held on the Algona Campus. This class will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17.
Entrepreneurs and business owners who want to have a successful holiday sales season are invited to take part in this informative event. Topics that will be discussed include how to get in front of your customers and how to showcase what a business offers using Google My Business, Google Ads, and more. Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in a live stream presented by the "Google's Get Your Business Online" team who have partnered with the organization "Small Thanks." There will be a question and answer session and open forum following the live stream.
The class will be hosted by the Tietz Entrepreneurial Center and the Northwest Iowa Small Business Development Center.
To register, visit www.iowalakes.edu/ce and search for "holiday," or call 1-800-252-5664 for more information.
RSVP TO HOST OPEN HOUSE
RSVP of Dickinson County will be hosting a Volunteer Open House from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, on the Iowa Lakes Community College Spirit Lake Campus, Room 129. Current and future volunteers are invited. The need for volunteers continues to be requested by citizens of our county. Share volunteer experiences and learn about the programs RSVP currently has in effect. Opportunities continue to expand and we look forward to hearing about your interests to share some of your time and expertise with others in need. This open house is for those 55-plus that would be interested in volunteer opportunities in Dickinson County. You are able to choose your areas of interest and your own availability of commitment. Your time is so valuable to others.
OMELET BREAKFASTS HELD AT ST. MARY'S
A freewill offering omelet breakfast by the Knights of Columbus takes place every third Sunday at St. Mary's Catholic Parish Community Hall. Made-to-order omelets, toast and all the fixings are offered — with special treats periodically like cinnamon rolls, fruit and ham or sausage.
COMPUTER DISCUSSION GROUP CONTINUES
The Morning Users Group (MUG) meets at 9:30 a.m. Fridays in the Black Box Theater of the Sami Center at the Spirit Lake High School. This group of beginner and experienced computer users discusses the latest trends in computer technology and smartphones — and how to solve problems brought by the users. Local residents and visitors are asked to bring their questions and observations for a lively discussion. The meeting lasts about an hour. Bring your own coffee. The group does not meet if Spirit Lake Schools are delayed or cancelled that day due to weather.