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JOHNSON COUNTY, IA. -- The Republican Party of Johnson County is pleased to announce that Governor Terry Branstad, who is running for a historic sixth term this fall, will be the keynote speaker at their annual Spring Dinner.
The dinner will be held on Thursday April 3, 2014 at the Coralville Marriott. Doors will open at 6:00pm and dinner is served at 6:30pm. The event will include a choice of meat or vegetarian lasagna, salad, desert and beverage. The cost to attend is $50 per person, $60 if payment is received after March 31. A cash bar will also be available.
“I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and new faces from Johnson County at this year’s Spring Dinner,” stated Governor Branstad. “The Johnson County GOP has been a key part of our team and I am eager to continue building Iowa’s future with you by our side.”
“We are so pleased to have Governor Branstad join us in Johnson County for our spring dinner” said Karen Fesler, Johnson County GOP Central Committee member and an organizer of the event. “Governor Branstad has provided outstanding leadership to our state and we look forward to hearing from him in April and electing him to another term serving Iowa in November”.
There is also an opportunity to be an event sponsor, receive priority seating and have your name listed on the event program for an additional $100 per individual or couple. Anyone interested in attending the dinner and/or becoming a sponsor are asked to RSVP to email@example.com or leave a message at phone number 319-339-8381 by March 31.
All proceeds from the event will go to the Johnson County Republican Party to help support candidates and local issues.
Members of the media are encouraged to attend. Please confirm with Jason Glass, 319-321-7405. Press availability with Governor Branstad is tentative and will be announced at later date.
The Johnson County Republican website, www.jcrepublicans.org has additional information and can accept donations.
Information and registration forms for this year's Hershey's Track and Field Games are now available online at the Iowa City Recreation Division website at www.icgov.org/pr. The games are a free event for youth born between the years 2000 and 2005, designed to let kids have fun while learning valuable lifelong lessons.
To compete, participants will need to pre-register by Friday, May 23. Completed forms should be submitted to the Iowa City Recreation Division Office at 220 S. Gilbert Street, Iowa City. Participants must provide a copy of their birth certificate with the registration form. Students may participate in numerous events.
The games will be held Friday, May 30 at Raffensperger Track at City High's Bates Field, located at 1900 Morningside Drive in Iowa City. Events begin at 5:30 p.m. Competition will involve the following events: 50 meter dash, 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 400 meter dash, 800 meter run, 1600 meter run, 4x100 meter relay, standing long jump and softball throw.
Medals will be given to the top three finishers in each event. Winners of each event will have the opportunity to compete at the state meet in Marshalltown on Saturday, June 14.
The Hershey's Track and Field Games are the largest youth sports program of its kind in North America, with hundreds of thousands of children competing every year. The games were founded more than 35 years ago to promote fitness, build self-esteem, and reward hard work.
For more information, call the Recreation Office at 319-356-5100.
Calling all high school students: Make sure to head to the Iowa City Market Place (formerly Sycamore Mall) this weekend for Project Re-Dress shopping!
Project Re-Dress is a volunteer program that connects local students with free formal wear for their prom or other special event. Community donations include dresses, shoes, handbags, jewelry and other special occasion items. All donated items will be offered to high school students free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Shopping hours are Friday, March 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shopping event will be held in the storefront across from Four Seasons.
In an effort to ensure that each donation is utilized, after the shopping days have concluded, Johnson County theaters and crafters are invited to go through the items that remain to take what they can use. Johnson County theater representatives or staff are encouraged to stop by on Sunday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to noon to make their selections, while any crafters from Johnson County may come by Sunday, March 9 from noon to 2 p.m.
Donations for Project Re-Dress are still being accepted on Wednesday, March 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. Donations should be dropped off at the Iowa City Market Place in the retail space located across from Four Seasons. Items should be in good to excellent condition, with no significant spots, tears or holes.
This project is brought to Johnson County residents by the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center; United Action for Youth; student representatives Lilly Brown from City High and Kate Anstreicher from West High; community members Mary Palmberg and Missy Aitchison, a Regina Catholic Education Center parent; and the Iowa City Market Place.
(Iowa City, IA) – Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce it will be naming its sixth Women Build in honor of Jean Lloyd-Jones.
Jean has gathered a committee of 16 local women to help raise funds and build a home for an immigrant family from the Congo that has been living in disarray and chaos. The couple has ten kids ranging from newborn to age 20 that have been forced into a tiny, two-bedroom apartment with no storage space for baby gear, clothes, toys and diapers.
Each year, Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity seeks out an influential woman in the community to honor with the Women Build. The Women Build gathers women in the community to raise funds and build a home for a low-income family in the area. The goal of the Women Build is NOT meant to exclude men, but to include women who may not feel comfortable volunteering at a male-dominated construction site.
“With Jean's commitment to encouraging and empowering other women to run for office, she is a great fit for the Women Build campaign,” says Mark Patton, Executive Director at Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity. “When we select our honorees, we look for women who have made significant accomplishments in fields that are currently lacking in gender equity.”
Jean Lloyd-Jones has served in both the Iowa House of Representatives and the Iowa Senate, and as President of the League of Women Voters of Iowa. She was inducted in the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 2003. Jean is currently the acting co-chair of 50-50 in 2020, a bipartisan initiative to achieve political equity in Iowa.
What does Jean Lloyd-Jones hope to accomplish through her efforts with the Women Build and 50-50 in 2020? “I believe that women's different perspectives and experiences, combined with the qualities that men bring to the table, will produce healthier organizations, better government and a more sustainable society,” says Jean.
The Women Build committee’s efforts will begin with a letter-writing campaign and several events during National Women Build week, May 5-11. A groundbreaking ceremony and Wall Build will take place Friday, May 9, as well as the Christine Grant 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, May 10 to raise funds for the project.
About Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity
With a foundation in ecumenical Christian principles, Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity (IVHFH), a tax-exempt, non-profit housing organization, unites diverse communities to build, rehabilitate and maintain safe, decent and affordable homes for hard-working families in Cedar, Iowa, Johnson and Washington Counties. Each home Iowa Valley Habitat builds has a variety of aspects that make them extremely energy efficient, helping the environment and ensuring that the new Partner Family will spend less on utility bills.
Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity was honored to receive the Iowa City Area Chamber’s Non-Profit of the Year Award. The award recognizes a 501(c) that has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the community. Iowa Valley Habitat was recognized at A Toast to Our Communities on November 21, 2013 at Brown Deer Golf Club.
Iowa City will host the 25th annual Iowa Special Olympics Mid-Winter Tournament on March 14-15. The event is expected to draw nearly 1,000 athletes from across the state.
Opening ceremonies, a banquet dinner and dance will kick off the festivities Friday night at the Marriott Hotel at Iowa River Landing in Coralville, with competitive events getting underway beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at the University of Iowa Field House. Events will include basketball skills, team basketball, cheerleading, gymnastics and powerlifting.
Iowa City will be represented by athletes who are members of the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department's Special Populations Involvement (SPI) program.
FryFest organizers are pulling out all the stops again this year for Coralville’s sixth annual celebration of all things Hawkeye.
Officials with FryFest held a conference call with Iowa coaching legend Hayden Fry to celebrate his 85th birthday and give a sneak peek of this fall’s FryFest activities during a presentation Friday at the Marriott Coralville Hotel and Conference Center on the Iowa River Landing.
As part of its 2014 tour, OPERA Iowa Educational Touring Troupe, a program of Des Moines Metro Opera, Inc., will perform a reduced version for five singers of Gaetano Donizetti’s romantic comedy The Elixir of Loveon Friday, March 28 at 7:30pm at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 5th Street in Coralville.
Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love mixes love, jealousy and mysterious libations in a romantic comedy. Young Nemorino is in love with the wealthy but fickle Adina. When Sergeant Belcore also sets his sights on Adina, Nemorino turns to visiting “doctor” Dulcamara for an “elixir of love,” guaranteed to turn Adina’s head and win her heart. Heads turn, but who wins her heart? The Elixir of Love lasts approximately 2 hours with an intermission, and is sung in English with piano accompaniment.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and $8 for youth ages 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 319.248.9370, online at coralvillearts.org, and in person at the CCPA box office and the Coralville Recreation Center at 1506 8th Street.
OPERA Iowa Educational Touring Troupe members are handpicked from nationwide auditions of more than 800 singers to share their love of opera with audiences of all ages. The talented young performers of the 2014 OPERA Iowa troupe are: soprano Bevin Hill of New York, NY; mezzo-soprano Stephanie Schoenhofer of Lima, OH; baritone Zachary Ballard of Roslindale, MA; tenor Joshua Weeker of Kettering, OH; and bass Alex Soare of Schaumburg, IL. The music director is Scott Arens of Ann Arbor, MI and the technical director is Thomas Plummer of Crown Point, IN.
Des Moines Metro Opera, founded in 1973, is an independent, non-profit, professional opera company dedicated to bringing world-class opera productions and vital performing arts education to central Iowa. In addition to providing mainstage productions, Des Moines Metro Opera is responsible for OPERA Iowa Educational Touring Troupe, which brings opera to classrooms across Iowa and to nearly 24,000 students, OPERAtion Opera Community Outreach Program, which works with more than 30 human service agencies to provide opera to underserved and at-risk audiences, the Apprentice Artist Program, one of the largest singer-training programs in the country, and two new programs: The Design and Production Internship Program, a training program for students within the theater arts who wish to expand experience and gain the skills necessary for a successful professional career; and Raising Voices -Rising Stars program which gives high school musicians the opportunity to explore career opportunities from the rare vantage point within a professional opera company.
Owned and operated by the City of Coralville, the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is dedicated to enriching the community and contributing to the vitality of Coralville by offering an accessible, affordable venue for a variety of performances, presentations, and public and private events. The 472 seat theater opened August 26, 2011 and has hosted performances from City Circle Acting Company, Orchestra Iowa, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Dan Knight, Lola Astanova, Lorie Line, Judy Carmichael, Jim McDonough, Nolte Academy of Dance, and many others. Coralville schools are also able to use the Center free of charge up to three times per year; 16 school events took place at the Center in the 2012-2013 school year. The Center was named 2012 Member of the Year by the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Iowa City, IA. - On Saturday, March 29, Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity and volunteers from Iowa City AM Rotary, City High and West High Interact clubs will be holding a “Light Work” service day to help elderly and disabled homeowners with tasks such as changing light bulbs, smoke alarm batteries and furnace filters. This work is potentially dangerous to elderly and disabled individuals, and by assisting them with these tasks, Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity enables them to stay in their homes and maintain a safe living environment.
Elderly and disabled homeowners who could benefit from this assistance are encouraged to request an application from Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity by calling 319-337-8949. The program is free and there are no income requirements to qualify for this assistance. A $10 donation is suggested to cover the cost of supplies.
About Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity
With a foundation in ecumenical Christian principles, Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity (IVHFH), a tax-exempt, non-profit housing organization, unites diverse communities to build, rehabilitate and maintain safe, decent and affordable homes for hard-working families in Cedar, Iowa, and Johnson Counties. Each home Iowa Valley Habitat builds has a variety of aspects that make them extremely energy efficient, helping the environment and ensuring that the new Partner Family will spend less on utility bills.