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Lifestyle Briefs

Ames Children’s Choirs to hold placement auditions

Virtual Placement Auditions for the 2021 spring season of the Ames Children’s Choirs will be conducted from Jan. 18 – February 1. The program includes four choirs: Preparatory Choir (ages 7-8), Chorale (ages 9-11), Concert Choir (ages 12-18, treble voices), and Singers (ages 12-18; ...

Hamilton County man wins $10,000 lottery prize

CLIVE - A routine morning for a Hamilton County man became anything but routine after he scratched off a $10,000 lottery prize. Nick Vanlangen of Ellsworth won the big prize in the Iowa Lottery’s “$100,000 Mega Crossword” scratch game. He purchased his winning ticket on a recent morning ...

Fort Dodge Choral Society presents ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’

At a time when in-person Christmas concerts are not safe, singers in the Fort Dodge Choral Society are sharing the joy of the season with a new online performance each day beginning Sunday. “The Twelve Days of Christmas” features soloists and small groups from the choir noted for ...

Webster City Rotary Club to celebrate 100th anniversary virtually

Local Rotarians had planned to celebrate their century of “Service above Self” in May, but the coronavirus pandemic forced its postponement. Club members will salute their past and toast their future virtually on Dec.14 at 6:30 pm.. All members of the Noon and RAH groups will join in ...

Children’s Choirs to hold Virtual Winter Concert

COVID-19 has changed the singing landscape. When schools shut down and playgrounds closed, Ames Children’s Choirs (ACC) continued to meet virtually and expanded its rehearsals from once per week to twice per week. When all else fails, singing prevails. In May, 2020, ACC ended their season ...

Pastor celebrates 10 years at WC church

Rev. Craig Blaufuss has completed a decade of ministry to the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Webster City. He and his wife Vicki began ministry at the church Oct. 1, 2010. The congregation celebrated with a "cupcake walkthrough" after the outdoor service Sunday morning, Sept. ...

Rotary hears program on 4-H Foundation

The Noon Webster City Rotary Club met Monday, Aug. 10 at the Briggs Woods Conference Center for an in-person meeting. Members of the Main Street Morning and the Noon Kiwanis clubs were special invited guests. The Rotary program host for the day was Dean Bowden, who introduced Emily ...

Free, online food preservation course offered

AMES – Your spring gardens are flourishing with wonderful produce. Preserving your garden’s summer bounty is a great way to enjoy home-grown produce year round – as long as you don’t serve food borne illness, like botulism, with your home preserved foods, say nutrition and wellness ...

Kiwanis award scholarships

— Submitted photo Four of the this year's Main Street Morning Kiwanis scholarship recipients joined the club for breakfast Tuesday and shared their college experiences and future plans. The students include (L to R) Jake Nilles, Zach Dodge, Katie Greenfield, and Kyle Greenfield.

Sundae event nets $2,000 for food pantry challenge

Gayle Olson presented a check for $2,076 from First Congregational United Church of Christ to Darcy Swon, Development Director of the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation. Generous patrons donated $1,500 during a curbside "Drive Thru Sundae" event at the church last Friday evening. Additional ...

Adult take and make crafts offered at KYL

Kendall Young Library will be offering an Adult DIY Take and Make Craft on Monday, Aug. 3 and Tuesday Aug. 4. Adults 18 and over can pick up the craft materials either day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and make a Decoupage Tin Can. Materials will be available while supplies last and limited to ...

Main Street Kiwanis Club award scholarships

Jeanne Hill, a member of the Main Street Morning Kiwanis Club, has announced the 2020 collegejunior/senior scholarship winners. The scholarships are awarded in the amount of $400 each. The Main Street Kiwanis Scholarship Committee selected the winners based on academic achievement and ...

Sundaes on Friday

First Congregational Church United Church of Christ is hosting a Drive-Thru Brownie Sundae event Friday, July 24, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in front of the church at 1000 Willson Ave. Free-will donations will be matched by Enhance Hamilton County and given to local food pantries. Here's how ...

Back-to-School program now taking applications

Upper Des Moines Opportunity is currently accepting applications for the Back to School Program. Income eligible families will receive a new backpack and school supplies. Call 832-6451 to request an application. The Back to School Bash will be held on Monday, Aug. 10 from 4:30 to 6:30 ...

Passing the gavel

Outgoing Rotary Club President Zach Chizek, left, officially passed the gavel to his successor, Kyle Heffenan Monday afternoon at the club’s regular meeting held at the Briggs Woods Conference Center. Heffernan told the group about himself and outlined his goals for the year. The group also ...

Awarded IHCA scholarships

Bethany Ackerson, Erin Bahrenfuss, and Tyler Geopfert have been recognized as an Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) Foundation scholarship winners and three of only 20 member employee scholarship recipients in the state of Iowa for 2020. As a scholarship winner, each of them will receive ...

Women’s Club awards scholarship

Women's Club President, Mary Ann Erickson, recently presented the 2020 scholarship to Jesslyn Messerly of Duncombe. Jesslyn plans to attend Iowa Central Community College with the future plan of becoming an elementary school teacher. She is the daughter of Rosie Messerly, and is presently ...

Brothers make memorial donation

Mark and Andy Glascock presented a donation to the Kendall Young Library Thursday morning, in memory of their late mother, Jean Glascock, on what would have been her 83rd birthday. Jean Glascock died on March 10. Her sons donated $1,500 to the library, where their mother worked for 25 ...

Congregate Meals to continue curbside pickup

The Webster City Congregate Meals site will continue to offer curbside pickup of meals until further notice. For any questions or to order a meal, call 832-6161.