Celebrating everything new

ACE Community Center to hold grand opening

—Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Adri Sietstra ACE Community Center Director Janet Toering shows off a flier for ACE Community Center’s grand opening Monday afternoon at ACE Community Center. The grand opening will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will have food, fun, and activities for all ages.

“We’re celebrating everything new here at the east entrance of Webster City,” said ACE Community Center Director Janet Toering. ACE Community Center will be holding their grand opening Saturday at ACE from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We have a beautiful new street. In the spring we’ll have new sidewalks. You’ll also see new signs and an electronic message board thanks to Hotel/Motel Tax,” she said.

Attendees can enjoy food, fun, and get to know more about the programs ACE offers. A series of programs will start at 10 a.m. and go until 1:45 p.m. at Moun Hall.

“We just want to reveal what is going on here and we want to thank the partners and people that have donated the time and money to keep us going,” said Toering.

Attendees will get a passport upon their arrival at the event. Children and adults can check off places around ACE that correspond with the pictures on the passport. Passports can be turned in for prizes at the end of the event.

“The passport will have a little map on the front of the things going on inside and outside at ACE Community Center,” said Toering. “It will have questions that any age can answer.”

There will also be an international buffet for attendees to enjoy. Individuals can sample a variety of foods that represent the many cultures in Hamilton County. Those interested in making a cultural dish of their own for the event can call ACE for more information at (515) 832-4153.

“We’ll also have plate lunches with brats and hot dogs for the kids,” said Toering.

“This is where you can get to know each other. This is where you can learn a new language. This is where you can get immigration help. This is where you can eat awesome food, exercise and take cooking classes,” said Toering.

According to Toering, individuals can sign up for upcoming programs at ACE while enjoying the grand opening festivities.

There are just so many things going on here,” Toering said. “Individuals can also sign up for upcoming classes at the event.”

Kids can also take advantage of the outdoor play area, which includes an outdoor kitchen, trail, giant Jenga, and life-size checkers.

“Every room will be filled with teachers or people that participate in programs at ACE,” Toering said. “You can learn about learning English or Spanish, how to sign up for classes, and check out the fun stuff the adults are doing.”

Locals can also take a look at the new immigration office at ACE. Questions about the office are encouraged. According to Toering, the ACE Community Center Immigration Attorney from Cedar Falls will also be present to talk with people at the event.

“We are certified and accredited to provide that information about immigration issues, which is a hot topic these days,” said Toering.

ACE Community board members will also be present to interact with the community. ACE is still in need of board members, according to Toering.

“This is a place for the people and it’s by the people,” said Toering. “We need to help people to understand that this is their community center that is unique from any other community center in the fact that our main goal is to try unify this community, regardless of what country you came from.”

Toering also hopes to inform the pubic about the partnerships at ACE.

“We have a lot of new partners here that people don’t realize are here, Toering said. “Individuals will get to learn who the partners are here and what services they provide to help educate people and bring the community together.”

ACE Community Center is located at 1440 E 2nd St.