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Deb Brown

SaveYour.Town (Deb Brown), Legacy Learning Boone River Valley and The Daily Freeman-Journal are partnering together November through January to offer:

·An embedded community experience from SaveYour.Town

·A residency for international photojournalist Brendan Hoffman at the Daily Freeman Journal

·Brendan Hoffman will be offering a series of free photography classes for Hamilton County residents. Those interested can register at www.legacylearningbrv.org. Classes start Dec. 7.

This collaboration is possible since Hoffman received financial support from the Magnum Foundation and a Yunghi grant, in addition to a grant from the Lenfast Institute for Journalism in partnership with the Facebook Journalism Project received by the collaboration.

Brendan Hoffman

Deb Brown, co-founder of SaveYour.Town and local writer for the DFJ, will be hosting open meetings Tuesday at 5:30 pm and Friday at 8 am at the DFJ office, 720 Second St.

“Stop by and visit. During these gatherings, I’ll will ask each attendee ‘what do you want?’,” Brown said. She will be talking to organizations, nonprofits, businesses and residents this week. She will then compile the data and give a presentation on Nov. 20 in the evening. During that presentation she’ll share what she heard and give examples of other communities who’ve used that idea. She will also share any ideas she’s seen in her travels for work that could work here in Webster City.

“If it sounds informal, that is because it is. Intentionally,” Brown said. “Because SaveYour.Town wants you to have practical steps you can put into action right away.”

Brown said she’s not here to help the city create a master plan that then goes back on a shelf to be dusted off five years later and rewritten. She wants everyone in the community who wants to participate to be valued and welcomed. Each embedded community experience is tailored to the needs of the community and what works for you.

Those unable to attend either session can text Brown at 641-580-0103 and tell her:

· Your name

· Business (if you have one)

· Answer the question “what do you want” in or for Webster City. Submit this before Saturday, Nov. 16.

The presentation Nov. 20 is open to the public and all are welcome. It will be held at Fuller Hall in the Sampson Room at 6 pm.

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