Thursday, June 11, 2009

Polk County Intermediate Council is planning a fundraiser

The Intermediate Council is holding a garage sale on June 27 from 9-3. It will be held at the Polk County Extension office. We are asking for donations of things to sell. You can drop your donations off at the extension office the week of June 22. If you can't drop off, you can also contact Maggie Zimmermann at 685-2416 and I will pick up.

Also, please plan on coming to the garage sale on Saturday, June 27, to find some great bargains!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Photography Workshop

On Monday, June 22, I will be conducting a photography workshop at the Enabling Garden just south of the Altoona Hy-Vee. We will focus on floral and portrait photography. The workshop will run from 6-8 pm, with plenty of time for taking pictures during some of the best light of the day!

Click here for more information.

Friday, June 5, 2009

4-H Volunteer Forum Oct. 1-4

AMES, Iowa -- 4-H volunteers from Iowa have a close to home opportunity to receive training and network with other 4-H volunteers in Lincoln, Neb., this fall. Volunteers from 12 states will converge on Lincoln in October to learn more about their importance to the organization.
Registration begins this month for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension’s North Central Region 4-H Volunteer Forum Oct. 1-4 at the downtown Holiday Inn. The theme is “Giving Them Our Best.” About 300 adult 4-H volunteers from 12 states are expected.
“The forum will focus on what it takes to be a good 4-H volunteer,” said Chris Gleason, Iowa State University Extension 4-H program coordinator.

The volunteer forum rotates each year among Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.
The event will feature 70 educational workshops, many of which will focus on 4-H’s three areas of emphasis -- science, engineering and technology; healthy lifestyles; and life skills. Three keynote speakers are scheduled, said Doug Swanson, extension educator of professional development in the Nebraska state 4-H office.

The registration fee is $200 for the full forum or $110 per day. Early-bird registration is from June 1 to Aug. 15. Late registration will be open until Sept. 15 with an additional $50 fee.
Registration information and the workshop schedule are available at

“Iowa has more than 9,000 volunteers who are crucial to the Iowa 4-H program,” Gleason said. “Iowa volunteers who attend the regional forums say they return re-energized and with new skills and ideas to help them have a successful club year.”

-30-Contacts :Chris Gleason, ISU Extension 4-H program coordinator, 515-294-1557,
Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, Doug Swanson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, (402) 472-1762,

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Des Moines Public Schools, Poverty Simulation

On June 15, 2009, the Des Moines Public Schools Learning Supports Department will be providing a Poverty Simulation at Hoyt Middle School. The training will take place from 9 am to 12 pm, and will be followed by training provided by Heartland AEA.

Currently, the simulation can accommodate an additional 40 participants and we would like to extend an invitation to participate to our district and community partners. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Dennis Vogel, at 515-729-4108 or , by noon on Friday, June 5, 2009.

IRIS opportunity to host a child from Africa

Looking for new experiences and cultural immersion for you and your family? Want to open your home to an exchange student or do you know someone who would? Iowa Resource for International Service (IRIS) is looking for host families for their exchange program. Students are English-speaking high school juniors from Nigeria and Tanzania. IRIS works through the Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program funded by the State Department. If you have any questions or would like some more information, please contact IRIS directly at 515-292-7103 or check the website at HYPERLINK "”. Thank you!