03/18/21: Community Calendar
March 18, 2021
H-M-S Music Boosters fundraiser
The Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Music Boosters are holding a mattress fundraiser on Saturday, March 20. Every purchase benefits the boosters and the school music trip to Nashville.
The fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at the H-M-S Event Center.
Monday, March 22: Breakfast – Cereal, pop tarts (9-12), fruit, juice; Lunch – Mini corndogs, chips (9-12), baked beans, baby carrots, mixed fruit.
Tuesday, March 23: Breakfast – Apple frudel, fruit, juice; Lunch – Maid-rites/bun, French fries, broccoli, oranges.
Wednesday, March 24: Breakfast – Breakfast pizza, fruit, juice; Lunch – Chicken fajita, lettuce/cheese, red peppers, green beans, rice (9-12), grapes.
Thursday, March 25: Breakfast – Pancake/sausage bites, fruit, juice; Lunch – Chicken drummies, mashed potatoes/gravy, corn, strawberries, roll.
Friday, Feb. 26: Breakfast – Omelet, toast, fruit, juice; Lunch – Tomato soup, grilled cheese, celery, applesauce.
Milk served with each meal. Fruit/veggie bar served with lunch.
Between the Covers to discuss ‘This Tender Land’ in March
Between the Covers will be meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30, in the front room of Hartley Public Library to discuss William Kent Krueger’s “This Tender Land.”
When circumstances intervene, orphans Odie O’Banion and his brother Albert flee boarding school and take off with their best friend, Mose, and Emmy, a brokenhearted little girl, heading down the Mississippi to what will hopefully be a better life with Odie and Albert’s aunt in St. Louis and Odie’s dream of at last finding a home.
Along the way they encounter a number of struggling souls also searching for their way in the American landscape. It is a story of lost and found connections, the search for childhood dreams and redemption at last set in the Depression era.
Krueger is an American author who currently lives in St. Paul, Minn. He is best known as the author of the Cork O’Conner series with Cork being part Ojibwe and part Irish. In college Krueger wanted to become a cultural anthropologist and became intrigued by the Ojibwe culture. Much of this information is woven into his books and his settings are often in and around Native American reservations.
Bald eagle watch is Saturday
The Little Sioux River Valley is a great place to view bald eagles, so head to the Prairie Heritage Center on Saturday, March 20, for an enjoyable morning of viewing eagles, participating in activities and learning more about our national symbol.
The annual bald eagle watch is a come-and-go program from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The O’Brien County naturalist and other volunteers will be on hand to help you spot and identify eagles and other birds. You can enjoy different hands-on activities for people of all ages at the Prairie Heritage Center as well as get a map to drive to view eagles throughout the Little Sioux River Valley.
At 11 a.m., Shelby County and Iowa DNR naturalist Christina Roelofs will do a virtual presentation on bald eagles. Through the guidance of SOAR, Roelofs has worked with different types of injured birds. She now has two bald eagles in her care and uses them to educate people. You will get to virtually meet her female bald eagle.
This presentation can be viewed at the Prairie Heritage Center or from the comfort of your own home. Contact O’Brien County Conservation Naturalist Abbie Parker to register for the Zoom link at email@example.com or call (712) 295-7200 if you are not able to attend in person. You won’t want to miss this fantastic presentation.
Bring the whole family for a fun morning of viewing eagles and learning more about them. COVID-19 precautions are in place for all programs.
Nature Nut series begins March 25
Join in-person or adventure on your own with family or friends as you become an O’Brien County Conservation “Nature Nut” this year!
Once a month participants will explore a different topic guided by the O’Brien County Conservation Board naturalist. These programs will be hosted each month at an O’Brien County Conservation park or the Prairie Heritage Center. Or you can do them at your own pace and download materials from http://www.prairieheritagecenter.org.
Programs will consist of a presentation on the topic and a hands-on activity. In-person programs will be 45-60 minutes in length. Participants can do a mix of in-person or virtual programs to participate. Those who choose to join virtually will find all materials posted at http://www.prairieheritagecenter.org after the in-person presentation.
March’s Nature Nut topic is Composting 101. This program will be hosted at the Prairie Heritage Center on Thursday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. Participants will learn the ins and outs of composting, take home plans to build their own outdoor compost bin and make a kitchen compost bin to take home. COVID-19 precautions are in place for all in-person programs.
This program is available at no cost and is open to people of all ages. Registration is required. To register visit http://www.prairieheritagecenter.org.
When you have completed the topic for the month, get a stamp in your passport and you are on your way to becoming an official “Nature Nut.” Do one or do them all! For more information about the Nature Nut series and monthly topics visit http://www.prairieheritagecenter.org or contact Naturalist Abbie Parker at (712) 295-7200.
April pick for virtual nature book club
O’Brien County Conservation Board and the Hartley Public Library are proud to offer a virtual book club that will focus on nature and conservation.
A variety of books, both non-fiction and fiction, have been chosen to discuss in a virtual platform from the comfort of your own home. This book club will meet on the second Tuesday of every other month at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Discussion questions put together by Hartley Library Director Heather Skoglund will help lead the conversation.
It is hoped this exciting reading opportunity will increase your love for the outdoors, connect you to others who are also passionate about reading and conservation efforts, and spark quality conversations. The 2021 monthly book pick schedule can be found at http://www.prairieheritagecenter.org.
Participants will meet on Tuesday, April 13 for the second book pick, “The Overstory” by Richard Powers.
To register for the nature and conservation book club email Naturalist Abbie Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once registered, you will get the Zoom link for that month. Please email by 4 p.m. on the day of the book club meeting to gain access to the Zoom link.
Mental health training for foster and adoptive parents
Seasons Center for Behavioral Health is hosting a mental health training event for foster and adoptive parents on Thursday, April 1, at the Dordt Agricultural Stewardship Center in Sioux Center.
The eight-hour Mental Health First Aid workshop will consist of two parts: a two-hour online self-paced portion and a 6.5 hour in-person training with powerful audiovisuals, discussions and simulations. Training attendees will have the opportunity for free child care for the duration of the training event.
“We know that there are children in foster care or who have been adopted who are struggling with mental health challenges, and there are parents and/or caregivers who need support and education on how to best care for these children,” said Kim Scorza, CEO/President of Seasons Center, in a news release. “We want to provide a learning opportunity for caregivers and professionals.”
Mental Health First Aid is a free eight-hour course that teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives participants skills they need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.
Free child care is available to a limited number of children. Registration is required. Children must be 4 years old or older and must be potty-trained in order to be eligible for child care.
Register today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/137695534049.
Monday, March 22: Breakfast – Cold cereal, fruit, juice; Lunch – Cheese breadstick, carrots, peaches.
Tuesday, March 23: Breakfast – Mini bagel, fruit, juice; Lunch – Creamed chicken, mashed potatoes, peas, strawberry cup, dinner roll.
Wednesday, March 24: Breakfast – Blueberry muffin, fruit, juice; Lunch – Mr. Rib, baked beans, coleslaw, apples.
Thursday, March 25: Breakfast – Breakfast stick, fruit, juice; Lunch – Orange chicken, stir fry vegetables, rice, banana.
Friday, March 26: Breakfast – Donut, fruit, juice; Lunch – Sub sandwich, broccoli, baked chips, applesauce.
Milk is served with each meal.
Blood drive March 26 at Southpark Mall in Spencer
LifeServe Blood Center is conducting a blood drive at Southpark Mall, 901 11th Street SW in Spencer, on Friday, March 26, from 12:30 p.m.-6 p.m.
Appointments are required. Donors who do not have an appointment will not be able to give blood. Donors should pre-screen themselves for fever prior to appointments and must wear a mask for the duration of their appointment. Those who do not have masks will be provided with one.
Schedule a donation appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call (800) 287-4903.
Property tax installments due March 31
The second half installment of property taxes is due Wednesday, March 31. In Clay County, payments may be made by mail or dropped off in the boxes on the north and south side of the Administration Building.
Property tax information may be obtained online at http://www.iowatreasurers.org or by calling the Clay County treasurer’s office at (712) 262-2179. Transaction fees apply to payments made online by E-check or with the use of debit and credit cards. Payments may also be made in the treasurer’s office at 300 West 4th Street in Spencer, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
According to Treasurer LeAnn Black, payment of the second installment of property taxes must be received in the treasurer’s office or postmarked by March 31 in order to avoid penalty.
Expanded hours at Royal library
The Royal Public Library has expanded its hours. New hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 3-5 p.m .; and Tuesday and Saturday, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Due to COVID-19, the library will remain locked. Please call (712) 933-5500 or knock at the door during open hours. Social distancing practices will remain and masks will be required.
Food pantry hours at Hope Lutheran
Current hours for the food pantry at Hope Lutheran Church in Everly are Mondays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and Wednesdays, 1-5 p.m. Please knock on the church door and food will be brought out to you.
Preschool and kindergarten roundup is Tuesday at CC/E
The Clay Central/Everly Community School District is inviting all prospective preschool and kindergarten students, along with their parents, to round-up for the 2021-22 school year. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 23 from 6-7 p.m., in the child’s future classroom in the Royal building.
Students and parents will have a chance to meet their teacher, tour the building and hear a short informational presentation. Three-year-old preschool students must be 3 before Sept. 15, 2021 while 4-year-old preschool students must be 4 before Sept. 15, 2021. CC/E is partnering with Early Childhood Iowa Lakes Region to offer tuition scholarships.
If you are unable to attend or know of any prospective students, contact Val Johnson at (712) 933-2241.
Al Anon meetings scheduled in Royal, Spencer
Al Anon meetings are held at the following locations each week:
Wednesday, 8 p.m., 511 Southmoor, Spencer; Thursday, 8 p.m., Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Royal; Sunday, 7 p.m., Sanford Medical Center, 118 N 7th Ave., Sheldon.