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SWI Chorale Rehearsal Process (Men's and Women's Choirs)

6 to 8:30PM | The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College
The SWI Chorale will begin their spring session with rehearsals on Tuesday, February 13.

Formerly known as the SWI Men's and Women's Choirs, the SWI Chorale has been re-branded to include by mixed choir and single-gendered choir experiences.

The rehearsals will be split into three sections: the men of the Chorale will rehearse from 6-7:30 pm; the women of the Chorale will rehearse from 6:50-8:20 pm. The middle section of the rehearsal is when the mixed literature will be learned.

Please consider coming and singing with this group! No audition required, and no fee attached to membership. We only ask for a commitment and dedication to each session being participated in.

The session will run through the concert on Sunday, April 8 at IWCC, as well as a second concert in Underwood on Tuesday, April 10.

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Contact: Luke Johnson
(712) 325-3726
lrjohnson@iwcc.edu
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Join us as CountryHouse and the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association host a Chili Cook-Off! Area senior living communities will bring their best chili's and you will help us determine which chili takes the top prize! Guests will receive the winning recipe following the event.

Cost is $5 for tastings

A gift basket raffle will also be held. All proceeds benefit the Alzheimer's Association.

Come enjoy a fun afternoon and get to know more about CountryHouse and Agemark, a family-owned organization with a 30+ year history of creating quality lifestyles for seniors.

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Contact: Jessica Duncan
(712) 355-8469
jduncan@countryhouse.net
https://www.facebook.com/events/1978431679150026/

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Business Skills for Artists | Business Plan Essentials

6 to 8:30PM | Harvester Artist Lofts
Are you an avid artist who wants to start their own business? Do you have the basics worked out for pricing, market, etc., but need to tie it all together? Do you want to get a small business loan?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then the Business Plan Essentials workshop is for you.

Join us for the Business Plan Essentials workshop to learn how to prepare a simple business plan, in arts-friendly language, to help you organize all the various aspects of your artistic practice and make informed business decisions.

Seats are limited, so reserve your seat today!

To reserve your seat, email us at emily@paceartsiowa.org or call 712.396.2484.

$15 per person | $10 PACE members

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Do you know where do you want to be both artistically and professionally? Do you have the skills and tools to create a portfolio, price your work, market your products, promote your business, and more?

Pottawattamie Arts, Culture & Entertainment is pleased to bring Springboard for the Arts’ Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists workshops to Pottawattamie County to assist local artists with the development of their art and business.

Springboard’s Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists is a set of 12 professional development and entrepreneurship workshops that have been developed to be useful to artists practicing all disciplines. Work of Art has been taught at art organizations, libraries and colleges in over 80 communities in the Upper Midwest and beyond.

The Work of Art workshop series will be led by Emily Globe, PACE Program Director and certified trainer of the Work of Art workshop series.

Learn more about Springboard here: www.springboardforthearts.org

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Contact: Emily Globe
(712) 396-2494
emily@PACEartsiowa.org
https://www.facebook.com/events/275840246248693

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Welcome to Medicare

6 to 7:30PM | Council Bluffs Public Library
A free seminar offered by the State of Iowa's Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) and Connections Area Agency on Aging for Iowans who want to learn about Medicare.

Welcome to Medicare will cover Medicare Parts A & B benefits, prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplement insurance.

A reservation is required. Please call 712-328-2540, ext. 1042.

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Contact: Marlys Lien
(712) 323-7553 x135
mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org
http://www.councilbluffslibrary.org

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Work as Worship Simulcast

7:30AM to 3PM | First Church of the Nazarene
The Work as Worship Retreat is a chance to interact with other Christian businesses leaders in your community. You will hear rich content with biblical teaching and practical advice from seasoned Christian speakers. $25, lunch is included.

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Contact: Tim Hack
(712) 308-4951 x4951
timhack0@gmail.com
http://www.cb1stnaz.org/events.html

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Hitchcock Oak Inventory Project: February Training Session

8AM to 12PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Please join us on Saturday, February 24th for the first of three training sessions aimed at training those interested in joining this unique volunteer program aimed at better understanding a new disease causing damage to Iowa's oak trees. Through a series of trainings, and the generosity of volunteers with their time, Pottawattamie County Conservation is looking to shed a little light on the oaks’ newest threat.

Our February training session will introduce new volunteers to the program including the project & field data collection app, oak ecology, & oak fire wounds. Please register online for this training session or call for additional information; registrations will not be taken over the phone.

Portions of this training will occur out-of-doors and off-trail, so please dress accordingly.

In partnership with The Naturalist School, Pottawattamie County Conservation’s Hitchcock Oak Inventory Project is a truly original volunteer-led citizen science effort the likes of which has never been seen in the Midwest. The project aims to support researchers’ efforts to better understand the dramatic decline and mortality of oaks observed throughout our region. In addition, the project would help ensure that current and future generations of oaks remain part of the Hitchcock Nature Center landscape through volunteer-led protection and planting.

During the spring and summer, and while utilizing a specially designed smartphone app, trained volunteers will walk the wilds of the Hitchcock Nature Center documenting the health and condition of bur and red oak trees in the park. In the fall, volunteers will ​be trained in what it takes to prepare oaks for annual prescribed fire, how to select viable acorns, and where and when to plant them.

While the project will benefit most from dedicated participants, project volunteers are not required to attend all three sessions, and may attend any that they’d like. Hitchcock Oak Inventory Project participants would be enrolled as official Hitchcock Nature Center volunteers, and would receive project-specific training and support, in addition to our regular volunteer incentives. The Naturalist School’s Jack Phillips will be the project’s lead coordinator, educator, and point-of-contact for all volunteers enrolled in the project, and will provide the guidance and leadership necessary to make the project a success.

Participants should note: The Hitchcock Oak Inventory Project will occur Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa’s Loess Hills, and will require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain. Accordingly, the project may be challenging for young children and those with restricted mobility.

The Hitchcock Oak Inventory Project is proudly funded by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP). Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP): Invest in Iowa, our outdoors, our heritage, our people. REAP is supported by the state of Iowa, providing funding to public and private partners for natural and cultural resources projects, including water quality, wildlife habitat, soil conservation, parks, trails, historic preservation and more.

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Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 328-5831
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Pottawattamie/Park/Hitchcock-Nature-Center/Events/10591/Hitchcock-Oak-Inventory-Project-February-Trainin.aspx

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Family Guided Snowshoe Hike

1PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Strap on some snowshoes & discover your own winter wonderland during the Family Snowshoe Hike at Hitchcock Nature Center. Join Pottawattamie County Conservation staff on a snowshoeing adventure through the beautiful Loess Hills on Saturday, February 24th at 1:00 p.m.

Snowshoes are provided for all registered participants.

This workshop is designed for families with children ages 5 to 11. Children must be at least 5 years old to participate. Adults or families with children over 12 years are invited to join us for our Adult Snowshoe Hike.

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be held with or without snow. In the event that there is not enough snow for outdoor snowshoeing there will still be a program including a snowshoe demonstration, indoor snowshoe practice and a guided interactive winter hike. Please do not register if you intend to cancel your registration if there is no snow. When you register you immediately secure your space and prevent others from registering. Not attending a program you have registered for means that other guests cannot attend either and spaces go unfilled. Thank you for understanding.

Pre-registration is required for this event by Wednesday, January 24th as space is limited. Register for this program online in minutes. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information, registration will not be taken over the phone.

Use this link to register online: https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Pottawattamie/Park/Hitchcock-Nature-Center/Events/10708/Family-Guided-Snowshoe-Hike.aspx

Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation membership to attend this program. Daily entrance passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. PCF memberships may be purchased for $20.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

While this event is family friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather Permitting.

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

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Contact: Rene Stroud
(712) 545-3283
rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com

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Guided Snowshoe Hike

3PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Strap on some snowshoes & discover your own winter wonderland during the Guided Snowshoe Hike at Hitchcock Nature Center. Join Pottawattamie County Conservation staff on a snowshoeing adventure through the beautiful Loess Hills on Saturday, February 24th at 3:00 p.m.

Snowshoes are provided for all registered participants.

This workshop is designed for participants age 12 & over. Families with children under 12 years are invited to join us for our Family Snowshoe Hike, click here for more information. Pre-registration is required for this event by Wednesday, January 24th as space is limited. Register online in minutes. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information, registrations will not be taken over the phone.

Use this link to register online: https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Pottawattamie/Park/Hitchcock-Nature-Center/Events/10705/Guided-Snowshoe-Hike.aspx

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be held with or without snow. In the event that there is not enough snow for outdoor snowshoeing there will still be a program including a snowshoe demonstration, indoor snowshoe practice and a guided interactive winter hike. Please do not register if you intend to cancel your registration if there is no snow. When you register you immediately secure your space and prevent others from registering. Not attending a program you have registered for means that other guests cannot attend either and spaces go unfilled. Thank you for understanding.

Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation Membership to attend this program. Daily entrance passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. PCF memberships may be purchased for $20.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

While this event is family friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather Permitting

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

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Contact: Rene Stroud
(712) 545-3283
rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com

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Natural Connections

4 to 6PM | Botna Bend Park
Join us at Botna Bend park as we kick off a new program aimed at connecting families with nature on Sunday, February 25th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

During this program families will receive the tools & training to embark on outdoor adventures of the own and make community connections to individuals, services, and groups aimed at assisting families.

Time spent outdoors and in the community is shown to improve the health, well-being, & quality of life for all people. This program is aimed at providing access and the beginning tools needed for families to get outdoors and get connected. Transportation from Council Bluffs to Botna Bend Park is provided for all registered families.

Pre-registration is required for all families planning to attend. For more information or to register please contact Rene Stroud, Pottawattamie County Naturalist at 712-242-1197 or by email at rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov. If your organization is interested in hosting a booth at our information fair please contact Rene as well for details.

This program is made possible through grant support from Promise Partners.

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Contact: Rene Stroud
(712) 741-5465
rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com

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Local Author Visit ~ Mary Lou McGinn

12 to 1:30PM | Council Bluffs Public Library
Author talk and book signing!

Bring your lunch and learn about some historic homes in Council Bluffs!

Mary Lou McGinn will talk about her book The History We Live In: an Historic Perspective of More than 100 Homes in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

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Contact: Marlys Lien
(712) 323-7553 x135
mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org
http://www.councilbluffslibrary.org

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Family Night: Book it UP!

5 to 7PM | Union Pacific Railroad Museum
Join us for a fun-packed literacy evening hosted by the volleyball, women’s soccer, and cheer team members from Iowa Western Community College. All activities focused on books and literacy with a train theme, of course! Partners for the evening include the Council Bluffs Public Library, Raise Me to Read, Pottawattamie County Conservation and Operation Lifesaver.

Guests will receive a punch card for 2018 upon arrival at family night. Those who have their card stamped at least seven times this year are eligible for a six-person trip aboard the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad in Boone, Iowa. A drawing for the trip will occur at the Dec. 7, 2018, family night. Winners must be present to win.

Free Admission

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(712) 329-8307
https://www.facebook.com/events/400492100394222/

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Bird Banding Demonstration

9 to 11AM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Come get a "bird's eye" view of our fine-feathered friends as you join volunteers for a live songbird banding at Hitchcock Nature Center.

Volunteers will be banding songbirds at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the following dates:

Saturday, February 3rd
Saturday, March 3rd
Saturday, April 7th

All ages are welcome to attend this live demonstration.

Participants must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation membership to attend this program. Daily entrance passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Annual memberships may be purchased for $20.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

This event is not pet friendly, please leave your dogs at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather Permitting

2018 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

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Contact: Kristen Bieret
(712) 545-3283
kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=476

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Children's Maple Tree Tap

9AM | Botna Bend Park
Families with children ages 6 & under are invited to join us for this special maple tree tapping program geared toward younger learners on Saturday, March 3rd at Botna Bend Park. Three program sessions will be offered on March 3rd, participants are asked to choose either the 9:00 a.m. session, 10:00 a.m. session, or 11:00 a.m. session.

Each session will last approximately 45 minutes. We ask that only families with children age 6 & under attend this program. If you are a family with older children or adults interested in maple tree tapping you are invited to attend our all ages event instead, details on that event may be found at www.pottcoconservation.com.

This special tree tapping program will introduce younger learners to the sweet world of maple syrup in a fun way. Hands on activities will help young learners understand the tapping & refining process used to create our own special maple syrup.

Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, February 28th as space in this program is limited. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online in minutes. Due to the popularity of this program early registration is recommended as walk-in space may not be available the day of the event. Thank you for understanding. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

New Admission Fees Begin January 1, 2018
Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a membership to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation to attend this program. Daily passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation memberships may be purchased for $20.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

This event is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather Permitting

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation


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Contact: Rene Stroud
(712) 545-3283
rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/

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Maple Tree Tap

9AM | Botna Bend Park
Join us for the 25th annual Maple Tree Tap event on Saturday, March 3rd at Botna Bend Park in Hancock, Iowa. Three program sessions will be offered on March 3rd, participants are asked to choose either the 9:00 a.m. session, 10:00 a.m. session, or the 11:00 a.m. session.

Each session will last approximately 45 minutes and will introduce you to the basics of syrup making from tapping the trees to bottling the final product. If temperatures are cooperative and the sap is flowing participants can even taste the sweet sap as it flows from the tree.

All ages are welcome to attend the Maple Tree Tap programs. Families with children ages 6 & under may be interested in attending a specially designed session geared toward younger learners called Children's Maple Tree Tap. Visit www.pottcoconservation.com for more information on the Children's Maple Tree Tap event.

Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, February 28th as space in this program is limited. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online in minutes. Due to the popularity of this program early registration is recommended as walk-in space may not be available on the day of the event. Thank you for understanding. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

New Admission Fees Begin January 1, 2018
Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a have a membership to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation to attend this program. Daily passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation memberships may be purchased for $20.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

This event is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather Permitting

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

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Contact: Rene Stroud
(712) 545-3283
rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/

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Duffy Hudson presents: Audie Murphy

7 to 8:30PM | Council Bluffs Public Library
Broadway and film veteran Duffy Hudson portrays World War II hero Audie Murphy. This one-man performance will showcase America’s most decorated hero of WWII, his life and adventures and crusade to help veterans with PTSD.

FREE and open to the public.

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Contact: Marlys Lien
(712) 323-7553 x135
mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org
http://www.councilbluffslibrary.org

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Iowa's Ancient Trails

10AM to 12PM | Council Bluffs Public Library
Almost all of Iowa's existing roads postdate 1850. Today's familiar one-mile checkerboard of roads replaced a far older trail system built by Indians, traders and soldiers before American settlement. The Office of the State Archaeologist developed a plan for these ancient routes to be preserved and appreciated. Cherie Haury-Artz will discuss the Ancient Trails project, highlighting Tour 8, which features the beautiful Loess Hills landscape.

FREE and open to the public.

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Contact: Marlys Lien
(712) 323-7553 x135
mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org
http://www.councilbluffslibrary.org

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A Pottawattamie County Almanac: Free Introductory Session

8 to 11AM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we introduce a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This free introductory class is designed to introduce interested attendees to our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 10th, 2018 - Free Introductory Class
March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit wwwpottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.

More Information
Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=492

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Author Visit: Dr. Grace Holmes

6:30 to 8PM | Council Bluffs Public Library
Dr. Grace Holmes will speak about her book North Dakota Nurses Over There 1917-1919 and the Red Cross and Army registered nurses who served overseas during World War I.

Special guests from the American Legion Auxiliary will be attending.

More Information
Contact: Marlys Lien
(712) 323-7553 x135
mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org
http://www.councilbluffslibrary.org

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Native Gardening: Plants for Pollinators

2PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Pottawattamie County Conservation is pleased to announce a new partnership with author, poet, gardener and conservationist Benjamin Vogt. This three-part native gardening series is designed to aid gardeners design and plant their own native garden.

Our second session will be held on Saturday, March 17th at 2:00 p.m. at Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek, Iowa. This series of classes is being presented as part of our adult education programming. We ask that all participants be age 18 & over please. Thank you for understanding.

This program is comprised of three individual sessions each focusing on a new topic. The cost is $10.00 per person per session and pre-registration is required as space is limited. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online in minutes. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information, registrations will not be taken over the phone.

2017 Native Gardening Classes and Topics

February 17th, 2:00 p.m. - Planning & Plant Choices
This class will cover resources and strategies to help you choose the best plant for the best spot. We will look at online databases, trusted websites, and the best books to help you thing about appropriate plants and sustainable design for wildlife.

March 17th, 2:00 p.m. - Plants for Pollinators
This class will explore some of the best flowering native forbs, grasses, and sedges that support both adult and larval insects. Learn to plan for cover during various seasons and site conditions for maximum pollinator support.

April 14th, 2:00 p.m. - Winter Wildlife Habitat
This class will consider planting and design strategies that you can employ in spring that will create a habitat throughout the winter months. We will cover both the ornamental and practical benefits of specific native forbs, grasses, and woody plants in the cold season. We'll also consider how to effectively design a landscape mixing all plant types to increase edge zones where wildlife thrive.

Benjamin Vogt is the driving force behind Monarch Gardens LLC, a prairie garden consulting and design firm in the Omaha/Lincoln area. Monarch Gardens LLC helps homeowners, schools, and businesses choose native plant species to populate their gardens, creating landscape plans that support responsible gardening practices. Benjamin's own 2,500' (soon to be 4,500') native garden was named a "Top Outdoor Space" in 2012 by "Apartment Therapy" and has been featured in numerous publications. His latest book, "A New Garden Ethic" was released in October, 2017.

Photo Courtesy of Chris Ruhaak, Heartland Photos & Design

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Contact: Kristen Bieret
(712) 545-3283
kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=468

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Sound Futures Scholarship Fundraiser

6 to 8PM | ISD Lied Multipurpose Complex
Nae nae, waltz, salsa or freestyle dance right over to your calendar and circle the date of the Iowa School for the Deaf Foundation’s annual scholarship and general foundation fundraiser! Nyle DiMarco, who won the 2016 Dancing With The Stars competition, is an advocate for children who are deaf and will headline our night. Social time starts at 6 PM, where you can take selfies with Nyle, followed by a sit-down meal at 6:30 PM. Nyle will present a brief program. Each dinner plate is $75.00.

Profits benefit Iowa School for the Deaf's college-bound students and the general foundation.

RSVP due by March 9th.

More Information
Contact: Cindie Angeroth
(712) 366-3213
cangeroth@iowaschoolforthedeaf.org
https://www.iowaschoolforthedeaf.org/

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A Pottawattamie County Almanac: March Session

8AM to 12PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the first of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.

More Information
Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=493

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The 712 Initiative will be a hosting a second Neighborhood Leadership Academy covering topics significant to enhancing your neighborhood. These workshops taught by professionals will provide knowledge to empower community residents to resolve issues of importance and equip them with skills to assist in building better relationships with their neighbors.

The first workshop of this 3 part series will cover the topic of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) and be instructed by Christian Gray of inCOMMON.

Course Description:
The strongest neighborhoods are the ones that have learned to identify and leverage their strengths. Come learn how the best practice of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) can help your neighborhood capitalize on the good stuff that’s already there. In addition to discussing the principles of ABCD, this workshop will also cover many of the “how to’s,” Including recruiting block connectors, engaging in community listening, and organizing community action teams.

Pizza and refreshments will be available at 5:30 PM with the workshop starting at 6:00 PM.

If interested in attending, please contact Morgan Wade for registration details. Registration deadline is End of day Friday, March 30, 2018

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Contact: Morgan Richard Wade
(712) 396-2478
mwade@the712initiative.org
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A Pottawattamie County Almanac: April Session

8AM to 12PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the second of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


More Information
Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=494

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The 712 Initiative will be a hosting a second Neighborhood Leadership Academy covering topics significant to enhancing your neighborhood. These workshops taught by professionals will provide knowledge to empower community residents to resolve issues of importance and equip them with skills to assist in building better relationships with their neighbors.

The second workshop of this 3 part series will cover grant writing for neighborhood projects and be instructed by Mike McGuire of OneOmaha

Course Description:
This session explores grant writing with a specific focus on volunteer organizations. Topics include common grant types, comprehensive project development, preparing your organization for grant management, and documentation and reporting practices.


Pizza and refreshments will be available at 5:30 PM with the workshop starting at 6:00 PM.

If interested in attending, please contact Morgan Wade for registration details. Registration deadline is End of day Friday, April 27, 2018.

More Information
Contact: Morgan Richard Wade
(712) 396-2478
mwade@the712initiative.org
http://

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A Pottawattamie County Almanac: May Session

8AM to 12PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the third of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


More Information
Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=495

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May Hitch Hike

7PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Enjoy a guided hike through a section of the Loess Hills not normally open to the public and learn more about the plants, animals, and history of the prairie.

The public is invited to attend all the hikes in this series. They are designed to introduce visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center as well as the Loess HIlls. The series will start with a more moderate trail and work towards a healthy, invigorating 2.5 mile hike by the end of the series in September. Water bottles, bug spray, & sunblock are all recommended, please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footware.

Well behaved dogs are permitted to accompany their owners but they must be leashed at all times, you must pick up and remove their waste, and you may be asked to remain toward the tail end of the group if we have a large number of participants. This is an educational program, disruptive pets may be asked to leave the group.

Pre-registration is not required for this event. Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a membership to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation to attend this program. Daily passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation memberships may be purchased for $20.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

2017 Hitch Hike Series

May 15th, 7:00 p.m. - Visitors will hike along a Loess Hills ridge top through scenic prairie to reach the McIntosh Pioneer Cemetery, founded in 1874. This trail is only accessible with a PCCB staff member and is not considered open to the public. Enjoy the spring wildflowers of the prairie including blue-eyed grass, puccoons, and locoweed.

June 19th, 7:00 p.m. - Take a closer look at some of Hitchcocks best prairie remnants as you are guided along Badger Ridge. Discover purple coneflowers and other early summer wildflowers and get an idea of what the hills may have looked like during the time of Lewis and Clark.

July 17th, 7:00 p.m. - Hike out Fox Run Ridge to take in the stunning views of the Missouri River valley, beautiful prairie & pasture land and catch a glimpse of our research plots.

August 21st, 7:00 p.m. - Meet up with the group at the Old Lincoln Highway Deck at the Hitchcock Nature Center Campgrounds to begin this walk down the Hohneke Trail to Oak Avenue and the Bunker Hill Loop. Explore the northern section of the park & view a remnant of the original Old Lincoln Highway.

September 18th, 6:00 p.m. - This hike will begin at 6:00 p.m. & is the most challenging hike of the series. Head out to the westernmost section of the park along the famed Westridge Trail to our final destination, a scenic overlook with an astounding view of the Missouri River. All experience levels are welcome but this 2.5 mile hike will include traversing steep terrain.

Weather permitting.

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information
Contact: Kristen Bieret
(712) 545-3283
kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=440

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May Hitch Hike

7PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Enjoy a guided hike through a section of the Loess Hills not normally open to the public and learn more about the plants, animals, and history of the prairie.

The public is invited to attend all the hikes in this series. They are designed to introduce visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center as well as the Loess HIlls. The series will start with a more moderate trail and work towards a healthy, invigorating 2.5 mile hike by the end of the series in September. Water bottles, bug spray, & sunblock are all recommended, please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footware.

Well behaved dogs are permitted to accompany their owners but they must be leashed at all times, you must pick up and remove their waste, and you may be asked to remain toward the tail end of the group if we have a large number of participants. This is an educational program, disruptive pets may be asked to leave the group.

Pre-registration is not required for this event. Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a membership to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation to attend this program. Daily passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation memberships may be purchased for $20.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

2017 Hitch Hike Series

May 15th, 7:00 p.m. - Visitors will hike along a Loess Hills ridge top through scenic prairie to reach the McIntosh Pioneer Cemetery, founded in 1874. This trail is only accessible with a PCCB staff member and is not considered open to the public. Enjoy the spring wildflowers of the prairie including blue-eyed grass, puccoons, and locoweed.

June 19th, 7:00 p.m. - Take a closer look at some of Hitchcocks best prairie remnants as you are guided along Badger Ridge. Discover purple coneflowers and other early summer wildflowers and get an idea of what the hills may have looked like during the time of Lewis and Clark.

July 17th, 7:00 p.m. - Hike out Fox Run Ridge to take in the stunning views of the Missouri River valley, beautiful prairie & pasture land and catch a glimpse of our research plots.

August 21st, 7:00 p.m. - Meet up with the group at the Old Lincoln Highway Deck at the Hitchcock Nature Center Campgrounds to begin this walk down the Hohneke Trail to Oak Avenue and the Bunker Hill Loop. Explore the northern section of the park & view a remnant of the original Old Lincoln Highway.

September 18th, 6:00 p.m. - This hike will begin at 6:00 p.m. & is the most challenging hike of the series. Head out to the westernmost section of the park along the famed Westridge Trail to our final destination, a scenic overlook with an astounding view of the Missouri River. All experience levels are welcome but this 2.5 mile hike will include traversing steep terrain.

Weather permitting.

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information
Contact: Kristen Bieret
(712) 545-3283
kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=440

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Council Bluffs Light of Hope

7:30 to 8:30AM | Hilton Garden Inn in Council Bluffs
Friends of Iowa CASA is the nonprofit partner of the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) system across the state of Iowa. We have an important event coming up in May that we’d love for you to be aware of.

We put on Light of Hope events around the state in areas of high need in order to raise awareness and funds for the CASA program. The CASA program deals with children who have been removed from homes because of abuse and neglect, of which there are thousands around Iowa, including hundreds in the Council Bluffs area alone.

The Second Annual Council Bluffs Light of Hope will be an exciting, fast-moving, one-hour breakfast event to be held 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM on Friday, May 18 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Council Bluffs. We’ve got the talented Ernest Richardson, resident conductor of the Omaha Symphony, as the emcee, and two great speakers: a former foster youth who will speak about growing up in the system, and the wonderful Elizabeth Varnon, an attorney who has seen first-hand how CASA advocates can help.

In addition, this year’s event will serve as the kickoff to a day of training for the local CASA advocates, which is very cool.

The purpose of Light of Hope is to INCREASE, RAISE, and INSPIRE:
1. We want to INCREASE awareness of the issues in the Council Bluffs area.
2. We want to RAISE money to help support the volunteers who do such amazing work with these children.
3. We want to INSPIRE guests to become involved in some way.

Council Bluffs Light of Hope details at a glance:
Event: Light of Hope fundraising and awareness breakfast
Why: To benefit Friends of Iowa CASA and the abused and neglected children of Iowa
Date: Friday, May 18, 2018
Time: 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
Where: Hilton Garden Inn in Council Bluffs
Emcee: Maestro Ernest Richardson of the Omaha Symphony
Keynote Speaker: Attorney Elizabeth Varnon
Cost: Nothing! But there will be an opportunity to make a contribution following the program

RSVP with Tim Pearson required to attend.

More Information
Contact: Tim Pearson, Executive Director
(515) 321-8588
tim.pearson@mchsi.com
http://iowacasafriends.org/index.html

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The 712 Initiative will be a hosting a second Neighborhood Leadership Academy covering topics significant to enhancing your neighborhood. These workshops taught by professionals will provide knowledge to empower community residents to resolve issues of importance and equip them with skills to assist in building better relationships with their neighbors.

The final workshop of this 3 part series will cover Neighborhood Revitalization and be instructed by Mike McGuire of OneOmaha

Course Description:
Learn about strategies for neighborhood revitalization on government, non-profit, and neighborhood association levels. Topics include assessing the needs of neighborhoods, resident engagement strategies, partnerships, funding, and program implementation.

Pizza and refreshments will be available at 5:30 PM with the workshop starting at 6:00 PM.

If interested in attending, please contact Morgan Wade for registration details. Registration deadline is End of day Friday, June 1, 2018 .

More Information
Contact: Morgan Richard Wade
(712) 396-2478
mwade@the712initiative.org
http://

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A Pottawattamie County Almanac: June Session

8AM to 12PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the fourth of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


More Information
Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=496

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Lutheran Lakeside Day Camp

9AM to 3PM | Emanuel Lutheran Church
Lutheran Lakeside Camp is coming to you! Staff from Lutheran Lakeside Camp (Spirit Lake, Iowa) will be leading us in a fun filled week! Come and experience all the fun of camp right in Council Bluffs! Playing, growing, singing, crafting, experiencing, dancing, acting, talking, running, shouting, skipping, snacking, laughing, learning, and worshiping each and every day!

For students entering 1st through 6th grade. Only $40 per child for all four days!

More Information
Contact: Michaela Lewis
(712) 323-9665
emanuellutherancbia@msn.com
http://www.emanuelcb.org

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June Hitch Hike

7PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Enjoy a guided hike through a section of the Loess Hills not normally open to the public and learn more about the plants, animals, and history of the prairie.

The public is invited to attend all the hikes in this series. They are designed to introduce visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center as well as the Loess Hills. The series will start with a more moderate trail and work towards a healthy, invigorating 2.5 mile hike by the end of the series in September. Water bottles, bug spray, & sunblock are all recommended, please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

Well behaved dogs are permitted to accompany their owners but they must be leashed at all times, you must pick up and remove their waste, and you may be asked to remain toward the tail end of the group if we have a large number of participants. This is an educational program, disruptive pets may be asked to leave the group.

Pre-registration is not required for this event. Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a membership to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation to attend this program. Daily passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation memberships may be purchased for $20.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

2017 Hitch Hike Series
May 15th, 7:00 p.m. - Visitors will hike along a Loess Hills ridge top through scenic prairie to reach the McIntosh Pioneer Cemetery, founded in 1874. This trail is only accessible with a PCCB staff member and is not considered open to the public. Enjoy the spring wildflowers of the prairie including blue-eyed grass, puccoons, and locoweed.
June 19th, 7:00 p.m. - Take a closer look at some of Hitchcocks best prairie remnants as you are guided along Badger Ridge. Discover purple coneflowers and other early summer wildflowers and get an idea of what the hills may have looked like during the time of Lewis and Clark.

July 17th, 7:00 p.m. - Hike out Fox Run Ridge to take in the stunning views of the Missouri River valley, beautiful prairie & pasture land and catch a glimpse of our research plots.
August 21st, 7:00 p.m. - Meet up with the group at the Old Lincoln Highway Deck at the Hitchcock Nature Center Campgrounds to begin this walk down the Hohneke Trail to Oak Avenue and the Bunker Hill Loop. Explore the northern section of the park & view a remnant of the original Old Lincoln Highway.
September 18th, 6:00 p.m. - This hike will begin at 6:00 p.m. & is the most challenging hike of the series. Head out to the westernmost section of the park along the famed Westridge Trail to our final destination, a scenic overlook with an astounding view of the Missouri River. All experience levels are welcome but this 2.5 mile hike will include traversing steep terrain.

Weather permitting.

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation


More Information
Contact: Kristen Bieret
(712) 545-3283
kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=441

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A Pottawattamie County Almanac: July Session

8AM to 12PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the fifth of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


More Information
Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=497

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July Hitch Hike

7PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Enjoy a guided hike through a section of the Loess Hills not normally open to the public and learn more about the plants, animals, and history of the prairie.

The public is invited to attend all the hikes in this series. They are designed to introduce visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center as well as the Loess Hills. The series will start with a more moderate trail and work towards a healthy, invigorating 2.5 mile hike by the end of the series in September. Water bottles, bug spray, & sunblock are all recommended, please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

Well behaved dogs are permitted to accompany their owners but they must be leashed at all times, you must pick up and remove their waste, and you may be asked to remain toward the tail end of the group if we have a large number of participants. This is an educational program, disruptive pets may be asked to leave the group.

Pre-registration is not required for this event. Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a membership to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation to attend this program. Daily passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation memberships may be purchased for $20.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

2017 Hitch Hike Series
May 15th, 7:00 p.m. - Visitors will hike along a Loess Hills ridge top through scenic prairie to reach the McIntosh Pioneer Cemetery, founded in 1874. This trail is only accessible with a PCCB staff member and is not considered open to the public. Enjoy the spring wildflowers of the prairie including blue-eyed grass, puccoons, and locoweed.
June 19th, 7:00 p.m. - Take a closer look at some of Hitchcocks best prairie remnants as you are guided along Badger Ridge. Discover purple coneflowers and other early summer wildflowers and get an idea of what the hills may have looked like during the time of Lewis and Clark.

July 17th, 7:00 p.m. - Hike out Fox Run Ridge to take in the stunning views of the Missouri River valley, beautiful prairie & pasture land and catch a glimpse of our research plots.
August 21st, 7:00 p.m. - Meet up with the group at the Old Lincoln Highway Deck at the Hitchcock Nature Center Campgrounds to begin this walk down the Hohneke Trail to Oak Avenue and the Bunker Hill Loop. Explore the northern section of the park & view a remnant of the original Old Lincoln Highway.
September 18th, 6:00 p.m. - This hike will begin at 6:00 p.m. & is the most challenging hike of the series. Head out to the westernmost section of the park along the famed Westridge Trail to our final destination, a scenic overlook with an astounding view of the Missouri River. All experience levels are welcome but this 2.5 mile hike will include traversing steep terrain.

Weather permitting.

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation


More Information
Contact: Kristen Bieret
(712) 545-3283
kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=442

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A Pottawattamie County Almanac: August Session

8AM to 12PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the sixth of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


More Information
Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=498

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August Hitch Hike

7PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Enjoy a guided hike through a section of the Loess Hills not normally open to the public and learn more about the plants, animals, and history of the prairie.

The public is invited to attend all the hikes in this series. They are designed to introduce visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center as well as the Loess Hills. The series will start with a more moderate trail and work towards a healthy, invigorating 2.5 mile hike by the end of the series in September. Water bottles, bug spray, & sunblock are all recommended, please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

Well behaved dogs are permitted to accompany their owners but they must be leashed at all times, you must pick up and remove their waste, and you may be asked to remain toward the tail end of the group if we have a large number of participants. This is an educational program, disruptive pets may be asked to leave the group.

Pre-registration is not required for this event. Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a membership to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation to attend this program. Daily passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation memberships may be purchased for $20.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

2017 Hitch Hike Series
May 15th, 7:00 p.m. - Visitors will hike along a Loess Hills ridge top through scenic prairie to reach the McIntosh Pioneer Cemetery, founded in 1874. This trail is only accessible with a PCCB staff member and is not considered open to the public. Enjoy the spring wildflowers of the prairie including blue-eyed grass, puccoons, and locoweed.
June 19th, 7:00 p.m. - Take a closer look at some of Hitchcocks best prairie remnants as you are guided along Badger Ridge. Discover purple coneflowers and other early summer wildflowers and get an idea of what the hills may have looked like during the time of Lewis and Clark.

July 17th, 7:00 p.m. - Hike out Fox Run Ridge to take in the stunning views of the Missouri River valley, beautiful prairie & pasture land and catch a glimpse of our research plots.
August 21st, 7:00 p.m. - Meet up with the group at the Old Lincoln Highway Deck at the Hitchcock Nature Center Campgrounds to begin this walk down the Hohneke Trail to Oak Avenue and the Bunker Hill Loop. Explore the northern section of the park & view a remnant of the original Old Lincoln Highway.
September 18th, 6:00 p.m. - This hike will begin at 6:00 p.m. & is the most challenging hike of the series. Head out to the westernmost section of the park along the famed Westridge Trail to our final destination, a scenic overlook with an astounding view of the Missouri River. All experience levels are welcome but this 2.5 mile hike will include traversing steep terrain.

Weather permitting.

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation


More Information
Contact: Kristen Bieret
(712) 545-3283
kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=443

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A Pottawattamie County Almanac: September Session

8AM to 12PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the seventh of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


More Information
Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=499

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September Hitch Hike

6PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Enjoy a guided hike through a section of the Loess Hills not normally open to the public and learn more about the plants, animals, and history of the prairie.

The public is invited to attend all the hikes in this series. They are designed to introduce visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center as well as the Loess Hills. The series will start with a more moderate trail and work towards a healthy, invigorating 2.5 mile hike by the end of the series in September. Water bottles, bug spray, & sunblock are all recommended, please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

Well behaved dogs are permitted to accompany their owners but they must be leashed at all times, you must pick up and remove their waste, and you may be asked to remain toward the tail end of the group if we have a large number of participants. This is an educational program, disruptive pets may be asked to leave the group.

Pre-registration is not required for this event. Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a membership to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation to attend this program. Daily passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation memberships may be purchased for $20.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

2017 Hitch Hike Series
May 15th, 7:00 p.m. - Visitors will hike along a Loess Hills ridge top through scenic prairie to reach the McIntosh Pioneer Cemetery, founded in 1874. This trail is only accessible with a PCCB staff member and is not considered open to the public. Enjoy the spring wildflowers of the prairie including blue-eyed grass, puccoons, and locoweed.
June 19th, 7:00 p.m. - Take a closer look at some of Hitchcocks best prairie remnants as you are guided along Badger Ridge. Discover purple coneflowers and other early summer wildflowers and get an idea of what the hills may have looked like during the time of Lewis and Clark.

July 17th, 7:00 p.m. - Hike out Fox Run Ridge to take in the stunning views of the Missouri River valley, beautiful prairie & pasture land and catch a glimpse of our research plots.
August 21st, 7:00 p.m. - Meet up with the group at the Old Lincoln Highway Deck at the Hitchcock Nature Center Campgrounds to begin this walk down the Hohneke Trail to Oak Avenue and the Bunker Hill Loop. Explore the northern section of the park & view a remnant of the original Old Lincoln Highway.
September 18th, 6:00 p.m. - This hike will begin at 6:00 p.m. & is the most challenging hike of the series. Head out to the westernmost section of the park along the famed Westridge Trail to our final destination, a scenic overlook with an astounding view of the Missouri River. All experience levels are welcome but this 2.5 mile hike will include traversing steep terrain.

Weather permitting.

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation


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Contact: Kristen Bieret
(712) 545-3283
kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=444

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The event is a celebration of Viking-Medieval-Renaissance-Pirate-Steampunk themes with a wide variety of professional entertainment, including horseback jousting. It features a merchants village of artisans and crafters selling items found at only such an event, food court and beer garden, and children's realm and faerie court. There will be hands-on games of skill as well as exhibits and demonstrations of folk ways from times past. There will also be two outdoor museum/living history encampments along with treasure hunts and costume contests. Admission for adults is $12 each and kids from 5 to 15 are $5. Two-day passes will be available at the gate.

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Contact: Gregory Schmidt
(641) 357-5177
greg@festint.com
http://www.festint.com

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A Pottawattamie County Almanac: October Session

8AM to 12PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the eighth of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


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Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=500

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A Pottawattamie County Almanac: November Session

8 to 11AM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the ninth of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


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Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=501

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A Pottawattamie County Almanac: December Session

8AM to 12PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the last of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


More Information
Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=502

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