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Events and Activities

Microchip event set for Saturday

By Friends Of The Shelter, Inc. · 5:24pm April 17th, 2015
Friends of the Shelter will be hosting a microchip clinic TOMORROW, Saturday April 18 from 10am-12pm. Each microchip will be registered on-site into the national 24PetWatch database. Dogs: $25 Cats: $20 When you stop in, remember to bring your new and gently worn shoes and to pick up some raffle tickets for our event in May! ​

Vietnam Veteran Recognition Day at the Capitol, May 7

By Brad Anderson, American Legion Post 57 · 11:16am April 17th, 2015
Vietnam Veteran Recognition Day will be held Thursday May 7 at 11 a.m.at the Vietnam Memorial on the grounds of the Iowa Capitol. The name of one more Iowan, who died as a result of wounds from combat in Vietnam, was recently added to the Iowa and National Vietnam memorials. His service will be honored during a rededication of the Iowa Vietnam Memorial.

Poverty Simulation: Event design to help highlight day-to-day challenges

By Heidi Schminke, BCECIA · 9:21am April 17th, 2015
The public is invited to participate in a Poverty Simulation to be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10, at V-S High School: The Poverty Simulation is a unique, interactive experience that helps people begin to understand what it might be like to live in an impoverished family, trying to survive from month to month.

A benefit concert for the families of the five victims of last week’s Highway 150 accident will take place April 30, at Jimberly’s in Newhall. Framing the Red, a Mississippi band with a member who grew up in Urbana, will play the concert beginning at around 7 p.m. Band member William Fish played in the Center Point-Urbana High School marching band while Triston Randall was on the football team.

The Benton County Master Gardener Extravaganza is set for this Saturday, April 18, from 8 am to 3:00 pm at the Vinton Skate & Activity Center The public is welcome; you can pre-register. The cost is $35 for those who register by Friday at the Benton County Extension. Walk-ins are limited. The event begins with morning coffee from 8:00 to 8:30, and includes hot lunch and vendors for you to do some shopping (Mothers day is only 3 weeks away).

Vinton Unlimited seeking your help for upcoming events

By Melissa Schwan, Director, VU · 7:44pm April 14th, 2015
Check out vintonunlimited.org for your one-stop registration needs! We are currently accepting registration for the following events: · Boom-Fest vendors: antiques, arts & crafts, farmers market (August 29) · RAGBRAI vendors (July 23) · Community Job Fair (May 9) · Taste of Vinton (May 30) Find more information and details for each event under the ‘Events’ tab on the homepage.

Friends of the Shelter needs your old shoes

By Friends Of The Shelter, Inc. · 9:40am April 14th, 2015
UPDATE: We have officially reached 55% of our goal! What does this mean? Within the next three weeks, we still need to collect 1125 pairs of shoes!! Can you help us get there?! We ask that everyone takes a few minutes and finds a pair (or twelve) of shoes they'd be willing to donate to Friends of the Shelter.

VSHS FFA Labor Auction set for Thursday

By Dean Close · 5:01pm April 8th, 2015
A total of 41 Vinton-Shellsburg FFA members have signed up to participate in this year's Labor Auction. Local businesses, farmers and individuals will bid on the services of the members as the decades-old tradition continues. The auction is one of the main fund-raising activities of the chapter (along with winter fruit sales).

At its meeting on April Fools’ Day the Center Point Friends of the Library wisely decided to change its annual used book sale to work around the happy hassle of Library expansion construction which has already begun. This spring the book sale will be on one day only and only during Library hours—10 to 2, Saturday, May 30.

Outhouse Archeology: BCHS to sponsor unique history lesson

By Rosemary Schwartz, BCHS · 8:30pm April 7th, 2015
Rod Moore, co-owner of Red Cedar Antiques in Vinton, will dig into the interesting subject of hunting for buried tidbits of history in the ground under outhouses. Each layer represents a time period. Much can be learned about the people who used the privy by the items that are found: their health (medicine bottles), whether they imbibed (liquor bottles), their financial status and more.

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