Go to bed before the “Ball” drops on New Year’s Eve? Muscatine Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Ave, is having a Noon Year’s Eve party on Thursday, December 31st from 11am – 12:30pm. Stop by and design your own party hat and fill a time capsule! Party includes a tasty toast and a ballon drop at noon! Admission is FREE! For more information, please call 563-263-8282.
Need some help with setup and using of social media? Learn about Instagram, hashtags, Facebook, tweeting and more. Training will be held at the United Way office located at 208 W. 2nd St, Suite 201 on Wednesday, January 6th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Be sure to bring your smart phone, laptop or tablet as this is a hands on training. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Kim at gro.enitacsumyawdetinunull@mik by January 4th.
Jan. 10: Great River Tennis High School Drills & Hitting Times
Get a head start on your tennis season! Great River Tennis (GRTA) is offering drills and hitting times for High School students on Sunday evenings starting January 10th from 4:30 to 6:00pm at the Affordable Metal Barn, behind Wendy’s. Drills go through March 21st and costs are $60 for 10 times or $100 for unlimited court time. Payment is due on first Sunday attended. GRTA members leading drills/hitting times are Jim Lankey, Bob Weis, Don Frost and Bob Hayes. Sign up by calling or texting 563-607-0743.
Here’s an opportunity for others to learn about you and your business and join GMCCI! Reserve a table for $25 and be ready to talk about your business at the Chamber’s Business After Hours Event on Thursday, January 14th from 5:00 to 7:00pm held at Muscatine Municipal Golf Course, 1820 Hwy 38. All new businesses will be entered into a drawing for a Free Membership for one year. Those that join, we’ll apply the $25 entry fee to your first year’s dues. To reserve your table, contact GMCCI at 563-263-8895 or moc.enitacsumnull@worromj.
Jan. 15: Entry Form for Muskie Booster Club’s Cake Auction
Interested in donating a cake for the Muskie Booster Club’s biggest fundraiser – the Annual Cake Auction? The 26th Annual Cake Auction will be held on Friday, January 29th as they host a Girls/Boys Doubleheader basketball game against Davenport Central! Our theme this year is “Super Heroes.” Complete the entry form and return to MHS, Attn: Boosters, 2705 Cedar Street, Muscatine by Friday, January 15th. If you have any questions, please contact the Student Activities office at 263-6141 or the Cake Auction Chair, Sara Carlson at 563-506-0241 ormoc.semohlhurnull@noslracaras.
Jan. 18 or 20: Great River Tennis Ladder Leagues Begin
Join a Ladder League on Monday or Wednesday nights from 8:00 – 9:30pm at the Affordable Metal Barn, behind Wendy’s. Leagues start Monday, January 18th or Wednesday, January 20th and go for 8 weeks. You may sign up for both nights! Leagues designed for 3.0 and up level players, adult and high school varsity. Cost is $60 for court fee or a $100 anytime court fee. Registration required by January 17th by calling or texting 563-607-0743. Please leave your name, phone #, email address and day interested in joining. Court costs due first day!
Support United Way and enjoy Boonies too! Dine or meet your friends at Boonies on the Avenue, 214 Iowa Ave, from 5pm to 11pm on Tuesday, January 19th, when 20% of the evening’s proceeds will go to United Way of Muscatine!
Jan. 20 & 23: Muscatine Community School District Job Fair
Looking for extra income and a flexible job? The Muscatine Community School District is having a Job Fair on Wednesday, January 20th from 2:00pm – 6:00pm and Saturday, January 23rd from 9:00am to Noon. Openings include sub bus drivers, custodians, paras, clerical and food service to name a few. Training may be held on days, evenings, and weekends if needed.
Struggling with your laptop, tablet, or smart phone? Here’s an opportunity for some hands on training! Bring your equipment and join us on Wednesday, January 27th from 6:00 – 7:30pm at First National Bank’s Walnut Room, corner of 2nd and Walnut. East Campus High School Students will help answer your questions and show you how to operate them.
Help support the Kids First Fund and enjoy pancakes, eggs and sausage! Come hungry on Friday, January 29th from 7:00am to 9am at First National Bank’s Walnut Room, corner of Walnut and 2nd Street. Donations gladly accepted!
Jan. 29: 2016 MHS Booster Club’s Cake Auction
“Be A Hero for the Muskies” The big event will be held on Friday, January 29, 2016 (rain date 30th) starting with a 6pm with a doubleheader Girl’s and Boy’s Basketball game against Davenport Central. This years theme is Super Heros and will include live and silent auctions, photo booth, 50/50 raffle, and of course, cake & ice cream. Support the Muskie Boosters by contributing to their largest fundraiser of the year. Projects include phase II expansion of MHS for the gym, concessions, weight room and more! For more information, contact Sara Carlson, 563-506-0241 ormoc.semohlhurnull@noslracaras
Help bring Junior Achievement to more schools and students in our community by participating in the Muscatine JA-Bowl-A-Thon to be held on Saturday, January 30th, from 1 – 4pm at the Rose Bowl, 1411 Grandview Avenue. Recruit a team of 5 bowlers and set a fundraising goal of $300 or more! For more information on putting together a team, contact Katie Langel at 309-277-3919, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.jaheartland.org.
Muscatine YMCA is having their annual “Try Melon Tri” Indoor Triathlon on Sunday, January 31st with first heat at 11am and last heat at 4pm. Triathlon consists of a 1/2 mile swim, 10 mile bike ride, and 2 1/2 mile run. Entry fees are $24 if registered by January 15th, thereafter $30. Sponsors of the event may have teams of 2 and 3 participating. Visit: www.muscatiney.org to register or get more details.
Jan. 31: Rotary’s Trivia Night Fundraiser
Mark your calendars for Sunday, January 31st and gather your trivia teams of eight! The Rotary Club of Muscatine will be hosting a Trivia Night Fundraiser where the proceeds go directly to the Rotary projects in Muscatine. Event will be held on Sunday, January 31st from 4:00pm – 7:30pm at the Rendezvous, 3127 Lucas Street. $25 per person or $200 for table of eight. Don’t worry if you don’t have a team of 8, we’ll help assemble teams too! Watch for more information to come!
In Other News…..
Last Week! Help Name Muscatine the “Greatest Midwest Town”
Midwest Living is launching their “Greatest Midwest Town” contest! Let’s make it Muscatine! From now through December 31st, share your favorite Muscatine photos on midwestliving.com/greatesttown or by direct photo share via Twitter or Instagram at #MLGreatestTown. Submit our “Must-See Spots” of fun neighborhoods, unforgettable events, delicious local food scenes and bucket-list scenery. Then starting on January 1, Midwest Living followers will be invited to come back and vote on one of the 10 contending towns. Share often and let’s make Muscatine one of the ten towns to vote for!
Muscatine CVB Seeks Contributors for New Blog
The Muscatine Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is seeking local writers to contribute to their new blog, madeinmuscatine.wordpress.com. This blog features stories from locals about unforgettable experiences that were “made in Muscatine.” The blog will accept written posts, video blogs and photo galleries. For more information and guidelines on posts, please call CVB Director Ky Cochran at 563-272-2534 or email at vog.awoienitacsumnull@bvc.
Help support daffodil sales, Gems of Hope and raise money for a scholarship program for high school students. Consider choosing to deliver happiness to oncology clinics and hospitals! See order form or contact Jo Ann Carlson at 563-262-8523 or moc.knilhcamnull@nnaoj for more information.
Volunteer Management Training Series Starts January 27th
The Volunteer Centers of Iowa (VCI), in partnership with the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, will be hosting a web-based training resource for Iowa nonprofit, public, faith-based, and service organizations. The six session VCI Volunteer Management Training Series, running January 27th through April 6, 2016, will provide best practices training presented by leading experts from across the state. Cost is $125 for all six sessions. For more information about Volunteer Centers of Iowa, visit www.volunteeriowa.org.
Spring 2016 Grant Applications
The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine is pleased to invite area nonprofits to apply for grants from the Muscatine County Endowment Re-granting program. Organizations or individuals with projects serving any part of Muscatine County are welcome to apply. Community Foundation staff are available to help organizations determine if their project or program is potentially a good match for funding. Application forms and eligibility requirements are found on the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine’s website at www.muscatinecommunityfoundation.org. Deadline to submit application is January 15th.
Senior Resources is seeking sponsors for the spring fundraiser, Pearl City Picnic on Saturday, May 14th, 2016. This year, the event will be sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society and will have great visibility for sponsors. Funds raised from this event will go directly to the senior citizens in Muscatine county. For more information on this event, please visit www.muscatineseniorresources.com.
The Boy Scouts of America relies on dedicated volunteers to promote its mission of preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime. Through the dedication of these many volunteers, the Boy Scouts of America remains the foremost youth program of character and citizenship development, values-based leadership and personal fitness. Please see enclosed flyer for volunteers needed. For more information on Boy Scouts, please visit: www.scouting.org.
United Way’s Holiday Volunteer Guide
Do you and your family want to volunteer this holiday season, but you are not sure where to start? Check out our first ever Holiday Volunteer Guide. Local nonprofit agencies provided us information about their volunteer needs this holiday season. There are a variety of opportunities in our community to fit everyone’s age, schedule and skills. Visit unitedwaymuscatine.org/holiday for more information and often as the list changes.
Classes Start January 4th at Upper Iowa University – Quad Cities
Upper Iowa University- Quad Cities Center offers evening and online classes in a variety of majors with a flexible schedule of classes starting every 8 weeks. Our Spring classes begin on January 4. There is no application fee and financial aid is available for students who qualify. Find out more about how you can finish your degree with UIU- QC by calling the Quad Cities Center at 563.359.7111 or request information at www.uiu.edu/QCregister.
Gilda’s Club and CCKMA offer Cancer Kickin’ Scholarships
Gilda’s Club and CCKMA are teaming up to present four $1,000 scholarships to students impacted by cancer – whether it is themselves, a parent, sibling, relative or friend. Students must be high school juniors/seniors or in first of second year of college to apply. Accepting applications now through February 1st, 2016. Applications are available online at cancerkickinscholarship.com, at Gilda’s Club in Davenport, or by calling Kelly Hendershot at 563-326-7504.
Our YMCA Board and staff have identified several capital improvements that are necessary in order to expand services while keeping our programs at the quality our community and our members have come to expect. Making these improvements will enable us to serve more people and do it more efficiently. In all, $7.25 million is required. Our Board has organized a capital fund raising campaign – Discover A Better Tomorrow – to ensure that we accomplish all that must be done. We hope you will choose to invest in the values and lives of those we serve. Please consider pledging to support the investment in our community! For more information on this project, visit muscatiney.org. Pledge form attached for your convenience.