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4 Guys and a Gal

Music, ice cream and local authors to be featured at the City Park
Area residents are invited to attend a special event at the City Park in La Porte City on Thursday, July 19, for a unique evening that celebrates music, ice cream and local authors. Hawkins Memorial Library invites the community to bring a picnic supper and lawn chairs, as Four Guys and a Gal, a musical group that includes La Porte City’s Chip Rife, will provide entertainment for your listening pleasure, courtesy of a grant provided from the Wal-Mart Foundation. Alcoholic beverages will not be permitted in the park for this event.
The evening includes an ice cream social, where a free-will offering will be accepted for the library’s ongoing local history project that will eventually make the complete archives of The Progress Review available online.
In addition to music and ice cream, a number of local authors and their books will be featured. Hawkins Memorial Library has a growing collection of books written by area authors. Several of them will be on-hand to sell and sign copies of their books.
The library’s local history project includes converting back issues of The Progress Review, housed in the library on microfilm that date back to the 1870s, to digital content that can be searched online by anyone with an internet connection.
The process of converting nearly 150 years of newspapers to digital format is a costly one. Each reel of microfilm, approximately 18 months of La Porte City history, costs $125 to digitize. Total cost of the project, which includes the creation of a searchable website to house all of The Progress Review’s archives and an up-to-date microfilm collection at the library, is estimated to cost around $10,000. As the library pursues grant funding and other sources, the project has been jump-started with a $1,000 donation in honor of George and Faye Abel, as well as pledges from a number of other sources. For additional information about the project, or to make a donation, contact Library Director Jolene Kronschnabel at 342-3025.
Explore local authors at Hawkins Memorial Library
Among the books penned by area authors at the La Porte City library are the following titles, some of which will be available for purchase at the city park event on July 19.
By Janice Abel: Dream Shifters; Sweet­ Sum­mer; Brass Notes Over Wolf Creek; The Lit­tle White Christmas Horse; From The Wishmore To You Cookbook
By Janice and Ruth Anne Abel: From The Wishmore To You: Sister­s Growing Up In The 40’s 
By Dolores Bader: Con­nec­tions 
By Clarice Burkgren: Autism: A New Word in our Vocabulary
By Glenn J. Burrows: This Is My Life 
By Cynthia Gross: Alabaster
By Kenneth Heiar: Remembrances And Trea­sured Token­s: A Life­time Observ­ing Na­ture
By Oren C. Hoyt: A Greatest Generation Autobiography
By Gary Lee Martinson: Aller­ton And Ax­tel­l: The Rush; Bal­l Of String
By Linda Betsinger McCann: Prohi­bi­tion In Eastern Iowa; The Cedar Valley Road; Civilian Conserva­tion Corp­s in North­east­ Iowa; Lost Black­ Hawk County: Van­ished Town­s Of The Cedar Valley; Lost But­ler Coun­ty: Vanished Town­s Of The Cedar Val­ley; Lost Lin­n Coun­ty: Van­ished Town­s Of The Cedar Val­ley 
By Lois Miszner: Back­ When: Me­mories Of La Porte Ci­ty Iowa — Vol­ume T­wo; Back­ When: Memories Of La Porte Ci­ty, Iowa — Vol­ume Three 
By Ruth Anne Rippel: When You Get Le­mon­s Make Fruit Punch
By Ruth Anne Schneck: The Lit­tle Gar­den Of Knit­ted Coast­ers; Geoffrey’s Christ­mas Wish
By Noel Robitaille, M.D.: Highlight­s Of A Fam­i­ly Doc­tor’s Life
By Rayona Roszell: Down Home: Poem­s, Songs and Car­toons
By Support La Porte (City of La Porte City): Ci­ty of La Porte Ci­ty Centennial 
By Dennis Weidemann: Cut From Plain Cloth: The 2011 Wis­con­sin Worker­s Protests; This Water Goes North


Carey Rodas competes at 4-H Nationals
Carey Rodas, granddaughter of Delbert and Helen Kitner and Alice Barber, recently competed at the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships held in Grand Island, Nebraska, where she helped her team from Missouri place second to Washington in Recurve Archery. In the overall shooting championship, which includes other archery and gun competitions, Carey’s contributions helped Missouri placed fifth overall.
Rodas is a 2018 graduate and valedictorian of Highland High School in Lewistown, MO. She will attend Iowa State University in the fall, where she plans to major in Business Management.

Dysart to host Country School Days

The Dysart Historical Society will be holding the second annual Country School Days at the Historical Center’s restored country school at 612 Crisman Street. The 2018 theme is “1890’s Prairie School.”
Students who will be in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade this coming fall may choose to attend either Tuesday, July 24th or Thursday, July 26th. The teacher will be Miss Rhonda Berry who teaches during the school year in Waterloo.
The school day will last from 9 AM-4 PM with a “last day of school program” for families and friends each day at 3:30. Students will be provided with prairie day costumes, aprons and sunbonnets for the girls and vest and hats for the boys.
The fun-filled school day will consist of 1890’s games, crafts, lessons, music, morning snacks, and an 1890’s style lunch. The cost for the day is $12. There is a limit of twelve students each day. To register or if questions, please call Debi at 319-476-5715 or Ann at 319-476-3557.

Instrument petting zoo

On Tuesday, July 24, Hawkins Memorial Library will host the third of four special Summer Reading Programs scheduled in July and August for children aged preschool through fifth grade. Join us at 6 PM for an “Instrument Petting Zoo” program presented by Union Band Instructor Mike Bistline. In this entertaining auditory and hands-on experience you will learn about and explore the wonder of musical instruments. This program is free and open to the public.

Free family swim at Aquatic Center

Crosslines will be sponsoring a free family swim at the La Porte City Aquatic Center on Saturday, July 28th from 6:15-8:15 PM. Join friends for a few hours of family fun and celebrate as summer slowly winds down. Pool rules apply. Lifeguards will be on staff.


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