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Family Aquatic Center to Open May 23

The summer swim season is just around the corner and the La Porte City Family Aquatic Center has announced special preseason hours. The Pool Bathhouse will be open for season ticket sales and swim lesson registrations only on May 21 and 22 from 4:30-8:30 PM. Patrons may register at the pool during this time for swim lessons, lap swim and/or water exercise sessions.
La Porte City Family Aquatic Center Schedule
 508 Oak Street, La Porte City  •  342-2339
Gerry Rife, Manager  •  Jamie Wandschneider, Assistant Manager
Special Hours:
Wed.-Thurs., May 21-22: 4:30-8:30 PM
Friday, May 23: 6:30-8:30 PM
Saturday, May 24: 1-4:30 PM and 6:30-8:30 PM
Sunday, May 25: 1-6 PM
Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day): 1-6 PM
Tues.-Wed., May 27-28: 6:30-8:30 PM
Thursday, May 29: Regular hours begin.
 Regular Hours: Monday-Saturday: 1-4:30 PM and 6:30-8:30 PM; Sunday: 1-6 PM
 Mark Your Calendar:
Family Aquatic Center will be closed the evening of June 13 and July 4. Last day of operation for the season is September 1, 2014.
Doggy Dip: Sunday, September 8, 1-4 PM. Admission to the Doggy Dip is $3 for all swimmers. Free admission for observers.

Opportunities Abound for Foreign Exchange Host Families

EF High School Exchange year is actively looking for host families to open their home to an international high school student for the 2014-2015 school year.
EF exchange students come from countries around the world and are between the ages of 15 and 18. The majority of students stay for a full high school year. In the past, exchange students have come to live in Iowa from as far away as Austria, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, to name a few.
EF High School Exchange Year host families come in all shapes and sizes, representing the diversity of American culture. Some even have no children or adult children who have moved away. Bringing a student to Iowa would not only
enrich our community, but introduce your family to new customs and cultures without having to travel the globe!
In their role as Regional Coordinators (RCs) and International Exchange Coordinators (IECs) in Western Iowa, Michael and Cecilia McCloud help match students with host families, enroll them in their local high school, and provide ongoing guidance and support throughout the semester or year-long exchange experience, as well as work with other local IECs who do the same.
To learn more about becoming involved with international student exchange please contact Michael and Cecilia McCloud at 815-564-8359 or visit online at http://EFexchangeyear.org for more information.

Camp Creamery Brings Deadly Dragon to Dysart

“Merlin’s Apprentice and the Deadly Dragon” is a week-long workshop for children interested in exploring the exciting world of theatre.
The camp is designed to give children ages 7 and up the unique opportunity to work and perform with three professional actors from The Old Creamery Theatre while they rehearse and present a play. “Merlin’s Apprentice and the Deadly Dragon” is a brand new musical full of magic and madcap fun. Featuring a lot of jolly jesters, enchanted frogs, perservering princesses, and very eager apprentices, this production is a wonderful way for boys and girls to have a fantastic theatrical adventure this summer.
Camp Creamery will be held at the St. Joseph’s building, 101 Clark St., Dysart, from July 21-25 from 10 AM to 2 PM and each participant will be asked to bring a sack lunch. Registration fee is $25 per child. The number of campers will be limited, with a registartion deadline of May 31. Registration is first come, first served and all participants will be cast in the show. Registration forms are available at the Norma Anders Library in Dysart. For more information, call Nancy Havran, 319-476-3767 or Alice McGrath at 319-478-8189.
The Old Creamery Theatre is a not for-profit professional theatre located in Amana, Iowa that has been creating high-quality, live professional theatre since 1971.  Camp Creamery is one of the educational programs offered by the company.
On Friday, July 25th at 7 PM and Saturday, July 26th at 2 PM the children will present the production to the public at the St. Joseph’s building. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5.00 each.

Tallman Receives Nursing Home Leadership Award

Pamela Tallman, Administrator of La Porte City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was selected to receive the American College of Health Care Administrators’ Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award in early April.
Tallman was one of 234 healthcare administrators throughout the country to receive the award. She was selected as a top leader based on the performance of the facility she leads. Eligibility for this award is based on three years of skilled nursing facility (SNF) survey data, including the Health, Fire (Life Safety), and Complaint Surveys, as well as top quartile performance on designated Quality Measures. The criteria also included an 80% or greater facility occupancy and a three year avoidance of a Special Focus Facility status. This prestigious award is made possible with the support of eHealth Data Solutions.
“It was a pleasant surprise to learn that we were eligible for this award,” Tallman said.
“It’s with a lot of dedication and great team work that La Porte City Nursing and Rehab has achieved excellent standards of care.”
La Porte City Nursing and Rehab is owned and operated by Care Initiatives, Iowa’s largest not-for-profit senior care provider.

Artifacts – May 14, 2014

Museum to Feature Extensive Collection of La Porte City Artist, Fred Bombach
An extensive exhibit of artist Fred Bombach is being featured in the Museum’s gallery in La Porte City.  This exhibit will be displayed at the Museum until August 2, 2014, and will be highlighted with an Artist’s Reception on Thursday, May 22, 2014, from 7-8:30 pm. The cost of the reception is $2.00 and many of Fred’s family members will be special guests. Refreshments and beverage will be served. The Museum is located at 408 Main Street in La Porte City.
The collection on display at the Museum of over 70 paintings and 50 sketches are barely represented here by these 3 paintings of barns, Fred’s own self-portrait, and a replica of the famous painting “Portrait of Anna Zborovska”by Amedeo Modigliani.  Of his own work, Fred preferred portraits explaining, “Heads are always the most fascinating to draw. There is just something about them that gets to me. Of all the people who live in the world, not any two look alike.”
La Porte City claims Fred Bombach as one of its own, living here from 1959 until 1982.  Fred was well-known around town as a prolific artist, sketching familiar landmarks, neighbors and friends.  An actual self-taught artist, he worked in many mediums, painting in oils, watercolors and sketching in pen and ink. There is an obvious variance of styles with which he experimented and produced throughout all of his long life. At one time, he helped start a weekly artists’ group in La Porte City made of up of many well-known local artists.  He moved to Cedar Falls in 1982 to be closer to family where Fred lived until the age of 100, dying in 1988.
This vast collection is on loan to the Museum by Fred’s family members who are looking forward to meeting and visiting with the public about his legacy.  The FFA Historical & Ag Museum is excited about hosting this event for the family and guests.

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