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New Thrills at the 2017 Iowa State Fair

Discover all of the new exciting thrills at the Iowa State Fair August 10-20. From new amusement rides, to new food on a stick and the celebration of the Butter Cow, the Iowa State Fair has something for everyone. Discover all of the new exciting thrills at the Iowa State Fair August 10-20. From new amusement rides, to new food on a stick and the celebration of the Butter Cow, the Iowa State Fair has something for everyone.
2017 Butter Cow Companions
The Iowa State Fair Butter Cow started in 1911 and for many years she has shared her cooler space with various public figures including; Elvis Presley, Harry Potter and in 2016 a tribute to Star Trek.
In 2017, Laura Ingalls Wilder will be cast in 100% cream butter to celebrate her 150th birthday. Laura Ingalls Wilder spent part of her childhood in Burr Oak, Iowa and her sister Mary attended the Vinton School for the Blind in Iowa. Various birthday celebrations and festivals are happening across the Midwest in recognition of her birthday.
More butter please- West Des Moines will be host to the international golf tournament for women. Sarah Pratt, Iowa State Fair butter sculptor since 2006 will be bringing a little bit of the Solheim Cup to the Iowa State Fair as she creates a replica of the official trophy. Both Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Solheim Cup trophy will be on display with the Butter Cow in the John Deere Agriculture Building throughout the Fair.
Thrill Parks
Iowa State Thrill Parks officially opens in 16 days. From state-of-the-art reloadable digital wristbands to super spectacular one of a kind rides, you won’t want to miss Iowa State Thrill Parks: Thrill Ville, Thrill Town and Thrill Zone in 2017. Advanced Thrill Pass Digital Wristband offers expire on August 9th. Order your wristbands and save today at www.iowastatefair.org/entertainment/attractions.Opening Ceremonies will take place at 9:00 a.m. in front of Thrill Ville on Grand Ave.
Heroes’ Day
Heroes’ Day celebrates EMTs, fire and rescue personnel, policemen and paramedics opening day of the Iowa State Fair Thursday, August 10. Special displays will be on Grand Avenue and the Governor’s Lifesaving Awards and Outstanding Service Awards will be presented at the Susan Knapp Amphitheater sponsored by Coors Light with media sponsor KDSM Fox 17 at 10:00 a.m. Thank you to all our heroes in police, fire, rescue and emergency response.
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest
Ketchup with your closest comrades Saturday, August 12 for the nationally acclaimed Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Regional Contest. The top male and top female finishers will relish in their victory and be invited to compete in the National Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4, 2018, enter online today bit.ly/2tkbvWl. Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs will be providing hot dog samples north of the Susan Knapp Amphitheater Stage August 11 – 13 sponsored by Coors Light with media sponsor KSDM Fox 17.
Spirit of Iowa Bell
A tribute to those who have served, those who do serve and those who will serve, watch as the Spirit of Iowa bell is cast and unveiled on the Fairgrounds to raise awareness about veteran’s needs. From August 12-14 the bell will be created and the completed bell will be showcased in the Veteran’s Day Parade on August 14th.
Text Alerts
Don’t miss special offers, updates on concerts, daily activities, weather alerts and more; text FAIR to 75782. Message frequency varies. No purchase necessary. By texting in, you agree to receive autodialed marketing messages at the number provided. Message & data rates may apply.
Daily Program Online NOW!
Just posted online, the 2017 Daily Program is an interactive online list of everything happening at the Fair. Sort by date, location, keywords and more, you can even customize your own personal itinerary and print it or use their mobile device. Visit our website at iowastatefair.org/entertainment/fair-schedule/ for a full list of daily activities.

Practical Money Matters – August 2, 2017

By Jason Alderman
Why Was Your Credit Card Transaction Denied?
We’ve all had these moments: You’re at a romantic restaurant and the evening went great. But just as you and your date are readying to leave, an embarrassed waiter appears and whispers, “I’m afraid your card has been denied.” So much for romance.
The same thing can happen at the grocery store, when shopping online or worst of all, when you’re traveling and don’t have a back-up means of payment. Why do credit card transactions get denied and what can you do to prevent it?
Banks and other credit card issuers have developed complex algorithms that track credit card behavior and highlight unusual usage patterns commonly associated with card theft or fraud.
“Unusual activities” that jump out to card issuers include
:When you ordinarily use your card rarely, but suddenly make several charges in one day.
Making multiple purchases at the same store (or website) within a few minutes of each other.An unusually large purchase – say for a major appliance, furniture or jewelry. Alert your card issuer before making large purchases.
One small purchase quickly followed by larger ones. Thieves will test the waters to see if a small purchase is denied; if it’s not, they’ll quickly run up major charges.
Exceeding daily spending limits. Some cards limit how much you can charge per day, even if you have sufficient remaining credit.
Making large purchases outside your geographic area.
Multiple out-of-town purchases in short succession. Always tell your card issuer when you’ll be traveling.
International purchases, whether online or while traveling. Some card issuers automatically decline international transactions because of the high potential for fraud, so learn your issuer’s policy before attempting one.
Other common triggers for credit card denials include:
Outdated or incorrect personal information. Always alert your card issuer whenever you move.
Expired card. Always check the card’s expiration date. You should receive a replacement card several weeks beforehand. It’s often mailed in a plain envelope, so be careful what you toss. If the new card doesn’t arrive, contact the issuer to ensure it hasn’t been stolen.
You’ve reached your credit limit. For the sake of your credit score, try to keep your overall and individual card credit utilization ratios (credit available divided by amount used) as low as possible – ideally below 50, or even 30, percent.
A temporary hold has been placed on your card – say for a rental car or hotel reservation that puts you over your credit limit. Always ask whether a hold will be placed, how much and for how long, and factor that into your remaining balance calculations.
You miss a monthly payment. Card issuers may let this slide once or twice, depending on your history with them, but eventually if you don’t make at least the minimum payment due, your card will probably be frozen.
The primary cardholder made changes on the account and forgot to tell other authorized users. Examples include reporting the card stolen, removing other cardholders from the account or lowering the account’s credit limit.
One last thought: If your card is denied, don’t shoot the messenger – he’s only following instructions. Rather, call the card issuer and find out what happened. Embarrassment aside, it’s nice to know that someone is trying to ensure your card isn’t being used fraudulently.

Meditations – August 2, 2017

By Christopher Simon
Getting Our Lives in Order
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”  ~ Psalm 32:8 NIV
If you are unhappy with your life, or with certain aspects of it, and everyone has some area of their life that needs work, perhaps it is because you have tried to manage it by yourself. It might relieve you to know that God has a better plan for your life than you do, and it takes a lot of the pressure off ourselves when we decide to live by God’s plan.
We aren’t responsible for our being here, since none of us created ourselves, and so it shouldn’t surprise us to realize that our Creator already has a plan for us. We should of course take some responsibility for our own well-being, striving to be as happy, healthy and virtuous as possible, but putting the responsibility for our entire life and life plan on ourselves is too heavy a burden. 
It is folly to try to be the engineer and director of our own lives. Many of us have lived poorly by following our own path and need some help from God to get it together. Consider God’s word as a user’s manual for how to get your life together. If you’re not sure what God has planned for you, a good place to start in the Bible is the Book of Proverbs. It is filled with Godly wisdom for living a good life.

Staying Safe Online – August 2, 2017

Gaming Online Safely and Securely
Online gaming is a great way to have fun; however, it also comes with its own set of unique risks. What makes online gaming so fun is that you can play and communicate with others from anywhere in the world. While the vast majority of people online are out to have fun just like you, there are those who want to cause harm. Here are some steps you should take to stay secure:
Be cautious of any messages that ask you to take an action, such as clicking on a link or downloading a file. Just like email phishing attacks, bad guys will attempt to fool or trick you in online games into taking actions that can infect your computer or steal your identity.
If a message seems odd, urgent, or too good to be true, be suspicious that it may be an attack.
Many online games have their own financial markets where you can trade, barter, or even buy virtual goods. Just like in the real world, there are fraudsters who will attempt to trick you and steal your money or any virtual currency you have accumulated. Deal only with people that have established, trusted reputations.
Use a strong passphrase for any gaming accounts. If your game offers two-step verification, use it. In addition, make all of your online accounts have a different password. That way, if one game is compromised, your other accounts are safe. Can’t remember all your passwords? Consider a password manager.
Bad guys may attempt to hack into or take over the computer you are gaming on. You need to take steps to protect it:
Secure your computer by always running the latest version of the operating system and the gaming software. Old and outdated software have known vulnerabilities that attackers can exploit and use to hack into your computer.
Use anti-virus software. Ensure that it is updated and checking any files you run in real time.
Download gaming software from only trusted websites. Quite often, cyber attackers will create a fake or infected version of a game, then distribute it from their own server. Gaming add-on packs are frequently used to add new features. Attackers sometimes infect these gaming packs with malware.
In addition, if any add-on requires you to disable your anti-virus or make changes to your security settings, do not use it. Underground markets have sprung up to support cheating activity. Many cheating programs are themselves malware that will infect your computer. 
Never install or use any type of cheating software or websites. Always be just as careful playing games on your mobile devices as you would your computer. Cyber attackers are beginning to target mobile devices.
For Parents or Guardians
Children require extra protection and education when gaming online. Know what games they are playing and make sure the games are age appropriate for your child. Limit the amount of information your kids share online.; they should never share their password, age, phone number, or home address. One trick to get kids talking is to ask them to show you how their games work; have them walk you through their online world and show you what a typical game looks like.
A Public Service Announcement Courtesy of Cedar Valley Bank & Trust

Hawkins’ Happenings – August 2, 2017

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
Thursday, August 3, from 2-4 PM is LEGORAMA time! Use the theme “buildings” or build with your imagination.
Our final Summer Reading Program craft day is Friday, August 4, from 1-5 PM. Stop in to create a story cube, build with fish, paint and more.
Black Hawk County Extension Service Summer Science sessions run 1-2 PM for Preschool-2nd grade and 2:30-3:30 PM for 3rd-5th grade on Monday, August 7.
Queen of Katwe is the movie on Wednesday, August 9, at 1:15 PM. A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess. Rated PG, biography/drama/sport, plays 2 hr. and 4 min.
Hawkins’ Handcrafters craft and create on Thursday, August 10, from 1-3 PM. Bring your handwork and join us.
Don’t miss the cheery chatter and coffee on Monday mornings starting at 8 AM. 
The last Summer Science program for this year is Monday, August 14. Sessions run 1-2 PM for Preschool-2nd grade and 2:30-3:30 PM for 3rd-5th grade.
The Rescuers Down Under plays at 1:15 PM on Wednesday, August 16. The R.A.S. agents, Miss Bianca and Bernard, race to Australia to save a boy and a rare golden eagle from a murderous poacher. Rated G, animation/adventure/crime, runs 1 hr. and 17 min.
Get in on the next book club discussion – The Rope Walk by Carrie Brown, on Monday August 28, at 1 PM. Alice meets two visitors to her quiet town: The grandson of her father’s best friend, and an artist who has come home to convalesce. Good intentions lead to surprising consequences, and Alice soon learns how different the world of children and adults really are. Stop in and get the book.


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