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Clark – 50

Robert and KJ Clark of La Porte City are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
Robert H. Clark and Kevin Jane Elliott were united in marriage December 21, 1963, in the First Methodist Church, La Porte City.
Robert owned and operated Clark Chevrolet-Oldsmobile Co. in La Porte City for 34 years, after 20 years of learning the business with his father.
KJ has been a homemaker and volunteer for many years and a daycare provider.
They are parents of Todd (Denise) Clark of La Porte City; Angela (Todd) Soppe of Jesup; Nathan (Stephanie) Clark of Urbana; and Cory (Janel) Clark of Jesup. Robert and KJ have been very blessed with twelve grandchildren and seven great grandchildren thus far.

Recycle Holiday Cards

When the holidays have come and gone, and it is time to pack away the decorations and retire the tree for another season, it’s also time to decide what to do with the dozens of greeting cards that arrived in the mail over the last few months.
According to the Greeting Card Association, around seven billion greeting cards are sold each year, roughly two billion of these are holiday cards that will be sent during the month of December. These cards frequently hold sentimental value.
Many crafts, gifts and even boxes can be made from recycled Christmas cards and other greetings. With a little ingenuity and effort, it’s possible to create eye-catching items. Here are just a few ideas.

Cut the front panels off of the cards — the part with the decoration — and save them in an envelope for next year. When wrapping presents, use the cards as your gift tags.

Use the front panels of cards as ornaments. Use stencils and cookie cutters to trace patterns and cut them out. Punch a hole into the top of each cut-out and attach a string to hang on a tree.

Cut the card into strips and then laminate or cover in clear contact paper. Punch a hole in the top and attach a tassel. These can be used as bookmarks.

Decorate inexpensive gift bags or brown paper bags with pieces of cut-up greeting cards. Now you have inexpensive wrapping materials for gifts that are also environmentally conscious.

Gather the fronts of many cards and punch holes along the edges. Use yarn to sew each card to another, creating a Christmas tapestry, place mats or other creative ideas for decorating.

Photo cards are popular greetings for the holidays. Cut out the images of families and friends from the cards and make a collage to be saved. You can look back each year and see how children have grown or fashions have changed.

Use pieces of the Christmas cards to decoupage wooden or paper boxes. Then these boxes can be given as gifts for the holidays.

Christmas cards do not need to be relegated to the trash can when the holiday season has ended. Such cards can be used to create crafts that will add flair to upcoming holiday seasons.

Merry TubaChristmas!

Two students from the Union Middle School band program participated in the annual Merry TubaChristmas Concert at Westdale Mall on Saturday, December 12th.  Seventh graders Hunter Stwalley on Tuba and Rashawn Williams on Baritone were the participants.  Tuba, sousaphone, euphonium, and baritone players were of all ages and skill levels, from ages 10 to 87.  Low brass players from all over the state of Iowa and beyond came together with instruments decorated with lights and tinsel to prepare Christmas music to be enjoyed by the holiday shoppers.  In total, 139 low brass players performed and the performance area was packed full of spectators.  Merry TubaChristmas will come together again next year on the second Saturday in December.

St. Paul Church Supports Local Recreation Projects

The Outreach/Evangelism committee from St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City recently made two donations to the La Porte City Parks and Recreation Department. The first, in the amount of $236, consisted of the proceeds from the church’s bake sale, held earlier this month as part of La Porte City’s Home for the Holidays celebration. This donation was earmarked to help with the costs of the new skating rink, located at the intersection of Main Street and Tama Road. A second donation was made for the purpose of supporting the finishing work and landscaping at the new park shelter located on Fourth Street. The church designated half of the proceeds of their annual Fall Auction for this project. Representatives from the church presented a check in the amount of $2,017.87 to members of the Parks and Recreation Commission during the Waffle Breakfast held at the City’s Fire Station on December 15.
In addition to local projects, St. Paul United Methodist Church’s Outreach/Evangelism Committee supports projects around the world. There is continuous support offered for St. Paul’s sister church in Malawi, Africa; Betheny Home in Thailand, No More Malaria, area food banks, Women at the Well church inside the Iowa Reformatory, and others as the need arises. This is possible due to a generous congregation, friends, and a community, whom the church thanks for making it possible to support these missions and others in need.

Crossroads Center to Host Pay it Forward Blood Drive

Save lives this holiday season with 93.5 The Mix and LifeServe Blood Center on Monday, December 30, 2013. A special Pay it Forward Blood Drive will take place from 12:30 – 6 PM at Crossroads Center located at 2060 Crossroads Blvd., in Waterloo. There are no appointments necessary for this blood drive and all donors will receive a free t-shirt.
Blood donations are especially needed this time of year to help maintain a stable blood supply in our community. Busy holiday schedules, poor winter weather conditions and the cold and flu season can have a major impact on the local blood supply. Donating blood now can help prevent a critical blood shortage this holiday season and will help a child or adult in their critical time of need. For more information, please visit lifeservebloodcenter.org or call 800-287-4903.


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