Gravel Tour and Annual Giving Gardens Family Ride July 7

For further information, contact Kate Wiley at katherine.wiley@richmond.edu and Imagine Grinnell at imaginegrinnell@iowatelecom.net, 641-236-5518 or follow the event on Facebook.

On Saturday, July 7, Imagine Grinnell (IG) will combine its third annual Giving Gardens bike tour with a new offering—the first annual Grinnell Gravel Tour, a cycling option that is growing in popularity nationwide and within the community.

The bike tour is being coordinated this year by IG intern Kate Wiley, a 2016 Grinnell High School graduate. The bike tours are part of Imagine Grinnell’s mission to improve quality of life and promote a healthy environment for the Grinnell area with support from individuals, families, and businesses. Registration is free and no preregistration is required.Continue reading

I.G. Sets Priorities for 2018

This year, will you join Imagine Grinnell in making our community a better place for everyone, regardless of sex, age, race, ethnicity, and national origin, range of abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, financial means, education, political perspective or religious belief?

In 2017 Imagine Grinnell:

  • Founded Marvin Gardens, a private park on Marvin Ave. near Arbor Lake where anyone can come and pick their own fresh, organic food. Marvin Garden includes an apple orchard, nut trees and a vegetable garden.
  • Raised over $97,000 for the new Grinnell skatepark.
  • Helped coordinate a spring “Green Living” Event at Summer Street Park with environmental demonstrations and a clean-up of Little Bear Creek. Other free educational events throughout the year included gardening and fruit tree pruning.  
  • Helped manage and maintain the Grinnell “Giving Gardens.” These volunteer-run gardens donated hundreds of pounds of fresh healthy vegetables to the MICA food pantry in order to help those in need get access to nutritious local produce.

In 2018 Imagine Grinnell will:

  • Complete fundraising for the skatepark. We looking forward to breaking ground this summer!
  • Continue our Marvin Garden programming and events, including gardening workshops, garden walks and bike rides, growing food for those in need and an expanded fall cider-pressing party.
  • Work with the City of Grinnell to educate residents on how to reduce solid waste and improve recycling practices to save money and the environment.
  • Explore projects that will make Grinnell a more walkable/bikeable community.
  • Expand our partnership with the Ahrens Foundation and bring edible landscaping, Giving Gardens and native prairie features to Ahrens Park.
  • Work with local farmers and chefs to bring healthy, local-sourced options to the community meals at Davis School.

Contact us at imaginegrinnell@iowatelecom.net to learn more about participating in Imagine Grinnell activities!




Giving Garden Work Nights: Every Tuesday from 4-7PM

Happy Monday, friends of Imagine Grinnell! Every Tuesday evening from 4-7PM this summer is “Giving Garden Night.” If you have an hour or two to contribute to helping plant, weed and pick, we would love to have you join us.

This week we will be building raised beds and planting fruit trees at “Marvin Garden”, our brand new garden location on Marvin Ave. just west of Los Girasoles and Andy’s Auto. Drop by and check it out!
Want to get email updates on I.G. Garden projects? Drop us a line at imaginegrinnell@iowatelecom.net.

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The Grinnell Skate & BMX Project

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Fundraising Is Underway to Revamp/Re-ramp Bailey Park Skatepark!!!
Imagine Grinnell will lead fundraising efforts to revamp and re-ramp the skatepark located in Bailey Park at 8th Ave. and Prince St.
Grinnell Parks and Recreation board member Shawn Walters explains the importance of continuing to offer a skatepark venue for area youth. “Many of the kids who participate in skateboarding or BMX biking aren’t involved in organized, team sports, so they need a central, safe area to focus on their sport,” Walters said. “Right now these kids have to travel to other towns if they want to compete. The new skatepark could be a good draw for Grinnell to hold competitions here.”
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Abundant Landscape Workshop, Oct. 1 & 8

This workshop is Part 1 of the Create an Abundant Landscape Workshop with Backyard Abundance (Part 2 will be on October 8th at the same time)! Learn to integrate fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, herbs, and other edible perennials into your landscape, and how to design and establish a beautiful, edible landscape that benefits you and our local environment.Continue reading

MAY15: Help build the new Summer Street Giving Garden!

Come and join us for a Sunday afternoon garden-building get together at Summer St. Park (formerly known as Jaycee Park) in Grinnell. All ages and skill levels welcome!
What is a “Giving Garden?” It’s a garden planted and maintained by volunteers to provide free, healthy food to anyone who needs it. That might be a family with a limited income, or a passer-by in need of a quick snack! Most of the food is distributed by the MICA food pantry.
Last summer, Imagine Grinnell volunteers and friends started work on a natural playscale and neighborhood giving garden at Summer Street Park in Grinnell. There is a lot of work left to do! Come join us for good food, meet new friends and help feed your neighbors! Rain Date: Sun. May 22nd.

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Results are in! See how you did in the 2015 Throwback Run!

Last Name First Name Race Type Time Placement
Pearce Ben 15 1:03:51 1
Farrell John 15 1:12:04 2
Thalberg Cecelia 15 1:20:37 3
Elfenbein Tina 15 1:22:01 4
Key Wes 15 1:29:49 5
Robinson Georgeanna 10 49:51 1
Lindberg Mary 10 50:24 2
Eckhelberger Ross 10 53:31 3
Jacobson Jen 10 53:37 4
Donaghy Andi 10 55:01 5
Brua-Behrens Nicole 10 56:54 6
Pope David 10 58:33 7
VanTomne Jessica 10 1:02:02 8
Bunnell Sarah 5 18:57 1
Earlham Jen 5 22:10 2
Brownell Peter 5 22:45 3
Regenold Michele 5 25:50 4
Edwards Karen 5 27:19 5
Chang Lucy 5 27:40 6
Kelli Davis 5 32:04 7
Chedester Jim 5 32:04 7
Shortell Margaret 5 33:01 9
Shortell Greg 5 33:09 10
Shortell Elise 5 33:09 10
Augustin Lauren 5 37:21 12
Fenner Beth 5 37:21 12
Fenner Madelyn 5 37:21 12
Kriegel Tammy 5 39:10 15
Jones Tammy 5 40:54 16
Green Lily 5 1:00:21 17
Hammond Tim 5 1:00:21 17

2015 Throwback Run Course

2015 Throwback Run Map for website

The 2015 Throwback Run is this Saturday, September 26th.  5k, 10k, and 15k all start at 8am. Register on line at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12WmW-erjG01d_NhcCt5INBswWoAHWXg_i7_83w3msq0/viewform.

Check-in & Packet Pick Up: Check-in and day of registration will take place from 7-7:45am at the Imagine Grinnell tent near the foundation offices at Ahrens Park. Advance packet pick up will take place on Friday, September 25th from 9am-noon at the foundation office at Ahrens Park.

 

Route Information: The run will start at Ahrens Park (1510 Penrose Ave), head north on Penrose Ave, then turn left (west) onto 16th Ave, then turn left (south) onto Country Club Drive, then left (east) into 13th Ave, then right (south) onto Park St, then a left (east) onto 10th Ave, then a left (north) onto Penrose St.
Restrooms: Restroom will be located at Ahrens Park near the start and finish line.
Water Stations: Water stations will be providing water and Gatorade at the finish line.  The finish line water station will also have bananas, apples, and oranges at the end of the races.
See you on Saturday!  

 

 

5th Annual Grinnell’s Got Talent

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The annual “Got Talent” auction will be held on Mon., Sept. 21, at Grinnell Mutual’s new Bartelt Conference and Education Center.
Smith said that Grinnell Mutual donated use of its new space and encourages members of the public who might want to see the facility to purchase an auction ticket.
“The ‘Got Talent’ auction is Imagine Grinnell’s only fundraiser each year so it’s very important to the viability of our many community projects,” Smith said. “We are very grateful to Grinnell Mutual for offering this new venue.”
Last year’s auction raised nearly $10,000 to support the organization’s projects, including Summer Street Park and the Hwy. 6 underpass, which are both are nearing completion.
The auction evening at the GMRC conference center begins at 5:30 with Happy Hour and heavy hors d’oeuvres. From 6-7 p.m., there will be a “Buy It Now” or pre-sale opportunity of the live auction items for those who may want to pre-empt the bidding and secure one of the donations. The live auction begins at 7 p.m. This year’s auction items include:
• Authentic Chinese Dinner for 10
• Yoga Session with friends, tea to follow the yoga session
• Framed Word Art
• Striped baseball field lawn
• Anna Kayte Night
• 2 hours of Interior Design
• Civic Center Tickets, Splash Gift Certificate, and babysitter
• Photography session for kids
• Will Preparation with a lawyer
• Gamers/Prairie Canary kids b-day party
• Sail Boat Ride Lessons
• Make Cupcakes with Hy-Vee Bakers
• Brownies for a year
• Holiday Piano Entertainment
• 3 private Ukulele lessons
• Lottery Tickets
• Homemade Raspberry Pie for Thanksgiving
• BBQ Smoke Fest Dinner for 6
• T-shirt Quilt
• Local Compost
• Bacon wrapped ribs
• Austrian Dinner for 8
• Smoked Turkey
• Wine Basket
• Craft Beer Basket
• Homemade quilted stuffed animal
• Blue Jean Ball table and tickets
• TCS Christmas Card Package
• Throwback Run Basket (including passes to the Throwback Run, Running Shoes, Running Sock, Custom Running Plan, and a Fitbit)
• Portable Solar Panel
• Monarch Waystations
• Rain Barrels
• Living Will Preparation
• Alphabet Art
• Framed Photography
• Personal Training Session and Month Gym Membership
• Homemade Bread

“This is a great way to support Imagine Grinnell projects. We encourage people to purchase tickets in groups of four and enjoy time together. Also, if individuals cannot attend but want to lend support, they can request a proxy number by calling the Imagine Grinnell office,” Smith said.
Tickets are required and may be purchased ahead of time or at the door for $25 each or four tickets for $90. Tickets are available from the Imagine Grinnell office on Penrose, by calling 641-236-5518, or email to imaginegrinnell@iowatelecom.net.
IG board members are also selling tickets: Lauren Augustin, Chris Bair, Barb Baker, Doug Caulkins, Sam Charnetski, Emily Counts, Bill Ford, Elizabeth Hill, Heidi Knobloch, Mark Kolpin, Jennifer Latham, Amy Miller, Chad Nath, Liz Queathem, Dodi Reilly, and Smith.
An updated list of auction items is available from the IG website at imaginegrinnell.org.

Monarch Waystations

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Every year, the monarch population migrates from Canada to Mexico to winter.  Much of their natural habitat has decreased in North America. Monarch Waystations create natural habitats that allow monarchs to reproduce and sustain their migration. Without milkweeds, monarchs cannot reproduce future generations that will migration each fall. Alos, without nectar from flowers monarch butterflies are unable to make their long journey to Mexico.

Please visit Monarch Watch to find out how to create a Monarch Waystation in your yard and community.

http://www.monarchwatch.org/waystations/