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!




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/

3rd Annual Little Bear Creek Cleanup

Imagine Grinnell is looking for volunteers to participate in the Third Annual Little Bear Creek Cleanup.

The cleanup will be on Saturday, April 11 from 9 AM-11 AM. Check-in will be located at the Summer Street Park pavilion. Click here to RSVP to volunteer.

 

Here’s what you need to know:

Be prepared to get dirty! Depending on water level in the creek, you may want to bring waders or boots if you have them. Wear old clothes and tennis shoes to climb in and out of the creek and/or walk in the woods. Other items you may want are sunscreen bug repellent, gardening gloves or rubber cleaning gloves.

Garbage bags, latex gloves, bottled water, and first aid will be available. If you have refillable water bottles, feel free to bring those! A few shovels will be available to dig out tires and other large debris, but if you have other tools and shovels, feel free to label and bring them. Also, bring along buckets if you have them because garbage bags tend to get caught on tree branches and tear.

View the event poster here: LBC Cleanup 2015 Flyer

Renew Your Membership for 2015

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We can’t Imagine Grinnell without you! Imagine Grinnell sincerely thanks you for your past support and all that you have allowed Imagine Grinnell to accomplish in our community. By supporting Imagine Grinnell, you ensure a future filled with accomplishments that keep our community green, playing, and growing.

This year, Imagine Grinnell is taking on a number of new projects, including:

  • Establishing a composting site
  • Promoting green schools
  • Starting a plastic bag campaign
  • Installing trail lighting and signs
  • Improving sidewalks
  • Adding water fountains on trails
  • Creating a youth garden at Summer Street Park
  • Building monarch butterfly way stations

Join us this year by renewing your membership here, or find out how easy it is to donate here. We appreciate your support!

Spread the Holiday Cheer with Imagine Grinnell!

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This winter, spread the holiday cheer by giving a gift that can benefit all of our community members: an Imagine Grinnell membership or donation. Imagine Grinnell’s programs impact everyone from children to adults.

By becoming a member, you can become an integral part of the Imagine Grinnell team by writing grants that support community programs and services, providing programming for recreation, environmental improvements, and energy conservation, supporting new initiatives that improve the quality of life in Grinnell, promoting a healthy environment, complement economic development efforts in our community, and participating in events and volunteer opportunities.

Donations of any size also play a critical role in ensuring Imagine Grinnell can continue to provide our services and programs. By donating to Imagine Grinnell, you are giving a gift that will not only benefit our current community, but will also benefit the next generation of our community.

Becoming a member and donating is easy to do! Just visit our membership and donation page on our website! Thank you for your support, and we hope you have a very happy holiday.

Sustainable Living Showcase

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Imagine Grinnell will host its first Sustainable Living Showcase at the Grinnell Farmer’s Market on Thursday, May 14th from 3-6pm.

The showcase will be an educational opportunity for people to learn about simple things they can do to live a more sustainable lifestyle in Grinnell. Vendors will share information about products and practices that minimize waste and impact, such as composting, rain gardens, local foods, alternative transportation, and energy conservation measures.

Executive Director Sarah Smith describes the showcase as an educational opportunity to learn about “the many simple things we can do to live sustainably right here in Grinnell.” Vendors will share information about products that “help us to live with minimal waste and impact,” such as composting, rain gardens, local foods, alternative transportation, energy conservation measures, and an e-waste drop off site that will be free to the public.

A booth sponsored by the Poweshiek County Soil Conservation District will demonstrate impact on watershed projects in the area. They will also be leading walking tours of urban conservation practices in place in Grinnell. Those tours will leave at 3:30pm and 5:30pm; each tour will last approximately 1 hour.

Imagine Grinnell hopes that people will take advantage of the opportunity to interact with vendors and learn about the steps they can take to reduce their impact on the environment.

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August Rain Barrels Sales End Friday, August 23, 2013

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Imagine Grinnell is collaborating with the City of Grinnell and Upcycle Products to sell rain barrels again in August. The 55 gallon Upcycle rain barrels are made from re-cycled food grade barrels and are available in Black, Grey, Blue, or Terra-Cotta.  There are two other options: a 30 gallon Blue Barrel or a 54 gallon Oak Wooden Barrels with a Brass Spigot.

How to Order

Please visit Upcycle Products to order your rain barrel or barrels.  There is no limit to the number of barrels you can order.

Orders are due by Friday, August 23rd and items will be available for pickup on Thursday, August 29th from noon to 1pm in the Ahrens Park Parking Lot. 1510 Penrose St Grinnell, Iowa 50112. Paid receipt is required to verify purchase information.

Questions can be directed to Sarah Smith, Executive Director of Imagine Grinnell at 641-236-5518 ext 223 (imaginegrinnell@iowatelecom.net) or UpCycle Products at 815-735-9583.

What is a Rain Barrel?

A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from your roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams.

What are the Advantages of a Rain Barrel?

It Saves You Money

A rain barrel will save most homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. Saving water not only helps protect the environment, it saves you money and energy (decreased demand for treated tap water).

Helps Reduce Stormwater Pollution

Rainwater stored in rain barrels helps reduce the amount of stormwater runoff and the amount of pollutants that are picked up and carried to storm sewers, creeks and rivers.

Conserves Water Supply Resources

Lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40% of total household water use during the summer. Rainwater used from rain barrels helps reduce the amount of water used from underground aquifers.

Better for Plants and Gardens

Rainwater stored in rain barrels is a naturally soft water and devoid of minerals, chlorine, fluoride, and other chemicals.  For this reason, plants respond very well to rainwater.  After all, it’s what plants in the wild thrive on!

Helps Inform Your Neighbors

One of the best reasons to start harvesting rainwater with rain barrels is to teach and encourage others to do the same,  You will help to spread the culture of rainwater collection and in turn, help your larger community and the environment.