The Green Yard Makeover Event Series – Free and Open to Public

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Interested in learning more about water, nature, and gardening? Attend these free classes open to the public taught by organic farmer Jordan Scheibel and native plant restorationist and retired biology teacher Jim Kessler.

 All classes in the series will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm, on Tuesdays, Feb. 16, March 1, and March 15 at Grinnell Friends Church1115 West St S, Grinnell, Iowa 50112. The instructors suggest attending all three classes but attendees may choose to only attend one or two classes in the series, as schedules and interest dictate. To sign up for classes, e-mail greenyardmakeover@gmail.com, or contact if you have any questions about the series. Pre-registration by e-mail is strongly encouraged but not required to attend.

Class Descriptions

The first class in the series, Water: Making It Work For You, will introduce participants to the basic concepts of ecosystem landscape gardening, including the eco-strip garden, a simple, low-cost, flexible model for combining rainwater harvesting, native landscaping, and organic gardening in a seamless design for rural and urban homeowners. The remainder of the class will show how to manage water as a potential resource, rather than a nuisance, by absorbing it into the soil and using it to nourish native and food plants. Learn methods for determining how much water is falling on your roof, designing and installing physical rain water catchment systems such as rain barrels for irrigation, and creating a rain garden to channel and absorb excess rainwater.

The second class in the series, Native Plants: For Pollinators, Insects, and You, introduce participants to the diversity of plants native to our bioregion and how to incorporate them into a rain garden as well as a butterfly and pollinator garden surrounding the rain garden to create a varied native landscape. The class will also cover how to incorporate native shrubs and trees on the edges of your property to provide cover and food for native wildlife as well as making functional privacy screens and windbreaks for your home. Particular focus will be made on selecting the right planting method and type of plants for your site and your location in Iowa to ensure the success of your planting. Native plants provide indispensible habitat for native pollinators, butterflies, insects, and birds. They also provide long-lasting, low maintenance beauty for homeowners.

The final class in the series, Gardening with Nature, will show how the rain garden and native plantings covered in the first two classes can be used to benefit a food producing organic garden. Learn how to integrate your backyard garden into a seamless design with the rain garden and rain barrel to collect and hold moisture and with the pollinator and butterfly garden and woody edges to provide habitat for beneficial insects and birds that keep garden pests in check. The class will also cover raised bed design, mulching strategies to cut down on weeds, and composting to build soil using materials already available in your yard, helping to tie the whole green yard concept together. In addition to the annual vegetable garden, we’ll also touch on integrating small, food producing perennials into the overall plan.

About Instructors

Jordan and Jim taught the series for the first time in 2015. They have worked to condense and improve the content, drawing from their experience in the past year, including Jim’s successful creation of a butterfly garden at First Friends Church in Grinnell, with monarch butterfly reproduction observed in the first year.

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/

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Poweshiek County

EMERALD ASH BORER CONFIRMED IN POWESHIEK COUNTY, IOWA
Twenty-five counties in Iowa have confirmed infestations

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A new detection of an invasive pest has been positively identified after a larva sample was collected from a city-owned tree in Grinnell on June 16, 2015. This brings the total of confirmed infested counties to twenty-five since emerald ash borer (EAB) was first discovered in Iowa in 2010. This small, metallic-green beetle native to Asia kills ash tree species.

“This finding marks the seventh county in 2015 where EAB has been detected said Mike Kintner, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship EAB and gypsy moth coordinator. “As the summer wears on and people are more observant of their ash trees, it is inevitable that more counties will be added to the list.”

The City of Grinnell Public Services has been proactively planning for the arrival of EAB, prioritizing the removal of ash trees in poorest condition first. Along with removing declining ash trees, the city will be incorporating replacement trees and preventative treatment for select trees. City of Grinnell has approximately 400 city-owned ash trees.

A statewide quarantine, issued in February 2014, remains in place, restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs, wood chips and ash tree nursery stock out of Iowa into non-quarantined areas of other states.

The Iowa EAB Team provides EAB diagnostic assistance to landowners and includes officials from Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service and the USDA Forest Service.

The Iowa EAB Team strongly cautions Iowans not to transport firewood across county or state lines, since the movement of firewood throughout Iowa or to other states poses the greatest threat to quickly spread EAB and other plant pests. Most EAB infestations in the United States have
been started by people unknowingly moving infested firewood, nursery plants or sawmill logs. The adult beetle also can fly short distances, approximately 2 to 5 miles.

At this calendar date, the treatment window for soil-applied preventive treatment measures (soil injection, or soil drench, or granular application) has ended. Basal trunk sprays with dinotefuran can be applied until mid-June and are most effective for trees less than 18” dbh – the diameter of the tree’s trunk at breast height, 4 ½ feet above the ground. Trunk injection remains a viable EAB management option, as this method can be done when the tree has a full canopy of leaves (now through August), provided there is good ground moisture. If a landowner is interested in protecting a valuable and healthy ash tree within 15 miles of a known infestation, he or she should have landscape and tree service companies bid on work, review the bids, and treat during the recommended treatment time.

Please contact Iowa EAB Team members to have suspicious looking trees checked in counties not currently known to be infested. The State of Iowa will continue to track the movement of EAB on a county-by-county basis. Before a county can be officially recognized as infested, proof of a reproducing population is needed and an EAB must be collected and verified by USDA entomologists.

To learn more about EAB and other pests that are threatening Iowa’s tree population, please visit www.IowaTreePests.com. Please contact any of the following members of the Iowa EAB Team for further information:
? Mike Kintner, IDALS EAB coordinator, 515-745-2877, Mike.Kintner@IowaAgriculture.gov
? Robin Pruisner, IDALS state entomologist, 515-725-1470, Robin.Pruisner@IowaAgriculture.gov
? Paul Tauke, DNR state forester, 515-725-8450, Paul.Tauke@dnr.iowa.gov
? Tivon Feeley, DNR Forest Health Coordinator, 515-725-8453, Tivon.feeley@dnr.iowa.gov
? Emma Hanigan, DNR urban forestry coordinator, 515-725-8454, Emma.Hanigan@dnr.iowa.gov
? Jesse Randall, ISU Extension and Outreach forester, 515-294-1168, Randallj@iastate.edu
? Mark Shour, ISU Extension and Outreach entomologist, 515-294-5963, mshour@iastate.edu
? Laura Jesse, ISU Extension and Outreach entomologist, ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic, 515-294-0581, ljesse@iastate.edu
? Donald Lewis, ISU Extension and Outreach entomologist, 515-294-1101, drlewis@iastate.edu.
? Jeff Iles, ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturist, 515-294-3718, iles@iastate.edu

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!

Holiday Giving

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.

Volunteers Needed to Build Summer Street Park

Summer Street Park

Imagine Grinnell is currently building a natural playscape in Summer Street Park.

Imagine Grinnell is asking the community to help us build this park, located at the intersection of 3rd Avenue & Summer Street.  We are asking volunteers with many different levels of abilities to come out and volunteer 3 hours on Sunday, October 26th 1 pm-4 pm.

We will be working on

1)      Playhouse

  1. Install the roof
  2. Clean up the area

2)      Move soil around bridge

3)      Trim Trees and vegetation around the play features

Please contact Sarah Smith at info@imaginegrinnell.org or call 641-236-5518 ext 223 if you have any questions.