Summer 2013 Youth Bike Camp

What? A fun and safe opportunity for youth to learn about road safety and bike mechanics!

Lesson topics:

Learning bike parts and basic mechanics, changing a flat tire, using brakes and gears efficiently, adjusting the fit of a helmet and seat, recognizing traffic signs, and discussing right of way, intersections, crashes, and road conditions

There will be themed rides to attractions around the town of Grinnell that are accessible via the Grinnell Area Recreational Trail.

Who? Youth entering into 4th grade to 7th grade

When? July 8-12 & 15-17; from 9am-11am

Where? The Foundation Offices at Ahrens Park, 1510 Penrose Street

Led by Executive Director Sarah Smith & Grinnell College Apprentice in Nonprofit Management Ellyn Ochs ’13 and in collaboration with Bikes To You

To register, click here. Registration is free of charge. Participants will receive a new helmet.

Many thanks to a Poweshiek County Alliance grant for allowing this camp to be free of charge and include a bike helmet. 

First Annual Little Bear Creek Clean Up

Come and enjoy some clean up fun at Jaycees Park!

Organized by Imagine Grinnell and Poweshiek County Soil & Water Conservation District

When: Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. (Rain Date June 22)

Where: Jaycees Park, 720 Summer Street, Grinnell IA 50112

Check-in and parking: Jaycees Park at the pavilion (park along Summer Street, not a lot of parking so carpooling is encouraged)

Dress: 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.

Supplies: 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. Also, bring along buckets if you have them because garbage bags tend to get caught on tree branches and tear.

Sign Up here or email Sarah Smith at

Solar Panel Incentives for Businesses

Dear Business members,

At Imagine Grinnell, energy efficiency and renewable energy is near to our hearts.  We believe that there are countless positive effects of using less fossil fuel on both our local community and the larger world. With the continuously increasing demand for electric energy, the significantly high price of oil and the growing concern for the environment, many businesses are choosing to use alternative sources of energy. Among the renewable energy sources, solar energy is an environmentally and economically sustainable choice and one that can be used in various applications.  Many businesses are now tapping into this alternative source of energy, hoping to benefit from its numerous advantages as well.  If your business has ever been interested in renewable energy, now is the time.  For entities with a tax burden, solar even makes more sense. In addition to the Federal and State Tax Credits, Alliant has a rebate available up to 25K which expires at the end of this year.  With the rebate and tax incentives, plus depreciation, the payback could be as low as 4-6 years.

I have attached the brochure for Ideal Energy.  If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at 641-236-5518 because you may be leaving 25K on the table that won’t be available next year.  Additionally, feel free to contact Ideal Energy, Troy Van Beek, directly at 641-919-2269 for a free consultation.