RED OAK – The prevalence of food allergies among children is rising according to reports from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Incidences of food allergies have increased 18 percent in the past 10 years and are more common among children, affecting 6-8 percent of children under age four; whereas only four percent of the adult population has food allergies.
Southwestern Community College of Creston has announced the graduating class of 2011-12. The following local students graduated:
• Stacey Peterson, practical nursing, and Tabetha Smith, registered nursing, both of Elliott;
• Deanna Austin, accounting, of Emer-son;
• Heather Jordon, practical nursing; Adam Lundgren, carpentry and building trades; Dustin Lund-gren, carpentry and building trades; and Luella Stoaks, ac-counting and information technology, all of Essex;
First Congregational United Church of Christ will host a parent meeting Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 5:30 p.m., for "Our Whole Lives."
Our Whole Lives, or “OWL,” is a faith-based, age-appropriate, human sexuality program for youth in grades 7-9 addressing topics relevant to that age group and focused on values of respect, love, mutuality and care.
Parents of all youth in the community grades 7-9 are invited to attend this meeting which will preview the curriculum, provide information about the program and provide opportunities to ask questions.
Elliott Days 2012 begins Saturday, Aug. 25, with the First Responders Pancake Breakfast from 7-10 a.m.
The Fun Run begins at 7:30 a.m., in front of the Community Building and the FlagRun is at 8:30 a.m. At 11 a.m., several activities will take place including the Kids’ Pedal Pull and Old Time Childrens’ Games in the park with pony rides, an inflatable slide and an old fashioned carnival.