The Stanton Swedish Heritage and Cultural Center, in its continuing lecture series, will present a program by Kristi Planck Johnson. She is Professor Emerita at Marymount University in Arlington, Va. Her research interests and publications include refugee/minority education and Scandinavian studies including Hans Christian Anderson.
In addition to her academic credentials, Johnson plays the organ, violin and nyckelharp (Swedish key fiddle).
RED OAK — Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin and Brothers will be making their way to Red Oak, as well as around southwest Iowa, from Oct. 14-20.
On Oct. 14, the Wilson Performing Arts Center will host a welcome reception to the community, which takes place at 6 p.m. This will be an opportunity to meet the performers and learn about their music and culture. During the week, the group will be taking part in workshops.
A set of workshops will be open to the public Monday, Oct. 15 at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The Montgomery County Extension Office will host a set of Continuing Instructional Courses (CIC) in October for commercial pesticide applicators.
The Aquatic, Forest and Roadside CIC will be Wednesday, Oct. 17. The 2012 course will provide credits for commercial and public pesticide applicators certified in categories 2, 5, 6 and 10. Topics to be covered are equipment calibration and safe application techniques, and pesticide labels, pesticide stewardship, aquatic weeds, poison hemlock/wild parsnip, invasive forest pest update and waterfowl management.
Oct. 7-13 is National 4-H Week, and Montgomery County is celebrating the 4-H youth who have made an impact on the community and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world.
Grant Spitfires will be talking about their 4-H experiences on KCSI. Stanton Strivers and East Sunriser leaders will be visiting local schools and talking about 4-H. Lincoln Hustlers will be putting up displays around town and Buck-a-Roos will be having a bake sale for their club.
If you live near 1605 Main St. in Malvern, prepare for some strange noises over the next month, especially Sat., Oct. 6, when Gateway of Chaos Haunted House opens its doors for the season. From 8-11 p.m., monsters will lurk, photos will be taken, hearts will pound and concessions will be enjoyed.
Voted #1 in Iowa, the Gateway of Chaos team has been preparing since early March for the 2012 season. Nine new spooky rooms have been added in addition to a huge haunt filled with more than 30 nightly ghouls.
Humanities Iowa, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has granted five small community libraries $1,400 to sponsor the appearances of Iowa State Poet Laureate Mary Swander and Professor, Author and Musician G. Scott Cawelti on a Small Communities Library Tour.
Absentee ballots for the Nov. 6 General Election are now available in the Montgomery County Auditors Office.
Absentee ballots may be cast in the Election/Auditors Office, 2nd Floor of the Courthouse, during office hours from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Last day to cast Absentee ballots is in the Auditor’s Office Nov. 5 until 5 p.m.
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) joins national health officials in urging all Iowans, age six months and older, to receive a flu vaccine. Influenza is not a “reportable disease” in Iowa, which means doctors are not required to notify IDPH each time a patient tests positive for influenza; however, IDPH conducts year-round influenza surveillance through the Iowa Influenza Surveillance Network.
RED OAK — Looking for a little something extra to do? Well you can find it at the Wilson!
The Wilson Performing Arts Center is now offering Yoga classes with Carrie Shalters from Red Oak on Mondays and Thursdays and a Tap & Jazz class offered on Thursday evenings starting in October with Molly Skyles from Red Oak.
Another new class is Guitar Instruction starting Monday, Oct. 1 at 4:30 p.m., Dan Black, new band director at the Red Oak Community School District will be teaching this class.