Do you help take care of an older family member or friend with a chronic illness? If so, you are not alone. More than 50 million family caregivers in America provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or intermittent basis.
The internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will be near Red Oak in a few weeks for a school assembly and community game against local team “Rotary MAYHem” at the Shenandoah High School. All Red Oak and southwest Iowa families and individuals are invited to mark Friday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m. on their calendars to attend this upcoming night of comedy basketball and family fun in Shenandoah.
Southwestern Community College in Creston is hosting a National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey, known as Odyssey Day Thursday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the automotive area of the Instructional Center on the Creston campus. Odyssey Day will be focused on looking at the use of alternative fuels and learning about advanced technology vehicles.
New voters in the Nov. 6 General Election are reminded the deadline for early voter registration is 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27. New voters are encouraged to register to vote in the Auditor’s office before that date to avoid long lines at the polls on Election Day.
Election Office/Auditors Office is located on the second floor of the courthouse. Their hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Special election hours have been set for Saturday, Oct. 27, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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.