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.
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.