Join the Cancer Kickers for their second annual Asparagus Hunt!
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It’ll be Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 at the Last Call Saloon in George.

Register teams of up to 5 people. Registration begins at noon, with the hunt beginning at 1 pm.

You will have 3 hours to go to your “secret” asparagus patch and bring back your stash. Once everyone is back and checks their asparagus in, we will be cooking it. There will be burgers and brats available for purchase.

It’s $10 per person, with a prize for the team with the most asparagus (only usable asparagus will be counted). There will also be prizes for the longest, strangest shape, thickest, and strangest spot you found it (need photo proof).

Proceeds will go to Lyon County Relay for Life.

May 13, 2015 - 10:59 am - Posted in Community Calendar

flag 1The City is invited to help decorate Veteran’s graves at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 22nd at Riverview Cemetery.

There will be Memorial Day Services held on Monday, May 25th at 10:00 a.m. at the Riverview Cemetery (in case of inclement weather the services will be held at Forster Community Center)

The American Legion 96th Birthday Celebration Dinner will be held Sunday, May 31st at 12:00 p.m. at Forster Community Center (Veteran & guest invited).

Students Can Register Now For Red Cross Summer Scholarship Program

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This summer, high school and college students can win a scholarship by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive through the Leaders Save Lives program. Registration is now open to host a participating blood drive between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2015.

The Leaders Save Lives program encourages community-minded 16- to 24-year-olds to host blood drives to help maintain the blood supply over the summer months. Students who participate as a blood drive coordinator are eligible to win a scholarship up to $2,500 for higher education and to earn a gift card.

“The Leaders Save Lives program is a great way for students to learn valuable leadership skills while helping hospital patients in need of lifesaving blood transfusions,” said Red Cross North Central Blood Services CEO, Geoff Kaufman. “Summer can be a challenging time to maintain a sufficient blood supply. With this program, students are helping the community by recruiting their friends and family to donate during this crucial season.”

A total of 10 scholarships will be awarded via drawing to students who achieve 100 percent of their blood drive collections goal. All students who achieve the designated blood drive goal will receive an electronic gift card to giftcertificates.com

For more information and to register to host a Leaders Save Lives blood drive, visit redcrossblood.org/leaderssavelives.

 How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at@RedCross.

This Saturday marks the 23rd annual NALC Stamp Out Hunger food drive. It’s a great opportunity to help those less fortunate than ourselves, and everyone can help make a difference in the lives of others.

The Letter Carriers in Rock Rapids will once again be participating in the food drive. Please place nonperishable food items at or near your mail box this Saturday, May 9th.The donations will go to the ATLAS Food Bank in Rock Rapids.

According to the most recent information from Feeding America, there were nearly 49 million food-insecure people in the United States in 2012, including nearly 16 million children and 4.8 million seniors. There are many people who often have to make the difficult decision of whether to pay for electricity, water, and rent or to buy enough food for the table. You have the chance to improve lives by donating essential food items this Saturday.

The letter carriers in several northwest Iowa communities are participating — but not all of them are. If you’d like to know if your letter carriers are participating, just call your local post office.

March 26, 2015 - 8:14 am - Posted in Community Calendar

Ribeye steakJoin Physician Assistant Lori Letner for a free informational workshop on the Ideal Protein weight loss Method at 5:30 pm Monday March 30th at Bliss Salon and Spa. The workshop is free but RSVP is required by emailing lletner@idealprotein.com or call 712-541-9411. Space is limited to reserve yours today!

March 10, 2015 - 8:23 am - Posted in Community Calendar

bingoMarch 21st marks the date for the Lyon COunty Fair FUNdraiser! It will take place at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Festivities will include a silent auction, bake sale, and BINGO with cash prizes. There will also be a Pasta Bar featuring Spaghetti, Chicken Alfredo, Meat/Marinara Sauce, Salad, Bread and Ice cream.

Funds raised will be used towards fair day-to-day maintenance and expenses. Be sure to mark your calendar to come and enjoy an evening of FUN!

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March 5, 2015 - 7:17 am - Posted in Community Calendar

birthday cake with lots of candlesBeatrice (Hassebroek) Monkemeier, of George, will be celebrating her 90th birthday on March 23rd.

Cards and well wishes would be appreciated.

They can be sent to Beatrice at

George Good Samaritan Center
324 1st Ave. N, PO Box 608
George, IA 51237.

Inspiration HillsThe Women’s Auxiliary of Inspiration Hills extends an invitation to attend the Annual Meeting and Silent Auction, which will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Inspiration Hills Camp and Retreat Center, Inwood, Iowa.

Registration will be at 9:45 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. Cost for the day will be $8.50. Speaker will be Diane Ruyter from Village Northwest Unlimited in Sheldon, relaying how her life was changed after a car accident in 1980.

Reservations can be made by calling Harriet Van Veldhuizen at 712-930-3650 or by calling Inspiration Hills at 1-866-858-3265.

March 4, 2015 - 2:36 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

Sanford new logoPre Diabetes Class

Monday, March 16 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $20 per participant (meal included)

Sanford Rock Rapids Conference Room

Learn about:

  • The difference between pre diabetes and diabetes
  • Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes and ways to reduce risk factors
  • Weight loss, exercise goals and healthy behaviors

This event is perfect for those with blood sugar levels which are high, but not yet diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes. Spouses welcome!

Seats are limited – please call 712472-6179 to leave a message to register.

better central lyon logoCongratulations to the Central Lyon girls basketball team on qualifying for the State Tournament!

Central Lyon has posted a page on which you can keep up with all the details. So far we know that there will not be school on Monday, March 2 as Central Lyon will be playing Burlington Notre Dame at 11:45 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Click here for the link.

Use the link as well as social media pages to keep up to date with any changes or announcements. Go Lions!

Missoula Children’s Theater auditions are Monday, March 2nd at 3:15 PM. Again, there’s no school at Central Lyon that day, but the auditions will NOT be cancelled. They will take place AS SCHEDULED. The MCT team must function on their schedule.