Big fundraising deadline and other events coming up this week

The next reporting period for Iowa candidates ends on Wednesday night, so now's a good time to contribute to Democratic campaigns if you are able and willing. The easiest way to donate is through ActBlue. Iowa's federal and statewide candidates are here, Iowa House candidates are here, and Iowa Senate candidates are here. Donations made before the end of July 14 will count for the current reporting period.

Event details for political and environmental gatherings this week are after the jump.

Tuesday, July 13

There's a volunteer opportunity at the HQ of of State Senator Bill Heckroth from 4-9 pm. E-mail mglass AT for details or to RSVP. Senate district 9 is one of the Iowa GOP's top targets this November.

Bill Stowe (DM Public Works Director) will be the guest on the Fallon Forum radio program, talking about the connection between flooding and land-use practices. Tune-in from 7-8 pm on 98.3 WOW-FM or live-stream at Podcasts also available at the WOW website, and if you want to join the conversation, call-in at (515) 312-0983 or toll-free (866) 908-TALK.

Wednesday, July 14

Roxanne Conlin has town-hall meeting scheduled:


                                   Location: Bloomers

900 Central Avenue

Ft. Dodge, Iowa


                                   Location: Hawkeye Community College (Tama Hall Room:107A)

1501 East Orange Road

Waterloo, Iowa


                                   Location: Waypoint School/Shelter Auditorium

318 5th Street  Southeast

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Another free seminar on the 2008 Iowa floods and floodplain management is scheduled, this time at the North Iowa Community College Muse Norris Center in Mason City from 4 pm yo 6 pm. Afterwards there will be some free copies of A Watershed Year: Anatomy of the Iowa Floods of 2008, edited by Cornelia Mutel. From the Rebuild Iowa Office:

Topics to be covered include trends in Iowa precipitation; trends in water run-off; work of the Iowa Flood Center; floodplain management strategies; water quality; the Cedar Falls Floodplain Initiative; rural-urban watershed coalition building; and a review of state public policy issues. The presentations will be followed by a question and answer session.

"We are excited to be a part of this effort to educate Iowans about what communities can do to reduce future flood damage," said Rebuild Iowa Office Executive Director Lt. General Ron Dardis. "Nearly 700 Iowa communities were impacted by the 2008 disasters. Events like this help ensure Iowans are better prepared for future disasters and are knowledgeable about what possible flood protection measures are available for their communities."

Following each forum, refreshments will be served and a limited number of free copies of the book, "A Watershed Year: Anatomy of the Iowa Floods of 2008," will be available to attendees.

The seminars are being hosted by the University of Iowa's Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research, Rebuild Iowa Office, UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension, Iowa League of Cities and the Iowa State Association of Counties.

There's a Backyard Abundance event on compost management; more details here.

From I'M for Iowa:

July 14 - The film "Papers" and discussion of Dream Act (Des Moines)

Youth from Marshalltown will lead the conversation after the movie, at Grace United Methodist Church, 3700 Cottage Grove at 6:30 pm. Contact Maria Downs at

Thursday, July 15

Roxanne Conlin has more town-hall meetings scheduled:


                                   Location: Café Manna Java

                                   269 Main Street

                                   Dubuque, Iowa


                                   Location: The Corner Deli

246 5th Avenue South

Clinton, Iowa


                                   Location: River Center

136 East 3rd Street

Davenport, IA

Conlin's campaign is also having a birthday ice cream social at Raccoon River Park in West Des Moines from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

If you know Roxanne, you know how much she loves ice cream. So to celebrate her 66th birthday, we are gathering for a special ice cream social and everyone is invited!

Please join Roxanne and fellow supporters for a family fun evening at Raccoon River Park.

Suggested donation is $25 per person or $35 for the whole family and sponsorship levels are available at $66, $132, and $264.

Rsvps are requested but not required. To do so, please call Jordan at 515.697.3729 or

Hope to see everyone there!

From the Iowa Environmental Council's newsletter:

Iowa Recycling Association Annual Luncheon & Program

Join us July 15, 12 noon to 4:00 pm, at Reiman Gardens in Ames for the Iowa Recycling Association Luncheon and Program, an annual event providing education, networking, and industry updates to support effective resource management in Iowa. This year's program is titled "Closing the Loop: Getting Back to the Basics" and features a panel of presenters on collection, processing, program implementation and management, manufacturing, marketing, and product stewardship. Please join us!  All are welcome! For more information:, 515-265-1596.

Prairie Fundraiser for Whiterock Conservancy

July 15, Coon Rapids

From 7-9pm, enjoy live blues music at Riverside Park in Coon Rapids, on Thursday, July 15. Live Music by Matt Woods and the Thunderbolts. Matt Woods is well versed in traditional delta, hill country and urban electric blues. So if you want to hear some down-home, hearth stomping rhythm, look no further. Free will donations will help support Whiterock Conservancy's conservation efforts in the Middle Raccoon River Valley. For more information, visit

Friday, July 16:

From Peggy Huppert of the American Cancer Society:

Friday, July 16, 2010 at 6:00pm


Heelan High School Memorial Field


17th and Hamilton Boulevard


Sioux City, IA

Relay for Roger and Paul is a team of volunteer walkers who will participate in the Woodbury County Relay for Life in Sioux City on July 16 in honor of State Rep. Roger Wendt and State Rep. Paul Bell of Newton.

Roger was diagnosed with a reoccurrence of lung cancer earlier this year and was forced to abruptly retire from the House of Representatives, where he served as the well-versed chair of the Education Committee. Paul died of stomach cancer on June 7.

In a gesture of our esteem, State Rep. Chuck Soderberg and I are organizing a bi-partisan team of walkers to honor Roger and Paul for their service, to express our respect and admiration, and to assist in the cause of finding a cure for cancer.

Anyone who knows Roger or knew Paul is welcome to join our team, show up and participate in the walk or make a contribution in their names.

You can join the team or contribute by clicking on this link:

Saturday, July 17

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement is holding its annual convention. The theme of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement's annual meeting this year is "Tough and Tenacious for 35 years." It's from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Hilton Garden Inn, 8600 Northpark Drive in Johnston. Keynote speaker is Chris Hayes with The Nation. For registration and convention details, contact

Polk County Supervisor Tom Hockensmith is holding the 8th Annual Hockensmith Family Picnic from noon to 3 pm at Doanes Park, Shelter #1, 451 S. Pleasant Hill Blvd.

$10 per person - or - $25 per family

Bring the whole family!  Food, fun and a playground for children.

Directions from E. University / Hwy 163:  Go south on Hickory Blvd., West on Maple Dr., then South on S. Pleasant Hill Blvd.

From the Story County Democrats:

Fundraiser for:

Sen. Rich Olive, Dist 5 & House Candidate Selden Spencer


Sat, 07/17/2010 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Don Rimathe Farm

Hwy. R 38


Guest Speaker:

Sen. Jack Kibbie

Join Sen. Rich Olive, Dist 5 & Selden Spencer, Candidate for House District 10 for a Fun-draiser with

Senator and Farmer Jack Kibbie

Display of old Farmall Tractors

Sera, the Counting Dog

An Iowa farm supper will be served.

Saturday, July 17 from 6-8 pm

Don Rimathe Farm, 1.5 mi. north and 1/8 mi. west of Slater on Highway R 38, Slater


The Rimathe farm is at the corner of 310th and R38, 1.5 miles north and 1/8 mile west of Slater. You will see the display of red Farmall tractors as you approach.

From North: Travel south on Highway 69 to E 57 West. Continue through Kelley, turn south on R 38 and proceed to 310th.

From East: Travel south on I 35 to Huxley-Cambridge-Slater exit (Highway 210, exit 102). After exiting, drive west on 210 through intersection of H 69 and 210 (south of Huxley) and continue to Slater. At the first stop sign, turn north on R 38 and proceed to 310th.

From South or West: At junction of R 38 and 210 in Slater, continue north to 310th.

REMINDER: R 38 is closed from Dartmoor Road in Ames south to Kelley.

From the Iowa Environmental Council newsletter:

Museum & Aquarium to Host Ding Darling Day

The Dubuque County Historical Society's seventh annual Ding Darling Day is Saturday, July 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The event takes place in the outdoor Pfohl Boatyard Plaza at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. The event is free and open to the public; however, regular admission prices apply if visitors want to tour the Museum & Aquarium. This year's Ding Darling Day will include sun printing, conservation agency presentations, wildlife and fish stations and animal programs. Touch tanks allow visitors to get an up-close and personal experience with turtles, frogs and mussels. Food and beverages will also be available to purchase in the boatyard during the event.

Monolithic Dome Construction Lunch and Learn

July 17, Norwalk area

The Center on Sustainable Communities is holding a Monolithic Dome Construction Lunch and Learn on Saturday, July 17th, 10 to 11:30 a.m. near Norwalk. See to learn more about this course and others.

Dedication of the Bank Swallow Bend Wildlife Area

July 17, 11 a.m., Warren County

The Warren County Conservation Board will hold a dedication for their newest and largest public area, the 542-acre Bank Swallow Bend Wildlife Area. The dedication ceremony starts at 11a.m. A short program will be followed by a barbeque lunch and guided wagon tours through the area. The event location will be two miles east of Indianola on Highway 92, one mile south on County Road S23, and one-half mile farther south on 168th Avenue. Bank Swallow Bend, a 542-acre wetland and upland complex, provides habitat for diverse wildlife. It will also offer a variety of public uses, including hunting, fishing, nature study, wildlife viewing and hiking. Working with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, the WCCB procured the property in April, 2010. Public funding for this project came from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Habitat Stamp program, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and Warren County's REAP funds. Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited provided additional private funds for this project. For more information, visit


Sunday, July 18

Backyard Abundance is holding an event and yard tour on creating landscapes for children. Click here for more details.

Monday, July 19

The final seminar in the "Anatomy of Iowa Floods" series takes place in Ames from 4 pm to 6 pm in the Ames City Council Chambers.

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