We visit with Ames Area Arts Council, Director, Jennifer Brockpahler as she reviews the awards presented to this year’s volunteers, arts advocates and entrepreneurs, board members, art educators, and highlights their accomplishments.
Awesome Aerial Acrobats event lead by Tyler Harms, Director of Iowa Young Birders in conjunction with Wild Birds Unlimited of Ames and the Octagon Center for the Arts in observance of World Migratory Bird Day will be walking in downtown Ames to look for Chimney Swifts and Common Nighthawks open to the public but requested to call WBU (515) 956 3145 to register.
Story County Conservation Naturalist and Environmental Educator; Beth Waage reviews the May and early June events calendar, summer camps camping season (Hickory must be near full) as well as how interested folks can volunteer their time or become a member of Partners, the Friends Group of the Conservation Board.
Recreation Superintendent Kourtney Cort shares spring and summer programming opportunities including classes for kids and adults, Yoga in the Park, and more. Also, she shares how the department continues to recruit for needed summer help.
Local Talk for Friday, May 6, 2022 started with recap of the news for this week from the Ames Tribune by Dennis Hart.
Ames Reunion June 10, 11, and 12 was featured including Cynthia Oberlin Page, Rob Louden and Larry Stoltenberg. Early plans are to gather at Mother’s Pub 7PM Friday Night, Great Hall of Memorial Union 3 – 10PM Saturday, and Brookside Park 11AM Sunday picnic. Check website for further developments: amesreunion.com. It’s a digital home for you counterculture types who wandered through Ames Iowa/ISU during the sixties and seventies. Reconnect and reminisce with those good friends and wacky people you used to hang out with!! You are urged to sign on with your name, home address, and email address. You may also post photos, anecdotes, updates, etc. To do this, follow the site directions, or just send them to email@example.com
Susan Gwiasda, Public Relations Officer with the City of Ames included Ron Edwards Ames, Animal Shelter and Animal Control Supervisor. Ron Edwards talked about spring outdoor wildlife, what is normal, and when an animal may need human intervention (not often!).
ISU Extension Mary Wilkins discussed: May 24 Beekeeping 101 6-7 pm attend a live stream. May 26, 10:30AM: Gardening programs for youth – with Roland Library and with Reiman Gardens. Tuesday June 7 1PM: Growing Up Wild is a program for preschool aged children with an adult. And there’s: Day long program offerings are available for youth in kindergarten through 3rd grade and 4th grade and up.
Music featured Mother Dugan from their cd Day From the Light, Walk On the Moon, Drivin’ and Every Morning.
The Ioway Creek Stream Clean-up Day has been postponed until 21st of May.
We had inspiring guests in Katrina Williams, Ames Middle School math teacher and Cari McPartland and Diana Schmidt from Raising Readers in Story County, and Eric Smidt, Communications Director, Ames Community School District.
There is a very informative article in the The Ames Tribune about the prestigious national teaching award that Ms. Williams recently received. Suffice to say that after spending a few minutes with her I was inspired by her obvious dedication to her students and to her profession. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Challenger Center showed how smart they are in awarding her a “Trailblazing Stem Educator.”
Cari and Diana highlighted the importance of supporting young readers. Their Summr Reading Buddies program will soon kick off for the summer. They are in need of volunteers. Check out https://www.raising-readers.
Local Talk for Friday, April 29, 2022 started with recap of the news for this week from the Ames Tribune by Dennis Hart.
Deborah Bunka, Outreach Coordinator with the Iowa Farmer’s Union. Deborah provided calendar of upcoming events and their contact at 515-451-8492. And she shared a quote from a Clear Lake member, “Don’t lose faith, don’t lose the fight!”
Susan Gwiasda, Public Relations Officer with the City of Ames included Arbor Day tree planting at Stewart Smith Park. Check website for possible postponement. Justin Clausen, Public Works Operations Manager, provided update on spring maintenance projects. Also, employment opportunities were laid out for the city.
John Howe, Director of the Raptor Resource Project, talked about their recently fledged Canada Goose from their Decorah Eagle Cam nest. Also the 20+ year female eagle was discussed as she has apparently failed to successfully nest for the first time in 16 years.
Music featured Jim Kweskin and included, Relax Your Mind and Fishin’ Blues.