Central Spanish Club Can Drive

Monday, April 6th

The Spanish Club will be doing a can drive to fundraise for their trip to Guatemala this summer. There can be any kinds of cans. We will begin picking them up at 10:30 and end at 12:30. Please put them on your curbs (if you live in Elkader) for us to pick up, or you can drop them off at Elkader Auto and Electric (Car Quest on Highway 13). Reminder that there is no school on this day, so do not bring them to school or send them with your kids. Thank you!

Elkader Kid’s Against Hunger Food Packaging Event

The Elkader Kids Against Hunger food packaging event is set for this Friday, April 3rd at 9:00 a.m., in St. Joseph’s Parish Hall. Everyone is invited to stop by and take a shift at one of the assembly line stations. This is our 6th year of assembling the food packages which are specifically designed to aid a human suffering from starvation. During Lent the group raised $3000 to purchase the ingredients to package on Good Friday.

Come help do the right thing, while having a good time with friends.

Also, St. Joseph Jr High students and NCYC students are reminded we will be doing yard work right after the KAH food packaging event.

Elkader Opera House Auditions Clinic

Have you always wanted to perform on stage? Build your confidence to audition for the upcoming Opera House Players fall performances of “Shrek The Musical”. Audition clinics are being offered to help anyone interested in exploring an acting experience. They will be held Saturday, March 28th at 10AM and 2PM on the Elkader Opera House stage.
Avonique Tipsword, an experienced acting coach, will be on hand to lead participants through exercises and activities that will strengthen knowledge, abilities and confidence. There will be instruction and demonstration on how to prepare for, and what to expect at auditions for an Opera House Players production. Young participants are asked to have an adult present during the clinic.(Age 9 and under). Participants may attend one or both sessions. No fee will be charged.

For those interested in auditioning for “Shrek the Musical”; the dates have been set for tryouts.

Edgewood News

Friday, March 20th Hesston Ann Kann Benefit, Franny’s Bar
Hesston Ann Kann was born early at 29 weeks weighing a little over 2 pounds. She is at University of Iowa hospitals in Iowa City in the NICU. Hesston Ann is the daughter of Kelcee Amling, an Ed-Co alumni and Joe Kann an alumni of Clayton Ridge. Grandparents are Kerry Amling of Edgewood and Chuck Amling of Garber and Melissa & Brian Kann of Guttenberg. Toby & Tracy Schoeder, Hesston’s aunt & uncle are the celebrity bartenders at Franny’s, Friday, March 20th to raise funds to assist the family. They will be donating all there tips to there great niece Hesston Ann Kann. Franny’s has decided to add a silent auction Friday at the benefit for Hesston Ann Kann if anyone would like to donate items can you please drop them off by Thursday at Franny’s . Benefit starts at 6 PM and Bill Stock live from 6-10 PM. If you can’t make it and want to make a contribution drop them off at Franny’s .The money will help the family with food, gas or whatever they may need.

Ed-Co Kindergarten Round-Up is Wednesday, April 1st, call the school at 563-856-2415 to sign up.

Digital Marketing Workshop: Hey businesses, come on Wednesday, March 25th at 7AM at the Edgewood Community Room for a workshop on digital marketing. Experts from KMCH will be on hand to assist.

March 28th come to the Edgewood Firemen’s Dance 8PM, Edgewood Locker Event Center, The Little Bar Band, playing great music, raffle and lots of dancing!

NE IA is an Angler’s Paradise

Iowa boasts some of the most beautiful and plentiful trout streams in the Upper Midwest. A true angler’s paradise, the northeast region of Iowa is dotted with hundreds of miles of trout streams. Some are easily accessible in state or county parks, and others are located in some of Iowa most wild and remote natural spaces. Iowa trout streams offer rainbow, brown and brook trout, both naturally reproducing and stocked.

The Iowa DNR is hard at work to provide detailed information on Iowa trout streams, including maps, amenities and more.

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St. Patrick’s Day in Elkader is an Irish Woman’s Lark

leprechaunHow many leprechauns does it take to plan a St. Patrick’s Day celebration?
For Jean Marie Hall, who heads Elkader’s annual March 17th festivities, the answer is “as many as I can get!”
Hall has relied heavily on volunteers since taking on the celebration four years ago. One of several people pivotal to the effort is her dear friend Vanita Thomsen, who helps with several of the kids’ activities at the library. Last year when Vanita was in New Zealand, Jean Marie learned just how important her friend is to the effort.
“She wears a million hats,” said Hall. “Things got a bit chaotic without her around last year. Vanita had another chance to go on a big trip this year and I told her she absolutely, positively couldn’t go until after St. Patrick’s Day.”
Already a regular fixture at the Elkader Public Library where she volunteers several hours a week, Thomsen helps coordinate the St. Pat’s activities that are centered there. She’s in charge of the “most freckles” contest and takes her assignment so seriously that she’s made a template to help her more accurately count them.
Thomsen’s involvement with Elkader’s annual celebration is somewhat ironic since there’s not a drop of Irish in her bloodline. She’s Swedish. So why volunteer?
“That’s what happens when you’re a friend of Jean Marie’s,” she explained, with a laugh. “Also, it’s interesting to see so many people who aren’t Irish learning about the culture and having fun while doing it.”
Some of Hall’s other volunteers are Judy Moyna, who judges the student-written limerick contest; Dawn Medberry, who picks winners in the reddest hair category; Lori Keppler, who does face painting; and Lisa Pope, Elkader Library Director. New to the group this year is Jenna Jensen, who will give Irish dance lessons. Hall also relies heavily on advice from Pat Keleher, one of the founders of the St. Patrick’s festival, and Father Paul Peters, who provides music at the wrap-up event at Johnson’s. And then, there are all of the companies and citizens who support the parade.
Elkader’s 23rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration is Tuesday, March 17. Children’s activities begin at 4 p.m. at the library. The parade starts at 5:15. There will be music and fun at Johnson’s after the parade.  Elkader’s St. Patrick’s Day Agenda