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Youth take aim in new shooting sports

DIRECTOR Courtney Brummer-Clark



Dance builds confidence in young performers


4-H Programs – for fair and beyond Parks offer food, fun and adventure for all

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Dance studios: Building confidence in young performers Arts education opportunities abound


Getting dressed for back to school The importance of summer reading Every student deserves a school


From summer to the season: Museum of Religious Arts volunteers are busier than ever



SWI youth take aim in new shooting sports


Cindy Christensen Mike Brownlee Tim Johnson Stephanie Ogren Susan Wheeler

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Elaine Fenner Erin Kenney Lucinda Klein-Lombardo Therese M. Korth, PhD, MSW Wendy Kritenbrink Toby Marshall Rhonda McHugh Laural Ronk




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The foods of summer! Smart eating starts with smart shopping Tempt your tastebuds with these fun and easy recipes

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{what’sgoingon?} RAGBRAI is coming to southwest Iowa GLENWOOD - The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state. Heading into its 39th year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest bicycle-touring event in the world. This year, the event begins on July 24 in Glenwood, and riders will travel through the southwest Iowa cities of Carson, Griswold, Lewis, Atlantic, Elk Horn, Kimballton, Manning, Templeton, Dedham and Carroll before continuing their trek across the state. Most of the action before the ride will center in Glenwood Lake Park, just south of the high school. There’s a small lake, of course, an amphitheater and the Mills County Historical Museum, where riders who forgot to pack a tent can take a few shelter-building cues from the Native Americans who lived here 1,000 years ago. Other attractions along the way include: Carson’s annual rodeo, historic Hitchcock House in Lewis and the Danish Immigrant Museum and Danish Windmill in Elk Horn. To learn more about RAGBRAI, go online to Note: It is recommended to call ahead of time and see if any of the listed events have been impacted by the Missouri River flooding. July Thru July 30: NASCAR Racing - Adams County Speedway, Corning NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing with five classes every Saturday night. For more information, go online to 19: Hitch Hike – Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek Hikes are designed to introduce visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center as well as the Loess Hills. Fee includes on-trail refreshments. For more information, call (712) 545-3283. 19-24: Harrison County Fair – 4-County Fairgrounds, Dunlap This year’s event was moved from Missouri Valley out of flooding concerns. For more information on events or a schedule, go online to 20-25: Pottawattamie County Fair – Pottawattamie County Fairgrounds, Avoca 4-H displays and exhibits, entertainment, food and games. For more information, go online to 21-25: Audubon County Fair – Audubon County Fairgrounds, Audubon 4-H competitions and exhibits, entertainment, food and games. For more information, call (712) 563-4239. 23-28: Union County Fair – Union County Fairgrounds, Afton Union County parade, 4-H displays, exhibits, horse show, rodeo, demolition derby, entertainment and great food. For more information, go online to 26-31: Westfair – Westfair Fairgrounds, Council Bluffs Traditional county fair combined with contemporary family entertainment. Wild West comedy show, Kansas City Barbeque cookoff, midway rides, automotive arena events and 4-H competitions. For more information, go online to 26-31: Page County Fair – Page County Fairgrounds, Clarinda 4-H and FFA livestock judging, live entertainment, and open class judging. For more information, call (712) 542-5171. 29-30: Sixth Annual En Plein Air – Corning Painting competition with judging and prizes. For more information, call (641) 322-4736. 30: McKinley Park Festival – Creston Family fun with fishing contest, children’s games, a talent show, concert and great food. For more information, go online to

2011 Harrison County Fair to be held in Dunlap July 19-24 Because of the ongoing threat of flooding to the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Missouri Valley this summer, the 2011 Harrison County Fair will be held at the 4-County Fairgrounds in Dunlap. The fair dates will remain unchanged, starting Tuesday, July 19 and ending on Sunday, July 24. “It was a decision we felt was necessary to do quickly so that 4-H’ers, citizens and the volunteers involved can plan ahead,” fair board president John Straight said in a June statement. “There is enough current uncertainties with the flood situation. We want one less issue hanging undecided for the Harrison County Community.” Dee Colwell, Harrison County Youth Coordinator, said 4-H participants should continue with preparations. Any questions about general fair events should be directed to the fair secretary Judy Holcombe at (712) 642-2262 or (402) 681-5271, and the 4-H program to Extension staff at (712) 644-2105. August

5-7: Operation T-Bone – Audubon Fun run/walk, crafts, steak feed, entertainment, games, car show. Celebrating the famed beef production of Audubon County. For more information, go online to 6-27: NASCAR Racing - Adams County Speedway, Corning NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing with five classes every Saturday night. For more information, go online to 12: Night Sky - Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek An evening of star-studded skies. Meet at the Hitchcock Nature Center. Weather permitting. For more information, call (712) 545-3283. 13&14: Atlanticfest – Atlantic Children’s activities, free entertainment, car show, craft show, inflatable rides, food vendors, and motorcycle show. For more information, call (712) 243-3017. 17: Roar into Harlan – Downtown Harlan Ride to historic downtown Harlan for refreshments, shopping and contests. For more information, call (712) 755-7963. 20: Real Maple Syrup Pancake Feed – Botna Bend Park, Hancock The park’s maple trees are tapped and the sap is boiled down to make this delicious treat. Grilled pancakes will be served with sausage, orange juice and coffee. For more information, call (712) 741-5465. 20: 34th Annual Classy Chassis Car Club Old Car Day – Fountain Square Park, Red Oak Annual car show and competition sponsored by Classy Chassis Car Club, a member of the eastern Nebraska/western Iowa Car Club. For more information, call (712) 623-3866. 20&21: Annual Swap Meet Weekend – Monona County Fairgrounds, Onawa. Auto parts, literature, tools, antiques and collectibles, petroleum memorabilia, tractors and more. Concessions on the grounds. For more information, call (712) 423-2411.

27: Onabike XIX – Onawa Bike ride through the scenic Loess Hills, with choice of routes. For more information, call (712) 423-1801. 27&28: Hybrid Corn Pioneers Historical Expo - Earling Three centuries of corn production on this Iowa farm. Large collection of planters from 1850-1950. Patented cylinder corn sheller from 1848, working exhibits, planting demonstrations, Nishna Valley antique tractor club, tractor rides, corn shelling for children. Concessions and homemade ice cream will be available. For more information, call (712) 249-6178.

September 3-10: NASCAR Racing - Adams County Speedway, Corning NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing with five classes every Saturday night. For more information, go online to 10: Monarch Tagging – Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek Learn about monarch butterflies, their unusual lifestyle and life cycle, and miraculous migration to Mexico. Learn how to catch and handle monarchs, determine gender, and properly tag them in the wild as part of a national research project. Pre-registration required. For more information, call (712) 545-3283. 16-18: Creston/Southwest Iowa Hot Air Balloon Days - Creston One of the largest hot air balloon events in the state, with more than 60 balloons, four balloon flights and night glow, flea market and craft show, parade of bands, 5K run, great food. For more information, (641) 782-7021. 20: Hitch Hike – Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek Hikes are designed to introduce visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center as well as the Loess Hills. Fee includes on-trail refreshments. For more information, call (712) 545-3283. 23&24: Coca-Cola Days - Atlantic Atlantic is the Coca-Cola capital of Iowa. The festival will feature a Coca-Cola collector show, swap and sell meet, tailgate party and more. For more information, call (712) 243-3017. 24: Exira Fall Festival, Exira Crafts, food, games and entertainment. For more information, call (712) 268-2187.

21: Civil War Program “Grayhounds and Hawkeyes” - Hitchcock House National Historic Landmark and Underground Railroad site, Lewis J. Fargo, author and actor, will present an individual soldier’s experience. Audience participation encouraged. Research your ancestors who served in the Civil War. For more information, call (712) 769-2323.

24: HawkWatch Festival – Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek Join hawkwatchers and keep your eyes on the skies for migrating raptors. Festival will include live hawk demonstrations by Raptor Recovery Nebraska. For more information, call (712) 545-3283.

23: Hitch Hike – Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek Hikes are designed to introduce visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center as well as the Loess Hills. Fee includes on-trail refreshments. For more information, call (712) 545-3283.

24: Applefest – Woodbine “Apple everything” at this family festival. Large car show, flea market, indoor craft fair, fun run and lots of food. For more information, call (712) 647-3434.

26-28: Fourth Annual Iowa Lincoln Highway Association Motor Tour – Council Bluffs Begins in Pottawattamie County and ends in Clinton County. Classic cars, motorcycles, daily drivers and even motor homes are welcome to join. For more information, go online to

To submit an event for your community, e-mail or mail directly to Courtney Brummer-Clark, 535 W. Broadway Suite 300, Council Bluffs, IA 51503. No phone calls, please. FamilyTies reserves the right not to print a submission if it does not meet publication criteria.


Program helps military service members transition to live back home Tools to help with resilience, recovery and reconnecting Returning home from deployment can be difficult for any service member. Members of the National Guard and Reserve have a unique challenge balancing their military service with civilian life, and returning to a civilian life that does not include those with whom they served can be especially stressful. However, resources like the Real Warriors Campaign are available for service members who are experiencing challenges associated with transition. Sponsored by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, the Real Warriors Campaign is a public education initiative designed to encourage service members, veterans, and their families to seek care and treatment for the invisible wounds of war. To help service members and families with transitions and reintegration, the Real Warriors Campaign website provides tools, tips and resources to encourage service members, veterans and military families coping with invisible wounds to reach out for support. Every service member should know that they and their families should feel comfortable reaching out to their units and chain of command for support. Reaching out is a sign of strength that benefits yourself, your family and your unit and service. The Real Warriors Campaign is online at For general inquiries, email

Deer hunting seasons cancelled at refuges Due to long-term impacts resulting from severe area flooding, all muzzleloading deer hunting seasons on DeSoto and Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuges for the fall of 2011 and early winter 2012 have been canceled. The possibility of holding a limited archery deer hunting season on DeSoto Wildlife Refuge will be evaluated later in the summer.

Your Submissions Blair Longmeyer, 1, beats the summer heat in the pool behind her grandmother’s Underwood home. Photo submitted by Kristin Longmeyer.

ON THE COVER Family Ties would like to thank the Council Bluffs School District for use of one of their playgrounds. Featured on the cover and subsequent story photos in no particular order are: Mia and Macy Wheeler, Duncan and Rowan McCollough, Rayn and Lanie Petersen, Erin Wolff, Jared Garner and Ross Nickerson. Cover photo taken by Cindy Christensen.

Twilight series keeps Jacob and Bella on top of baby name list According to the Social Security Administration here are the top names for 2010: Girls 1. Isabella 2. Sophia 3. Emma 4. Olivia 5. Ava 6. Emily 7. Abigail 8. Madison

Boys 1. Jacob 2. Ethan 3. Michael 4. Jayden 5. William 6. Alexander 7. Noah 8. Daniel

ONABIKE XIX is coming Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 ONAWA - ONABIKE XIX, Onawa’s 19th annual Great Bike Ride through the Loess Hills, will be held Saturday, Aug. 27. ONABIKE is billed as northwest Iowa’s largest one-day bike ride. The event draws nearly 400 registered riders, ranging from first-time riders and youngsters to racers and teams from all over the Midwest. ONABIKE has served as an introduction to the sport for countless riders who have started with the shorter ride and enjoyed the exercise and Ragbrai-like atmosphere, graduating on to become accomplished riders. Registration starts at 8 a.m. at the Onawa Public Library in Onawa, with the ride officially starting at 9 a.m. with a police escort through town. There are two routes to choose from: A 29-mile ride that is basically flat, and leaves Onawa and travels south along the base of the Loess Hills before returning to Onawa. The 63-mile route heads east from Turin to Soldier, Moorhead, Pisgah, Little Sioux, Blencoe and back to Onawa. There will be approximately nine miles of hilly roads to ride up (and down) on the long route. Both routes are supported with a sag vehicle and refreshments are available at each town as well as one additional stop on the shorter ride. Registration is $20 for the ride, the limited-edition T-shirt and a meal at Suds N Jugs provided by the Onawa Chamber of Commerce at the end of the ride. Registration forms are available at the Onawa Chamber of Commerce, 707 Iowa Ave, Onawa, IA 51040, by calling (712) 423-1801, or online at The registration fee of $25 will be charged those registering after Aug.10.

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instructors, and the program was launched in May. The program emphasizes safety, Losh said. “We spend about 15 minutes on a lesson, and then the kids go ahead and start shooting,” she said. “It’s very disciplined and it’s very structured, so even some of our kids with (developmental disabilities) have done quite well. This is just an opportunity for them to succeed and also to learn safety.” About 20 members got involved last year, Losh said. There are currently about 15 members in archery and six to eight in shotgun and air rifle, she said. “Besides the safety and education, the focus is positive youth development,” she said. “The idea is to help them develop in a positive way. “It’s much better to have a blue-ribbon kid with a red-ribbon project than to have a red-ribbon kid with a blue-ribbon project,” she said, quoting another 4-H leader. The air rifle specialty added this year employs pellet guns, said Mindy Patterson, shooting sports coordinator. Participants in the shotgun specialty must be at least 12 years old, while those in air rifle and Staff photo/Cindy Christensen archery can be as young as Ian Lund, 13, gets some help from Duane Losh of 9, Patterson said. Since the Underwood during archery practice inside the 4-H activity includes safety edu-

he Iowa State University Extension Service-West Pottawattamie County 4-H clubs are offering new programs for members. West Pottawattamie added a shooting sports program last year and expanded it this year, said Jenny Vincent, 4-H youth coordinator for West Pottawattamie County. The program started with archery and shotgun activities last year, said Rebecca Losh, archery instructor. Four leaders attended training in March 2010 to become certified as

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cation, members do not need to pass a hunter safety course before joining. Archery and air rifle participants alternate weeks shooting in the 4-H building at Westfair, she said. Shotgun practice is held monthly at a local private farm. Her husband, Jeff, who is certified by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, supervised the establishment of a firing range there. Most of the equipment needed to participate is provided, Patterson said. “You don’t have to own your own shotgun,” she said. “We have the equipment. You don’t have to own your own bow.” The equipment was purchased with a grant from Friends of the National Rifle Association, she said. Patterson’s family helped trigger the move to add shooting sports, she said. “Our kids like archery, air rifle and shotgun,” she said. When they looked at shooting sports, they found there wasn’t anything available for them in this area, she said. It’s possible for members to shoot competitively, as well, Patterson said. “You can go and just do it for fun, or there are some competitions you can do,” she said. “There is a state competition every year.” Entering competition is voluntary, she added. Although shooting sports is a specialty, members do not have to sign up for other clubs, Patterson said. “If you want to sign up for 4-H and just shoot, you can do that,” she said. •

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Members interested in photography often submit several entries in that area, she said. The traditional agriculture-related programs are still strong, as well, Vincent said. The most popular agrelated category is probably market beef, she said. “We still have a lot of kids who have market beef animals – a very traditional 4-H project,” she said. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible to join 4-H, Vincent said. “Our kindergartners, first- and second-graders participate in club activities,” she said. “They may have their own leaders, their own special activities. Of course, a lot of it is big brothers and sisters helping them start out.” Young members can submit entries for the fair without the pressure of competition, Vincent said. “There’s no judging, at that point,” she said. “It’s just for fun.” Judging starts at the Staff photo/Cindy Christensen third-grade level. Antonio Saldana, right of Council Bluffs, waits patiently as 4-H Third-graders can judge Don Woodin inspects his 1st place araucana rooster dur-

owa’s 4-H clubs continue to offer positive, family-friendly programs for youth. West Pottawattamie has more than 400 4-H members divided among about 15 clubs, said Jenny Vincent, 4-H youth coordinator for West Pottawattamie County. She expects 700 to 800 entries in the static exhibit categories at Westfair this year and 250 to 300 livestock entries. Of course, each member can enter several times in multiple categories. “Our most popular area is photography,” she said. “It’s a relatively easy first-year project. Most kids have a camera of some kind.”

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enter items for static displays and small animals in the livestock area, she said. After third grade, members can show anything. “It’s kind of set up in stages for the kids, and then it kind of builds up as they Staff photo/Cindy Christensen move on,” Scott Starr of the Lewis Hustling Pioneers 4-H Club shows off his llama Vincent said. for judge Emmalee Cain of Council Bluffs at Westfair last year. Members have club because they have friends in it – more flexibility than they used to in or we have some clubs that do more picking a club – or clubs, Vincent horse activities or more shooting said. sports,” she said. “In the past, kids joined in their Some youth join more than one township,” she said. “But now, we club. have kids who come into the city “There are some pockets of speclubs and other kids who go out to cial-interest clubs that kids might the rural clubs.” join in addition to their regular There are about five clubs in club,” she said. Council Bluffs, with the remainder Annual 4-H membership fees are based in the surrounding area, she $35 for children in fourth grade or said. older and free for younger children. Besides general 4-H clubs, there Of that, $30 goes to the state founare specialty clubs, Vincent said. Examples include Lego League clubs dation and $5 for local expenses. • – Tim Johnson can be reached at that build things out of Legos. (712) 325-5750 or by email at “A lot of kids join a particular 4-H

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ummer is a busy season for Pottawattamie County Conservation with camping, day camps and public programs, but the recent flooding has not only affected our parks but also our staff and community. The county park hit the hardest by this is Narrows River Park now closed indefinitely after being inundated with water. Hitchcock Nature Center has seen a number of new visitors taking advantage of the view from our deck and observation tower to get a glimpse of the flooded areas. Arrowhead and Botna Bend Parks are taking in new campers after other sites have been forced to close in the area. Like our neighbors, we are taking this change of events in stride and trying to continue with the every day. With so much hardship around us we hope to bring some positive into the community this summer with a number of fun family events and programs. The Hitchcock Nature Center’s Hitch Hike series continues through September. Our Natural Resources

You can’t beat the views on these hikes or the knowledge you leave with.

on my first Hitch Hike in May. I felt a little like a trespasser walking single file down the worn path through the hills and into the small McIntosh Pioneer Cemetery dating back to the 1800s. You can’t beat the views on these hikes or the knowledge you leave with. Each hike introduces a different area of the nature center. Join us July 19 and Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. and then our final hike of the season on Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. We will be looking toward the sky on Aug. 12 starting at 8:30 p.m. trying to see Perseids Meteor Shower. Members of the Omaha Astronomical Society lead this event

and bring along their powerful telescopes to help see this meteorological phenomena. Make sure to bring your blankets, lawn chairs and binoculars. The Botna Bend Park Pancake Feed is an event months in the making. For anyone who came out in March and helped with the maple

tree tapping, you need to come taste your hard work on Aug. 20 starting at 8:30 a.m. Park Ranger Jon Fenner takes the sap and boils it down to create maple syrup. It takes 40 to 50 gallons of sap to produce just one gallon of syrup. Fenner had a record year, producing 19 gallons of maple syrup now ready to pour on pancakes and enjoy. You can also purchase the maple syrup, but get there early because it goes fast. What could be more fun then chasing butterflies? Bring your net or borrow one of ours for the annu-

our HawkWatch Festival Sept. 24 at Hitchcock starting at 1 p.m. Enjoy live hawk demonstrations by Raptor Recovery NE, hikes in the hills, children’s bird activities and refreshments, not to mention the magnificent view of raptors on their journey south.

We would love to see you out for one or all of these fun summer events. For full details on all of the Pottawattamie County Conservation events or for directions to parks, log on to • al Monarch Tagging at Hitchcock Nature Center Sept. 10 at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Visitors help put little markers on the butterflies helping track the monarch’s migrating patterns. Learn how to catch and handle monarchs and properly tag them in the wild as part of a national research project. All monarchs will

be released after they are tagged. You will need to pre-register for this popular event by Sept. 7. We have very dedicated volunteers at all the Pottawattamie County parks. One group in particular is our HawkWatch volunteers at Hitchcock Nature Center. This group of about 15 volunteers comes out rain or shine, and actually in a blizzard this past fall, to count the migrating raptors. You can help them keep an eye on the sky during

– Erin Kenney grew up in Crescent, Iowa, and started visiting Hitchcock Nature Center at a young age with her 4-H group. Erin graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. She started her career as a producer in local news in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines before moving back home to western Iowa. Before coming to Pottawattamie County Conservation, Erin worked in marketing and communications for local television and a non-profit organization. As Community Relations Coordinator, Erin is responsible for the overall promotional and communications support for Pottawattamie County Conservation. This includes the coordination of membership and volunteer programs. Erin lives in Council Bluffs with her husband Jon and daughter Alice.


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Building confidence in young performers Staff photo/Cindy Christensen Students at Council Bluffs Dance Center get warmed up before their ballet class.


ances. There are all kinds of them, each with their own uniqueness that draws youngsters and adults alike to area dance studios. “Ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, tumbling, pom, lyrical and clogging,” Dee Dee White, owner of the Council Bluffs Dance Center (formerly Dee Dee’s Dance Studio), said while listing the dances her studio offers. “It’s a mouth full.” A dancer since childhood, White has owned and taught at the studio

at 510 First Ave. since 1996, offering dance classes to children age three through adults. A dance studio has been at the spot since 1947. White decided to change the studio’s name because “we’ve been around for quite a while and the goal is to remain.” “I don’t plan to leave anytime soon,” she said, “but eventually I’ll have to pass the torch.” Dance provides students an affordable opportunity to both learn and have fun, White said.

“It’s a dual-purpose activity,” she said. “And kids love the recital at the end of the year.” Ah, the recital. For the Council Bluffs Dance Center, the annual performance celebrating the year’s hard work is held at the Music Hall at the Civic Auditorium in Omaha during the second week of June. At Miss Tammy’s School of Dance, 108 Third St. in Neola, the annual recital features two performances on a Saturday in May at the Iowa Western Community College

Arts Center in Council Bluffs. “I have a huge amount of parents and relatives that come and watch and we don’t want to limit our audience,” said Tammy Leehy, owner of the studio. Leehy opened in 2002 and has been dancing since she was 3 years old. Her studio offers a similar dance lineup to the Council Bluffs Dance Center. Her specialty is clogging, which she teaches to adults and children alike. “A lot of the moms and women in

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might want to do show choir or said she’s been dancing since the age cheerleading,” Misciskia said. “We of three. want to help them reach those goals “It’s been a lot of fun. I really, when they get older.” really enjoy it. I love what I do,” she The studio makes its way around said. the nation, with performances at the Regardless of the studio, dancing Cotton Bowl football game in Dallas and gymnastics provide a quality and the Macy’s Day Parade in New outlet for learning, exercise and fun. York City on Thanksgiving on the “It’s a way to build confidence dancers’ resumes. This January and self esteem. It’s about them they’ll perform at halftime of the building self confidence and self Orange Bowl football game in worth,” Leehy said. • Miami. As her studio grows, Misciskia said it’s time for a new building. A Step Ahead will soon move to 109 Pearl St., a space that allows for a dedicated gymnastics room and more room for dancers, also. “Oh yeah, we’re excited,” she said. “There are so many good points, including a bigger lobby for parents as they wait and we can offer additional Submitted photo classes.” Misciskia opened her Miss Tammy’s School of Dance, 108 Third St. in Neola offers instruction in tap, ballet, jazz, acrobatics and clogging. studio in 1997 and

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is located at the south east corner of Avoca going east our of town on Highway 83 and boasts a wonderful walking trail, picnic shelters, soccer field and ball diamonds. Avoca, Iowa is conveniently located at the junction of Interstate 80 and US Highway 59.



Arts education opportunities abound


ery soon your child will be thinking about school starting in the fall. Older students will be giving some thought to classes they need to fulfill requirements for high school graduation but, of course, have choices in what they may take as electives. As you are guiding your child in his or her selections, please consider education of the “whole child,” that is, well-rounded curriculum options that include the

ater — Chanticleer Theater — which offers many family-friendly choices for live theater right here in our hometown. There are many sources on the web for at-home participation in fine arts. Some cool websites that offer students an opportunity to try out their artistic talents: Other websites which foster musical appreciation and participation:

Students who take music lessons and join theater groups do better in math, reading, history, geography & citizenship Storytelling/poetry/writing: Drama/acting/dance: Photography/filmmaking: Whether it is through classes, community participation or at-home activities, encouraging involvement in the arts is of crucial importance as you nurture your child to ultimately be a happy, wellrounded adult. •

Laural Ronk

arts as well as the sciences and humanities. Most courses impart knowledge and require thought processes but few classes inspire creativity and stimulate the senses more thoroughly than a visual arts, drama or music class. High school students who take music lessons and join theater groups do better in math, reading, history, geography and citizenship, according to a study of Education Department data. It’s well documented that involvement in the arts not only boosts a child’s test scores but also enhances brain development. Art classes also motivate students to stay in school. Because of budget considerations, many school districts are cutting back on the arts in our schools and there may be fewer options. If this is the case, you as the parent and primary educator might consider how you can supplement your child’s education by seeking outside opportunities for involvement in the arts or initiating arts activities at home. When was the last time you visited a local art museum such as the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha or attended one of the programs at the Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College? Council Bluffs has an excellent community the-

- Laural Ronk is the executive director of the Bluffs Arts Council.


Aug. 27 & 28: 6th Country Music Festival Oct. 29: Old Fashioned Halloween Party for Kids 1-4pm Dec. 4: Old Fashioned Country Christmas 1-5pm All events FREE - open to public. (Donations welcome)

For information, bus or private tours call Russ: 402.689.5481 Charlie: 712.642.3925 Normal hours Memorial Day through September: Sat. 8-5, Sun. 1-5, Tues. 1-5

Thousands of antiques take you back in time

See the old fashioned, one-room school house

Huge display of Coca-Cola collectibles!

Barn features stage for live entertainment

New addition to museum shows life as it once was

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story by Susan Wheeler


Staff photos by Cindy Christensen and Susan Wheeler


hen I announced to my 13-year-old daughter that I was writing an article about back-to-school fashion, her eyes grew wide with terror. No one knows better than my two daughters that I would be better qualified to pilot the next space shuttle than to dispense fashion advice. In order to give readers a glimpse of what trends will fill the seats in classrooms this fall, I turned to local experts: My kids, their friends, a hip teacher, a mom who’s far more “with it” than I, and a popular department store manager. Apparently, if girls aren’t wriggling into skinny jeans again this fall, many fashion experts will be stunned. “Skinny jeans” was the first thing out of daughter Mia’s mouth, and fellow eighth-grader Maggie Buckingham of Riverside Community Middle School in Carson concurred. Buckingham, however, predicted not only skinny jeans, but skinny jeans with loud colors and prints. Buckingham also expects large crop tops with tanks

layered underneath and long necklaces. This look actually sounds reminiscent of my own school days, and a Kirn Middle School teacher confirmed my suspicion. “Fashion experts are already proclaiming the 2011 fashion trends as the year when the ‘80s rocker look

returns,” language arts teacher Nikki McIntosh said. “Expect this influence to become apparent in kids’ clothing - or at least in teen and preteen clothing.” My sixth-grade daughter Macy predicted capri jeans to be popular, especially when the school days are still warm. McIntosh agreed. “Something that really never goes out of style is capri jeans,” the 12year teaching veteran said. “I see girls wearing capri jeans year after year.” As for accessories, Mia said the feathers in the hair will continue to be popular, as well as “crackly” nail polish. Meanwhile, for boys, Mia expects to see more of the same - mid-calf black Nike socks, Adidas sandals, basketball shorts and Abercrombie & Fitch shirts. “Boys are typically dressed more casual than girls,” McIntosh agreed. “Most middle school boys are dressed in comfortable sports clothing like sport shorts and a T-shirt. During winter months, they typically wear warm-up pants with shorts

underneath.” So if you’re a clueless parent like myself, McIntosh said you can’t lose with these two items: Skinny jeans for girls and sports shorts or cargo shorts for boys. Braxton Mittan, a junior at Treynor High School, said he certainly doesn’t stress about his attire,

{education} fashion trends,” would strongly TH NNUAL OWA encourage parents Nikki McIntosh said, adding that ALES AX OLIDAY to avoid buying Abbie is happiest these items for Friday, August 5 & in her warm-up their girls, as they pants, shorts and Saturday, August 6, 2011 are a violation of T-shirts. Nikki’s the [Council The exemption only applies to clothing and son Abe, a firstBluffs Community footwear that meet certain criteria. grader, loves his School District] Husker football gear. Two-and-adress code and will be asked to half-year-old Adaline isn’t old change. enough for back-to-school shopping, “Boys that violate the dress code are but her mom said the toddler doestypically wearing a T-shirt with an n’t need anything but her Snow inappropriate message displayed, or White princess dress these days. baggy jeans that need to be belted. I Kim Egner of Council Bluffs said would encourage parents to make sure she and her children look forward to the ‘baggy jean’ look is school approschool shopping every year. In fact, priate.” they are planning a special trip to the Once they are dressed, students Tangier Outlet Mall in Williamsburg. need a bag for school essentials. Mia Egner said ninth-grader Brett and said most girls seem to like the oversixth-grader Kaitlyn will each get the-shoulder bags, but she prefers the $200 to spend. traditional backpack. Mia noticed that “The biggest boys tend to prefer thing they look either a backpack or forward to is the drawstring bag. tennis shoes,” Kim Assistant manager Egner said of her Sara Pease of Kohl’s in sporty kids. Council Bluffs said “Kaitlyn’s already once back-to-school been online checkitems hit the shelves, ing out the newest business stays steady shoes.” until classes start, Kaitlyn has her making school shopeyes on the ping one of the Reebok Reflex in biggest sales events of gray, purple and the year for the store. pink. While Pease wasn’t Whether you’re sure what would be looking for the popular for clothing, newest styles or comfortable standshe guessed that clothing and accesbys, always keep your school dress sories from the movie “Cars 2” would code guidelines in mind. Talking be big for the younger students. with my mother-in-law, she rememSo while some items promise to be bered how girls had to wear dresses popular, there’s no right or wrong to at least to the knees, and boys had to back-to-school fashion. But McIntosh wear slacks, not jeans. said the late-summer shopping ritual Times have changed dramatically, and the school days that follow are but there are still rules to follow. still critical in the minds of many stu“Year after year, I see young girls dents. getting sent “I do think that a lot of our stuto the office dents put a lot of energy into fashion to change and what they are wearing,” clothes with McIntosh said. “For some students it a dress code is the most important part of their violation by morning. A lot of students feel that wearing too what they wear defines who they are. short of A lot of students fret over what they shorts, or are going to wear because they feel spaghetti they have to live up to the latest strap tank trends and fashions. I do think girls tops,” are more likely to worry about the latMcIntosh est fashions and being fashionable at said. “I school than boys.” •

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Fashion experts are already proclaming the 2011 fashion trends as the year when the ‘80s rocker look returns

opting for the comfort of sweats and a T-shirt. He said girls might dress up a little more just because they want to, but Mittan said boys need more of a push - like game day. “On game day, guys will wear nicer jeans or slacks with their jersey,” Mittan said. He does notice popular name brands at school, like Aeropostale, Hollister and American Eagle. Otherwise, he sees a lot of “Treynor” and “Cardinals” gear. Of course, what makes clothing and accessories so intriguing is how we all differ in tastes, whether it’s male vs. female, mother vs. daughter, or even twin vs. twin. “Maddie likes basketball shorts and T-shirts,” Maggie Buckingham said of her twin sis. “I like fashionable stuff.” And while McIntosh enjoys following the latest trends, her 12-yearold daughter Abbie doesn’t share her passion. “She has her own personal style that she likes to stick to and doesn’t like to go out of the box for her



What would you like to see on your backpack this fall? “Star Wars, because that’s my favorite movie.” –Bennett Freeman, age 5, Kindergarten

“Twilight, because I like vampires.” –Emmerson Freeman, age 8, 3rd Grade

“Camoflage or Bon Jovi” –Jarred Funk, age 7 3rd Grade

“A ballerina” pink backpack –Meghan Funk, age 10 5th Grade

“Mario!” –Ben Mortvedt, age 7 2nd Grade


The importance of summer reading


erhaps you’ve heard of the “summer slide.” It might sound like a game, but it’s actually the name of the loss in skills that occurs when students are on summer vacation from school, specifically loss in reading skills. You may wonder how much loss there could be in just three months. Research suggests that the average student reader can lose three months of learning and the struggling reader can lose as much as five months. The bad news is, summer reading loss is cumulative. Children don’t catch up - the other children in their class are moving ahead with their skills. By the end of sixth grade, children who lose reading skills over the summer can be two years behind their classmates.

Don’t overlook the value of recorded books, graphic novels and internet materials

However, there is good news. Students don’t need to read piles of books to keep their skills sharp. Younger readers (third grade and below) can benefit from just 15 minutes of reading a day. Older students should set a goal of reading five or more books during the summer to keep from losing ground. If you have a reluctant reader, try reading aloud to your child. Parents often overlook the value of reading aloud to children, even older children. When students listen to a story, they are building listening comprehension, which helps build reading comprehension.

Don’t get too hung up on whether your child is reading at his/her grade level. Find a certain author or topic that sparks your child’s interest. When my youngest daughter was in the lower grades, she couldn’t get enough of the “Captain Underpants” books. Later, she was captivated by the “Series of Unfortunate Events” books. Because she found authors she liked, she read more without parental nagging. Reading doesn’t need to be limited to books. Especially for older students, finding magazines that are interesting can be the key to more reading this summer. There are engaging magazines available about motorcycles, sports, nature, and other topics that may entice a reluctant reader. Don’t overlook the value of recorded books, graphic novels and internet materials. The library also offers some great opportunities for summer reading, including summer book clubs. Some researchers believe it is important that students in middle school and high school read things that are important to them socially – items related to movies and books that are popular with their friends – which most library programs encourage. Teen Central at the Council Bluffs library addresses the unique needs of teens. There is RWAC (Readers with a Cause) which is an advisory board that is open to teens in grades 6-12 who make suggestions for the teen department of the library. There are special interest groups for diverse interests like anime cartoons, tin photos, and living green. You can get started with summer reading by making an effort to read each day. It may be a specified “quiet time” like during the hottest part of the day or right before bedtime. Or it may be while riding in the car or when it’s raining outside. Choose what works best for your family. Grab a book and enjoy the summer! • – Lucinda Klein-Lombardo has been the Director of Education at Children’s Square U.S.A. for the past 18 years.

Every student deserves a school


ight-year-old Annie looks like an angel with dark eyes and curly hair. She recently moved with her mother and four siblings to southwest Iowa. She is a special education student with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and had received substantial support in her Texas school. But the family left Texas quickly with almost no personal possessions after Annie’s father became increasingly unstable and physically violent. Annie had both witnessed and received the violence, leaving her clinically depressed. She had developed explosive anger because she did not have ways to cope with the trauma she and her family had experienced. Although Annie had been in counseling in Texas and had been on medication to help stabilize her mood, the medicine ran out. Counselors at her school district felt that Annie’s needs would be best met in a setting that could address her underlying emotional issues as well as work on getting her back on track academically. Annie was referred to the Heartland Family Service Therapeutic School in Council Bluffs, located at the former Pusey Elementary School building. This unique Kindergarten through 12th grade school combines therapy and academics for special education students with a major mental health disorder. More than 80 students are enrolled from 17 southwest Iowa school districts of the Green Hills Area Education Agency. Teachers and therapists are trained to help students and their families cope with the emotional and psychiatric obstacles that interfere with the student’s academic progress. They create a supportive environment for change, helping students of all ages learn to control and express their feelings productively.

The family’s most immediate need was housing. At their initial meeting school staff helped Annie’s mother address some of their comprehensive needs to establish a safe, new home. They found basic household goods and appliances, and the program covered the initial deposit for the apartment. Then Annie, her mother and siblings began family therapy with the Therapeutic School’s licensed social workers and therapists. The psychiatrist re-evaluated Annie and prescribed the mood-stabilizing medica-

She had developed explosive anger because she did not have way to cope with the trauma


tions again. Soon Annie began to integrate into her new classroom, and developed trusting relationships with the staff so she could feel safe, learn to relax and resume learning. Annie is doing well now, and is enjoying her days as an 8-year-old should. Her mother is pleased with the stability their family now enjoys, which allows her to hold a full-time job and build a future for her family. Annie will stay at the Therapeutic School for a few years, until she has the skills and the confidence to take her place in a regular school. And if her needs do not allow a return to a traditional school, she can remain at Heartland Family Service until she graduates. And all the while Annie will learn more of the skills she needs to be a successful and productive member of our community. • – Therese M. Korth, PhD, MSW, is a licensed psychologist and director of the Heartland Family Service Therapeutic School in Council Bluffs.


TRI-CENTER COMMUNITY SCHOOLS “Home of the Trojans” Tri-Center Elementary School

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Tri-Center Middle School

Tri-Center Community Schools has the reputation for being one of the finest schools in Southwest Iowa. Tri-Center offers quality educational programs PK through 12, top-notch facilities, campus-wide state of the art technology, outstanding activities programs and a caring, certified faculty, staff and administration. Tri-Center serves nearly 800 students each year.

Here are just a few of the characteristics/opportunities extended to our students/families: • All buildings/facilities located on one 40-acre campus near I-80 and I-680 interchange • Rural setting that offers good, safe country living 30 minutes from the metro area • Elementary remodeled in 2007; Middle School constructed in 1996 • 3 sections per grade level for grades K-6 (small class sizes) • Newly renovated High School and New High School addition completed in Sept. 2010 • 14 daily bus routes to accommodate the transportation needs of students/families • All buildings air conditioned • Entire campus networked electronically • Five 24-station computer labs on campus

• Twelve wireless mobile PC laptop labs (20 per cart) • Anticipate 1 to 1 Computing for grades 9-12 in 2011-12. Already 2 to 1 for grades 2-12 • Pre-School programs half day and full day • All day every day kindergarten • K-12 drug education, social skills and character education programs • Accelerated Reader/Accelerated Math for grades K-12 • Advanced Placement and college credit courses at the High School level • A greenhouse for Vocational Agriculture and Horticulture • Comprehensive academic, activity and athletic programs – Rigorous academic requirements with traditionally high achievement testing scores • Excellent, comprehensive fine arts programs

• Athletic complex – features a football/soccer stadium and practice fields, softball complex, baseball complex and an eight lane all-weather track • 3 gyms, a multi-purpose building for wrestling/ baseball/softball/auxiliary groups and a large weight training/fitness facility • 98% average daily attendance and 99% graduation rate

Firstt Dayy off Schooll forr 2011-122 is Wednesday,, Augustt 24th Registration will be held on Wednesday, August 10th from 1:00pm to 7:00pm Parents/students are welcome to come to any of the building offices prior to or after August 10th. Tours of the buildings/facilities are always available upon request or simply by stopping in at one of the building offices.

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From Summer to the Season: Museum of Religious Arts volunteers are busier than ever


ummer is getting a good start with the Museum of Religious Arts in

Logan. The museum is preparing for a statewide garage sale. The second Lincoln Highway “Buyway” yard sale will be held Aug. 4 to 6 and the museum is one of the many sales that will be taking place along highways 30 and 183 to Council Bluffs. The museum has an abundance of items from furniture to tools donated by family and friends of the museum for their garage sale. While it is a yard sale, the items are inspected and meet the criteria of the museum’s standards. The volunteers and staff will also be diligently working in the background planning for their annual Christmas event. The Reason for a Season is a threemonth program with more than

50 trees to be decorated and 400 or more nativity sets to be displayed. This preparation starts in September so everything is up and running by the first part of November. The museum collects names all year long from groups, families, businesses that would be interested in decorating a tree (or two). Each tree is decorated with a theme of choice per organization and museum visitors then come to enjoy and vote on their favorite from three categories and an over-all winner. It has proven to be a great success for the museum with more than 500 visitors a month, even if the weather attempts to shake things up a bit. It’s a winwin for both the museum and the decorating group. The group gets recognition and the museum gets to enjoy the holi-

days with an abundance of people. Also, both get to split the donations of the votes, you see the voters vote with $1 bills (or more). So why not call and sign up today? Don’t forget the gift shop! There is a variety of items in this gift shop from angels galore – some made of ceramic, cloth and wood. There are crosses large and small enough for stocking stuffers. Jewelry and nativities are also a part of their inventory. The forever-favorite Willow Tree Angels are a mainstay for the gift shop with several to choose from. Stop and check out what we have to offer in our gift shop as well as what we have on exhibit in the museum section.• - Rhonda McHugh is the assistant director of the Museum of Religious Arts in Logan.

Grades K-3rd Registration Deadline Aug. 19th, 2011 Can sign up individually or as a team Games are played on Saturdays, Sept. 10th - Oct 22nd at Bahnsen Park, 1720 Ave. L


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What to do before the school bell rings “Remember that waffle maker?” they marveled, talking about how it not only made the waffles but also turning the maker over. This year we may not take a vacation. With the economy in such a spot, it may be better just to do a “staycation” – I hate that word by the way. But what to do on our staycation? School will start before we know it, and I want the boys to have a good summer vacation – what’s left of it anyway. And there’s just not a whole lot of sites to see lately, unless you like a lot of dirty water. THE MOTHER LOAD The weather this year hasn’t exactly by Stephanie Ogren cooperated either – so far we’ve been swimming a grand total of two times. Max, 12, now thinks that swimming sually we take a family vacais “lame” anyway. tion. What would make this summer vacaWe plan it out, we talk about tion memorable without a fancy hotel to what sites we’d like to see, how long talk about for years afterward? we’re going to be there and so on. I had some inspiration. I told the The boys always ask the same quesboys I would spend one hour each day tion. with each of them. “What hotel are 10, thought But being the sport I of Danny, we staying in?” a lot of ideas. Max The boys are nuts am, and that I want not so much. Danny about hotels. said we could swim, go They have been to keep my word, I outside, and play board ever since they were am going to get back games. very small. I thought all of those We stayed at the on that 10-speed were excellent ideas. Fairfield Inn in But the preteen didn’t South Dakota one year. We took the offer much except this – “we could go boys to every site imaginable in South ride bikes!” He had a twisted grin on Dakota too. his face, because he knows that bikes But what did they talk about when we and I do not mesh. got home? Yes, I’m terrified of my 10-speed, How much they missed the hotel folks. I feel like I’m too far off of the room. ground, and even though there are “Remember the TV?” one would ask, hand brakes, I feel like I couldn’t stop if “Yeah, and that couch that turned into a I wanted to. bed!” said the other one. But being the sport I am, and that I It was as if they were two little hotel want to keep my word, I am going to critics. It was the same way when we get back on that 10-speed. I don’t know ventured to Kansas City. if I’ll be able to ride for an hour. It will The continental breakfasts were just more than likely go like this: Start riding too big of a draw I guess. … shake a little … stop riding … start


again … put my foot on the pavement to brake myself … start again … Yes, it’s that ridiculous. And I’m almost 40. They say you never forget how to ride a bike and that’s true, but I sure forgot how to ride well. And, I keep thinking about my dreaded “10-speed dream.” It’s a dream I’ve had since childhood. I’m on a huge yellow 10-speed, I’m riding along and then I hit a huge curb that’s like the size of cliff. I have never seen what happens

after I go off of the curb, but during this dream I always “fall” in bed. You know that weird jump you do just before you wake up? Anyway, 10-speeds aside, I’m going to try and make this summer vacation work without fancy locales. Heck, I might even buy one of those fancy waffle makers. That’s got to be cheaper than four round-trip tickets … • – Stephanie Ogren can be reached at (712) 325-5674 or by email at

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Jennie Ed introduces FetaLink

Hospital offers seamless, quick-view integration of mother and baby’s data during labor


ennie Edmundson Hospital’s Family Birthing Center has recently added FetaLink, a maternal and fetal monitoring system designed to help reduce the possibility of complications to mothers and their babies. FetaLink is a clinical information system used to monitor mothers

data simultaneously, on one strip, from practically any location.� The addition of FetaLink adds to the current Cerner Electronic Medical Record database used at Jennie. It allows physicians through secure access to view all of a patient’s information including vital signs, lab work, radiological results, and accompanying documentation. “It’s critical that physicians have the ability to view the information from the monitoring device, record it, and store it in a way that creates obstetrical solutions,� said Marshall. “FetaLink allows us to take the process one step further by creating a seamless integration of data into a patient’s EMR, providing a unified record of care.�


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and their babies during labor. This state-of-the-art system allows physicians to securely view the status of fetal heart tones and contractions as well as the entire patient chart remotely from their office, home or anywhere they have wireless devices. “Being able to view real-time, comparative information from any remote location is invaluable for a physician,� said Dr. Toby Marshall, an OB/GYN specialist for Methodist Physicians Clinic of Council Bluffs. “I can check on an expecting mother and her baby from just about anywhere. This is a resource that has the potential to save lives since it allows the doctor and bedside nurse to compare live and historical


This is a resource that has potential to save lives

Jennie Edmundson’s Family Birthing Center is an affiliate of the Methodist Health System, which delivers more than 4,500 local babies per year. Jennie provides labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum services in private family suites. It is also a Level II nursery which, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines, provides mothers extra assurances for their newborn. Highly specialized equipment, like FetaLink, supports trained mother/baby nurses (including a lactation consultant) in providing focused care and support after delivery. For more information or a tour of the Jennie Edmundson Hospital Family Birthing Center, contact director Sandy Bertelsen at 3966037. • - Submitted by Methodist Health System

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Save on snacks for the kids


ow that school-age kids are home for the summer, parents will hear throughout the day, “What’s to eat?” It can be a challenge to stock the fridge and cupboards with summertime snacks that are healthy, keep kids satisfied and fit into the family budget. Summertime snacks don’t have to break the bank. The trick is to plan snacks ahead of time to take advantage of ad specials, coupons and seasonal items that all help to stretch the food dollar. Another way to save is to choose store brands. Private label store brands save an average of 15 to 25 percent, with quality and nutrition comparable to the national brand. Seasonal produce during the summer months is a bargain. Summer provides an abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables, making it affordable to stock up on healthy snacks that kids will enjoy. You can also look for foods you frequently consume and purchase in bulk quantities. Chill out this summer with these budget-friendly kids’ snacks: • Frozen grapes – place washed grapes on tray and put in freezer. Serve frozen. • Frozen fruit pops using pureed bananas, berries, peaches or watermelon • Ice cream cones filled with yogurt and chopped fresh fruit • Peanut butter spread on celery, apples or graham crackers

• String cheese made from 2% milk with whole grain crackers • Deli meat, cheese and lettuce rolled in tortilla shell • Trail mix – cereal, dried fruit, nuts • Apples with caramel flavored yogurt • Yogurt Parfaits (layer yogurt, granola, and fruit in a cup or bowl) • Fresh Fruit – Just wash and eat! • Popcorn • Fresh Veggies – Want a healthy dip to go with them sometimes? Try mixing a 6 oz container of fat free plain Greek yogurt with 1.5 tablespoon Simply Organic Dry Ranch Dressing Mix. • Cereal! Look for dry cereal that is low in sugar. Cereal with milk can be an inexpensive and energy packed snack. • Fresh berries reach their peak in flavor and go down in price during the summer months. Stock up while they’re at their best! • Are you nuts? Grab a handful of unsalted almonds or walnuts for a snack packed with protein and healthy fats. Let your kids help! Kids have great ideas. Let them help you think of great snack ideas. Parents should help make sure snacks fit into a nutritious meal plan, but kids are great with new ideas so let them help! • -Wendy Kritenbrink, RD, LD is a registered dietitian at the Mall of the Bluffs Hy-Vee.

Nutrition Counseling and Educational Services: Your Council Bluffs Hy-Vee Dietitians provide a variety of services, classes and family-friendly health activities. Kids' NutritionEvents........................................................... Prices vary Contact your local Hy-Vee dietitian for more information about kids' cooking club, girl scouts, boy scouts, and birthday parties! Cooking Classes...................................................................Prices Vary Contact your Hy-Vee Dietitian to find out what kind of classes Personal Nutrition Counseling Appointments............... $60 per hour or $30 per half-hour Five Appointment Package............................................................. $160 One-hour session with four 30-minute follow-up sessions. Detailed consultations and goal setting each session to help you reach your health goals. Cholesterol Check ............................................................................ $25 With a quick finger-stick, you can receive your total lipid profile (cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides and blood glucose). For accurate results, please fast for 12 hours before the test. Appointment required. Gluten Free Counseling with Free Shopping Assistance .............$15 Price is based on basic gluten-free guidance, but may vary depending on current health status, other health conditions present, and counseling needs. Dietitian can discuss price at the time your appointment is made. Resting Metabolic Rate ....................................................................$55 This simple, no-pain test will accurately tell you how many calories you burn each day. Knowing this value can help successful weight control efforts. For testing accuracy, please avoid eating, drinking, nicotine and exercise for four hours prior to screening. Appointment required.

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• Just a small incision on your wrist • Same day surgery with less pain and discomfort • Use your hands right away • No splint to wear or stitches to remove

You can now have endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery at Shenandoah Medical Center. With just a small incision on your wrist, you experience less pain and less chance of infection. There is no splint to wear and no stitches to remove. This procedure allows you to use your hand right away. To learn more about minimally invasive surgery, contact Dr. Ray at the Shenandoah Medical Center.


Your Council Bluffs Hy-Vee Dietitians Mall of the Bluffs Wendy Kritenbrink, RD, LD 712-322-9260

West Broadway Stacey Loftus, RD, LD 712-328-9792

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The foods of summer! Smart eating starts with smart shopping


t’s hard to keep track of the foods you’re eating once it’s summertime (and the living is easy). You get outside more, you see tantalizing commercials and billboards for gorgeous looking foods in amazing serving sizes, the grill is calling you … We do love (and sometimes really believe) that “BIGGER IS BETTER.” But there are so many items in the grocery store that go unnoticed. Maybe we don’t know about them, don’t have time to explore them and – because we’re creatures of habit – worst of all, we just don’t care. “Life is hard enough and now I have to include (or worry) about the vegetable population in my life too?” Duh! Not winning can turn into winning. Let’s review: Most grocery stores are set up with the Basic Four around the inside perimeter of the building: Produce (fruits and vegetables), then bakery, then meats and then dairy. If I stayed within this design, I’d have everything I need to be healthy. Let’s look at the population of vegetables. You pick up the kids at daycare and it’s time to get them to baseball, dance class, swimming lessons or the Bluffs Art Council’s Black Squirrel Academy and they are hungry. Remember the produce section of

sea or kosher salt. Mix with your hands and spread onto a baking sheet. Bake at 250 degrees for 15-20 minutes if using a pure convection oven or 50 minutes in a conventional oven. The kale should be crispy and have the texture of potato chips. Bag it (I use little cellophane bags), tie it and add your message. It’s so good! Have you see those little red, yellow and orange peppers? They come is a plastic box at most grocery stores. Dillar Greenhouse says these peppers are called “Yum-YUMS.” Wash them* and bag them with green grapes for another easy snack idea. You can also sauté the whole peppers (prick the bottom once and leave the stems on) in about ¼ cup if olive oil. Swirl them around continuously for about four to five minutes. Remove and place on paper towels. Add 4 to 5 grinds of sea salt and toss. Eat them warm or cold. Add green grapes to your “pepper treat bag.” I’m not kidding you, the combination of salted peppers and sweet grapes is sheer delight. *Special note: Wash ALL of your vegetables and fruits (yes, even the berries) with 1 part vinegar and

Have you tried those little yellow tomatoes? They’re sweet and have a beautiful color.


the grocery store? Plan ahead. We humans like to visually see a lot: We love color, and if we adults like it or at least try it, chances are good that the kids will too. So let’s do this: Make our own snacks! Buy those baby-cut carrots, wash them*, cut them thin and put them in a Zip Lock bag (better yet, use wax paper bags for the environment). By cutting them thin, you’ll get four pieces to one and kids are more likely to eat them if thinner. Add some nuts to the carrot bag (if allergic try cashews – they are legumes). I like to add Wasabi peas, but they can be really spicy and are definitely an acquired taste. Tie the bag with a “Love, Mom” note and you are good to go. Try strawberries. Check the price. Is it per pound or per package? Select firm and bright red, no oozing in the carton. Wash them*, dry them on paper towels on the counter and then cut them into four long pieces each, so four berries equals 16 pieces. Place them in a small bag and add some chocolate chips (dark chocolate 60 percent cacao is worth a try). Add that little “love” note and bring them with you when you pick up the kids from daycare. Have you tried those little yellow tomatoes? They’re sweet and have a beautiful color. Pricey? Maybe, but you’re getting so much taste and nutrition for you money! I also add blueberries to the bag. Select the firm berries so they maintain their shape. Blue and yellow: It’s gorgeous, sweet and loaded with antioxidants. “Kisses from Mom and Dad.” And kale. Yes, that dark green stuff that you often see as a garnish. This idea comes from dear friends of mine, Mike and Denise Mase. Buy a bunch of kale. It’s about $1.18 per bunch. Wash it well* and drain on paper towels. Remove the main vein down the center of each leaf and tear the pieces to bite size. Place is a large bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and about 4 to 5 grinds of

three parts water. Keep a spray bottle at your kitchen sink. Spray and let sit for two to three minutes, then rinse in cold water and dry with a paper towel. Of the vegetables and fruits I have identified, strawberries and grapes have the highest level of pesticides so choosing an organic option is good. If you have shopping, washing, caring for or cooking questions about produce or other groceries, email me at • -Elaine Fenner is a Council Bluffs resident.


{food} Classic Grilled Cheese

Makes 4-6 servings

Crazy Crepes

with direct contact to pan. Cook over low heat until bread is golden brown. Flip with spatula, remove from pan when other slice of bread is golden brown and cheese is melted.

16-ounce loaf bread Favorite cheese(s) of choice Soft spread (butter, margarine, etc.) Thinly slice bread crosswise so that each slice is approximately 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick. Slice your favorite cheese(s), or use presliced cheese for your convenience. Spread butter or soft margarine on one side of each slice of bread. Place in frying pan, spread side down,

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1 large egg, slightly beaten 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) Greek yogurt 1/2 cup milk Vegetable oil cooking spray Maple syrup and mixed berries

1 package (18.25 ounces) plain chocolate cake mix 1 1/3 cups water 3 large eggs 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 package (16.5 ounces) refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough 1 container (16 ounces) prepared chocolate frosting Semi-sweet chocolate mini morsels

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1/4 cup of the crepe batter, swirling the pan around to coat the bottom evenly. When the top of the crepe starts to look dry and bottom is just beginning to brown, flip the crepe over with a spatula. Cook 30 seconds more, then place on a plate. Cover and keep warm while you make the rest. Crepes can be folded in quarters and dusted with powdered sugar, or topped with syrup. Boost nutrition by topping a crepe with sliced strawberries or banana (or a combination!) and rolling up. Add a bit of fun by drizzling fat-free chocolate syrup on top.

Sausage Cheeseburger Pizza Mix all dry ingredients together in large bowl. Whisk egg, Greek yogurt and milk together. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and whisk until smooth. Heat skillet over medium high heat. Spray pan with cooking spray. For each pancake, scoop 1/4 cup batter onto skillet. Flip when bubbles appear on top and cook until golden brown, about 1 minute. Serve with syrup and berries. You can also top recipes with a dollop of yogurt.

Surprise Prize Cupcakes Makes 24 cupcakes

4 large eggs 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 1/4 cups milk 1/4 cup melted butter In a medium bowl, combine eggs & salt. Take turns stirring in flour and milk, beating with a whisk until smooth. Add melted butter and whisk. Heat a medium skillet on medium-high heat. Melt some butter in the pan. Pour in

Perfect Pancakes Preparation time: 15 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes

Makes 10 to 12 crepes

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 12 minutes Makes 10 servings 1 pound ground sausage 1 12-inch prepared pizza shell 1/2 cup yellow mustard 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup chopped onions 15 dill pickle slices 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

sausage in medium skillet until browned; drain well on paper towels. Place pizza dough on lightly greased 12-inch pizza pan or baking sheet. Spread mustard over dough; top with mozzarella cheese, sausage and onions. Place pickle slices evenly on top; sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake 12 minutes or until crust is cooked through and cheese is bubbly. Cut into thin wedges or squares and serve hot. Refrigerate leftovers.

Preheat oven to 425°F. Crumble and cook

Turkey & Apple Roll-Ups

Preheat oven to 350° F. Paper-line 24 muffin cups. Beat cake mix, water, eggs and oil in large mixer bowl on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes or until smooth. Spoon about 1/4 cup batter into each cup, filling about 2/3 full. Cut cookie dough into 24 pieces; roll each into a ball. Place one ball of dough in each muffin cup, pressing it to the bottom. Bake for 19 to 22 minutes or until top springs back when gently touched. Let stand for 15 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool completely. Spread with frosting and sprinkle with morsels.

Servings: 1 1-2 tablespoons cream cheese, low-fat 1 Flour tortilla (8 inch) 2 slices turkey breast deli meat 1/4 cup fresh baby spinach 1/2 medium-sized apple, cut into thin strips

over tortilla, then add spinach leaves and sliced apple. Roll tortilla tightly, tucking ingredients as you roll. Slice wrap in half diagonally and serve.

Spread cream cheese on one side of tortilla. Place turkey slices evenly

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Hot “Beef” Sundaes 1 package (17 ounces) fully-cooked Beef Tips and Gravy 1 package prepared refrigerated mashed potatoes (or instant potatoes) to serve 4 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 4 cherry tomatoes

Instructions Heat Beef Tips and Gravy in microwave according to package directions (4 minutes). Prepare mashed potatoes according to package directions. To serve, place scoops of mashed potatoes in bowl. Top with Beef Tips and Gravy. Sprinkle with cheese and top with tomato.

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