Central College Campus Ministries to host Global Care Fair

Central College Campus Ministries will host a Global Care Fair on Thursday, Dec. 5.

The event will take place from 4-7 p.m. in the Maytag Atrium at Central College.

The mission of the event is to educate people about fair trade, ethical sourcing, and sustainable buying practices and how their purchases can make a difference; educate people on issues with consumerism (fast fashion, sustainability, etc.); provide students, staff, faculty and community members a place to buy and/or learn about ethical and sustainable items with an emphasis on holiday shopping and gift giving; and as people of faith, the organization wants to teach people how to be intentional shoppers and care for humanity through purchases.

The organization is advertising this event as an opportunity to buy sustainable and ethical Christmas gifts, so bringing items to sell is encouraged for business owners. You are free to sell whatever products you want to bring. This is a tabling event catered toward college students, so business owners are encouraged to bring educational resources, interactive activities and information on their business. Each business has their own strengths to share.

Staff and community members are also invited to attend. Contact hennings1@central.edu or laflinh1@central.edu for questions or to RSVP.

Pella Opera House to host Davis Folkerts and Friends

The Pella Opera House will host “Davis Folkerts and Friends: Christmas at the Opera House” on Sunday, Dec. 1.

The event starts at 3 p.m. The weather date is Monday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.

Kick off the holiday season with Davis Folkerts, an annual favorite, on the Barton Theatre Organ. Vocalists and instrumentalists will sing and play along with guests to Christmas favorites.

Executive Director Cyndi Atkins says this is always a popular show for the holiday season. The annual Festival of Trees will also be open prior to the show.

Central College names Ellie Burns director of pre-college programs

Ellie Burns has been named the director of pre-college programs at Central College.

Burns oversees Central’s Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound I and Upward Bound II. Each year, these programs provide tutoring, counseling, mentoring, financial guidance and access to college education to more than 1,000 participating students from area middle and high schools. All students in the program are income-eligible and/or are potential first-generation college students.

Burns earned an undergraduate degree in elementary education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also has a master’s degree in special education from Murry State University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Drake University. Burns has previous experience at Central with the college’s Educational Talent Search program, where she worked from 2008-2016.

“Ellie has extensive knowledge of helping students and parents through the college selection process as well as working with underrepresented populations,” says Carol Williamson, vice president for enrollment and student development. “We are thrilled families will benefit from her vast knowledge and expertise.”

Burns is thankful for the opportunity to return to Central. “My time away from Central and the TRIO programs emphasized the love I have for both the work of TRIO and the Central community. I’m honored to return to a place and department that feels like home,” she says.

Central’s pre-college programs are federally funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Competitions for grant renewal happen every five to six years. Central’s programs have been continuously funded since 1966.

2020 calendars available at Marion County Extension Office

Three different 2020 Calendars are available for purchase at the Marion County Extension Office.

This year’s Marion County Best of Show Calendar is a 13 month calendar featuring photos taken here in Marion County. The photos are from the winners of our 2019 Marion County Photo Contest. The cover photo on this calendar won Best of Show in the 2019 Marion County Photo Contest and was taken by Marla Mertz. Stop in today to get yours before they are gone!

The 2020 Iowa State University Garden Calendar features colorful photos of butterflies. Finally, the third calendar option is the complimentary pocket calendar that includes a notepad and weekly calendar for 2020.

Stop into the Marion County Extension Office to pick up your 2020 calendar or purchase them for holiday gifts! Calendars can be picked up at the 210 N. Iowa Street in Knoxville.

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