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CAIM Creative Co. announces evening of music with Catherine Glackin Aug. 30 at Arts on Grand

Catherine Glackin is beginning her second year in pursuing a flute performance and music education degree at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. As a Bienen School student, she performs in large bands and orchestras, as well as chamber ensembles which include: flute quartets, woodwind quintets, flute-viola-harp trios, and more. While her studies lead to countless hours in the practice room, they also present performance opportunities and professional training in preparation for a career as a classical musician and educator. Catherine will be accompanied by local pianist, Christina Pierce.  Christina is a 1993 Spencer graduate with a music degree from Wartburg College.  Christina has been accompanying Catherine for many years as well as many other local performers. 

Join CAIM Creative Co. in welcoming Catherine Glackin back to Spencer for a recital on August 30 as she shares her tremendous talents and love of music.

Grand Avenue Community Outreach building in Spencer Iowa

Grand Avenue Community Outreach forges a focused future

A lot has changed at Grand Avenue Community Outreach since Kevin Brown became the faith-based organization’s executive director. Brown transitioned from board member to director around the beginning of the year. He has since found himself handling many different duties that could be expected of a director: fundraising, public relations, strategic planning, among others. “The first month that I was here, it was getting myself comfortable with everything that was here,” Brown said. “The building itself, obviously the finances, just getting to know how things tick.”

Of course, there are the occasional odd jobs that many nonprofits demand of any staff member, regardless of title.

Torrey Proctor and his life-size, remote-controlled R2-D2 droid from the Star Wars franchise.

‘Beep beep boop’: Spencer STEM instructor builds life-size R2-D2

Torrey Proctor has brought a small feature of a galaxy far, far away right here to Spencer. Up until February, Proctor had spent 11 months building a life-size, remote-controlled R2-D2, one of the famous characters from the Star Wars franchise. Proctor’s R2-D2 made its public debut at Family Fest earlier this month. Last week, he gave a presentation on how he built the droid during the monthly Techknow meetup. “Part of this project was to build something big and ambitious and share it with my kids,” Proctor said at the meetup.

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‘Soul Happy Art’ to be featured in Arts On Grand gallery

Arts on Grand is excited  to announce “Soul Happy Art” by Deb Madsen Burow in our gallery February 19 to March 30. 

Her cheerful, whimsical and colorful paintings are like a breath of fresh air in the end of winter, reminding us of the spring. 

Be sure to join us for an opening reception on February 23 from 1-3 p.m. 

During the month, Debbie will also be teaching two one-night watercolor classes from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on March 12 or 20. Call Arts On Grand to reserve your spot at (712) 262-4607. 

This class is great for beginners or more advanced students who would like pointers. Parents are encouraged to bring teens and share the experience together! Select a photo to view

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Upcoming Films for the Cinematically Disadvantaged features announced

Arts On Grand and Carey’s Electronics are excited to bring you the next edition of Films for the Cinematically Disadvantaged. These films will be shown upstairs at Carey’s Electronics at 7:00 PM. Coffee, tea, and popcorn will be served with your free will donation. February 25 Summer Interlude Sweden 1951

Ballerina Marie (Maj-Britt Nilsson), spending the summer with her unsettling Uncle Erland (Georg Funkquist) at his quiet island home near Stockholm, meets the kindhearted Henrik (Birger Malmsten) and falls into a carefree summer romance with him that ends suddenly and tragically. Years later, after rediscovering her old diary from that fateful summer, melancholy Marie returns to her uncle’s home in an attempt to quiet the demons that have haunted her ever since.

WonderLab received a grant from the city to help fund a ball wall like the one pictured here. (Photo by Megan Jones)

WonderLab: “A place where kids can just be kids”

Megan Jones and Angie McCaulley have a vision. Their shared vision is to give Spencer families a place where their children can play, learn and interact with other children. That place will be called WonderLab. It’s home likely will be the old post office building at 21 West Fifth Street that used to house Bogenrief Studios. “This is a place where kids can just be kids,” said Jones.