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2013 Independence Farmers’ Market
Saturday 8:00am – 12:00 noon at the Wapsipinicon Mill
May 18 – October 19
The Independence Farmers’ Market offers locally grown produce, baked goods,
crafts, flowers, bedding plants, and herbs. The purpose of the market is to connect customers directly with the person who grew the products in a fun, casual environment.
Independence Farmers’ Market Guidelines:
- Sales begin promptly at the signal at 8:00am. No early birds.
- Produce must be grown by the vendor and crafts made by the vendor. Vendors may also be employees of the grower.
- NO AUCTION items are allowed nor is buying from a source and reselling.
- Cost of seasonal permits is $30.
- Cost of a one-day vending fee is $10.
- The market stresses cooperation, not competition. We exist for the benefit of the vendors and the customers. It is a community market. Disputes are to be resolved respectfully
- Vendors are responsible for getting their own WIC and Senior coupon permits and other applicable permits.
- Rules for labeling the ingredients of jams, jellies, and baked goods apply.
- If you have questions about market rules, talk to the market coordinators.
- Smoking is forbidden on all city property
Vendor Application Form
Complete, detach, include check payable to IFM, and return to Joe Olsen.
Name___________________________________ Business Name_________________________
City____________________________________________ State_______________ Zip_________
Items you will be selling:
*Are you WIC and Senior coupon certified? Yes No
In 2011, the market will be coordinated by a committee of volunteers who you should contact if you have a question: Gordon Murray John 563-419-3569; Joe Olsen 319-334-2709; ; Mary Davis 319-636-2990.
RELAY FOR LIFE BIG CUP GOLF TOURNAMENT
We need your help
Four Person Best Shot, Saturday, May 25nd, 9:00 Shotgun Start
CALL YOUR FRIENDS & PUT A TEAM TOGETHER FOR A FUN DAY
Three Elms Golf Course in Independence
$35.00 PER PERSON, INCLUDES LUNCH
CALL 334-4235 TO REGISTER
Call today to reserve your teams spot! 18 teams total.
A fun way for you to help in the fight against cancer.
Buchanan County “GrowthCLUB 101″ 90-Day Business Planning Workshop with Steve Wilson
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Independence, IA in the Chamber of Commerce Conference Room
Did you know that only 3% of the US businesses have a written plan? …And yet those 3% control over 90% of the wealth in the US! Pretty amazing. Knowing this fact, most business owners don’t take or make the time to do a plan each quarter. Our workshop on May 14th will introduce you to our GrowthCLUB, a systemized approach using a proven 90-day business planning process.
Here is what you will learn…Direction!
The value found by having energy, vision and focus for the next 90 days in your business
The importance of having profit growth strategies
The 6 keys to building a winning team
What a ready-to-implement 90-day plan can look like
Why confidence, leadership and decision making skills are critical in helping you to take you and your business to the next level
At our workshop… We will show you how GrowthCLUB has benefitted thousands of ActionCOACH clients around the world. We offer a 12-month business planning program that includes a full-day workshop once each quarter. Workshops give you the chance to step out of the business so you can get re-focused. We show clients how to map out a winning game plan for the next 90 day and we provide them coaching options to provide accountability to speed up implementation.
We will also present… Additional options of programs from ActionCOACH and the John Maxwell Team. These could include coaching, team training, leadership development and mentoring programs.
Sign up today… This workshop can help get you, your team and your business onto a well defined path that will give you a clear direction and new tools to achieve your goals faster!
Prior to the workshop each attendee is sent a class workbook for pre-event preparation and a call from a coach to help attendees with pre-work, questions and preparation.
Ticket Sales End May 13
Business Owner/General Manager, $99
Non Profit Director, $39
Team Member $29.00
For More Info, and to sign up, CLICK HERE!
ATTENTION FIBER ARTISTS
HELP IS NEEDED TO ‘ROOF THE MILL’
“West Side Story” continues to raise funds to finish roofing the historic Wapsipinicon Mill in Independence. As part of the ongoing effort, Buchanan Co. historical Society is making a patriotic colored quilt to be raffled off this fall.
According to Judy Scott, “All fiber artists are invited to help with this project. Pre-cut Plain Old Nine Patch blocks, with directions, have been put into kits. This is a very simple straight stitched block that anyone who can sew a straight seam could do”.
Kits are available at Quilters Quarters or by calling Judy Scott 334-3700 or Ruth Duritsa 334-7325.
With the sun shining and the weather slowly starting to warm up, the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for community-wide summer activities. “Friday Night Live @ 5” will make its return this summer to Riverwalk Parks on May 3, June 7, and August 2 of 2013 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. With the help of many sponsors, the IACC is able to host these low-cost, family-friendly events for not only Independence residents but for surrounding areas and communities alike. May 3rd will feature the theme of “Cinco de Mayo” with entertainment provided by “New Trick,” June 7th will feature the theme of “Rumble on the River” with entertainment provided by “Ernest T,” and this summer series will close on August 2nd, with the theme of “Back to School Rodeo,” featuring the music of “Stampede.” With food and drink available, it is requested that no coolers are allowed within the park and to also refrain from bringing pets. The events will feature many activities and entertainment for the entire family to enjoy, including Absolutely Indee Bag Tournaments, face painting, festive ware, and games to name a few! Save the date for “Friday Night Live @ 5!” May 3, June 7, and August 2, 2013. For more information, visit the Chamber at www.indycommerce.com or call 319-334-7178.
Please join us on Friday, May 31, 2013 at the Three Elms Golf Course
Morning and Afternoon Tee Times Available
Morning Tee Time:
Check in at 7:30am, Shotgun Tee Off at 8:15am
**Lunch Served 11am-1pm**
Afternoon Tee Time:
Check in at noon, Shotgun Tee Off at 1pm
4 Person Best Shot
Lots of Great Door Prizes!!
Everyone is invited to join us!
$50 General Admission, $45 Chamber Member Admission
Carts available at $24/cart
Can bring own golf cart for $6.00 trail fee
To register, contact the Chamber office at firstname.lastname@example.org
319-334-7178. Forms available in our office.
Please Return Registration and Payment by Friday, May 17th, 2013.
This spring, dozens of area foster youth will graduate from high school. Please help us recognize these outstanding achievements for these area youth who have beat the odds to succeed.
Nationally only 54% of foster youth will graduate from high school; only 2% will go onto college. Most suffer not only the loss of their biological family but have had multiple foster homes, moves, changes in case workers, friends and schools. On average, foster kids will move 6 times between kindergarten and 12th grade.
Building Direction for Families is working with area schools in Buchanan, Delaware and Fayette counties to recognize youth living in foster care, in shelter or on their own as they prepare to graduate from high school. Graduation ceremonies are made possible by generous community donations.
Comforter (twin), Sheet set (twin), mattress pad (twin), pillow (standard size), kitchen utensils, dinner & table ware, cleaning supplies, laundry basket, towels/washcloths, coffee pot/coffee, memory stick/flash drive, school supplies, back pack, small tool kit, alarm clock, small first aid kit, toiletries, large duffel bag, storage tote, Wal-Mart gift cards.
Cash donations will be used to purchase laptop computers for students heading to college.
Checks should be payable to ‘Building Directions for Families’ Please write “Graduation Ceremony” in the memo.
Other Service/Items Needed:
Graduation cakes, invitation printing,catering/food for graduation parties, photography for senior pics, party supplies
For further information, please contact:
Building Direction for Families
105 2nd Ave SE
Independence, IA 50644
“Playing for Change”
Blank Children’s Tractor Ride will be riding across Iowa from June 17-22, 2013.
Day 1 Onawa to Ida Grove
Day 2 Ida Grove to Fort Dodge
Day 3 Fort Dodge to Iowa Falls
Day 4 Iowa Falls to Isle Casino, Waterloo
Day 5 Waterloo to Manchester
Day 6 Manchester to Dubuque
During their day 5 ride they will be stopping at Heartland Acres, Independence for lunch. People may join the ride from here on if they so choose.
The ride is raising money for the Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines. Anyone wanting to join in on the ride is welcome. Ride fee is $50.00, make checks payable to Blank Children’s Tractor Ride. Registration Deadline is June 1, 2013. Any questions, contact Dick Barkema @ 641-512-3688 or for Registration forms. The Chamber office also has registration forms here if needed, contact us at 319-334-7178
1. Must have a valid driver’s license
2.Must have a SMV sign and a rear-view mirror
3.Dick Barkema & crew, Tom Wurth and Blank Children’s Hospital are not responsible for any accidents
4. Tractors must go at least 10mph
Independence Area Chamber of Commerce to host Community Easter Egg Hunt
Independence – The Independence Area Chamber of Commerce will host community-wide Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 24th, 2013 from 2:00-3:00pm at Leinbaugh Field (behind West Elementary) in Independence, Ia. Ages 0-9 are invited to participate in this family friendly event with adult supervision. Prizes will be made available for all participants through the kind sponsorship of Advanced Family Eye Care, Family First Chiropractic, The Grace Evangelical Church, RE/Max Independence Realty, Tim Reed State Farm, Wendy J. Troutman D.D.S., P.C., and Walmart of Independence. The Easter Bunny will make his appearance throughout the event for pictures and greeting. This event will take place rain or shine with a rain location in the West Elementary Gymnasium. For more information, contact the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce at (319) 334-7178 or “Like” the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce on Facebook for continuous updates and news on community events and activities.
Event Centers and Conference/Meeting Rooms
Office 112 – 112 1st St. East, Independence
Small Conference Room, seats 12 comfortably, no charge
Monti Community Center – holds 250-300 people
Weddings, $400 for non-members, $200 for members
Other Events- $150 for non-members, $75 for members
Funeral Dinners- $100
2854 Washington Ave.
Coggon,IA 52218 319-934-3776 Email: email@example.com
Wapsi Wine Cellar, Independence, IA
Small Private Events (ex. Bridal shower,bachelorette party or rehearsal dinners)
For groups of 20 or less they can cater an elegant sit down 5 course dinner at a very reasonable price, you are always welcome to bring in your own food and appetizers or have your party catered from your favorite restaurant. Please email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Bridget at 563-920-8255 to plan the perfect party.
Falcon Civic Center, Independence IA
1305 5th Ave 319-334-2606
Small conference room-10 people capacity
For profit, first 3 hours $15, $10 for each add’tl hour. $35/day max
Non-profit, $10 for first 3 hrs, $7.50 for each add’tl hour $30/day max
Large Conference Room- 49 people capacity
Profit- first 3 hours $40, each add’tl hour $20/hr. $70/day max
Non-profit, first 3 hrs $20, $15/hr for each add’tl hour $55.00/day max
Also rental of gym, 275 max
Profit- first 3 hours $175, each. Add’tl hour $45, daily max $275
Non-profit- $100 for first 3 hours, each add’tl hour $35, $150/day max
Birthday Parties, Rental of gym for 2.5 hours is $65, use of kitchen included
Independence Public Library
Free for non-profit organizations
1 room seats 30 2nd room seats 8-10
4-H Building- Buchanan County Fairgrounds, Independence
1202 12th St. NE Lisa Wendling- 319-334-6229
Up to 350 people $500 charge
Bill’s Pizza & Smokehouse
201 First St. West 319-334-2455
Small Party Room – up to 50 people
Brandon Community Center
802 Main St., Brandon, Ia 52210
Phyllis Clark- 319-327-0520 or 319-474-2317
Multipurpose Room, Fits 240 comfortably- Use of Kitchen included
Meeting Room: great for showers and meetings holds 30 people comfortably
Multipurpose Room: ( Wedding Receptions or ANY Friday or Saturday Rental)
$400 Rental fee for day/night of event
Other Rental Circumstance ( Multipurpose room)
(Sunday- Thursday Rentals)
$100/ 4 hrs (minimum rental) $25 each additional hour of rental
$50/ 4 hrs ( minimum rental) $10 each additional hour of rental
Okoboji Grill at River Ridge Golf Club
1749 Golf Course Blvd. 319-334-6576
Parties and Private meetings for up to 45 people
Henderson Event Center- 2320 Iowa Ave, Independence
Allison Henderson- 319-240-5880 Elliott Henderson- 319-361-6464
Price $0000 50+
500 Guest Capacity, Smoke Free, Handicap Accessible, Full Bar Service, Full Kitchen,
2600 Swan Lake Blvd.
Independence, Iowa 50644
Brian Bell, 319-332-0123 Email: email@example.com
Maximum seating capacity is 450. The open layout can also be split into 3 smaller spaces using dividing walls and can be arranged banquet-style, classroom-style, theater-style, conference-style or U-shaped.
The patio is an inviting outdoor space overlooking the gazebo and Swan Lake. The gazebo is the perfect setting for your outdoor wedding at the Events Center.