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Friday Night Live @ 5 Summer 2015

Monday, January 19th, 2015

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Save the Dates! Friday Night Live @ 5, Summer 2015

Independence Area Chamber of Commerce

(Independence, IA)- Planning is underway for summer events in Independence. The

Independence Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the return of Friday Night Live

@ 5 for the eight consecutive summer season. Friday Night Live @ 5 is a family friendly event

held in the summer months at Riverwalk Parks in Independence. These events are free to the

public, with food and beverage options, live music, Absolutely Indee bag tournaments, and more.

Save the date for May 15th- “Friday Night Fiesta” with entertainment from the Swamp Cats, June

12th- “Smoke on the Wapsie” with entertainment from WAGG, and August 7th, “Back to School

Bash” with entertainment from Milk and Honey.

For more information on these and other events hosted by the Independence Area Chamber of

Commerce, or for sponsorship opportunities, call 319-334-7178 or visit

“Like” the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce on Facebook.

Register for the 2015 Farmer’s Market!

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

2015 Independence Farmers’ Market

Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at the Wapsipinicon Mill

May– October

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 8:00 a.m. 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 and for a one-day vending fee the cost is $10.
  • The market stresses cooperation not competition. Disputes are to be resolved respectfully.
  • Vendors are responsible for getting their own WIC and Senior coupon permits and other applicable permits.
  • Jams, jellies and baked goods MUST be labeled with ingredients, vendor name and contact information.
  • Baked goods must be covered and up off the ground.
  • If you have questions about market rules talk to the market coordinator or committee member.
  • Smoking is forbidden on all city property.
  • With the exception of stalls for the Historical Society, space for the visibility of the Mill sign and a stall for electrical access vendor stalls are on a first come first served basis on the day of the market (i.e. no overnight parking to “save” a spot).

Vendor Application Form

Complete, detach, include check payable to IFM, and return to:

Joe Olsen, 2003 206th St, Independence, IA 50644

Name _____________________________  Business Name ________________________________   Address _______________________ City ____________________ State ________  Zip ________   Phone _________________________ Email _____________________________________________ Items you will be selling:         Are you WIC and Senior coupon certified?               Yes                No   The 2014 market will be coordinated by Gordon Murray-John 563-419-3569; secretary Roxanne Fuller 319-334-7161 and treasurer Joe Olsen 319-334-2709.  Hope Langel is the Facebook contact and Amy Kelly is the web site coordinator.

IACC to Host Community Easter Egg Hunt 2015

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

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 29th, 2015 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, RE/Max Independence Realty, Wendy J. Troutman D.D.S., P.C., Veridian Credit Union, and Fareway 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.





Shop Local! Buy Chamber Bucks!

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014



Support Local, Shop Local, Give Chamber Bucks!

Shopping local keeps more money in our local economy, supporting local jobs, community growth, and community sustainability.   Give the gift of local this holiday season by buying a tool at a hardware store, purchasing a new sweater at a clothing store, giving a decorative heirloom from a specialty store, or purchasing Chamber Bucks at the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber Bucks are dollar-like bills, only redeemable at local Chamber businesses within our community.  By gifting Chamber Bucks, your money stays local by giving recipients the option of where they can spend their gifted dollars locally.  Chamber Bucks may be used at over 70 local businesses, including restaurants, retail, convenient stores, and more.  By spending Chamber Bucks, 100% of sales are returned to the selected business participants.  Chamber Bucks are sold in five dollar increments and are non-redeemable for cash.  Chamber Bucks make great stocking stuffer items, birthday gifts, and more!

Chamber Bucks are available for purchase at the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce at Office 112 in downtown Independence.  For large gift quantities, please call in advance at 319-334-7178.    For a complete list of accepting businesses, visit this link:

2015 4th of July Parade Entry Form

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

2015 4th of July Parade 

 Hosted by the

Independence Area Chamber of Commerce

 Theme: Independence: Putting on the Ritz

(See below for the registration form)

 Welcome to our 155th Parade Celebration! Please complete and return the bottom portion of this official entry form with the applicable entry fee by Monday, June 22nd  to guarantee your position in the parade lineup.

 The entrance fee is $10 for the first vehicle or walking group, and $5 for each additional vehicle or walking group.  Please make checks payable to: Independence Area Chamber of Commerce.

 All entries will be judged this year and plaques will be awarded

based on the following criteria:

 Best Use of Theme

Best Decorated

Best Promotion of the City

 Most Creative

Best Overall

 Entries must be received by June 22nd, 2015

Please return your completed entry form with your check made payable to the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce:

  4th of July Parade

Independence Area Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 104

Independence, Iowa 50644

2015 4th of July Parade Registration

Amish Country Map, Hazleton, Iowa

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

 Amish Country Map, Hazleton, Iowa

Amish Stores, Page 1

Amish Stores Listing, Page 2

Amish Maps provided by the Hazleton Commercial Club

PO Box 363, Hazleton, Iowa 50641

319-636-2854 or 319-636-2243

Area Event Centers and Conference/Meeting Rooms

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

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:


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 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

Can rent by filling out a written application.  The form must be turned in with a signature in person, by e-mail, or by fax 319-332-0306.



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

Meeting Room

$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 Center2320 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,


Heartland Acres

2600 Swan Lake Blvd.
Independence, Iowa 50644

Brian Bell,  319-332-0123     Email:

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.