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January 2018

City Council Goal Setting Meeting 1

January 13 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Parks and Recreation Activity Room, 1500 Gateway Hills Park Drive
Ames, IA 50014 United States

Members of the Ames City Council and Mayor are meeting on January 13th and January 20th to set goals for the upcoming year. Do you have some ideas or issues you think the council should focus on? Consider attending these meetings and contacting your City Council Members.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

January 15

The Volunteer Center of Story County is again coordinating service projects in honor of Dr. King’s Legacy of community engagement.  During the day on Monday, January 15, several community organizations have a variety of projects for volunteers to participate in.  This Day of Service, is supported in part by a Community Grant from the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau. Find all activities here: https://vcstory.galaxydigital.com/need/?age=&agency_id=&county=&onDate=&distance=&zip=&need_impact_area=&need_init_id=620&qualification_id=&cat_id=&meta=&meta[]=&q=&allowTeams=&s=1 Activities include: T-shirt mats for local animal shelters Blood donation Painting at Creative Counseling Services Cleaning shoes…

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MLK Jr. Day: “Balancing Freedom of Expression and Diversity” conversation

January 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Memorial Union Ames, IA United States

From the organizer: The national conversation surrounding free speech and diversity issues on college campuses will continue with a lecture at Iowa State University next week. Mariah Watson, former student government president at the University of California, Davis and Howard Gillman, chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, will discuss First Amendment rights and the concerns of diverse populations on university campuses. “Balancing Freedom of Expression and Diversity: Campus Conversation” will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in…

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2018 State of the Community

January 19 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Ames Community School District, 2005 24th St
Ames, IA 50010 United States

From the organizer: The 2018 State of the Community, sponsored by the Ames Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters of Ames and Story County, will be held in the Ames Community School District's Administration Building, located at 2005 24th Street, on Friday, January 19th from 11:30-1:00pm. Lunch will be provided free of charge. Attendees will hear from Ames Mayor John Haila; Alisa Frandsen, President of the Ames Community School District Board of Directors; Sarah Buck, Chair of the Mary…

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City Council Goal Setting Meeting 2

January 20 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 pm
Parks and Recreation Activity Room, 1500 Gateway Hills Park Drive
Ames, IA 50014 United States

Members of the Ames City Council and Mayor are meeting on January 13th and January 20th to set goals for the upcoming year. Do you have some ideas or issues you think the council should focus on? Consider attending these meetings and contacting your City Council Members.

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Iowa Safe Routes to School Conference

January 25 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Des Moines MPO, 420 Watson Powell, Jr. Way
Des Moines, IA 50309 United States

From the organizer: The Iowa Safe Routes to School conference will focus on "Vision Zero for Youth." In 2017, there were five fatalities of children under the age of 15; an alarming trend that must be reversed. We will start off with the University of Iowa's Injury Prevention program. Pam Hoogerwerf, and her great team will discuss their exceptional program, and how it is helping Iowa move towards Vision Zero. The Governors Traffic Safety Bureau will discuss the Vision Zero…

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Ames Youth and Schools Action Team – General Meeting

January 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Ames Public Library, 515 Doublas Ave
Ames, IA 50010 United States

Inclusive Ames action group Ames Youth and Schools Action Team is holding a general meeting to continue their work on raising awareness and advocating to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in Ames Schools. From the organizers: AYSAT, the Ames Youth and Schools Action Team, has been working since January 2017 to raise awareness and advocate to eliminate the racial/ethnic disparities seen in Ames Schools. These disparities are not only in academic achievement, but also in disciplinary actions, enrollment in advanced…

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Fossil Free Fast: Climate Change Resistance watch party

January 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1015 N. Hyland
Ames, IA 50014 United States

Following the State of the Union address on January 31, 2018, the Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance will hold an event where powerful movement leaders will speak on how to light a path forward in the fight against the climate crisis. The Ames watch party will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on 1015 N. Hyland from 7pm - 9pm. The event is free.  

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February 2018

2018 Freedom Fun Banquet

February 1 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gateay Hotel & Conference Center, 2100 Green Hills Dr.
Ames, IA 50014 United States

From the organizer: "Leading A Culture of Change" Ames Branch of the NAACP - 2018 Freedom Fund Banquet Keynote Speaker: Aiddy Phomvisay - Director of Central Campus for the Des Moines Public Schools, 2014 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year For more information and to register visit: www.ameschamber.com > click: Community Events Individual $75 or a table of 10 - $700 Social from 5:30pm to 6:00pm Dinner and Program from 6:00pm to 8:30pm

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Inclusive Ames: Toward Building Community: First Understand Ourselves

February 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ames Public Library, 515 Doublas Ave
Ames, IA 50010 United States

From the organizers: Ross Wilburn, Diversity Officer at ISU and Associate Director of Community Economic Development, will lead discussion and activities about community and diversity. Participants will explore the dimensions of diversity that they personally bring to the community and/or work setting and work to better understand how these differences can be either strengths or barriers (or both) in relationships. Registration is requested. Provided in partnership with Ames Public Library and Inclusive Ames with support from the Ames Public Library…

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