ISU Extension and Outreach - Jefferson County, in partnership with The Greater Jefferson County Foundation
Free Scholarship Workshop on Sunday, November 7th, from 2pm - 4pm at the Cambridge Building at Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
Space is limited, registration is required. Student may be accompanied by one (1) parent or guardian, please. The workshop will explain how to properly complete a scholarship application, review the Foundation's Scholarship website, and more!
Trauma Talk Blog
Diana's New Book - Phoenix Rising
I am pleased to announce that I am a
contributing author of our new Phoenix Rising book!
Powerful women authors from around the world
share courageous and transformational stories.
Phoenix Rising book launch:
Friday, September 24th at 9am!
In Phoenix Rising, nineteen remarkable women from across the globe take us behind the scenes and reveal what it took for them to rise from the ashes to achieve extraordinary things.
My chapter in this book is an exploration of the life of hidden truths, secrets and, most of all, self-deception, and how ubiquitous and tragically misunderstood trauma is.
In surviving trauma and caring for myself, perhaps the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that trying to minimize trauma, rationalize it, stigmatize it, and put on a stoic, but, erroneous public face only makes things worse.
Ultimately, it is a story of how I, first as a mother, and then, simply as myself, rose from the ashes of my own traumatic past, allowing healing to be at the forefront of my life, to become the humble hero of my own story.
All proceeds from our book go to this charity
Diana is the founder of her Trauma Talk Blog and Mindset Coaching programs.
She shares her stories of healing trauma, hope and inspiration through
speaking engagements, keynote address, monthly blogging, and seminars.
Diana is currently writing her memoir about the consequences of trauma and how they can force us to interpret our lives through unhealthy lenses.
The theme of her book is understanding how easily we put up our human coverings, create facades, display happy faces and elaborate veneers, hoping that all these theatrics will protect us, protect our families, and somehow make our pain and inner turmoil magically disappear.
This is a story of how by understanding these mechanics we can re-write trauma's silent narrative and heal and live rich and meaningful lives by becoming the hero of our own story.
Fairfield Art Association
Iowa Art Quilters & Fiber Artists Exhibit Opening
Friday, October 1st, 2021 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Fairfield Arts and Convention Center - Main Gallery
The Fairfield Art Association announces a new exhibit by "Iowa Art Quilters & Fiber Artists" opening on Friday October 1 in the Main Gallery at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. This amazing fiber show of 30+ art pieces, including Fairfield's Wendy Read, is a favorite for viewers and has a Reception for the Artists, members and guests from 6:30-8:30 PM on that Friday.
A bonus exhibit "Color Expressions" in the Hallway Gallery features art works by FAA member artist Gin Lammert in oil, soft pastels and plein air pieces.
"Iowa Art Quilters & Fiber Artists" is a slight name change with the addition of "Fiber Artists". According to Wendy Read "Our group recently decided to expand our focus from the art quilt to encompass all fiber art forms, as our members have explored additional fiber art forms and techniques. While the term “art quilt” allows for more creative use of the techniques and materials not typically found in traditional quilting, it does not reflect all of the artistic endeavors possible in the larger umbrella of the fiber arts."
Iowa Art Quilters and Fiber Artists have been meeting monthly for 16 years, in Grinnell, Iowa, to exchange ideas and inspire each other in our quest to grow as fiber artists. The group is open to any Iowan interested in the quilting/fiber arts, beginners to advanced. Our emphasis has always been to learn from one another, with programming voluntarily supplied at each meeting by creative and willing members who share their techniques and/or a product they have found interesting and useful.
Fiber artists from around Iowa exhibiting in this show include: Wendy Read, Barbara Riggs, Carol Trumbull, Jean Taft, Sue Kluber, Susan McIntyre, Karen Grimes, Sandi Rieber, Judy Ludwich, and Rebecca Loew.
About our Hallway Gallery exhibiting FAA Member artist: Gin Lammert studied under artist/instructor Richard Dutton while attending Indian Hills Community College in the 1970’s. She began showing her work in public in 1978. There are a few rare pieces signed in her maiden name of South, followed by 27 years as Ginny Sorak. Since 2001, her signature work changed yet again to Gin Lammert with soft pastel and oil paints being the primary mediums of choice in creating portraiture, landscape, and still life works. In 2015, Gin began participating in plein air competitions and has won numerous awards at these events. She currently resides in Southern Iowa where she teaches from her home studio. Gin also travels throughout the Midwest sharing her accumulative knowledge in workshops as well as giving demonstrations for schools and institutions interested in fine art. Lammert has taught in the FAA studio.
2021 Teacher Appreciation Day - Held Wednesday, September 15th, 2021
Fairfield Arts and Convention Center
The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce and local business sponsors held the 2021 Teacher Appreciation Day event at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021. Teacher attendees from 5 school districts (Fairfield, Maharishi, Pekin, Cardinal, and Van Buren) joined us in celebrating Teacher Appreciation Day. Special thanks to our Gold Star Presenting Sponsors, MidWestOne Bank and TrafFix Devices!
Are you interested in continuing to help our teachers? Contact the Fairfield Chamber for information about the Angel Tree! The Angel Tree was displayed at the event and decorated with wish list items from teacher attendees. These wish list items are bigger items that the teachers currently need for their individual classrooms, such as large area rugs, bookshelves, iPads, and much more!
To view the Angel Tree wish list items, click here. If you're interested in donating an Angel Tree wish list item, contact the Chamber!
For more information about Teacher Appreciation Day, click here.
Iowa Workforce Development Announces Workforce Roundtables - Sept. 14, 2021
Roundtables with Business and Community Leaders to be Hosted at IowaWORKS Offices and Local Community Colleges
DES MOINES – Iowa Workforce Development today announced more than 25 workforce roundtables to be held across the state this fall in an effort to partner with business in addressing the state’s workforce shortage. In conjunction with the roundtables, IWD will lead a support team to conduct workforce needs assessments for interested local employers onsite. Participating employers will then be provided a tailored set of information about relevant state programs along with dedicated points of contact. Employers interested in hosting a workforce assessment can send an email to email@example.com.
The roundtables, beginning later this month and running through November, will take place at IowaWORKS field offices and local community colleges throughout the state. All attendees at the roundtables will be provided information regarding existing workforce strategies they can adopt to help meet their needs. Specifically, each roundtable will provide information about available resources that help with hiring and retraining, collaborating with community and education partners, upskilling employees, and removing barriers such as childcare concerns that sometimes can block Iowans from entering the workforce. Employers, local business members, and educators are encouraged to attend.
The full schedule of events and registration can be found here.
“One of my chief priorities as governor has been working to make sure that Iowa has the skilled workforce necessary to compete in a changing economy,” said Gov. Reynolds. “These workforce roundtables will provide an opportunity for the State to ensure we are supporting Iowa businesses with the right programs as they strive to meet their workforce needs.”
“Several agencies in Iowa have workforce development programs and funding available to help employers create a robust workforce. The support teams will provide information about state opportunities that is tailored to their needs,” said IWD Director Beth Townsend. "Roundtables will be fast paced, brief, and early in the morning to best meet employer schedules and provide key information about how employers can use existing state programs to grow their workforce.”
The events are being held at no cost to the attendees. Registration is now available at www.FutureReadyIowa.gov/registration.
An Equal Opportunity Employer/Program
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities.
Fairfield Cultural Alliance
Art & Culture Mini-Grant Applications
Applications Due Monday, September 20th, 2021
Applications Awarded Wednesday, September 29th, 2021
Every year, the Fairfield Cultural Alliance (FCA) promotes the arts and cultural activities in our community by awarding small grants to individuals, and organizations with historic, artistic, or musical creative projects.
The FCA continues its work in 2021... supporting individuals and local organizations that are drawing on limited resources trying to provide creative and innovative ways to showcase their art or talent. This includes virtual performance venues, online galleries and shared funding sources designed to connect artists of all sorts to their audiences.
Grant Applications with instructions — now available for download at http://www.fairfieldculturaldistrict.org/ for individuals and organizations working as part of our cultural community. Organizations with 501(c)3 status can either apply themselves, or sponsor other individuals and organizations with projects.
The recipients will be announced and grants will be distributed on September 29th, at the Central Park Gazebo on the Downtown Square at 7pm. Watch for further details on the Fairfield Cultural Alliance Facebook page and in local media!
Anderson Prairie Farm Donated to SILT
Showcase and SILTFest Sept. 17th!
This event is outdoors and free. Bring your chairs or a blanket for sitting on the grass. Masks are strongly encouraged. Social distancing required. Light appetizers and drink will be served. Program at 7 pm. RSVP. RAIN DATE SEPT. 24
Help Decorah SILTFest Go Virtual
Cherish the Memories from 2019 SILTFest Decorah!
Farmer Andy Boone, Land Donor Lyle Luzum and our beloved Paul Johnson
(with a cameo from a celebrity friend from another SILTFest!)
Community Corn Harvest Draws Over 1,500!
Frances Moore Lappe 2020 Live Chat
More videos on SILT's YouTube channel!
Thank You to Our Amazing Partners
Sustainable Iowa Land Trust Check us out on social!
Trauma Talk Blog: Back to School - Is Bullying an Issue?
Click Here to read the September Trauma Talk Blog!
IDR Releases New Tax Guidance: NOLs Incurred During COVID-19 Pandemic
President Donald Trump's pandemic disaster declaration affects all net operating losses incurred in Iowa after January 20, 2020. The Department has released the following tax guidance to explain this update:
The mission of the Iowa Department of Revenue is to serve Iowans and support state government by collecting all taxes required by law, but no more.