The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome
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Business After Hours
Thursday, November 18th, 2021 from 5pm - 7pm
2096 Nutmeg Avenue, Fairfield
Join us for Business After Hours on Thursday, November 18th, at Overland! Overland will be featuring their new brand for the holiday season. Stop in and enjoy appetizers and wine from SOMM Wines, and receive an update from owner Roger Leahy on the changes that Overland has made over the last 2 years and what to expect in the future. Don't miss special drawings for gift cards and merchandise! Get an early start on your holiday shopping!
Overland was established in 1973 in Taos, New Mexico, and has now expanded to 17 stores across the United States over the last 45 years. They sell quality coats, hats, gloves, slippers, rugs and much more for your family and home! Please visit Overland.com for more information and to browse their merchandise.
The Chamber Business After Hours is a free, monthly networking event open to Chamber Members, their guests and the general public. If you are interested in hosting a Business After Hours, please contact the Chamber at 641-472-2111 or by email at Info@FairfieldIowa.com.
The Fairfield Art Association announces two art classes will resume in person, at the Studio in the FA&CC beginning the first week of November. Anyone interested in taking a class can contact the art instructor to register, as each class has different class size limits, fees and information.
John Preston will hold his weekly classes on Wednesdays from 1:00 - 3:30/4:00 PM beginning on November 3. He will alternate teaching Watercolor and using other opaque mediums, with input from class members on those medium selections. This class is limited to 8-9 participants. John is a recognized and award winning Midwest artist that is also sought after for his brilliant instruction of beginners to advanced artists. His demonstrations in class are a valuable tool for not only methods of painting, but use of a variety of materials. You can contact John about the class fee, materials needed and any other questions, or to register at his email email@example.com
Accomplished artist Elaine Duncan also returns to teach "Art for Your Sake", her class for adults is every other Tuesday from 2-4 PM starting on November 2. The class is small, intimate and focuses on the unique, two-dimensional art produced by each student, with emphasis on developing the individual’s creative process by exploring inner, intuitive language. Individual instruction is for any level of skill, beginners are encouraged. Students will work with pencil, paint, collage, a variety of surfaces, and different techniques of application. Interaction with fellow students on group projects as you wish.
Register by contacting Elaine at firstname.lastname@example.org Class size is limited to 5 students.
Fairfield Art Association
Veteran's Exhibit in FAA Gallery
Friday, November 5th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Main Gallery at Fairfield Arts and Convention Center
The Fairfield Art Association announces an exhibit just in time for Veteran's Day. Mike Carlson is the creator of dozens of to scale size dioramas he will share in the Main Gallery of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. The display opens to the public on Friday November 5 and runs through November 12. A reception will be held from 6:30-8:30 PM on the First Friday Art Walk night of Nov. 5.
According to Mike’s sister Sheryl Payne, his interest in art began as a young boy sitting at their parents’ kitchen table for hours assembling and painting models, as well as drawing cartoons inspired by MAD magazine. When not doing that, he and his friends gathered their toy soldiers for battles in his dad’s pasture.
Mike’s love for art continued through high school, nurtured by art teacher Bob Glocke. After high school, Mike joined the local National Guard unit and, after returning from basic training, he enrolled at Parsons College graduating with a bachelor’s degree in art/history. Required to graduate as an art major, he had a one man show with paintings done on canvas. He started Carlson Concrete Specialists in the mid seventies becoming well known for residential basements and driveways, as well as parking lots and commercial work for local manufacturers. He retired and closed his business in 2013.
Mike began creating dioramas in the mid-eighties while his interest in art and war history continued to grow. He also was inspired by the recollections from his father, Jack Carlson, and his uncle Don McKee. Both served in the European Theater during WWII, with Uncle Don being in the 3rd Armored Division at the Battle of the Bulge. Mike’s love of reading war history encouraged him to create 3D images. He felt that dioramas better depicted the horrors of war, as well as the heroism and sacrifices made by our armed forces and their families. He had a room in his house dedicated to his hobbies and was able to display his earlier dioramas. That house was totally destroyed by fire in 2014, but since then he has recreated and created over 50 dioramas that currently line the walls of his hobby room. He has said more than once, “That’s it - I’m out of space!” Then another war history book is read and another story needs to be told, so there is rearranging and more space found!
The dioramas are done in 1/18 or 1/6 scale with much imagination and detail, including hand painting and detailing the figures, vehicles, and structures, to make them look as realistic as the photos he has seen and stories he has read of actual events. Mike uses acrylic paints, balsa wood, and natural foliage. Paper-mache and foam insulation create variances in landscape elevation and terrain. The dioramas range in size from 14” deep by 14” wide to 18” deep by 40” wide. He has created dioramas for different battles and scenes from the Civil War, WWI, WWII, the Korean conflict and the Vietnam conflict, as well as some non-military dioramas. Dioramas vary in the time they take to create, anywhere from one week to more than one month, depending on size and detail. Mike has also collected 16 WWII, 1/18 scale aircraft which he has highly detailed and weathered for realism.
The FAA continues it's exhibit by Iowa Art Quilters and Fiber Artists on the Main Gallery walls through November. These two exhibits of very different mediums are both must sees.
Mike Carlson with a few of his 3D Dioramas at home that he has created and will display Nov 5 - 12 in Main Gallery at FA&CC.
Dear Business Owner/Manager:
We may still be in October, but the holiday season is officially underway.
A recent survey asked over 400 consumers regarding their upcoming holiday shopping plans, and the results are not surprising:
▪83% of consumers want to avoid shipping delays common to the holiday season.
▪83% also worry about products running low on inventory early this year.
▪95% of consumer find free shipping essential when shopping online.
▪47% of consumers plan to shop mostly online this holiday season.
Now more than ever it’s imperative to promote shopping local. Nurturing local business strengthens our community, and ensure dollars stay local, translating into better schools, streets and services for you and your family.
Radio is the most-used media from 6am to 7pm—when brick-and-mortar stores are open and consumers are out of the home, providing opportunities to hit them with retail ads. Now is the time to reach out to the thousands of potential customers that KMCD/Classic 96 serve every day.
Together let’s make this the best holiday shopping season to date. KMCD/Classic 96 has a host of effective campaigns that can be custom fit for your business, your budget and your P1 client. In addition, we offer a full line of digital assets that can place your name and products in front of the buying public when they are most likely to make the purchasing decision.
To learn more about all the marketing options you have at your disposal with us, call 641-472-4191 between 9am and 4pm or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and we can go over these options to find a plan that works best for you.
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Goodwill of the Heartland Thwarts Halloween Supply Chain Issues, Counts Down Top 10 Costumes for 2021
Families don’t need to break the bank to be their spooky best
OCTOBER 4, 2021 -- More Americans are planning on participating in spooky Halloween festivities in 2021, according to the National Retail Federation, with nearly half (46 percent) planning to dress up and more than half (52 percent) planning to decorate. Overall, 65 percent of us plan to celebrate in some fashion.
Even so, Halloween isn’t immune to ongoing supply chain shortages. Items most difficult to find are home and yard decorations, but shortages have also impacted costumes and accessories. Shoppers wanting to continue their spooktacular lifestyle will likely need to get a little more creative to fulfill their “claret wishes and cobweb dreams.”
“Halloween is a shopper’s paradise,” said Kolbi Jamison, retail project manager. “We save unique donated items all year long, starting November 1 for the following season. We also have a wide variety of accessories for any costume idea, making Goodwill your one-stop shop for an exceptional Halloween costume, unlike anyone else’s.”
There’s good reason Goodwill is known as “Halloween Headquarters.” From DIY videos to one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories, the thrift stores are a one-stop shop for those who relish the creativity of the holiday.
The retail team prepares for Halloween throughout the year, setting aside donations that could be used for costumes. Dark evening gowns, for example, make great witch dresses – pointy black shoes finish the look. White blouses are must-haves for pirates and vampires. Cowboys need boots and a western hat.
New goods provide those finishing touches that aren’t typically available as donations or shouldn’t be donated. Stores, for instance, carry vampire blood, make-up, eye patches and hosiery.
There is so much merchandise that our stores are segmented by costume theme, which makes shopping easier.
Crafting a perfect Halloween at Goodwill is a win-win for shoppers and the community. Shoppers can find unique items at low prices. Even new goods are sold at prices well below what shoppers will find with other retailers. And Goodwill depends on strong Halloween sales to support our mission. It is essentially our nonprofit’s largest fundraiser.
Roughly 88 cents of every dollar is returned to the community. Goodwill helps people with disabilities, veterans, seniors and young people facing employment challenges. The organization works with people overcoming struggles with substance abuse, as well as those reintegrating after incarceration. At Goodwill, people can learn new job skills and gain valuable work experience. Those who need extra support to live independently or thrive in a community job setting also find a helping hand.