The Fairfield Art Association announces another attempt on its 12th annual summer art installation after a break for a year with Covid. The theme has been changed from “2020” to “2020 in 2021, A BETTER VIEW” reflecting a new attitude for a brighter future. We are excited to offer a very fun design and engage participants eager to create again, while giving viewers something to enjoy and smile about.
The FAA invites area artists, fine craftsman, or creative groups or businesses to participate. Twenty garden nodes around the downtown square and up Main Street to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center have spaces available for art work placement and will be assigned as entrants sign up and are approved. Registration begins immediately, with pickup of guidelines and wooden design piece starting March 22, at the FAA Studio in FACC, open Monday – Friday from 12 Noon – 4:30 PM or email firstname.lastname@example.org for other pick up arrangement time.
This year the FAA will be providing precut wooden pieces in the shape of eyeglasses thanks to Rob Mitchell at FHS and his industrial arts students. There will be four shaped eyeglass designs to choose from at the FAA Studio, including Cat Eye, Octagon, Rectangle and Round. Any material can be used to decorate or embellish our shaped wood piece. Use of recycled, found, used, and Fairfield related items are encouraged, but most of all being creative, using good taste and making sure all materials are weather proof, of sturdy construction and safe to handle. All completed work must be designed to work with our simple pole installation plans which are provided in our overall guidelines. Complete list of Guidelines to follow can also be found at www.fairfieldartassociation.org
"We have a feeling this will be a popular art installation after a year of pent up creative projects, so we encourage early sign up to reserve a display space and our limited wood forms. This is an art form that can be worked on at home, by yourself or with others", noted by Suzan Kessel, FAA volunteer director. "Some of the glasses will be placed for taking 'Selfie photos' and a reminder that "things are looking up again".
Completed entries must be turned in to the FAA Studio between June 1-3, to be installed prior to June 4, when the “2020 in 2021” Art Display officially opens for Fairfield’s First Friday event. A Silent Auction of all the entries will begin on August 6 and conclude at the September Art Walk with proceeds divided equally between the participant and the FAA.
FAA President (left) Makenzie Champ and Volunteer Director Suzan Kessel (right)
announce the Summer Art Installation theme “2020 in 2021 – A BETTER VIEW”. Four different eye glass designs have been created out of wood by FHS Industrial Arts class students to be used by up to 20 artistic participants for the 12th annual downtown public exhibit.
Photo by Werner Elmker.
Fairfield Women's Club & the McElhinny House
Bake Sale & Frozen Dishes
Frozen Ham Balls! Frozen Chicken Casseroles! Get a little help with your Easter dinner (or anytime). Orders must be placed by March 18th. To order, call 641-472-0013.
Ham Balls pan of 9: $13.00
Ham Balls pan of 2: $4.00
Chicken Casseroles Family size: $12.00
Chicken Casserole Individual size: $4.00
Many choices for your Easter Table-Cakes, Pies, Cookies, Breads, and MORE!!
Please order by Thursday, March 18th; actual Bake Sale event date and dish pick up date is Saturday, April 3rd, 2021 from 9am - 3pm at The McElhinny House.
The McElhinny House is located at 300 N. Court Street in Fairfield.
The Iowa Department of Human Rights (DHR) brings strength to Iowa's rich heritage. Our three divisions - Community Action Agencies, Community Advocacy and Services, and Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning - work to reduce cultural, social, and economic barriers to opportunities for Iowans to succeed.
Utilities-LIHEAP Deadline April 30, 2021
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can help Iowa families stay warm and reduce health and safety problems. The program provides assistance with heating bills, energy crisis, and weatherization and energy-related home repairs.
LIHEAP helps qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season. The application deadline is April 30, 2021. Customers who qualify for LIHEAP are protected from having their natural gas and electric utilities disconnected from November 1 to April 1.
Applications are taken at your local community action agency. Anyone having difficulty paying their utility bill or facing disconnection at any time should contact their local community action agency for assistance. To find your local agency, visit https://humanrights.iowa.gov/dcaa/where-apply, or contact the Iowa Department of Human Rights (DHR) at (515) 242-5655 or 1-800-351-4659. LIHEAP information is available in multiple languages on the DHR's website. Iowans may also call 2-1-1.
Iowans have endured an unprecedented time that included the pandemic, natural disasters, and social issues. The impact of these crises have exacerbated the challenges of vulnerable Iowans that affect their health, finances, food security, and everyday life. The Department of Human Rights operationalized strategies to support the well-being of vulnerable communities that include low-income households, communities of color, persons with disabilities, and those who have few resources. Learn about the highlights and impact of DHR's work and COVID-19 response by watching this video.
DHR Accepting Applications from Youth
The Iowa Department of Human Rights is accepting applications for the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC) and Iowa Youth Congress (IYC) for the 2021-2022 membership term. There is no cost to apply or participate. Applications are due June 4.
State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council
The State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC) is comprised of 21 youth members from across Iowa between the ages of 14-20. SIYAC is a statutory council that provides input to the Governor, legislature, and communities about important issues that affect youth.
To learn more: https://humanrights.iowa.gov/cas/siyac
To apply: https://forms.gle/CvhWH5TBTezxXJKX6
Letter of recommendation: https://forms.gle/9a2wkxmsRmuLJynH9
Iowa Youth Congress
The Iowa Youth Congress program provides an opportunity for a diverse group of up to 100 Iowa high school-aged youth to learn about the legislative process, leadership skills, civic engagement, and advocacy.
To learn more about IYC: https://humanrights.iowa.gov/iowa-youth-congress
To apply: https://forms.gle/TAt7hh7wVbqyN52y8
Iowans with Underlying Conditions Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine
The Iowa Department of Public Health announced that effective Monday, March 8, 2021, Iowa vaccine providers can officially begin vaccinating additional priority populations. Individuals 64 years of age and younger with medical conditions that are or may be an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are now eligible. See Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendations for those conditions here.
This announcement comes as several Iowa counties have reported they are nearing completion for vaccinating previous priority population groups. Some counties and vaccine providers will remain focused on previous priority populations until they are closer to completion.
Because vaccine production has not fully met the demand for vaccine, Iowans will need to remain patient as vaccine production increases. The White House announced this week that by the end of May, there will be enough vaccine for anyone over the age of 16 who chooses to receive one.
Starting March 9, the 211 Call Center will be able to assist Iowans age 65 and older who need assistance scheduling an appointment and don’t have access to the technology to do so.
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine adds one more layer of protection.
New State Vaccine Website
The State has launched a new website, Vaccinate.Iowa.gov, that provides information about vaccine priority populations and eligibility, resources available for Iowans age 65 and older, and answers to frequently asked questions about vaccine. The site also hosts a locator tool where users can enter their zip code to find vaccine providers near them. Once a provider is selected, appointment scheduling will be done through the provider’s website or scheduling platform. Information on the site will be updated regularly and site content can be translated into multiple languages.
Slam the Scam!
Federal agencies are warning consumers about vaccine scams and other other scams that ask for money or personal information. Here's information on how to protect yourself and how to report a scam.
March is Women's History Month
Nominate Women Who Make History
The Iowa Women's Hall of Fame honors women who make history. Every day, women in Iowa lead in ways that make the world a better place. These women are the people you know: they are your co-workers, neighbors, friends and local leaders; they may spend their time as professionals, educators, mothers, care-givers, philanthropists and entrepreneurs. To nominate a woman for the 2021 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame, go to the Iowa Department of Human Rights' website by clicking here: 2021 Nominations. To learn more about those who have been honored since the Hall of Fame was established in 1975, click here: Inductees by Year. The nomination deadline is April 1, 2021.
National Votes for Women Trail
The National Votes for Women Trail is a project of The National Collaborative for Women's History Sites, which seeks to celebrate and tell the stories of people and places that were instrumental in the lengthy struggle for women’s suffrage. The Trail consists of two parts: 1) a database with digital map and 2) a program of historical markers for about 250 women’s suffrage sites across the country.
Iowa on the Map
DHR's Commission on the Status of Women, along with partners, placed the Mary J. Coggeshall Votes for Women Marker on the Iowa State Capitol Grounds for the 19th Amendment centennial in 2020. The Iowa Capitol Planning Commission approved the marker, and it was placed in the flowerbed south of the Pioneer Statuary Group/Buffalo Fountain, which is located west of the Iowa State Capitol on September 17, 2020.
In November 2020, the marker honoring Belle Babb Mansfield was unveiled at Iowa Wesleyan University in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
Work from Home Jobs Display
Iowa Workforce Development announced that it has added a remote/work from home jobs display to its website in order to assist job seekers specifically looking for these opportunities.The list of remote/work from home jobs can be found on the www.IowaWORKS.gov home page. Once you open the home page, scroll down to see the new purple card on the left marked "Work from home in these exciting career opportunities." You can click the button on that card to see the list of jobs displayed, with a brief job description. When you click on a job title, it will be necessary to log into IowaWORKS.gov to see the full description and how to apply.
COVID-19 Language Resources
American Sign Language Videos-CDC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-Resources for Limited English Proficient Populations
Congolese Health Partnership Videos
Coronavirus, State Website
Crescent Community Health Center-Marshallese Language
EMBARC Ethnic Minorities of Burma and Advocacy and Resource Center
Hawaii Office of Language Access-Youtube
Iowa Department of Human Rights-Language Access
Iowa Department of Public Health
Iowa Spanish Helpline 515-344-3936
Multi-Lingual Hotline 1-877-558-2609
Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa
Test Iowa-Free COVID-19 Testing (Spanish available)
Iowa Department of Human Rights
Lucas State Office Building
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515-242-5640 or 1-800-351-4659
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Register TODAY for Pick-Up Iowa 2021 Sponsored by Keep Iowa Beautiful!
Join communities across Iowa participating in Pick-Up Iowa 2021 in coordination with the Great American Cleanup! You and your organization can participate by cleaning up litter and trash along Iowa’s roadsides, neighborhoods, streets, school grounds, parks, forests, and streams.
Your community may participate by cleaning up litter and trash along Iowa’s roadsides, neighborhoods, streets, school grounds, parks, forests, and streams.
Who may participate?
Anyone! Cities, community and civic associations, schools, church groups, local sports teams, college clubs, groups of families and friends, businesses, Scouts, and others can organize their members and participate in Pick-Up Iowa.
When: Pick-Up Iowa, will be held March 26th to June 30th, 2021 on any dates that work for your group.
What: Pick-Up Iowa is part of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup — the nation’s largest community improvement program. It is estimated 20,000 communities participate nationwide. As a Keep America Beautiful affiliate, Keep Iowa Beautiful is encouraging communities across the state to host a clean-up event between March and June 2021.
To participate, register your group before March 12, 2021. Registered participant groups are eligible for a limited supply of free cleanup supplies such as bags, grabbers, safety vests and gloves donated by Keep Iowa Beautiful.
To sign up to be eligible to receive clean-up supplies and assistance with your event, please complete the registration form.
We look forward to assisting you with a successful Pick-Up Iowa 2021 event!
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New 2021 EEOC Released Guidance for Employers: COVID-19 Vaccination at Work
Mar 17, 2021 | 1:00 PM ET | 60 Min | By : Margie Faulk
HRCI Credit : 1.5
With the COVID-19 vaccination being distributed across the nation, various businesses ask if they can or should require their workforces to get vaccinated. In response to this, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued guidance on vaccination-related issues in these workplaces. They implicate the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), among other laws. Employers who consider implementing vaccination programs should abide by this EEOC guidance.
However, all employers should know what requirements are under the EEOC guidance and what non-compliance with them Z would result in. Besides, proper communication of policies helps ensure proper compliance. Employees will have many questions. Thus, it necessary for the employers to have these answers to ensure the employees have confidence.
Here employers need to adapt to the changes to ensure employees and their stakeholders have confidence in their workplace. COVID-19 policies must consider all the landmines that can expose Employers like the ADA, HIPPA, Privacy issues, reasonable accommodations, and compliance with other regulatory entities.
The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to partner with Iowa State University and several other chambers in South East Iowa to present a free business class on Monday, March 29th from 9am to 12pm. All Chamber businesses are welcome to register. There is a limit of 20 people for this class, so be sure to register soon before the class fills up.
Victor Oyervides from Iowa State University will be teaching this three hour course called "The Business Model Canvas", a strategic management tool created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. It is a simplified, visual, open source tool, which is user-friendly, hands-on, and a step-by-step guide for future direction. At its most basic level it is a canvas divided into nine individual rectangles representing the building blocks of all small business and nonprofits. The nine building blocks are:
On the Business Model Canvas, an entrepreneur will organize, analyze, adjust and implement premises on a feasible business concept. The nine building blocks will guide a person on the pathway to understanding how their business concept will create value for value in return. This tool is applied by entrepreneurs, small businesses, large corporations and nonprofits. Once you engage the tool, you may be enticed to continue utilizing it on all kinds of different business ideas or management projects.
Please see the attached flyer and click on the link below to register.
Registration to close: 03/24/21 11:59pm
Come Join the Frog and Toad Call Survey for its 30th Anniversary!
The Frog and Toad Call Survey has a long tradition, starting in 1991. That was the first year a troop of community scientists learned the frog and toad calls and trooped out into the night to visit wetlands across the state. Over the years, volunteers have collected data on over 2,200 wetlands and provided an incredible record of frog and toad activity.
Program coordinator Stephanie Shepherd explains, “It's rare to have such a broad set of data collected over so many years on ONE species, much less a whole group of vulnerable species.”
To get involved with the frog and toad call survey you will need an adventurous spirit and the interest to learn up to 16 frog and toad breeding calls. Interested volunteers can see whether there are any survey routes near them by browsing the maps of available routes on the DNR website. If you don't see an available route that will work, creating your own survey route is also an option. The time commitment for conducting the survey and submitting data is roughly 10 hours total between April and July each year and will require being out after dark for roughly 2 hours during each survey period.
Each workshop will be limited to 20 households and a $5.00 fee is required. Registration will close on March 22nd at 5 pm or whenever the 20 household per workshop limit has been reached. Direct questions to Stephanie Shepherd at email@example.com.
Interested volunteers must register for one of the three training workshops. Workshops are limited to 20 households each. Registration will close when that number of registrants has been reached or on March 22nd, 2021, whichever comes first.
There is a $5 fee to cover workshop materials. For more information and to register, go to www.iowadnr.gov/vwmp or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce is inviting members of the community to attend our Zoom Learning Series on Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 at 10AM. Our guest speaker will be Ashley Moyer, Executive Director of Continuing Education at Indian Hills Community College. Ashley will speak about the Iowa South project, a concerted effort by Indian Hills, and area Economic Development Associations as well as Chambers of Commerce in a ten county region with a focus on attracting talent to this ten county region. This event is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, March 10th, 10AM
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