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Marion Messenger - Sept. 2017

A quarterly newsletter by the City of Marion, Iowa -

2 MarionAugust 2017

Message from Messenger
the Mayor


Swamp Fox
Festival Details


Citizen Survey




Parks &







Marion Swamp Fox Festival to
Named celebrate Marion’s Heritage

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2 Message from the Mayor

A Message from the Mayor

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to be in Marion was named a 2017 All-Star Community by the Iowa League
Marion. of Cities for the Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing
Arts at Lowe Park.
This summer we’ve had the opportunity to enjoy a The All-Star Community Award is the most prestigious honor given by
number of free community events at the Klopfenstein the League to cities. Judges determine winners based on innovative efforts
Amphitheater. In addition to moonlit movies and in areas such as urban renewal, development, preservation, collaborative
weekly sunrise yoga, the venue has featured a Johnny Cash efforts or quality of life improvements. Marion was among three of Iowa’s
tribute band, dueling pianos, a hypnotist and magician and 945 cities to garner such recognition.
other live performances to entertain audiences of all ages. This
enhanced programming at our one-of-a-kind performance The Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts was completed
venue led to Marion being recognized by the Iowa League of in 2014. The venue, managed by Marion’s Parks and Recreation Department,
Cities as one of only three All-Star Communities in the state. features a 50-foot stage, intricate tile work and a canopy of six oak leaves
Congratulations, Marion! I will proudly accept the award on sculpted from Corten steel. Improved programming efforts in the last year
behalf of our community at the end of September. have increased usage of this permanent outdoor venue and taken it from
a best-kept secret to one of Marion’s crown jewels.
This award is one example of the recognition Marion is
receiving for many positive things taking place in our city. “We pride ourselves on an unequaled quality of life,” said Marion Mayor
At a recent City Council meeting, a representative of the City’s Nicolas AbouAssaly. “This amphitheater is another example of how our city
bond counsel informed us that Marion has once again earned has reached higher to create a venue that is unlike any other. I commend the
an AA1 credit rating from Moody’s Corporation. Only a Marion Chamber of Commerce, all the donors and community volunteers
handful of Iowa cities enjoy this high rating, which is an and our city government for giving our community this amazing gathering
endorsement of our city’s sound fiscal management and space and performance venue.”
strong financial state. We have maintained this high rating
while managing the city’s rapid growth and investing in new in the know: election
infrastructure and amenities.
Three Seats on City Wednesday in the Ward
Across the community, many projects and developments Council Election Ballot Meetings Continue
are improving the city’s curb appeal, adding new amenities Marion voters will cast ballots Marion City Council members
and contributing to the quality of life we all enjoy. One exam- for their next City Council have been hosting a series of
ple is historic Uptown Marion where we’re seeing significant representatives in Ward 2, Wednesday in the Ward meetings
private investment in building restoration and new businesses. Ward 4, and At-Large on to showcase the projects under-
The Uptown Artway is now open and most of the storefronts November 7, 2017. Nomina- way in the respective wards and
have been filled! A number of new shops, pubs and restaurants tion packets are currently discuss those anticipated in the
have recently opened or are currently in the works. I encourage available at the City Clerk’s next couple of years. The next
everyone to support these and all our local Marion businesses. Office, Linn County Auditor's meeting is planned for Ward 3 on
Office or online. Nomination Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 from
Thank you to all who provided input through this year’s papers should be submitted 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the community
citizen survey. I’m encouraged to see that 93 percent of our to the Election Services De- room at Hills Bank & Trust, locat-
residents gave high marks to the quality of life our city pro- partment at the Linn County ed at 3204 7th Avenue in Marion.
vides! Even if you didn’t participate in the survey, your input Auditor’s Office during the The Ward 4 gathering is planned
is always welcome and encouraged. candidate filing period which for Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 from
ends Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Hickory
Contact city council members and staff via email Room at Lowe Park, 4500 N. 10th
or phone. We also invite you to visit with City Council Voting Resources Street in Marion. Residents can
members during weekly office hours at the Marion Public visit the Mayor & City Council
Library every Saturday morning. And I strongly encourage Are you registered to vote? page at to
you to take advantage of the meetings in the wards. These Do you know which ward view a map of Marion’s wards and
quarterly meetings give you an opportunity to interact in you live in? Need to change determine the appropriate meet-
an informal setting with City Council members and staff to information on your voter ing to attend. In addition, Marion
ask questions and learn about what is happening in the city. registration card? Forms City Council members continue
Our next Wednesday in the Ward meeting will be in Ward and more information can to hold regular office hours every
3, on Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the community room at Hills be found on the City Saturday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the
Bank & Trust. Clerk’s Elections page at Marion Library, 1095 6th Avenue.
Finally, I hope to see many of you at the Swamp Fox
Festival. This year’s festival offers something for everyone,
with an expanded schedule and new events.

Keep reaching higher!

swamp fox festIval 3

Travel “Back to Our Future”
at the Swamp Fox Festival

Buy a Button Make plans now to attend the 28th annual Swamp Fox Festival Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2017.
“Back to Our Future” is this year’s theme which celebrates the community’s strong
Show your support of the heritage and its forward momentum.
Swamp Fox Festival by On Friday, make your way to the Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts at
purchasing a $3 button. Lowe Park and enjoy the movie, “Back to the Future,” on the big screen. Pack a cooler and bring
Buttons are available at the a blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy this 1985 classic. The show is expected to start at 7:30 p.m.
following Uptown locations:
Kettel House Bakery, Lillians On Saturday, a variety of events will take place in and around City Square Park including
of Marion, ReAlive Meta- a 5k run/walk, a pancake breakfast, the Swamp Fox parade (following a new route), an
physical & Repurposing, The historic architecture walk and new exhibit at the Marion Heritage Center. The Marion
Chocolate Shop, Wits End YMCA is also hosting a new event, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Thomas Park for
Coffeehouse, Treasure Chest youth in 5th-8th grades.
Collectibles, Marion Heritage
Center and Marion City Hall. The festival is proud to again coincide with the Fall Marion Market in City Square Park,
coordinated by the Marion Chamber of Commerce. The market features more than 50 market
vendors with seasonal produce, artisan items, and food options along with children’s activities
and musical entertainment.

The Swamp Fox Committee is pleased to have Marion’s current and past mayors serve as
grand marshals of the parade.

Saturday afternoon the fun moves to Lowe Park for more food, live music and various
family activities including BINGO, life-size games and garden events. Music will be provided
by Brass Transit Authority and dinner will be served by the Linn County Cattlemen, Kettle
House Bakery, Pizza Ranch, Allen’s Apple Orchard and more. The grand fireworks finale
will take place at 8:30 p.m.

On Sunday, check out a variety of classic cars on display at the Classic Car Cruise-in/
Car Show at Thomas Park.

Visit for the full line-up of events and make plans
now to take part in this community celebration.

4 swamp fox festival

PSawrtaicmipapteFinotxheCseontests Hotel/Motel Funds Awarded
to 15 Area Organizations
5K & Little Fox Mile
Each year the City collects a seven percent room
The Swamp Fox Festival 5K run/walk is set for Sept. 30 at 7:30 a.m. tax on overnight stays at hotels and motels in the
lining-up on 5th Avenue between Marion City Hall and Vernon Middle community. The funds are then redistributed through
School. Prizes awarded to the first overall male and female finishers. the Hotel/Motel Grant Program which awards exempt
Active or former military service men and women receive a $10 dis- or non-profit organizations or agencies of a local
count. Race shirts are provided for those who pre-register for the 5K. government that work to increase tourism in Marion.
The registration fee is $20 before Sept. 5, $25 before Sept. 24 and $20
(without a shirt) up to the morning of the race. In July, Marion City Council awarded $169,000
in hotel/motel funds to 15 area organizations.
The Little Fox Mile, a one-mile race especially for kids, returns in
2017. Register by Sept. 24 for $10, which includes a t-shirt and finisher The organizations receiving funding include:
medal. Late registration does not guarantee a shirt. • Freedom Festival 2018
• Giving Tree Theater
Find course maps and online registration at • GO Cedar Rapids Registration forms also available at • Granger House
Marion City Hall, Lowe Park or Thomas Park. • Greater Cedar Rapids Open
• Marion Arts Council
Parade • Marion Arts Festival
• Marion Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee
The Swamp Fox Festival Parade, sponsored by Linn County REC and • Marion Chamber of Commerce
Marion Hy-Vee and Marion Hy-Vee Drugstore, is a Marion tradition • Marion Historical Society
and this year will be following a new route along 6th Avenue. The • Marion Metro Kiwanis
parade starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30. This year’s theme is • Marion Parks & Recreation
“Back to Our Future.” Parade entries could honor Marion’s past, its • Marion Swamp Fox Festival
existing attributes or the community’s forward momentum. • Red Cedar Chamber
• Uptown Marion
Registration forms and full details can be found at
swampfox or at the Parks and Recreation offices at Lowe or Thomas Local and visitor support of the Best Western PLUS
Parks. Cash prizes will be awarded in a number of categories. The Longbranch, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham and
parade is limited to 150 entries and the registration deadline is Sept. 15. Marion Motel directly contributes to this funding source.
Registrations will not be accepted the day of the parade.

Enter the Essay Contest

The 2017 Swamp Fox Festival Committee along with The Marion
Times are pleased to announce an essay contest centered around Marion
history for anyone entering 3rd grade and beyond. Four winning essays
will be chosen with each receiving a cash prize and his or her essay
published in the Sept. 28 edition of The Marion Times. Entries are
due by Sept. 15. Learn more at

Essay Topic: Marion History – Then and Now

Imagine it’s 1940 and you’re at the corner of 7th Avenue and 10th Street.
What does the street look like? What shops and businesses are open?
Tell us a little history about your favorite building or location in Marion.
What used to be there? What is it now? How has our community
changed over the years?

Sweet Night of Shopping

The Chocolate Walk is back! Shoppers are invited to an adult evening
strolling Uptown Marion and savoring chocolate treats on Friday,
October 6 from 8:00 – 10:30 p.m. Over 30 participating businesses offering

extended hours. Grab a friend and enjoy fall at your favorite spot
and discover new stores. Enter for a chance to win one of two $100
gift certificates to participating Uptown Marion businesses by
presenting a receipt at the welcome booth located at 7th Avenue
and 11th Street. Live entertainment will be featured throughout
the district.

swamp foX SCHEDULE 5



Friday, September 29 fund the Lions Club’s efforts to help elimi- Sponsored by Linn County REC,
nate blindness worldwide and improve our Marion Hy-Vee and Marion
Marion School Foundation community. The menu includes pancakes, Hy-Vee Drugstore
Golf Classic eggs, sausage, coffee, juice and milk. A signature event of the Swamp Fox
Enjoy this tasty breakfast for only $6, $4 Festival, this parade is one you won’t want
Gardner Golf Course, 5101 Golf Course for children ages 5-10, 4 and under free. to miss. Route will turn from 15th Street onto
Road l 10 a.m. 6th Avenue instead of 7th Avenue this year.
Join us for a special 15th Anniversary 5K Run/Walk The “Back to Our Future” theme encourages
celebration! Funds raised support the parade participants to celebrate both the
Marion School Foundation and its mission 5th Avenue, between Marion City Hall days gone by and days yet to come. Floats
to provide enhanced learning opportuni- and Vernon Middle School l 7:30 a.m. are encouraged and advance registration is
ties for students in the Marion Independent Sponsored by Farmers State Bank required. Registration forms are available
School District. This past school year, the Start the day off right, running or walking at and
Foundation contributed over $60,000 to through Marion. Corridor Running is the due by Sept. 15.
support learning, focusing on classroom event organizer and provides full details,
grants and scholarships. Learn more: including registration forms and a course Friends of the Library map at Regis- Book Sale
tration fee is $20 before Sept. 5, $25 before
Friends of the Library Sept. 24 and $20 (without a shirt) up to the Marion Public Library, 1095 6th Avenue l
Book Sale morning of the race. Back by popular demand 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
...the Little Fox Mile, a one-mile route specifi- Hosted by the Friends of the Marion
Marion Public Library, 1095 6th Avenue l cally for kids. Youth registration is only $10. Public Library
4-6 p.m. Best ever sale of gently used books, music,
Hosted by the Friends of the Marion Fall Marion Market and movies. Come and explore!
Public Library
Best ever sale of gently used books, music City Square Park l 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Shop Uptown Marion
and movies! Come today for the greatest Hosted by Marion Chamber of Commerce
deals. Sale is open only to Friends members, Sponsored by Marion Chamber Platinum Uptown Marion, various retailers l
but you can purchase a membership at the Community Partners – Farmers State Bank, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
door for just $10. Fosters Heating and Air Conditioning, When you shop Uptown Marion, you ex-
ImOn Communications, MercyCare Com- perience a unique destination that’s Made
Moonlit Movie featuring munity Physicians and Townsquare Media. for You. Home to locally owned boutiques
Back to the Future Pumpkins, gourds, and cornstalks, oh my! featuring original art, specialty clothing,
Don’t miss the Fall Marion Market featuring personal accessories, antiques, collectibles,
Klopfenstein Amphitheater at Lowe Park, vendors offering a wide variety of season- and gifts for anyone on your list. Find great
4500 N. 10th Street l 7:30 p.m. l Rated PG al produce, artisan items, and tasty treats. deals on a variety of unique merchandise
Sponsored by The ESCO Group Take-and-eat food vendors will be on-site. and check out the new businesses that
In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town Kids will enjoy Papa Balloon from 9:30 a.m.- have opened in the district.
California teen Marty McFly (Michael 1:30 p.m. and live music by Barbe` and
J. Fox) is thrown back into the ‘50s when Dave Paris – Undistorted from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Historic Architecture
an experiment by his eccentric scientist Walk of Pucker Street
friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes 3-on-3 Youth Basketball
awry. Traveling through time in a modified Tournament Obtain a map at the booth in City Square
DeLorean car, Marty encounters young Park l 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
versions of his parents (Crispin Glover, Lea Thomas Park, 343 Marion Blvd l 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Hosted by the Marion Heritage Center
Thompson), and must make sure that they Hosted by Marion YMCA Embark on a self-guided tour of historic
fall in love or he’ll cease to exist. Even more New this year! The YMCA is hosting a 3-on-3 Pucker Street. The tour starts at the corner
dauntingly, Marty has to return to his own youth basketball tournament as part of the of 13th Street and 8th Avenue and travels
time and save the life of Doc Brown. festival. The tournament will be organized east. Examples of each of the important
in two divisions (5th/6th and 7th/8th grade architectural styles of the period of 1860-
The Shriners will be serving popcorn girls and boys). Teams can have up to 5 1920 can be found within just a few blocks
and limited concessions will be available for players each and are guaranteed 4 games. of this National Historic District in Marion.
purchase. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Games will be 20 minutes long or until the
first team scores 30 points. Entry fee of Bags Tournament
Saturday, September 30 $100 for the team, which includes 1st and
2nd place awards in each division. To sign 6th Avenue, between City Square Park
Family Breakfast up, contact Dave Baker or Dale Emerson and Marion Public Library l 11 a.m.
with the YMCA at 319-390-3488. Following the parade
Marion Heritage Center, 590 10th Street l Hosted by Marion Parks & Recreation
7-9:30 a.m. Swamp Fox Festival Parade Once the parade concludes, 6th Avenue will
Sponsored by Network Computer Solutions be set up for a bags tournament. Teams of
The Marion Noon Lions Club will serve up Starts at the corner of 15th Street and 1st two adults, ages 18 and older, will compete
breakfast under the canopy in front of the Avenue, heads north on 15th Street turns in a double elimination tournament. Cost
Marion Heritage Center. Proceeds will help west on 6th Avenue to 9th Street l 9:30 a.m. of $15 per team of two, register by Sept. 15.

6 swamp fox SCHEDULE Explore Uptown Artway BINGO

sponsorship support Alley between 7th and 8th Avenues Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center l
and 10th and 11th Streets l Anytime, 5-8 p.m.
The 28th annual Swamp Fox Festival would Entertainment from noon-2 p.m. Hosted by Marion Parks & Recreation
not be possible without the support of the Take a stroll through Uptown Artway, Join the fun and try to win some cash!
following local businesses: the re-imagined gathering space that runs Games of BINGO will be played for $0.25
behind 7th Avenue. What was once an under- per card, per game and we will pay back
Event Sponsors utilized alley, now features nine permanent cash prizes to the winner(s) of each game.
art installations by local and national artists. There are a limited number of cards and
Moonlit Movie – The ESCO Group Visit between noon–2 p.m. and watch local seating is limited, so once they are gone,
Family Breakfast – Network Computer artist Pam Hyberger in action and hear the they are gone! Come early to ensure yourself
sounds of steel drum band Pandelerium. a seat. BINGO will be played inside the
Solutions Oaks Room.
Swamp Fox Festival 5k Run/Walk – Good Roads: Bicycles,
Motorcycles & Automobiles Tomato, Apple & Pepper Tasting
Farmers State Bank on the Transcontinental
Fall Marion Market – Marion Chamber Highway Exhibit Lowe Park Greenhouse l 5:30 p.m.
Hosted by Linn County Master Gardeners
Platinum Community Partners Marion Heritage Center, 590 10th Street l Try different types of tomatoes, apples and
Parade – Linn County REC, Marion Opening at Noon peppers that the Master Gardeners have been
Opening day free admission sponsored growing this season. The apple tasting is a
Hy-Vee and Hy-Vee Drugstore by the McIntyre Foundation precursor to the production of the orchard
Children’s Activities at Lowe Park – Long before it became part of the famous located west of the greenhouse at Lowe
Lincoln Highway, the roadway loop through Park. Tasters will have a chance to vote for
Heritage Bank downtown Marion hosted scores of trans- their favorite varieties and the results will
Music at Lowe Park – Veridian Credit Union continental automobile races, bicyclists be posted at
Fireworks Display – Collins Community and famous tourists. By foot, bicycle, and
motorcycle, automobile and truck, Marion
Credit Union and City of Marion Hotel/ witnessed and helped put our nation’s Brass Transit Authority
Motel Grant first transcontinental road on the map.
This exhibition tells the story of these Klopfenstein Amphitheater, Lowe Park l
Gold Sponsors travelers: their mishaps and adventures, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
their discoveries and endurance, from 1878 Sponsored by Veridian Credit Union
Alliant Energy to 1919. See vintage bicycles, motorcycles This band consists of nine of the area’s
BankIowa and Linn County’s 2nd automobile. finest musicians, bringing you the music
Fosters Heating and Air Conditioning of Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Stevie
Freund-Vector Corporation Pedal Marion! Wonder and many others. The group is com-
Guaranty Bank prised of several music instructors playing
Hills Bank & Trust Company Depart from City Square Park l 1 p.m. unconventional cover-band instruments. The
Linn Area Credit Union Hosted by the Marion Bicycle & Pedestrian songs have been around for decades and
MidAmerican Energy Advisory Committee will have you up off your feet and dancing.
Murdoch Funeral Homes & Cremation If you love to bike, join Marion’s Bicycle &
Next Generation Wireless Pedestrian Advisory Committee on an 8-mile Fireworks Display
Rathje Construction bike tour of Marion riding bike lanes, bicycle
Rockwell Collins boulevards and trails – ultimately returning Lowe Park l 8:30 p.m.
State Farm Insurance, Michelle Havener to City Square Park at the end of the excur- Sponsored by Collins Community Credit
University of Iowa Community Credit Union sion. Participants should bring their bikes, Union & Marion Hotel/Motel Grant Program
helmets and sense of adventure. If last year was any indication, this fireworks
Silver Sponsors display will be top notch. Prime viewing
Seed Saving Workshop locations are found at Lowe Park or Oak
Bistro 3 Nineteen Ridge School. Alcohol and tobacco prod-
Bouslog Insurance Lowe Park Demonstration Gardens, ucts are not permitted on school property.
Heather Morris Realty Consulting 4500 N. 10th Street l 4:30 p.m.
Iowa Realty Hosted by Linn County Master Gardeners Sunday, Oct. 1
Linn Cooperative Oil Co. Participants will receive instructions on
MISD Foundation & Alumni Association collecting and storing seeds and then have Swamp Fox Car Cruise-In
Potter Real Estate the opportunity to roam the demonstration & Car Show
Skogman Homes gardens to collect seeds from plants. Master
Will Brandt Realtor Gardeners will be available to assist and Thomas Park, 343 Marion Boulevard l
answer questions about the various plants 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Bronze Sponsors and containers will be provided. Hosted by Cedar Rapids Corvette Club
Sponsored by Sheets Forrest Draper
Anderson-Bogert Engineers Food Vendors Insurance Agency
Busse Investments Join us for an all car cruise-in and scavenger
Hames Community Homes Lowe Park l 5-8 p.m. hunt/poker run at Marion’s Thomas Park.
Linn Animal Hospital Grab some cash and enjoy dinner or a sweet Suggested donation of canned goods for the
Lynch Chevrolet treat from one of these local favorites: Linn Marion Food Pantry. Then keep your eye out
Miller Dental County Cattlemen, Pizza Ranch, The Freeze, for the parade through town at conclusion of
Morris & Company Kettel House Bakery, Allen’s Apple Orchard, the event. If it rains the show will be canceled.
Rapid Wholesale Equipment Kona Ice and Irie Treats.
Sheets Forrest Draper Insurance Friends of the Library
Shive Hattery, Inc. Activities for Children Book Sale
United Insurance
Zio Johno’s Spaghetti House Lowe Park l 5-8 p.m. Marion Public Library, 1095 6th Avenue l
Sponsored by Heritage Bank 2-4 p.m.
In-Kind Sponsorship Painted faces are so much fun, especially Hosted by the Friends of the Marion
when you see the talent of Lizzy Dvorsky. Public Library
Culver’s Garden Center & Greenhouse Mr. Greenie’s balloon creations are equally Best ever sale of gently used books, music,
Garment Design impressive. Kids of all ages will enjoy big and movies! Come today to get the deals
Huk Printing bubbles, fun with corn and life-size games. everyone else has missed. Nab a bag of
Marion Times books for just $3.
Wilbert Burial Vault

Citizen Survey Results 7

Quality of Life
Ranked High in Marion
by National Citizen Survey

This spring, the City of would recommend living in 93%
Marion contracted with Marion to someone who asked,
National Research Center, and 91 percent intend to remain of residents
Inc. to conduct The National in Marion for the next five years. rated the City
Citizen Survey™. The survey as an excellent
captured opinions of a represen- “These survey results help tell or good place
tative sample selected from 1,500 a powerful story. They reinforce
residents of Marion, who were our status as a desirable place to to live
mailed invitations to complete live and raise a family, and shine
the survey. a light on the quality of life we Communityy
enjoy,” noted Marion Mayor
Quality of life, as measured by Nicolas AbouAssaly. “Through Powered by TM
the survey, includes the natural a holistic look at the commu-
ambiance, services and amenities nity, the survey also identified Stay updated at
that make for an attractive some priorities to enhance life in
community. How residents rate Marion – such as redevelopment Career Exposure.
their overall quality of life is an of our Central Corridor and Experience.
indicator of the overall health improving our public transit Pursuit.
of a community. options.”
Imagine an environment where students are exposed to
In the case of Marion, Respondents identified safety high demand careers, provided opportunity to experience
93 percent of residents rate the and the economy as two areas of and pursue real jobs, all while being equipped and skilled to
community as an excellent or focus for the community in the be career and life ready.
good place to live. coming two years. The current
strategic priorities of the City HERE, WE REACH HIGHER AND ACHIEVE MORE. THAT IS THE
Marion’s ratings were com- Council also received favorable VISION AND THE POWER OF COMMUNITY PROMISE.
pared to national benchmarks response.
included from over 500 commu-
nities representing a wide geo- The five-page survey was
graphic and population range. administered during March/
The results were also compared April 2017 to a random sampling
to a select subset of the database of 1,500 households. Four
with similar characteristics to hundred thirty-two responses
Marion; secondary cities (in a were received, achieving a +/-
metro but not the primary city), 5 percent margin of error. The
similar in both population and data was then weighted to reflect
annual household income. the demographic characteristics
of the community. Toward the
Marion ranked well above the end of data collection, a web-
national and peer benchmarks based survey was available to
with 90 percent of respondents all residents and 353 residents
indicating that Marion is an opted to complete the survey
excellent or good place to raise online.
children. K-12 education also
ranked higher than both bench-
marks. Nine in 10 respondents

8 Public Safety

On June 25 as part of the Fly-in/Drive-in Breakfast hosted at the Marion Airport, the
Marion Fire Department provided a demonstration to show how fast fire can spread.

Pictures Worth a Thousand Words

To make the simulation as realistic as the bed is destroyed and the night stands are
possible, we built two small rooms and charred. This fire was extinguished at 2 minutes
put bedroom furniture in each including and 30 seconds so the damage to the contents
a bed, a TV stand, TV and a night stand. We lit was minor compared to a regular house fire.
a small trash can on fire in each room to show In most fires, 911 has not even been called in
people how quickly a fire can spread. the first couple of minutes!

In the first bedroom, the fire spread to In the second room, we started the trash
the bed and the curtains with fire and smoke can on fire and it quickly spread. The smoke
quickly filling the room. It only took 2 minutes detector again went off after 10 seconds. The
and 20 seconds for the entire room to be big difference is the second room was equipped
consumed by smoke and fire. This room did with a residential fire sprinkler head which
have a smoke detector installed and it went activated about one minute after the fire started.
off about 10 seconds after the fire started. The top left picture shows the contents of that
room and they are barely damaged. Think about
Having smoke detectors in every bedroom, the difference that would mean to your family
outside of each sleeping area and on every floor if they were sleeping in that bedroom or the
of your home is critically important when it bedroom next to it!
comes to giving warning and allowing time to
escape. In the top right picture you can see how

Public Safety 9

National City Departments

Night Out City Hall
1225 6th Avenue
National Night Out is an annual Marion, IA 52302
community-building campaign that pro-
motes police-community partnerships and Administrative Offices
neighborhood camaraderie to make our 319-743-6300
neighborhoods safer, better places to live.
City Manager
The Marion Police Department partnered 319-743-6301
with the Marion Fire Department and
Marion Parks & Recreation to organize a City Clerk/Finance
community-wide event at Thomas Park on 319-743-6350
Aug. 1. Attendees enjoyed K9 demonstra-
tions, police and fire equipment on display, Planning & Development
games, activities and giveaways. Special 319-743-6320
thanks to Marion Hy-Vee for providing
food and refreshments. Building Department
Contact City Council Members
Engineering Department
Mayor Nicolas AbouAssaly Ward Two – Joe Spinks 319-743-6340
1225 6th Ave. | (319) 743-6305 3165 29th Ave. | (319) 377-1070 Water Department 319-743-6310
At-Large – Mary Lou Pazour Ward Three – Will Brandt Parks & Recreation
Lowe Park, 4500 10th Street
1609 3rd Ave. | (319) 377-1309 2745 4th Ave. | (319) 389-9918 319-447-3590
Thomas Park, 343 Marion Blvd.
At-Large – Paul Draper Ward Four – David Nicholson 319-447-3580
4670 Fairways Ct. | (319) 377-8393 1820 Agate Circle | (319) 377-3276 Public Services (solid waste, sewer, streets)
195 35th Street
Ward One – Kim Etzel Send the same email to all members at: 319-377-6367
933 8th Ave. | (319) 491-7179 Marion Public Library 1095 6th Avenue
Marion’s City Council meets in work session (no action taken, just discussion) on
the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. Regular session meetings are held Fire Department
the Thursday following the Tuesday work session at 5:30 p.m. All meetings are held 3933 Katz Drive
at Marion City Hall. Emergency – 911
Non-Emergency – 319-377-8237
Police Department
6315 Highway 151
Emergency – 911
Non-Emergency – 319-377-1511
Records – 319-200-7714
Administration – 319-200-7727

10 Parks & Recreation MARION
Fit for a Bit – Walking Wednesday

Need a mid-week recharge? The Marion Blue Zones®
team is hosting a weekly walking moai on Wednesdays at
noon during September. Those interested should gather
at the Depot in City Square Park for a quick 20-30 min-
ute walk through Uptown Marion. Bring a friend or meet
a new one! Find details and updates at: www.facebook.

Marion Farmers’ Market Sculptures Added Along
Trail at Lowe Park
The Marion Farmers’ Market offers a variety of locally
grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, homemade If you haven’t been to Lowe Park lately, perhaps a visit is in order.
crafts and much more. The market is held every Saturday Last month, a new sculpture was installed along the sculpture trail
at Taube Park from 8-11:30 a.m. through Sept. 30. Please that leads to the amphitheater.
contact the Marion Parks and Recreation Office at 447-3590
if you’re interested in being a vendor or have questions. “Disappearing Culture” was commissioned by sculptor J. Aaron
Alderman. The 6½ foot tall by 9 foot long bison leads a series of four
Oak Shade Cemetery figures across the plains, representing a part of Iowa’s history. Alder-
man created the bison from round stock steel and salvaged railroad
The Marion Parks and Recreation Department manages materials. Of the four figures that follow the bison, the first represents
the beautiful and historic city-owned cemetery located a farmer shouldering simple tools, the second figure is that of a settler
at 789 2nd Avenue. Spaces may be purchased at the carrying a basket full of corn and the third is a Native American carry-
Parks Administrative and Operations office at Thomas ing a medicine wheel. Alderman sculpted the pieces to progressively
Park. If the space is not for an immediate need, it may become less dense so that by the fourth figure they seem to fade out;
be purchased on a payment plan. For more information disappearing into the horizon. The massive bison was created from
and current prices, please call 447-3580. 890 rail spikes and 298 rail anchors and weighs in at nearly 2,000 pounds.
Cemetery Clean-up l Fall clean-up of Oak Shade Cemetery
takes place in mid-October. Holiday decorations may be A second sculpture is expected to be installed by the end of September.
placed after Thanksgiving. “Prairie Revival” will appear on the north side of the main entrance to
Lowe Park. The 17-foot tall piece was commissioned by Reinaldo Correa
Pet Policy for City Parks and Trails with elements representing the cycle and character of the prairie.

Pets on leashes are welcome in City parks, as well as The Sculpture Trail Committee, appointed by the Marion Arts
walking trails and Oak Shade Cemetery. It is the respons- Council, initiated the call for artists and selected the pieces that
ibility of owners to clean up after their pets. appear along the trail.

Due to public safety and health guidelines, pets are not School District and
allowed in pavilions or within 100 feet of food vendors, City Collaborate
playgrounds, ball fields or swimming pools. Pets, other on Tennis Courts
than service animals, should stay home during large
events and community festivals. The City of Marion recently collaborated
with Marion Independent School District
Located just across Hwy 100 is a great regional to construct five tennis courts on the Marion
resource where dogs can run free and socialize with their Independent High School campus. The school’s tennis courts were
canine friends. Check out the K9 Acres Off-Leash Area in disrepair and all tennis courts within the city’s park system had been
at Squaw Creek Park. Learn more at removed due to their age and poor condition. When department leadership
presented the idea to carry out a joint project, they were met with over-
Coffeehouse Nights Return whelming support. In addition to being the fiscally responsible option, it
Between October and April, the Marion Arts Council eliminates the duplication of infrastructure that will see periods of non-use.
is pleased to present Coffeehouse Nights at the Lowe
Park Arts and Environment Center. These musical In addition to the new tennis facilities – three of which will be lighted,
performances feature talented local acoustic artists two courts will be lined for pickleball. Pickleball is among the fastest grow-
in a relaxed coffeehouse type atmosphere. Admission ing sports, particularly for people over the age of 60. It is a paddle sport
is free and coffee, cocoa and pastries are available for that blends tennis, badminton and ping pong. The courts are open to
purchase. Performances run from 7–8:30 p.m. and the public when not in use by the school.
doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy the following upcoming performances:
October 6 Jonny Lipford
November 10 Tom Nothnagle
December 1 TBA

UPCOMING MARION PARKS Parks & Recreation 11


Fall Into Fitness Halloween Boo Camp Shooting Stars
Open to All Ages l Join the Marion Parks Children Grades K-5th l Ghosts, goblins,
and Recreation Department and Marion Blue goodies and games! This is a night for the Children Grades K–1st
Zones Project® for this free, outdoor fitness kids as we celebrate all things Halloween. (Fall 2017/18) l This
series held at the Klopfenstein Amphitheater Drop your kids off and let our recreation instructional program
at Lowe Park. Each week, for four weeks, a staff lead them through a night of spooky works on the basic skills
different fitness routine will be demonstrat- games, crafts, snacks and more. Limited of dribbling, passing
ed. On Sept. 12 enjoy Zumba, on Sept. 19 try number of spots available. and shooting. Players
Dance Club Cardio and on Sept. 26 experi- Fee: $25 per child, includes a pizza dinner spend the first 2 meetings working on
ence BodyAttack. No registration required, Days/Dates: Friday, Oct. 27 skills and practicing with their team and
but participants will be asked to sign a Time: 5–9 p.m. coach(es), then scrimmage the remaining 3
waiver upon arrival. Location: Lowe Park Arts & Environment meetings. There are no additional practices.
Dates: Tuesdays in September Registration Deadline: Oct. 6, 2017 Fee: $39*, includes team shirt
Time: 6-7 p.m. Days/Dates: Saturdays, Feb. 3–Mar. 3
Location: Klopfenstein Amphitheater BINGO at Lowe Park Time(s): Saturday mornings
at Lowe Park LOCATION: Echo Hill and Bowman Woods
Join us for a night of fun, socializing and Elementary Schools
Lil’ Chefs & Kid Crafters a chance to win some cash! Games of Registration Deadline: Dec. 15, 2017
Combo BINGO will be played for $0.25 per card, per
game. Cash prizes are paid to the winner of Great Tree Decorating
Children Ages 3–5 l Can’t decide on the each game. There will also be a few bonus Contest
crafts or cooking? Get the best of both games with increased payouts. The night
worlds with this new combo class. Children will conclude with a winner-take-all game Children Ages 3+ l Our Christmas tree
will craft/cook alternating weeks, so you of blackout. Participants are welcome to could use a little T.L.C. Help us decorate our
have two crafts and two cooking experiences. bring food and drinks to enjoy while they tree at Lowe Park for the season. Fill, paint
Parents are encouraged to participate play. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Seats and or color your ornament and leave it for us
with their child. Limit 15 participants. cards are limited, so get there early. to put on our tree. Ornaments will be voted
FEE: $25 per child Fee: $0.25 cents per card on by a combination of public, department
Days/Dates: Wednesdays, Oct. 18–Nov. 8 Date: Friday, Nov. 17 staff and Facebook “Likes.”
Time(s): 10–10:30 a.m. OR 5:30–6 p.m. Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee: $10 per child
(Select One) LOCATION: Lowe Park Arts & Environment Days/Dates: Monday, Dec. 4
LOCATION: Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center Time(s): 10–11 a.m. OR 6–7 p.m. (Select One)
Center Registration Deadline: None, but get LOCATION: Lowe Park Arts & Environment
Registration Deadline: Oct. 6, 2017 there early to guarantee a spot Center
Registration Deadline: Nov. 17, 2017
NEW! Putt-Putt Indoor Golf Youth 5 on 5 Basketball
Candy Cane Hunt
Children Ages 5 & 6 l An introduction to Children Grades 2nd-6th (Fall 2017/18) l
putting using the S.N.A.G. (Starting New League is divided into 2nd/3rd grades and Children Ages 3-6 l For everyone who still
At Golf) golf system. Children will learn 4th/5th/6th grades. Boys and girls play in believes! Someone has left candy canes
proper stance and grip as well as proper separate divisions. This instructional league around the Lowe Park Arts & Environment
stroke and pace. Kids will practice putting works on teaching the fundamentals of basket- Center. Come help us find them all! First,
through a variety of obstacles and play ball, stressing the importance of good sports- we’ll decorate some seasonal crafts and then
rounds of “mini golf” to practice the skills. manship and having fun while playing the the hunt is on to find every last candy cane.
Limited number of spots available. game. One hour practices held once or twice After the hunt, we’ll enjoy milk, juice and
Fee: $25 a week, beginning in mid-November, Monday– treats and maybe even a Christmas story.
Days/Dates: Tuesdays, Nov. 7–28 Friday. VOLUNTEER COACHES NEEDED! Limited number of spots available.
Time(s): 5:30–6 p.m. Fee: $39*, includes team shirt Fee: $12 per child
LOCATION: Lowe Park OR Thomas Park Days/Dates: Games Saturday mornings, Days/Dates: Saturday, Dec. 9
Safe Room Dec. 2–Jan. 20 Time: 9–10:30 a.m.
Registration Deadline: Oct. 6, 2017 Time(s): Saturday morning games with LOCATION: Lowe Park Arts & Environment
weekly evening practice(s) Center
The Painted Pumpkin LOCATION: Echo Hill, Bowman Woods, Registration Deadline: Nov. 17, 2017
and Excelsior Schools
Children Ages 3+ l No carving here! Help Registration Deadline: Oct. 13, 2017 Santa’s Little Workshop
us decorate the Lowe Park Arts & Environ-
ment Center for Halloween. Painters will Little Stars Basketball Children Grades K-5th l See what the
receive one pumpkin with their registration elf culture is all about by bringing your kids
to decorate to their liking. Paint and limited Children Age 4 l Players meet for 5 classes to Santa’s Little Workshop for an afternoon
craft supplies will be provided. Pumpkins to work on very basic ball handling, shooting filled with games, crafts, snacks, music,
will be voted on by a combination of staff, and passing skills. Parents participate with movies, and more. Drop your kids off and
public and Facebook “Likes.” their child or children for this program as finish up those last minute Christmas
Fee: $10 per child recreation staff instructs and demonstrates errands. Limited number of spots available.
Days/Dates: Tuesday, Oct. 10 the drills. Fee: $25 per child
Time(s): 10–11 a.m. OR 6–7 p.m. (Select One) Fee: $39*, includes camp shirt Days/Dates: Saturday, Dec. 9
LOCATION: Lowe Park Arts & Environment Days/Dates: Saturdays, Feb. 3–Mar. 3 Time: noon–5 p.m.
Center Time(s): Saturday mornings LOCATION: Lowe Park Arts & Environment
Registration Deadline: Oct. 6, 2017 LOCATION: Echo Hill Elementary School Center
Registration Deadline: Dec. 15, 2017 Registration Deadline: Nov. 17, 2017

12 Project News & City Services

RCUoopanddsattreusction With favorable conditions, contractors have completed
a number of projects so far this season, including the
The Engineering Department’s work Lowe Park lighting project, the sidewalk ramp repair
program covers everything from project and asphalt overlay on 12 city streets.
sidewalk replacement and subdivision
development to asphalt overlays and Projects currently underway include:
road reconstruction.
Armar Drive Extension l This project
Additional detail on these and other extends Armar Drive from the existing south end
projects can be found on the Engineering pages (in Cedar Rapids) to Highway 100. The signalized
at Or, sign up to receive intersection was constructed in 2010 in anticipation for
the Engineering Department’s weekly status report by the extension. The project is projected to be completed
emailing Nicole Burlage at by late Fall/Winter 2017.

Central Corridor Project – 13th
Street to 19TH Street l The project includes
the reconstruction of 6th Avenue. The completed project
will include a divided 4-lane road, roundabout, street
lights, multi-use pathways, hardscaping and landscaping.
The project is expected to be bid this fall and may be
constructed in multiple phases. Building demolition
is underway to provide space for the roundabout and
new road profile near 15th Street and 6th Avenue.

Tower Terrace Road Project –
Phase VI l This project includes the extension
of Tower Terrance Road east from Winslow Road to
Lennon Lane. The construction will extend the typical
cross section of the divided street with grass median,
decorative lights and trees. The project timeline will
be controlled by the developer with City inspection.
Weather permitting, the project is expected to be
complete late Fall/Winter 2017.

Lucore Road Reconstruction
Project l Crews have begun reconstructing
Lucore Road from approximately Hunters Ridge Road
south to approximately the Indian Creek Bridge. Work
will extend into the 2018 construction season with
downtime during the winter months.

Solid Waste Ordinance Revised

On August 1, solid waste collection fees increased to $14.50 per month.
When compared to other mid-sized and larger Iowa cities, Marion’s solid
waste collection fees continue to be the lowest.
The cost of extra bag tags increased to $2. Solid waste bag tags are required
for additional bags of garbage beyond one 33-gallon bin. The tags are
available for purchase at the following locations:

• Marion City Hall
• Marion Public Services Facility
• Casey’s General Store: 7th Avenue, Lindale Drive and S. 11th Street
• Fareway: Marion and 1st Avenue in Cedar Rapids
• Hawkeye Convenience Stores: East Post Road and 2500 7th Avenue
• Hy-Vee Stores: Marion, Mt. Vernon Road and Collins Road in Cedar Rapids
• Hy-Vee Drug Stores: Marion and Boyson Road in Cedar Rapids
• Kum & Go: 7th Avenue and Blairs Ferry Road

Project News & City Services 13

2017 holiday schedule

New Municipal Garbage & Recycling Collection
Well Taps Silurian
Aquifer Date Day Pick Up Schedule

This spring the Marion Water Department Columbus Day
hired a contractor to drill a new municipal Oct. 9, 2017 Monday Regular Collection
well at 450 Echo Hill Road. The new well is in the Silurian Aquifer and
is 495 feet deep. The well has excellent water quality and ample water Veterans Day Schedule
supply to provide additional drinking water for Marion’s growing
population. The new well can produce 1,700 gallons per minute for Nov. 10, 2017 Friday Regular Collection
72 hours with minimal water drawdown in the well. It cost $169,375
to drill the well. The next phase of the project will occur this fall when Schedule
the new well is connected into the municipal drinking water system.
The Water Department is currently obtaining the necessary DNR Thanksgiving Day
permits and approvals. Nov. 23, 2017 Thursday Collection on Friday

City Welcomes Input on Day after Thanksgiving
Capital Improvement Program
Nov. 24, 2017 Friday Collection on Saturday
Marion residents are encouraged to provide input on needs they
would like to see included in the City of Marion’s Capital Improve- Christmas Day
ment Program (CIP).
Dec. 25, 2017 Monday One day late all week
Capital projects typically provide a long-term public benefit. They
have a lifespan of more than 10 years and cost over $25,000. Capital New Year’s Day
projects do not include ongoing maintenance such as pothole repair,
tree trimming and snow removal. Jan. 1, 2018 Monday One day late all week

Residents were invited to submit ideas online during the month of Marion Messenger
July or attend an open house in August to provide feedback and share
ideas. The ideas were combined with staff recommendations to The Marion Messenger is published quarterly for the
generate a list of proposed projects. residents of Marion, Iowa, to keep them informed of city
policies, new developments and community events. If you
A second public open house is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 26 from have comments or suggestions concerning this or future
5-7 p.m. at Marion City Hall to provide residents with the oppor- issues, please contact:
tunity to review the proposed plan prior to City Council adoption. Amber Bisinger, Editor
Marion City Hall l

New Utility
Account Portal

The Marion Water Department’s new online
customer account portal is available 24/7
and easily accessible from the convenience
of your home. It allows you to:

• Obtain current and past bills
• View account history, consumption

analysis and more
• Sign up for electronic bills
• Pay online – for no additional fee
• Sign up for automatic bill pay

with your credit card

Visit to access the portal.

14 Marion Public Library

Message from the Director TEeveenntLsibtrhairsyFall

Welcoming New Staff to There’s something for teens going on every week
at the Marion Public Library:
New Roles at Travel Tuesdays: 3-5 p.m. l Every Tuesday we’ll be traveling the
Marion Public Libraryust like the amazing community we serve, the Marion Public world through the Marion Public Library. Come to Anime Club at its
Library is a changing, growing organism. We work hard both to new time: the first Tuesday of every month! Stop by for Language Club
on the second Tuesday of every month to pick up some new language
Jmeet the needs of our current patrons and to build a foundation skills and watch foreign films. Join us on the remaining Tuesdays for
of new services and offerings for our users in coming years. One of crafts, food and special guests.
Game Day Wednesdays: 3-5 p.m. l Gear up for some friendly
the most significant ways we can prepare effectively for what’s coming competition every Wednesday at the library. We’ve got Mario Kart,
Super Smash Bros Brawl and Minecraft, as well as some awesome
next is through intentional, flexible and creative staffing changes. new board games like Betrayal at House on the Hill, Oregon Trail the
Card Game, Catan, Pandemic and more. Come ready to play!
Recently, we had the opportunity to redesign two key library leader- STEAM Fridays: 3-5 p.m. l Ever wanted to make your own ice cream?
What about programming a robot? Or maybe you’d like to try origami,
ship positions. We created a new position for the library called the coor- watercolor painting or making your own beads out of magazines?
Every Friday, we’ve got a new STEAM-related activity just for teens!
dinator for promotion, marketing and development. This position was Paranormal Teen Lock-In: Friday, Oct. 27 from 5-8 p.m. l Join us for a
ghoulish evening of scary movies, eating spooky snacks, decorating
designed to elevate the ways the library interacts with the community pumpkins, playing graveyard games, meeting a special guest, and
more…if you dare. (Registration required.)
via marketing, advertising, social media, and other types of commu- For a current list of all Teen programs and activities,
visit and click on Events and
nication. The new coordinator will play a critical role in designing and filter by Teens at the right.

implementing educational materials related to the evolution of the Children’s Library Events this Fall

Marion Public Library’s physical and electronic presence. Toddler Time: Tuesdays & Fridays at 10 a.m. (18 months to 3 years) l
Each session is 20 minutes and includes stories, music, and activities.
We also re-crafted the former circulation and access services manager Preschool Story Time: Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10:45 a.m.
(3 years to 5 years) l Each session is 30 minutes and includes stories,
position into a broader position called coordinator of customer expe- music, and activities.
Baby Time: Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. (Birth to 18 months) l Each session
rience and access services. This position will help streamline customer is 15 minutes of books, music, bounces, and rhymes followed by 15
minutes of play.
service practices throughout the library and oversee both the day-to-day Family Time: Mondays at 6:30 p.m.* (All ages welcome) l Start your week
off right by coming to Family Time! Each week will feature a different
operations and long term service plans for the circulation department. activity appropriate for all ages. We’ll have crafts, movies, games and
seasonal fun to get the whole family geared up for the week.
Assessing and redesigning positions is only half the story, of course.
For a current list of all Children’s programs and activities,
The next step is finding just the right people to join the team. Both visit and click on Events and filter
by Children at the right.
of the new positions we posted drew diverse and exciting pools of
Sept. 11-Oct. 16 the library is hosting
applicants. After conversations and interviews, two dynamic, skilled
Magic: Effective Discipline
and service-driven professionals were selected for these roles.
in partnership with the Parent Education Consortium (PEC).
We are thrilled to welcome Sue Gerth as the new Classes will meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday evenings in
place of Family Time. Families with at least one child 5 or under
coordinator of customer experience and access services, can register for this free class! Register at:
The PEC offers support and resources on lots of topics, including:
and Sondy Daggett as the new coordinator for promo- • Ages & Stages: Milestones • ADHD • Family Routines •
Kindergarten Readiness • Coping with Divorce and Family Change
tion, marketing and development. • Tips for Busy Parents • Extended Families • Tech & Kids •
Early Literacy: Reading & Talking with Young Children
Sue has lived in the metro area for most of her life, Everything taught in this class is evidence-based and easy to
learn. 1-2-3 Magic offers strategies for parents to manage their
and worked at Barnes and Noble in Cedar Rapids for children’s challenging behaviors. Parents will work together with
the PEC facilitator to determine the areas of concern and establish
21 years as assistant manager. She decided to marry action steps. Each workshop will begin with a FREE family meal,
followed by a parent-child activity and hour-long parent work-
her love of books and her desire to help people by shop. This workshop offers an opportunity for caregivers to come
together to share resources and experiences! Materials, food,
returning to school and getting a Master of Arts in and childcare are provided FREE of charge.

Sue gerth Library and Information Science from the University

of Iowa. Most recently, she has served as the library

manager at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.

Sue is pleased to become part of the Marion Library

family and a more integral part of the community

she already calls home.

Sondy brings more than 20 years of marketing

communications and development experience to her

new position. As a frequent user of the Marion Public

sondy daggett Library, Sondy is already making plans about how

best to tell the Library’s story to all our customers …

current and new.

“Before coming to work here I would come in, grab my preplanned

reading for the week, check out and then leave,” she said. “One day I

slowed down, looked around and paid attention to the multitude of

opportunities our library offers. I didn’t know I could learn about a

solar eclipse, contribute books to the Friends of the Library or even

use a computer here when mine was in the dreaded black hole of

technology repair. If you don’t know what I’m talking about or if you’re

reading this and haven’t been to the library yet or for a while, I can’t

wait to see you. Come investigate this terrific resource and connection

to our community. Let me know you’re here and I’ll buy the coffee.”

As always, feel free to stop in, call or email library staff with your

questions and comments. We’re all—long time staff and new

employees — here for you!

Marion Public Library 15

tAhdiusltFaLlibl rary Events Friends Book Sale Master Gardeners

You’ll always find programs at the library for many Best ever sale of gently used books, Weekly programs on Wednesdays in
interests and they are always free to attend! Regular music and movies! Come on Friday, October, check our website calendar
weekly programming includes: Sept. 29 between 4-6 p.m. for the and newsletters for specifics.
• Scrabble Club, Thursdays at 2 p.m. greatest deals. Sale is open that
• Knit Wits stitching group, Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. evening only to Friends members, MThyeCDoenvsiel Hntas
• Morning Genealogy Junkies, Thursdays at 10 a.m. but you can get a membership
• Evening Genealogy Junkies, Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the door for just $10. Saturday, Date: Thursday, Oct. 19
Regular monthly programs include: Sept. 30 hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Timeless Trivia l 1st Monday of the month at And on Sunday, Oct. 1, come
10 a.m. Stretch your memory and have some fun with between 2-4 p.m. to get the deals It’s the full moon before Halloween!
Timeless Trivia! Through film clips, historic photos everyone else has missed. Nab What better night than this to learn
and commentary, there will be a new theme every a bag of books for just $3. about the renowned Salem Witch
month. Come with friends or meet new folks. Trials? We guarantee local historian
Novels@NIGHT l 1st Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. SCORE Small Kathy Wilson will have you sitting on
starting in November. Get the inside scoop on popular Business Programs the edge of your chair as she regales
titles from Adult Services Coordinator Madeline Jarvis! We are glad to welcome our SCORE you with tales from Salem, Massachu-
Feel free to bring book recommendations to share. partners back for a fall of great setts in 1692 and 1693. The trials re-
Color Me Calm: Adult Coloring Night l and challenging programs for small sulted in the executions of 20 people,
1st Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. starting in business entrepreneurs. There’s no 14 of them women and all but one by
November. Relax with us at our monthly adult charge for these classes and if you hanging. Five others (including two
coloring program! All supplies provided. are in business for yourself, you will infant children) died in prison. You
Novels@NOON l 1st Wednesday of the month find them to be invaluable. We look think your teenager is difficult? Wait
at noon. Get the inside scoop on popular titles from forward to having you join the group. till you hear about these girls!
Adult Services Coordinator Madeline Jarvis! Feel Topics will be announced in advance
free to bring book recommendations to share. at our website calendar and in our Medicare Workshops
Adult Writing Group l 1st Monday of each newsletters. Programs start at
month at 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. and dates for fall include: Attend one of these two workshops
Mobile Food Pantry l 1st Wednesday of the where you can ask questions and
month at 4 p.m., the HACAP Mobile Food Pantry will • Sept. 14 • Nov. 2 learn about Medicare options.
be at the library. Income guidelines apply. • Sept. 28 • Nov. 16 • Monday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m.
Movie Mondays l 3rd Monday of the month at • Oct. 26 • Dec. 7 • Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m.
10 a.m. Join us for a classic film and free coffee
and donuts. Lessons of the Make Two Unlike Things
Holocaust Shimmer Together
For a current list of all Adult programs and
activities, visit and Date: Wednesday, Sept. 20 Date: Saturday, Oct. 21
click on Events and filter by Adults at the right. Time: 6:30 p.m. Time: 1 p.m.

Educator and Iowa Holocaust Council Writer Sal Marici offers this instruc-
Member Brad Wilkening will share tional and inspirational workshop to all
lessons of the Holocaust and relate who may be interested! In our every-
them to our current world. day life when we see, read or hear
unlike things compared (a metaphor)
Mean Girls we need to try to make the connec-
Movie Night tion. American poet and novelist Kim
Addonizio says metaphors create an
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 3 energy field as “the shimmer.” In this
Time: 7 p.m. workshop, we will look at different
types of metaphors and get direction
Stop trying to make to craft a metaphor, write metaphors
fetch happen, but and most importantly share. At the
join us to watch this end of the workshop, writers and
cult classic! non-writers will learn to see how two
things that on the surface may not
Community Shred Day seem alike have a common interest.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 12
Time: 10 a.m.-noon

Bring your personal papers, hard
drives, and even microfiche for free
secure shredding with Onsite Infor-
mation Destruction. The shredder
truck will be in the Katz Parking Lot
across the street from the library.

1225 6th Avenue
Marion, IA 52302

Community Calendar
1S2eptember O1 ctober 7November
Red Cedar Chamber Classic Car Cruise-in
Fall into Fitness Concert 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Election Day
6 p.m., Klopfenstein noon, City Hall Thomas Park Polls open 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Amphitheater at Capital Improvement
Lowe Park Program (CIP) Open 6 10
House Coffeehouse Night
13 5-7 p.m., City Hall featuring Jonny Veterans Day Observed
Lipford City Offices Closed
Fit for a Bit – Fall into Fitness 7-8:30 p.m., Lowe Park Coffeehouse Night
Walking Wednesday 6 p.m., Klopfenstein Arts & Environment Center featuring Tom
noon, City Square Park Amphitheater at Nothnagle
Wednesday in the Lowe Park Chocolate Walk 7-8:30 p.m., Lowe Park Arts
Ward – Ward 3 8-10:30 p.m., & Environment Center
5:30 p.m., Hills Bank 27 Uptown Marion
& Trust Co. – 7th Avenue 23/24
Fit for a Bit – 12
16 Walking Wednesday Free Community Thanksgiving Holiday
noon, City Square Park Shred Day City Offices Closed
Marion Farmers’ 10 a.m.-noon, Lot between
Market 29 Library & City Hall 1December
8-11:30 a.m., Taube Park
Moonlit Movie 31 Christmas in the Park
19 featuring Back Trick or Treat & Peppermint Walk
to the Future at City Hall 4-8 p.m., Uptown Marion
Fall into Fitness 7:30 p.m., Klopfenstein Coffeehouse Night
6 p.m., Klopfenstein Amphitheater at featuring TBD
Amphitheater at Lowe Park Lowe Park 7-8:30 p.m., Lowe Park
Arts & Environment Center
20 30
Fit for a Bit – Swamp Fox Festival
Walking Wednesday and Fall Marion Wednesday in the
noon, City Square Park Market Ward, Ward 4
all day, Uptown Marion 5:30 p.m., Lowe Park
23 and Lowe Park
Marion Farmers’ Marion Farmers’
Market Market Christmas Holiday
8-11:30 a.m., Taube Park 8-11:30 a.m., Taube Park City Offices Closed

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