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Freckles’ Adopt-A-Pet – July 29, 2015


Freckles and The Progress Review encourage potential pet owners who are loving and responsible to consider adopting a pet from the Cedar Bend Humane Society.

Meet Gibby. Gibby is a tan and white guinea pig in need of a new family. Gibby loves to be held and snuggled. She is a relaxed little guinea pig who does well out of her cage. As you can see, she likes to soak up the sun in the great outdoors. Gibby’s adoption fee is $15 without her cage, or $50 with her cage. Come meet her today!

For more information about adopting a pet, contact: Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway, Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887

Hawkins Happenings – July 29, 2015

Thank you to the many volunteers and bakers who assisted the library with our cookie and bar booth for RAGBRAI. It was an interesting and very fun day – and we couldn’t have done it without you!
The Tale of Despereaux is the movie at 1:15 PM on Wednesday, July 29. This is the tale of three unlikely heroes – a misfit mouse, an unhappy rat, and a bumbling servant girl – whose fates are intertwined with that of the castle’s princess.
Join the free and fun learning session, Superheroes in Science, on Thursday, July 30. Kids will make rockets and catapults during this hands-on aerospace engineering program presented by the Black Hawk Co. Extension Service. Sessions are 1 to 2 PM for 2nd grade and younger, and 2:30 to 3:30 PM for 3rd -5th grade. Please note the Thursday date.
On Friday July 31, kids get creative making superhero projects at our Summer Reading craft day from 1 – 5 PM. Projects include capes, masks, dogs, dog toys and more.
LEGORAMA is Monday, August 3, from 2 to 3:30 PM. Let your imagination go wild building a themed creation. View these masterpieces on our Facebook page.
Be a wind energy engineer and build wind-powered boats and pinwheels at Superheroes in Science on Tuesday, August 4. Sessions are from 1 to 2 PM for 2nd grade and younger, and 2:30 to 3:30 PM for 3rd -5th grade. Presented by the Black Hawk Co. Extension Service.
Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 shows on Wednesday, August 5, at 1:15 PM. After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart has earned a well-deserved vacation and heads to Vegas. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, Blart answers.
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is the August Book Club selection. In the beginning, the Walls family lived like nomads, and then later retreated to a dismal West Virginia mining town. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves. Read the book and meet with this group on Monday, August 24, at 1 PM for the discussion.

Meditations – July 29, 2015

By Rev. Ray Atwood,   Prince of Peace Cluster

Humanae Vitae

Saturday, July 25 was the feast day of Saint James, one of Our Lord’s Apostles. James was the brother of John and is called “the greater” because he followed Christ before the other Apostle with the same name. He was the first Apostle to be martyred, being decapitated by order of King Herod Agrippa I around AD 44 (Acts 12:1).
Saturday was also the 47th anniversary of the controversial papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (On Human Life), written by Pope Paul VI. This encyclical was written in response to the development of the birth control pill (1960). At the time the pill was being promoted in Third World countries in Africa and South America to stem the rise of large populations.
After five years of prayerful reflection, Pope Paul VI decided to reaffirm the Church’s constant teaching that artificial contraception is morally wrong. Human life is one fruit of the conjugal act, and can never be physically separated from the marriage act. To do so damages the marriage relationship by turning the marital partner into a sex object and rejects the gift of human life. The rise of no-fault divorce, abortion, and gay marriage, as well as government coercion of individuals to use contraception in Third World countries, are the fulfillment of the pope’s prophecy.
Fortunately, there is a moral and natural alternative to the birth-control pill. It’s called Naprotechnology, which studies the woman’s cycle and enables her to pinpoint the exact times of fertility in a month. It is safe, reliable, natural, and ethical. Dr. Robert Pranger, of the Kettman Pranger Family Medicine Clinic in Waterloo, is a practitioner and promoter of this method. He uses only Natural Family Planning methods, and is a beacon of light in a dark world. His decision to begin this practice came after prayer, persistence, and the encouragement of his wife. “I began to read and learn more aspects of my faith which centered on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Humanae Vitae,” he told an interviewer recently.
The pill is not the only means of family planning. With the help of this Catholic doctor, this message will spread and be embraced by many more people. Their lives and our culture will be better as a result.

Freckles’ Adopt-A-Pet – July 22, 2015


Freckles and The Progress Review encourage potential pet owners who are loving and responsible to consider adopting a pet from the Cedar Bend Humane Society.

EJ is a sweet little tiger-striped kitten who has been a foster home, but is now ready for his forever home! We think EJ is about 10 weeks old. He is curious and playful, and is sure to bring joy to any family. EJ is current on vaccinations, FELUK tested, microchipped, and started on flea/tick prevention.

For more information about adopting a pet, contact: Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway, Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887

Small Museum Group to Meet at LPC Museum

Brooke Miller, Social Media Manager and Amy Zeigler, Digital Marketing Manager, of the Iowa Tourism Office will be guest speakers at the Small Museum Group (SMUG) meeting on Monday, July 27 at the FFA Historical and Ag Museum, 408 Main Street in La Porte City. Miller and Zeigler’s topic will be “Maximizing your Digital Work Through your Website and Social Media.”
All museum personnel and volunteers are invited to attend the SMUG meeting, which will begin at 9:30 AM with registration and networking. A $15 registration includes a noon lunch. The meeting begins at 10 AM. Reservations can be made by contacting Jan Erdahl at 342-3619 or
The FFA Historical and Ag Museum was founded in 1970 by the La Porte City FFA Chapter and located the city’s historical fire station and jailhouse on Chestnut Street. The building was granted status as a National Historic Site in 1976 and given to La Porte City. In 2001, the city purchased a building on Main Street and after renovations, it is now the main home of the Museum with more than 8,000 square feet of display space for exhibits that are changed yearly.
In 2015, the Museum will complete the Rural Iowa Heritage Center at 413 Chestnut Street. The site features an 1862 log cabin as well as the historical fire station and jailhouse. It is dedicated to celebrating 1800’s life in rural Iowa. The Museum continues to earn a reputation for educational and innovative exhibits that are designed for guests of all ages. More information can be found on the museum’s website at .
The Small Museum Group a committee of the Iowa Museum Association, was organized ten years ago with the purpose of helping meet the needs of small-budgeted museums in Iowa. Co-chairs of the organization are Saundra Clem Leininger of the French Icarian Village at Corning and Angela Beeken of the Des Moines County Heritage Center Museum at Burlington. Meetings are held three times a year, one in each tourism region.