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Seventh Annual Chocolate Walk October 16

The La Porte City Chamber of Commerce will host their 7th annual Chocolate Walk on Thursday, October 16, 2014. Businesses in La Porte City will be offering chocolate treats from 5:30-8:00 PM. Stroll from business to business, enjoying decadent treats such as chocolate martinis, homemade truffles, chocolate fountains, chocolate dipped strawberries, and cake balls, to name a few.
This year, the Chocolate Walk has two starting locations. Walkers may begin at Witham Auto Center, 800 Hwy. 2187 North or the La Porte City Golf Club, 9699 Bishop Ave., where, for $1 per person, they will pick up a punch card, bag and map that highlights the Walk’s participating businesses. The Chocolate Walk will conclude at the FFA Historical & Ag Museum, 408 Main Street, where the Grand Prize Drawing will be held at 8:30 PM.
In addition to a tremendous variety of sweet treats, the Chocolate Walk is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the goods and services local businesses have to offer.

Annual 3K Walk to Support Splash of Color

The “Splash of Color Breast Cancer Support Group” will have their 4th Annual 3K Fundraiser Walk on Saturday, October 11, 2014. The walk is at Sullivan Park on East Fourth Street in Waterloo. The cost to participate is $18 for Adults and $10 for children, age 12 and under. Money raised will support the activities of the Splash of Color (SoC) group, a program of the Beyond Pink TEAM focused specifically on the needs of women of color who have breast cancer. Dollars raised in this lone fundraiser dedicated to SoC will allow the group to provide additional programming and services for its members, who range from those newly diagnosed with breast cancer, to those living with the disease.
All registered participants will receive an event t-shirt. Registration for the event will start at 7:30 AM, with the 3K Walk starting at 8:30. Following the walk, there will be a brief program, entertainment, and light refreshments will be provided by Panera Bakery-Café. There will also be a raffle, baked goods and items for purchase at the walk.
Event organizer, Cathy Ketton, says the support of the community is very important to the work Splash of Color undertakes.
“Living with breast cancer can be lonely, scary and can lead a family to financial hardship,” Ketton said.
“Women newly diagnosed and women living with breast cancer do not have to be alone or carry this burden. Having the community come out for this event shows them that support is there for them.”
For five years the Splash of Color group has been providing support, resources and services to women living with breast cancer.
“Our goals have not changed,” said Ketton.
“We need to reach women and let them know that there is support and resources available to them.”

Annual Arts, Crafts Show Returns to the UNI-Dome

Make plans now to attend the 24rd Annual Arts & Crafts Show at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls on October 4th and 5th.
Over 300 talented exhibitors will be presenting and selling the Midwest’s finest handcrafts with thousands of unique creations. This show is the largest Arts & Crafts Show in the state of Iowa.
The show is a production of Callahan Promotions, Inc. and offers patrons the opportunity to enjoy original affordable arts and crafts.  Among the various items presented at the show are oak furniture, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, metal art scultures, pet products, yard art, pottery, candles, clothing, floral wreaths, stained glass, and many more original products.
Exhibitors will also be selling homemade food items such as salsa, dips, jams, butters, dried   food and soup mixes, fudge, and gourmet bread.
Admission to the show is only $6, with anyone 10 years and under free. All patrons will receive a re-entry hand stamp good for the entire duration of the show.
The University of Northern Iowa will be charging a $3 parking fee for vehicles on both Saturday and Sunday. New this year, shuttle 6 passenger golf carts will be used to transport the public for free from the north parking lots over to the UNI-Dome.
Show hours are Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday from 9 AM to 4 PM.
For additional information, call 563-652-4529.

Blood Donors Support The Fight Against Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and blood donors can support the fight against all types of cancer by giving blood.
Cancer patients are the number one recipients of all blood products and can use up to eight units of blood a month. This October, give blood and give a lifesaving gift to a family member, friend or neighbor battling this devastating disease and help support the fight against cancer.
It takes less than one hour to give blood and your donation could be the lifesaving link for a hospital patient in their critical time of need. You can make a difference by making a donation at an the upcoming La Porte City Community Blood Drive, Wednesday, October  8, 2014 from 12:30-6 PM at Veterans Memorial Hall, 302 Cedar St.
Sign up to save a life today! Schedule a blood donation appointment online at or call Duane Slaikeu at 342-3393 or just drop in.

3.8 Million Reasons to Invest in La Porte City


On Tuesday, September 18, East Central Iowa Coop celebrated the completion of a $3.8 million construction project at its La Porte City facilitywith an Open House and cookout. The centerpiece of the project is a new grain bin that can be seen from miles away. With a capacity of 700,000 bushels of grain, ECI hope to reduce, if not eliminate the use of bunkers on the ground for grain storage as the harvest season begins to gear up.
In addition to increased capacity, the facility has received a major upgrade in processing power with the installation of a 15,000 bushel per hour leg. Previously, the La Porte City location was limited to a rate of just 4,000 bushels per hour.
Over the next five to ten years, the company will consider further upgrades, including additional grain bins, a second 15,000 bushel per hour leg, another set of scales, a rail loadout system, grain dryer and a wet and dry leg to the system. Such improvements are estimated to cost approximately $7.5 million. With cost estimates based on 2014 prices, the future for ECI’s La Porte City facility looks bright, indeed.