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Thursday, January 10, 2019 N/Warren Town and County News Page Three Senate News Norwalk By State Senator Julian B. Garrett j ulian.garrett@legis.iowa.gov China Buys U.S. Soybeans /:'' China has agreed to purchase 1.3 million metric tons of U. S. soybeans. This is considered an Information provided by Nancy Kuehl and Shanda Lewiston encouraging sign that the trade dispute between the U. S. and China may be easing. This is only astart, Registration forms for events are available 24 hours however, because China normally buys 30 to 35 a day at the Parks and Recreation office (1100 million metric tons in a year. China has been buying Chatham Avenue, inside the Norwalk Public Safety more soybeans from Brazilrecently, butBrazilcannot Building) or print them off our website: supply all the soybeans that China needs. This means www.norwalk.iowa.gov. You can mail registration forms, place them in our drop box, or walk in. Office that China will likely buy more U. S. soybeans. The hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. question is how much more. There is also hope that The drop box is open 24/7/If you have any questions, China will purchase more corn from the U. S. China please call us at 515-981-9206. On-line registration and the U. S. have agreed on a 90 day truce on more ts also available on our website: tariffs while they negotiate on terms of a broader www.norwalk.iowa.gov. settlement. Our fall and winter brochure is available online, Obviously grain sales are very important to the or there are copies you can pick up at the Parks and Rec office. Iowa economy. News reports say that the Chinese We are now accepting Park Shelter House economy is really struggling. Fortunately China reservations for April through October, and Pool probably needs to trade with us more than we need Party reservations for the 2019 season. to trade with them, but trade with them is very important to the U. S. and Iowa. Please call us or visit our website for In addition to the discussions on grain sales, China further details on the following events: has agreed to reduce tariffs on U. S. cars from 40% Registrations dates for upcoming events: Craft Club - Registration for February class through to 15%, and to purchase more liquefied natural gas February 8 from the U.S. Adult Pick-Up Basketball Games - Registration open Real Unemployment until full We are hearing a lot about the low unemployment YEL Jr. Robotics League - Lakewood - Registration rates, both nationally and here in Iowa. What we do through January 18 not hear about so much is the labor participation rate. Adult Fitness Classes - Registration through The unemployment rate looks at the people actively January 20 Norwalk Family TaeKwonDo - Registration through looking for work. It does not count people of working January 20 age who are not looking for work. The labor Daddy-Daughter Dance February 1 - Registration participation rate is based on the total number of January 14 - 25 people 16 years of age or older, whether or not they Non Registration events are looking for work. Family Open Gym- Sundays through February 24th, According to the Department of Labor, the national 2-4 pro, Oviatt Gym labor participation rate is currently 62.9%, down from Senior Exercise- Mondays/Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church a high of 67.3% in March of the year 2000, but up a OPALS - January 11th, Public Safety Building from little from the recent low of 62.5% in October 2015. 11:30- 1:00 p.m. The rate here in Iowa is currently 68.3%. Iowa is 8th best among the 50 states and the District of Columbia Craft Club when it comes to the labor force participation rate. Get out your glue and imaginations for this Some of these people are disabled, and others are program. Children in 3rd through 5th grades at students or stay at home moms, but there are a Lakewood elementary are invited to join. They meet significant number who are able bodied people who once a month after school on early out Wednesdays choose not to work for one reason or another. The to make special arts and crafts projects. Instructor is Nancy Kuehl. improving economy seems to be bringing a few people Adult Pick-Up Basketball Games back into the workforce. Pick-up basketball games will be offered for adults. We are working hard here in Iowa to provide Please bring clean tennis shoes to wear for the games. opportunities for people, especially young people, to This program is only for residents who live within obtain the skills needed to get good jobs in our current the Norwalk School District. economy. However, there should also be an effort to YEL (Youth Enrichment League) Junior Robotics bring people who have dropped out of the job market 21st Century Robotics Enrichment using LEGO back in. That is happening to a certain extent but we bricks. Each class follows 4 components: Teach it, can do better. One objective should be to minimize Build it, Program it, and Play it. the able bodied, non working people who are on Adult Fitness Classes welfare of orm kind or another. It is still true that Fitness classes include Circuit Sensation/Bootcamp the best way-:to escape poverty is to have a full time Sensation, Early Bird Body Sculpting, and Step job. Finding a job is easier now than it has been for Bench Aerobics/Interval. Mary Jane Sharp is the some years, instructor. As always please feel free to contact me with your ideas or concerns. Did you miss your chance to order some peanut brittle? not too iiii+ +, . +!%+ $7 per quart bag (about 1 pound) J's Peanut Brittle 515-205-1826 www.facebook.com/jspeanutbrittle Fresh and locally made. Visit us at www.norwalk.iowa.gov Norwalk Family TaeKwonDo Jason Brooks is the head instructor of Norwalk Family TaeKwonDo, which offers programs for ages 5 through adults. The classes are separated by rank and students meet twice a week. Daddy - Daughter Dance The Norwalk Parks and Recreation department will hold the social event of the year for dads and daughters in kindergarten through 5th grade. This is an evening filled with dancing and fun to enjoy with your daughter(s) that will also include light snacks, dessert, photograph opportunities, and lots of memories. If dad is not available, an uncle, brother, or grandfather a.re welcome. Family Open Gym Shoot hoops or play a pick-up game with friends or family. Bring clean tennis shoes for the floor. Only residents in the Norwalk school district are eligible to participate. No registration required; just show up and play. OPALS - Older People with Active Life Styles Senior Citizen Exercise Everyone ages 55 and older is invited to attend a free exercise program that will include stretching and toning. We will meet at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church (new location) located at 515 Sunset Drive. Registration is not required. This is a continuous program every Monday and Wednesday from 10- 10:30 a.m. Well-Seasoned Potluck (The meat as well as the people) All are invited, age 55 or Older, to attend a potluck dinner to enjoy and socialize with the Park and Recreation staff. Meat, tableware, and coffee/ beverage are provided. Dust off the cookbooks and be creative to bring a side dish and/or dessert to share with everyone. After the meal we will have some form of entertainment from local talent. Let us know your email address and we will send out reminders with what meat that is prepared on that day. Call or emait the office to register two days before the event. Norwalk Outdoor Ice Rink The Norwalk Outdoor Ice Rink is located on the basketball court at Norwalk City Park; 907 North Avenue. The Ice Rink is a public facility, and no fees will be charged for open recreation use. The ice rink measures 88'x44' and was donated by the Norwalk Iowa Lions Club. The Ice Rink is open for skating during the winter, when weather permits. A color system will be used to inform the public of skating conditions. A traffic signal (stop light) has been installed at the Ice Rink. A green light indicates the rink is open and conditions are suitable for skating. A red light indicates the rink is closed. The Ice Rink is closed when posted due to weather, ice conditions or maintenance if there is damage to the rink or if the ice has melted. The Ice Rink status will be posted on the traffic signal and the Parks and Recreation website homepage. We hope to open the ice rink sometime in January as it has been too warm for the ice so far. ': bow ltoad our 7 0':":' +: B k M bit B ki g e+Cl Statc, . an + o : c aa" n app toG, + ~i!i!i~ii~ ii : +t+t:+.mm +m:, 4J