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61vlALt. FOWNPMPERS 2 i ;' VVEST CO] A ST SHEL FON WA 9~584-2263 I,iil,it,lt,l,ilil i,i tli,ialll,t,llil ,hl,llll illl OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR AND NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Vol. 44 No. 36 Norwalk, Iowa 50211USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, January 24, 2013 The TomorrowPlan Draft of The Tomorrow Plan Set for Public Review The Tomorrow Plan - Greater Des Moines' strategy for crafting a vibrant, dynamic region of Iasting value, equity and diversity - gets presented to the public,for final feedback in a series of open ~aouses around the metro in late January and early February. You can also read and provide input on the draft plan at www.thetomorrowplan.com. "We are grateful for thee community involvement in this plan, as we are all a part of making this important work happen," said Polk County Supervisor and The Tomorrow Plan Co-Chair Angela Connolly. "More than 26,000 contacts have been made in the development of the plan," notes Todd Ashb) Executive Director of the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. The MPO secured a federal grant to sup- port the planning work in October 2010. "We intend to maintain that energy around this plan," he adds. Six meetings are scheduled, each from 5-7 p.m in communities across the region to reflect the broad base of support taking shape for the plan. Dates and open house locations are as follows: Tuesda) J m. 29: Altoona Fire Station; Wednesday, Jan. 30: Des Moines Central Library; Thursday, Jan. 31: Ankeny Public Services Building; Monday, Feb. 4: Norwalk City Hall; Tuesda)9 Feb. 5: Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge; Wednesda) Feb. 6: Johnston Public Library Light refreshments will be served. The events are free and open to the public. Nearly complete, the plan pulls wide-ranging groups from Greater Des Moines together to find common ground on p6tentially contentious issues such as land use, transportation and economic development with action steps for today to prepare for 2050 and beyond. The plan further outlines regional initiatives to move the metro forward, including a regional greenways strategy, healthy neighborhood development, economic nodes and corridors, and more. The Tomorrow Plan brings together all 17 cities and four counties of the Greater Des Moines metro along with a number of other public and private entities to map the path to a lasting future for our region. The Des Moines Area Metropolitan Plpnning Organization se- cured initial funding of $2 million for this project through the federal Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program. Each and every citizen of the Greater Des Moines region should be involved in shap- ing the area's future. Join us for at least one of these meaningful conversations! Monday, Jan. 28 Friends of the Library, 5:30 p.m. Join us for our monthly Friends of the Library group meeting. This group, re-established in 2011, gives input for new pro- gramming, special events and larger projects. This month we hosted an app~ciation event for library staff and board members! We are also working on details for 2013 programs and events. New participants are welcome at any meeting and your comments and ideas are welcome via our Facebook page or via email with Concluded p. 5 Host Families Needed For Performers The Chinese perform- ing groups will come to Norwalk to perform the traditional Chinesemusic and dancing during the 2013 Iowa Chinese New Year Celebrations Satur- day, Feb. 2. We need help to find host families for the Performing Group from China, January 31 to Feb- ruary 4: four teen girls (birth years of 1996, 1997, 1997 and 1997); two teen boys (birth years of 1999 and 2001); three male teachers (birth years of 1971, 1973 and 1973) and one female teacher (birth year of 1978). . Also Performing Group from Minnesota: February 2:10 male and female adults. Contact Swallow Yan at the Chinese Association of Iowa at 988-0901 if in- terested. VENDOR FAIR FUNDRAISER Norwalk 8th Grade History class is going to Washington, DC at the end of the year. Several of the students' mothers are do- ing a vendor fair Saturday, Feb. 2 at Fellowship Com- munity Church, 225 North Ave from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. They have 31 Purses, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Premier Jewelry, Norwex, Vault Denim, Scents)~ Tastefully Simple, Grace Adele, Celebrating Home, Discovery Toys, the Body Bi Vi, Handmade pens and several others. NORWALK ].IBBAI Garrett to Host Norwalk Forum 1051 North Ave. * 81-0217 Representative Julian Garrett will hold a legis- lative forum at the Norwalk City Hall Satur- day, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. Rep- resentative Garrett will discuss the current legis- lative session and answer questions and entertain comments from those in attendance. The public is - invited. Photo subrt~tted. Flags for Peace The flags are flying on Main Street, though these are not your typical flags. Main St. Montessori and Middle School students have been working on a special art project. The art teacher at Main St. School, Suzanne LaTour Stevens, led all classes in creating peace flags. These flags are based on Tibetan prayer flags, pieces of fabric that are decorated with prayers or wishes and hung on.a line in the wind. They are used to promote peace, compassion, strength and wisdom. The belief is that as the flags blow in the wind, the prayers or wishes fly out into the world to spread goodwill and compassion. Stevens modified the idea to become peace flags. "In reference to the recent incidences of violence, it seemed a good idea to put our wishes for peace out into the world," said Stevens. The flags will be flown at the front of the school through the end of February. The students and staff invite the citizens to come and view the flags and add their own wishes for peace. Blank flags will be avail- able for the public to decorate on their own and turn back into the school. These will then be hung alongside the others to increase the positive message of peace in our community. The flags will be available in a Rubbermaid container on the front porch of the school. You may pick them up, decorate and return at your convenience. Main St. School is a private pre-K-8th grade school and is located at 925 Main St. Cross Talk 2013 Several churches in the Norwalk area will be par- ticipating in Cross Talk 2013 this Easter, according to Pastor Rob Jones of Fellowship Community Church (FCC). Members of FCC, Crossroads Church and Norwalk United Methodist will be joining with multi- denominational churches across Iowa to display a white cross in their front yards from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. The 40-inch by 30-inch white crosses will make a united statement of proclamation about the resurrected Lord Jesus. Pastor Jones stated the crosses will present a big voice at Easter and encourage others to ask about the crosses and their meaning, hopefully opening doors for Christians to invite friends and neighbors to Easter ser- vices. Orders for the white crosses are due by Sunday, Feb. 3. The cost for each cross is $11.50 and churches and individuals are invited to call and order from the churches listed above. For more information, call FCC at 981-O699, Norwalk United Methodist Church at 981-4251 or Crossroads Church at 287-8580. Annual Lobster, Shrimp Dinner The Norwalk Lions Club Annual Lobster and Shrimp Dinner will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church Hall, 720 Orchard Hills Dr. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with dinner served at -7:15 p.m. A dance will fol- low until 11 p.m. with music provided .by Music & Moonlight Productions. The cost is fresh Maine lob- ster - $30 per meal; shrimp - $25 per meal or steak - $25 per meal. The meal in- dudes one main dish, plus cole slaw, baked potato and dinner roll. Deadline for reserva- tions is Wednesday, Feb. 13. Checks should be made out to Norwalk Lions Club and reservations and -full payment sent to 1119 Skylane, Norwalk, IA 50211. Participants should bring their favorite bever- age/cooler and a pair of scissors or nut crackers if you are a lobster lover, as you will be served the whole lobster. For more information, contact David Lester at 515-681-4929 or Linda Bussanmas at 515-979- 8757. Family Bingo Night Family Bingo Night at the Norwalk Easter Pub- lic Library is the first Sun- day of the month with a new time 5-7 p.m. The next Bingo Nights are February 3 and March 3. Norwalk Parks and Rec and Norwalk Lions Club are working together to provide time to enjoy an opportunity to meet friends and neighbors of all ages. Bingo cards are one for .25 or three for .50 per game. Bring a snack to share with all. If you have any ques- tions, you can reach Susan Leverman at 771-2259 or Linda Bussanmas with the Norwalk Lions Club at 979-8757.