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Page Six N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, March 21, 2019 Events at Norwalk Easter Public Library 1051 North Avenue 515-981-0217 High School Dance Marathon Exceeds Fundraising Goal Submitted by Tessa Palmer 2 Thursday, March 21 Rhyme Time, 10:30 am. This storytime focuses on songs and rhymes. Shake shakers, sing, move, and read some short books! Monday, March 25 Baby Time, 10:30 am. A special story time for babies up to about 18 months and their grownups. Learn lots of songs, rhymes, and bounces! (Fifteen minutes followed by playtime.) Adult Craft Night: Botanical Prints, 6:30 pro. (Reservation fee of $2 required upon registration. It will be refunded to attendees at the event or to cancellations occurring two days prior to the event. ) Tuesday, March 26 Reading Time, 10:30 am. This storytime focuses on books and pre-reading skills. Read books, sing songs, and do activities! Tuesday Talk: Budget, 6:30 pm. Join Norwalk city leaders for a conversation about the city budget ! Sign up at the library. Wednesday, March 27 Early Out Wednesdays, 2:30 - 3:30 pro. Drop-in activities every Wednesday if there is school in Norwalk. No registration required; best for elementary-age children but all ages are welcome. On the 4th Wednesday of the month, it's Make! Make art projects with a variety of materials. Thursday, March 28 Rhyme Time, 10:30 am. This storytime focuses on songs and rhymes. Shake shakers, sing, move, and read some short books! Pajama Time, 7:00 pm. Join us this evening to read funny stories. Great for all ages; pajamas welcome. IPTV Launches KIDS Clubhouse Adventures Mobile App Iowa Public Television has released a mobile app featuring content from its popular children's show KIDS Clubhouse Adventures. The app is available for free download on the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android devices. "KIDS Clubhouse Adventures has always featured Iowa children and the adventures they can find in their own communities," said host Dan Wardell. "We're so excited that those same kids can now enjoy our show from anywhere their adventures may take them." The app allows kids and parents to stream full episodes and other fun videos from the KIDS Clubhouse Adventures series from their mobile devices such as smart phones or tablets. KIDS Clubhouse Adventures is a multimedia learning experience for Iowa children ages three through nine. Coordinating educational activities and resources are available to parents and children at Iptv.org/Clubhouse. J Extra copies of the Norwalk paper can be purchased at Casey's, Kum & Go, Git-N-Go, and Fareway. On March 9th, we had our big event, the Norwalk Dance Marathon, to celebrate all of the money raised. At this event we had a DJ, Knocked Out Cold (an AWESOME localband), nine square, gaga ball, and lots of other fun activities. We have been fundraising over the last year to reach our Midamerican Energy Customers Report Utility Seam Calls MidAmerican Energy Company customers have recentlyreported an uptick in threatening calls from imposters who pose as MidAmerican Energy employees and demand immediate payment for utility bills that they claim are past due. The callers threaten to shut off power unless the customer pays immediately by phone with a prepaid debit card. The call may appear legitimate because callers manipulate caller ID to display the MidAmerican Energy name along with a phone number. MidAmerican Energy does not call customers demanding immediate payment by phone. Customers who receive a suspicious call should hang up. Notify MidAmerican Energy at the number on your monthly utility bill, or call 888-427-5632. If you feel threatened by the call, report it to your local law enforcement. Do not call the number that appears on your caller-ID display, even if you think it might be legitimate. To check your billing status, call MidAmerican Energy or access your billing records online through My Account on the company's website at www.midamericanenergy.com. "We provide several notifications to customers who are behind on payments," Mike Gehringer, vice president of customer operations, said. "Utility disconnection is a last resort, not a first step in the process. Protecting customers from scams is a top priority for us." Customers should follow these steps to stay safe: .Do not pay immediately by phone, especially if you did not initiate the call.'Remember, MidAmerican Energy accepts many forms of payment, but does not demand a specific payment method by phone.-Never give out personal or financial information when someone calls you. Do not share credit card, bank, prepaid money card or even gift card account numbers when you receive a call. For more information, visit www.midamerican energy.com/scams. RFAL ESTATE FOR SALE LAKESHORE ESTATES - CUMMING 14 LOTS- 3 Acres to 10+, $70,000 to $160,000 (4 LAKE LOTS LEFT) Lots #5 thru #9, great for horses. Convenient to West Des Moines, children currently in Norwalk Schools can open enroll to Norwalk, otherwise it is Van Meter Schools. Take Cumming Road west ofi-35 about 2.5 miles w curve; leave curve going straight west on 120th Avenue mile to Black GoM signs just west of 3090 120th Avenue. Broker owned property. goal of $10,000. We absolutely crushed that goal with a grand total of $18,005.13 all for the kids at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital! We want to thank everyone who donated, volunteered, sponsored, and danced for this amazing cause. Call Black Gold Realty Larry Hughes, 515-681-6310 Have a news item for the paper? Send it to us by email at news@norwalk newspaper.com Troy Ohnemus 515-202-1805 Iowa Youth Survey: Suicide Risk and E-Cigarette Use Climbing; Alcohol Use Declines The Iowa Department of Public Health's (IDPH) 2018 Iowa Youth Survey (IYS) shows in general, underage drinking continues to decline. Alcohol use among Iowa 1 lth graders was down from 26.4 percent in 2012 to 20.4 percent in 2018. Binge drinking fell from 19.2 percent in 2012 to 12.0 percent in 2018. An exception to the overall decline came among eighth graders, who reported a significant increase in drinking from 2016 to 2018, from 5.4 percent in 2016 to 7.3 percent in 2018 - a level not seen since 2012. In multiple questions on suicide, Iowa youth reported increasing rates from previous surveys. Overall, the percentage of students who reported having a plan to kill themselves increased by 53 percent from 2012 to 2018. One in ten students reported having a plan and one in 20 reported a suicide attempt within the past year. Tobacco use appears similar to other substance use, remaining stable or declining from previous surveys. The exception to this is e-cigarettes. Almost one-quarter of 11th grade students (23 percent) reported use of e-cigarettes in the past month on the 2018 IYS, along with eight percent of eighth graders and two percent of sixth graders. "The Iowa Youth Survey gives us a glimpse into the lives of our young people," said IDPH IYS coordinator Pat McGovern. "While the answers represent a moment in time and do not give a complete view of the pre-teen and teenage mindset, they do give us a glimpse into their actions and beliefs. This enables us to tailor our programming and services in the most effective ways." In 2018, 70,451 students representing 68 percent of Iowa's 330 public school districts participated in the IYS. The 2018 IYS is the 17th in a series of surveys that have been completed every two or three years since 1975. The survey is conducted with Iowa public and private students in grades 6, 8, and 11. The IYS includes questions about students' behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs, as well as their perceptions of peer, family, school, neighborhood, and community environments. The Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation generates the IYS reports. To view the 2018 report and other information about the IYS, visit www.iowa youthsurvey.iowa.gov/. Norwalk Food Pantry hours are 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday. The pantry is located at New Life Lutheran Church.