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Thursday, April 4, 2019 N/Warren Town and County News ' Page Five Color Scheming By Dorothy Rosby Somewhere in a paint factory far away, a woman pores over a color sample. She studies it in the light from the window and contemplates it with the overhead lights on and off. Eventually she picks up her pen and writes down the words Daydream Blue or Persian Indigo. Meet the Color Namer. The Color Namer sees the subtle differences between khaki and taupe or burgundy and wine. She knows there is no such color as plain pink. There is Rose, Bubblegum, Tutu, Cotton Candy, Carnation Pink, and Pepto-Bismol, to name a few. Some Color Namers are artists; others are poets. Who else could come up with color names like Blue Bayou and Papaya Whip. Theirs is a humble position with far-reaching consequences. Unwittingly, Color Namers name the bullets that become the first shots fired in the home remodeling war. After making the decision to remodel or build, choosing a color scheme is the first step in one of marriage's greatest adventures. My husband and I recently went through this trauma, choosing carpet and paint for several rooms in our home. I've been so inspired by the process that I've decided I want to be a Color Namer myself when I grow up, if that should ever come to pass. Clearly, it's an important job not only because PL 407 means nothing to anybody except paint store employees, but also because the right color name sells products. Rust is a wonderful name for a color; Rusty Nail is not. Salmon works; Fish doesn't. These are the decisions the Color Namer must make day in and day out.??? And what a challenge to name every shade, hue, and Value of every color ever created. There must be millions. Even humble white has countless variations. There is Ghost White, Seashell White, +White Smoke, Cream, and Snow. But Tapioca bears a striking resemblance to Button Mushroom and an uncanny similarity to Rice Pilaf which is eerily similar to Cream of wheat (the carpet color, not the cereal.) And yes, food and beverages are a frequent source of inspiration for our Color Namer who apparently snacks all day on the job. There is Toasted Rye, and Pastry Shell, Oat Bran, Flax, Olive, Mint, and Sugar Maple. There is Wine, Latte, Earl Grey, Cocoa, and Coffee Bean. The carpet we are about to replace was originally what I would call Sky after a Hard Rain. It is now Sky with Iced Tea accents. Some color names are based on practical items, for example Fire Brick, Mirror Gold, Steel Blue, and my personal favorite, Woodrow Wilson's Putty. That last one leads me to believe that the Color Namer travels for her work. Not only has she been to Woodrow Wilson's childhood home, she's been to the desert where she was inspired to name Dune and Nomadic Desert. She's named colors after the Emerald Isle, Peru, the Everglades, and the Promised Land, though I don't see how she narrowed the Promised Land down to one color. Occasionally the Color Namer uses actual colors in her names, though less than you'd think. There is Cadet Blue Denim Blue and Deep Sea Blue. There is Sunflower Yellow, Goldenrod Yellow, and Lemon Yellow. But frequently her color names are more abstract, for example, Peaceful Plains, Dreamland, and Tranquility, which sounds like just what one needs after choosing a color scheme. Dorothy Rosby is a syndicated columnist and the author of several humor books, including I Used to Think I Was Not That Bad and Then I Got to Know Me Better. Now Accepting Applications Norwalk Park II Apartments 1-2 Bedrooms Community Center 24/7 Maintenance Rental Assistance May Be Available To Those Who Qualify This 515-981-4424 www.national-management.com institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider. iNEIGHBORHOOD NOTES] 61 Central College students are taking part in Rock-A-Pella, the A Cappella Choir's annual fundraiser, at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, April 13th, at Cox- Snow Music Center on the Central College campus. Additionally, 30 Central College students will perform in "Night of Broadway," an evening of Broadway's greatest solos and ensembles, at 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 15th, in Douwstra Auditorium on the Central College campus. Local performers include Jen Kern of Norwalk. Upper Iowa University is pleased to announce the names of its December 2018 graduates. Local students include Michelle Perry, Norwalk, with a major in Birth-Grade 3: Inclusive Settings. More than 1,700 current University of Iowa students recently collaborated to raise almost $3 million in financial support for the UI Stead Family Children's Hospital as participants in the 25th annual UI Dance Marathon. During the event February 1st- 2nd at the Iowa Memorial Union, student participants unveiled the total of $2,960,403.25, which supports pediatric oncology patients and their families at the hospital and advances cancer research. In addition to raising money, the event celebrates the lives of survivors and recognizes those lost. Local students involved with Dance Marathon include: Ethan Curry and Rylee Origer, of Cumming; and Lauren Gavin and Blake Johnson, of Norwalk. South Suburban YMCA Summer Day Camp Taking Registrations The South Suburban YMCA, 401 E. Army Post Road, is offering day camp for youth who have completed Kindergarten-6th grade. Weekly sessions begin June 3rd and run through the week of August 16th, Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Y DayCamp: All-day program for children Kindergarten - 6th grade, includes swim instruction (3 days/week), free lunch program through the Des Moines Schools, and outdoor adventures. Registrations are now being accepted. Call 285-0444 for more information. Register at the South Suburban YMCA or dmymca.org/register. Pre-registration is required. Have a news item for the paper? Send it to us by email at news@norwalknewspaper, com Troy Ohnemus 515-202-1805 Norwalk Nursing and Rehabilitation OUR FAMILY CARING FOR YOURS! 921 Sunset Drive, Norwalk, IA 50211 (515)981-0604 NOW HIRING! We are looking for AMAZING individuals to join our team! Our facility is currently looking for qualified and caring NURSES {RN AND/OR LPN} CERTIFIED MEDICATION AIDES CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANTS ***Competitive wages dependent on qualifications and experience. Please check our listings on Indee4com or inquire within our facility. Please contact Kayla Noelting, HR Coordinator, at {515} 981-0604 with any inquiries or to schedule an interview for potential employment. Events at Norwalk Easter Public Library 1051 North Avenue 515-981-0217 Thursday, April 4 Rhyme Time, 10:30 am. This storytime focuses on songs and rhymes. Shake shakers, sing, move, and read some short books! Monday, April 8 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.) Tuesday, April 9 Reading Time, 10:30 am. This storytime focuses on books and pre-reading skills. Read books, sing songs, and do activities! Wednesday, April 10 Early Out Wednesdays, 2:30 - 3:30 pm. Drop-in activities every Wednesday if there is school in Norwalk. No registration required; best for elementary-age children but all ages are welcome. 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