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\ t Thursday, April 17, 2014 N/Warren Town and County News Page Fifteen LEISURE LINE Concluded from p. 3 for children ages 5 to 7. Little Dragons meet twice a week. This program is run concurrently with the begin- ning class. All programs consist of hand and foot techniques, forms, self-defense and lessons and instructions on top- ics such as respect, self-discipline and perseverance. Competition is also available for those students who are interesteG Competition teaches sportsmanship, gives confidence and allows the students to use the skills they have learned in class. Families are strongly encouraged to join and train together. We found that the kids learn better when one or both of their parents/guardians are learning along- side of them in class. Cost per Session: Norwalk residents, Little Dragons/ Twice a Week $46, non-residents $53; Family Tae kwon do (ages 8 and above), 1st Family Member $57.50, 2nd and Family Members $28.75 each, Maximum Fam- ily Fee-S115, non-residents, 1st Family Member $66.25, 2nd and 3rd Family Members $33.25 each, Maximum Family Fee $132.25. **Cost of testing for belts and competition is extra along with an annual $25 association fee** Registration Dates: April 28 through May 9; Session Dates: May 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29, June 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, July 1, 3. (Dates could vary due to school func- tions/concerts). PAINT ON CANVAS Join us for a paint on canvas adventure with Lucinda. Kids, ages K through 6th grade, will learn about basic cartoon drawing of animals and then transfer their Cre- ation on to canvas for a fun painting project. Canvas, art supplies and aprons provided. Have your child wear short sleeves or cl~hes that can get messy. Multi-fam- ily discount. Instructor: Lucinda Sperry, Art Love Stu- dio; Registration Dates: April 21 through May 2; Pro- gram Date: Saturday, May 10; Program Time: 10 a.m. to Noon; Cost: Norwalk residents $26, non-residents $29.90; Location: Norwalk Easter Library; Minimum/ Maximum: 10/25. OPALS- SENIOR CITIZEN PROGRAMS (Older People with Active Life Styles) SENIOR CITIZEN EXERCISE Everyone age 55 and older is invited to attend a free exercise program that will include stretching and ton- ing. We will meet at the Norwalk Christian Church lo- cated at 701 Main St. This is a continuous program run- ning yearly. Days: Monday and Thursday; Tim& 10- 10:30 a.m. SENIOR CITIZEN WII BOWLING Do you miss the 8 ame of bowling? Not quite as spry as you used to be. We invite you to try the game of Wii bowling. This game mimics actions performed in real life bowling without having to travel to a bowling alley. Each week teams will be assigned for those who show up and we will have a little competition. This program continues through April. Place: Norwalk Public Safety Building; Time: Thursdays, 1:30-3 p.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 Parks and Recre- ation staff. Meat, tableware and coffee/beverage are pro- vided. 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 we plan to have on that day. Call the office to register two days before the event. Dates: May 2; Time: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Place: Norwalk Public Safety Building. Plant MidAmefican Energy Company residential cus- tomers who live in Iowa can participate in the Plant Some ShadeQ program this spring. The program offers customers the ability to purchase up to two, 3- to 4-foot conifers and 5- to 8- foot landscaping trees for $30 each. A variety of trees are available, including two or three varieties of shade trees, a low-grow- ing ornamental tree and a conifer. llorwo Ik Per,,Form ing tlr.Es liud i.E or'tom 8:38 & i0:38 am : ........................... 9 of WHO Radio & author of, The Purple Wedge Childcare through age 5 and p ogramming for children K-2nd grades offered both services. Some Shade@ "Encouraging residents to plant trees in their yard is an effective way to pro- mote energy efficiency and environmental beauti- fication," said Tina Yoder, MidAmerican Energy's manager, energy effi- ciency. "Strategically planted trees provide year- round protection of homes from the elements and that means energy savings. Plant Some Shade helps our customers save energy." Plant Some Shade is a partnership initiative funded by MidAmerican Energy and administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Bu- reau of Forestry, with eight local partners: City of Ce- dar Rapids, Johnson County Extension, Polk County Conservation, Pottawattamie County Conservation Board, Scott County Conservation Board, Warren County Conservation Board, City of Waterloo and Webster County Conservation Board. "This is a wonderful opportunity for home- owners to get a quality tree at an affordable price," said Matt Brewer, partner- ship coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natu- rat Resources - Bureau of Forestry. "Spring is an ideal time to plant new trees. The season's warm days and cool nights are excellent for root growth." For more information, contact Matt Brewer. at 515-242-6892. Order forms can be ob- tained at www.mid americanenergy.corn/ iowa_plantsomeshade. Orders will be accepted until all trees have been sold. Deadline for ads, legals and stories is Noon Friday! Legislative Newsletter Stan Gustafson Iowa House Representative District 25 HF2462 was passed this week by the House on a 63 to 35 vote. This is the Bill which addresses Employee Settlement Agreements with terminated or laid off State employees. Settlement Agreements have been used in both the Vilsack and Culver administrations as well as in Branstad's administration. Controversy has swirled around the use of confidential employee settlement agreements which have been used in all three adminis- trations. Governor Branstad issued an executive order last week that outlaws confidential settlement agree- ments. HF2462 codifies that Governor's executive or- der so that it cannot be reversed by future administra- tions. It also increases transparency by disclosing the reasons behind employee dismissals. Current Iowa law does not allow releasing information as to why State employees are dismissed which allows the dismissals to be exploited for political reasons. Ethanol production has been negatively impacted by the failure of the Obama administration to approve and begin construction of the Keystone pipeline. Suppliers are shipping oil by rail which reduces rail cars available for shipping of ethanol to large metropolitan markets. Also, grain shipments are being bumped or delayed due to the transportation of oil. Onsite ethanol storage tanks are full which has forced ethanol producers to signifi- cantly curtail output due to lack of space and railcars. Accordrag to the Association of American Railroads, crude oil shipments have increased from 9,344 carloads in 2008 to 434,032 carloads in 2013. SF2311 which addresses the serious problem of Hu- man Trafficking was approved by the House and sent to the Governor for his signature. This Bill protects young men and women under the age of 18 who are arrested for prostitution, allowing County Attorneys to refer them to the Department of Human Services for protection and prev hting needless prosecution of hu- man trafficking victims. It also increases penalties for a person who pimps or attempts to buy services from a prostitute under the age of 18 and raises the statute of limitations to prosecute certain crimes against children. The Freedom Center at Camp Dodge in Johnston is hosing a Veterans Career Fair Thursday, April 24, which willshowcase career opportunities for veterans and their spouses. It begins at 9:30 with a candidate support ses- sion which includes resume reviews, mock interviews and coaching. After a free lunch, participating compa- nies and organizations will receive applications and conduct interviews with attendees. For more informa- tion, contact Jill Joseph at 515-727 3442. The Iowa De- partment of Veteran Affairs and Home Base Iowa are partnering with the Iowa Business Council and the Cen- tral Iowa Building Trades to showcase career opportu- nities. Senator Julian Garrett and I will be at the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Winterset Saturda April 26.