Cory Booker for President – Meet and Greet with Cory


photo of Cory Booker at campaign event

We are pleased to announce that this Thursday, January 9th at 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM U.S. Senator and Democratic candidate for president Cory Booker will be available to discuss his vision for Iowa and the rest of the country as he campaigns for the 2020 Democratic nomination.

The meet and greet will be held in the Library at the First Street Community Center.

From the Cory for Iowa Facebook page:

In America, our spirit is being tested by those who want to tear us apart. We have a choice to make: break into factions or rise in common purpose.  Join our campaign, and we will rise together:  corybooker.com/join.

Join Cory Booker in Mount Vernon where he’ll share his vision to empower Iowa by expanding opportunity and justice in every community. Doors open at 2:00.

Follow Cory as he travels from river to river reminding Iowans that together, we will rise.  #IowaRise

For more information about this event:  Cory Booker meet and greet in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

For more information about Cory Booker: CoryBooker.com


Two New Discussion Groups – Public Welcome


Inner Dimensional Engineering Agreement Sangha (IDEA Sangha)

We are a product of Evolution, a very slow process. Once evolved as Humans we progressed very rapidly through inventions which gave us a succession of ever improved tools for easier and yet easier living. All these inventions dealt with things around us. However, the evolutionary process being very, very slow our physiology and psychology have not kept up to deal with the consequences of what we have created. For example, various chemicals while most of them made our life easier also prove to be dangerous to health and environment. This has a compounding effect into the future affecting us and our children and so on.

This situation calls for our turning inwards to change our attitude to do what need to be done in directing Human evolution from now on for our survival. This is being Mindful.

Therefore, I have created a forum, Inner Dimensional Engineering Agreement Sangha (IDEA Sangha) for like minded people to discuss what attitudinal changes we are to adopt.

We will meet on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month at 1PM, in the Library.

Please address any questions to [email protected]

Intelligent Discussion and Expression Association (IDEA)

I moved to Mount Vernon from Hawaii and am enjoying living in such close-knit community. I want to be involved and engage other community members toward a common understanding in these contentious times.

We all have lots of pent-up thoughts going nowhere and wasted. I have started a discussion forum, Intelligent Discussion and Expression Association (IDEA), for open dialogue on broad subjects — such as, “why we do things the way we do without a second thought?” — where people are free to express their innermost thoughts in a friendly surrounding and get response.

We meet on 2nd Mondays of each month at 6PM, in the Focus Room.

Please address any questions to [email protected]


The Black Panthers – A Personal & Historical Perspective


two photos of Black Panther free breakfast program activities

Join us for a presentation and conversation about the Black Panthers with a woman who worked for them in the 1970’s.  You may be surprised to learn about the many positive things the Black Panthers were a part of.  The talk will be on Thursday, Nov. 7 @ 6:30 PM upstairs in the Library.

photo of Christine FlavinThe talk will be presented by Christine Flavin.  She will talk about how she became involved in the civil rights movement when she was in high school. She later went on to attend the University of California, Berkeley in 1971.  She was very involved with both the anti-Vietnam war efforts and the civil rights movements at that time.  One of the aspects of her involvement was to work for the Black Panther Party in Oakland, CA (where she lived while attending Berkeley).

She will give a bit of history of the Panther movement and its residual effects on social justice.  She will also try to explain and diffuse the negative stereotypes that exist to this day about the purpose and the mission of the Black Panther political party.

Questions, call Kate Rose at 319.651.7326.


First Friday Art Reception and Exhibit for Sue Penn


This building will be buzzing with activity this Friday!  Not only will we have the variety show and silent auction going on, but, wait there’s more!

East End Art cordially invites you to their First Friday Art Reception for Sue Penn, Friday, April 7th from 5:30-7:30pm.

The event is held in the Library (upstairs, adjacent to the gallery) of the First Street Community Center.  Refreshments and wine served for this casual reception.

Come meet Sue and see her exhibit of Mixed Media paintings.

Sue describes her interest in art:

“My passion is color, I love movement and texture. When I began painting again ten years ago and discovered Mixed Media, I was in Art Heaven! Nothing makes me happier than spending a day playing with my acrylics, stencils, stamps, and papers to see what materializes. I’m always learning, changing and refining what I’m creating. I never know what I’m going to do next.” SP

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