The Grinnell Chamber of Commerce will be co-hosting a job fair with IowaWorks on Friday, Aug, 27 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Central Park. Grinnell Chamber members along with businesses from Poweshiek, Tama, Hardin, Marshall, Story and Jasper will be in attendance. There will be 30 plus businesses attending with jobs they are seeking to get filled.
In the event that there is inclement weather, the job fair will be held at Hotel Grinnell. If you are interested in participating in the event, please contact Maddy to get registered. If you are a job seeker, no registration is required. The job fair will be a first come, first serve event- where applicants have opportunities for on-the-spot interviews if the business requests to do so with the applicant.
“We know how hard the labor shortage has been on our employers this year. We hope we are able to help them navigate this tough time while also helping those seeking new employment opportunities,” noted Rachel Kinnick, CEO of the Chamber. “We’re excited to partner with IowaWorks to help us expand connections throughout the region.
If your business is interested in attending or submitting open positions, please sign at:
Carl Meck, the newest member of the Grinnell Optimist Club, serves an ice cream cone to Clayton Criswell, 5, of Grinnell while his sister, Andley, 7, and mom, Tiffany, anticipate receiving their cones at the Optimist Night Out event on Tuesday, Aug. 3 at Central Park. Hudsyn Criswell, who was traveling by stroller, is next to his brother.
The Zylstra family of Grinnell enjoys ice cream while taking a break at Central Park during the Grinnell Optimist Club Night Out event on Tuesday, Aug. 3.
The Grinnell Optimist Club Night Out event allowed local police and fire officials to interact with area families while enjoying ice cream served by members of the Optimist Club.
Ruth Levy, 5, of Grinnell enjoys sitting in the Grinnell Fire Department Ladder Truck at the Grinnell Optimist Night Out event on Tuesday, Aug. 3. The event allowed area residents to check out the fire trucks and police vehicles used to keep Grinnell safe.
Area residents mill about Grinnell’s Central Park checking out the fire engines and enjoying fresh ice cream and family time at the Grinnell Optimist Club Night Out event on Tuesday, Aug. 3.
Dave and Jan Pope of Grinnell enjoy ice cream while visiting with Grinnell Police Officer John Soubayi at the Optimist Club Night Out event on Tuesday, Aug. 3 in Grinnell Central Park. Officer Soubayi joined the local police force in April.
Grinnell Police Captain Zachary Sittig points out features of his patrol car to area youngsters during the Grinnell Optimist Club Night Out event at Central Park on Tuesday, Aug. 3.
Long-time Grinnell High School Choir Director, Roger Henderson, has retired from teaching at Grinnell after 31-years and 38-years overall as a teacher. A native of Albia, Henderson’s career started at Earlham, where he spent seven years, before coming to Grinnell where he taught high school choir, gave private vocal lessons and helped with the productions of the school musicals.
Roger Henderson, the long-time choir director at Grinnell High School, has retired after 38 years in the classroom, 31 of those years at Grinnell.
Henderson’s last day at Grinnell was June 7.
A native of Albia, Henderson holds a BA from Luther College in Decorah and a masters in vocal performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa.
Henderson started his teaching career in Earlham, where he taught for seven years.
“Originally that position was a 6-12 vocal music job, then it changed to K-12,” Henderson said. “I was led to apply for the Grinnell position for the opportunity to teach high school only.”
When asked, Henderson said the most enjoyable thing about teaching in Grinnell is without question, the students.
“I have been so fortunate to have taught many, many dedicated students over all of the years I have been here,” he said. “I have also enjoyed tremendous community support through excellent attendance at events and financial support for various projects over the years.”
In addition to serving as the GHS choir director for 31 years, which included teaching choral music and private voice lessons at Grinnell, Henderson was the co-director of the school’s musicals, which took place every other year. He most recently helped produce and conduct The Addams Family.
“I also conducted the orchestra for those productions,” he said.
Henderson is past president of the Iowa Choral Director’s Association and has been a presenter at the ICDA annual summer symposium and the Iowa Music Educators Association annual conference. He also served on the Iowa High School Music Association Advisory Board.
Henderson is a founding member of Iowa Comprehensive Musicianship Project Team and has led various sessions including demonstration rehearsals for the project’s summer music institute for music teachers. He served as a regional teacher-team leader for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, developing teacher assessments for national certification in music education. He also trained assessors reviewing candidate submissions for the National Board Certification in music. Henderson received a Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award for outstanding service to music education in public schools, presented at Yale in June 2011. He was most recently awarded the Weston Noble Award from Luther College for excellence in choral music education.
When asked, Henderson said he has had numerous memorable experiences as a teacher, but the highlights include having students participate in the Heartland Youth Choir.
He also noted the many Grinnell High School choir students who have been selected for various honor choirs including All-State and the Iowa State Honor Choir.
“Students have received multiple division I ratings of superior as soloists, small group members as well as large ensembles,” he noted of teaching choir at Grinnell.
When asked what he will miss about teaching, Henderson said interacting with the students.
As for retirement, Henderson said he has no immediate plans at this point other than visiting with his children and grandchildren.
“I also have many projects at home that have been neglected over the years,” he said.
Henderson and his wife, Lisa, who teaches voice at Grinnell College, have two sons, Reid and his wife, Jeanmarie, and their two children and Alec and his wife, Sarah, all of Minneapolis.
American Idol winner and Iowa native to take opera house stage Oct. 23
Local Iowan and American Idol winner, Maddie Poppe, is coming to the Brooklyn Opera House for a live show on Oct. 23 at 9 p.m.
With her warm voice and sincere stage presence, Maddie rose to fame as the winning contestant on the 16th season of American Idol. A Clarksville, Iowa native, Maddie grew up singing with her father, a guitarist, and by her teens was writing her own songs. Balancing a love of singer/songwriter pop with a little bit of country and folk, she built a loyal fan base playing festivals around Iowa.
Since her Idol victory, Maddie has been in high demand, appearing on multiple TV shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live, Live! With Kelly & Ryan and the Radio Disney Music Awards, and performing at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the Special Olympics and CMA Fest in Nashville.
Maddie’s sophomore album, Whirlwind, reached #2 on the iTunes Pop charts and her hit single “Made You Miss” earned #19 on the Hot AC Radio charts. Her sentimental ballad “Not Losing You” also swept radio charts, reaching #17.
In Fall 2019, Maddie supported Ingrid Michaelson on The Dramatic Tour, an experience she calls a dream come true. Hoping to brighten the 2020 holiday season, Maddie released a holiday EP aptly titled Christmas From Home on Nov. 20 and embarked on a near-sold out acoustic Christmas tour. Maddie is currently working on new music.
“We are excited to welcome beloved Iowan, Maddie Poppe, to the Brooklyn Opera House,” said Laura Manatt, General Manager. “This concert will also be a wonderful way to come together as a community and celebrate our grand opening.”
Seating is reserved and admission is $40. Prices will go up to $50 the week of the event. Deep River-based Country singer, Tyler Richton, will open for Maddie at 8 p.m. For tickets, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maddie-poppe-tickets-161928714143 or visit www.brooklynoperahouse.com for more information. Space is limited, reserve your seats today.