Men in the Cedar Valley who enjoy singing are invited to attend the Proud Image Open House on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 7-9 p.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 4031 Lafayette Road, Evansdale.

Words cannot express the happiness I feel from all of the cards and letters I received for my birthday. Thank you all so very much.

The Courier prints a variety of social announcements, including engagements, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, retirements, fun photos, thank-you’s and reunions, in the weekly Celebrations section.

In December the National Cattle Congress awarded more than $7,000 in scholarships to help further education.

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STEAMBOAT ROCK — Jessica Lippert graduated from Central College, Pella, in December.

STORM LAKE -- Buena Vista University recently crowned its 2018 homecoming king and queen: Alan Maldonado, a business and Spanish double major from Lenexa, Kansas; and Holly Schneider, a senior elementary education major from LeMars.

BEAMAN — Derek Coulter represented the Iowa State University College of Design as its student marshal at the university’s undergraduate commencement ceremony in December at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.

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CEDAR FALLS — U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Brian J. Laudick graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas.

WATERLOO — The Waterloo Community Meals recently provided a $1,500 donation for food baskets for the holiday season to be given to families of local veterans.

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CHARLES CITY — Mattie Maloy has been recognized by the NAIA as a 2018 Daktronics Scholar-Athlete.