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Bob Bruce

Bob Bruce

Salvation Army

hosts webinar

CEDAR FALLS — The Salvation Army of Waterloo/Cedar Falls will host the 25th annual Estate and Charitable Gift Planning Institute on Sept. 27.

The day-long webinar is themed “Renewing Your Estate Planning Vows.” Speakers include Ann Burns, chair of the Trust, Estate and Charitable Planning group at Gray Plant Mooty and Samuel Donaldson, professor of law at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

The event will take place at the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa in Cedar Falls. Continuing education credits include CLE, CFP, CTFA and CPE. The event is free and includes lunch. Attendance is limited to 60. Deadline for registration is Sept. 18. For more information or to register, go to or contact Niki Litzel at The Salvation Army, 235-9358, ext. 103.

The event is sponsored by The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, Western Home Foundation, US Bank and The Black Hawk County Estate Planning Council.

Pet food given

to food bank

WATERLOO — The Northeast Iowa Food Bank recently received nearly 40,000 pounds of donated pet food from PetSmart, equaling more than 187,000 meals for pets in need. This is one of the largest pet food donations the food bank has ever received, and will help several families care for their pets.

The donations are part of massive pet food donations taking place across North America thanks to PetSmart’s philanthropic Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program.


eachers create maker spaces

WATERLOO — Students at Highland and Orange elementary schools will be introduced to the maker movement during the 2017-18 school year thanks to a scale-up award from the Northeast Region of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council at the University of Northern Iowa.

The Science Center of Iowa’s Making STEM Connections program provides a kit including tools, teacher resources and lessons to inspire the maker mentality in youth ages 5-14 through highly engaging, interactive and safe experiences. Teachers Jennifer Roster from Highland and Stacey Snyder from Orange applied for the grants and completed training this summer. They have been provided with a curricular framework to develop science, technology, engineering and math principles and enhance those already existing in their classroom.


series set in October WATERLOO — Hawkeye Community College has announced the next Business Consortium Workshop Series, focused on providing an intense concentration of knowledge in specific business topics to employees in all industries, to begin Oct. 19.

The consortium consists of 11 different workshops that run once a month from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and are led by business training professionals with field experience. Sessions for the 2017-18 series include “Coaching for Performance,” “Building a Culture of Satisfaction,” “EQ 101 for the Workplace,” “Becoming a Person of Influence,” “Eight Deadly Wastes that Restrict Efficiency,” “The Art of Solving Problems,” “Conscious Leadership,” “The Dos and Don’ts of Managing Up,” “I Can’t Remember a Thing!” “Leading and Managing Positive Change,” and “Conflict Brings Forth Clarity.” Membership entitles a business to one seat in each workshop. Businesses can send any employee to any workshop, but seats are limited to the number of memberships purchased. Individual attendees who attend at least eight of the 11 sessions will receive a certificate of completion.

To join the consortium, go to or call 296-4290.

Tractor Supply seeks vendors WATERLOO — The Tractor Supply store in Waterloo is looking for farmers, crafters and artisans to sell their homemade and homegrown goods at its Farmers Market on Oct. 7.

Tractor Supply is encouraging crafters and growers with an interest in everything from homemade crafts and candles to baked goods, art and gardening to sign up. To register, vendors can go to or the Waterloo store. Nonprofit organizations and food trucks are also welcome to register. Dining event starts Friday CEDAR FALLS — Nineteen Cedar Falls downtown district establishments will participate in the first-ever Main Street Iowa Restaurant Week on Friday through Sept. 24. The week encourages Iowans to travel to and dine in Main Street communities across the state.

During the 10-day event, nearly 150 restaurants in 16 communities will feature a variety of special dining officers, such as communitywide passports that reward diners for visiting local restaurants.

Punch cards will be provided to interested diners and can be found at

TV personality

opens business

MARION — Former WMT and KXEL talk show host and current KCRG TV personality Bob Bruce has opened his own consulting firm.

The firm, KRAB Consulting, will specialize in helping clients with more effective communications, better market plans, handling social media, voice work and many other services.

He can be reached at 899-4302.


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