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Marion Square serving up sights and sounds
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FEATURED PHOTO · Times Photo By Alyssa Vicente On Thursday, July 21, Marion's own City Square bustled with the sights, sounds, and even smells of two different events...The Fiesta Block Party celebrated 20 years! Hosts for this annual event were: Carlos O' Kelly's, Farmers State Bank and Martin Gardner Architecture. This is the Marion Chamber of Commerce's most popular networking event; an evening opportunity to get to know the business community while enjoying complementary hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Guests of the Fiesta Block Party celebrated from 5 to 7 p.m. Also that same evening, the weekly Big Band Concert took place in City Square Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The 17-piece band plays big band music from the '30s, '40s and '50s. This is the band's 16th year providing free summer concerts in Marion.
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Desire comes to the heart of Marion
by By DJ Kauffman Times News · September 23rd, 2016
The Giving Tree Theater, located at 752 10th Street in Marion, is presenting Tennessee Williams' play, A Streetcar Named Desire (PG-13, Classic Drama). It "delivers an unforgettable dramatic ride, filled with love, loss and the dream of what's to come." -- Giving Tree Theater.


Consultant discusses new overtime regulations
by By Nancy Grindle Times News · September 22nd, 2016
The Marion Chamber of Commerce and MEDCO co-hosted a lunchtime meeting to help companies understand the new overtime regulations which will go into effect on December 1, 2016. This meeting was held on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Kirkwood Training and Outreach Services Center.

Gadelha named in Republican "16 in 16 Races to Watch" list
by Report Submitted · September 22nd, 2016
Last week, Rene Gadelha was named to the Republican State Leadership Committee's "16 in '16: Races to Watch" list, which recognizes the RSLC's Future Majority Project and Right Women, Right Now candidates who are identified as rising stars in the party. The RSLC's FMP and RWRN initiatives aim to identify, recruit, and support new diverse and women candidates at the state level.

HACAP forum hosts legislative candidates
by By DJ Kauffman Times News · September 22nd, 2016
Sometimes we forget about people," Mark Seidl said at a public forum on Wednesday, September 14, where the subject of child welfare was addressed by three candidates running for public office, Senator Liz Mathis (D) Iowa State Senate District 34, Mark Seidl (D) Iowa House of Representatives District 67 and Molly Donahue (D) Iowa House of Representatives District 68.

Linn-Mar boundary changes
by By Nancy Grindle Times News · September 22nd, 2016
It was shared in the Linn-Mar Administration Report of Sept. 12, 2016, that recommendations made by a Boundary Committee back in 2013 are now relevant. As a result, a number of elementary students will move to other buildings starting with the 2017-2018 school year.

Marion Independent to utilize technology in classrooms
by By DJ Kauffman Times News · September 22nd, 2016
"Technology is everywhere, and we want to capitalize on it," said Emerson Principal Nicole Harmer.

Art in the Alleys renewing the alleyways for artist installations
by By Alyssa James Times News · September 22nd, 2016
The ImaginArt in the Alleys project is an ongoing project taking place in Uptown Marion's alleyways. The idea is to "renew" Uptown Marion's alleyways, making them more inviting and engaging. Along with the revamping on 7th Ave, the City felt that it was important that the businesses had accessible and welcoming back entrances. The ImaginArt in the Alleys project is funded by an ArtPlace America Grant as well as city funding. The project began in late 2014. With over nine artists collaborating on the project, ImaginArt in the Alleys has made some great progress.

Blended learning strategies discussed for L-M
by By Nancy Grindle Times News · September 22nd, 2016

A few years ago, Linn-Mar District representatives discussed blended learning in relation to preschool and kindergarten children. Now the definition of "blended learning" has expanded to a wider concept and refers to the use of online learning throughout the entire school system.

Community Donations Support Goodwill
by Report Submitted · September 22nd, 2016
The Fall Younkers Goodwill Sale event started last Wednesday, Sept. 14, at seven Younkers stores throughout the Goodwill of the Heartland service area. Participating locations include the two Younkers stores in Cedar Rapids and the stores in Coralville, Muscatine, Moline, Davenport and Burlington.

Dogs for Dystonia Walk benefits the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation
by By Kelsey Ewing Times News · September 22nd, 2016
Imagine waking up without the ability to walk, sit upright, speak, or even see. Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder which causes muscles in the body to contract and spasm involuntarily. Most cases involve the above symptoms and affect the lives of men and women of all ages.

Effective communication with persons with disabilities workshop
by Report Submitted · September 22nd, 2016
A workshop focusing on the "Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Effective Communication with Persons with Disabilities" is planned for Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on the 4th Floor of the Veteran's Memorial Building, 50 Second Avenue Bridge in Cedar Rapids.

Grand opening of Amazing Space is truly 'Amazing!'
by By Nancy Grindle Times News · September 22nd, 2016
The weather was perfect and it was exciting to visit Amazing Space, the brand-new location at Indian Creek Nature Center which houses a wide range of in outdoor activities for all ages.

Library Director speaks of using 'change muscles'
by By Nancy Grindle Times News · September 22nd, 2016
We spoke this week with Marion's Library Director Elsworth Carman to see what kinds of activities are going on with regard to the new library that will be built eventually.

Linn-Mar junior attends medical congress
by Report Submitted · September 22nd, 2016
Sarah Velazquez, a junior at Linn-Mar High School, received an Award of Excellence certifying her successful completion of the Congress of Future Medical Leaders.


My Marion: Essay Contest
by Report Submitted · September 22nd, 2016
 The 2016 Swamp Fox Festival Committee and the Marion Times are pleased to
announce the three winners of this year's essay contest which was a part of this year's festival. These three winning essays were chosen from
categories ranging from 3rd grade - adult.
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