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24th Annual Eagles and Ivories Ragtime Weekend

Contributed by Sue Theilmann The last weekend in January in Muscatine is usually cold, occasionally snowy, but always has hot music at the Eagles and Ivories Ragtime Festival. It is a weekend of world-class ragtime and stride, Dixieland jazz, boogie-woogie, spirituals, traditional jazz and even a silent movie with live piano. This event is presented by the Muscatine County Arts Council, a non-profit community organization. Muscatine is becoming known as the Cradle of Iowa Ragtime. For twenty-four years, this event has been bringing world-class musicians to this historic city on the banks of the Mississippi River.   The musicians...

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Happy healthy New Year for YOU

Contributed by Kara Zigament, Dietitian at Muscatine Hyvee Make 2018 a happy, healthy new year for you! Resolutions are great for some, but they have never worked for me. I didn’t find success with being healthier until I stopped searching for the perfect diet.  Success for me came when I listened to me and what worked for me. I found running (walking/running at first) was what focused me emotionally, physically, and spiritually. To me, eating healthy means balance, enjoying everything in moderation, and giving myself permission for indulgences. It is about lifestyle change. Diets don’t make sense to me, but changes I can live with, like the lifestyle changes below, make sense to me. Looking forward to a healthier 2018? Here is what I recommend, but remember it’s about what works for YOU and what YOU can do! Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Eat your vegetables first. Eat the colors of the rainbow to boost nutrient content of your diet. Watch your portions. Downsize your plates, bowls and opt for tall, skinny glasses. MOVE! Incorporate activity into your daily routine and participate in physical activities you enjoy. Check out a fitness class at the Muscatine YMCA. Snack sensibly. Remember, it’s not a meal, it’s a snack. Drink plenty of water. Stay hydrated without all the sugar often found in other beverages. When it’s time to eat, slow...

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First National Bank announces 2017 Employee of the Year

First National Bank of Muscatine announces Mary Lorentzen, Vice President/Loan Operations Manager, has been named the 2017 Outstanding Employee of the Year. In January 2017, Mary was the recipient of the bank’s prestigious Above and Beyond Award for her willingness to help a coworker and update procedures to ensure bank operations run smoothly. This activity was representative of the contributions Mary has made to the bank on many previous occasions as she has been the recipient of the Above and Beyond Award five times. Mary began her career at First National Bank as a teller at the Main Bank...

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The Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Music Association’s Hall of Fame will include Crusin’ in its class of 2018.  The band will perform at the induction concert on September 1 in Arnold’s Park, as will others of this year’s honorees. Crusin’ was among the first — if the not the first — ’60s-revival bands anywhere.  The band was founded by keyboard player/lead singer Max Allan Collins, leader of the Daybreakers, the celebrated Muscatine, Iowa, combo (1966 – 1972) whose cult single, “Psychedelic Siren,” is one of the most anthologized garage-band recordings of the 1960s.  The Daybreakers were inducted into the...

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Certified Holistic Health Coach Allison Castle to speak at February Adult Diabetes Support Group

Contributed by Kim Seligman The February 6, Muscatine Adult Diabetes Support Group meeting will feature Allison Castle, Certified Holistic Health Coach, and will provide information on:  Sugar cravings and what they mean  The impact of sugar on the body  Tips to reduce sugar intake  Information on artificial sweeteners  Natural sweetener alternatives   A recipe and sample of a sweet treat  As a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Allison has been trained by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the Health Coach Institute and certified by the International Association for Health Coaches to help you change your habits and change your life! Her approach provides accountability and...

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