Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dream Big Dreams on Thursday

Two big initiatives in Winterset are coming together tomorrow evening for one big event at the Winterset Library from 6:00 to 8:00.

First, for the whole month of April, Lynette Judd and the Madison County Prevent Child Abuse Council  through CRISP (Community Resources In Service to People) have been focused on child abuse prevention in our county, through a variety of educational opportunities and events. The next one is "Pizza for Prevention," on Thursday at the library. Everyone is invited to go eat pizza, celebrate kids, and get informed about how to detect and prevent abuse in our community. (It is more prevalent here than you may think.) Kids are very welcome, but should be accompanied by an adult.

And while you're there with the family eating pizza, the kids can participate in something that will be part of Winterset's history for years to come: making a tile for the Dream Big Dreams mural.

"Dream Big Dreams" is a public art project designed to honor the 150th birthday of Dr. George Washington Carver, a renowned scientist and inventor, who lived in Winterset from 1888 to 1890. With help from the Winterset Art Center, the Winterset Parks Department, and Winterset Schools, a group of Madison County volunteers are leading the creation of a mosaic mural out of individual ceramic tiles, hand-made by local youth, that will be installed in Winterset's Carver Park in 2014. The mural will represent the philosophy and character traits that made Carver and his work famous, with themes of dreaming, courage, friendship, service, and nature. Families are invited to make a tile for the mural on Thursday night, at the same time a the Pizza for Prevention event, or if you are unable to make it then, there will be another opportunity to make a tile on May 3rd from 2:00 to 4:00.

In summary, the Library is the place to be on Thursday, the 24th, for pizza, education, hands-on activities, and family fun from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

(Unless you're a Chamber member, in which case the action really begins at Village Bootery at 5:00 for Business After Hours!)


Carver park, just off the southeast corner of the square, is a great reflective spot (even in the rain).
There's still time to purchase your raffle ticket to win the twig rocking chair, pictured here at right, which benefits
child abuse prevention efforts in Madison County through CRISP. Tickets are available at Applehurst (who donated it),
the Chamber office, the CRISP office, or from Kiwanis members.