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First Friday Art Reception and Exhibit for Russ Charboneau

Photo by Russ Charboneau

Please join East End Art for our August First Friday featuring local photographer, Russ Charboneau.

Friday, August, 5th from 5:30-7:30pm in the air conditioned Library of the First Street Community Center.

Light refreshments served during this casual and free event. Come meet Russ and see his creative eye portrayed in his photography.

Russ describes his process and the pieces for the exhibit below:

I started shooting digital about 10 years ago mainly photographing birds. I use mostly Nikon equipment including a high resolution camera I’ve been using for a couple of months.

I switched over to photographing buildings, barns, tractors, etc. with the advent of HDR imaging & photo manipulation software. These techniques gave the photos the look I wanted.

The 11 photos for this show were all shot in eastern Iowa…  I’ve found these to be wonderful subjects in early or late sunlight.

I also try to photograph these before some of these buildings are demolished or have simply fallen down. For example, the Winter Window house has been demolished since I shot the photo. Every year more of the old buildings are going away, so I try to photograph as many of these as I can.

3 of the photos are of Cornell College buildings which are a great resource for my photography. I’ve also included a locomotive and a steam engine both from Iowa’s past. There’s a shot of the Scottish Temple in Cedar Rapids and 1 of the Sutliff bridge reconstruction.

– Russ Charboneau


East End Art Logo 600wEast End Art Gallery hosts a featured gallery artist and a reception every first Friday of each month in the First Street Community Center’s Library meeting space.

The artist will be available to visit with.  The exhibit will stay up for the rest of the month, until the next reception.

We invite the public to join us, no reservation, or fees and dress casual… just come!

We hope you can join us for this special event!


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First Friday Art Exhibit and Reception for Michael S. Ryan

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We invite you to join us for Michael S. Ryan’s Reception and Art Exhibit on Friday, June 3rd, 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Light refreshments and beverages served in the Library (adjacent to the gallery) in the First Street Community Center.

The public is welcome and encouraged to come. Meet Mike and nosh with us, it’s very casual.

Michael S. Ryan has been a painter for 40 plus years. Trained in the late 60s and early 70s as an abstract painter, he has concentrated in the last 30 years on colorist impressionism, featuring both landscape and figurative subject matter.

He studied under Byron Burford, Joseph Patrick, and Michael Tyzack at the University of Iowa, as well as, at Old Dominion University and Drake University.

Ryan is a teacher, as well as, a full time painter. He is widely known for his colorist theories.

You can learn more about Michael at his website.


East End Art Logo 600wEast End Art Gallery hosts a featured gallery artist and a reception every first Friday of each month.

The artist will be available to visit with.  The exhibit will stay up for the rest of the month, until the next reception.  We invite the public to join us, no reservation, or fees and dress casual… just come!

We hope you can join us for this special event!

MVAAC – Winter Potluck, Concert & Fundraiser – Feb. 6

MVAAC Winter Fundraiser

The First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa is hosting the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council’s Annual Winter Potluck, Concert & Fundraiser on February 6th.

The potluck starts at 5:30pm in the Library, followed by a concert at 7:00pm in the Uptown Theatre.

The concert features two musical groups:

Deep Dish Divas
The Awful Purdies

Bring your families, bring your friends, BYOB, and bring a dish to share at the potluck. Pulled pork will be provided, however, you are encouraged to bring a side dish or two to share with everyone else.

Don’t forget, this is a fundraiser. So, if after all of this great food and incredible entertainment you are in the mood to donate $$ to help support the wonderful programs the MVAAC puts on throughout the year – bring your wallet too! A suggested donation of $10 is what their poster says. I don’t think they’d mind if you gave a little more or even a little less, whatever you can afford will help.

MVAAC_LogoFor more information see the MVAAC.org’s website.



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Heartland Hearing Center to Offer Free Educational Event

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Diana Kain, MA, CCC-A and Dr. Jennifer Reekers, AuD

Diana Kain, MA, CCC-A and Dr. Jennifer Reekers, AuD would like to invite you to a free Heartland Hearing Center educational event held in the First Street Community Center’s Library meeting space on Friday, November 20th from 9:30am – 11:30am.

Dr. Reekers, AuD says:

As our community grows, we see more and more confusion about hearing loss, tinnitus and hearing aids. Given there is no clear path for hearing healthcare, we often find people wondering where to go and who to trust. Our #1 goal at Heartland Hearing Center is to educate and empower our community (or anyone curious about hearing loss, tinnitus or hearing aids) with accurate information regarding their hearing health.

At our educational event we provide hearing screenings and cover numerous topics including basic ear anatomy and physiology, tinnitus, types of hearing loss, hearing aid styles, hearing aid technology, and the side effects of untreated hearing loss. Most people are unaware of the most recent John Hopkins research, which reveals a direct correlation between hearing loss and memory, dementia, and balance/falling. Additionally, many people are unaware of the fact the Iowa law makes it possible for almost anyone to sell hearing aids. There are two types of providers that can sell/dispense hearing aids in the state of Iowa; however, there is a significant difference between the amount of training, knowledge and level of education when comparing these two provider types.

At Heartland Hearing Center, our practice consists of two audiologists, Dr. Jennifer Reekers and Diana Kain, with a combined 20 years of professional audiology training and experience from a variety of hospitals and private practices within the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City communities. Lack of quality customer service and proper education are the main reasons we chose to open our own practice. We are passionate about hearing loss, hearing education and hearing aid technology, as we both became audiologists given of our own personal experiences with hearing loss. Dr. Jen has had hearing loss since childhood and presently wears a hearing aid. Diana’s older brother has had severe hearing loss since 18 months of age, giving her firsthand appreciation for hearing health. We operate from a philosophy that hearing is healthcare and an essential part of your hearing success stems from the relationship with your provider.

Our event is free and open to the public, appropriate for any adult interested in learning about hearing loss, tinnitus and hearing aid technology whether for themselves, a friend or family member. People may visit our website www.heartlandhearingiowa.com for more information regarding our practice. If interested in attending the event, please call (319) 409-5786 to RSVP prior to the event, but those discovering the event at the last minute may also attend.

Take a Class: Paint a Winter Barn Scene

Picture of a Barn Painting on Wood

Looking to be creative? Join Blooming Acres Saturday, November 28th, 11am – 2pm to paint a winter barn scene.

Students will receive step by step instructions on creating this amazing barn using acrylic paint on a wood board. All supplies will be provided.  The class will be located in the library of the First Street Community Center.  Feel free to bring a beverage and snack.

Cost for the class and materials is $35.

Please call Blooming Acres 319-895-6077 to reserve a spot.

For more information, see the Facebook event.


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Robert Campagna Book Signing

Robert Campagna Book Signing Event
The First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa, via East End Art and our Library meeting space will be hosting a reunion of sorts…

Thu, June 25 drop by 5-7PM:  Robert Campagna – Book Signing. Come chat with Bob about his book “Northeast Iowa – America’s Hidden Treasure.”

Bob Campagna, a former long time resident of Mount Vernon, describes his Mount Vernon business, Abbe Creek Press, as “on hiatus” in Loveland, Colorado. Luckily for us, Bob will be in our area frequently this summer teaching photography at College for Kids at Coe College.

Robert CampagnaAt Bob’s book signing, on Thursday join us for wine and cheese, and, in addition to his book, enjoy many of the book’s framed photographs, which were recently on display at Luther College.

You can follow Bob on his Facebook page or via his website.


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Chad Elliott – Children’s Musical-Story-Telling Show

chad elliottThis Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 1pm the First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa get’s quite the exciting treat for children of all ages.  A Children’s musical story-telling show with Chad Elliott will be held in the Library.

The “Wilderman’s Treetop Tales” children’s show has been a school and library hit across the midwest.

“You certainly have inspired and connected with many of our students. It was amazing to watch you make each child feel special with their ideas. It was fun to see their eyes light up and feel like they mattered!”
– Joan Fredrickson, Panorama Community Schools.

“The children were talking about the concert today and making up their own songs. He made quite an impression!”
– Patty Hummel, Allison Public Library.

Chad Elliott is an International Award-winning Songwriter who’s musical storytelling intertwines with beautiful artwork and a corresponding children’s book to create a modern traveling bard/minstrel storytelling experience that is truly enthralling to experience.

Even though you don’t have to be a child to enjoy this performance, perhaps you should bring them along, just to give you a cover-story to attend the show.  You won’t want to miss the opportunity to see through the eyes of a child when they experience a story brought to life in such a lively and energetic performance.

Here is a YouTube video from Wildermansbooks.com showing a few brief snippets from some of Chad’s shows:

You can buy tickets at the door of the event or in advance at:

  • Helios @ Old School Shops in the First Street Community Center
  • Mike @ Baumann’s on First St. SW, in Mount Vernon, Iowa

Tickets can also be purchased on the web at http://chadelliottchildrensshow.bpt.me.


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Celtic Music with Lilywren

4953325373_4c10469da2_b_IrishThe First Street Community Center of Mount Vernon, Iowa is pleased to host an Evening of Celtic Music with Lilywren. This live musical performance will take place 7pm, Friday, March 13th, 2015.

The event will take place inside our second largest meeting/performance space, The Library.

To purchase tickets contact: Cheryl Russell at (319) 350-4306. Seating is limited.

This event is sponsored by Iowa Irish.

Below is a Youtube video of a 2014 performance:


Cottage in Stradbally – Photo by Hotelsireland



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