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Fun Nite for Nature Center slated for March 27

March 22, 2010
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
TOLEDO CHRONICLE - The Fundraising Committee for the Tama County Nature Center has been busy planning the annual spring fund-raiser for the facility. The event, to be held on Saturday evening, March 27, has become known for a fun evening offering a delicious buffet meal, interesting program and many diverse and beautiful offerings in the silent and open auctions.

This year’s event promises to be another fun evening for county residents. The evening will include a wonderful dining event served by “My Mother’s Place” including an “all you can eat” buffet which will include two meats, vegetable, salads, homemade rolls and beverage. No one will go away hungry.

This year’s program is entitled “Sloths in Our Backyards” and will be presented by Co-Principle Investigators Holmes A. Semken, Jr., Emeritus Professor of Geoscience, and David Brenzel both of the University of Iowa.

Ground sloths may be extinct but they aren't dead.  The footsteps of these recently-departed ice age giants continue to echo through Iowa's woodlands with important implications both for today and the future.  Imagine ground sloths the size of small elephants living in your timber today.

Holmes and Brenzel will review the history of excavating the world's only Jefferson's sloth-family, including the second most complete adult and juvenile of the species ever discovered. The sloth family was excavated near Shenandoah.

Following the program will be the open and silent auctions. As in past years an important component to the success of the evening will come from generous supporters and talented persons from across the county. “We have been very fortunate to have so many residents interested in the Nature Center project”, comments Bob Etzel, Director for the County Conservation Board. “It is exciting to see people share their talent and resources to make the Nature Center a success. The Fundraising Committee and the Conservation Board are very grateful for this support.”

The committee is asking anyone in the county with a special talent to consider sharing their talent to benefit the Nature Center. “We have had all kinds of neat items donated to the silent and open auctions in the past,” comments Ginny Elliott of Tama. “Kolaches, wood working, bird houses, pies, jewelry, quilts, dried flower arrangements, photography..... have all been donated by talented Tama Countians. If anyone would like to donate something for the auction please let one of the fundraising committee members know or give Bob a call at (641) 484-2231.”

The spring fund-raiser has been successful in raising nearly $65,000 to date and funds environmental education programming as well as ongoing construction of the nature center at Otter Creek Lake and Park.

Since a dinner is being served ADVANCED TICKET SALES ARE REQUIRED

. Tickets can be purchased by calling Bob at the Nature Center office at (641) 484-2231 or evenings at home at (641) 484-5764 or by contacting any of the fundraising committee or conservation board members.

Those members are: DYSART: Cathy Wieck; GLADBROOK-GARWIN--LINCOLN AREA: Kay Lowry, Nathan Wrage; SOUTH TAMA AREA: Gene Anderson, George Corum, Ginny Elliott, Bob Etzel, Roger Benda and John Keenan; TRAER-BUCKINGHAM AREA: Carolyn Adolphs and Gayle Kucera; CHELSEA, CLUTIER,VINING, ELBERON: Daryl Bazal and Craig Wise.

Fact Box

What:Annual Tama County Nature Center Fun Nite, Buffet Meal
When:Saturday, March 27
Where:At the Nature Center, 5 miles northeast of Toledo
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