Quarterly Coffee

Forest City Chamber of Commerce President Kathy Rollefson gives updates on businesses and events during the June 7 Quarterly Coffee meeting.

The Forest City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Kathy Rollefson, discussed upcoming events and provided updates with some businesses and programs during the chamber's recent Quarterly Coffee held at the Forest City YMCA.

YMCA Programs Director Tony Reynolds discussed the STEAMS programs and the new community garden that is now ready for planting.

“We’ve got a long ways ahead of us,” Reynolds said. “I envision a spot out there at some point where we can be doing classes, people can be growing and harvesting vegetables, people can go out there and do yoga.”

Reynolds also mentioned posts for people to hang up hammocks, a gazebo for people to read in and maybe a butterfly garden.

YMCA Director of Child Care Courtney Schauermann said they will be moving the 3-year-old child care and the 3-year-old preschool programs from the Boman Fine Arts Center to the Forest City Elementary School this summer.

The move will make more space at the fine arts center to get some of the younger children off the wait list.

“That will be great for the community,” she said. “It’s going to be a great move and a transition that we will work through.”

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The YMCA also kicked off the summer program for school-aged kids called Summer Rocks on Monday, June 10.

Schauermann said this year they have 116 children from 115 families in the child care program right now, “so those numbers are huge and something that we’re very proud of.”

According to Rollefson, Winnebago Industries is working on their visitors center museum, doing a recent renovation to bring the displays down to the main level and curated to tell the Winnebago Industries Forest City story.

Future Ready Iowa Clearinghouse, an initiative started by Gov. Kim Reynolds for work-based learning, will launch in July and includes student-led Authentic Projects that work with business and community partners.

Some upcoming events are the Winnebago County Relay for Life on June 22, 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., the JAERV performance at the Boman Fine Arts Center June 24 at 7 p.m. and the “Murphy’s Law” free showing June 29 at 5 p.m. at the Forest City Theatre.

The farmers market also started June 6 and will run every Thursday through the end of September, except July 4, at the new location in front of the old Casey’s building on the corner of Fourth and J streets.

Some new businesses include Edward Jones, owned by Taylor Wilson at 111 West J St., The Iowan, a restaurant owned by John Hagen, who also owns Main Street Pizza in Lake Mills, in the old Hardee’s building on J Street, and the Hy-Vee, a grocery store opening June 18 in the old Bill’s Family Foods building on Highway 69.

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