CLINTON — April is Community College Month and Clinton Community College is celebrating.

CCC will host Iowa author Mary Swander from today until April 2 for the Artist in Residency program. Swander is an author, director, producer, member of the Iowa State University faculty and was named Iowa’s poet laureate in February.

Swander will kick off Community College Month activities by conducting in-class workshops and presenting a one-hour Readers Theater presentation of FARMSCAPE. The Readers Theater presentation of FARMSCAPE will include students, faculty and community members who will bring these characters to the CCC stage at 7 p.m., Thursday at the CCC Technology Center, 1951 Manufacturing Drive.

The Puffin Foundation, Humanities Iowa and the Paul B. Sharar Foundation for Clinton Community College provided the funding. For more information, contact Anne Schmidt at 244-7050.

Other April activities

• Pride Day Fridays – Fridays in April are days to wear CCC apparel. Stop by the CCC bookstore for a wide selection of items.

• African Soul, American Heart, April 7 — Joseph Akol Makeer, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, will be in Iowa to promote the new documentary, “African Soul, American Heart.” Makeer fled his home village in southern Sudan when he was 10 years old. After walking from southern Sudan to Ethiopia and then on to Kenya, Makeer lived in the United Nations Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya for 12 years before being resettled in Fargo, N.D. He graduated in 2008 from North Dakota State University.

• National Issues Forum, public education, from 6 to 9 p.m., April 23 and 30 — Forums discussing questions like ensuring that schools are accessible to all children, and the role of families in the education of children will be facilitated by CCC instructor Martha Bonte.

• Adopt R Campus/Adopt R Highway — Student Senate members and volunteers make an impact in the community with these annual clean-up projects. Contact Mardell Mommsen for more information at 244-7006.

• Visiting Artist Series, The Georgia Guitar Quartet — The quartet will perform in Clinton on April 20 at the CCC Technology Center and at Maquoketa on April 30, with the location to be determined later. This is the final concert of the 2008-2009 series.

• Fine Arts Week — Clinton Community College will celebrate the arts with Fine Arts Week, from April 24 through May 1. High School Fine Arts Day will kick off that week and will include artwork of many mediums from artists of all ages.

• Mary Poppins — The Drama/Fine Arts committee will host a bus trip to Chicago on April 26 to see the play “Mary Poppins.” Contact Debi Van Sant or Robyn Smith at 244-7001 for more information.

For more information on any of these events, contact Ann Eisenman by phone at 244-7040 or by e-mail at