Venison cooking class is Feb. 15

MAQUOKETA — A venison cooking class will begin at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Hurstville Interpretive Center.

You’ve got the deer and the meat is in the freezer. Now what? Let’s go through the process of butchering, preserving and preparing venison dishes that are sure to please even the most picky eaters.

Attendees will prepare and enjoy three dishes starring locally harvested venison using a roast, a loin and ground meat that can be enjoyed as an appetizer or a main dish. Class size is limited and registration is required by Feb. 12.

Cost is $10 per person. If paying online, add a $3 processing fee. For more information, contact Jen at (563) 652-3783 or

Lenten Day of Reflection is Feb. 17

CLINTON — “Embracing Christ with Francis and Clare,” a Lenten Day of Reflection, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 17 at The Canticle, 841 13th Ave. North.

This will be a day of insight, understanding and reflection. Call the Sisters of St. Francis for details at 242-7611 or visit the website

Stonecroft CWC meets Feb. 14

CLINTON — Stonecroft Clinton Women’s Connection invites all women to brunch, with a special feature, music and a speaker on Feb. 14 at Community Reformed Church, 747 N. 12th St. The event will be from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. Cost is $10.

Inspirational speaker Dorothy Smith of Moline, Illinois will present “Safe and Secure — ID theft and ID protection.” Is your identity save and secure or are you doubtful? She will also present the special feature “Tips for Traveling.”

Singers Elizabeth and Paul Hopkins of Clinton will provide the music.

Call Donna at (563) 522-2826 or Patrice at (563) 357-8913 for reservations preferably no later than Friday. Walk-ins are welcome.

Ashford University — Clinton Campus to host blood drive

CLINTON — Ashford University – Clinton Campus will host a community blood drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 22 at 1310 19th Ave. NW, inside the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center donor bus.

To donate, contact Jessica Baker at (877) 241-9893, Ext. 7043, or visit and use code 1386 to locate the drive.

Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age, or 16 with a parental permission form available through, and weigh more than 110 pounds. Photo identification is required to donate. For questions about eligibility, call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at 1-800-747-5401. Donors who last gave blood on or before Dec. 28 are eligible to give at this drive.

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 90 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. In this area, MVRBC is the exclusive provider to Genesis Health System, Mercy Medical Center — Clinton and Morrison Community Hospital in Morrison, Illinois.

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