THINGS TO DO: Iowa nonprofits can apply for Alliant grants

CEDAR RAPIDS — Know a nonprofit that focuses on families, education or the environment? Invite them to apply for a grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation.

The Foundation is accepting grant applications from today through Sept. 1. Grants average about $2,000 and winners will be notified by Nov. 1.

Projects must share one of the Foundation’s key focus areas: families, education or environment. Past projects to receive grants include mentoring programs, meal and nutrition programs, reading and literacy initiatives, dairy and agriculture education, STEM camps and nature trail restoration projects, among others.

To see examples of groups that have received funding, check out Alliant Energy Foundation’s Facebook and Instagram pages: @Alliant_Energy_Foundation. For more details about how to apply, visit

The Alliant Energy Foundation is funded solely by Alliant Energy shareowners.

Vision 8 meets Aug. 9

CLINTON — Vision 8 will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce Conference Room.

V-8 volunteers are reminded that additional help and donations are needed for the new Back to School Bash sponsored by the Clinton Police Department and the Clinton School District, in conjunction with Clinton Night Out. These events offer a fun-filled and informative evening for the whole family. Contact the Clinton Leo's Club on Facebook to offer your help and let them know if you plan to attend.

New volunteers are always welcome to Vision 8, and the monthly meetings are one hour in length.

Jackson County Democrats to host corn boil

BALDWIN — The Jackson County Democrats are inviting residents to a corn boil at Tabor Winery, 3570 Sixth St., Baldwin, from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 11.

Join the Democrats for a corn boil dinner and the opportunity to hear from several Democratic candidates, including Rita Hart, who is a candidate for Iowa lieutenant governor, and Abbie Finkinauer, candidate for the U.S. House First District seat. Proceeds will benefit local candidates heading into the November 2018 election. Tickets can be ordered in advance for $15, or pay at the event for $20. Send checks to Jessica Kean, 507 N. Fifth St., or order online at

Fishtival art festival planned

BELLEVUE — The 17th annual Fishtival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 18 along the riverbank in Bellevue.

The Fishtival is a celebration of art along the Mississippi River. “Living, Flowing Water, Ever-Changing” is this year’s theme. A fish-stack sculpture will be dedicated to the city at 3:45 p.m. on the riverbank.

Original artwork, including oil, acrylic and watercolor, will be featured, along with wooden-crafted trains and machinery, ceramics, metal sculpture yard ornaments, rural scenes constructed from old barn siding, bird houses from recycled wood and assorted jewelry.

A new feature will be family friendly workshops taught by artist Sue Sawvel at the Great River Gallery. Classes will focus on air-dried clay sculpture, mini paintings on canvas done in acrylic and colored-pencil illustrations. These will be taught from 1 to 3 p.m.

Other highlights include children’s art, street chalk art, live music, walking tacos and the anticipated arrival of the mermaid. Depending on water currents, the mermaid usually arrives at lunchtime. The Ski Bellevue shows starts at 4 p.m. Following the ski show, a street dance will begin on Court Street, next to Lock 12 Music and sponsored by Lock 12 Music and the Chamber of Commerce.