Community

Holidazzle trees for Drake Library

The annually Festival of Trees will surely warm your heart whether it’s frozen from the Iowa winter or is just naturally Scrooge-like. The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Drake Community Library, invites families, organizations and Grinnell businesses to decorate and display Christmas trees. The festival, held in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce’s Jingle Bell…

Revamped Grin City Collective fuses art, service

Situated on the charming, sprawling Lacina farm stands the Grin City Collective, with a revamped objective. Formerly known as the Grinnell Artist Residency, the program aims to bring together individuals who not only wish to further explore their artistic abilities but to impact the community through social service. Grin City Collective offers a fresh, innovative…

Gay men’s chorus serenades Grinnell

This past Sunday evening, Grinnell College welcomed the Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus to Herrick Chapel. The program was sponsored by the Grinnell United Church of Christ, the Center for Religion, Spirituality and Social Justice (CRSSJ) and the Stonewall Resource Center (SRC). Founded in 1985, the chorus was originally named the Des Moines Men’s Chorus….

Vallillo to share Midwest wisdom through music

The second track on Chris Vallillo’s 2005 album “The Dance” titled “Hopelessly Midwestern,” appropriately describes the life and career of the Macomb, Illinois-based singer-songwriter. For the past several decades, Vallillo has been traveling across the rural American Midwest studying and performing its music—yet Vallillo has never found his way to Grinnell. That is, until now,…

Sergeant Wray, can you guest meal me in?

The Division of Student Affairs has taken a number of steps to ameliorate tension between Grinnell College students and the Grinnell Police Department. Recently, the presence of municipal police in uniform lunching in the dining hall—marked by squad cars parked on 6th Ave. outside the Joe Rosenfield Center—has cultivated interest and raised a few eyebrows…

Students huddle for warmth at Reggie’s Sleepout

A van-full of eager, curious and brave Grinnellians journeyed to Des Moines last Saturday night to join over 1,000 other participants in the sixth annual Reggie’s Sleepout, hosted by Iowa Homeless Youth Services. The event, according to its website, works “to raise awareness and money to address the critical problem of youth homelessness in Central…

Napoli’s serves up classic Italian dishes

Pasta, pizza, and other classic Italian dishes take center stage at Napoli’s Italian Restaurant, one of Grinnell’s newest eating establishments. Taking the space previously occupied by Thai Basil⎯1108 West Street⎯Napoli’s serves lunches and dinners of fairly simple Italian fare. I decided to check it out for lunch this past week, and found it to be…