Quilt for NEST
Vickie Malloy, left, presents the baby quilt her husband, Fairfield Mayor Ed Malloy, crafted during a recent Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk, to NEST Coordinator Lynne Johnson at the Jefferson County ISU Extension Office. Judie Herzog of the Northside Strippers Quilt Club explained three competitors selected their own material and sewed their own quilt. Art walkers voted on their favorite by dropping donations in jars. Each competitor’s donations and quilt were presented to an organization of his choice. Tracy Vance’s went to Noah’s Ark Animal Foundation. Lee Muntz’s went to the Heartland Pregnancy Center, and Malloy’s went to the NEST program. NEST classes offer parenting tips, latest researched information, nutritious cooking classes, budgeting help and lessons in managing stress and family. Attending NEST classes, prenatal visits, well-baby checkups, story time at the library, postpartum care and other activities related to parenting enables the attendee to earn “points” they can use in the NEST “store” to purchase diapers, strollers, wipes, bottles and other baby and child items. NEST classes are held Thursdays at the Extension Office, with three sessions to fit any schedule: 11 a.m. to noon; 2-3 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. For information about the program, call Johnson at 472-4166. Herzog added the quilt raffled during the quilt show brought in $620, which was donated equally to the Maasdam Barns Visitors Center and Museum and to Camp Courageous.