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Sac & Fox Lapidary Club partners with Creative Edge; Pekin alumna wins STEM Teacher Award; Wells offers theatrical class; BizTraining programs planned

May 14, 2018

Sac & Fox Lapidary Club partners with Creative Edge

The Sac & Fox Lapidary Club recently established a relationship with Creative Edge and its planning its Annual Rock, Stone and Mineral Extravaganza from 8 a.m.to 4 p.m. Saturday at Creative Edge.

“Late in 2017, we had the great blessing of joining together with Creative Edge,” said Kay Hazen, rock sale chairwoman of the Sac & Fox Lapidary Club. “We met with Jim Belilove, who offered us a space in their beautiful, facility to house our lapidary workshop. We have since been setting up the layout of the space and getting all of our machinery and lapidary materials organized in our new Sac & Fox Lapidary Club Workshop.”

According to Hazen, the late Bill Rathbun was the inspiration for this journey, and “we will be forever grateful for his guidance and vision. We are also deeply grateful for the generosity of Jim Belilove for offering to sponsor our club and for making our dreams of a new shop a reality. It is a joy to have our workshop in such a creative and inspiring facility, and to work alongside other artisans.”

The Sac & Fox Lapidary Club started in 1957 in Ottumwa. It moved to Fairfield in 1996 with the help and direction of Bill and Dorothy Rathbun.

The club started the Gem and Mineral Show in 1996. The show was originally held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds until moving to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center about 10 years ago. There, the group hosted three-day celebrations of rocks, minerals, fossils, geodes and crystals until 2016.

“Now after partnering with Creative Edge, we will be joining forces to create southeastern Iowa’s largest Rock, Stone and Mineral Gemboree Extravaganza!,” said Hazen. “Together with Creative Edge’s Annual Remnant Sale, and Everything Stone’s large granite slab sale, and the Sac & Fox Lapidary Club’s multitude of vendors, including; crystals, fossils, geodes, stones, minerals, and jewelry, we are creating a lovely day of celebrating rocks.”

The extravaganza is a free event, and lunch will be available on site. The Sac & Fox Lapidary Club will have a drawing to give away four prizes.


Pekin alumna wins STEM Teacher Award

Teresa Green, a kindergarten through fifth-grade technology teacher librarian at Edwards Elementary School in Ames, has been honored as the North Central Iowa Region recipient of the 2018 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award.

The award is established through the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and sponsored by Kermin Industries. It recognizes exceptional dedication toward increasing student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and math fields and careers in innovation.

Green, daughter of Elmer and Helen Adam of Fairfield and formerly of Richland, is a 1980 graduate of Pekin High School. She is a 25-year veteran teacher, with 19 of those years in the Ames Community School District. She started as an elementary music teacher and later earned her Masters of Curriculum and Instructional Technology degree from Iowa State University.

Green offers technology support across the school and facilitates the Maker Space. A Maker Space is a collaborative workspace in a school or library for making, learning and exploring ideas. Students are able to tinker and “make” during their time with her, whether they are coding, sewing or building. She encourages them in problem solving activities and infuses a lot of creativity to motivate them to solve problems.

A former student, Dagney Paskach, a current Iowa State senior, nominated Green for the award, and she was recognized at the I.O.W.A. STEM Award ceremony at the state Capital in February.


Wells offers theatrical class

Fairfield-born professional actor, stunt performer, and fight coordinator Kendall Wells will be visiting his hometown and giving a class in theatrical fighting for film and TV May 26.

In the past six years since his last visit, Wells has worked on such productions as “Here and Now” as a recurring co-star. The show is written and produced by Alan Ball, whose plays Wells cut his teeth on in Fairfield at the Performing Arts Conservatory. Wells also has worked on “The Librarians” as Noah Wyle’s stunt double and many other roles; “Grimm;” “The Man in the High Castle;” “Portlandia;” and “Z-Nation.”

Wells has been trusted to perform with such actors as Elijah Wood, Rebecca Romijn, Fred Armisen, Billy Zane, Vanessa Williams, Christian Kane, John Larroquette, and even choreographed the climatic sword fight between Manu Bennett and Linden Ashby at the end of the longest action sequence ever filmed in a single shot in the film “Beta Test.”

Wells has been a longtime student of Anthony De Longis, who is well-known in the industry as a top sword and whip master, and fight choreographer. He’s trained Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford, and countless others. De Longis’s mentor, Ralph Faulkner, was the trainer and choreographer to Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, and many more. Wells now does his best to continue their legacy.

For registration and information about the class, contact Wells at kendall.wells@gmail.com.


BizTraining programs planned

The Maharishi University of Management College of Business has a USDA grant that provides free workshops, seminars and mentoring.

Tom Palladino will present the four-part “Metrics and Analytics” from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, May 31 and June 7 at the Fairfield Public Library.

David Goodman will present the four-part “Mastering Microsoft Excel” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, May 31 and June 7.

For information, call 641-451-1793.


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