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Lucy Landon, Dick Colby, Wayne Brock and his sister-in-law, Mary Meeks, attended the concert of the re-created Iowa Brigade Band in Oskaloosa last Friday evening.

The original Iowa Brigade Band dates back to the turn of the 20th Century. Its most famous director was C. L. Barnhouse who founded his band music publishing company in Oskaloosa in that era. (It?s still going strong!)

The band was made up of 30-or-so members of Windjammers Unlimited, a nationwide organization founded in 1971 and dedicated to the preservation of traditional circus music. It meets twice a year in various locations to record and perform circus music. This was its third meeting in Oskaloosa during its 47 years.

Friday?s concert was to have been at the historical 100-year-old C. L. Barnhouse Bandstand in Oskaloosa?s City Park, but was moved to the Center Court at Penn Central Mall due to rain. The performance included marches, two-steps, overtures, a euphonium virtuosic solo and more, all music typical of Iowa Brigade Band concerts in the early 1900s.

Thanks to the crew from the United Presbyterian Church for visiting campus on Friday. Middle school children from the church group played games with the residents, gave wheelchair rides, shucked corn, helped set the table for lunch and received a tour of our new facilities.

UPH staff members Amy Kleese, Tim Hill, Diana Rich, Brooke Stout, Cory Tinnes, Andrew Vogel and Kara Williams showed their support of hope for cancer victims and also the need for physical exercise when they participated in the Rock-N-Ride on Saturday.

The group pedaled 15 miles to Riverside and back with a group of nearly 130 bikers. Andrew Vogel reports that it was a great ride for a great cause even though his bike broke down and he had to run part of the way. That is dedication!

Young people from the summer day care program attended kids? day at the Washington County Fair accompanied by Becca Enfield. Sydney Williams and Dalton Rich report that the activities were their favorite part allowing them to go on boat rides, jump down the blow-up slide and get crazy in the corn pit. They toured the animal barns, saw many of their 4-H friends, painted their faces and explored the exhibits.

Lauren Drahota, Adrian Green, Jacob Pacha and Dexter and Dalton Rich participated in the Pee Wee Cutie Contest at the Washington Fair Monday evening. They were each asked questions about their favorite things at the fair and got an opportunity to speak before an audience.

Sue Kretzschmar celebrated her birthday with treats in the Town Center this week to the delight of her neighbors and friends on campus.

A picture on the United Presbyterian Home Facebook page shows 101-year old Arlene Clement and 7 year-old Sydney Williams posing for a shared birthday picture this week. With 94 years between them, they are still able to enjoy each others company.

Carol Ray reports how wonderful it is to walk through the campus and see all the creative, beautiful gardens that abound!

And, for those who have been wondering, the big, pink flowers in her garden plot are Cleomes or know by another name as Spider Plants.

They are homage to her grandmother and an invitation to pollinators.