Fairfield Buzz – August 7

Fairfield's Big Give – This Week
Benefit Dinner, Auction For Becky Keller
Saturday, Aug. 8, 3pm, Shelter House #3, Chautauqua Park
Becky Keller is being treated for cancer at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City. All donations would be greatly appreciated and will go toward helping Becky with her expenses. For more information on this event, contact Paula at 1-641-469-4535.

Fairfield Quiet Zone Update and Pledge Plan, Summer 2008
The total budget of the Fairfield Quiet Zone is $277,000. There is $78,000 in the bank, $40,000+ in pledges, and expect to receive approximately $30,000 from the City of Fairfield. They need $129,000 to get the project done.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR PLEDGE: You may request a pledge form in PDF format from qt@natel.net, fill it out, and mail to FTSQZ, Box 2302, Fairfield IA, 52556. thereafter.

Buy Fresh: Buy Local Food Guide Available

MUM Goes Green: Plans to Build Self-Sustaining Green Building
The Sustainable Living Center will be built to earn the LEED Platinum recognition. It will house classrooms, a research lab, a greenhouse, a metal and wood workshop, a kitchen, and offices. It will feature mechanical systems that allow the building to generate and use its own electricity, treat its own fresh water and wastewater, and conserve enough energy and water to be self-sustainable. Wind and solar energy will also produce the building's electricity, though there will also be a backup biodiesel generator.

Fairfield First! Top Picks
1. Banjo Boy World Premiere a the Sondheim Center
Friday, August 8 to Sunday, August 17
Banjo Boy is the first biographical musical about Meredith Willson, the Iowa native who wrote The Music Man.

2. Fairfield Farmers’ Market
Saturday, August 9 – Celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week with live early American Americana from the Fiddlin’ Granny. All outdoor markets are located at Howard Park, Saturdays begin at 8 a.m. and last until 1 p.m. Wednesdays begin at 3:30 p.m. and last until 7 p.m.
If you have any questions or ideas regarding the market, please call 641-919-9930

3. Grocer’s Son – Second Friday Film Fest
Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Fairfield Public Library, doors open at 7 p.m. $1 donation
This surprise French box-office hit is about the coming-of-age of a man rediscovering life and love in the countryside. The movie is in French with English subtitles and is directed by Eric Guirado.

4. Live on the Square Concert Series
BYU Vocal Point, Tuesday, August 12th, 7:30pm on the Fairfield Square in the Gazebo

5. The Kane Sisters
Tuesday, August 12th, Cafe Paradiso in the William Louden Building, Traditional Irish fiddlers from County Galway, Ireland

All About Art
The Fairfield Puzzle Mural, on the west wall of the Sondheim Center is nearing completion. Mural Artist Eleanor Yates, will return Sept. 1st (her birthday!) and take four days to complete the mural. A grand dedication is planned for the Sept. 5th Art Walk – All Things Local.
The winner of the annual Art on Barns Contest will also be announced at the September Art Walk – All Things Local

Fairfield First! on the Road
The Fairfield Story: Entrepreneur Rhymes with Manure will be the keynote presentation at the Midwest Community Developers Institute in Moline, IL on August 12th

Out of Town
Slow Food Nation ’08 – San Francisco, August 29-Sept 1, slowfoodnation.org