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Let’s take a day trip!

MARSHALLTOWN – Fall is in the air, enjoy one or both of the Iowa Valley Continuing Education day trips planned for October!

“Day Trip to Marshalltown and Albion . . . What You May Not Know,” scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 10 is the second annual trip offered in cooperation with the Marshalltown Convention and Visitors Bureau (MCVB) and “Day Trip to Newton” is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 22. Both trips are sponsored by Iowa Valley Continuing Education, in conjunction with the Creative Retirement program.

“Day Trip to Marshalltown and Albion” will meet at the Fisher Community Center in Marshalltown at 8:30 am, for coffee and rolls, be greeted by Val Ruff, MCVB Executive Director, and then tour the Fisher Art Gallery.

We will board the shuttle bus for the day and depart for Raymon Donco Air Distribution Equipment in Albion. Raymon makes grilles, registers and diffusers for commercial buildings. The products convey warm, cool or ventilated air into offices, restaurants, stores, hospitals, schools, public buildings, etc.  Larry Raymon, who started the current company in 1979 with four employees, will guide the tour. The company employs eighty people today and sells through over 200 manufacturer’s representatives across the United States.  “We are a family-owned private business that is successful without government subsidies, grants or loans.”

Due to the tornado damage at the Orpheum, our next stop will be the Mowry Irvine Mansion, where staff from the Orpheum will give an update, followed by lunch by “Your Plate or Mine,” and remarks by Michelle Rosburrough, from Historical Society.

Following lunch, Doug Gervich will give a tour of M. Gervich and sons, a locally owned and operated scrap processing facility of scrap iron and metals in Marshalltown since 1904.

The second to last stop will be a presentation and tour of RACOM. RACOM designs, sells, and maintains all of the technologies used in the “second half of the 911 response equation.”  From the time an emergency dispatcher answers a 911 call – to the time police, fire and ambulances arrive on the scene – from specialized phone systems, pagers, radios and voice recorders – to warning lights and sirens.

To wrap up the day, we will return to the Fisher Community Center at 3 pm and have a delicious treat!

The second outing will be “Day Trip to Newton” on Oct. 22. We will meet at the Continuing Education parking lot and leave for Newton in a college bus at 9 am. Participants are reminded to wear long pants/slacks, hard soled shoes (no open toes), and we are sorry we won’t be able to accommodate wheelchairs. Please note there will be a short bus trips, some standing, some walking and some stairs.

Our first stop will be at the Newton Center for Arts and Artists, where director Linda Klepinger will give us a guided tour of their facilities and studios.  We will then have a narrated tour of Newton’s 100+ street public art exhibits, which include paintings, murals, and sculptures in downtown, local and further out neighborhoods, with art on both private and public property. We will focus on downtown exhibits, and if time permits, visit some of the inner neighborhood areas.

We will break for lunch (on our own) at the well-known Yanni’s Bar and Grill, which features Greek and Italian food.  Following lunch, we will travel to Maytag Dairy Farms, home of the world famous Maytag Blue Cheese where we will tour their business and fulfillment office. We will hear how they have rebounded from their listeria contamination problems which caused a voluntary shut down in 2016, and then have a tasting gathering in their retail store.

Next visit the TPI Composites site, where over 40,000 large windmill turbine blades have been manufactured (some more than 250 feet in length!).  We will tour their factory, see the blades being built and learn how they are shipped and what the future holds for wind energy. If time permits, we will next make a visit to the Newton Motor Speedway, promoted as the “fastest short track on the planet”, where we will have a guided tour of the facility. We will return to Marshalltown at approximately 5 pm.

The bus is filling quickly so register now to secure your seat for either trip! You may go online:, then click on Creative Retirement located in the left-hand column, or call 641-752-4546. Cost is $39 per trip per person, or $34 for Creative Retirement members, limit 25 each date.


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