I hope everyone has made a point to walk or drive by the beautiful mural along the stairway wall by the footbridge. It's almost completed with the addition of some mosaic sections. This is just the beginning of the Riverside Voices art project which will include poetry and other artists' designs along the flood wall and Berge Building. The next public event is Sunday, October 15 with poet and educator Brian Laidlaw. Don't let the poetry word scare you, we want your ideas about the entire project and how it should look as well as help creating poetry for the wall. Brian will also be visiting Yellow Medicine East on Monday, October 16 to get some ideas from the students. The design and content of this project is meant to be fluid and based on public input so help us create this with all the voices from the community.

Also on Sunday, October 15, you can support the Neighbor's United Food Shelf and enjoy a great concert by the Woodbury Chorus and Orchestra and a community meal at the Granite Falls Lutheran Church. The music starts at 4 PM. Our local food shelf is essential to the community's health and is run by volunteers and supported by donations.

Granite Falls Riverfront Revitalization is an important group in town, this non-profit organization saved the K.K. Berge Building and is now encouraging progress on the whitewater park. The grants I write for Riverside Market and Muse come through GFRR. Their annual meeting is always packed full of great information and ideas and this year is no exception. Join GFRR at the Granite Falls Design Summit on October 24 at The Rock. Happy hour starts at 5 and 6-8 PM will be food and conversation centered around these three points: 1. What is happening now with Memorial Park, the whitewater park, Riverside Voices public art project and others? 2. What is needed to keep the momentum going? 3. How can we work together to advance common goals? All organizations and businesses in Granite Falls are welcome to come and share what they've been doing and your ideas for working together to make this a great community.

Congratulations to the Granite Falls Kiwanis Popcorn Stand for a record year of sales and donations! All the profits go back into the community for children's projects. Thank you to Andrea Doop and Todd Leyse of Adam's Pest Control, who donated funds to the Kiwanis Popcorn Stand for the cost of a new popper with delivery expected November 1.