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Building your emergency kit, Week 13

POLK COUNTY — The American Red Cross has designed a 24-week calendar to build a two-week home disaster kit.

This is Week 13, which means if you are keeping up, you just passed the half way point in building your kit. If not, that’s OK. You can pick up where you left off. Completing this week’s list may or may not involve a trip to the grocery store depending on what you find in your spice cabinet.

Action Steps:

• Add to emergency supplies a change of clothing and pair of shoes for each person in the family.

• Put together a selection of favorite and most used spices — salt, pepper, sugar — in small packet.

• Put aside utensils, cup, plate, and bowl for each person

• Check to be sure all perishables have been dated.

Dallas association hires RARE intern

DALLAS — The Dallas Downtown Association will add a Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) intern starting Sept. 12.

The RARE participant, Emma Guida, will help with the organization’s efforts to revitalize the downtown area.

Dallas Mayor Brian Dalton wrote in an announcement to DDA members that Guida is interested “in the dynamics of food as a major element in our culture.” He said those skills are a nice match for the area.

“This is particularly so as we expand our efforts in developing a strong connection to the wine and microbrew industries so important to this region plus food venues in general.” and making associations with the agricultural industries so historic and vital to our lives here,” he wrote.

The Independence Downtown Association and Polk Rural Tourism Studio also will hire RARE interns.

Local filmmaker shows documentary

DALLAS — Justen Noll and JN Films will show “Verve,” a unique take on documentary film on Aug. 31 at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 2290 E. Ellendale Ave., Dallas.

The premiere will be at 7 p.m. and admission is free. The event will include previews of upcoming films, viewing of a short film and a Q&A session with Verve filmmakers. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Verve uses actors to bring to life the stories told by the film’s subjects. To see a trailer, go to

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