As part of its temporary exhibition, “The Other Side of the Earth” by Chun Arthur Wang, the Muscatine Art Center is hosting a panel discussion about the relationship between Muscatine and China. Mayor DeWayne Hopkins will serve as moderator for the discussion. It’s 5:15 to 6:30 on Thursday night, April 4th, in the Muscatine Art Center’s Music Room. Hopkins will share photographs from his recent trip to China and will lead a session that explores the past, present and future of the relationship between Muscatine and China.

Gov. Terry Branstad has appointed Henry Latham judge in the Seventh Judicial District. Latham, of Eldridge, earned his law degree from the University of Iowa and is currently working in private practice. The Seventh Judicial Circuit includes Cedar, Clinton, Jackson, Muscatine and Scott counties. Latham fills the vacancy left by the retirement of Chief Judge Bobbi Alpers.

The Muscatine Compost Site will open to the public on Monday, April 1st, for the 2013 season. Hours are noon to 6 Sunday through Friday and 9 to 6 on Saturday. Commercial tree and yard waste management services must report to the Transfer Station Office before entering the Compost Site. Here are the rules: All loads must be secured. Yard waste, brush and branches are accepted but not tree stumps or roots. Screened compost and wood mulch is available to residents at no cost. The staff is available Tuesday through Saturday to load compost and mulch for residents. Please call in advance for compost.

The Muscatine Y has scheduled a five-week Mom-Me On The Go session. It runs from April 30th through May 28th. New moms can exercise with their infant while enjoying the outdoors during a workout, stroller ride and playtime. The cost is $7.50 for members and $15 for non-members.

Demonstration classes are set for Tuesdays, April 16th and 23rd. Call the Y for more details.


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