Sons of Norway December event

The December Sons of Norway Kong Sverre Lodge’s event will be held on Monday, Dec. 11, at the Community Center, 503 Elm Ave., in Story City. “Traditional Norwegian Songs and Stories” is the theme for the Christmas party evening and membership event. Guests who join that evening will receive their meal free. “The Belles of Iowa State” will be entertaining the group after the dinner. The 6:30 p.m. catered dinner will be preceded by a social time at 6, where guests can sample Norwegian delights such as gjetost, flatbrød, herring and more at the special norsk appetizer table, as well as enjoying Scandinavian pastries and holiday desserts after the dinner. Cost is $7 for members and $10 for guests. The evening event is open to all interested in learning more about Scandinavian heritage and culture and guests are always welcome. For reservations, phone Shirley Frandson, 515-733-4482, or Ingrid Place, 515-292-7513, by Thursday, Dec. 7.

Author to speak in Ames

Linda Betsinger McCann will speak at the Ames Library on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m., about her newest book, “The Civilian Conservation Corps in Northeast Iowa.” Everyone is invited and there is no admission charge. The CCC was a federal program to assist young men in supporting their families, and to rejuvenate the soil and natural resources. There were about 50 camps in Iowa and about 50,000 men were in the CCC from Iowa. Linda has spoke with 16 men who were in the CCC and shares their stories. Linda has had 10 books published by The Iowan Books, all detailing aspects of Iowa history. She will have all her books available at this event. Linda is still searching for more men to speak with, as she is researching the remainder of the state. She will have more books out on the CCC as she is able to research and write them. She can be reached at