Horizons sponsoring pancake breakfast

Friday, November 9, 2012

The Alta Horizons will be hosting a pancake breakfast - all that you can eat - on Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Alta community Center, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for a free will donation.

Donations will go towards the purchase of a digital message center for the community of Alta and surrounding areas which will be mounted on top of the Alta Community Center sign.

If you cannot make it to this event but would like to donate to the the Alta Community Digital Message Center, please send donations to Pam Henderson, 204 W. 3rd St., Alta, Iowa 51002 or drop off a check to Alta City Hall. Please make all checks payable to Alta Horizons.

Many people have asked who the Horizons group is and what they do.

This is a very special group and Alta is one of few communities that have taken time and effort to have such a group.

Alta was selected to be a part of the Horizons Development Program, based on their population of under 5,000 and that 10 percent of the community lies in the poverty level several years ago. At the time, only 28 communities in the state were selected to take part in the program; Alta is one of only a few that took their responsibility as serious as they did.

In the beginning, some 40 community members committed themselves to the program. The first steps included forming study circles followed by six weeks of guided community discussions, and 26 volunteers completed a nine-week leadership course. Topics of discussions included:

* Finding leaders within the community

* Identifying community assets

* Management ideas for bringing results

* Making meetings work

* Managing conflicts

* Building partnerships

* Moving from talk to action

* Valuing evaluation

* Communication for change

The Horizons members are concerned about the future of their community and meet on a monthly basis.

One of their other projects is the community garden which has been a great success for the past two years.

For more information on Horizons, contact Pam Henderson.