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The week ahead: July 10-16

July 13: Social Irrigation
Host: The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
About: This series will feature live music, food, drinks and activities against the backdrop of lush outdoor gardens and an iconic geodesic dome.
When: 5-8 p.m.
Where: The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
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July 13: Admiral's White Party
Host: Easter Seals Iowa
About: Support Easter Seals Iowa's mission to provide exceptional services to people with disabilities or special needs and their families at their annual gala. Guests are encouraged to wear white.
When: 6-10 p.m.
Where: State Historical Building
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July 14: How to Build Your Personal Brand
Host: Greater Des Moines Partnership
About: Seize the City series is designed to engage summer interns with business and community leaders, young professionals and other interns while exposing the quality of life amenities and professional development opportunities in the region.
When: 5-7 p.m.
Where: Brenton Skating Plaza
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July 15: Polo on the Green
Host: Variety Iowa
About: Find a fancy hat, grab your dancing shoes and bring your appetite to one of Iowa's most unique events. Enjoy the experience of a real polo match (complete with divot stomping), and dine and dance the night away for a good cause.
When: 5-11 p.m.
Where: Powder River Ranch
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Nominations open for Iowa Job Honor Awards
The fourth annual Iowa Job Honor Awards will be held Oct. 12, and nominations for the awards are now open. The ceremony is the original branch of the America's Job Honor Awards, a program that honors those who have overcome obstacles to find employment as well as those who hire them. Applications are due before July 31 and can be found here.

Partnership to host Global Entry screenings
The Department of Homeland Security will set up shop in the Greater Des Moines Partnership to hold Global Entry interviews. By pre-approving low risk, pre-screened individuals, the Global Entry program allows international travelers to skip past long customs lines. The interviews at the Partnership will provide a maximum of 240 people with the Global Entry status. To reserve an interview, register here by July 10.

Iowa-based health system to promote weight-loss program
A Davenport-based health system that has found success with an employee program to reduce obesity and metabolic syndrome rates has partnered in a campaign to make health systems nationwide aware of the program. Genesis Health System announced it has partnered with Dallas-based ACAP Health Consulting, a subsidiary of Holmes Murphy & Associates, to promote ACAP's Naturally Slim program as an employee benefit. Since it began offering the program to its employees in 2009, 57 percent of Genesis employees who were at risk for metabolic syndrome reversed the condition. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors that can lead to a 700 percent increase in serious conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. A study published in the Journal of Metabolic Syndrome & Related Disorders in October 2015 found that 50.7 percent of participants who started the program with the condition were able to reverse it.

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Top Insider notebook items: June 30 
In case you missed it, here is a look at some of the top notebook items featured in our June 30 issue of the Business Record.

1. Volunteers logged 277,664 hours at cultural orgs in '15 Read more
2. Principal CEO reflects on some company history and 2 promises kept Read more
3. AgTech director lands first art piece in exhibit Read more
4. Joe Murphy wore this on purpose Read more
5. Des Moines serial marathoner to log 100th race this fall Read more
6. How is social media influencing your news digestion? Read more

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The Elbert Files: A career worth remembering
Des Moines architect Bryan Shiffler always liked to draw and recalls wanting to be either an artist or an architect when he was young. Shiffler, 68, just wrapped up a 44-year career as one of the state's most creative architects, having designed homes, and commercial and industrial buildings in modern and historic settings throughout Iowa. Read more
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Glanton, Iowa's first black female legislator, dies
Des Moines Register: Willie Stevenson Glanton, a prominent black leader and Iowa's first black female legislator, died Thursday at age 95. Glanton was the first woman to become an assistant Polk County attorney. She was Iowa's first black female legislator, serving in the state House of Representatives from 1965 to 1967. And she was the first woman and first black person to be elected president of the Iowa Chapter Federal Bar Association.

Illinois lawmakers override budget veto, ending two-year stalemate
New York Times: After more than two years of political sparring, missed payments to creditors and plunging credit ratings, Illinois did on Thursday what most states do every year. It finished a budget. A stalemate among lawmakers had gone on so long that Illinois had fallen $15 billion behind on bills and been warned that its credit rating might fall to junk status, worse than any other state.

U.S. adds 222,000 jobs in June as hiring surges
MarketWatch: The U.S. created 222,000 new jobs in June as hiring accelerated in the spring, showing that companies are still finding ways to add staff despite a growing shortage of skilled workers. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, rose to 4.4 percent from 4.3 percent as more people entered the labor force in search of work.

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The latest trend in phishing might be to do it to yourself

BY BEN SWANSON: With phishing schemes on the rise and the threat of turning over personal information lurking behind an unfamiliar link in your inbox, PhishMe is training people how to avoid these risks by phishing them even more. Wired's Lily Hay Newman walks through her experience with a PhishMe training program in which the company assailed her inbox with malicious links disguised in seemingly safe emails, in the hopes that Lily and her co-workers would gather how to distinguish real from fake, while also tracking which employees were most susceptible to email scams. That jury notice? The email doesn't end in .gov. That photo album? It's requesting third-party access it shouldn't. Read her full piece.


July 18: Food Safety in Home Bakeries
Host: Iowa Center for Economic Success
About: Farmers markets' popularity has surged in recent years, sparking an increase in the desire of many individuals to establish home food and home bakery operations. The laws that govern these entities are non-uniform from state to state. In this presentation, Dr. Shannon Coleman will be speaking on the food safety standards to consider for home food and bakery operations, discuss the regulations in the state of Iowa, and highlight food safety programs and resources for home food and bakery operations.
When: 5-6 p.m.
Where: Iowa Center for Economic Success
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Fire at recycling plant brings air quality concerns 
Air quality concerns are lingering after a large fire on Des Moines' east side Thursday night. A pile of vegetation about two to three stories tall caught fire Thursday around 4:30 p.m. at Phoenix C&D Recycling on Northeast 22nd Street. Multiple fire agencies were sent to battle the blaze, along with Polk County Health Department officials, who will assess the air quality to make sure there were no hazardous materials in the smoke. Officials said there were no injuries and there is no immediate threat to the public. Read more

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