LPN Weekly - 2/16/14

Saturday, Feb. 22: Beer Tasting, 4 Shades of Grey

Make plans now to spend Saturday evening at the LPN. First up will be a beer tasting 6-8 p.m. Help choose spring beers for The Links by tasting five beers being considered. Included are two from Exile Brewing Co. in Des Moines - Hannah, a Bavarian Wheat, and GiGi, a Dark Lager. Others will be Samuel Adams' Cold Snap and Rebel IPA, and Shock Top Belgian White.

The "4 Shades of Grey" will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight in the LPN banquet room. This local group plays classic rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, country and R&B. Band members are Bill Labath, Reuben Hanson, Mike Bowles and Kim Jackson. Put on your dancing shoes, bring some friends - there is no cover charge!

The Links will offer appetizer and drink specials throughout the evening, including discounts on the five beers in the taste test. Come join the fun!

Nominate The Links for Iowa's Best Burger

Iowa's cattle producers are searching for Iowa's Best Burger. This is the fifth year the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen's Association have conducted this contest, and they're asking for nominations. The more nominations a burger receives, the better the chances it will be on the "Top Ten" list announced in late March. Finalists will receive a certificate and be eligible for the secret taste-test of contest judges.

So let's generate some nominations for the delicious Links Burger! Forms to complete and mail are available at The Links. Or go online for more details and to nominate The Links. (The system only allows one online vote per device.) Or text BEEF to 313131 and receive information about submitting a nomination via text.

The nomination deadline is March 17. The winner will be announced the first week of May to kick-off Beef Month.

Specials Available for Lunch and Dinner

This week's home-cookin' special on Tuesday is hot beef. Wednesday's "South of the Border" special is chicken chimichangas, with chips, salsa, Spanish rice and refried beans. Lasagna with breadsticks and a tossed salad is the "That's Italian" special Thursday. All dinner specials are $9.95 plus tax and tip.

These midweek specials also are available for lunch, served as a smaller portion with a smaller price tag, so you can enjoy these special offerings any time of the day.

Links Lunch Bunch Promotion

The free-lunch spring promotion has been expanded. Previously people were asked to drop a business card in the jar at the LPN registration desk. Now, there is another option to enter the weekly drawing for a free lunch.

Just enjoy lunch at The Links Monday through Friday and you'll be given an entry form. Fill out your name, phone number and email address and drop your entry in the jar. A drawing will be held each Friday from all business cards and entry forms submitted that week. The jar will be emptied for the following week's drawing.

Winners will be notified by phone or email, plus names listed on a poster in The Links. Those who have their name drawn will receive a free lunch, including soft drink. This promotion will run through April. Winners of free lunches in the first two weeks were Gary Freeland and John Meacham.

Weekend Yoga Retreat Feb. 28-March 2

Time is running out to register for the weekend yoga retreat at the LPN Feb. 28-March 2. All skill levels are welcome. The retreat begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, and ends at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 2.

To reserve a spot, call the LPN Reservations Desk at 641-755-2080 or 1-800-879-1917. The cost of the retreat is $125, with meals and lodging extra. For more information, contact retreat director Teri Daggett at terildaggett@gmail.com or (904) 415-3036. A complete schedule of the retreat is available here.