SmART Saturdays at the Dubuque Art Museum encourage creativity and fun

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Looking for a creative outlet for your children? Here’s something fun and educational at the Dubuque Museum of Art!

Perfect for kids ages 6-10, smART Saturdays provide a variety of hands-on art activities in the museum’s remodeled children’s art classroom.

“Participation in art classes can make children smarter, more inventive and confident,” said Margaret Buhr, director of education at the Dubuque Museum of Art. “SmART Saturday classes do that as well as celebrate the joy of discovery. Classes also provide a great bonding opportunity for children and their caregivers. And most importantly, classes are fun, lots of fun!”

The new program will be held one Saturday a month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting on Jan. 27. Runde Auto Group is the proud sponsor of smART Saturdays!

The programs are designed to encourage creativity and thinking outside the box. Instruction and project guidelines will be provided, but individual expression is encouraged.

“Unlike a traditional structured class, smART Saturday’s open-ended projects focus on problem solving and creative thinking,” Buhr said. “Children will explore a variety of mediums and are encouraged to experiment with techniques and ideas in a safe and nurturing place.”

The cost is $10 per child per session ($5 for Dubuque Museum of Art members). Advance registration is required by the Thursday before the Saturday class. Adult caregivers must be in attendance.

The dates include:
Jan. 27: Mini puppets
Materials and instructions will be provided for participating children and their adult caregivers to make their very own unique jointed puppets to take home.
Feb. 17: Stickers, Buttons, and Magnets, Oh My!
Fight off dreary winter days by making bright and colorful pinback badge buttons, refrigerator magnets, and stickers. A hand-operated badge maker will be available for guided use.
March 17: Mini-terrariums
Children and their adult caregivers will design their very own nature-inspired scene using provided materials in the form of a tiny terrarium. Note: No live plants or materials will be used in this project.
April 21: Buggy Bouquets
Celebrate spring flowers and Iowa artist Grant Wood’s birthday by creating your own “Lilies of the Alley.” Children and their adult caregivers will construct a vase “arrangement” of paper flowers, butterflies, caterpillars, bugs, or whatever makes you think of spring.

Here is the Facebook event for the first SmART Saturday on Jan 27: https://www.facebook.com/events/208783973014905/

Kelley Blue Book Names Impala, F-150, and Expedition Best Buys for 2018

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We are excited to announce that Kelley Blue Book has named the 2018 Chevrolet Impala, the 2018 Ford F-150 and the 2018 Ford Expedition as Best Buys for 2018!

The Best Buy awards choose the best value vehicles in 12 categories, as well as an overall winner. They compare features like pricing, cost to own, use-ability, consumer reviews, and more.

This is the fourth year in a row that the Chevrolet Impala was named the best full-size sedan by Kelley Blue Book! You can get yours at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, IL or Runde Chevrolet Buick GMC in Platteville, WI!

“Whether it’s a matter of price, size, style or features, the 2018 Impala will give you 2018_chevrolet_impala_sedan_premier_fq_oem_4_1280.jpgsomething to appreciate every day you own it,” Kelley Blue Book noted in its announcement. “And speaking of owning it, in addition to collecting KBB’s Best Buy Award for full-size cars, last year’s Impala took home our 5-Year Cost-to-Own Award in the full-size-car category for its sixth straight season.”

This is also the fourth year in a row that the Ford F-150 has won the best truck category! Take one for a test drive at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester, IA.

2018-ford-f-150-thumbnail-4cms“Expected niceties like leather seats are available, of course, but so are unique features like Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist, which lets you more intuitively align your trailer using a simple knob on the dash,” according to Kelley Blue Book. “There are power-operated running boards available, a remote-release tailgate, and even a tailgate with an integrated, slide-out step. Then there’s adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, accident detection and avoidance, lane keeping assist, and all the safety and convenience features you’d expect in a nicely equipped luxury sedan. Along with its excellent reliability and resale value, there’s no question that the 2018 Ford F-150 earns its Best Buy honor.”

The re-designed 2018 Ford Expedition won the full-size SUV/Crossover category.

“With its elevated seating position helping deliver excellent visibility, the Expedition 2018-Ford-Expedition-front-three-quarter-in-motion-02-e1486485894126-1.jpgdrives like a smaller vehicle than its large footprint would lead you to believe,” Kelley Blue Book said. “Thanks to its independent rear suspension, it also has a decidedly non-truck feel to its ride. A host of driver assists, including blind spot warning and lane keeping assist, make it easy to keep the Expedition on track.”

Kelley Blue Book is a longtime trusted resource for helping consumers research, price and shop for vehicles.

Learn more about the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards.

Shop Runde Auto Group’s 2018 Chevy Impalas, 2018 Ford F-150s, or 2018 Ford Expeditions.

 

Chevrolet Offers Sneak Peek of all-new 2019 Chevy Silverado

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The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado was unveiled for a sneak peek at a Chevy Truck Centennial event over the weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

The next-generation Silverado was created based on feedback from more than 7,000 customers on what they wanted in their next truck.

“Many of our owners depend on their trucks for work and play, personalize their trucks in astonishing ways and pass their loyalty for Chevy Trucks down from generation to generation,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and global head of Chevrolet, in a press release. “For the Chevy Truck Centennial, we wanted to recognize the customers who have made Chevrolet part of their lives, and have them help kick off the next 100 years of Chevy Trucks.”

Silverado backThe Silverado’s grille and headlights are completely refreshed, and Chevrolet is stamped across the truck’s rear bumper. The Z71 Crew Cab model features twin chrome tailpipes.

It uses higher-grade steel alloy in the roll-formed, high-strength-steel bed floor, contributing to a bed that is more functional and lighter weight.

There are eight 2019 Silverado models. One of them, the new Silverado LT Trailboss, integrates the off-road equipment of the Z71 package as well as a two-inch suspension lift.

The 2019 Silverado will make its public debut in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, exactly 100 years after the first Chevrolet trucks were delivered to customers.

The vehicle is expected to go on sale in the second half of 2018.