Country Cruisers Car Club Hosts Annual Cruise and Show

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Schedule

Friday, Aug. 11: Show downtown at South Franklin St. from 5-10 p.m.
Games, food, and trophies.

Saturday, Aug. 12: Car show line-up starts at 2:30 p.m. at EZ Pickin’s.
Cruise starts at 5 p.m. and ends at the Bacon ‘N Hops Festival in downtown Manchester. Live music by Time Machine.

Sunday, Aug. 13: Car Show at the Delaware County Fairgrounds from noon to 3 p.m. (registration 8 a.m. to noon).
Awards presented at 3 p.m. Entry fee $15, spectator fee $2.

Runde Auto Group is a proud sponsor of the Country Cruisers Car Cruise and Show in Manchester, IA!

The annual event, set for Aug. 11-13 this year, features vehicles of all makes and models, games, food, live music, and more.

IMG_1815“It’s usually a nice laid back show,” said Sean Dailey, salesperson at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and member of the Country Cruisers Car Club. “We do ours at the fairgrounds to give people a little more room to move around.”

The cruise on Saturday will cover about 75 miles in Delaware County. Vehicles of any year, make, or model are welcome at the cruise and show.

IMG_1813Awards are given in 44 categories, including Best Paint, Ladies Choice, Best Engine, Low Rider, Street Machine, Corvette, 2000 & Up Pickups, and more!

“We give out about four times as many awards as most shows,” Sean said. “We give out about 110 trophies the whole weekend.”

See all the award categories here.

The Best of Show winner gets a professional photo shoot by Kevin McCusker Photography and they are featured on the T-shirt the following yeIMG_1812ar.

The Country Cruisers Car Club, which organizes the cruise and show, has about 40 members. They are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year.

 

“We have monthly meetings and we try to get together as a club for outings, shows, breakfasts, or lunches,” Sean said.

 

IMG_1814The club is brought together by their love of vehicles and also by a mission to help area organizations.

“Everything we do is charity-driven,” Sean said. “We give a lot of money to the Special Olympics and Operation Santa Claus. We gave away $3-4,000 last year.”

Learn more at the Country Cruisers Club website.

The Chrysler Pacifica is Cruising on Sesame Street

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There are some interesting characters behind the wheel of the Chrysler Pacifica lately.

As part of a sponsorship of the PBS show “Sesame Street,” Chrysler is creating a multimedia campaign that pairs Sesame Street muppets and the all-new Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

The first four videos feature muppets riding in a Chrysler Pacifica while playing a new In Pacificagame show called “Listen, Drive, Surprise!” The game show tests the characters’ ability to follow directions. Children help explain the vehicle’s features along the way.

“’Sesame Street’ has a powerful connection with families and this partnership allows the Chrysler brand to support their work around the world,” said Tim Kuniskis, of FCA North America, in a press release. “As a trusted family brand, we were looking for a like-minded partner who possessed a thoughtful and engaging approach.”

The all-new Chrysler Pacifica minivan has an unprecedented 115 safety, security, and Cookie Monstertechnology innovations.

“Partnering with Chrysler will help us extend our reach in new and creative ways, and support Sesame Workshop’s nonprofit mission to help kids grow smarter, stronger, and kinder,” said Steve Youngwood, Chief Operating Officer of Sesame Workshop, in a press release.  “We’re thrilled to work with a brand that stands for a deep commitment to families and children.”

To see the first four videos, click here.

To see Runde Auto Group’s inventory of Chrysler Pacificas, click here.

East Dubuque Summer Program Offers Students Adventures with Learning

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Runde Auto Group is a proud sponsor of the inaugural Warriors Summer Adventure Camp!

20170714_092457The camp, which is held on Monday-Thursday mornings from July 10 to Aug. 3, will focus on reading and math using non-traditional teaching formats.

This year, 32 children in grades 1-6 signed up.

So far, they have completed “getting to know you” activities, started their Summer Adventure Journals, created bracelets, participated in a math scavenger hunt, read books, and performed shows.20170713_083735

“Every day before we start camp and before we leave, we find ‘hidden numbers’ using a laser thermometer,” said Kristi Alvarado, one of three teachers at the camp. “Campers take turns using the thermometer to record the temperature of the concrete and blacktop. We find the difference in temperature and analyze which one had the greatest change.  This activity has led to personal inquiry! Gracie was curious how cold her bottle of ice water was.  Her curiosity was contagious and the class 20170714_093455was wanting to know!”

Another fun activity was “Find Someone.” Campers worked their way around the room asking each other questions on a list. Once they found a person who could answer yes, they wrote their name down.

“We learned a lot about each other,” Alvarado said.

Reading has been a major part of the camp. Campers have gotten a chance to read silently, but also to share what they are reading with the class.

“I picked a book for a read aloud and sat in the chair,” Alvarado said. “I immediately had20170714_100950 students ask if they could read the book aloud to the class. Absolutely! What great expression with reading and everyone enjoyed it!”

Students have been creating performances featuring Pigeon and Duckling stuffed animals from the popular book series by Mo Willems. Rylee and Kiley, along with their production assistant , Ashlyn, worked on a performance of “The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog.”

“This performance went over so well and inspired the campers to get thinking of what they want to perform,” Alvarado said.

*Photos provided by the East Dubuque School District.

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