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May 28 - October 29
Ottumwa Farmer's Market
Market on Main
Find the best of local produce on Wednesdays 3:30-6 pm and Saturdays 8-11 am. Please note the new location adjacent to Market on Main. For more information, call (641) 777-6437.
August 6 - December 31
Songs & Stories
Ottumwa Public Library
This is a weekly story time for new-borns to three-year-olds. There will be a new theme each week. It is held every Wednesday at 10:30 am. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org>, or go to blog.OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
September 5 - December 19
Pre School Story Time
Ottumwa Public Library
A children's story and craft time is held every Friday at 10:30 am. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org>, or go to blog.OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
October 13 - November 13
First Impressions: Flying from Reality
Indian Hills Arts Gallery
Artist Bruce Moore uses pencil, water media, and human hand to create a visual feast for the eye. An artist's reception will take place on 10/13 7-8:30 pm. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144 or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
October 24
Fall Festival
Ottumwa Christian School
This is a fun, family event open to the community, 5-8 pm. Admission is $2 per child. There are carnival games in each of the classrooms, inflatables, face painting, and a cookie walk. There is also a chili supper with a free will donation. For more information, contact Tracey Menninga at (641) 780-3373, or via e-mail at tracemenn@gmail.com>, or go to OttumwaChristianSchool.com.
October 24
Spaghetti Supper
KD Center, Eldon
Gothic Area Tourism of Eldon (GATE) invites the public to this annual fundraiser for community projects. Free-will donation requested. The supper is 5-7 pm. For more information, call (641) 680-2634.
October 24
Girl Scouts Halloween Dance & Costume Contest
Bridge View Center
Girls in grades K-12 are invited to consider joining the Ottumwa Girl Scouts by attending the annual Halloween Costume Contest Dance at 6 pm to 8 pm. Admission is free. Annual membership to Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa is $15 with scholarships available for those who qualify. The event features DJ Chris Van Dam. Prizes will be given out to the top three costumes. Girls that are already in Girl Scouts can attend by bringing a friend that is not a member. For more information, contact Jessica Gladson at (888) 727-5011, or via e-mail at jgladson@gsiowa.org>, or go to GirlScoutsIowa.org.
October 24 - 25
Nightmare on 3rd Street Haunted House
Ottumwa City Hall basement
Get into the Halloween spirit and help the Ottumwa Police raise money for the DARE and GREAT programs. Parental discretion advised. Tickets are $6 per person. Open 6 pm to midnight on 10/24 and 10/25. It is open one more night, Halloween, 10/31, 8 pm to midnight. For more information, call (641) 683-0635, orgo to www.Facebook.com.
October 24
OCCP Halloween Dance
Bridge View Center
The Ottumwa Community Children's Playhouse dance is open to all children, grades K-6, 6-8 pm. Admission is $5 per child. Parents are admitted free. Features Halloween costume contest. For more information, call (641) 799-9502.
October 24
A Bewitching Evening with Standing Hampton
Hotel Ottumwa
The River Hills Endowment presents the classic rock band "Standing Hampton". Social hour is 7:30-8:30 pm with a silent auction 8:30-9 pm followed by the band 9 pm-midnight. The event features a costume contest with cash prizes. Tickets are $25 each in advance or $30 at the door. Admission includes one free drink and hors d'oeuvres. A cash bar will be open throughout the evening. Tickets are sold at River Hills clinics and the Hotel Ottumwa. Proceeds will support the services of the River Hills clinics. For more information, call (641) 684-6896.
October 25
Pancake Breakfast
Ottumwa Elks
Eagle Scout Nathanael Shoemaker is holding a pancake fundraiser from 6:30 am to 11 am. The cost is $6 a person or $20 for the entire immediate family. All profits will go toward Shoemaker's Eagle project to benefit Many Hands for Haiti. For more information, contact Nathanael Shoemaker at (641) 777-3697, or via e-mail at tvshoe5@gmail.com>,.
October 25
Zombie Fest
Jimmy Jones Shelter
This event is back for a second year featuring a zombie costume contest, flash mob, and several other activities making it even bigger than the first one. It takes place from 10 am to 6 pm. For more information, email jje_91@hotmail.com>, orgo to www.Facebook.com.
October 25
7th & 8th South Central String Orchestra
Ottumwa High School Auditorium
The event begins at 12 pm with free admission. For more information, go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
October 25
Children's Gothic Halloween Party
American Gothic House Center, Eldon
Celebrate Halloween in front of the American Gothic House from 2-4 pm. The event is ideal for kids pre-school age through fifth grade. Small children should be accompanied by an adult. Kids are encouraged to arrive dressed in costume in order to create their own spooky American Gothic parody. They can also look forward to making fun crafts, playing games, & enjoying delicious treats. Admission is free. For more information, contact Holly Berg at (641) 652-3352 or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
October 26
Indian Hills Fall Choral Concert
St. John Auditorium
The concert begins at 3 pm with free admission. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144 or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
October 27
Indian Hills Film Festival: Billy Crystal 700 Sundays
St. John Auditorium
The show begins at 7:30 pm with free admission. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144 or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
October 28
Reminisce Society: River Towns, People of the River, Floods & Monsters
Ottumwa Public Library
Dean Klinkenberg will present a program on the music and history of the Mississippi River including river towns, people of the river & monsters. The monthly program begins at 10 am, and refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org>, or go to blog.OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
October 28
5th-12th Grade Orchestra Concert
Ottumwa High School Auditorium
The concert begins at 7 pm with free admission. For more information, contact Ottumwa Community School District at (641) 684-6597 x141 or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
October 30
7th-12th Fall Vocal Concert
Ottumwa High School Auditorium
The concert begins at 7 pm with free admission. For more information, contact Ottumwa Community School District at (641) 684-6597 x141 or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
October 31
Trick or Treat Night
Ottumwa
The Ottumwa Police Department has designated Trick or Treat Night as 5:30-8 pm on Halloween. The public is encouraged to use caution in walking Trick or Treaters or while driving.
October 31
Liverpool Legends
Bridge View Center
Liverpool Legends perform songs spanning the entire career of The Beatles and on through the solo years. The group pays attention to every musical detail, features the many looks of the iconic band, and uses vintage instruments. In the spirit of the occasion, attendees are encouraged to wear costumes to this Halloween performance. Reserved tickets are $38 each. Senior & student rates are available. The show begins at 7:30 pm. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000 or go to www.BridgeViewCenter.com.
October 31
Nightmare on 3rd Street Haunted House
Ottumwa City Hall basement
Get into the Halloween spirit and help the Ottumwa Police raise money for the DARE and GREAT programs. Parental discretion advised. Tickets are $6 per person. Open 8 pm to midnight on Halloween. For more information, call (641) 683-0635, orgo to www.Facebook.com.
November 1
Heartland Coin & Stamp Show
Bridge View Center
Coins, currency & stamps are available for sale, purchase & appraisals (numismatic and philatelic items). Show hours are 9 am to 4 pm. Admission is $1 per person & includes a free door prize ticket. For more information, contact Denny Ross at (641) 932-2731.
November 3
Indian Hills Jazz Band Concert
St. John Auditorium
The concert begins at 7:30 pm with free admission. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144 or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
November 4
Ottumwa RC Flyers Open Flying
Bridge View Center
Radio controlled electric planes & helicopters are flown by club members in the expo hall. The fee to fly is $8. Open flying takes place 6-10 pm. Don Wasson at 641. 455.8432 is happy to answer questions. For more information, contact Dave Rabe at (641) 684-5593, or via e-mail at rjandave@mchsi.com>, or go to RCHawk.com.
November 4
Indian Hills Poetry Reading
IHCC Formal Lounge
The event features the reading of original poetry by Indian Hills students. It begins at 7:30 pm. Admission is free. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144 or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
November 6 - 7
Books are Fun
Ottumwa Regional Health Center
The annual book sale takes place 11/6 at 9 am-5 pm & 11/7 at 7 am-3 pm in conference rooms A, B & C. For more information, contact Beverly A Molkenthin at (641) 684-3413.
November 7
Leadership Now Conference
IHCC Rural Health Education Center
Leadership Now is the annual conference focused on the importance of leadership in this rural region. A joint effort between ActionCOACH Heartland, Indian Hills Community College, Iowa State University Extension, and the Ottumwa Leadership Academy, this conference is open to anyone who has an interest in learning more about leadership. This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Jann Freed. Dr. Freed has more than 30 years of experience teaching leadership and organizational development, and is currently a professor emerita at Central College in Pella. The conference begins at 9 am and concludes at 4:15 pm. The registration fee is $69 and includes lunch. For more information, contact Ashley Moyer at (641) 683-5227, or via e-mail at ashley.moyer@indianhills.edu>, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
November 7 - 9
Company
Bridge View Center
Ottumwa Community Players presents "Company", a musical comedy by Stephen Sondheim. The performances will be 11/7 & 11/8 at 7 pm and 11/9 at 2 pm. (It will also be presented on 11/14 & 11/15 at 7 pm.) For more information, contact Jeff Leonard at (641) 799-5421, or via e-mail at ottumwacommunityplayers@gmail.com>, or go to www.Facebook.com.
November 7
Latin Dance Night
Appanoose Rapids Brewing Company
Latin Dance Night returns to downtown Ottumwa 8 to 11 pm. Come learn Bachata, Cumbia, Merengue, and Salsa. The event is sponsored by Main Street Ottumwa. For more information, contact Bob Untiedt at (641) 799-3464, or via e-mail at director@mainstreetottumwa.com>, or go to www.MainStreetOttumwa.com.
November 8
Railroad Clubhouse Breakfast
Railroad Clubhouse - 210 1/2 W Main St
This is a fundraising breakfast for the Wapello County Historical Society, 6-10 am. For more information, contact Wapello County Historical Society at (641) 682-8676.
November 8
Kidsymphony - Peter and the Wolf
Bridge View Center
This is an introduction to the orchestra for children and young families performed by the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra. It begins at 11 am. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for kids. For more information, contact Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra at (319) 385-6352 or go to www.seiso.us.
November 8
Holiday Gift Basket Auction
Bridge View Center
The Ottumwa Christian School will hold its annual gift basket auction featuring more than 100 beautifully wrapped and themed baskets. Patrons can browse and bid on the silent auction 5:30-6:30 pm. The live auction begins at 6:30 pm. Expect lots of fun with many prizes given away throughout the evening. For more information, contact Desi Payne at (641) 684-7055, or via e-mail at desip845@gmail.com>, or go to www.OttumwaChristianSchool.com.
November 9
Iowa History in a Cloth Bag
Eldon Library Hall
This program explains how cloth bags & the revolutionary idea of marketing to women helped Iowans survive the Great Depression & the shortages of World War II. Flour sacks, feed sacks, & seed sacks tell a story from relief work by Herbert Hoover to clothes & quilts in the 1950's. The program begins at 1 pm with free admission. It is sponsored by the American Gothic House Center. For more information, contact Holly Berg at (641) 652-3352 or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
November 12
Readers Ink Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
On the second Wednesday of the month, this club meets at 5 pm in the library meeting room to discuss both fiction and nonfiction books. The public can call to inquire about this month's book selection. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org>, or go to blog.OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
November 14 - 15
Company
Bridge View Center
Ottumwa Community Players presents "Company", a musical comedy by Stephen Sondheim. The performances will be 11/14 & 11/15 at 7 pm. For more information, contact Jeff Leonard at (641) 799-5421, or via e-mail at ottumwacommunityplayers@gmail.com>, or go to www.Facebook.com.
November 15
Soap Making Workshop
Pioneer Ridge Nature Center
This year's fall craft is making soap. Chelsea Ewen will lead participants through the steps of making soap with the opportunity to take the end product home. The workshop will run from 10 am to 2 pm. Lunch will be served. Pre-registration is required by 11/7, & a minimum number of pre-registrants must be met for it to take place. The cost is $15 for materials. For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091 or go to WapelloCounty.org.
November 21 - 23
Midwest Arms Collectors Gun & Knife Show
Bridge View Center
The show hours are 11/21 at 5-9 pm, 11/22 at 9 am-5 pm, and 11/23 at 9 am-3 pm. Admission charged. For more information, call (641) 684-7000, orgo to www.BridgeViewCenter.com.
November 21
Holiday Lighted Hike
Quincy Place Mall Parking Lot Behind Herbergers
The hike is a walking tour of Holiday Nights 'N Lights in Greater Ottumwa Park from 6 pm to 8 pm. Admission is $5 per person with all proceeds benefiting the Wapello County Trails Council. For more information, call (641) 682-8626, orgo to www.WapelloCountyTrails.com.
November 21 - 22
21st Annual Festival of Trees
Pennsylvania Place
This two-day holiday event is presented by the Festival of Trees Committee for Ottumwa Habitat for Humanity. The Gala Grand Opening Reception is held 7-9pm on 11/21 with an admission of $10 per person. The following day's festival takes place 9 am to 4 pm on 11/22 includes crafts & many children's activities. Admission is $3 per person. For more information, contact Judy Engle at (641) 777-5903.
November 21 - 22
Ole & Lena 50th Wedding Anniversary & Vow Renewal
Bridge View Center
This comedy production begins at 7:30 pm with tickets starting at $23 per person. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000 or go to www.BridgeViewCenter.com.
November 22 - January 3
Holiday Nights N Lights
Greater Ottumwa Park
Drive through the illuminating one mile route Sunday-Thursday 6-8:30 pm and Friday-Saturday 6-9:30 pm. Admission is $10 per car, & season passes are $40. Purchase advance tickets at Elliott Oil Company locations for $8 each. Ask for rates for buses or large-capacity passenger vehicles. For more information, contact Brenda at (641) 814-5900, or via e-mail at brendas@ottumwaiowa.com>, or go to www.HolidayNightsNLights.com.
November 23
Santa Paws
Earl May Nursery & Garden Center
Pictures of pets and people with Santa will take place at noon to 4 pm benefiting Heartland Humane Society. The fee is $15 to save the image to a USB drive or $10 for one 5" x 7" photo. Pick up your order after 11/29 at Earl May. For more information, contact Leslie Heemsbergen at (641) 684-6165, or via e-mail at leslie@leslieheemsbergen.com>, or go to www.HeartlandHumaneSociety.org.
November 23
Ottumwa Community Chorus Fall Concert
St. Mary of the Visitation
The concert begins at 3 pm with free admission.
November 24 - December 11
Annual Art Faculty Exhibition
Indian Hills Arts Gallery
The annual exhibit features the recent art works by IHCC Art Faculty including ceramics, drawings, photographs, and paintings in various media. An artists' reception will take place on 11/24 at 7-8:30 pm. Admission is free. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144 or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
November 25
Reminisce Society: Corn & Khrushchev
Ottumwa Public Library
Humanities Iowa speaker Liz Garst will present Corn and Khrushchev. The program begins at 10 am, and refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org>, or go to blog.OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
November 25
Ottumwa RC Flyers Open Flying
Bridge View Center
Radio controlled electric planes & helicopters are flown by club members in the expo hall. The fee to fly is $8. Open flying takes place 6-10 pm. Don Wasson at 641. 455.8432 is happy to answer questions. For more information, contact Dave Rabe at (641) 684-5593, or via e-mail at rjandave@mchsi.com>, or go to RCHawk.com.
November 28
Lights of Love, Little Miss Main Street & Christmas Tree Lighting
Central Park
Central Park will be lit up with 60 "Lights of Love" trees honoring or memorializing friends and family members. The 2014 Little Miss Main Street will be decided as well. The fun starts at 5:30 pm. For more information, contact Bob Untiedt at (641) 799-3464, or via e-mail at director@mainstreetottumwa.com>, or go to www.MainStreetOttumwa.com.
November 29
O'Town Downtown Small Business Saturday
Downtown Ottumwa
Downtown businesses will have special promotions and offer longer hours during this national promotion of small businesses the day after "Black Friday". More than 20 businesses will be open from 9 am to 5 pm. The goal is to inspire consumers to choose to shop local. For more information, contact Bob Untiedt at (641) 799-3464, or via e-mail at director@mainstreetottumwa.com>, or go to www.MainStreetOttumwa.com.
December 2
Ottumwa RC Flyers Open Flying
Bridge View Center
Radio controlled electric planes & helicopters are flown by club members in the expo hall. The fee to fly is $8. Open flying takes place 6-10 pm. Don Wasson at 641. 455.8432 is happy to answer questions. For more information, contact Dave Rabe at (641) 684-5593, or via e-mail at rjandave@mchsi.com>, or go to RCHawk.com.
December 10
Readers Ink Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
On the second Wednesday of the month, this club meets at 5 pm in the library meeting room to discuss both fiction and nonfiction books. The public can call to inquire about this month's book selection. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org>, or go to blog.OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
December 11 - 12
Jewelry is Fun
Ottumwa Regional Health Center
The annual jewelry sale takes place on 12/11 at 9 am-4 pm & on 12/12 at 7 am-2 pm in conference rooms A, B, & C. For more information, contact Beverly A Molkenthin at (641) 684-3413.
December 11
My Travels to Spain
Pioneer Ridge Nature Center
In 2013, Annette Wittrock traveled to Spain to participate in the running of bulls and otherwise explore the countryside. Wittrock provides her first-hand account of the adventure illuminated by slides of the trip. All are welcome to attend free of charge. It begins at 5 pm. For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091 or go to WapelloCounty.org.
December 11
Broadway Boys Holiday Show
Bridge View Center
The Broadway Boys bring their amazing vocals & explosive energy to what will be a memorable holiday show. It begins at 7:30 pm. Reserved tickets are $35 each. Senior & student rates are available. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000 or go to www.BridgeViewCenter.com.
December 16
Ottumwa RC Flyers Open Flying
Bridge View Center
Radio controlled electric planes & helicopters are flown by club members in the expo hall. The fee to fly is $8. Open flying takes place 6-10 pm. Don Wasson at 641. 455.8432 is happy to answer questions. For more information, contact Dave Rabe at (641) 684-5593, or via e-mail at rjandave@mchsi.com>, or go to RCHawk.com.
December 19
Christmas Bird Count
Wapello County
Now in it's 115th year, the Christmas Bird Count is the longest running wildlife survey conducted. Birds will be counted all day in an attempt to find as many species as possible within the count circle. Everyone is welcome to join in by counting at home or joining the drive through the count circle. Call to find out more information or to participate. No need to be a bird expert to help out. For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091 or go to WapelloCounty.org.
January 24
Michael Philipsen in Concert
Bridge View Center
The Ottumwa Civic Music Association presents local favorite Micheal Philipsen as he performs the music of Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, and a few lighter selections to warm the heart on a cold winter night. The concert begins at 7:30 pm. Admission is by season pass or by single event ticket, both available at the door. For more information, contact Judy Engle at (641) 777-5903, or via e-mail at engleja@mchsi.com>,.
February 28
Todd Oliver & Friends
Bridge View Center
Show begins at 7:30 pm. Nationally known Todd Oliver is travelling all over the country with his amazing talking dogs and hilarious comedy. Reserved tickets are $35 each. Pick & Mix tickets available 7/1. Individual tickets available 8/1. Senior & Student rates available. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000 or go to www.BridgeViewCenter.com.
March 15
Cornet Chop Suey Jazz Band Concert
St. John Auditorium
Cornet Chop Suey Jazz Band, named for a Louis Armstrong composition, hails from the St. Louis area bringing its own exciting style on traditional jazz, swing, blues, and the "big production" numbers. The Ottumwa Civic Music Association presents the concert at 7:30 pm. Admission is by season pass or by single event ticket, both available at the door. For more information, contact Judy Engle at (641) 777-5903, or via e-mail at engleja@mchsi.com>,.
April 17
Braodways Next H!t Musical
Bridge View Center
Show begins at 7:30 pm. NYC's original award winning improvised musical comedy you're bound to love. Reserved tickets are $35 each. Pick & Mix tickets available 7/1. Individual tickets available 8/1. Senior & Student rates available. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000 or go to www.BridgeViewCenter.com.
May 4
The Limeliters in Concert
Bridge View Center
The Limeliters have been entertaining crowds with their incredible musical talent and zany sense of humor since the early 1960s, when they made their mark in folk clubs and college campuses. Since the original three Limeliters, nine performers have carried on this name. Their signature vocal sound, harmonies and humor will make for an enjoyable evening. The Ottumwa Civic Music Association presents this concert at 7:30 pm. Admission is by season pass or by single event ticket, both available at the door. For more information, contact Judy Engle at (641) 777-5903, or via e-mail at engleja@mchsi.com>,.
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