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With concerts, conventions and festivals, Wapello County offers a variety of year round activities for all ages. Search by keyword or view all listings below. All events take place in Ottumwa unless noted otherwise. Have a special event you wish to feature on ExploreOttumwa.com? Or have more details to include on one already included? Click on the following: Submit an Event
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May 13 - September 2
Live Music w/ Society of a Broken Soul
Market on Main, 331 E Main St
Live music at the Market and no cover charge to get in! We will have a full bar, three restaurants, a bakery, and a salad bar on site. This event takes place every Friday from 5:30-7:00 PM. For more information, contact Shiloh Seim or David Camphouse at 641.682.0261, or via e-mail at sseim@marketonmainottumwa.com, or go to www.marketonmain.org.
May 18 - October 1
Ottumwa Farmer's Market
Quincy Place Mall Northwest Parking Lot
The Ottumwa Farmer's Market is located in the northwest parking lot of the Quincy Place Mall! Join the Farmer's Market every Wednesday 3:30-6:00 PM and Saturday 8:00-11:00 PM through fall. All kinds of goodies from home grown veggies, flowers and plants, nuts, baked goods, and more!
May 23 - October 13
Wapello County Farmers Market
Northwest Quadrant of Greater Ottumwa Park
Stop by the Wapello County Farmers Market every Monday and Thursday from May through October for fresh, locally grown produce and goods. The Market is located in the northwest quadrant of Greater Ottumwa Park between the dog park and the picnic shelter. For more information, contact Don Harness at 641.680.6216, or go to www.facebook.com.
May 29
OHS Graduation Ceremony
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
2:00 PM. For more information, go to www.ottumwaschools.com.
May 30
Jog4Joe
Sycamore Park, part of Greater Ottumwa Park, corner of hwy 34 and S Wapello St
The Fourth Annual 5K walk/run in remembrance of native SSgt Joseph Hamski, KIA 5.26.2011 will start at 9:00 AM. Registration fee: 18 & under $10, adults $20. All proceeds benefit Fisher House and EOD Warrior Foundation. For more information, contact Mary Ellen Winston/Carl Hensley at jog4joe5k@gmail.com, or go to www.jog4joe5k.wix.com.
June 1 - August 31
Songs & Stories with Sara Martindale
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
A story time, aimed at 0-3 year olds, is every Wednesday at 10:30 AM. There will be a new theme each week. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
June 2
Masquerade $5 Jewelry Sale
ORHC Conference Rooms A-B-C, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave
The Community Care Auxiliary is hosting a Masquerade $5 Jewelry & Accessory sale from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. For more information, contact Erin Pieper at 641.684.2350, or via e-mail at epieper@orhc.com.
June 2
Ottumwa Municipal Band Concert
Central Park, between City Hall and the Library on W 4th St
The first concert of the 152nd season will begin at 7:00 PM. Audience members are reminded to bring a chair or blanket for their seating comfort. In case of threatening weather, the concert will be moved to Quincy Place Mall. For more information, contact Brenda Hagedon at 641.777.8753, or via e-mail at hagedongbjj@gmail.com.
June 3
BANDS IN THE BALLROOM
Hotel Ottumwa, 107 E 2nd St
Come check out some great BANDS in the BALLROOM at the Hotel Ottumwa. Cost is only $5 to see three great bands. Check out Nalani Proctor, Jeremy Bendy, and X-Ray Mary. Show starts at 8:00 PM with X-Ray Mary headlining at 10:00 PM. Join us for an evening of great music at 8:00 PM, or stop in after hanging outside at the always great Tips, Tunes & Trails event. For more information, contact Sara Gerot at 641.682.8051x3414, or via e-mail at sara@hotelottumwa.com.
June 3 - August 26
Ottumwa Public Library Preschool Storytime
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
A story time and craft time will be held every Friday at 10:30 AM for preschool age children. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
June 3
Tips & Tunes for Trails
Hotel Ottumwa/Tom Tom Tap, 107 E Second St
Come to the annual fundraiser for the Wapello County Trails Council, featuring Sez Who from 6:00-10:00 PM. There will be activities throughout the evening to raise money to support ongoing trail development. Celebrity teams start at 5:00 PM. For more information, go to www.wapellocountytrails.com.
June 4
Central Park Cinema
Central Park, between the Library and Court House
Main Street Ottumwa brings another season of free, Movies in the Park. Come enjoy an evening under the stars with family and friends for our first movie of the season, 'Minions.' For more information, contact Fred Zesiger at 641.799.3464, or via e-mail at director@mainstreetottumwa.com, or go to www.mainstreetottumwa.com.
June 4
Central Park Cinema
Central Park, between City Hall and the Library on W 4th St
This event, beginning at dusk, is brought to you by Main Street Ottumwa and is sponsored by McDonalds. Bring the kiddos and enjoy the movie in the park, "Inside Out." Bring a lawn chair or blanket. For more information, contact Main Street Ottumwa at 641.799.3464.
June 4
One Man's Trash / Another Man's Treasure
Blakesburg Elementary School Cafeteria, 407 S Wilson, Blakesburg
Beginning at 8:00 AM, come buy antique, vintage, collectible, and rummage sale items at the One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure event in the Blakesburg Elementary School Cafeteria, located at the corner of Wapello/Monroe county line road, T61 and Elm St (GPS 407 S Wilson.) Now an annual fund-raising event sponsored by the Blakesburg Historical Preservation Society, something for everyone can be found. All proceeds help support the Blakesburg Community Museum and the ongoing effort to collect and preserve Blakesburg history. For more information, contact Patty Rowland at 641.777.5092.
June 4
Youth Field Day
Ottumwa Izaak Walton League, 11220 90th St, Ottumwa
The time has come for the annual youth field day. This is a chance for your children to get outdoors for a day of activities. Many conservation organizations come together to put on this event. We are always looking for volunteers to be on the planning committee and sponsors to help us make this a great event each year. If you are interested in helping, give Annette a call at 641.682.3091, ext 102. This event is for all students, ages 8 - 17 years. The cost is $10 per child, which includes a t-shirt, lunch and all instruction. Preregistration is required by May 18 to receive a t-shirt. The field day runs from 7:30 AM (registration) to 5:00 PM. For more information, contact Ann Van Dorin at 641.682.9902, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.
June 6 - July 8
Nature Chefs
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area, 1339 US Hwy 63, Bloomfield
What can we eat out of the wild? We will collect and catch edible wild things each day and create a snack or meal cooked over an open fire we start ourselves. This camp is for students, ages 10 - 13, and the cost is $35 per student. The camp will begin at 9:00 AM each day and run until 1:00 PM. Registration is required at least one week prior to camp. A minimum number of participants is required to hold this camp. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091x102, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.
June 6 - 10
Ottumwa Swimming Youth Technique Swim Clinic
Beach Ottumwa, 101 Church St
Ottumwa High School Girls Swimming is sponsoring a week-long technique clinic for swimmers, 2nd grade-8th grade. Special Guest Instructors: Cherie (head OHS Girls), Heidi (head OHS Boys), John Webber (formerly swam for UCLA), Heather Simplot (head coach for youth YMCA Hurricanes), Rachel Goedken (formerly swam for Loras College), and Jack Langland (currently swims for Sarah Lawrence College). Current OHS Boys and Girls Swimmers will be helping instruct this clinic. All participants will receive a swim cap and t-shirt. Regristration will be the first morning of the clinic at 8:00 AM. For more information, contact Cherie Langland at 641.799.0652, or via e-mail at langlandcherie@yahoo.com.
June 7
Toddler Camp
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area, 1339 US Hwy 63, Bloomfield
Where and how can you find deer? What do they eat and how does their fur feel? Find out these things and more as we explore the life of white-tailed deer. This camp is for children ages 3 and 4 with an adult, and the cost is $5 per child. We will begin camp at 10:00 AM. We hope to spend most of our time outside so come dressed for the weather and trail conditions. Preregistration is required one week prior to camp. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091x102, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.
June 8 - August 10
Ottumwa Public Library Reader's Ink Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
The library's monthly book club will be reading a variety of works, both fiction and nonfiction. The book club meets at 5:00 PM, the second Wednesday of the month. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
June 9
Color Crew - Coloring Night
Ottumwa Eagles, 109 S Green St
The stress of everyday life can be cumbersome at times. Coloring is one way to relax the mind, express yourself, and add a little extra color to life. You are welcome to bring in your own coloring materials. The Eagles will also have color pages, markers and colored pencils for sale for a small fee. Color Night will be held from 6:30-8:30 PM and the public is encouraged to join. Come out and color yourself to creativity! For more information, contact Kaylaine at 641.226.4466, or go to www.facebook.com.
June 9
Nature Art
Wapello County Extension Office, 214 E Main
Are you a nature lover? Do you see things in the rocks and in the trees that no one else can see? Then this workshop is for you! In this workshop you will be provided with bits and pieces of nature to create your very own masterpiece. This will be held at the Wapello County Extension Office and open to all ages (12 & under must be accompanied by an adult). The cost is $5 for 4-H members; $10 for non-members and payable to Wapello County Extension. *** Must be paid in advance *** Min/Max Class Size: 5/20. For more information, contact Cindy Emery / Jess Heisdorffer at 641.682.5491, or via e-mail at cemery@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.
June 9
Ottumwa Municipal Band Concert
Central Park, between City Hall and the Library on W 4th St
The second concert of the 152nd season will begin at 7:00 PM. Audience members are reminded to bring a chair or blanket for their seating comfort. In case of threatening weather, the concert will be moved to Quincy Place Mall. For more information, contact Brenda Hagedon at 641.777.8753, or via e-mail at hagedongbjj@gmail.com.
June 9 - 30
Ottumwa Public Library Tail Waggin' Tutors
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
Do you know a student who is struggling to read? Consider working with our volunteer therapy dog who works with students to gain confidence in reading. This program is at 3:00 PM, every Thursday in June at the Ottumwa Public Library. (All ages, appointment required.) For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
June 10 - 12
American Gothic Days
Eldon
This long-standing Eldon, Iowa festival is named after the famous house located in town which is the backdrop of Grant Wood's painting "American Gothic." Three days of events are guaranteed to entertain visitors of all ages. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind festival and make plans to enjoy the 2016 American Gothic Days! Festivities kick off Friday from 5:00-7:00 PM with Supper in the Park. Stay for the street dance, from 7:00-10:00 PM with music provided by "Sucker Punch." Saturday, start off at 7:00 AM with breakfast at the Eldon United Methodist Church. At 10:00 AM is the American Gothic Days Parade. From 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, don't miss the BBQ Chicken Dinner in memory of Allen McKeever. At 3:00 PM come enjoy the Cardboard Boat Races on the fair grounds. Visit cityofeldon.org and click on the events tab to learn more and for contact info for specific events. For more information, contact Stacey Doree at 641.799.2371, or go to www.cityofeldon.org.
June 10 - 19
American Gothic Performing Arts Festival
Various Venues
Join us for a week-long celebration of the performing arts. Venues include the historic McHaffey Opera House, Bridge View Center and more throughout Southeast Iowa! For more information, contact Dennis Willhoit at 515.418.5692, or via e-mail at agpaf2013@gmail.com, or go to www.americangothicfest.org.
June 10
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program Kick Off with Dizzy the Clown
Knights of Columbus, 123 3rd Street W
10:30 AM For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
June 10 - August 5
Ottumwa Public Library Teen Zone
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
Every Friday, from 2:00-4:00 PM Teens: Beat the Heat by hanging out at the library. Watch movies, play games, eat snacks, and hang out with your friends in this area designated just for teens. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
June 10
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview Ave
"Oh, My Aching Back--How To Fight Osteoporosis!" with Dr. Kimberly Brown, DNP,MSN,BSN, FNP-C, Ottumwa Mercy Clinic. Please join us at 11:15 AM for a delicious buffet lunch (cost is $6), followed by the program from 12:30-1:30 PM. Reservations ARE required in advance. For more information, contact Sandy Berto at 641.683.5183, or via e-mail at sandy.berto@indianhills.edu.
June 10 - 12
The Great American Trailer Park Musical
McHaffey Opera House, Eldon, IA
There's a new tenant at Armadillo Acres and she's wreaking havoc all over Florida's most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Dr. Phil loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband the storms begin to brew. For more information, contact Dennis Willhoit at 641.777.9636, or via e-mail at agpaf2013@gmail.com, or go to www.americangothicfest.org.
June 10
YMCA Annual Campaign Dinner & Auction
Indian Hills Community College Dining Hall, 525 Grandview Ave
Join all your friends at the Ottumwa Family YMCA's Annual Campaign Dinner & Auction. This event supports the YMCA's scholarship program, youth programming, and so much more. You'll enjoy a fun evening filled with a silent auction with over 100 items to bid on and a live auction with items that will blow your socks off! We'll have food, spirits, and a whole lot of fun! Each year we have a special theme so stay tuned for this years theme! For more information on this event and how to volunteer or donate, call Kathy, Health & Member Service Director at 641.684.6571, extension 26. For more information, contact Kathy Sisler at 641.684.6571x26, or via e-mail at kathy@ottumwaymca.com, or go to www.ottumwaymca.com.
June 11 - 12
American Gothic House Art Contest
American Gothic House Center, 300 American Gothic St, Eldon
Submissions due with entry forms by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, June 7. For participants from kindergarten to adult. Join regional artists in celebrating the beauty of the house that inspired Grant Wood to paint American Gothic! Enter your artwork in one of our five divisions to win a cash prize for first or second place in your division. There are no entry fees, and artists using any media (excluding photography) are invited to participate. Entry forms can be printed at www.AmericanGothicHouse.net or picked up at the American Gothic House Center, 300 American Gothic St. Eldon, IA. Sponsored by Gothic Area Tourism of Eldon. For more information, contact Holly Berg at 641.652.3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
June 11
Church Street Spring Fling 2016 Bike Night
Church St, block of Ward and Ransom
Motorcycle ride starts at 11:00 AM, registration at 10:00 AM. There will be drawings at every stop. A bike show will be judged by your peers. Trophies will be awarded after the bike show. The Boys, a live concert will follow shortly after the bike show. There will be door prizes and drawings throughout the night. Some of the giveaways include gas cards, new fishing poll, t-shirts, bike cover, $50 gift certificate to mustang seats, and much more. For more information, contact Carrie Stroud at 641.226.2175, or via e-mail at csstroud@gmail.com.
June 11
Superhero Craft & Vendor Event
Wapello County Rural Fire Department, 714 W Mary St
Calling all Superhero Crafters and Vendors!! We need you! Join us from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM!! For more information, contact Drew Elizabeth Skinner at 641.919.5671, or via e-mail at dskinner@ottumwaradio.com.
June 11
American Gothic 5K Walk/Run
American Gothic House Center, 300 American Gothic St, Eldon
7:30 AM. (Registration begins at 6:45 AM.) All ages welcome (16 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Challenge yourself on the annual American Gothic 5K Walk/Run! The route goes through Eldon, along the Des Moines River, taking the trail through the park, and traveling up one final hill to the famous American Gothic House. Awards for top finishers! Entry forms can be printed at www.AmericanGothicHouse.net or picked up at the American Gothic House Center, 300 American Gothic St. Eldon, IA. For more information, contact Holly Berg at 641.652.3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
June 12
Music on the Green
Marge Dodd Stage-IHCC, 525 Grandview Ave
"Certainly Sinatra" will be presented by the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra at 7:00 PM on the grounds at Indian Hills Community College-Marge Dodd Stage. Area soloists will perform with the orchestra as they present music made famous by Frank Sinatra. The orchestra is conducted by David Sharp. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved inside to the Hellyer Student Life Center. Bring your lawn chair and a picnic supper and sit back and enjoy a summer evening packed with entertainment. Free admission! For more information, contact Patty Babb at 641.799.2693, or via e-mail at pattybabb@pcsia.net, or go to www.ottumwasymphonyorchestra.net.
June 14 - August 9
Ottumwa Public Library Pen & Ink Society for Creative Writing
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
On the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 PM, the Ottumwa Public Library will host the Pen & Ink Society, devoted to developing craft in creative writing. Local writers are encouraged to bring samples of their work and engage in discussion on various writing topics. Meetings feature informal peer critiques, style and composition tips, and information on traditional and independent publication. No registration is required. Participants should bring note-taking materials. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
June 14
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program Mike Prestby's Magic & Puppets
Knights of Columbus, 123 3rd St W
2:00 PM For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
June 15
Ottumwa Public Library Lego Club
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
For kids grades 2-5 at 2:30 PM, no registration is required. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
June 15 - 19
Wapello County Regional Fair
300 Water St, Eldon
Wapello County Regional Fair runs June 15-19. Gate admission is free, parking is free. Car races, demo derby, midway rides and games, and Saturday night on stage--Country Music Artist, Randy Houser. For more information, call 641.652.7521, or go to www.wapellocountyfair.com.
June 16 - 17
Little Red's Most Unusual Day
Various Venues
Forest Ranger Dudley is too shy to ask Little Red's mom, the widow Hood, to the Forest Ranger Ball. For that reason he leaves a written invitation in a basket of flowers outside Little Red's house. Unfortunately for Dudley, the basket is delivered to Granny. Granny simply loves men, especially men in uniform. In the resulting confusion Dudley loses his pants, Granny kisses the Wolf, Mom gets impatient and Little Red gets in trouble. In fact, everyone experiences, in one way or another, a very, very unusual day. This operatic adaption is sure to delight young audiences as it appears at various locations throughout Wapello County. Check our website for locations and times nearer to the date! For more information, contact Dennis Willhoit at 641.777.9636, or via e-mail at agpaf2013@gmail.com, or go to www.americangothicfest.org.
June 16
Ottumwa Municipal Band Concert
Central Park, between City Hall and the Library on W 4th St
The third concert of the 152nd season will begin at 7:00 PM. Audience members are reminded to bring a chair or blanket for their seating comfort. In case of threatening weather, the concert will be moved to Quincy Place Mall. For more information, contact Brenda Hagedon at 641.777.8753, or via e-mail at hagedongbjj@gmail.com.
June 16 - August 18
Ottumwa Public Library Speculative Literature Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
The third Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM, the book club will focus on Speculative Literature, focusing on literary science fiction and fantasy. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
June 16
YMCA Adventure Field Trip
Pioneer Ridge Nature Center, 1339 US Hwy 63, Bloomfield
Youth ages 6 - 12 can join all their friends at the Ottumwa Family YMCA and take an adventure field trip with us! We provide transportation to and from the location, morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack and supervision for the duration of the trip! These trips are for any youth in the community, members and nonmembers alike! Parents will drop their students off at 8:30 AM and pick them up at 4:30 PM and we'll take care of the rest. All of our counselors are certified in CPR, First Aid, AED and have full background checks! Our trip to Pioneer Ridge Nature Area will include lots of guided outdoor activities such as nature hikes and geocaching. Cost for this is $20. For more information, contact Garrett Ross at 641.684.6571x28, or via e-mail at garrett@ottumwaymca.com, or go to www.ottumwaymca.com.
June 16
Cruzin Main Street / Third Thursday
Main Street, downtown Ottumwa
This event is presented by Vaughn Automotive, Peoples State Bank, and RJ Performance. Bring your car or motorcycle and enjoy music, food, and fun on Main Street. Several merchants will be open during this event. The event starts at 5:00 PM and the band starts at 6:00 PM. For more information, contact Main Street Ottumwa at 641.799.3464.
June 17
Relay For Life of Wapello County Walk and BBQ
Jimmy Jones Shelter, Greater Ottumwa Park Campground
The American Cancer Society will hold its annual Relay For Life Walk and BBQ at the Jimmy Jones Shelter from 4:30-10:30 PM. Relay For Life is an event that brings together teams from local businesses, schools, churches and families for fun, food, music, and entertainment, while team members take turns walking or running on a track. The monies raised from this event will go toward the American Cancer Society's research, education, and advocacy and patient service programs. One of the highlights of the event is the Luminaria Ceremony, which begins at dusk, approximately 9:00 PM. For more information, contact Erica Martin at 319.537.1200, or via e-mail at Erica.martin@cancer.org , or go to www.relayforlife.org.
June 17
The Music Man - In Concert
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall. This concert version will feature a full orchestra on stage, the actors, singers and dancers! For more information, contact Dennis Willhoit at 641.777.9636, or via e-mail at agpaf2013@gmail.com, or go to www.americangothicfest.org.
June 18
5K Color Run/Walk
Ottumwa Park - Jimmy Jones Shelter
Runners and walkers alike should prepare themselves for a colorful time on Saturday, June 18 during Heartland Pregnancy Center's 5K Fundraiser. As people make their way along the route they'll pass through color stations where they'll receive a liberal dusting of color. By the end of the run/walk, their clothing will be a work of art...and so will the participants! (Please wear a white or light-colored t-shirt if you wish for your color to be seen.) Registration will begin at 8:00 AM, the event starts at 9:00 AM. Interested individuals are encouraged to preregister by calling 641.683.3030. Preregistration cost before May 28 is $25. The cost includes an event t- shirt (one that you can keep nice & clean). Registration after May 28, the fee is $30 (t-shirt not guaranteed). This year we are having a separate kids race and activities so bring the whole family. Heartland Pregnancy Center began serving the community in 1992. All proceeds benefit their work in providing material goods, parenting classes and confidential support to women and their families experiencing needs related to pregnancy. For more information, contact Heartland Pregnancy Center at 641.683.3030, or via e-mail at hpc@lisco.net.
June 18
Central Park Cinema
Central Park, between City Hall and the Library on W 4th St
This event, beginning at dusk, is brought to you by Main Street Ottumwa and is sponsored by Pipestone Veterinary Services. Bring the kiddos and enjoy the movie in the park, "Max." Bring a lawn chair or blanket. For more information, contact Main Street Ottumwa at 641.799.3464.
June 18
Ottumwa Public Library Board Game Day
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
Stop by any time, all day to play board games in our Meeting Room. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
June 19
Divas Who Can Dish It Out
Market on Main, 331 E Main St
The Ottumwa Symphony will be hosting this event, giving ladies a chance to showcase their cooking talents, just like the men do in 25 Men Who Can Cook which was held in January. Divas Who Can Dish It Out promises to be a fun activity, spots must be reserved in advance. For more information, contact Barb at 641.777.5604.
June 21
Ottumwa Public Library Family Movie Afternoon
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
4:00 PM For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
June 21
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program Fax Gilbert's
Knights of Columbus, 123 3rd St W
10:30 AM For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
June 22
Ottumwa Public Library Teen Movie Club
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
Come to the library at 4:00 PM to watch a great movie, learn about and discuss film making and meet other film buffs! Registration is not required, open to all teens, ages 13 and up. For any questions, please call Youth Services Librarian Allyson at 641.682.7563, ext. 210. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
June 23
Ottumwa Municipal Band Concert
Central Park, between City Hall and the Library on W 4th St
The fourth concert of the 152nd season will begin at 7:00 PM. Audience members are reminded to bring a chair or blanket for their seating comfort. In case of threatening weather, the concert will be moved to Quincy Place Mall. For more information, contact Brenda Hagedon at 641.777.8753, or via e-mail at hagedongbjj@gmail.com.
June 23 - August 25
Ottumwa Public Library Nonfiction Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
On the fourth Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM come to the library for the book club, focusing discussion of nonfiction works. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
June 23
YMCA Adventure Field Trip
Science Center of Iowa
Youth ages 6 - 12 can join all their friends at the Ottumwa Family YMCA and take an adventure field trip with us! We provide transportation to and from the location, morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack and supervision for the duration of the trip! These trips are for any youth in the community, members and nonmembers alike! Parents will drop their students off at 8:30 AM and pick them up at 4:30 PM and we'll take care of the rest. All of our counselors are certified in CPR, First Aid, AED and have full background checks! Our trip to the Science Center of Iowa will include many engaging science activities and an IMAX movie! The cost for this is $30. For more information, contact Garrett Ross at 641.684.6571x28, or via e-mail at garrett@ottumwaymca.com, or go to www.ottumwaymca.com.
June 24
A Club Golf Outing
Ottumwa Country Club, 304 E Golf Ave
The Ottumwa A Club will be hosting their second annual golf outing at the Ottumwa Country Club. This will be a four-person best position tournament beginning at 10:00 AM. The entry fee for a team is $400. Hole sponsorship's are available for $100. Proceeds benefit all Ottumwa High School athletes. The event is made possible by a generous donation from US Bank. To enter a team or sponsor a hole, contact Scott Maas at 641-777-5130. For more information, contact Scott Maas at 641.683.4444x2509, or via e-mail at scott.maas@ottumwaschools.com, or go to www.ottumwaschools.com.
June 25
John Deere 5K Fun Run
Downtown Ottumwa, Main St
Come participate in the second annual "Run to Fun." This event starts and ends in downtown Ottumwa, on Main Street. For more information, contact Main Street Ottumwa at 641.799.3464.
June 25
Ottumwa Public Library Adult Coloring Party
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
Join us at 2:00 PM to relax and socialize while getting to color, all at the same time! For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
June 25
Pallet Fun
Wapello County Extension Office, 214 E Main
Pallet Fun! Be ready to rip and tear into your pallet to create one or more amazing projects. We will supply the pallets, tools, and basic materials. (Extra hammers and pry bars are welcome). For your safety, please bring gloves and wear closed toe shoes and old clothes. NO baggie clothing, NO jewelry, and if you have long hair, please pull it back. The location is to be announced and registration deadline is June 20. Cost is $15 to 4-H Members; $20 for non-members and payable to Wapello County Extension. *** Must be paid in advance *** This is open to ages 9 + (youth 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Min/Max Class Size: 5/20. For more information, contact Cindy Emery / Jess Heisdorffer at 641.682.5491, or via e-mail at cemery@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.
June 30
Ottumwa Municipal Band Concert
Central Park, between City Hall and the Library on W 4th St
The fifth concert of the 152nd season will begin at 7:00 PM. Audience members are reminded to bring a chair or blanket for their seating comfort. In case of threatening weather, the concert will be moved to Quincy Place Mall. For more information, contact Brenda Hagedon at 641.777.8753, or via e-mail at hagedongbjj@gmail.com.
July 1
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program Lisa Laird
Knights of Columbus, 123 3rd St W
10:30 AM For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
July 5
Toddler Camp
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area, 1339 US Hwy 63, Bloomfield
What animals burrow underground and why? What do they have that allows them the ability to dig and build a solid home underground? We will find out the answers to these questions, find animal burrows and learn about the animals that make them at this camp for 3 and 4 year olds, with an adult. Preregistration is required one week prior to camp, and the cost is $5 per child. We will be out exploring the prairies, woodlands and wetlands for signs of burrowing animals. Come dressed to be outdoors and off the trails. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091x102, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.
July 6
Ottumwa Media Blood Drive
Market on Main, 331 E Main St
DONORS THIS WAY! Will you give? Help us save lives this summer by donating blood at our Annual Media Blood Drive on July 6 from 11:00 AM-6:00 PM at Market on Main! Each donor will receive a t-shirt and be entered to win a $300 gas card or a NEW 2015 FORD FIESTA! Help us by saving lives during a critical time for blood donations this summer! Bring a photo id and call 800.452.1097 to schedule your appointment. For more information, contact Courtney Jones at 641.226.7533, or via e-mail at cjones@mvrbc.org, or go to www.bloodcenterimpact.org.
July 7
Ottumwa Municipal Band Concert
Central Park, between City Hall and the Library on W 4th St
The sixth concert of the 152nd season will begin at 7:00 PM. Audience members are reminded to bring a chair or blanket for their seating comfort. In case of threatening weather, the concert will be moved to Quincy Place Mall. For more information, contact Brenda Hagedon at 641.777.8753, or via e-mail at hagedongbjj@gmail.com.
July 7
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program The Grout Museum's
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
10:30 AM For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
July 7
YMCA Adventure Field Trip
Adventureland Theme Park
Youth ages 6 - 12 can join all their friends at the Ottumwa Family YMCA and take an adventure field trip with us! We provide transportation to and from the location, morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack and supervision for the duration of the trip! These trips are for any youth in the community, members and nonmembers alike! Parents will drop their students off at 8:30 AM and pick them up at 4:30 PM and we'll take care of the rest. All of our counselors are certified in CPR, First Aid, AED and have full background checks! Our trip to Adventureland Theme Park & Adventure Bay Water Park will include a full day of fun and will cost $40 per student. For more information, contact Garrett Ross at 641.684.6571x28, or via e-mail at garrett@ottumwaymca.com, or go to www.ottumwaymca.com.
July 8
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview Ave
"Senior Smiles!" with Jody Williams, RDH, BS,MA, Program Director Dental Hygiene, IHCC. Please join us at 11:15 AM for a delicious buffet lunch (cost is $6), followed by the program from 12:30-1:30 PM. Reservations ARE required in advance. For more information, contact Sandy Berto at 641.683.5183, or via e-mail at sandy.berto@indianhills.edu.
July 9
Central Park Cinema
Central Park, between City Hall and the Library on W 4th St
This event, beginning at dusk, is brought to you by Main Street Ottumwa and is sponsored by Ottumwa Regional Health Center. Bring the kiddos and enjoy the movie in the park, "Minions." Bring a lawn chair or blanket. For more information, contact Main Street Ottumwa at 641.799.3464.
July 13 - 17
39th Annual Ottumwa Pro Balloon Races
Greater Ottumwa Park
The Ottumwa Pro Balloon Races Board has fantastic entertainment booked for each night starting on Thursday evening. The pilots, crews, and their families will arrive on Friday, July 15 and fly through the weekend. Balloon flights are scheduled for Friday (evening), Saturday (morning and evening), and Sunday (morning). There will be a Balloon Glow (Friday and Saturday) as well as fireworks on Friday (evening). For more information, contact Ottumwa Pro Balloon Races at 641.799.0308, or via e-mail at ottumwaproballoonrace@yahoo.com, or go to www.ottumwaproballoonraces.com.
July 14
Ottumwa Municipal Band Concert
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
The seventh concert of the 152nd season will begin at 7:00 PM and will be held in the theater at the Bridge View Center. The concert will be held in conjunction with the Wapello County 4-H Expo. For more information, contact Brenda Hagedon at 641.777.8753, or via e-mail at hagedongbjj@gmail.com.
July 14
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program Science Center of Iowa's
Knights of Columbus, 123 3rd St W
10:30 AM For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
July 15
75th Annual Golf Classic
Ottumwa Country Club, 304 E Golf Ave
The Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce 75th Annual Golf Classic will start at 10:00 AM and have a shotgun start. This is a great outdoor networking opportunity! Sign your business up today by contacting Brenda at Ottumwa Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Brenda at 641.814.5900, or via e-mail at brendas@ottumwaiowa.com.
July 18 - 21
Creepy Crawlies Camp
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area, 1339 US Hwy 63, Bloomfield
Some animals are just weird, ugly, have odd eating habits, and may seem a little scary. We will spend this week searching for the odd creatures and learning their purpose in the environment. Dress for on and off trail explorations. This camp is for ages 4 to 6, and the cost is $10 per child. Registration is required at least one week prior to camp. A minimum number of participants is required to hold this camp. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091x102, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.
July 18
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program Jim Birkel's
Knights of Columbus, 123 3rd St W
10:30 AM For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
July 20
Ottumwa Public Library Lego Club
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
Come to the library at 2:30 PM for lego club, for kids grades 2-5, no registration required. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
July 21
Ottumwa Municipal Band Concert
Central Park, between City Hall and the Library on W 4th St
The eighth concert of the 152nd season will begin at 7:00 PM. Audience members are reminded to bring a chair or blanket for their seating comfort. In case of threatening weather, the concert will be moved to Quincy Place Mall. For more information, contact Brenda Hagedon at 641.777.8753, or via e-mail at hagedongbjj@gmail.com.
July 21
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program The Blank Park Zoo's
Knights of Columbus, 123 3rd St W
1:00 PM For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
July 21
YMCA Adventure Field Trip
I-Cubs Principal Park
Youth ages 6 - 12 can join all their friends at the Ottumwa Family YMCA and take an adventure field trip with us! We provide transportation to and from the location, morning snack, lunch, & afternoon snack and supervision for the duration of the trip! These trips are for any youth in the community, members and nonmembers alike! Parents will drop their students off at 8:30 AM and pick them up at 4:30 PM and we'll take care of the rest. All of our counselors are certified in CPR, First Aid, AED and have full background checks! Our trip to the Iowa Cubs, Principal Park will include a day of baseball fun! The cost will be $30 per student. For more information, contact Garrett Ross at 641.684.6571x28, or via e-mail at garrett@ottumwaymca.com, or go to www.ottumwaymca.com.
July 21
Cruzin Main Street / Third Thursday
Main Street, downtown Ottumwa
Presented by Peoples State Bank, RJ Performance, and Vaughn Automotive. Bring your car or motorcycle and enjoy music, food, and fun on Main Street. Several merchants will be open during this event. The event starts at 5:00 PM and the band starts at 6:00 PM. For more information, contact Main Street Ottumwa at 641.799.3464.
July 23
Central Park Cinema
Central Park, between City Hall and the Library on W 4th St
This event, beginning at dusk, is brought to you by Main Street Ottumwa and is sponsored by Hy-Noon Kiwanis. Bring the kiddos and enjoy the movie in the park, "Hotel Transylvania 2." Bring a lawn chair or blanket. For more information, contact Main Street Ottumwa at 641.799.3464.
July 25 - 28
Outdoor Encounters
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area, 1339 US Hwy 63, Bloomfield
Spend four full days outdoors immersed in the natural world. Learn how to read the signs animals have left behind; identify animals by tracks, sounds, and sight; test your archery skills; and much more. Bring a lunch and refillable water bottle each day, and be prepared to be in nature. Snacks, water refills, and all equipment will be provided. This camp is for students, ages 8 - 12 years, and the cost is $30 per student. Registration is required at least one week prior to camp. A minimum number of participants must be met to hold this camp. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091x102, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.
July 27
Ottumwa Public Library Teen Movie Club
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
Come to the library at 4:00 PM and watch a great movie, learn about and discuss film making and meet other film buffs! Registration is not required, this is open to all teens ages 13 and up. For any questions, please call Youth Services Librarian Allyson at 641.682.7563, ext 210. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
July 28
Ottumwa Municipal Band Concert
Central Park, between City Hall and the Library on W 4th St
The final concert of the 152nd season will begin at 7:00 PM. Audience members are reminded to bring a chair or blanket for their seating comfort. In case of threatening weather, the concert will be moved to Quincy Place Mall. For more information, contact Brenda Hagedon at 641.777.8753, or via e-mail at hagedongbjj@gmail.com.
July 28
RAGBRAI Overnight
Ottumwa
'Pedal to the Party' as RAGBRAI riders make an overnight stop in Ottumwa. The day will be full of activities, entertainment, and a performance by Rick Springfield that evening. The main stage will be located in the Bridge View Center parking lot along with a beverage garden. Join thousands of riders, community members, and the Ottumwa RAGBRAI Committee for this fun, summer event. For more information, contact Ottumwa Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 641.684.4303, or via e-mail at info@ottumwaragbrai.com, or go to www.ottumwaragbrai.com.
August 1 - 4
Outdoor Encounters
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area, 1339 US Hwy 63, Bloomfield
Spend four full days outdoors immersed in the natural world. Learn how to read the signs animals have left behind; identify animals by tracks, sounds, and sight; test your archery skills; and much more. Bring a lunch and refillable water bottle each day, and be prepared to be in nature. Snacks, water refills, and all equipment will be provided. This camp is for students, ages 13 - 15 years, and the cost is $30 per student. Registration is required at least one week prior to camp. A minimum number of participants must be met to hold this camp. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091x102, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.
August 4
YMCA Adventure Field Trip
Blank Park Zoo
Youth ages 6 - 12 can join all their friends at the Ottumwa Family YMCA and take an adventure field trip with us! We provide transportation to and from the location, morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack and supervision for the duration of the trip! These trips are for any youth in the community, members and nonmembers alike! Parents will drop their students off at 8:30 AM and pick them up at 4:30 PM and we'll take care of the rest. All of our counselors are certified in CPR, First Aid, AED and have full background checks! Our trip to the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines will include a full day of safari fun and a special animal presentation for students. Cost will be $30 per student. For more information, contact Garrett Ross at 641.684.6571x28, or via e-mail at garrett@ottumwaymca.com, or go to www.ottumwaymca.com.
August 5
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program Magician Keith West & Miss Kitty the Library Lady's
Knights of Columbus, 123 3rd St W
10:00 AM For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
August 8 - 11
Nature Detectives Camp
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area, 1339 US Hwy 63, Bloomfield
How do you read the signs of nature? What clues do plants and animals leave us about their lives? Become a nature detective as we try to solve the wildlife mystery - using clues left by area animals and plants. This camp is for students, ages 7 - 11 years, and the cost is $10 per child. Camp will begin at 8:30 AM each day and run until 12:00 (noon). Registration is required at least one week prior to camp. A minimum number of participants must be met to hold this camp. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091x102, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.
August 9
Toddler Camp
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area, 1339 US Hwy 63, Bloomfield
What is growing in the garden, and what helps it grow? We will examine the soil, insects and more as we study the garden and surrounding natural areas. This camp is for children ages 3 and 4 with an adult, and the cost is $5 per child. Please note the change in time to 2:00 PM. Registration is required at least one week prior to camp. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091x102, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.
August 11 - 18
Babe Ruth 13-Year-Old World Series
Ottumwa
The best teams from around the country will come to Ottumwa to play for the title of 13-Year-Old World Series Champions. For more information, go to www.ottumwabaseball.com.
August 11
Moth Lighting
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area, 1339 US Hwy 63, Bloomfield
We will spend the evening learning about the moths of Iowa and drawing them in for observation and identification with light. If you have ever wondered what might be silently floating through the night, this night is for you. All are welcome at this FREE event. The time will be set at a later date depending on the time of sunset. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091x102, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.
August 12
Music on Main Street
Downtown Ottumwa, Main St
Come spend the evening listening to music in the 300 block of Main Street. For more information, contact Main Street Ottumwa at 641.799.3464.
August 12
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program Finale Carnival
Central Park, between City Hall and the Library on W 4th St
2:00-4:00 PM For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
August 12
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview Ave
"10 Top Tips for Safe Driving as an Older Adult," with Denise Kluever, OT, Program Director of Occupational Therapy Program, IHCC. Please join us at 11:15 AM for a delicious buffet lunch (cost is $6), followed by the program from 12:30-1:30 PM. Reservations ARE required in advance. For more information, contact Sandy Berto at 641.683.5183x6416, or via e-mail at sandy.berto@indianhills.edu.
August 13
BBQ Rib Cook-Off & Apple Pie Contest
Eldon
Do you have what it takes to take home the bacon? This is a fun event for everyone and if you think you have a winning rib, enter the competition! Spare or Loin Back ribs may be used for competition. Turn in will be at 3:00 PM. Contact Randy Kern at 641.799.5672 with questions. Apple Pie Contest Entry Fee-must provide one apple pie for judging that begins at 3:00 PM. Contact Lisa Scherer at 641.777.1935 with questions. Pie Auction (any type of pie) will follow the contest. A community meal (free will offering) will be at 5:00 PM. Ribs, cole slaw, and baked beans, as well as tea and lemonade will be served. This event is sponsored by G.A.T.E. For more information, contact Randy Kern at 641.799.5672.
August 13
Central Park Cinema
Central Park, between City Hall and the Library on W 4th St
This event, beginning at dusk, is brought to you by Main Street Ottumwa and is sponsored by South Ottumwa Savings Bank. Bring the kiddos and enjoy the movie in the park, "The Sandlot." Bring a lawn chair or blanket. For more information, contact Main Street Ottumwa at 641.799.3464.
August 18
Cruzin Main Street / Third Thursday
Main Street, downtown Ottumwa
Presented by RJ Performance, Vaughn Automotive, and Peoples State Bank. Bring your car or motorcycle and enjoy music, food, and fun on Main Street. Several merchants will be open during this event. The event starts at 5:00 PM and the band starts at 6:00 PM. For more information, contact Main Street Ottumwa at 641.799.3464.
August 20
Fall Canoe Float
Des Moines River
The Wapello and Mahaska CCB's will be joining up again this fall for a canoe float trip on the Des Moines River. Look for location as August nears. Registration will be required at least one week prior to this event. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091x102, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.
August 26
Brews and Brushes-a painting fundraiser for the American Gothic House Center
Hotel Ottumwa, 107 E 2nd St
Spend an evening painting alongside local artist Chris Abigt as she provides step-by-step instructions to complete your own masterpiece. All paint and supplies will be provided. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the Hotel Ottumwa front desk, M & J Art and Frame Gallery, or the American Gothic House Center, Eldon. Proceeds will go to the American Gothic House Center Endowment Fund. The event will take place from 6:00-9:00 PM and doors open at 5:00 PM. For more information, contact Holly Berg at 641.652.3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
August 26 - 28
Dr. Dolittle Jr.
Bridge View Center
Ottumwa Community Children's Playhouse presents Dr. Dolittle Jr., the musical. Come listen to the animals talk and enjoy this beloved classic. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:00 PM and Sunday's show is at 3:00 PM. All shows are held at Bridge View. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, contact Becky Ingle at 641.226.1523, or via e-mail at bckingle@aol.com.
August 27
Central Park Cinema
Central Park, between City Hall and the Library on W 4th St
This event, beginning at dusk, is brought to you by Main Street Ottumwa and is sponsored by Ottumwa Regional Health Center. Bring the kiddos and enjoy the movie in the park, "The Good Dinosaur." Bring a lawn chair or blanket. For more information, contact Main Street Ottumwa at 641.799.3464.
September 9
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview Ave
"In and Out of the Joints-What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?" with Dr. Tracy Clawson, DNP, MSN, BSN, IHCC Nursing Instructor. Please join us at 11:15 AM for a delicious buffet lunch (cost is $6), followed by the program from 12:30-1:30 PM. Reservations ARE required in advance. For more information, contact Sandy Berto at 641.683.5183, or via e-mail at sandy.berto@indianhills.edu.
October 1
Halloweenapalooza Film Festival
Hotel Ottumwa
Halloweenapalooza is the state's only horror film showcase. This festival is created by horror filmmakers for horror fans. Halloweenapalooza includes a zombie walk, live bands, vendors, and a midnight screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show. It'll be guaranteed to be a fun-filled day! This event is open to the public and will take place at the legendary & haunted Hotel Ottumwa. Lots of fun things going on this day! For more information, go to filmfreeway.com.
October 14 - 15
Halloween Hikes
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area, 1339 US Hwy 63, Bloomfield
Halloween Hikes are back, and this is our 25th year! No matter the theme we choose, it is bound to be educational and fun! Hikes run from 6:00-8:00 PM each evening, and we will be recruiting actors and other helpers this summer. If you were here for the first, be here for the 25th! The cost will be $3 per person. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091x102, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.
October 14
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview Ave
"Here's Looking at You Kid-How Your Mental Health Affects Your Physical Health" with Kathleen Murray, Ph.D, Psychology Services of Ottumwa. Please join us at 11:15 AM for a delicious buffet lunch (cost is $6), followed by the program from 12:30-1:30 PM. Reservations ARE required in advance. For more information, contact Sandy Berto at 641.683.5183, or via e-mail at sandy.berto@indianhills.edu.
October 16
Southeast Iowa Kidney Walk
Indian Hills Community College (Advanced Technologies Building)
Join us for a FUN one-mile walk around the scenic campus of Indian Hills Community College. We will have fun activities for kids, a kids fun run, represetatives from the National Kidney Foundation of Iowa and so much more! The walk is FREE. Come check it out and help raise awareness about Kidney Disease.
October 29
American Gothic Halloween Party
American Gothic House Center, 300 American Gothic St, Eldon
Celebrate Halloween in front of the American Gothic House! Arrive dressed in your costume, make your own spooky American Gothic Parody, make fun crafts, play games and enjoy delicious treats. Event runs from 2:00-4:00 PM and is open to children Preschool-5th grade. Free admission. For more information, contact Holly Berg at 641.652.3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
November 11
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview Ave
"Honoring All Who Serve-Past, Present, and Future with Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, 25-year veteran of the U.S. Army, an ophthalmologist and past director of the Iowa Department of Public Health. Please join us at 11:15 AM for a delicious buffet lunch (cost is $6), followed by the program from 12:30-1:30 PM. Reservations ARE required in advance. For more information, contact Sandy Berto at 641.683.5183, or via e-mail at sandy.berto@indianhills.edu.
December 3
Gingerbread House Building
American Gothic House Center, 300 American Gothic St, Eldon
Join in a great holiday tradition for the family! Arrive early to create your own gingerbread house made out of graham crackers, frosting, and candy while supplies last! Event runs from 12:00-4:00 PM, is open to children, and offers free admission. For more information, contact Holly Berg at 641.652.3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
December 9
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview Ave
"Rockin' the Blues with Tony Blew!" Please come for buffet lunch at 11:15 AM, (cost is $6) with the program from 12:30-1:30 PM. Reservations ARE required in advance. For more information, contact Sandy Berto at 641.683.5183, or via e-mail at sandy.berto@indianhills.edu.
December 17
Christmas Bird Count
Wapello County
This count is very important in monitoring the population and range changes in birds throughout the world. We have a 15 mile diameter count circle we survey each year. We need many volunteers to ensure we cover as much of this area as possible. WE NEED YOU!! Mark this date on your calendar, and plan to join us for other birding activities throughout the year to keep your identification skills fresh. All ages are welcome, and registration is strongly suggested. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091x102, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.
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