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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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January 5 - February 5
John Evans: Views from the Roadside
Indian Hills Arts Gallery
The exhibit features paintings in pastels with scenes from the roadside. Many of the paintings are done "en plein air" or on location. Artist reception will be held on 1/12, 7-8:30 pm. Free admission to both reception & gallery. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
January 7 - April 29
Songs & Stories
Ottumwa Public Library
Volunteer Sara Martindale facilitates a story time aimed at 0-3 year old's on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. There will be a new theme each week. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
January 9 - April 24
Pre School Story Time
Ottumwa Public Library
Children's story time and craft time on Fridays at 10:30 am. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
January 30 - 31
44th Annual Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference/KIIC Farm Show
Bridge View Center
This long-running conference focuses on the management and production practices of the cow-calf industry but also now features the KIIC Farm Show. Registration is required. For more information, call (641) 682-4107.
February 5
ORHC Cardiopulmonary Fitness Fair
Cardiopulmonary Rehab 2nd Floor Exercise Area
Program runs from 5:30-7 pm. Thinking about exercise? Check out the opportunities in the Ottumwa area for exercise as well as what you can do at home to improve your fitness. For more information, contact Leslie Heemsbergen at (641) 684-2370, or via e-mail at lheemsbergen@orhc.com.
February 5
Scrap Metal 34th Army Band
St. John Auditorium
Concert begins at 7:30 pm. Free admission. Scrap Metal is an 11-piece modern version of a New Orleans-style brass group. For more information, contact Jennifer Boyenga at (641) 683-5144, or via e-mail at jboyenga@indianhills.edu, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
February 6 - 7
Bullriders of America 2014 Finals
Bridge View Center
This competition decides the bull riding finals champion for the year. The event begins at 7 pm both nights with all tickets sold for reserved seating. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000, or go to www.BridgeViewCenter.com.
February 6 - 8
Rumors
Bridge View Center
The Ottumwa Community Players presents this Neil Simon comedy with all tickets general admission. Tickets are $12 each for adults & $8 each for students. Show times are 7 pm on 2/6 & 2/7 and 2 pm on 2/8. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000, or go to www.BridgeViewCenter.com.
February 7
Basic Beekeeping
Pioneer Ridge Nature Center
Come out to PRNC for the Basic Beekeeping Workshop. Learn the basics of how to get started in the beekeeping business. The workshop will cover C.C.D., start up costs, swarm removal, honey flow, harvesting and much more. A chili lunch is included in this workshop. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Registration cost is $35.00 and the workshop takes place from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You can register by calling Charles at 641-682-8333 or 641-799-9266.
February 7
Grant Wood Birthday Soup Smorgasbord
KD Center, Eldon
Join the American Gothic House Center as it celebrates the 124th anniversary of Grant Wood's birth. Enjoy delicious home-cooked soup for a free-will donation. For more information, contact American Gothic House Center at (641) 652-3352, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
February 9 - March 12
Iowa Watercolor Society
Indian Hills Arts Gallery
This exhibit represents a selection of watercolor paintings from the yearly Iowa Watercolor Society's exhibition. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
February 10
Indian Hills Film Festival: Jersey Boys
St. John Auditorium
The film is shown 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.
February 11
Readers Ink Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
The library's monthly book club reads a variety of works both fiction and non-fiction and meets at 5 pm. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
February 12
Jeff Hendred-speaking on Black History
Wapello County Historical Museum
Program begins a 6:30 pm. The public are welcome to attend and free refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Dee Hall at (641) 226-8313, or via e-mail at kraftdee@live.com, or go to www.WapelloCountyMuseum.com.
February 13 - 15
Midwest Arms Collectors Gun & Knife Show
Bridge View Center
The event is held 5-9 pm on 2/13, 9 am-5 pm on 2/14, & 9 am-3 pm on 2/15. Admission is $8 per person. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000, or go to www.BridgeViewCenter.com.
February 13
Chocolate Lovers Benefit
Hotel Ottumwa
The event features a silent auction, signature drinks, the band - "Sez Who", & all the appetizers and chocolate you can eat. Proceeds benefit the families served by the American Home Finding Association. Ticket are $25 per person or $40 per couple until 2/11. After that date, tickets increase by $5. Tickets can be purchased at Hotel Ottumwa & AHFA. For more information, call (641) 682-3449.
February 14
Fox & Sac Dinner
Hotel Ottumwa
Indulge in a gourmet meal in the Fox & Sac room Valentine's night. A decadent four course meal for only $30 per per person. Choice of entree: Bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon, Blackened Mahi-Mahi with pineapple salsa, or the vegetarian option of spinach-stuffed Manacotti. Reservations only between 5 pm-8 pm. Special room packages also available. For more information, contact Sara Gerot at (641) 682-8051, or via e-mail at sara@hotelottumwa.com.
February 14 - 15
Ottumwa RC Flyers Mall Show
Quincy Place Mall
A display of radio controlled airplanes and helicopters of all sizes. There will be ongoing building projects, flight simulator available to practice approaches, and plenty of people to talk to about the hobby. For more information, contact Don Wasson at (641) 455-8432, or via e-mail at dpwasson@gmail.com, or go to RCHAWK.com.
February 15 - 15
Cabaret
Indian Hills Community College Dining Hall
Program begins at 3:00 pm. Admission is $10.00. Appetizers served while IHCC Drama and Music students provide entertainment. Features 3 short student-directed drama excerpts: Into the Woods prologue, The Apple Tree second act, and a 10-minute comedic play. Also features IHCC Jazz Band, Choirs, and soloists. For more information, contact Janene Sheldon at (641) 683-5111 x1833, or via e-mail at Janene.Sheldon@indianhills.edu, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
February 15
Southeast Iowa Symphony Winter Concert
Bridge View Center
The concert features the winner of the SEISO Young Artist Competition and music by Brahms & D'Indy. Admission is by single or season tickets. For more information, contact Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra at (319) 385-6352, or go to www.seiso.us.
February 17
Ottumwa RC Flyers
Bridge View Center
Event time is 6-10 pm each. Radio controlled electric planes and helicopters are flown in the exhibition hall. The fee to fly is $8. For more information, contact Dave Rabe, Don Wasson at (641) 684-5593, or via e-mail at rjandave@mchsi.com, or go to RCHAWK.com.
February 23
OHS Comedy Team Performance
Ottumwa High School Auditorium
This event begins at 7:30 pm with free admission. For more information, call (641) 683-4444, or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
February 24
Reminisce Society: Abandoned Iowa
Ottumwa Public Library
For those who enjoy history, both local and state, Abandoned Iowa presents a program which speaks to their specialty. The event begins at 10 am with refreshments served. Admission is free. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
February 24
OHS Vocal Concert
Ottumwa High School Auditorium
This event begins at 7 pm with free admission. For more information, call (641) 683-4444, or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
February 25
Soup & The Scoop
United Way Building
Soup and The Scoop is a monthly event to keep the public aware of the happenings in downtown Ottumwa. For the month of February the topic will be the Theater Buildings and the soup will be from The Lucky Rooster. Event begins at 5:30 pm. The cost of this great informative event is $5 and goes from 5:30pm - 6:30pm. Reservations are requested. For more information, contact Bob Untiedt at (641) 799-3464, or via e-mail at director@mainstreetottumwa.com, or go to www.mainstreetottumwa.com.
February 26
Non-Fiction Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
A book club focusing discussion of non-fiction works meeting monthly at 5:30 pm. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
February 26
Loon Magic
Pioneer Ridge Nature Center
Enjoy a slide presentation with Ty Smedes about the life cycle of the common loon. Ty is a well-known photographer and writer. Share his adventure with pictures shot from a canoe in the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota. You will see loons building nests, turning eggs, with youngsters on mother's backs and feeding youngsters. Pre-registration is required by February 20 and the presentation is free. A minimum of 10 registrants must be met for this presentation to take place. Presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.WapelloCounty.org.
February 27
Indian Hills JazzFest Concert
St. John Auditorium
This event 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.
February 28
High School Jazz Band Competition
St. John Auditorium
The competition takes place 9 am to 5 pm with free admission. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
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 1
Bridal, Prom & Quince Expo
Hotel Ottumwa
An afternoon of inspiration for your wedding, prom, or quinceanera. Enjoy the fashion show, get ideas from lots of vendors, and win prizes. This is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, contact Sara Gerot at (641) 226-3414, or via e-mail at sara@hotelottumwa.com, or go to www.facebook.com.
March 4
Dancers In Company
St. John Auditorium
Concert begins at 7:30 pm with free admission. The touring repertory dance company of the Department of Dance of the University of Iowa. For more information, contact Jennifer Boyenga at (641) 683-5144, or via e-mail at jboyenga@indianhills.edu, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
March 5
5th-8th Vocal Concert
Ottumwa High School Auditorium
This event begins at 7 pm with free admission. For more information, call (641) 683-4444, or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
March 6 - 8
Ottumwa Home and Garden Show
Bridgeview
The show, now in its 22nd year, will feature Jerry Kluver from "Get Growing" as seen on KCCI Channel 8, as well as Alliant Energy PowerHouse TV hosts Megan Turner and Pete Seyfer. Staff from Reiman Gardens will be also be keynote speakers. The show will be open March 6 from 3-8 pm, March 7 from 10 am-8 pm, and March 8 from 11 am-3 pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 6-12, and ages 5 and under free. For more information, contact Tim Kurtz at (641) 814-5901, or via e-mail at tkurtz@ottumwaiowa.com, or go to www.ottumwahomeexpo.com.
March 6
RockFest
Bridge View Center
Doors open at 6 pm show begins at 6:30 pm. Cost is $15.00 and includes four bands: Disciple, Nine Lashes, Decyfer Down, and Seventh Day Slumber. For more information, contact Nathan Grooms at (641) 980-5493, or via e-mail at nathangrooms@promiselandfest.com641, or go to www.promiselandfest.com.
March 7
Bird Nest Monitoring Workshop
Pioneer Ridge Nature Center
Do you enjoy watching wildlife? If so, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Volunteer Wildlife Monitoring Program wants your help! The citizen scientists of the VWMP provide the IDNR with important data that they would be hard-pressed to gather. This training workshop focuses on some of Iowa's more spectacular bird species such as bald eagles, osprey, peregrine falcons and colonially nesting waterbirds, such as herons and egrets. You will be taught how to collect data on specific nesting sites and much more. If you are interested in this opportunity, register by calling 515-432-2823 ext. 102 or e-mailing vwmp@dnr.iowa.gov. Find out more by visiting www.iowadnr.gov under volunteer wildlife monitoring. Workshop will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the cost is $10.00.
March 8
Ed Corpus, Bass
St. John Auditorium
Performance begins at 3 pm. Free admission. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 684-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
March 9
9-12 Band & Orchestra Concert
Ottumwa High School Auditorium
This event begins at 7 pm with free admission. For more information, call (641) 683-4444, or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
March 10
Ottumwa RC Flyers
Bridge View Center
Event time is 6-10 pm. Radio controlled electric planes and helicopters are flown in the exhibition hall. The fee to fly is $8. For more information, contact Dave Rabe, Don Wasson at (641) 684-5593, or via e-mail at rjandave@mchsi.com, or go to RCHAWK.com.
March 11
US Army Jazz Ambassadors
Bridge View Center
Tickets are free and can be picked up at Hy-Vee South, Hy-Vee North, Ottumwa Hy-Vee Drugstore, South Ottumwa Savings Bank and the Bridge View Center Box Office. Concert begins at 7:30 pm. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000, or via e-mail at info@bridgeviewcenter.com, or go to www.BridgeViewCenter.com.
March 11
Readers Ink Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
The library's monthly book club reads a variety of works both fiction and non-fiction and meets at 5 pm. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
March 12
Opera Iowa: Cinderella
St. John Auditorium
Performance begins at 7:30 pm. Free admission. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
March 13 - 14
Murder on an Oriental Rug- A Murder Mystery Dinner and Dessert
Hotel Ottumwa
Due to popularity, this event being offered two nights! Main Street Ottumwa sponsors this dinner coupled with a "whodunit" skit, concluding with a dessert auction. Tickets are $40 per person or $300 for a table of 8. For more information, contact Bob Untiedt at (641) 799-3464, or via e-mail at director@mainstreetottumwa.com, or go to www.MainStreetOttumwa.com.
March 14
Sawyer Brown
Bridge View Center
Perfoming with the voice of Restless Heart, Larry Stewart. Concert begins at 7:30 pm. Reserved tickets available starting at $27.50. Tickets may be purchased at the Bridge View Center Box Office or through Ticketmaster. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000, or via e-mail at info@bridgeviewcenter.com, 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.
March 18
Soup & the Scoop
Market on Main
Soup & the Scoop is a monthly event held in the colder months of the year. The purpose of this event is to keep the public informed of the events and happenings in Downtown Ottumwa. This month's scoop will provide an update on Market on Main and the soup will be from The Stone Soup Company. The cost is $5, the event begins at 5:30 pm and reservations are requested. For more information, contact Bob Untiedt at (641) 799-3464, or via e-mail at director@mainstreetottumwa.com, or go to www.mainstreetottumwa.com.
March 18
Soup for the Arts
IHCC Diner (by Library)
From 5-7 pm and tickets are $20.00. Soup tasting and desserts from local restaurants in a hand-crafted bowl you get to keep! Funds raised go to support scholarships for art & culinary students at IHCC. Call 641-683-5310 to reserve your bowl (limit 250 bowls). For more information, contact Jennifer Boyenga at (641) 683-5144, or via e-mail at jboyenga@indianhills.edu, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
March 19
Jerry Parker-speaking on the Central Addition
Wapello County Historical Museum
Program begins at 6:30 pm, is open to the public, and offers free admission/refreshments. For more information, contact Dee Hall at (641) 226-8313, or via e-mail at kraftdee@live.com, or go to www.WapelloCountyMuseum.com.
March 20
11th Annual Diversity Conference
Indian Hills Community College
The 11th Annual Diversity Conference will take place on the IHCC Ottumwa campus on Friday, March 20, from 8:45 am - 4 pm. Opening keynote will feature Michael Kutcher, the surprise twin brother of celebrity Ashton Kutcher. Michael will share his inspirational story of the multiple obstacles that life has thrown at him, including living life with cerebral palsy. Closing keynote will be Kevin Brown, a young man who has faced unimaginable challenges in life growing up on Detroit's eastside, including molestation, physical and mental abuse, sttempts of suicide, and gang involvement. After being released from prison, he used education to grow into a promising and vivacious student. Various breakout sessions will be offered. Registration fee is $35 for online pre-registration through March 17th, and increases to $40 after. Student registration fee is $10. Lunch is included in all registrations. Preregistration is highly encouraged, as seating is limited in the auditorium. For more information, contact Ashley Albertson at (641) 683-5755, or via e-mail at ashley.albertson@indianhills.edu, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
March 20 - 22
IHCC Spring Chicago Fine Arts Tour
Chicago IL
Travel with Indian Hills fine arts faculty to Chicago. For more information, contact Jennifer Boyenga at (647) 683-5144, or via e-mail at jboyenga@indianhills.edu, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
March 22
Southeast Iowa Symphony Spring Concert
St. John Auditorium
Performance begins at 3:00 pm. For more information, go to www.seiso.us.
March 23 - April 2
Ottumwa High School Art Exhibit
Indian Hills Arts Gallery
Exhibit reception will take place on Monday, March 23 at 7 pm. For more information, call (641) 683-4444, or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
March 24
Reminisce Society: Trains Across Iowa
Ottumwa Public Library
For those who enjoy history, both local and state, Rudy Daniels presents "Trains Across Iowa" at 10 am with refreshments served. Admission is free. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
March 26
Non-Fiction Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
A book club focusing discussion of non-fiction works meeting monthly at 5:30 pm. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
March 28
2015 Polar Plunge
Jimmy Jones Shelter
It's the Coolest Thing You'll Do All Year! The Polar Plunge is a signature fundraiser for Special Olympics and offers a unique opportunity for individuals and organizations to raise money and support Special Olympics Iowa athletes by jumping into frigid waters. For more information, go to www.soiowa.org.
March 28 - 29
Evans 7th & 8th Grade Musical
Evans Middle School Auditorium
Program will take place Saturday, March 28 at 7 pm and Sunday, March 29 at 2 pm. Free admission. For more information, call (642) 683-4444, or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
March 28
Birdhouse Building Workshop
Pioneer Ridge Nature Center
Dress for the weather and join us to build a robin nesting platform. We will learn about this common backyard bird, and we will build a place for it to build a nest in your back yard. Why rely on those online nest cameras when you can have your very own to watch at home? The workshop begins at 9:00 a.m. and the cost is $7.00 per kit. For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.WapelloCounty.org.
March 29
Ottumwa Community Chorus Spring Concert
St. Mary of the Visitation
Event begins at 3 pm. Free admission. For more information, go to www.IndianHills.edu.
March 31
Indian Hills Poetry Reading
Indian Hills Formal Lounge
Featuring original poetry by Indian Hills students. Event begins at 7:30 pm and admission is free. For more information, call (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
April 4
Easter Egg Roll at "Our White House"
American Gothic House Center, Eldon
Join us for our annual Egg Roll! A popular tradition at the White House, this event will be sure to please! Spring-themed crafts and activities to accompany the event. The event will run from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and offers free admission. Sponsored by the American Gothic House Center and GATE. For more information, contact American Gothic House Center at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
April 8 - 9
Books are Fun
Ottumwa Regional Health Center
Conference Room A, B, C. Wednesday, April 8 from 9 am to 5 pm and Thursday, April 9 from 7 am to 4 pm. For more information, contact Beverly at (641) 684-3413 x3413, or via e-mail at bmolkenthin@orhc.com.
April 8
Readers Ink Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
The library's monthly book club reads a variety of works both fiction and non-fiction and meets at 5 pm. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
April 9 - 12
Ottumwa High School Spring Play: "Nevermore! Edgar Allan Poe The Final Mystery"
Ottumwa High School Auditorium
For more information, call (641) 683-4444, or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
April 10
All City Concert
Evans Middle School gym
Performance begins at 7 pm. For more information, call (641) 683-4444, or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
April 11
3rd Annual Trivia Night
Hotel Ottumwa
Pitch your wits against your colleagues and neighbors and at the same time help a good cause as you support the very best in regional musical theater this summer at the American Gothic Performing Arts Festival. Trivia begins at 7:30 pm. For more information, contact Dennis Willhoit at (515) 418-5692, or via e-mail at dennis.willhoit@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericangGothicFest.org.
April 11
Tour the American Gothic House
American Gothic House Center, Eldon
The American Gothic House will be open for tours the second Saturday of the month from April to October from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free admission. For more information, contact American Gothic House Center at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
April 15
Soup & the Scoop
KMGO building
Soup & The Scoop is a monthly event held in the colder months of the year. The purpose of this event is to keep the public informed of the events and happenings in Downtown Ottumwa. Event begins at 5:30 pm. This month's scoop will provide an update on the facade project. Admission is $5 and includes soup from Appanoose Rapids Brewing Company. RSVPs are requested. For more information, contact Bob Untiedt at (641) 799-3464, or via e-mail at director@mainstreetottumwa.com, or go to www.mainstreetottumwa.com.
April 17
Broadways 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.
April 22
Earth Day Celebration
Pioneer Ridge Nature Center
It is Earth Day! Join us at Pioneer Ridge Nature Area for a celebration of the world that provides us life. Learn how we use various natural resources and help us beautify our natural areas. Activities will be determined at a later date. For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.WapelloCounty.org.
April 23 - 25
CHICAGO, The Musical
St. John Auditorium
Performances Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24 at 7 pm and Saturday, April 25 at 2 pm. This Tony Award winning musical tells the story of Roxie Hart amd Velma Kelly. Free admission, though reserved seating is recommended. Call 641-683-5144 for reservations. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
April 23
Non-Fiction Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
A book club focusing discussion of non-fiction works meeting monthly at 5:30 pm. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
April 24 - 26
Scheherazade
Bridge View Center
Ottumwa Community Children's Playhouse presents the colorful legend of the greatest storyteller of the ancient Arabian world. She spins stories of magic, mystery, and genies in a bottle. Show times are 7:00 pm on April 24 and 25, with a 3:00 pm show on April 26. Admission is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. For more information, contact Becky Ingle at (641) 226-1523 x6412, or via e-mail at bckingle@aol.com.
April 27
Annual IHCC Student Art Exhibit
Indian Hills Art Gallery
The annual exhibition showcasing art works produced by students in Indian Hills fine arts courses on both Centerville and Ottumwa campuses during the 2014-2015 academic year. The exhibit offers free admission. An Artists' Reception will take place Monday, April 27 from 7 to 8:30 pm. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
April 28
Reminisce Society: Prohibition in Eastern Iowa
Ottumwa Public Library
For those who enjoy history, both local and state, author Linda McCann presents "Prohibition in Eastern Iowa" at 10 am with refreshments served. Admission is free. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
May 3
Indian Hills Spring Choral Concert
St. John Auditorium
The event begins at 3 pm. Free admission. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
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.
May 5
Indian Hills Student Instrumental Recital
St. John Auditorium
The event begins at 7:30 pm. Free admission. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
May 6
Auxiliary May Breakfast
Ottumwa Regional Health Center Cafeteria
Wednesday, May 6 from 6:30 am to 9:30 am. Menu includes egg casserole, bacon or sausage, hash browns, coffee cake, orange or apple Juice and coffee. Bake Sale in the front lobby from 6:30 am to 12:30 pm. For more information, contact Beverly at (641) 684-3413 x3413, or via e-mail at bmolkenthin@orhc.com.
May 7 - 8
Scrubs and Beyond
Ottumwa Regional Health Center
Conference Rooms A, B, C. Thursday, May 7 from 7 am to 6 pm and Friday, May 8 from 7 am to 2 pm. For more information, contact Beverly at (641) 684-3413 x3413, or via e-mail at bmolkenthin@orhc.com.
May 7
Wildflower Walk at Garrison Rock
Garrison Rock
Celebrate May Day with a hike through Garrison Rock Wildlife Unit. This area is always alive this time of year with the beauty of spring. The hike will start at 5:30 pm. For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.WapelloCounty.org.
May 9
Tour the American Gothic House
American Gothic House Center, Eldon
The American Gothic House will be open for tours the second Saturday of the month from April to October from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free admission. For more information, contact American Gothic House Center at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
May 11
Indian Hills Jazz Concert
St. John Auditorium
Performance begins at 7:30 pm. Free admission. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
May 11
Ottumwa High School Comedy Team Performance
Ottumwa High School Auditorium
Performance begins at 7:30 pm. For more information, call (641) 683-4444, or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
May 12
Ottumwa High School Band & Orchestra Springfest Concert
Ottumwa High School Auditorium
Performance begins at 7 pm. For more information, call (641) 683-4444, or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
May 12
Indian Hills Student Vocal Recital
St. John Auditorium
The event begins at 7:30 pm. Free admission. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
May 16
Wild Edibles Workshop
Pioneer Ridge Nature Center
Join Mike Krebill, Iowa's Wild Food Ambassador, as he reveals ways to reduce the bitterness in dandelions and turn them into family and company pleasing food. Bring your personal sack lunch & beverage to supplement dandelion-tomato appetizers, dandelion brats, and the improbable, but delicious, dandelion root ice cream. Kids may don aprons and fix dandelion donuts. After lunch, get 50 tips to put more morels in your basket, and then join members of the Prairie States Mushroom Club on a mushroom hunt. Pre-registration required by May 12. Workshop will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the cost is $10 per person or $20 per family. For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.WapelloCounty.org.
May 18
7th-8th Vocal Pops Concert
Evans Middle School Auditorium
Performance begins at 7 pm. For more information, call (641) 683-4444, or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
May 19
6th-8th Band & Orchestra Pops Concert
Evans Middle School Auditorium
Performance begins at 7 pm. For more information, call (641) 683-4444, or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
May 21
Ottumwa High School Vocal Pops Concert
Ottumwa High School Auditorium
Performance begins at 7 pm. For more information, call (641) 683-4444, or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
May 26
Reminisce Society: Frank Lloyd Wright or Was He Wrong?
Ottumwa Public Library
For those who enjoy history, both local and state, Humanities Iowa speaker Roy Behrens presents"Frank Lloyd Wright Or was he Wrong?". It starts at 10 am. Refreshments are served. Free admission. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
June 1 - July 16
Mike Rutherford: My Dialect
Indian Hills Art Gallery
Artist's Reception: Monday, June 1 from 7 to 8:30 pm. Free Admission. An artist that often works in non-traditional ways with non-traditional media. Rutherford is an alumnus of both Indian Hills Community College and Buena Vista University. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
June 11 - 12
Jewelry is Fun
Ottumwa Regional Health Center
Conference Rooms A, B, C. Thursday, June 11 from 10 am to 5 pm and Friday, June 12 from 7 am to 2 pm. For more information, contact Beverly at (641) 684-3413 x3413, or via e-mail at bmolkenthin@orhc.com.
June 13
Tour the American Gothic House
American Gothic House Center, Eldon
The American Gothic House will be open for tours the second Saturday of the month from April to October from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free admission. For more information, contact American Gothic House Center at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
July 10 - 12
Ottumwa RC Flyers
Otumwa RC Flying Site, Ottumwa Airport
RC Profile Airplane event held at RC flying field south of the Ottumwa Airport. This is a three day event with 3D flying by pilots from as far away as Canada. Food will available for purchase Saturday. It's about the excitement of building and flying, but most of all it is about the people you share the hobby with. For more information, contact Bob Bratten at (641) 455-9251, or via e-mail at bbratten@mchsi.com, or go to RCHAWK.com.
July 11 - 12
Southeastern Iowa Kennel Club Dog Show
Bridge View Center
American Kennel Club sanctioned all breed dog show commences at 8 am both days. Hundreds of dogs from all around the country will compete for Best in Show. Admission is $2.00 per person, under 10 years old is free if accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Michelle Chaney or Chris West at (319) 986-5589, or via e-mail at sagebrookeyt@yahoo.com.
July 11
Tour the American Gothic House
American Gothic House Center, Eldon
The American Gothic House will be open for tours the second Saturday of the month from April to October from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free admission. For more information, contact American Gothic House Center at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
August 8
BaconTown!
BridgeView Center
Join over 2,500 of your closest friends, plus over 40 vendors, hot bands and great brew for the 2nd annual KIIC Bacontown! event August 8th. There is no charge for admission-samples of bacon items and brews are just $1 each. In 2014, there were over 60 Bacon items, plus brews from Iowa breweries. Event is scheduled to run from 3-11 pm. For more information, contact Joe Milledge at (641) 932-2112, or via e-mail at joe@kiicradio.com, or go to www.kiicradio.com.
August 8
Tour the American Gothic House
American Gothic House Center, Eldon
The American Gothic House will be open for tours the second Saturday of the month from April to October from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free admission. For more information, contact American Gothic House Center at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
August 15
National Day of Flying
Ottumwa Airport, RC Flying Site
3rd National Day of Flying to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The Ottumwa RC Flyers will be sponsoring a local event at their flying field just south of the Ottumwa airport. It will be held from 9 am-9 pm. A "buddy box" RC flying lesson will be offered along with a chance to win a radio controlled airplane. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Pilot registration is $20 which includes the Saturday evening meal. For more information, contact Joel Wilson, Charles Paulk at (641) 799-4920, or via e-mail at wilsonconstuction326@gmail.com, or go to RCHAWK.com.
September 12
Tour the American Gothic House
American Gothic House Center, Eldon
The American Gothic House will be open for tours the second Saturday of the month from April to October from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free admission. For more information, contact American Gothic House Center at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
September 26
Heartland Coin & Stamp Show
Bridgeview Event Center
Buying, selling and trading of rare coins, currency & collector stamps. Free appraisals and information on numismatic and philatelic items will be provided. The event will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and admission is $1.00. For more information, contact Denny Ross at (641) 932-2731, or via e-mail at den72ny@gmail.com.
October 10
Tour the American Gothic House
American Gothic House Center, Eldon
The American Gothic House will be open for tours the second Saturday of the month from April to October from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free admission. For more information, contact American Gothic House Center at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
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