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June 1 - October 18
Exhibit: American Gothic in Stitches: Quilts Inspired by the Famous Painting
American Gothic House Center
Exhibit open June 1-October 18 during regular Center hours. Exhibit opening Friday, June 5 4:30-6:30 pm. "American Gothic" has served as an inspiration for many artists, whether through a lighthearted, or more analytical interpretation. This exhibit will feature the works of skilled quilters from around the world who have created their own masterpieces influenced by this famous painting. Grant Wood's baby quilt will be on display for the duration of the exhibit opening with thanks to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Jacqueline Falco-Smith, Registrar of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, will be present during the opening to answer questions regarding the quilt. Exhibit sponsored by APQS and the Ottumwa Area Arts Council. For more information, contact Holly Berg at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
July 1 - October 18
American Gothic House Quilt/Fabric Art Challenge
American Gothic House Center
On display July 1-October 18 during regular Center hours; Entries due by June 26. In conjunction with the American Gothic in Stitches exhibit, the American Gothic House Center is hosting an American Gothic House quilt challenge. Rules and entry form can be found at www.AmericanGothicHouse.net, or picked up in person at the American Gothic House Center or at The Sewing House in Ottumwa. The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to The Sewing House in Ottumwa, Iowa. The people’s choice winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the American Gothic House Center gift shop. Visitors will be able to place a vote for their favorite entry by donating $1 per vote. Donations support the American Gothic House Center Contest sponsored by the Ottumwa Area Arts Council and The Sewing House of Ottumwa, Iowa. 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 13 - October 13
Wapello County Farmers Market
819 Albia Road
The Wapello County Farmers Market has 8-13 vendors that sell items varying from honey, bread, pie, cookies, noodles, needle crafts and more! The market is held every Monday and Thursday from 2:30-5:30 pm at 819 Albia Rd. For more information, contact Donald Harness at (641) 680-6216.
August 15 - September 30
Artist in Residence
Market on Main
Artist in Residence at Market on Main from August 15-September 30. The Artist in Residence program is sponsored by the Ottumwa Area Arts Council. For more information, contact Ottumwa Area Arts Council at theamericangothichouse@gmail.com, or go to www.marketonmain.org.
August 20 - December 17
Speculative Literature Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
Ottumwa Public Library is happy to add a new book club to our schedule. This one will focus on literary science fiction and fantasy and will meet the 3rd Thursday of the month at 530 pm at the library. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
September 2 - December 30
Ottumwa Public Library Songs & Stories
Ottumwa Public Library
A story time aimed at 0-3 year old's. New Theme every week. Meet in Meeting Room at Ottumwa Public Library at 10:30 am every Wednesday. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
September 5
Al Martin Auction
Bridge View Center
Al Martin Auction will hold an estate and household sale beginning at 10:00am. For more information, contact Brianna Caudill at (641) 684-7000 x265, or via e-mail at brianna@bridgeview.com, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
September 9 - December 9
Reader's Ink Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
A monthly book club at the Ottumwa Public Library meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 5pm in the meeting room at the library. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
September 10
Alex Abramowitz and His Kansas City Jazz Band
St. John's Auditorium
7:30 PM, free admission For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5111 x1812, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
September 11 - December 18
Ottumwa Public Library Preschool Storytime
Ottumwa Public Library
Children's story time with a craft. Every Friday at 10:30 am in the Children's area at the Ottumwa Public Library For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
September 11
Sullivan Auction Company Farm Land Auction
Bridge View Center
The Sullivan Auction Company farm land auction will be held September 11 at noon. For more information, contact Brianna Caudill at (641) 684-7000 x265, or via e-mail at brianna@bridgeview.com, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
September 12
Beth Moore Simulcast
Living Hope Bible Church, Eldon, IA
Tickets are $10 Doors open at 8:00 AM and the event is from 9:30 AM-4:30 PM. Breakfast and lunch will be offered for a freewill donation. We will have snacks in afternoon and door prizes along with a great afternoon of teaching and worship. For more information, contact Living Hope Bible Church at (641) 652-3420, or go to livinghopebc.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 13
Ottumwa Latino Festival
Market on Main
From 2:00pm - 7:00pm Market on Main will host a community celebration of Latino culture featuring live music, dance, artisans, pageantry and food. For more information, call (641) 682-0261, or go to www.marketonmain.org.
September 14 - October 29
Robert Reeves: Oil and Dust
Indian Hills Art Gallery
For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5111 x1812, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
September 17
Night at the Museum
Wapello County Historical Museum
6-8 p.m., Wapello Co. Historical Museum 210 W. Main St., Ottumwa, IA Visit all the exhibits pertaining to Wapello County; guides in each exhibit at the museum. Many kids activities. Admission: items to donate to Heartland Humane Society. Visit vendors at the Country Craft Store, Railroad Clubhouse. For more information, contact Wapello County Historical Museum at (641) 682-8676, or via e-mail at wchs@pcsia.net, or go to www.wapellocountymuseum.com.
September 17
Southeast Iowa Nonprofit Summit
Bridge View Center
This day-long event features stimulating dialogue, presentations, learning and networking opportunities addressing a variety of critical nonprofit capacity building topics. Perfect for board members, staff and volunteers! For more information, contact Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation at (641) 455-5260, or go to www.2016seiowanpsummit.eventbrite.com.
September 19
Ottumwa Christian School 1st Annual 5K Walk/Run
Greater Ottumwa Park (East side)
Come support the future needs of our school and children at Ottumwa Christian School's 1st Annual 5K walk/run on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Greater Ottumwa Park (East side). There will be medals, trophies and other prizes & fun for all! Registration: 8:00 am Race: 9:00 am. Pre-register by 8/21/15 for T-shirt guarantee & pre-reg fee Ages 14+ $20, Child 6-13 $10, 5 and under FREE, $40 family of 4+. Race day fee: $25 Ages 14+, Ages 6-13 $15, Family 4+ $50. Email lauraannf@hotmail.com for registration forms. For more information, contact Laura Farrington at lauraannf@hotmail.com.
September 19
Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra POPS!
Bridge View Center
Fine food, drink and music! For more information, contact SEISO at (319) 385-6352, or via e-mail at seiso@iwc.edu, or go to www.seiso.us.
September 19 - 19
Walk on Art Street
200 Block of East Main St
Main Street Ottumwa's Annual Art Fair with over 30 artist selling their work. New location this year in the 200 block of East Main Street, Art,live music, food vendors, kids activities, and lots of fun. Art Bucks will be returning this year, we have $1,000 to give away to be spent with the artists. It all starts at 10am to 4pm on Saturday, September 19th. For more information, contact Fred Zesiger at (641) 799-3464, or via e-mail at director@mainstreetottumwa.com, or go to www.mainstreetottumwa.com.
September 20
Ottumwa Civic Music Association Presents Piano Men
Bridge View Center
On September 20th at 7:00pm, the Ottumwa Civic Music Association presents Piano Men: The Music of Elton and Billy is a tribute to the amazing songs of Billy Joel and Elton John. The concert combines a four-piece pop group featuring Joe Boucher on piano and vocals, playing with a full symphony orchestra performing arrangements by Christopher Eastburn. Tickets available at the door. For more information, contact Brianna Caudill at (641) 684-7000 x265, or via e-mail at brianna@bridgeview.com, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
September 22
Indian Hills Film Festival: Spinning Plates
St. John Auditorium
2015-16 IHCC Film Festival: Food in Film. This award winning documentary profiles three different restaurants. 7:30 PM, free admission. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5111 x1812, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
September 22
Reminisce Society
Ottumwa Public Library
A meeting and presentation for those interested in Iowa and local history and culture. They meet monthly at the Ottumwa Public Library on the 4th Tuesday at 10 am. Light refreshments are served. September 22 speaker is Michael Glover with the Humanities Iowa and will be about the Iowa Caucuses. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
September 24 - October 22
Non-Fiction Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
An Ottumwa Public library book club focusing on non-fiction works. Meets 4th Thursday of the month at 530 pm in the Ottumwa Public library meeting room. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
September 24
Skate Fest
Ottumwa Skate Park
Join fellow skaters at the 3rd annual C1st Skate Fest September 24 at 5 pm, at the Ottumwa Skate Park near Market Street and the Riverfront. This free skate competition will feature local food vendors, music, games, giveaways and prizes. The event includes both skate boards and BMX competition for age categories of 11-and-under, ages 12-to-14, 15-18 and 19-and-over. Entrants may register for one or both "street course" and "best trick" events. Prizes will be awarded for each event. Judging will be based on style, consistency and type of tricks. Participants will receive a Skate Fest t-shirt subject to availability. Participants are required to wear protective skating gear and helmets. Registration for the event is free. Early registration is encouraged and can be completed online at www.c1stcu.com. Forms may be returned to: Community 1st Credit Union, P.O. Box 737, Ottumwa, IA 52501 or e-mailed to memberservice @c1stcu.com. Registration will also take place at the Skate Park the day of the event, starting at 4 pm. The rain date for the event will be Oct. 1. For more information, contact Community 1st Credit Union at memberservice @c1stcu.com, or go to www.c1stcu.com.
September 25 - 27
Ottumwa High Broadway Bulldogs present Raggedy Ann & Andy
Ottumwa High School Auditorium
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary as Ottumwa High Broadway Bulldogs present Raggedy Ann & Andy! September 25 at 7:00 PM and September 26-27 at 2:00 PM. Tickets available at www.showtix4u.com, $8/Adults and $5/Students. For more information, contact Ottumwa High School at (641) 683-4444, or go to www.ottumwaschools.com.
September 26
MMA True Revelation #25
Bridge View Center
Local fighters take to the Octagon once again at the Bridge View Center. Tickets available at the box office or any Ticketmaster outlet. For more information, contact Brianna Caudill at (641) 684-7000 x265, or via e-mail at brianna@bridgeview.com, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
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.
September 29 - October 3
Ottumwa Oktoberfest
Greater Ottumwa Park
This event promises parades, food, beverage garden, carnival, live music and entertainment.
September 29
Ottumwa Rotary Chicken BBQ
Greater Ottumwa Park
The Ottumwa Rotary kicks of Oktoberfest week with their annual barbeque chicken dinner at the Jimmy Jones Shelter in Greater Ottumwa Park! Serving from 4:30-7:00 PM (Drive-up starts serving at 4:00 PM.) $9/Adults and $7/Children in advance. Prices increase by $1 on the day of the event. For more information, contact Ottumwa Rotary Club, or go to www.ottumwarotary.org.
September 30
OHS Homecoming Parade
OHS to Central Park at 6:00 PM
For more information, call (641) 684-6597 x141, or go to www.ottumwaschools.com.
October 1 - November 8
Artist in Residence
Market on Main
Chris Abigt is the Artist in Residence at Market on Main from October 1-November 8. The Artist in Residence program is sponsored by the Ottumwa Area Arts Council. For more information, contact Ottumwa Area Arts Council at theamericangothichouse@gmail.com, or go to www.marketonmain.org.
October 1
Nashat Trio
St. John Auditorium
A classically trained trio featuring clarinet, violin and Indian Hills professor Alexander Ponomarchuk on piano. 7:30 PM, free admission. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5111 x1812, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
October 2
Oktoberfest Kiddie Parade
TBD
The first of two Oktoberfest parades is all about the kids. Sponsored by South Ottumwa Savings Bank. Parade route and times TBD.
October 3
Oktoberfest Parade
TBD
This parade in honor of Ottumwa's Oktoberfest Celebration is a sanctioned high school band competition that draws approximately 20 marching bands. Parade times and route TBD.
October 8
Souper Thursday
Railroad Clubhouse, 210 -1/2 W. Main St., Ottumwa, IA
Wapello Co. Historical Society Soup Supper. Chili, vegetable beef, ham & beans, cornbread, veggies, dessert, beverage. Free will admission. 6-8 p.m. For more information, contact Wapello Co. Historical Society at (641) 682-8676, or via e-mail at wchs@pcsia.net, or go to wapellocountymuseum.net.
October 9 - 10
Halloween Hikes
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Bring your family out to learn about objects in the night sky. Hikes take place every ten minutes from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. All ages will enjoy the non-scary walk to meet some of figures in our night sky. The hikes end at the center, where there will be refreshments and activities for all. The cost is $3 per person with ages 3 and under free. We will begin taking reservations on Monday, September 28. Register early to ensure a specific hike time. Registrations can be made by calling 641-682-3091 or e-mailing pioneerridgehike@hotmail.com. If necessary, leave a message with your name, phone number and requested hike time. For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 692-3091 x102, or via e-mail at pioneerridgehike@hotmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.
October 9
St. Louis Brass
St. John Auditorium
7:30 PM, free admission For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5111 x1812, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
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.
October 11
Main Street Ottumwa's History Walk
Downtown Ottumwa
Come join us for a exciting walk through our downtown's past. Listen to the stories by local actors of our downtown's earlier years. This year we are going way back to the settler years to the fall of 1843. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at the Main Street Office after Sept.19th. The event is on Sunday Oct. 11th from 1pm to 3pm tours leave every 15 to 20 minutes. For more information, contact Fred Zesiger at (641) 799-3464, or via e-mail at director@mainstreetottumwa.com, or go to www.mainstreetottumwa.com.
October 16 - 18
Ottumwa Community Players: Man of LaMancha
Bridge View Center
Show at 7:00 PM on Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17 and 3:00 PM on Sunday, October 18. Discount available with IHCC student ID. For more information, contact Ottumwa Community Players, or go to www.ottumwacommunityplayers.com.
October 17
American Gothic Window Hanging Workshop for Kids
American Gothic House
Workshop begins at 1:00 pm and is open to children ages 9 and above. AGHC volunteer (and quilter), Teresa Chickering, will lead the group in the creation of their own unique gothic window wall hanging. The workshop will be held inside the American Gothic House. Pre-registration is required and workshop is limited to 15 participants. Supply fee for the workshop is $10.00. For more information, contact Holly Berg at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
October 17 - 17
O.B. Nelson American Legion Auxiliary Fall Bazaar and Luncheon
American Legion, 550 West Main, Ottumwa Iowa
O.B. Nelson American Legion Auxiliary annual fall bazarre and salad luncheon with bake sale. Everyone is welcome! Doors open 9:00am with lunch served 10:30-2:00. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
October 17
Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Brazil!
St. John Auditorium, Indian Hills Community College
The Orchestra, lead by David Sharp, will spice up the evening as it performs music by Brazilian composers. The featured soloist is Gabriel Espinosa. Time: 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Patty Babb at (641) 799-2693, or via e-mail at pattybabb@pcsia.net, or go to www.ottumwasymphonyorchestra.net.
October 17
Ottumwa Zombie Fest
Greater Ottumwa Park
For more information, contact Joni Elder at (641) 799-9989, or go to www.facebook.com.
October 23
A Bewitching Evening
Hotel Ottumwa
The best costume party in Southeast Iowa will once again be at the Hotel Ottumwa! Standing Hampton will be there playing in costume. The tarot card tent will be open for business. Specialty drinks and a full bar available. Party food is included in your ticket price. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place best costumes. Social hour is from 7:00-8:00pm and the band will play from 8:00pm-midnight. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. All proceeds from ticket sales support the River Hills Endowment which exists to buy needed medical equipment for clinics in Appanoose, Keokuk, and Wapello counties. Join us for a BEWITCHING EVENING! For more information, contact Sara Gerot at (641) 682-8051, or via e-mail at sara@hotelottumwa.com.
October 24
American Gothic Quilted Window Hanging Workshop
American Gothic House
Workshop begins at 1:00 pm and is open to adult quilters. AGHC volunteer (and quilter), Teresa Chickering, will lead the group in the creation of their own unique gothic window quilted wall hanging. The workshop will be held inside the American Gothic House. Participants are asked to bring their sewing machine to the workshop. Pre-registration required and is limited to 15 participants. Supply fee is $15.00. For more information, contact Holly Berg at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
October 24
Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra Fall Classical Concert
IHCC St. John Auditorium
The evening's program will consist of: Prelude and Fugue in E flat, Karelia Suite, Alborada del Gracioso, Symphony No. 5 (Reformation) The concert begins at 7:30 PM. For more information, contact SEISO at (319) 385-6352, or via e-mail at seiso@iwc.edu, or go to www.seiso.us.
October 25
Indian Hills Choral Concert
St. John Auditorium
3:00 PM, free admission For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5111 x1811, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
October 27
Reminisce Society
Ottumwa Public Library
A meeting and presentation for those interested in Iowa and local history and culture. They meet monthly at the Ottumwa Public Library on the 4th Tuesday at 10 am. Light refreshments are served. October 27 program will be "Myths and Truths about Ghosts and Apparitions: The Reality Behind Paranormal Investigating," with Darcie McGrath from Iowa. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
October 29
Ottumwa YMCA Trunk or Treat/Fall Festival
Ottumwa YMCA - 611 N. Hancock St.
Join us at the Ottumwa YMCA for spooky fun! From 6:30 - 7:30 pm we'll be having a trunk or treat in the east parking lot, a fall festival walk through our child development center and lots of fun and activities in our Youth Zone! This event is FREE to the public! Fill up on fun this Halloween at your Ottumwa YMCA! For more information, contact Garrett Ross at (641) 684-6571 x28, or via e-mail at garrett@ottumwaymca.com, or go to ottumwaymca.com.
October 30
Brass Transit Authority
St. John Auditorium
7:30 PM, free admission For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5111, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
October 31
American Gothic Halloween Party
American Gothic House Center
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 offers free admission. Open to children Preschool â€" 5th grade. For more information, contact Holly Berg at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
October 31
HALLOWEENAPALOOZA 6
Hotel Ottumwa
Prescribed Films presents non-stop fun and screams. This is an all day event. The only HORROR FILM FESTIVAL in Iowa. Two viewing rooms will show short, and long films from all over the world. Live music, vendors, food, costume contest, a zombie walk, a midnight screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show, and more! If you like Halloween this is the place to be. Enjoy it to the fullest. A fall beer bar featuring seasonal selections will be featured during the event. For more information check out our website. You can pre-order tickets, and overnight hotel packages are available . . . if you dare to stay! For more information, contact Sara Gerot at (641) 682-8051, or via e-mail at sales@hotelottumwa.com, or go to halloweenapalooza.wix.com.
November 2
Indian Hills Jazz Band Concert
St. John Auditorium
7:30 PM, free admission For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5111 x1812, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
November 6
Heartland Pregnancy Center Annual Dinner
Indian Hills Community College
Dinner will be served at 6:30 with seating starting at 6. Following dinner Simon Estes will be speaking. Please plan on supporting this great organization with a fun night out! For more information, contact Becky Dalrymple at ( 64) 683- 303, or go to ottumwachoices.com.
November 7
Fall Craft and Vendor Fair
Bridge View Center
This craft show features many locally made items. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
November 7
Local Celebrity Lip Service
Bridge View Center
Back for another round of fun and excitement is this lip sync contest like no other. Local businesses battle it out for their favorite charity, so they can be crowned lip sync champion. If your business wants to be part of the fun, call Scott Fraise at the Bridge View Center for the details. The number is 641-684-7000. Tickets will be available at the box office or any Ticketmaster outlet. For more information, contact Scott Fraise at (641) 684-7000 x225, or via e-mail at scott@bridgeviewcenter.com, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
November 7
Turkey Trivia
Hotel Ottumwa
Match your wits during this pre-holiday evening of eating, drinking and thinking! A table of 10 is only $250. Gather your team today and enter for the chance of becoming Southeast Iowa's Turkey Triva champs! For more information, contact Dennis Willhoit at (641) 777-9636, or via e-mail at agpaf2013@gmail.com, or go to www.americangothicfest.org.
November 9
Indian Hills Annual Art Faculty Exhibition
Indian Hills Art Gallery
Featuring recent art works by Indian Hills Art Faculty Mark McWhorter and Lisa Fritz including ceramics, drawings, photographs, watercolors and acrylic paintings. Free admission. Exhibit open Monday, November 9-Thursday, December 10. An Artist's Reception will be held Monday, November 9 from 7:00-8:30 PM.
November 14
Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra Kidsymphony
Bridge View Center
The Kidsymphony is a concert for families...lively, fun, educational, entertaining and just the right length! The concert begins at 11:00 AM. For more information, contact SEISO at (319) 385-6352, or via e-mail at seiso@iwc.edu, or go to www.seiso.us.
November 14
We Believe...God's Not Dead Tour:Newsboys
Bridge View Center
On the heels of the "We Believe...God's Not Dead" 2015 Spring Tour, which saw over 30 sellouts across the country, best-selling GRAMMY® nominated mega group Newsboys will hit the road again this fall to continue the popular tour. Featuring Dove Award nominated FairTrade Services pop/rock band Hawk Nelson, along with special guest, GRAMMY® nominated Gotee singer/songwriter Ryan Stevenson, Newsboy's "We Believe...God's Not Dead" 2015 Fall Tour is slated to visti more than 40 cities, including Ottumwa, Iowa at the Bridge View Center. Tickets are on sale now at the box office or any Ticketmaster outlet. For more information, contact Brianna Caudill at (641) 684-7000 x265, or via e-mail at brianna@bridgeview.com, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
November 19
Indian Hills Theatre: She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen
St. John Auditorium
This high octane dramatic comedy laden with 90s pop culture, offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior in all of us. Thursday, November 19-Saturday, November 21 at 7:30 PM. Free admission. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5111 x1812, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
November 20 - 22
Midwest Arms Collector's Gun and Knife Show
Bridge View Center
The largest gun and knife show in the area is coming to the Bridge View Center. Buy, sell, and trade arms and ammo. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
November 21
Basic Natural Dyes Workshop
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Learn to create some basic natural dyes to use in family-friendly crafts. We will create tye dyes this day and test them out on material. The workshop will begin at 9:00 am and wrap up no later than 2:00 pm. Adults are welcome to register for this workshop. The cost is only $20 per person. 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.
November 21
Donzilla Comedy Night
Bridge View Center
Local area comedians take to the stage for one hilarious night. This is an adult show. Tickets available at the ticket box office or any Ticketmaster outlet. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
November 21 - December 31
Holiday Nights 'N Lights
Greater Ottumwa Park
Sunday-Thursday 6:00-8:30 pm; Friday & Saturday 6:00-9:30 pm. Admission is $10 per car, $40 season pass. Drive through the magical one-mile route with over 500,000 illuminating lights and 50 lighted characters. For more information, contact Brenda at (641) 814-5900, or go to www.holidaynightsnlights.com.
November 21
Ottumwa Christian School Annual Holiday Gift Basket Auction
Bridge View Center
Over 100 beautifully wrapped gift baskets, over 100 business donations, prizes throughout the evening and lots of fun! The silent auction starts at 5:30 pm and the live auction at 6:30 pm. Public welcome! Proceeds go to the Ottumwa Christian School. For more information, contact Desi Payne at (641) 683-9119.
November 27
Holiday Tree Lighting
Central Park
A great way to start the Holiday Season come join us November 27th for the Annual Memory Tree and City Tree Lighting in Central Park. 100 smaller trees and the large City tree will adorn Central Park through the Holidays. A great way to start your family's holiday season in Downtown Ottumwa. The trees will be lit starting at 5:30pm. Santa will arrive in time to light the big tree, come see how he arrives this year. For more information, contact Fred Zesiger at (641) 799-3464, or via e-mail at director@mainstreetottumwa.com, or go to www.mainstreetottumwa.com.
November 28
Small Business Saturday
Main Street District Downtown Ottumwa
Remember to Shop Local this Holiday Season. Help support local small business this season of giving, dollars spent locally stay in our community. Watch our web site for details on this great Holiday event www.mainstreetottumwa.com For more information, contact Fred Zesiger at (641) 799-3464, or via e-mail at director@mainstreetottumwa.com, or go to www.mainstreetottumwa.com.
December 5
Gingerbread House Building
American Gothic House Center
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 10
Indian Hills Holiday Concert
St. John Auditorium
7:30 PM, free admission For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5111 x1812, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
December 29
Winter Break Camp
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Would you like to brush up on your bird identification and explore the winter trails at Pioneer Ridge Nature Area? All ages are welcome to attend this morning winter camp. The kids are out of school, and this is the perfect place for them to work off some of that energy. We will use an i-pod, binoculars, and more as we hike the trails in search of birds and other winter life. Dresss for the weather. Camp will begin at 9:00 am, and there is no cost to attend. 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.
December 30
Christmas Bird Count
Wapello County Count Circle
We will be counting birds all day in an attempt to find as many species as we can within our count circle. Everyone is welcome to join in the count by counting at home or joining us on the drive through the count circle. Give us a call if you would like more information or would like to participate. No need to be a bird expert to help out. For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.
February 13
Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra Winter Classical Concert
Bridge View Center
SEISO Young Artist Competition Winner (TBA) and Gustav Mahler. The concert begins at 7:30 PM. For more information, contact SEISO at (319) 385-6352, or via e-mail at seiso@iwc.edu, or go to www.seiso.us.
February 26
Iowa Statesmen
Bridge View Center
The Iowa Statesmen, one of the region's leading men's choirs, gives various performances during the year. With over 100 voices, The Statesmen have a distinctive sound. Don't miss this chance to hear a unique concert! The concert begins at 7:30 pm. For more information, contact Judy Engle at (641) 777-5903.
March 5
Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra-Farewell Downton Abbey
Indian Hills Community College dining room
Participate in an evening of activities in the drawing room at Downton Abbey with the chamber ensemble from The Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres as you listen to music provided by the ensemble and members of the IHCC vocal music department. The concert is 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Patty Babb at (641) 799-2693, or via e-mail at pattybabb@pcsia.net, or go to www.ottumwasymphonyorchestra.net.
March 20
Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra Spring Classical Concert
IHCC St. John Auditorium
The evening's program will consist of: Chicago-based trombonist and 2016 Resident Guest Artist, William Baker. Also, Symphony No. 4, selections for trombones and orchestra and Sinfonietta. The concert begins at 7:30 PM For more information, contact SEISO at (319) 385-6352, or via e-mail at seiso@iwc.edu, or go to www.seiso.us.
April 1
Annual Trivia Night!
Hotel Ottumwa
Match your wits with fellow triva nuts during the 4th Annual AGPAF Trivia Night! Table of 10 is only $250. Eat. Think. Drink. Will you be Southeast Iowa's Trivia Champ 2015? 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 - 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.
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