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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 16 - February 16
Back Roads and Brief Moments: Oils and Pastels by Laura Larabee
Indian Hills Community College Art Gallery
An Artist Reception will be Monday, January 16 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Midwestern agriculture, people, and nature are all depicted using minute detail and clarity in Larabee's paintings. A native Iowan, Larabee lives in Monticello, IA. The art exhibit is open for a month. For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Boyenga at 641.683.5144, or via e-mail at jennifer.boyenga@indianhills.edu, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
January 21
25 Men Who Can Cook
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
Come out from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. for the tastiest two hours around. See what 25 men can prepare for you. Appetizers, entrees, and desserts galore -- if you leave hungry, it's your own fault! For more information, contact Mary Simmons at 641.684.7000, or via e-mail at mary@bridgeviewcenter.com, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
January 27
11th Annual Culinary Arts Scholarship Dinner
Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview Ave
From 5:30-8:30 p.m. come join The American Culinary Federation of Southeast Iowa to celebrate our student's achievements. Our student chefs will be presenting a six course dinner highlighting some very important techniques they have learned in their studies at IHCC. Social begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner following at 6:00 p.m. For more information, go to www.indianhills.edu.
January 27 - 28
Cow/Calf Conference
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
For more information, contact Mary Simmons at 641.684.7000, or via e-mail at mary@bridgeviewcenter.com, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
February 3 - 4
Bullriders of America
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
Bullriders of America is returning to the Bridge View Center February 3 at 7:30 p.m. and February 4 at 7:30 p.m. Friday night is Family Night and Saturday night is Celebrity Bullriding. Tickets go on sale December 16 at 9:00 a.m. through Ticketmaster or you can call 800.745.3000. Tickets will also be available at Bridge View Center. For more information, contact Mary Simmons at 641.682.7000, or via e-mail at mary@bridgeviewcenter.com, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
February 10
Chocolate Lovers
Hotel Ottumwa, 107 E 2nd St
Join the American Home Finding Association for a champagne bar and hors d'oeuvres along with a silent auction to benefit American Home Finding. Also live music by Sez Who. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are $25/person; $40/couple. After January 27, cost is $30/person; $45/couple. For more information, contact American Home Finding at 641.682.3449.
February 16
Southern Iowa Career Fair
Indian Hills Community College, Hellyer Student Life Center
From 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. come out to learn about possible job openings and advice on how to prepare for employment. Last year more than 100 companies were represented, so there's opportunity for everyone to find a job! For more information, call 641.684.5401, email Region15.web@iwd.iowa.gov>, or go to www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov.
February 19
Indian Hills Sunday Cabaret
Indian Hills Community College
Join us at the Indian Hills Diner at 3:00 p.m. for a Sunday Cabaret. Cost is $15 for adults; $5 for children up to age 10; and free with IHCC student ID. Join the Indian Hills Performing Arts and Culinary Arts Departments for an afternoon of entertainment and culinary delicacies. Reservations: www.indianhills.edu/cabaret For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Boyenga at 641.683.5144, or via e-mail at jennifer.boyenga@indianhills.edu, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
February 24
Indian Hills JazzFest: Opening Concert
Indian Hills Community College
At 7:30 p.m., in St. John Auditorium, will be featured the Indian Hills Jazz Band with the 2017 JazzFest guest artists. Director, David Sharp. Free admission. For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Boyenga at 641.683.5144, or via e-mail at jennifer.boyenga@indianhills.edu.
February 24 - 25
Ottumwa Community Players Presents, Godspell
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
The Grammy and Academy Award winning musical, Godspell, is under the direction of Jeff Leonard. This musical, based on the book of St Matthew is about a group of Christ's followers telling different parables by utilizing a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques, and a hefty dose of comic timing. The February 24 and 25 shows both start at 7:00 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults; $15 for students. For more information, contact Mary Simmons at 641.684.7000, or via e-mail at mary@bridgeviewcenter.com, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
February 24
Ron White
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
Ron White, "Tater Salad," an event for mature audiences will be at 8:00 p.m. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at 641.684.7000, or via e-mail at Bridgeviewcenter.com, or go to www.Bridgeviewcenter.com.
March 2
The Texas Tenors
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
The Texas Tenors treat audiences to a unique blend of country, classical, Broadway, and current pop music. They use breathtaking vocals, humor, and a touch of cowboy charm to create an unforgettable live show! The show starts at 7:30 P.M. Tickets are $59 and $44. Student tickets are $15. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, at Bridge View Center, or at the door. For more information, call 641.684.7000, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
March 3 - 5
Southern Iowa Living Expo
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
Sponsored by the Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce, three days of exhibits you won't want to miss. March 3, 3:00-7:00 p.m.; March 4, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.; March 5, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for ages 6-12; ages 5 and under free. For more information, contact Brenda Sieren at 641.814.5900, or via e-mail at brendas@ottumwaiowa.com, or go to www.ottumwachamber.org.
March 4
Appalachian Spring
Indian Hills Community College, Dining Room
The Symphony Strings will feature works by American composers for this concert and principal cellist, Donna Nelson, will be the featured soloist. In keeping with the theme, a quilt show will be presented prior to the concert by some of the areas most talented quilters. A video presentation of quilt blocks seen on barns and buildings in rural settings along with a video of pastoral settings will be shown. Come enjoy an evening as the orchestra takes you back to a time when a quiet evening might include women visiting about the events of the day as they hand stitch beautiful quilt blocks together. This will start at 7:30 p.m. and the conductor is Dr. William LaRue Jones. For more information, email ottumwasymphonyorchestra@gmail.com>, or go to ottumwasymphonyorchestra.com.
March 6
Frank & Vinny
St. John Auditorium Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview
Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniola will present a great repertoire of songs -- everything from Beethoven's Fifth, Gershwin, classic jazz tunes, Simon and Garfunkel. Their duo guitar arrangements, combined with a sing-a-long and even dancing will entertain the audience who may hear classics like "Stardust" or "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You." But don't be surprised if they kick into Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." For more information, contact Diane Dowling at 641.682.5465, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
March 16
Old Dominion
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
Tickets available December 9 at the Bridge View Center Box Office, online at ticketmaster.com, or by phone, 800.745.3000. Tickets are $29.75; the show starts at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. This show brings a spirited take on modern country but their songs sparkle with clever lyrics, innovative instrumentation, genre-busting arrangements, and finger-popping melodies. For more information, contact Mary Simmons at 641.684.7000, or via e-mail at mary@bridgeviewcenter.com, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
March 17
Tied Up In Knotts!
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
Character comedian Karen Knotts, the daughter of legendary comedian, Don Knotts will be at Bridge View Center at 7:30 p.m. for a one-woman story of growing up with her dad. Tickets are $19 and can be obtained at Bridge View Center or by going to Ticketmaster, 800.745.3000. For more information, contact Mary Simmons at 641.684.7000, or via e-mail at mary@bridgeviewcenter.com, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
March 19
Michael Londra's Celtic Fire
Bridge View Center
Celtic Fire, starring renowned Irish tenor Michael Londra, presents the culture of Ireland, with a focus on Irish dance. Its electric energy sweeps audiences away to the Emerald Isle-its culture, its music, its pub, and its heart. The show starts at 7:30 P.M. Tickets are $42 & $35. Student tickets are $15. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at 641.684.7000, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
April 1
Annual Trivia Night
Hotel Ottumwa, 107 E 2nd St
AGPAF will be hosting its 5th Annual Trivia Night at the Hotel Ottumwa. Join us for an evening of eating, drinking, and thinking! For more information, contact Dennis Willhoit at 641.777.9636, or via e-mail at dennis.willhoit@gmail.com, or go to www.americangothicfest.org.
April 1
New Odyssey
St. John Auditorium Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview
This group, with over 30 different musical instruments has performed at thousands of functions over 20 years. With a unique combination of great music, audience participation, and sheer zaniness, audiences, young and old, will be thrilled with their versatile, funny, novel, and family-oriented presentation. For more information, call 641.682.5465, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
May 6
Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra Presents, A Conductor Walks Into a Bar . . .
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
Enjoy classical selections that have popped up in unexpected places--commercials, movies, and television shows. This concert will also be an opportunity to "meet" our musicians as they are featured in unexpected places as well. The audience will be asked to participate but don't worry, it won't be anything embarrassing! A preconcert dinner will be offered prior to the concert. The Maestro for this concert is Dr. William LaRue Jones. For more information, contact Kim Ardueser at 641.777.7788, or via e-mail at ottumwasymphonyorchestra@gmail.com, or go to www.ottumwasymphonyorchestra.com.
May 12 - 14
Steel Magnolias
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
Megan Bell directs this comedy-drama play about the bond among a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana. Written by Robert Harling, this play is based on his experience with his sister's death. For more information, contact Mary Simmons at 641.684.7000, or via e-mail at mary@bridgeviewcenter.com, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
June 4
Kids Camp: BLAST Babysitting Class
Indian Hills, Ottumwa Campus, Video Conference Training Center, Room 125
The BLAST (Babysitting Lessons & Safety Training) Program is an exciting and interactive course that teaches participants how to set up and run their own babysitting business, how to handle the basics of childcare, how to react responsibly to medical emergencies and injuries, how to preform first aid for common childhood injuries and illnesses and how to entertain children with a variety of activities. Participants will complete Heartsaver Family and Friends CPR and receive a CPR course participation card. During the course students will also make first aid kits and baby sitter busy bags filled with activities and games to use while babysitting. This class is open to student's age 11-14 years of age. Enrollment is limited. Participants should bring a 12-16" doll or teddy bear with them to class. The cost is $50 which includes lunch, CPR book, BLAST babysitting book, first aid kit supplies, babysitter busy bag with contents, and handouts. For more information, call 641.683.5249, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
June 9 - 23
American Gothic Performing Arts Festival
Wapello County
This two-week festival celebrates the performing arts and officially kicks off the summer festival season in Southeast Iowa. Performances of "The Little Shop of Horrors," "Carousel," the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra, a talent show, opera, and a whole lot more await audiences. A detailed scheduled will be released in February 2017. For more information, contact Dennis Willhoit at 515.418.5692, or via e-mail at dennis.willhoit@gmail.com, or go to www.americangothicfest.org.
June 11
Music on the Green
Marge Dodd Stage, Indian Hills Community College Campus
This past year the orchestra, joined by vocalists from our area, celebrated music made famous by Frank Sinatra. This year, it's Happy Days to Happy Trails, an event you won't want to miss. For more information, email ottumwasymphonyorchestra@gmail.com>, or go to www.ottumwasymphonyorchestra.com.
June 24
Divas Who Dish
Hotel Ottumwa, 107 E 2nd St
From 6:00-9:00 p.m. come out for female chefs preparing their very best dishes for a very appreciative crowd. This is the ladies version of 25 Men Who Can Cook held in January. Don't miss this! For more information, email ottumwasymphonyorchestra@gmail.com>, or go to www.ottumwasymphonyorchestra.com.
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