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January 13 - May 11
Ottumwa Public Library Reader's Ink Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
The library's monthly book club reading a variety of works both fiction and nonfiction. Meets second Wednesday of the month at 5:00 PM in the meeting room at the library. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563x210, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
January 21 - May 26
Art Club
Market on Main
Every Thursday from 5:00-7:00 PM Market on Main is the hub for Art Club. This group picks a different focus or art for each month. The first Thursday of the month we begin our focus with either an art instruction from one of our peers in Art Club or a local teacher and continue our focus for the entirety of that month. Members are not limited to that focus though, we encourage you to come and work on whatever art piece you would like. Many come just to socialize and enjoy our restaurants, bakery, or our full bar onsite. There is no cost to attend, but to participate in some of the focused art classes there may be fees to cover cost of supplies. 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.
January 21 - May 19
Ottumwa Public Library Speculative Literature Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
The book club will focus on Speculative Literature, focusing on literary science fiction and fantasy and will meet monthly at the library on the third Thursday at 5:30 PM. For more information, contact Evan Clark at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at eclark@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
January 28 - May 26
Ottumwa Public Library Nonfiction Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
A book club focusing discussion of nonfiction works that meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM in 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.
February 24 - May 25
Songs & Stories with Sara Martindale
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
Come to the library, every Wednesday, at 10:30 AM for a story time aimed at 0-3 year olds. 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, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
May 6 - 27
Ottumwa Public Library Preschool Storytime
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
Every Friday at 10:30 AM the Ottumwa Public Library hosts a free preschool story time complete with a story and craft centered around a similar theme. For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
May 6 - 20
Young Artist Exhibit
Quincy Place Mall
Artwork representing students in grades K-12 will be on display during regular mall hours. For more information, go to www.ottumwaschools.com.
May 7
Cinco de Mayo
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
The Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Eric McIntyre, will celebrate Cinco de Mayo at 7:30 PM. Viva Mexico! will be the featured artists performing with the Orchestra. Come join us as we celebrate Ottumwa's colorful diversity. Admittance is by season pass or tickets can be purchased at the door. Students are admitted free with an i.d. For more information, contact Patty Babb at 641.799.2693, or via e-mail at pattybabb@pcsia.net.
May 7
Ottumwa Public Library Mother's Day Craft Event
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
Come to the Library, from 3:30-4:30 PM for a Mother's Day Craft Event for Kids Grades 1-8. Registration is required. Call ahead to register. For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
May 7
Operation ReLeaf
Beach Ottumwa, 101 Church St
Operation ReLeaf is a joint partnership between the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Alliant Energy to provide an opportunity for Alliant Energy customers to purchase landscape trees at discount prices. Operating from 8:00-10:00 AM. For more information, contact Gene Rathje at 641.682.7873, or via e-mail at rathjeg@ci.ottumwa.ia.us, or go to www.cityofottumwa.com.
May 8
Link Union Concert
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
Link Union embraces the roots of American Music with old-time musical instruments and stunning vocals, emerging with a fresh new style. This eight member family band from the Ozark Mountains uses 16 instruments and they've won numerous awards. Link Union is sure to take you on a musical journey you will always remember. This show is presented by the Ottumwa Civic Music Association. Show starts at 7:30 PM. For more information, contact Scott Fraise at 641.684.7000, or via e-mail at scott@bridgeviewcenter.com, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
May 8
Mother's Day Brunch: That's where we are taking you Mom!
Hotel Ottumwa, 107 E 2nd St
Mother's Day Brunch at the Hotel Ottumwa- that's where we are taking you Mom! Join us Sunday, May 8, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM for Mother's Day Brunch in the Ballroom. Enjoy prime rib, ham, shrimp cocktail, sides, extensive salad bar, bread station, waffles, an array of desserts and more. Mimosa bar, wine menu, & beverages will be available for purchase. Cost is $19.95 per person, 60+ $17.95, kids $1.99 per year up to 12. Reservations are recommended. For more information, contact Sara Gerot at 641.682.8051, or via e-mail at sara@hotelottumwa.com, or go to www.hotelottumwa.com.
May 10
Ottumwa Public Library hosts Buseum- At Home in the Heartland: Stories of How Iowans Got to Be Us
3rd Street by the Library/Central Park
From 10:00 AM-1:00 PM come to Buseum - At Home in the Heartland: Stories of How Iowans Got to Be Us. This is a traveling bus museum with an exhibit of Iowa history with a program to follow. It will be parked on 3rd St, in front of 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 www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
May 12
Budapest Travels of Isaac Campbell
Prairie Hills at Ottumwa, 173 E Rochester Rd
Starting at 2:00 PM, enjoy a slide show presentation of beautiful photos taken by Isaac Campbell during his recent three month stay in the capital city of Hungary. Hear his stories of the exotic foods, spices, bathhouses, pubs & architecture experienced during his trip. For more information, contact Jami Brown at 641.684.1871x129, or via e-mail at marketing@prairiehillsottumwa.com, or go to www.prairiehillsottumwa.com.
May 12
Fiscally Savvy
Ottumwa Eagles, 109 S Green St
Come enjoy a networking night of savings and coupons. Bring an old t-shirt to make into a reusable tote bag! This is a great opportunity to come out, meet new people, and exchange ideas for saving and becoming Fiscally Savvy! This is open to the public and offers free admission! The event is from 6:30-8:00 PM. For more information, contact Kaylaine at 641.226.4466, or via e-mail at kaylaine.bunnell@ymail.com, or go to www.facebook.com.
May 12
Ottumwa Public Library Family Movie Night
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
Stop by the Ottumwa Public Library from 5:00-7:00 PM to enjoy a family movie in our Meeting room. Call the Library to find out what movie is playing. For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
May 12 - 13
Scrub & Beyond medical uniform sale
Ottumwa Regional Health Center, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave
The Community Care Auxiliary is hosting a srubs & beyond uniform sale fundraiser on Thursday, May 12 from 7:00 AM-6:00 PM and Friday, May 13 from 7:00 AM-2:00 PM. The medical scrub sale will be hosted at ORHC in Conference Rooms ABC. Come see great selections of scrubs, accessories, and shoes, including Dansko. Proceeds from the sale fund our mission to promote the health and well-being of Ottumwa and the surrounding area by being the hands and heart that serve the community. For more information, contact Erin Pieper at 641.684.2350, or via e-mail at epieper@orhc.com.
May 13 - 15
Pages for Pennies Book Sale
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
The 5th Annual Pages for Pennies Book Sale returns to Bridge View Center on Friday, May 13 through Sunday, May 15. Although it is considered a book sale, this event offers so much more! In addition to hardcover and paperback books, puzzles, board games, CDs, DVDs, LPs, sheet music, and bound music will be sold. As the name suggests, everything is priced to sell. For two dollars, patrons can purchase a hardcover book, puzzle, board game, CD or DVD. A paperback or LP can be bought for just one dollar and everything is half-price on Sunday. However at these prices, the public will find the best selection and therefore the best buys the first two days. Clean and gently used donations will be accepted until 5:00 PM on Friday, May 6 at Bridge View Center. The book sale hours will be Noon-8:00 PM on May 13, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM on May 14, and 11:00 AM-5:00 PM on May 15. Admission is free all three days of the sale. For more information, contact Greater Ottumwa Convention and Visitors Bureau at 641.684.4303, or via e-mail at info@exploreottumwa.com, or go to www.exploreottumwa.com.
May 13
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview Ave
"Dangerous Drug Interactions, with Eric Carlson, R.PH., Southside Drug 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.
May 13 - 15
You're a Good Man Charlie Brown
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
OCP presents, "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown" May 13 at 7:00 PM, May 14 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM, and May 15 at 3:00 PM. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students and $8 for children 13 and under. Bring the entire family to see this show based on the Peanuts cartoon. For more information, contact Becky Ingle at 641.226.1523, or via e-mail at bckingle@aol.com.
May 14
Ike Dash
Eisenhower School, 2624 Marilyn Rd
Up for a challenge? Come to Eisenhower School at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 14 for a family-friendly obstacle run. Cost is $5 per person or $20 for a family of four or more. Registration fees and any donations will go towards enhancing the Outdoor Learning Center. For more information, contact Gail Granneman at 641.814.5617, or via e-mail at gail.granneman@ottumwaschools.com.
May 14
Treasurefest Flea Market and Swap Meet
Ottumwa Hydro Parking Lot
This event, sponsored by the Ottumwa Community Events Committee, will be held across from the Skateboard Park on Market Street, overlooking the beautiful Des Moines River. It's an all day event, from 8:00 AM-6:00 PM. Vendor booths, garage sale booths, craft sale items, food vendors, flea market items, antiques and collectibles -- all this available in booth sizes: 10'x10', $20; 10'x20', $25; 20'x20', $35; 20'x40', $50. Call Stacey Craig, 641.295.5468; Joni Elder, 641.799.9989; or Michael Schafer, 641.799.2325 for more information.
May 15
Iowa Country Schools: Landmarks of Learning
Blakesburg Methodist Church, 314 S High St, Blakesburg
Starting at 1:30 PM, Bill Sherman will be presenting Iowa Country Schools: Landmarks of Learning. The Blakesburg Historical Preservation Society has received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host this presentation. Bill Sherman worked as a publications/public relations specialist for the Iowa State Education Association for more than 35 years. Now retired, he continues to research, write, and speak nationally and internationally on topics related to country schools. This presentation reviews milestones and the impact of Iowa's network of one-room country schools. Area country schools will be incorporated into the discussion period. The audience is encouraged to share experiences they had with country schools and to bring teaching certificates, maps showing locations of country schools, books, photographs, diaries and related items which can be shared with participants. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Patty Rowland at 641.777.5092, or via e-mail at patndale1@gmail.com.
May 15
Springfest Concert
OHS Auditorium, 501 E Second
This concert features the OHS band and orchestra. The concert begins at 2:00 PM. For more information, contact Troy Gerleman at troy.gerleman@ottumwaschools.com, or go to www.ottumwaschools.com.
May 17
6th-8th Grade Band/Orchestra POPS concert
OHS Auditorium, 501 E Second
The concert begins at 7:00 PM. For more information, contact Pam De Boer at pam.deboer@ottumwaschools.com, or go to www.ottumwaschools.com.
May 18
OHS Shark Club Synchronized Swimming Show
Beach Ottumwa, 101 Church St
"OHS Studios presents...Shark Club 2 the legend returns!" Ottumwa High School Shark Club Synchronized Swimming has returned! The show starts at 6:30 PM. For more information, contact Cherie Langland at 641.799.0652, or via e-mail at langlandcherie@yahoo.com.
May 18
Ottumwa Public Library Lego Club
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
This is for kids in grades 2-5, from 2:30-3:30 PM. This event is free and no registration is required. For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
May 19
Get On Board
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
Is your nonprofit or service agency looking for board members, committee members, or volunteers? Join us for "Get On Board" to recruit for your organization. You will have the opportunity to talk with members and alumni of Ottumwa Leadership Academy, as well as the WomenREACH group of John Deere Ottumwa Works. Deadline to reserve your nonprofit or service organization table is May 2. There is no cost to participate. Italian Pasta Bar lunch available with a prepaid $15 lunch ticket. Deadline to purchase lunch ticket is May 10. For more information, contact HollieTometich at 641.684.6221, or via e-mail at htometich@leadottumwa.org.
May 20
Full Moon Frog Stomp
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area, 1339 US Hwy 63, Bloomfield
Bring the family out for a frog stomp at Pioneer Ridge Nature Area. We will not be stomping any frogs, but we will be in and around the ponds searching for frogs. We will learn their songs and how to identify by sight. Wear clothes that can get wet and muddy. Some hip waders will be available. All ages are welcome. The stomp will begin at 8:00 PM. No registration is required for this FREE 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.
May 20
Wine and Canvas
Hotel Ottumwa, 107 E 2nd St
The Hotel Ottumwa hosts the best Wine and Canvas Des Moines events in town. Join us from 6:00-9:00 PM for an excellent evening of painting, eating, and drinking with friends! We will have delicious food prepared for purchase, and the full menu from the Second Street Cafe will be available. Everyone's favorite specialty drinks, the Frazzleberry and the Picasso Cosmo, will be available along with our full bar and excellent wine list. Sign up online at www.wineandcanvas.com. For more information, contact Sara Gerot at 641.682.8051, or via e-mail at sara@hotelottumwa.com, or go to www.wineandcanvas.com.
May 20
7th and 8th Vocal POPS Concert
OHS Auditorium, 501 E Second
The concert begins at 7:00 PM. For more information, contact Pam De Boer at pam.deboer@ottumwaschools.com, or go to www.ottumwaschools.com.
May 21
Annual Ottumwa YMCA Strong Kids Golf Tournament
Ottumwa Country Club, 304 E Golf Ave
Join us for the Ottumwa Family YMCA's Annual Strong Kids Golf Tournament. Enjoy a great day of fun golf and so much more. This tournament will be a four-man best ball tournament. It kicks off with a shotgun start at 9:00 AM at the Ottumwa Country Club just off of North Court St. Price will include golf, cart, and lunch! Price will be announced soon! For more information, contact Tom Sisler at 641.684.6574x11, or via e-mail at tom@ottumwaymca.com, or go to www.ottumwaymca.com.
May 21
Ottumwa Public Library Adult Coloring Party
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
An Adult Coloring Party will be held at the Library from 2:00-3:30 PM. Join us to relax and socialize while getting to color at the same time! For more information, contact Ashley Manning at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at amanning@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
May 21
True Revelation MMA 30
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
This event starts at 7:00 PM. Seats are $20 for bleacher, $40 for ringside. For more information, contact Scott Fraise at 641.684.7000, or via e-mail at scott@bridgeviewcenter.com, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
May 21
UpStairs Downtown
Main Street District Downtown Ottumwa
A lot has happened in Downtown Ottumwa since our upper story tour last year. Come see what has happened on the upper floors of downtown buildings. See before, in progress, and newly finished spaces in the Main Street Ottumwa District. Tickets are $10 and the event runs from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. For more information, contact Fred Zesiger at 641.799.3464, or via e-mail at director@mainstreetottumwa.com, or go to www.mainstreetottumwa.com.
May 24
Reminisce Society
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
Starting at 10:00 AM, a presentation by Humanities Iowa Speaker Loren Horton, "Through the Eyes of Pioneers: Iowa as described by the 19th Century Diaries." Reminisce Society programs are free and open to everyone. If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance or for further information, please call the library's director, Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, extension 202. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
May 25
Ottumwa Public Library Teen Movie Club
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
Come to the Library and watch a great movie, learn about and discuss filmmaking, and meet other film buffs! This will be from 4:00-6:00 PM. Registration is not required and is open to all teens, ages 13 and up. For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
May 26
Paint Sticks!
Wapello County Extension Office, 214 E Main
What can you do with paint sticks? Join us for a workshop of simply creating. Show us what you can create with a few paint sticks - you can go with some of our examples or get creative and make your own project! This will be held at the Wapello County Extension Office and registration deadline is May 24. Cost is $5 for 4-H members; $10 for non-members and payable to Wapello County Extension. *** Must be paid in advance *** This is open to ages 5+ (youth ages 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Min/Max Class Size: 5/15. 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.
May 26
OHS Vocal POPS Concert
OHS Auditorium, 501 E Second
The concert will begin at 7:00 PM. For more information, contact Dennis Vasconez at dennis.vasconez@ottumwaschools.com, or go to www.ottumwaschools.com.
May 28
Beach Ottumwa
101 Church St
The Beach Ottumwa opens for the season! For more information, contact Gene Rathje at 641.682.7873, or via e-mail at rathjeg@ci.ottumwa.ia.us, or go to www.cityofottumwa.com.
May 28
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.
May 28
Ottumwa Public Library Board Game Day
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
Board Game Day-stop by the Ottumwa Public Library from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM to relax and play a game with your family or friends! For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
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 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
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 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
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. Pre-registration 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 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 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
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 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
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
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 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 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
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 on Friday, June 24 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 or scott.maas@ottumwaschools.com. For more information, contact Scott Maas at 641.683.4444x2509, or via e-mail at scott.maas@ottumwaschools.com, or go to 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
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 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
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 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 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
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 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 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
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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