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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 7 - April 29
Songs & Stories
Ottumwa Public Library
Volunteer Sara Martindale facilitates a story time aimed at 0-3 year old's on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. There will be a new theme each week. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
January 9 - April 24
Pre School Story Time
Ottumwa Public Library
Children's story time and craft time on Fridays at 10:30 am. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
March 23 - April 2
Ottumwa High School Art Exhibit
Indian Hills Arts Gallery
Exhibit reception will take place on Monday, March 23 at 7 pm. For more information, call (641) 683-4444, or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
March 28
2015 Polar Plunge
Jimmy Jones Shelter
It's the Coolest Thing You'll Do All Year! The Polar Plunge is a signature fundraiser for Special Olympics and offers a unique opportunity for individuals and organizations to raise money and support Special Olympics Iowa athletes by jumping into frigid waters. For more information, go to www.soiowa.org.
March 28 - 29
Evans 7th & 8th Grade Musical
Evans Middle School Auditorium
Program will take place Saturday, March 28 at 7 pm and Sunday, March 29 at 2 pm. Free admission. For more information, call (642) 683-4444, or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
March 28
Living Hope Preschool Soup Lunch and Auction
Living Hope Bible Church, Eldon
Event takes place from 11 am-2:30 pm. There will be a variety of soups, sides and desserts. The auctioneer will be a very special 6th grader from Bloomfield. Auction items have been donated by members of the church and many businesses in Bloomfield, Eldon, Ottumwa and Fairfield. The church is located at 201 West Walnut Street. For more information, contact Sheila Perry at (641) 652-3420.
March 28
Birdhouse Building Workshop
Pioneer Ridge Nature Center
Dress for the weather and join us to build a robin nesting platform. We will learn about this common backyard bird, and we will build a place for it to build a nest in your back yard. Why rely on those online nest cameras when you can have your very own to watch at home? The workshop begins at 9:00 a.m. and the cost is $7.00 per kit. For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.WapelloCounty.org.
March 29
Easter Egg Hunt and Fun Day
The Bridge View Center
Come to the Bridge View Center at 2:00 pm for their 1st Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Fun Day. Admission to the event is a non-perishable, canned good to be donated to the Southern Iowa Food Bank. Drawings will be held for six bikes to be given away in 3 age groups. For more fun, Barnyard Billy will be at the event. Sponsored by HyVee North, HyVee South, HyVee Drug, and Dr. Dodson, DO. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000, or via e-mail at info@bridgeviewcenter.com, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
March 29
Ottumwa Community Chorus Spring Concert
St. Mary of the Visitation
Event begins at 3 pm. Free admission. For more information, go to www.IndianHills.edu.
March 31
Indian Hills Poetry Reading
Indian Hills Formal Lounge
Featuring original poetry by Indian Hills students. Event begins at 7:30 pm and admission is free. For more information, call (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
April 4
Legislative Forum
Bridge View Center
State representatives and senators from the area participate in a question and answer session with the public. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Ottumwa, Ottumwa Chamber of Commerce and Ottumwa Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Free admission. For more information, contact League of Women Voters of Ottumwa at (641) 814-5900.
April 4
Easter Egg Roll at "Our White House"
American Gothic House Center, Eldon
Join us for our annual Egg Roll! A popular tradition at the White House, this event will be sure to please! Spring-themed crafts and activities to accompany the event. The event will run from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and offers free admission. Sponsored by the American Gothic House Center and GATE. For more information, contact American Gothic House Center at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
April 8 - 9
Books are Fun
Ottumwa Regional Health Center
Conference Room A, B, C. Wednesday, April 8 from 9 am to 5 pm and Thursday, April 9 from 7 am to 4 pm. For more information, contact Beverly at (641) 684-3413 x3413, or via e-mail at bmolkenthin@orhc.com.
April 8
Readers Ink Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
The library's monthly book club reads a variety of works both fiction and non-fiction and meets at 5 pm. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
April 9 - 12
Ottumwa High School Spring Play: "Nevermore! Edgar Allan Poe The Final Mystery"
Ottumwa High School Auditorium
For more information, call (641) 683-4444, or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
April 10
All City Concert
Evans Middle School gym
Performance begins at 7 pm. For more information, call (641) 683-4444, or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
April 11
Internationial Festival
Quincy Place Mall
Browse each booth to explore different countries thru costumes, music, entertainment, children's games, & food samples. Free admission. For more information, call (641) 684-6623.
April 11
Tour the American Gothic House
American Gothic House Center, Eldon
The American Gothic House will be open for tours the second Saturday of the month from April to October from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free admission. For more information, contact American Gothic House Center at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
April 15
Soup & the Scoop
KMGO building
Soup & The Scoop is a monthly event held in the colder months of the year. The purpose of this event is to keep the public informed of the events and happenings in Downtown Ottumwa. Event begins at 5:30 pm. This month's scoop will provide an update on the facade project. Admission is $5 and includes soup from Appanoose Rapids Brewing Company. RSVPs are requested. For more information, contact Bob Untiedt at (641) 799-3464, or via e-mail at director@mainstreetottumwa.com, or go to www.mainstreetottumwa.com.
April 17
Broadways Next H!t Musical
Bridge View Center
Show begins at 7:30 pm. NYC's original award winning improvised musical comedy you're bound to love. Reserved tickets are $35 each. Pick & Mix tickets available 7/1. Individual tickets available 8/1. Senior & Student rates available. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000, or go to www.BridgeViewCenter.com.
April 18
3rd Annual Trivia Night
Hotel Ottumwa
Pitch your wits against your colleagues and neighbors and at the same time help a good cause as you support the very best in regional musical theater this summer at the American Gothic Performing Arts Festival. Trivia begins at 7:30 pm. For more information, contact Dennis Willhoit at (515) 418-5692, or via e-mail at dennis.willhoit@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericangGothicFest.org.
April 22
Earth Day Celebration
Pioneer Ridge Nature Center
It is Earth Day! Join us at Pioneer Ridge Nature Area for a celebration of the world that provides us life. Learn how we use various natural resources and help us beautify our natural areas. Activities will be determined at a later date. For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.WapelloCounty.org.
April 23 - 25
CHICAGO, The Musical
St. John Auditorium
Performances Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24 at 7 pm and Saturday, April 25 at 2 pm. This Tony Award winning musical tells the story of Roxie Hart amd Velma Kelly. Free admission, though reserved seating is recommended. Call 641-683-5144 for reservations. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
April 23
Non-Fiction Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
A book club focusing discussion of non-fiction works meeting monthly at 5:30 pm. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
April 24
Ladies Night Out
Downtown Ottumwa
Start the event from NuCara Pharmacy, Bridge City TV & Appliance, or Market on Main between 5-8 pm. Live music starts at 8:30 pm in the Hotel Ottumwa ballroom, with the raffle at 9 pm. The grand prize is a refrigerator from Bridge City TV & Appliance. This event is free and brought to you by various downtown businesses. For more information, contact Bob Untiedt at (641) 799-3464, or via e-mail at director@mainstreetottumwa.com, or go to www.mainstreetottumwa.com.
April 24 - 26
Scheherazade
Bridge View Center
Ottumwa Community Children's Playhouse presents the colorful legend of the greatest storyteller of the ancient Arabian world. She spins stories of magic, mystery, and genies in a bottle. Show times are 7:00 pm on April 24 and 25, with a 3:00 pm show on April 26. Admission is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. For more information, contact Becky Ingle at (641) 226-1523 x6412, or via e-mail at bckingle@aol.com.
April 27 - May 7
Annual IHCC Student Art Exhibit
Indian Hills Art Gallery
The annual exhibition showcasing art works produced by students in Indian Hills fine arts courses on both Centerville and Ottumwa campuses during the 2014-2015 academic year. The exhibit offers free admission. An Artists' Reception will take place Monday, April 27 from 7 to 8:30 pm. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
April 28
Reminisce Society: Prohibition in Eastern Iowa
Ottumwa Public Library
For those who enjoy history, both local and state, author Linda McCann presents "Prohibition in Eastern Iowa" at 10 am with refreshments served. Admission is free. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
May 3
Lecture series: Joni Kinsey Professor, School of Art and Art History
Americian Gothic House
At 2:00 pm Kinsey will present this story in a slide lecture, discussing Wood's art of the 1930s and the personalities at the University of Iowa that sought to undermine his significance and the long-term impact of his art. Free admission. For more information, contact American Gothic House Center at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
May 3
Indian Hills Spring Choral Concert
St. John Auditorium
The event begins at 3 pm. Free admission. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
May 4
The Limeliters in Concert
Bridge View Center
The Limeliters have been entertaining crowds with their incredible musical talent and zany sense of humor since the early 1960s, when they made their mark in folk clubs and college campuses. Since the original three Limeliters, nine performers have carried on this name. Their signature vocal sound, harmonies and humor will make for an enjoyable evening. The Ottumwa Civic Music Association presents this concert at 7:30 pm. Admission is by season pass or by single event ticket, both available at the door. For more information, contact Judy Engle at (641) 777-5903, or via e-mail at engleja@mchsi.com.
May 5
Indian Hills Student Instrumental Recital
St. John Auditorium
The event begins at 7:30 pm. Free admission. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
May 6
Auxiliary May Breakfast
Ottumwa Regional Health Center Cafeteria
Wednesday, May 6 from 6:30 am to 9:30 am. Menu includes egg casserole, bacon or sausage, hash browns, coffee cake, orange or apple Juice and coffee. Bake Sale in the front lobby from 6:30 am to 12:30 pm. For more information, contact Beverly at (641) 684-3413 x3413, or via e-mail at bmolkenthin@orhc.com.
May 7 - 8
Scrubs and Beyond
Ottumwa Regional Health Center
Conference Rooms A, B, C. Thursday, May 7 from 7 am to 6 pm and Friday, May 8 from 7 am to 2 pm. For more information, contact Beverly at (641) 684-3413 x3413, or via e-mail at bmolkenthin@orhc.com.
May 7
Wildflower Walk at Garrison Rock
Garrison Rock
Celebrate May Day with a hike through Garrison Rock Wildlife Unit. This area is always alive this time of year with the beauty of spring. The hike will start at 5:30 pm. For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.WapelloCounty.org.
May 8 - 9
Heartland Humane Society Plant Sale
First Presbyterian Church
5/8 from 8am-6pm & 5/9 from 8am-4pm. For more information, call (641) 682-1228, or go to www.HeartlandHumaneSociety.org.
May 9
Youth Field Day
Ottumwa Izaak Walton League
Youth Field Day; Ottumwa Izaak Walton League.8am-4pm. The annual youth field day is back for ages 8-17 with a $10 per person registration. For more information,call 641.682.3091.
May 9
Tour the American Gothic House
American Gothic House Center, Eldon
The American Gothic House will be open for tours the second Saturday of the month from April to October from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free admission. For more information, contact American Gothic House Center at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
May 11
Indian Hills Jazz Concert
St. John Auditorium
Performance begins at 7:30 pm. Free admission. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
May 11
Ottumwa High School Comedy Team Performance
Ottumwa High School Auditorium
Performance begins at 7:30 pm. For more information, call (641) 683-4444, or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
May 12
Ottumwa High School Band & Orchestra Springfest Concert
Ottumwa High School Auditorium
Performance begins at 7 pm. For more information, call (641) 683-4444, or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
May 12
Indian Hills Student Vocal Recital
St. John Auditorium
The event begins at 7:30 pm. Free admission. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
May 15
Pages for Pennies Book Sale
Bridge View Center
5/15 from 12-8pm,5-16 from 9am-5pm & 5/17 from 11am-5pm. Find bargains on used books, magazines, CDs,LPs,DVDs,sheet music, puzzles and board games. Free admission. For more information, call (641) 684-4303, email info@ExploreOttumwa.com>, or go to www.ExploreOttumwa.com.
May 15 - 16
Wapello County Trails Council Tips for Trails and Mediathon
Hotel Ottumwa
Wapello County Trails Council Tips for Trails and Mediathon; Tips for Trails:5/15 Hotel Ottumwa at 5-10pm. Celebrity bartenders, entertainment and food and beverages. Mediathon:5/16 broadcasting at KMGO from 9am-12pm. This is the primary fundraiser for the trails council. For more information visit www.WapelloCountyTrails.com
May 16
Wild Edibles Workshop
Pioneer Ridge Nature Center
Join Mike Krebill, Iowa's Wild Food Ambassador, as he reveals ways to reduce the bitterness in dandelions and turn them into family and company pleasing food. Bring your personal sack lunch & beverage to supplement dandelion-tomato appetizers, dandelion brats, and the improbable, but delicious, dandelion root ice cream. Kids may don aprons and fix dandelion donuts. After lunch, get 50 tips to put more morels in your basket, and then join members of the Prairie States Mushroom Club on a mushroom hunt. Pre-registration required by May 12. Workshop will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the cost is $10 per person or $20 per family. For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.WapelloCounty.org.
May 17
Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert
Bridge view Center
Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert; Bridge View Center. Enjoy dinner on the plaza for $35 per person at 5:30pm followed by the concert at 7:30pm. Concert admission is by season ticket or $14. All students admitted free to concert with ID. To RSVP call 641.777.7788. For more information call 641.799.2693 or visit www.OttumwaSymphonyOrchestra.net
May 18
7th-8th Vocal Pops Concert
Evans Middle School Auditorium
Performance begins at 7 pm. For more information, call (641) 683-4444, or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
May 19
6th-8th Band & Orchestra Pops Concert
Evans Middle School Auditorium
Performance begins at 7 pm. For more information, call (641) 683-4444, or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
May 21
Ottumwa High School Vocal Pops Concert
Ottumwa High School Auditorium
Performance begins at 7 pm. For more information, call (641) 683-4444, or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
May 26
Reminisce Society: Frank Lloyd Wright or Was He Wrong?
Ottumwa Public Library
For those who enjoy history, both local and state, Humanities Iowa speaker Roy Behrens presents"Frank Lloyd Wright Or was he Wrong?". It starts at 10 am. Refreshments are served. Free admission. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
June 1 - July 16
Mike Rutherford: My Dialect
Indian Hills Art Gallery
Artist's Reception: Monday, June 1 from 7 to 8:30 pm. Free Admission. An artist that often works in non-traditional ways with non-traditional media. Rutherford is an alumnus of both Indian Hills Community College and Buena Vista University. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
June 11 - 12
Jewelry is Fun
Ottumwa Regional Health Center
Conference Rooms A, B, C. Thursday, June 11 from 10 am to 5 pm and Friday, June 12 from 7 am to 2 pm. For more information, contact Beverly at (641) 684-3413 x3413, or via e-mail at bmolkenthin@orhc.com.
June 12 - 21
American Gothic Performing Arts Festival
Wapello County
The American Gothic Performing Arts Festival will feature "Always...Patsy Cline," a musical tribute to the legendary singer complete with down home humor at the historic McHaffey Opera House in Eldon, Iowa on June 12, 13 & 14; "Ioway Cabaret," an original musical revue celebrating life in Iowa at Bridge View Center in Ottumwa on June 19; and "The Three Little Pigs," an operatic adaptation of the children's classic tale that will travel throughout Wapello County. For more information, contact Dennis Willhoit at (641) 777-9636, or via e-mail at agpaf2013@gmail.com, or go to americangothicfest.org.
June 13
Tour the American Gothic House
American Gothic House Center, Eldon
The American Gothic House will be open for tours the second Saturday of the month from April to October from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free admission. For more information, contact American Gothic House Center at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
July 10 - 12
Ottumwa RC Flyers
Otumwa RC Flying Site, Ottumwa Airport
RC Profile Airplane event held at RC flying field south of the Ottumwa Airport. This is a three day event with 3D flying by pilots from as far away as Canada. Food will available for purchase Saturday. It's about the excitement of building and flying, but most of all it is about the people you share the hobby with. For more information, contact Bob Bratten at (641) 455-9251, or via e-mail at bbratten@mchsi.com, or go to RCHAWK.com.
July 11 - 12
Southeastern Iowa Kennel Club Dog Show
Bridge View Center
American Kennel Club sanctioned all breed dog show commences at 8 am both days. Hundreds of dogs from all around the country will compete for Best in Show. Admission is $2.00 per person, under 10 years old is free if accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Michelle Chaney or Chris West at (319) 986-5589, or via e-mail at sagebrookeyt@yahoo.com.
July 11
Tour the American Gothic House
American Gothic House Center, Eldon
The American Gothic House will be open for tours the second Saturday of the month from April to October from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free admission. For more information, contact American Gothic House Center at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
August 8
BaconTown!
BridgeView Center
Join over 2,500 of your closest friends, plus over 40 vendors, hot bands and great brew for the 2nd annual KIIC Bacontown! event August 8th. There is no charge for admission-samples of bacon items and brews are just $1 each. In 2014, there were over 60 Bacon items, plus brews from Iowa breweries. Event is scheduled to run from 3-11 pm. For more information, contact Joe Milledge at (641) 932-2112, or via e-mail at joe@kiicradio.com, or go to www.kiicradio.com.
August 8
Tour the American Gothic House
American Gothic House Center, Eldon
The American Gothic House will be open for tours the second Saturday of the month from April to October from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free admission. For more information, contact American Gothic House Center at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
August 15
National Day of Flying
Ottumwa Airport, RC Flying Site
3rd National Day of Flying to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The Ottumwa RC Flyers will be sponsoring a local event at their flying field just south of the Ottumwa airport. It will be held from 9 am-9 pm. A "buddy box" RC flying lesson will be offered along with a chance to win a radio controlled airplane. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Pilot registration is $20 which includes the Saturday evening meal. For more information, contact Joel Wilson, Charles Paulk at (641) 799-4920, or via e-mail at wilsonconstuction326@gmail.com, or go to RCHAWK.com.
September 12
Tour the American Gothic House
American Gothic House Center, Eldon
The American Gothic House will be open for tours the second Saturday of the month from April to October from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free admission. For more information, contact American Gothic House Center at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
September 26
Heartland Coin & Stamp Show
Bridgeview Event Center
Buying, selling and trading of rare coins, currency & collector stamps. Free appraisals and information on numismatic and philatelic items will be provided. The event will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and admission is $1.00. For more information, contact Denny Ross at (641) 932-2731, or via e-mail at den72ny@gmail.com.
October 10
Tour the American Gothic House
American Gothic House Center, Eldon
The American Gothic House will be open for tours the second Saturday of the month from April to October from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free admission. For more information, contact American Gothic House Center at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
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