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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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September 2 - December 23
Ottumwa Public Library Preschool Storytime
Ottumwa Public Library
Every Friday at 10:30 A.M. the Ottumwa Public Library hosts a story time and craft for preschool age children. For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
September 7 - December 28
Songs & Stories with Sara Martindale
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
Every Wednesday at 10:30 A.M. the Ottumwa Public Library hosts a story time with volunteer Sara Martindale aimed at 0-3 year old's. There will be a new theme each week. For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
November 14 - December 8
Indian Hills Annual Art Faculty Exhibition
Indian Hills Art Gallery (in the IHCC Library)
Meet the artists from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Free admission to the IHCC Art Gallery. Featuring works by IHCC faculty Mark McWhorter and Lisa Fritz. For more information, contact Mark McWhorter at 641.683.5144x5144, or via e-mail at mark.whorter@indianhills.edu, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
November 19 - December 30
Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce 12th Annual Holiday Nights 'N Lights
Greater Ottumwa Park
Enjoy the magic of Christmas on a trip through the Greater Ottumwa Park to enjoy the spectacular displays and create a wonderful family experience! Hours are Sunday-Thursday 6:00-8:30 p.m., Friday & Saturday 6:00-9:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per car. For more information, contact Brenda Sieren at 641.814.5900, or go to www.holidaynightsnlights.com.
December 5
Indian Hills Alumni Recital: Hailey Haring & Andrew Kecy
St. John Auditorium, IHCC, 525 Grandview Ave
Free admission. For more information, contact David Sharp at 641.683.5144, or via e-mail at david.sharp@indianhills.edu, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
December 5 - 19
Ottumwa Public Library Music & Movement Mondays!
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
From 10:30-11:00 am each Monday in December (5, 12, & 19th) join us for singing, dancing, finger play, and stories that build pre-literacy skills. This program is aimed at children 18 months-4 years old with an adult caregiver. For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
December 6
Kids Camp: Beading Workshop
Indian Hills, Ottumwa Campus, Advanced Technology Center, Room 122
This Beading Workshop is perfect for first time makers who wish to create something personal and unique for mom, grandma, sister, or someone they love. Each student will be making a beaded necklace and bracelet gift set. Students will be able to choose from a bead buffet offering colorful glass, semi-precious, resin, wood, metal, and shell beads. This workshop will include group instruction, as well as instructor assistance to ensure each project is completed in time to take home. There will be gift wrapping supplies available at the end of the class for the students to wrap their creations if they so choose. All supplies and tools will be provided. Ideal age for this workshop is 6 to 13 years old. The $15 fee is payable to the instructor. This camp is from 4:00-5:30 PM. For more information, contact A. Monroe at 641.683.5249, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
December 7 - 28
Ottumwa Public Library Drop In Crafternoon for Kids
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
Every Wednesday in December (7, 14, 21, & 28th) from 3:30-5:00 p.m. kids can drop by the library to do some free craft projects! Open to all children, this is a free event, no registration 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.
December 7
Ottumwa Public Library High School Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
All teens in 9-12th grade are invited to join us at 2:30 p.m. for the High School Book Club! Join us as we read and discuss a new book each month. New members are always welcome! For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
December 7
Ottumwa Public Library Middle School Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
All children in grades 6-8 are invited to join the middle school book club meeting at 1:30 p.m. We will be reading and discussing a new book each month, new members are always welcome! For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
December 8
Kids Camp: Beading Workshop
Indian Hills, Ottumwa Campus, Advanced Technology Center, Room 122
This Beading Workshop is perfect for first time makers who wish to create something personal and unique for mom, grandma, sister, or someone they love. Each student will be making a beaded necklace and bracelet gift set. Students will be able to choose from a bead buffet offering colorful glass, semi-precious, resin, wood, metal, and shell beads. This workshop will include group instruction, as well as instructor assistance to ensure each project is completed in time to take home. There will be gift wrapping supplies available at the end of the class for the students to wrap their creations if they so choose. All supplies and tools will be provided. Ideal age for this workshop is 6 to 13 years old. The $15 fee is payable to the instructor. This camp is from 4:00-5:30 p.m. For more information, contact A. Monroe at 641.683.5249, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
December 8
Ottumwa Public Library Family Movie Night
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
5:00-7:00 p.m. Family Movie Night showing The BFG. All ages are welcome, 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.
December 9
Coffee & Canvas: Deck The Halls
The Vine Coffeehouse, 1207 N Jefferson
This is a fundraiser for IHCC Business Club, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., an acrylic painting class. Step-by-step instructions in a fun, stress-free environment. Bring your friends and unleash your creativity. $35 includes canvas, paints, and coffee drink of choice! You must RSVP to 682.3005 to sign up! For more information, contact Nicki Wyldes at 641.777.5394, or via e-mail at nicki_w@live.com, or go to www.facebook.com.
December 9 - 10
Healthy Relationships Iowa
105 E Third St
Attend this outstanding Healthy Marriage and Relationship Area Workshop, How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk(ette). Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free! For more information, contact Elizabeth Klanderman at 641.208.0365, or go to www.healthyrelationshipsiowa.org.
December 9
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community College
"Rockin' the Blues with Tony Blew!" Please come for buffet lunch at 11:15 a.m., (cost is $7) with the program from 12:30-1:30 p.m. 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 9
Wine and Canvas
Hotel Ottumwa, 107 E 2nd St
Join us for an evening of painting, eating, and drinking. Delicious food will be prepared for purchase, along with the full menu from the Second Street Cafe. Everyone's favorite specialty drinks, the Frazzleberry and the Blue Christmas, will be available along with our full bar and excellent wine list. Sign up online at www.wineandcanvas.com. We love having Wine and Canvas Des Moines here with us. For more information, contact Sara Gerot at 641.682.8051, or via e-mail at sara@hotelottumwa.com, or go to www.wineandcanvas.com.
December 10
Coffee & Canvas: Deck The Halls
The Vine Coffeehouse, 1207 N Jefferson
This acrylic painting class is a fundraiser for Shelby Wilson/MS, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Step-by-step instructions in a fun, stress-free environment. Bring your friends and unleash your creativity. $35 includes canvas, paints, and coffee drink of choice! You must RSVP to 682.3005 to sign up! For more information, contact Nicki Wyldes at 641.777.5394, or via e-mail at nicki_w@live.com, or go to www.facebook.com.
December 10
First Annual Unique Boutique Bus Tour
All over town
The Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to meet at Market on Main, 331 E Main St, no later than 12:10, for a bus tour of holiday shopping. Stops will be at Elegance by Design, Edd the Florist, M & J Art Gallery, Donna's Gift Court, Glik's, Maurices, Gardner-Collier Jewelry, Double C - Cowboy Country, Rhynas Jewelers, and O'Hara True Value Hardware.Cost is $10 with complimentary wine and prizes. The tour begins and ends at Market on Main. Call the Chamber of Commerce to reserve your spot! For more information, contact Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce at 641.682.3465, or go to www.ottumwachamber.org.
December 11
A Christmas Carol
McHaffey Opera House, 414 W Elm St, Eldon
At 1:00 p.m. come enjoy Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, and Tiny Tim in The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. These are characters we have come to love and welcome into our homes and hearts. Join us as Broadway and film actor Duffy Hudson, without the aid of props or costumes, portrays all 30 characters, bringing this magical tale to life. This 75-minute show is ideal for the entire family. Don't miss this unusual take on a seasonal favorite! Sponsored by the Eldon Public Library, McHaffey Opera House, and GATE. For more information, contact Suzanne Streeby at 641.652.7517, or via e-mail at webmaster@eldon.lib.ia.us.
December 13
Ottumwa Public Library Pen & Ink Society for Creative Writing
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
At 5:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, the Ottumwa Public Library will host the Pen & Ink Society, devoted to developing craft in creative writing. Local writers are encouraged to bring samples of their work and engage in discussion on various writing topics. Meetings feature informal peer critiques, style and composition tips, and information on traditional and independent publication. No registration required. Participants should bring note-taking materials. For more information, contact Evan Clark at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at eclark@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
December 13
Ottumwa Public Library Teen Writers Club
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
The Ottumwa Public Library invites middle and high school students to take part in the OPL Teen Writers group. The meeting will be at 4:00 p.m. Young writers are welcome to bring samples of their work to be read, or simply engage in discussion on craft and storytelling. All genres and styles are welcome. For more information, contact Evan Clark at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at eclark@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
December 14
Ottumwa Public Library Reader's Ink Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
At 5:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month the library's Readers Ink Book Club meets to discuss that month's book. We read a variety of works both fiction and nonfiction. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
December 15
Indian Hills Holiday Concert: Through the Eyes of a Child
St. John Auditorium, IHCC, 525 Grandview Ave
Free Admission. Dr. Janene Sheldon & David Sharp, Directors. For more information, contact David Sharp at 641.683.5144, or via e-mail at david.sharp@indianhills.edu, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
December 15
Ottumwa Public Library Speculative Literature Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
At 5:30 p.m. this book club meets and focuses on Speculative Literature, literary science fiction and fantasy, and meets monthly at the library. For more information, contact Evan Clark at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at eclark@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
December 15
Ottumwa Public Library Tail Waggin' Tutors
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
From 4:30-5:30 p.m. our favorite Tail Waggin' Tutor, Gus, will be available for appointments. Gus is a trained therapy dog that works with kids of all ages to gain confidence in reading. Call the library's children's department to make an appointment to read with Gus! For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563x210, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
December 16
A "Do Love Well Christmas" Starring Diana Upton-Hill and her band, The Nashville Santas
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
Founded in Hawkeye holiday traditions, Diana and her Nashville Santas band will unwrap a seasonal program twinkling with holiday classics and contemporary favorites. The show starts at 7:30 P.M. Tickets are $19 & $25 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster, at Bridge View Center, or at the door. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at 641.684.7000, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
December 17
A Fairytale Christmas Ball, The Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
Presented by Vaughn Automotive, come and enjoy an enchanting evening as you celebrate the holiday season. Cocktails begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at 7:30 p.m. and dancing to music provided by the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra from 9:00-11:00 p.m. For more information, contact Kim Ardueser at 641.777.7788, or via e-mail at theottumwasymphonyorchestra@gmail.com, or go to www.ottumwasymphonyorchestra.com.
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.
December 17
Ottumwa Public Library Ugly Sweater Party
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
Have you been invited to an Ugly Christmas Sweater party this year, but have no sweater to wear? From 2:00-3:30 p.m. bring an old or plain sweater to the library to uglify your sweater! We will provide craft and decoration materials (and snacks); you just bring a sweater to decorate. For more information, contact Ashley Manning at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at amanning@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
December 21
Ottumwa Public Library Lego Club
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
Join us at 2:30 p.m. for children grades 2-5. There is a new theme each month as children build with Legos and display their creations in the library! This is a free event, no registration 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.
December 27
Ottumwa Public Library Board Game Day
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
Join us anytime in the Children's Library to play board games! No registration required, just drop in and play! For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
December 27
Ottumwa Public Library Teen Writers Club
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
The Ottumwa Public Library invites middle and high school students to take part in the OPL Teen Writers group. The meeting will be at 4:00 p.m. Young writers are welcome to bring samples of their work to be read, or simply engage in discussion on craft and storytelling. All genres and styles are welcome. For more information, contact Evan Clark at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at eclark@ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
December 28
Ottumwa Public Library Lego Club
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
From 2:30-3:30 p.m. kids in grades 2-5 can join us to build Lego projects and display their creations in the library. This is a free event 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.
December 29
Ottumwa Public Library Family Movie Night
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
From 5:00-7:00 p.m. stop by for a family movie night, featuring The Secret Life of Pets. All ages are welcome, no registration 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.
December 30
Ottumwa Public Library Recycled Robots
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
From 3:00-4:00 p.m. stop by the library to build robots using nothing more than recycled material and your own imagination! All ages welcome, no registration 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.
December 31
New Year's Eve at Bridge View Center
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
Come out and celebrate New Year's Eve and 10 year anniversary of the Bridge View Center with an evening of music and dancing with your friends and family. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. with dancing starting at 8:00 p.m. Dinner reservations must be made by December 23, 2016. The cost of the dinner and dance is $40 per person. The cost of the dance only is $10 per person. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com and at the Bridge View Center Ticket Office. 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 10
Kids Camp: Beading Workshop
Indian Hills, Ottumwa Campus, Advanced Technology Center, Room 122
This class is perfect for first time creators and those with minimal experience! Each student will be making a beaded necklace and bracelet set. Students will be able to choose from a bead buffet offering colorful glass, semiprecious, resin, wood, and shell beads. This workshop will include group instruction, as well as instructor assistance to ensure each project is completed in time to take home. All supplies and tools will be provided. Ideal age for this workshop is 6-13 years old. A fee of $15 is payable to the instructor. This class is from 4:00-5:30 PM. For more information, contact A. Monroe at 641.683.5249, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
January 14
HAIRBALL
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
HAIRBALL is back and coming to Bridge View Center with special guest One Brick Shy at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $26 the day of the show. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com or in the Bridge View Center Ticket Office. 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 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.
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.
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