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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.
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 18
Raise the Praise
Market on Main
6-8:30 There will free a free will offering at the door for entertainment and snacks and then bring your money to vote for your favorite act all proceeds to benefit the Heartland Pregnancy Center! For more information, contact Becky Dalrmple at (641) 683-3030.
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
Heartland Humane Society Spaghetti Dinner
First Presbyterian Church, 4th & Marion, Ottumwa
Heartland Humane Society Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, Friday April 24, 2015 5-7pm at First Presbyterian Church, Menu features Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, Salad, Dessert & Drink for Eat In or Carry Out. Cost $8 for Adults & $4 for children 5 and under. For more information, contact Anne Michel at (641) 799-2497, or via e-mail at pets@heartlandhumanesociety.org, or go to heartlandhumanesociety.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 - 24
Lunch and Learn: Emerald Ash Borer
ISU Extension and Outreach
Come to our Lunch and Learn on April 24th, and learn about EAB, what its doing in Iowa, and what you can do about it! Spring is one of the recommended treatment times, so don't wait another season to get started! The Lunch and Learn will be from 12-1pm, and the $5 fee includes lunch. Please call 641-682-5491 to register by 4/21. For more information, contact Jen Daugherty at (641) 682-5491, or via e-mail at jenkdaug@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.
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 25 - 25
Wapello County Health Fair
YMCA
Fasting 25 test Blood draw for $25. Call 641-682-5434 for an appointment. Pancake breakfast for $3. The first 80 kids that walk the track around the gym receive a free backpack. Dizzy the clown will do Dizzercise with the kids. Free chair massages. Free H.Pyloric test. Lots of free games to play with prizes and many more activities. For more information, contact Lynelle Diers at (641) 682-5434, or via e-mail at wcph@pcsia.net.
April 25
We're Bringing 80s Back
Hotel Ottumwa
Huge 80s PARTY at the Hotel Ottumwa featuring the bands Mr. Fugly and Aftershock. Contests, prizes, a full bar, and party food available for purchase. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 6pm. Overnight packages including a room, 2 Fox & Sac Dinners, 2 tickets to the party, 2 drinks in Tom-Tom, and breakfast in the 2nd St. Cafe, start at $99. For more information, contact Sara Gerot at (641) 682-8051, or via e-mail at sara@hotelottumwa.com.
April 26
The History and Evolution of Pressing and Ironing
Blakesburg Elementary School Cafeteria
At 1:30 p.m. at the Blakesburg Elementary School Cafeteria, the Blakesburg Historical Preservation Society will present "The History and Evolution of Pressing and Ironing", a program that focuses on the evolution of pressing & ironing devices through-out history. Following a powerpoint presentation attendees will be able to view a unique collection of antique and vintage irons. The array of irons will include Chinese pan irons, Viking type slickenstones, Scandinavian mangle boards, European goffering irons, box irons, sad irons, charcoal irons, fuel irons, and a wide variety of specialty irons and iron accessories. Refreshments will be available. No admission charge although free will donations are appreciated. For more information contact Patty Rowland at 641-777-5092. For more information, contact Patty Rowland at (641) 777-5092.
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 - 28
All About Worms: Vermicomposting
ISU Extension and Outreach
Come learn about worm composting at our "All About Worms: Vermicomposting" class. This class will cover the basics of vermicomposting, how to purchase or set up a wormery, and the benefits of this composting method. It will be held on Tuesday, April 28th from 6:30-7:30pm. The cost is $5, which includes a small package of Red Wriggler earthworms. Space is limited, so call 641-682-5491 today to register! For more information, contact Jen Daugherty at (641) 682-5491 x6417, or via e-mail at jenkdaug@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.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 1
Taste of Hy-Vee Springtime Social
North Ottumwa Hy-Vee
Come join the North Hy-Vee employees in celebrating Springtime Social Party 2015! The cost is $25 per person which includes meal, beverages and a chance to win a door prize. Tickets may be purchased at the North Hy-Vee Customer Service Counter. Limited seated available and must be 21 years or older to purchase tickets. For more information, contact North Ottumwa Hy-Vee at (641) 683-3341.
May 3
IHCC Choral Pops Concert
St. John Auditorium, IHCC Campus
Come join us for "A Night at the Movies", the Indian Hills Community College Choral Department spring concert. Sunday, May 3, at 3:00 p.m. in St. John Auditorium on the IHCC Campus. Featuring IHCC Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Tono Bellas, Do-re-migos, and soloists and small groups. Admission is free. For more information, contact Janene Sheldon at (641) 683-5111 x1833, or via e-mail at Janene.Sheldon@indianhills.edu, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
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
Heartland Humane Society Annual Plant Sale
First Presbyterian Church, 4th & Marion, Ottumwa
Heartland Humane Society Annual Plant Sale, First Presbyterian Church Parking Lot, Friday May 8, 8am-6pm. For more information, contact Anne Michel at (641) 799-2497, or via e-mail at pets@heartlandhumanesociety.org, or go to heartlandhumanesociety.org.
May 9
Komen Iowa Race for the Cure-Ottumwa
Ottumwa Park
Join us on Saturday, May 9th for the 2015 Komen Iowa Race for the Cure-Ottumwa at Ottumwa Park! Race for the Cure is a spectacular event for us to come together as a community to celebrate life and those who have survived breast cancer, and to honor those we have lost as well. What a better time to do so than on Mother's Day weekend! Race activities begin at 7:00 am, with 1 Mile Walk beginning at 8:00 and 5K beginning at 9:00. Visit www.komeniowa.org/register for more details! For more information, contact Gayla Harrison at (641) 777-1453, or via e-mail at gharrison@hmmw.com, or go to www.komeniowa.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 20
Soup & The Scoop
United Way Building - 224 East Second
Soup & The Scoop is a monthly event held in downtown Ottumwa all about the happenings in Downtown. Topic: SCORE - "For the Life of Your Business" will be talking about how to start your own business. Soup will be provided by the Lucky Rooster and a $5 goodwill donation is appreciated. For more information, contact Bob Untiedt at (641) 799-3464, or via e-mail at director@mainstreetottumwa.com, or go to www.mainstreetottumwa.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 - October 18
Exhibit: American Gothic in Stitches: Quilts inspired by the famous painting”
American Gothic House Center
Exhibit open June 1-October 18 during regular Center hours. Exhibit opening Friday, June 5 4:30-6:30 pm. "American Gothic" has served as an inspiration for many artists, whether through a lighthearted, or more analytical interpretation. This exhibit will feature the works of skilled quilters from around the world who have created their own masterpieces influenced by this famous painting. Grant Wood's baby quilt will be on display for the duration of the exhibit opening with thanks to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Jacqueline Falco-Smith, Registrar of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, will be present during the opening to answer questions regarding the quilt. Exhibit sponsored by APQS and the Ottumwa Area Arts Council. For more information, contact Holly Berg at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
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 2
Toddler Tuesday: Forest
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
At this first camp of the season, we will earn what lives in the forest - trees, flowers and much more. We will venture out to our woodlands for an adventure only the forest can offer. Don't miss out on the FUN! Ages: 3 and 4 years with an adult Cost: $5 per child For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
June 4
Using Goats in Managing Woodlands and Savannas
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Goats are extremely comical and entertaining animals to be around. They are also very effective in controlling invasive species such as bush honeysuckle, russian olive, multi-flora rose and poison ivy. Learn how Wapello CCB staff use these animals in managing some of its areas. Learn how you can apply this management strategy in controlling invasive woody species on your property. Time: 5:30 PM Ages: Adult Cost: TBD For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
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 11 - 12
Jewelry is Fun
Ottumwa Regional Health Center
Jewelry is Fun Everything is $6.00 June 11th 10am-5pm thru June 12th 7am-2pm Ottumwa Regional Health Center Conference Rooms A B C For more information, contact Beverly A Molkenthin 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
American Gothic 5K Walk/Run
American Gothic House Center
Race begins at at 7:30 am (Registration begins at 6:45 am). All ages welcome, participants 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Early bird registration open until May 22. 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. Funds raised support educational programming at the American Gothic House Center. 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 13 - 14
American Gothic House Art Contest
American Gothic House Center
Exhibit on display Saturday 10 am-5 pm and Sunday 1-4 pm. Submissions due with entry forms by 5 pm on Tuesday, June 9. 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. 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 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.
June 23
Habitat Camp
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Let's explore the varied habitats of Pioneer Ridge nature Area. We will spend the day searching for life in the forest, prairie, pond and savanna. Come dressed for off trail and in water explorations. Pre-registration is required by June 16. Time:10:00 to 2:00 Ages: 5 to 10 years Cost: $15 per child For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
June 25
Garden Bites
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Back by popular demand! Enjoy an evening in the garden with the Wapello CCB, ISU Extension and your family. Each summer session will include hands-on gardening activities, food preparation, a meal, and a conservation activity. All families are invited to participate and learn together. Registration is required by calling the ISU Extension office at 641-682-5491. Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm Ages: Families Cost: FREE For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
June 25
Leopold Camp
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Be prepared for an adventure! Aldo Leopold will be our model for this all day camp. He observed, wrote about, drew and experienced the natural world. We will use activities pertaining to his writings and techniques to delve further into our surroundings. Pre-registration is required by June 18. Time: 9:00 to 2:00 Ages: 10 to 15 years Cost: $15 per child For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
June 27
Des Moines River Canoe Float
Des Moines River
Join us for the first river float of the summer. This float is weather and water level dependent. We will float from Ottumwa to Cliffland Access. Register by June 19 to ensure canoes are available for all participants. Please register even if you are bringing your own canoe or kayak. Time: 9:00 am Ages: All Cost: $5 per person For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
July 1 - October 18
American Gothic House Quilt/Fabric Art Challenge
American Gothic House Center
On display July 1-October 18 during regular Center hours; Entries due by June 26. In conjunction with the American Gothic in Stitches exhibit, the American Gothic House Center is hosting an American Gothic House quilt challenge. Rules and entry form can be found at www.AmericanGothicHouse.net, or picked up in person at the American Gothic House Center or at The Sewing House in Ottumwa. The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to The Sewing House in Ottumwa, Iowa. The people’s choice winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the American Gothic House Center gift shop. Visitors will be able to place a vote for their favorite entry by donating $1 per vote. Donations support the American Gothic House Center Contest sponsored by the Ottumwa Area Arts Council and The Sewing House of Ottumwa, Iowa. For more information, contact Holly Berg at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
July 3
Media Blood Drive
Bridge View Center
Blood donations are Made in the USA! Help save lives this summer by donating blood at our Annual Media Drive on July 3rd from 9:00am-4:00pm at the Bridge View Center! We'll have t-shirts, Pizza Hut Pizza and Subway Cookies for all of our donors. PLUS all donors will be entered to WIN A CAR! Help us by saving lives during a critical time for blood donation 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.bloodcenter.org.
July 7
Toddler Camp: Recycling
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Let's make something old into something new and fun! Take home something useful you made from everyday garbage. Registration is required by June 30. Time: 10:00 AM Ages: 3 and 4 with adult Cost: $5 per child For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
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.
July 13 - 15
Outdoor Adventure Camp
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Learn how to make hunting tools, try your had at throwing with an atlatl, try archery, stay overnight in a shelter you built in the forest, and test your survival skills. This camp includes one overnight and some meals and snacks will be provided. Pre-registration is required by July 6. Ages: 12 to 15 years Cost: $30 per child For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
July 21
Leopold Camp
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Be prepared for an adventure! Aldo Leopold will be our model for this all day camp. He observed, wrote about, drew and experienced the natural world. We will use activities pertaining to his writings and techniques to delve further into our surroundings. Pre-registration is required by July 14. Time: 9:00 to 12:00 (noon) Ages: 5 to 10 years Cost: $15 For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
July 23
Garden Bites
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
It is time for the second session of garden bites. Make sure you are registered for this fun, family-friendly event! Pre-registration is required by contacting the ISU Extension office at 641-682-5491. Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm Ages: Families Cost: FREE For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
August 1
Adult Canoe Camp
TBD
Why should the kids have all the fun?! Join us for an adult canoe camp. Learn the basics of preparing for a canoe trip, how to transport your canoe safely, how to maneuver your canoe and much more. Pre-registration is required by July 24. Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Ages: Adult Cost: TBD For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
August 1
Color Me for Life
Greater Ottumwa Park
a 5K fun walk thru Ottumwa Park, registration starts at 8 with walk at 9... at 5 stations you will be "sprayed" with color. if you register by July 9th you will receive a free t-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers with all proceeds going to benefit the Heartland Pregnancy Center. For more information, contact Becky Dalrmple at (641) 683-3030, or go to ottumwachoices.com.
August 4
Toddler Camp: Prairie
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Earlier this summer we learned about life in the forest. Now let's delve into the prairie. Surrounded by tall grass, flowers and more, we will see what animals and plants need to survive in this habitat. Pre-registration is required. Time: 10:00 am Ages: 3 and 4 with adult Cost: $5 per child For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
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 11
Plant Camp
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
What do plants need to grow? How do they get all the necessary ingredients to produce, fruit, leaves, seeds, etc? We will compare/contrast the varied plants of Pioneer Ridge in search of the secrets of plant life. And we will have some fun with plant colors/dyes. Pre-registration is required. Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Ages: 5 to 10 years Cost: $15 per child For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
August 13
Garden Bites
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
The third session of Garden bites is here! Make sure to contact the ISU Extension office at 641-682-5491 to get your family signed up for this event. Pre-registration is required. Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm Ages: Family Cost: FREE For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
August 13
Youth Canoe Camp
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Spend a summer morning or afternoon learning proper canoe technique and safety. We will learn how to properly prepare for time on the water, how to maneuver the canoe, and how to rescue others. Once you have honed your canoe technique, we will use games to test your new skills. At the end of the day, you will be prepared to safely head out on the water with family and friends. Time: 9:00 to 12:00 (noon) and 1:00 to 4:00 pm Ages: 10 to 15 years Cost: $10 per child For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
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.
August 15
Fall Canoe Float
Des Moines River
The Wapello and Mahaska CCB's will be joining up again this fall for a fall canoe float on the Des Moines River. Look for location as August nears. Pre-registration is required. Free event and open to all ages! For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
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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