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May 30 - 30
National Drug Court Month Recovery Event
Greater Ottumwa Park Jimmy Jones Shelter
This celebration of National Drug Court Month will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a "Walking Away from Addiction" recovery walk. Registration for the walk is $15 which includes a T-Shirt. Participants may pre-register by contacting Mary Derby at 641-777-7344 or Mary.Derby@iowacourts.gov. Registrations will also be taken at the Jimmy Jones Shelter on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. After the walk, join us back at the shelter for a free lunch, live music, vendor tables, and children's activities including: Firehouse Kidz; inflatables; a treasure hunt; petting zoo; games; a dunk tank; pony rides; and much, much more! For more information, contact Mary Derby at (641) 777-7344, or via e-mail at Mary.Derby@iowacourts.gov.
May 30
Trash is Another Man's Treasure
Blakesburg Elementary School Cafeteria
On Saturday, May 30th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Blakesburg Elementary School Cafeteria, the Blakesburg Historical Preservation Society will hold theit Trash Is Another Mans Treasure fund-raising event. Offered for sale to the public will be antique, vintage, collectible, and rummage sale items, held in conjunction with a bake sale. For more information, contact Patty Rowland at (641) 938-2942, or via e-mail at bhps@blakesburghps.org.
May 30
Ottumwa's Music on Main Festival
Market on Main
A ribbon cutting and music festival to celebrate the completion of the 300 block of Main Street! Performances by Come Unity, Branch & Dean and Standing Hampton. Vendors will be open inside the Market on Main and a beer garden in the courtyard at Market on Main. The ribbon cutting is at 11:00 AM, music starts at Noon and lasts until 11:00 PM. Come enjoy the celebration! For more information, call (641) 682-0261, email info@marketonmainottumwa.com>, or go to www.marketonmain.com.
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
Science Cafe: What on Earth are GMO's?
The Vine Coffeehouse: 1207 N. Jefferson St.
This event is free and open to the public. Time: 5:30-6:30 PM. Dr. Brandi Janssen of the University of Iowa and Director of Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health will hold an informal discussion on " What on Earth are GMO's?". A science cafe is a live event in a casual setting: There is no stuffy lecture or slideshows, the speaker presents the science in a community friendly atmosphere where everyone is welcome. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) have been both heralded as cornerstones of the new age of production agriculture and denigrated as harmful to environmental and human health. This talk will address the science and politics behind GMOs as well as the social controversies that have arisen. For more information, contact Heidi Haines at (319) 335-8350, or via e-mail at heidi-haines@uiowa.edu, or go to cph.uiowa.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 3 - July 29
Ottumwa Public Library Songs & Stories
Ottumwa Public Library
10:30 AM every Wednesday. Songs & Stories is a story time aimed at 0-3 year old's. 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 ottumwapubliclibrary.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 5
Bridge View Center Breakfast
Bridge View Center
Join us for breakfast on June 5th at the Bridge View Center. Breakfast is served from 7:00 am to 9:00am. The cost is $8 in advance or $10 at the door. You can make a reservation by calling 641-684-7000. 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.
June 5 - 7
OCP presents Quilters
Bridge View
Quilters takes the audience on a musical journey to the past. Travel with Sarah and her 6 daughters as she finishes her legacy quilt as an heirloom for her children and grandchildren. Share the laughter and the tears of Sarah and her daughters in this glorious musical. For more information, contact Becky Ingle at (641) 226-1523, or via e-mail at bckingle@aol.com.
June 5 - July 31
Ottumwa Public Library Preschool Storytime
Ottumwa Public Library
10:30 am Every Friday Children's story time and craft time. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
June 5
Pedaling For Pets
Coutside Friday - IHCC Saturday
Pre-Ride Auction, Games Friday Evening, June 5, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. at Courtside Bar & Grill. Ride Saturday, June 6, 2015 Starting at 10:00 a.m. at Indian Hills Hellyer Student Life Center - Fee - $20.00 After May 30 - $25.00 Riders 16 & under - $10 For more information, contact William Alexander at (641) 682-5905, or via e-mail at bookkeeper@heartlandhumanesociety.org, or go to www.bikeiowa.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 - 14
Always...Patsy Cline
McHaffey Opera House, Eldon, IA
Friday, June 12 @ 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13 @ 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 14 @ 2:00 p.m. AlwaysPatsy Cline is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. The musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight…27 songs in all. The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were consistently signed “Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline.” Tickets available at www.americangothicfest.org, Eldon City Hall or American Gothic House Center. 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 12 - 14
American Gothic Days
Eldon IA
Three days of fun activities at Eldon's annual celebration. For more information, contact Stacey Doree at (641) 799-2371.
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 12
Celebrity Lip Service
Bridge View Center
Come watch as local celebrities battle in a lip sync competition like no other, for their favorite charity. Tickets just $5.00 at Bridgeview Center Box Office or at the door. Show starts at 7:30. 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.
June 12
Wine and Canvas
Hotel Ottumwa
Wine and Canvas in the Grand Ballroom! Come and spend the evening painting with your friends. This is a popular event that goes from 6pm-8pm. The doors open at 4pm. Feel free to come early and have a drink, or order food. Sign up online at www.wineandcanvas.com/des-moines-ia.html. For more information, contact Sara Gerot at (641) 682-8051, or via e-mail at sara@hotelottumwa.com, or go to www.wineandcanvas.com.
June 12
Wine and Canvas
Hotel Ottumwa
The Hotel Ottumwa is hosting another excellent evening of Wine & Canvas. There have been many requests for landscape paintings, and this one looks amazing. Come and spend an evening with your friends in our grand ballroom. There will be wine & beer available for purchase. Our most popular drink, the Frazzleberry will be featured. Order a margarita pizza or pick up a share plate of fresh fruit, cheese, and meat. These events book fast so make sure to sign up soon at https://www.wineandcanvas.com/wine-and-canvas-calendar-des-moines-ia.html Feel free to call Sara at 641-682-8051 with any questions. For more information, contact Sara Gerot at (641) 682-8051, or via e-mail at sara@hotelottumwa.com, or go to www.wineandcanvas.com.
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 16
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program Dizzy's Superhero Show
Knight's of Columbus Hall, Ottumwa
10:30 AM Part of Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
June 17 - 21
Wapello County Fair
300 Water Street, Eldon
Come to Eldon to enjoy the Wapello County Fair! Horse races, Kid's Day, Rodeo, Demolition Derby, Queen Contest and a concert by ACM New Artist of the Year, Cole Swindell! For a full schedule of events please visit www.wapellocountyfair.com. For more information, call (641) 652-7521, or go to www.wapellocountyfair.com.
June 18
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program Robert Swan Master Magician
Knight's of Columbus Hall, Ottumwa
10:30 am Part of Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
June 18 - 19
The Three Little Pigs
Wapello County
Thursday, June 18 @ 10 a.m. - McHaffey Opera House, Eldon; Thursday, June 18 @ 1 p.m. - Cardinal Community Schools H.S./M.S. School Campus; Friday, June 19 @ 9:30 a.m. - Liberty Elementary School, Ottumwa; Friday, June 19 @ 11:00 a.m. - YMCA, Ottumwa General Admission, $5 at door only, no pre-sales Adapted by John Davies While brother pigs Don Giovanni and Cherubino set off to make homes of sticks and straw, their sister, Despina, goes to the library to read up on “huff-proof, puff-proof” home construction. After Wolfgang Bigbad blows down the boys’ flimsy homes, they run to their sister’s sturdy new brick house quite ready to admit that going to the library and reading books is a pretty smart thing to do after all. Recommended for children grades K-2 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 19
Ioway Cabaret
Bridge View Center
Friday, June 19 @ 7:30 p.m. Conceived and directed by Miriam Kenning & Dennis Willhoit, Ioway Cabaret was born out of a much smaller show created by Miriam and Dennis. This newly-expanded work celebrates the life and culture of Iowa through songs, skits, humor, poetry, dance and maybe even some magic. Join the journey as we celebrate the history, both real and fictional, of Iowa. A special gala reception, included in the price of admission, will follow this ONE NIGHT ONLY performance. The ticket price is $21.50. 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 20
Bike the Byway
Bloomfield-Ottumwa
The second annual Bike the Byway will be held on Saturday, June 20th here in southeast Iowa. The ride will begin in Bloomfield and take cyclist through Drakesville, Unionville, Blakesburg and finally Ottumwa. Information can be found on the Bike the Byway website at www.bikethebyway.com. This looks to be a leisurely and fun day for all! For more information, contact Diana Hughell at (641) 472-6177, or via e-mail at diana@pathfindersrcd.org, or go to www.bikethebyway.com.
June 20
John-Paul Jones Group Live
Majestic Theater - Centerville, Iowa
The John-Paul Jones Group will be performing at 430pm and again at 730pm at the Majestic Theater. The group consists of Ottumwa Area members Jp Jones - Guitar Vocals John Payne - Harmonica Vocals Sally Henry - Bass James Doud - Drums Ronnie Freed - Keyboard Vocals Tickets are $15.00 in advance online at showclix.com or $25.00 at the door day of show. Tickets will also available at the Continental Hotel Centerville Iowa. If you would like to visit the John-Paul Jones Group visit these pages http://www.johnpauljonesgroup2012@gmail.com http://www.facebook.com/johnpauljonesgroup http://www.reverbnation.com/johnoauljonesgroup Also opening the show will be acoustic blues legend Tony Blew whom we all know and love and we will also have Tiffany B. Comedian as our Master of Ceremonies making you laugh all night long as well. check out the Majestic Theater with a full service Lounge and Hotel For more information, contact H&J Entertainment, LLC at (515) 462-0455, or via e-mail at johnpauljonesgroup2012@gmail.com, or go to www.johnpauljonesgroup.com.
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 23
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program Grout Museum Superhero Science
Knight's of Columbus Hall, Ottumwa
10:30 am Part of Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
June 24 - 28
Fire It Up Festival presented by Ottumwa Pro Balloon Races
Greater Ottumwa Park
The OPBR committee is pleased to present the Fire It Up festival for 2015! Sams Amusements will be open every day, with special wristband days. Live music and the Noon Lions beer tent will be in full swing on Friday and Saturday nights. Friday night is Hogs 4 Dogs USA bike night with One Eye Open on the stage. Saturday morning, you can fill up at the Noon Lions pancake breakfast from 6:30-10:00. At 11:00, there is a Kiddie tractor pull. A chili cook off starts at noon, with a vendor fair and wine tasting beginning at 1:00. Come see Tony Blew perform from 3-6:30. Road Rally begins at 6 PM, with AfterShock taking the stage at 8 pm. To better compete with Mother Nature, the Ottumwa Pro Balloon Race, night glow and fireworks will take place the weekend of August 28-30. For more information, contact Holly Dommer at (641) 799-0308, or via e-mail at Ottumwaproballoonrace@yahoo.com, or go to Ottumwaproballoonrace.weebly.com.
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 26
Monster Trucks
Wapello County Fairgrounds
For more information, go to www.wapellocountyfair.com.
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.
June 27 - 27
Following Nature's Path: All Day Event to help you begin a more holistic life.
Ottumwa Bridge View Center
Are you ready to begin Following Nature’s Path?! We are committed to finding ways to live our everyday lives by following nature’s path. We are coming together for a 1-Day event that will teach you how to incorporate the use of Young Living’s essential oils and other essential oil infused products to start taking your first steps towards following nature’s path! June 27th, 2015 | 8:30 a.m. " 4:30 p.m. Bridge View Center 102 Church St., Ottumwa, IA 52501 Cost: $20 For more information, contact Josh Martin at (515) 257-6185, or via e-mail at josh@followingnaturespath.com, or go to www.followingnaturespath.com.
June 27
Ottumwa Noon Lions Pancake Breakfast
Jimmy Jones Shelter
You're invited to a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser! The Ottumwa Noon Lions Club puts on this delicious event each year to raise money for their many activities and projects they support. Some of these include: Eyeglasses/screenings for children and adults in need, Iowa Sight Conservation Foundation, Iowa Lions Eye Bank, and various non-profit organizations and events in our community. Breakfast is served 6:30-10:30am and includes all you can eat pancakes, sausage and drinks. Adults: $5.50 in advance, $6.00 at the door. Children (10 & under) $2.50 in advance, $3.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased from any Noon Lions Member. Thank you for your support of the Noon Lions Club and our many activities in the community! For more information, contact Jennifer Sabourin at (319) 321-0717, or via e-mail at jennifer.sabourin@indianhills.edu.
June 27
SE Iowa USSSA State Championship
Greater Ottumwa Park
10U - 14U Girls Fastpitch Tournament. Games will start at 8:00 and run through out the day. Gate fee is $5 for ages 10 & up. For more information, contact Jeremy Garrison at (641) 919-5811, or via e-mail at Garrison_jeremy05@aol.com.
June 30
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program Pioneer Ridge Superhero Animals
Knight's of Columbus Hall, Ottumwa
10:30 am Part of Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.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 2
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program Fourth of July Program
Ottumwa Public Library
10:30 am Part of Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
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 6
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program IPTV presents Dan Wardell
Knight's of Columbus Hall, Ottumwa
10:30 am Part of Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
July 7
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program Kevin Horner Ventriloquist, Illusionist, and Comedian
Knight's of Columbus Hall, Ottumwa
10:30 am Part of Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.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 9
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading ProgramFax Gilbert Magician
Knight's of Columbus Hall, Ottumwa
10:30 am Part of Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.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 14
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program Keith West The Adventures of the Super Librarian
Knight's of Columbus Hall, Ottumwa
10:30 am Part of Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
July 21 - 21
American Red Cross Open House and Volunteer Meeting
Red Cross Office 408 E Main St.
We welcome new and existing volunteers as well as community partners to join us at our open house and volunteer meeting. We will discuss Red Cross opportunities and our roll in the community. For more information, contact Julie Struck at (515) 471-8328, or via e-mail at julie.struck@redcross.org, or go to www.redcross.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 21
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program Mike Schneider Pint Size Polkas
Knight's of Columbus Hall, Ottumwa
10:30 am Part of Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.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.
July 28
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program Finale Jim Cruise The Spoon Man
Knight's of Columbus Hall, Ottumwa
10:30 am Part of Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
July 31
73rd Annual Chamber Golf Outing
Ottumwa Country Club
Shot gun start at 10:A.M. Fun filled day with plenty of food and beverages. Call 641-814-5901 for team participation or hole sponsorship. Ottumwa's most popular golf outing of the year!! For more information, contact Brenda Sieren at (641) 814-5900, or via e-mail at brendas@ottumwaiowa.com.
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
BBQ Rib Cook Off & Apple Pie Contest
Eldon IA
Two fun contests for you to enter: a bbq rib cook off and an apple pie contest. For more information, contact Stacey Doree at (641) 799-2371.
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 7 - 8
Ole Time Country & Bluegrass
Wapello County Fairgrounds
Friday 4:00-10:00 PM and Saturday from 1:00-8:00 PM. For more information, call (641) 680-2634.
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.
August 16 - 16
Dedication of Bronze Plaque
226 East Main Street, Ottumwa
Commemorating Ottumwa's unique history as the "Birthplace of Organized, Competitive e-Sports" For more information, contact Walter Day at (641) 472-1949, or via e-mail at walterday@yahoo.com, or go to twingalaxies.com.
August 28 - 30
OCCP presents Flat Stanley Jr.
Bridge View
Stanley has always found life too boring and wishes to travel the world. Well, be careful what you wish for. One night a bulletin board falls on Stanley and flattens him. Once flat, however he is able to travel the world! Join Stanley on his musical adventures around the globe. For more information, contact Becky Ingle at (641) 226-1523, or via e-mail at bckingle@aol.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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