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December 2 - May 4
Ottumwa Public Library Middle School Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
Join us for the Ottumwa Public Library's Middle School Book Club. Call 641.682.7563 or visit the library for more information. Book club meets the first Wednesday of every month from 1:30 to 2:30 PM. For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563x210, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
January 8 - April 29
Ottumwa Public Library Preschool Storytime
Ottumwa Public Library
Children's story time and craft time at 10:30 AM each Friday in the Ottumwa Public Library. Each week features a new theme. For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563x210, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
January 12 - February 23
Beginning Beekeeping Class
Great Prairie AEA
Interested in keeping bees, or just curious how you could help the pollinators? The ISU Extension and Outreach office will be offering a Beginning Beekeeping Class, taught by Craig Greene, an experienced apiarist from Marion County. The class meets for seven weeks, each Tuesday starting on January 12, from 5:30-7:30 PM. Admission is only $45, and includes all seven classes, course materials, and a one year subscription to The Buzz newsletter. 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.
January 13 - May 11
Ottumwa Public Library Reader's Ink Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
The library's monthly book club reading a variety of works both fiction and nonfiction. Meets second Wednesday of the month at 5:00 PM in the meeting room at the library. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563x210, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
January 16 - March 18
Texas Holdem Tournament
Ottumwa Eagles, 109 S Green St
Every first and third Saturday at Ottumwa Eagles, starting at 12 PM, come enjoy Texas Holdem Tournaments. January - March.
January 21 - May 26
Art Club
Market on Main
Every Thursday from 5:00-7:00 PM Market on Main is the hub for Art Club. This group picks a different focus or art for each month. The first Thursday of the month we begin our focus with either an art instruction from one of our peers in Art Club or a local teacher and continue our focus for the entirety of that month. Members are not limited to that focus though, we encourage you to come and work on whatever art piece you would like. Many come just to socialize and enjoy our restaurants, bakery, or our full bar onsite. There is no cost to attend, but to participate in some of the focused art classes there may be fees to cover cost of supplies. For more information, contact Shiloh Seim or David Camphouse at 641.682.0261, or via e-mail at sseim@marketonmainottumwa.com, or go to www.marketonmain.org.
January 21 - May 19
Ottumwa Public Library Speculative Literature Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
The book club will focus on Speculative Literature, focusing on literary science fiction and fantasy and will meet monthly at the library on the third Thursday at 5:30 PM. For more information, contact Evan Clark at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at eclark@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
January 28 - May 26
Ottumwa Public Library Nonfiction Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
A book club focusing discussion of nonfiction works that meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM in the Ottumwa Public Library. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
February 1 - March 10
Earth and Sky Art Exhibits
Indian Hills Art Gallery Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa
Artists' Reception: Monday, February 1, 7:00-8:30 PM. Free Admission. A mother-daughter duo artist exhibition. Pastel paintings from Gin Lammert of Pulaski and organic metal sculpture by Mika Sorak of Ottumwa. For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Boyenga at 641.683.5144, or via e-mail at jennifer.boyenga@indianhills.edu.
February 9
Main Street Ottumwa Soup & Scoop
Come get the scoop on the River Hills Expansion, presented by Rick Johnson, CEO. For more information, call 641.799.3404, or go to www.mainstreetottumwa.com.
February 10
The Price is Right Live!
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
Alongside our Celebrity Host, randomly selected contestants play favorite games like Plinko, Cliffhangers, The Big Wheel, and even the fabulous Showcase. Lucky audience members can even win prizes right from their seat! Show starts at 7:30 PM. Seats are $63.50 and $41. See the Bridge View Center website for more details. For more information, contact Brianna Caudill at 641.684.7000x265, or via e-mail at brianna@bridgeviewcenter.com, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
February 11
Art Club
Market on Main, 331 E Main
The Market On Main is hosting an Art Club every Thursday. Each month we do a different art focus. February we are focusing on Zentangle, but anyone can work on whatever art work they want and some just come to socialize and drink wine. We have three restaurants, a bakery, and a full bar on site. For more information, contact Shiloh Seim or David Camphouse at 641.682.0261, or via e-mail at sseim@marketonmainottumwa.com, or go to www.marketonmain.org.
February 11
Managed Care Meeting
Bridge View Center, Rm C4, 102 Church St
Iowa Medicaid is holding a meeting from 5:00-7:00 PM to discuss the transition to IA Health Link and Medicaid Modernization. This meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to receive information about the transition, ask questions directly to DHS staff, and receive in-person enrollment assistance. For more information, call 515.256.4606, or go to www.IAHealthLink.gov.
February 11
V-Day Indian Hills Community College The Vagina Monologues
Indian Hills Community College - St. John Auditorium
The Vagina Monologues is an episodic play written by Eve Ensler. The Monologues is made up of a number of monologues read by women. Each of the monologues deals with an aspect of the feminine experience. The performance begins at 7:00 PM, cost is $3 for students (free with Indian Hills student ID); $5 for faculty/staff and community members. All proceeds benefit Crisis Intervention Services, an area provider of services to sexual assault survivors. V-Day is a catalyst for mobilizing women and men to heighten awareness about violence against women and girls. By creating this global community, V-Day strives to empower women to find their collective voices and demand an end to the violence that affects one in three women in the U.S. and around the world. For more information, contact Amanda Estabrook at 641.683.5260, or via e-mail at amanda.estabrook@indianhills.edu.
February 11
Valentine Workshop
Wapello County Extension Office, 214 E Main
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, We have some Valentine's projects for you! Join us for some Valentine fun -- create your own Valentine Butterfly from a concrete paver, make a memory jar for mom or dad, and learn how to make your own valentines for your friends. While you are here and need a break, we will show you how to make and enjoy some awesome, easy-to-make snacks! This is one you won't want to miss! Registration Deadline: February 9. Cost: $10 for 4-H members; $15 for non-members. **Must be paid in advance** For all ages (12 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Min/max class size: 10 For more information, contact Cindy Emery at 641.682.5491, or via e-mail at cemery@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.
February 11
Vocal Valentine's with OHS Maestro singers
Market on Main, 331 E Main St
Enjoy Ottumwa High School's Maestro Singers sing songs fitting for Valentine's. No cost to come and enjoy! For more information, contact Shiloh Seim or David Camphouse at 641.682.0261, or via e-mail at sseim@marketonmainottumwa.com, or go to www.marketonmain.org.
February 12
Chocolate Lover's Benefit
Hotel Ottumwa, 107 E 2nd St
American Home Finding Association is hosting its fifth annual Chocolate Lover's Benefit from 7:00-11:30 PM at the Hotel Ottumwa. This event helps raise money to serve children and families in SE Iowa. The theme this year is Vintage Hollywood. A silent auction featuring many local artists' works will be from 7:00-10:00 PM. A chocolate wonderland and the band, Sez Who, will be provided. Sponsors are Hotel Ottumwa, McCune and Reed, Christner Contracting Inc, Denise Hohn, Edward Jones, Fesler Auto Mall, PCS, Ottumwa Printing, South Ottumwa Savings Bank, and South Side Drug. For more information, contact American Home Finding at 641.682.3449.
February 12
Free Live Music
Market on Main, 331 E Main St
No cover and full bar available. Three restaurants and a bakery on site. Complimentary coffee and popcorn available. Event is from 5:30-7:00 PM. For more information, contact Shiloh Seim at 641.455.8223, or via e-mail at sseim@marketonmainottumwa.com, or go to www.marketonmain.org.
February 12 - 14
MAC Gun and Knife Show
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St, Ottumwa
Hours are 5:00-9:00 PM Friday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Saturday, and 9:00 AM-3:00 PM Sunday. There will be a large selection of firearms, ammo, scopes, American made cases and MUCH MORE! Admission is $8. Call 660.341.7908 for details. For more information, contact Scott Fraise at 641.684.7000, or via e-mail at scott@bridgeviewcenter.com, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
February 12 - 13
Preschool Nature Explorers
Pioneer Ridge Nature Center, 1339 US Hwy 63, Bloomfield
February Theme - BUGS!! Join us for an exciting, hands-on adventure during which we will have storytime, make a craft, enjoy a themed snack, participate in educational activities, and visit with a live animal. Each participant will also go home with their own copy of the book we read in class! Classes will be held from 10:00-11:15 AM. Choose from two sessions of the class, Friday or Saturday. The class fee is $12 per child and includes all of the activities listed and a book! Registration and prepayment are required one week in advance. Classes will be limited to 12 children, so sign up early to ensure your spot. Drop off or mail payments to Pioneer Ridge Nature Center, 1339 US-63, Bloomfield, IA 52537. Payment must be received by registration deadline. Email DoubleEagle08@gmail.com if you would like a registration form sent to you. For more information, contact Susan Smith at 641.680.0316, or via e-mail at DoubleEagle08@gmail.com.
February 12
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview Ave
Friday, February 12, "Dastardly Diabetes-What You NEED to Know," with Lynelle Diers, Director, Wapello County Public Health. Please join us at 11:15 AM for a delicious buffet lunch (cost is $6.00), followed by the program from 12:30-1:30 PM. Reservations ARE required in advance. For more information, contact Sandy Berto at 641.683.5183, or via e-mail at sandy.berto@indianhills.edu, or go to .
February 12
V-Day Indian Hills Community College The Vagina Monologues
Indian Hills Community College - St. John Auditorium
The Vagina Monologues is an episodic play written by Eve Ensler. The Monologues is made up of a number of monologues read by women. Each of the monologues deals with an aspect of the feminine experience. The performance begins at 7:00 PM, cost is $3 for students (free with Indian Hills student ID); $5 for faculty/staff and community members. All proceeds benefit Crisis Intervention Services, an area provider of services to sexual assault survivors. V-Day is a catalyst for mobilizing women and men to heighten awareness about violence against women and girls. By creating this global community, V-Day strives to empower women to find their collective voices and demand an end to the violence that affects one in three women in the U.S. and around the world. For more information, contact Amanda Estabrook at 641.683.5260, or via e-mail at amanda.estabrook@indianhills.edu.
February 12
Valentine's Dance Party
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
The Ottumwa Community Children's Playhouse Valentine Dance will be held at Bridge View Center. For more information, contact Scott Fraise at 641.684.7000, or via e-mail at scott@bridgeviewcenter.com, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
February 13
Grant Wood Birthday Soup Smorgasbord
KD Center in Eldon
Join the American Gothic House Center as we celebrate the 125th anniversary of Grant Wood's birth. Enjoy a variety of delicious home-cooked soup and bread. Complete the meal and the celebration with a slice of birthday cake and a mug of hot coffee. The event will take place from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Eldon KD Center. Free will donations are welcome and proceeds support 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.
February 13
Movie Matinee
McHaffey Opera House, Eldon
Join the Eldon Public Library and the McHaffey Opera House, at 2:00 PM for a showing of Made For Each Other with Carole Lombard and James Stewart. Admission is FREE. For more information, contact Suzanne Streeby at 641.652.7517, or via e-mail at webmaster@eldon.lib.ia.us, or go to www.eldon.lib.ia.us.
February 13
Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra Winter Classical Concert
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
SEISO Young Artist Competition Winner (TBA) and Gustav Mahler. The concert begins at 7:30 PM. For more information, contact SEISO at 319.385.6352, or via e-mail at seiso@iwc.edu, or go to www.seiso.us.
February 13 - April 30
Temporary exhibit: The American Scene--Prints from the 1930s and 1940s
American Gothic House Center, 300 American Gothic St, Eldon
The Great Depression had a significant impact on the American art community. Many artists pushed to develop art with a social context and appeal to a broad demographic. The development of the subscription print service allowed artists to reach this new audience by creating art that the general public could afford. Many highly recognized artists became a part of this movement, including John Steuart Curry, Thomas Hart Benton, Isabel Bishop, and Grant Wood. The exhibit features a selection of prints from the 1930s and 1940s depicting a variety of rural and urban scenes from across America. The pieces featured are on loan from the Indian Hills Community College Fahrney Collection. For more information, contact Holly Berg at 641.652.3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
February 13
V-Day Indian Hills Community College The Vagina Monologues
Market on Main, 331 E Main St
The Vagina Monologues is an episodic play written by Eve Ensler. The Monologues is made up of a number of monologues read by women. Each of the monologues deals with an aspect of the feminine experience. The performance begins at 7:00 PM, is $3 for students (free with Indian Hills student ID); $5 for faculty/staff and community members. All proceeds benefit Crisis Intervention Services, an area provider of services to sexual assault survivors. V-Day is a catalyst for mobilizing women and men to heighten awareness about violence against women and girls. By creating this global community, V-Day strives to empower women to find their collective voices and demand an end to the violence that affects one in three women in the U.S. and around the world. For more information, contact Amanda Estabrook at 641.683.5260, or via e-mail at amanda.estabrook@indianhills.edu.
February 13
Valentine's Dinner
Market on Main, 331 E Main St
Treat your valentine to an indulgent culinary experience this year. Our delicious menu will satisfy even the most discerning foodie in your life! Salad Course: Mixed greens tossed with cranberries, champagne vinaigrette, caramelized walnuts, & bleu cheese dressing. Entree Course (pick one): Smoked prime rib with baked potato & sauteed green beans; Shrimp scampi with sun-dried tomato pesto cheese tortellini & sauteed green beans; or Prosciutto/asiago stuffed chicken breast with sun-dried tomato pesto cheese tortellini & sauteed green beans. Dessert Course: Chocolate mousse with raspberry sauce & white chocolate dipped raspberries. Bottle of wine included (wine menu available at a later date). $45/person. Sign up at the Market or by phone 641.682.0261. Seating is limited. RSVP by Monday, February 8. For more information, contact Shiloh Seim or David Camphouse at 641.682.0261, or via e-mail at sseim@marketonmainottumwa.com, or go to www.marketonmain.org.
February 13
Valentine's Fox & Sac Dinner
Hotel Ottumwa, 107 E 2nd St
The Hotel Ottumwa will be hosting another excellent Fox & Sac dinner. Enjoy a unique menu crafted by our own Chef Michael. Choose from the entree options of an 8 oz. Ribeye prepared with a fresh herb glaze, Scampi con Fettucine, or Lasagne di Melanzane. Dine in style while listening to the live music of harpist Haley Rose. Only $30 per person. The Hotel Ottumwa wine list, a full bar, specialty beers, and the Choose-Your-Own-Old-Fashioned list will be available. Hotel packages including a room, dinner for two in the Fox & Sac, two drinks in the Tom-Tom Tap, two trips to the Bloody Mary Bar in the morning, two made-to-order breakfasts in the Second Street Cafe, a bottle of champagne, and a box of chocolates will be available starting at only $129. Call us at 641.682.8051 for more information and to make your reservations today. Reservations are required for the dinner. Early tables for any amount of guests available starting at 5:00-8:00 PM. We encourage you to make reservations and then attend the excellent Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra performance at the Bridge View Center at 7:30 PM. For more information, contact Sara Gerot at 641.682.8051, or via e-mail at sara@hotelottumwa.com, or go to www.hotelottumwa.com.
February 16
Ottumwa RC Flyers
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
Radio controlled electric planes and helicopters are flown by club members in the exhibition hall. The event time is 6:00-10:00 PM and the fee to fly is $10. Participants must come in center's main entrance and proceed to the expo hall. For more information, contact Dave Rabe at 641.684.5593, Don Wasson at 641.455.8432, or go to www.rchawk.com. For more information, contact Dave Rabe or Don Wasson at 641.684.5593, or via e-mail at rjandave@mchsi.com, or go to rchawk.com.
February 16
Soap Making
Wapello County Extension Office, 214 E Main
Let Annie Denner take you through the process of making soap in your own home. Learn tips, techniques, safety, and benefits that handmade soaps have to offer. There will be product to take home. Registration deadline is February 12. Cost is $5 for 4-H Members; $10 for non-members and is payable to Wapello County Extension. *** Must be paid in advance *** This event is open to all ages (ages 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult). Min/Max Class Size: 5/15. For more information, contact Cindy Emery / Jess Heisdorffer at 641.682.5491, or via e-mail at cemery@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.
February 18
3 & 4 Year Old Round-Up
Cardinal Elementary Safe Room, 5414 Hwy 16, Eldon
Cardinal Community School District will hold a preschool round-up on Thursday, February 18, 2016 for 3 and 4 year old students. Round-up will be held in the Cardinal Elementary Safe Room from 5:30-7:30 PM. Preschool is FREE to 3 and 4 year olds. Limited spots are available so be sure to sign up early for a spot in the fall. For more information, contact Ashley Brink at 641.652.7531x3213, or via e-mail at ashley.brink@cardinalcomet.com, or go to www.cardinalcomet.com.
February 18
Art Club
Market on Main, 331 E Main St
The Market is hosting an Art Club every Thursday. Each month we do a different art focus. February we are focusing on Zentangle but anyone can work on whatever art work they want and some just come to socialize and drink wine. We have three restaurants, a bakery, and a full bar on site. For more information, contact Shiloh Seim or David Camphouse at 641.682.0261, or via e-mail at sseim@marketonmainottumwa.com, or go to www.marketonmain.org.
February 19
Iowa's 'Swell' Vodka Mixology Demonstration w/ chef Adam Darland
Market on Main, 331 E Main St
Join us during our happy hour as IHCC chef Adam Darland gives a demonstration of the different drinks that can be prepared using Iowa produced Swell Vodka. 5:00-7:00 PM. For more information, contact Shiloh Seim or David Camphouse at 641.682.0261, or via e-mail at sseim@marketonmainottumwa.com, or go to www.marketonmain.org.
February 19
Women, Wine & Whiskey
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
The Ottumwa Chamber of Commerce is bringing speaker, motivator, and comedian Liysa Callsen to Ottumwa. Liysa Callsen will connect you to four regional women during an afternoon of inspirational stories, lessons and laughter. The cost for the workshop is $38-$58. For more information, contact Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce at 641.682.3465, or via e-mail at brandie@ottumwaiowa.com , or go to www.ottumwachamber.org.
February 20
5th Annual Outdoor Sporting Banquet
Living Hope Bible Church, 201 W Walnut St, Eldon
Just a short drive from Ottumwa, the Living Hope Bible Church is having a sporting banquet, including a silent auction, door prizes, entertainment by Mitch Goudy at 2:30 and 6:30, several presenters and best of all a delicious meal: catfish, deer and noodles, meatloaf, potatoes, coleslaw, baked beans, salads and desserts. The event is from 2:00-7:30 PM, with the meal served from 4:00-6:30 PM. Free will offering. Come for a wonderful afternoon and evening of great fellowship. For more information, contact Sheila Perry at 641.652.3420, or via e-mail at smperry81@gmail.com, or go to www.livinghopebc.com.
February 20
Make Ahead Meals w/ Heather Ware
Market on Main, 331 E Main St
Heather Ware will be teaching a series of Make Ahead Meals the next four months. Each class will cost $45. In each class you will prepare four meals that can feed four adults. That is 16 meals for $45. That means each meal will cost $2.81. You can freeze these meals and reheat whenever you want. This class is great for busy families, new mothers, and anyone who wants a great meal without all the planning. Come to the Market to sign up or call the Market with your credit or debit card ready to register. You must register by February 20. The class is from 10:00-11:30 AM. The menu: Chicken Tortilla Soup, Slow-Cooker Orange Chicken, Healthy & Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets, Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups. For more information, contact Shiloh Seim or David Camphouse at 641.682.0261, or via e-mail at sseim@marketonmainottumwa.com, or go to www.marketonmain.org.
February 22
OHS Comedy Team Performance
OHS Auditorium, 501 E Second
The OHS Comedy Team will present original skits during the hour. For more information, contact Natalie Saunders at 641.683.4444, or via e-mail at natalie.saunders@ottumwaschools.com, or go to ottumwaschools.com.
February 23
9-12 Winter Vocal Concert
OHS Auditorium, 501 E Second
The concert features all vocal groups, including Preludes, Bells, Troubadours, and Meistersingers. For more information, contact Dennis Vasconez at 641.683.4444, or via e-mail at dennis.vasconez@ottumwaschools.com, or go to ottumwaschools.com.
February 23
IHCC STEM Festival
Rural Health and Education Center, IHCC Campus, 525 Grandview Ave
You're invited to a FREE community STEM Festival on February 23, from 5:00-7:00 PM. It will be held at the Rural Health and Education Center, Indian Hills Community College Campus. Hands-on activities, cool demos, lots of exhibits! Register at www.scstemhub.drake.edu/. Walk-ins welcome. For more information, contact Dr. Sarah Derry at 515.271.2403, or via e-mail at scstemhub@drake.edu, or go to www.scstemhub.drake.edu.
February 23
Reminisce Society
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
A presentation by Jerry Parker, "Ottumwa's Central Addition" starts at 10:00 AM. Reminisce Society programs are free and open to everyone. If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance or for further information, please call the library's director, Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, extension 202. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
February 25
Art Club
Market on Main, 331 E Main St
The Market On Main is hosting an Art Club every Thursday. Each month we do a different art focus. February we are focusing on Zentangle but anyone can work on whatever art work they want and some just come to socialize and drink wine. We have three restaurants, a bakery, and a full bar on site. For more information, contact Shiloh Seim or David Camphouse at 641.682.0261, or via e-mail at sseim@marketonmainottumwa.com, or go to www.marketonmain.org.
February 26
Free Live Music w/ The Stress Vine
Market on Main, 331 E Main St
Enjoy the pop/rock/folk styling's of this young duo from 5:30-7:00 PM. No cover charge and there is a full bar available. Three restaurants and a bakery on site. Complimentary coffee and popcorn available. For more information, contact Shiloh Seim at 641.455.8223, or via e-mail at sseim@marketonmainottumwa.com, or go to www.marketonmain.org.
February 26
Iowa Statesmen
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
The Iowa Statesmen, one of the region's leading men's choirs, gives various performances during the year. With over 100 voices, The Statesmen have a distinctive sound. Don't miss this chance to hear a unique concert! The concert begins at 7:30 PM. For more information, contact Judy Engle at 641.777.5903.
February 26
Indian Hills JazzFest Opening Concert
St. John Auditorium Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview Ave
7:30 PM, free admission. For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Boyenga at 641.683.5144, or via e-mail at jennifer.boyenga@indianhills.edu.
February 27
Indian Hills Jazz Fest Band Competition
St. John Auditorium Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview Ave
8:00 AM-5:00 PM, free admission.
February 28
Pinewood Derby Workshop
Christner Shop - 2937 Oakmeadow Drive
Aggies 4-H Club will be sponsoring a workshop to build your own pinewood derby car and be able to race it at Expo. If you are interested in this workshop, please contact the extension office to get on the list by February 15! Workshop will be held on Sunday, February 28 at 2:00 PM at Christner's Shop. Cost will be $5 for the kit and is open to ages 5-18. There will be a weigh in and races during Expo week!! For more information, contact Cindy Emery / Jess Heisdorffer at 641.682.5491, or via e-mail at cemery@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.
March 1
6th-8th Grade Vocal Concert
OHS Auditorium, 501 E Second
7:00 PM For more information, contact Pam De Boer at pam.deboer@ottumwaschools.com, or go to www.ottumwaschools.com.
March 3
T-shirt Styles
Wapello County Extension Office, 214 E Main
Do you have some great old t-shirts you just don't want to get rid of? Try recycling them! This workshop guides you through two no-sew projects using recycled t-shirts. Create a multi-purpose bag and create a scarf to add to your attire or to make as a wonderful gift. Must bring a t-shirt for each project you wish to make. (The size of the shirt will be the size of the bag). This will be at the Wapello County Extension Office. Registration deadline is March 1 and cost is FREE to 4-H members; $5 for non-members. This is payable to Wapello County Extension. *** Must be paid in advance *** Open to ages 5 + (youth 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Min/Max Class Size: 5/15. For more information, contact Cindy Emery / Jess Heisdorffer at 641.682.5491, or via e-mail at cemery@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.
March 4 - 6
23rd Annual Home & Garden Show
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St, Ottumwa
Sponsored by the Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce, this premier event in the Horticulture and Floriculture industry features over 100 vendors for a very informative, fun home and garden show. For more information, call 641.814.5900.
March 5 - 6
Evans Middle School Play
Evans Middle School Auditorium
For more information, contact Pam De Boer at 641.684.6511, or via e-mail at pam.deboer@ottumwaschools.com, or go to ottumwaschools.com.
March 5
Legislative Forum
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St, Ottumwa
Legislative Forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Ottumwa, The Ottumwa Chamber of Commerce, and The Ottumwa Convention and Visitors Bureau. This is the second of three Forums and is scheduled for 9:30 AM-11:00 AM. Each Legislator will have equal time to respond to each question presented. Each Legislator will make a two minute opening statement, a one minute response time to all questions, and a one minute closing statement. For more information, contact Jean Dell at 641.680.5885, or via e-mail at jeandell@lisco.com.
March 5
Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra-Farewell Downton Abbey
Indian Hills Community College dining room
Participate in an evening of activities in the drawing room at Downton Abbey with the chamber ensemble from The Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres as you listen to music provided by the ensemble and members of the IHCC vocal music department. The concert is at 7:30 PM. For more information, contact Patty Babb at 641.799.2693, or via e-mail at pattybabb@pcsia.net, or go to www.ottumwasymphonyorchestra.net.
March 6
Hotel Ottumwa Bridal, Prom, and Quinceanera Expo
Hotel Ottumwa, 107 E 2nd St
Bridal, Prom, Quinceanera vendors will be available for all to visit with for upcoming events. For more information, contact Sarah Mohrey at 641.895.1434, or via e-mail at sarahmohreyphotography@gmail.om.
March 7
Ottumwa High School Band and Orchestra Concert
OHS Auditorium
Concert starts at 7:00 PM. For more information, contact Troy Gerleman at troy.gerleman@ottumwaschools.com, or go to ottumwaschools.com.
March 7 - 14
The Heart Gallery of Iowa
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W 4th St
The Heart Gallery of Iowa is a traveling photography exhibit of Iowa children who are waiting to be adopted from foster care. Volunteer photographers donate their time to create portraits that bring out the personalities of these children. This helps significantly increase the chances of children finding an adoptive home! The Heart Gallery of Iowa will be displayed at the Ottumwa Public Library from March 7-14. For more information, contact Vivian Willemsen at 765.412.1498, or via e-mail at vwillemsen@fouroaks.org, or go to www.iowakidsnet.com.
March 8
Hula Hoop Rug
Wapello County Extension Office, 214 E Main
Recycle old t-shirts to create your very own rug. By using a hula hoop, you will master the art of circular weaving to create a beautiful project to style your home. Sue and Adianna Wasson will walk you through this fun project. This will be held at the Wapello County Extension Office and registration deadline is March 4. Cost is $5 to 4-H members; $10 for non-members and payable to Wapello County Extension. *** Must be paid in advance *** This is available to ages 5+ (youth 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Min/Max Class Size: 5/10. For more information, contact Cindy Emery / Jess Heisdorffer at 641.682.5491, or via e-mail at cemery@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.
March 8
Ottumwa RC Flyers
Bridge View Center
Radio controlled electric planes and helicopters are flown by club members in the exhibition hall. The event time is 6:00-10:00 PM and the fee to fly is $10. Participants must come in center's main entrance and proceed to the expo hall. For more information, contact Dave Rabe at 641.684.5593, Don Wasson at 641.455.8432, or go to www.rchawk.com. For more information, contact Dave Rabe or Don Wasson at 641.684.5593, or via e-mail at rjandave@mchsi.com, or go to www.rchawk.com.
March 8
Indian Hills Film Festival The Hundred Foot Journey
St. John Auditorium Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa
7:30 PM, free admission. 2015-16 IHCC Film Festival: Food in Film. This award-winning film stars Helen Mirren. For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Boyenga at 641.683.5144, or via e-mail at jennifer.boyenga@indianhills.edu.
March 9
Dancers in Company
St. John Auditorium Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa
7:30 PM, free admission. The modern dance company from the University of Iowa. For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Boyenga at 641.683.5144, or via e-mail at jennifer.boyenga@indianhills.edu.
March 10
Art Club
Market on Main, 331 E Main St
The Market On Main is hosting an Art Club every Thursday. Each month we do a different art focus. Anyone can work on whatever art work they want and some just come to socialize and drink wine. We have restaurants, a bakery, and a full bar on site. For more information, contact Shiloh Seim or David Camphouse at 641.682.0261, or via e-mail at sseim@marketonmainottumwa.com, or go to www.marketonmain.org.
March 11
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community College
Friday, March 11, "Simply Elegant-Candlewick Crystal," with Diana Harness, Founding Member of Iowa Candlewick Organization. Please join us at 11:15 AM for a delicious buffet lunch (cost is $6), followed by the program from 12:30-1:30 PM. Reservations ARE required in advance. For more information, contact Sandy Berto at 641.683.5183, or via e-mail at sandy.berto@indianhills.edu.
March 12
Lightwire Theater
Bridge View Center
Lightwire Theater takes you on an epic adventure using their unique brand of storytelling and stunning visuals. Performed in complete darkness and featuring 60 electroluminescent creatures, this is a must-see theatrical event the whole family will enjoy! See our website for more information. For more information, contact Brianna Caudill at 641.684.4000x265, or via e-mail at brianna@bridgeviewcenter.com, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
March 14 - 30
Ottumwa High School Art Exhibit
Indian Hills Art Gallery Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa
Students' Reception: Monday, March 14, 7:00-8:30 PM, free admission. Art works by OHS students from 2013-2014 academic year. Deb Cramblet, OHS Art Instructor. For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Boyenga at 641.683.5144, or via e-mail at jennifer.boyenga@indianhills.edu.
March 17
Art Club
Market on Main, 331 E Main St
The Market is hosting an Art Club every Thursday. Each month we do a different art focus. Anyone can work on whatever art work they want and some just come to socialize and drink wine. We have restaurants, a bakery, and a full bar on site. For more information, contact Shiloh Seim or David Camphouse at 641.682.0261, or via e-mail at sseim@marketonmainottumwa.com, or go to www.marketonmain.org.
March 18
12th Annual Diversity Conference
Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa campus
This Conference will begin at 8:45 AM with opening keynote Julissa Arce sharing her story "My Underground American Dream" that talks about her journey as an undocumented immigrant to the United States at the age of 11. Julissa built a successful career on Wall Street, and made national and international headlines when she revealed that she had achieved the American Dream of wealth and status while undocumented. Afternoon keynote Clemencia Spizzirri, 2015 Iowa Teacher of the Year, who is originally from Ecuador, will speak about the importance of creating a sustainable culture of achievement and understanding inside and outside the classroom. Various interesting breakout sessions will be offered throughout the day. Online registration will open up on February 15. For more information, contact Ashley Albertson at 641.683.5755, or via e-mail at ashley.albertson@indianhills.edu, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
March 18 - 19
Preschool Nature Explorers
Pioneer Ridge Nature Center, 1339 US Hwy 63, Bloomfield
March Theme - SNAKES!! Join us for an exciting, hands-on adventure during which we will have storytime, make a craft, enjoy a themed snack, participate in educational activities, and visit with a live animal. Each participant will also go home with their own copy of the book we read in class! Classes will be held from 10:00-11:15 AM. Choose from two sessions of the class, Friday or Saturday. The class fee is $12 per child and includes all of the activities listed and a book! Registration and prepayment are required one week in advance. Classes will be limited to 12 children, so sign up early to ensure your spot. Drop off or mail payments to Pioneer Ridge Nature Center, 1339 US-63, Bloomfield, IA 52537. Payment must be received by registration deadline. Email DoubleEagle08@gmail.com if you would like a registration form sent to you. For more information, contact Susan Smith at 641.680.0316, or via e-mail at DoubleEagle08@gmail.com.
March 19
Iowa Artists Annual Art Show for Area 11
First Iowa State Bank Heritage Hall, north side of square, Albia
This event takes place from 9 AM-3 PM and is open to artists 18 years of age and older. They must be from Appanoose, Davis, Keokuk, Lucas, Marion, Monroe, Wapello or Wayne counties. Artists may enter up to three pieces of art. Registrations are due on March 12. Ribbons will be awarded and there will be a Best-of-Show recipient. All blue ribbon award winners advance to the State Show in Fairfield on May 14. For more information, contact Annette Scieszinski at 515.520.2532, or via e-mail at ajski73@hotmail.com.
March 19
Woodblock Printmaking Workshop
American Gothic House
Workshop takes place from 12:00 PM-4:00 PM. Preregistration required; limited to 10 participants. Registration is free. Learn about the techniques behind historical prints and create your own printed work of art with University of Iowa Grant Wood Fellow Terry Conrad. All supplies and materials will be provided. The workshop will take place inside the American Gothic House. This program made possible through the generous support of the University of Iowa Arts Share program. For more information, contact Holly Berg at 641.652.3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
March 20
Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra Spring Classical Concert
IHCC St. John Auditorium
The evening's program will consist of: Chicago-based trombonist and 2016 Resident Guest Artist, William Baker. Also, Symphony No. 4, selections for trombones and orchestra and Sinfonietta. The concert begins at 7:30 PM. For more information, contact SEISO at 319.385.6352, or via e-mail at seiso@iwc.edu, or go to www.seiso.us.
March 22
Parachord Bracelet / Collar
Wapello County Extension Office, 214 E Main
Learn how to make your own super popular parachord bracelet or collar. You'll learn how to customize your bracelet for you or your animal. It's a great DIY gift idea, so don't miss out! This will be held at the Wapello County Extension Office and cost is $8 to 4-H members; $13 for non-members and payable to Wapello County Extension. *** Must be paid in advance *** This is open for ages 5+ (youth 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Min/Max Class Size: 5/15. For more information, contact Cindy Emery / Jess Heisdorffer at 641.682.5491, or via e-mail at cemery@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.
March 22
Reminisce Society
Ottumwa Public Library
10:00 AM Presentation by: Linda McCann "Iowa and the CCC." Reminisce Society programs are free and open to everyone. If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance or for further information, please call the library's director, Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563,extension 202. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
March 22
Songs, Stools, and Stories
The Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
This show, starting at 7:30 PM, brings to life the creative explosion that was Country Music in the 90's. Starring Hit Makers: Richie McDonald, "The Voice of Lonestar," Suzy Bogguss, Grammy Award winner, and Larry Stewart, "The Voice of Restless Heart." Combined, these three artists represent over 50 top 10 songs, and over 20 #1 Hits. They take the stage together and perform their hits, intermixed with stories about the songs and their careers. It is an intimate glimpse into the lives of the Hit Makers and their songs. This is an incredible evening of Songs and Stories with three Hit Makers sitting on Stools together. Tickets are $42. For more information, contact Scott Fraise at 641.684.7000, or via e-mail at scott@bridgeviewcenter.com, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
March 25
Live Music w/ The Stress Vine
Market on Main
Enjoy the pop/rock/folk styling's of this young duo from 5:30-7:00 PM. No cover and a full bar will be available. Three restaurants and a bakery on site. Complimentary coffee and popcorn available. For more information, contact Shiloh Seim at 641.455.8223, or via e-mail at sseim@marketonmainottumwa.com, or go to www.marketonmain.org.
March 26
Easter Egg Dive
Ottumwa Family YMCA
Don't miss the Easter Egg Dive featuring Peter Aquatails! The dive goes from 9:00-11:00 AM and cost is $3 per participant. All ages welcome! Children 0-5 may participate with parent in water and will hunt floating eggs.The 6-12 age group includes diving for eggs and some floating. Swimmers will get free swim time after their dive. There will be prizes for most eggs collected, participation, and for finding the golden egg! Call the YMCA for more details 641.684.6571. For more information, contact Anthony Wiggins at 641.684.6571x16, or via e-mail at anthony@ottumwaymca.com, or go to www.ottumwaymca.com.
March 26
Trout Stocking, Fishing Derby
Ottumwa Park Campground Pond
For more information, contact Gene Rathje at 641.682.7873, or via e-mail at rathjeg@ci.ottumwa.ia.us, or go to www.cityofottumwa.com.
March 26
Easter Egg Roll at our White House
American Gothic House Center
Join us for our annual Egg Roll! A popular tradition at the White House, this event will be sure to please! The event for children begins at 1:00 PM, and offers free admission. Spring themed crafts and activities to accompany the event. Sponsored by the American Gothic House Center and GATE. For more information, contact Holly Berg at 641.652.3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
March 31
Bowling Yard Art
Wapello County Extension Office, 214 E Main
Use the basic technique of painting and crafting to create a fun lawn ornament for your yard. You can choose to do one or both projects at this workshop! This will be held at the Wapello County Extension Office and registration deadline is March 25. The cost is $16 to 4-H Members; $20 for non-members. For one project cost is $8 for 4-H member; $10 for non-member and is payable to Wapello County Extension. *** Must be paid in advance *** This is open to ages 5+, youth 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Min/Max Class Size: 5/10. For more information, contact Cindy Emery / Jess Heisdorffer at 641.682.5491, or via e-mail at cemery@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.
April 1
Annual Trivia Night!
Hotel Ottumwa
Match your wits with fellow triva nuts during the 4th Annual American Gothic Performing Arts Festival Trivia Night! Table of 10 is only $250. Eat. Think. Drink. Will you be Southeast Iowa's Trivia Champ 2016? For more information, contact Dennis Willhoit at 515.418.5692, or via e-mail at agpaf2013@gmail.com, or go to www.americangothicfest.org.
April 1
Ottumwa Park Campground
Greater Ottumwa Park, US Hwy 34 & S Wapello St
Campground opens for Season! For more information, contact Gene Rathje at 641.682.7873, or via e-mail at rathjeg@ci.ottumwa.ia.us, or go to www.cityofottumwa.com.
April 2
Family Cooking Competition
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
Does your family love to cook? Then this is the perfect event for you! Adam Hunt, Executive Chef Manager at Bridge View Center, will guide you through using pantry items to make a tasty meal. 4-H challenges you and your family to create a meal using a specific set of secret ingredients. This event is open to all 4-H and non-4-H families. Families can compete in teams of 2-4 individuals, with at least one adult per team. Contact Jess at the Extension office for the official rules of the event. Prizes will be awarded! Cost for each team is $30, payable to Wapello County Extension. *** Must be paid in advance *** Min/Max Class Size: 3/5 Families/Teams. For more information, contact Cindy Emery / Jess Heisdorffer at 641.682.5491, or via e-mail at cemery@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.
April 2
Legislative Forum
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St, Ottumwa
Legislative Forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Ottumwa, The Ottumwa Chamber of Commerce, and The Ottumwa Convention and Visitors Bureau. This is the last of three Forums and is scheduled for 9:30 AM-11:00 AM. Each Legislator will have equal time to respond to each question presented. Each Legislator will make a two minute opening statement, a one minute response time to all questions, and a one minute closing statement. For more information, contact Jean Dell at 641.680.5885, or via e-mail at jeandell@lisco.com.
April 5
Soup and the Scoop
111 E Main St
Starting at 5:00 PM, come get the scoop, have some soup, and hear what is going on in downtown Ottumwa. This is the last of our soup and scoops for 2016. Come hear and see what Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation is doing downtown. Presenter is Brad Little, CEO Legacy Foundation. For more information, contact Fred Zesiger at 641.799.3464, or via e-mail at director@mainstreetottumwa.com, or go to www.mainstreetottumwa.com.
April 6
A Club Spaghetti Dinner
OHS Cafeteria
This annual event supports athletic programs at OHS. Spaghetti is served from 6-7:30 PM. For more information, contact Mike Egbert at mike.egbert@ottumwaschools.com, or go to ottumwaschools.com.
April 7
Ralphie May-Netflix Unruly Tour
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St, Ottumwa
Outrageous comedian Ralphie May is bringing his unruly brand of comedy to Bridge View Center at 7:30 PM. Ticket prices are $35 and $29. You must be 18 or older to attend. For more information, contact Scott Fraise at 641.684.7000, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
April 8 - 9
Preschool Nature Explorers
Pioneer Ridge Nature Center, 1339 US Hwy 63, Bloomfield
April Theme - TADPOLES & FROGS!! Join us for an exciting, hands-on adventure during which we will have story time, make a craft, enjoy a themed snack, participate in educational activities, and visit with a live animal. Each participant will also go home with their own copy of the book we read in class! Classes will be held from 10:00-11:15 AM. Choose from two sessions of the class, Friday or Saturday. The class fee is $12 per child and includes all of the activities listed and a book! Registration and prepayment are required one week in advance. Classes will be limited to 12 children, so sign up early to ensure your spot. Drop off or mail payments to Pioneer Ridge Nature Center, 1339 US-63, Bloomfield, IA 52537. Payment must be received by registration deadline. Email DoubleEagle08@gmail.com if you would like a registration form sent to you. For more information, contact Susan Smith at 641.680.0316, or via e-mail at DoubleEagle08@gmail.com.
April 8
All City Concert
Evans Middle School Auditorium
This concert features all band, orchestra, and recorder students in grades 4-8. The concert begins at 7 PM. For more information, contact Gary Gullion at gary.gullion@ottumwaschools.com, or go to ottumwaschools.com.
April 14 - 17
Ottumwa High School Musical, Oklahoma
OHS Auditorium
Performance times will be posted on the district website and other media outlets. Advance tickets are $10; $12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at www.showtix4u.com. For more information, contact Natalie Saunders at natalie.saunders@ottumwaschools.com, or go to www.ottumwaschools.com.
April 15
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community College
Friday, April 15 -- "Can We Talk? Everything You Want Your Aging Parent to Know, But Are Too Scared to Ask!" with Natalie Berto, LMSW, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Social Work Program. Please join us at 11:15 AM for a delicious buffet lunch (cost is $6), followed by the program from 12:30-1:30 PM. Reservations ARE required in advance. For more information, call 641.683.5183, or email sandy.berto@indianhills.edu>.
April 15 - 17
The Goodcheer Home for Broken Hearts
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St, Ottumwa
OCCP presents The Goodcheer Home for Broken Hearts. Can our hero, Steele Manly, save the sweet-smelling Shasta Bellflower and the saintly Charity Goodcheer, matriarch of The Goodcheer Home, from the evil, manipulative clutches of villain Severus C. Snackwell in this spoof of classic melodramas? April 15 and 16 at 7:00 PM and April 17 at 3:00 PM. Admission is $9 for adults and $6 for children/students. For more information, contact Becky Ingle at 641.226.1523, or via e-mail at bckingle@aol.com.
April 20
Red Green Show I'm Not Old, I'm Ripe
Bridge View Center
The man who is known worldwide for his humor, his insight, his wisdom about life and the people one encounters in it, is back with a brand new show I'm Not Old, I'm Ripe! Comedian Red Green announced his 2016 North American tour with a Saturday, April 20, 2016 stop in Ottumwa at The Bridge View Center at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $52.50 and go on sale Friday, December 11, at 9:00 AM. Tickets may be purchased at Bridge View Center ticket office (M-F, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM), online at www.ticketmaster.com, charge by phone thru Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000, and at all Ticketmaster outlets. For more information, contact Scott Fraise at 641.684.7000, or via e-mail at scott@bridgeviewcenter.com, or go to bridgeviewcenter.com.
April 21 - 23
Indian Hills Theatre Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
St. John Auditorium Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa
7:30 PM, free admission. Dr. Jennifer Boyenga and Dr. Ray Slavens, Directors. Shakespeare's most famous comedy featuring lovers with mistaken identities, mischievous fairies, and a talking donkey. For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Boyenga at 641.683.5144, or via e-mail at jennifer.boyenga@indianhills.edu.
April 22
Heroes of the Heartland
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
Each year, the American Red Cross serving Greater Iowa, honors individuals for their acts of great bravery, dedication, and service to the community at Heroes of the Heartland. Join us on April 22 from 7:30-9:00 AM for a breakfast to honor the heroes in our community! For more information, contact Amy Elliott at 515.471.8328, or via e-mail at amy.elliott@redcross.org, or go to www.redcross.org.
April 22
Ladies Night Out
Main Street District Downtown Ottumwa
The third annual Ladies Night Out, from 5:00-9:00 PM is held in Downtown Ottumwa. Come for a night of friends, shopping, and having fun in the Main Street District. For more information, contact Fred Zesiger at 641.799.3464, or via e-mail at director@mainstreetottumwa.com, or go to www.mainstreetottumwa.com.
April 23
Healthy Community Day
Ottumwa Family YMCA
Join the community on Saturday, April 23 for our annual Healthy Kids Day Health Fair! The Ottumwa YMCA will be hosting over 30 businesses, organizations, and resources for our youth, adult and seniors here in our community! The whole event will kick off with a pancake breakfast that morning starting at 7:30 AM, put on by the Ottumwa Hy-Noon Kiwanis Club! Don't miss this fun FREE event with games and activities for kids; education, and resources for adults and seniors! Call for more information. For more information, contact Kathy Sisler at 641.684.6571, or via e-mail at kathy@ottumwaymca.com, or go to www.ottumwaymca.com.
April 23
Kids in the Kitchen
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
Do you love being in the kitchen? Want to learn more? Join Professional Chef Adam Hunt from Bridge View Center in a 3 1/2 hour session of cooking fun! From start to finish, Adam will lead you through the kitchen process and you get to taste test along the way! This will be held at the Bridge View Center and cost is $15 for 4-H members and $20 for non-members. This event is for ages 9-14 and is payable to Wapello County Extension. *** Must be paid in advance *** Min/Max Class Size: 10/20. For more information, contact Cindy Emery / Jess Heisdorffer at 641.682.5491, or via e-mail at cemery@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.
April 23
Disney Dash
The Beach Ottumwa
The Ottumwa High School Interact Club is sponsoring this run/walk to support the Ottumwa trails system. Participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite Disney character and choose a 5K or 10K distance. Race begins at 8:30 AM. Registration information is available on the district website. For more information, contact Kami Millikan at kami.millikan@ottumwaschools.com, or go to www.ottumwaschools.com.
April 25 - May 5
Annual IHCC Student Art Exhibit
Indian Hills Art Gallery Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa
Artists' Reception: Monday, April 25, 7:00-8:30 PM, free admission. Exhibition showcasing art works produced by students in Indian Hills fine arts courses during the 2015-2016 academic year. For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Boyenga at 641.683.5144, or via e-mail at jennifer.boyenga@indianhills.edu.
April 26
Reminisce Society
Ottumwa Public Library
10 AM Presentation by: Humanities Iowa Speaker, Tom Milligan, "The Not So Quiet Librarian." Reminisce Society programs are free and open to everyone. If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance or for further information, please call the library's director, Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, extension 202. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
April 30
Humanities Iowa speaker Tom Milligan
McHaffey Opera House in Eldon
Performance will take place at 2:00 PM and offers free admission. In this 45-minute, one-man show, Grant Wood chats with the audience as if talking to an old friend across the backyard fence, or maybe at his home at Five Turner Alley in Cedar Rapids. He tells us about his life and how he changed the art world forever with his work. It is the man behind American Gothic that we hear and see, and the story of how he took the moments, the memories, and the people of our state, and showed the whole world the specialness of this Iowa. After the presentation, the audience is encouraged to ask questions of the actor about Grant Wood and his life. If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance, please call 641.652.3352 in advance. This program is made possible by funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa's communities. For more information, contact Holly Berg at 641.652.3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
April 30
Polar Plunge
Jimmy Jones Shelter and adjacent pond
For more information, contact Gene Rathje at 641.682.7873, or via e-mail at rathjeg@ci.ottumwa.ia.us, or go to www.cityofottumwa.com.
May 1
Indian Hills Spring Pops Concert
St. John Auditorium Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa
3:00 PM, free admission. Dr. Janene Sheldon, Director For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Boyenga at 641.683.5144, or via e-mail at jennifer.boyenga@indianhills.edu.
May 2
Indian Hills Jazz Band Concert
St. John Auditorium Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa
7:30 PM, free admission. David Sharp, Director. For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Boyenga at 641.683.5144, or via e-mail at jennifer.boyenga@indianhills.edu.
May 5
Mesh Wreath
Wapello County Extension Office, 214 E Main
You will learn how to easily design your own beautiful, homemade deco mesh wreath for any occasion at this class. There will be select colors and accessories to choose from. This will be held at the Wapello County Extension Office and registration deadline is April 29. Cost is $20 to 4-H members; $30 for non-members, payable to Wapello County Extension. *** Must be paid in advance *** This is open to ages 12+ and min/max class size is 5/20. For more information, contact Cindy Emery / Jess Heisdorffer at 641.682.5491, or via e-mail at cemery@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.
May 6 - 20
Young Artist Exhibit
Quincy Place Mall
Artwork representing students in grades K-12 will be on display during regular mall hours. For more information, go to www.ottumwaschools.com.
May 7
Cinco de Mayo
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
The Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Eric McIntyre, will celebrate Cinco de Mayo at 7:30 PM. Viva Mexico! will be the featured artists performing with the Orchestra. Come join us as we celebrate Ottumwa's colorful diversity. Admittance is by season pass or tickets can be purchased at the door. Students are admitted free with an i.d. For more information, contact Patty Babb at 641.799.2693, or via e-mail at pattybabb@pcsia.net.
May 7
Operation ReLeaf
Beach Ottumwa
Operation ReLeaf is a joint partnership between the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Alliant Energy to provide an opportunity for Alliant Energy customers to purchase landscape trees at discount prices. Operating from 8:00 AM-10:AM. For more information, contact Gene Rathje at 641.682.7873, or via e-mail at rathjeg@ci.ottumwa.ia.us, or go to www.cityofottumwa.com.
May 13
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community College
Friday, May 13, "Dangerous Drug Interactions, with Eric Carlson, R.PH., Southside Drug of Ottumwa." Please join us at 11:15 AM for a delicious buffet lunch (cost is $6), followed by the program from 12:30-1:30 PM. Reservations ARE required in advance. For more information, contact Sandy Berto at 641.683.5183, or via e-mail at sandy.berto@indianhills.edu.
May 13 - 15
You're a Good Man Charlie Brown
Bridge View Center
OCP presents "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown" May 13 at 7:00 PM, May 14 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM, and May 15 at 3:00 PM. Admission is $12 for Adults, $10 for students and $8 for children 13 and under. Bring the entire family to see this show based on the Peanuts cartoon. For more information, contact Becky Ingle at 641.226.1523, or via e-mail at bckingle@aol.com.
May 15
Springfest Concert
OHS Auditorium
This concert features the OHS band and orchestra. The concert begins at 2 PM. For more information, contact Troy Gerleman at troy.gerleman@ottumwaschools.com, or go to ottumwaschools.com.
May 17
6th-8th Grade Band/Orchestra POPS concert
OHS Auditorium
The concert begins at 7 PM. For more information, contact Pam De Boer at pam.deboer@ottumwaschools.com, or go to www.ottumwaschools.com.
May 20 - 22
Pages for Pennies Book Sale
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St, Ottumwa
The 5th Annual Pages for Pennies Book Sale returns to Bridge View Center on Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22. Although it is considered a book sale, this event offers so much more! In addition to hardcover and paperback books, puzzles, board games, CDs, DVDs, LPs, sheet music, and bound music will be sold. As the name suggests, everything is priced to sell. For two dollars, patrons can purchase a hardcover book, puzzle, board game, CD or DVD. A paperback or LP can be bought for just one dollar and everything is half-price on Sunday. However at these prices, the public will find the best selection and therefore the best buys the first two days. Clean and gently used donations will be accepted until 5:00 PM on Friday, May 13 at Bridge View Center. The book sale hours will be Noon-8:00 PM on May 20, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM on May 21, and 11:00 AM-5:00 PM on May 22. Admission is free all three days of the sale. For more information, contact Greater Ottumwa Convention and Visitors Bureau at 641.684.4303, or via e-mail at info@exploreottumwa.com, or go to www.exploreottumwa.com.
May 20
7th and 8th Vocal POPS Concert
OHS Auditorium
The concert begins at 7 PM. For more information, contact Pam De Boer at pam.deboer@ottumwaschools.com, or go to www.ottumwaschools.com.
May 21
UpStairs Downtown
Main Street District Downtown Ottumwa
A lot has happened in Downtown Ottumwa since our upper story tour last year. Come see what has happened on the upper floors of downtown buildings. See before, in progress, and newly finished spaces in the Main Street Ottumwa District. Tickets are $10 and the event runs from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. For more information, contact Fred Zesiger at 641.799.3464, or via e-mail at director@mainstreetottumwa.com, or go to www.mainstreetottumwa.com.
May 24
Reminisce Society
Ottumwa Public Library
10:00 AM Presentation by: Humanities Iowa Speaker Loren Horton, "Through the Eyes of Pioneers: Iowa as described by the 19th Century Diaries. Reminisce Society programs are free and open to everyone. If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance or for further information, please call the library's director, Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, extension 202. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
May 26
Paint Sticks!
Wapello County Extension Office, 214 E Main
What can you do with paint sticks? Join us for a workshop of simply creating. Show us what you can create with a few paint sticks - you can go with some of our examples or get creative and make your own project! This will be held at the Wapello County Extension Office and registration deadline is May 24. Cost is $5 for 4-H members; $10 for non-members and payable to Wapello County Extension. *** Must be paid in advance *** This is open to ages 5+ (youth ages 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Min/Max Class Size: 5/15. For more information, contact Cindy Emery / Jess Heisdorffer at 641.682.5491, or via e-mail at cemery@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.
May 26
OHS Vocal POPS Concert
OHS Auditorium
The concert will begin at 7 PM. For more information, contact Dennis Vasconez at dennis.vasconez@ottumwaschools.com, or go to www.ottumwaschools.com.
May 28
Beach Ottumwa
101 Church St
The Beach Ottumwa opens for the season! For more information, contact Gene Rathje at 641.682.7873, or via e-mail at rathjeg@ci.ottumwa.ia.us, or go to www.cityofottumwa.com.
May 28
Central Park Cinema
Central Park, between the Library and Court House
Main Street Ottumwa brings another season of free, Movies in the Park. Come enjoy an evening under the stars with family and friends for our first movie of the season, 'Minions.' For more information, contact Fred Zesiger at 641.799.3464, or via e-mail at director@mainstreetottumwa.com, or go to www.mainstreetottumwa.com.
May 29
OHS Graduation Ceremony
Bridge View Center
2 PM. For more information, go to www.ottumwaschools.com.
June 4
Pallet Fun
Wapello County Extension Office, 214 E Main
Pallet Fun! Be ready to rip and tear into your pallet to create one or more amazing projects. We will supply the pallets, tools, and basic materials. (Extra hammers and pry bars are welcome). For your safety, please bring gloves and wear closed toe shoes and old clothes. NO baggie clothing, NO jewelry, and if you have long hair, please pull it back. The location is to be announced and registration deadline is June 1. Cost is $15 to 4-H Members; $20 for non-members and payable to Wapello County Extension. *** Must be paid in advance *** This is open to ages 9 + (youth 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Min/Max Class Size: 5/20. For more information, contact Cindy Emery / Jess Heisdorffer at 641.682.5491, or via e-mail at cemery@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.
June 9
Nature Art
Wapello County Extension Office, 214 E Main
Are you a nature lover? Do you see things in the rocks and in the trees that no one else can see? Then this workshop is for you! In this workshop you will be provided with bits and pieces of nature to create your very own masterpiece. This will be held at the Wapello County Extension Office and open to all ages (12 & under must be accompanied by an adult). The cost is $5 for 4-H members; $10 for non-members and payable to Wapello County Extension. *** Must be paid in advance *** Min/Max Class Size: 5/20. For more information, contact Cindy Emery / Jess Heisdorffer at 641.682.5491, or via e-mail at cemery@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.
June 10 - 19
American Gothic Performing Arts Festival
Various Venues
Join us for a week-long celebration of the performing arts. Venues include the historic McHaffey Opera House, Bridge View Center and more throughout Southeast Iowa! For more information, contact Dennis Willhoit at 515.418.5692, or via e-mail at agpaf2013@gmail.com, or go to www.americangothicfest.org.
June 10 - 12
Gothic Days
Eldon IA
This long-standing Eldon, Iowa festival is named after the famous house located in town which is the backdrop of Grant Wood's painting "American Gothic." Three days of events are guaranteed to entertain visitors of all ages. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind festival and make plans to enjoy the 2016 American Gothic Days! Check here for a complete list of activities as plans develop.
June 10
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community College
Friday, June 10, "Oh, My Aching Back--How To Fight Osteoporosis!" with Dr. Kimberly Brown, DNP,MSN,BSN, FNP-C, Ottumwa Mercy Clinic. Please join us at 11:15 AM for a delicious buffet lunch (cost is $6), followed by the program from 12:30-1:30 PM. Reservations ARE required in advance. For more information, contact Sandy Berto at 641.683.5183, or via e-mail at sandy.berto@indianhills.edu.
June 10
YMCA Annual Campaign Dinner & Auction
Indian Hills Community College Dining Hall
Join all your friends at the Ottumwa Family YMCA's Annual Campaign Dinner & Auction. This event supports the YMCA's scholarship program, youth programming, and so much more. You'll enjoy a fun evening filled with a silent auction with over 100 items to bid on and a live auction with items that will blow your socks off! We'll have food, spirits, and a whole lot of fun! Each year we have a special theme so stay tuned for this years theme! For more information on this event and how to volunteer or donate, call Kathy, Health & Member Service Director at 641.684.6571, extension 26. For more information, contact Kathy Sisler at 641.684.6571x26, or via e-mail at kathy@ottumwaymca.com, or go to www.ottumwaymca.com.
June 11 - 12
American Gothic House Art Contest
American Gothic House Center
Submissions due with entry forms by 5 PM on Tuesday, June 7. For participants from kindergarten to adult. Join regional artists in celebrating the beauty of the house that inspired Grant Wood to paint American Gothic! Enter your artwork in one of our five divisions to win a cash prize for first or second place in your division. There are no entry fees, and artists using any media (excluding photography) are invited to participate. Entry forms can be printed at www.AmericanGothicHouse.net or picked up at the American Gothic House Center, 300 American Gothic St. Eldon, IA. Sponsored by Gothic Area Tourism of Eldon. For more information, contact Holly Berg at 641.652.3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
June 11
American Gothic 5K Walk/Run
American Gothic House Center
7:30 AM. (Registration begins at 6:45 AM.) All ages welcome (16 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Challenge yourself on the annual American Gothic 5K Walk/Run! The route goes through Eldon, along the Des Moines River, taking the trail through the park, and traveling up one final hill to the famous American Gothic House. Awards for top finishers! Entry forms can be printed at www.AmericanGothicHouse.net or picked up at the American Gothic House Center, 300 American Gothic St. Eldon, IA. For more information, contact Holly Berg at 641.652.3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
June 15 - 19
Wapello County Regional Fair
300 Water St, Eldon
Wapello County Regional Fair runs June 15-19. Gate admission is free, parking is free. Car races, demo derby, midway rides and games, and Saturday night on stage--Country Music Artist, Randy Houser. For more information, call 641.652.7521, or go to www.wapellocountyfair.com.
June 19
Divas Who Can Dish it Out
Market on Main, 331 E Main St
The Ottumwa Symphony will be hosting this event, giving ladies a chance to showcase their talents, just like the men do in 25 Men Who Can Cook which was held in January.Divas Who Can Dish it Out promises to be a fun activity, spots must be reserved in advance. For more information, contact Barb at 641.777.5604.
July 8
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community College
Friday, July 8, "Senior Smiles!" with Jody Williams, RDH,BS,MA, Program Director Dental Hygiene, IHCC. Please join us at 11:15 AM for a delicious buffet lunch (cost is $6), followed by the program from 12:30-1:30 PM. Reservations ARE required in advance. For more information, contact Sandy Berto at 641.683.5183, or via e-mail at sandy.berto@indianhills.edu.
August 12
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community College
Friday, August 12, "10 Top Tips for Safe Driving as an Older Adult," with Denise Kluever, OT, Program Director of Occupational Therapy Program, IHCC. Please join us at 11:15 AM for a delicious buffet lunch (cost is $6), followed by the program from 12:30-1:30 PM. Reservations ARE required in advance. For more information, contact Sandy Berto at 641.683.5183x6416, or via e-mail at sandy.berto@indianhills.edu.
September 9
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community College
Friday, September 9, "In and Out of the Joints-What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?" with Dr. Tracy Clawson, DNP, MSN, BSN, IHCC Nursing Instructor. Please join us at 11:15 AM for a delicious buffet lunch (cost is $6), followed by the program from 12:30-1:30 PM. Reservations ARE required in advance. For more information, contact Sandy Berto at 641.683.5183, or via e-mail at sandy.berto@indianhills.edu.
October 14
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community College
Friday, October 14, "Here's Looking at You Kid-How Your Mental Health Affects Your Physical Health" with Kathleen Murray, Ph.D, Psychology Services of Ottumwa. Please join us at 11:15 AM for a delicious buffet lunch (cost is $6), followed by the program from 12:30-1:30 PM. Reservations ARE required in advance. For more information, contact Sandy Berto at 641.683.5183, or via e-mail at sandy.berto@indianhills.edu.
October 16
Southeast Iowa Kidney Walk
Indian Hills Community College (Advanced Technologies Building)
Join us for a FUN one-mile walk around the scenic campus of Indian Hills Community College. We will have fun activities for kids, a kids fun run, represetatives from the National Kidney Foundation of Iowa and so much more! The walk is FREE. Come check it out and help raise awareness about Kidney Disease.
October 29
American Gothic Halloween Party
American Gothic House Center
Celebrate Halloween in front of the American Gothic House! Arrive dressed in your costume, make your own spooky American Gothic Parody, make fun crafts, play games and enjoy delicious treats. Event runs from 2-4 PM and is open to children Preschool-5th grade. Free admission. For more information, contact Holly Berg at 641.652.3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
November 11
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community College
Friday, November 11, "Honoring All Who Serve-Past, Present, and Future with Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, 25-year veteran of the U.S. Army, an ophthalmologist and past director of the Iowa Department of Public Health. Please join us at 11:15 AM for a delicious buffet lunch (cost is $6), followed by the program from 12:30-1:30 PM. Reservations ARE required in advance. For more information, contact Sandy Berto at 641.683.5183, or via e-mail at sandy.berto@indianhills.edu.
December 3
Gingerbread House Building
American Gothic House Center
Join in a great holiday tradition for the family! Arrive early to create your own gingerbread house made out of graham crackers, frosting, and candy while supplies last! Event runs from 12-4 PM, is open to children, and offers free admission. For more information, contact Holly Berg at 641.652.3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
December 9
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community College
Friday, December 9, "Rockin' the Blues with Tony Blew!" Please come for buffet lunch at 11:15 AM, (cost is $6) with the program from 12:30-1:30 PM. Reservations ARE required in advance. For more information, contact Sandy Berto at 641.683.5183, or via e-mail at sandy.berto@indianhills.edu.
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