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With concerts, conventions and festivals, Wapello County offers a variety of year round activities for all ages. Search by keyword or view all listings below. All events take place in Ottumwa unless noted otherwise. Have a special event you wish to feature on ExploreOttumwa.com? Or have more details to include on one already included? Click on the following: Submit an Event
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May 18 - October 1
Ottumwa Farmer's Market
Quincy Place Mall Northwest Parking Lot
The Ottumwa Farmer's Market is located in the northwest parking lot of the Quincy Place Mall! Join the Farmer's Market every Wednesday 3:30-6:00 PM and Saturday 8:00-11:00 AM through fall. All kinds of goodies from home grown veggies, flowers and plants, nuts, baked goods, and more!
May 23 - October 13
Wapello County Farmer's Market
Northwest Quadrant of Greater Ottumwa Park
Stop by the Wapello County Farmers Market every Monday and Thursday from May through October for fresh, locally grown produce and goods. The Market is located in the northwest quadrant of Greater Ottumwa Park between the dog park and the picnic shelter. For more information, contact Don Harness at 641.680.6216, or go to www.facebook.com.
September 2 - December 23
Ottumwa Public Library Preschool Storytime
Ottumwa Public Library
Every Friday at 10:30 AM the Ottumwa Public Library hosts a story time and craft for preschool age children. For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
September 7 - December 28
Songs & Stories with Sara Martindale
Ottumwa Public Library
Every Wednesday at 10:30 AM the Ottumwa Public Library hosts a story time with volunteer Sara Martindale aimed at 0-3 year old's. There will be a new theme each week. For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
September 12 - October 27
The Art of Sandi Wilson
Indian Hills Art Gallery
Artist's Reception: Thursday, September 15 7:00-8:30 PM, free admission. Sandi Wilson, of Fairfield, has been an art teacher in the Ottumwa School District for 12 years. For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Boyenga at 641.683.5144x1812, or via e-mail at jennifer.boyenga@indianhills.edu, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
September 28 - October 1
Ottumwa Oktoberfest Celebration
Jimmy Jones Shelter, Greater Ottumwa Park
This annual event promises parades, food, beverage garden, live entertainment, and more! For more information, contact Brian Morgan at morganscorner@gmail.com, or go to www.facebook.com.
September 30
Oktoberfest Kiddie Parade
The first of two Oktoberfest parades is all about the kids! For more information, go to www.facebook.com.
September 30
ORMICS Reunion
Hotel Ottumwa, 107 E 2nd St
Join us for our 35 year reunion, from 4:00 PM-Midnight. For more information, email lappir1@yahoo.com>, or go to www.facebook.com.
September 30
Ottumwa Public Library Teen Trivia Afternoon
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
Teens! At 4:00 PM join us for a trivia game at the library! This is a free event for all teens, no registration required. For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
September 30
Run For Your Life
Downtown Ottumwa
Competitors will "Run For Their Life" in this unique game of hide and seek meets tag with some trivia in the mix. Participants will have to avoid zombies and ghouls in downtown Ottumwa while trying to reach all the checkpoints in 90 minutes. The event is hosted by Happy Mutant Adventure Races Series and will be held the evening before Halloweenapalooza 7. For more information, contact Toby Evans, or go to hmars.regfox.com.
October 1
Halloweenapalooza Film Festival
Hotel Ottumwa
Halloweenapalooza is the state's only horror film showcase. This festival is created by horror filmmakers for horror fans. Halloweenapalooza includes a zombie walk, live bands, vendors, and a midnight screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show. It'll be guaranteed to be a fun-filled day! This event is open to the public and will take place at the legendary & haunted Hotel Ottumwa. Lots of fun things going on this day! For more information, go to filmfreeway.com.
October 1
Oktoberfest Parade
This parade is in honor of Ottumwa's Oktoberfest Celebration is a sanctioned high school band competition that draws approximately 20 marching bands. For more information, go to www.facebook.com.
October 2 - November 20
Dance Lessons
Eagles Club, 109 S Green St
Come join the Bootscooters for eight week beginner dance lessons for just $25 per person. These lessons are on Sunday nights from 6:30-8:30 PM, October 2 thru November 20. You will learn line dances, couple dances, two-step, waltz, cha cha, and swing dances. For more information, contact Jimmy and Sherilyn Headley at 641.684.4224, or via e-mail at jsheadley58@gmail.com.
October 3
Cyber Security Awareness Training
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
This training session, starting at 11:00 A.M. in the meeting room, will cover the basics of cyber security for the general public. It will be approximately 30 minutes, with time for questions and answers. Security awareness handouts will be provided all participants. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.684.4303, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
October 5 - 26
Ottumwa Public Library Drop-In Crafternoon for Kids
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
At 3:30 P.M. the Ottumwa Public Library hosts a Drop-In Crafternoon For Kids! Each Wednesday in October kids can join us for a drop-in afternoon of crafts. Open to all ages, no registration required so just stop by! For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
October 5
Ottumwa Public Library High School Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
All teens in 9-12th grade are invited to join us at 2:30 pm for the High School Book club! Join us as we read and discuss a new book each month. New members are always welcome! For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
October 5
Ottumwa Public Library Middle School Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
All children in grades 6-8 are invited to join the middle school book club meeting at 1:30 pm. We will be reading and discussing a new book each month, new members are always welcome! For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
October 6
Fairy Tale Fashion Show
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
Join us for an enchanted evening of shopping, live music, and a fashion show displaying the latest styles. Our very own fairy godmother will help you select the gown of your dreams. We will also be featuring a variety of your favorite fairy tales. Enjoy a nice selection of hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast. This magical evening will begin at 5:30 PM with the Fashion Show starting at 7:00 PM. Live music will follow immediately after the show. Tickets are $20 in advance for adults and $25 at the door. Children (12 and under) are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, contact Annie Youngman at 641.680.2379.
October 6
Ottumwa Public Library Tail Waggin' Tutors
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
Do you know a student struggling to read? Consider working with our volunteer therapy dog who works with students to gain confidence in reading. From 4:30-5:30 P.M., Gus the therapy dog will be at the library (all ages, appointment required.) For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
October 7
Coffee & Canvas: Feels Like Fall
The Vine Coffeehouse, 1207 N Jefferson
Come out to the Vine for an acrylic painting class with step-by-step instructions in a fun, stress-free environment. Bring your friends and unleash your creativity. $25 includes canvas, paints, and coffee drink of choice! You must RSVP to 682.3005 to sign up! For more information, contact Nicki Wyldes at 641.777.5394x5394, or via e-mail at nicki_w@live.com, or go to www.facebook.com.
October 7
Star Party
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area, 1339 Hwy 63, Bloomfield
It is time for another star party at Pioneer Ridge Nature Area. Join us to learn more about the night sky from local astronomers. Telescopes will be set up for viewing. All ages are welcome. There is no fee or registration for this event starting at 7:30 P.M. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091, or via e-mail at wapelloccb@netins.net, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.
October 8
Coffee & Canvas: Feels Like Fall
The Vine Coffeehouse, 1207 N Jefferson
An acrylic painting class with step-by-step instructions in a fun, stress-free environment will be held at the Vine so bring your friends and unleash your creativity. $25 includes canvas, paints, and coffee drink of choice! You must RSVP to 682.3005 to sign up! For more information, contact Nicki Wyldes at 641.777.5394, or via e-mail at nicki_w@live.com, or go to www.facebook.com.
October 8 - 9
Iowa 500 Club Tournament
Bridge City Bowl
Members of the Women's Iowa 500 Club will bowl in Ottumwa. For more information, contact Brandy Hernandez at 641.777.5600.
October 8
Mostly Musicals!, The Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra
St. John Auditorium Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview
Enjoy listening to some of the best tunes from your favorite musicals: Oklahoma, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, and many more. Prior to the concert there will be a dinner and art show featuring Ottumwa artist Sandi Wilson. For more information, contact Mary Beth Hammer at 641.777.1691, or via e-mail at theottumwasymphonyorchestra@gmail.com, or go to www.ottumwasymphonyorchestra.com.
October 11
Kids Camp: Beading Workshop
Indian Hills, Ottumwa Campus, Advanced Technology Center, Room 122
This class is perfect for first time creators and those with minimal experience! Each student will be making a beaded necklace and bracelet set. Students will be able to choose from a bead buffet offering colorful glass, semiprecious, resin, wood, and shell beads. This workshop will include group instruction, as well as instructor assistance to ensure each project is completed in time to take home. All supplies and tools will be provided. Ideal age for this workshop is 6-13 years old. A fee of $15 is payable to the instructor. This class is from 4:00-5:30 PM. For more information, contact A. Monroe at 641.683.5249, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
October 11
Ottumwa Public Library Pen & Ink Society for Creative Writing
Ottumwa Public Library
At 5:30 pm on the second Tuesday of each month, the Ottumwa Public Library will host the Pen & Ink Society, devoted to developing craft in creative writing. Local writers are encouraged to bring samples of their work and engage in discussion on various writing topics. Meetings feature informal peer critiques, style and composition tips, and information on traditional and independent publication. No registration required. Participants should bring note-taking materials. For more information, contact Evan Clark at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at eclark@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
October 11
Ottumwa Public Library Teen Writers Club
Ottumwa Public Library
The Ottumwa Public Library invites middle and high school students to take part in the OPL Teen Writers group. The meeting will be at 4:00 pm. Young writers are welcome to bring samples of their work to be read, or simply engage in discussion on craft and storytelling. All genres and styles are welcome. For more information, contact Evan Clark at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at eclark@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
October 12
Ottumwa Public Library Reader's Ink Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
At 5pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month the library's monthly book club meets to discuss the book chosen for that month to read. We read a variety of works both fiction and nonfiction. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
October 13
Job Readiness Boot Camp
Ottumwa Job Corps, 15229 Truman St
IowaWORKS Southern Iowa presents this basic training for veterans, people with disabilities, and all job seekers. Starting at 9:00 AM and ending at 2:30 PM, the day will feature keynote speaker, Rich Kennedy presenting, "Mission Possible: Preparing Yourself to be Career Ready." Breakout sessions following the keynote address will include topics: Preparing for your career, Personality assessments, Disclosure of a disability to a potential employer, Disability sensitivity, Job search resources for veterans, and more. For more information, call 641.684.5401x4003, or email clark.young@iwd.iowa.gov>.
October 13
Make Something With Your Hands
Ottumwa Eagles, 109 S Green St
Join the Wood Crafting Mastermind, Danny Carrell, from 6:00-8:30 P.M. when the Eagles host local business World of Wonder Wood Designs! For more information, contact Kaylaine at 641.226.4466, or via e-mail at kaylaine.bunnell@ymail.com, or go to www.facebook.com.
October 13 - 14
Scrubs & Beyond
ORHC Conference Rooms A-B-C
The Community Care Auxiliary is hosting a Scrubs & Beyond uniform sale fundraiser on Thursday, October 13 from 7:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M. and Friday, October 14 from 7:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M. The medical scrub sale is at Ottumwa Regional Health Center in Conference Rooms A-B-C. Come see great selections of scrubs, accessories and shoes: including Dansko. Proceeds from the sale fund our mission to promote the health and well-being of Ottumwa and the surrounding area by being the hands and heart that serve the community. For more information, contact Erin Pieper at 641.684.2350, or via e-mail at epieper@orhc.com.
October 14 - 15
Halloween Hikes
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area, 1339 US Hwy 63, Bloomfield
Halloween Hikes are back, and this is our 25th year! No matter the theme we choose, it is bound to be educational and fun! Hikes run from 6:00-8:00 PM each evening, and we will be recruiting actors and other helpers this summer. If you were here for the first, be here for the 25th! The cost will be $3 per person. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091x102, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.
October 14
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview Ave
"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 14
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community Collge
"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 $7), followed by the program from 12:30-1:30 PM. Reservations are required in advance. For more information, contact Sandy Berto at 641.683.5183x, or via e-mail at sandy.berto@indianhills.edu.
October 14
Supporting Team Trevor
Ottumwa Eagles, 109 S Green St
A benefit dance sponsored by the Heartland Bootscooters and the Ottumwa Eagles FOE #114 will provide live music by Bridge City Country! $5.00 ticket at the door. Meals by The Little Lunch Box Cart will be available from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Raffle tickets will be sold and a silent auction will be held. Trevor draws raffle winners at 9:00 P.M. and the silent auction ends at 10:00 P.M. Must be present to win! Also there will be a Shave Off: Head-to-Head Competion! Brian Stromgren (Father) vs. Jackie Lauer (Nurse)...Whose head will Trevor get to shave? Drop your donation in the jar and vote for who gets shaved! Come out and help support a cure for childhood cancer! For more information, contact Kaylaine at 641.226.4466, or via e-mail at kaylaine.bunnell@ymail.com, or go to www.facebook.com.
October 15
Food Truck Frenzy
Market Street Bridge
KIIC Radio and KYOU News present the first annual Food Truck Frenzy on Saturday, October 15 from 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM. Come for a day of fun on the new and beautiful Market Street Bridge overlooking the Des Moines River. There will be live music,a beer garden, and great food to choose from. For more information, contact KYOU at 641.684.5414, or go to www.kyoutv.com.
October 15
Hot Club of San Francisco: Cinema Vivant
St. John Auditorium Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview
7:30 PM, free admission. Come out for an evening of vintage silent films accompanied by live gypsy swing. For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Boyenga at 641.683.5144x1812, or via e-mail at jennifer.boyenga@indianhills.edu, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
October 15
Ottumwa Public Library Board Game Day
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
From 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. bring your friends and family to the library for a fun day of Board Games! This is a free event for all ages, no registration required. Just drop in and play! For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
October 16
An Evening with Travis Tritt
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
Share an up close and personal experience with Travis Tritt in a rare intimate solo acoustic performance playing his songs like you've never heard them. The concert starts at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $69 and $49. For more information, call 641.684.7000.
October 16
Just Before the Battle Mother--A Visit From a Civil War Soldier
Blakesburg Elementary School Cafeteria, 407 S Wilson, Blakesburg
The Blakesburg Historical Preservation Society, with funding from Humanities Iowa, will host Civil War historian, O.J. Fargo at 1:30 PM. Mr. Fargo dresses in full Union Army regalia and presents in first person an individual Iowa soldier's Civil War experiences. After Fargo provides a brief overview of Iowa's Civil War involvement, the audience is encouraged to ask questions and engage in dialogue with the soldier, who stays in character as he talks about his involvement in the war. Fargo's program will be followed by a presentation on one of Blakesburg's Civil War soldiers, Captain Samuel A. Swiggett. Married to the daughter of Cyrus VanCleve, one of Blakesburg's co-founders, Swiggett enlisted in September of 1862. He was captured during the Battle of Marks' Mills in April, 1864 and spent the remainder of the war in prison camps. In 1895, Swiggett, using his personal experiences as his story's essence, published a book about his prison life entitled, "The Bright Side of Prison Life." On display will be Swiggett's original family photo album, as well as other Civil War artifacts. Fargo will also bring a searchable electronic Civil War roster of men who served in and from Iowa so participants can search for ancestors who served. The program is free and open to the public. Light snacks will be served. Humanities Iowa is a private, nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a cultural resource for Iowans since 1971. For more information, contact Patty Rowland at 641.938.2942, or via e-mail at patndale1@gmail.com.
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, representatives 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 17
Ottumwa Public Library Teen Coloring Party
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
From 5:00-7:00 P.M. the Ottumwa Public Library will host a Teen Coloring Party. Color your cares away and join us for the most relaxing trend since yoga! All materials provided, no registration required. For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
October 19
Ottumwa Public Library Lego Club
Ottumwa Public Library
Join us at 2:30 pm for children grades 2-5, join us for a new theme each month as children build with Legos and display their creations in the library! This is a free event, no registration required. For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
October 20
Ottumwa Public Library Speculative Literature Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
At 5:30 pm this book club meets and focuses on Speculative Literature, literary science fiction and fantasy and meets monthly at the library. For more information, contact Evan Clark at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at eclark@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
October 25
Indian Hills Poetry Reading
The Hills Cafe (by the IHCC Library), 525 Grandview Ave
Free Admission. Order a hot beverage and enjoy student and area poets. For more information, contact Joy Lyle at 641.683.5144, or via e-mail at joy.lyle@indianhills.edu, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
October 25
Ottumwa Public Library Reminisce Society
Ottumwa Public Library
At 10 am there will be a Reminisce Society presentation by: Cheryl Mullenbach, "Iowa's First Woman Elected: Julia Addington." Reminisce Society programs are free and open to everyone. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
October 25
Ottumwa Public Library Teen Writers Club
Ottumwa Public Library
The Ottumwa Public Library invites middle and high school students to take part in the OPL Teen Writers group. The meeting will be at 4:00 pm. Young writers are welcome to bring samples of their work to be read, or simply engage in discussion on craft and storytelling. All genres and styles are welcome. For more information, contact Evan Clark at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at eclark@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
October 26
Ottumwa Public Library Family Movie Night
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
At 5:00 P.M. we will have Family Movie Night showing Alice Through the Looking Glass, rated PG at the Ottumwa Public Library. For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
October 27
Ottumwa Public Library Non-Fiction Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
Join us at 5:30 PM on the 4th Thursday of the month for a book club focusing on the discussion of non-fiction works. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
October 27
YMCA Fall Festival
Ottumwa Family YMCA, 611 N Hancock
The Ottumwa Family YMCA's Fall Festival is back again! Get all dressed up in your Halloween costumes and first hit our east parking lot for Trunk or Treat! Then continue into your YMCA Discovery Lane early learning center for a magical experience through our Candy Land themed rooms. Then finish the fun in our Youth Zone with crafts, activities, bounce house and so much more! This event is FREE and open to all! Don't miss out on this GREAT fall event! For more information, contact Teresa Ross at 641.684.6571x15, or via e-mail at garrett@ottumwaymca.com, or go to www.ottumwaymca.com.
October 28
Ottumwa Public Library Halloween Preschool Storytime
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
At 10:30 A.M. the Ottumwa Public Library will host a special Preschool Storytime Halloween Party! Join us in costume for a special Halloween party with stories, games and crafts! For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
October 28
Ottumwa Public Library Teen Trivia Afternoon
Ottumwa Public Library, 102 W Fourth St
At 4:00 P.M. the library will host Teen Trivia Afternoon. Teens can join us for an afternoon of Halloween themed trivia games, snacks and prizes! No registration required. For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
October 29
American Gothic Halloween Party
American Gothic House Center, 300 American Gothic St, Eldon
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 2:00-4:00 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.
October 29
Ottumwa Public Library Kids Halloween Party
Knights of Columbus, 123 3rd St W
From 3:00-4:00 P.M. the Ottumwa Public Library will host a kids Halloween Party at the Knights of Columbus Hall. We'll have games, crafts, and a very special guest Princess to help entertain! (All ages, no registration required). For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to www.ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
October 30
Indian Hills Fall Choral Concert: Creature Concert
St. John Auditorium, IHCC, 525 Grandview Ave
Memorable concert about monsters and creatures in time for Halloween, directed by Dr. Janene Sheldon. Free admission. For more information, contact Janene Sheldon at 641.683.5144x5144, or via e-mail at janene.sheldon@indianhills.edu, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
November 2
Indian Hills Jazz Band Concert
St. John Auditorium, IHCC, 525 Grandview Ave
Free admission. For more information, contact David Sharp at 641.683.5144x5144, or via e-mail at david.sharp@indianhills.edu, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
November 2
Ottumwa Public Library High School Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
All teens in 9-12th grade are invited to join us at 2:30 pm for the High School Book club! Join us as we read and discuss a new book each month. New members are always welcome! For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
November 2
Ottumwa Public Library Middle School Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
All children in grades 6-8 are invited to join the middle school book club meeting at 1:30 pm. We will be reading and discussing a new book each month, new members are always welcome! For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
November 4 - 6
OCP Presents Wait Until Dark
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
The Ottumwa Community Players presents the thriller, Wait Until Dark. Friday at 7:00 PM; Saturday at 7:00 PM; Sunday at 3:00 PM. Tickets $15 for adults and $10 for students, and are available at Bridge City Realty, at the door day of show, and online at www.ottumwacommunityplayers.com. For more information, contact Jeff Leonard at 641.799.5421, or via e-mail at seasontickets@ottumwacommunityplayers.com, or go to www.ottumwacommunityplayers.com.
November 5
Passport Day
Wapello County Recorder's Office, Court House, 101 W Fourth St
The office will be open from 8:00 AM till noon to process passport applications for both new passports and renewals. APPOINTMENTS ARE RECOMMENDED. Pictures will be available for a fee. Call 641.683.0068 to schedule your appointment or for any questions. For more information, contact Lisa Kent at 641.683.0046, or via e-mail at lkent@wapellocounty.org, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.
November 8
Ottumwa Public Library Pen & Ink Society for Creative Writing
Ottumwa Public Library
At 5:30 pm on the second Tuesday of each month, the Ottumwa Public Library will host the Pen & Ink Society, devoted to developing craft in creative writing. Local writers are encouraged to bring samples of their work and engage in discussion on various writing topics. Meetings feature informal peer critiques, style and composition tips, and information on traditional and independent publication. No registration required. Participants should bring note-taking materials. For more information, contact Evan Clark at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at eclark@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
November 8
Ottumwa Public Library Teen Writers Club
Ottumwa Public Library
The Ottumwa Public Library invites middle and high school students to take part in the OPL Teen Writers group. The meeting will be at 4:00 pm. Young writers are welcome to bring samples of their work to be read, or simply engage in discussion on craft and storytelling. All genres and styles are welcome. For more information, contact Evan Clark at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at eclark@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
November 9
Ottumwa Public Library Reader's Ink Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
At 5pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month the library's Reader's Ink book club meets to discuss that month's book. We read a variety of works both fiction and nonfiction. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
November 10
Ottumwa Public Library presents Author visit by Kali VanBaale
Ottumwa Public Library
At 10:00 am Bloomfield native and IHCC Alumnus Kali VanBaale will speak at the library about her second novel, The Good Divide, which was released in June. It is the story of Wisconsin farm wife Jean Krenshaw, forced to confront a ten-year-old family secret when her brother-in-law Tommy, who lives next door, marries leery newcomer Liz. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
November 11
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview Ave
"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.
November 11
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community Collge
"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 $7), 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.
November 11
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community Collge
"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 $7), 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.
November 14 - December 8
Indian Hills Annual Art Faculty Exhibition
Indian Hills Art Gallery (in the IHCC Library)
Meet the artists from 7:00-8:30 PM. Free admission to the IHCC Art Gallery. Featuring works by IHCC faculty Mark McWhorter and Lisa Fritz. For more information, contact Mark McWhorter at 641.683.5144x5144, or via e-mail at mark.whorter@indianhills.edu, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
November 16
Ottumwa Public Library Lego Club
Ottumwa Public Library
Join us at 2:30 pm for children grades 2-5, join us for a new theme each month as children build with Legos and display their creations in the library! This is a free event, no registration required. For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
November 17
Ottumwa Public Library Speculative Literature Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
At 5:30 pm this book club meets and focuses on Speculative Literature, literary science fiction and fantasy and meets monthly at the library. For more information, contact Evan Clark at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at eclark@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
November 18 - 20
MAC Gun and Knife
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
The MAC Gun and Knife Show will be held Friday, from 5:00-9:00 PM; Saturday, from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM; and Sunday from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. Admission is $8.
November 19
Jay Owenhouse-The Authentic Illusionist
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
Jay Owenhouse, the Authentic Illusionist, will perform two shows, beginning at 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Tickets are $69, $39, and $29. Student price is $15 for Kindergarten through college. (18 years and older must present school ID for student discount.)
November 19 - December 30
Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce 12th Annual Holiday Nights 'N Lights
Greater Ottumwa Park
Enjoy the magic of Christmas on a trip through the Greater Ottumwa Park to enjoy the spectacular displays and create a wonderful family experience! Hours are Sunday-Thursday 6:00-8:30 p.m., Friday & Saturday 6:00-9:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per car. For more information, contact Brenda Sieren at 641.814.5900, or go to www.holidaynightsnlights.com.
November 22
Kids Camp: Beading Workshop
Indian Hills, Ottumwa Campus, Advanced Technology Center, Room 122
This class is perfect for first time creators and those with minimal experience! Each student will be making a beaded necklace and bracelet set. Students will be able to choose from a bead buffet offering colorful glass, semiprecious, resin, wood, and shell beads. This workshop will include group instruction, as well as instructor assistance to ensure each project is completed in time to take home. All supplies and tools will be provided. Ideal age for this workshop is 6-13 years old. A fee of $15 is payable to the instructor. This class is from 4:00-5:30 PM. For more information, contact A. Monroe at 641.683.5249, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
November 22
Ottumwa Public Library Reminisce Society
Ottumwa Public Library
At 10:00 AM there will be a Reminisce Society Presentation by: Dr. Shana Stuart, "The Carnegie Libraries of Iowa." Reminisce Society programs are free and open to everyone. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
November 22
Ottumwa Public Library Teen Writers Club
Ottumwa Public Library
The Ottumwa Public Library invites middle and high school students to take part in the OPL Teen Writers group. The meeting will be at 4:00 pm. Young writers are welcome to bring samples of their work to be read, or simply engage in discussion on craft and storytelling. All genres and styles are welcome. For more information, contact Evan Clark at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at eclark@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
November 26
Ottumwa Eagles Holiday Open House
109 S Green St
For the second year, the Ottumwa Eagles FOE #114 will be hosting a Holiday Open House, an arts, crafts, and vendor show in support of Small Business Saturday! This event is free admission and open to the public. Come out for the perfect holiday gift and support small this year! Interested in renting a booth? Contact Kaylaine for details! For more information, contact Kaylaine at 641.226.4466, or via e-mail at kaylaine.bunnell@ymail.com, or go to www.facebook.com.
December 1 - 3
Indian Hills Theatre: The Man Who Came to Dinner
St. John Auditorium, IHCC, 525 Grandview Ave
A classic 1939 Broadway comedy by George S. Kaufman & Moss Hart. Free Admission. Dr. Jennifer Boyenga & Dr. Ray Slavens, Directors. For more information, contact Dr. Ray Slavens at 641.683.5144x5144, or via e-mail at ray.slavens@indianhills.edu, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
December 3
Gingerbread House Building
American Gothic House Center, 300 American Gothic St, Eldon
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 12:00-4:00 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 5
Indian Hills Alumni Recital: Hailey Haring & Andrew Kecy
St. John Auditorium, IHCC, 525 Grandview Ave
Free admission. For more information, contact David Sharp at 641.683.5144, or via e-mail at david.sharp@indianhills.edu, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
December 6
Kids Camp: Beading Workshop
Indian Hills, Ottumwa Campus, Advanced Technology Center, Room 122
This Beading Workshop is perfect for first time makers who wish to create something personal and unique for mom, grandma, sister, or someone they love. Each student will be making a beaded necklace and bracelet gift set. Students will be able to choose from a bead buffet offering colorful glass, semi-precious, resin, wood, metal, and shell beads. This workshop will include group instruction, as well as instructor assistance to ensure each project is completed in time to take home. There will be gift wrapping supplies available at the end of the class for the students to wrap their creations if they so choose. All supplies and tools will be provided. Ideal age for this workshop is 6 to 13 years old. The $15 fee is payable to the instructor. This camp is from 4:00-5:30 PM. For more information, contact A. Monroe at 641.683.5249, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
December 7
Ottumwa Public Library High School Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
All teens in 9-12th grade are invited to join us at 2:30 pm for the High School Book club! Join us as we read and discuss a new book each month. New members are always welcome! For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
December 7
Ottumwa Public Library Middle School Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
All children in grades 6-8 are invited to join the middle school book club meeting at 1:30 pm. We will be reading and discussing a new book each month, new members are always welcome! For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
December 8
Kids Camp: Beading Workshop
Indian Hills, Ottumwa Campus, Advanced Technology Center, Room 122
This Beading Workshop is perfect for first time makers who wish to create something personal and unique for mom, grandma, sister, or someone they love. Each student will be making a beaded necklace and bracelet gift set. Students will be able to choose from a bead buffet offering colorful glass, semi-precious, resin, wood, metal, and shell beads. This workshop will include group instruction, as well as instructor assistance to ensure each project is completed in time to take home. There will be gift wrapping supplies available at the end of the class for the students to wrap their creations if they so choose. All supplies and tools will be provided. Ideal age for this workshop is 6 to 13 years old. The $15 fee is payable to the instructor. This camp is from 4:00-5:30 PM. For more information, contact A. Monroe at 641.683.5249, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
December 9 - 10
Healthy Relationships Iowa
105 E Third St
Attend this outstanding Healthy Marriage and Relationship Area Workshop, How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk(ette). Friday from 6:30-8:30 PM; Saturday from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. Free! For more information, contact Elizabeth Klanderman at 641.208.0365, or go to www.healthyrelationshipsiowa.org.
December 9
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview Ave
"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.
December 9
Senior Lunch and Learn
Indian Hills Community Collge
"Rockin' the Blues with Tony Blew!" Please come for buffet lunch at 11:15 AM, (cost is $7) with the program from 12:30-1:30 PM. Reservations ARE required in advance. For more information, contact Sandy Berto at 641.683.5183x, or via e-mail at sandy.berto@indianhills.edu.
December 13
Ottumwa Public Library Pen & Ink Society for Creative Writing
Ottumwa Public Library
At 5:30 pm on the second Tuesday of each month, the Ottumwa Public Library will host the Pen & Ink Society, devoted to developing craft in creative writing. Local writers are encouraged to bring samples of their work and engage in discussion on various writing topics. Meetings feature informal peer critiques, style and composition tips, and information on traditional and independent publication. No registration required. Participants should bring note-taking materials. For more information, contact Evan Clark at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at eclark@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
December 13
Ottumwa Public Library Teen Writers Club
Ottumwa Public Library
The Ottumwa Public Library invites middle and high school students to take part in the OPL Teen Writers group. The meeting will be at 4:00 pm. Young writers are welcome to bring samples of their work to be read, or simply engage in discussion on craft and storytelling. All genres and styles are welcome. For more information, contact Evan Clark at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at eclark@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
December 14
Ottumwa Public Library Reader's Ink Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
At 5pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month the library's Readers Ink book club meets to discuss that month's book. We read a variety of works both fiction and nonfiction. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
December 15
Indian Hills Holiday Concert: Through the Eyes of a Child
St. John Auditorium, IHCC, 525 Grandview Ave
Free Admission. Dr. Janene Sheldon & David Sharp, Directors. For more information, contact David Sharp at 641.683.5144, or via e-mail at david.sharp@indianhills.edu, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
December 15
Ottumwa Public Library Speculative Literature Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
At 5:30 pm this book club meets and focuses on Speculative Literature, literary science fiction and fantasy and meets monthly at the library. For more information, contact Evan Clark at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at eclark@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
December 16
A "Do Love Well" Christmas Starring Diana Upton-Hill and her band, The Nashville Santas
Bridge View Center
Founded in Hawkeye holiday traditions, Diana and her Nashville Santas band will unwrap a seasonal program twinkling with holiday classics and contemporary favorites. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $19 & $25 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster, at Bridge View Center or at the door. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at 641.684.7000, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
December 17
A Fairytale Christmas Ball, The Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra
Bridge View Center, 102 Church St
Presented by Vaughn Automotive, enjoy an enchanting evening as you celebrate the holiday season. Cocktails begin at 6:00 PM with dinner at 7:30 PM and dancing to music provided by the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra from 9:00-11:00 PM. For more information, contact Kim Ardueser at 641.777.7788, or via e-mail at theottumwasymphonyorchestra@gmail.com, or go to www.ottumwasymphonyorchestra.com.
December 17
Christmas Bird Count
Wapello County
This count is very important in monitoring the population and range changes in birds throughout the world. We have a 15 mile diameter count circle we survey each year. We need many volunteers to ensure we cover as much of this area as possible. WE NEED YOU!! Mark this date on your calendar, and plan to join us for other birding activities throughout the year to keep your identification skills fresh. All ages are welcome, and registration is strongly suggested. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091x102, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.
December 21
Ottumwa Public Library Lego Club
Ottumwa Public Library
Join us at 2:30 pm for children grades 2-5, join us for a new theme each month as children build with Legos and display their creations in the library! This is a free event, no registration required. For more information, contact Allyson Kirking at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at akirking@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
December 27
Ottumwa Public Library Teen Writers Club
Ottumwa Public Library
The Ottumwa Public Library invites middle and high school students to take part in the OPL Teen Writers group. The meeting will be at 4:00 pm. Young writers are welcome to bring samples of their work to be read, or simply engage in discussion on craft and storytelling. All genres and styles are welcome. For more information, contact Evan Clark at 641.682.7563, or via e-mail at eclark@ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
January 10
Kids Camp: Beading Workshop
Indian Hills, Ottumwa Campus, Advanced Technology Center, Room 122
This class is perfect for first time creators and those with minimal experience! Each student will be making a beaded necklace and bracelet set. Students will be able to choose from a bead buffet offering colorful glass, semiprecious, resin, wood, and shell beads. This workshop will include group instruction, as well as instructor assistance to ensure each project is completed in time to take home. All supplies and tools will be provided. Ideal age for this workshop is 6-13 years old. A fee of $15 is payable to the instructor. This class is from 4:00-5:30 PM. For more information, contact A. Monroe at 641.683.5249, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
March 2
The Texas Tenors
Bridge View Center
The Texas Tenors treat audiences to a unique blend of country, classical, Broadway and current pop music. They use breathtaking vocals, humor and a touch of cowboy charm to create an unforgettable live show! The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $59 & $44. Student tickets are $15. Tickets will be available for purchase starting Friday, September 9 through Ticketmaster, at Bridge View Center or at the door.
March 19
Michael Londra's Celtic Fire
Bridge View Center
Celtic Fire, starring renowned Irish tenor Michael Londra, presents the culture of Ireland, with a focus on Irish dance. Its electric energy sweeps audiences away to the Emerald Isle-its culture, its music, its pubs and its heart. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $42 & $35. Student tickets are $15. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at 641.684.7000, or go to www.bridgeviewcenter.com.
June 4
Kids Camp: BLAST Babysitting Class
Indian Hills, Ottumwa Campus, Video Conference Training Center, Room 125
The BLAST (Babysitting Lessons & Safety Training) Program is an exciting and interactive course that teaches participants how to set up and run their own babysitting business, how to handle the basics of childcare, how to react responsibly to medical emergencies and injuries, how to preform first aid for common childhood injuries and illnesses and how to entertain children with a variety of activities. Participants will complete Heartsaver Family and Friends CPR and receive a CPR course participation card. During the course students will also make first aid kits and baby sitter busy bags filled with activities and games to use while babysitting. This class is open to student's age 11-14 years of age. Enrollment is limited. Participants should bring a 12-16" doll or teddy bear with them to class. The cost is $50 which includes lunch, CPR book, BLAST babysitting book, first aid kit supplies, babysitter busy bag with contents, and handouts. For more information, call 641.683.5249, or go to www.indianhills.edu.
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