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Members of the Pleasant Valley Awareness Committee meet recently at Coppin Chapel Church to finalize plans for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Dinner. This year’s event also includes free haircuts for children and cosmetic products before the dinner. The group members are, from left, Helen Gully and her great-grandson Darius Hampton, 4, Sherry Washington, Charles Mosley, Councilman Neven Conrad, Jameel Hameed, Councilman Terry Moehnke and Lori Branderhorst. Not pictured: Charles Clayton, Chris Crooks and Deb Edwards.

Remembering the dream

Civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. will be remembered today during a special gathering in Fort Dodge. A MLK Community Dinner featuring soul food is open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m at the Coppin Chapel AME Church, 329 First Ave. S. “This is a celebration dinner in honor of Dr. ...

A little about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister who pushed for social change through non-violent protest, was the best known leader of the civil rights movement of the late 1950s and the 1960s. He rose to prominence in December 1955, when he led a boycott of the Montgomery, Alabama, bus system ...

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Deuces Wild

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt County Memorial Hospital Foundation will host two shows featuring The Deuces Wild! Dueling Pianos for guests to enjoy while supporting the hospital and its foundation. The shows will be the highlight of the 15th annual Founders Event to be held Jan. 20 at the ...

Triton Jazz Festival brings competition to town

High school bands from across the state of Iowa will be performing at Decker Auditorium during the annual Triton Jazz Festival. The Jazz Festival will begin on Jan. 11 with classes 1A and 3A performing starting at 8:30 a.m. Some of the bands performing include St. Edmond, Webster City, Storm ...

Baby It’s Cold Outside!

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson — the Big Bopper — were on what would become known as their final tour when their plane crashed on Feb. 3, 1959, causing their deaths. That moment in history has become known as the day music died. At the time, Holly and his band, The ...

New Year’s Eve Gala

NOTE: This event has been canceled. The Fort Museum and Frontier Village sent this update to The Messenger: The Fort Museum and Frontier Opera House has decided to cancel the New Year's Eve Gala, due to the Opera House receiving some updates to the building. The Museum and Opera House staff is ...

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Christmas Caroling Through History is 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 17. Check in at the Smeltzer House, pictured.

A caroling you can go!

Join fellow carolers tonight for Christmas Caroling through History and holiday goodies, as participants tour the Oak Hill Historic District and admire the outdoor decorations adorning the homes there. “Enjoy the sounds of caroling as you explore the historic district, while admiring ...

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KAREN DEWINTER, left, and Phyllis Michaelson say the act of giving cookies as holiday gifts carries a more personal meaning because of the time and effort they require.

Giving ‘tasteful’ gifts

Sometimes a box of baked goods can express warm and fuzzy holiday feelings better than a big ticket retail purchase. “It’s a personal thing,” said Phyllis Michaelson, of Fort Dodge. “It really touches people to know someone took the time to make it.” Karen DeWinter, an avid ...

Focusing on ‘Christmas Past’ — in concert

The Fort Dodge Choral Society’s next concert will feature some of the songs performed at its very first Christmas concert during the show titled, ‘‘Christmas Past.’’ “For the Christmas concert, we will continue with celebrating the 50th anniversary by going back to recreate the ...

Here come ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’

Hawkeye Community Theatre will bring one of the classic Christmas songs to life during its December play. The play is written by Renee Calarco adapted from the traditional Christmas song, ‘‘The 12 Days of Christmas.’’ “This play is loosely based on the classic Christmas song of the ...

McSweeny’s presents its annual Winter Recitals

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” is the theme this year during the winter voice recital, presented by McSweeny’s School of Performing Arts. Approximately 80 musicians will be involved in four public recitals to be presented during the month of December encompassing many area schools and ...

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The Iowa Central Community College Encore Singers, Jazz Band, Concert Band and Concert Choir will take the stage at Decker Auditorium for the annual Christmas concert.

’Tis the season

The holidays are here, and Iowa Central Community College has been busy preparing the annual free holiday concert as a way to spread Christmas cheer within the community. The show will be performed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in Decker Auditorium on the college’s Fort Dodge ...

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The Ringland-Smeltzer House is decorated for the holiday season with a mix of pine garlands and white lights.

The halls are decked

The Ringland-Smeltzer House will once again be decked out for the holidays, and its doors will open to guests on Dec. 10. The Ringland-Smeltzer House is located in the historic Oak Hill District of Fort Dodge and was constructed in 1903. It is an example of the Jacobethan Revival ...

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The Blanden Memorial Art Museum’s holiday open house will feature a silent auction that includes original artworks.

Blanden event will boost art education

Get in the holiday spirit with the Blanden Memorial Art Museum when its doors open to the community for an evening of art, music and food. The holiday open house will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 920 Third Ave. S. “Every year at the Blanden, we hold this holiday ...

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In Humboldt, Santa’s got some trains

HUMBOLDT — Among the many stops Santa will make this year to visit with children and children at heart is the Kiwanis Christmasland in Humboldt. He’s now there and ready to hear the wish list, enjoy cookies and assure the naughty that they still have time to get off the list. The ...

Fort Dodge Symphony performs today

The Fort Dodge Area Symphony will present its holiday concert today at 3 p.m. at the Fort Dodge Middle School auditorium, 800 N. 32nd St. With a working title of “Down Home Holiday,” this concert will feature Des Moines-based bluegrass group Ortonville Circus and will feature American ...

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Grayson Chance, 7, tells Santa about his Christmas wishes. The line reached out the front doors at the library with children waiting to see Santa Claus at the Lights on Central celebration in 2016.

Holiday on Central

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and what better way of getting into the Christmas spirit than celebrating the season downtown during the Fort Dodge’s annual Holiday on Central? “Once again we have a great, fun night planned for Holiday on Central, our community tradition ...

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Fort Dodge Fire Department probationary firefighter Ashley Jochum holds a pair of tickets to the upcoming Fort Dodge Fireman’s Ball featuring the Johnny Holm Band. The event is on Nov. 22 from 8 to 11:30 p.m. at the Best Western Starlite.

Fort Dodge Fireman’s Ball

The Fort Dodge Firefighters Association, International Association of Firefighters Local 622, will be holding the annual Fort Dodge Fireman’s Ball on Wednesday. “The Fireman’s Ball one of the two fundraising events we hold throughout the year to help raise funds for the ...

‘Come Together’ for youth activities today

Harp’s Outlet will be hosting the first “Come Together” event today that organizers hope will bring the community together again. “We as local business owners, feel that it is necessary to bring safety back into the community and to also bring back unity,” said Patty Harp, owner of ...

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Wendy Mills takes in a Charles Dickens tale. The Fort Museum and Frontier Village Opera House will kick off this holiday season with their first event, “A Dickens of a Christmas at the Fort,” a free event to be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

A Dickens of a Christmas

Shop, play, and feast in the Fort Museum and Frontier Village Opera House this holiday season during the first annual “A Dickens of a Christmas at the Fort” holiday market on Saturday. Come and join the many “shoppe keepers” where attendees will discover countless treasures as the ...