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Ben Ahlers

You may recognize Fort Dodge native Ben Ahlers from the many school and community theatre productions he has been in over the past several years. He often shared his talents in acting and singing with the Fort Dodge community, starting at the age of six. Even at that young age, he had dreams ...

In an open sleigh

DAYTON — It’s easy enough to hear and sing about going for a winter sleigh ride. Just cue “Jingle Bells” on whatever device you listen to music on or sing the part of the lyrics that you can recall. “Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh.” For those who want ...

Ringland-Smeltzer hosts Holiday Open House

The Ringland-Smeltzer House, located at 1019 Second Ave. S. in the historic Oak Hill District of Fort Dodge, will again open its doors for its Holiday Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. today. The main focus of the Holiday Open House is not just to share in the beauty of the holidays. “We ...

Fort Dodge Choral Society to perform Dec. 16

The sounds of Christmas will fill the air as Fort Dodge Choral Society presents “A Living Tradition” at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at Grace Lutheran Church, 211 S. Ninth St. Conductor Bruce Perry has chosen a program of sparkling arrangements familiar Christmas carols. “Silent Night”; “Still, ...

Celebrate the season with art

When Blanden Memorial Art Museum Director Eric Anderson joined the museum in 2014, one of the things he did was to read through old bulletins and newsletters. There he found mention of a Holiday Open House. Anderson decided to revive the tradition starting with a small event the first ...

Lights at Kennedy will brighten spirits this holiday season

An annual holiday tradition that is sure to brighten the season will be returning to John F. Kennedy Memorial Park this weekend. Lights at Kennedy kicks off Friday night and will continue every weekend for the next three weeks, ending on Dec. 23. It lasts from 6 to 9 p.m. The event, ...

Kendall Young Library introducing bilingual storytime

WEBSTER CITY — A new bilingual story time started Dec. 1 at the Kendall Young Library in Webster City. The “Cuentos Bilingues” was held in the lower level of the library, according to Ketta Lubberstedt-Arjes, library director. “We hope to offer this on a Saturday every other ...

Holiday on Central

The holiday season will be in full swing on Monday when the annual celebration, Holiday on Central, comes to town. The event is hosted by the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance. The festivities will be held at the Fort Dodge Public Library from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jolly Old Saint ...

Here comes ‘A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas’

It is a long-standing tradition for Hawkeye Community Theatre to present a children’s holiday show each December. That tradition continues this year under the direction of Mary Jo Laupp, who has chosen a musical that puts a modern twist on a classic tale. “A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas” ...

We gather together, then what?

It’s one of those moments that’s not on the list of things wanted as the family sits down to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner: everyone realizing that their slice of turkey has a moisture level approaching hot sand from the Mojave desert. Dried out turkey is one of the most common banes of ...

POP ART

When some of the works of Fort Dodge born Pop Art creator Corita Kent went on display at the Blanden Memorial Art Museum recently, their proximity to another work in the museum helped recreate the moment that first set her down the path of making Pop Art. Her work is only a few feet away ...

A Dickens of a Christmas

Shop, play and feast in the Frontier Village Opera House this holiday season. Come and join the many “Shoppe Keepers” where attendees will discover countless treasures as the marketplace captures the merriment of Christmas during the time of Charles Dickens. “A Dickens of a ...

Did someone say Spam?

The Comedia Musica Players have selected a comedic, high-energy show for its 51st annual production. Casting has been announced and rehearsals are underway for the Fort Dodge production of “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the ...

YWCA Silver Showcase is Saturday

The YWCA’s annual fundraiser to benefit area women in need is Saturday. The Silver Showcase will be at Willow Ridge Golf Course & Restaurant, 1788 Madison Ave. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20. Appetizers and drinks will be served. The YWCA is a nonprofit organization that ...

FLASH BACK TO THE ’80S

The era of boom boxes, Pac-Man, cassette tapes and the Rubiks cube will return for one night on Nov. 3 to raise money for the Community Health Center of Fort Dodge. The annual Masquerade for Your Health Ball will feature what organizers call a totally awesome ’80s theme this year. The ...

FDSH fall play is ‘Sundown Alley’

The Fort Dodge Senior High drama department will present “Sundown Alley” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 2 and 3 in the Gail Niceswanger Little Theater at Senior High. Long before Norma Desmond of Sunset Boulevard fame, there was Norma Desperate of Sundown Alley, out west in the tiny town of Lizard ...

Agronomy in the Field meetings will continue across Iowa

AMES — Women landowners, farmers and ag retailers will have the opportunity to meet again this fall and winter to learn more about agronomy and related agricultural topics through distance-learning sessions of Agronomy in the Field. Agronomy in the Field for women is in its fourth year and ...

Choral society, Jive for Five team up for show today

Living in America will be the theme of today’s concert by the Fort Dodge Choral Society and Jive for Five. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. in First United Methodist Church, 127 N. 10th St. Admission is $10 at the door or free for those with a season membership in the society. All ...

Lake City play is comedy of errors

LAKE CITY— Village Square Theatre of Lake City is working on their fall play to be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at South Central Calhoun’s auditorium. In this convulsively funny comedy for high schools and community theater, everything goes from bad to awful. John is ...