Local Lifestyle

Taste of Kosovo

Iowa Central Community College culinary arts students will be dishing up authentic Kosovar food on Friday during a fundraiser that will help support a youth exchange between Fort Dodge and its sister city of Gjakova, Kosovo. The fundraiser, called Taste of Kosovo, will be held Willow Ridge ...

King Band wraps up winter season

The third and final indoor concert for the 2019 winter season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will be held at 3:30 p.m. on April 7 in the Decker Auditorium on the campus of Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. There is no admission charge, since these concerts are ...

Money Smart Week includes shredding event, retirement workshop

Two popular events are returning to Fort Dodge during Money Smart Week, March 30-April 6. Money Smart Week is sponsored annually by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to remind Americans that we’re never done learning and improving financial well-being. Local events in the Fort Dodge area ...

A barbershop bonanza

Saturday Night Barbershop is the 2019 Harmony Brigade Annual Show featuring guest quartets that are some of the best in the world. This year the Milwaukee High School quadruplet sensation group Vintage Mix, 2018 International Senior Quartet Champions St. Croix Crossing and 2008 ...

Cornbelt Chorus Presents Wayback Barbershop Friday and Saturday

ALGONA — Enjoy the madness and music of time travel as the Cornbelt Chorus presents its spring show Wayback Barbershop on Friday in Emmetsburg and Saturday in Algona. The Friday show is at 7 p.m. in the Emmetsburg High School Auditorium. Saturday’s shows are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the ...

St. Mary’s gala set in Humboldt

HUMBOLDT — The St. Mary’s fundraising gala will be held Saturday at Rustix Event Center in downtown Humboldt. Gala 2019 will be the 16th annual fundraising event for St. Mary School. This event traditionally nets more than $100,000 that is used directly to support the school. This ...

Rockhounds return

For fans of fun with fossils, glee with gems, madness about minerals, and joy about jewelry, the annual River Valley Rockhounds Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show is just around the bend at the next fossil bed. The show is scheduled for March 30 and 31 at the Webster County ...

‘The Butler Did It, Again’

Hawkeye Community Theatre is bringing back the Dinner Theatre in March. Directed by veteran director Michael Shoopman, the fast-paced mystery comedy, written by Tim Kelly, “The Butler Did It, Again” will be presented March 27 through March 30 at 7 p.m., with an additional matinee at 2 ...

Carnival for a canine

Training is well underway for the dog that will help serve students of all ages at Manson Northwest Webster schools. To help Lady finish her training and become a full-time therapy dog, MNW Elementary School is hosting a carnival Thursday. The event will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the ...

Take a peek

Almost Home’s 11th annual Fur Ball is sneaking up like a cat stalking its favorite toy. Hosted by Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota and sponsored by Nestle Purina PetCare, the Fur Ball will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota showroom. Guests will enjoy ...

Karl L. King Band celebrates Irish heritage

The second in a series of three indoor concerts by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will be held on March 17 in the Decker Auditorium on the campus of Iowa Central Community College. There is no admission charge, since these concerts are provided free of charge to everyone by the ...

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

“The Wizard of Oz” is a familiar story. Here’s how it happens in the St. Edmond High School version: After running away from the home she shares with her Auntie Em (Jacque Oberg) and Uncle Henry (Sean Flattery), Dorothy Gale (Hallie Ehn) takes a trip to Oz when she gets caught in a ...

Webster City offers opportunity for artists

WEBSTER CITY — Arts R Alive in Webster City, Iowa has an opportunity for an artist or artist team to create a permanent work of public art to be located in a public location in the city. Interested artists may go to webstercity.com to see a map and read about Webster City. Public artists ...

Mamma Mia!

“Mamma Mia!,” the iconic saga that has grossed $2 billion worldwide and introduced more than 54 million people to the sounds of ABBA, will rock the stage at Iowa Central Community College’s Decker Auditorium March 7-9. The show’s history spans continents and languages, according to ...

Symphony concert is ‘Musical Postcards’

Postcards are mementos of travels taken. Souvenirs of places visited and vacations to remember. In this spirit, Fort Dodge Area Symphony will present its concert, “Musical Postcards,” at 3 p.m. on March 3 at the Fort Dodge Middle School, 800 N. 32nd St. The Fort Dodge String Orchestra ...

Call of the wild trivia

Questions like “What is the only mammal that can fly?” will be asked during the Call of the Wild — Friends of Webster County Conservation annual fundraiser on Saturday. The answer to that question is a bat — but don’t expect too many other freebies during the nature knowledge ...

Life Lessons

MANSON — Emily Markert was only a senior in high school when her lungs began to fail. Over two lung transplants and multiple complications, her faith and positivity inspired others around her, prompting her and her close friend to write a book. “Life Lessons: The Emily Markert ...

Home in on the lifestyle you love

A popular lifestyle artisan will lead with lifestyle energy at The Messenger’s annual Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show, telling audiences about what she calls “the art of every day.” Michele Brown, of Des Moines, is a locally- and nationally-known personality who specializes in ...

MANSON MERIDIANS

MANSON — The upcoming Manson Meridian Singers production, “For Every Season, A Song,” has nothing to do with the weather. Instead, Director Lori Erkenbrack said, it’s about life. “The songs are about the seasons of our lives,” she said. “We have selected songs about birth, ...

Stories of Fort Dodge

February is Black History Month and in that spirit a program honoring local African American history will be on Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. at the Fort Dodge Public Library. Black History month is a good time to walk down memory lane, Sherry Washington, president of the Pleasant Valley Awareness ...