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‘[title of show]’

Stage Door Productions is preparing for its annual winter show, “[title of show],” under the stage direction of Alyssa Sparks and musical direction of Shelly Bottorff. “[title of show]” was written by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell and takes moments from their lives as writers and the ...

Fort Dodge Regional Bridal Association Extravaganza is Jan. 13

The Fort Dodge Regional Bridal Association will hold its 22nd Annual Wedding Extravaganza at Crossroads Mall on Jan. 13 from noon to 4 p.m. Vendors offering services range from bridal relaxation, hair, and make-up, to gowns, tuxedos, DJ services, photographers, videographers, caterers, and ...

Happy New Year!

First Day hike set at Dolliver OTHO — A First Day hike will be held on the Copperas Beds Trail at Dolliver Memorial State Park on Tuesday. Hikers should meet at 9 a.m. at the Copperas Beds Trail Head by South Lodge, 2757 Dolliver Park Ave., Otho. The hike will be 1 to 1.5 miles and is ...

Spiritual Christmas traditions to embrace

The holiday season is a special and spiritual time of year. It can sometimes be easy to get lost in the more commercial aspects of the holiday season, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with shopping for gifts that will show your loved ones how much you love and appreciate them. For those ...

Local man’s book details adventures of Civil War drummer boy

George A. Tod was a teenager living in Webster County when he enlisted in the Union Army in 1862 when the federal government sought 300,000 volunteers for the Civil War. He was assigned as a drummer boy, survived combat and was captured. He escaped twice from Confederate prisons, including ...

Grain bin acoustics

Will Lopes, the Iowa Central Community College director of vocal music, always wondered what it would sound like to sing in a grain bin. “I wanted to come up with a project where I would engage the students right away in something that they never experienced,” Lopes said. “I am ...

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 ...