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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 ...

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Mary Kay Daniel, at left, and Carly Hewitt, with the Junior Women’s Club, sample their candied bacon chocolate chip cookies during Gateway to Discovery’s inaugural “It’s a Chocolate Thing” fundraiser in 2014. This year’s event will be held on Nov. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge.

It’s a Chocolate Thing

An afternoon full of sweets will help a local cause during Gateway to Discovery’s fourth annual fundraiser, It’s a Chocolate Thing. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy scrumptious sweets, bid on the silent auction items, learn about addiction, meet women of Gateway and hear their ...

WCCT to stage ‘Making God Laugh’

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City Community Theatre prepares for the first show of its 51st season with “Making God Laugh,” a play written by Sean Grennan. “‘Making God Laugh’ is one of the funniest comedies currently trending in community theaters across the country,” said Loween ...

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Grace Champagne, 15, playing the character Glenda Spears, argues with her character's husband, Conrad Spears, as played by Sawyer Springer, 14 in the Fort Dodge Senior High production of "You Can't Beat the House."

‘You Can’t Beat the House’

The Fort Dodge Senior High Drama Department will present the family-friendly comedy “You Can’t Beat the House” as the fall play during the first week of November. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Gail Niceswanger Little Theatre at the school, 819 N. ...

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Frontier Village Assistant Curator Jessica Einwalter works on making spooky candles and bloody
handprints Wednesday that this will used during the Haunted Museum Tour: Lott’s Revenge. The spooky event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m.

Haunted Museum Tour

An upcoming Halloween event will give visitors a chance to explore the Fort Museum and Frontier Village like never before. Called ‘‘Lotts Revenge. Horror Awaits,’’ the event promises thrills and scares, according to organizers. It will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and ...

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Kristin Kuhlman is pictured with her brother, Joe Kuhlman.

HOPE for healing

A new fund aimed at helping lower income families with sick children is being developed by the Fort Dodge Community Foundation, according to Randy Kuhlman, chief executive officer of the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and the United Way of Greater Fort Dodge. “We want to be able to ...

Downtown FD will get creepy

Stores in downtown Fort Dodge are coming together Thursday for Ghouls Night Out. “This is a great community event that helps bring more people downtown to the local businesses, while offering different special sales at each location,” said Amanda Bush, the co-owner of Rush Hour Clothing ...

Sac City Quilt-A-Fair car show winners announced

SAC CITY — The winners of the classic car and truck show held as part of the Sac County Quilt-A-Fair held Sept. 23-24 have been named. They are: • Pre-1940 — Ron Ehrp, Ford • 1951 through 1960 — First place, Bud Vote, Chevrolet; second place, Steve Bode, Chevrolet Bel Air • ...

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Bobby Awe, of Fort Dodge, performs in his studio recently.

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As a teenager in the 1950s it wasn’t uncommon for Bobby Awe to stay up late on a Saturday night, waiting for his favorite country shows to hit the airwaves. “Years ago I used to stay up late listening to country music on the radio,” Awe, a longtime country music artist, said. “There ...