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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 ...

Heading downtown

Main Street Fort Dodge is inviting the public to help build a Pop-Up Museum downtown on Wednesday. This is the second Build a Better Block event hosted by Main Street Fort Dodge. It will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at 1018 Central Ave. At the event, attendees will help transform the ...

On the open road

SIOUX CITY—It’s a quest that’s decades in the making. When people gathered in Holstein on October 19 for a ribbon-cutting celebrating the completion of U.S. Highway 20 as a four-lane thoroughfare across Iowa, a focus on the future was intertwined with the history of this remarkable ...

Where and when can you Trick or Treat?

Editor’s note: The Messenger will run this list again on Friday, Oct. 26. To have a community Halloween event listed, send complete information to calendar@messengernews.net no later than Wednesday, Oct. 24, by 5 p.m. 2018 Trick or Treat schedule Fort Dodge: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Oct. 31, ...

‘Watermusic’ is theme of Symphony concert

The Fort Dodge Area Symphony opens its 69th season at 3 p.m. today at the Fort Dodge Middle School, 800 N. 32nd St. The concert — “Watermusic” — will open with Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s gallant “Overture to the Seahawk.” The Symphony will explore works by composers who were ...

Hawkeye Community Theatre is cooking up a comedy

Three young men and three young woman share an apartment in all innocence: They are would-be stage folk and they are doing this for economic security. Their apartment is immediately above that of a Broadway producer who is about to cast a road company. They rehearse the play, but how can ...

Fort Dodge Choral Society and Jive for Five! present ‘Living in America’

The Fort Dodge Choral Society, organized in 1968, is one of the oldest community groups dedicated to the performance of fine choral literature in the state. Soon it will join one of the most recognized brass quintets in the state, Jive for Five!, as it shares some of the most beloved American ...

For the 13th year Pumpkins & Ponies

HUMBOLDT — A fun-filled festival will be returning to Humboldt this weekend bigger than its ever been with the addition of a second day. Pumpkins & Ponies will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at SpringVale Farm, 2603 Lone Tree Road, ...

‘Mary Poppins Jr.’

WEBSTER CITY — The backstage rooms of the Webster City Community Theatre are a chaotic noisy place to be on rehearsal night as the cast of its production of “Mary Poppins Jr.” prepares to run through the musical. Some are looking for parts of their costume. Some are trying to ...

Finances of Caregiving workshops begin

Finances of Caregiving is a new five-session workshop from ISU Extension and Outreach being held from 6:30 to 8;30 p.m. on Tuesdays from Oct. 16 through Nov. 13 at the Webster County Extension office. The program focuses on tools and strategies to assist caregivers in protecting their own ...

Women’s self-defense class set for Oct. 14

GOWRIE — The North Iowa Women’s Self-Defense Initiative will hold two self-defense classes in Gowrie on Oct. 14. From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., they will be working with girls ages 8 to 12. Topics covered will include when and why we might have to use self-defense, who our predators are, the ...

Almost Homecoming is almost here

It’ll be homecoming season for the Almost Home Humane Society of North Central Iowa as it prepares for a new event to help raise money for the shelter. Almost Homecoming will be held from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Shimkat Motor Co., 3126 Fifth Ave. S. Chad Hammar, executive director ...

Cruise to the Woods is Oct. 7

The 35th Annual Cruise to the Woods will be held Oct. 7. The car show will be held at Sunkissed Meadows in Fort Dodge. The cruise will leave Stratford at 10:30 a.m. that day and travel through Lehigh, Dolliver Park, and down Hawkeye Avenue past Amigos. Organizers expect more than 1,200 ...

He’s coming to the Opera House

The Neil Diamond song “America” contains a lyric quite familiar to his many fans: “They’re coming to America.” For fans of the iconic singer, Neil Diamond tribute singer Keith Allynn will be performing in Fort Dodge on Tuesday. “He’s coming to the Opera House.” Mysty ...

Troubled Paradise

Summer for some is a time of vacations and relaxation, but for Teresa Jackson, director of theater for Iowa Central Community College, it is a time for planning future productions. Her latest production is “Trouble in Paradise Junction,” the college’s fall performance. This 2017 ...