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KIDZMANIA: Insects, science, families and fun

KIDZMANIA is a family, fun adventure that is held each year by Linking Families and Communities. Engaging a child's curiosity and imagination is the goal of KIDZMANIA.This year, it will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Crossroads Mall.A variety of local organizations ...

Pumpkins & Ponies

HUMBOLDT - Fall is the perfect time of year to find the perfect pumpkin, but at the 11th Annual Pumpkins & Ponies event there will be so much more than pumpkins.SpringVale Farm, owned by Lonnie and Bob Larson, in its regular life is a working farm with row crops, pasture and hay ...

Purdue Glee Club singers to entertain in FD

The 69 singers of the Purdue University Varsity Glee Club will take the stage at the Fort Dodge Middle School on Saturday for a free concert that organizers promise will be a high-energy performance.The singers will not be standing still in formation, singing old songs, according to Bill ...

Behold, the humble pumpkin

Autumn is the season when pumpkins are ripe for the picking, and thousands of people flock to local farms and roadside vendors to select perfect pumpkins. Many pumpkins are turned into decorative jack-o'-lanterns for Halloween, only to be tossed in the trash come November 1. That could be ...

Spirit on the prairie

POMEROY - It doesn't look like much from the outside. A simple storefront with a sign that simply reads "Byron's," with a pair of dancing bears above and below the lettering.When owner Byron Stuart had the sign made, opaque paint was used for the bears by accident. Since light won't go through ...

Midwest Book Awards: Call for entries

Independent publishers in the Midwest are invited to submit entries to the 27th Annual Midwest Book Awards for excellence in books published in 2016. The awards honor the publishers in the Midwest publishing community who are producing quality work and help them compete in today's competitive ...

Hawaiian Uh-Oh!

"Homicide in Hawaii," an original work by Barb Thompson, of Fort Dodge, is a dinner party that promises to take audiences back to 1939 for a taste of drama.It will be staged Friday and Saturday at the historic Vincent House, 824 Third Ave. S. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a social time, ...

Fall Fest to be at Wilson Brewer Park

WEBSTER CITY - A free Fall Fest is Saturday at Wilson Brewer Historic Park in Webster City.A farmers market and flea market are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.The park's museum buildings will be open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.Harmony School looks like it did on the prairie, including the posted rules for ...

Sofia Talvik coming to Soldier Creek

Swedish singer-songwriter Sofia Talvik will bring her voice to Soldier Creek Winery Friday.The event begins at 6 p.m. at the winery, 1584 Paragon Ave."Even though this young lady is from Sweden, I'd place her at the forefront of the American vanguard. One listen will tell you why and how." ...

The art and soul of storytelling

STORY CITY - For the past 11 years, this appropriately-named town in its equally appropriately-named county has hosted one of Iowa's most important weekends featuring, well, stories.Specifically, storytelling.Long before the first scribes put quill to vellum, people were telling stories. ...

‘Dorie’s Stories’

Doris Woods' launch into storytelling was a turkey.Well, at least it was about a turkey."It was doomed from the start! We had invited our usual family and relatives, 13 in all, for the Thanksgiving feast."The kitchen refrigerator was filled with the usual cookies, pies, etc. The downstairs ...

Carroll Air Show to commemorate anniversary of 9/11

CARROLL The 2016 Carroll Air Show will be held Sunday, September 11, 2016, at the Arthur N. Neu Municipal Airport in Carroll, Iowa. The patriotic "red, white and blue" air show will begin at noon and is free to the public. The show will commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and pay tribute ...

Iowa Lakes to offer Third Age College Classes

SPENCER - Iowa Lakes Community College will be offering several classes geared towards the 55+ age life-long learners age group. Those classes are as follows: Life Lessons from the Great Books - In Life Lessons from the Great Books, Professor J. Rufus Fears of the University of Oklahoma, a ...

Sentimental Swing Band needs you

The smooth, cool notes of the classic song "New York, New York" - made famous by Frank Sinatra - drifted over the couples dancing at the Laramar Ballroom during a recent night of dancing.They moved in time and for a few minutes on the floor, almost floated like the young people they were when ...

Britt Draft Horse Show is Sept. 2-4

BRITT - The gates to the 35th Annual Britt Draft Horse Show will open at 7 a.m. each day Sept. 2 through 4 at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. The show features eighteen of the finest draft horse hitches in North America, representing the best of the Belgian, Percheron, Clydsdale and Shire ...

Master Gardener training begins in fall

AMES - Become an Iowa Master Gardener by completing the core training course this fall through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Region 7 County offices. Gardeners will learn best practices for choosing plants, designing gardens and managing pests. Classes will begin Sept. ...

ISU extension literacy resources now available

It takes work to increase young children's interest in learning and build their language skills, but there are ways to make it fun, said Dr. David Brown, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach human sciences specialist."With a little planning, families can make time for learning during ...

Farm Progress Show returns to Boone

BOONE - Penton Agriculture's Farm Progress Show, the nation's largest outdoor farm show, returns to Boone, Iowa for its 63rd annual event. The show is scheduled for August 30, 31 and Sept. 1. The exhibit field is open to visitors 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ...

Fraser Family Music Foundation to hold benefit show Friday in Whittemore

WHITTEMORE - The Fraser Family Music Foundation has announced its first-ever fundraising concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Whittemore Legion Hall, doors open at 6 p.m. The Foundation, which was established in 2015 by sisters Amy Fraser Clark, Molly Fraser Hoffard, and Suzanne Fraser Brownell, is ...

Little farm on the Weigert Prairie

POCAHONTAS - For visitors attending Pocahontas County Conservation's annual Fall Fest at the Wiegert Prairie Farmstead, the Lincoln No. 5 Schoolhouse is in a new location.They will be able to see it from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 28.Pocahontas County Conservation Naturalist Corinne Peterson ...