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‘Dogfight’ presented by Stage Door Productions

Love and compassion win in Stage Door Productions’ upcoming musical, ‘‘Dogfight’’ on Friday and Saturday. ‘‘Dogfight’’ carries its audience on a romantic journey with music and lyrics written by Benji Pasek and Justin Paul and a book written by Peter Dunchan. ...

Warmest Wishes: Sharing in the holiday spirit

Hollywood has made numerous forays into the realm of Christmas cheer over the years. Some of those movies and television programs have achieved an almost iconic status and watching them has become an annual holiday tradition for many. Here’s a list of favorite Christmas movies and TV shows ...

Jennie Williamson will perform for the 12th time in Fort Dodge at 5 p.m. today at the Iowa Central Community College Decker Auditorium.

Williamson returns to FD

The joy and peace of Christmas will be celebrated today during Christian Recording Artist Jennie Williamson’s 12th annual Christmas concert in Fort Dodge. “This time of year gets so busy, sometimes people don’t have time to sit down and enjoy it,” Williamson said. “We want this ...

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Matt Johnson, general manager of Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota, left, and Abigail Johnson, digital relations manager, pose next to bikes in the showroom in Fort Dodge recently. The bikes will be donated to kids in Webster, Wright, Hamilton and Humboldt counties for Christmas.

Bikes for Tykes in full swing

Children in need of a new set of wheels will have a chance to ride in style this Christmas thanks to Bikes for Tykes, a program that has delivered more than 2,500 bicycles to area kids since it began in 2010. Bikes for Tykes is a partnership between Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota and ...

Megan Price, at left, and Hannah Carr, both of Fort Dodge, work on preparing metal frames for making ornaments Tuesday morning at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village. The frames will be used by visiting children during the Holiday Open House with Santa on Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Santa will be on hand in a fine Victorian style chair. The Fort is asking for a $15 donation for photos with Santa and the ornament making. For more information call 573-4231.

Portrait with Santa is Saturday

Santa will be available for holiday portraits from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village, no appointment needed. You may bring your own camera. Santa will be in his frontier chair with a Victorian style background to compliment photos taken. While you wait for your ...

Sound of the Season: Iowa Central Holiday Concert hits the stage

The choirs, bands, and dancers of Iowa Central Community College will present both traditional favorites and some new twists at the annual holiday concert Dec. 7, 8 and 9 The free performances will feature three choirs and three bands, as well as the percussion ensemble that ...

Blanden Holiday Open House is Saturday

As holiday concerts get into full swing, don’t forget to also stop by the Blanden for a visual arts celebration of the season. The third annual holiday open house will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3 at the museum, 920 Third Ave. S., and will feature art to purchase, galleries to view, food, ...

Opening Saturday: 22 area businesses to light up this year’s display

Weekends in December will feature a campground full of lights. The 13th annual Lights at Kennedy will feature 22 brightly-lit displays celebrating holiday cheer and raising money for local kids. “Kennedy Park’s campground will once again shine with the glow of thousands of lights ...

Symphony concert is Dec. 4

From Handel to Mannheim Steamroller, the Fort Dodge Area Symphony will celebrate the season at its annual holiday concert next week. The concert will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Fort Dodge Middle School, 800 N. 32 St. Admission is $10. “Our December concert is traditionally our ...

Please pass the turkey: Area Thanksgiving dinners offered

Last Thanksgiving, perhaps 2,000 people ate their holiday meal courtesy of two separate efforts that have become local traditions. One is The Salvation Army, 126 N. Seventh St. It is estimated to have served nearly 500 of that 2,000 in 2015. The other, a more local annual dinner, is ...

Anthony Gomes will headline the annual Lizard Creek Blues Society Fall Show Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Best Western Starlite Village and Suites in Fort Dodge. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with opening acts Mississippi Journey, and Hal Reed setting the stage in this annual celebration.

Anthony Gomes to rock the Starlite

Blues artist Anthony Gomes will be the featured performer when the Lizard Creek Blues Society presents its fall show on Saturday. “There will be great music, a great atmosphere, great sound, and great people at the annual Lizard Creek Blues Fall Show,” said Nate Gibson, president of ...

Tonic Sol Fa is an a cappella group from the Minneapolis-St. Paul region. With a largely pop-music-oriented repertoire their CDs have sold over 1,000,000 copies. Group members include Greg Bannwarth, Mark McGowan, Jared Dove and Shaun Johnson.

Tonic Sol Fa

Two-time Independent Grammy Award-winning pop band Tonic Sol Fa will be taking the stage in Fort Dodge. From its roots at St. John’s University in Central Minnesota, Tonic Sol Fa has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad. The band has formed a steady fan base from ...

Let’s go fly a kite!

The production that launched perhaps the longest word in musical theatre history is landing in Fort Dodge this week.The word is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.The musical is, of course, "Mary Poppins."Comedia Musica Players will present the family favorite Thursday through Saturday at ...

Iowa Central Community College hosts

The Veterans Day Concert has not always been performed by Iowa Central Community College students.Paul Bloomquist, the college's instumental music director, recalls how it was not around when he first began teaching at Iowa Central."It was not even around 10 years ago, but ever since, there ...

Spooky Traditions

By CHAD THOMPSONcthompson@messengernews.netDay of the Dead, or Dia de Los Muertos, in Spanish, is a time of a celebration for family members and friends to remember their ancestors.The Mexican holiday, observed in connection with the Catholic celebration of All Saints Day, will be celebrated ...

Trick or Treat

Fort Dodge: 5-7:30 p.m.residential Oct. 31Epworth United Methodist Church: 5:30-7 p.m., Oct. 31Algona: 5:30-7:30 p.m.Oct. 31, porchlight invitationBadger: 5:30-7 p.m., Oct. 31Barnum: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31Belmond: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31Bode: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31Callender: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 30Clarion: 5-7 p.m. Oct. ...

A Night for LifeWorks

There will be plenty of local talent on display during the sixth annual "A Night for LifeWorks" charitable event Thursday at Fort Frenzy Cardiff Center, 3232 1st Ave. S."We hold this event for two reasons," said Teresa Naughton, executive director of LifeWorks and event co-chair. "First is to ...