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Deuces Wild

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt County Memorial Hospital Foundation will host two shows featuring The Deuces Wild! Dueling Pianos for guests to enjoy while supporting the hospital and its foundation. The shows will be the highlight of the 15th annual Founders Event to be held Jan. 20 at the ...

Triton Jazz Festival brings competition to town

High school bands from across the state of Iowa will be performing at Decker Auditorium during the annual Triton Jazz Festival. The Jazz Festival will begin on Jan. 11 with classes 1A and 3A performing starting at 8:30 a.m. Some of the bands performing include St. Edmond, Webster City, Storm ...

Baby It’s Cold Outside!

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson — the Big Bopper — were on what would become known as their final tour when their plane crashed on Feb. 3, 1959, causing their deaths. That moment in history has become known as the day music died. At the time, Holly and his band, The ...

New Year’s Eve Gala

NOTE: This event has been canceled. The Fort Museum and Frontier Village sent this update to The Messenger: The Fort Museum and Frontier Opera House has decided to cancel the New Year's Eve Gala, due to the Opera House receiving some updates to the building. The Museum and Opera House staff is ...

A caroling you can go!

Join fellow carolers tonight for Christmas Caroling through History and holiday goodies, as participants tour the Oak Hill Historic District and admire the outdoor decorations adorning the homes there. “Enjoy the sounds of caroling as you explore the historic district, while admiring ...

Giving ‘tasteful’ gifts

Sometimes a box of baked goods can express warm and fuzzy holiday feelings better than a big ticket retail purchase. “It’s a personal thing,” said Phyllis Michaelson, of Fort Dodge. “It really touches people to know someone took the time to make it.” Karen DeWinter, an avid ...

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 ...

’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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...