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‘Our Song Lives On’

HUMBOLDT — Humboldt Community Chorus will present its annual variety show titled “Our Song Lives On” next weekend for everyone to enjoy. The audience will hear a variety of gospel, patriotic, and pop tunes during the two-hour show. “We always try to do a variety of music, ...

Life is a Cabaret

Iowa Central Community College students will provide an evening of dining, entertainment, and a singing waitstaff that guests will not want to miss at Willow Ridge Friday and Saturday. “A Night of Cabaret” will be held at Willow Ridge, 1788 Madison Ave. Tickets cost $25 per person. ...

There’s a festival for chocolate

Mouth-watering brownies. Chocolate cupcakes. Mexican Hot Chocolate cookies. These are just a few of the entries area residents will be able to sample at the annual Kendall Young Library Festival of Chocolate. With the event fast approaching, more chocolate entries are still needed, according ...

Remembering the dream

Civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. will be remembered today during a special gathering in Fort Dodge. A MLK Community Dinner featuring soul food is open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m at the Coppin Chapel AME Church, 329 First Ave. S. “This is a celebration dinner in honor of Dr. ...

A little about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister who pushed for social change through non-violent protest, was the best known leader of the civil rights movement of the late 1950s and the 1960s. He rose to prominence in December 1955, when he led a boycott of the Montgomery, Alabama, bus system ...

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 ...