Lifestyle Briefs

Compassionate Friends to meet

ALGONA - The Compassionate Friends of North Central Iowa will hold their monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Algona Public Library, 210 N. Phillips St., Algona. Enter by the south door and follow the signs to the meeting room. There will be a short report from a member who attended the ...

Seeking Thanksgiving stories

The Messenger is looking for your stories of a memorable Thanksgiving meal. Tell us the story of the best Thanksgiving food you ever ate, explain why a particular dish means a lot to you, or tell us your funniest holiday cooking mishap.Write up your best story and email it to ...

Vincent Fire Chili and Oyster Feed set

VINCENT - The Vincent Fire and Rescue Chili and Oyster Feed will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Vincent Community Hall.It's all you can eat for $7 per person; children 5 and under eat free. Proceeds go toward the Vincent Fire Department to help fund equipment and training.

Village Square presents ‘Bingo’

LAKE CITY - Village Square Theatre will perform the musical "Bingo" for its annual dinner theatre Friday and Saturday at South Central Calhoun High School in Lake City.Dinner is served at 7 p.m. with the show at approximately 8 p.m.Tickets are reservation only and can be made by calling Lake ...

Seeking Thanksgiving stories

The Messenger is looking for your stories of a memorable Thanksgiving meal. Tell us the story of the best Thanksgiving food you ever ate, explain why a particular dish means a lot to you, or tell us your funniest holiday cooking mishap.Write up your best story and email it to ...

Swedish Christmas workshop is Saturday

STRATFORD - A legacy learning workshop for kids, teens and adults will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the Swedish Immigrant Museum, 819 Goldsmith St., Stratford.Learn how to make Swedish "jul" ornaments, talk about "jul mat" (traditional Christmas food), and view old Swedish cards and ...

Al Welsh Orchestra to play

WEBSTER CITY - The Al Welsh Orchestra will present a concert from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Fuller Hall Recreation Center, 625 Bank St., Webster City. The nine-piece orchestra will play big band music and the most famous dance tunes from the 1920s to the 1950s and beyond.Steve Cook, Webster ...

Choral Society to perform

Fort Dodge Choral Society will open its new season with two performances of "The Amazing World." The choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1000 Willson Ave., Webster City; and at 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at Grace Lutheran Church, 211 S. Ninth ...

Area trick-or-treat times

Area communities have established trick-or-treat times. They are:Algona: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31Badger: 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 31, porch light invitationBarnum: 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 30Blairsburg: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31Bode: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31Burt: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31Callender: 5-7 p.m., Oct. 31Clarion: 5-7 ...

FD Symphony concert is Oct. 20

The opening concert of the Fort Dodge Area Symphony's 64th season will be at 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at the St. Edmond High School Auditorium, 2220 Fourth Ave. N., under the direction of the new conductor, Joshua Barlage. Admission is by season tickets or for $10 each for adults and $6 each for ...

Pratkelis competes in Miss Teen contest

Morgan Pratkelis, of Fort Dodge, will be a contestant in this year's Miss Teen Iowa USA pageant. The pageant will be held at 4 p.m. today at the Newton High School Auditorium.The contest includes three segments: evening gown, fitness/swimwear and personality interview. This year's state ...

Swedish research workshop is Oct. 25

STRATFORD - The Swedish Immigrant Museum will host a Swedish research workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25 at 819 Goldsmith St., Stratford. The workshop will focus on research methods and resources.In a one-on-one session, the research team will use Swedish databases and their Swedish and ...

Paranormal group to meet Saturday

Members of Paranormal Researchers of Iowa will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fort Dodge Public Library to talk about what they do, the equipment they use, some of the cases they've investigated and what they've gathered. For more information about the program, stop by the library at 424 ...

Garden Club will learn about bees

The Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Lion's Den, Armstrong Park. The program will be on bees with Craig and Carol Stripling. Election of 2014 officers will be held.Guests are welcome. For more information, contact Johanna Fawcett, 573-2448.

Steam locomotives presentation today

WEBSTER CITY - A program on steam locomotives will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. today in the basement at the Depot Museum in Wilson Brewer Park, Webster City. Darin Jacobs and Elijah Gansen, volunteers with the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad in Boone, will present a slide show and information ...

Stonecroft holds guest night

Stonecroft Women's Connection will hold a special supper at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at Tea Thyme, 2021 Sixth Ave. S. Cost is $20 for one or $35 for two, inclusive.Special music will be provided by Leroy Husske, Fort Dodge, accompanied by Hal Hinds.The featured speaker will be Scott Gottschalk from ...

Halloween activities planned in Sac County

The Sac County Conservation Board will hold its annual Pumpkin Carving Contest at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at the shop building at Hagge Park. Contestants will have one hour to carve their pumpkin for the contest. There are three different age categories with plenty of prizes. The winning pumpkins will ...

Annual Alzheimer’s walk is Saturday

The annual Walk to End Alzheimer's will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Rosedale Rapids aquatic center, 1111 North 32nd St. The walk will begin in the parking lot and continue out on the surrounding trails up to 2 miles.Participants will learn about Alzheimer's disease and how to get involved ...

Fonda Arts Center will present fall wine tasting

FONDA - The Fonda Arts Center will host its fall wine tasting starting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20. The center is located at the northwest corner of Fourth and Main Streets in Fonda.The Garden Winery of Callender will present their Iowa wines, accompanied by a selection of cheeses and other finger ...

Friends banquet is Oct. 17 at Kennedy

The Friends of Webster County Conservation will host its annual banquet and business meeting Oct. 17 at the Robert Heun Shelter at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. Social time starts at 5 p.m.A presentation featuring local "explorers" will be given following the meal.The catered pork loin or ...