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Sounds of the Season

Take a journey through a variety of Christmas music, including classics and contemporary songs, this year at Iowa Central Community College’s holiday concert. Will Lopes, director of vocal music, and Paul Bloomquist, director of instrumental music, describe the concert to be performed ...

Christmas around the world

Every family has its own Christmas traditions. Many of these come from ancestors from other countries. Here are a few of these traditions and where they came from. Germany From Germany we get the traditional Christmas tree. The tradition of decorating a Christmas tree was brought here by ...

Just add water?

If a disclaimer can be attached to the Thanksgiving turkey cooking directions given by a small sampling of Cooper Elementary School students, it’s this. “Actual results may vary,” and “Don’t try this at home.” Noah Simon, 5, knew to put the bird in the oven. His time and ...

Symphony to perform Christmas concert

Des Moines-based jazz singer Max Wellman, who first appeared with the Fort Dodge Area Symphony in 2013, will perform several popular holiday tunes, including “O Christmas Tree,” “Jingle Bells,” “Toyland” and “Silent Night.” Wellman and vocalist Katy Merriman will sing duets to ...

A Dickens of a Christmas

Shop, play and feast at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village Opera House this holiday season during the second annual A Dickens of a Christmas on Saturday. Come join the many “Shoppe Keepers” where guests will discover countless treasures as the marketplace captures Christmas during the ...

‘Mother Goose’s Golden Christmas’

By Hailey Brueschke editor@messengernews.net Hawkeye Community Theatre brings fun, family Christmas entertainment to life this holiday season. The theatre’s upcoming show, ‘‘Mother Goose’s Golden Christmas,’’ bears very little resemblance to the traditional ‘‘Mother ...

What I did on my Staycation

There’s nothing like the first day of a week of vacation. The possibilities of what to do stretch out in front of you and it seems like it’s going to last forever. (Cue the sound of birds happily chirping) Then the reality of your vacation plan — the Great 2019 Garage Cleanout and ...

‘Celebrate recovery’ with Gateway to Discovery

The annual It’s a Chocolate Thing fundraiser for Gateway to Discovery will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 400 S. 13th St. The fundraiser benefits the Gateway to Discovery recovery home, which is a residential support program designed to help heal women ...

‘A good time for a great cause’

There will be a night of “good times for a great cause” on Thursday evening at Fort Frenzy’s Cardiff Center, 3232 First Ave. S. A Night for LifeWorks is the annual fundraiser for the LifeWorks Charitable Foundation. “The mission of the LifeWorks Charitable Foundation is to raise ...

‘How the Other Half Dies’: a murder mystery comedy

MANSON — Picture it: You buy a car with a dead body in the trunk, and cannot for the life of you get the authorities to assist in your predicament. On top of that, you have a big dinner party to throw, and a wanna-be Jack the Ripper won’t stop chasing you around your living ...

Study Club to benefit Lotus Community Project

The Fort Dodge Study Club will be celebrating the Lotus Community Project with a fundraising event on Friday. The event, which will run from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Cardiff Center at Fort Frenzy, 3232 First Ave. S., is the second time the Study Club has held this large fundraiser for the Lotus ...

Community  Health Center plans to party

The Community Health Center will be holding its fifth annual fundraising costume party on Saturday at Shimkat Motor Co., 3126 Fifth Ave. S. Previously known as the Masquerade Ball, this year’s theme scores with its All-Star Fundraising Costume Party theme. Beginning in 2015 with the ...

Trick or Treat schedule

Fort Dodge: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, residential Trick or Treat Night. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Pumpkin Carving and Trunk or Treat: 3 to 7 p.m., today at the church, 1436 21st Ave. N. Pumpkin carving contest, 3 to 5 p.m., bring your own pumpkin. Trunks from 5 to 7 p.m. Callender: 6 to ...

Honeymoon in Baghdad

When Heidi Radkiewicz got married in 2002, a honeymoon was not in the budget. “For us, a honeymooon wasn’t even in the works,” she said, after they paid a justice of the peace $25 to marry them. But lucky for them, they got to spend the first months of their marriage on the U.S. ...

Fort Dodge Area Symphony opens season

The Fort Dodge Area Symphony will perform at 3 p.m. today at the Fort Dodge Middle School, 800 N. 32nd St. Tickets are by season membership or $10 for adults. Students are admitted free. The concert will begin with “Toward a New Life” by Joseph Suk. This was written for the 1932 ...

Fort Dodge Choral Society opens new season

Fort Dodge Choral Society will present “The Sounds of Silence” at 3 p.m. on Oct. 27 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 838 N. 25th St. For the opening concert of the new season, conductor Bruce Perry has selected music that focuses on times of silence in daily lives. “During times ...

Radon gas awareness presentation set

A scheduled presentation of information on radon and radon gas testing will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Webster County Extension and Outreach office, 217 S. 25th St., Suite C12, to better help communities comprehend the dangers of radon and ways to mitigate the danger. Radon is a ...

Cardiff Giant turns 150

Get ready to party with Fort Dodge’s most infamous hoax on his 150th birthday this Wednesday at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village. From 5 to 8 p.m., visitors can enjoy a giant cake, decorate paper maches and make their own “humbug,” such as a “jackalope,” which was invented by ...

Almost Home to hold fundraiser Saturday

In a perfect world, every dog would have a home with a family to protect at night and every cat would have a loving family to own. Sadly, there are many dogs and cats that aren’t living this luxurious lifestyle. For those pets without a home, Almost Home Humane Society of North Central Iowa ...

Pumpkins and ponies: A celebration of fall

HUMBOLDT — A simple question 14 years ago led Lonnie and Bob Larson, of Humboldt, to a long tradition of hosting the annual Pumpkins and Ponies at their Springvale Farm near Humboldt. It began with ponies. “My husband and I gave pony rides to kids,” she said. “Then one year Bob ...