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Ride for Raiders gears up for inaugural event

SAC CITY — A new charity bicycle ride is coming to East Sac County School District. The 30-mile, family friendly route will kick off at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday at the East Sac County Elementary Building, 400 S. 16th St. in Sac City. For the first time, Ride for Raiders will meet to ...

‘Falling Awake’

By TERESA JACKSON I am incredibly excited about the play I have selected for our Iowa Central Community College fall production. What makes this year’s selection even more exciting for me, though, is that it is the first show I’ve ever directed which has been written by a former ...

Fresh and healthy

In just four short months, the new Webster County Growing Together Donation Garden in Fort Dodge has produced more than 140 pounds of fresh produce, which were given to the Lord’s Cupboard food pantry and the Salvation Army. The garden, located at Fourth Avenue South and South ...

Going the Distance keeps moving

A charity run that started three years ago has seen rapid growth with registrations this year. The second annual Going the Distance 5K Color Run, started by organizer MaKenzie Hawley, has more than tripled its registration from its first year, one year since it added some color to the ...

Between sleep and awake

The state between awake and asleep has served as inspiration for artists for many years. The digital photo composites created by photographer Denis Hagen, of Hiawatha, capture some of that essence, according to Blanden Memorial Art Museum Director Eric Anderson. “They share a lot with ...

Otho chili cook-off is Saturday

OTHO — Attendees to the fourth annual Otho Betterment Committee chili cook-off will have a chance to test their skills on the softball diamond, watch children stuff their faces with pie, and of course, find out who has the best chili. The cook-off is Saturday at the Otho city park. Cost is ...

Fort Dodge Public Library Brown Bag Briefings for October

The Friends of the Fort Dodge Public Library will hold Brown Bag Briefings on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the library meeting room, 424 Central Ave. The programs are free. Bring a sack lunch, coffee and water will be provided. The schedule is as follows: Oct. 3: Veterans Day ...

‘California Suite’ coming soon to Hawkeye Community Theatre

Four comedy scenes located in four major cities are at the heart of ‘‘California Suite,’’ the next play coming to the stage of Hawkeye Community Theatre Oct. 2-4. Written by Neil Simon, who has received more Oscar and Tony award nominations than any other writer, ‘‘California ...

Sacred Sounds concert comes to Crossroads Mall

The annual Sacred Sounds fall concert for Iowa Central Community College’s vocal music ensembles will be 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Crossroads Mall. “The Sacred Sounds is kind of the kickoff of our music season,” said Will Lopes, director of vocal music at Iowa Central. “It’s the ...

Iowa Central hosting choral clinic for young men

Iowa Central Community College will be welcoming dozens of young men in grades five through 12 for a first-of-its-kind choral clinic at the college on Saturday. “Real Men Sing” is part of a nationwide movement to reinvigorate boys’ and young mens’ interest in vocal music ...

Legacy Learning to hold Fall Weekend

Legacy Learning Boone River Valley is hosting its annual Fall Weekend, Sept. 27-29 at Briggs Woods Park. Participants will have a chance to immerse themselves in nature while exploring their creative side. Five different workshops, ranging from a watercolors to blacksmithing, will offer a ...

Award-winning quilter coming to Sac County Quilt-A-Fair

SAC CITY — The seventh biennial Sac County Quilt-A-Fair is SAturday and Sept. 22 at the Sac County Fairgrounds. The Quilt-A-Fair committee strives to plan a fun-filled experience for man, woman, and child who comes to the fairgrounds throughout the weekend. The 2019 show will include a ...

Party for the pets at Almost Homecoming

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 ...

Downtown Country Jam

Shellabration Inc. will host Downtown Country Jam 2019 on Sept. 21 at Central Plaza in historic downtown Fort Dodge. Headlining this year is Chris Janson. “Chris Janson is going to rock Fort Dodge,” said Shellabration board member Melissa Hansen. Hansen was part of the ...

Bringing back the memories

WEBSTER CITY — It happens every September: Just like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, the Doodle Bugs return to Webster City. This year is the 33rd annual Doodle Bug Reunion, sponsored by the Doodle Bug Club of America, and it runs from Wednesday through Sept. 15. The ...

Enjoying the great outdoors

Webster County Conservation Director Matt Cosgrove took a trip through the campground at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park recently to check and see how everyone was doing. A bit more than half the spots had campers or tents in place. He offered a prediction. “This will be full by ...

Good ‘Vine’brations

Soldier Creek Winery will host its fourth annual Good “Vine”brations Harvest Festival on Saturday. While some may see “winery” and think this is just for the 21+ crowd, it is definitely not. It’s actually fun for everyone in the community. There will be many activities throughout ...

Dayton Rodeo returns

DAYTON — Daring cowboys will see how long they can stay on top of raging bulls during the upcoming Dayton Championship Rodeo. Watching people atop 2,000 pounds of hopping mad hamburger will be far from the only attraction during the four days of events. Barrel racing, steer wrestling, ...

‘Present/Tense’

A Fort Dodge native recently came home to exhibit his sculptures in his hometown for the first time. “Present/Tense” is a joint exhibit of works from artists Tom Gormally and his wife, Malayka Gormally. Though the couple now resides in Seattle, Washington, Tom Gormally grew up in Fort ...

Wheat from chaff

HOMER — While the majority of the tractors seen on local fields in the area are now green or red, once upon a time, many of them sported other colors and could be purchased at the local Gambles Hardware or co-op. Some restored examples of those fine old machines can be seen on Saturday ...