January 17 Families First Presents "Parenting with Love and Logic"
Free supper and childcare to all of those who wish to learn about "Becoming a Love and Logic Parent". 6 week course begins Thursday January 17 from 6-8 pm with childcare provided at Trinity Reformed Church (registration requested for childcare). To register or for questions, contact Jodi Bokhoven, Director, at 641-628-8331 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Registration information can be found in the Town Crier or brought home from your child's school.
January 17 Young Professionals Get Connected at Kaldera
If you are in your 20's or 30's, this is a great way to meet others in the Pella area! From 7-9 at Kaldera. Light refreshments provided. See ypofpella.org for upcoming events.
January 19 GEMS hosts We Walk Tour Event
GEMS is sponsoring a morning for mothers and daughters. Author and speaker Sara Lynne Hilton will challenge and encourage girls to recognize that God has created them with a voice and a purpose - not just when they are grown, but right now. The morning will also feature praise and worship with Colleen Reinders and Grace Moses, a service opportunity, a "mom talk" session, giveaways and refreshments. It is designed to open dialogue between moms and their daughters about how each one of us can be activists in the world, girls will see that even small acts can lead to lasting change. Event will take place at Pella Christian High School, Vermeer Auditorium from 9 am to 12:15 pm. Cost is $9 in advance from The Sanctuary or www.itickets.com or $12 at the door if not sold out. See http://www.gemsgc.org/MRM/?page_id=568 or contact Kim Roose, (641)780-5937, with questions.
January 19 Young Professionals Annual Planning Session
Anyone who attends Young Professionals events is invited to join with the YP Board for the morning and give input on the events and program for 2013-14! From 8 am -1 pm at Holiday Inn Express. Refreshments provided. As a courtesy, please RSVP to email@example.com for food planning purposes.
January 19 Bos Landen presents Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
Enjoy dinner and murder... a murder mystery! Jest Mysteries (Professional Des Moines actors) will be entertaining the crowd with "Bullets in the Bathtub". Seating opens at 5:00 pm at the Bos Landen Conference Center, must be seated by 5:45 pm. Cost of dinner and entertainment is $40/person. For reservations, please call 628-4625, payment required with reservations. Limited to first 120 people.
January 21 Bethany presents Transracial Adoption Training Seminar
Join Bethany Christian Services on the evening of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, from 6-8 PM, for a seminar for adoptive families, social workers, teachers, pastors, etc., presented by Robert O'Connor at the Vermeer Global Pavilion located at 2110 Vermeer Rd East, Pella. Robert O'Connor MSW, is an adult transracial adoptee of African-American descent who experienced multiple failed adoptions and foster care prior to being transracially adopted at the age of four. He grew up as part of one of the first generations of transracial adoptive families. He is the founder of the Transracial Adoption Network & Private Practice and is also Assistant Professor of Social Work at Metropolitan State University. More information can be found at his website at: www.transracialadoptiontraining.com/. Event brought to you by the Vermeer Charitable Foundation. This training is free, but please RSVP to Bethany Christian Services at 641.628.3247 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 22 Winter Walking Club
Looking for a little exercise and company? You're invited to a Winter Walking Club, 8:30-9:30 AM, Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning January 22 at Second Reformed Church in Pella. Walk through the building. Add stairs if you wish. Meet in the Gathering Space, off of Liberty Street. The coffee pot will be on. Come and go as you need. Bring indoor walking shoes and friends. Questions, call 628-3982.
January 22 Families First Presents "Parenting with Love and Logic"
Free lunch and childcare to all of those who wish to learn about Parenting with Love and Logic. Begins Tuesday January 22 at noon at the Pizza Ranch, with childcare provided in the nursery at Second Reformed Church (registration requested for childcare). To register or for questions, contact Jodi Bokhoven, Director, at 641-628-8331 or email@example.com . Registration information can be found in the Town Crier or brought home from your child's school.
January 23 Work Systems presents Winter Basketball League
WSR&F Winter Basketball League! Do you have a team or need a team to be on? Games will be in WSR&F Gym- North/Court#2 on Wednesday evenings from 6-9pm. Get registered today with Darren McGriff @ DarrenM@WorkSystemsPC.com or call WSR&F 641-628-4622. Fee to be assessed.
January 24 Pella Hosts Bandfest
Students from across the state will participate in an all-day practice and then perform with Central's Symphonic Wind Ensemble at Central's Douwstra Auditorium at 7 pm. Free to attend.
January 25 Pella Opera House features Annie
This is the third film in a series of seven audience participation films. If you attend, "The sun'll come out, tomorrow!" Shake off the winter blues with this delightful family film. 6:30 pm, $5.
January 26 Hanlon Chiropractic & Wellness presentsTotal Food MakeOver Seminar
Join Dr. Mark Hanlon, DC as he explains the secrets to eating healthy, losing weight, feeling great and living longer. 9 to 11 am at the Pella Community Center. The seminar is free and open to the public. Specials will be available on supplements the day of the event. Space is limited so please call Hanlon Chiropractic and Wellness at 641-628-8800 to register. firstname.lastname@example.org
January 26 Lake Red Rock's Red-Nose Tourney (Ice Fishing)
The 3rd Annual Red Nose Ice Fishing Tourney will raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Iowa Chapter. The tournament will be held from 9am to 1pm. Registration forms can be found at redrocklakeassociation.org. Registration cost is $40 per two person team if completed before the day of the event. Cash prizes will be given to the top 3 finishers. If the ice isn't thick enough by January 26, the tournament will be moved back to February 9.
January 26 25th Annual Bald Eagle Day
Celebrate the comeback of the bald eagle! This family-friendly event features live eagle and raptor shows, an environmental fair and kids' craft activities at Central College's Graham Conference Center from 10 am-5 pm. After attending the indoor programs, take a short drive to Lake Red Rock and watch eagles flying and feeding below the Red Rock Dam! Volunteers will be on hand with spotting scopes in the North Tailwater Recreation Area to help you spot the birds and answer questions. Go to http://www.lakeredrock.org or contact the Corps of Engineers office at (641) 628-8690 or (641) 828-7522 with questions about the event.
January 26 Families First presents Giraffes Can't Dance Book Bash
Join Families First of Pella for a morning filled with crafts, activities, and information for parents. The first 50 families with a child age 0-5 will receive a free copy of the book "Giraffes Can't Dance"! At the Pella Public Library from 10-11:30 am; funded by Marion County Empowerment and The Friends of the Pella Public Library.
January 27 Central College's Concerto Aria Competition
Concerto Aria Competition will be held in Douwstra Auditorium from 4-6 pm.
Ongoing: Thursday Bingo Night
Have fun playing Bingo! Proceeds benefit St. Mary's Catholic Church. Children 10-17 welcome with an adult. Bingo is held every Thursday from 6:30-9 pm at 1203 Peace Street (old church). Game prices range from $0.50 to 2.00 a game or $17 for a game packet. For more information contact Peggy Moriarity at 641-628-1549.
January 3-23 Calvin College January Series
With topics ranging from immigration to biomedical ethics to the "underground railroad" in North Korea, you are invited to the Calvin College January Series beginning Thursday, January 3, 2013, and continuing weekdays through January 23 in the Third Reformed Church auditorium. Each lecture will be shown via a "live feed" from Calvin College from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Third Church is one of 38 remote webcast sites across the continent. For information about the speakers and topics, visit the January Series website at www.calvin.edu/january/2013. Don't miss out on this chance to hear fabulous lectures and experience a piece of Calvin College right here in Pella! Admission is free, and all lectures are open to the public. Contact the Third Church office with questions at 628-3051.