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February 13, 2014

Pella Community Calendar of Events

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February 13 High School Singfest Concert

Hear the combined talents of several local schools and Central College's A Cappella Choir. 7 pm in Douwstra Auditorium. Free and open to the public.

February 13 Oriental Rug Preview Event

Learn more about the event coming to The Work of Our Hands March 26-29. Door prizes and snacks will be available. From 4-8 pm at The Work of Our Hands, 627 Franklin Street.

February 14: Happy Valentine's Day!

February 14-15 The Art of Marriage Seminar

Looking for a special way to spend Valentine's weekend and strengthen your marriage? You are invited to join others at "The Art of Marriage", a video-based event from 7-9:30 pm Friday and 9am-4pm Saturday. Event will be held at Trinity Reformed Church, 407 Franklin Street. Cost is $50 per couple, although scholarships are available. Registration deadline is Sunday, February 9; call 641-628-7235 x206 to register. For more information about the content, see

February 14 Valentines Day Concert with the Ahn Trio
Enjoy wine, cheese and chocolate with some wonderful music at 7:30 pm at Central College's Upper Chapel. Born in Seoul, Korea and educated at Julliard, the members of the Ahn Trio- sisters Maria, Lucia and Angella- are redefining the art and architecture of chamber music, breathing new life into the standard piano trio literature with commissioned works from visionary composers. The trio's latest CD, Lullabye For My Favorite Insomniac, made No.8 on the Billboard charts in the US. Free.

February 14 Tassel Ridge Winery presents Valentine's Wine Dinner

Treat your Valentine to a romantic evening at Tassel Ridge Winery. Begin with Wine Tasting in our Tasting Room at 6:30 pm, and then at 7 seating begins for a gourmet three-course dinner. A Mixed Green Salad with Dried Cranberries, Candied Pecans, Blue Cheese Crumbles, and House Vinaigrette paired with Tassel Ridge Candlelight will be followed by Petite Shoulder Tender Medallions with In the Dark Mushroom Risotto and Seasoned Green Beans paired with Tassel Ridge In the Dark. For dessert, indulge in Vanilla Bean Bread Pudding with Tassel Ridge Winery In the Dark Chocolate Sauce paired with Tassel Ridge Oskyfizzante® Pink. Advance prepaid, non-refundable reservations required by Wednesday, February 12. Call the Winery at 641.672.WINE (9463) to make reservations. $50 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest: $45 per person, plus tax (includes wine tasting, dinner, wine paired with each course, and gratuity).

February 15-16 Lake Red Rock Presents Wintertime Crafts

Attention crafty people of all ages! Use your creative skills to make some wintertime crafts! Different craft options will be available for artists of all ages. The activity is informal - meet at the Red Rock Visitor's Center anytime either day from 1-3pm. Crafting can be messy - please wear old clothes! Free, no reservations needed. Please contact 641-628-8690 with questions.

February 15-16 Tassel Ridge Winery presents Wine & Chocolate Pairing

Celebrate Valentine's Month with a Wine & Chocolate Pairing at Tassel Ridge Winery. Tassel Ridge Winery has paired four Tassel Ridge wines with four different chocolates from Chocolaterie Stam. Taste all four and find your favorite(s)! From 10 am to 6 pm Saturday and 12 to 6 pm Sunday. Cost is $10 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest: $5 per person, plus tax.

February 17-21 Pella Community Schools Preschool Registration

Registration for the Pella Community Preschool program opens February 17-21. Register online at You may also call the Madison Elementary office, 641-628-4638, on February 18 and 20 between 3-7 pm to register. There is a $50 registration fee due within two weeks of registration. Your child must be four but not five years of age prior to September 15, 2014.

February 18 Pella Aquatic Center Lifeguard Class Begins

Registration for the second lifeguard class of the year is going on now! Class dates are February 18, 20, 22 and 25; weekday classes are from 6-8 pm, Saturday class is from 9 am -1 pm.  Cost is $130. Please register by stopping by the Pella Indoor Pool. For additional information, see or call 641-628-1882.

February 19 Faith CRC Pulled Pork Supper Fundraiser

Faith Christian Reformed Project Serve would like to invite you to their annual Pulled Pork Supper serving from 5-7 PM. The menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, cheesy potatoes, green beans, and a variety of homemade desserts. Free will offering will be used to support in-country and out-of-country mission trips. Faith CRC is located on the corner of University & East 12 in Pella. Questions? Contact Karen Spoelstra at 641-660-9347.

February 20 Compass Mortgage presents Home Buying Seminar

Jeff Namminga, Iowa Branch manager, will walk you through the steps of the home buying process to inform you of all available options and help you make a knowledgeable decision regarding buying a home. Topics covered include the benefits of home ownership, how much home you can afford, current market conditions, the programs available to you, and more. Food and drink provided, from 12-1 pm at the Pella Country Club, 600 Elm Street. Free to attend. Also free credit scores, free home-finding service enrollment, and first time buyer discounts. Please RSVP by February 17 to or 641-204-8339.

February 20 Young Professionals of Pella BINGO Night

Join us for a night of fun playing BINGO! Young Professionals invites anyone in their 20's or 30's that lives or works in the Pella area to attend this free event. Appetizers served, many great prizes to win. From 7-9 at the Pella Country Club. Contact with questions.

February 20 Stringfest

Area high school students performing along with the College Community Orchestra at 7 pm in Douwstra Auditorium, Central College. Free. Contact 641-628-7520 with questions.

February 21 Central College presents Italian Dinner with Wine

Enjoy a fabulous 5-course Italian meal! A sneak peek of a few of the menu courses include tortellini with sage butter, pork loin in the style of porchetta, potato torta, and lemon tart. Delicious! $40 per person, please reserve your seat by contacting Gluten-free and vegetarian options available by request. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm in the Graham Annex Sutphen Common Room.

February 22-23 Tassel Ridge Winery presents Wine & Chocolate Pairing

Celebrate Valentine's Month with a Wine & Chocolate Pairing at Tassel Ridge Winery. Tassel Ridge Winery has paired four Tassel Ridge wines with four different chocolates from Chocolaterie Stam. Taste all four and find your favorite(s)! From 10 am to 6 pm Saturday and 12 to 6 pm Sunday. Cost is $10 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest: $5 per person, plus tax.


February 22 FREE Breakfast at Second Reformed Church

Need a little help at the end of month?  Come to a free Family Breakfast.  Children welcome! Breakfast held from 8:30-10:30 am. Walk-in! No questions, just a good breakfast! At Second Reformed Church, 612 Broadway in Pella (upcoming breakfast dates March 29, April 26, May 31) Questions? Contact 641-628-3982,


February 22 Lake Red Rock presents Winter's Wonders Snowshoe Hike

Getting cabin fever yet?  Strap on a pair of snowshoes and get outside!  Join a quest for winter wildlife and the signs they leave behind.  Search for animal tracks, birds foraging for food,  mouse tunnels, and other wildlife activity.  After the walk, meet back at the picnic shelter for cocoa by the fireplace!  Snowshoes will be available for checkout free of charge - wear snow boots for the best fit.  The walk will last about an hour.  If there is not enough snow for snowshoeing, a "snowshoeless" winter hike will be scheduled. Meet at the North Overlook Picnic Area at 10 am. Free, no reservations needed. Please contact 641-628-8690 with questions.

February 22 Kevin Kling is Breakin' Hearts and Takin' Names

Theatre Central is proud to present renowned storyteller, playwright and author Kevin Kling for a glimpse into his "wonderful world of the skewed and significant mundane." Best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, Kling's autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life. Program starts at 7:30 pm in the Kruidenier Theatre. Tickets may be purchased at the Info booth in the Central College Maytag Center 641.628.9000 or at the door on the evening of performance. Tickets are $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and children and free with a Central ID.


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