July 18 Thursdays in Pella: Healthy Living Night
This is the last Thursdays in Pella for 2013! Great local options for physical, mental and spiritual wellness. Featuring displays from area fitness companies, fitness class showcases on the Tulip Toren, healthy eating options, a preview of Union Street Players' Bye Bye Birdie, and much more. Activities 6-8 pm with City Band performance from 8-9 pm.
July 19 Movies on the Lawn hosted by Church of the Open Bible
Church of the Open Bible will be hosting monthly movies on the lawn this summer. The next movie will be "The Ultimate Gift" on July 19. All movies will be shown on the lawn at 809 West 1st Street in Pella, IA. The movies will start at dusk and are free to the public. Please bring your own chairs and your blankets. Popcorn will be provided and pop can be purchased. In case of poor weather, the movie will be moved inside the Fellowship Hall at the same location. For more information, call 641-628-3707 or go to www.pellaopenbible.com.
July 19 Tassel Ridge Winery presents Wine and Burger Night
It's off to Hawaii! Tonight's burger is a Hawaiian Chicken Burger topped with Grilled Pineapple served on a Sweet Hawaiian Bun with side of Crunchy Cabbage Salad and a glass of your favorite Tassel Ridge wine (we suggest Tassel Ridge 2012 Iowa Edelweiss). For dessert, cool off with Chocolaterie Stam's refreshing Wine Gelato made with a specially selected Tassel Ridge wine. From 5:30-7:30 pm (Burgers served til 7). Advance reservations required by Wednesday, July 17. Contact the Winery at 641.672.WINE (9463). Price: $20 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $15 per person, plus tax (includes dinner, 1 glass of wine, recipe card, and gratuity).
July 20 Lake Red Rock presents Bird Banding
Join Nelson Hoskins, area birdwatcher and licensed bird bander, to experience what the science of bird banding is all about! Mist nets will be set up around the Red Rock Visitor Center to capture small birds which will then be fitted with numbered leg bands to track their movements (if recaptured at some point in the future). Come check out the thrill of seeing live birds "in hand" as they are banded for future research! The activity is free of charge, and no reservations are needed. Come anytime during the three-hour activity (7-10 am) to experience the action! For more information, contact the Corps of Engineers office at (641) 828-7522 or (641) 628-8690.
July 20 Lake Red Rock presents Amazing Mollusks! Freshwater Mussels
Join Iowa DNR Biologist Jennifer Kurth for a closer look at these "one-footed" wonders roaming the many rivers and streams of our state. Freshwater mussels play an important role in the health of freshwater ecosystems and help keep water clean by acting as natural water filters. For creatures that look like living rocks, mussels have unique life cycles and interesting adaptations to survive in their environment. Come learn more! Meet at 10 am at the Red Rock Visitor Center. Programs are free of charge and registration is not needed. For more information, contact the Corps of Engineers office at (641) 828-7522 or (641) 628-8690.
July 20 Lake Red Rock presents Geocaching 301
Join seasoned geocacher Jeff Goodson (nicknamed "Super Goober" in the geocaching world) for a more in-depth look at how to play this "techy" sport. Topics covered will be related to basic use of the Geocaching Swiss Army Knife (GSAK), planning your geocaching day using Google Earth Tweaker, working with GPS .gdb files and more. Meet at the Red Rock Visitors Center, from 1-3 pm. Programs are free of charge and registration is not needed. For more information, contact the Corps of Engineers office at (641) 828-7522 or (641) 628-8690.
July 25 RAGBRAI pedals through Pella!
Check out downtown Pella as thousands of riders pedal through! Games, food vendors, a zip line, entertainment and a fun crowd will all be part of the day. The route will come in Idaho Drive/ University, make its way down Broadway, turn east on Franklin Street, turn south on Main Street, and then head out of town on Clark Street/ Highway T17. Riders are anticipated to arrive as early as 6 am, and will be heading out of Pella by 2 pm. Pella is also a meet-up community for support vehicles, so please allow lots of extra time to get from one place to another. Entertainment on Tulip Toren: 7am Josh Visser, DJ; 8am Dutchesses; 8:30am Big Band; 10am-2pm Sydney Lett with various local acts during breaks. Most activities are free to attend; head downtown and enjoy the fun, or grab a lawn chair to cheer on riders along the route! For Ride-Right or additional information, see http://ia-pella.civicplus.com/index.aspx?NID=405.
July 25 - August 4 Union Street Players present "Bye Bye Birdie" Union Street Players, Pella's award winning community theatre, is proud to present "Bye Bye Birdie", a musical satire on American society set in 1958. The story was inspired by the phenomenon of Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957, and has lots of 50's nostalgia and rockabilly music. All performances will be on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center (712 Union). Performances will be held Thursday July 25 at 7pm; Friday July 26 at 7pm; Saturday July 27 at 2pm; Friday August 2 at 7pm; Saturday August 3 at 7pm; and Sunday August 4 at 2pm. Tickets prices: Adults $12 in advance/ $15 at the door; Students $8 in advance/ $10 at the door; Balcony $10 (both in advance and at the door). Please order tickets at http://ticketpeak.com/usp.
July 26 Tassel Ridge Winery presents Wine & Burger Night
It's Iowa! Tonight's burger is a Blue Cheese and Onion Sirloin Burger topped with crumbled Maytag Blue Cheese and Caramelized Onions served on a Toasted Onion Bun with a side of House Potato Wedges and a glass of your favorite Tassel Ridge wine (we suggest Tassel Ridge In the Dark). For dessert, cool off with Chocolaterie Stam's refreshing Wine Gelato made with a specially selected Tassel Ridge wine. From 5:30-7:30 pm (Burgers served until 7). Advance reservations required by Wednesday, July 24. Contact the Winery at 641.672.WINE (9463). Price: $20 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $15 per person, plus tax (includes dinner, 1 glass of wine, recipe card, and gratuity).
July 27 Ridiculous Day in Pella
Prices so low it is RIDICULOUS! Retailers are slashing prices, come check out the great deals! Some stores will start opening as early as 7 am, get there early for the best sales.
July 27 Ride for the Cause
Do you enjoy going for a ride on your motorcycle or in your hot rod? Would you like to combine the enjoyment of a ride with Christian worship, fellowship,& furthering God's kingdom? Join us at the Vermeer Pavilion in Pella on July 27, ride from 12-5 pm. Cost is $50/driver, $25/ passenger: All monies received will be used to purchase motorcycles for pastors & missionaries in developing countries. To register for the ride, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration fee covers ride, t-shirt and meal. There will be a combined worship service the next day, Sunday, July 28 at 10am at Federated Fellowship Church (309 Roosevelt Rd in Pella). There will also be a potluck after (bring a side/salad) and a casual ride for hot rods and bikers after the service.
Most Thursdays in July the Pella Chamber of Commerce and other area businesses partner to host weekly events for the Pella community! Each night features a different theme, entertainment, food vendors, city band concerts, and lots of fun for the whole family. The themes for the evenings are as follows:
July 18: Healthy LivingJuly 25: No Thursdays in Pella, please enjoy RAGBRAI festivities during the day hours
Pella Farmer's Market
Pella's Farmer's Market is held at First Reformed Church every Thursday from 3-6 pm and Saturday from 9am-12pm. Great plants and produce! Some new vendors, and trusted veterans, too!
Grades K-12 Sports Camps at Central
Various athletic camps, for more information see
Joyce Kolenbrander is a Chicago native who has lived, worked and shown art in New York (Including at the Agora Gallery in Soho), New Jersey, Illinois and Iowa. Now retired, she lives and works in Pella, Iowa. She works with ink, oil, graphite, watercolor, montage, wood and photography- whatever a given subject seems to require. Her work will be on display at the Joan Kuyper Farver Art Gallery from June 18-September 20, with the gallery open M-F from 7:30 am to 4:15 pm.
Friday After 5
Live Bands + Patio + Drinks + Summer + Great Company = A great way to end the week! Young Professionals of Pella are hosting this event, but anyone age 21+ are encouraged to attend! Bring a friend or make new ones. $5 admission covers live music and appetizers; cash bar available.
August 9 from 7-10 pm, Molengracht Plaza. Performing: TBD.