Pella Chronicle

January 16, 2014

Pella Community Calendar of Events

By Clint Brown
The Chronicle

Pella —

January 16 "Becoming a Love and Logic Parent" Evening Class Begins

Join Families First for this 6-week class about "Becoming a Love and Logic Parent". From 6-8 pm at Trinity Reformed Church. Free childcare is provided, free supper for families. Contact Jodi Bokhoven, Director at 641-628-8331 or with questions or to register. Registration information can also be found in the Town Crier or brought home from your child's school.

January 16 Lake Red Rock presents Full Moon Snowshoe Hike


January 16 Young Professionals January "Get Connected" event

In your 20's or 30's? Want to make new friends that live or work in the Pella area? Check out Young Professionals of Pella! Our next event will be held on Thursday, January 16 from 7-9 pm at Kaldera Restaurant and Lounge. Enjoy free appetizers and great company! Check out our facebook page for more info, or contact

January 17 First Intermediate Ceramic Class at the Pella Community Center

This class will explore clay building to a new level. We will be exclusively using clay and building techniques to further interest and skill level in the ceramic studio. Students will learn how to center and throw a pot on the kick wheels and electric potter's wheels. Slab building and hand building techniques will be further studied and advance skills taught. Sculpture and hand modeling will be included. We will also explore glazing and under-glazing techniques for completed functional pieces. Class is held Fridays 3:30-5 pm, twice a month, for children and adults over the age of 10. Dates are Jan 17 & 31, Feb 14 & 28, Mar 14 & 28, Apr 11 & 25 & May 8. Fee: $32/resident $38/non-resident per semester.

January 18 Pella Soccer Club Free Clinic

New to the area or Pella Soccer Club? Let your child get touches on the ball while you learn more about Pella Soccer Club. From 8-9 am for U8 aged children, 9-10 am for U10 aged children. More details at or e-mail

January 18 Pathways of Pella hosts Diaper Give-Away

To celebrate the sanctity of human life and help those that have made the decision to parent we are holding a diaper give away. Come to Pathways of Pella, 703 Main Street, from 9-11 am to pick up a gift bag of diapers. No questions, no paperwork, just our gift to you.

January 18 Tassel Ridge Winery presents Wine and Fondue Night

Warm up at Tassel Ridge Winery while enjoying a three-course Wine & Fondue Dinner for two! Start with wine tasting at 6 pm, then move to the dinner seating at 6:30 pm. Begin with a California Salad and then dip assorted crusty breads into our Signature Cheese Fondue paired with Tassel Ridge Candlelight. For dessert, enjoy an assortment of fruit and marshmallows perfect for dipping in Tassel Ridge Winery In the Dark Chocolate Sauce. Finally, cap off the evening with a cup of our special Tassel Ridge Hot Chocolate Granfinalé™. (Please note that there will be no meat served with this meal.)  Advance prepaid, non-refundable reservations required by Wednesday, January 15. Call the Winery at 641.672.WINE (9463) to make reservations. $70 per couple, plus tax-Harvest Club Member: $65 per couple, plus tax (includes dinner, wine, and gratuity).

January 18 Van Wijk Winery presents Sully Big Band Event

Sit back and enjoy the lively entertainment or kick your heels to the jazzy tunes of Sully's Big Band from 7-9 pm. Food and beverages sold separately. Call (641)594-3325 or e-mail to reserve your table. Tickets are $10 and proceeds are donated to help the Lynnville Sully High School Music and Drama trip to Nashville. Van Wijk Winery is located at 802 4th Street, Sully.

January 19 Tassel Ridge Winery presents Bowl Appetizers

Chef Heather will show you how to make some terrific appetizers that are perfect for any bowl party and pair them with specially selected Tassel Ridge wines. Watch as Chef Heather makes crowd-pleasing Spicy Bacon Wrapped Breadsticks and Bruschetta Pinwheels, along with another surprise or two. Enjoy samples and take home recipe cards! Looking for gifts for bowl party hosts, check our selection of wine and wine-related items. From 1-3 pm at Tassel Ridge Winery. Advance prepaid, non-refundable reservations required by Thursday, January 16. Contact the Winery at 641.672.WINE (9463) for reservations. $10 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest: $5 per person, plus tax.

January 20-31 Central College Student Art Exhibit

Check out the student works at Central College's Mills Gallery. Open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, free.

January 20 Auditions for "The Secret Garden"

Does your child have an interest in theater and acting? Missoula Children's Theatre will be conducting auditions from 4-6 pm for children ages 5-18 at the Pella Opera House. No experience necessary, free. The show will be performed Friday, January 24 at 7 pm and Saturday, January 25 at 10:30 am. Contact 641-628-8625 or for additional information.

January 21 "Becoming a Love and Logic Parent" Lunch Class Begins

Join Families First for this 12-week class about "Becoming a Love and Logic Parent". From noon-1 pm at the Pella Pizza Ranch (free pizza) each Tuesday. Free childcare is provided at Second Reformed Church, please reserve childcare in advance. Contact Jodi Bokhoven, Director at 641-628-8331 or with questions or to register. Registration information can also be found in the Town Crier or brought home from your child's school.

January 21 Mid-term Iowa Caucuses

Caucuses begin at 7 pm (arrive at 6 pm for registration) at each party's respective location.

Republicans: Pella precincts 1,2,3,4, Lake Prairie and Otley meet at Madison Elementary School, 950 East University, Pella. All other Marion County townships will meet at Knoxville Middle School, 102 North Lincoln Street.

Democrats: All Marion County Democrats meet at Knoxville High School, 1811 West Madison Street.


January 22 Pella Comprehensive Plan Public Presentation on Biking, Housing and Growth

The public is invited to attend a presentation and discussion on housing, biking, and new development areas in Pella. After months of public input and research, hear what the project team has to say about the future of Pella. The presentation starts at 6 pm at the Public Safety Complex (641 Main Street, behind the Police Station).

January 25 Main Street Ministries presents Faith At Work Conference

Don't like the way your workplace is now? The transformation begins with YOU! The Faith at Work Conference is designed to develop leaders of faith which in turn, create faith-filled workplaces and ultimately new communities of faith and light. The conference will be held at Third Church, Pella from 8:45am-5:15pm. Includes lunch, conference workbook and a free copy of the Faith at Work Devotional: Altars. Fee is $69/person now-January 15, $79/person after January 15, or $59/person for groups larger than 10. Contact with questions/ registration.


January 16 Pella Soccer Club Registration  

Register your child today for the Spring 2014 Pella Soccer Club Season! Forming U8-U14 teams, any registrations after January 16 will incur a late fee. For more information, see  


Thursday Night Bingo

Have fun playing Bingo! Proceeds benefit St. Mary's Catholic Church. Children 10-17 welcome with an adult. It is held every Thursday from 6:30-8:30 pm at 1203 Peace Street (old church). Game prices range from $1.00 to $2.00 a game or $15 for a game packet. For more information contact Peggy Moriarity at 641-628-1549.   


Winter Walking Group

Join us each Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30-9:30 AM, during January and February.  Start from the Gathering Space at Second Reformed Church, 612 Broadway, and put on some "laps" around the building.  Come and go as your schedule allows.  Gain some friends, lose some pounds.  Bring indoor walking shoes and companions.  Questions? or 641-628-3982.  All are welcome!


January Series Speakers at Third Church

With topics ranging from medicine to climate change to a Christian exploration of video games, you are invited to the Calvin College January Series beginning January 8 and continuing weekdays through January 28 right in Third Church auditorium. Each lecture will be shown via a "live feed" from Calvin College from 11:30-12:30 pm. Third Church is one of 40+ remote webcast sites across the continent. For information about the speakers and topics, visit the January Series website at or pick up a brochure at the Third Church Office. 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. With questions or for more information, call the Third Church office at 641-628-3051 or e-mail