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 20 Central College hosts NPR's Kevin Kling
Kevin Kling, of NPR, shares his work in Central College's Cox-Snow Recital Hall at 7:30 pm. Free.
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 email@example.com. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
February 25 Pella Community Art Center presents Hors d'oeuvres and Art: Masterpiece Painting
Enjoy this special adult art class creating a painted masterpiece! An art instructor will walk you through several easy steps and you'll go home the same night with a masterpiece for your wall. From 7-9 pm at the Community Center, all materials provided in $20 fee. Minimum 5 people, maximum 15 people so register today by stopping by the Community Services office, 712 Union Street, or call 628-4571 with questions.
February 25 Pella Library's "Little Wolves" Book Discussion
Plan to attend an interesting discussion of the 2014 All Iowa Reads selection, "Little Wolves" by Thomas Maltman at the Pella Library at 7 pm. Set on the Minnesota prairie in the late 1980s during a drought season that's pushing family farms to the brink, Little Wolves features the intertwining stories of a father searching for answers after his son commits a heinous murder, and a pastor's wife who has returned to the town for mysterious reasons of her own. A penetrating look at small-town America, Little Wolves weaves together elements of folklore and Norse mythology while being driven by a powerful murder mystery. Questions? Contact Wendy Street at 641-628-4268 or email@example.com. Free and open to the public.
February 26- March 1 Central College presents The Ice Fishing Play by Kevin Kling
In an icehouse on a frozen lake, all a fella longs to do is fish for the proverbial big catch in peace and quiet. No such luck. Kevin Kling is a well-known humorist, playwright and storyteller, and his commentaries can be heard on NPR's All Things Considered. His plays and adaptations have been performed around the world. Directed by Ann Wilkinson. Performed each evening at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $5/ adults, $3/ students or free with a Central ID. Tickets can be purchased at the Maytag Info Booth or at the door. Questions? Contact 641-628-9000 or see www.departments.central.edu/theatre
February 26 Combos Concert
Featuring the Red and Blue Combos, 8-9 pm at the Cox-Snow Recital Hall, Central College, 812 University Street. Questions? Contact 641-628-7520. Free and open to the public, seating is limited.
February 27 Marion County Employers Council (ECI) Lunch Workshop
Any employee or business owner that works with/in Human Resources, whether that is your primary job duty or in a limited capacity, is invited to attend these informative bi-monthly sessions. The meetings are designed to provide an opportunity to network with individuals from around Marion County who work in/with HR and to learn about current HR issues that affect every business. This month will be covering "Tax Credits and Employee Training Grants". From 11:30am to 12:30pm at the Pella Pizza Ranch Meeting Room, 508 Main Street. Session is free of charge, enjoy lunch during the seminar (at your own expense). For additional information about the topic, click here. For all other questions, contact the Pella Chamber of Commerce, 641-628-2626.
February 27 Dutch Costume Open House
Dutch costume questions? Come to Pella Historical Village's open house for answers! From 4-6 pm at the Pella Historical Village Heritage Hall. Local Dutch Costume designers Jackie Craver and Phyllis Zylstra will be on hand to answer questions. Refreshments will be served alongside a beautiful display of over 20 different costumes. This event is free to members, or a free will donation for the public.
February 28 Chamber Annual Membership Breakfast
All members, their employees, and the community are invited to attend! Join us for a hot breakfast as we present the Hall of Fame Excellence Awards and get updates from the Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitor's Bureau, and Positively Pella. Please RSVP your attendance to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 641-628-2626. Cost is $15/ members or $20/ public. At Graham Conference Center from 7-8:30 am.
February 28 Tassel Ridge Winery presents Wine & Burger Night
It's off to Germany! Tonight's burger is a Brat Burger with Caramelized Onions, Bacon, and Honey Mustard served on a Pretzel Bun with a side of German Potato Salad and a glass of your favorite Tassel Ridge wine (we recommend Tassel Ridge Zinfull Red). For dessert, indulge in a trio of Tassel Ridge Finalé Bonbons made by Chocolaterie Stam especially for Tassel Ridge Winery with Tassel Ridge Finalé dessert wines. From 5:30 to 7:30 pm with burgers served until 7 pm. Advance prepaid, non-refundable reservations required by Wednesday, February 26. Contact the Winery at 641.672.WINE (9463). Cost is $20 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest: $15 per person, plus tax (includes dinner, 1 glass of wine, recipe card, and gratuity).
February 28 Habitat For Humanity's Dessert Auction and Concert featuring Jason Brown
The Fourth Annual Home Sweet Home event will begin at 6:30 pm with a social hour and silent auction. Guests will be treated to light hors d'oeuvres and desserts throughout the evening while bidding on silent and live auction items donated by many Marion County and Iowa organizations. The evening will conclude with a performance by Jason Brown, recording country artist and Marion County native. The money raised at this event will help Habitat for Humanity of Marion County build homes for our partner families in Pella, Knoxville and Pleasantville during 2014. Tickets may be purchased for $15 in advance by contacting Pella Opera House (641-628-8625) or Habitat for Humanity of Marion County (641-828-8844).
March 1 Central College presents "Basic Sign Language for the Classroom"
The Geisler Penquite committee is proud to host speaker Penni Bouwers, who served as a sign language interpreter in the classroom for a number of years. She will provide an interactive, engaging workshop aimed at teaching participants basic sign language and finger spelling skills to be used in the classroom. While this workshop does not provide sign language certification, it will provide participants with basic methods for working with children with communication/ hearing disorders in the classroom. Lunch will be provided. Free and open to the public. From 8:30am-1pm, Roe Center. Registration required, go to: departments.central.edu/education to register.
March 1 Okee Dokee Brothers at Pella Opera House
Featuring the duo who won the 2013 Grammy award for Best Children's Album, Can You Canoe?, Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander! Children ages 3-8, along with their parents, will thoroughly enjoy this kid-friendly matinee concert. Singing and dancing and fun will abound! $12 adults, $6 children. Concert will begin at 11 am.
March 1 Hearts for Hospice Event
Raise money for a great organization! Enjoy a formal dinner, silent auction, music and hypnotist at the Pella Golf and Country Club from 5-9 pm. Cost is $50 each or $400 for a table of 8. Contact 641-628-6625 for additional information.
March 2 Central College presents Sunday Concert Series
Free concert featuring the Central College Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Concert begins at 4 pm and is located at Douwstra Auditorium. Questions? Contact 641-628-7520.
Now-February 28 Preschool Intention Forms Due
Intention forms for Three School, Preschool, and One To Grow On for the 2014-2015 school year are still available online at pellachristian.net or at the Pella Christian Grade School office. Forms are due by February 28. Contact 641-628-8673 with any questions.
Now-February 28 Pella Little League Registration
January 23- March 28 Young Artist Exhibition at Joan Kuyper Farver Art Gallery
The 23rd Annual Exhibit of Young Artists at the Pella Community Center's Joan Kuyper Farver Gallery is now open! This exhibit displays some of the imaginative and creative artworks that students from Pella Community Schools, Pella Christian Schools and the Art Center Programs at the Pella Community Center have created last semester. It is a bright and wonderful show. Gallery hours are Monday- Friday from 7:30 am to 4:15 pm, on the second floor of the Pella Community Center, 712 Union Street.
Thursday Night Bingo
Have fun playing Bingo! Proceeds benefit St. Mary's Catholic Church. Children 10-17 welcome with an adult. Bingo is held every Thursday from 6:30-8:30 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? email@example.com or 641-628-3982. All are welcome!