Grab Fido and head downtown for a celebration of our four-legged friends! Pony rides, veterinarians (with pets to adopt), free goodies for your pet, pelts, and goats to pet will all be on the square! Please note: please bring well-mannered, immunized pets only. Pets must be leashed and owners must be prepared to dispose of any waste. Thursdays in Pella are held most Thursday nights in June and July, and are a great way to get out and enjoy the Pella community. Each night has a different theme, and features music, entertainment, and food vendors. City band will conclude each evening with performances at 8 pm. Come out and have fun!
June 14-16 Gateway to Hope Garden Tour
Gateway to Hope Garden Tour offers walk-throughs of three Pella Gardens and three country gardens on Friday, June 14, 5-8 pm; Saturday, June 15, 10-3 pm; and Sunday, June 16, 1-4 pm. Saturday includes sales of plants, garden art, and ceramics at StonyPoint gardens, along with the option to purchase lunch. Transportation to the country gardens is available each day for $10 per person. Call 641-628-1636 to reserve a seat. Donations to the tour will fund attendance at arts camps and Bible Schools for Nicaraguan children from the very poor neighborhoods. The tour is sponsored by Friends of Chinandega, a ministry of Faith Christian Reformed Church of Pella. Details are available at www.friendsofchinandega.wordpress.com and in area media.
June 14 Wine & Burger Night at Tassel Ridge Winery
Go "South of the Border" with a Sirloin Burger on Cheddar Jalapeño Focaccia served with Chipotle Seasoned Sweet Potato Fries and a glass of your favorite Tassel Ridge wine (we suggest our Señorita frozen wine drink featuring Tassel Ridge Candlelight). For dessert, cool off with Chocolaterie Stam's Wine Gelato made with a specially selected Tassel Ridge wine. 5:30-7:30 PM at our winery. Advance reservations required by Wednesday, June 12. 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).
June 15 Early Registration Deadline for Pella Soccer Club
Club Soccer early registration due on June 15 for U8-U19 age groups. Subsequent registrations subject to a late fee. See www.pellasoccerclub.com for more information.
June 15 de Bloemen Hof's Kids Club: Carnivorous Plants
A fun event for kids! Learn about carnivorous plants. The best part is you can take one home. Free. Limited space, please pre-register by June 14 by calling 641-628-2571. 11 am, class is located at 2017 Washington Street.
June 15 Work Systems presents Parents Night Out "SPLASH into summer!"
Splash into summer, bring your suits and towels! We will watch your kids while you take time off. Cost is $10 per child for members or $15 for non-members. Contact Tiffany at 641-621-0230 with questions.
June 15 Celebrate Fathers at Tassel Ridge Winery
Treat Dad or that special man in your life to dinner at Tassel Ridge Winery! Enjoy wine tasting at 6 pm and then at 6:30 the three-course dinner begins with a Caesar Salad paired with Tassel Ridge Candlelight followed by Grilled Beef Shoulder Petite Tender Medallions, Au Gratin Potatoes, Sautéed Green Beans with Bacon and Onions, and a glass of his favorite Tassel Ridge wine (we suggest Tassel Ridge 2009 Iowa Marquette). Finally, a fabulous dessert will be paired with a specially selected Tassel Ridge wine. Advance reservations required by Wednesday, June 12. Contact the Winery at 641.672.WINE (9463). Price: $40/ person, plus tax; Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $35/ person, plus tax (includes dinner, wine paired with each course, and gratuity).
June 17 Work Systems presents M.O.G. Kidz 8-week program M.O.G. Kidz provides nutrition education, recreation and teaches kids to use their five senses to achieve optimal alertness for enhanced daily routines, including learning. It is a fun and active group learning environment for all grade school children k-5th grade. Rewards are given weekly for meeting health goals, as well as for character, behavior and participation. K-2nd grade will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-10:15 am; 3rd-5th grades will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10:15 am. Call Liz Clancy or Elise Spronk at 641-621-0230.
June 18 VSR Financial Services presents 2013 Investment Forum
A relaxing evening at Graham Conference Center (Central College) to include dinner and an educational program intended to benefit investors of all shapes and sizes. From 5:45-6:30 enjoy hors d'oeuvres and mingle with representatives from 6 financial companies; from 6:30-7 pm buffet dinner; at 7, the program including panel discussions "Alternative Investment Strategies- Think Like an Institution" and "Stock & Bond Markets- Where do we go from here?". Free and no obligation. Contact Karen or Carla at 641-628-1021 at VSR to reserve your spots by June 13.
June 20 Thursdays in Pella: Non-Profit Night
Head downtown from 6-9 pm Thursdays in June and July! This week focuses on non-profits and features and Amazing Race: Enter your team of 2-4 people to race to complete challenges at various non-profit or service related organizations in Pella (examples of tasks from last year: get finger printed; diaper a doll; sack a bag of groceries, unroll and re-roll a fire house). Registration begins at 5:15 pm on the back of the Tulip Toren, race from 6-6:45 pm.Teams that finish and qualify will be entered into a drawing for $100, $50 & $25 team prizes. If under the ages of 12, must have a parent on your team. Free. Live entertainment on the square and auction benefiting non-profits!
June 21 The Longest Day Alzheimer's Event
Work Systems Rehab & Fitness, P.C is sponsoring a global event for the Alzheimer's Association, The Longest Day on June 21, 2013. Teams will join together from sunrise to sunset to honor those affected by Alzheimer's by participating in a multitude of activities all day long! These activities range from Pickle Ball to bicycling to Body Combat. To join the Work Systems team or to donate please contact email@example.com or visit our team website at https://thelongestday.alz.org/home/team/96998. The deadline to join our team is June 7, so hurry and sign up, we'd love to have you join our team for a great cause! We appreciate any and all of your support!
June 21 Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa presents State Flower Show
Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa present the state garden show at the Vermeer Pavilion, which will be free and open to the public for viewing on June 21 from 10am to 4 pm. This is a large event: Don't miss your chance to see these breathtaking floral masterpieces!
June 21 Magician Performance
Magician Rick Eugene will be performing at the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium, Pella Community Center, at 10 am. Anyone is welcome to attend, no registration required.
June 22 de Bloemen Hof presents Succulent Gardens
Have fun creating a Succulent Garden or a Succulent Wreath to enjoy until the weather cools and then move it indoors to enjoy this winter. Limited space, please preregister before June 21. Cost is $25. 11 am at 2017 Washington Street.
Pella Farmer's Market
Pella's Farmer's Market is held at First Reformed Church every Thursday from 3-6 pm. Great plants and spring products! Some new vendors- and trusted veterans, too!
Art in the Park
Let kids explore their creative side! City staff will bring all the supplies for kids to express and create a project. $2/child from 9:30-11 am.
West Market, Wednesday, June 19
Rotary, Wednesday, June 26
Caldwell, July 4 Fishing at Caldwell Park pond and poles provided NOTE DATE IS THURSDAY THIS WEEK NOT WEDNESDAY
South Park, Wednesday, July 10
Mark your calendars early for these summer events!
Thursdays in Pella
Most Thursdays in June and July your Pella Chamber of Commerce and other area businesses partner up to host weekly events for the whole 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:
June 13: Paws N' Claws (Pet night)
June 20: Non-Profit Night
June 27: Ag in the City
July 4: No Thursdays in Pella, please enjoy Independence Day festivities
July 11: The Air, the Rare, the Fair on the Square
July 18: Healthy Living
July 25: No Thursdays in Pella, please enjoy RAGBRAI festivities during the day hours
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.
Saturday July 13 from 7-10 pm, North Overlook Beach (part of Balloon Fest events, free, open to all ages). Performing: Jefferson County Green Band
August 9 from 7-10 pm, Molengracht Plaza. Performing: TBD
4th of July
Pella celebrates the 4th of July with a parade and fireworks! Come join in the festivities! The parade will be held downtown at 1:30 pm with fireworks in the evening. Fireworks are lit near Madison Elementary. Other activities scheduled all day.
Red Rock Balloon Fest
July 12-14: Come enjoy the beauty of hot air balloons as they lift off and participate in several races over the course of this weekend! Many additional activities, including a fun run, pancake breakfast, beach party, canoeing, and more. Fun for the whole family! More details to follow.
Iowa's famous annual week-long bike ride across Iowa will be passing through Pella on Thursday, July 25! You won't want to miss the sight of these bikers nor the entertainment, vendors, and music of the morning. Whether you are volunteering or just hanging out, it will be a really good time! To volunteer, contact 641-628-2626 or firstname.lastname@example.org.