June 14- July 5 FREE Meals for Kids
A free lunch for children and youth will be offered in the parking lot of the Burbank Village apartments, 408 East 13th Street in Pella, every Monday through Friday, from noon to 12:30 PM, beginning on June 17. The simple sack lunch may be eaten there or taken away to be eaten elsewhere. All kids and youth are welcome. There are no qualifications, no questions, just lunch. Questions? Contact 641-628-3892. Sponsored by Second Reformed Church of Pella.
June 27 Thursdays in Pella: Ag in the City
Enjoy a tractor rodeo, petting zoo, gardening tips, an authentic yarn spinner exhibit, inflatables, machinery, and tons of other farm-themed events for the whole family! Food vendors and activities available from 6-8 pm with a city band concert at 8 pm. This is a huge event, don't miss out!
June 28 Registration Deadline for Adult Co-Ed Softball
Registrations must be completed and returned by 4:30 pm. See www.cityofpella.com
for additional information.
June 28 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 "Blind Side" on Friday, June 28. All movies will be filtered by Clear Play and 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 blankets. Popcorn will be provided and pop can be purchased. In case of inclement 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
June 28 Lake Red Rock presents Geocaching Basics
You are never too old for hide-and-seek! Have some fun and give geocaching a try. This sport uses the technology of GPS to hunt for caches hidden in the area. Bring your own GPS or borrow one from us for the activity, learn some of the basics and then try it on your own when you travel or in your hometown! 7 PM at Whitebreast Campground. Call 641-628-8690 for more information.
June 29 Lake Red Rock presents River Critters: A Paddling Program with Dr. Jim Pease
Join Dr. Jim Pease, wildlife and interpretive specialist, for a paddling tour to find birds, mammals, trees, shrubs, and help you understand them and their relationship with the river. Depending on conditions, participants will paddle 1-3 hours, stopping frequently to learn what the river has to teach us. RSVP required to 641-628-8690, must be 16 to borrow a kayak. 9 am at Robert's Creek.
July 1 Expressions by Design presents "What is the difference in makeup brands and what kind should I wear?"
Do you know the difference between over the counter, department store, and pharmaceutical grade makeup? Do you wonder what the rage is about BB creams and CC creams? Did you know that wearing the right makeup can help skin conditions? Let us educate you on all the differences and get a free makeup application! Call us to reserve your spot for this complimentary class, 641-628-1696. 5:45 at Expressions by Design. www.expressionspella.com
July 2 Pella Area Quilters Guild July Meeting
Pella Area Quilters Guild will hold their July meeting in room 101 at Third Reformed Church, 708 E. 13th St. Pella, IA. This meeting is our annual summer picnic/potluck and we meet an hour earlier at 6 PM. The title of the program that evening will be "Nifty, Gifty Quilt Ideas". The Pella Area Quilters Guild consists of members of all quilting abilities and interests. A time is provided for show and tell of projects. We welcome guests or new members at every meeting. Questions? Contact Edith Oltman at email@example.com
July 3 Holiday Garbage Pick-Up
Pella residents who normally have Thursday garbage pick-up will be scheduled for Wednesday pick-up instead due to the Fourth of July holiday. Please have garbage at the curb by 7 am. All other pick-up days will remain as normally scheduled.
July 4 Independence Day Festivities in Pella!
Schedule of Events:
· 9:30-11:30 Fishing and Art in the Park at Caldwell Park (fishing poles, bait, and art supplies provided).
· 10:00-1:00 Tours of Vermeer Windmill, Garden, and gift shop; Tours of Scholte House and Gardens (serving lemonade and cookies)
· 11:00-1:00 Pony rides in Central Park
· 11:00-1:00 Games and Activities in Central Park (Frog jumping contests, ladder golf, gunny sack races, Badminton, Bean Bag toss, dunk tank, inflatables- sponsored by Marion County Bank)
· 1:30-3:00 Parade down Franklin Street (Note change of time) from Scholte Church to West Market
· 4:00-7:00 Swimming at Aquatic Center
· 6:00-8:00 Entertainment in Central Park at Tulip Toren- City Band and Singers
· 9:30 Fireworks- lit east of Madison School
· All day: Patriotic music & food stands
For questions about the parade, please contact: Paul Kingma, (641) 780-6785.
July 6 Pella Opera House presents film "Grease
Head to the Pella Opera House for this classic interactive film! Cash bar opens at 5:30, film at 6 pm. Water and popcorn $1. Call 628-8625 for tickets and additional information.
Art in the Park
Thursdays in Pella
Most Thursdays in June and 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:
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
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!
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.
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
Grades K-12 Sports Camps at Central
Various athletic camps, for more information see
June 18- September 20 Joyce Kolenbrander Exhibition at the Joan Kuyper Farver Gallery
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.
Mark your calendars for these summer events!
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
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!
Friday, July 12:
6:30pm: Opening launch (KNIA/KRLS and Red Rock Balloon Fest commentary provided, time approximate)
Saturday, July 13:
6:30am: Morning Balloon Launch (time approximate)
7:00am: Pancake Breakfast on the Beach ($5/person)
8:00am: North Overlook Beach 5K and 10K FUNdraiser Run ($20 Registration)
9:00-11:00am: Sand Sculpting
9:00-11:00am: "Let's Go Paddling"
1:00pm: Pella Wildlife Company (located at South Overlook Visitors Center)
3:00pm: "Let's Go Fly a Kite!"
6:00pm: Food and drinks on the beach
6:00-10:00pm: Jefferson County Green Band: Live on North Overlook Beach
6:30pm: Evening Balloon Launch (KNIA/ KRLS and Red Rock Balloon Fest providing commentary, time approximate)
8:00-10:00pm: Tethered Balloon Rides sponsored by Edward Jones
Sunday, July 14:
6:30am: Final Balloon Launch (time approximate)
For more information, please visit: http://www.redrocklakeballoonfest.com/
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 day. 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.