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March 27, 2014

Pella Community Calendar of Events

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March 26-29 4th Annual Oriental Rug Event at The Work of Our Hands
Featuring over 300 hand-knotted rugs, sized from 2'x3' to 10'x14'; all made by fairly paid adults. We host this special event once a year to bring these high-quality, fairly traded, hand-knotted rugs to our community from the Main Rug Gallery at Ten Thousand Villages in Pennsylvania. These beautiful works of art will be for sale at The Work of Our Hands, 627 Franklin Street. Hours/dates are March 26, 9am-6pm; March 27, 9am-9pm; March 28, 9am-7pm; March 29, 9am-5pm. See or call 641-628-8687 for additional information.  

March 27 Pella Lions Club Benefit Dinner

Enjoy a pork patty meal benefiting Lion's Sight, Hearing and Diabetes Programs. From 4:30-7:00 pm at Jefferson School Cafeteria. $5 in advance, $6 at the door; tickets may be picked up at Edward Jones, 400 Oskaloosa Street. Carry out meals are available.

March 27 Creation Station Registration Meeting

For parents or guardians of children who will be 3 by September 15, 2014, please attend this registration meeting at 6 pm in the Pella Christian Grade School Music Room. For parents or guardians of children who will be 4 by September 15, 2014, please attend the registration meeting at 7 pm in the Pella Christian Grade School Gym. Parents must attend this meeting or forfeit their child's spot. If you have not turned in an intention form, please visit the preschool registration link at to do so.

March 28 Central College Flying Pans Steel Band Spring Concert

Featuring the Flying Pans Steel Band in Douwstra Auditorium at 7:30 pm. Contact 641-628-7520 with questions. Free and open to the public, no tickets required.

March 28 Baja 101 Fundraiser Dinner at Heartland Reformed Church

Smoked pork loin sandwich dinner to help raise funds for materials to build houses in Baja Mexico.  Menu includes smoked pork loin sandwiches, potato salad, baked beans, and dessert.  Freewill offering.  Friday March 28 from 5-7 pm at Heartland Reformed Church (628 Hwy T-14, Pella).

March 28 PEACE Homeschool Curriculum Fair

A Homeschool Curriculum fair will be held from 7-9:30 pm at Liberty Evangelical Free Church in Pella, sponsored by the PEACE group.  Drop in anytime to browse the curriculum used by local area homeschoolers, get your questions answered or purchase used curriculum.  Refreshments will be served.  Please contact Angie Wittenberg for more details, 780-4204.

March 29-30 Tassel Ridge Winery's Wine & Chocolate Pairing

We've paired four Tassel Ridge wines with four different chocolates from Chocolaterie Stam, taste all four and find your favorite pairing(s)! From 10am-6pm Saturday, and 12-6 pm Sunday. Price is $10 per person, plus tax (Harvest Club Member & 1 guest price $5 per person plus tax).

March 29-30 Tassel Ridge Winery presents Wine and Cheese Pairing Experience

Tassel Ridge has selected four different Iowa cheeses and has paired them with Tassel Ridge wines. Try these pairings and see which are your favorites! From 10 am - 6 pm every Saturday and noon - 6 pm every Sunday in March and April. Cost is $10 per person, plus tax; Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest cost $5 per person, plus tax.

March 29 Blake Van Vark/ BAJA 101 Community Impact Day at Pella Pizza Ranch

Come join us at the 3rd annual Blake Van Vark/ Baja 101 Community Impact Day at Pella Pizza Ranch. This year, 10% of all dine-in, carry out and deliveries, as well as tips/donations, will go towards the building of 4 homes in Baja, Mexico. Come stop in and check out a video showing the impact of last years homes, listen to Christian music, check out the awesome auction items, eat some great food and be a part of a good cause. From 11 am to 8 pm.

March 29 Dutch Costume Exchange

Don't miss out on this opportunity to sell your Dutch costumes you no longer use or to find a new Dutch costume perfect for you or your family! Come early, or you might miss out; this is a busy event. Additional details about the exchange- especially for sellers- are available, please see or Pella Historical's facebook page. From 8 am to 10 am at Scholte Church, Pella Historical Village.

March 29 Free Breakfast

Need a little help at the end of month? Come to a free Family Breakfast. Children welcome! From 8:30-10:30 am at Second Reformed Church, 612 Broadway Street. Walk-in! No questions, just a good breakfast! (upcoming dates April 26, May 31) Questions? 641-628-3982,

March 29 De Bloemen Hof presents Rose Garden Care seminars

We will discuss how to fertilize roses, trimming and general care. We'll also discuss the most common pest and disease problems of the roses and how to treat them. We would like this to be an interactive class so please attend and share your stories about your favorite rose. Weather permitting, we will be outside for this. Please call 641-628-2571 by Friday, March 28 to RSVP. Classes will be at 11 am and 2 pm at De Bloemen Hof (across from Fareway).

March 29 Lake Red Rock presents Snake "Lunchtime"

It's a feeding day at the visitor center! Stop by to learn about the visitor center's resident snakes and watch them have a bite to eat! At 1 pm, Red Rock Visitor Center, free and open to the public. Questions? Call 641-628-8690.

March 29 Joseph Hall's Elvis Rock 'n Remember Tribute at the Pella Opera House

Joseph Hall is a bright young star, a headline performer from Branson, and a finalist on NBC's "America's Got Talent". Three decades of Elvis hits. Tickets are $24, please contact 641-628-8625 or

March 31 Vermeer Leadership Alliance - Evening with Dr. Peter Steinke

Dr. Peter Steinke is an internationally respected congregational systems consultant who has also served as a parish pastor, an educator, and a therapist for clergy. He is the director of the Bridgebuilder ministry, a structured process for intervention with conflicted churches. He will speak at the event with the goal of helping congregations and their leaders understand their hidden workings and use that understanding to become healthy and vital. The evening event is entitled: "If your system is perfectly designed to give you the results you are getting, then what?" At 7 pm, Vermeer Global Pavilion. Free and open to the public. Questions? Contact Andrea Van Kooten at 641-628-3141 or

April 1 Vermeer Leadership Alliance - A Day with Dr. Peter Steinke

Dr. Peter Steinke, an internationally respected congregational systems consultant and director of the Bridgebuilder ministry, will present during four different sessions regarding the topic "When God does a new thing, what do you do with the old things?" Pastors of area churches are especially encouraged to bring their leadership team to this event. From 8:30 - 4 pm at the Vermeer Global Pavilion. Registration fee is $35/person and includes 4 sessions, lunch and snacks. Questions? Contact 641-628-3141.

April 1 Pella Area Quilter's Guild

Pella Area Quilter's Guild will meet at 7 PM, Third Reformed Church Room 101, 708 E. 13th Street. Judy Martin of Grinnell, IA, will present Log Cabin Quilts: Exploring Secondary Patterns. Show and tell of member projects is included. Guests and new members welcome, no fees.

April 1 Modern Science and Atheism: Friends or Foes? Lecture at Central College

Dr. Steven Jeffery, Ph.D. in Physics from Oxford Univ., will lecture on whether modern science justifies atheism. Does science make belief in God or the Bible irrational and ludicrous? Sponsored by Central College Campus Ministries and Central Intervarsity. At 8:30 pm in the Cox-Snow Building (812 University Ave). Questions? Contact Nick Rohner, Free and open to the public.

April 2 Gossiping the Gospel: the Why and How of Personal Evangelism

Need encouragement in sharing your faith with others? Join us for two talks by Pastor Steven Jeffery, pastor in north London, England. 1. The Why of Personal Evangelism 2. The How of Personal Evangelism Watch this video: Facebook event page: Sponsored by Christ the Redeemer Church and Ebenezer Reformed Church. At 1203 Peace Street at 7 pm. Questions? Contact Brian Nolder: 641-628-1305; Mark Jicinisky: 641-626-3059.

April 3 Pella Little Tyke Soccer Registration Deadline

The Pella Community Services Department is taking registrations for Little Tyke Soccer for boys and girls who will be attending kindergarten in the fall of 2014. Central College coaches and players will instruct the very basic skills of soccer: Dribbling, passing and kicking. Program dates are March 29, April 5, 12, and 26 from 10am- 10:45 am in the fields on the north side of Truman Rd. Cost is $20 those living within city limits and $24 for those outside city limits. Go to the Community Services Offices in the Pella Community Center to register, 712 Union Street. Office hours are 7:30-11:30 am and 12:30-4:30pm Monday- Friday.


April 3 Pella Chamber of Commerce's Pella Business Expo

The public is invited to Graham Conference Center from 4-7 pm for an evening of samples, networking, and learning about the great companies, products and services new to Pella!  Each booth will feature a prize drawing valued at no less than $100. And, enter to win one of two grand prizes, a $500 Pella Bucks shopping spree! Free event. New this year: Radon Seminars! Stop in to learn about the dangers of radon in your home or workplace. Radon mitigation specialists will be presenting, and radon testing kits will be available. 4-7 pm, Graham Annex. (Hosted by the Marion County Public Health Department).

April 4 Central College presents Rock-A-Pella

Featuring the A Capella Choir at 7 pm in Douwstra Auditorium. Come support the choir's fundraiser to raise money for their Boston tour! Contact Central College Music Department with questions: 641-628-7520.

April 5-6 Tassel Ridge Winery presents Wine and Cheese Pairing Experience

Tassel Ridge has selected four different Iowa cheeses and has paired them with Tassel Ridge wines. Try these pairings and see which are your favorites! From 10 am - 6 pm every Saturday and noon - 6 pm every Sunday in March and April. Cost is $10 per person, plus tax; Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest cost $5 per person, plus tax.

April 5 Central College presents "Practical Teaching Methods with English Learners"

The Geisler Penquite committee is proud to host Cindra Porter, a doctoral candidate in Foreign Language and ESL Education at The University of Iowa. This engaging workshop will provide participants with practical methods for reaching and engaging English learners in the classroom. From 10-11:30 am in the Roe Center, Central College. Free and open to the public, registration required. Please register at

April 5 Ahn Trio Concert at Central College

Central College will be hosting the renowned Ahn Trio, Julliard-trained sisters from Korea on violin, cello and piano. Their interpretations of classical and popular songs have led them to be featured in People Magazine, Vogue and GQ. Concert is free to attend, at 7:30 pm in Central College's Upper Chapel. A reception will follow the concert.

April 6 Central College presents Concerto-Aria Winners Concert

Featuring Amanda Jacobs, flute, Lexie Waymire, soprano, and College Community Orchestra. Free and open to the public. At Douwstra Auditorium, Central College, 4 pm. Free. Contact 641-628-7520 with questions.


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