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February 27, 2014

Pella Community Calendar of Events

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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

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 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 or at the Pella Christian Grade School office. Forms are due by February 28. Contact 641-628-8673 with any questions.

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).

February 28 Pella High School Band Ensembles Concert

You are invited to the annual Pella High School Band and Percussion Ensembles Winter Concert starting at 7:30 pm at Pella High School.  There will be a freewill donation that will benefit the High School Band Program. 

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: to register.

March 1 Young Professionals of Pella Sleepy Hollow Outing

It is snowy outside, might as well enjoy it! Young Professionals invites anyone in their 20's or 30's to join them at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park in Des Moines for tubing, skiing, and other winter fun. Bring your own equipment or rent it there. See for additional information or e-mail

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 1 Pella Community High School's Forte Spring Show

Enjoy the talented dancers at the 18th Annual Forte Spring show! At 7 pm in the Pella Community High School gymnasium. $5 admission fee.

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.

March 3 Pancake Supper at Heartland Reformed Church

Head to Heartland Reformed Church for a delicious pancake supper! Serving pancakes with toppings, eggs, biscuits & gravy, and sausage. Free will donations to benefit Rocky Mountain High YF trip. From 4:30-7 pm.

March 3 Central College presents "Practical Strategies for Helping Grieving Students"

The Geisler Penquite committee is proud to host Dr. Teske Drake, who has served as a resource to local schools and organizations with regard to managing grief in the classroom and workplace. Dr. Drake holds a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Iowa State University and is a published author in the field of grief and loss. Dr. Drake will engage participants in conversations about practical, effective ways for handling grief in the school. She will share from her experiences of leading grief groups following school death and loss as well as her experience as the director of the Academy of Grief and Loss at Hamilton's Funeral Home. From 6:30-7:30 pm in the Roe Center, Central College. Free and open to the public, registration required. Please register at

March 4 Dutch Dancing Practice for Tulip Time begins

Join the wooden shoe dancers this Tulip Time! Practices are Tuesday and Thursday starting March 4 from 3:30-4:30 pm at the Jefferson Intermediate School Gym. Alumni Dutch Dancers are invited to review dances April 15 & 17, 6:30-7:30 pm at Jefferson. All dancers will practice on the street in front of the Tulip Tower April 21, 22, 23, 28, and 29, 6:30-7:30 pm. Contact Amy Van Haaften at 641-780-0425 with questions.

March 4 Pella Area Quilter's Guild meeting

PAQG presents Let's Talk About Your Quilt. Speakers Valorie Bonk and Charleen Richtsmeier, professional quilt appraisers, will use local quilts to offer clues about age, fabrics, blocks, design, techniques and history. They will provide professional appraisals of individual quilts on March 4 (1-4pm) and March 5 (8-4pm) for a fee of $35/quilt. Call Phyllis at 641-628-4835 or Nancy at 6411-620-8166 to schedule. At Third Reformed Church, 708 E 13th St. Questions? Contact Beth Medberry, Publicity Chair 641-628-3283.

March 6 Daily Lenten Prayer Services at Second Reformed Church

Start your day with a brief, reflective time of prayer and scripture reading during the season of Lent.  Lent is a forty-day period prior to Easter. Second Reformed Church (612 Broadway) is offering Lenten daily prayer services, from 7:15-7:35 AM, Monday-Friday in Lent. The first service will be Thursday, March 6.  For more information contact 641-628-3982 or

March 7 Tassel Ridge Winery presents Wine & Pasta Date Night

Make it a Date Night at Tassel Ridge Winery! Start with wine tasting at 6 pm, then dinner begins at 6:30 with a Caesar Salad made with Romaine, Shaved Parmesan, Croutons, and Asiago Dressing paired with Tassel Ridge Candlelight. Chef Heather will then prepare your pasta to order. Choose Spinach-Basil Pesto with Linguine or Pasta Puttanesca with Penne paired with Tassel Ridge Pizzeria & Pasta Too!®. For dessert, indulge in Fruit and Chocolate Dessert Crepes paired with Oskyfizzante® Pink. Advance prepaid, non-refundable reservations required by Wednesday, March 5. Contact the Winery at 641.672.WINE (9463). Cost is $35 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest: $30 per person, plus tax (includes dinner, wine paired with each course, and gratuity).

March 7 Pella Opera House's Film Series: "South Pacific"

Cure your cabin fever and travel to the tropics! Sing along to "Some Enchanted Evening", "Nothin' Like A Dame", and other classics. Admission is free, popcorn and water are $1 each. At 7 pm, Pella Opera House.

March 8 Central College hosts Stephen Rodriques Pavao in concert

Hear Stephen Rodriques Pavao, tenor, accompanied by Margaret Runaas on piano. At 7:30 pm in Central College's Upper Chapel. Free to attend.

March 8 Central College presents Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Enjoy the sounds of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mitch Lutch. At 4 pm in Douwstra Auditorium, free.

March 8 2014 Total Outdoorsmen Banquet

Total Outdoorsmen are excited to host their 3rd Annual Total Outdoorsmen Banquet. Doors will open at 5 PM with dinner at 6 and the program and auction starting at 6:45 at Vermeer Global Pavilion. We invite everyone to check out more details at or on our Facebook page. There will be many awesome items up for auction, including a cabin for 2 on the sold out Duck Dynasty Cruise. Tickets are available through any of the Total Outdoorsmen members or on our website for $25 each or $150 for a table of 8. Feel free to contact us at

March 9 Central College presents Cox Snow Trio

Enjoy the Cox Snow Trio, a free concert at Central College. 4 pm in the Upper Chapel.


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