It's off to the Tropics! Tonight's burger is a Tropical Turkey burger topped with Mango-Pineapple Salsa and served open-faced on Lettuce-lined Toasted Hawaiian Sweet Bread with a side of House Potato Wedges and a glass of your favorite Tassel Ridge wine (we recommend Tassel Ridge 2012 Iowa Edelweiss or Iowa White Blossom). For dessert, cool off with Chocolaterie Stam's refreshing Wine Gelato made with a specially selected Tassel Ridge wine. From 5:30-7:30 with Burgers served til 7. Advance prepaid reservations required by Wednesday, August 14. 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).
August 16 Lake Red Rock presents Lets Go Paddling!
Now you will have the chance to experience both canoeing and kayaking in the same day! Give one or both types of watercraft a try and see how much fun paddling can be! (You must be at least 10 years old to use kayaks. Life jackets will be provided.) Meet at the Roberts Creek east boat ramp, from 6-8 pm. Questions? Contact 641-628-8690.
August 17 Lake Red Rock presents Geocaching Basics
You're never too old for hide-and-seek: Have some fun and give geocaching a try! This sport uses the technology of GPS (Global Positioning Systems) 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 anywhere! Meet at 10 am, Howell Station Campground (meet at the turnaround at the end of campground entrance road). Questions? Contact 641-628-8690.
August 17 de Bloemen Hof presents Kids Stepping Stones
We will be creating your own stepping stone in this class by using concrete mix and molds, then decorating it with a variety of materials: glass marbles, beads, tiles and more to create your own piece of unique art for your garden. This class is messy so dress appropriately. You will need to return in a few days to pick up your stepping stone once it is dry. Limited space, please pre-register before August 16. Cost is $10 for all materials. Call 641-628-2571. From 11am-noon, located at 2017 Washington Street (across from Fareway).
August 18 Wine Does Pair with Tailgating Appetizer Demo from Tassel Ridge Winery
Feel you're on the sidelines when it comes to serving wine at your tailgating events? Chef Heather will show you how to make appetizers that pair with specially selected Tassel Ridge wines and that will score points with your family and friends! From 1:30 to 3pm at the winery. Advance prepaid reservations required by Wednesday, August 14. Contact the Winery at 641.672.WINE (9463). Price: $10 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $5 per person, plus tax.
August 20 Back to School: Pella Community and Pella Christian Schools!
August 21 City of Pella "Free" Bundled Brush Pick Up
Have brush that will not fit in yard waste bags? City residents may, without charge, have brush picked up on these monthly designated brush pick-up dates. Brush must be bundled using string, rope, or other biodegradable material (no wire or plastic). Brush bundles must measure less than 48 inches long, 30 inches in diameter, weigh less than 40 pounds, and must not contain branches greater than 3 inches in diameter. The City will collect the brush bundles, meeting the above requirements, at no charge, on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Please place brush bundles at the curb where trash is normally collected by 7 am. Questions? Contact 641-628-1601.
August 23 Wine & Burger Night at Tassel Ridge Winery
It's off to the Mediterranean! Tonight's burger is Chef Heather's Mediterranean Burger topped with Hummus and served on a Toasted Whole Wheat Bun with Cucumber Slices, Lettuce, and Tomato, a side of Tabbouleh, and a glass of your favorite Tassel Ridge wine (we recommend Tassel Ridge Pizzeria & Pasta Too!®). For dessert, cool off with Chocolaterie Stam's refreshing Wine Gelato made with a specially selected Tassel Ridge wine. From 5:30-7:30 pm (Burgers served til 7) at Tassel Ridge Winery. Advance prepaid reservations required by Wednesday, August 21. 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).
August 24 de Bloemen Hof presents Canning and Water Bathing Demonstration
Home canning puts the pleasure of eating natural, delicious produce at your finger tips year around. Preserving food is as modern and practical as the latest trend and its really quite simple. Come to this canning and water bathing demo on preserving a variety of items from the summer growing season. Bring your questions! Limited space, please pre-register before Friday, August 23 by calling 641-628-2571. Free. At 2017 Washington Street at 11 am.
August 24 Work Systems and Empowered Health present Sprout and Fermentation Class
Class includes how to make your own homemade sprouts, education on fermented foods, and includes your own sprouting kit! From 10-11 am at Work Systems (behind Hy-Vee); $18 for members and $20 for non-members. Contact email@example.com with questions.
August 24 Tassel Ridge Winery presents Harvest Celebration Dinner
Celebrate the harvest at Tassel Ridge Vineyards with dinner at Tassel Ridge Winery! Come for wine tasting at 6 pm and then dinner begins at 6:30 pm with a salad of Greens, Celery, Grapes, Mushrooms, Almonds, and Vinaigrette paired with Tassel Ridge Candlelight and is followed by a Grilled Mustard Chicken Breast with Fresh Corn Polenta and Broccoli paired with Tassel Ridge American Chardonnay. For dessert, enjoy Chef Heather's Rustic Strawberry Shortcake paired with Tassel Ridge Iowa Prairie Snow®. Advance prepaid reservations required by Wednesday, August 21. Contact the Winery at 641.672.WINE (9463) for reservations. Price: $40 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $35 per person, plus tax (includes dinner, wine paired with each course, and gratuity).
Pella Farmer's Market
Pella's Farmer's Market is held at First Reformed Church every Thursday from 3-6 pm and Saturday from 9am-12pm. Great plants and produce! Some new vendors, and trusted veterans, too!
Registration for Pella Community School District
Online registration preferred at www.pellaregistration.com. Otherwise walk-in registration is available at each school. Contact school with registration questions (After August 6 please): High School- 641-628-3870; Middle School 641-628-4784; Jefferson Intermediate 641-628-8267; Lincoln Elementary 641-628-3970; Madison Elementary 641-628-4638; District office 641-628-1111.
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.