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February 28, 2013

Positively Pella Community Calendar of Events

Pella — February 27-28 Pella Christian Kindergarten Open House

All precshool-aged children turning 5 years of age by September 15, 2013 are invited to Turtle Time at Pella Christian Grade School. Parents are invited to observe. This opportunity may be helpful in the decision making for your child's kindergarten experience. The Creation Station House and Creation Station OTGO classes will be participating with their teachers during their regular session time. Children attending another preschool or receiving preschool experience at home, please call 641-628-2414 to secure a spot on Wedensday, February 27 for your child to join the morning or afternoon session.

February 27- March 2 Central College presents "Ah, Wilderness!" by Eugene O'Neill

Return to an idyllic age of Americana in Eugene O'Neill's award-winning unabashedly romantic and sweetly funny story of family life in a simpler time. As the Miller clan plans their traditional Fourth of July festivities, their dreamy-eyed middle child Richard is coming of age and wrestling with cultural conventions, political uncertainty, the power of literature, and the exquisite pain of young love. In the Kruidenier Theatre Building at 7:30 pm each evening. Tickets are $5 for adults; $3 for students and senior citizens; Free with Central ID.

February 28 Young Professionals of Pella: BINGO Night

Have fun playing BINGO and meeting great new people! Young Professionals of Pella is a group of people in their 20's and 30's that live or work in the Pella area. Nacho bar and great prizes for attendees provided. 7-9 pm at the Pella Country Club. (Rescheduled from February 21 due to winter weather).

February 28 Worksite Wellness Presentation (Knoxville)

Marion County Public Health Department is hosting a Worksite Wellness Presentation at 9 am at the Marion County Public Health Department which is located at 2003 North Lincoln in Knoxville. Vermeer Corporation will be presenting their philosophy on whole health services, including an overview of basic strategies they have in place to manage health and wellness. Please RSVP by phone or e-mail if you plan to attend! or 641-828-2238 ext. 229.

March 1 Tassel Ridge Winery presents Wine & Pasta Night

Make it a Date Night at Tassel Ridge Winery! Begin with wine tasting in our Tasting Room at 6:30 pm, and then Chef Linda will prepare your pasta to order. Choose Penne or Angel Hair Pasta and one of our housemade sauces, Chicken Bruschetta or Shrimp Scampi, along with a glass of Tassel Ridge Pizzeria & Pasta Too!® or Tassel Ridge American Chardonnay. Salad and freshly baked bread will be served with the pasta. For dessert, enjoy Chef Linda's nut-filled biscotti and our Chocolate Granfinalé™. Advance reservations required by Wednesday, February 27. Contact the Winery at 641.672.WINE (9463) for reservations. Price: $30 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $25 per person, plus tax (includes dinner, 2 glasses of wine, and gratuity).

March 1 St. Mary's Knights of Columbus Fish Fry

Fried and baked fish; Baked potato or French fries; Vegetable; roll; dessert. Dine in or Take out (641-628-3078). $8 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under; $25 for a family. 5-7:30 pm Fridays from February 15- March 22. St. Mary's is located at 726 218th Place (North of Wal-Mart).

March 2 Pella High School Vocal Dept. Presents Cabaret 2013

Featuring High School Choirs, award-winning Show Choirs, and vocal small groups. Will be held in large gym this year to accommodate larger audiences. Professional staging, lights and sound; candlelit catered dinner included. Two seatings, 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm. General admission tickets available at HS office, $10 per ticket. New this year reserved seating tickets available via e-mail ( for $15 or $20! Reservation schedule: Senior parents February 20 at noon; HS Choir parents February 21 at noon; MS Choir parents February 22 at noon; General public February 23 at 6 pm.

March 2 Vital Ministries' Back to the Basics 3rd Annual Man's Day

This is a special event for men. Held at the Vermeer Global Pavilion with guest speakers and fun stuff like Vintage Cars, Strong Man Competitions, Techy Toys, live music and a whole lot more! You won't want to miss this high energy, challenging and spirit filled day with your brothers in Christ. Doors open at 7 for pre-event competitions. Held at the Vermeer Global Pavilion, 8 am-3 pm. Questions? Contact Mike Sereg at 641-660-7715. Tickets are $25 pre-registered or $30 at the door, and can be purchased at

March 2 Pella Christian High Shine Drill Team Spring Show 

Performances by Shine Drill Team, special guests and K-8th workshop participants. Free popcorn. Admission is $5 for adults or $3 for students. Held at the PCHS Gym, 300 Eagle Lane, 7 pm.

March 3 Central College presents Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Sunday Concert Series.  4 pm at  Douwstra Auditorium, Central College. Free to attend/ open to the public.

March 6-9 Oriental Rug Event

Featuring over 300 hand knotted rugs made by fairly paid adults in Pakistan. These exquisite rugs are sold through an artisan group called Bunyaad, and support about 650 families. A fair wage means that the parents can afford to send their children to school. A FREE seminar about the rugs and how they are made will be at 6:30 on Thursday evening. At the Pella Opera House. Rugs will be for sale from 9am-6pm Wednesday, 9am-9pm Thursday, 9am-6pm Friday and 9am-5pm Saturday. Questions? Contact The Work of Our Hands 641-628-8687.

March 6 Otley GEMS Benefit Supper

Support local GEMS! Featuring Baked Potatoes with toppings, including Ham, Taco Meat, & Broccoli,  served with nacho cheese, sour cream, green peppers, and onions, Jell-O Salads and homemade bars will also be on the menu. All proceeds go to fund GEMS girls club. Free will offering. 5-7 pm at Otley Reformed Church.

March 7 Weld Fair (Newton)

Demand is high for welders, and it can be a very lucrative occupation! Come meet and submit applications to local employers who are looking for qualified applicants. Some employers are providing on-the-job training and offering immediate placement without welding experience. At DMACC Newton Campus (600 N 2nd Ave West, Newton, IA 50218) from 4-6 pm.

March 8 Joseph Hall's Elvis Rock N' Remember Tribute

Come hear "America's Got Talent" finalist and Branson's Entertainer of the Year Joseph Hall as he performs an Elvis tribute at 7 pm, Pella Opera House. Tickets are $20, call box office at 641-628-8625 or Kyle at 402-617-4477 for reservations.


March 9-10 Tassel Ridge Winery presents Spring Foods Demos

Join Chef Linda DeJong as she prepares a red wine reduction for steak using the Tassel Ridge American Merlot and an Alfredo Sauce with a crèpe filled with Linda's choice of filling. We will be pairing the steak and red wine reduction with American Merlot and the crèpe with the Tassel Ridge 2009 Iowa Brianna. You will sample both preparations and take home recipe cards. From 1-3 pm each day. Advance reservations required by Wednesday, March 6. Contact the Winery at 641.672.WINE (9463) for reservations. Price: $10 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $5 per person, plus tax.

March 9 Work Systems presents Parents Night Out "Everything Green"

EVERYTHING GREEN! Wear your favorite green Shirt, Hat, Pants, Skirt, Socks, Shoes, YOU name it- GREEN GREEN GREEN!! This is for kids ages 3-9 years old.  Cost is $10 per child for members and $15 per child non-members. Questions? Contact Tiffany Warren at 641-621-0230. Work systems is located at 308 SE 9th St (behind Hy-Vee).



February 20 - March 22 Central College presents painter John Preston (Gallery)

Artist John Preston will be displaying his landscape paintings in the Central College Mills Gallery starting Feb. 20. Originally from the east coast, Preston moved to Fairfield, Iowa, to study in 1984. His popular landscapes derive from Jefferson and Van Buren counties, featuring fields, tree islands, fence rows and paths of gravel curving over prairies. The paintings are back dropped against a variety of weather events from his observations, memories and imagination. The exhibit will be open until March 22. In addition to his work in the gallery, Preston will host an artist talk and reception on March 27 at 5 pm. Preston's work can be seen during gallery hours, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. The exhibit is free and open to the public.  


Ongoing: Thursday Bingo Night

Have fun playing Bingo! Proceeds benefit St. Mary's Catholic Church. Children 10-17 welcome with an adult. Bingo is held every Thursday from 6:30-9 pm at 1203 Peace Street (old church). Game prices range from $0.50 to 2.00 a game or $17 for a game packet. For more information contact Peggy Moriarity at 641-628-1549.


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