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January 30, 2014

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January 30 High School Bandfest

Area band students perform a concert after a day of rehearsing. At 7 pm, Central College's Douwstra Auditorium.

January 30 Central College presents Writer's Reading with Walter Cannon

Walter Cannon will read from his new book of poems, "The Possible World". Dr. Cannon has participated in poetry workshops at Squaw Valley and Sligo, Ireland in connection with the Yeats School, where he has been an invited lecturer. He also has been the recipient of grants from the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His poems, essays and reviews have appeared in a variety of journals and books including Nimrod, Water-Stone Review, the Blue Earth Review, Mid-America Poetry Review, the Upstart Crow and Cahiers Elisabethains. At 7:30 pm, Geisler Reading Room.


January 30 Optimal Health Team Challenge Educational Event by PRC

Mark Blankespoor and Dave Bush will host a live educational event at Pella Rec Center at 7 pm regarding the Optimal Health Team Challenge that begins February 3. Contact Mark for more information! or 641-780-2330.

January 31 Tassel Ridge Winery presents Wine and Pasta Dinner

Dinner begins at 6 pm with an Italian Salad of Romaine, Tomatoes, Black Olives, Red Onions, Banana Peppers, and Italian Dressing paired with Tassel Ridge Candlelight followed by Penne Arrabbiata paired with Tassel Ridge Pizzeria & Pasta Too!® or Shrimp Scampi paired with Tassel Ridge American Chardonnay. For dessert, enjoy Milk Chocolate Bavarian Cream paired with Oskyfizzante® Pink. Advance prepaid, non-refundable reservations required by Wednesday, January 29. 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).

February 1-2 Tassel Ridge Winery presents Wine & Chocolate Pairing

Celebrate Valentine's Month with a Wine & Chocolate Pairing at Tassel Ridge Winery. Tassel Ridge Winery has paired four Tassel Ridge wines with four different chocolates from Chocolaterie Stam. Taste all four and find your favorite(s)! From 10 am to 6 pm Saturday and 12 to 6 pm Sunday. Cost is $10 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest: $5 per person, plus tax.

February 1 Van Wijk Winery presents Classic Movie "Groundhog Day"

Enjoy the classic movie "Groundhog Day" at Van Wijk Winery! Tickets are $10 and do not include food or drinks. Event starts at 6:30 pm, and Van Wijk Winery is located at 802 4th Street, Sully. Call 641-594-3325 or e-mail


February 2 "The Big Game" Party at Van Wijk Winery

Enjoy the biggest football game of the year at Van Wijk Winery! Admission is free, although food and beverages are sold separately. From 4:30-9pm, address is 802 4th Street, Sully. Call 641-594-3325 or e-mail

February 2 Union Street Players Auditions for " Ham Buns & Potato Salad"

Auditions for Union Street Players' "Ham Buns & Potato Salad" will be held February 2, 6pm - 8pm, and February 8, 10am - noon, at the Pella Community Center. Roles are available for 5 adult men, 4 adult women and one girl 11-12 years old. "Ham Buns & Potato Salad" is a full length comedy in two acts written by local playwright, Tom Vander Well. Direction by Ann Wilkinson. No experience is necessary. No roles are pre-cast. You may read a full description of the show or download a perusal script in PDF form at For more info please contact Those who cannot make either audition and are still interested in being considered for a part are asked to contact the show's Director, Ann Wilkinson ( Performance dates are April 10 - 13, 2014.

February 3 Cardio Kickboxing Class Begins at PRC

So you want to train like a fighter? Come take our trainer-led cardio kickboxing class! This class will teach you the proper techniques of punching and kicking with 9 rounds of circuit training in 30-40 minutes. The first class begins February 3, and classes will be offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 am, noon, and 5:30 pm. Gloves are required and are available for purchase. Survival of the fittest, punch and kick your way to a stronger you! Contact Darren McGriff at 641-780-6421 or

February 4 Dollars for Scholars Soup Supper before the Pella Christian/Pella High Basketball Games

Dollars for Scholar soup supper to raise funds for scholarships. 5-7 pm at Pella Christian High School. Sponsored by Dollars for Scholars and Pella Rotary Club.

February 4 Pella Area Quilter's Guild

Pella Area Quilter's Guild will feature Shelly Burge of Lincoln, Nebraska. Shelly has been making quilts for 40 years and teaching for 30. She will share her award winning miniature quilts as well as vintage doll quilts and other special small quilts. The Guild welcomes guests and new members of all abilities and interests. At 7 pm, Third Reformed Church Room 103.

February 6 Pella Christian Grade School Spanish Immersion Community Information Meeting

Come for an informational meeting for all Spanish Immersion prospective families. At 7 pm, Pella Christian Grade School.

February 6-20 Beginning Genealogy Workshops

If you are interested in genealogy research, but don't know where to start, here's your chance. Workshops for absolute beginners will be offered on Thursday evenings at 7 pm in February. It is preferred, but not required, that you bring your own laptop or other wireless device. Free and open to the public ages 12 and older. Questions? See or contact Wendy Street at

February 6 Jazzmania XXXV at Central College

Featuring local high school jazz bands, the Central College Jazz Band and featuring special guest artist Ronald Carter on Saxophone. Under the direction of Gabriel Espinosa. 7:30 pm at Douwstra Auditorium. Free.

February 7 Tassel Ridge Winery presents Wine and Burger Night

It's off to the Aegean Sea! Tonight's burger is Chef Heather's Greek Isles Burger made with Capers, Kalamata Olives, and Feta Cheese topped with Hummus served on a Whole Wheat Bun with a side of Greek Orzo Pasta Salad and a glass of your favorite Tassel Ridge wine (we recommend Tassel Ridge In the Dark). For dessert, indulge in a trio of Tassel Ridge Finalé Bonbons made by Chocolaterie Stam especially for Tassel Ridge Winery with Tassel Ridge Finalé Dessert Wines. From 5:30 to 7:30 pm with burgers served until 7 pm. Advance prepaid, non-refundable reservations required by Wednesday, February 5. 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).

February 8-9 Tassel Ridge Winery presents Wine & Chocolate Pairing

Celebrate Valentine's Month with a Wine & Chocolate Pairing at Tassel Ridge Winery. Tassel Ridge Winery has paired four Tassel Ridge wines with four different chocolates from Chocolaterie Stam. Taste all four and find your favorite(s)! From 10 am to 6 pm Saturday and 12 to 6 pm Sunday. Cost is $10 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest: $5 per person, plus tax.


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