This monthly support group supports caregivers, family members and friends with a loved one with memory problems. Trained Alzheimer's Support Group Facilitators and Hearthstone staff Nancy Van Wyk, RN, and Amy Stolzfus, MSW, lead the group. This month will focus on how to plan for purposeful activities for your loved one with dementia. 1:30 pm at Pella Manor East Social Room, 608 E 2nd St. Call Nancy at 641-204-2655 with questions.
May 11 ACTS Service Surge 2013
Join in a day of helping your neighbors! The annual Service Surge will be held in 6 communities (Ottumwa, Oskaloosa, Knoxville, Melcher, Chariton and Pella). Sign up under "Service Surge" on-line at www.actsofiowa.org to volunteer your time for a day of service. It is a small time commitment with a huge impact on a community! Registration is from April 8th to May 3rd. Reserve your spot soon! To receive a T-shirt the day of, please register by May 3rd. To view last year's video go to: http://actsofiowa.doodlekit.com/home/videos. For questions, call 641-780-4503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 11 De Bloemen Hof presents Colorful Mixed Container Combinations Workshop
An exciting workshop on how you can make those designer containers you long for. Limited space, please pre-register by Friday, May 10 by calling 641-628-2571. 11 am at de Bloemen Hof, 2017 Washington Street.
May 11 Central College Commencement
Baccalaureate and a gathering of the class of 2013 will be held in Douwstra Auditorium at 3 pm. Class dean Leslie Duinink will be the featured speaker. Following this ceremony, there will be a wine and cheese reception hosted by the college, and time for family dinners on your own at the Central Market or at a variety of restaurants around the Pella community. The commencement ceremony in H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse is planned for 8 pm. This year's commencement speaker is Central alumna Bernadette Allen '78. Bernadette is the former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Niger, a post named by presidential appointment and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
May 12 Celebrate Mother's Day with Lunch at Tassel Ridge Winery
Treat that special lady in your life to Tassel Ridge Winery's Annual Mother's Day Lunch. Pamper her with a three-course lunch (seatings at 11 am and 1:30 pm) that will begin with a crisp Romaine Salad with Fresh Pears, Almonds, and Balsamic Vinaigrette paired with Tassel Ridge Candlelight followed by Grilled Shoulder Petite Tender Medallions with Roasted Red Potatoes and Seasoned Green Beans paired with a glass of her favorite Tassel Ridge wine (we suggest Tassel Ridge American Syrah). For dessert, indulge in a rustic Strawberry Shortcake paired with Tassel Ridge Iowa Prairie Snow®. Advance reservations required by Wednesday, May 8. Contact the Winery at 641.672.WINE (9463) for reservations. Adults: $35 plus tax - Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $30/person plus tax (includes lunch, wine paired with each course, and gratuity). Children 5-10: $15 per child, plus tax (includes lunch, milk, and gratuity). Children 4 and under: Free (includes lunch, milk, and gratuity).
May 13 Pella Community High School Vocal Concert & Benefit Auction
Loads of fantastic new items, giftcards, tickets, collectibles, handmade roll-top desk, and more items donated daily. Silent auction at 5 pm, vocal concert at 7 pm, with live auction at 7:40 pm (at the Pella High School Auditorium). Proceeds go to Show Choir Performance Tour to the Bahamas in 2014. Questions? Donations? Contact Michelle Chaplin at 641-628-3870 x1743.
May 14-18 Union Street Players "Bye Bye Birdie" Auditions
Union Street Players, Pella's award-winning community theatre, is holding auditions for their summer production of "Bye Bye Birdie" (Directed by Denise Gregory). Audition times will be: Tuesday May 14 from 7-9 pm, Thursday May 16 from 7-9 pm, and Saturday May 18 from 9am-noon. No roles are pre-cast. Auditions will be held in the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium; perusal scripts are available in the Pella Public Library. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Denise at email@example.com.
May 14 Pella Community Art Center's Adult Plant Markers Class
It's time to get out in the yard but you can't remember what you planted where! Well, we can help with that by making plant markers! They will be made by recycling silverware and broken pottery. 7-9 pm at the Pella Community Art Center, 712 Union (enter through North door). $3, questions call 641-628-4571.
May 15 City of Pella: Free Bundled Brush Collection Day
Brush that will not fit in yard waste bags 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. Bundles must be on the curb by 7 am. Questions? Call 641-628-1601.
May 15 Union Vacation Bible School Registration and Carnival
Register for Vacation Bible School and enjoy a carnival evening! At Central Park from 6:30-8 pm (rain date is Saturday May 18 from 10:30-noon). Details for Vacation Bible School: All children who will be 4 years of age by September 15, 2013 through those entering sixth grade are invited to attend. Dates are June 10-14 from 9-11:30 am. Both the Carnival and Vacation Bible School are free, but it is important to pre-register so that churches can prepare for your child. Questions: Call Sheldon Starkenburg at 641-628-4552.
May 16 Young Professionals of Pella: Ice Cream Social
Looking for a great way to meet others in their 20's and 30's? Check out Young Professionals of Pella! This month's social will feature ice cream sundaes, lawn games, swimming available and lots of fun together at Holiday Inn Express (back lawn- access through lobby) from 7-9 pm. Free, hope to see you there!
May 17 Wine & Pasta Date Night at Tassel Ridge Winery
Make it a Date Night at Tassel Ridge Winery! Come for wine tasting at 6 pm, then dinner begins at 6:30 pm with an Italian Salad and Assorted Breads paired with Tassel Ridge Candlelight. Chef Heather will then prepare your pasta to order. Your choices will include Angel Hair or Penne Pasta with one of our house-made sauces, Bruschetta or Chicken Alfredo. Choose a glass of your favorite Tassel Ridge wine to enjoy with your meal. We recommend Tassel Ridge Pizzeria & Pasta Too! ® with the Bruschetta and Tassel Ridge American Chardonnay with the Chicken Alfredo. Chocolate Pots de Crème paired with Tassel Ridge Oskyfizzante® Pink will end the evening on a decadent note! Advance reservations required by Wednesday, May 15. Contact the Winery at 641.672.WINE (9463) for reservations. Price: $30/ person, plus tax - Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $25/ person, plus tax (includes dinner, wine paired with each course, and gratuity).
Pella Farmer's Market
Pella's Farmer's Market begins April 25th at First Reformed Church every Thursday from 3-6 pm. Great plants and early spring products! Some new vendors- and trusted veterans, too!
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. Please note: BINGO will be taking a break for the summer months! The last evening will be May 23, and will resume September 5.