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March 21, 2013

Positively Pella Community Calendar of Events

Pella — March 21 Young Professionals of Pella Get Connected Event

This month's Get Connected event will take place at Peace Tree Brewery (Knoxville). Anyone who wants to carpool can meet at the Holiday Inn Express (Bos Landen) at 6:30 pm, the event will start at 7 pm. This will be a great way to meet others in their 20's and 30's living and working in the Pella area! See for more information.

March 21 Central College presents Oxfam Hunger Banquet

Central College will host the Oxfam Hunger Banquet, a collaboration among the Center for Community-Based Learning, the Biology department, the Central College United Nations Association, the Pella School District, Central student organization AWARE and Character Counts Pella, to draw attention to global hunger. Will demonstrate the inequality of food distribution worldwide. $5/adults,  free for students who register with a Central ID. Graham Banquet Hall 6 pm.

March 21 Central College presents Writer's Reading with Scott Russell Sanders

Scott Russell Sanders is the author of twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including A Private History of Awe and A Conservationist Manifesto. Among his honors are the Mark Twain Award, the Cecil Woods Award for Nonfiction, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University, where he taught from 1971 to 2009. At the Writer's Reading, Scott will read from his latest book, Earth Works, a collection of selected essays. His writing examines the human place in nature, the pursuit of social justice, the relation between culture and geography, and the search for a spiritual path. 7:30 to 9 pm at the Cox-Snow Recital Hall.


March 22 Annual PEACE Curriculum Fair

All home educators and anyone interested in educating at home are invited to attend this display of curriculum owned by area home educators who are bringing their materials for you to examine.  A wide variety of curriculum brought by volunteers is for examination only, but there will be an area reserved for used curriculum as well. The fair will be held from 7-9:30 pm at Pella Evangelical Free Church (684-198th Avenue, off of HWY 163). Questions? Contact Cami Gunsaulus at or Angie Wittenberg at

March 22-23 Pella Christian High School presents Thieves' Carnival

One of the most successful French comedies of its day, Thieves' Carnival will be presented at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, in the PCHS Vermeer Auditorium. Loaded with humorous whims, romance, and masquerades the entertaining story centers around three bumbling pickpockets, a country bumpkin and his overbearing mother, and an elderly aunt who, with her two beautiful nieces, are insufferably bored. Reserved tickets go on sale March 4 in the school office.

March 22-23 Dutch Costume Exchange: Seller's Times

If you want to sell your Dutch Costume, you can bring it to the Scholte Church in the Historical Village from 4-7 pm. Please bring it priced to sell and hanging on a hanger. Costumes will be sold Saturday March 23; unsold costumes and/or money will need to be picked up between 11 am-noon. Anything left after noon becomes property of the Pella Historical Village.

March 23 Dutch Costume Exchange: Purchasers

Need a Dutch costume for the Tulip Time Festivities? The annual Dutch Costume Exchange allows you to purchase used Dutch Costumes. These costumes will be available from 8-10 am at the Scholte Church at the Historical Village. Come early, they sell quickly.

March 23 Work Systems presents Breathe Well to Live Well

Shelly DeRuiter PT, PRC, will be speaking on the importance of breathing and breathing techniques. Come learn how breathing can impact your health, emotions, and quality of exercise. Free to members and non-members! Contact Shelly at 641-621-0230. Discussion starts at 10 am and will be located at Work Systems Rehab & Fitness, 308 SE 9th Street (Behind Hy-Vee).

March 23 Pella Easter Egg Hunt

Hop on over to the Pella Easter Egg Hunt! For children ages 1-8 at the Tulip Toren, Central Park. Hunt will start at 10:30 am. Sponsored by Kiwanis, Community 1st Credit Union, Pella Hy-Vee Food Store and the Cub Scouts.

March 23 Vital Outdoorsman Banquet and Auction

Featuring speaker Matt Stutzman, the armless archer. Doors open at 6 pm, dinner at 7 pm, and program at 8 pm at Federated Fellowship Church in Pella. There will also be raffles including a Glock 17, Bowtech Bows, and BB guns for kids. Auction items will include several hunting or fishing trips and various other items. Ticket prices are $25 per person, $40 per two person group, $60 for four-person groups or $120 for eight person groups. For more information contact 641-416-0018.

March 23 Tassel Ridge Winery presents Moroccan Inspired Wine Dinner

Enjoy an evening under a colorful Moroccan-style tent in the Tassel Ridge Winery Visitor's Gallery. A three-course dinner will feature Honey Lamb Kabobs, Couscous Royale with Chicken and a variety of vegetables seasoned to your taste with Harissa Paste, and an array of delicate Moroccan desserts. Each course will be paired with a specially selected Tassel Ridge wine. Wine tasting begins at 6:30 pm, with dinner seating at 7 pm. Advance reservations required by Wednesday, March 20. Contact the Winery at 641.672.WINE (9463) for reservations. Price $45 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $40 per person, plus tax (includes dinner, wine paired with each course, and gratuity).

March 23-24 Central College presents Glass Technique Demonstration

Ed Schmid, glass artist, and Allison B Allen, artist in residence, will be demonstrating glass techniques, and the public is welcome to stop by and watch them work. Ed is an acclaimed artist who literally wrote the manual on glass work. At the Glass Studio at Central College.

March 24 Central College presents Ann Petrie and Friends Concert

Anne Petrie and Paul Kovacovic are joined by Central College faculty, alumni and students for a program of vocal music for one, two and four voices. Repertoire by J.S. Bach, Robert Schumann, Dvorak and others. At 4 pm in the Upper Chapel. Friends include:  Mark Babcock, organ; Diane Phoenix-Neal, violin; Joel Williams, cello; Mackenzie Uhlenhopp, mezzo-soprano; Jared McCarty, tenor; Christopher Ellerston, baritone; Sarah Van Waardhuizen, soprano.

March 25 Pella Community Blood Drive

12:30-7pm at Peace Lutheran Church's Fellowship Hall. Contact Edith Oltmann for more information at

March 26 Central College hosts BIG Dream Gathering

Central College is dreaming big and they want you to do the same. They are proud to host Mitch Matthews as he conducts a BIG Dream Gathering at Central College's Graham Center on March 26 at 6PM. A BIG Dream Gathering is a fun and safe event that allows people to think about some of their big goals and dreams, write them down and post them anonymously. Then everyone is encouraged to go around the room to look at the other dreams posted and offer ideas, connections or an encouraging word by writing on other people's dream sheets. The BIG Dream Gathering is all about providing a conduit for real people to help each other with their BIG dreams!  If you have questions, e-mail Wade Steenhoek at

March 27 Central College presents Artist Talk and Reception: Ed Schmid

Glass Artist Ed Schmid discusses his works on display in the Mills Gallery at 5 pm. Free and open to the public.

March 28 How Iowa Met Baseball

John Liepa, historian and collector, will share his collection of baseball cards and memorabilia from 5-7 pm in the Pella Public Library Meeting Room.  At 8 pm, he will give a presentation about the history and evolution of baseball with an emphasis on Iowa players who impacted the game.

March 29 The MOMS Club of Pella 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Come join us at West Market Park for the 2nd Annual MOMS Club Easter Egg Hunt. This is a free event. To participate please bring 10 candy/fun-filled plastic eggs, (10-per child participating) to the park at 10 am.  Members of The MOMS Club of Pella will hide eggs throughout the park and the egg hunt to begin at 10:30.  At the conclusion of the egg hunt, join us for a picnic in the shelter area next to the wooded playground.  For questions, please contact Tara at 641-204-1551.

March 30 Lake Red Rock presents Bird Banding

Join Nelson Hoskins, area birdwatcher and licensed bird bander, to experience what the science of bird banding is all about!  Mist nets will be set up around the Red Rock Visitor Center to capture small birds which will then be fitted with numbered leg bands to track their movements (if recaptured at some point in the future). Come check out the thrill of seeing live birds "in hand" as they are banded for future research! The activity is free of charge, and no reservations are needed.  Come anytime during the three-hour activity (7-10 am) to experience the action!  For more information, contact the Corps of Engineers office at (641) 828-7522 or (641) 628-8690.

March 30 Gene Van Wyk Memorial Run

Kickoff spring with a wonderful 5k race in beautiful Pella, IA. Registration from 8:00-8:45 am at Pella Christian High School, race at 9. Awards will be given. Participants receive FREE T-Shirt if registered ahead, post-race party including FREE Breakfast, snacks, chance for great door prizes, goodie bag, and access to showers. Families and strollers welcome. There are even "support laps" for those who do not want to run/walk the entire 5k. Visit our website for full details and online registration: . Cost is $15-$20. 



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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