Pella Chronicle

October 12, 2012

Positively Pella Community Calendar of Events

The Chronicle

Pella — October 12-13 The Art of Thinking Brilliantly

The mind is a powerful thing. It can shift the way we perceive ourselves, our environment, and our potential. Join us as we upgrade our thinking and realize our destiny in Christ as a new creation. For more information or to register, see (Fee is $30, registration is required). Event will be held in the Third Church Auditorium from 6:30-9:30 pm Friday, Oct 12 and 9 am-4 pm Saturday, Oct 13.

October 13 Pella Christian Eagle Football Pancake Breakfast

Support the Pella Christian football team by eating breakfast!  Serving pancakes, sausage, cinnamon rolls, and beverages- a freewill donation is accepted. From 7-10 am at the High School.

October 13 Pella in Pink 2 Mile Run/Walk

Join Young Professionals for the 4th annual Pella in Pink 2 Mile Run/Walk! All Proceeds Benefit Breast Cancer Recovery at Pella Regional Health Center. Register before September 28 to be guaranteed a T-shirt! Meet at West Market Park at 8 am for stretches and T-shirt pick up. Run/ walk will take place following. Cost is $20 per person if pre-registered/ day of $25. Registration forms are available at, and also available for pick up/drop off at the Pella Regional Health Center Information Desk (Main Entrance) or to the Chamber of Commerce. Early pick-up for t-shirts will be Friday October 12 from 9 am - 5 pm at the Chamber of Commerce office boardroom (lower level entrance).

October 13 Free Family Fun Fall Fest

This is an opportunity for families to get out to a farm setting and enjoy a variety of activities, some of which will include pumpkin painting, mini pumpkin launch, carnival games, horse back riding, hay rack rides, see kittens, big bale slide, bean and corn sandboxes, wheelbarrow races, and a train ride. Food and beverages will be available at minimal fees. The fest will be held at the Tim and Sharon Van Roekel farm, 2414 Illinois Street, Pella, from 10 am to 4 pm. Rain date will be Saturday, October 20.  Sponsored by First Reformed Church of Pella, with volunteer support by Trinity Reformed Church, Pella. 

October 13 Pella Opera House hosts Sustaining Greatness Fundraiser

Join us for an event that will help us make the good work we do at the Opera House become the GREAT work of our future! This fun-filled event will mark the beginning of the "second wave" of the Opera House's new life as a center of our community. Reception and silent auction opens at 6:30 pm; program and dinner at 7 pm; entertainment at 8 pm. Ticket price $25.

October 15 Pella High School Fall Vocal Concert

Hear the Pella Community High school singers display their talents at the Pella High School Auditorium at 8 pm. Select and concert choirs performing.

October 17 Registration Deadline for Little Tyke Flag Football

The Pella Community Services Department is sponsoring Little Tykes Flag Football for all children currently in grades 1 & 2. The program will include fundamentals, basic rules and short scrimmages. Program dates are October 20 & 27 and November 3 & 10 from 9-10:30 am, and will be held at the Pella High School and Pella Christian High School. Cost is $20 for residents and $24 non-residents, and registration location is the Community Services Office (712 Union). Deadline for registration is Wednesday, October 17 at 4:30 pm. 

October 17 Central College presents Byron Hurt: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

Hip-hop is a man's game... but does it have to be? A self-described "hip-hop head" takes an in-depth look at masculinity and manhood in rap and hip-hop, where creative genius collides with misogyny, violence and homophobia, exposing the complex intersections of culture and commerce. Cox-Snow Recital Hall, 7 pm. Free.

October 18 Pella Farmer's Market- Last of the season!

Wonderful autumn harvest, baked rolls and bread, homemade pies, gluten free products, and much more. First Reformed Church Parking Lot, 605 Broadway Street, 3-6 pm. Will be cancelled if too cold/ inclement weather.

October 18 Central College presents International Dinner: All Around the World from Iowa

This dinner will feature menu items from around the world but using as much locally produced food as possible. Dinner is $15 per person, $5 for Central students on the meal plan or children 6 - 10.  Children under 6 are free.  Cash bar available. Reservations required. E-mail to save your spot! Graham Annex, dinner at 6 pm.

October 18 Central College presents Writer's Reading with Novella Carpenter

Novella Carpenter is the author of the 2009 memoir Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer. The book describes her extensive garden in Ghost Town, a rundown neighborhood a mile from downtown Oakland, California.  Her latest book, The Essential Urban Farmer, is a "how-to" guide for anyone looking to turn their corner of the city into food production. Graham Annex, 7:15 pm. Free.

October 18 Families First Presents ''Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun'' 5 Week Class

Free class! Free meals! Free childcare! This class teaches about how to make parenting fun for you and your little one(s). Class begins September 27 from 6-8 pm at Trinity Reformed Church. To register or for questions, contact Jodi Bokhoven, Director, at 641-628-8331 or . Registration information can be found in the Town Crier or brought home from your child's school.

October 18 Bingo Night

Have fun playing Bingo! Proceeds benefit St. Mary's Catholic Church. Children 10-17 welcome with an adult. 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.

October 18 Pella Opera House presents Swinging Cowboys 
Jason Petty and Carolyn Martin return to the Opera House stage with songs of the Westward movement, a tribute to the music of the Great American West, the singing Hollywood cowboys like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, and Western swing band leaders such as Sons of the Pioneers and Spade Cooley. Tickets are $27, show starts at 7 pm.


October 20 Blake Van Vark Memorial Shoot Out

Students at Central College will be hosting a basketball shoot out October 20th in memory of Blake Van Vark at Kuyper Fieldhouse from 1-4 pm. Participation is open to 7th grade students and older. Entry fee for participating is $5; T-shirts are available for $10 (youth sizes available). All of the proceeds will be going to the Third Church's Baja Mission to build more homes in Mexico. Registration forms are available at the Central College information booth and the Pella High School and Middle School offices. Questions? Contact us at or 641-780-8200.


Oct 13-21 Book Sale!

Friends of the Library annual book sale. Books for all ages available for a donation; restocked daily. 10 am - 9 pm.

September 19- October 11 Glasswork Display

Central College alumni to display glass artwork in the Mills Gallery Monday through Friday, 9 am - 5 pm. The exhibition is in celebration of the renovation of the glass studio last year. Free and open to the public.

October 17- Oct 26 John Noltner in Mills Gallery

Beginning October 17, the Mills Gallery at Central College will host work by John Noltner, an award-winning author and photographer. The exhibit, titled "A Peace of My Mind," will feature photographs of ordinary people with insightful views. The exhibit includes black-and-white portraits of ordinary people, coupled with digital recordings of each person's words on the subject of peace. His work can be seen during gallery hours, Monday through Friday, 9 am - 5 pm. The exhibit is free and open to the public.


Deadline December 7: Pella Recreation Girls Youth Basketball Registration