August 9 Young Professionals host Friday After 5
Live Bands + Patio + Drinks + Summer + Great Company = A great way to end the week! Young Professionals of Pella are hosting this event, but anyone age 21+ are encouraged to attend! Bring a friend or make new ones. $5 admission covers live music and appetizers; cash bar available. Faraday's Law will be entertaining the crowd with covers of rock favorites like Journey, Kansas, Styx and the Black Keys.
August 9 Tassel Ridge Winery presents Wine & Burger Night
It's Classic Bistro Night! Tonight's burger is a Merlot Mushroom and Swiss Burger topped with Merlot Mushroom Sauce, made with Tassel Ridge American Merlot, and Swiss Cheese and served on a Kaiser Bun with a side of House Potato Wedges and a glass of your favorite Tassel Ridge wine (we recommend Tassel Ridge American Merlot). For dessert, cool off with Chocolaterie Stam's refreshing Wine Gelato made with a specially selected Tassel Ridge wine. From 5:30-7:30 PM (Burgers served til 7 PM). Advance prepaid reservations required by Wednesday, August 7. 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).
August 9 Red Rock Lake presents Evening Paddle to Hickory Ridge
Join a park ranger for a leisurely paddle to the Hickory Ridge Wilderness Campground. Bring your own kayak or borrow one from us free of charge! Meet at Whitebreast Boat Ramp at 5:15 pm. A limited number of kayaks are available, so pre-registration is needed. Must be at least 16 years old to participate, and adults must accompany minors. Call the Corps of Engineers office at (641) 828-7522 or (641) 628-8690 to register or for more information.
August 10 Lake Red Rock presents Red Rock: The Town Beneath the Lake
The town of Red Rock was once a thriving, industrious community and home to many colorful, pioneering people. Once hopeful that the Red Rock Dam would save them from the Des Moines River's frequent flooding, it eventually sealed their fate. Join a park ranger to catch a glimpse of this historic settlement now lying beneath the waters of the lake! Meet at Red Rock Visitor Center at 10 am. Free, no reservation needed. Call 641-628-8690 with questions.
August 10 Lake Red Rock presents Lets Go Fly a Kite!
Catch the breeze off Lake Red Rock for some great kite flying fun! Bring your own kite or borrow one free of charge at the event (limited number of kites available). Kites can also be purchased from the Red Rock Visitor Center. Meet at North Overlook Beach at 1 pm. Free, no reservations needed. Call 641-628-8690 with questions.
August 11 Lake Red Rock presents Tour the Bridges of Marion County
Many key structures were build along the Des Moines River and other tributaries to ensure that traffic flows from Point A to Point B. The Horn's Ferry Bridge was the first bridge to cross the Des Moines River when it was built in 1881. Join the Rural History Buffs of Marion County to learn about this bridge and talk about its history, its tragic demise, and the courage of the county to save what was left of it for generations to come. A tour of the county's bridges will follow this gathering. Meet at Red Rock Visitor Center at 2:30 pm, free, no reservations needed. Call 641-628-8690 with questions.
August 13 Pella Community Art Center Adult Class
Transform that old book into something you'll keep forever. Pella Community Art Center, 712 Union Street from 7-9 pm. $3. Call 641-628-4571 to register.
August 14 Lake Red Rock presents Family Time at the Beach
Bring the kids out to North Overlook Beach for some fun crafts in and on the sand! All ages welcome. Free, activities at 1 pm.
August 16 Tassel Ridge Winery presents Wine & Burger Night
It's off to the Tropics! Tonight's burger is a Tropical Turkey burger topped with Mango-Pineapple Salsa and served open-faced on Lettuce-lined Toasted Hawaiian Sweet Bread with a side of House Potato Wedges and a glass of your favorite Tassel Ridge wine (we recommend Tassel Ridge 2012 Iowa Edelweiss or Iowa White Blossom). For dessert, cool off with Chocolaterie Stam's refreshing Wine Gelato made with a specially selected Tassel Ridge wine. From 5:30-7:30 with Burgers served til 7. Advance prepaid reservations required by Wednesday, August 14. 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).
August 16 Wine Does Pair with Tailgating Appetizer Demo from Tassel Ridge Winery
Feel you're on the sidelines when it comes to serving wine at your tailgating events? Chef Heather will show you how to make appetizers that pair with specially selected Tassel Ridge wines and that will score points with your family and friends! Advance prepaid reservations required by Wednesday, August 14. Contact the Winery at 641.672.WINE (9463). Price: $10 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $5 per person, plus tax.
Pella Farmer's Market
Pella's Farmer's Market is held at First Reformed Church every Thursday from 3-6 pm and Saturday from 9am-12pm. Great plants and produce! Some new vendors, and trusted veterans, too!
Registration for Pella Community School District
Online registration preferred at www.pellaregistration.com. Otherwise walk-in registration is available at each school. Contact school with registration questions (After August 6 please): High School- 641-628-3870; Middle School 641-628-4784; Jefferson Intermediate 641-628-8267; Lincoln Elementary 641-628-3970; Madison Elementary 641-628-4638; District office 641-628-1111.
Grades K-12 Sports Camps at Central
Various athletic camps, for more information see
Joyce Kolenbrander is a Chicago native who has lived, worked and shown art in New York (Including at the Agora Gallery in Soho), New Jersey, Illinois and Iowa. Now retired, she lives and works in Pella, Iowa. She works with ink, oil, graphite, watercolor, montage, wood and photography- whatever a given subject seems to require. Her work will be on display at the Joan Kuyper Farver Art Gallery from June 18-September 20, with the gallery open M-F from 7:30 am to 4:15 pm.