Pella Chronicle

February 14, 2013

Positively Pella Community Calendar of Events

The Chronicle

Pella — February 15 Central College Presents Red & Blue Combos Concert

Vocal and instrumentals. At Cox-Snow Recital Hall, 8 pm, no ticket needed (free).

February 15-17 Tassel Ridge Winery presents Wine & Chocolate Weekend

Bring your Valentine to Tassel Ridge Winery for a wine and chocolate pairing experience featuring award-winning Tassel Ridge wines paired with fine European chocolates from Chocolaterie Stam. Discover why wine and chocolate is a match made in heaven! No advance reservations are required. This divine wine and chocolate experience is available anytime during our regular business hours, which are 9 am to 6 pm Friday, 10 am to 6 pm Saturday, and 12 to 6 pm Sunday. Price: $10 per person, plus tax- Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $5 per person, plus tax.

February 16-17 Central College presents "Dido and Aeneas" Opera

On Feb. 16-17, students from the Central College music department will be performing Henry Purcell's opera "Dido and Aeneas." The one-hour opera tells the ill-fated love story of Aeneas, a Trojan prince and Dido, Queen of Carthage. The opera will be accompanied by members of the Central College-Community Orchestra and Brian Nolder, pastor at Christ the Redeemer Church in Pella, on harpsichord. Performances will be held in the Chapel on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, Feb. 17 at 4 pm. Tickets are required due to limited seating. The free tickets can be picked up at the Cox-Snow Music Center office. Reserve in advance by calling 641-628-5236.

February 18 Work Systems Rehab & Fitness' Free Health/Weight Loss Seminar

Attend this free seminar from 6:30- 7:15 pm and learn the simple steps to living a healthier lifestyle and how you can receive access to a free personal health coach. During the workshop you can learn simple safe and satisfying ways to lose up to 2-5 lbs per week; motivation tactics to stay focused and committed to your health goals; how to lose weight and get healthy without rigorous exercise; effective strategies to adopt the Habits of Health as a lifelong strategy; recipes for success in achieving and maintaining optimal health; and how to leverage a free personal health coach to achieve your health goals. To RSVP for this seminar, please contact Mark Blankespoor at 641-780-2330 or register online at  At Work Systems Rehab & Fitness, 308 SE 9th Street, Pella.

February 18 PCGS Spanish Immersion New Parent Meeting

Pella Christian Grade School and Creation Station Spanish Immersion Parent meeting for prospective parents. Learn about the benefits of immersion education and enrollment procedure for the 2013/14 school year. 7-9 pm at Pella Christian Grade School.

February 20 Sensory Processing: Its Impact on Learning and Behavior in Kids class

Elise Spronk, Occupational Therapist for Work Systems Fitness and Rehab will discuss the following:  the four distinct sensory preferences categories including characteristics and recommendations; triggers that may contribute to behavioral issues with children; and strategies to help calm or alert your child for optimal functioning. Free for members and non members, and free childcare will be available. Noon at Work Systems Fitness and Rehab, 308 SE 9th Street. Contact Elise Spronk at 641-621-0230 or with questions.

February 20 Faith CRC presents Annual Pulled Pork Supper  BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, yummy side dishes and homemade desserts, plus raising money for mission trips are all great reasons to attend. From 5-7 pm at Faith CRC (on the corner of E 12th and University). Free will offering.

February 22 Pella Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting

Join us at Central College's Graham Conference Center from 7-8:30 am in celebration of our Hall of Fame Excellence Award Recipients; the accomplishments and program of work for the Chamber in 2013; and learn about the Pella Community School Systems Facilities Plan in 2013. Breakfast and takeaways included in ticket fee. Cost is $15 for members, $20 for future members. RSVP to 641-628-2626 or

February 22 MOMS Club of Pella Open House

If you are a stay at home mom or part time at home mom be sure to stop by the Fun Factory at Work Systems Fitness & Rehab (behind Hy-Vee) between 10-11:30 am and check out the MOMS Club of Pella.  We are a daytime support group for at home moms.  Meet our members and check out the activities our group does throughout the year.  Kids are welcome to play in the Fun Factory while you chat with our group. For more information, contact Tara Kohlhaas at 641-204-1551.

February 22 Pella Corporation's 7th Annual Laurel & Hardy Grudge Run

All proceeds from run benefit JDRF. Will take place at 2 pm at the Pella Christian High School Outdoor Track. Two events: First is a team relay race, group of 6 with each member running one 400 meter lap (quarter mile). All athletic abilities welcome. Second event is optional, following relay:  individual 5k competition. Recommended donation is $25 for participants, free-will donation for spectators, additional $10 for T-shirt. Registration required by February 15, e-mail for more information.

February 23 Winters Wonders Snowshoe Hike

Getting cabin fever yet?  Strap on a pair of snowshoes and get outside! Join a park ranger on a quest for winter wildlife and the signs they leave behind, and search for animal tracks, insect galls and other clues.  There is a lot happening outdoors even during wintertime....if you know where to look! Meet at 9 am at the North Overlook Picnic Area. After the program, meet back at the picnic shelter for a cup of hot cocoa by the fireplace!  Snowshoes will be available to borrow at the program, but if you have your own pair, please bring them along (limited number of adult-size snowshoes available).  The hike will last about an hour. (NOTE:  Program will be cancelled if there isn't enough snow).  For more information, contact the Corps of Engineers office at (641) 828-7522 or (641) 628-8690

February 23 Hearts For Hospice Dinner and Auction

Hospice of Pella invites you for an evening of fun at Bos Landen Golf Club from 5-8 pm. Will feature a formal dinner, Silent Auction, music, and speakers. Cost is $50 per person or $400 per table of 8. RSVP by calling 641-628-6625 before February 15. Please visit our Web site at for a list of auction items and all the fun details. We look forward to seeing you.


Now-February 14 Central College presents Sculpture Exhibit "Extended Play"

Mills Gallery at Central College will host sculptures by Shaila Christofferson. The exhibit, titled "Extended Play," examines material culture and the contemporary landscape through sculpture media. Christofferson will speak at an artist reception in the gallery on Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. The exhibit is free
and open to the public, gallery is open Monday-Friday 9 am- 5 pm.   


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.