Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Meet

Students who may be interested in competing for a State Title in the Live Healthy Iowa Kids State Meet in Marshalltown in June will have an opportunity to qualify in Oskaloosa. The Optimist Club of Oskaloosa is hosting a qualifier on Tuesday, May 15 at Lacey Complex Stadium. The event is open to students ages 7-14 from any area. The winner of each event in each group will advance to the state meet. No same day registrations will be taken. Information is available at area schools, Midwest One Bank or from Keith Comfort at 641-660-5263 or by email kcomfort3545@gmail.com. Online registration is available at www.livehealthyiowakids.org.

Free End of Month Meals (June 2018)

Free end of month meals will be provided at St. Mary’s Parish Center, located at 301 High Ave East, in Oskaloosa, from June 25-27, 2018. Serving will be from 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM. No questions asked. No reservations required. For additional details, contact the Oskaloosa Area Association of Churches at 641-672-2079.

Spring Wildflower Walks 2018

Join a park ranger for a leisurely walk along a woodland trail to look for signs of spring! Spring Wildflower Walks will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM in the South Tailwater Recreation Area at Lake Red Rock. Meet at the large picnic shelter. Wildflowers will be the highlight as we search for Trout Lily, Dutchman’s Breeches, Virginia Bluebells, and other spring ephemerals. The beautiful flowers have a short bloom time, so you won’t want to miss them. The program is free of charge and no registration is needed. Please note: The program location includes a dirt path with slightly hilly terrain. For more information, contact the Corps of Engineers Office at 641-828-7522 or via e-mail at lakeredrock@usace.army.mil. To learn more about Lake Red Rock, visit www.lakeredrock.org.

A Tribute to Barry Manilow at the Bridge View Center

The Ottumwa Civic Music Association will present a tribute to Barry Manilow on May 6 at 7:30 PM at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa. Enjoy Manilow’s hits that are known and loved by all ages. Hear Copacabana, I Write the Songs, Can’t Smile Without You, and others performed by Jim Witter, spot-on tribute artist. Admission is by season ticket or $15.00 at the door. Youth and students are admitted for free. Sponsored by Principal Financial & John Deere. For more information, call 641-777-5903 or 641-937-5749.

Oskaloosa Women’s Connection Monthly Dinner

The Oskaloosa Women’s Connection monthly dinner meeting will be held Monday, May 14 at 6:30 PM at the Peppertree in Oskaloosa. Sue Bader will be the speaker; Larry Lewis will show unique stepping stones; and music will be provided by the Oskaloosa Christian School. For reservations, call Twink at 641-673-7345 or Judy at 641-672-2313. Tickets are also available at the door. If the need to cancel should arise, call the aforementioned ladies by noon the day of the event.

Keota Community-Wide Garage Sales

Keota’s annual spring community-wide garage sales will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21. On Friday, the sales will be from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM and on Saturday the sales will go from 8:00 AM to noon. Sponsored by the Keota Community Club.

Alley Gets a Spring Cleaning to Jump Start the Season

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – Even with cool temperatures, it was just “spring enough” to give The Alley a good spring cleaning Tuesday, April 10. Spring cleaning for The Alley, located in downtown Oskaloosa just off the square between Smokey Row and Bridal Dreams, meant out with the winter greenery, in with the tables, umbrellas and chairs, anticipating another fun filled season.

Many helping hands pitched in for the effort from the Central College Student Volunteers, the Oskaloosa Fire Department, the Oskaloosa Street Department, Alley-friend Harold, Oskaloosa Main Street, and the Alley KADTS. Jaarsma Bakery also contributed tasty goods for the occasion, as well.

May flowers will soon follow the clean up, so visitors and residents alike are urged to stop by The Alley throughout the season and have some lunch or book a party.  On Thursdays, beginning May 31 through August 2, live music and wine will be had at 6:00 PM and visitors can also cross the street to the park in the square at 8:00 PM on Thursdays to hear the Oskaloosa City Band.

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-Information submitted by Sherry Vavra, Mahaska County Recreation Foundation

What Cheer Opera House 2018 Pickers Festival

On Saturday, April 28, the What Cheer Opera House 2018 Pickers Festival will be held at 7:00 PM. This will be an exciting mix of music featuring talented performers in the area such as: Stan Knipfer, Charlie Sigafoose, James Moore, Matt Brower, Cass More, John Nelson (M.C.), Carmen Olsen, Jack Wilkening, Craig Morrison (Drummer), and Donna Knipfer (Sound). Country, rock, and blues music. Free will offering.


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