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.
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On Thursday, April 12, Ottumwa Noon Lions will be hosting their annual New Member Induction Ceremony. The annual event is a celebration following the annual member drive. This year three new members will be inducted into this outstanding organization. A social will begin at 5:30 PM followed by dinner at the KC Hall. The new members will be welcomed.
The Ottumwa Park Campground will open for the season on April 1, 2018. The Ottumwa Park Campground is set amidst 340 acres of green space and lagoons providing an ideal place for enjoying the outdoors. Campsites with nearby paved trail access, four stocked fishing ponds and the Des Moines River and adjacent Wapello County Trails. All camping is available on a first-come, first-service basis. Sorry, no reservations are taken. No tents are allowed in the RV Section of the campground. Campers can use the shower house with restrooms and dumping station. Wi-fi is available.
(OTTUMWA, Iowa) – Indian Hills Community College is offering a path for interested people to earn their high school equivalency diploma in as little as two months and the next courses begin in April.
Interested parties may attend an orientation meeting about earning their High School Equivalency Diploma on Tuesday, April 3 at 9:00 AM in the Community Education Center at the North Campus of Indian Hills Community College (15260 Truman Street, Suite 2, Ottumwa, IA).
The orientation lends to a quick turnaround. Classes will begin the following Monday, April 9. Morning and afternoon classes are available, and students are encouraged to work at their own pace. Online classes are also available.
Participants are eligible to take the HiSET if they are 19 or older and not enrolled in high school OR if they are 17 or 18, out of school, and have parental permission.
Indian Hills Community College offers HiSET (High School Equivalency Tests, formerly GED) preparation courses and materials at no cost. To sign up or learn more, call 641-683-5747.
The Wapello County Children’s Alliance is sponsoring a Family Fun Night at the Library on Friday, March 30 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm in the Ottumwa Public Library. This will be a free “after hours” event for families to come and spend time together at the library. There will be free supper and multiple events going on for all age levels including crafts, Legos, board games, computers, and movies. The Wapello County Children’s Alliance’s mission is to prevent child abuse through primary prevention activities. Call 641-682-7563 ext 210 for questions or to RSVP. All are welcome!
Motorists are advised that Mary Street at the intersection of Sheridan Avenue in Ottumwa will be temporarily closing starting Tuesday, March 27. The closure is in association with the Sheridan Avenue Reconstruction project and will allow for the installation of a new water main. During this work, Mary Street will be narrowed to one lane of traffic, with intermittent complete closures. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes around the work zone. With favorable weather conditions, the temporary lane restrictions and closures are anticipated through the end of next week.
(OTTUMWA, Iowa)– On behalf of the City of Ottumwa, the Ottumwa Board of Cemetery Trustees is charged with the oversight and care of the Ottumwa, Calvary, and Ottumwa Jewish Cemeteries. Recently during one of their regular meetings, they reviewed and have decided to upgrade and improve the Veteran Sections of the Ottumwa Cemeteries.
This project will replace flagpoles, flags, and supporting structures in the Veteran Section of Ottumwa Cemetery, as well as install solar lights on the flagpoles in the Veteran Sections of Ottumwa and Calvary Cemeteries. Currently, there are 35 veterans interred in the Ottumwa Cemetery, with 38 open spaces remaining. Free burial spaces are offered to veterans.
The Board is now seeking partners in support of this project. Donations received will go toward funding this endeavor. Any additional funds raised will be deposited into an account for the future maintenance and repair of the flagpoles and supporting structures.
Donations may be sent to the Ottumwa Cemetery, 1302 N. Court Street, Ottumwa, IA 52501. Questions and concerns should be directed to Gene Rathje, Cemetery Superintendent, at 641-455-9463, or the cemetery office at 641-683-0687.
(OTTUMWA, Iowa) – In 2016, the City of Ottumwa initiated a water quality improvement project through a program with the Iowa DNR and the State Revolving Fund. Part of this project is the restoration of 9.5 acres of oak savannah in the northwest portion Memorial Park. Maintenance of the oak savannah requires periodic prescribed burns. Fire promotes the growth of native plants and controls the growth of unwanted woody and non-native vegetation.
According to a release sent by the City of Ottumwa, spring’s prescribed burn is scheduled for the morning of March 24, with a backup date of March 31. It will be conducted jointly by the Ottumwa and Wapello County Rural Volunteer Fire Departments.
The public is urged to be cautious of smoke, which may cause short term visibility issues on nearby roadways, and refrain from performing any outdoor tasks if there is smoke in their area. Homeowners downwind of Memorial Park should close their windows while the burn is being conducted.
Ottumwa Civic Music Association presents Cahal Dunne “Ireland’s Happy Man” 7:30 PM, April 7, 2018, at Bridge
View Center. Dunne is a pianist, singer, story teller, comedian and television personality with that magical quality
that transcends talent. His Irish to Broadway to Country repertoire guarantees great entertainment. Admission is $15 or by season ticket. Students are free. For more information you may call 641-777-5903. Sponsored by Wapello County Foundation and Community 1st.
Ottumwa motorists are advised that Fourth Street (between Birch Street and Blake’s Street), will be closed starting Wednesday, March 21, 2018. The street closure will allow for necessary repair work on a sewer line. During the repair, both lanes of traffic will be closed. Motorists will need to seek alternate routes. With favorable weather conditions, the repair is anticipated to take 1 week.
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