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.

5th Annual ‘Chalk the Walk’

On Saturday, April 21, head on over to the Oskaloosa Square for a day of family fun, art, and music for the 5th Annual ‘Chalk the Walk’ event from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM. This is a free-will donation event with all proceeds going to the United Way of Mahaska County. About Chalk the Walk: This event is an annual fundraiser for Operation Backpack, a program which provides local children with essential school supplies. For more information, call 641-676-3400.

Indoor Pools Open at Beach Ottumwa

The indoor pools at the Beach Ottumwa will reopen Saturday, April 7 at 11 AM. Recent improvements include new overhead indoor LED lighting, painting of the indoor pools, and new concrete on the outdoor concession deck.

Ottumwa Symphony Presents ‘From Russia with Love’

The Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. William LaRue Jones, will present their Spring Concert, “From Russia with Love”, on Saturday night, April 21 at Bridge View Center.  The concert begins at 7:30 PM with the option of joining in a Russian-themed Dinner on the Plaza prior to the concert.

Harlem Globetrotters at Wells Fargo Arena

The Harlem Globetrotters known for their one-of-a-kind family entertainment will bring their 2018 World Tour to the Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. to take on their long-time adversaries the Washington Generals. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Ottumwa Park Campgrounds Open April 1

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.

Wapello County Children’s Alliance ‘Family Fun Night’ at the Library


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!

Girl Scouts Fundraiser: Just Desserts

On April 7, 2018, Girl Scouts will hold “Just Desserts” at Penn Central Mall. Got a sweet tooth? Come bid on yummy desserts. Donations are tax-deductible and helps pay for Girl Scouts in the community to go to camp this summer. Send questions to oskaloosagirlscouts@gmail.com. Dessert donations from the public are gladly accepted. Drop off at 11 AM the day of the event at Penn Central Mall. Things to do: Pizza & Bake Sale, Barnyard Billy, Face Painting, Hair Coloring. Auction begins at 12:30 PM.


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