Storyteller Pippa White with “Voices of Ellis Island”

You may remember Pippa from her performance this summer with “The Story of the Orphan Train”. Pippa calls her One’s Company Productions “Part theatre, part storytelling, part history.” Audiences call them unique, captivating and touching. “Voices from Ellis Island” is a dramatization of true experiences of immigrants who passed through America’s “Front door to freedom: in the early part of this century. It is estimated that 40% of the current United States population have ancestors who passed through Ellis Island.

November 9, 2015
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Library Meeting Room
100 N 3rd Ave W
Newton, IA 50208

The Great Pumpkin Patch

The Great Pumpkin Party at Valley Church – The entire community is invited to the Great Pumpkin party! Kids, wear your non-scary costumes and enjoy giant inflatables, pony rides, petting zoo, performances by illusionists David & Teesha Laflin, carnival games, free popcorn, and more! With nearly 6,000 guests last year, The Great Pumpkin Party is Des Moines’ best family activity this fall. And it’s totally free! You won’t want to miss it. Families with special needs night is October 21st from 6-8pm and everyone is invited to the fun October 22nd and 23rd from 6pm-8pm.


AUTUMN 2015 – IOWA COUNTY: Oktoberfest, Fall Festival highlight Iowa County activities

Already, there’s been lots of fun in Iowa County during the first couple of weeks of the fall season.

But there’s plenty more going on this fall throughout the county, ranging from the 50-year celebration of Oktoberfest to Marengo’s Fall Festival and plenty of activities at Lake Iowa Park.


With the 50th anniversary of Oktoberfest comes, for the first time, events in the village of Homestead. Organizers say that with celebrating for 50 years in the colonies, “it is fitting that it is expanding beyond the village of Amana, the largest of the colonies.”

Marc and June Hershberger, owners of Die Heimat Country Inn, recently acquired access to the old Homestead General Store right next to their bed and breakfast on V Street in Homestead. They needed more common space for their guests and would also like to bring more events, retreats, reunions and celebrations to Homestead. They named the building “Next Door: Die Heimat Event Center.”

When one of their guests from Oktoberfest last year approached them about hosting a musical duo straight from Germany at their new event center, they were very interested. Andy Glandt and Heike Besen will perform three shows at Next Door on Saturday, Oct. 3.

A commentary on the performers reads like this:

“Lady Sou and Mister Banjo combine a little flirting between a Sousaphone and a Banjo and provide entertainment, humor and fun for all ages. These two entertainers mix Dixieland, Bluegrass, Country, German and original songs with humor and create a sound that induces joy.”

Shows are Saturday, Oct. 3, with $8 wristband at the door (cash only); the price includes all three shows. Children under 5 are free. The schedule is as follows:

11 a.m.-noon: Children’s show and activities, with food available.

2-4 p.m.: Hear Lady Sou and Mister Banjo in a German bakery setting with coffee cakes, apple strudel, hot cider, and coffee.

6-8 p.m.: Evening show includes food and drink (BYOB); informal dancing and music jamming by musicians and friends.

For information, contact dieheimat or call (319) 622-3937.

Many other activities will mark the celebration, running Oct. 2-4.

Friday’s festivities kick off with the traveling of the keg from Millstream Brewery to the Festhalle grounds for the official keg tapping ceremony.

On Saturday, the Oktoberfest parade kicks off at 10 a.m. along Main Street in Amana. This year’s theme, “50 Years of Oktoberfest,” will reflect on Oktoberfest throughout the past 50 years. There’s also the traditional Oktoberfest games at the Market Barn, Eisenmann competition, log sawing, a keg toss, Hammerschlagen, and the brat-eating contest. As always, there will be family fun at Kinderplatz on Saturday and throughout the villages all weekend. Outdoor patio seating as well as Grab and Go food are back again this year to allow festival goers to partake in German food and relax or continue to explore the scenic Amana Colonies.

Live entertainment features Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchman, the Johnny Wagner Band, Die Tiefen Keller Kinder, and introducing for the first year, the Jolly Zuks. Musical performances from the UNI International Dancer Theatre Dancers and the University of Iowa Tuba Ensemble round things out.

To reserve tickets, call the Amana Colonies Visitors Center at (319) 622-7622. Pre-sale prices are $7, or $10 afterward, for a one-day pass, $10 and $15 for a two-day pass and free admission on Sunday; youths 16 and under are allowed in at no charge if accompanied by an adult.

For more information and full Oktoberfest schedule visit http://www.festivals

Last Week Farmers Market Valley Junction

Join us for our signature event in Historic Valley Junction – our weekly Farmers Market and Music in the Junction concert series.
Farmers Market is home to over 100 weekly vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, plants and flowers, arts and crafts and prepared foods. Join your friends and neighbors from 4 – 8 p.m.
Music in the Junction is held from 5:30 – 8:30 pm.
Both events are free to attend, with food and beverage available throughout the district.

10 Year Old Boy…

10-year-old volunteers around Perry
By Bailey Schulz
Robbie Mason is only 10 years old, but he’s already making a big impact on Perry.

The soon-to-be fifth grader spends a majority of his summer helping business owners around town, volunteering wherever he can. He said he volunteers almost every day during the summer. He said that at The Perry Perk, his mother’s coffee shop, “I make coffee, make quiches, make cinnamon rolls, scones. Make my mom’s coffee. Do all kinds of stuff,” Mason said. He also makes coffee deliveries to nearby businesses in town.

But he doesn’t just help his mom at the coffee shop. He helped Mayor Jay Pattee tile his apartment, helps out with a variety of tasks at La Poste or the Pattee Hotel when needed, and walks Jenny Eklund’s dog around town twice a day.

“They just ask me to do stuff and I do it,” he said.

Mason said that he has fun volunteering, and he likes helping people. He wishes more people volunteered more because it’s important to help others, especially the older generation, with things they can’t do themselves.

Tari Mason, his mom, said that her son’s volunteer work began last summer when The Perry Perk opened. “He started getting to know people, and every summer (the kids) just hang out with me. So everybody’s gotten to know him really well.”

Tari said that she and her husband stress the importance of volunteering and working hard to her kids.

“You’re not going to just sit around all summer,” she said. “My kids don’t get paid an allowance at home, but when they work, then they get paid.”

Tari said that she’s proud her son does so much to help out around town. “I love it. You always love it when people love your kids, you know, it’s not just you. I think it’s great.”

Grinnell Community Meals

Davis Elementary School
818 Hamilton Ave
Grinnell IA 50112

Local: 641-269-4981
September 15, 22, 29, 2015

5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
The Community Meal is open to anyone who wishes to come.

The Grinnell Community Meal began in the fall of 2000 and is coordinated by The Social Justice Action Group (SJAG) — a group of Grinnell college students, along with Rev. Deanna Shorb, Dean of Religious Life and Chaplain of Grinnell College.

The meal is served every Tuesday during the months of September through July. First meal will be served September 1, 2015

For more information or if your group would like to prepare a meal, please contact 641-269-4981. We are always looking for volunteers to help on Tuesday with prep work in getting the food ready, servers and folks willing to help with clean up, all is appreciated.