November 2018

1-2-Nov Christmas on Broadway; Sales and promotions at participating stores from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Draw an ornament to receive up to 40% off your total purchase at checkout. Register for gift certificate give aways from participating stores at Villager Flowers & Gifts. Contact Breann Allen
515-887-2801; West Bend
3-Nov Christmas on Broadway; Sales and promotions at participating stores from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Draw an ornament to receive up to 40% off your total purchase at checkout. Register for gift certificate give aways from participating stores at Villager Flowers & Gifts. Contact Breann Allen
515-887-2801; West Bend
3-Nov Emmetsburg Holiday Expo; Held at the VFW from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Free admission and door prizes. Coffee, rolls and lunch prepared by Cure Crusaders Relay for Life Team; Emmetsburg
3-Nov Lakota Fall Festival; Held at the Lakota Eagle Center from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Get some holiday shopping done early with a variety of vendors offering homemade jams, breads, jewelry, doll clothes, and more! Contact 515-538-0116; Lakota
5-Nov Emmetsburg Vocal Boosters Soup Supper; Held at the high school cafeteria from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. Meal includes Chili or Chicken Noodle Soup, Cinnamon Roll, and drink for free will offering. The fall vocal concert will follow at 7:00 am in auditorium; Emmetsburg
4-Nov Emmetsburg Knights of Columbus #936 Annual Harvest Dinner; Held from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Serving at the Holy Family Parish Center. Tickets are $10. Children ages 6-12 are $5, ages 5 and under are free; Emmetsburg
4-Nov Ambulance Soup Dinner; Sponsored by the Lakota Ambulance Service. Held at the Eagle Center from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm; Lakota
6-Nov Annual Election Night Soup Supper; Held from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Sponsored by the Palo Alto County Council on Aging. Free will donation. All proceeds go towards the expenses and upkeep of the Multipurpose Center; Emmetsburg
6-Nov Election Night Soup Supper; Homemade soups and a sandwich are served to the public who attend this annual event at the Parish Center serving time 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Contact Sandy Long at (515) 884-2680; Whittemore
7-Nov Veteran's Appreciation Coffee; Hosted by Horizons Unlimited at 2107 Main Street from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. This is a community coffee to honor all Veterans for their service; Emmetsburg
8-10-Nov Nyman TV and Furniture Customer Appreciation; Refreshments served, Nov 8-9-8:00 am to 5:30 pm, Nov 10 - 8:00 am to 2:00 pm; Bancroft
10-Nov St. john's Parish Bazaar; Games & Food; Bancroft
10-Nov Kandi's Flower Market Holiday Open House; Enjoy treats, while getting a jump on your holiday shopping and decorating, feel the holiday spirit; Graettinger
11-Nov Burt Veteran’s Day Breakfast; Annual fundraiser with pancakes, eggs and sausage breakfast served at the Burt Community Center from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Contact Melvin Faber at 515-924-3489; Burt
11-Nov Classics at the Riviera Theatre Showing "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" at 4:30 pm. Free admission. Movies are sponsored by Palo Alto Arts Council with a grant from PACGDC; Emmetsburg
11-Nov Hunting with Heroes; Held at the Lakota Eagle Center, doors open at 4:45 pm; program starts at 5:30 pm. As part of the Hunting with Heroes weekend, all area veterans, spouses, and surviving veterans' spouses are invited to the all expenses paid banquet. Anyone wishing to attend should RSVP to Cathy Kelly at 515-583-0572 or Denny Murra 515-562-2198; Lakota
11-Nov Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner; Serving from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Immanuel Lutheran Church; Swea City
11-Nov Swea City Quasqui is hosting Bingo; Located at the Country Inn in Swea City at 7:00 pm. Must be 21 to play. Proceeds will go towards Swea City's 125th Celebration in 2020; Swea City
11-Nov American Legion Pancake and Sausage Breakfast; Members of Seely-Walsh post #425 of the American Legion serve delicious pancakes, fried eggs, toast and sausage. Served from 7:30 am - 12:00 pm. Home of Kossuth County's Freedom Rock. Contact Stuart Simonson at (515) 884-2648; Whittemore
12-Nov Veteran's Day Program at the VFW; LTC James Young will be speaking at 10:00 am. Music sung by the Emmetsburg Catholic School under the direction of Mrs. Kelly Fog; Emmetsburg
14-Nov spa dee dah, too! and Bancroft Boutique Holiday Event; Celebrating 13 years together! Drawings, demonstrations, discounts, food, and drink and so much more from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Bancroft
14-Nov Palo Alto County Hospital Auxiliary Bake Sale and Coffee; Held in the Health Ed Room of PACHS from 8:00 am to 11:00 am; Emmetsburg
15-Nov Whittemore Fire Dept and EMS Feather Party; Annual event. Prizes include frozen turkey, bacon, and raffle prizes. Maidrites and Pie are served from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Held at St. Michael's Parish Center. Contact Eric Goodman at (515) 884-2265; Whittemore
16-Nov Farmers & Traders Savings Bank Pumpkin Pie Day; Held from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Enjoy pumpkin pie, coffee and cider; Bancroft
16-Nov Winter Wonderland; Held from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at local businesses in Swea City. There will be door prizes, snacks, and beverages; Swea City
17-Nov Vendor/Gift Show; Sponsored by Friends of the Graettinger Public Library Group at the Bethel Lutheran Church from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Over 20 table displays, breakfast and lunch available; Graettinger
17-Nov American Legion Feather Party; Play Bingo for chances to win turkeys and hams. Sandwiches and bars will be available at Community Center at 6:00 pm. Contact Dwayne Eden (515) 341-4392; Wesley
18-Nov Vegetable Beef Soup Meal; Free will donation at the Burt Activity Complex from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. Don’t forget to purchase a slice of pie or a whole pie; Burt
18-Nov God's Harvest Auction and Celebration; Sponsored by the First United Methodist Church at the VFW beginning at 11:30 am; Emmetsburg
24-Nov Breakfast with Santa; Hosted by Pizza Ranch, The Reporter and The Democrat at Pizza Ranch from 9:00 am to 10:30 am; Emmetsburg
25-Nov Many Voices Choir Christmas Concert; At St. John's Catholic Church starting at 3:30 pm; Bancroft
28-Nov Scandinavian Tea; Held at Bethany Lutheran Church form 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Featuring Scandinavian foods and a bake sale; Emmetsburg
29-Nov Holiday Light Parade; Starting at 6:30 pm down Ramsey Street with Christmas Tree lighting by gazebo to follow; Bancroft

 

December 2018

1-Dec Santa comes to Wesley; Meet Santa and enjoy treats, games, sleigh rides and supper. Contact Kim Neuroth (515) 341-3060; Wesley
1-Dec Santa Day; Held from 9:00 am to 10:00 am at North Union School in Swea City. Santa will be there with gifts and goodies for all of the kids; Swea City
7-9 Dec Holiday Open House/Santa Day; Merchant specials, drawings for prizes, kid's activities, visit from Santa, and meal. Contact Lisa Sewell at (515) 887-2181; West Bend
7-Dec 'It's a Wonderful Life in Whittemore - A Walk Along Broad Street;' Local businesses decorate and host their annual Christmas Open House. Door prizes and refreshments are served. Santa meets with the children at Farmers State Bank from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Contact Linda Farrell at
(515) 884-2265; Whittemore
9-Dec American Legion Pancake and Sausage Breakfast; Members of Seely-Walsh post #425 of the American Legion serve delicious pancakes, fried eggs, toast and sausage. Served from 7:30 am - 12:00 pm at Home of Kossuth County's Freedom Rock. Contact Stuart Simonson at (515) 884-2648; Whittemore
22-Dec Santa Claus Day and Merchant Drawings; 10:00 am children visit with Santa one last time and
receive a bag of candy. Merchant drawings begin at 11:00 am at Whittemore American Legion. Limit: 1 prize per household. Contact Linda Farrell at (515) 884-2265; Whittemore

 

January 2018

3-Jan Life Serve Bloodmobile; Located at the VFW from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm; Emmetsburg
7-Jan Kiwanis Pancake and Omelet Breakfast; Sponsored by the Emmetsburg Swim Team. Serving from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at the VFW; Emmetsburg
7-Jan American Legion Pancake and Sausage Breakfast; Members of Seely-Walsh Post #425 of the American Legion serve delicious pancakes, fried eggs, toast and sausage. Served from 7:30 am - 12:00 pm at Home of Kossuth County's Freedom Rock. Contact Stuart Simonson at (515) 884-2648; Whittemore
8-9-Jan Express Registration at ILCC; Monday, January 8 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Tuesday, January 9 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; Iowa Lakes Community College
14-Jan American Legion Pancake and Sausage Breakfast; Members of Seely-Walsh Post #425 of the American Legion serve delicious pancakes, fried eggs, toast and sausage. Served from 7:30 am - 12:00 pm. Home of Kossuth County's Freedom Rock. Contact Stuart Simonson at (515) 884-2648; Whittemore
19-20-Jan Five Island Yellow Bass Bash 2018; Two-man fishing tournament at the Shores at Five Island. Friday night banquet from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Tournament starts on Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. For more information, contact event sponsor Steven Carney at (515) 249-1882; Emmetsburg
20-Jan Chili Cook-Off Soup Supper for Wesley Swimming Pool; Serving Potato, Chicken Noodle, and Broccoli and Cheese Soup from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Wesley Community Center.  Free will donation. Bingo and Paddle Wheel starting at 7:00 pm. All proceeds will go towards swimming pool repairs. To compete contact Wesley City Hall 515-679-4292 by January 12; Wesley
20-Jan 18th Annual Chili Cook-Off Contest; Contestants prepare and serve their own pots of chili. Winners are voted by people's choice, judge's choice, contestant's choice, and best of show. Turkey noodle soup and cinnamon rolls are also served. Chilly outside - Chili inside! Contact Linda Farrell at
(515) 884-2265; Whittemore
26-Jan The ultimate Garth Brooks Tribute; Starting at 8:00 pm at the Wild Rose Casino and Resort. Tickets are $20 before January 20 or $25 after January 21. Must have a Wild Rose Players Club Card to attend; Emmetsburg

 

February 2018

1-16 Feb Local Artist Exhibition; The Palo Alto County Arts Council in partnership with Iowa Lakes Community College Library and the Emmetsburg Public Library featuring digital photography by Judy Murphy, sketches by Terry Hesse, paintings and sculptures by youth artist John Winger II; Emmetsburg
4- Feb Super Sunday Pancake and Omelet Breakfast; Serving at the VFW from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Sponsored by Horizon's Unlimited; Emmetsburg
9-Feb Emmetsburg Lenten Fish Fry; Serving at the VFW at 5:00 pm by the VFW Ladies' Auxiliary; Emmetsburg
9-Feb Sweet Life Comedy Night; A dessert comedy theatre featuring Scott Davis at The Shores at Five Island. Tickets are $10 if purchased in advance or $15 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Evening presented by Grace Baptist Church of Emmetsburg. Contact (712) 852-3933; Emmetsburg
10-Feb Wesley Fireman's Valentine Steak Fry; The Wesley Firemen will be holding a steak fry on Saturday at the Community Center. Contact Tracy Studer (515) 320-0581; Wesley
11-Feb American Legion Pancake and Sausage Breakfast; Members of Seely-Walsh Post #425 of the American Legion serve delicious pancakes, fried eggs, toast and sausage. Served from 7:30 am - 12:00 pm at Home of Kossuth County's Freedom Rock. Contact Stuart Simonson at (515) 884-2648; Whittemore
15-Feb Graettinger United Methodist Church Luncheon; Starting at noon; Graettinger
16-Feb St. Michael's "Holy Name Society" Annual Lenten Fish Fry; Serving from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at St. Michael's. Contact Sandy Long at (515) 884-2618; Whittemore
16- Feb Emmetsburg Lenten Fish Fry; Serving at the VFW at 5:00 pm by the Lion's Club; Emmetsburg
17-Feb The Wild Rose Presents "Trick Pony" in Concert; Starting at 8:00 pm. Tickets start at $30, must have a Wild Rose Players Club Card to attend; Emmetsburg
21-Feb Motor Vehicle Enforcement Training on Commercial and Agricultural Truck Requirements with the Iowa DOT; Free meeting for all truckers, farmers, CDL holders from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Held at the Rialto Theatre, 324 Main Street North, in Pocahontas. Sponsored by Pocahontas, Humboldt, and Palo Alto County Treasurers; Pocahontas
23-Feb West Bend KC Fish Fry; Serving all you can eat fish, potato, corn, coleslaw, roll and ice cream from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the West Bend Country Club; West Bend
23-Feb Emmetsburg Lenten Fish Fry; Serving at the VFW at 5:00 pm by the Kiwanis Club; Emmetsburg
23-24- Feb Iowa Lakes Community College presents "Dancing with the Local Stars"; A Palo Alto County Scholarship Fundraiser held at the Wild Rose Casino. Doors open at 6:00 pm with the show starting at 7:00 pm. Appetizers, sweets, cash bar and people's choice vote with money. Contact (712) 362-0425; Emmetsburg
24- Feb Pheasants Forever Banquet; Held at the VFW; Emmetsburg
24- Feb Legion Riders "Chicken Wing Ding;" Several levels of "heat" to choose from. Free will donation and karaoke. Held at the Legion from 5:00 pm until gone. Home of the Kossuth County Freedom Rock. Contact Mick Zimmerman at (515) 884-2648; Whittemore
25- Feb Kiwanis Pancake and Omelet Breakfast; Serving at the VFW at 8:30 am by the Emmetsburg Dance Team; Emmetsburg

 

March 2018

2-Mar Emmetsburg Lenten Fish Fry; Serving at the VFW from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm by the Iowa Lakes Community College Student Senate; Emmetsburg
3-Mar Eagle Pool Tournament; At the Eagle Center; Lakota
3-16 Mar Local Art Exhibition; The Palo Alto County Arts Council in partnership with Iowa Lakes Community College Library and the Emmetsburg Public Library are having a artist's reception featuring Sculptor Gary Weber. This event will be held in the Library from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, all are welcome; Emmetsburg
3-Mar Dollars for Scholars; Sponsored by West Bend Lion's Club. Serving pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage at the West Bend Fire Station from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Contact Charlie Cantrall (515) 887-4761; West Bend
8- Mar Bancroft Little League Sign Up Night; Located at the Main Street Pub and Grill from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm; Bancroft
9- Mar Emmetsburg Lenten Fish Fry; Serving at the VFW from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm by the Emmetsburg Rotary Club; Emmetsburg
9-Mar West Bend KC Fish Fry; Serving from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the West Bend Golf and Country Club. Contact (515) 887-6217; West Bend
9-10- Mar Backstage in Bancroft 4th Annual Actor's Workshop; With Blake Labriola and 3-time Emmy winning Director Anthony Labriola. Registration is $40, and can be sent to: Backstage in Bancroft, c/o Victoria Koestler 8-4 5th Street Burt, IA 50522; Bancroft
9-10-Mar West Bend Egg-citing Spring Sale; Pick an egg for a percentage off at check out on Friday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at participating business; West Bend
10-Mar Burt Lions Club French Toast Breakfast; Annual fundraiser serving French toast, sausage and a drink at the Burt Community Center from 8:00 am - 12:30 p.m. Contact Dennis Heerdt at (515) 924- 3226; Burt
11-Mar Classics at the Riviera Theatre; Featuring "The Quiet Man". Free admission sponsored by the Palo Alto County Arts Council; Emmetsburg
11-Mar American Legion Pancake and Sausage Breakfast; Members of Seely-Walsh Post #425 of the American Legion serve delicious pancakes, fried eggs, toast and sausage. Served from 7:30 am -
12:00 pm at Home of Kossuth County's Freedom Rock. Contact Stuart Simonson at (515) 884-2648; Whittemore
14- Mar Kidstop Childcare Annual Soup Supper Fundraiser; Serving from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Summit Center; Bancroft
15- Mar Graettinger Spring Fling; Several Downtown Businesses in Graettinger will be having prizes, food, and fun from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm; Graettinger
16- Mar Farmers and Traders Savings Bank St. Patty's Cookies; From 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; Bancroft
16- Mar Emmetsburg Lenten Fish Fry; Serving at the VFW from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm by the Knights of Columbus; Emmetsburg
16- Mar Wesley Community Center Fish Fry; Serving from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Community Center. All funds raised will help with costs throughout the year; Wesley
17- Mar Community Club Pancakes Brunch; Serving from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Community Center; Lakota
17- Mar St. Patrick's Day Celebration; Check out www.emmetsburgirishgifts.com for the full event agenda; Emmetsburg
18- Mar Bancroft Area Rotary Club Omelet Breakfast; Serving from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Summit Center; Bancroft
18- Mar Christ Benefit; Located at the Eagle Center from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm; Lakota
18- Mar Kiwanis Pancake and Omelet Breakfast; Sponsored by the Emmetsburg Rotary Club from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm at the VFW; Emmetsburg
23- Mar West Bend KC Fish Fry; Serving from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the West Bend Golf and Country Club. Contact (515) 887-6217; West Bend
23- Mar Emmetsburg Lenten Fish Fry; Serving at the VFW from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm by the Senior Center; Emmetsburg
24- Mar Dueling Pianos; Playing at the Main Street Pub and Grill from 8:00 pm - 12:00 am; Bancroft
24- Mar East Fork Walleye Club Fish Fry; Doors open at 5:00 pm with an auction and fundraiser at the Activity Complex. Cost $20 for adults, ages 18 and under are free; Burt
24- Mar West Bend Easter Egg Hunt; Kids hunt for eggs at the Grotto Campground North of the pond at 10:00 am. Sponsored by Wolverine Den and Northwest Communications. Contact (515) 887-7777; West Bend
24-Mar Wesley Easter Egg Hunt; Kids will hunt for eggs and the Easter bunny will come to take pictures at the South Park. Contact Kim Neuroth (515) 341-3060; Wesley
25- Mar Fireman's Brunch; Serving from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Fire Hall in Lakota; Lakota
30- Mar Emmetsburg Lenten Fish Fry; Serving at the VFW from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm by Catholic Daughters of America; Emmetsburg
31-Mar Children's Easter Egg Hunt; Children gather eggs and receive prizes for their effort! Held at Noah's
Park, the hunt begins at 10:00 am. Immediately following there is a prize giveaway at the American Legion. Contact Linda Farrell at (515) 884-2265; Whittemore
31- Mar Titonka Annual Easter Egg Hunt; Kids hunt for eggs at the Buffalo Creek Activity Center (former Titonka School), the hung begins at 9:00 am; Titonka
31-Mar Swea City Annual Easter Egg Hunt; Kids will hunt for eggs at the North Union School in Swea City; Swea City
31- Mar Bancroft Easter Egg Hunt; Located at Bancroft City Park at 10:30 am; Bancroft

 

 

April 2018

2-Apr Whittemore Gun Club Annual Meeting; 81st Annual Meal and Fundraiser to help support, maintain and improve Kossuth County owned Siems Park located South and East of Whittemore on County Road B-44. Meeting and Raffle drawing follows the meal. Contact Ron Kollasch at (515) 884-2265; Whittemore
3- Apr West Bend Library Luncheon; Serving from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Community Center. Contact West Bend Library at (515) 887-6411; West Bend
3- Apr LifeServe Blood Center of Iowa; Student Senators and Nursing Students of Iowa Lakes Community College will be assisting at Smith Wellness Center in Emmetsburg from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. To schedule an appointment, call 712-852-5311; Emmetsburg
3-6-Apr Buy One, Get One Free Book Fair; Sponsored by Sales & Marketing and Diversity Clubs at Iowa Lakes Community College Rom 515; Emmetsburg
4-Apr Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC); Emmetsburg Library hosting CCC by Linda McCann at 2:00 pm. The Program was a federal program to assist young men in supporting their families, and also to replenish he natural resources. Linda has spoken with 18 men who were in the CCC and shares their memories; Emmetsburg
4-Apr-2-May Hospice of Palo Alto County; Hosting Bereavement Support Group for Adults which will be presented by Kristy Simington from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. The group will meet every Wednesday beginning April 4 at Willow Ridge Lower Activity Room. RSVP to 712-852-5444; Emmetsburg
6-7-8-Apr "Young Frankenstein" Mel Brooks Musical; Presented by Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theatre. Friday and Saturday performance at 8:00 pm. Sunday matinee at 2:00 pm. All seats $10 general admission. Box office opens one hour prior to curtain For more information contact 712-852-3485 or mainstreetcommunitytheater@yahoo.com; Emmetsburg
7-Apr Murder Mystery Dinner Play; Presented by Swea City Quasquicentennial Committee at LaRow's Café. Cost is $25.00 per person. The Meal is roast beef, mashed potatoes, corn and dessert which will start at 6:00 pm followed by the play. "Come sail aboard the yacht of Archibald Frath, famous distributor of champagne and fine wines, as he and friends cruise the Mediterranean and a murder is uncovered in June 1925, the flapper ear, if you'd like to dress accordingly." Tickets available at Cornerstone Insurance, LaRow's Cafe, Loofts on 9, Bank Plus, Liquor here or Liquor There or any committee member; Swea City.
8-Apr Annual Omelet Breakfast; Held at the Cylinder Fire Station from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Serving omelets, pancakes, sausage, toast and refreshment; Cylinder
8-Apr Kiwanis pancake and Omelet Breakfast; Located at the VFW from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, sponsored by the Boy Scouts; Emmetsburg
8-Apr Classics at the Riviera Theatre showing "Some Like It Hot"; Free admission sponsored by the Palo Alto County Arts Council; Emmetsburg
10-Apr Lost Island Nature Center; Hosts a kick off to their 25th year with a program by Don Gregerson of Spirit Lake on Ice Harvesting. The program will include a display of equipment and many pictures. Everyone is welcome; Ruthven
12-Apr Swea City BINGO; Hosted by Quasqui at the Country Inn at 7:00 pm. Must be 21 to play. Proceeds will go towards Swea City's 125th Celebration in 2020; Swea City
13-14-15-Apr "Young Frankenstein" Mel Brooks Musical; Presented by Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theatre. Friday and Saturday performance at 8:00 pm. Sunday matinee at 2:00 pm. All seats $10 general admission. Box office opens one hour prior to curtain For more information contact 712-852-3485 or mainstreetcommunitytheater@yahoo.com; Emmetsburg
14-Apr Spring Craft Show; Handcrafted items antiques, vendors and baked goods from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Wesley Community Center. Contact Stephanie Ricke (515) 302-1483; Wesley
15-Apr Burt Summer Celebration Fundraiser; Chicken and biscuit meal and silent action held at the Activity Complex from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Adults $6, Children under 10 $3, and 3 and under are free; Burt
15-Apr Benefit for Ella Halstead; Who is suffering Stage 4 Breast Cancer will be held at the VFW Post 2295. Silent auction begins at 12:00 pm. For additional detail or to donate contact Rick Colling at 712-298-4380 or Joanna Knuths at 712-335-2683; Emmetsburg
26-Apr Swea City BINGO; Hosted by Quasqui at the Country Inn at 7:00 pm. Must be 21 to play. Proceeds will go towards Swea City's 125th Celebration in 2020; Swea City
26-Apr 8th Annual Tablescape Themed Dinner; Hosted by Horizon Unlimited at the Wild Rose Ballroom. The preview and silent action beings at 5:30 pm, with dinner at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $20.00 each and available at Horizons Unlimited, 2107 Main Street. Contact Josiah Schmidt at 712-852-2111, Ext. 106 for tickets and information; Emmetsburg
29-Apr Kiwanis pancake and Omelet Breakfast; Located at the VFW from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, sponsored by Bethany Lutheran Church; Emmetsburg

May 2018

1-May May Day Candy Sales; Sponsored by Palo Alto County Hospital Auxiliary. Donations of candy may be delivered to the Health Education Room the morning of the sale. Candy will be sold in various sized gift packages in the Health Education Room from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. (This event was postponed from Valentine's Day); Emmetsburg
1-15-May Swea City SCIL Annual Flower Sale; Order forms are available at Loofts on 9 and Johnson Plumbing. Please turn in order by May 15th. Flowers can be picked up the morning of Saturday, May 19th at Reynolds Park. Contact Jack Johnson at (515) 272-4202; Swea City
3-4-5-May Annual City-Wide Spring Garage Sales; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are garage sales sponsored by local residents marked with signs. Contact Cindy Simonson at (515) 884-2468; Whittemore
3-May Friends of the Library Pork Patty Supper; Free will donation fundraiser for library improvements serving from 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm. Contact Sandy Long at (515) 884-2680; Whittemore
5-May Cylinder City Wide Clean Up Day; Residents are to have their stuff out to the curb by 7:00 am.
There is an additional charge for latex paint, tires, microwaves, appliances and TVs. Contact Mayor Heng (712) 298-0503; Cylinder
5-May Blessing of the Bikes; Starting at 1:00 pm motorcycle riders are invited to ride bikes to the Grotto of
the Redemption for a blessing to begin the cycling season. Contact Andy Milam 515-887-2371;West Bend
6-May Benefit for Charlie Murphy; Charlie is the 2 month old son of Jared and Alyssa Murphy. Charlie has Type II Biliary Atresia, a serious liver condition that requires on-going medical care and a possible liver transplant. Held at the Burt Activity Complex. Meal from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Silent Auction from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, and Live Auction at 1:00 pm.  T-shirts available online at Threads
or pick up an order form at Burt City Hall. Bank Account set up at Northwest Federal.  Contact Kelly Fitzgerald (515) 320-5762; Burt
6-May Whittemore Fire Dept and EMS Pancake Breakfast; Annual event Volunteer Fire Dept and EMS personnel prepare and serve pancakes and sausage in the truck bay of the new fire station, 7:30 am
- 12:00 pm. Contact Eric Goodman at (515) 884-2265; Whittemore
8-May Prediabetes Class; Held at the PACHS Health Education Room. Tammy Chapman, RDN, register
dietician and Brandi Nelson BSN, RN, Diabetic Nurse Educator, will be presenting. There is no fee to enter this class. If you have any questions, please contact us at 712-852-5425; Emmetsburg
10-May Swea City BINGO; Hosted by Quasqui at the Country Inn at 7:00 pm. Must be 21 to play. Proceeds will go towards Swea City's 125th Celebration in 2020; Swea City
12-May Wings & Wetlands Weekend; Held at the Lost Island Nature Center from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Greenwings Youth Program "Amphibians and Reptiles" with guest speaker Dr. Bob Brodman from Buena Vista University. Activities for the event include camp set up and activities, exploration of a wetland, archery and arrows, and wood duck, wren, and bluebird house building. Register by May 1st  for a free t-shirt. The Greenwings is sponsored by the Palo Alto County Sportsmans Ducks Unlimited and Palo Alto County Pheasants Forever. To register call 712-837-4866; Ruthven
13-May Wings and Wetlands Continued; Meet at the Nature Center at 7:30 am and have coffee and juice before going on the trails with Lee Schoenewe for a bird hike. The hike is appropriate for all ages. To register call 712-837-4866; Ruthven
16-May 31st Annual Fun & Wellness Day for those age 50 and better; Sponsored by the Palo Alto County Health System and Iowa Lakes Community College. Cost of $10 includes meals and program at the Iowa Lakes Community College. Parking available at new north main entrance. Register online at www.iowalakes.edu/ce or on the day of the event. Doors open at 7:45 am with registration and continental breakfast. Display booth and free health screenings will be available.
17-18-May Wesley City Wide Garage Sales; There will be residential garage sales on Thursday from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm and Friday from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm. Contact City Hall (515) 679- 4292; Wesley
18-May Emmetsburg Public Library's Annual BIG BOOK Sale; Hard covers $1.00, soft cover/trade paperbacks 50 cents and mass market paperbacks 25 cents; Emmetsburg
19-May Emmetsburg Public Library's Annual BIG BOOK Sale; Hard covers 50 cents, all paperbacks 25 cents; Emmetsburg
20-May Emmetsburg Public Library's Annual BIG BOOK Sale; Whatever fits in a bag for $1.00; Emmetsburg
24-May Swea City BINGO; Hosted by Quasqui at the Country Inn at 7:00 pm. Must be 21 to play. Proceeds will go towards Swea City's 125th Celebration in 2020; Swea City
25-26-May Emmetsburg City Wide Garage Sales; Sponsored by Emmetsburg Publishing Company; Emmetsburg
26-May St. Michael's 5K Spirit Run/Walk; 4th annual 5K Spirit Run/Walk as a Church fundraiser. Sign up early for a 5K t-shirt, stmwhitt@ncn.net. Contact Sandy Long at (515) 884-2618; Whittemore
27-May Memorial Weekend Street Dance; 2nd Annual street dance, part of proceeds are given to local Whittemore youth groups. DJ music held at the American Legion 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Whittemore
28-May American Legion Memorial Day Service; Starting at 10:00 am at the West Bend Township Cemetery. Contact Grant Gearhart at (515) 887-4771; West Bend
28-May Memorial Day Breakfast; Located at the West Bend Fire Station. Serving pancakes, eggs, sausage, rolls and muffins from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Contact Chris Newton at (515) 887-7781; West Bend
28-May Memorial Day Parade and Program; Members of Seely-Walsh Post #425 American Legion. Legion Auxiliary and Little League players march in the parade starting at 9:45 am. Program dedicated to all men and women of the post held at the Community Center. Contact Stuart Simonson at (515) 884- 2648; Whittemore
28-May American Legion BBQ Chicken Supper; The American Legion of Wesley will be serving 1/2 BBQ chicken dinner at the Community Center. Contact Dwayne Eden (515) 679-4392; Wesley
28-29-May Whittemore Fun Days; Monday/Tuesday will be the Annual Community celebration featuring Smith Amusement Rides and Concessions (no outside vendors) "World Famous Legion Burgers", Pie and Ice Cream Social, BINGO is played on Monday Night. Contact Linda Farrell at (515) 884-2265; Whittemore
29-May Burt VFW Memorial Day Service; 10:00 a.m. service with a speaker at the Burt Activity Complex followed by a retreat to the Burt Township Cemetery. A noon luncheon is served back at the Activity Complex. Contact Melvin Faber at (515) 924-3489; Burt
31-May 19th Annual Business Appreciation Day (BAD) Golf; Hosted by Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce. Registration for 9 hole, 4-person best shot will start at 2:30 pm with shot gun start at 3:00 pm at Five Island Golf. Following the tournament will be a ribeye meal grilled by the Palo Alto County Cattlemen. Feature is a hole in one contest with a prize of $20,000 cash is split $10,000 for the golfer and $10,000 for the Chamber for anyone who aces Par 3 Hole #6. To register call 712- 852-2283 or stop at the Chamber; Emmetsburg

June 2018

1-3 -Jun "Sleeping Beauty, Kids"; Presented by Mainstreet Community Theatre. June 1 performance starts at 7:00 pm. June 2 and 3 matinee performances are at 2:00 pm. All seats are $5.00. All performances are located at the Performance Center, 19th and Lake Street; Emmetsburg
1-Jun Canoeing at Lost Island Lake; Sponsored by Palo Alto County Conservation. Canoeing starting at 9:00 am. Contact (712) 837-4866 to reserve a canoe; Ruthven
1-June West Bend Chamber Golf Tournament; Four-person alternate best shot. Registration begins at 5:30 pm; shot gun start at 6:00 pm. Meal provided, 50/50 raffle and drawing for awards following the tournament. Contact Janet Hartman or Ashley Laubenthal at West Iowa Bank (515) 887-7811; West Bend
2-Jun Fishing Derby on Lost Island Lake; Register at the Nature Center. Derby goes from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. For more information contact Palo Alto County Conservation at (712) 837-4866; Ruthven
2-Jun Save the Wesley Pool Garage & Bake Sale; Located at the Wesley Community Center from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm; Wesley
6-9-Jun West Bend Community Garage Sales; Friday 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Contact City Hall (515) 887-2181; West Bend
7-Jun AAUW Summer Kick Off; Girls entering grades 5th - 8th in the fall. Join us from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Kearny Park in Emmetsburg for S'more making, an art project, fishing, and water safety. Need to register by June 4th by calling (712)837-4866; Emmetsburg
8-Jun Canoeing at Silver Lake-Salton Park; Sponsored by Palo Alto County Conservation. Canoeing starts at 9:00 am. Contact (712)837-4866 to reserve a canoe; Aryshire
8-Jun Classic Car Cruise Night; Located at the Emmetsburg A & W from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm; Emmetsburg
8-10-Jun "Sleeping Beauty, Kids"; Presented by Mainstreet Community Theatre. June 8 performance starts at 7:00 pm, June 9 and 10 matinee performances are at 2:00 pm. Seats are $5.00. All performances are located at the Performance Center, 19th and Lake Street. ; Emmetsburg
10-Jun Classics at the Riviera featuring '"Laura"; Starting at 4:30 pm. Free admission. Sponsored by the Palo Alto County Arts Council with a grant from the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation; Emmetsburg
14-Jun Swea City Quasqui is hosting Bingo; Located at the Country Inn in Swea City at 7:00 pm. Must be 21 to play. Proceeds will go towards Swea City's 125th Celebration in 2020; Swea City
15-Jun Canoeing at Five Island Lake Soper Park; Sponsored by Palo Alto County Conservation. Canoeing starts at 9:00 am. Contact (712)837-4866 to reserve a canoe; Emmetsburg
16-Jun Live Animals at the Nature Center; Come see live animals at the Lost Island Nature Center at 10:00 am; Ruthven
16-Jun Woodwork Stenciling; Starting at 3:00 pm at the Lost Island Nature Center, create our own unique stenciled board with Danielle from Sawmill Designs in Estherville. Must register on our website http://paloaltoccb.org/ by June 8th. The cost is $20.00 for your take and make board; Ruthven
16-Jun Hillbilly Days in Rodman; Pork loin sandwiches and live auction. Proceeds to benefit Rodman Fire Department; Rodman
16-Jun Mindy's Miles Bike Ride; Bicycle ride in honor of Mindy Bruellman and Chris Gearhart. Various route lengths and many stops along the way. Registration starting at 8:00 am at West Bend Fire Station. Bike ride begins at 9:00 am. BBQ meal and beverage garden at Fire Station starting at 11:00 am. Live band - FarmRock begins at 1:00 pm. Contact Cindy Bruellman (515) 341-5757; West Bend
16-Jun Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce 80th Anniversary Celebration; Held at Soper Park from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm. All are welcome to come and enjoy live entertainment at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:30 pm, kid inflatable's from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, and free boat rides on Five Island Lake from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm provided by Northland Auto & Marine. Snacks available to purchase; Emmetsburg
21-24-Jun Graettinger 125th Celebration; Parade, White Horse Patrol, Firemen Water Fights, Civil War Reenactment, plus much more. Check out Graettinger 125th Facebook page for more info; Graettinger
22-Jun Canoeing at Lost Island Lake; Sponsored by Palo Alto County Conservation. Canoeing starts at 9:00 am. Contact (712) 837-4866 to reserve a canoe; Emmetsburg
22-24-Jun Swea City Fun Days; Friday is Supper in the park from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, games on Main Street and 5k Glow Run/Walk. Saturday the parade starts at 11:00 am, food stands, free swimming, Betterment Club Tractor pull at 1:00 pm, Pool Plunge Rubber Duck Drop at 2:00 pm, Quasqui Bingo from 3:00 - 5:00 pm, and Street Dance featuring "Farm Rock" at 8:00 pm. Sunday will be the community church service in the park at 10:00 am with lunch to follow. Non-food vendors are welcome this year. Contact Alycia at City Hall (515) 272-4606 to register. Parade or other activities, contact Nina (515) 538-0620; Swea City
22-24-Jun Titonka Indian Days; Events start at 4:00 pm on Friday and continue through noon on Sunday. Events include: pedal tractor pull, 5k, games, live music, food, street dance, smoke off, horse and buggy rides, and more. Parade starts at 10:00 am on Saturday. Street Dance is Saturday evening on Main Street with the "Skunk River Band." Contact City Hall (515) 928-2850; Titonka
23-Jun Antique Tractor Pull; Sponsored by M & M Backhoe. Starting at 11:00 am at the West Bend Industrial Park. Contact Gary Montag (515) 341-2697 or Neal Montag (515) 341-6454; West Bend
24-Jun Whittemore Gun Club 14th Annual Kid's Fishing Derby; Free event for children with an adult that has a valid fishing license. Held at Kossuth County owned Siems Park; located South and East of Whittemore B-44. Bring your pole, worms provided! Contact Ron Kollasch at (515) 884-2265; Whittemore
28-Jun Swea City Quasqui is hosting Bingo; Located at the Country Inn in Swea City at 7:00 pm. Must be 21 to play. Proceeds will go towards Swea City's 125th Celebration in 2020; Swea City
29-Jun 4th of July Celebration; Friday will be the Antique Tractor Ride, Main street BBQ, Pedal Tractor Pull, 5k Run/Walk, and Street Dance. Saturday will be the arade, kid's water fights, entertainment, games, auction, and fireworks. Sunday will be a breakfast buffet. Contact Jillian Hansen (515) 887-3811; West Bend
29-Jun Canoeing at TBD; Sponsored by Palo Alto County Conservation. Canoeing starts at 9:00 am. Contact (712)837-4866 to reserve a canoe; Emmetsburg
30-Jun Kite Building at the Lost Island Nature Center; Sponsored by the Palo Alto County Conservation. Building at 10:00 am; Ruthven

 

July 2018

4-Jul Cylinder 4th of July Celebration; Games for the kids, pulled pork sandwiches, chips, drink, and
snow cones. A band will be entertaining until fireworks at dusk. Contact Kathy Heng (712) 424-3454; Cylinder
14-Jul Burt Summer Celebration; Annual town celebration with city-wide garage sales, 11:00 a.m. parade, noon barbecue, free afternoon entertainment, sand volleyball tournament, bean bag tournament,  free inflatable games and carnival, free swimming, annual toilet and tank top toss, street dance and fireworks. Contact Tina Heyes at (515) 924-3618; Burt

 

August 2018

1-Aug Tiny Terrarium; Kids entering 1st-4th grade will learn about plant and animal adaptation while building their own terrariums from 9:00 to 10:00 am at Harrison Park. To register call (712) 837-4866; Emmetsburg
1-Aug Emmetsburg Public Library; Starting at 3:00 pm. Featuring a book signing for local author, Janice Kassel, who has penned a new book of short stories entitled, "And Many Thanks"; Emmetsburg
2-Aug Swea City Quasqui is hosting Bags (Cornhole); Located at LaRows Wood Fire Grill in Swea City at 6:00 pm. Proceeds will go towards Swea City's 125th Celebration in 2020; Swea City
4-Aug Beach Fun Day; Located at Lost Island/Huston Park Beach; Join us for family fun events, games and canoeing at the beach from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm; Ruthven
6-Aug Sons of the American Legion "Purple Heart Day"; Members of Sons of American Legion host a supper to remember all in the military that have been awarded Purple Hearts during their service to our country. Serving is from 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm with music to follow. Contact Ron Askland at (515) 884-2648; Whittemore.
6-Aug Knights of Columbus BBQ Chicken & Sweet Corn Feed; Located at the Grotto of the Redemption; Serving is from 5:00-7:30 pm; Contact Bruce Helleseth at (515) 320-3600; West Bend (This is a tentative date-availability of sweet corn will be determining factor)
6-Aug Senator Chuck Grassley; Town hall meeting at Palo Alto County Courthouse from 10:15 am to 11:15 am; Emmetsburg
8-Aug Tiny Terrarium; Kids entering 1st-4th grade will learn about plant and animal adaptation while building their own terrariums from 9:00 to 10:00 am at Evergreen Park. To register call (712) 837-4866; Graettinger
9-Aug Swea City Quasqui is hosting Bingo; Located at the Country Inn in Swea City at 7:00 pm. Must be 21 to play. Proceeds will go towards Swea City's 125th Celebration in 2020; Swea City
10-Aug Classic Car Cruise Night; At Emmetsburg A & W from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm; Emmetsburg
11-Aug Annual Keep 'EM Brewing Homebrewfest; 94.1 KEMB-LP sponsoring event at Soper Park. Free admission. People's choice homebrew & craft beer tastings from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Commemorative tasting glass available for $10. The Avey/Grouws Band from Decorah will be performing Blues, Rock and covers from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Ribeye steak sandwiches and burger bar with grilling done by the Palo Alto County Cattlemen; Emmetsburg
12-Aug Annual F. I. T. Trail BBQ Fundraiser; Held from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm will be held at Nolan-Rouse Park, east side of Rockport; Emmetsburg
12-Aug Classics at the Riviera Theatre; Showing "Inherit the Wind" at 4:30 pm. Free admission. Movies are sponsored by Palo Alto Arts Council with a grant from PACGAC; Emmetsburg
16-Aug Swea City Quasqui is hosting Bags (Cornhole); Located at LaRows Wood Fire Grill in Swea City at 6:00 pm. Proceeds will go towards Swea City's 125th Celebration in 2020; Swea City
18-Aug Annual BBQ with "Bossie BINGO"; Members of Seely-Walsh Post #425 American Legion host a Chicken BBQ feed with sweet corn, food served from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Highlight of the evening is Bossie BINGO beginning at 6:30 pm. Contact Stuart Simonson at (515) 884-2648; Whittemore
18-Aug Amy Frields Benefit; Held at the Emmetsburg VFW at 4:00 pm with meal and silent auction. Live auction will begin at 6:00 pm. An account for the Amy Frields Family has been established at the Iowa Trust & Savings Bank to help defray medical and travel expenses. Contact Stephanie Mehan at (712) 480-0252; Emmetsburg
18-Aug American Legion Auxiliary "Ice Cream Social" Fundraiser; Members of Seely-Walsh post #425 American Legion Auxiliary host an Ice Cream social fundraiser held in conjunction with "Bossie BINGO" Serving is from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Contact Stuart Simonson at (515) 884-2648; Whittemore
18-Aug Annual St. Joseph KC 'Mulligan Stew"; Members of St. Joseph Knights of Columbus along with families start early chopping fresh vegetables and meat to make over 500 gallons of their famous mulligan stew which is cooked outdoors over an open fire in old fashioned cast iron kettles. Come early, serving begins at 5:30 pm until gone! Pie/ice cream/games of chance. Contact James Thilges at (515) 379-1578; St. Joseph
20-Aug College 101 New Student Welcome at the 4-Plex; Local Businesses are invited to meet and greet the new students at ILCC Emmetsburg Campus. Reserve a table before August 16 by contacting Chyan Metzger (712) 852-5322; Emmetsburg
23-Aug Swea City Quasqui is hosting Bingo; Located at the Country Inn in Swea City at 7:00 pm. Must be 21 to play. Proceeds will go towards Swea City's 125th Celebration in 2020; Swea City
24-Aug 1/2 Way to St. Pat's Celebration Bean Bag Tournament; Entry Fee of $20 per team if paid by Aug 1; late entries will be $25 until tournament is full. Must be 18 years of age. Contact (712) 852-4326; Emmetsburg
24-Aug 1/2 Way to St. Pat's Celebration; Featuring one Layne Band entertaining at the PAC Fairgrounds from 9:00 pm to 12:00 am. Event is hosted by Emmetsburg Fire Association and St. Pat's Association; Emmetsburg
25-Aug 1/2 Way to St. Pat's Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament; Located at the fairgrounds from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Hosted by the St. Pat's Association. Up to 10 players per team. Must be 16 or older. Entry forms can be dropped off/picked up at St. Pat's Headquarters. Entry fee is $50 per team. Registration deadline is August 17. Contact (712) 852-4326; Emmetsburg
25-Aug 1/2 Way to St. Pat's Human Foosball Tournament; Hosted by St. Pat's Association at the Fairgrounds from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Entry fee is $50 per team. Must be 18 or older. All participants will be required to sign a waiver of liability. 10 people per team, 6 players will play at a time. Contact (712) 852-4326 for more information; Emmetsburg
25-Aug 1/2 Way to St. Pat's Entertainment featuring The Jay Clyde Band; Located at the PAC Fairgrounds from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am. Entry fee is $10 per person. Co-sponsored by the Emmetsburg Fire Association and St. Pat's Association; Emmetsburg
29-Aug Palo Alto Hospital Auxiliary HCI Jewelry Sale; Located in the Health Ed Room from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; Emmetsburg
30-Aug Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce 80th Anniversary Farmer/Businessperson Picnic; Located that the Palo Alto County Fairgrounds from 4:30 am to 7:00 pm to show appreciation to our Farm community for their support throughout the year; Emmetsburg

September 2018

1-Sep 1st Ever Amateur "Whittemore Rocks! Ribfest"; Held throughout beautiful downtown Whittemore! Competition entry fee is $50.00 with a $1,000 top 3 purse and trophies! "People's Choice" trophy to the public's favorite vote-getter! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC to attend all day with "People's Choice" rib judging 4:30 to 5:30 pm. All Awards at 6:00 pm. $5.00 fee per person to sample all the ribs! Complete contest rules and other information contact Tim Schneider at 515-320-3431; Whittemore
8-Sep City of Burt Breakfast; Fundraiser for activity complex. Serving pancakes, eggs and sausage from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm; Burt
9-Sep St. Joseph's Annual Turkey Supper; Turkey with all the trimmings and pie. Held at the Wesley Community Center from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Adults $10, Kids 5-10 $5.00 and Kids 5 and under free. Take out's are available. Jar swap/beverages for all. Money raffle drawing at 6:30 pm; Wesley
16-Sep St. Michael's "Feast Day" Breakfast and Quilt Raffle; Held annually, a homemade breakfast is served by the Holy Name Society from 7:30 am - 11:30 am in observance of the Parish Patron Saint. The rosary Society also conducts a Bake Sale in conjunction with the meal. At the end of the event a beautiful, hand stitched quilt will be raffled off. Contact Sandy Long at (515) 884-2648; Whittemore
30-Sep Lakota Public Library 19th Annual Salad/Sandwich Luncheon; Theme is "Read to a Child Today." Serving Coffee/Donuts form 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Luncheon is from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Lakota Eagle Center, free will donations; Lakota

 

October 2018

1-2-Oct Auditions for "It's a Wonderful Life"; At Main Street Community Theatre, 2206 19th Street. Performance dates will be December 7-9 and 14-16. For more information contact Peggy Stolley at 712-298-0105 or Jackie Van Oosbree at 712-480-3766; Emmetsburg
3-Oct Harvest Hoopla; Several downtown businesses in Graettinger get in the spirit of the fall season from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm; Graettinger
3-Oct Blood Drive; Ruthven-Ayrshire Student Council will be having a blood drive at the Ruthven Social Center from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm; Ruthven
3-Oct West Bend Community Blood Drive; Held at the Community Center, 103 S. Broadway Avenue from 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm; West Bend
4-Oct Iowa Young Birders Event; Located at Lost Island Nature Center from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Join as they partner with Iowa Young Birders to view the abundance of migrating birds through the wetlands. For ages 8-18 and accompanying adults. Event is free, but pre-registration is required; Ruthven
6-Oct Burt Fire Department's Pork Loin Meal; Held at the EMS building from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Raffles being held; Burt
7-Oct American Legion Pancake and Sausage Breakfast; Members of Seely-Walsh Post #425 American Legion serving delicious pancakes, fried eggs, toast and sausage from 7:30 am -12:00 pm. Home of Kossuth County's Freedom Rock. Contact Stuart Simonson at (515) 884-2648; Whittemore
9-Oct "One of the Deadliest Ever: 1918's Flu Pandemic;" Speaker Dr. Michael Luick-Thrams presents a historical program at the Emmetsburg Public Library on the disaster including a short film. Come learn about Iowans' response to it, measured and hysterical, effective and useless: "How would you respond today..?" For more information call 712-852-4009; Emmetsburg
10-Oct PACGDC Learn More About the Grants; At the Emmetsburg ILCC Auditorium (Door #2) at 1:00 pm or 7:00 pm. Organizations interested in submitting a grant application must have someone attend one of these meetings; Emmetsburg
10-Oct Early-Out Nature Club; The Ruthven Public Library will host naturalist, Kaitlin from the PACCB Nature Center from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Fall Early - Out Nature Club is free and open to all ages; Ruthven
10-Oct Whittemore Community Betterment Club; Fall Business Meeting held at the American Legion Hall at 6:30 pm; Whittemore
12-Oct Nature Walk at Watson's Heritage Area; Located 1 mile SW of Emmetsburg. Meet at 4:30 pm for a fall hike and bring your furry friends to let them enjoy as well. Make sure pets are leashed and are other pet friendly if bringing along. Call 712-837-4866 if you would like to join; Emmetsburg
14-Oct Classics at the Riviera Theatre; Showing "Psycho." Free Admission. Movies are sponsored by the Palo Alto Arts Council with a grant for PACGDC; Emmetsburg
20-Oct Girls Night Out; A free will donation event co-sponsored by PACHS and ILCC. A fun and educational evening for "ladies only;" includes dinner, speakers, and a chance to visit with various vendors. Proceeds go to help fund mammograms and women's health testing. Like PACHS and ILCC on Facebook for additional details; Emmetsburg
20-Oct Horizons Unlimited Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, "Bullets in the Bathtub"; Held in the ballroom of Wild Rose Casino beginning at 4:00 pm, serving chicken marsala and roasted red potato dinner. This frightfully fun event raises funds for people with disabilities in Palo Alto County. The Jest Murder Mystery Company will perform. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Horizons Unlimited. For more information call 712-852-2211, Ext. 102; Emmetsburg
28-Oct Community Club Halloween Party; There will be hay rides, a costume contest, treats and games at Wesley Community Center from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Contact Kim Neuroth (515) 341-3060; Wesley
21-Oct Soup Luncheon; St. John's Kids of the Kingdom Preschool serving at St. John's Church; Burt
21-Oct Dad's Belgian Waffles; Fundraiser for Lost Island Nature Center. Serving at the VFW in Emmetsburg from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Advanced tickets are available by contacting the Nature Center at 712-837-4866. Advance tickets are $7.50 or buy at the door for $8.00; Emmetsburg
21-Oct Ruthven Legion Breakfast; Serving pancakes, sausage, and eggs from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm. Free will offering; Ruthven
21-Oct Sts. Peter & Paul Annual Fall Turkey Dinner; Dinner includes turkey with all the trimmings and homemade desserts. Serving 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the parish hall. Contact Ann Langel 515-887-3333; West Bend
23-Oct Halloween Hike; Located at the Lost Island Nature Center at 6:30 pm. Venture out into the woods as you meet mother nature and her nighttime friends. Pre-Registration is required by calling the Nature Center at 712-837-4866; Ruthven
27-Oct Zombie Lakes Community College VI Haunted House; Located at the Emmetsburg Campus from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Admission is 2 canned goods or non-perishable food itesm per person. Enter using the Smith Wellness Center Entrance. Open to the public. All food will be donated to Upper Des Moines Opportunity; Emmetsburg
28-Oct Burt Lions Club Omelet Breakfast; Serving from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Activity Complex; Burt
30-31-Oct PACHS Auxiliary Holiday Preview Gift Shop Sale; Located in the Health Ed Room at PACHS. Tues 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Wed 8:30 am to 3:00 pm; Emmetsburg
31-Oct Trick or Treat with Willow Ridge and PARC Hall Residents; Located in the PARC Hall dining room from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Open to the public; Emmetsburg
31-Oct Trick or Treating in the City of Emmetsburg; Each home where the porch lights are on from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm; Emmetsburg
31-Oct Trunk n Treating and Trick or Treating; Starting at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Trunk n Treating will be in the parking lot of Blue Daisy Café and Bobber Down. Trick or Treating at the Ruthven Community Care Center for Pre-K to 3rd Grade will be from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm; Ruthven
31-Oct Swea City Trick or Treating; Halloween and Community Club Halloween Party; Swea City
31-Oct Trick or Treating in West Bend; Each household wishing to participate should turn on their porch light from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Contact Lisa Sewell 515-887-2181; West Bend
31-Oct Halloween Trick or Treating Night; Area children Trick R' Treat to homes in the community where residents have turned their porch lights "ON" between the hours of 5:00 pm -7:00 pm. Contact Linda Farrell at (515) 883-2265; Whittemore

 

January 2019

6-Jan American Legion Pancake Breakfast; Members of Seely-Walsh Post #425 of the American Legion serve delicious pancakes, fried eggs, toast and sausage. Serving from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm. Home of Kossuth County's Freedom Rock. Contact Stuart Simonson at (515) 884-2648; Whittemore
19-Jan 19th Annual Chili Cook-Off Contest; Contestants prepare and serve their own pots of chili from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Winners are voted by people's choice, judge's choice, contestant's choice, and best of show. Turkey noodle soup and cinnamon rolls are also served. Chilly outside - Chili inside! Contact Linda Farrell at (515) 884-2265; Whittemore

 

February 2019

9-Feb Wesley Fireman's Valentine Steak Fry; Steak fry and silent auction at Community Center. Contact Tracy at (515) 320-0581; Wesley
10-Feb American Legion Pancake Breakfast; Members of Seely-Walsh Post #425 of the American Legion serve delicious pancakes, fried eggs, toast and sausage. Serving from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm. Home of Kossuth County's Freedom Rock. Contact Stuart Simonson at (515) 884-2648; Whittemore
23-Feb Legion Riders "Chicken Wing Ding"; Several levels of "heat" to choose from. Free will donation and karaoke. Held at the Legion from 5:00 pm until gone. Home of the Kossuth County Freedom Rock. Contact Mick Zimmerman at (515) 884-2648; Whittemore

 

March 2019

TBD Burt Lions Club French Toast Breakfast; French toast, sausage & drinks are served at Burt Community Center from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Contact Joe Heinen 515-924-3379; Burt
8-Mar St. Michael's "Holy Name Society" Annual Lenten Fish Fry; Serving from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm; Whittemore
10-Mar American Legion Pancake Breakfast; Members of Seely-Walsh Post #425 of the American Legion serve delicious pancakes, fried eggs, toast and sausage. Serving from 7:30 am - 12:00 pm. Home of Kossuth County's Freedom Rock. Contact Stuart Simonson at (515) 884-2648; Whittemore

 

Apri 2019

1-Apr Whittemore Gun Club Annual Meeting; 82nd Annual Meal and Fundraiser to help support, maintain and improve Kossuth County owned Siems Park located South and East of Whittemore on County Road B-44. Held at Whittemore Legion, 601 Broad Street. Meeting and raffle drawing following meal. Contact Ron Kollasch at (515) 884-2265; Whittemore
13-Apr Wesley Easter Egg Hunt; Kids hunt for eggs and Easter Bunny comes to take pictures. Contact Kim Neuroth (515) 341-3060; Wesley
20-Apr Swea City Annual Easter Egg Hunt; Hosted by Swea City Community Club. Children will collect their eggs at the North Union School beginning at 10:00 am. Then pick up their prizes at the participating businesses; Swea City
20-Apr Children's Easter Egg Hunt; Children gather eggs and receive prizes for their effort! Held at Noah's Park, the hunt begins at 10:00 am. Immediately following there is a prize giveaway at the American Legion. Contact Linda Farrell at (515) 884-2265; Whittemore

 

May 2019

1-May Annual City-Wide Spring Garage Sales; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are garage sales sponsored by local residents marked with signs. Live Music held along Broad Street. Contact Cindy Simonson at (515) 884-2468; Whittemore
2-May Friends of the Library Pork Patty Supper; Free will donation fundraiser for library improvements serving from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Contact Sandy Long at (515) 884-2680; Whittemore
5-May Whittemore Fire Dept and EMS Pancake Breakfast; Annual event Volunteer Fire Dept and EMS personnel prepare and serve pancakes and sausage in the truck bay of the new fire station from 7:30 am to 11:30 am. Contact Eric Goodman at (515) 884-2265; Whittemore
25-May St. Michael's 5K Spirit Run/Walk; 5th Annual 5K Spirit Run/Walk as a Church fundraiser from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Sign up early for a 5K t-shirt, stmwhitt@ncn.net. Contact Sandy Long at (515) 884-2618; Whittemore
25-May Memorial Weekend Street Dance; 3rd Annual street dance, part of proceeds are given to local Whittemore youth groups. Live music held at along Broad Street from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm; Whittemore
27-May Burt VFW Memorial Day Service; Service starts at 10:00 am with a speaker at the Burt Activity Complex followed by a retreat to the Burt Township Cemetery. Luncheon at 12:00 pm will be served back at the Activity Complex. Contact Melvin Faber (515)924-3489;Burt
27-May American Legion BBQ Chicken Supper; Serving 1/2 BBQ Chicken Dinner at Community Center. Contact Dwayne at (515) 679-4392; Wesley
27-May Memorial Day Breakfast/Service; Breakfast served from 8:00 am to12:00 pm. Service at 10:00 am. Memorial Day Service held at the West Bend Township Cemetery with a Breakfast served afterwards at the West Bend Fire Station. Contact Lisa Sewell (515)-887-2181; West Bend
27-May Memorial Day Parade and Program; Members of Seely-Walsh Post #425 American Legion. Legion Auxiliary and Little League players march in the parade starting at 9:45 am. Program dedicated to all men and women of the post, held at the Community Center. Contact Stuart Simonson at (515) 884-2648; Whittemore
27-May Whittemore Fun Days; Monday/Tuesday will be the Annual Community celebration featuring Smith Amusement Rides and Concessions (no outside vendors) "World Famous Legion Burgers", Pie and Ice Cream Social, BINGO is played on Monday Night. Contact Linda Farrell at (515) 884-2265; Whittemore

 

 

June 2019

7-Jun West Bend Chamber Golf Tournament; Registration at 5:00 pm. Shotgun start at 6:00 pm. 4-Person Best Shot Golf Tournament at the West Bend Golf & Country Club. Meal provided with Prizes and Awards following the tournament. Contact Ashley (515)-887-7811; West Bend
15-Jun Antique Tractor Pull; Begins at 11:00 am. Antique tractors pull a heavy sled with the winner being the tractor that pulls the sled the farthest. All tractors in their respective weight classes pull a set weight in the sled. Contact Gary (515)-341-2697; West Bend

July 2019

3-Jul Glow Run; Starting at 8:45 pm. DJ, snacks, and drinks. Contact Lany Mitchell (515) 679-4214; Wesley
4-Jul Wesley Town Celebration; Softball, Volleyball, Concession Stand, Beer Garden, Inflatable’s, Crafts, Tractor Pull, Kids Games, 50/50 Drawing, Chicken and Rib Dinner, BINGO, Fireworks, and DJ. Contact (515) 341-3060; Wesley
5-7-Jul 4th of July Celebration; Friday-Tractor Ride, Main Street BBQ, Baggo Tournament, Pedal Tractor Pull, Street Dance. Saturday-Parade, Kid's Water Fights, Food Stands, Entertainment, Games, Auction and Fireworks. Sunday-Breakfast Buffet. Contact Jillian (515)-887-3811; West Bend
5-7-Jul Bully Bullhead Weekend; Weekend events include: Fireman's Street Dance, Tractor Ride, Parade, Fishing Contest, Bike Ride, City-Wide Garage Sales, Trap Shoot, Craft & Vendors, Pancake & Sausage Breakfast, and Bake Sale. Contact Jon (712)-260-3212; Ruthven
12-Jul Burt Summer Celebration-Pageant Lil Mr. and Miss Burt; 3rd Annual pageant, ages 4-9. Winners will be in parade. Contact Karly Reutzel (515)320-0523; Burt
13-Jul Burt Summer Celebration; City Wide Garage Sales, Coffee, Parade, BBQ, Free Entertainment, Sand Volleyball and Bean Bag Toss Tournament, Free Games and Inflatable’s, and so much more. Contact Kelly Fitzgerald at (515) 924-3618; Burt

August 2019

7-Aug Sons of the American Legion "Purple Heart Day"; Members of Sons of Seely-Walsh Post #425 American Legion host a supper to remember all in the military that have been awarded Purple Hearts during their service to our country. Serving is from 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Home of the Kossuth County Freedom Rock. Contact Ron Askland at (515) 884-2648; Whittemore.
17-Aug Annual Chicken BBQ with "BOSSIE BINGO"; Members of Seely-Walsh Post #425 American Legion host a chicken & sweet corn BBQ, food served from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Highlight of the evening is BOSSIE BINGO beginning at 6:30 pm. Home of the Kossuth County Freedom Rock. Contact Stuart Simonson at (515) 884-2648; Whittemore
17-Aug American Legion Auxiliary "Ice Cream Social" Fundraiser; Members of Seely-Walsh post #425 American Legion Auxiliary host an Ice Cream social fundraiser held in conjunction with "Bossie BINGO" Serving is from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Home of the Kossuth County Freedom Rock. Contact Stuart Simonson at (515) 884-2648; Whittemore
21-Aug 62nd Annual St. Joseph KC's 'Mulligan Stew"; Members of St. Joseph Knights of Columbus along with families start early chopping fresh vegetables and meat to make over 500 gallons of their famous mulligan stew which is cooked outdoors over an open fire in old fashioned cast iron kettles. Come early, serving begins at 5:30 pm until gone! Pie and ice cream, games of chance. Contact James Thilges at (515) 379-1578; St. Joseph

 

September 2019

 

October 2019

6-Oct American Legion Pancake Breakfast; Members of Seely-Walsh Post #425 American Legion serve delicious pancakes, fried eggs, toast and sausage. Serving from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm at Home of Kossuth County's Freedom Rock. Contact Stuart Simonson at (515) 884-2648; Whittemore
13-Oct Little Lambs Soup Dinner and Bake Sale; Little Lambs Daycare will be hosting their annual soup dinner and bake sale at the Fire Hall. Contact Rhonda Lockwood (515) 272-4696; Swea City
26-Oct Halloween Party; Hay rides, costume contest, treats and games. Contact Kim (515) 341-3060; Wesley
27-Oct Swea City Fire Department Brunch; Free will donation at the fire hall from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm; Swea City
31-Oct Halloween Trick or Treating Night; Area children Trick R' Treat to homes in the community where residents have turned their porch lights "ON" between the hours of 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Contact Linda Farrell at (515) 883-2265; Whittemore

November 2019

5-Nov Friends of the Library Election Night Soup Supper; Homemade soups are served to the public who attend this annual event at the Parish Center serving time 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Contact Sandy Long at (515) 884-2680; Whittemore
10-Nov Veterans Soup; Swea City Improvement League will be hosting their annual Turkey Dinner at the Immanuel Lutheran Church from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm; Swea City
10-Nov American Legion Pancake Breakfast; Members of Seely-Walsh post #425 of the American Legion serve delicious pancakes, fried eggs, toast and sausage. Serving from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm. Home of Kossuth County's Freedom Rock. Contact Stuart Simonson at (515) 884-2648; Whittemore
11-Nov Winter Wonderland; Each business will have an open house with snacks and door prizes from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm; Swea City
21-Nov Whittemore Fire Dept and EMS Feather Party; Annual event. Prizes include frozen turkey, bacon, and raffle prizes. Maidrites and pie are served from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Held at St. Michael's Parish Center. Contact Eric Goodman at (515) 884-2265; Whittemore
22-Nov American Legion Feather Part; Play Bingo for turkeys. Ham sandwiches served, open bar at community center. Contact Dwayne (515) 679-4392; Wesley

 

December 2019

1-Dec Lions Club Santa Day; Lions Club hosts Santa Day for children, bags of candy are distributed. Fire truck rides are given by the Burt Fire Department. Contact Joe Heinen (515) 924-3379; Burt
1-Dec Santa Comes to Wesley; Meet Santa, receive a treat, play games, sleigh ride, and supper. Contact (515) 679-4292; Wesley
6-Dec It's a Wonderful Life in Whittemore - A Walk Along Broad Street;' Local businesses decorate and host their annual Christmas Open House. Door prizes and refreshments are served. Santa meets with the children at Farmers State Bank. Contact Linda Farrell at (515) 884-2265; Whittemore
7-Dec Santa Day; Held at the Main Street Manor from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. Children can have their picture taken with Santa and will receive a gift from Santa; Swea City
8-Dec American Legion Pancake Breakfast; Members of Seely-Walsh post #425 of the American Legion serve delicious pancakes, fried eggs, toast and sausage. Served from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm. Home of Kossuth County's Freedom Rock. Contact Stuart Simonson at (515) 884-2648; Whittemore
13-15-Dec Holiday Open House; Friday-Events beginning at 9:00 am. Merchant Specials, Drawings for Prizes, Grotto Christmas Tours. Saturday-Events beginning at 9:00 am. Breakfast, Merchant Specials, Santa Visits, Kids Activities, Cookie Walk, Vendor Fair, Grotto Christmas Tours, Firemen's BBQ Meal. Sunday- Event begins at 1:00 pm. Tour of Homes. Contact Jillian (515)-887-3811; West Bend
21-Dec Santa Claus Day and Merchant Drawings; At 10:00 am children visit with Santa one last time and receive a bag of candy. Merchant drawings begin at 11:00 am at Whittemore American Legion. Limit: 1 prize per household. Contact Linda Farrell at (515) 884-2265; Whittemore