OTTUMWA — Many of the special events scheduled for this weekend in southeast Iowa will allow you to support someone: children, farmers, talented people, rural firemen and musicians. Your time, donations and attendance can truly make a difference at these productions and fundraisers.
1. Find yourself enchanted by tales from the Emerald Isle at the Ottumwa Community Children's Playhouse production of "Blather, Blarney and Balderdash." The bold hero seeks his heroine and meets three story-telling leprechauns along the way. There will be three shows this weekend: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Bridge View Center. There's no discount for wearing green, but it might help set the mood. For more information, call 641-226-1523.
2. Ag-related vendors and a number of guest speakers will be highlighted at KIIC’s inaugural Regional Farm Show and Ag Expo. The show will be held from 3-8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Bridge View Center. The sessions will include Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey, farm broadcaster Ken Root, Cargill’s Ray Jenkins, Knoxville Regional Livestock Auction’s Joe Wright and many others. For more information, call 641-932-2112.
3. This is it — the winners of the semi-finals return to compete in the O-Talent finals at 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. John Auditorium on the Indian Hills Community College Campus. A winner from each of three age categories will be announced by the judging panel, and a wild-card audience favorite will be chosen by ballot. Admission is $5 per person. For more information, call 641-682-9898.
4. Support the Wapello County Rural Fire Department Saturday at the annual fundraising soup supper. It will be held at 5-7 p.m. at the fire station. The meal will include chili, potato and vegetable soups along with dessert and a drink. A freewill donation will be accepted. For more information, call 777-0365.
5. Southeast Iowa Symphony Artist In Residence Sarah Roberts will be featured at the spring classical concert. Roberts, a saxophone player, has been performing for more than 20 schools, community and service groups throughout southeast Iowa. The Ottumwa performance will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. John Auditorium. Admission is by season or single ticket, and Indian Hills students are admitted free. For more information, call 319-572-5997.
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