‘Ride with the Clowns’ registration available
OTTUMWA — The ninth annual “Ride with the Clowns” Spring Tune Up will be May 4.
Ride registration and departure will be from Bridge City Bowl, 1527 Albia Road, Ottumwa. There is plenty of room for parking, and the lounge will be open for pre-ride warm ups. Departure time will be from 9-10 a.m., rain or shine.
The 30-mile ride will follow the gentle and scenic terrain of Old Highway 34 west (new asphalt), through the historic town of Munterville and on to the halfway point of Blakesburg.
Lunch will be served. The menu includes pulled pork sandwich, side of baked beans and chips. The cost is $5, and water and beer will be available for a donation.
There will also be an alternate route available this year, which will add five miles.
Pre-register by April 20. The cost is $15 per rider or $25 the day of the ride. Price includes T-shirt; for those who register the same day as the ride, the T-shirt will be mailed to their home address.
For more information, call Mark at 641-682-3709 or Dan at 641-799-3135.
Proceeds will go to benefit the Ottumwa Shrine Club Clown Unit.
Whiskers-growing competition under way
BONAPARTE — Bonaparte Main Street’s Civil War Experience will be June 8. It is established to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Held in conjunction with this experience, a whiskers-growing contest will be held.
Annette Spencer is organizing this event with a stress on authenticity and costume. Whiskers should reflect original styles from the Civil War years in the following five categories: best longest, well groomed; best Civil War goatee with or without mustache; best Civil War lamb chops, mutton chops; best shaggy, badly groomed beard and mustache; and longest, well-groomed handle bar mustache.
There will be no cost to enter and no age limit, but Civil War-era authenticity is preferred.
Judging will be done at the band shell in Bonaparte’s Historic Riverfront Park to be scheduled early afternoon on June 8.
For more information, call 319-592-3809.
OHS to host blood drive April 17
OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa High School will host a blood drive sponsored by DECA from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 17 in the Ottumwa High School cafeteria.
To schedule an appoinment, contact a member of DECA or Mr. Cochran or call 800-452-1097.
Donors who gave blood on or before Feb. 20 are eligible.
Donors must be at least 16 years old, be in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds.
A blood donor card or other photo identification is required to donate. Sixteen-year-old donors must present a signed parental consent form each time they donate until reaching 17 years of age. Consent forms are available fat www.bloodcenter.org.
Controlled high blood pressure and diabetics are acceptable.
Monroe Co. Master Gardeners to meet
ALBIA — The Monroe County Master Gardener and Friends April meeting will feature speaker Carol Gard from Danville.
The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. April 11 at the Monroe County Extension Office, 219 B. Ave. West, Albia.
Gard lives on an acreage between Burlington and Mount Pleasant, where she and her husband, Roger, maintain about eight acres. She has extensive flower and shrub gardens, an orchard of apple, peach and pear trees and a main 25-foot by 70-foot vegetable garden.
They also have a large pumpkin patch, more than 100 asparagus plants, several hills of rhubarb, two strawberry raised beds, two additional small vegetable raised beds, an herb garden and a 10-foot by 16-foot solar greenhouse.
Gard will be sharing her program, “Extending the Gardening Season with Raised Beds.” She will show the reasons for using raised beds, along with how to build them, what materials to use, most convenient sizes, what types of soil works best, mulches, irrigation, plant covers and much more.
Most of her program will be information on growing vegetables; however, she will cover strawberries, herbs and flowers, too.
For more information, call 641-932-5612.
Landlords meeting Monday night
OTTUMWA — Members of the Wapello County Area Chapter of the Landlords of Iowa will hear from Shawn Echelberry of AIM Lending in Des Moines on secondary loans available for rental housing.
The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Monday at the Sirloin Stockade in Ottumwa.