The Ottumwa Courier


April 3, 2014

Five things to do in southeast Iowa this weekend

OTTUMWA — If you can't find something to do this weekend in southeast Iowa, you're not looking hard enough. The next three days are filled with fun and interesting activities you'll want to attend, so your calendar will fill up quickly.

1. The official opening of "Grant Wood and the American Associated Artists" exhibit at the American Gothic House Center will showcase Wood's original piece, "Fruits." Learn the history of the association, how the artwork came to be and how important the Great Depression era was to the art world. The opening will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday and is free to the public. Call 641-652-3352 for more information.

2. State representatives and senators from the area will take part in the third and final legislative forum at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Bridge View Center. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Ottumwa, the Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce and Ottumwa Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the event is free to the public. Numbers will be assigned to each attendee, and those numbers will be drawn throughout the forum to allow the holder to ask questions of the candidates. For more information, call 641-680-5885.

3. Explore the cultures of many different countries at the International Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Quincy Place Mall. The event includes costumes, music, entertainment, children's games and food samples from a variety of booths and on-stage performances. This is your chance to visit a foreign country without ever leaving Ottumwa. Admission for the day is free. For more information, call 641-680-0909.

4. Test your mental skills at the Trivia Night sponsored by the American Gothic House Performing Arts Festival Saturday. The evening offers fun and laughs as teams of 10 compete to solve not-so-easy trivia questions. The band Sez Who will cap off the evening performing their favorites to get people on the dance floor. The event will run from 7 p.m. to midnight and is sponsored in part by the Hotel Ottumwa. Tickets and registration are available online at For more information, call 641-777-9636.

5. Jim McDonough and his orchestra will bring their 2014 spring tour to Bridge View Center at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. His new show features music from Broadway, the silver screen, bog band, patriotic, inspirational, country, classical and other styles. For more information, call Bridge View at 641-684-7000 or go to

— Follow reporter Laura Carrell on Twitter @CourierLauraC


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