The Ottumwa Courier

February 20, 2014

Five things to do in southern Iowa this weekend

Courier staff writer

---- — OTTUMWA — As the threat of severe weather moves out of the area, it's time to plan your weekend schedule. Choose something special for the kids, music lovers or your family pet — there's something for everyone in southern Iowa over the next few days.

1. Enjoy some amazing jazz music and support local music students Friday night and Saturday. The Indian Hills Jazz Fest begins with the opening concert Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at St. John Auditorium on the Indian Hills Ottumwa campus. Then the high school band competition will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium. Both events are free.

2. Find a great new piece for your gun or knife collection at the Midwest Arms Collectors Gun and Knife Show at Bridge View Center. Midwest Arms Collectors is a family owned company, and the show will feature guns of all kinds, holsters, gun cases, gun parts, manuals, ammo and reloading equipment, modern and custom knives, military items, camouflage and hunting gear, just for starters. Show hours are from 5-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 at the door.

3. Enjoy an exciting Friday evening in Fairfield with "They Called It Rock." Beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, "They Called It Rock" celebrates legendary classic rock as it has never been seen before through the iconic songs of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, David Bowie, Santana, Elton John and others through the passion of eight virtuosic dancers and two power chord-ripping rock musicians, presented against a vibrant backdrop of video imagery. For ticket information, call the ticket office at 641-472-2787.

4. If we're feeling a little stir crazy in this cold weather, our pets are, too. Bring your family dogs to the second annual K9 Clinic hosted by Hogs 4 Dogs USA from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Elks Lodge, 413 S. Iowa Ave. Vaccinations, microchipping and city tags will all be available for small fees. In addition, there will be grooming and pet photography for a freewill donation.

5. Join Robert McConnell and nine Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra musicians for a fabulous concert of Baroque and folk music in a stunningly restored 1898 Catholic country church near Harper, Iowa. The performance will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Clear Creek Association Church, 30832 242nd St., in Harper. Admission is a freewill donation, which will help to restore the Steinway grand piano at Iowa Wesleyan College. This is a special project of McConnell and the SEISO, and to date, $6000 has been raised for the $12,000 project.

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