The Ottumwa Courier

January 30, 2014

Five things to do this weekend in southeast Iowa

Courier staff writer

---- — OTTUMWA — From mixed martial arts to comedy and politics to basket weaving, there's a little something for everyone to do in southeast Iowa this weekend.

1. The League of Women Voters of Ottumwa invites area residents to the first of three legislative forums at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Bridge View Center. The forums are designed to provide an opportunity for citizens to ask questions of state representatives Mary Gaskill and Larry Sheets as well as state senators Mark Chelgren and Ken Rozenboom.

2. For those who signed up last week, Therese Cummisky, Jefferson County Conservation Board Naturalist, will return to Pioneer Ridge for another basket weaving workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday. Cummisky will lead attendees through the process of making a melon basket, and lunch will be served.

3. Prepare for this weekend's big game by attending the pre-Super Bowl soup supper, hosted by the Batavia senior citizen community, from 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday at the Batavia Community Center, 1006 Third St. Soup, chili, sandwiches and homemade pies and cakes will be served, and there will be a drawing for door prizes. Freewill donations will go toward further renovation and updates to the community center.

4. True Revelation 19 brings the excitement of mixed martial arts to Ottumwa at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Bridge View Center. Three titles are on the line during this big night of big fights. Tickets are available at the Bridge View box office and all ticket master outlets.

5. "Remembering Red: A Tribute to Red Skelton" is Las Vegas entertainer Brian Hoffman's nostalgic trip down memory lane. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts in Fairfield. Prepare for a celebration of the hilarious moments of America's favorite clown with uncanny antics, laughs and the lovable spirit of Red Skelton.

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