By LAURA CARRELL
Courier staff writer
OTTUMWA — Talented, political, health-conscious, outdoorsy and musical people will all find something to do in southeast Iowa this weekend. If your interests fit more than one of these, you may want to plan on attending more than one event — or all of them.
1. Check out all of the amazing people at the O-Talent Show Semi-Finals. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. John Auditorium at Indian Hills Community College. Sponsored by Tom-FM for the fifth year, participants are separated into three age groups. Winners of the semi-final round will continue onto the finals, held on March 21. A wild-card audience favorite will be picked by ballot. Admission is $5 per person. For more information, call 641-682-9898 or go to www.TomFMOttumwa.com.
2. Make your political presence known at the Wapello County Democratic Convention, which will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at the UFCW Union Hall, 1305 Mary St. Delegates and alternates to the district and state conventions will be elected and a platform will be adopted, and candidates for state and county offices will have the opportunity to speak.
3.How’s your heart? Mercy Ottumwa Medical Clinic and the Iowa Heart Center are sponsoring a Red Dress Affair from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Center Court of the Quincy Place Mall. The free event will feature blood pressure screenings, educational materials and a fashion show. Mercy experts including a cardiologist, an internal medicine provider and a health coach will lead educational presentations.
4.It might feel a little more like spring after you’ve attended the third annual Outdoor Sporting Banquet Saturday at Living Hope Bible Church, 201 W. Walnut St. in Eldon. The menu will feature deer chili, deer and noodles and fish, which will be served from 4-7 p.m. at no charge, though a freewill offering will be accepted. The evening’s speakers will include Pastor Dan Cary, Annette Wittrock, Lance Walker, Jordan Feller, Dan Enger and Pastor Mark Clark. Topics will be native gardening, predator calling, trapping and the “Legendary Story of the Knife-Handle Antler Buck.” Bring in your mount and/or shed antlers for display starting at 3 p.m. For more information, call Sheila at 641-652-3420 or visit www.LivingHopeBC.com.
5. Settle in for an afternoon of great music at the Sondheim Center in Fairfield on Sunday. The Roycroft Piano Trio, featuring Eugene Gaub, piano, Nancy McFarland, violin, and Peter Szczepanyk, cello, will perform two great pieces as part of their Sondheim Chamber Music Spotlight program at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center ticket office or by calling 641-472-2787.
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