OTTUMWA — It's another busy weekend in southeast Iowa. Stay in town and take part in some annual events or hit the road and enjoy some entertainment and sales. The choice is yours because you definitely won't be bored.
1. Fill your bookshelves at the Pages for Pennies book sale at Bridge View Center all weekend. There's something for readers of all ages, plus sheet music, CDs, DVDs, board games and puzzles. The doors will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The proceeds will be divided between Friends of the Ottumwa Public Library, Bridge View Center and Ottumwa Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
2. Looking for more great deals? The Fairfield Women’s Club will host its annual trash and treasure sale and cookie walk at the McElhinny House, 300 N. Court, with a plant sale in the Carriage House from 2-6 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Find everything you need for indoors and outside all in one place.
3. The Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra's Spring Gala will be a special night out at Bridge View Center Saturday evening. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by season ticket or tickets may be purchased at the door. Students of all ages, including Indian Hills Community College, are admitted free with a student ID. For more information, call 641-799-2693.
4. For something completely different and stunning, plan to attend Cirque Mechanics: Birdhouse Factory at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts in Fairfield. Imagine the American circus, reinvented in timber, steel and ingenuity. This nostalgic tale is set in a 1930s Depression-era widget factory, creating an unlikely setting for a circus, where the workers are acrobats and the machines are circus props. Get ready to laugh, be delighted by the contortionists and delighted by the trapeze artists. It will be an entertaining evening you'll never forget.
5. Extend your weekend an extra day and head to Bridge View Center Monday evening for the 2014-15 Theater Series Preview Show. Be there for the reveal of the great shows, performers and entertainers coming to Ottumwa in the upcoming months. Social hour begins at 5 p.m. with the presentation to follow. For more information, call 641-684-7000.
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