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St. Patrick’s Day weekend is filled with a variety events for all ages. There’s a chance to enjoy the warmer weather, an opportunity for a night out on the town with friends, an opportunity to offer community support and chances to enjoy the fine arts. Whatever your taste is, you’re sure to find an event to enjoy.

1. Main Street Ottumwa is hosting a Paint Crawl Friday evening. This paint-by-number party runs 5-10 p.m. across various Ottumwa locations. Participants check in and pick up their canvas between 5-6:30 p.m. at Market on Main and then visit each location to paint a few colors. After visiting all the stops, the painting, a colorful bulldog, will be complete. Cost includes all supplies for the painting as well as access to specials at each stop. Those needing more time to complete their painting can take home a set of colors to finish later. Proceeds benefit MSO and the Ottumwa Area Arts Council. For more information of to reserve a spot, call 641-682-3465 or 641-799-3464.

2. The warm weather and St. Patrick’s Day weekend pair perfectly for an outdoor jog. The Ottumwa YMCA is hosting its annual St. Patty’s Day 5/10K from 8-11:30 a.m. Saturday in Sycamore Park. The course offers a scenic overlook of the Des Moines River, starting and finishing at The Beach Ottumwa. A bus warming station will be available before and after the race, and those wearing green will be entered into a drawing. Awards will also be given to the top two male and female finishers. For more information or to sign up, call 641-684-6571, visit www.ottumwaymca.com or stop in at 611 N. Hancock St. Registration fee goes up on race day.

3. For students interested in the performing arts, the American Gothic Performing Arts Festival has an opportunity for you. The organization will be hosting and auction camp from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Premier Dance Studio, 228 E. Second St. The free camp is open to students in grades seven through 12. It offers the students a chance to work with artists in the field to learn more about the professional audition process.

4. The Salvation Army is inviting the public to come see how the organization is rebuilding and growing in the new year. The Community Support Day open house runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the center, 505 W. Main St. Refreshments will be served.

5. Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra will host a Czech Celebration! with several performances to conclude the season. Ottumwa’s concert is set for 2 p.m Sunday at Bridge View Center. The orchestra will join forces with the SEISO Chorus for Dvorak’s “Te Deum.” Additional pieces include Bedrich Smetana’s “Bartered Bride Overture” and Josef Sup’s “Pohadka (Fairy Tale). Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Theater in Burlington and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Iowa Wesleyan University Chapel Auditorium in Mt. Pleasant. Each performance also includes a Prelude with Director Robert McConnelll on hand 45 minutes before curtain to talk about the program in depth. Admission is by season ticket, or single tickets may be purchased at the door at www.seiso.us; kid/student tickets are free.

Features Editor Tracy Goldizen can be reached via email at tgoldizen@ottumwacourier.com or followed on Twitter @CourierTracy.

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Tracy Goldizen is the Courier's features and magazine editor, leading production of the award-winning "Ottumwa Life" and the Courier's other magazine offerings. She began work with the Courier on the copy desk.

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