It’s the final weekend before the “unofficial” start of summer next weekend. Here’s a handful of ideas to get you out of the house.
1. Book lovers, rejoice. Pages for Pennies kicks off Friday at Bridge View Center. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. In addition to books, shoppers will be able to find CDs, DVDs, LPs, board games and sheet music. Proceeds from the event benefit the Friends of the Ottumwa Public Library, Bridge View Center, Inc., and the Greater Ottumwa Convention & Visitors Bureau.
2. The Ottumwa Civic Music Association closes out its season with the High Society Big Band Friday night. The group recreates the swinging jazz sounds of the big band era, performing compositions that span a century of music. High Society Big Band is a 16-piece band made up of saxophones, trombones, trumpets, bass, keyboard, drums and vocals. The performance is set for 7:30 p.m. at Bridge View Center. Admittance is by season membership to OCMA or reciprocity programs from Washington, Centerville and Fairfield. Single event tickets can be purchased at the door, and all students are admitted free with ID.
3. Just ahead of Memorial Day weekend, the Wapello County Republican Party will offer a flag disposal service for people with worn or damaged flags. State or U.S. flags can be brought to the war memorial in Ottumwa Park from 8-11 a.m. Saturday. The flags will be respectfully disposed of, and people who drop off flags will receive a coupon for a discount when they replace their flags. Those who drop off flags will also be entered in a drawing for an Iowa state flag that was flown over the capital in Des Moines.
4. Join in celebrating the Marshallese culture with Marshallese Freedom Fest. The free event runs from 1:30-6 p.m. Sunday at Wilson Elementary School with the high school as the rain location. Informational booths from the League of United Latin Citizens (LULAC), Iowa Work Force, WIC, I-Smile, Heartland Humane Society, and Pick a Better Snack/Clover Kids will be set up. The event is hosted by Polar Xpress, HHS and Hickory Grove Community Church.
5. Celebrate the Class of 2019 this weekend as several area schools host commencement. Cardinal, Pekin, Davis County and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont are all holding ceremonies at 2 p.m. Sunday. Albia’s ceremony is set for 7 p.m. Saturday.
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