5 Things

A change in season is on the horizon, and events this weekend are proof. Join a “spooky” fundraiser or head out for the final evening of a summer tradition. Take the family to a car show or on a scenic bike ride.

1. One hundred years’ worth of items will be up for auction Saturday at the former First United Methodist Church Saturday. With the merger of the three church into Grace Ottumwa, duplicate items from each building will be available for purchase. Everything available in the two auction rings needs to find a home, and proceeds will go toward the Grace building fund to secure a permanent site for the newly merged congregation.

2. Get in the fall mood with Costume & Canvas from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Market on Main. The event is a fundraiser for October’s Halloweenapalooza as local artist Alex Patterson leads participants through their “spirited” creations. Paints, easels, canvases and brushes will be provided. Food and “spirits” will be available for purchase, and attendees are encouraged to wear costumes. The person with the best costume will win a pair of passes to Halloweenapalooza 2019. Register in advance at https://filmfreeway.com/halloweenapalooza/tickets. For more information, email halloweenapalooza@gmail.com.

3. Roll through the scenery of the Villages on Van Buren County this weekend during the annual Bike Van Buren. The family-oriented bike ride allows you to explore the historical sites of the villages with numerous food and drink stops eight to 12 miles apart. All rides begin and end in Keosaqua. Saturday offers a 58-mile and 43-mile route, and Sunday offers a 50-mile route. Participants are welcome to create their own route as well. Technical support, if needed, will be available along the route. Online registration is now closed, but walk-up registrations are welcome and run from 7-8:30 a.m. Saturday and 7:30-8 a.m. Saturday at Keosauqa City Park. For more information, visit the Bike Van Buren page at www.villagesofvanburen.com.

4. Join Main Street Ottumwa for the final Central Park Cinema of the season. Saturday’s show will be “Dumbo.” The movie will show at dusk with free kids’ activities before the movie. Concessions will be available for purchase.

5. The 33rd annual Iowa Missouri Ford Powered Car Show makes its way to Ottumwa from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Ottumwa Park. Judging will be held in 34 classes from noon to 1:30 p.m. with more than 100 trophies up for grabs. Charielynn Westrich from “Overhaulin’ with Chip Foose” and Formula 1 drift driver Justin Pawlak are scheduled to make guest appearances. The Airline Club will host a mini meet as part of the event. The event is open to the public, and proceeds benefit the Indian Hills Community College Auto Tech program, local volunteer fire departments and food pantries.

— 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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