It’s a great weekend to find a unique treasure and spend some time with family. There’s also the opportunity to celebrate a Bulldog legend. Here’s a look at what’s going on around Ottumwa this weekend:
1. Find a great bargain with the Ottumwa Citywide Garage Sales Friday and Saturday. More than 40 garage sales are scheduled for Friday, and Saturday will see as many as 50 sales. For complete listing of garage sales, visit the Ottumwa Courier Classifieds pages Friday and Saturday or check out the online map with Google Map integration at www.ottumwacourier.com. Print versions of the maps can be found in the Thursday, Sept. 5, Ottumwa Courier.
2. Join Main Street Ottumwa for the Fall Maker’s Market in the Canteen Alley Saturday. This event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is a celebration of all things handmade and locally grown. It will feature booths from artists, crafters, woodworkers, jewelry makers, pottery, up cycled and repurposed items and more. Farmers market booths will be available as well. An Emerging Artist section will be set up to features artists age 18 and younger as well as live music and food trucks. The public will also be able to participate in a community art piece to be displayed downtown when completed. For more information, email email@example.com.
3. The River Hills Endowment is hosting two events in one location with Kickin’ In For Kids. The family-friendly event, running from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Market Street Parking Lot, will include a freewill donation lunch, Shining Into the Darkness Memorial Car Show, food, games, a bounce house, photo booth, punt-pass-kick and a firetruck. It is being put on to help raise funds to purchase books for River Hills pediatric patients.
4. Celebrate legendary Ottumwa Bulldog softball coach Frank Huston Sunday with his retirement celebration. The Ottumwa school district is hosting the event from 1-4 p.m. at Huston Field. Huston’s resume includes 46 seasons at Ottumwa High School, 28 state tournaments as head coach, 15 trips to the state semifinals, five trips to the state championship, two state championships (1976 and 1995). Accolades include being named National Softball Coach of the Year in 1990 and being inducted into the Iowa Softball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1994. He was awarded the IGHSAU Golden Plaque of Distinction Award in 2013 and inducted into the National High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. Most recently, the Ottumwa A-Club awarded him the inaugural Dan Staggs Award in the spring of 2019. Those wanting to send cards can do so by mail at: Frank Huston, c/o OHS Activities Office, 501 E. Second St., Ottumwa, Iowa 52501. For more information, contact the school district at 641-684-6597 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Women wanting to get in touch with their spiritual side can head over to the Women’s Conference, hosted by the Bridge Church, at Bridge View Center Saturday. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will feature speakers, worship time, breakout sessions and lunch at The Hub. There is a registration fee for the event, and sign-up can be down at https://www.thebridgechurch.cc/event/radiant or pay the day of.