5 Things

Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with a variety of community activities. Go dancing, support cancer research, take in some history or help build a playground.

1. Head out to Indian Hills Friday for a night of swing.The Indian Hills Jazz Band will host a Ballroom Swing Dance from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Indian Hills Diner. Those who need lessons can show up a little early. The floor will be open from 5:30-7:15 p.m. to teach those who want to learn how to put some swing in their steps. The event is open to all area residents and students, and it is free of charge.

2. Kick off Mother’s Day weekend by supporting breast cancer research. Ottumwa’s Komen Race for the Cure takes over Ottumwa Park Saturday morning. Options of a one mile fun walk/run, a 5K walk/run, and a fun run for kids. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with the first event at 8 a.m. For registration information, visit. www.komengreateriowa.org/otrace.

3. The Ottumwa Historic Preservation Commission is hosting trolley tours of three historic districts Saturday. John Ohlinger said the trolley, on loan for the day from Centerville, will tour the Fifth Street Bluff, Court Hill Historic and Railroad Historic districts. The event is part of National Historic Preservation Week. The first trolley departs from Market on Main at 9 a.m. The tours take about an hour, and the trolley will depart from Market on Main every 90 minutes. Tickets are available at City Hall room 204 or by calling 641-683-0606. The trolley can seat only 25 people, so those interested are encouraged to reserve their tickets early.

4. Seton Catholic School is hosting a community playground build Saturday. Volunteers of all skill sets are needed to complete the playground, which has been funded by a variety of grants. Kickoff for the event is 8 a.m. with a scheduled finish time of 5 p.m.

5. The Babies at the Barn runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Maasdam Barns in Fairfield. The event offers area children the chance to interact with animals that were commonplace to people just a generation or two ago. The restored barns are near Jefferson County Health Center and are used to help educate people about the history of agriculture in the area.

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