5 Things

This weekend features many holiday celebrations. Most focus on Easter while others focus on Earth Day. And if you’re in the mood for some vintage Sinatra, head over to Bridge View Center.

1. A tradition of Holy Week, the annual Good Friday Prayer Walk steps off at 1 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of 301 W. Second St. The event, hosted by the Ottumwa Area Fellowship of Pastors, begins at the former First Christian Church and will make its way to Trinity Episcopal, located at Fifth and Market streets. Participants will pray throughout the journey, and refreshments will be provided at the end of the walk. Trinity Episcopal will be open for prayer and reflection during the walk for those wanting to participate but unable to walk the distance.

2. Bridge View Center is hosting a tribute to Frank Sinatra Friday night. The show, “It Was a Very Good Year: Multimedia Tribute to Frank Sinatra,” begins at 8 p.m. and stars Tony Sands. The show begins with Sinatra’s early days and continues through to his comeback at Madison Square Garden. Sands will perform hits such as “That’s Life,” “Come Fly with Me,” “Luck Be A Lady,” “My Way,” “New York, New York” and more. For more information, visit www.bridgeviewcenter.com.

3. Head over to Eldon Saturday afternoon for an Easter egg roll at our “White House,” the American Gothic House. Activities include egg-rolling races on the lawn, crafts and an activity passport. The Easter Bunny will make a special appearance and will be available for pictures in front of the famous structure. There will be no egg hunt this year, but kids can still earn a treat bag by participating in the other activities. For more information, call 641-652-3352 or email theamericangothichouse@gmail.com.

4. Celebrate Earth Day Saturday with the Sierra Club and the Sustainable Living Coalition. The celebration runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eco-Barn in Fairfield and features live spring plant sales, workshops on gardening and singing, talks on insects and sustainable farming, tours of Eco-Village and the perennial gardens, music and food. The Eco-Barn is located at 2143 185th St. in Fairfield. For more information, email SEIowaSierraClub@gmail.com.

5. It’s not too late to claim your prize from Prairie Hills. The assisted living and memory care community has hidden sparkly Easter eggs in the 100, 200 and 300 blocks of East Main Street as well as outside of participating Ottumwa restaurants. Eggs bearing “winner” certificates may be redeemed for prizes at Prairie Hills, 173 E. Rochester Road. Winners are restricted to one prize egg per family, and they must present the certificate to collect. For more information, call Brenda at 641-684-1871.

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.