Events around the county
7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7 at the Center communautaire Bouton.
Le Déjeuner Bouton will be back for its last spring lunch on Saturday, May 7 at the Center communautaire Bouton. The menu includes all-you-can-eat sausage, ham, eggs, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, toast, coffee, milk, and orange juice. Adults are $8, children 5-12 are $5, and children under 5 are free. The next breakfasts will take place on October 1, November 5 and December 3.
Washington Township School Breakfast
7-10 a.m. Saturday, May 7 at Washington Township School.
A breakfast will be held on Saturday, May 7 at Washington Township School. The menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, and hash browns. Proceeds will support restoration efforts.
Annual plant sale
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at the City Maintenance Building, behind Casey’s in Van Meter.
The Van Meter Park Board of Directors will hold their annual fundraiser on Saturday May 7th. The event will also include hanging baskets, porch pots, bedding plants, vegetables, and a few new items. No need to pre-order, just come shop from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City Maintenance Building behind Casey’s.
Safety Bike Rodeo
9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 7 at the Adel Town Hall parking lot, 301 S. 10th St.
Adel Rotary and the Adel Police Department are teaming up to host the 3rd Annual Safety Bike Rodeo on Saturday, May 7 for children ages 5-12 to learn how to ride a bike safely. The back-and-forth event will include free giveaways and a raffle for gift cards for bikes and helmets, gift cards for the Adel Family Fun Center and coupons for Casey’s Pizza, Billy’s Cones Ice Cream Store and Subway Subs. No need to be present to win.
Adel Community Blood Drive
1.30-5.30pm Tuesday 10 May at Grace Lutheran Church-Fellowship Hall, 2390 Meadow Road, Adel.
The strength of the community blood supply depends on local donors, businesses and organizations who donate and sponsor blood drives with LifeServe Blood Center. The local blood supply has plummeted and all blood donors are needed. An Adel community blood drive will be held from 1:30-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10 at Grace Lutheran Church-Fellowship Hall. Book an appointment to donate blood online or call 800.287.4903.
Perry Fiber Festival
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at the Atelier at 1109, Hôtel Pattée.
Get ready for the Atelier at 1109’s Fiber Festival of Perry and explore the world of fiber art from start to finish. Local vendors will have yarn, spinning wheels, spindles, woven and knit goods, fiber art supplies and more for sale at Hotel Pattee. The Perry Piecemakers Quilt Guild will also be exhibiting quilts in the Spring Valley Ballroom. Stop at Soumas Court and learn about fiber gathering and sheep shearing, as well as the processing of wool and the creation of wicks and dyed yarns. Pop into the Atelier at 1109 for an evening of yarn tasting and check out all the new colorways from various yarn distributors. The festival will also feature a spinning and craft circle from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants are therefore encouraged to bring their spinning wheel, drop pin, WIP or finished project to show off or work on. Classes and demonstrations will be available throughout the day. Find more information on the Facebook page of the Atelier at 1109.
Off the Map: Stories of Abandoned and Vanishing Towns Around Iowa
10 a.m. Saturday, May 14 at the Woodward Public Library.
Woodward Public Library received funding from Humanities Iowa to host a presentation titled Off the Map: Stories of Abandoned and Disappearing Towns Around Iowa by Rosa Snyder at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14 at the library. Thousands of towns and communities were established during Iowa’s pioneer and railroad days. In some cases these were small towns built during the height of a coal industry that simply could not prosper while others supplemented the needs of countless farmers, and still others were created for very different reasons. Many have existed for a few years, some have slowly disappeared over time, and a few have never existed except as “paper” towns. Snyder has researched over 30 of these cities. On the program, she will tell stories about some of these abandoned and endangered towns around Iowa.
Adel Founders Day
1 p.m. Saturday May 21 in Adel.
The city of Adel will turn 175 in 2022. A Founders Day celebration will be held on Saturday, May 21. Attendees are invited to gather for a panoramic photo starting at 1 p.m. at 9th and Main streets. The photo will be taken at 1:30 p.m., followed by cake and ice cream at the Racoon Valley Bank Stage and Pavilion, and a welcome by Mayor Jim Peters. Rebecca Hillmer will lead a historical walk of Adel starting at 2 p.m. from the stage and pavilion. A visit to Adel Cemetery will be organized by Dave and Nanci Sande. Participants are asked to meet at the front gate of Kinnick Feller Park Cemetery. Cemetery tours will be available all summer.