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Event Calendar

Thursday August, 23rd 2018

  • Family Feud

  • Pella
  • Pella Opera House
  • 611 Franklin St.
  • Website
  • Tuesday, Aug. 23: Family Feud with Cory Houser is BACK!

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  • Category: Culture & History

Thursday August, 23rd 2018

  • Marion County Writers Workshop

  • Knoxville
  • 210 E Robinson St, Knoxville, IA 50138
  • 641.891.2469
  • Website
  • Marion County Writers Workshop

     Marion County Writers Workshop, founded in 2003, exists to inspire writers of all skill levels. The organization, which has no dues or fees, meets weekly at The Nearwood Winery Tasting Room on Thursday evenings at 6:30. Each week a "writer's challenge" is presented on a topic. Call 641.891.2469 for more information. Enjoy coffee, wine, and free water.

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  • Category: Culture & History

Thursday August, 23rd 2018

  • Pella Farmer's Market

  • Pella
  • Farmer's Market 3:00 - 6:00 pm, First Reformed Church Parking Lot (603 Broadway)

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  • Category: Agriculture

Thursday August, 23rd 2018

  • Wine & Wood Fired Oven Pizza Day

  • Rural Marion County
  • 1681 220th Street, Leighton, Iowa 50143
  • 641.672.WINE (9463)
  • Website
  • Pizza served until 7:30 p.m.


    Enjoy an 11-inch individual Wood Fired Oven Pizza. Choose an Arugula, Prosciutto, Pear, and Shaved Parmesan Pizza; a Graziano Sausage, Sun-dried Tomato, and Shredded Mozzarella Pizza; a Margherita Pizza, made with Tomato Sauce, Fresh Mozzarella, and Fresh Basil; a Pepperoni, Black Olive, and Shredded Mozzarella Pizza; or select any four toppings from the Toppings of the Day (Arugula, Black Olives, Fresh Basil, Fresh Mozzarella, Graziano Sausage, Pear, Pepperoni, Prosciutto, Shaved Parmesan, Sun-dried Tomatoes, or Shredded Mozzarella) to Create Your Own Pizza,and pair it with a Caesar Salad with Romaine, Croutons, Shaved Parmesan, and Caesar Dressing and your favorite Tassel Ridge wine, available for purchase by the glass. No reservations required

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  • Category: Agriculture

Friday August, 24th 2018

  • Red Rock: The Town Beneath the Lake

  • Lake Red Rock
  • Whitebreast Campground
  • Lake Red Rock
  • Website
  • Red Rock: The Town Beneath the Lake

    Fri., Aug. 24—9:00 p.m.—Whitebreast Camp.


    The town of Red Rock was a thriving, industrious community and home to many pioneering people. Once hopeful that the Red Rock Dam would save them from the Des Moines River’s frequent flooding, it eventually sealed their fate.

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  • Category: Culture & History

Friday August, 24th 2018

  • Wine & Wood Fired Oven Pizza Day

  • Rural Marion County
  • 1681 220th Street, Leighton, Iowa 50143
  • 641.672.WINE (9463)
  • Website
  • Pizza served until 7:30 p.m.


    Enjoy an 11-inch individual Wood Fired Oven Pizza. Choose an Arugula, Prosciutto, Pear, and Shaved Parmesan Pizza; a Graziano Sausage, Sun-dried Tomato, and Shredded Mozzarella Pizza; a Margherita Pizza, made with Tomato Sauce, Fresh Mozzarella, and Fresh Basil; a Pepperoni, Black Olive, and Shredded Mozzarella Pizza; or select any four toppings from the Toppings of the Day (Arugula, Black Olives, Fresh Basil, Fresh Mozzarella, Graziano Sausage, Pear, Pepperoni, Prosciutto, Shaved Parmesan, Sun-dried Tomatoes, or Shredded Mozzarella) to Create Your Own Pizza,and pair it with a Caesar Salad with Romaine, Croutons, Shaved Parmesan, and Caesar Dressing and your favorite Tassel Ridge wine, available for purchase by the glass. No reservations required.

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  • Fee: No
  • Category: Agriculture

Saturday August, 25th 2018

  • “Owl Puke” Investigation (preregister)

  • Lake Red Rock
  • Visitor Center
  • Lake Red Rock
  • Website
  • “Owl Puke” Investigation (preregister)

    Sat., Aug. 25—1:00 p.m.—Visitor Center


    Take a closer look at what owls leave behind after they eat! You’ll get your own owl pellet to dissect. Search through the bones to figure out what critter became its last meal!

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  • Fee: No
  • Category: Nature & Recreation

Saturday August, 25th 2018

  • Butterfly Safari

  • Lake Red Rock
  • Playscape - North Overlook Area
  • Lake Red Rock
  • Website
  • Butterfly Safari

    Sat., Aug. 25—3:00 p.m.—Playscape


    Take a “safari” through a tallgrass prairie to stalk monarchs, fritillaries, wood nymphs and other butterfly species. We’ll use the butterfly nets available for free checkout at the visitor center!

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  • Category: Nature & Recreation

Saturday August, 25th 2018

  • Grape Escape Movie Night - "Sideways"

  • Pleasantville
  • 1185 40th Place
  • Pleasantville
  • 515-848-3094
  • grapeescape@iowatelecom.net
  • Website
  • Check out website for movie listings and food menu. Enjoy the movie and gourmet popcorn while sitting around the fire pit. Bring your friends and take in a movie on the 11' x 20' screen while drinking wine.

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  • Category: Culture & History

Saturday August, 25th 2018

  • Grape Escape Movie Night - "Top Gun"

  • Pleasantville
  • 1185 40th Place
  • Pleasantville
  • 515-848-3094
  • Website
  • Check out website for movie listings and food menu. Enjoy the movie and gourmet popcorn while sitting around the fire pit. Bring your friends and take in a movie on the 11' x 20' screen while drinking wine.

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  • Category: Agriculture

Saturday August, 25th 2018

  • Grape Escape Movie Night "Turner & Hooch"

  • Pleasantville
  • 1185 40th Place
  • Pleasantville
  • 515-848-3094
  • grapeescape@iowatelecom.net
  • Website
  • Check out website for movie listings and food menu. Enjoy the movie and gourmet popcorn while sitting around the fire pit. Bring your friends and take in a movie on the 11' x 20' screen while drinking wine.

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  • Category: Culture & History

Saturday August, 25th 2018

  • Grape Harvest Weekend

  • Knoxville
  • Nearwood Vineyard South
  • 1699 Hwy 14., Knoxville, IA
  • 515-681-9935
  • nearwoodwinery@gmail.com
  • Saturday, August 25
    Annual Harvest Party
    Nearwood Vineyard South (New location!)
    1699 Hwy 14., Knoxville, I
    Arrive 6:00am, work goes until noon
    Pick grapes from our grapevines
    What you get: Continental breakfast, lunch, live music, wine for adults, kids get pop/juice, grape stomping!

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  • Category: Nature & Recreation

Saturday August, 25th 2018

  • Meet Bobber, the Water Safety Dog!

  • Lake Red Rock
  • Whitebreast Beach
  • Lake Red Rock
  • 641.628.8690
  • Website
  • Meet Bobber, the Water Safety Dog!
    Sat., Aug. 25—3:00 p.m.—Whitebreast Beach
    Bobber is a fun loving pup that likes to meet new people and help them learn how to be safe around the water. Come meet him and pick up some great safety tips!

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  • Fee: No
  • Category: Nature & Recreation

Saturday August, 25th 2018

  • Roberts Creek Paddling Tour (preregistration required)

  • Lake Red Rock
  • Roberts Creek Park
  • Website
  • Roberts Creek Paddling Tour


    Sat., Aug. 25– 9:00-11:00 a.m.

    (must be 16+ years old, pre-registration required)


    Enjoy a leisurely paddle around a portion of Roberts Creek and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature!

    Bring your own kayak or borrow one from the Corps for the activity - preregistration required - Call the Corps office for details.

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  • Category: Nature & Recreation

Saturday August, 25th 2018

  • Show 'N' Go Bike Ride

  • Pella
  • Bicycle Ride Saturday Mornings at 7:30. Road Ride of varying mileage. Rides begin at Volksweg Trailhead (University and West 3rd, Pella)

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  • Category: Nature & Recreation

Saturday August, 25th 2018

  • Wine & Slider Saturday

  • Rural Marion County
  • 1681 220th Street, Leighton, Iowa 50143
  • 641.672.WINE (9463)
  • Website
  • Sliders served until 7:30 p.m.


    Enjoy a glass of Tassel Ridge wine with your favorite sliders from our Saturday Slider Menu: Bacon Gouda Sliders with Lettuce, Tomato, and Stonewall Kitchen Roasted Garlic Aioli; Barbecue Bacon Cheddar Sliders with Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, and Barbecue Sauce; Southwestern Beef Slider with Pepper Jack, Guacamole, and Pico de Gallo; or a Slider Trio (Bacon Gouda Slider, Barbecue Bacon Cheddar Slider, and Southwestern Beef Slider). Add a Basket of Fries; a Greek Side Salad with Romaine, Tomato, Red Onion, Kalamata Olives, Feta, and Greek Dressing; andIce Cream Sandwich Sliders to complete your feast! No reservations required

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  • Category: Agriculture

Sunday August, 26th 2018

  • Grape Harvest Weekend

  • Knoxville
  • Nearwood Vineyard North
  • 1211 Keokuk St., Knoxville, IA
  • 515-681-9935
  • nearwoodwinery@gmail.com
  • Website
  • Sunday, August 26
    Hero’s Harvest
    Location: Nearwood Vineyard North 
    1211 Keokuk St., Knoxville, IA
    Time: Arrive 6:00am, work goes until noon
    What you do: Pick grapes from our grapevines
    What you get: Continental breakfast, financial donation to VFW for Veteran’s Relief fund (the more that’s picked the greater the donation).

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  • Category: Agriculture

Sunday August, 26th 2018

  • Sunday Social

  • Pleasantville
  • 1185 40th Place
  • Pleasantville
  • Website
  • 2:00 pm - Sunday Social - Play Bags, Wine Education and tastings

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  • Fee: No
  • Category: Agriculture

Tuesday August, 28th 2018

  • Show 'N' Go Rides

  • Lake Red Rock
  • Tuesday evening 6:00 - Volksweg Trail Ride (25 miles). Rides begin at Volksweg Trailhead (University and West 3rd Streets, Pella)

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  • Fee: No
  • Category: Nature & Recreation

Wednesday August, 29th 2018

  • Nature Playtimes

  • Lake Red Rock
  • Playscape - North Overlook Area
  • Lake Red Rock
  • 641.828.7522
  • Website
  • Nature Playtimes

    Wed., Aug. 29—10:00 a.m.—Playscape
    Nature is full of great adventures and new thing to see, hear, smell, and touch! Young children and their families can join us for short activities to investigate the world. Activities each week will have a different theme and may include stories, hikes, songs, or crafts!

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  • Fee: No
  • Category: Nature & Recreation

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