Friday, March 14

Fish Fries on Fridays, 5:30 p.m., St. Patrick’s School Gym, Fifth and Lucinda Streets in Perry. A Lenten meal of fried or baked fish, baked potato, cole slaw, drink and dessert costs $8 adults and $4.50 for children under 11, with a maximum $25 for a family. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus.

Saturday, March 15

Pancake breakfast, 9 a.m., the Iowa Arboretum. Eat pancakes and sausage and drink orange juice and coffee till noon. The cost is $7. Children 5 and under are free. No registration is needed. The Iowa Arboretum is located two-and-a-half miles west and two miles south of Luther in Boone County, 1875 Peach Ave. near Madrid.

Pancake breakfast, 7-11 a.m, Trinity Lutheran Church, 2715 Iowa St. in Perry. Cost is $6 with children under 6 free. All proceeds go to Noah’s Ark Preschool.

Sunday, March 16

Dinner and flea market, 11:30 a.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bouton. Miscellaneous items will be offered for sale after the mid-day dinner, with all proceeds benefiting projects by the Women of St. Paul’s Church.

Tuesday, March 18

Free breakfast, 8:30 a.m., Dallas County Hospital. The Dallas County Hospital Foundation sponsors a free breakfast for the public in the community room of the hospital. Along with the breakfast buffet, attendees will get information on the healthcare services available in Perry, updated information on the impact the DCH Foundation has made in the Perry area and additional health information. Space is limited. For more information, or to register, call Jenny at 515-465-7516.

Wednesday, March 19

Wednesday Fellowship, 11:15 a.m., McCreary Community Building. Hotel Pattee owner Jay Hartz will discuss his background in the hospitality industry and his plans for the Perry landmark. The program is followed by dinner at noon. You do not need to be a member of the Recreation Center to attend. The cost of the dinner is $5.

Friday, March 21

Fish Fries on Fridays, 5:30 p.m., St. Patrick’s School gymnasium, Fifth and Lucinda Streets in Perry. A Lenten meal of fried or baked fish, baked potato, cole slaw, drink and dessert costs $8 adults and $4.50 for children under 11, with a maximum $25 for a family. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus.

Saturday, March 22

St. Patrick’s Delightful Dining, 5:30, St. Patrick’s School gym. The St. Patrick’s youth group provides an opportunity to share a spaghetti dinner in this unique event. The Delightful Dining menu will list several choices similar to those found on the menu of an elegant restaurant. No matter what you order, however, you will receive salad, spaghetti, bread sticks, drink and dessert. This dinner offers an elegant dining experience and the opportunity to make a donation toward the youth group’s service trip to Kentucky and to a Steubenville, Ohio, conference. Reservations are required and should be made by Monday, March 17. Call 712-830-1664.

Thursday, March 27

Obamacare enrollment help, 9 a.m., Dallas County Hospital South Atrium. Visiting Nurse Services (VNS) of Iowa hosts an additional Obamacare enrollment event, providing assistance to individuals enrolling in the new health insurance marketplace. The VNS Navigators will be offer on-site help to individuals seeking to understand health coverage options and enroll in a Marketplace plan that meets their needs and fits their budget. Appointments are encouraged and may be made by calling 515-288-1516. Navigators estimate the enrollment process will take about 45 minutes, provided individuals bring all necessary documentation.

Sunday, March 30

Perry Fine Arts concert, 2 p.m., Perry Performing Arts Center, 1200 18th St. The Al Welsh Orchestra will play music of the big band era along with many other famous dance tunes. Fine Arts concerts are free and open to the public. Donations accepted. The Performing Arts Center is handicapped accessible.

Thursday, April 3

Grafting workshop, 6:30 p.m., Dallas County Conservation Department at Forest Park Museum in Perry. Patrick O’Malley, Commercial Horticulture Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will be the presenter-instructor for the workshop. For more workshop information, contact O’Malley at omall@iastate.edu or 319-337-2145. There is a $35 fee per person ($60 per couple) to attend the grafting workshop. Rootstocks, apple scion wood and other grafting supplies will be provided. To register for the workshop, contact Pete Malmberg at 515-465-3577 or pete.malmberg@co.dallas.ia.us.

Saturday, April 5

Latin American cooking class, 10 a.m., McCreary Community Building kitchen. Hispanics United for Perry (HUP) is sponsoring this one-session cooking class featuring Latin American dishes. Participants will learn how to cook comfort food and versatile meals. The non-refundable fee for the session is $25, which includes ingredients and lunch. For registration or more information, call Rosa, 515-490-2298, or Kenia, 515-975-4682. Registration deadline is Wednesday, April 2.

Monday, April 7

Transition Fair, 5:30 p.m., Adel-DeSoto-Minburn High School, 801 Nile Kinnick Drive South in Adel. Teachers, parents and students aged 14 and older are invited to attend a transition fair to learn about resources and information to help students with special needs successfully transition to post-secondary pursuits. Residents from Perry and other area districts are invited to attend. There will be a free meal and free childcare provided. Let your child’s guidance counselor or special education teacher know by March 31 that you plan to attend. Please indicate when registering if special accommodations are needed. For more information, call Paula L. Allen, Educational Consultant, Heartland AEA11, 602 Visions Pkwy., Adel, Iowa 50003, 515-993-4596.

Friday, April 11

"Cinderella: A Dream Come True," 7:30 p.m., Perry Performing Arts Center. The Perry High School Drama Department presents "Cinderella: A Dream Come True," by Kristi Cunningham. The production offers a slight variation on the original that is funnier, more interesting and more modern. Tickets are available at the high school office or at the door. Cost is $3 for students and $5 for adults. For additional info call Merrilee Bales 515-465-5945.

Saturday, April 12

"Cinderella: A Dream Come True," 11:30 a.m., Hotel Pattee. The Perry High School Drama Department presents "Cinderella: A Dream Come True," by Kristi Cunningham. The production offers a slight variation on the original that is funnier, more interesting and more modern. The matinee performance will start with lunch, followed by act one of the drama. An intermission follows, during which dessert will be served, with the second act concluding the event. Cost is $30 for adults and $20 for children 3 and older. An evening performance at the Perry Performing Arts Center starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for both shows are available at the high school office or at the door. Cost for the evening performance is $3 for students and $5 for adults. For additional info call Merrilee Bales 515-465-5945.

Community Announcements

The Clothes Closet will be closed the weekend of March 21-22. For more information, call the First Christian Church at 515-465-2215.