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.

Monday, March 31

College Goal Sunday, 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Perry VanKirk Career Academy, 1011 2nd Ave. in Perry. This free program, sponsored by the Iowa Colleges Student Aid Commission and GEAR Up Iowa, will assist families with information regarding college financing, filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) paperwork and other items useful for getting money for college. The Perry VanKirk Career Academy Des Moines Area Community College provides the facility, and Iowa Colleges Aid provides the program.

Thursday, April 3

Perry Preschool Program registration and information meeting, 6:30 p.m., Perry Elementary School multipurpose room. The Perry Community Voluntary Four-Year-Old Preschool Program is free and open to any child who will be 4 years old on or before Sept. 15, 2014. Perry Community School District residents and also children from outside the district are eligible to attend. The registration and information meeting will include an overview of the program and a look at each center’s individual programs and the opportunities and services they provide. Parents can visit with center representatives and ask questions of them while completing the registration forms. Interpreters will be available to assist throughout the sessions. For more information, call Program Director Joel Martin at 515-465-5656.

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 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

Father/Daughter Banquet, 6:30 pm., Rippey United Methodist Church. The Rippey Lion’s Club will host the annual banquet. Tickets are $7 and are available from any Rippey Lion’s Club member or at one of the Rippey banks.

Saturday, April 5

Benefit breakfast for Lucy Ayala, 8 a.m., Firehouse Ice Cream. Proceeds go to help Lucy, a Perry High School sophomore, who was seriously hurt in a sledding accident in February.

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.

Spring Fever Symposium, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Iowa Arboretum, 1875 Peach Ave. in Madrid. The fifth annual spring gardening symposium features the nationally renowned senior curator of the Denver Botanic Garden, Panayoti Kelaidis. He will give two programs, "Petite gems for your Iowa garden: Alpines to spice up troughs, slopes and borders" and "Nature rocks! Using stones naturalistically to enhance garden spaces." Kelaidis is the recipient of numerous awards for his writing, speaking, curating and plant introductions, including winning the Arthur Hoyt Scott Medal from Swarthmore College. Lauren Springer Ogden, the Arboretum’s first Spring Fever Symposium speaker, said, "Among rock gardeners, Panayoti is considered one of the premier practitioners of the art and science of alpine gardening." The event includes morning coffee, lunch from the South Union Bakery and sales of alpines, troughs and soil mixtures. The event is limited to 100 participants, and a sell-out crowd is expected for this popular speaker, so register early online at or call 515-795-3216. Price is $55 for Iowa Arboretum members and $65 for non-members.

Pediatric Heartsaver CPR/First Aid Class, 1 p.m., Dallas County Hospital Community Room. This class is intended for new or expectant parents, daycare workers or anyone that takes care of children. At the end of the class, participants will be able to perform CPR and rescue breathing, remove a foreign body from a child and demonstrate the use of automated external defibrillator. Cost is $65 for certification and $50 for renewal. To register, go to and click "Pediatric CPR," or call Jane at 515.465.7628.

Sunday, April 6

Adult Wilderness Trek 2015, 2 p.m., Kuehn Conservation Area. Your first steps on the trail to the wilds of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness begin here. From the stories and images of the first Adult Wilderness trekkers of 2011 you will obtain an overview and description of the trek so you can begin to explore the possibility of growing wild in 2014. Learn about the adventure of backpacking the wilds of the Selway-Bitterroot in 2015. Registration is required. Call 515-465-3577.

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 postsecondary 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.

Tuesday, March 8

Perry Library Quarterly Classics Book Club, 7 p.m., Carnegie Library Museum. This quarter’s book is "The House of the seven Gables" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. New members can join at any time. Books are available at the library for purchase or to check out. For more information, call Discussion Leader Jill Cook at 515-465-3569.

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, 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 465-5945.

Saturday, April 12

"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, 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 465-5945.

Kids in the Kitchen, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Christ Lutheran Church Mission Kitchen, 22952 141st Dr. in Bouton. Kids in the Kitchen is a program designed to teach the tools and rules of the kitchen. Kids learn kitchen basics while making a batch of cookies.Cost is $5 and payable the day of the event, but registration is required by Wednesday, March 5. To register online, go to or call Christ Lutheran Church at 515-676-2289.

Family Egg Hunt, 1 p.m., Voas Nature Area. Start a new tradition with a spring egg hunt. Hunt in bird boxes, under leaf piles, in rotting logs, wetlands and dark corners for the eggs that wild animals (not the Easter bunny) have produced. Learn more about when and why animals lay eggs and how the eggs develop while exploring the prairies, woods and wetlands. Dress for the outdoors in clothes that can get damp and dirty. Remember: there is no chocolate at the end of this egg hunt. The weather-dependent program is free, but registration is required. Call 515-465-3577.

Toddler Fest, 10 a.m., Dallas County Fairgrounds in Adel. The Dallas County Library Association and 4 R Kids are sponsoring this fun event for children ages 2-5 and their parents or caregivers. Toddler Fest is designed to create awareness of the many literacy resources available in Dallas County and to provide a morning of free literacy activities for families. Each toddler will receive a free book for attending. Many family-centered organizations, including the Science Center of Iowa and the Blank Park Zoo, will be on hand, as well as the Dallas County Hospital and many other area agencies. Several kid-friendly personalities will be there with toddler-friendly activities, such as "Trooper" the Reading Therapy dog, an Ice Princess and a Snow Queen reading children’s favorite books, airbrush tattoos, a face painter and many other activities. The Toddler Fest is free, and all children will go home with a book and—if you find the Dallas County Library Association’s sand table—a box of crayons.

Sunday, April 13

Food Preservation, 1:30 p.m., Forest Park Museum. Dallas County Conservation partners with ISU Extension Nutritionist Mary Krisco for this overview of drying, freezing, pickling, hot-water-bath canning and pressure canning. No actual food preparation or food preservation will be done in class, but attendees will be able to take home recipes and complete food preservation instructions. Cost is $5, and registration is required. Call Mary Krisco at or 515-957-5787.

Continuing through May

The Carnegie Library Museum is featuring Perry memorabilia from the collection of Gordon and Martha Klatt. John Palmer’s collection of Perry’s car club, The Centurions from the 1950s and ’60s, is also be on display. The Carnegie Library Museum is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m.