1. Summer River Float: Raccoon River Paddling and Mussels


10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at Voas Nature Area (tentative location).


Jennifer Kurth, ISU mussel researcher, brings us the story of Iowa’s mussels. The program begins with a presentation (tentatively at Voas Nature Area) on mussel ecology, natural history and identification. Plan on getting wet during this hands-on session. Following a lunch break (bring your own lunch), participants are welcome to join us for an optional bonus paddle down the (tentatively) North Raccoon River (subject to change based on water levels). Preregistration is required for this program. Sign up for the presentation, the paddle or both. For more information, or to register, call 515-465-3577.


2. Mudd Foot Riverbillies Carp Tournament, Show and Shine


10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at Pattee Park Band Shelter.


The first annual Show and Shine will be held on Aug. 25 during the 9th annual Mudd Foot Riverbillies Carp Tournament. The car, truck and motorcycle show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a $10 entry fee. All proceeds will benefit local children battling Cystic Fibrosis. For more information, visit the Mudd Foot Riverbillies Facebook page.


3. History of Country Schools


2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 at Carnegie Library Museum.


Sue Leslie will discuss Nu Alpha Gamma’s work preserving the history of local country school. We’ll watch their film, “Memories of Country School,” and after, go to Forest Park Museum to see their exhibit in the Alton Schoolhouse. This free event is sponsored by Hometown Heritage and Dallas County Conservation Board.


4. Lifelong Learners Coffee


9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27 at Perry Public Library large meeting room.


Join us for coffee and conversation at the August Lifelong Learners as we welcome “State Fair Sally.” Sally Kilkenny, an Iowa State Fair blue-ribbon baker, will give us the inside scoop on competitive baking from behind-the-scenes at the fair. Stories, competition baking tips, tasty samples and other elements of Iowa State Fair fun will be dispensed. Everyone is welcome at this free event. No registration is needed. For more information, call the library at 515-465-3569.


5. 100+ People for Perry meeting


7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27 at La Poste.


One Hundred+ People for Perry’s mission is to invest in Perry’s future through supporting current charities, non-profits, worthy projects which advance the quality of life. After 10 initial meetings, the group has contributed $66,000 to 10 local projects.


Anyone who has an interest in joining 100+ People for Perry should contact Mark Powell (465-4641 or mpowell@fdplawfirm.com), Tom Lipovac (Tom.Lipovac@perry.k12.ia.us), or Linda Kaufman (kaufmanlinda1948@gmail.com).