Josh Davis Ride Aug. 10

The "3rd Annual Josh Davis Memorial Poker Run" is Aug. 10 in Perry.

The Poker Run honors Josh Davis, a Perry High School Graduate who joined the U.S. Marines and was killed May 7, 2010, while on duty. Money raised from the Poker run goes toward the Josh Davis Memorial Award given to a Perry High School graduate every year by the Davis family.

Registration is at the Elk’s Lodge on east Willis beginning at 9:30 a.m. Registration that morning will be $15 and includes a poker hand and meal. The event also includes a 50/50 raffle, a live auction, and a raffle for a charcoal grill handmade in the shape of a long-horn bull. A parade of motorcycles will roll down Willis to First street leaving the Elk’s lodge at 11 a.m. and riding approximately 160 miles of rural Iowa’s country roads before returning to the Elk’s for the conclusion.

Meet the author

Author Frederick Blanch will give a presentation for adults, teens and preteens 10 and older at the Carnegie Library Museum on Thursday, Aug. 8 from 7 to 8 p.m.

His book, "Last Words: Frederick’s Bionary," provides an account of the author’s life using key words to provide focus. He was a child during the Great Depression in a tiny Minnesotan farming community, and his working life has included stints as a printer, actor, beekeeper, television producer and photographer."Last Words" was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award. For additional information, please contact the the Perry Public Library at 515-465-3569.

Perry Theatre to present ‘My Cousin Rachel’

Intrigue, twists and turns, period costumes, interesting characters – theater-goers will find all of this and more in the Perry Community Theatre production, "My Cousin Rachel," by Daphne Du Maurier, slated for Aug. 9 and 10 at the McCreary Community Building Theater. Tickets go on sale Wednesday at the McCreary Community Building and cost $10. The play will be given at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 and Aug. 10 at the McCreary Building Theatre.

Highway 141

Garage Sale set for Aug. 2 and 3

The Iowa Highway 141 Garage sale will take place Aug. 2 and 3, extending from Grimes more than 100 miles through Coon Rapids. A map highlighting the Perry garage sales will be available in Tuesday’s, July 30, Chiefland Shopper.

Becoming an Outdoor woman

It’s time for women to answer their "call of the wild" by registering for the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop Sept. 20-22, at Springbrook Conservation Education Center, in Guthrie County.

The workshop is aimed primarily at women, but is an opportunity for anyone 18 years or older to learn outdoor skills usually associated with hunting and fishing, but useful for many outdoor pursuits. Workshop topics include basic fishing, fly fishing, bird watching, archery, beginning shotgun shooting, basic motor boat skills, geocaching, canoeing, stand up paddling, Dutch oven cooking and more. The cost is $150 which covers food, lodging and materials for the workshop. The registration fee increases to $180 after Sept. 6. Brochures and registration forms are available online at or by contacting Julie Sparks, at 515-281-6159 or

Monarch Miracles - Monarch Worries

The program called Monarch Miracles - Monarch Worries will be from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Aug. 8, at Hanging Rock Park in Redfield.

Join us for this Monarch Miracles - Monarch Worries program and you will never again look at this bug without an immense sense of wonder and a deep level of concern.

We will gather in the prairie at Hanging Rock and examine the miracles associated with this bug’s 1500 mile migration to central Mexico. We will also examine the threats to this miracle’s future. Be careful, attendance of this program is likely to result in your ending up in the prairie at Kuehn, bug net and tag in hand, chasing a flying orange and black miracle at our Monarch tagging program in September. You may even find yourself collecting milkweed seed and growing prairie plugs to ensure the future of this miracle.

Congregate Meals

HomeCare Services and the Dallas County Congregate Meals Program invites people 60 and older for their weekly meals. Meals are served promptly at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the McCreary Community Building.

The cost for participants age 60 and older is on a sliding fee scale based on income with a minimum suggested contribution of $3.Those under the age of 60 must pay the full cost of $9.28 per meal.

Reservations are requested at least 24 hours in advance; call 465-2300.