Friday, March 7

Fish fries on Friday, 5:30-7 p.m., St. Patrick’s School gymnasium. Fried or baked fish, baked potato, cole slaw, drink and dessert. Cost is $8 for adults and $4.50 for children under 11, with a $25 maximum for a family. Sponsored the Knights of Columbus,

Balanced living classes, 12:30 p.m., Parent Resource Center, 1109 2nd St. in Perry. Intended for adults who want to feel a greater sense of balance in their lives, the classes cover five key elements in balanced living: time management, stress management, mindful eating, physical activity and rest. Classes are presented by Parents as Teachers of Dallas County. Classes are given in Spanish and English (for all families).For more information, call Vivian 575-250-8809 or Jean 515-250-8807. Email vdegonzalez@partnersinfamilydevelopment.org or jeanyanders@partnersinfamilydevelopment.org.

Saturday, March 8

Dallas County Republican county convention, 9 a.m., Adel Middle School, 801 Nile Kinnick Drive in Adel. Registration starts at 9:00 am with the convention convening at 10:00 am. The county convention continues the procedures begun at the January caucuses, giving people the means to affect directly the political process. There will be a forum for brief statements by Democrat candidates for local and state offices. The convention will end with the discussion and adoption of a county platform of desirable legislative proposals.

Dallas County Democrat county convention, 9 a.m., Dallas Center Elementary School, 1205 13th St. in Dallas Center. Registration starts at 9:00 am with the convention convening at 10:00 am. The county convention continues the procedures begun at the January caucuses, giving people the means to affect directly the political process. There will be a forum for brief statements by Democrat candidates for local and state offices. The convention will end with the discussion and adoption of a county platform of desirable legislative proposals.

Team Derek’s second annual soup supper, 5-8 p.m., Redfield American Legion Hall, 909 2nd St. in Redfield.

Perry Piecemaker Quilt guild meeting, 9 a.m., Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 15th Street and Otley Avenue in Perry. This will be a workday with members bringing unfinished projects and sewing machines. Lunch will be provided by the Guild. Visitors are welcome.

Monday, March 10

Panora Area After 5 Club dinner meeting, 7 p.m., The Port in Panora. The evening’s theme will be Buds to Blossoms, and speaker, Carol Ruth Newsome will talk about trials, tears and triumphs. Discover how you can find peace no matter what has happened to you or what has been done to you. The special feature will be Terri Learhoff from Grandma Marie’s Greenhouse in rural Linden. She will talk about her greenhouse and give some special gardening tips. Jincey Taylor, elementary music teacher at WCV, will share her musical talents. All women and guests are invited to attend the dinner and meeting. Walk-ins are always welcome, but reservations are appreciated and should be made by March 6 by calling Jane at 641-755-2714 or Carolina at 641-755-3828. A free nursery is available upon request.

Thursday, March 13

Kindergarten open house, 6:30 p.m., St.Patrick School gymnasium. Prospective kindergartners will meet their teacher, Mrs. Denise Kealhofer, who has more than 25 years of teaching experience. They will also have the opportunity to visit their room and have a mini-kindergarten session while the parents attend an informational meeting in the gymnasium.

Perry High School dance team’s annual spring showcase, 7 p.m., Perry High School gymnasium. Faye Southward, PHS dance team coach, will direct the nine-member team in a variety of styles, including pom, kick, lyrical, jazz and coed, featuring nine couples. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students.

Saturday, March 15

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.

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.

The Clothes Closet is still seeking donations of winter clothing, coats, shoes and gloves or mittens. Donations may be dropped off on Friday or Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, call the First Christian Church at 465-2215.