Friday, Oct. 4

Costume swap at Perry Public Library. Donate a used Halloween costume (must be clean and in good repair) to the library and receive coupon for a different donated costume of your choice. Coupon redemptions start Oct. 7.

Order forms due for Operation ReLeaf, to be held in Dallas County Oct.10. Homeowners may purchase up to two trees per household for $25 per tree. The shade trees are 6-8 feet tall and the conifers are 3-4 feet tall. Operation ReLeaf is a program to help Alliant Energy customers save energy in their homes using trees to provide shade during the summer and crease windbreaks during the winter. For maximum energy efficiency, large-growing shade trees should be planted within 30 feet of the west and east of your home. Low-growing trees should be planted within 20 feet of your home, and can be used to shade air-conditioners. Evergreens should be planted as a windbreak on the north and west sides of your home. Before ordering , homeowners are encouraged to use the iTree design tool, which uses Google Earth to show where to best place trees to reduce energy usage.

Saturday, October 5

Relay for Life of Northern Dallas County, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Perry High School Jim Kaufman Track and Field. Various activities will fill the day at the 11th annual event to fight cancer. For information call Gary Iles 515-360-4686 or Tracy Iles 515-720-2270.

Ribbon cutting and open house, 10 a.m. to noon, the Perry Freedom for Youth Center, 1210 2nd St. See how the old bridal shop has been transformed from a place for helping brides to a place for helping kids. Find out what the Youth Center is all about and volunteer. Programming begins the week of October 7. Elementary children meet Mondays and middle school children on Thursdays, both from 5-7 p.m.

Anthropologist Don Wirth delivers a talk, "The Mighty Oak Trees of Iowa," 9-11 a.m., Iowa Arboretum. Wirth will explain how the oaks got to Iowa, how they prospered, their different kinds, their uses and their place in our cultural history and home landscapes. Dress for a mix of indoor and outdoor experiences. For more information or to register call 515-795-3216 or visit www.iowaarboretum.org. The Iowa Arboretum is located at 1875 Peach Avenue, Madrid, two and-a-half miles west and two miles south of Luther in Boone County.

Sunday, October 6

St. Celia’s Church annual chicken dinner, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Veterans Auditorium, Main Street, Panora. Staley’s Food Service of Charter Oak will cater the meal.

Monday, October 7

Dinner meeting of the Panora Area After 5 Club, 7 p.m., at Lake Panorama National Conference Center in Panora. Theme: "Meet Me At The Fair." Nancy Brydges discusses the challenge of change. Guthrie County Fair features handcrafted items, homemade goodies, unusual gifts and a silent auction. All women and guests invited to attend and walk-ins welcome, but reservations encouraged by October 3. Free nursery available. Call Jane 641-755-2714, Carolina 641-755-3828 or Betty 515-465-4373.

Tuesday, Oct. 8

Quarterly Classics Book Club meeting, 7 p.m., Carnegie Library Museum. Edith Wharton’s "The House of Mirth" is this quarter’s selection. Copies available for purchase or check-out at the Perry Public Library. Discussion leader is Librarian Jill Cook, 515-465-3569.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Fellowship Program at McCreary Center Building, 11:15 a.m., the new memory care unit of the Perry Lutheran Home will be explained by Lutheran Home Director of Nursing and Coordinator of the Special Care Unit Deb Koelln and Director of Development and Independent-Living Strategies Quinn Adair. Noon dinner follows for $5. You do not need to be a member of the McCreary Center to attend. For more information, call Marilyn Pentico at 515-465-3162.

Thursday, Oct. 10

Caregiver-stress workshops, 3-5:30 p.m., The Lakeside Village, 2067 Iowa #4, Panora. Learn how to reduce stress, boost self-confidence, balance your life, communicate your feelings and needs, make difficult decisions and find caregiver resources. Continues every Thursday through Nov. 7. Cost is $10. For information or to register, call the Guthrie County Extension and Outreach Office, 641-747-2276, or email mebert@iastate.edu.

Operation ReLeaf, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Dallas County Roads Maintenance Building located south of Hy-Vee in Perry. A residential tree planting program, funded by Alliant Energy and administered by the Iowa DNR Bureau of Forestry along with Dallas County Conservation Foundation, designed to provide low cost, high quality and diverse landscape trees from local nurseries to homeowners. Trees are $25 each. Purchases are restricted to Alliant Energy customers and initially limited to two trees per customer. If some trees have not been reserved prior to the distribution day, they will be available for purchase on a first-come-first-serve basis that day, and the quantity limit may be waived. Order forms available at www.conservation.co.dallas.ia.us or pick one up at the DCCB office.

Sunday, Oct. 13

Compass and GPS class, 1-5:30 p.m., Kuehn Conservation Area, near Earlham. Learn the basics of reading a topographic map, compass and hand-held GPS. Combine these skills to hike the wilds of Kuehn. Bring water, a snack, bug repellant and good hiking shoes. This program requires hiking off trails through prairies, woodlands and hills. The program is free but registration is required. For more information call 515-465-3577.

Open access to Glissman Conservation Area, 2-6 p.m., a chance to drive through a normally locked gate and visit one of Dallas County Conservation’s hidden gems, with open spaces, a fishing lake, hiking trails and a rental lodge. Bring a picnic dinner or snacks, and enjoy a fall day of hiking, wildlife watching, a lodge tour and fishing. (A fishing license is required.) Fishing poles will be available to those who need one for the day. A naturalist will be on hand to answer questions.The program is free and no registration is required. For more information call 515-465-3577.

Monday, Oct. 14

Online registration begins for second annual Market to Market Relay/Iowa relay event, scheduled for May 10, 2014, on the Raccoon River Valley Trail. The first relay attracted more than 1,500 runners on 210 teams of six, seven or eight members. The 75-mile course will again run from the courthouse square in Jefferson to the Court Avenue District in downtown Des Moines, via the "south loop" of the RRVT, as well as the Clive Greenbelt Trail and the trail systems of West Des Moines and Des Moines. Get more information and register at www.markettomarketrelay.com.