The Clothes Closet, a charity program of the First Christian Church in Perry, faces a drastically reduced stock of clothing due to the recent cold weather. The program seeks donations of winter clothing and shoes for all ages. Donations may be dropped off at the church on Thursday, Friday or Saturday mornings. You can also arrange for home pickup by calling 465-2215. The Clothes Closet will be closed Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 29-30.

Mercy Family Care Clinic in Perry will be accepting baby blankets (36x36) to be donated to Mercy Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit until December 2nd. The blankets will be delivered to Mercy shortly thereafter. We take quilted, knitted, fleece and tied blankets and would like them to be at least 36x36. Thank you to all who generously donated. Contact Lora or Karen at Mercy Family Care if questions at 465.3553.

Thursday, November 14

Gals’ Night Out - Spring Valley Assisted Living invites you to their 5th Annual Gals’ Night Out on Thursday, November 14 from 6-8 pm. A festive and warm holiday shopping experience awaits you! Find those one of a kind gifts to complete your Christmas list. Each shopper receives a free goody bag and pillow! Free and open to the public.

Dallas County Hospital invites you to join us for a FREE Ladies Night Out on Thursday, November 14 from 6-7:30 pm in the DCH Community Room. Spend some time learning about healthy holiday eating with a special presentation by Cris Glenn, DCH Dietitian. Then complete the evening with refreshments and Make n’ Take Christmas cards and gift tags! Pre-registration is required. Please call 515.465.7628 for more info or to register.

Friday, November 15

Perry High School Drama Department presents "Monday Always Leads to Murder," 7:30 p.m., Perry Center for the Performing Arts. Powder your mug, heat up your shoe leather and don’t be late for the lineup. Tickets $5 at the door.

Dallas County Hospital Foundation is hosting the 3rd Annual Friends of DCH Craft & Gift Show on Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16 from 9 am - 2 pm at the hospital. This event is open to the public and admission is free. Browse the merchandise from many vendors, including Mary Kay, Scentsy, Norwex, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, and more! Call 515.465.7698 for more information.

Saturday Nov. 16

Holiday Craft Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., McCreary Community Building. This community craft show features artisans and crafters from all over Iowa, including seasonal decor and crafts.

Perry High School Drama Department presents "Monday Always Leads to Murder," 7:30 p.m., Perry Center for the Performing Arts. Powder your mug, heat up your shoe leather and don’t be late for the lineup. Tickets $5 at the door.

Sunday, November 17

Fire by Friction, 2-4 p.m., Kuehn Conservation Area, Earlham. Dallas County Conservation Environmental Education Coordinator Chris Adkins leads a program that, on the surface, is about remembering the ancient skill of creating a fire with a bow drill. Participants will build their own bow drill kit and learn to master the technique of bowing up char and setting a tinder bundle on fire. In fact, according to county conservationists, "the lesson is not about this fire, but instead we wish to start a fire in your being that through these flames connects you to your place in a way unbeknownst to you at this point. Join us to explore the fire within." Cost is $5, and registration is required for this program.

Tuesday, November 19

The Monthly Book Club will hold its November meeting on Tuesday, November 19 at 1 pm in the Clarion Room of the Security Bank Building, 1101 Willis Ave. The group will discuss Life of Pi by Yann Martel. For more information call Mary Murphy at the library: 515.465.3569.

Wednesday, November 20

Wednesday Fellowship Program - Lindsey Mabe and Dennis Hanssen from SHIP will speak on Medicare and the new health care law relating to Medicare part D drug coverage for 2014. The program will be held on Wednesday, November 20 at the McCreary Community Building. The program starts at 11:15 am with dinner at noon. You do not need to be a member to attend. The cost of the dinner is $5.