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.

Friday, November 22

Fundraising pasta dinner for Perry High School graduate Amanda Finneseth, 5-8 p.m., Perry Elks Lodge.

Finneseth is preparing to go on an 11-month, 11-country missionary adventure called World Race. She aims to raise $17,000 for charity outreach in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Monday, November 25

Dallas County Conservation Home-School Series: "Who Goes There?", 10-11:30 a.m., Kuehn Conservation, 14581 K Ave., Perry. Learn how to make a variety of animal sounds. The home-school Outdoor Explore series is designed for homeschooled children age 5–9 and their parents to interact with each other and the outdoor world. The programs are weather dependent. Dress to spend the majority of the time outdoors. Cost is $2. Preregistration is required, and space is limited. For more information or to register, call 515-465-3577. Please note that parents are responsible for entertaining or otherwise occupying any older and younger siblings.

Pride of Iowa Men’s Barbershop Chorus. 7-9:30 p.m., ADM High School, 801 Nile Kinnick Dr S, Adel. This is not a concert but a practice. All males interested in singing are welcome to join with the chorus that evening. Pride of Iowa sings all types of music, including show tunes, classical, gospel, inspirational, patriotic and country and western. The group’s regular meeting site is the Highland Park Presbyterian Church at Fourth and Euclid in Des Moines. Current active singers come from Albia, Altoona, Ames, Ankeny, Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines, Grand Lake (Colo.), Huxley, Johnston, Marshalltown, Milo, Newton, Norwalk, Panora, Pleasant Hill, St. Charles, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights. For more information, call or email Gene Zeimet, 515-965-8350, gzeimet@mchsi.com. Also see www.prideofiowa.com to learn more.

Wednesday, Nov. 27

"Before the Turkey" soup supper, 5 p.m., First Christian Church,1224 Lucinda St. in Perry. The E.D.G.E. Youth Group will be hosting the soup supper to benefit the Perry Police Department’s "Shop with a Cop" program. A free will offering will be accepted. All proceeds go to "Shop with a Cop," supporting families here in Perry. E.D.G.E. volunteers and members of the Perry Police Department will be serving multiple soups, sides dishes and desserts.

Friday, November 29

Lighted Parade, 7 p.m., downtown Perry. Presented by the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by ITC International, the parade will line up starting at 6 p.m. on south Second Street near Whiton Feed. It will proceed east on Otley to Third Street, then north on Third Street to Pattee Street, then south on Second Street back to Otley. Awards will be given to the top three floats. Alliant Energy is sponsoring the prizes. Deadline for float entries is Nov. 27. Send entry registration to: Perry Area Chamber of Commerce, 1102 Willis Ave., Perry, IA 50220.

Monday, December 6

Food drive for the Bluejay Nook, 7 p.m., Perry High School. The Perry Middle School PTO, which invites donations of nonperishable food items and/or personal care items, asks that donations be brought to the girls and boys varsity basketball games.

Tuesday, December 7

KidWind Project wind energy workshop, 8:30 a.m., Polk County Extension and Outreach office, 1625 Adventureland Dr., Suite A, Altoona, Iowa. Offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the KidWind Project trains 4-H volunteers and teachers who work with youth in grades four to 12.

No knowledge of wind energy is required to attend the workshop. You will learn the basics behind wind energy and take home a free KidWind kit (a $300 value) with materials to do renewable energy activities with your youth.

Registration is required and the class size is limited to 20 participants. Registration fee is $30 until Dec. 2 and $35 after. Lunch will be provided. The registration form can be found at www.extension.iastate.edu/dallas. For more information, contact Cindy Watson Pottebaum at 515-993-4281 or cindywp@iastate.edu. This workshop is presented in partnership with Iowa South Central STEM Hub, KidWind and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Dallas County.

Wednesday, December 8

The Three Amigos KC Mariachi Band, 2 p.m., Perry High School’s Performing Arts Center, 1200 18th St. The Three Amigos, hailing from Kansas City, Mo., perform popular Mariachi tunes as well as music from South and Central America, Cuba and the Caribbean.