Friday, January 31

Aquaponics lecture, 5:30 p.m., Iowa Arboretum, 1875 Peach Ave, Madrid. Allen Pattillo, Iowa State University Extension Program Specialist, will speak about aquaponics, which combines aquaculture and hydroponic plant production into a sustainable agricultural production system. He will also discuss aquaponic home systems. Hot soup will be served from 4-7 p.m., with Pattillo speaking at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 515-795-3216.

Sunday, February 2

Al Welsh Orchestra, 5-9 p.m., Lake Robbins Ballroom, 26726 150th St., Woodward. For more information, call 515-438-2305.

Tuesday, February 4

Better Choices, Better Health, 6:30 p.m., Dallas County Hospital Board Room. The free Better Choices, Better Health program is a weekly, six-session, interactive workshop that helps people with health conditions learn how to take control of their health. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call Jane at 515-465-7628 or go to

Wednesday, February 5

Digital camera class, 6 p.m., Rippey Public Library, 306 Main St, Rippey. Learn how to adjust the settings on your digital camera. Free and open to the public. For more information call 515-436-7714 or visitour website at:

Friends of Dallas County Hospital Scrub Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dallas County Hospital Atrium. A portion of the funds raised will be will go to support the Dallas County Hospital Foundation scholarship program, which awards scholarships to area high school and college seniors pursuing a career in healthcare. For more information, call 515-465-7698.

Wednesday fellowship program, 11:15 a.m., McCreary Community Building. Hotel Pattee owner Jay Hartz will discuss his background in the hospitality industry. Dinner to follow for $5. You do not need to be a member of the McCreary Center to attend.

Friday, February 7

Balanced Living Class, 12:30 p.m., Parent Resource Center, 1109 2nd St., Perry. This program—in Spanish and English—is for adults who want to feel a greater sense of balance in their lives. The class covers five key elements in balanced living: time management, stress management, mindful eating, exercise and rest. Presented by Parents As Teachers of Dallas County. For more information call Vivian at 575-250-8809 or Jean at 515-250-8807.

Saturday, February 8

Christ Lutheran Church Make-and-Take Valentine Bouquet, 9-10 a.m. (men), 10:30-11:30 a.m. (women), Christ Lutheran Church Mission Kitchen, 22952 141st Dr., Bouton. Make a Valentine bouquet for a gift or for yourself. Bouquet includes homemade card. Cost is $12. Register by Feb. 5. Call Christ Lutheran Church at 515-676-2289 or register online at

Perry Piecemaker Quilt Guild meeting, 9 a.m., Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church. This will be a quilting retreat work day. For more information call 515-570-0627.

Monday, February 10

College Goal Sunday, 3:30-6 p.m., Perry VanKirk Career Academy, 1011 2nd Ave. in Perry. This free program is sponsored by the Iowa Colleges Access Network and will assist families with information regarding college financing, filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) paperwork and other items useful for getting money for college. The Des Moines Area Community College provides the facility and Iowa Colleges Access Network provides the program.

Panora Area After 5 Club dinner meeting, 7 p.m., The Port in Panora. Pam Wilson from Altoona will discuss stained glass windows and will also give a vocal performance. Christine Smith will explain how to be more feminine using undercover wear, such as lingerie, jewelry and lotions. All women and guests are invited to attend the dinner and meeting. Walk-ins welcome, or make reservations by Feb. 6 by calling Jane at 641-755-2714, Carolina at 641-755-3828 or Betty at 515-465-4373. A free nursery is available upon request.