Friday, March 21

Fish Fries on Fridays, 5:30 p.m., St. Patrick’s School Gym, Fifth and Lucinda Streets in Perry. A Lenten meal of fried or baked fish, baked potato, cole slaw, drink and dessert costs $8 adults and $4.50 for children under 11, with a maximum $25 for a family. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus.

Saturday, March 22

Perry Pride fundraiser, 11 a.m., First Christian Church, 2224 Lucinda St. in Perry. All proceeds support the Perry Pride softball team. Featured vendors include Tupperware, Scentsy, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, Thirty-One, Jamberry Nails and others. For more information, call Natalie at 515-465-0530 or go to

St. Patrick’s Delightful Dining, 5:30, St. Patrick’s School gym. St. Patrick’s youth group is providing an opportunity for our community to gather and enjoy each other’s company in a spaghetti dinner called Delightful Dining. The Delightful Dining menu will list several choices similar to those found in an elegant restaurant. No matter what you order, you will receive salad, spaghetti, bread sticks and drink and a dessert. This dinner will provide you with an elegant dining experience and give you the opportunity to make a donation toward our service trip to Kentucky and to the Steubenville conference. Reservations are required and should be made by Monday, March 17. Call 712-830-1664 to make your reservation.

Thursday, March 27

Obamacare enrollment help, 9 a.m., Dallas County Hospital South Atrium. Visiting Nurse Services (VNS) of Iowa hosts an additional Obamacare enrollment event, providing assistance to individuals enrolling in the new health insurance marketplace. The VNS Navigators will be offer on-site help to individuals seeking to understand health coverage options and enroll in a Marketplace plan that meets their needs and fits their budget. Appointments are encouraged and may be made by calling 515-288-1516. Navigators estimate the enrollment process will take about 45 minutes, provided individuals bring all necessary documentation.

Sunday, March 30

Perry Fine Arts concert, 2 p.m., Perry Performing Arts Center, 1200 18th St. The Al Welsh Orchestra will play music of the big band era along with many other famous dance tunes. Fine Arts concerts are free and open to the public. Donations accepted. The Performing Arts Center is handicapped accessible.

Monday, March 31

Basic bicycle maintenance tips, 9 a.m., Perry Public Library Community Room. The March Lifelong Learners Coffee will host Lee Coons, owner of Raccoon River Valley Bicycle Company, who will show how to keep bicycles in tip-top shape. He will also offer advice for safely riding the trails and answer bike maintenance questions. Both beginners and seasoned cyclists are welcome. The program is free, and there will be free registration for a door prize. The public is welcome. For more information, call Jill Cook at 515-465-3569 or .

Thursday, April 3

Grafting workshop, 6:30 p.m., Dallas County Conservation Department at Forest Park Museum in Perry. Patrick O’Malley, Commercial Horticulture Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will be the presenter-instructor for the workshop. For more workshop information, contact O’Malley at or 319-337-2145. There is a $35 fee per person ($60 per couple) to attend the grafting workshop. Rootstocks, apple scion wood and other grafting supplies will be provided. To register for the workshop, contact Pete Malmberg at 515-465-3577 or

Father/Daughter Banquet, 6:30 pm., Rippey United Methodist Church. The Rippey Lion’s Club will host the annual banquet. Tickets are $7 and are available from any Rippey Lion’s Club member or at one of the Rippey banks.

Saturday, April 5

Benefit breakfast for Lucy Ayala, 8 a.m., Firehouse Ice Cream. Proceeds go to help Lucy, a Perry High School sophomore, who was seriously hurt in a sledding accident in February.

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.

Sunday, April 6

Adult Wilderness Trek 2015, 2 p.m., Kuehn Conservation Area. Your first steps on the trail to the wilds of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness begin here. From the stories and images of the first Adult Wilderness trekkers of 2011 you will obtain an overview and description of the trek so you can begin to explore the possibility of growing wild in 2014. Learn about the adventure of backpacking the wilds of the Selway-Bitterroot in 2015. Registration is required. Call 515-465-3577.

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.

Friday, April 11

"Cinderella: A Dream Come True," 7:30 p.m., Perry Performing Arts Center. The Perry High School Drama Department presents "Cinderella: A Dream Come True," by Kristi Cunningham. The production offers a slight variation on the original, funnier, more interesting and more modern. Tickets are available at the high school office or at the door. Cost is $3 for students and $5 for adults. For additional info call Merrilee Bales 465-5945.

Saturday, April 12

"Cinderella: A Dream Come True," 7:30 p.m., Perry Performing Arts Center.

Kids in the Kitchen, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Christ Lutheran Church Mission Kitchen, 22952 141st Dr. in Bouton. Kids in the Kitchen is a program designed to teach the tools and rules of the kitchen. Kids learn kitchen basics while making a batch of cookies. Cost is $5 and payable at the event, but registration required by Wednesday, April 9. Register online, at or call 515-676-2289.