Happenings in Perry

Staff Report
Walton Tree Service uses a crane to help place the ‘Speed Train’ sculpture on Willis Avenue on July 2. PHOTO BY ALLISON ULLMANN/THE PERRY CHIEF

1. Free community picnic

12-1 p.m. Saturday, July 7 at Osborn Park in Rippey.

A free community picnic will be held from 12-1 p.m. on July 7 in Osborn Park in Rippey. The picnic is hosted by the Rippey Lions Club.

2. WWI Camp Dodge presentation

7 p.m. Monday, July 9 at Carnegie Library Museum.

Gold Star Museum Curator Mike Vogt will give a talk about World War I history at Camp Dodge in Des Moines. This free event is sponsored by Hometown Heritage, the Bock Family Foundation and the Perry Chamber of Commerce.

3. ‘Speed Train’ sculpture unveiling

7-9 p.m. Monday, July 9 at Caboose Park.

“Speed Train,” a sculpture honoring Perry’s past connection with the railroad, will have a public unveiling and ribbon cutting from 7-9 p.m. on July 9. A limited number of free tacos will be available from El-Tren. A limited number of single-dip ice cream cones will also be available from The Outside Scoop. Complementary glasses of wine will be available from the Hotel Pattee. Everyone is invited to experience this dedication to the railroad community.