Happenings in and around Perry

Staff Report
On Sunday, Dec. 16, 2017 community members gathered outside of the McCreary Center for the town’s first-ever Tinsel Trot. The event returns on Saturday, Nov. 24. FILE PHOTO/THE PERRY CHIEF

Free Merchant Movies

11 a.m. Nov. 23-25 at Perry Grand 3 Theater.

The Perry Grand 3 Theater will be having free merchant movies starting on Friday, Nov. 23. The first movie shown will be “Hotel Transylvania” at 11 a.m. on Nov. 23-25. Pick up your free ticket from Backwards Boutique, Ben’s Five and Dime, Butler Appraisals, Molly Painter/MKnapp Photography, Perry Barber Shopp, Perry Family Denistry, Perry Public Library and Salvaged Soul. Seats are available on a first come, first serve basis as space may be limited.

Lighted Parade and Holiday Celebration

7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23 in downtown Perry.

The Perry Chamber of Commerece will sponsor the Lighted Parade and Holiday Celebration on Nov. 23. Santa will be at La Poste following the parade for photos. Greta Akers will hold a mini concert while kids wait for Santa. The Festival of Trees will be open from 6-8 p.m. at the Carnegie Library Museum. A pancake supper and cookie decorating will be held from 5-10 p.m. at the Hotel Pattee. The Perry High School Choir will perform at 8:30 p.m. at the hotel, followed by Genevieve Michele Walczyk. Perry Perk will serve hot chocolate and the Perry High School Junior Class will host its S’mores fundraiser in Soumas Court.

Tinsel Trot

10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 at Raccoon Valley Bank.

The Perry Booster Club is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Tinsel Trot. Check-in will start at 10 a.m., with the race starting at 10:30 a.m. Costumes are encoraged, but not required. Santa will be on hand for photos.

Registration is $30 for adults and $20 for students. Registration forms are available at the Perry High School, Perry Middle School, Perry Chamber, McCreary Center, Snap Fitness, Raccoon Valley Bank and Perry Perk. For more information, contact Tiffany at olejniczak5@msn.com.

Woodward Community Blood Drive

8-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 at United Methodist Church, 108 W 5th St.

Donating blood is the easiest way to make a huge impact in your community. One hour of your time and one pint of your blood will save three local lives; that’s more than some people can do in a lifetime of service. The Woodward Community Blood Drive will be held on Nov. 24. Sign up to save a life today online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or by calling 800.287.4903.

Holiday Wreath Workshop

9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26 in Perry Public Library large meeting room.

Guest Julie Tibbles with be on hand with expert floral advice to help you design and assemble a holiday wreath from your materials. You bring your own wreath, seasonal decor and ribbon and take home a professionally designed wreath you can proudly display in your home. Please note that decor will be attached with wire or hot glue and recommended yardage for ribbon is a minimum of five yards per wreath. For more information, call the library at 515-465-3569.

100+ People for Perry Meeting

7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26 at La Poste.

100+ People for Perry’s mission is to invest in Perry’s future through supporting current charities/non-profits/worthy projects which advance the quality of life. After 11 initial meetings, the group has pledged $73,200 to 11 local projects.

Please extend invitations to other community members to attend and also please seek projects to be presented. Forward any projects that you wish to present. For more information, contact Mark Powell (465-4641 or mpowell@fdplawfirm.com), Tom Lipovac (Tom.Lipovac@g.perry.k12.ia.us), or Linda Kaufman (kaufmanlinda1948@gmail.com).