Happenings in and around Perry

Staff Report
Strix, a barred owl, during a past "A Conversation with an Owl" program presented by Dallas County Conservation Board.

Shake Your Winter Blues

10-11:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17 at Forest Park Museum and RRVT Spur, Perry.

Looking for a fun way to get out of the house and off the screens? A change of scenery and a shock to the senses is a sure way to stimulate the mind and body. Come explore the outdoors with a hike on- or off-trail with a Dallas County Conservation Board naturalist or on your own and learn about some of the features and animals unique to this area. Warm up with a visit to the displays inside the museum. Registration is required. .

Conversation with an Owl

Various times Jan. 17, 18 and 20 at Hanging Rock shelterhouse, Redfield.

Join Dallas County Conservation Board for a fire glowing in the hearth and meet Strix, a Barred Owl. Naturalists will discuss owl species common to Dallas County, their adaptations to nighttime hunting and an introduction to their calls. The evening programs will include an Owl Prowl hike on the trails of Hanging Rock to see if participants can strike up a conversation with one of the local Barred owls. Registration is required.

Mobile Food Pantry 

8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 at Crossroads Church.

A Mobile Food Pantry will be held from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22 at Crossroads Church.


6-7 p.m. or 7:30-8:30 p.m. Jan 24, 26 and 27 at Kuehn Conservation Area, Earlham.

Join a Dallas County Conservation Board naturalist under the star-filled sky to learn how to build and read a star chart, measure distances in the sky to assist in locating and identifying common constellations and share a few sky stories. Program is dependent on a clear sky. Registration is required.

Bluejay & Jayette Coaches vs Cancer Game Night 

Jan. 28 at Perry High School.

Help Perry High School in the fight against cancer as the Bluejays and Jayettes will host Coaches vs Cancer Night on Friday, Jan. 28. The teams are selling T-shirts before the event. Funds raised by this campaign will be donated to The American Cancer Society. T-shirt orders must be placed by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18. 

Bike Ride to Rippey

Saturday, Feb. 5 from Perry to Rippey.

The 45th Annual Bike Ride to Rippey will be held on Saturday, Feb. 5. The 24 mile ride from Perry to Rippey and back will be held regardless of weather. Pre-registration is open through Jan. 23 at a cost of $40. Day-of registration will be available in-person from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Hotel Pattee at a cost of $45. For more information, call the Perry Chamber at 515-465-4601. 

Winter Wonderland Family 5k Walk/Run

9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 at Granger Community Center, 2200 Walnut St.

The Granger Trails Committee will host a Winter Wonderland Family 5K Walk/Run on Feb. 5 at the Community Center. All proceeds will benefit the trails around Granger to connect the community together. The event will feature music, Vintage Road Coffee, Kulinary Khaos Food Truck, raffle for prizes, contest for the Best Dressed Winter Attire and more. All participants in the 5K Walk/Run will be given a Granger Trails Beanie. Registration up to the day of is $25 for adults, $20 for kids under 12 and $15 for Run Club members. Find a registration form on the Granger Trail Committee's Facebook page.

The Prom Closet 

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturdays in February at 406 South 5th St., Coon Rapids.

The Prom Closet will be open for free shopping days from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday in February. All gently used, floor-length gowns are free of charge and available in sizes 0-24. Private appointments are available by calling Dona at 712-830-7825.

To submit events to be included in the Happenings in and around Perry round-up, email news@theperrychief.com.