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Events calendar

Creston Farmers’ Market (Mondays)

The Creston Farmer’s Market is every Monday night from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the southeast corner of McKinley Park in Creston. Follow Creston Farmer’s Market on Facebook to keep up on all the details.

Fridays after Five (June 26)

The concert series held on the east lawn of the Elks Lodge will feature a different musical artist each Friday from 5:08 to 7:08 p.m. until Sept. 4. Levi Smith will be performing tonight with Creston Automotive partnering for the event and donations going to the Knights of Columbus.

Hometown Insurance cook out (June 26)

Let Hometown Insurance do the cooking this Friday, June 26, between 11:30 and 1:00, as they host their second “Front Porch Friday” Join them for a free lunch as they show their appreciation to the community.

Pizza on the Prairie (June 26)

Come to Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center in Orient Friday nights for brick oven pizza packed full with straight-from-the-farm veggies and local meats, enjoy live music and walking the prairie path. Event starts at 5 p.m. June 26. Seating is limited, so bring a lawn chair or blanket. Extra cleaning is being done and social distancing practices are requested. Reservations are required and a small deposit holds your space.

Creston Eagles Club Pre-Fourth Celebration (June 27)

The Creston Eagles Club “Pre-Fourth” celebration, 8 p.m. to midnight, June 27.

Sunset Paddle at Green Valley (June 27) 

Bring a kayak or canoe and join other paddling enthusiasts for a guided evening paddle. Meet at the park beach at 8:30 p.m. and be prepared to paddle 1 to 2 miles.

The Elms Club reopening (July 1)

The Elms Club will be opening up full time for dine-in and full bar July 1.

Gibson Memorial Library’s ‘Uptown Story Walk’ (July 1)

The Gibson Memorial Library will present a series of Uptown Story Walks along Maple Street during the month of July. The featured story July 1 will be “Five Bissy Honeybees.” Please start the walk at Salon G.

In addition, the library is also sponsoring a self-guided Uptown scavenger hunt during July. Information is available virtually at the Gibson Memorial Library Facebook Page or at their website. A paper copy can be gotten at the library or various Uptown businesses.

Annual ‘Chalk the Town’ (July 1-3)

Those interested in receiving chalk for the Annual Chalk the Town Activity July 1 through July 3, contact the Chamber of Commerce to make arrangements to pick some up.

Greater 8 and 5K Run/Walk, virtual event (July 3)

The Greater 8 and 5K Run/Walk is a virtual event this year! Your registration fees still go towards the trail expansion and maintenance in Creston. Every participant will receive a tri-blend race shirt ... sizes may be limited. Follow Greater 8 and 5K on Facebook for more race information! Here is the link to register: https://runsignup.com/Race/IA/Creston/Greater8and5K.

Night Hike at Green Valley (July 3-4)

Hike on trails in the dark and learn about what animals come out at night. Due to the large amount of participation last year, park staff will be limiting the number of people attending each night’s hike to 15 individuals. Send a message to Friends of Green Valley State Park on Facebook, or call the park office at 641-782-5131 to reserve a spot on the hike. If there’s enough interest, park staff will schedule more night hikes later in the summer so everyone has an opportunity to participate. The hike will meet at 9 p.m. at the south shelter house to hike the west trail. Expect to hike 2 to 3 miles on a grass trail. Due to limiting the number of participants they will offer night hikes on both July 3 and July 4.

Massena Tractor Ride (July 4)

Ride will leave from Massena Main Street at 8 a.m. Food will not be available so those interested must bring their own lunch. For more information call 712-779-0032

American Red Cross Blood Drive in Orient (July 6)

A Red Cross Blood Drive will take place at 124 S. Maple St. in Orient from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Future Founders 2020 Day Camp celebration event (July 10)

Future Founders 2020 is a youth entrepreneurship day camp being established for youth in Union County to learn about entrepreneurship in a fun and interactive way. A celebration for the program will be at 5 p.m. July 10 at McKinley Park.

Participants in the Day Camp will learn to turn their business concepts from ideas to reality through activities, challenges, workshops and competitions. For further program information and/or how to register contact Reagan Brown at reaganbrown@gmail.com, or by phone 641-344-5877.

Brandon Gibbs in concert at Warren Cultural Center (July 11)

Brandon Gibbs, multi-talented musician, writer and entertainer will perform at the Warren Cultural Center on the square in Greenfield, 7 p.m. July 11 in the last of WCC’s 2019-20 “Locals and Legends” series. 

Brandon Gibbs is a national recording artist and guitar player with a powerful, soulful voice and is also proud to call Iowa his home. His music features genres of rock, blues, pop and country. Gibbs is also the front man for supergroup “Devil City Angels” (2014-present) featuring Rikki Rockett (Poison) Traci Guns (L.A.Guns) and Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy).

Tickets are available online at warrenculturalcenter.com or at Ed & Eva’s Store (641) 743-2566. For more information call 641-343-7337. Due to Covid-19, social distancing will be practiced.

American Red Cross Blood Drive in Creston (July 29)

Blood drive will take place at SWCC’s instructional building, 1501 W. Townline St. from 12 to 6 p.m.

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