March 03, 2021

Events calendar

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Social Justice Book Club (Feb. 22)

Another Zoom book club will be held 5 p.m. Feb. 22. The book being discussed is “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond. Copies of the book may be picked up at Gibson Memorial Library to be checked out. Visit, Meeting ID: 852 420 7703, to join the discussion.

Adult book discussion (Feb. 23)

The next discussion will be 5 p.m. Feb. 23 on Zoom. The book being discussed is “Someone Knows” by Lisa Scottoline. Copies of the book are available for check-out.Visit to join in on the Zoom group. Meeting ID: 852 420 7703, mobile: 1-312-626-6799.

‘Building Better Birders’ workshop (Feb. 25)

Ringgold County Conservation is hosting the second installment of its four educational workshops: “Building Better Birders.” This installment will explain how to bird internationally and will give a bald eagle presentation. The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a $10 lunch catered by local cafe Jamie’s Coffee Mill.

This program is free and appropriate for all ages. Registration is required and space is limited. To register call the Ringgold CCB office at 641-464-2787 or email

Iowa’s Underground Railroad (Feb. 25)

Urbandale Public Library and African American Museum of Iowa present a virtual history of Iowa’s Underground Railroad 5 p.m. Thursday. This free event will not feature Harriet Tubman, but will feature common Underground Railroad codes and show how to navigate using the stars as you learn about those that made a daring and dangerous escape from slavery. Recommended for ages 8-14, families welcome! Register online at

C.A.R.E. Spay-ghetti Supper (Feb. 26)

The Creston Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.) will hold their annual “Spay-ghetti Supper at The Eagles beginning at 5:30 p.m. It is dine-in with plenty of space for social distancing. Carry-out is also available.

St. Malachy School Auction (Feb. 27)

The St. Malachy annual school auction is virtual this year beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday. Contact the school at 641-782-7125 for details on purchasing dinner tickets with appetizers, dinner, dessert and drinks delivered to your door. A purchase of a dinner package is not mandatory to participate in the online auction and watch party.

Gibson Memorial Library Zoom open coffee (March 3)

A Zoom open coffee will be held 10 a.m. March 3. Join in for an online casual coffee group, chat, get to know one another and learn what is going on in the community. To join visit, Meeting ID: 852 420 7703, Mobile: 1-312-626-6799

‘Flowers for Algernon’ (March 5, 6 and 7)

CCHS Speech and Drama will perform “Flowers for Algernon” 7 p.m. March 5 and 6, and 2 p.m. March 7 at Creston Community High School. This 2.5 hour performance is based on the novel, is a beautiful, and touching play. Poignant, funny, tragic, but with a hope for the unbreakable man’s spirit and a story you’ll long remember. Tickets are $5. DISCLAIMER: The play was written in the 1960s; therefore, the word “retard” will be used in performance. Unfortunately, the playwright won’t allow script modifications. Masks are required. Contact Director Laura Granger at with questions.

Sew Sweet Quilt Retreat (March 12-14)

Bring a project to work on and stitch with friends. This quilt retreat is 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 12 and 13, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 14 inside the educational building at First United Methodist Church. Attendees must preregister as space is limited. Additional quilting retreats to be held in June, Sept. and Nov. Contact Wendy Sticken at 641-202-2955 or

Legislative Coffee (March 13)

Meet with Rep. Tom Moore and Sen. Tom Shipley for the next updates on the 2021 Iowa legislative session, 9 to 10:30 a.m. March 13 and April 10 via Zoom. Access details of the next Zoom meeting TBD. The chamber requests that questions be submitted in writing, either by email at or to the Creston Chamber Facebook Page. Currently Representative Tom Moore and Senator Tom Shipley are planning to attend. The coffees are open to the public at no charge.

Virtual Storm Spotter Training via GoToWebinar (March 17)

Adair and Guthrie County Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service in Des Moines will host a Virtual Storm Spotter training session at 7 p.m. March 17 via GoToWebinar. This training is open to county responders and the public. The virtual training session is free and will give basic information on the formation of severe weather storms, how they function, what to report, as well as how and where to communicate storm information. The training will allow an attendee to register as a severe storm spotter with the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service still needs reports from trained weather spotters, because in addition to Doppler, it’s helpful to also know what’s happening on the ground. Trained weather spotters fill in this gap of information. Registration is required to attend and can be completed at:

Weekly Open House at Deer Ridge (Sunday and Wednesday)

Deer Ridge at Lexington is Southwest Iowa’s newest premier event space located in the rolling hills of Taylor County. The public and those looking to host a wedding or corporate event with hotel suites are welcome to visit the state-of-the-art event venue and adjacent lodge for a free tour and refreshments 2 to 6 p.m. each Sunday and Wednesday in January. This is a “come and go” event located at 2242 Lake Road, Bedford, IA.

‘What’s On Your Nightstand?’ (Thursday)

Every Thursday at 5 p.m., join online via Zoom. This is a casual group to share a love of literature and perhaps find a new book to read. A list of books discussed will be printed off and posted at the library to help other patrons find their next read. For more information contact or call 641-782-2277.