May 15, 2021

Events calendar

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Spring Dessert Theater (April 23)

Mayflower Heritage Christian School are performing “Nic at Night,” which focuses on the story of Nicodemus during its annual dessert theater 7 p.m. April 23. Tickets are $5 and there will be a silent auction.

C.A.R.E. Microchip Clinic (April 24)

Creston Animal Rescue Effort is hosting a microchip clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. April 24, at the Southern Hills Vet Clinic, 1000 E. Taylor St. Please have pet(s) leashed or in a pet carrier. A Rabies vaccine will also be available. For more information call 641-782-2330.

Market on Maple (April 24)

Market on Maple is a pop up shop event featuring a juried selection of vendors and family-friendly activities in 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Uptown Creston. The event will feature live music by Dan Trilk 7 to 9 p.m. on the 100 and 200 blocks of North Maple Street. Vendors will include handcrafted goods and vintage wares. Uptown businesses will have specials and promotions as well. Spotlight School of Dance and Isaac the Clown will be performing during the day. Rain date April 25. Visit or the Market on Maple Facebook page for more details.

Unstoppable: Spotlight School of Dance recital (April 24)

Spotlight is showcasing its students in an outdoor community performance during the UCDA’s “Market on Maple” event in Uptown Creston, 9 a.m. April 24. Students will perform recital choreography on a covered stage while community members are welcome to watch from picnic blankets or lawn chairs in the green space nestled uptown.

Social Justice Book Club (April 26)

Gibson Memorial Library’s social justice book club provides a space for conversations on issues of social justice and activism. Starts at 5 p.m., April 26 on Zoom. To join visit, Meeting ID: 852 420 7703. Dial-in: 1-312-626-6799, enter same ID.

Adult Book Discussion (April 27)

This month’s Gibson Memorial Library adult book discussion is on “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Michele Richardson. Zoom meeting starts at 5 p.m. Visit, meeting ID: 852 420 7703, or dial 1-312-626-6799 enter ID to join.

Diagonal Community Blood Drive (May 3)

Diagonal Community Schools are hosting a blood drive, 1 to 6 p.m. May 3 at the Diagonal School’s south gym (W. 2nd St.) Scheduled appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, call Danielle Newton at 641-734-5331. Every blood donor receives a health screening which includes being tested for COVID-19 antibodies and for blood type.

Creston Kiwanis Pancake Days (May 4)

Kiwanis Club members now have tickets to sell for the Annual Pancake Fundraiser, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 4 at the United Methodist Church. Carry out is an option. Tickets are $7 if purchased prior to the event or $8 at the door for adults. All-you-can-eat pancakes with sausage and drink. This fundraiser helps the club donate to numerous projects throughout the year. Event details are also listed on the Creston Kiwanis Facebook page.

Union County Drive-thru Community Baby Shower (May 6)

Union County prenatal families and families with young infants are invited to a drive-thru community baby shower for prize drawings and baby resources 4 to 6 p.m. May 6 in the Tech Center parking lot at Southwestern Community College. Register by calling SWCC at 641-782-1441.

14th Annual Iowa Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day (May 7)

The 14th Annual Iowa Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day Ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, May 7, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial located south of the Iowa State Capitol building in Des Moines. Event hosted by Disabled American Veterans, Des Moines Chapter 20, with the support from Central Iowa VA Health Care System. The Ceremony will honor all who served in the Vietnam War Era, and especially those spouses and families who’ve lost ones, whether during their service in Vietnam, or who later died as a result of their service.

Robotics Showcase (May 8)

The Adams and Union County Extension and Outreach offices are hosting a youth robotics showcase from 9 a.m. to noon May 8 at the Prescott Eagles Nest. The public is invited to attend. Spectators will be able to get a close-up look at robots, youth robotics programs as well as ask questions of ISU Extension and Outreach staff and other STEM professionals. For more information contact Evy Ganfield at 641-322-3184 or email

Green Valley Night Catfish Tournament (May 8 and 9)

A first ever night catfish tournament will be hosted 7 p.m. May 8 to 7 a.m. May 9 at the north ramp of Green Valley Lake. For more information on entry fees and prizes, visit the Facebook event page to message Andy Jennings.

PEO Trunk Sale (May 15)

Creston PEO’s 8th Annual Trunk sale will take place 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the depot parking lot.

Lake Icaria Catfish Tournament (May 22)

Fish for blue catfish in a first ever event 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Lake Icaria May 22. Boats will be launching from main boat ramp. For more information on entry fees and prizes, visit the Facebook event page or message Southern Iowa Catfish Seekers on Facebook.

CCHS Graduation (May 23)

Preston Community High School graduation is 2 p.m May 23. More details to come.

Creston Farmers Market

Live music with locally grown vegetables, dairy, beef, baked and handmade goods will be available 4 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays.

VA Mobile Medical Unit (June 18)

Central Iowa VA Virtual Health is offering 2021 onsite visits to provide services to veterans in the Creston area. The VA Mobile Medical Unit will allow veterans to schedule and attend appointments in a secure and private Telehealth connection. The unit will be located at the Alliant Energy parking lot, 208 W. Taylor St. on June 18, August 20, October 15 and December 15. Some of the services available are primary care, respiratory, cardiology, nutrition, occupational therapy and lab draws. To schedule a visit on the Mobile Medical Unit, call 515-699-5999, ext. 21501.

Rainbow Park Ice Cream Social (June 19)

Save the date for the Southside Booster Club’s annual Rainbow Park celebration. This year will feature a car show, country music performance and activities for kids. More details to come.

10,000 Crestonian’s Annual 4th of July Celebration (July 1 to 4)

More details to come.

Ringgold County Fair (July 7 to 11)

More details to come.

Adams County Fair (July 9 to 14)

More details to come.

Clarke County Fair (July 13 to 19)

More details to come.

Taylor County Fair (July 14 to 18)

More details to come.

Adair County Fair (July 21 to 25)

More details to come.

Union County Fair (July 22 to 27)

More details to come.

Lenox Rodeo (July 22)

The 76th Annual Lenox Iowa Rodeo begins 7:30 p.m. July 22. Featured events during rodeo week include a parade, youth activities, steer riding and mutton bustin’ with a Lenox Stock and Saddle Club riders main event each night. The grounds are located on East Iowa St. in the south east part of Lenox. It is to the north of the high school and across the street from the baseball field. For more info, visit the event page on Facebook.

Hinterland Music Festival (Aug. 6 to 8)

Three days of music curated for all who love music and the outdoors Aug. 6 to 8 at the Avenue of Saints Amphitheater in Saint Charles. Headliners include The Avett Brothers, Tyler Childers, Leon Bridges and more. Visit for more info.

Iowa State Fair (Aug. 12 to 22)

The internationally acclaimed Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is Iowa’s great celebration, a salute to the state’s best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. Grandstand events include performances by Casting Crows, Blake Shelton with Matt Stell, Sam Hunt, Boyz II men, The Beach Boys and more. Visit for more info.

Go Fly a Kite (Aug. 24)

Ringgold County Conservation is hosting a free kite flying event 2 to 4 p.m. April 24 at Liberty Lake, just north of Mount Ayr. The first 15 families will receive a free kite to fly and take home. Participants will meet at the Lakeview Shelter House and then spread out along the east hills to fly their kites. A few kites that groups and families can check out and return are also available. Dress weather appropriate. This event is dependent on weather conditions. Call Ringgold County Conservation at 641-464-2787 for more information.

Ayr Days 2021 (Aug 28)

Mount Ayr celebrates its annual town celebration with a parade, a large variety of vendors, food trucks, rides and games 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 28. For more info, follow the event page on Facebook.

Tingley’s 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social (Aug. 29)

Tingley’s 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social judged competition will be 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 29. Free will offerings will be accepted. Lunch will also be available to purchase at the event courtesy of the Cattlemen’s Association and Kids in Touch. A non-judged antique car, bike and tractor show will take place. Ringgold County’s Ranger Kate will be sponsoring an event for kids.