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March 2018

Mar 23rd » Keosauqua Lions Soup Supper and Auction

Fundraiser for Lions Club projects. Serving chili, potato soup and oyster soup. Free will donation for meal. The auction will have merchandise and baked goods donated by individuals and businesses in the community.

Location:Roberts Memorial Center, 20497 Hwy 1 N., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Gary

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Mar 24th » Bonaparte Library Dinner Theatre

Annual Dinner Theatre fundraiser sponsored by the Bonaparte Library. An audience participation performance of "Murder Me Always"
Dinner will be succulent Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, sides and apple crisp for dessert.
$25 per person.
Doors open at 6:30pm, dinner served at 7:00pm. Reservations are required. 

Location:602 8th St., Bonaparte, IA
Contact Person:Bonaparte Library

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Mar 30th - Apr 1st » Easter Bonanza

This is really an Easter weekend plus! Heart for Hooves and River Valley will be presenting the fourth annual Easter Bonanza, which will include a dance, meal, and much more.
Location:River Valley Lodge, 29080 Hawk Dr., Farmington, IA
Contact Person:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge

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Mar 31st » Easter Egg Hunt

Annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Keosauqua Lions.

Location:1st Shelter House, Lacey-Keosauqua State Park, Keosauqua, IA

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Mar 31st » Stockport Legacy Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt for children 3rd grade and under. Sponsored by Legacy Group. 

Location:Saddle Club Park, Stockport, IA

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Mar 31st » Cantril's Easter Egg Hunt

Come and see Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny at the Annual Cantril Waubonsie Trail Easter Egg Hunt. For children 1-12 years of age. There is no charge to attend.

Location:Waubonsie Park, 601 W. North St., Cantril, IA
Contact Person:Crystal Kauk
Phone:(319) 288-0834

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Mar 31st » Milton Lions Chili & Grilled Cheese Supper

Join the Milton Lions for a free will donation supper. There will be plenty of chili soup and grilled cheese sandwich with dessert. 

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:American Legion Bldg., 301 N. Main St., Milton, IA
Contact Person:David Barnes

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April 2018

Apr 7th - Apr 29th » Villages Folk School Classes

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the eleven historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. Classes are held in peaceful rural settings so students can return to a simpler time and witness the importance of the artisan in village-life. Pre-registration is required for classes.

  • 7th ~ Leather Crafting for Beginners with Stuart Holmes.
  • 14th ~ Book Binding: Journals & More with Renee Robison.
  • 21st ~ Sculpting Basics with Chris Bennett.
  • 28th ~ Goat Milk Soap Making with Heather Nelson.
  • 28th/29th ~ Blacksmithing: Beginning with Bill Printy/Mark Heisdorffer.

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Location:809 First St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Mel

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Apr 7th » Breakfast on Main Street

Full hot breakfast for a free will donation.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte Opera House, 103 Main St., Bonaparte, IA

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Apr 7th » Keosauqua Chamber Annual Dinner & Auction

Fundraiser to support Keosauqua Chamber mini-grant program for business members. Everyone is invited! Teams of 4-8 encouraged. There will be a nacho bar, trivia, citizen of the year award, sundaes and auction. $20 per person.


Location:Riverview Club, 217 Riverview Dr. Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Mandi Maras

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Apr 8th » Antique Bottles of SE Iowa

Did you know, collectors discover links to Iowa's past through antique bottles? Meet one of Iowa's foremost antique bottle experts: Mike Burggraaf of Fairfield, co-author of the book, "The Antique Bottles of Iowa". Mike will be presenting a program at the Stone House about antique bottles of Southeast Iowa during the 1850-1910 era. Featured examples from the towns of Bonaparte, Farmington, Ft. Madison, Keosauqua, Keokuk, as well as other southeast Iowa towns, will be displayed.

Location:The Stone House, 26985 Rte. J40, Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Betty

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Apr 14th » Birmingham Annual Open House and Business Awards

Everyone is welcome to the Birmingham Vol. Fire Dept. Annual Open House and Business Awards Night. Serving beef and noodles, chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, applesauce, bread and butter, beverage and dessert. Free will offering. 

Location:Birmingham Fire Station, 221 E Cedar St., Birmingham, IA
Contact Person:Gene Stine Tres

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Apr 20th - Apr 22nd » Ranch Horse Show Series at River Valley Lodge

Ranch Horse Show Series - The first of the 2018 series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, wine tasting, dance, food concessions, and more. Camping available on grounds.  

Special Weekend Event: Vet Clinic, Vaccination & Coggins with Dr. Bill. Also, both a farrier and an equine dentist will be onsite for your convenience.

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Location:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge, 29080 Hawk Dr., Farmington, IA
Contact Person:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge

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Apr 21st » Bentonsport Artisans Co-Op Open House

Come and see what's new in at the Co-op this season. Lapidary demonstrations at 1pm & 3pm. Weather permitting. There will be refreshments.

Time:10:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Bentonsport Artisans Co-Op, 21986 Hawk Dr., Keosauqua
Contact Person:Pam

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Apr 21st » Bentonsport Open House

Open House for the Bentonsport District 2018 Season. Shops will have treats, demonstrations, door prizes and new items in all the shops.

Time:10:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Bentonsport National Historic District, 26964 Hawk Dr., Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Cheryl Duke

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