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May 2016

May 6th - May 7th » FREE Camping Weekend at Morris Park

The Van Buren County Conservation Office invites you to visit the beautiful and tranquil Morris Park this weekend and enjoy free camping!

Location:Morris Park, 10938 Timber Rd., Stockport, IA
Contact Person:Van Buren County Conservation
Phone:319-293-3589
Email:vbccb@netins.net
Website:http://www.vbcountyconservation.com/

May 6th - May 8th » Saddle Up for St. Jude

There will be trail rides, an auction, dance, poker run, food, and more as we raise fund for this great cause!

Saturday only - Our Kentucky Derby Party!!  Be sure to wear your best derby hat!!

Location:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge 29080 Hawk Dr. Farmington, IA
Contact Person:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

May 7th » Breakfast on Main Street

Breakfast hosted by a local community organization for a free will donation.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte Opera House 614 1st St. Bonaparte, IA
Contact Person:Bonaparte City Hall
Phone:319-592-3400

May 7th » Wasko Hardware Customer Appreciation Day

You are invited to Wasko Hardware for their annual Customer Appreciation event!  Stop by for in-store specials, prizes, and more and they say "thank you" to their customers!

Time:8:00am
Location:Wasko Hardware, 810 1st St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Wasko Hardware
Phone:319-293-6468
Website:http://www.waskohardware.com

May 7th » RAKU Pottery Firing Workshop

Take part in a RAKU Pottery firing workshop hosted by Iron & Lace behind the store (Walnut & Hawk Dr.) in Bentonsport.  Cost of the class is $28, additional charge for bisqueware.  Call for reservations.

Time:9:00am
Location:Iron & Lace, Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Iron & Lace
Phone:319-592-3222
Email:irnlace@netins.net
Website:http://www.ironandlace.com/

May 7th » Villages Folk School - Foraging for a Feast

What edibles lurk in your backyard? Come find out! This 3 hour Class is offered twice in one day. Morning Class is 9 to Noon. Afternoon Class is 1 to 4. Students need to be prepared and dressed for walking in the woods, bring bug spray, a hat, weather related jackets. Also notebooks/pencils. We will meet for a brief discussion of what we are looking for, then spend 1 to 1.5 hours harvesting spring green. We will then return to my home and will cover various ways to prepare the finds. No Fungi (mushrooms) will be picked.

Class Fee: $53.00 per student

Time:9:00am until 12:00pm
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com/

May 7th » Villages Folk School - Cheese Making: Mozzarella & Feta

Class Fee: $95.00 per student 

Time:9:00am until 4:00pm
Location:Stonehouse in Bentonsport
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com/

May 7th » Villages Folk School - Raku Pottery

Raku is a low fire process that results in a wide variety of colors.  No two are ever alike.  We get glaze colors ranging from coppers and golds to greens, yellows, reds, and blues.  You may create a new one! These workshops allow the novice to learn the basics of low fired glazes, application, and firing on bisque pottery forms. Students may bring their own bisque pieces or select from a wide variety of pieces available at Iron & Lace.  Pieces range from $5.00 to $40.00 for bisque fired forms ranging from slab and cookie cutter ornaments to small, medium, and large pots and vases.  (Not suitable for pieces intended for eating or drinking due to the metallic nature of the glaze.) All pieces are fired in propane fueled kilns heated to approximately 1800 degrees F, and post-reduction fired in containers using various organic materials.  Come expecting to learn a lot and have a pot-full of fun!

Class Fee: $28.00+ per person plus the cost of your bisque pieces.

Time:9:00am until 3:00pm
Location:Iron & Lace in Bentonsport, Iowa
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com/

May 7th » We "R" for the Earth!

Nature on First is offering fun and educational workshops for elementary children.  Workshop dates: 4/30/2016 & 5/7/2016.  During the workshop you will:

  • Learn the 5 "R"s and maybe invent some more!
  • Learn the "Recycle Rap" about taking care of the Earth.
  • Create your own piece of art from recyclable materials.
  • Present the Recycle Rap and your artwork to your family and guests after the last workshop.

Workshop fee $10.  Preregistration is required.  To register call, email, or stop by the shop (Thurs-Sat 10a-5p).

 

Time:9:30am until 11:00am
Location:Nature on First, 709 1st St., Keosauqua
Contact Person:Pam Larson
Phone:319-293-2536
Email:natureonfirst@gmail.com

May 7th » Villages Folk School - Card Making: Punches & Stamps

Class fee $45

Time:1:00pm until 4:00pm
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@villagesfolkschool.com
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com/

May 8th » Villages Folk School - Cheese Making: Cheese Curds & Blue Caerphilly

Class Fee: $95.00 per student

Time:9:00am until 4:00pm
Location:Stonehouse in Bentonsport
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com/

May 8th » Mother's Day Lunch

The Bonaparte Public Library hosts lunch for moms and families to celebrate Mother's Day held at Bonaparte Opera House.  Cost: $7/adults & $4/children

Time:11:00am until 1:00pm
Location:Bonaparte Opera House, 614 1st St., Bonaparte, IA
Contact Person:Bonaparte Library
Phone:319-592-3677
Email:blibrary@netins.net

May 9th - May 13th » Keosauqua Healthcare Center's Food Drive

As part of National Nursing Home Week, the Keosauqua Healthcare Center is asking the community to celebrate with them and take part in the festivities!  They will be doing a food drive during this time, all donations will benefit all Van Buren County Food Pantries.  Donations can be dropped off at the Center (address below).  Suggested donations: canned fruit, boxed meals, cereal, flour/sugar, pasta sauce, & salad dressing.

Location:Keosauqua Healthcare Center, 819 Country Lane Rd., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Kayla
Phone:319-293-3761

May 14th » Shimek Speedway Go-Kart Races

Join the excitement each Saturday night for these kid & adult go-kart races!  No admission fee for spectators.  To enter a go-kart you must own the kart & it must pass inspection.  Pit passes $13.

Location:Shimek Speedway, 1154 Hwy. 2, Farmington, IA
Contact Person:Shimek Speedway
Phone:319-878-3772
Website:http://www.shimekspeedwayfarmington1.com/

May 14th » Villages Folk School - Barn Quilt Painting

After years of providing shelter for livestock, many old barns are being given a new purpose – providing a background for an outdoor art project. Barn quilts are bright and bold public art pieces that celebrate agriculture and rural life. They may be found in almost a third of Iowa’s counties and 25 states. In this class, students will learn the basics of barn quilt painting and create a 12” X 12” barn quilt and will leave with patterns and the knowledge to create more quilts in a variety of sizes.

$53.00 per student

Time:9:00am until 3:00pm
Location:Carolyn's House, 28759 115th St. Stockport, Iowa 52651 (1 ml N of Stockport, take right off curve, take immediate right, 1st house on left)
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com/

May 14th » Villages Folk School - Chair Caning: Fiber Rush

This chair caning class will cover the technique of fiber rush seat weaving.

Class Fee: $75.00 per student

Time:9:00am until 3:00pm
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com/

May 14th » Villages Folk School - Plein Air: Landscape

Simplify the process of painting on location and learn how to capture a sense of natural light.  The instructor will begin with a demonstration and then guide students as they work on their own project.   Student may choose medium:  watercolors, oils or pastels.

Class Fee: $70.00 per student plus the cost of materials 

Time:9:00am until 4:00pm
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com/

May 14th » Villages Folk School - Blacksmithing: Tong Making

This workshop will introduce you to the basics of making Forge Tongs. We will cover the techniques of making tongs using three methods ranging from simple to more complex construction. This workshop is intended for students who have some forging experience and good hammer control. We will concentrate on the forging of smaller tongs which are more useful to the projects which you are working on and we will cover several styles of jaw configuration. This will be an intense workshop forging tongs all day. You may be able to complete two or three pairs of tongs to take home.

Class Fee: $115.00 per student

Time:9:00am until 4:00pm
Location:Iron & Lace Shop Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com/

May 14th » River City Coins and Collectibles Appraisals Road Show

The Pioneer Historical Society invite you to bring your family heirlooms and learn more about their age and value.

There will be 3 highly qualified appraisers, William Taylor, Brenda Sayre, & George Wannamaker specializing in coins and currency, military items, war souveniers, old guns, pocket watches, paper advertising, glassware, sterling silver, art, postcards, cameras, old books, old photographs, aviation material, toys, tools, farm/garden items, kitchen items, and general antiques.  

The cost will be $5 for each for your first 2 items, then $3 for additional items after that.  All proceeds go toward the operating budget of the Pioneer Historical Museum in Farmington.

Time:12:30pm until 4:30pm
Location:Farmington Community Center, 201 S. 4th St., Farmington, IA 52626
Contact Person:Louise Montalvo
Phone:847-651-1836

May 15th » Wild Edibles Hike

Forage in the forest along the trails at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park! Join Naturalist, Kathy Dice, for a leisurely hike as she points out several wild edibles, how to identify them, prepare them and explain a few with medicinal values. This is an official Des Moines River Water Trails event cosponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Jefferson County Conservation. Pre-registration is not required. 

Time:1:00pm
Location:Beach @ Lacey State Park Lake Lacey Keosauqua State Park, 22895 Lacey Trail Keosauqua, IA 52565
Phone:641-472-4421
Email:dmriverwatertrail@gmail.com

May 20th - May 22nd » Ranch Horse Show Series

The second show in the 2016 series!  Includes: Jackport Sorting, Roping, Barrel Racing, Extreme Trail Course, a Dance, Food Concessions & More!

 

Location:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge 29080 Hawk Dr. Farmington, IA
Contact Person:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

May 21st » Shimek Speedway Go-Kart Races

Join the excitement each Saturday night for these kid & adult go-kart races!  No admission fee for spectators.  To enter a go-kart you must own the kart & it must pass inspection.  Pit passes $13.

Location:Shimek Speedway, 1154 Hwy. 2, Farmington, IA
Contact Person:Shimek Speedway
Phone:319-878-3772
Website:http://www.shimekspeedwayfarmington1.com/

May 21st » Villages Folk School - Rug Weaving

You are invited to participate in our "Beginning Rug Weaving Class".  This three hour course will cover the basics of rug weaving.  Participants will make their own rug to take home. Among the techniques you will learn are:  preparation of materials for weaving, rug weaving and rug finishing.

Class Fee: $75.00 per student

Time:9:00am until 12:00pm
Location:Marion Street Workshops 21909 Marion St. Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com/

May 21st » Villages Folk School - Letterpress: Beginners

Letterpress printing is a relief printing process created by equipment that was specifically built for printing text (letters). This class will introduce you to this tactile process, equipment, and variations on the process. Learn what press to use, paper to select, and how to prepare your inks for various print projects. We will be covering the basics and you will be taking home several of your own prints. Do not wear nice clothing, bring rubber gloves if you need. Class will be held in an actual letterpress print shop.

Class Fee: $115.00 per student 

Time:9:00am until 4:00pm
Location:The Calico Press 23096 Rte. J-16 Birmingham, Ia 52535
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com/

May 21st » Full Moon Float

Paddle under the light of the Full Moon! Participants will head out on the water to hear stories of the night sky coming alive. Naturalist Brittney Tiller will be interpreting the various constellations and objects of the night sky from the calm waters of the lake. This is an official Des Moines River Water Trails event cosponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Jefferson County Conservation. Pre-registration is required and participation is limited. If you do not have your own canoe or kayak, some are available for loan. The trip is open to all but children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants may register by calling or emailing the contact information below.

Time:9:00pm until 11:00pm
Location:Lacey Keosauqua State Park Boat Ramp 22895 Lacey Trail Keosauqua, IA 52565
Phone:641-472-4421
Email:dmriverwatertrail@gmail.com

May 22nd » Villages Folk School - Marbling Paper

This class covers the ancient technique of marbling paper through the years. We will analyze the first record of paper marbling in 986 CE and follow the ever changing process from East Asia to Turkey and eventually North America. You will learn first hand how to coat your paper, prepare your paints, mix your size, and lay-on your paper. Each students will make several beautifully marbled papers. These papers can be used to line books, create cards, or scrapbook pages. Do not wear nice clothing, bring rubber gloves if you need.

Class Fee: $70.00 per student

Time:9:00am until 1:00pm
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com/

May 27th - May 30th » Bearly Antiques Official Grand Opening

Check out the newest Antique store in town!!  Bearly Antiques will hold a Grand Opening during Memorial Weekend, Friday - Monday, with in-store specials, discounts, & prizes!  Stop in and welcome them to town!

Location:Bearly Antiques, 205 Van Buren St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Bearly Antiques
Phone:319-293-2574

May 27th » Forgotten Towns of the Des Moines River (Van Buren County)

Early settlements once thrived along the river but now are seen as "ghost towns" of their former glory. Paddle into the past as we hear the stories of these settlements, and villages, come to life through the voice of local historian, Mike Miller. This is an official Des Moines River Water Trails event cosponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Jefferson County Conservation. Pre-registration is required and participation is limited. If you do not have your own canoe or kayak, some are available for loan. The trip is open to all but children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants may register by calling (641)-472-4421 or emailing dmriverwatertrail@gmail.com.

Time:10:00am until 3:00pm
Location:Keosauqua Boat Ramp Front Street Keosauqua, IA 52565
Phone:641-472-4421
Email:dmriverwatertrail@gmail.com

May 27th - May 29th » Paint Van Buren Co. - A Plein Air Event

"Quick Paint" event Friday, May 27th 4-6pm

Registration & event held next to Des Moines River Bridge at the Riverside Park in Keosauqua. Event held in conjunction with the Villages Folk School Lawn Party.  

Paint Van Buren County - Saturday, May 28th & Sunday, May 29th

Registration & event for Saturday & Sunday at 7am in the Parlor Room of the Herman Greef House in Bentonsport.  $25 weekend entry registration fee.  Painting time 8am Saturday - Noon Sunday.  Finished works ready to hang by 1pm Sunday.  Awards (with places and cash prizes) announced at 2pm Sunday.  Gallery open to the public for viewing & sales 2pm-5:30pm at the Herman Greef House.

Time:4:00pm until 12:00pm
Location:Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Gin Lammert
Phone:641-208-5968 (Registration)

May 27th » Villages Folk School Lawn Party

Villages Folk School Lawn Party - 5-9pm Join us for a celebration of the Arts! BBQ, live music, & auction.  Bring a lawn chair and join the Fun!

Time:5:00pm until 9:00pm
Location:Riverside Park Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-288-0047
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com/

May 27th - May 28th » Amish Buffet-Style Dinner

Home cooked Amish buffet dinner!  Menu:  Meatloaf, Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Homemade Noodles, Green Beans, Salad Bar, Homemade Bread, & Dessert (variety of pies).

Price:  $10 Adults and $5 Kids aged 5-12.

 

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Sunrise Bakery, 31154 210th St., Bonaparte (North of Bonaparte on W-40)
Contact Person:Sunrise Bakery

May 28th » Shimek Speedway Go-Kart Races

Join the excitement each Saturday night for these kid & adult go-kart races!  No admission fee for spectators.  To enter a go-kart you must own the kart & it must pass inspection.  Pit passes $13.

Location:Shimek Speedway, 1154 Hwy. 2, Farmington, IA
Contact Person:Shimek Speedway
Phone:319-878-3772
Website:http://www.shimekspeedwayfarmington1.com/

May 28th » Alumni Breakfast

The Keosauqua Lions will serve a pancake & sausage breakfast in the NEW Riverfront Park in downtown Keosauqua.  Meal will be a free-will donation.

Time:7:00am until 10:00am
Location:Keosauqua Riverfront Park Keosauqua, IA

May 28th » Villages Folk School - A Foraged Feast

What edibles lurk in your backyard? Come find out! Students need to be prepared and dressed for walking in the woods, bring bug spray, a hat, weather related jackets. Also notebooks/pencils. We will meet for a brief discussion of what we are looking for, then spend 1 to 1.5 hours harvesting spring green. We will then return to my home and will cover various ways to prepare the finds. No Fungi (mushrooms) will be picked.

Class Fee: $53.00 per student

Time:9:00am until 12:00pm
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com/

May 28th - May 29th » Bentonsport Flea Market & Craft Show

A variety of vendors including Antiques, Crafts, Flea Market & Food set up in the Riverside Park, along the bank of the Des Moines River, in Bentonsport,  

Download a Vendor Application

Time:10:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Greef General Store Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Greef General Store
Phone:319-592-3579
Email:greefstore@netins.net
Website:http://www.greefstore.com/event-calendar.html

May 29th » Off The Road Antique Appraisal Show

An antique and collectible appraisal show.  Items will be appraised at $10 per item or 3 items for $25.  The appraisal show is sponsored by and all proceeds go to the Bentonsport Improvement Association.  The appraisers are: Mike Burggraaf, specializing in stoneware, advertising signs, breweriana, liquor related collectibles, trade tokens, and antique bottles & Rick Alexander, a certified appraiser, specializing in advertising, country/general store items, coin operated devices, posters, & toys.

Time:1:00pm until 4:00pm
Location:Bentonsport Stone House 26985 Rte. J40 Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Rick Alexander
Phone:319-592-3152 or 515-975-4179
Email:rickthatappraiser@gmail.com

May 29th » Memorial Day Program

Enjoy an evening prgram of music and stories honoring the Veterans who gave their life to protect our country, particulary during the Civil War period.

No admission fee. Everyone welcome.

Time:6:30pm
Location:Historic Presbyterian Church Bentonsport
Phone:319-592-3191
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