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April 2022

Apr 1st - Apr 2nd » Bonaparte Spring Open House

Lots of great deals!

Simply Irresistible: 8am-4pm
Individual Baked Goods, Breads, Coffee, Tea, Soda Antique, Vintage and Collectibles Native Iowa Wine (Wine Tasting), Christmas and Valentines items 20% off.

Holmes Leather Crafting: 9am-4pm
10% of everything in the store!

Waterfront Place: 10am-4pm
Lots of great deals on a unique variety of antiques and collectibles.

Time:8:00am until 4:00pm
Location:Downtown Bonaparte
616 First St.
Bonaparte, IA 52620
Contact Person:Teresa Green
Phone:903-571-3844
Email:Teresa.green@ehrhits.com

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Apr 1st - Apr 3rd » Bentonsport Open House

Bentonsport shops will have treats, demonstrations, door prizes and new items in all the shops.

Time:10:00am until 4:00pm
Location:Bentonsport National Historic District
26964 Hawk Dr.
Bentonsport, IA 52565
Phone:319-592-3579

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Apr 2nd » 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.

Pre-registration is required for classes.
Register for April Classes

Location:Villages Folk School
809 1st St.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Mel Stockwell
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:http://www.VillagesFolkSchool.com

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Apr 2nd » Bonaparte Music Bonanza

A fun-filled family-friendly event of musical entertainment and comedy! Features many local entertainers from the Tri-Sate area. 

Doors open at 5:30pm, show at 7pm.
Tickets: $10.00 in advance (age 5-adults) non refundable. 
$15.00 at the door (Limited Reserve Seating Available). Call 319-520-5385 for tickets. 

Sat Only: A soup supper will be served at 5:30 pm in the cafeteria prior to the show. A variety of soups, sandwiches and desserts will be available. Free-will donation

All proceeds from the event benefit the Bonaparte Community Improvement Association.

Time:5:30pm
Location:Former Elementary School Bldg.
602 8th St.
Bonaparte, IA 52620
Phone:319-520-5385

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Apr 8th - Apr 10th » Donkey Sorting Series

Friday 7-9pm: Donkeys will be numbered up and in pens. People will be able to just ride and a chance for anyone new to get their horses used to the donkey. No admission fee.

Saturday 11am-3pm: Full arena sort. All teams will be drawn, the number of rounds will be determined by the number of people. Teams of 3 people. $15 a person will enter you in all the rounds for the day. You will also need a $5 wristband if you are not camping. Sign-up will be 10-10:45am. There will be a Jackpot round at the end of the practice rounds. This will cost $5 a person and each person can enter 3 times.

Sunday 11am-3pm: Sort-n-pen. All teams will be drawn, the number of rounds will be determined by the number of people. Teams of 3 people. $15 a person will enter you in all the rounds for the day. You will also need a $5 wristband if you are not camping. Sign-up will be 10-10:45am. There will be a Jackpot round at the end of the practice rounds. This will cost $5 a person and each person can enter 3 times.

There will be year-end awards for top 3 teams presented at the final sort for both full arena and sort-n-pen.

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Location:River Valley Lodge and Horsecamp
29080 Hawk Dr.
Farminton, IA 52626
Contact Person:Mike Wright
Phone:217-430-5527
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

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Apr 9th » 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.

Pre-registration is required for classes.
Register for April Classes

Location:Villages Folk School
809 1st St.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Mel Stockwell
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:http://www.VillagesFolkSchool.com

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Apr 9th » Farmington Easter Egg Hunt

Bring the kids for some Easter fun, this Sat!
Sponsored by Farmington Art Council

Time:1:00pm
Location:Wild Rose Park
204 Walnut St.
Farmington, IA 52626
Contact Person:Rachael Denly
Phone:319-470-0946
Email:farmingtonartscouncil@gmail.com

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Apr 15th - Apr 17th » Easter Service

Friday, April 15th
Good Friday Service at 7pm.

Sunday, April 17th
Easter Sunrise Service: 8am
All are welcome! Breakfast will follow Sunrise Service at no cost.
Church Service will be at 10am

Location:Milton Christian Church
301 E Oak St.
Milton, IA 52570
Phone:641-656-4647
Email:kdm6187@yahoo.com

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Apr 15th - Apr 17th » Ranch Horse Show Series at River Valley Lodge

Ranch Horse Show Series - The first of the 2022 series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, wine tasting, dance, food concessions, and more. Camping is available on the grounds.  
 
Location:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
29080 Hawk Dr.
Farminton, IA 52626
Contact Person:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleylodgeandcampground.com/

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Apr 15th » Bonaparte Fire Dept. Annual Catfish Dinner

Join the Bonaparte Fire Dept. 5-8pm for their Annual Catfish Dinner. Serving: whole catfish, potato salad and baked beans for a free will donation. Beer Tent 5pm-12am, live music 6pm-12am, prize giveaway at 8pm.

The following raffle tickets are available by calling 641-777-9764

  • 1/2 Pork or 1/4 Beef (6 winners total) Proccing Included
  • MS 170 Chainsaw
  • BG Leaf Blower
  • FS34 Trimmer

All Proceeds of the dinner & raffles are going for equipment upgrade for the Bonaparte Fire Dept.

Time:5:00pm until 11:45pm
Location:Bonaparte Fire Station
608 2nd St.
Bonaparte, IA 52620
Phone:641-777-9764

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Apr 15th » Birmingham Homecoming Fish/Chicken Supper

Yum! Carry-out or Dine-in fish fillets/chicken strip supper. Meal includes macaroni and cheese, baked beans, coleslaw, various desserts and beverages. Cost of the meal is $13.00. Children 6 and under eat free.

Proceed will be used to finance Birmingham Homecoming activities on June 3, 4 and 5.

Time:5:00pm until 6:45pm
Location:Birmingham Lions Building
110 Cross St.
Birmingham, IA 52535
Contact Person:Harry Anderson
Phone:319-288-0727
Email:hjbla@netins.net

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Apr 16th » Easter Egg Hunts in the Villages of Van Buren

Get Those Easter Baskets Ready! Kids 0-10 years.

  • Keosauqua Lions Easter Egg Hunt: 9am
    Lacey-Keosauqua State Park Lodge, 22026 Iris Trail
  • Douds Easter Egg Hunt: 10am
    Yates Park, 14220 Walnut St.
    Sponsored by the Bethel Church
  • Cantril Easter Egg Hunt: 1pm
    Waubonsie Park, 601 W. North St.
    Sponsored by Cantril Grass Roots
  • Birmingham Easter Egg Hunt: 1:30pm
    Birmingham City Park, 221 S wood St.
Time:9:00am

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Apr 16th » Easter Egg Roll

The first 50 kids will receive a commemorative wooden egg from the Easter Bunny!

Free Easter activities for kids: games, crafts, candy and see the Easter Bunny!

The American Gothic House will be open the entire day, including during the event.

Time:2:00pm until 4:00pm
Location:American Gothic House Center
300 American Gothic St.
Eldon, IA 52554
Phone:6416523352
Email:theamericangothichouse@gmail.com
Website:https://americangothichouse.org/upcoming-events

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Apr 16th » Bonaparte Easter Activity

Bring the kids for hands-on activities: pet live rabbits, make an art project, plant a seed and pose for a photo!

Don't forget to sign up the kids 0-10 years old for a FREE Easter Basket: https://forms.gle/8p48zm4dfenwfwsh9

Time:2:00pm
Location:Bonaparte Community Improvement Association Grounds
602 8th St.
Bonaparte, IA 52620

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Apr 17th » Bentonsport Presbyterian Church Easter Service

Nondenominational service led by Hal Schnedler with pianist Mindy Kralicek providing music. Everyone is welcome to join. Regular summer church services begin 9am June 5 -September 4.
Time:10:00am
Location:Bentonsport Presbyterian Church
21827 Ridge Rd.
Bentonsport, IA 52565
Contact Person:Mindy Kralicek
Phone:15159910395
Email:Mindy.Kralicek@gmail.com

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Apr 22nd » Farmington Arts Council BBQ Chicken Fundraiser

You'll love this amazing mouth-watering BBQ Chicken!  

$8 for a quarter of chicken and $12 for half a chicken. Meal includes baked beans, coleslaw and roll. Live Auction starts at 7pm.

Proceed will be used to finance Farmington Strawberry Festival activities on June 10, 11 and 12.

Time:5:00pm until 9:00pm
Location:American Legion
104 S Front St
Farmington, IA 52626
Contact Person:Racheal Denly
Phone:319-470-0946
Email:farmingtonartscouncil@gmail.com

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Apr 23rd » 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.

Pre-registration is required for classes.
Register for April Classes

Location:809 1st St.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Mel Stockwell
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:http://www.VillagesFolkSchool.com

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Apr 23rd » 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.

Pre-registration is required for classes.
Register for April Classes

Location:809 1st St.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Mel Stockwell
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:http://www.VillagesFolkSchool.com

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Apr 23rd - Apr 24th » 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.

?Blacksmithing: Beginning (Multi-Day) with Bill Printy & Mark Heisdorffer

Pre-registration is required for classes.
Register for April Classes

Location:809 1st St.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Mel Stockwell
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:http://www.VillagesFolkSchool.com

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Apr 29th » Sunrise Bakery Opens for the Season

Opening Day is coming!
The Sunrise Bakery will open for the season on Friday APRIL 29th from 9am-6pm.

Join them for free coffee and donuts on the 29th and 30th!
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-6pm.

Time:9:00am until 6:00pm
Location:Sunrise Bakery
21913 White Ave.
Bonaparte, IA 52620
Phone:319-677-0865

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Apr 29th - May 1st » Villages of Van Buren Virtual Auction

Items up for bid will begin loading on our Facebook page at 2pm on Friday, April 29. All items will be available for bidding through Sunday, May 1 closing at 6pm. Items up for bid are donated by and will feature area businesses and services. Proceeds will help support the mission of the Villages of Van Buren, a non-profit organization.

Rules:
* Post your bid in the comments. The highest bid at 6pm Sunday wins.
* The highest bidder at 6pm on May 1st, will be contacted on the page about the win.
* The winning bidder will pick up the item at the Welcome Center no later than May 13th. (Other arrangements MAY be possible for some items. Message Villages if you need to make other arrangements.)
* The winning bidder will pay at pick-up with cash or check. (If other arrangements are made, this will include payment arrangements as well.)

Time:2:00pm until 6:00pm
Location:Villages of Van Buren
809 1st St.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Phone:319-293-7111
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com
Website:https://www.facebook.com/VillagesofVB

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Apr 30th » Breakfast for Dinner/Open House

Come on out and join the Birmingham Fire Dept. for a free-will donation breakfast dinner. Serving pancakes, sausage patties, biscuits & gravy and beverages.

Funds raised from this event will go towards the purchase of new communications equipment for the department and members.

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Birmingham Fire Station
131 E Cedar St.
Birmingham, IA 52535
Contact Person:Tyler Mathias
Phone:641-226-2292

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