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February 2024

Feb 29th - Mar 1st » 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 a peaceful rural setting, 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 March Classes

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

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March 2024

Mar 1st - Dec 31st » Mark Your Calendar for 2024

  • Apr 6th ~ Bonaparte Music Bonanza
  • May 24th ~ Villages Folk School Memorial Day Weekend BBQ
  • May 26th ~ Rollin’ on the River
  • May 25th & 26th ~ Bentonsport Flea Market & Craft Show
  • May 31st-Jun 2nd ~ Birmingham Homecoming
  • Jun 7th-9th ~ Farmington Strawberry Festival
  • Jun 8th ~ Fly Van Buren
  • Jun 8th ~ Pearson House Heritage Day
  • Jun 22nd ~ Douds Field Day
  • Jun 22nd ~ Bentonsport Heritage Day
  • Jun 29th ~ Bonaparte Independence Day Celebration
  • Jul 4th ~ Keosauqua 4th of July Celebration
  • Jul 24th-29th ~ Van Buren County Fair
  • Aug 10th ~ J40 Farm Crawl
  • Aug 17th & 18th ~ Bike Van Buren XXXVIII
  • Aug 30th-Sept 1st ~ Farmington’s Bluegrass Weekend Festival & Jam
  • Sep 6th & 7th ~ Stockport Lions BBQ Days
  • Oct 11th-13th ~ Scenic Drive Festival
  • Nov 1st ~ Villages Folk School’s Bottomless Soup Supper
  • Nov 23rd-Dec 31st ~ Christmas in the Villages
  • Dec 6th-8th ~ Festival of Trees
Location:Throughout Van Buren County, Iowa
Contact Person:Villages of Van Buren
Phone:319-293-7111
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com

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Mar 1st » Stockport American Legion's Annual Fish Fry

Raffle ticket and dinner all for $15!

That's right, get your raffle ticket and enjoy fish fillets, potato salad, beans and beverages for $15. 

Time:5:00pm
Location:Stockport Legion Hall
112 E. Legion St.
Stockport, IA 52651

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Mar 2nd » Van Buren County Conservation Bird Hike

Join Van Buren County Naturalist Chloe for a hike at Morris Park to explore and discover various bird species found in our local habitat. 

This mile hike will have various terrain types from moderate to difficult. This trail is grass and dirt, proper hiking attire and bug spray is recommended. We have a limited number of binoculars available if you don't have your own.

Registration is encouraged but not required.
Registration: MyCountyParks.com

Time:9:00am
Location:Morris Park
10938 Timber Rd
Stockport, IA 52651
Phone:319-293-3589
Email:cproffitt@vanburencounty.iowa.gov
Website:https://www.vbcountyconservation.com/

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Mar 3rd » Bonaparte EMS Pancake and Sausage Supper

Don't worry about cooking supper, let the Bonaparte EMS handle it for you! 

Free will donation, with proceeds going for equipment upgrades.
Time:4:00pm until 6:00pm
Location:Bonaparte Fire Station
608 2nd St.
Bonaparte, IA 52620

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Mar 6th » Rosie the Riveters of Iowa Presentation

Linda Betsinger McCann has been doing genealogy research for over 40 years. She gives genealogy the credit for her writing books on Iowa history. She has had 15 books about Iowa history published. “Rosie the Riveter was a promotional campaign to encourage women to go to work during World War II. The men had left jobs to fight in the war, and women were needed to fill those jobs. Iowa had 70 companies with military contracts during WWII. Linda was able to speak with 35 women who worked during the war. She shares their memories when she speaks.”

Time:6:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Keosauqua Public Library
608 1st Street
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Nicole Annis
Phone:319-293-3766
Email:keolib@netins.net

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Mar 8th - Mar 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 a peaceful rural setting, 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 March Classes

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

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Mar 9th » Van Buren County Conservation Bird Hike

Join Van Buren County Naturalist Chloe for a hike at Lacey Keosauqua Beach to explore and discover various bird species found in our local habitat.

This 2-mile hike will have various terrain types from
moderate to difficult. This trail is gravel and timber so proper hiking attire and bug spray is recommended. We have a limited number of binoculars available if you don't have your own.

Registration is encouraged but not required.
Registration: MyCountyParks.com

Time:9:00am
Location:Lacey Keosauqua Beach House Lodge
22895 Lacey Trail
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Phone:319-293-3589
Email:cproffitt@vanburencounty.iowa.gov
Website:https://www.vbcountyconservation.com/

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Mar 16th » Wild Game Sampler

Are you adventurous enough to try new foods? If so, come sample the menu and enjoy a night of raffles and auctions.
Doors open at 4:30pm

This helps raise funds for the 4H Shooting Sports events.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Roberts Memorial Building
20497 Hwy 1 North
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Tammy
Phone: 319-759-1095
Website:https://www.facebook.com/events/762532258642455?active_tab=about

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Mar 16th » Bonaparte Library Dinner Theater

The kids are working hard for their debut of Boxcar Children

Doors Open at 5:30pm
Dinner Served at 6pm
Play Starts at 7pm 

120 seats available for meal: $20.00 
Reservations for the Bleachers with out meal: $10.00 
Call 319-592-3677 for reservations. 

Time:5:30pm
Location:Former Elementary School
602 8th St
Bonaparte, IA 52
Contact Person:Bonaparte Library
Phone:319-592-3677
Email:rgonterman@bonaparte.lib.ia.us
Website:https://www.facebook.com/bonlib.2020

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Mar 17th » St. Patty's Dinner

Enjoy a St. Patty’s dinner at the Opera House!

Serving: corned beef & cabbage, beef stew, cornbread, homemade desserts & drinks for a free-will offering. 

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Bonaparte Opera House
614 First St.
Bonaparte, IA 52620
Contact Person:Dana Mabe
Phone:641-919-0882

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Mar 21st » Ladies Night Out

An evening for the ladies!

You'll get to enjoy Wine Samples, Take Home Crafts, In-House Crafts, Swag Bag full of goodies, and so much more!

Time:6:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Wasko Hardware
810 1st St
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Joey Elfers
Phone:319-293-6468
Email:susan@waskohardware.com
Website:https://www.facebook.com/WaskoHardware

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Mar 22nd - Mar 23rd » Annual Keosauqua Public Library Bake Sale

Keosauqua Public Library Annual Bake/Book Sale Fundraiser, Friday March 22, 1pm-5pm and Saturday March 23, 8am-Noon. Free Will Offering. Open to the general public.
 

Location:Keosauqua Public Library
608 1st Street
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Nicole Annis
Phone:319-293-3766
Email:keolib@netins.net

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Mar 22nd » Keosauqua Lions Soup Supper and Auction

Nourish yourself and support your community at the same time!

After you have your fill to eat, place your bids on donated business items, original artwork, baked goods and more!

Proceeds help fund local Lions projects.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Roberts Memorial Center
20497 Hwy. 1 North
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Tom
Phone:641-799-7953
Email:duster1979@hotmail.com

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Mar 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 a peaceful rural setting, 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 March Classes

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

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Mar 23rd » Van Buren County Conservation Bird Hike

Join Van Buren County Naturalist Chloe in exploring Lindsay Wilderness. Discover different bird species during a mile hike starting at the South Entrance of Lindsay in Bonaparte.

This trail is gravel and timber so proper hiking attire and bug spray is recommended. This mile hike will have various terrain types from moderate to difficult. We have a limited number of binoculars available if you don't have your own.

Registration is encouraged but not required.
Registration: MyCountyParks.com

Time:9:00am
Location:Lindsay Wilderness Bonaparte Trail Head
29998 Co Hwy J40
Bonaparte, IA 52620
Phone:319-293-3589
Email:cproffitt@vanburencounty.iowa.gov
Website:https://www.vbcountyconservation.com/

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Mar 23rd » March 23 Easter Egg Hunts in the Villages of Van Buren

Get Those Easter Baskets Ready!

  • Keosauqua Health Care Center Easter Egg Hunt: 10am
    819 Country Lane Rd
  • Birmingham Easter Egg Hunt: 10:30am
    City Park, 221 S wood St
  • Farmington Easter Egg Hunt: 2pm
    Wild Rose Park, 204 Walnut St
Time:10:00am
Location:Throughout Van Buren County, Iowa

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Mar 23rd » Birmingham Homecoming Fish/Chicken Supper

Yum, Dine in or carry-out!

Enjoy a fish/chicken supper from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Serving: fish fillets, chicken strips, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, baked beans, various desserts, and drinks.

Cost: $13.00 and Children 6 and under eat free.

Proceeds will be used to finance the 2024 Homecoming event May 31, June 1 and June 2.

Time:5:00pm until 6:45pm
Location:Birmingham Lions Building
110 North Cross St.
Birmingham, IA 52535
Contact Person:Harry Anderson
Phone:3192880727
Email:hjbla@netins.net

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Mar 25th » Read Accross Iowa

Kids aged 4 and up are invited to join us at the library with Iowa State Extension to read and learn about food, science about our foods, STEAM events and snacks.

Time:10:00am until 12:00pm
Location:Keosauqua Public Library
608 1st Street
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Nicole Annis
Phone:319-293-3766
Email:keolib@netins.net

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Mar 29th » 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. 

Raffle tickets are available by calling 641-777-9764

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

Time:5:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Bonaparte Fire Station
608 2nd St.
Bonaparte, IA 52620
Phone:641-777-9764

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Mar 30th » March 30th Easter Egg Hunts in the Villages of Van Buren

Get Those Easter Baskets Ready!

  • Keosauqua Lions Easter Egg Hunt: 9am
    Lacey-Keosauqua State Park Lodge, 22026 Iris Trail
  • Douds Easter Egg Hunt: 10am
    Yates Memorial Park,14220 Walnut St. 
  • Stockport Lion's Easter Egg Hunt: 11am
    Morris Park, 10938 Timber Rd.
  • Milton Easter Egg Hunt: 1:30pm
    Milton Shelter & Playground on Hwy 2 (Across from Milton Creamery)
  • Cantril Easter Egg Hunt: 1:30pm
    Waubonsie Park, 601 W. North St.
    Sponsored by Cantril Grass Roots & Friendly Four Corners 4-H
Time:9:00am
Location:Throughout Van Buren County, Iowa

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Mar 30th » Birmingham Lions Salisbury Steak Supper

Fill your belly with a Salisbury steak supper with mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, various desserts, soft serve ice cream, and various drinks!

$10 per meal
6 and under eat free

Time:5:00pm
Location:Birmingham Lions Building
110 North Cross St.
Birmingham, IA 52535
Contact Person:Harry Anderson
Phone:319.2880.727
Email:hjbla@netins.net

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