Spooktacular Halloween Events in the Ottumwa Area!

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It’s that time of year– pumpkin spice is in the air, fall leaves are on the ground, and Halloween is days away! Here at the Ottumwa Area CVB, we love Halloween so much that we have compiled a list of the most spooktacular events in the area.

Whether you’re in search of some fun for the little gremlins, or want to raise the fright factor, we have a variety of events that will thrill Halloween lovers of all ages. Let Ottumwa give you the ultimate Halloween experience this year with a little bewitching. Costumes, horror films, live entertainment, and much more are waiting for you! Happy Haunting!

OCTOBER 30 & 31: Haunted House at Eldon City Hall, 7:00 pm to Midnight. From the creative minds of Ottumwa Nightmare on 3rd Street and the Eldon Fire & Rescue Haunted House. Admission is $6 per person and all proceeds will benefit Eldon Fire & Rescue.

OCTOBER 29: Trunk or Treat/Fall Festival at Ottumwa YMCA, 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Join the Ottumwa YMCA for a spooky fun time! This event is FREE to the public!

OCTOBER 30: Ottumwa Community Children’s Playhouse Halloween Dance at Bridge View Center. Begins at 6:00 PM

OCTOBER 31: Halloween Party at the American Gothic House, 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Celebrate Halloween in front of the famed American Gothic House while creating spooky American Gothic Parodies! Open to children ages Preschool – 5th grade.

OCTOBER 31: HALLOWEENAPALOOZA 6 at Hotel Ottumwa. Ottumwa is home to the ONLY horror movie film festival in IowaHalloweenapalooza! You don’t want to miss this! This unique film fest, presented by Prescribed Films, is Saturday, October 31 from 12:00-8:00 pm at the Hotel Ottumwa. The event includes a zombie walk, costume contests, vendors, and appearances by Jason Haxton (owner of the Dibbuk Box) and Justin Beahm (writer/director/actor). As an especially wicked treat, there will be a 6:00 showing of Nightlight, from Iowa filmmakers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods and a Midnight viewing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In addition, Main Street Ottumwa is hosting a Kid’s Cinema with treats, activities, and a screening of Hotel Transylvania from 1:00-3:00pm. Hotel packages available at the Hotel Ottumwa.

OCTOBER 31: Trunk or Treat at Willard Street United Methodist Church, 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Because what kid doesn’t want more candy?

OCTOBER 31: Halloween Party at the Ottumwa Public Library, 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Everyone is encouraged to dress up and kick off your Trick-or-Treating at the library!

OCTOBER 31: Ottumwa Trick-or-Treat, 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Watch for little ghosts and goblins roaming the streets of Ottumwa, performing tricks to receive their treats. Citizens are reminded to keep an eye out for little ghosts and goblins while driving.

Spend Your Saturday Afternoon in Eldon

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What better way to spend Grant Wood’s 125th birthday than in the place where he was inspired to paint one of the most iconic paintings in America? Eldon, Iowa is home to the American Gothic House Center and the famous little white house with the gothic style window that is recognizable to millions. To celebrate Grant Wood on his very special birthday, this quaint little town is putting on three wonderful events on Saturday, February 13.

Begin your Saturday afternoon in Eldon at the Grant Wood Soup Smorgasbord dedicated to the birthday honoree himself. Come for a delicious variety of home-cooked soups and bread and stay for a slice of birthday cake and coffee. This celebration will take place from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM at the Eldon KD Center. There is no cost for this meal but freewill donations are welcome and will benefit the American Gothic House Center.

After your stomach is full and happy, mosey your way over to the American Gothic House Center to create your very own American Gothic parody and check out the brand new exhibit that will open on this Saturday of celebration: The American Scene-Prints from the 1930s and 1940s. This temporary exhibit features a selection of prints depicting a variety of rural and urban scenes from across America. Artists of the prints include Luigi Lucioni, John Steuart Curry, Jackson Lee Nesbitt, Thomas Hart Benton, Asa Cheffetz, Isabel Bishop, and Grant Wood.

To finish up your afternoon in Eldon, visit the McHaffey Opera House for a movie matinee. Take a step back in time at the historic opera house and a 2:00 PM showing of Made for Each Other with Carole Lombard and James Stewart. Admission is free.

For more information about the Grand Wood Soup Smorgasbord and The American Scene-Prints from the 1930s and 1940s, contact Holly Berg at theamericangothichouse@gmail.com. For any inquiries about the movie matinee, contact Suzanna Streeby at webmaster@eldon.lib.ia.us.

To see a complete listing of events, attractions, restaurants, and hotels in Greater Ottumwa visit ExploreOttumwa.com.

4 Things That Could Actually Be Better Than Winning the Lottery-Greater Ottumwa Edition

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So you didn’t win the billion-dollar jackpot? It’s okay neither did we. Instead of spending our day deciding on what we could do with our riches, we came up with a list of things in the Greater Ottumwa area that we feel are priceless-and somewhat takes the sting out of our empty bank accounts!

Recreating the very iconic American Gothic scene at the American Gothic House in Eldon, Iowa.

Voted one of the “10 Under-the-Radar Attractions in the U.S.” by Fodor’s and the Huffington Post, the America Gothic House is iconic in American culture. Painted by Grand Wood, American Gothic is one of the most parodied pieces of art dating back to the 1960s. Dressed in an apron or overalls, a jacket, glasses, and holding a pitchfork there is nothing quite like standing in the exact spot in history where Grand Wood sketched that little gothic window many years ago.

Spotting a bald eagle soaring over the Des Moines River on a crisp, sunny, winter day.

The cool breeze moves past your checks and faint aroma of the river can be identified in the air. There is truly nothing that can beat a sunny, Iowa day by the river except for maybe a bald eagle spreading its wings right above you. It makes you feel patriotic, it makes you feel proud, and it makes you appreciate the little things in life.

That first bite of a loose-meat sandwich at the infamous Canteen Lunch in the Alley.

Since 1927, Canteen Lunch in the Alley has been satisfying the taste buds of many. Famous for their loose-meat sandwiches, the Canteen is actually surrounded by a parking garage. The reasoning for this can be found in the community’s pride for this special place. Instead of moving the location, the parking garage was built to accommodate the Canteen! The Canteen was also the inspiration for the Lanford Lunch Box restaurant that was opened by Roseanne Conner in the sitcom Roseanne. It will only take that first bite for you to realize what all of the hype is truly about. Now THAT is priceless and your stomach will thank you.

Enjoying a Tom-Tom Traditional Old Fashioned while spending some much needed time with friends at the Tom-Tom Tap

Although sometimes underrated, spending time with a long-lost friend, or even a friend that you see often is a priceless moment, especially if you are enjoying a delicious Old Fashioned made with Templeton Rye at the Tom-Tom Tap located at the Hotel Ottumwa. The Tom-Tom portrays Ottumwa’s rich Indian heritage with its name and beautiful mural behind the bar. The Tom-Tom Traditional Old Fashioned is the bar’s most popular drink and the country’s oldest cocktail. There is also the option to customize your drink using the Your-Own-Old-Fashioned menu. The bartender’s specific attention to detail comes through when you sip on this somewhat complicated cocktail. Good friends and good drinks, does it get any better than that?!

For more things to do, things to see, and things that (we think) are priceless in the Greater Ottumwa area visit our website at exploreottumwa.com.

Celebrate National Margarita Day in Ottumwa

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What’s better than Margarita Monday? National Margarita Day falling on a Monday! Monday, February 22 marks this delicious day and we think that this is a holiday that should not be overlooked especially in a city with such a rich Latino culture. In honor of this festive occasion we’ve compiled a list of Latin restaurants that offer great margarita specials on Mondays or unique flavors that would be worth a try. Grab your best pals or a date and make plans to visit one of these places in Ottumwa on National Margarita Day, but only if you are 21 of course!

Fiesta Cantina
Conveniently, Fiesta Cantina offers margarita specials every Monday so a visit here on National Margarita Day just might be fate! You can purchase a half price margarita for $1.49. Fiesta Cantiana has 10 flavors to choose from with strawberry being the most popular, of course!

La Cabana Mexican Restaurant
La Cabana Mexican Restaurant is the place to be on Mondays with 10 oz., 99¢, lime on the rocks margaritas. You can’t go wrong with this classic margarita option and that great price.

Potros Garcia
Potros Garcia offers a 16 oz. lime or strawberry margarita on the rocks for $2.99. Or, if a blended margarita is more your taste, you can purchase a 16 oz. drink for $3.99. Potros Garcia also features a unique blue mint blended margarita which will be sure to transport your taste buds to somewhere tropical.

Tequila Grill
If a fruity margarita is what you’re looking for, Tequila Grill is your place to visit. Tequila Grill offers delicious tropical options to please everyone’s taste. Stop in for a blended banana or raspberry margarita.

As always, we encourage all who partake in this unique holiday to drink responsibly and call Ottumwa Cab at 641.682.5461 for a safe ride home.

For a full listing of restaurants in Ottumwa, visit our website ExploreOttumwa.com.

Kids Summer Activites

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25 Activities in the Ottumwa Area That Will Minimize Your Children’s Screen Time This Summer
Trees are green, the temperatures are rising, and schools are almost done for the summer. Oh no, haven’t made your plans on just how you’ll limit the screen time this summer? Have no fear! The Ottumwa area offers a vast variety of youth activities and day camps throughout the summer months that will have your kids voluntarily putting the electronics away. With 25 different options, all keeping your children active and learning, we know that your little ones will love to try out something new this summer in Ottumwa!

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Youth Field Day:

June 4 – Ottumwa Izaak Walton League, 11220 90th St, Ottumwa
The Youth Field Day is a great opportunity for your children to get outdoors for a day of activities. Kids will be able to try archery, bow fishing, and more! For ages 8 – 17 years, cost is $10 per child and includes a t-shirt, lunch and all instruction. The field day runs from 7:30 AM (registration) to 5:00 PM. For more information, contact Ann Van Dorin at 641.682.9902, e-mail wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.

Nature Chefs:

June 6 – June 8 – Nature Chefs – Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Kids will collect and catch edible, wild things each day and create a snack or meal cooked over an open fire. For ages 10 – 13, cost is $35/student. The camp will be from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM each day. Registration is required at least one week prior to camp. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091×102, e-mail wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.

Toddler Camp:

June 7 – Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Where and how can you find deer? What do they eat and how does their fur feel? Find out these things and more as we explore the life of white-tailed deer. For ages 3-4 with an adult, cost is $5/child. Camp will begin at 10:00 AM. Come dressed for the weather and trail conditions. Preregistration is required one week prior to camp. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091×102, e-mail wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.

July 5 – Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
What animals burrow underground and why? What do they have that allows them the ability to dig and build a solid home underground? We will find out the answers to these questions, find animal burrows, and learn about the animals that make them. For ages 3-4 with an adult, cost is $5/child with an adult. Preregistration is required one week prior to camp. Come dressed to be outdoors and off the trails. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091×102, e-mail wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.

August 9 – Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
What is growing in the garden and what helps it grow? We will examine the soil, insects and more as we study the garden and surrounding natural areas. For ages 3-4 with an adult, cost is $5/child. Registration is required at least one week prior to camp. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091×102, e-mail wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.

Creepy Crawlies Camp:

July 18-21 – Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Some animals are just weird, ugly, have odd eating habits, and may seem a little scary. We will spend this week searching for the odd creatures and learning their purpose in the environment. Dress for on and off trail explorations. For ages 4-6, cost is $10/child. Registration is required at least one week prior to camp. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091×102, e-mail wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.

Outdoor Encounters:

July 25-28 – Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Spend four full days outdoors immersed in the natural world. Learn how to read the signs animals have left behind; identify animals by tracks, sounds, and sight; test your archery skills; and much more. Bring a lunch and refillable water bottle each day, and be prepared to be in nature. Snacks, water refills, and all equipment will be provided. For ages 8-12, cost $30/student. Registration is required at least one week prior to camp. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091×102, e-mail wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.

August 1-4 – Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Spend four full days outdoors immersed in the natural world. Learn how to read the signs animals have left behind; identify animals by tracks, sounds, and sight; test your archery skills; and much more. Bring a lunch and refillable water bottle each day, and be prepared to be in nature. Snacks, water refills, and all equipment will be provided. For ages 13-15, cost is $30 per student. Registration is required at least one week prior to camp. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091×102, e-mail wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.

Nature Detectives Camp:

August 8 – Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
How do you read the signs of nature? What clues do plants and animals leave us about their lives? Become a nature detective as we try to solve the wildlife mystery – using clues left by area animals and plants. For ages 7-11, cost is $10/child. Camp will be from 8:30 AM-12:00 (noon). Registration is required at least one week prior to camp. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091×102, e-mail wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.

Moth Lighting:

August 11 – Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
We will spend the evening learning about the moths of Iowa and drawing them in for observation and identification with light. If you have ever wondered what might be silently floating through the night, this event is for you. All are welcome at this FREE event. The time will be set at a later date depending on the time of sunset. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091×102, e-mail wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.

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YMCA Adventure Field Trips:

June 16 – Pioneer Ridge Nature Center
Youth ages 6-12 can take an adventure field trip with us! We provide transportation to and from the location, morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack and supervision for the duration of the trip! Parents will drop their students off at 8:30 AM and pick them up at 4:30 PM. Our trip to Pioneer Ridge Nature Area will include lots of guided outdoor activities such as nature hikes and geocaching. Cost is $20. For more information, contact Garrett Ross at 641.684.6571×28, e-mail garrett@ottumwaymca.com, or go to www.ottumwaymca.com.

June 23 – Science Center of Iowa
Youth ages 6-12 can take an adventure field trip with us! We provide transportation to and from the location, morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack and supervision for the duration of the trip. Parents will drop their students off at 8:30 AM and pick them up at 4:30 PM. Our trip to the Science Center of Iowa will include many engaging science activities and an IMAX movie! The cost for this is $30. For more information, contact Garrett Ross at 641.684.6571×28, e-mail garrett@ottumwaymca.com, or go to www.ottumwaymca.com.

July 7 – Adventureland Theme Park
Youth ages 6-12 can take an adventure field trip with us! We provide transportation to and from the location, morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack and supervision for the duration of the trip! Parents will drop their students off at 8:30 AM and pick them up at 4:30 PM. Our trip to Adventureland Theme Park & Adventure Bay Water Park will include a full day of fun and will cost $40 per student. For more information, contact Garrett Ross at 641.684.6571×28, e-mail garrett@ottumwaymca.com, or go to www.ottumwaymca.com.

July 21 – I-Cubs Principal Park
Youth ages 6-12 can take an adventure field trip with us! We provide transportation to and from the location, morning snack, lunch, & afternoon snack and supervision for the duration of the trip! Parents will drop their students off at 8:30 AM and pick them up at 4:30 PM. Our trip to the Iowa Cubs, Principal Park will include a day of baseball fun! The cost will be $30 per student. For more information, contact Garrett Ross at 641.684.6571×28, e-mail garrett@ottumwaymca.com, or go to www.ottumwaymca.com.

August 4 – Blank Park Zoo
Youth ages 6-12 can take an adventure field trip with us! We provide transportation to and from the location, morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack and supervision for the duration of the trip! Parents will drop their students off at 8:30 AM and pick them up at 4:30 PM. Our trip to the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines will include a full day of safari fun and a special animal presentation for students. Cost will be $30 per student. For more information, contact Garrett Ross at 641.684.6571×28, e-mail garrett@ottumwaymca.com, or go to www.ottumwaymca.com.

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Day Camps:

June 8 – Magician’s Laboratory Day Camp – Liberty Elementary School
Want to learn magic? We’ll teach you the next best thing: science! We’ll do some experiments that are so fun they’re almost magical! Using things you probably have at home, we’ll spend the day teaching you how to be a science magician, and you can try these tricks out at home with your friends and family. This camp will be from 12:15 PM – 4:00 PM, cost is $10/child. The camp is open for kids going into grades 1-3. For more information, contact Jen Daugherty at 641.682.5491, email jenkdaugh@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.

June 9 – Magician’s Laboratory Day Camp – Liberty Elementary School
Want to learn magic? We’ll teach you the next best thing: science! We’ll do some experiments that are so fun they’re almost magical! Using things you probably have at home, we’ll spend the day teaching you how to be a science magician, and you can try these tricks out at home with your friends and family. This camp will be held from 12:15 PM – 4:00 PM, cost is $10/child. The camp is open for kids going into grades 4-6. For more information, contact Jen Daugherty at 641.682.5491, email jenkdaugh@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.

June 22-23 – Frontier Living Day Camp – Liberty Elementary School
Travel back in time and join us for a day of frontier living. Learn to make your own butter, grow your own garden, and even make your own soap! We’ll try out a pioneer recipe or two, and you’ll leave ready to start your own life on the frontier. This camp will be held from 12:15 PM – 4:00 PM, cost is $10/child. The camp is open for kids going into grades 1-3. For more information, contact Jen Daugherty at 641.682.5491, email jenkdaugh@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.

July 6 – Garden Explores Day Camp – Liberty Elementary School
Spend a day sleuthing through the garden, searching for bugs, digging up worms, planting seeds, and learning how to grow your own food. We’ll even let you pick some fresh veggies and make a delicious, healthy snack! This camp will be held from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, cost is $10/child. The camp is open for kids going into grades 1-3. For more information, contact Jen Daugherty at 641.682.5491, email jenkdaugh@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.

July 7 – DNA for Dinner Day Camp – Liberty Elementary School
Are you ready to explore the world of DNA? At DNA for Dinner, we’ll extract strands of DNA from foods you see every day! We’ll try out some experiments to see how DNA works, what codes exist in nature, and what makes up DNA. This day camp will be held from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM, cost is $15/child. The camp is open for kids going into grades 4-6. For more information, contact Jen Daugherty at 641.682.5491, email jenkdaugh@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.

July 20 – Kitchen Adventures Day Camp – Liberty Elementary School
If you like to cook, kitchen adventures is the camp for you! We’ll do some experiments with some common kitchen ingredients, as well as test out some new recipes. We’ll even have a chance to spend some time harvesting ingredients from the garden to use in the kitchen. This camp will be held from 12:15 PM – 4:00 PM, cost is $10/child. The camp is open for kids going into grades 1-3. For more information, contact Jen Daugherty at 641.682.5491, email jenkdaugh@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.

July 21 – Kitchen Adventures Day Camp – Liberty Elementary School
If you like to cook, kitchen adventures is the camp for you! We’ll do some experiments with some common kitchen ingredients, as well as test out some new recipes. We’ll even have a chance to spend some time harvesting ingredients from the garden to use in the kitchen. This camp will be held from 12:15 PM – 4:00 PM, cost is $10/child. The camp is open for kids going into grades 4-6. For more information, contact Jen Daugherty at 641.682.5491, email jenkdaugh@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.

August 17 – Snack Attack Day Camp – Liberty Elementary School
When hunger attacks, how do you respond? With a snack attack! At this day camp, you’ll learn how to make delicious foods that are healthy. We’ll spend time in the garden learning how food grows, and time in the kitchen making our own snacks. Filled with plenty of high-energy games, snack attack day camp will be a blast! This camp will be held from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, cost is $10/child. The camp is open for kids going into grades 1-3. For more information, contact Jen Daugherty at 641.682.5491, email jenkdaugh@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.

August 18 – Snack Attack Day Camp – Liberty Elementary School
When hunger attacks, how do you respond? With a snack attack! At this day camp, you’ll learn how to make delicious foods that are healthy. We’ll spend time in the garden learning how food grows, and time in the kitchen making our own snacks. Filled with plenty of high-energy games, snack attack day camp will be a blast! This camp will be held from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, cost is $10/child. The camp is open for kids going into grades 4-6. For more information, contact Jen Daugherty at 641.682.5491, email jenkdaugh@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.

Ottumwa Swim Clinic

June 6-10 – Ottumwa Swimming Youth Technique Swim Clinic – Beach Ottumwa
Ottumwa High School Girls Swimming is sponsoring a week-long technique clinic for swimmers in upcoming grades 2-8. Special Guest Instructors include: Cherie Langland (head OHS Girls), Heidi Owens (head OHS Boys), John Webber (formerly swam for UCLA), Heather Simplot (head coach for youth YMCA Hurricanes), Rachel Goedken (formerly swam for Loras College), and Jack Langland (currently swims for Sarah Lawrence College). Current OHS Boys and Girls Swimmers will be helping instruct the clinic. All participants will receive a swim cap and t-shirt. Regristration will be the first morning of the clinic at 8:00 AM. For more information, contact Cherie Langland at 641.799.0652, e-mail langlandcherie@yahoo.com.

 

For a complete listing of events, restaurants, attractions, and lodging in the Ottumwa Area, visit ExploreOttumwa.com.

Go Where We Go

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There are many things that make a community unique from the others. One thing that sets Ottumwa apart from most is the multitude of dining, shopping, and experiences available for residents and visitors. In order to present the absolute best of what Ottumwa has to offer, we created the opportunity for the community to vote on their favorite dining, attractions, and events and we are very excited to present the results!

Take the advice of the locals and come experience all the great things that Ottumwa can offer:

Favorite Happy Hour: Tom-Tom Tap

Favorite American Dining: Bubba-Q’s Restaurant

Favorite Authentic Cuisine: Tequila Grill

Favorite Family-Friendly Dining Experience: Bubba-Q’s Restaurant

Favorite All-You-Can-Eat Dining: Pizza Ranch

Favorite Place to Order Pizza: Breadeaux Pizza

Favorite Place to Grab a Burger: Joe Burger

Favorite Place to Get a Sweet Treat: Graham’s Dairy Freez

Favorite Overall Dining Experience:

  1. Bubba-Q’s Restaurant
  2. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar
  3. Riverside Family Restaurant
  4. Jade Palace Chinese Restaurant
  5. Tequila Grill

Favorite Place to Start Your Day: Main Street Donuts

Favorite Historical or Cultural Experience: American Gothic House & Museum

Favorite Scenic Route: Two-way tie between Ottumwa Trail

System and Pioneer Ridge Nature Area

Favorite Place to Purchase a Gift: O’Hara True Value Hardware

Favorite Place to Find Something Antique or Vintage: O’Town Marketplace

Favorite Place to be Pampered: Barefoot Bodywork & Massage

Favorite Date Night: Ottumwa 8 Theater

Favorite Place to Stay: AmericInn of Ottumwa

Favorite Place to Play: The Beach Ottumwa

Favorite Events for 2015:

  1. Pro Balloon Races (July)
  2. Oktoberfest Celebration (October)
  3. Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce Holiday Nights N Lights (November-December)
  4. South Ottumwa Saving’s Bank Live After Five (Summer)
  5. Main Street Ottumwa’s Ladies Night Out (May)

Thank you to all those who participated and congratulations to all the winners. Although these winners are just a fraction of the businesses, events, and attractions in the area, the Ottumwa Area Convention & Visitors Bureau supports everyone and everything in the community. For a complete listing of restaurants, attractions, lodging, and events in the Ottumwa Area, visit ExploreOttumwa.com.

See you soon!

Four Easter Events That Your Kids Will Be Hoppy to Attend

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Bunnies, egg hunts, chocolate, and spring weather – no wonder kids love Easter and the sugar that comes with it! If you are looking for a place to enjoy some family Easter festivities before the holiday itself, look no further than Greater Ottumwa. The days leading up to Easter hold four great events that your kids will be hoppy to attend!

Easter Egg Hunt & Fun Day – Sunday, March 20Ottumwa Bridge View Center
This second annual Easter Egg Hunt & Fun Day will be located inside the beautiful Bridge View Center from 2:00-4:00 PM. Regardless of the weather, a fun time will be had by all. Youth ages 1-12 years are encouraged to participate in this festive day. There many items will be given away including six bikes and thousands of Easters eggs. The Easter Bunny, Barnyard Billy, and Sparty the Fire Dog will be available for photo ops. The only entry cost to this event is a non-perishable food item. All items will be donated to the Food Bank of Southern Iowa. For more information about this event, guests can visit www.bridgeviewcenter.com.

The Barnyard Restaurant, Third Annual Easter Extravaganza – Sunday, March 20 – The Barnyard Family Restaurant, Chillicothe
Another annual Easter event is held in Chillicothe located ten miles northwest of Ottumwa. The Barnyard Family Restaurant will have food available to purchase starting at 12:30 PM. There will be drawings to win Easter baskets, free arts & crafts, face painting, the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny, AND a photo booth with LIVE bunnies! There will be an Easter egg hunt at 1:30 PM and a Mr. and Miss Easter Pageant at 2:00 PM. The pageant is for boys and girls in age groups 0-3 years and 4-10 years. For more information, or to enter your child in the Mr. and Miss Easter pageant, contact Ashely at The Barnyard Family Restaurant at 641.935.2020, or via email at thebarnyardrestaurant@yahoo.com.

Easter Egg Dive – Saturday, March 26 – Ottumwa YMCA
If you are looking for a more unique Easter egg experience for your kids, you do not want to miss out on the Easter Egg Dive featuring Peter Aquatails! This event at the Ottumwa Family YMCA is from 9:00-11:00 AM and costs $3 per participant. All ages are welcome to attend. Children 0-5 years must have a parent accompanying them and will be hunting floating eggs. Prizes will be given out for the most eggs collected, participation, and for finding the special golden egg! For more information, visit www.ottumwaymca.com.

Easter Egg Roll at our White House – Saturday, March 26 – American Gothic House Center, Eldon
The last, but certainly not least, Easter event that should be on your calendar this year is the American Gothic House Center’s annual Egg Roll. A popular tradition at the White House in Washington D.C. this event is smaller in scale but still features a very famous white house. The event for children begins at 1:00 PM and offers free admission. Spring themed crafts and activates will also be available at the event. For more information about the event, you can visit www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.

If you are needing a restaurant or a hotel to stay at while in town, visit ExploreOttumwa.com.

Fly, Fly Away in Ottumwa

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Come and explore Ottumwa on July 28-30 for a weekend of airplanes, airshows, patriot heroes, and excitement.

Thursday, July 28 the Ottumwa RC Flyers will be hosting their annual Wounded Warrior Fly-In. Make your way to the Ottumwa Regional Airport Model Control Field to see model planes flying overhead, reenactments, and aerobatics. For $5 visitors can enter the field with proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

On Friday, July 29 Bowling RV and Winger Company are hosting First Sergeant Matt Eversmann who was portrayed by Josh Hartnett in the epic film, Black Hawk Down and Lieutenant Kevin Shaeffer, a survivor of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. Hear these two heroes recount their experiences during two events of our nation’s history at the Bridge View Center. Tickets can be purchased for $20 at Bowling RV, Courtside Bar & Grill, South Ottumwa Savings Bank, ArchAngel Flying Services, or at the door for $30.

Saturday, July 30 is the Ottumwa Regional Airport Open House. Begin your day with breakfast and watch as RC jets speed down the runway, lift into the air, and reach speeds up to 300 mph! An airshow will be held at 1:00 PM and spectators can watch for free! ArchAngels in conjunction with the Indian Hills Aviation Pilot Training Program, will be giving airplane rides. For only $10 riders will get a 30-minute aerial tour of Ottumwa. Each plane can fit three passengers.

For more information about these events visit ArchAngelFlyingServices.com or BridgeViewCenter.com.

For a complete listing of events, attractions, dining, and lodging, visit ExploreOttumwa.com.

Adventure Races, RAGBRAI & Baseball, OH MY!

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Wow! Those are the only words that we can use to describe how we are feeling about this coming summer. After Saturday’s RAGBRAI Announcement Party, Ottumwa has officially added another grand event to this summer’s calendar. Not only will Ottumwa be one of the host cities of RAGBRAI but it will be a summer jam-packed with exciting events and opportunities for our city.
One event that may not be as well-known but just as exciting is the Happy Mutant Adventure Race Series. Ottumwa will be the home base for this 72-hour/300 mile United States Adventure Racing Association Regional Qualifier. Participants will depart from Ottumwa on May 27 and end back in Ottumwa on May 30. This adventure race not only requires participants to bike but also hike and canoe. These races usually attract 200-300 competitors as well as friends, family, and loyal fans.
The most recent and also very exciting news is that RAGBRAI will make an overnight stop in Ottumwa on Thursday, July 28 after spending the previous night in Centerville. With tens of thousands of riders flooding Ottumwa it seems that there will be quite the party and a great time for Ottumwa to shine.
Thirteen days after the bikers depart, Ottumwa will once again be populated with hundreds of baseball players and their families for the 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series. This tournament will be in Ottumwa August 11-18. Along with RAGBRAI, the World Series will also be a fun time for visitors and residents to comes together to enjoy the last few days of summer.
Although it seems that summer will be a very busy time for Ottumwa, the impact that these events will have on the community are extraordinary. Along with the positive exposure the city will get, the economic impact these events will have on Ottumwa will be well into the millions. These opportunities are great for the city of Ottumwa and can help to bring the residents together to showcase what a great place Ottumwa can be to live and visit.

Paddle, Birdie, or 5K Your Way Through Summer in Ottumwa

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Active outdoor lovers, committed 5K runners, and leisurely golfers, Ottumwa has all you need for a busy summer of staying on the move. Charge your GPS watches, lace up your shoes, and sign-up to participate in one (or more) of these five opportunities just for you!

American Gothic 5K Walk/Run
June 11
American Gothic House Center
Challenge yourself on the annual American Gothic 5K Walk/Run! The route goes through Eldon, along the Des Moines River, taking the trail through the park, and traveling up one final hill to the famous American Gothic House. Awards for top finishers! The race begins at 7:30 AM (registration begins at 6:45 AM.) and all ages are welcome (16 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Entry forms can be printed at www.AmericanGothicHouse.net or picked up at the American Gothic House Center, 300 American Gothic St. Eldon, IA. For more information, contact Holly Berg at 641.652.3352, e-mail TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.

5K Color Run/Walk
June 18
Ottumwa Park
Runners and walkers alike should prepare themselves for a colorful time on Saturday, June 18 during Heartland Pregnancy Center’s 5K Fundraiser. As people make their way along the route, they will pass through color stations where they will receive a liberal dusting of color. By the end of the run/walk, their clothing will be a work of art…and so will the participants! (Please wear a white or light-colored t-shirt if you wish for your color to be seen.) Registration will begin at 8:00 AM, the event starts at 9:00 AM. Interested individuals are encouraged to preregister by calling 641.683.3030. Preregistration cost before May 28 is $25. The cost includes an event t- shirt. Registration after May 28 is $30 and a t-shirt cannot be guaranteed. There will be a separate kids race and activities for the entire family. For more information, contact Heartland Pregnancy Center at 641.683.3030, or e-mail hpc@lisco.net.

A Club Golf Outing
June 24
Ottumwa Country Club
The Ottumwa A Club will be hosting their second annual golf outing on Friday, June 24 at the Ottumwa Country Club. This will be a four-person best position tournament beginning at 10:00 AM. The entry fee for a team is $400. Hole sponsorships are available for $100. Proceeds benefit all Ottumwa High School athletes. This event is made possible by a generous donation from US Bank. To enter a team or sponsor a hole, contact Scott Maas at 641.777.5130 or scott.maas@ottumwaschools.com. For more information, visit ottumwaschools.com.

John Deere 5K Fun Run
June 25
Downtown Ottumwa
Registration is open for the second annual John Deere Ottumwa Works “Run 2 Fun” 5K Run/Walk with 1 Mile option! This race is presented by the Factory Wellness Committee, Market on Main, and Main Street Ottumwa. The race begins and ends at the corner of Main St. and Green St. in downtown Ottumwa with event parking available behind the Market on Main. Get together with your family and friends for a healthy activity and then have some fun downtown! The 5K begins at 7:00 PM, 1 Mile at 7:15 PM. Entry fee is $20.00. To be guaranteed a t-shirt by race day, register by Friday, June 3. After the race enjoy downtown events including live music, kids’ activities, local vendors, food & drinks, and shopping. For more information, contact Main Street Ottumwa at 641.799.3464.

Fall Canoe Float
August 20
Des Moines River
The Wapello and Mahaska County Conservation Board’s will be joining up again this fall for a canoe float trip on the Des Moines River. Look for the location as August nears. Registration will be required at least one week prior to this event. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091×102, e-mail wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.

For a full list of events, attractions, lodging, and dining in Greater Ottumwa, visit www.ExploreOttumwa.com.

5 Outdoor Winter Activities in Greater Ottumwa

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We have been pretty lucky so far this winter; however, it appears that our luck has now shifted to the north and winter seems to be on full, cold blast. As much as we wish there was a way out, there is no escaping winter in Iowa so let’s start to embrace it! Here at the Greater Ottumwa Convention & Visitors Bureau we have compiled a list of five outdoor winter activity ideas that are available right here in Wapello County at our very own Pioneer Ridge Nature Area. Beat those Winter Blues and have a little outdoor fun.

Full Moon Owl Prowl Hike
The moon will be full and the trails will be dressed in their winter best. The evening will be spent prowling the trails, learning how to use owl calls, and hearing more about the owls found in the area. The event will be held on January 22 and is free to the public. Be sure to bring a flashlight!

Winter Hikes or Snowshoeing
Bundle up and wear your comfortable boots as you hike the trails throughout Pioneer Ridge. If you want to take your trek off the beaten path, bring along your snowshoes to experience the untamed scenes of winter.

Cross-Country Skiing
Although Pioneer Ridge does not groom their trails specifically for cross-country skiing, guests are more than welcome to bring their own equipment and try some off-track skiing.

Ice Fishing
Pioneer Ridge is equipped with four ponds which are stocked and available for ice fishing. Just be sure you have your fishing license and check the ice thickness before you start drilling with your auger.

Cabin Stays
Pioneer Ridge possess four cabins that sleep five to six guests. Two modern cabins give guests the opportunities to get in touch with the great outdoors while still enjoying the luxuries of home. The two camping cabins give more adventurous guests the chance to live more rustically for a few days. Spend your days outside enjoying snowy activities and end your nights cozied up in a warm, log cabin.

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Wapello County Frisebee Disc Golf Courses

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CourseLocationTerrainHoles/BasketsCourse LengthParTee TypeHole Type
Memorial Park1700 Jefferson St, OttumwaVery Hilly, Moderately Wooded19n/a57 (blue) 72 (yellow)ConcreteDISCatcher
Sandy Dunes Disc Golf23125-23649 182nd St, EddyvilleModerately Hilly, Moderately Wooded9n/a27 (red)ConcreteDISCatcher
Indian Hills Community College608 Indian Hills Dr, OttumwaModerately Hilly, Moderately Wooded183901 ft. - 6906 ft.67 (red) 67 (white) 67 (blue)ConcreteMach 3
Franklin Park Disc GolfCorner of Walnut St & Second St, OttumwaMostly Flat, Lightly Wooded61510 ft.18 (red)ConcreteBasket
Wildwood ParkCorner of Shaul Ave & Finely St, OttumwaModerately Hilly, Moderately Wooded184865 ft.68 (red) 68 (white)ConcreteBasket
Chippewa Creek Disc Golf Course300 American Gothic St, EldonMostly Flat, Lightly Wooded9n/a28 (red) 28 (white)NaturalBasket
Pioneer Ridge1339 Highway 63, BloomfieldMostly Flat, Moderately Wooded103017 ft.35 (red)NaturalBasket

Fly, Fly Away in Ottumwa 

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​Come and explore Ottumwa on July 28-30 for a weekend of airplanes, airshows, patriot heroes, and excitement. 

Thursday, July 28 the Ottumwa RC Flyers will be hosting their annual Wounded Warrior Fly-In. Make your way to the Ottumwa Regional Airport Model Control Field to see model planes flying overhead, reenactments, and aerobatics. For $5 visitors can enter the field with proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

On Friday, July 29 Bowling RV and Winger Company are hosting First Sergeant Matt Eversmann who was portrayed by Josh Hartnett in the epic film, Black Hawk Down and Lieutenant Kevin Shaeffer, a survivor of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. Hear these two heroes recount their experiences during two events of our nation’s history at the Bridge View Center. Tickets can be purchased for $20 at Bowling RV, Courtside Bar & Grill, South Ottumwa Savings Bank, ArchAngel Flying Services, or at the door for $30. 

Saturday, July 30 is the Ottumwa Regional Airport Open House. Begin your day with breakfast and watch as RC jets speed down the runway, lift into the air, and reach speeds up to 300 mph! An airshow will be held at 1:00 PM and spectators can watch for free! ArchAngels in conjunction with the Indian Hills Aviation Pilot Training Program, will be giving airplane rides. For only $10 riders will get a 30-minute aerial tour of Ottumwa. Each plane can fit three passengers. 

For more information about these events visit ArchAngelFlyingServices.com or BridgeViewCenter.com.

For a complete listing of events, attractions, dining, and lodging, visit ExploreOttumwa.com

Paddle, Birdie, or 5K Your Way Through Summer in Ottumwa  

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Active outdoor lovers, committed 5K runners, and leisurely golfers, Ottumwa has all you need for a busy summer of staying on the move. Charge your GPS watches, lace up your shoes, and sign-up to participate in one (or more) of these five opportunities just for you!
 
American Gothic 5K Walk/Run 
June 11
American Gothic House Center
Challenge yourself on the annual American Gothic 5K Walk/Run! The route goes through Eldon, along the Des Moines River, taking the trail through the park, and traveling up one final hill to the famous American Gothic House. Awards for top finishers! The race begins at 7:30 AM (registration begins at 6:45 AM.) and all ages are welcome (16 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Entry forms can be printed at www.AmericanGothicHouse.net or picked up at the American Gothic House Center, 300 American Gothic St. Eldon, IA. For more information, contact Holly Berg at 641.652.3352, e-mail TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.

5K Color Run/Walk 
June 18
Ottumwa Park
Runners and walkers alike should prepare themselves for a colorful time on Saturday, June 18 during Heartland Pregnancy Center’s 5K Fundraiser. As people make their way along the route, they will pass through color stations where they will receive a liberal dusting of color. By the end of the run/walk, their clothing will be a work of art…and so will the participants! (Please wear a white or light-colored t-shirt if you wish for your color to be seen.) Registration will begin at 8:00 AM, the event starts at 9:00 AM. Interested individuals are encouraged to preregister by calling 641.683.3030. Preregistration cost before May 28 is $25. The cost includes an event t- shirt. Registration after May 28 is $30 and a t-shirt cannot be guaranteed. There will be a separate kids race and activities for the entire family. For more information, contact Heartland Pregnancy Center at 641.683.3030, or e-mail  hpc@lisco.net.

A Club Golf Outing
June 24
Ottumwa Country Club

The Ottumwa A Club will be hosting their second annual golf outing on Friday, June 24 at the Ottumwa Country Club. This will be a four-person best position tournament beginning at 10:00 AM. The entry fee for a team is $400. Hole sponsorships are available for $100. Proceeds benefit all Ottumwa High School athletes. This event is made possible by a generous donation from US Bank. To enter a team or sponsor a hole, contact Scott Maas at 641.777.5130 or scott.maas@ottumwaschools.com. For more information, visit ottumwaschools.com.

John Deere 5K Fun Run
June 25
Downtown Ottumwa

Registration is open for the second annual John Deere Ottumwa Works “Run 2 Fun” 5K Run/Walk with 1 Mile option! This race is presented by the Factory Wellness Committee, Market on Main, and Main Street Ottumwa. The race begins and ends at the corner of Main St. and Green St. in downtown Ottumwa with event parking available behind the Market on Main. Get together with your family and friends for a healthy activity and then have some fun downtown! The 5K begins at 7:00 PM, 1 Mile at 7:15 PM. Entry fee is $20.00. To be guaranteed a t-shirt by race day, register by Friday, June 3. After the race enjoy downtown events including live music, kids’ activities, local vendors, food & drinks, and shopping. For more information, contact Main Street Ottumwa at 641.799.3464.

Fall Canoe Float
August 20
Des Moines River

The Wapello and Mahaska County Conservation Board’s will be joining up again this fall for a canoe float trip on the Des Moines River. Look for the location as August nears. Registration will be required at least one week prior to this event. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091×102, e-mail wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.

For a full list of events, attractions, lodging, and dining in Greater Ottumwa, visit www.ExploreOttumwa.com

25 Activities in the Ottumwa Area That Will Minimize Your Children’s Screen Time This Summer

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Trees are green, the temperatures are rising, and schools are almost done for the summer. Oh no, haven’t made your plans on just how you’ll limit the screen time this summer? Have no fear! The Ottumwa area offers a vast variety of youth activities and day camps throughout the summer months that will have your kids voluntarily putting the electronics away. With 25 different options, all keeping your children active and learning, we know that your little ones will love to try out something new this summer in Ottumwa!

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Youth Field Day:

June 4 – Ottumwa Izaak Walton League, 11220 90th St, Ottumwa
The Youth Field Day is a great opportunity for your children to get outdoors for a day of activities. Kids will be able to try archery, bow fishing, and more! For ages 8 – 17 years, cost is $10 per child and includes a t-shirt, lunch and all instruction. The field day runs from 7:30 AM (registration) to 5:00 PM. For more information, contact Ann Van Dorin at 641.682.9902, e-mail wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.

Nature Chefs:

June 6 – June 8 – Nature Chefs – Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Kids will collect and catch edible, wild things each day and create a snack or meal cooked over an open fire. For ages 10 – 13, cost is $35/student. The camp will be from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM each day. Registration is required at least one week prior to camp. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091×102, e-mail wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.

Toddler Camp:

June 7 – Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Where and how can you find deer? What do they eat and how does their fur feel? Find out these things and more as we explore the life of white-tailed deer. For ages 3-4 with an adult, cost is $5/child. Camp will begin at 10:00 AM. Come dressed for the weather and trail conditions. Preregistration is required one week prior to camp. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091×102, e-mail wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.

July 5 – Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
What animals burrow underground and why? What do they have that allows them the ability to dig and build a solid home underground? We will find out the answers to these questions, find animal burrows, and learn about the animals that make them. For ages 3-4 with an adult, cost is $5/child with an adult. Preregistration is required one week prior to camp. Come dressed to be outdoors and off the trails. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091×102, e-mail wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.
 
August 9 – Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
What is growing in the garden and what helps it grow? We will examine the soil, insects and more as we study the garden and surrounding natural areas. For ages 3-4 with an adult, cost is $5/child. Registration is required at least one week prior to camp. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091×102, e-mail wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.
 
Creepy Crawlies Camp:

July 18-21 – Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Some animals are just weird, ugly, have odd eating habits, and may seem a little scary. We will spend this week searching for the odd creatures and learning their purpose in the environment. Dress for on and off trail explorations. For ages 4-6, cost is $10/child. Registration is required at least one week prior to camp. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091×102, e-mail wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.

Outdoor Encounters:

July 25-28 – Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Spend four full days outdoors immersed in the natural world. Learn how to read the signs animals have left behind; identify animals by tracks, sounds, and sight; test your archery skills; and much more. Bring a lunch and refillable water bottle each day, and be prepared to be in nature. Snacks, water refills, and all equipment will be provided. For ages 8-12, cost $30/student. Registration is required at least one week prior to camp. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091×102, e-mail wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.
 
August 1-4 – Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Spend four full days outdoors immersed in the natural world. Learn how to read the signs animals have left behind; identify animals by tracks, sounds, and sight; test your archery skills; and much more. Bring a lunch and refillable water bottle each day, and be prepared to be in nature. Snacks, water refills, and all equipment will be provided. For ages 13-15, cost is $30 per student. Registration is required at least one week prior to camp. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091×102, e-mail wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.
 
Nature Detectives Camp:

August 8 – Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
How do you read the signs of nature? What clues do plants and animals leave us about their lives? Become a nature detective as we try to solve the wildlife mystery – using clues left by area animals and plants. For ages 7-11, cost is $10/child. Camp will be from 8:30 AM-12:00 (noon). Registration is required at least one week prior to camp. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091×102, e-mail wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.
 
Moth Lighting:

August 11 – Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
We will spend the evening learning about the moths of Iowa and drawing them in for observation and identification with light. If you have ever wondered what might be silently floating through the night, this event is for you. All are welcome at this FREE event. The time will be set at a later date depending on the time of sunset. For more information, contact Annette Wittrock at 641.682.3091×102, e-mail wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to www.wapellocounty.org.
 
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YMCA Adventure Field Trips:

June 16 – Pioneer Ridge Nature Center
Youth ages 6-12 can take an adventure field trip with us! We provide transportation to and from the location, morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack and supervision for the duration of the trip! Parents will drop their students off at 8:30 AM and pick them up at 4:30 PM. Our trip to Pioneer Ridge Nature Area will include lots of guided outdoor activities such as nature hikes and geocaching. Cost is $20. For more information, contact Garrett Ross at 641.684.6571×28, e-mail garrett@ottumwaymca.com, or go to www.ottumwaymca.com.

June 23 – Science Center of Iowa
Youth ages 6-12 can take an adventure field trip with us! We provide transportation to and from the location, morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack and supervision for the duration of the trip. Parents will drop their students off at 8:30 AM and pick them up at 4:30 PM. Our trip to the Science Center of Iowa will include many engaging science activities and an IMAX movie! The cost for this is $30. For more information, contact Garrett Ross at 641.684.6571×28, e-mail garrett@ottumwaymca.com, or go to www.ottumwaymca.com.

July 7 – Adventureland Theme Park
Youth ages 6-12 can take an adventure field trip with us! We provide transportation to and from the location, morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack and supervision for the duration of the trip! Parents will drop their students off at 8:30 AM and pick them up at 4:30 PM. Our trip to Adventureland Theme Park & Adventure Bay Water Park will include a full day of fun and will cost $40 per student. For more information, contact Garrett Ross at 641.684.6571×28, e-mail garrett@ottumwaymca.com, or go to www.ottumwaymca.com.

July 21 – I-Cubs Principal Park
Youth ages 6-12 can take an adventure field trip with us! We provide transportation to and from the location, morning snack, lunch, & afternoon snack and supervision for the duration of the trip! Parents will drop their students off at 8:30 AM and pick them up at 4:30 PM. Our trip to the Iowa Cubs, Principal Park will include a day of baseball fun! The cost will be $30 per student. For more information, contact Garrett Ross at 641.684.6571×28, e-mail garrett@ottumwaymca.com, or go to www.ottumwaymca.com.

August 4 – Blank Park Zoo
Youth ages 6-12 can take an adventure field trip with us! We provide transportation to and from the location, morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack and supervision for the duration of the trip! Parents will drop their students off at 8:30 AM and pick them up at 4:30 PM. Our trip to the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines will include a full day of safari fun and a special animal presentation for students. Cost will be $30 per student. For more information, contact Garrett Ross at 641.684.6571×28, e-mail garrett@ottumwaymca.com, or go to www.ottumwaymca.com.
 
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Day Camps:

June 8 – Magician’s Laboratory Day Camp – Liberty Elementary School
Want to learn magic? We’ll teach you the next best thing: science! We’ll do some experiments that are so fun they’re almost magical! Using things you probably have at home, we’ll spend the day teaching you how to be a science magician, and you can try these tricks out at home with your friends and family. This camp will be from 12:15 PM – 4:00 PM, cost is $10/child. The camp is open for kids going into grades 1-3. For more information, contact Jen Daugherty at 641.682.5491, email jenkdaugh@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.

June 9 – Magician’s Laboratory Day Camp – Liberty Elementary School
Want to learn magic? We’ll teach you the next best thing: science! We’ll do some experiments that are so fun they’re almost magical! Using things you probably have at home, we’ll spend the day teaching you how to be a science magician, and you can try these tricks out at home with your friends and family. This camp will be held from 12:15 PM – 4:00 PM, cost is $10/child. The camp is open for kids going into grades 4-6. For more information, contact Jen Daugherty at 641.682.5491, email jenkdaugh@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.

June 22-23 – Frontier Living Day Camp – Liberty Elementary School
Travel back in time and join us for a day of frontier living. Learn to make your own butter, grow your own garden, and even make your own soap! We’ll try out a pioneer recipe or two, and you’ll leave ready to start your own life on the frontier. This camp will be held from 12:15 PM – 4:00 PM, cost is $10/child. The camp is open for kids going into grades 1-3. For more information, contact Jen Daugherty at 641.682.5491, email jenkdaugh@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.

July 6 – Garden Explores Day Camp – Liberty Elementary School
Spend a day sleuthing through the garden, searching for bugs, digging up worms, planting seeds, and learning how to grow your own food. We’ll even let you pick some fresh veggies and make a delicious, healthy snack! This camp will be held from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, cost is $10/child. The camp is open for kids going into grades 1-3. For more information, contact Jen Daugherty at 641.682.5491, email jenkdaugh@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.

July 7 – DNA for Dinner Day Camp – Liberty Elementary School
Are you ready to explore the world of DNA? At DNA for Dinner, we’ll extract strands of DNA from foods you see every day! We’ll try out some experiments to see how DNA works, what codes exist in nature, and what makes up DNA. This day camp will be held from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM, cost is $15/child. The camp is open for kids going into grades 4-6. For more information, contact Jen Daugherty at 641.682.5491, email jenkdaugh@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.

July 20 – Kitchen Adventures Day Camp – Liberty Elementary School
If you like to cook, kitchen adventures is the camp for you! We’ll do some experiments with some common kitchen ingredients, as well as test out some new recipes. We’ll even have a chance to spend some time harvesting ingredients from the garden to use in the kitchen. This camp will be held from 12:15 PM – 4:00 PM, cost is $10/child. The camp is open for kids going into grades 1-3. For more information, contact Jen Daugherty at 641.682.5491, email jenkdaugh@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.

July 21 – Kitchen Adventures Day Camp – Liberty Elementary School
If you like to cook, kitchen adventures is the camp for you! We’ll do some experiments with some common kitchen ingredients, as well as test out some new recipes. We’ll even have a chance to spend some time harvesting ingredients from the garden to use in the kitchen. This camp will be held from 12:15 PM – 4:00 PM, cost is $10/child. The camp is open for kids going into grades 4-6. For more information, contact Jen Daugherty at 641.682.5491, email jenkdaugh@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.

August 17 – Snack Attack Day Camp – Liberty Elementary School
When hunger attacks, how do you respond? With a snack attack! At this day camp, you’ll learn how to make delicious foods that are healthy. We’ll spend time in the garden learning how food grows, and time in the kitchen making our own snacks. Filled with plenty of high-energy games, snack attack day camp will be a blast! This camp will be held from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, cost is $10/child. The camp is open for kids going into grades 1-3. For more information, contact Jen Daugherty at 641.682.5491, email jenkdaugh@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.

August 18 – Snack Attack Day Camp – Liberty Elementary School
When hunger attacks, how do you respond? With a snack attack! At this day camp, you’ll learn how to make delicious foods that are healthy. We’ll spend time in the garden learning how food grows, and time in the kitchen making our own snacks. Filled with plenty of high-energy games, snack attack day camp will be a blast! This camp will be held from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, cost is $10/child. The camp is open for kids going into grades 4-6. For more information, contact Jen Daugherty at 641.682.5491, email jenkdaugh@iastate.edu, or go to www.extension.iastate.edu.

Ottumwa Swim Clinic

June 6-10 – Ottumwa Swimming Youth Technique Swim Clinic – Beach Ottumwa
Ottumwa High School Girls Swimming is sponsoring a week-long technique clinic for swimmers in upcoming grades 2-8. Special Guest Instructors include: Cherie Langland (head OHS Girls), Heidi Owens (head OHS Boys), John Webber (formerly swam for UCLA), Heather Simplot (head coach for youth YMCA Hurricanes), Rachel Goedken (formerly swam for Loras College), and Jack Langland (currently swims for Sarah Lawrence College). Current OHS Boys and Girls Swimmers will be helping instruct the clinic. All participants will receive a swim cap and t-shirt. Regristration will be the first morning of the clinic at 8:00 AM. For more information, contact Cherie Langland at 641.799.0652, e-mail langlandcherie@yahoo.com.
 
 
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