By Amber Brubaker
March 2, 2018
If you live in Ottumwa (or come for a visit!) there’s not a single weekend that you can claim boredom. There’s plenty to do this month. Check out our featured events:
1. The Magic of Bill Blagg Live!
Bill Blagg is coming to the Bridge View Center for one show only March 3 at 7:00 p.m. That’s TOMORROW! Critics and audiences alike rave about Bill’s interactive magic & jaw-dropping illusions that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief.
Blagg’s show combines his mind-blowing magical talents along with his trademark off-the-cuff personality to take you on a magical journey you’ll never forget! You’ll witness objects float in mid-air, vanish in the blink of an eye and so much more!
It’s a family friendly event, so kids of all ages are welcome! There’s also a discounted ticket price of $15 for all students in elementary, middle, and high school as well as college. Tickets for adults are $25 or $35 depending on where you sit. Right now, there’s also a ticket giveaway going on until noon tomorrow, so head over to Bridge View Center’s Facebook page and enter to win!
2. Chill at the Market
Market on Main is bringing us another month of fabulous activities, starting with Live Music with Luke Davids TONIGHT at 5:30 p.m. This London-born singer brings inventive arrangements to the stage and is always entertaining.
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3. March 3 @ 8:00 p.m. Elizabeth Moen Live at the Market
Raised in Vinton, IA, Elizabeth has been playing guitar since she was in middle school. She particularly loves covering Johnny Cash and Billie Holiday at open mic nights, but she writes her own music as well.
4. March 9 @ 5:30 p.m. Live Music with Kevin McGinity
Kevin is back again with a great mix of classic rock and root tunes. See him next weekend at the Market.
5. March 10 @ 8:00 p.m. Live Music with the Bottom Feeders
The Bottom Feeders began in 1972 as a legendary 4-piece rock and blues jam group. They were originally called Rock Salt, but changed their name in recent years. Come see this class band play!
6. March 16 @ 5:30 p.m. Live Music with the Chickadees
The Chickadees, a two-person band based in Southeast Iowa, will be performing for the first time ever at Market on Main. They’ll bring their mix of cover and originals to the stage.
7. March 16 @ 8:00 p.m. Comedy Night at the Market with Dante Powell
Dante Powell is a Des Moines performer from Bernice, Louisiana. He moved to Des Moines in 2012 for a girl, but was too lazy to leave after she dumped him. Now, he makes jokes for a living, and will be coming to the Market to deliver a hilarious show.
8. March 17 @ 6:00 p.m. St. Patricks’ Day Featuring “Hieland Storm”
If you’re in town on the green holiday, stop in for a night of traditional Gaelic music, food, drink, and general merriment as this Irish band takes the stage.
9. March 23 @ 5:30 p.m. Live Music with Tom Morgan
Tom Morgan specializes in acoustic blues and ragtime. He’s played all over the U.S. and often performs in a duo called Skunk River Medicine Show based out of Fairfield.
10. March 24 @ 9:00 p.m. Rap/Hip Hop Show
Market on Main will be drifting from their usual performers of blues and acoustic players to offer a night of rap and hip hop from
artists 1860 Multi-Media. Must be 18 to enter.
11. March 30 @ 5:30 p.m. Live Music with Cam Steinbach
This local bluesman will be back at the market once again for his happy hour set. He’s handy with a guitar and a great musician!
12. March 31 @ 8:00 p.m. Van & The Movers
For the first time, Van & The Movers, one of Fairfield’s most loved cover bands, will be performing at Market on Main. They’ve been playing soulful blues in southeast Iowa for more than 20 years.
13. Wine and Canvas
Hotel Ottumwa and Wine and Canvas Des Moines are partnering up for a painting, eating, and drinking event from 6p.m.-9p.m. on March 2. There will be food and specialty drinks for purchase from Second Street Café. Make sure you sign up ahead of time!
14. Ottumwa Symphony Concert: Suites and Sweets
Come to the Indian Hills Community College Cafeteria this Saturday March 3 for a Suites and Sweets concert at 7:30 p.m. Listen to heavenly symphony music play while munching on a delicious plate of treats for a suggested donation of $5.
15. Ottumwa Public Library Events
As always, the Ottumwa Public Library has their list of events for kids, families, and adults of all ages. There’s Songs and Stories with Sarah Martindale, Music & Movement Mondays, Tail Waggin Tutors, Preschool Story Time, Teen Writing Club, Drop-in Crafternoon for
Kids, Reader’s Ink Book Club, Speculative Literature Book Club, Lego Club, Nonfiction Book Club, Curious Kids Science Club, and Adult Coloring Party
Some featured events at the library this month include:
16. March 3 @ 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Writer’s Room
This event offers a quiet area for writers to congregate and work on their material. There will be breaks every half hour where writers can update others on their progress or ask for advice. It’s free and refreshments will be served.
17. March 7 at 5:00 p.m. Family Movie Night: Coco
There will be a special screening of the movie Coco. It’s open to all families with no registration required! It’s a great after school event.
18. March 17 @ 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Board Game Day
If you’re looking for something for yourself and your kids to do all day Saturday, check out Board Game Day! There will be games for all ages. Just drop in and out all day long, playing your favorite games.
19. March 20 @ 10:00 a.m. Reminisce Society: The Bizarre History of Iowa-Strange Stories from the Past
Chad Lewis will be presenting a series of interesting stories from Iowa’s history. It’s a free event open to everyone, but due to the popularity of these events, this presentation will be moved from the library to the Knights of Columbus Hall located behind the library.
20. March 28 @ 5:00 p.m. Family Movie Night: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
The 2017 movie Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, starring Jack Black, The Rock, Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas, and Karen Gillan will be playing for families. It’s open to all families, but parents are advised that this movie is rated PG-13.
21. March 30 @ 5:30 p.m. Family Fun Night
The library will be hosting a night of food, crafts, activities, toys, and more! All families are invited to attend, and there’s no registration required ahead of time.
22. Live2Lead Simulcast
Live2Lead is a recorded leader development experience designed to equip you with new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways with lessons from three industry-leading experts. You will learn from these thought leaders in a Lunch & Learn format with local business professionals. After each presenter you will be ready to implement your new action plan and lead with renewed passion and commitment! Takes place on March 8 at 12:00 p.m. at the Bridge View Center
23. Coffee & Canvas Events
The first coffee and canvas event held at The Vine Coffeehouse will be March 9 at 6:00 p.m. This is a special fundraiser for Tijuana missions, and you’ll be painting a beautiful sunset canvas with the words “He counts the stars and calls them by name.” It costs $35 including supplies, instruction, and one drink of your choice.
24. Coffee & Canvas: Zinnias
The next event will be March 10 at 10 a.m. and will be a beautiful floral piece. This one is $25 with everything included.
25. Coffee & Canvas: Sunny Days
There’s another coffee and canvas event will be just a couple hours later on March 10 at 12:30 p.m. You’ll be painting a sunflower and dragonfly theme, and it will be a special fundraiser for Wapello County Historical Society. The all-inclusive cost is $35.
26. Coffee & Canvas: Redeemer
There will be two coffee and canvas events for the painting “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.” The first will be held March 30 at 6:00 p.m. and the second at March 31 10:00 a.m.
27. Family Fest
Bridge View Center in collaboration with partners Wapello County Public Health, Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa Community Schools, the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, and United Way of Wapello County present the second Annual Family Fest to be held on Saturday, March 10 from 10:00am – 4:00pm. The show is free and open to the public. All families are encouraged to attend.
This is designed for families and kids of all ages. Check out Safety City, which will feature a fire truck, police cars, and ambulance services. Local police, fire and rescue staff will be on-site to describe their services and answer any questions. Families can enjoy the inflatables, bounce houses, games, and other fun activities in a fun zone. This ‘fun zone’ also helps parents and kids get out of the house, have some physical exercise, and get past the typical ‘cabin fever syndrome’ many of us in Iowa see during the winter months when there are less outdoor activities for our kids.
There’s also an exhibit area created to showcase regional businesses, non-profits, service organizations, and others who sell and/or provide products and services to families and youth throughout the Ottumwa community and SE Iowa region.
An entertainment stage will be built and located in one area of the event to celebrate and showcase our youth throughout our region. Entertainment acts may include, but not limited to, dance programs or studios, youth music programs, nature and/or outdoor education by a local DNR Naturalist, reading programs and fun by an area library to showcase youth reading, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H showcase, and many others.
The entire event is FREE! Spread the word, and bring people from all over Iowa to this family-fun, educational event.
The organizers are still looking for exhibitors, so if you offer products and services for kids and families, contact Mary at 641-684-7000.
28. Donnie Baker
J-Dub Promotions presents Donnie Baker, a world-famous artist thanks to the Bob and Tom Radio Show and Donnie’s many videos on Facebook and Youtube. Donnie Baker claims to have conquered all in life except for selling his boat. “State Law” and “Say It To My Face,” are just a couple of the catch phrases Donnie Baker uses quite often. See the show at the Bridge View Center on March 10 at 7:00 p.m.
29. Opera Iowa: The Barber of Seville
Indian Hills Community College presents a delightful opera performed in English that centers on “Figaro, Figaro, Figaro,” the scheming barber on a quest to win Rosina. Disguises and false identities abound as men vie for the hand of the beautiful Rosina in one of the funniest operas ever composed! See it at the St. John’s Auditorium on March 15 at 5:30 p.m.
30. Growing Herbs Workshop
If you’re interested in growing herbs, or already have some in your landscape, this is a great class for you! It takes place on March 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach center. They’ll go over how to set up a good herb garden, some great herbs to grow, and how to harvest and use herbs. You’ll even get to make and take home your own herb-inspired craft!
Call Jen at 641-682-5491 or click here to register. Registration is required, and the class costs $3. Kids are welcome to come, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
31. 14th Annual Diversity Contest
Indian Hills Community College presents their annual Diversity Conference on Friday, March 23, 2018 on the Indian Hills Community College Main Campus (Ottumwa). This is an all-day event centered on exploring the cultures, ethnicities, values, and beliefs of groups all over the world. The focus is on understanding differences in a positive and enlightening way.
You can register here. All registrations include a lunch. The regular rate is $40 if you register before March 14. If you register after, it’s $45. College student registration is $10 no matter when you register. High school students are free, but they must register for the event beforehand. Everyone must be registered by March 22.
32. 6th Annual Spring Trivia
The American Gothic Performing Arts Festival will host its sixth annual Spring Trivia Night to benefit the organization’s upcoming summer festival. Teams of 10 people each will compete in 10 rounds of general knowledge trivia with 10 questions per round. Prizes will be awarded to the top-scoring teams and teams may also enter a 50/50 cash raffle during select rounds. Trivia categories will include such topics as sports, movies and current events. Check it out on March 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Hotel Ottumwa.
33. Quincy Place Mall Vendor & Craft Show
Wander through the different vendors and craftsman in the Quincy Place Mall on March 24th at 10:00 a.m. and lasting until 6:00 p.m. This is a recurring event, but inventory is limited, so you’ll want to be there to check them out!
As you can see, there’s plenty to do in March in Ottumwa! For more information about events and things to do in the Greater Ottumwa area, contact the Greater Ottumwa Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at (641) 684-4303 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also subscribe to our events newsletter and like us on Facebook so you never miss out on what’s happening in the great town of Ottumwa!