**The Le Mars Community Theater play “The Addams Family” performances dates are scheduled for August 17th-19th and the 23rd through August 26th. THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. For reservations call the Le Mars Community Theater box office Monday through Friday, 546-5788 from 11 am to 2 pm.
**Farmers Markets in Merrill and Le Mars. In Merrill on Thursdays from 4 pm to 7 pm at Old School Square, 4th and Main. On Saturdays in Le Mars at 769 Prospect Street SW by Cork It! from 9 am to noon. Locally grown flowers, vegetables, herbs and fruits. Fresh eggs, baked goods, jellies, jewelry, crafts and honey can be found at the Farmers Markets in Le Mars and Merrill.
**Plymouth Street Farmer’s Market is every Saturday until end of October from 8 am to noon located at 405 Plymouth Street NW in Kaler’s Dentist Office parking lot. Locally grown vegetables, fruits and honey.
**The Northwest Iowa Genealogical Society monthly meeting at the Le Mars Public Library, 46 1st Street SW, on Saturday, August 18 at 1:30 PM. A program titled “Hardships of our Ancestors,” will be presented by longtime society members Vern and Karen Harrington. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
** The United Methodist Church of Le Mars, located at 901 3rd Avenue S.E., will hold a special presentation following the church service this Sunday, August 19th. Dean Johnson will share with the congregation how a bee hive works together as a community, as opposed as individuals. Johnson will have a live working bee hive on exhibit for the presentation. Bees need to work as a community in order to remain alive, and produce the sweetness nectar of honey. All visitors are welcome. The presentation will be done immediately following the worship service scheduled for 10 a.m.
**The Plymouth County Democrats will be holding their regular monthly County Central Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, August 20, at Lally’s Eastside Restaurant, 125 Plymouth Street NE, Le Mars. All interested Democrats are invited to attend. Come an hour early to eat with the group.
**Christian Women’s Club invites all area women on Tuesday, August 21 at 9 am at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor for brunch. Special feature is Shirley Taylor, Le Mars Public Library Director, special speaker is Jane Shroyer of Ottumwa, Iowa. Menu is cinnamon rolls and fruit. Reservations are needed by calling Janice at 546-4683 or Donna at 548-4496.
**St Joseph Ladies Club will meet on Tuesday, August 21 to play cards in Richter Hall at 1 pm. Visitors are welcome.
**Le Mars Chamber coffee will be hosted by Hy-Vee Food Stores on Wednesday, August 22 from 9:30 to 10:30 am.
**Dutch Heritage Boosters will be selling Poffertjes – mini pancakes in the Little White Store in downtown Orange City on Wednesday, August 22, 5:30 – 7:30 PM.
**Le Mars Chamber After 5 and Ribbon Cutting will take place at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites on Thursday, August 23
**Iowa SIDS Foundation Walk for the Future is Saturday, August 25 at Willow Creek Golf Course in Le Mars. Registration begins at 8:30 am and walk starts at 9:30 am. Morning activities include a family walk, raffle, memorial balloon release, silent auction, special visits by Santa and Slim the Clown. Lunch by Outback Steakhouse. Register on line at www.iowasids.org For more information contact Pam at 712 548-8686.
**Le Mars United Way 4 person scramble Golf Tournament is Thursday, August 30 with shotgun start at noon. To register call United Way at 712 255-3551 or on line at lemarsunitedway.org.
**Le Mars Chamber Mystery Dinner Theater is Thursday, September 6 at the Le Mars Convention Center. Cost is $40.00 a person. Reservations are needed by calling the Chamber at 546-8821.
** Auditions for membership in the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will be held on Friday, September 7 (Winds & Percussion) and Saturday, September 8 (Strings), in the Music Building on the campus of Dordt College. Anyone wishing to play in the orchestra for the first time must audition and all student members need to re-audition each year.
The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra is comprised of some of the finest musicians in the tri-state area. The orchestra’s more than 80 members include adults of all ages as well as gifted students ranging in age from middle school through college. Each year several students who audition receive scholarships from the Friends of the Symphony for the purpose of continuing their private music instruction.
For more information or to schedule an audition, contact the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra office, at 712-722-6230 or email@example.com.
** Floyd Valley Healthcare Babysitting Class will be Saturday, September 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The cost for this course is $15.00. The Babysitting Class is for boys and girls ages 11 to 15. Pre-registration is necessary, please call 546-3401 or 1-800-642-6074 ext. 3401.
** A Prepared Childbirth class will be held on Saturday, September 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This class is open to anyone expecting their first child and interested in preparing for childbirth. The session will cover a variety of topics including: what to expect during each trimester, relaxation techniques, labor and delivery, parenting and taking care of a newborn. To pre-register please call Floyd Valley Healthcare at 546-3401 or 1-800-642-6074. These classes are offered as a service to moms delivering at Floyd Valley Healthcare. There is a $25 course fee for moms not delivering here at the hospital.
**If you own a quilt that is at least 40 years old and has a connection to Plymouth County, you are needed now. The Plymouth County Historical Museum in Le Mars will be hosting a Vintage Quilt Show the first week in October and is now identifying quilts for display. The historic show will be in the Museum’s 1905 Study Hall as a part of the Le Mars Fall Fest. All vintage quilts need to be delivered to the Museum by Sept. 5. Each person will be limited to two quilts. Anyone who has questions about the show may contact the Museum at 539-0223. Margaret Henrich, a Museum volunteer and former registrar, is chairing the quilt show.
** Floyd Valley Healthcare breastfeeding information class will be Tuesday, September 11 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Topics include breastfeeding benefits, techniques, storage and resources as well as an overview of breast milk production. Breastfeeding products will be displayed and a pump demonstration will be offered. Questions will be addressed and support given to moms and dads considering or currently involved in the breastfeeding experience. The evening is offered free of charge. Please join us for an evening of information and support by calling 546-3401 or 800-642-6074 ext. 3401.
**Plymouth County Historical Museum Saturday, September 29 bus trip “Exploring Historic Hwy. 77” in Nebraska is this year’s theme. The charter bus will depart from the Museum at 8 a.m. Included in this year’s itinerary are four museums: Swedish Heritage Center in Oakland, Nebraska, May Museum in Fremont, International Quilt Museum and Natural History Museum. Anyone with questions about this year’s trip should call (712)-539-0223.
**The twig, branch, and grass drop-off site behind the Riverview Ball Complex is open Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April through November (weather permitting). The site will be monitored by staff. There will be no curbside pick-up of twigs and branches by the City. Only tree twigs, branches, grass and leaves may be dropped off at the site. If any other waste is mixed with the twigs, branches, grass, or leaves it will not be accepted. No tree stumps are allowed. No plastic bags or boxes will be allowed. The city will conduct cleanup of downed branches after major storms, as needed. Twigs, branches, and grass will also be accepted at the Plymouth County Landfill during normal operating hours.