**Auditions for the next Le Mars Community Theater production at the Postal Playhouse are scheduled for December 16 and 17th. The community theater will present the famous play, “The Odd Couple,” by Neil Simon, only it will be the female version. The play has a cast of six females and two males. Auditions will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Postal Playhouse. Copies of the play can be checked out. For additional information, you can contact the play’s director, Danna Schuster through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 540-2532.
**A “Grinch Christmas” will be the theme of the annual Christmas meeting of the Northwest Iowa Genealogical Society. The gathering will take place in the Music Room of the Plymouth County Historical Museum on Saturday, December 16th, at 1:30 PM. Members will share homemade holiday treats and personal tales of Christmases memorable due to some calamity. The event is free and open to the public.
>** Ireton Christian school soup supper on Monday, December 18, serving from 5 PM until 7 PM at the school gym. Serving chili, chicken and potato soup, tavern, coneys, hotdogs, pies and ice cream. Free will donation will be accepted.
**Northwest Iowa Sheep Producers annual meeting and banquet is Saturday, January 6 at West Commons, on the Dordt College Campus in Sioux Center. Social hour and vendor fair begins at 5:30pm with the meal serving at 6:30pm. Speaker is Alex Moser on his trip to New Zealand in 2017. Reservations are needed by Monday, December 18 by calling Travis Hawkins at 712 552-7801.
**St John Lutheran Church in Merrill will be offering a mid-week Advent Worship every Wednesday during Advent. A light soup supper will be served at 6pm and the Advent Worship begins at 7pm. St John Lutheran Church is located at 745 5th Street in Merrill. Everyone is welcome.
**Le Mars Public Library will be closed until Wednesday, December 20th .
**Le Mars Chamber coffee will be hosted by Primebank on Wednesday, December 20
from 9:30 to 10:30am
*The Banquet will be held Wednesday, December 20, hosted by Rejoice! Community Church, located at 1320 3rd Avenue Southeast. The Banquet is sponsored by local area churches and organizations. Serving will begin at 5:30pm until 7:00pm. This is free event and everyone is welcome. If you need a ride call Rejoice Community Church at 548-4430. Distribution for the Siouxland Food Bank will be at 6pm.
**LifeServe Blood Center community blood drive will be held at LeMars – Floyd Valley Hospital on Thursday, December 21 from 9am-3pm. To schedule a blood donation appointment online go to lifeservebloodcenter.org or call LifeServe at 800.287.4903.
**Le Mars Chamber Coffee will be hosted by Plymouth County Historical Muesum
on Thursday, December 21 from 9:30 to 10:30am.
**Christmas nativities display known as “The Museum Manger” are now on display at the Plymouth County Historical Museum through January 6th. Admission is free. Hundreds of nativities are now exhibited in the Museum’s Study Hall. The Rev. Paul Eisele’s collection of nativities, which the Le Mars priest donated to the Museum last year, are on display in Room 413 adjacent to the Study Hall. Also set aside in the room for special display is a large collection of Christmas villages, donated to the Museum by Jim and Kay Peters. Museum is located at 335 First Ave. SW in Le Mars.
** Are you going to be eligible for Medicare in the near future? “Welcome to Medicare” is for you! This two-hour seminar offered by the Floyd Valley Healthcare SHIIP counselor and will be held Tuesday, January 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Primebank Good Neighbors Club Room. Registration is required by December 28, 2017. To register for this program please call 712-546-3410 or 1-800-642-6074 ext. 3410. “Welcome to Medicare” will cover Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplement insurance. For more information or questions about SHIIP call 712-546-3385.
**Commercial manure applicators should plan to attend the Commercial Manure Applicator training program scheduled for Thursday, January 4, from 9 a.m. to noon. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct the required three-hour training workshop at that time. There is no fee to attend the workshop, but commercial applicators must register by December 28 by contacting the ISU Extension and Outreach Plymouth County office at 712-546-7835
**The Le Mars recycle/garbage magnets with all the collections date are now available for pick up at City Hall.