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Wrapping with style and skill

December 21, 2014 Santa Claus may have the elves to help him wrap all the presents he plans to deliver on Christmas eve. more »»

 
 
 
Hunting for the best holiday gift ever

December 21, 2014 The hunt is on for the best gift ever. Each Christmas season, holiday shoppers flow through malls and department stores in search of that one perfect present for each person on their list. more »»

Manson Meridian Singers to host special performance

December 21, 2014 MANSON — A special performance of the Manson Meridian Singers annual production is planned for people who join the booster group supporting the community chorus. more »»

A holiday classic is retold

December 14, 2014 A traditional holiday fantasy will be retold by children and adolescents when Hawkeye Community Theatre presents “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and at 2 p.m. Dec. more »»

Wait on wassailing; go to a concert instead

December 14, 2014 By DAWN BLISS dbliss@messengernews. more »»

Prepped for the holidays

December 7, 2014 Locals will be able to catch a glimpse of Fort Dodge’s Gilded Age when the historic Ringland-Smeltzer House puts on holiday finery for its annual Christmas open house Dec. 14. more »»

Spruce up the season

December 7, 2014 Trimming the tree and hanging strands of Christmas lights can be quite an endeavor, especially when you try to stage a more personalized holiday scene. more »»

Giving the gift of entertainment

November 30, 2014 In this season of giving and celebration, the students of the Iowa Central Community College music department plan to present the community with the gift of entertainment when they perform Holiday... more »»

Brightening the holiday season for a reason

November 30, 2014 In this season of giving and celebration, the students of the Iowa Central Community College music department plan to present the community with the gift of entertainment when they perform Holiday... more »»

‘Frozen,’ traditional music in symphony’s mix

November 30, 2014 The Fort Dodge Area Symphony plans to kick off the holiday season with its annual “Home for the Holidays” concert Dec. 7. more »»

Musical couple’s skills are complementary

November 30, 2014 EAGLE GROVE — A couple in Eagle Grove has turned their love for music into careers. Cathy Moklebust is an internationally known handbell composer, conductor, clinician and percussionis. more »»

Test your Thanksgiving savvy

November 23, 2014 A plan for attacking the big Thanksgiving meal will help save many things, least among them the elastic of your stretchy pants, according to food experts. more »»

Holiday Happenings Around the Area

November 23, 2014 The holiday season is fast approaching and, with it, a proliferation of ceremonies, parades, festivals, concerts and open houses. more »»

Iowa Central art teacher wins award for painting

November 23, 2014 A watercolor painting by Fort Dodge artist Richard Hanson titled “Contemplating Thomas Merton” has won the Purchase Award at the 94th National Watercolor Society International Exhibition, Los... more »»

Filling the need

November 16, 2014 The goal for many food pantries this holiday season is to provide a Thanksgiving meal to families in need. That is especially true at the Lord’s Cupboard at First United Methodist Church, 127 . more »»

Operation Christmas seeks donations

November 16, 2014 The Fort Dodge annual tradition of Operation Christmas is nearly underway, and it will begin accepting donations Tuesday at the Crossroads Mall in the former Hancock Fabrics space. more »»

Dancing with the Stars Fort Dodge

November 9, 2014 Twinkle toes and altruism will be in the spotlight during the first ever Dancing with the Starts Fort Dodge Saturday at Decker Auditorium on the main campus of Iowa Central Community College. more »»

Learning lessons of staging musical theater

November 9, 2014 Blending voices and hitting acting cues does more than ensure a production goes off without a hitch. The performing arts teach life lessons. more »»

Stage Door Productions presents ‘Edges’

November 9, 2014 Stage Door Productions will attempt to present an honest representation of all the big moments in life with a musical called “Edges” on Nov. 13-15. more »»

FD native will hold two book signings locally

November 9, 2014 “I Love You Anyhow,” is a newly released book by Fort Dodge native Marge Thompson, who will hold two book signings on Nov. 15. From 10:30 a.m. more »»

Bring on the orphans

November 2, 2014 The musical “Annie,” which dominated Broadway for nearly six years, is full of now-familiar songs that help tell the heart-warming tale of a Depression-era orphan girl who finds happiness with a... more »»

 
 

Dream Carriage Rides December 22, 2014

DAKOTA CITY — Dream Carriage Rides are every hour from 5 to 9 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday at 601 Main St., Dakota City. more »

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