The Shelby County Food Pantry needs donations. Donations can be made year round at the West Central Community Action on 7th Street in Harlan. Both non-perishable food items and non-food items can be donated.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities -
Tuesday, June 22nd 12:30-6 pm Dunlap St. Patrick's Catholic Parish Center
Wednesday, June 23rd Noon to 6 pm Central Church in Carroll
Noon to 6 pm Panama Fire Station
Saturday, June 26th 9:30-3 pm Cass County Community Center in Atlantic
Monday, June 28th Noon to 6 pm St. Joseph's Hall in Earling
8 am to 2 pm Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan
Have you or someone you know wanted to visit the Shelby County Historical Museum in Harlan, but couldn’t find the right time? Well, now you can! This summer the museum is extending their hours every 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 8 am to 8 pm. Stop by the museum to experience hands on interactive exhibits, find out what life was like in the past and to learn more about the unique history of Shelby County! Extended hours once again are 8 am to 8 pm the 1st and third Tuesday of each month including: July 6th, July 20th, August 3rd and August 17th.
The Harlan Theatre's Free summer Kids' movies are back for 2021. They will be offering free kid's movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 am starting in June. You must enter with a ticket which can be picked up at sponsoring businesses which will be listed soon. The movies will be playing on 3 screeds to allow for plenty of space for patrons.
Myrtue's Public Health Department will make stops to outlying communities throughout the county during the month of June to offer vaccination opportunities. On even-numbered Tuesdays, Shelby County Health will go to towns on the western part of the county. On odd-numbered Tuesdays, Shelby County Public Health will go to towns on the eastern side of the county.
Appointment times are every 5 minutes Please schedule your appointment at the top half of the hour at your location preference.
West side of the County, Tuesday June 22nd:
9 am, Shelby Community Building
10 am, Portsmouth St. Mary's our Lady of Fatima Hall
11 am, Panama, St. Mary's Hall
12 noon, Earling, St. Joseph's Hall
East side of the County, Tuesday, June 29th:
9 am, Elk Horn Town Hall
10am, Irwin Community Building
11 am, Defiance Church Hall
To sign up for the mobile vaccination clinic, go to shelbycountyclinics.com and click on "Moble COVID Vaccination Clinics - 18 Years of age and older," If additional accommodation is needed for homebound individuals, call 755-4422.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers will begin on Tuesday, July 13th and continue on Tuesdays through August 17th, from 1:30-3 pm on line via Zoom. Powerful tools for caregivers is an online class designed to provide you with the skills you need to take care of yourself. There will be six-90 minute class sessions once a week led by certified class leaders. For questions and how to register, contact Jan Schnack at JSchnack@ connectonsaaa.org or call 800-432-9202, est. 8116.
The Backpack program, sponsored by SCCO and WCCA is underway. If you wish to donate to this cause, helping families purchase school supplies in the fall, please send your monetary donation to SCCO, PO Box 69, Harlan, IA 51537 and designate that you wish funds to go to the Backpack Ministry. Families can sign up to participate at SCCO, 1105 8th Street, Harlan or at WCCA 1017 7th Street in Harlan. Applications will also be available at the Harlan Community summer food distribution site. Deadline to apply if Friday, July 30th.
A Summer art camp, sponsored by Brick Wall Gallery, will take place July 5th through 9th at the gallery in Downtown Harlan. This is for ages 8 to 12 and there are only 10 spots available so get your reservations in early. Price is $125. For more information, contact Brian Byrnes at 713/446-4004.
Tuesday, June 22nd -
The Harlan Senior Center will be serving baked Chicken breast, savory apricot sauce, baked sweet potato, broccoli, wheat bread, and fresh seasonal fruit.
The Harlan Community Library will be holding Tech Time in Person at 3 pm.
Shelby County Conservation and the University of Iowa will hold a fish sampling event, Tuesday, June 22nd from 6 to 7 pm at Shelby County Conservation at 516 Maple Road, Harlan. Come and learn about electro-fishing techniques and unique features of fish species found in the Nishnabotna River. The event is open to all ages, but you must register. Contact Cristina Roelofs, Shelby County Conservation at email@example.com.
Wednesday, June 23rd -
The Harlan Senior Center will be serving polish sausage with peppers and onions, whipped potatoes, sauerkraut, a hot dog bun and mandarin oranges.
The Harlan Community Library will hold Outdoor Art Adventures: Color Exploration - at the Shelby Park in Shelby.
Thursday, June 24th -
The Harlan Senior Center will be serving ham and white beans, green beans, sliced carrots, cornbread and peaches.
The Harlan Community Library will hold their Adult Creative Writing Group at 5 pm. The topic will be painting prompt with a featured historical artist.
Friday, June 25th -
The Harlan Senior Center will be serving a hamburger patty with lettuce and tomato, roasted red potatoes, baked beans, wheat hamburger bun and a carnival cookie.
The Harlan Community Library will have the Youth Readers' Advisory at 10:30 and at noon, the Reader's advisory Book Discussion with Liz and Dena.
SHELBY’S SESQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION WILL BE HELD JUNE 25TH AND 26TH. EVERYTHING KICKS OFF ON FRIDAY EVENING, WITH THE 150TH KICK OFF IN THE PARK WITH THE OPENING OF THE TIME CAPSULE! THE FUN CONTINUES AT 6 AM SATURDAY MORNING, TIWH THE BBQ COMPETITION BEGINNING. FROM 6:30-9:30 THE SHELBY FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD A PANCAKE BREAKFAST AND THE HOT SPOTS WILL HAVE A BLOODY MARY BAR. THE FLAG RAISING WILL BE HELD AT 8 AM AND THE REST OF THE DAY WILL HAVE A SILENT AUCTION, THE 1ST LUMBERJACK SHOW, 5k FUN RUN, FOOD TRUCKS, NATE HALL WOOD CARVING, CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT, THE PARADE AT 11 AM, FIREFIGHTER WATER FIGHTS, PIG BINGO, A STREET DANCE FEATURING MURPHY’S LAW, PLUS RIDE THE SKY HELICOPTERS, RAFFLES AND THE DAY ENDS WITH FIREWORKS! SHELBY’S SESQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION JUNE 25TH AND 26TH!
Saturday, June 26th -
The Harlan Community Library will have Babies and Books online - Baby bouncy Time at 10 am.
NAMI Southwest Iowa will hold its’ FIRST Annual Ride 4 Resilience and Recovery bike ride fundraiser on June 26, 2021, on the beautiful Wabash Trace! The ride includes two routes that participants can choose from: Council Bluffs to Mineola OR Council Bluffs to Shenandoah. Registration is open now – anyone registering by June 10th will receive a FREE t-shirt!
Participant fees are $30 if they register ahead of time on our website (http://www.namisouthwestiowa.com), or $35 as a walk-in registration the day of the event. Registration will be open from 7AM – 10AM on June 26th at Iowa West Foundation Trailhead Park (Harry Langdon Blvd and E South Omaha Bridge Rd) in Council Bluffs. Free event T-shirts will be given to all participants registered by June 10th! Trek Omaha will be onsite at registration to ensure your bike is trail ready, and there will be lots of free prizes, water, and snacks along the way – so come out ready to enjoy the day with us!
THE MANILLA FIRE DEPARTMENT’S 11th ANNUAL OUTLAW TRUCK AND TRACTOR PULL WILL BE BACK IN TOWN ON SATURDAY, JUNE 26th. THERE WILL BE 7 OUTLAW CLASSES OF PULLING ACTION, INCLUDING 3200 PROFIELD, PRO STOCK 4X4, LIGHT LTD PROTRACTORS, LIGHT SUPER STOCK, LTD PRO STOCK TRACTORS, DIESEL SUPER STOCK AND MODIFIED 4 WD TRUCKS IT’S THUNDER BY THE TRACKS IN MANILLA. REGISTRATION STARTS AT 4 PM WITH THE PULLS STARTING AT 6 PM.
THIS SATURDAY, THE MUSEUM OF DANISH AMERICA WILL CELEBRATE THEIR ANNUAL MID-SUMMER FESTIVAL. IT’S FREE AND ALL AGES ARE WELCOME. THE MUSEUM WILL BE OPEN WITH FREE ADMISSION THROUGH 7 M SATURDAY, SO COME AND SEE THE NEW EXHIBITS AND SHOP THE DESIGN STORE. AT 5 PM, THERE WILL BE A DANISH-STYLE HOT DOG MEAL, FOR A FREE WILL DONATION, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. THERE WILL BE HOT DOGS, CHIPS AND COOKIES BY TESSA’S HANDCRAFTED TREATS! VIRTUAL PERFORMANCES WILL BE SPONSORED BY THE AMERICAN-SCANDANAVIAN FOUNDATION. LIVE PERFORMANCES AND SING ALONGS WITH PIANIST GLENN HENRIKSEN AND SINGER GERRY BEHNENDORF. AT 9 PM, THERE WILL BE THE SUNSET BONFIRE. IN CASE OF RAIN, ALL ACTIVITIES, EXCEPT THE BONFIRE, WILL BE MOVED INSIDE. BRING YOUR LAWN CHAIRS, GAMES AND BEVERAGES AND HAVE A DAY AND EVENING FULL OF FUN AT THE MID-SUMMER FESTIVAL THIS SATURDAY AT THE MUSEUM OF DANISH AMERICA IN ELK HORN.
Sunday, June 27th -
The Hansen House in Harlan is holding a Fundraiser for Alzheimer's Association, June 27th, from 11 to 2. They will hold Pop's Car Show and Trolley Rides at the Hansen House in Harlan at 703 Dye Street in Harlan.
Monday, June 28th -
The Harlan Senior Center will be serving a cheese omelet, hashbrown casserole, hot spiced pears and a cinnamon roll.
The Foodbank for the Heartland Mobile Pantry will be in Harlan, Monday, June 28th, from 5 to 6:30 pm at Veteran’s Memorial Building in Harlan. There will be a limit of 1 box of non-perishable foods, 1 box of produce and 1 loaf of bread plus frozen meat. There is a limit of 2 per vehicle until all is gone, with a total of 200 households served. The event is sponsored by the Harlan Lion’s Club.
Tuesday, June 29th -
The Harlan Senior Center will be serving chicken Alfredo, roasted brussel sprouts, stewed tomatoes, wheat bread and berry lemon pudding.
The Harlan Community Library will hold Tech Time Online: Excel - text, number, date and time and cell formatting. And at 4 pm, they will have History of Cultural Diversity in Shelby County.
Wednesday, June 30th -
The Harlan Senior Center will be serving a BBQ pork rib patty with a hamburger bun, scalloped potatoes, cole slaw, and hot apple slices.
The Harlan Senior Center will hold their Outdoor Art Adventures: Animal Colors at 10 am at Pioneer Park, Pine Street Shelter. And at 7 pm, the 5 o'clock Somewhere Book Club will meet.
Saturday, July 3rd -
The 2021 St. Boniface Parish Picnic in Westphalia is set for Saturday and Sunday, July 3rd and 4th! On Saturday, mass will begin at 4 pm withstands opening after mass and the huge auction at 7 pm. On Sunday the stands will open at 2 pm, the bean bags tournament will start at 2 pm and the Staley’s Chicken Supper will be held from 4 to 8 pm. Both days you can enjoy the Barnyard Bounce, Battle As Throw, Toddler Candy playland, Toxic Crop and Barrel cars, Rosary Society Fancywork Stand, a food stand, beer stand, music by DJ Dotz plus ride the mechanical bull!
The Red, White and Boom Festival will be held July 3rd in Denison. The majority of events will be at Yellowsmoke Park with the main highlight of the day, the fireworks at around 10 pm. A new addition this year will be a scavenger hunt at Yellow Smoke Park at 10 am at the beach. The Bill Riley Talent show will take place at Washington Park in Denison starting at 1 pm, plus a parade in uptown Denison with line-up at 3 pm and the parade starting at 3:30. There will be a sand castle contest for kids 12 and under at 5 pm, sidewalk art contest for kids 12 an under starting at 6 pm, and of course, don't forget the Sink or Float Cardboard Boat Race at 7 pm. Also new this year is the flow and splash dodgeball beginning at 8:15 pm. There will also be food vendors and music at the beach.
The theme for the Exira 156th annual 4th of July celebration is "Welcome to Fabulous Exira, Iowa." The celebration will run Saturday, July 3rd through Tuesday, July 6th! Scott Amusements Carnival will be on the midway all 4 days. On July 3rd, there will be a community BBQ and street dance. The 4th will feature foot races, the huge parade at 10:30 am, rodeo, kids tractor pull and fireworks. Monday, July 5th, there will be a rodeo and "Party in the Park" with Soul Kat. and on Tuesday, July 5th, there will be a road run, co-ed softball tournament, street dance with Lemon Fresh Day.
Sunday, July 4th -
Celebrate Independence day this year in the City of Oakland! Stop by on the 4th, for the Fire Department pancake breakfast from 7-10:30. Form 9 to noon, there will be vendors, a kids parade and the Nishnabotna museum will be open, plus there will be a silent auction. A community church service will be held at the ball park, a car show, games in the park, bingo for adults, a big parade starting at 5, pie eating contest, music in the park, and the day will end with fireworks.
The Avoca 4th of July celebration is jam packed with fun things to do this Sunday. The day will kick off with the American Legion Vehicle Show on Main Street from 9 to noon. From 11 am to 2 pm, there will be an American Legion hot dog meal plus bar drinks fundraiser for roof repair. Also from 11 to 2, the United Church of Avoca food stand will be open. Watermelon will be served starting at 12 noon at Freedom Plaza, sponsored by Pauley-Jones Funeral Home. Parade line up will start at the fairgrounds starting at 11 am, with the parade starting at 2. And then after dusk, there will be fireworks at the Avoca Country View Clubhouse!
Saturday, July 24th -
The Animal Rescue League of Harlan and the Iowa Community Kitchen will hold a Christmas in July Fundraiser, Saturday, July 24th at the Corley Hall. Doors open and a cash bar will open at 4 pm. At 5 pm, Entertainment with DJ Twisted will begin and at 7 pm, there will be an auction with Auctioneer Luke Larsen. Dinner for the evening is a choice of pulled pork, hot dog or hamburger plate for $5.
Friday, August 27th -
Registration is now open for Beyond BOW (becoming an outdoors woman - Women, Water and Wine. The event will be held between Nishna Bend Recreation Area and Prairie Rose State Park on August 27th to 29th. On Friday evening, we go over kayaking basics and paddle at Prairie Rose. That evening they will have a bonfire and encourage participants to bring their favorite bottle of wine. Saturday morning they will begin the day paddling the Nishnabotna River. They will pack lunches and take their lunch break on a sandbar. That evening they will be making butterfly wing earrings. Sunday will be a day of hiking, wild edibles and Dutch oven cooking. They will end the event after lunch. You can check it out and sign up at constantcontact.com/register/event.
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