Bazaar and Bake Sale


Join the Sheldahl United Methodist Women this Saturday, Oct. 14 at the church at 6th and Hubbell for the fall festival celebration. A bazaar and bake sale will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. with rugs, nuts, cards and napkins, all kinds of baked goods and other craft items being offered. From 10:30-1, a chicken noodle dinner will be served; cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-10. Carryouts are available.


Autumn walk at the Arboretum


On Oct. 14, from 9–11 a.m., join Horticulture Project Manager, Leah Worth for a walk around the grounds of the Iowa Arboretum to hear the stories of the plant collection and the science behind the changing leaf color. There is no charge for the walk, but please preregister at https://secure.donationpay.org/iowaarboretum/fallprograms.php.


Walk-In Craft: Purple Rain Paisley Doodles


Everyone doodles, whether you draw during meetings or set aside time with a pencil and paper, but it gets even better when listening to the Purple Rain album. Learn the lines and shapes that make up paisley patterns, the namesake of Prince’s legendary creative complex – Paisley Park — at a drop-in craft time at the Workspace at Iowa State’s Memorial Union on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 6-9 p.m. Artist Sara Merritt is a zendoodle guru, and she will share methods for creating meaningful doodles in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Participants can also enter a drawing for tickets to a re-creation of Purple Rain in its entirety by the Black Jacket Symphony at Stephens Auditorium on Oct. 31. Grab your raspberry beret and let’s celebrate the legacy of this pop icon. The event is open to all ages, if youngsters are accompanied by an adult. Drop in with enough time to give yourself 45 minutes to finish. Cost is $15 ($3 discount if you show your ticket to the Stephen’s show).


Genealogy Plus!


Dennis Allen will lead this month’s Genealogy Plus! program on genealogy source evaluation, “Introduction to Source Evaluation: Is it Reliable, Maybe a Good Hint, Or?,” on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave., and is free and open to the public.. Find out not only the difference between primary and secondary sources, but what other types of sources there are and how reliable these sources are, also what to do if the information in these sources conflict with each other.


Dennis Allen lives in Des Moines and his passion is genealogy. He is widely known for his knowledge of genealogy-related technology-software and designing innovative databases. He has developed an expertise in cemeteries and has created a website devoted to this area, “Genealogical Treasures” at https://gentreasures.com.