Orchid Fest

Join Reiman Gardens for Orchid Fest on Saturday, Feb. 10 and Sunday, Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Exotic orchids in a variety of species and colors will be on display and available for purchase both days. The Central Iowa Orchid Society will also staff a question and answer booth, providing both novices and experienced growers valuable insight on care and keeping of orchids. Admission is free for members and ISU students and is the price of admission for the general public.

VARIETIES to be presented

Varieties, the annual Iowa State University student musical talent competition, will be held over two weekends in February. Varieties Semi-Finals will take place this Friday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 10. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. performances in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. Varieties Finals will take place on Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. performances in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. “Step Into Stardom” is the theme for 2018. Tickets are $10 ($6 with an ISU student ID) for Semi-Finals and $14 ($8 with an ISU student ID) for Finals. For more information, visit www.sub.iastate.edu/varieties, email varieties@iastate.edu, or call 515-294-8081.

Sons of Norway February Event

The February Sons of Norway Kong Sverre Lodge’s event will be held on Monday, Feb. 12, at the Community Center, 503 Elm Avenue, Story City. The program will be Dr. Donna Niday, supervisor of Iowa State University students who travel to Rosendal, Norway, for their undergraduate teaching experience. Social time is 6 p.m. with a catered dinner at 6:30. Cost is $7 for members and $12 for guests. Sons of Norway events and dinners are open to all interested in learning more about Scandinavian heritage and culture and guests are always welcome. For reservations, phone Shirley Frandson (515-733-4482) or Ingrid Place (515-292-7513) by Thursday, Feb. 8.

Story County Genealogy Society meeting

The speaker at the February meeting of Story County Genealogy will be Fidella Marty. Fidella Marty is a scrapbooker and will show us some techniques of scrapbooking to preserve family history. Anyone can do it. You don’t need special skills or a computer program. Come and learn some new techniques in scrapbooking.

The Story County Genealogical Society program, “Preserving Your Family History”, is Monday, Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m., at the Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave., and is free and open to the public. The society’s website is at www.storygenes.com.