Upcoming Programs:


Down & Dirty Gardening Group

Got the Winter Blues? You can dream about spring as you start to think about and plan your garden for 2022! Our Down & Dirty Group will be holding gardening discussions on the last Thursday of the month in January, February and March. this goup is geared towards anyone interested in gardening. Those who are itching to get back in their gardens but know they have to be patient, or those who have never gardened but would like to start with just a few plants - all are welcome!


Think you don't have room for a garden? Think again! On Thursday, January 27 at 2:00, Cheryl Bruene from the Tama County Extension Office will be speaking about Container Gardening. Come get some new ideas about what to plant and how you can best grow food in containers!



Past Programs:

Thurs., Jan 28 - 1:00p Down and Dirty Gardening Group: Buying seeds, which catalogs, stores or brands are your favorites
Thurs., Feb 25 - 1:00p Down and Dirty Gardening Group: Garden Layout and Companion Planting
Thurs., March 25 -  1:00p Down and Dirty Gardening Group: Planting seeds from last year's crops; marking your garden
Mon., April 19 - 6:00pm  Virtual COVID-19 Vaccine Informational Session via YouTube
Thurs., May 6 - 5:30p Pinterest Night "Wipe COVID From Your Shoes" welcome mat
June: Art Display - Linda Powell: Watercolor and acrylic painting; barn junk sculptures

Tues. June 15 – 4:00p Vicki Pecenka Garden Walk

Tues. June 22 – 4:00p Donna Kersten Garden Walk

Tues. June 29 – 4:00p Paul Wendt Garden Walk

Wed June 30 – 2:00p Yoga presentation by Ellen Stoakes

July: Art Display - David Draper: Santas

Tues. July 13 – 4:00p Lyla Whannel Garden Walk

Tues. July 20 – 4:00p Kathie Manfull Garden Walk

Tues. July 27 – 4:00p Ernie & Julie Cufr and Jared & Marilyn Bauch Garden Walk

Wed. July 28 – 11:00a Chiropractic Care and Common Ailments in the Older Population w/ Dr. Ashley Reid

August: Art Display- Patrons displayed what they've been busy creating at home during COVID

Mon. Aug 23 - 2:00 You Decide! Drinking Water options

Mon. Sept 13 - 2:00p Salsa Party! Salsa making demonstrations and tasting

Wed. Sept 29, Oct 13 & 27 - 3:00-5:00 Kids in the Kitchen Session 1

Wed. Oct 6  - 10:15 Coffee with a Cop - special Story Time program

Wed. Oct 20 - All Day Volunteer Appreciation Open House

Mon. Nov 1 - 5:30-7:00  Pinterest Night: Christmas or Winter painting on wood

Wed. Nov 3,10,17  - 3:00-5:00 Kids in the Kitchen Session 2

Mon. Nov 8 - 2:00 You Decide! "Milking it! - comparing different types of milk

Fri. Dec 3 - 5:00-6:00 Santa & Mrs. Claus greeting kids in Library

Fri. Dec 3 - 6:00 Santa reads Twas the Night Before Christmas from the outside balcony

Wed. Dec 22 - 3:00-4:30 Kids Gift Making


Thurs., Jan. 16 – 2:00p Debunking Diets with Crystal Petersen
Thurs., Jan. 23 – 5:30p Budgeting and Getting Control of your Finances Chris Schafer
Wed., Jan. 29 – 2:00p Dr. Ashley Reid Alternative Health
Wed., Feb. 5 – 2:00p You Decide ‘Milk vs Dark Chocolate’
Mon., Feb. 10 – 5:30p Boredom Buster Pork & Canvas
Thur., Feb. 13 – 2:00p How to Convince My Kids not to Put Me in the Nursing Home Nancy Martin
Fri., Feb. 21 – 10:00a-4:00p Pillow Party – Making Pillow cases for hospital Cynthia Drajna
Tuesday March 17 – Locked Doors because of Covid – unlocked May 18 but no programming
Saturday, January 12 – 10:00a Levi LaRue The Ins & Outs of Instagram
Thurs., Feb. 14 - 2.00 Laurie Jackson Prairie Reconstruction
Thursday, Feb. 27 - 2:00p Ashley Reid CBD Oil – does it work, is it legal
Thurs., Feb. 28 - 2:00p – Instant Pot Roundtable
Mon, March 4 - 5:30p– Blackhawk Co. Master Gardener – 10 Most Common Gardening Mistakes
Wed., March 6 – Carolyn Adophs Farmers Markets
Thursday, March 7-  5:30p Hello Spring Pinterest Night
Mon., March 11 5:30p Blackhawk County Master Gardener
Tues, March 13 - 5:30p Brian Mahoney Tree Grafting
Thurs., March 14 – 2:00p  AirFryer with Rosanne & Laurie
Tues., March 26 – 6:00p Trent Reedy NT Visiting Author
Mon., April 1 – 2:30p Diabetes with Tama County Health
Wed., April 3 – 2:00p Everything you Ever Wanted to Ask a Realtor with Julie Elliot
Sat., April 6 – 9:00a Fancy Nancy Tea Party & Fashion Show
Mon., April 8 - 2:30p Diabetes with Tama County Health
Mon., April 15 – 2:30p Diabetes with Tama County Health
Mon., April 22 - 2:30p Diabetes with Tama County Health
Wed., April 24 – 2:00p Paul Wendt Greenhouse Tour
Thurs., April 25 – 2:00p Wild Edibles with Logan Roberts
Mon., April 29 - 2:30p Diabetes with Tama County Health
Mon, May 1 – 2:00p Trash to Treasure with Linda Sawyer & Sandy Holkan
Mon., May 6 – 2:30p Diabetes with Tama County Health
Mon., May 13 – 5:30p Aroma Therapy for Pets with Cindy Corwin
Thurs., June 6 – 2:00p Hyper-Tufo Planter
Thurs., June 9 – 5:30p Hyper-Tufo Planter
Thurs., June 27 – 2:00p Statue of Liberty with Paul Wendt
Wed., July 10 – 2:00p Ron Fencl Garden Walk
Sat., July 13 – 7:00p Cedar Valley Chamber Music
Wed., July 17 – 2:00p Vicki Pecenka Garden Walk
Thurs., July 18 – 6:30p Dulcimer Guy
Mon., July 22 – 2:00p Rock On – Adults Painting on Rocks
Thurs., Aug. 8 – 7:00p Kevin Wood & Luke Foster Concert
Thurs., Aug. 21 – 2:00p Lauries Country Garden Walk
Thur., Aug. 22 – 7:00p Grass Between the Rails with Dennis Rehder
Thurs., Aug. 29 – 3:30p Dorothy Thorne Garden Walk
Thurs., Sept. 12 – 1:00p Sauerkraut with the Shedas
Tues., Sept. 17 – 9:00a Donna Kersten Garden Walk
Wed., Sept. 18 – 2:00p Obituary Class with Joan Schafer
Wed., Sept. 25 – 2:00p Obituary Class with Joan Schafer
Wed., Oct. 2 – 2:00p Homemade noodles with Linda Dvorak
Wed, Oct. 9 – 2:00p Obituary Class with Joan Schafer
Mon., Nov. 4 – 5:30p Ladies Night In Advent Board
Wed., Nov. 6 – You Decide ‘What is the Best Pie Crust’
Thurs., Nov. 7 – 10:00a Prohibition Brunch with Linda McCann
Wed., Dec. 4 – You Decide ‘Homemade Cherry Chocolates or Store Bought
Fri., Dec. 6 – 5:45p Mr. & Mrs. Claus the Night Before Christmas
Thursday, January 18 at 2:00PM Taking Charge of Your Health with Teresa Lowe
Thursday, January 25 at 2:00PM Taking Charge of Your Health with Tom Wicks
Thursday, February 1 at 2:00PM Taking Charge of Your Health with Dustin Gaskin
Thursday, Feb. 1 7:00-8:30AM Free Heart Screening, Grundy Co. Hospital
Thursday, Feb. 8 – 2:00PM Health Minimums Getting the Most from the Least: Practical and Easily 
       Applied Ideas to Maintaining Health – Dr. Tom Wicks
Thursday, March 8 – Crystal Peterson Prediabetes Program
Tuesday, April 10 – Mark Moran Antiques Appraisals
Thursday, April 19 – Pinterest Night Patriotic Barn Quilt
Thursday, April 26 – Pinterest Night Patriotic Barn Quilt part 2
Thursday, May 3 – 5:30pm Joel Iseminger on Raised Bed Gardening
Thursday, May 9 –  2:00pm Donna Kersten Garden Walk
Thursday, May 24 – 2:00pm Linda Sawyer Garden Walk
Monday, June 11 – 5:30pm Logan Roberts on Ticks
Tuesday, June 12 – 4:00pm Cheryl Bruene on Composting for Beginners
Saturday, June 16 – 7:00pm Paxton Williams as George Washington Carver & Luke & Sarah Foste
Thursday, June 28 – 10:00am Kathy Weber Garden Walk
Thursday, July 26 – 5:30pm Diannne & Don Kramer Amish Program
Monday, August 6 – 6:30pm David Morrison on 2 years in China
Saturday, August 11 – 10-2 – Quilt Show
Thursday, August 16 – 7:00pm Dr. Chad Timm – Working with the enemy
Saturday, September 8 – 9:30am – Pinkalicious Pirate Party
Monday, September 10 – 5:30pm Happy Fall Pinterest Night
Thursday, September 13 – 5:30pm Drones by Nathan Eick
Thursday, January 12 at 2:00pm – Tidying Up with Judy Mitchell
Thursday, January 19 at 2:00 pm – Estate Planning with Bruce Reinders
Thursday, January 26 at 2:00pm – Improving on the Realities of Aging with Tom Wicks
Monday, January 30 at 5:30pm – Pinterest Night No Strings Attached
Thursday, Feb. 9 at 2:00pm Feed & Training the Mind with Tom Wicks
Thursday, Feb. 16 at 1:00pm – Self Publishing Is not for Sissies with Linda Wiges
Monday, March 6 at 5:30pm – Pinterest Night Whimsical Beaded Bedspring Windchime 
Thursday, March 16 at 1:00pm – Making the Perfect Kolach with Linda Dvorak
Thursday, April 6 at 2:00pm – Spring into Action with Tom Wicks
Thursday, April 20 at 2:00pm – Gardening with Pots with Donna Kersten
Friday, April 21 at 6:30pm – Folk Singer Adam Miller
Thursday, May 4 at 2:00pm – World Bank with Liz Bauch
Thursday, May 18 at 2:00pm – Estate Planning Revisited with Bruce Reinders
Thursday, July 20 at 7:00pm – Celtic Guitarist Jerry Barlow
Thursday, August 24 at 6:30pm – Unconditional Surrender with Pete Grady
Wednesday, January 13 at 1:00pm – Glass Block Snowman
Thursday, February 4 5:30-7:00 Ladies Night Out, Valentine Craft 
Wednesday, March 16 at 1:00pm Burlap & Bunnies
Saturday, April 16 at 10:00am – Pancakes & Poetry
Thursday, July 17 at 6:30pm – Iowa’s Hidden Treasures with Dan Kaercher
Monday, August 22 at Noon – Pesto Party with Janet Wilson & Maxine Valenta
Thursday, August 25 at 1:00pm – The Stamp of Approval with Joan Schafer 
Wednesday, September 7 at 1:00pm – Color Year Round with Donna Kersten
Monday, September 26 at 5:30pm – Pinterest Night Barnwood Art
Thursday, October 13 at 1:00 PM – Country Roads Air Brush Cookies Kim Knittel 
Wednesday, November 2 at 1:30pm – Getting Started with Genealogy with Judy Mitchell 
Thursday, November 3 at 5:30pm – Pinterest Night Christmas Joy
Monday, November 14 at 1:00pm – Accessorize! With Wendy Barns
Thursday, November 17 at 2:00 PM – Identity Theft & Fraud with Jeff Jacobs
Friday, December 2 at 6:30pm at 6:30pm – Union Carolers
Make This Your Healthiest Year Yet Series:
Thursday, January 15 at 2:00pm.Dr. Tom Wicks
Thursday, January 29 at 2:00pm Rex McKee 
Thursday, February 5 at 2:00pm Guia Palmer – Physical Therapist 
Thursday, February 19 at 6:30pm Bailey King – Essential Oils 
Saturday, March 7 at 7:00pm Celtic Guitarist Jerry Barlow
Thursday, March 12 at 2:00pm Donna Kersten Fairy Gardens and Terrariums
Monday, March 31  at 1:30pm Rex Mckee at Living Wel
Monday, April 6 at 1:30pm Pat Kubik & Nancy Monat – Organic Farming & Gardening
Saturday, April 25 at 10:15am – Frozen Party with Elsa 
Monday, May 4 at 1:30pm– Storage Preservation & Storage with Sharon & Hannah Kern
Wednesday, May 12 at 2:00pm Make Your Own Cheese in 15 minutes with Laurie Schafer 
Monday, June 8 at 1:30pm – Rex Mckee 
Monday, June 22 at 1:30pm – Beginning Bee Keeping with Chuck Sharkey 
Wednesday, July 8 at 1:00 p.m. – Beginning Chess 
Wednesday, July 15 at 1:00 p.m. – Beginning Chess 
Saturday, July 25 at 7:00 p.m. Cedar Valley Chamber Music
Saturday, August 8 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Centennial Open House 
Tuesday, August 25 at 1:30 p.m. Cynthia Dranja Oven Mitt and Potholder Class
October 5-October 23 Bar None Baking Festival
Wednesday, October 14 at 1:00 p.m. Joan Schafer Christmas Card Workshop
Beginning Quilt Class – Tuesday, January 14, 2:00pm          
Surviving Out of a Backpack with Ned Vaughn – Saturday, February 8 10:15am
Living Well – on going program – started February 2014
Grown Your Own Herb Garden – Saturday, March 15, 10:15am
Long Arm Quilting with Marilyn Kidd – Tuesday, April 15
Basic Pet Care with Dr. Nicole Knaack – Saturday, April 26
Bob & Sheila Everhart –Bluegrass & Folk Music – Thursday, July 10
Benjamin Maki – Civil War Display – Saturday, July 26
Quilt Exhibit (without Patience Griffin) – Sat., August 9
New Quilt Class – started September 9 – 12 people per class
Herbed Vinegars with Maxine Valenta – Thursday, Sept. 18
3 Card Making Classes with Joan Schafer – Sept. 24, Oct 1 & Oct 8 at 2:00pm
Investments 101 with Financial Adviser Jeff Peterson - Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 6:30pm
Disaster Preparedness with Ryan Currens - Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 10:15am
Holiday Concert with the Union Carolers - Saturday, December 6 at 4:00pm
Sounds of the Season Holiday Concert – Saturday, December 7, 2013 7:00pm
Affordable Care Act – Thursday, November 14 at 6:30pm
Becoming Tech Savvy with Levi LaRue – Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10:15am
Pumpkin Recipe Contest – Friday, October 11 4:00-6:00pm
Beginning Card Making with Joan Schafer – Tuesday, October 1, 2:00pm
Master Gardener – Fall Gardening & Preparing for Winter, Saturday, Sept. 14, 10:15am
Our Fair is a Great State Fair – Thursday, June 13 at 7:00pm
Sounds of Spring Concert, Luke & Sarah Foster, Rhys Lloyd Talbot – Sat., Apr. 6 at 6:30pm
Landscape Iowa – Scott Cawelti – Saturday, March 9, 10:30am
Master Gardener – Getting Ready for Spring – Saturday, March 16 10:15am 
Cake Decorating Class by Donna Kersten – Sat., Feb. 9 10:00am
Festival of Song – Saturday, Dec. 1 7:00pm
Butter Pecan Toffee cooking Class with Maxine Valenta – Tues, Nov, 27