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Events And Activities

Belle Plaine's Holiday Homecoming Lighted Parade November 26

Belle Plaine Community Development Corporation will host its Holiday Homecoming Saturday, November 26. The sixth annual lighted parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. Line-up will begin at the Chelsea Savings Bank at 5 p.m. Belle Plaine Bucks will be given to the top three entries and all entries will receive a commemorative pin. Winners will be announced at the tree lighting, with first place receiving $200; second place, $100, and third place, $50.

Homes for the Holiday Sunday, December 4, from 5-7p.m.

The La Porte City Women’s Club invites you to tour five festively decorated homes in La Porte City on Sunday, December 4, from 5-7:00 p.m. These brightly lit homes are opening their doors to the public to share their Christmas décor. The historic early 1900’s Snook home is also on the tour. We will have vendors in this gorgeous historic home as well as hot chocolate & cookies provided by the Women’s Club.
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First Baptist Church to Serve Thanksgiving Dinner

A tradition that has been going on for several years continues at the First Baptist Church in Vinton. The church will be providing a free Thanksgiving Dinner. Rather than dine in, there will be the option to carry out or have a meal delivered. The meal begins at 11:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, while supplies last.If you need to have a meal delivered contact the church at 319-472-3881.

Pearl Harbor Day presentation scheduled at V-S Middle School

The 2022 Pearl Harbor Day program is scheduled for Wednesday, 7 December 2022, at the Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School LMC starting at 7:00 p.m.  The program will include stories of the Medal of Honor recipients of that day as well as a question-and-answer session for the attendees.  As in previous years, the centerpiece artifact of the evening is the section of armor from the USS Arizona that the Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools has caretaken since 2006.

Belle Plaine Festival of Trees and Bake Sale November 25 and 26

   Come vote for your favorite tree, but be prepared as the competition will be stiff! Belle Plaine Area businesses, organizations, and residents are turning up the creativity for two great causes, with proceeds from the event benefiting the Belle Plaine Area Ambulance and the Wallace & Beverly Winkie Foundation scholarship fund. You'll see trees decorated with themes ranging from medical to hardware to Belle Plaine history and everything in between.
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Van Horne Community Luncheon November 22

A community luncheon will be held on November 22 at the Van Horne Community Center. Blood pressure checks will be offered at 11:30 a.m., followed by a Thanksgiving meal at noon.Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by November 18 to Brenda at (319) 442-3234 or email

Christmas Tree Walk showcases Talent and Creativity FINAL Bids on November 19

Come to Virginia Gay Hospital on November 19th to put a final bid in on your favorite Christmas selection! Enter through the Vinton Family Clinic and go up the elevator to the Clinic Conference Room to see the arrangement up for bid.You will see characters from the Peanuts cartoon, a Hawkeye tree, a charcuterie board along with a couple of bottles of wine, gorgeous wreaths, a bench made from a GMC tailgate, a Disney display, a quilt, Mickey Mouse even made it into the display.

Vinton Lions Club Chili Supper to support Eastern Iowa Honor Flights Nov. 17

The annual  Vinton Lions Club Chili Supper will be held next Thursday, to support Eastern Iowa Honor Flights. Make plans on November 17 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. to stop at the Vinton Fire Station before or after the Christmas parade!Cost is a freewill donation. 
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Lighted Holiday Parade Thursday, November 17

The local Veteran groups will host the Lighted Holiday Parade on Thursday evening, November 17 in downtown Vinton. This year will mark the 15th year for the parade. There is no pre-registration or cost to participate. Line-up begins at 5:30 p.m.east and south of the United Methodist Church.The theme for the parade as always is patriotic or Christm

Newhall Food Drive through December 9

The Newhall Fire Department is hosting its first-ever food drive. The goal is to provide food to families and individuals in the community who are in need through the Christmas season. A freezer/refrigerator will be provided to hold items that need to stay cold. If no one is at the department, please leave food items outside the west door as it is monitored frequently.
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