May 08--OTTUMWA -- It's a great weekend for enjoying great local music and supporting some worthy causes. Add a few of these to your schedule and make a difference while having a wonderful time.
1. Support Chase Stooksbury, an Ottumwa boy who is battling his second bout of cancer, by attending the "Pack the Place for Chase" potluck cookout and benefit concert Friday at Bridge View Center. The evening begins with an eat-and-greet potluck at 5:30 p.m. The benefit concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will feature Redhead Express, Mitch Goudy and Diana Upton-Hill. The entire event is free, but there will be a freewill donation collected for the family's expenses.
2. Featuring popular music from a span of 80 years, the Indian Hills Community College choral ensembles' free spring concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday in St. John Auditorium. The Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Tono Bella and the Do-Re-Mingos will perform a variety of well-known songs, including music from Louis Prima, Dolly Parton, Carly Simon, the Mommas and the Pappas, ABBA and Celtic Thunder, just to name a few.
3. Enjoy a day outdoors at the youth field day, held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Ottumwa Izaak Walton League. The event is aimed at children ages 8-17, and the cost is $10 per person. The kids will have a variety of outdoor activities to choose from. For more information, call Wapello County Conservation Board at 641-682-3091 or go to WapelloCounty.org.
4. Take part in a citywide scavenger hunt during the Cannonball Road Rally Saturday evening. The Ottumwa Pro Balloon Races' fundraiser, check-in will begin at 5 p.m. at Bridge City Bowl, and the shotgun start is at 5:30. Registration is $25 per person and will be accepted until 5 p.m. that day. The rally wraps up at Courtside Bar & Grill, where teams can enjoy dinner and entertainment. For more information, call 641-799-0308 or visit OttumwaProBalloonRace.weebly.com.
5. Dance, shake, move, laugh and make a difference with Zumbathon for Fibromyalgia at 6 p.m. at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center. Fibromyalgia is a complex chronic pain disorder that affects an estimated 10 million Americans. Proceeds from the event will go to the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association. Kid Zumbathon (ages 3-13) will be from 6:15-6:45 p.m. and Adult Zumbathon (ages 14 and older) will be from 7-10 p.m.
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