Ice Skating

Get those skates on, Burlington Riverfront Entertainment will celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year with indoor ice skating at the Burlington Memorial Auditorium in December and January. Skate rentals will be free, sponsored by the John H. Witte Jr. Foundation.

Danville澳门开奖 Christmas Walk

DANVILLE 鈥 When small towns and Christmas celebrations become inseparable, the result is a magical time.

On 澳门开奖, Dec. 10, Danville will come to life during its annual Christmas Walk sponsored by the Danville Lions Club, and this year澳门开奖 event will start with a vendor show from 1-6 p.m. at Danville Elementary School that will be bigger than before.

鈥淲e moved it to the school so we can have more vendors. We have about 30 now,鈥 said Erinne Kensett, Walk organizer, and those include jewelry, Scentsy products, baked goods, homemade wooden home decor, fruit, candy, homemade soaps, clothing, candles, and much more.

鈥淚t澳门开奖 been really cool to see some of these coming in, especially since they are all local,鈥漵aid Kensett, who attended the Christmas Walk when she was a kid and remembers the magic.

She said the building housing the Danville Station Library and Museum used to be a hardware store that had a living windows during the yearly Walk.

The vendor show is timed to coincide with the Danville Elementary Christmas Concert from 1:30-4 p.m. that day.

The Walk itself is 3-6 p.m., and the Danville Methodist Church will have a live Nativity scene. Inside the park, the FFA will host a petting zoo with mini cows, and there will be hot rod cars, fire pits with s鈥檓ores, a Lions Club soup supper, music, Santa and Mrs. Claus and horse-and-carriage rides, among many more fun events.

鈥淚t澳门开奖 always so fun to see the community come together and bring that Hallmark movie feel,鈥 said Kensett.

Free skate rentals

The synthetic ice rink will be back in Memorial Auditorium from 2-9 p.m. Dec. 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30, and Fridays in January from 5-9 p.m. and Saturdays in January fron 2-9 p.m. Entry is $12. Skate rentals will be free thanks to the John H. Witte Jr. Foundation.

BPL hosting gift wrapping events

Burlington Public Library, 210 Court St., is offering a place to wrap your presents away from prying eyes.

Stephanie Jones, library assistant, and Tiara Carter, interlibrary loan librarian, will be there with all supplies needed and ready to help wrap gifts from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, and 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14.

鈥淲e are well-prepared with an ample supply of wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, and gift tags,鈥 said Jones.

Patrons may bring their own supplies and use the library space.

Not only that, light refreshments will be served.

What will those be?

鈥淲e are not exactly sure yet but they will be tasty,鈥 Jones said.

Jones and Carter started the free gift-wrapping program in 2022, and are bringing it back with the hope of a greater response.

鈥淲e recognized the challenges associated with wrapping presents without the appropriate materials or space so we aimed to create an opportunity for patrons to come here and utilize our facilities,鈥 said Jones.

鈥淎dditionally, we sought to extend this opportunity to families facing financial constraints. Everyone deserves the joy of unwrapping gifts adorned with shiny paper,鈥 she said.

They scheduled both morning and evening sessions, hoping to accommodate the diverse work schedules of patrons, and also want to present people the chance to wrap presents without their families seeing.

SEIRPC to host open house

The public is invited to help Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission celebrate 50 years of excellence from 3:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, a the SEIRPC Offices, 211 N. Gear Ave. Suite 100, West Burlington.

There will be hors d鈥檕euvres and non-alcoholic beverages, SEIRPC party favors and project highlights.

Cookie science

The Always Better Cookie Company needs a better recipe. Sales for holiday cookies were awful this year. Cookie scientists are needed to run experiments to determine the cause of the flop. The company must discover the problem and fix it before the new year, or the company is ruined!

Thus says a flyer from the Des Moines County ISU Extension Office, 1700 W. Mount Pleasant St., inviting children in fourth through seventh grades to conduct cookie science experiments.

The free program is 1-4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, during Christmas break at the extension office.

鈥淚f you are ready to run lab tests using chemical and physical reactions, and if you like cookies, join us,鈥 says the flyer.

To register, email or call (319) 671-7165.

If you do not want your child澳门开奖 picture taken at the event, or if your child has a food allergy, please let staff know when you register.

Learning elf skills

Children in grades K-3 are practicing their elf skills at a free program hosted by the Des Moines County ISU Extension Office.

Twenty-one youngsters 鈥 the class size limit 鈥 are signed up for both sections, today and Dec. 9.

They will make gingerbread houses and ornaments, and launch marshmallows into a big cocoa cup, lots of holiday fun.

I imagine kids enjoy very much making gingerbread houses (depending on the gingerbread they can be edible).

Personally, I wouldn鈥檛 trust myself to put together a gingerbread house that doesn鈥檛 look like a dilapidated mess. Maybe I am wrong, but in the past I鈥檝e lacked a finesse for small projects.

When Beanie Babies came out, I thought the attraction was little stuffed animals, and they have beans inside, wow.

I remembered a children澳门开奖 program, probably 1974, at the West Point Public Library, where we made frogs with fabric, probably precut or we used a pattern, filled them with dry navy beans and sewed the opening shut, and then we watched the old King Kong movie. It was fun.

So, I thought, I know how to make those.

I bought some patterned fabric, and attempted to redo the exercise of making my own dried bean-filled frog I鈥檇 give to the kids. The result was a potato-shaped spider with four spindly legs.

I wound up buying real Beanie Babies that are now packed away somewhere, having fallen for the Ty company澳门开奖 dastardly marketing scheme.

Anyway, programs like the ISU Junior Elf Workshop are making great holiday memories for young people, which is wonderful in itself, and they can make their own creations that might still be on the Christmas tree 20 years later. You never get rid of ornaments your kids or grandkids make.

For those who would like to make their own gingerbread play dough, inedible, of course, Lynette Heckenberg, ISU Extension and Outreach, Youth Outreach Program, has kindly provided the recipe. I had never heard of it but I am guessing it smells amazing.

Gingerbread Play Dough

For eight small portions:

2 cups flour

陆 cup salt

2 T oil

2T cream of tartar

1 T ginger

2 T cinnamon

Up to 1.5 cups of cold water added gradually.

鈥淲hen I made it at home to check it out, I used closer to the 1 cup than the 1.5 and the texture was nice,鈥 said Heckenberg.

Since there were interested kids on the waiting list for the Elf Skills Workshop, the extension office is adding another workshop.

The Merry Marshmallow Workshop will be 9:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 28 at the extension office, for students in K-third grade.

They鈥檒l have fun with 鈥渕arshmallow structures, marshmallow goo and marshmallow launchers,鈥 said Heckenberg.

To register, email or call (319) 671-7165.