Weekend What-to-Do: Things to do Aug. 17-19 in Spencer

Weekend What-to-Do: Things to do Aug. 17-19 in Spencer

Need things to do in Spencer this weekend?

Maybe you’ve got company or you just know your significant other is going to ask, “Well, what do you want to do today?” (to which, “I dunno, what do you wanna do?” is not acceptable). Maybe the kiddos really need something to do.

Relax, the Signal’s got you covered. Here’s what’s going down around town, Clay County and a few other nearby places on Aug. 17-19.

Have a good one.


Hmm… Could be a good night to host at home or head to the lakes or a movie.


Spencer Farmers Market
From 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1019 South Grand Avenue. Head to the market as Cara and Sheriffa – the Jill’s of Most Trades – use local ingredients to cook up some dishes for visitors to try.

Spencer Riverfront District Farmers Market
From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. outside The Bear Coffeehouse and Wine Bar (24 West Park St.). This weekend’s theme: School Spirit Day. Visitors can vote for their favorite Iowa school with a food item from the market. All proceeds go to Upper Des Moines Opportunity.

Karen Schwaller Book Signing
Saturday at 10 a.m. at The Hen House, 403 Grand Avenue, area author Karen Schwaller will be signing copies of her books “Dirt” and “I Married a City Boy.”

Everly Firefighter’s Association Annual Street Dance
The Everly Firefighter’s Association’s annual street dance is Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight at 102 West Second Street. Brother Bailey provides music at 8 p.m., beer garden opens at 6 p.m. $10 admission. Clay Central-Everly After Prom has a dinner available at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the Everly Fire and Rescue Department.

Saucy Jack Street Dance (Peterson)
The Peterson firemen are putting on a street dance in downtown Peterson from 8 p.m. to midnight. There’s also a hog roast and car show. Music by Saucy Jack.

Betty Brand Passick at Spencer Public Library
From 2-3 p.m., at the Spencer Public Library, author Betty Brandt Passick will discuss her book, “A Gangster in Our Midst,” an historical fiction novel based on how Al Capone’s bookkeeper arrived in a small Iowa town.

Other Spencer Public Library events
Library events Saturday include the Anime Club at 10 a.m., Fandom Club at 12 p.m. and Legos at the Library from 2-4 p.m.


Spencer Area Activity Center/Senior Center Breakfast Fundraiser
Join SAAC 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., 104 East Fourth Street, for French toast, eggs, sausage, coffee and juice. Donations appreciated.

Knights of the Columbus Omelet Breakfast
Join the Knights of the Columbus from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish Hall (1111 Fourth Ave. West) for omelets, cinnamon rolls, coffee and juice for a free will donation. The Catholic Daughters are also holding a bake sale.

Parker Open House
Clay County Heritage is hosting its third open house at the Parker House, 300 East Third Street, from 1-4 p.m. Tour and take in the history of the museum.

Two picks outside Clay County

West O Beer Barrel Beer Release: Saison Bleu (West Okoboji)
Saturday, Aug. 18, from 12-10 p.m., head to West O Beer, 503 Terrace Park Blvd., West Okoboji, to try and buy their new limited release: Saison Bleu.

Michael W. Smith (Arnolds Park)
Sunday, Aug. 19, from 3-8 p.m. Bring your chairs or blankets and watch Michael W. Smith perform in concert at the Arnolds Park Green Space, 37 Lake Street. Gates open at 3 p.m. Openers Jacob Daniel and Ten Seven begin at 4 p.m.

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