Reliance Bank ribbon cutting

Stop by Reliance State Bank today (Wednesday, March 14) to congratulate them on their 90 year anniversary at an open house starting at 10 a.m. In celebration of 90 years, the public is invited to an Anniversary Ribbon Cutting at 4:30 p.m., followed by a Business After Hours event with beverages, snacks and social time.

Blood donors needed

A blood drive in the Story City and Roland communities will be held Thursday, March 15, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Story City Community Center, 503 Elm St. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion to survive. To get blood to those patients in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, LifeServe Blood Center needs 200,000 generous folks to take their turn in the blood donor chair every year. Only 38 percent of the American population is eligible to donate blood, and only a tenth of those people actually do make time to save lives. Blood donors need to be at least 16, weigh 120 pounds or more and be in general good health. If you meet these criteria, please sign up to save a life today online at or by calling 800-287-4903.

Alzheimer’s Education

Bethany Life is offering a free seminar on Alzheimer’s Education in a three-part series. The third and final part in the series is “The Basics Memory Loss, Alzheimer’s and Dementia” and will be held at Bethany Life Community Warburton Family Room on Thursday, March 15, from 2-3:30 p.m.

Stitch ‘n’ Knit

Stitch ‘n’ Knit meets at Bertha Bartlett Public Library every Friday at 10 a.m. If you knit, crochet or stitch anything by hand, come enjoy an hour of fellowship with other crafters. Remember to bring a project to keep your hands busy!

Play cards

On Friday, March 16, at 1 p.m., at the Story City Community Center, people age 55 and over are invited to play bridge club and/or the card game “Hand and Foot.” No reservations or charge required, but a snack to share is appreciated.

Fellowship luncheon

On Wednesday, March 21, a Fellowship Luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. at the Story City Community Center. The cost is $4 per person age 55 and over. The delicious meals are catered by Story City Market’s deli. A monthly menu and contact information can be picked up at the center. Bring your own table service or buy supplies for 25 cents. The event offers great food, fellowship and Bingo! Reservations can be made by calling Ruby Olson at 515-733-9278.

Story Theater

The family feature “Peter Rabbit” will be presented Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 16, 17, 18, at the Story Theater in Story City. Showtimes are evenings at 7 p.m., with special matinees Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Admission is only $4 and it’s rated PG. For more information, call 515-733-4551 or 515-733-4319. Also, be sure to like us on Facebook at In addition, you can look up what’s playing each weekend on the IMDb, Moviefone, Flixster and Showtimes apps, or search for us on Foursquare and Google+ under Story Theater Grand Opera House.

Future Happenings

Fish Fry

The Ss. Peter and Paul Knights of Columbus Council are hosting a fish fry on Friday, March 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Saints Peter and Paul Church, 14238 500th Ave., Ames. The menu includes dessert and all-you-can-eat fish. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-12, and children under 5 eat for free.

GCC Easter Egg Hunt

Spring is on its way and so is the Story City GCC Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m. in the South Park. Have the kids get their baskets ready to be filled with all the prize filled eggs they can gather. The Story City Theater will also be showing a kids movie at 1:30 that afternoon, so come for a day full of Easter fun!

Spring Fun Run

Roland will host its annual 5K Spring Fun Run on Saturday, March 24, with a start time of 9 a.m. at Roland-Story Middle School. There will also be a pancake breakfast, which will be open to the public, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the middle school. The breakfast will be free to run/walk participants, $5 for adults, $3 for kids age 4-11, and free for kids 3 and under. Run registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the school.