Things to do this week!

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

Ice Cream Social

The Roland Historical Society is holding its annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday, May 27, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Roland Museum. A free-will donation will be accepted. The event marks the opening of the season for the museum.

Carousel Lights on Party

Opening Day for the 2018 season is Friday, May 25, from 6-8 p.m. with a Season Opening/Lights on Party. A flat fee of $5 per person or $15 per family of four will get you popcorn, snack, drink and unlimited carousel rides during the party. Daily hours begin Memorial Day Weekend.

Rockin' Family Picnic

The Roland Public Library will hold a Rockin' Family Picnic on Wednesday, May 30, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. There will be a picnic supper, games and activities. Register for the Libraries Rock summer reading program, pick up reading logs, and learn about all of the events and activities that will be available this summer. Contact the library with any questions at 515-388-4086. Summer Programming begins Tuesday, June 5, with Absolute Science! at 1 p.m.

Mary Poppins

Judge Story's Theatrical Troupe presents “Mary Poppins” at 7 p.m. on May 31, June 1, June 2 and June 9; and 1:30 p.m. on June 3 and June 10 at the Story Theater/Grand Opera House.

Poppins Carousel Party

Come meet the cast of “Mary Poppins” on Saturday, May 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Story City Antique Carousel. Bring the family, ride the carousel and have fun!

Memorial Day in Stratford

The Stratford American Legion will have their annual Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. in the Stratford school gymnasium. Following the service, the Stratford Lions Club will have a free will offering Taco Bar from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Hamilton County Freedom Rock to upgrade the lighting and install concrete for the benches.

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, May 25, 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, May 30, 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 blockbuster hit, “Avengers: Infinity War,” will be held over Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 25, 26, 27, at the Story Theater in Story City. Showtimes are evenings only at 7 p.m. No matinees this weekend. Admission is only $4 and it's rated PG-13. 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

Bill Riley Talent Search

Are you or do you know someone between the ages of 2 and 21 that has a talent they would like to share with others? If so, please consider signing up for the Story City Bill Riley Talent Search! The show is a great way to showcase local talent, give performers a chance to win prize money, and potentially qualify to compete at the Iowa State Fair in August (where there is even more prize money).

It will be held at the Roland-Story High School auditorium on Saturday, June 2, at 3 p.m. in conjunction with the Scandinavian Days celebration. If you would like to register or are interested in volunteering for the event, please contact Jill Brown by e-mail at or by phone at 515-450-3288.

Absolute Science comes to Roland

Absolute Science will kick off the Roland Public Library's summer reading program on Tuesday, June 5, at 1 p.m. This is an amazingly fun and educational program aimed at children of all ages to become engaged in the world of science through demonstrations and experiments. This is free and suitable for children of all ages. For more information, contact the library at 515-388-4086.