Things to do this week

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

Scandinavian Days

Story City will celebrate Scandinavian Days next weekend (Friday, June 7, through Sunday, June 9). Watch next week’s Herald for a special section about the festivities!

‘Children of Eden’

Tickets for Judge Story Theater Troupe’s summer production of “Children of Eden” are on sale now. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased in person at ACT Insurance, located at 603 Broad St., Story City, during business hours. Tickets can also be purchased on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling the JSTT ticket line at (515) 291-3318.

Laura Ingalls Wilder program

The Roland Public Library and Roland Historical Society along with Humanities Iowa are pleased to present “Packing Up” by historian Sarah Uthoff on Saturday, June 1, at 11 a.m. in the back room of the library. Be transported back to 1894 and learn about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her days as a teacher in a one room schoolhouse. A tour of the Roland Museum will follow the program. This presentation is free and open to the public. The Roland Public Library is located at 221 N Main in Roland. Please call (515) 388-4086 with questions. This program has been made possible by funding made available by Humanities Iowa, a private non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa’s communities.

Ron Gruber Presentation at Trinity Lutheran

Ron Gruber, executive director of Essential Instruction in Marion, Iowa, will be giving his testimony and journey from prison to praise on Saturday, June 1, at 7 a.m. during the Trinity Men’s Group meeting at Trinity Lutheran Church located at 1629 Dewitt St. in Ellsworth. Free breakfast to all attendees. Please RSVP the church office at 515-836-4792 if you are interested in attending.

The mission of Essential Instruction is to promote community wellness and public safety while preventing crime and victimization. This mission will be accomplished through education, collaboration and ongoing instruction, all from a practical, lessons learned point of view grounded in biblical principles and application. Emphasis will be on prevention as well as recovery and reintegration.

American Legion

On Monday, June 3, from 5 to 9 p.m., the Legion will be serving its weekly special of tenderloin, chicken strips, breaded chicken sandwich, fish sandwich or shrimp poppers. Call or visit the Legion Hall at 301 Washington St., Story City, to find out which of the items listed with be served. The meals include french fries and the cost is $6.

On Friday, June 7, from 8 p.m. to midnight, enjoy karaoke with DJ Jessica at the Story City American Legion Hall.

G.I. Jill’s

G.I. Jill’s, 207 N. Main St., Roland, will hold Trivia Night on Thursday, May 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. (Please note this is a change from the original date.) There will be six rounds of play with a prize for the winning team of each round. It’s free to play.

On Saturday, June 1, from 7 to 11 p.m., join in the line dance lesson and open dancing to a variety of music by DJ Dan.

Play Bargo on Monday, June 3, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The blackout jackpot is $175. It’s free to play.

Stitch ‘n’ Knit

Stitch ‘n’ Knit meets at Bertha Bartlett Public Library at 10 a.m. every Friday. 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

At 1 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 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, June 5, a Fellowship luncheon will be 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

There is no movie this weekend at the Story Theater in Story City, but Judge Story’s Theatrical Troupe will be performing “Children of Eden” on the historic stage. Shows are Saturday, June 1, at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon, June 2, at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at ACT Insurance (603 Broad St.) in Story City or at the door 30 minutes before each performance. For more information, call (515) 733-4551. In addition, you can look up what’s playing each weekend on the IMDb and Showtimes apps,, or search for us on Foursquare under Story Theater Grand Opera House. Also, be sure to like us on Facebook at and/or follow us on Twitter @StoryTheater83.


Rich Olive golf tourney

The Rich Olive Memorial Golf Tournament will be held June 15 at River Bend Golf Course, with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. The tournament is an 18-hole, four-person best shot, with an entry fee of $50 per person, which includes lunch and golf. Proceeds from the tournament will be donated to both the Bliss Cancer Center and River Bend.

Bethany Life golf classic

The Bethany Life Charity Golf Classic will be held Friday, June 21, with a noon shotgun start at River Bend Golf Course. The entry fee is $100 for non-sponsor golfers. To register or become a sponsor, contact Lynne Melssen at (515) 733-3040 or

Summer Stretch Service Program needs projects

Attention all Story City and Roland folks: The summer service program called Summer Stretch is happening again this summer. It’s an ecumenical ministry for middle school and high school youth to serve others in our community. In past years the group has done everything from tie quilts with the St. Petri quilters, to helping out at Affordables, to painting the red fire hydrants around town, to landscaping and yard work. This year there are 38 youth signed up, and they’re eager to help serve. The program runs for three Wednesdays in July (the 10th, 17th and 24th). So if you, or someone you know, could use some help with any projects around their house/farm/business on those days, please let Kristin Johnson know. The work will be done at no charge and an adult will always be present with the youth at their work sites. Johnson’s email is