Sons of Norway December event

The December Sons of Norway Kong Sverre Lodge’s event will be held on Monday, Dec. 11, at the Community Center, 503 Elm Ave. in Story City. “Traditional Norwegian Songs and Stories” is the theme for the Christmas party evening and membership event. Guests who join that evening will receive their meal free. “The Belles of Iowa State” will be entertaining the group after the dinner. The 6:30 p.m. catered dinner will be preceded by a social time at 6 p.m. where guests can sample Norwegian delights such as gjetost, flatbrød, herring and more at the special norsk appetizer table as well as enjoying Scandinavian pastries and holiday desserts after the dinner. Cost is $7 for members and $10 for guests. The evening event is open to all interested in learning more about Scandinavian heritage and culture, and guests are always welcome. For reservations, phone Shirley Frandson (515-733-4482) or Ingrid Place (515-292-7513) by Thursday, Dec. 7.

Christmas Around the World

Kids in K-4th grades are invited to learn about Christmas celebrations around the world at this early-out program at Bertha Bartlett Public Library today (Wednesday, Dec. 6) at 2 p.m. We’ll play, learn how other countries celebrate Christmas, and decorate sugar cookies for a snack.

Gingerbread Challenge

Tweens and teens are invited to the fifth annual Gingerbread House Challenge at Bertha Bartlett Public Library today (Wednesday, Dec. 6) at 2 p.m. Turn our pre-built houses into any holiday structure you can imagine! All creations will be on display at the library until New Year’s Day.

Storytime with Santa

Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming Bertha Bartlett Public Library on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. Hear stories from the big guy and enjoy a holiday craft. Bring your camera for a picture with the jolly couple.

Holiday Customer Appreciation Adults Night Out at Story Theater

Enjoy a special Holiday Customer Appreciation Adults Night Out (BYOB) on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. See the original “Bad Moms” before the sequel “Bad Mom Christmas” is presented Dec. 15, 16, 17, at the Story Theater in Story City. “Bad Moms” is rated R. Free admission, donations accepted. For more information call 515-733-4551 or 515-733-4319. Also, be sure to like us on Facebook at

Choir Cantata

Immanuel Lutheran Church Choir will present a Christmas cantata, “Breath of Heaven” by Russell Mauldin and Sue Smith, on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 9:30 a.m. Delaney Sorem and Mathew Martens will portray Mary and Joseph. The public is invited to attend this program, which is directed by Susan Amensen and accompanied by Emily Anderson.

Bingo at the Legion

Play Bingo upstairs at the American Legion Hall in Story City on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. There will be a $119 blackout jackpot!

Giving Tree

Great Western Bank is sponsoring Youth and Shelter Services Giving Tree again this year to help provide Christmas gifts for children in need. Stop into Great Western Bank at 522 Broad St. to pick a gift tag from the tree, purchase the item listed, and drop your gift off in the lobby during bank hours today (Dec. 6).

Christmas Toy Drive

From now until Dec. 15, Eby will be the drop off site for the Salvation’s Army Toy Drive, accepting donations of new, unwrapped gifts for children ages newborn to 18 years. All donations stay in Story County. Please bring your donations between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to 1708 Eby Drive.

Donations for veterans

The Story City American Legion Auxiliary Unit #59 is currently collecting the following new items to be donated to veterans at the VA Hospital in Des Moines: Large and X-Large underwear, T-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants. These donations can be placed in the labeled boxes inside the entry area of the Legion building in Story City anytime during the month of December.

Magician at RPL

Magician Rick Eugene will present a magic show at the Roland Public Library today (Wednesday, Dec. 6) at 1:30 p.m. All ages are invited to attend this free and fun event. For more information, call the library at 515-388-4086.

HSS Monthly Dance

The Heartland Senior Services Holiday Dance will be from 7-10 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Moose Family Center, North US Highway 69 and West 190th St. in Ames. Kenny Frette and the Country Classic Band will perform. Admission is $6 each. All are welcome. Sponsorship for the dance is provided by Bethany Life. For more information, call 515-233-2906.

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!

Grand opening ceremony

Help the GCC welcome Re-Max Real Estate Center to Story City in their new location at 610 Broad St. A ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony will be held Thursday, Dec. 14, from 4-6 p.m. Come down and welcome Bill and Traci Jennings and their staff to this new Story City location.

Utility board

The Board of Trustees of the Story City Municipal Electric Utility will hold its next regular board meeting on Monday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. in the board room at the light plant, 505 Market Ave.

Play cards

On Friday, Dec. 8, 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, Dec. 13, 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. Menus can be picked up at the community center. Reservations can be made by calling Ruby Olson at 515-733-9278.

Story Theater

The animated holiday hit “The Star” will be presented Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Dec. 8, 9, 10, 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 (recording and to leave a message) or 515-733-4319 (to speak to someone during operating hours). 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.


Caroling Around the Tree

All are invited for Christmas caroling at Bertha Bartlett Public Library on Monday, Dec. 18, at 6:30 p.m. Bring your holiday spirit and help us make the library rafters ring with song.

Free holiday family matinees

The historic Story Theater in Story City will be showing two free holiday family matinees. On Saturday, Dec. 16, at 4:30 p.m. the theater will be showing “The Polar Express” starring Tom Hanks. On Sunday, Dec. 17, the matinee will be “Home Alone.” Both movies are rated G. Admission to both matinees is free; donations will be accepted.

Holiday Dance

Dance to the Country Classics featuring Ken Frette at a holiday dance on Thursday, Dec. 21, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Story City Community Center, 503 Elm Ave. The dance is hosted by the Story City Senior Citizens. It is open to the public and everyone is invited. There is a $6 admission; BYOB and a snack.

New Year’s at the Legion

The American Legion in Story City presents Fly by Night Entertainment DJ Travis for a New Year’s Eve party Sunday, Dec. 31, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Bethany Life Christmas worship

Bethany Life invites the public to worship with family and friends at the following Christmas worship services:

At The Households of Bethany, on Sunday, Dec. 24, a worship service will be held at 10 a.m., and a Christmas Eve candlelight service with Holy Communion will be held at 3 p.m. On Monday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m., a Christmas Day festive worship service will be held at the Households. Cedar Place tenants participate in The Households of Bethany worship.

At Timberland Village, on Sunday, Dec. 24, at 4:30 p.m., a Christmas Eve candlelight service with Holy Communion will be held.

Trivia Night

It’s time to sharpen your trivia skills and get your team together! The EDC’s Trivia Night will be held Friday, Feb. 9. The theme is “Famous Groups and Duos.” It’s a great opportunity to win cash for your favorite non-profit or charity and have fun doing it. Teams can consist of as many as eight players. The cost is $100 per team. A registration form is available on the Herald’s website. For more information, call 515-733-4214.