Community Calendar

Meet & Greet for the Iowa Valley Scenic Byway @ Belle Plaine Area Museum
Oct 8 @ 5:30 pm

Come and learn about the Iowa Valley Scenic Byway! What is it? Where does it go? How does it help my business or organization?


Iowa Valley Resource Conservation & Development manages the byway project.  They will be talking about the byway at 5:30pm on Thursday, October 8th at the Belle Plaine Area Museum located at 901 Main Street, Belle Plaine.  Interested businesses, organizations and individuals are all invited to attend.


The Iowa Valley Scenic Byways travels through 14 communites, from Montour to the Amana Colonies. It is an engine for economic vitality, historic preservation, and tourism.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the byway coordinator, connect with other people from the byway, and learn about how the byway helps you.


If you are unable to attend but interested in learning more please contact Iowa Valley RC&D Executive Director Jessica Rilling at (319) 622-3264 or


Iowa Valley RC&D is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps local communities grow their economies, fosters protection and enhancement of natural resources, and works to develop awareness for the art, history, and culture in East Central Iowa.  Visit for more information.

Urbana Farmer’s Markets @ Urbana Community Center
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

When you buy locally in Urbana, IA, directly from Urbana area markets and farms, you help support your local Urbana economy. In return, you will get the freshest, best-tasting food available and help reduce the production of greenhouse gasses.

Visit the Urbana Farmer’s Markets at the Urbana Community Center on the second Saturday of every month!

4th Annual Flaughless 5K @ Riverside Park
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am

Memorial event for U.S. Army soldier and Vinton native Dan Flaugh, is five days away and on track for meeting – and exceeding – the fundraising goal of at least $10,000 for Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). This year’s event will also have Jeremiah Pauley, a representative from WWP, speak at the event.

Please register to run the day of the race at Riverside Park!

Volunteers Needed-City of Urbana Tree Planting @ Urbana Polk-Township Fire Department
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am

What are you doing on October 10th?!  The City of Urbana needs your help to make some amazing improvements to the community!


This event is part of the City of Urbana’s Vision Iowa Grant.  The City has partnered with Alliant Energy and Trees Forever to put on this event.  They hope to have several volunteers throughout our community to help plant over 50 trees!


Please be sure to bring gloves and a shovel if you have one.  Drinks and snacks will be provided in the morning and pizza after planting!

Belle Plaine Annual Firemen’s Dance @ American Legion Hall
Oct 10 @ 8:00 pm – Oct 11 @ 12:00 am

Join the Belle Plaine Fire Department for good music and a good time at the annual firemen’s dance.  Tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the door.

Vinton Fireman’s Association Fire Prevention Week Pancake Breakfast @ Vinton Fire Station
Oct 11 @ 6:00 am – 1:00 pm

Serving pancakes, eggs, sausage, ham, biscuits-n-gravy and beverages.

Tickets – $6.00; preschool free

Tickets may be purchased in advance from any Vinton Fireman or at any of the following locations: Wilson Hite Insurance, John’s Tire, Kromminga Motors, Eden Mutual Insurance or the Accounting Offices.

St. Mary’s Fall Festival @ St. Mary's Catholic Church
Oct 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Old Fashioned Home-style Cooking!

Adults: $8.00
Children 4-10: $3.50
Children 3 & under: FREE

Pork Loin, St. Mary Parish’s Famous Chicken & Noodles, Real mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, and DESSERTS!

There is something for everyone: Silent auction, queen quilt raffle, country store, cake walk, Bingo, games for kids

Raffle Prizes: Samsung Tab A, 40″ TV, Jumer’s Overnight Package, $50 Cash Prizes

Silent Auction Items: Rocking motorcycle made of walnut wood, 18″ doll furniture with clothes & accessories, weekend at Thunderhead Lake.

Takeout meals available.  For more information, visit their facebook page HERE!

Belle Plaine Community Library Open House @ Belle Plaine Community Library
Oct 14 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Come to the Belle Plaine Community Library to help celebrate 25 great years in the facility!  You will enjoy door prizes, a traveling musician and refreshments!  Contact the Belle Plaine Library for more information!

Garrison Haunted House
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Come get your scare on at the Garrison Haunted House! There is more terror than every packed into the walls of this creepy corner.

This is an annual fundraiser for the Garrison Emergency Services.  The production is put on by the Garrison Fire Department, Auxiliary members and a troop of volunteers.  Proceeds from Garrison’s Haunted will be used for facility and equipment improvements for the Garrison Fire Department and Garrison First Responders.

Admission is $10. All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by adults.  There will be food available on the premise.  All creeps and scares are kept inside so no need to worry about weather.  To find Garrison’s Haunted, just get to Garrison and follow the signs—if you dare.

Health & Wellness Fair @ Skate Center
Oct 17 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Virginia Gay Hospital and the Vinton Parks & Recreation Department are teaming up to host the 2nd Annual Benton County Community Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, October 17th at the Vinton Skate & Activity Center. This fair will focus on health, wellness and safety topics that are of local interest.

This year we are offering local farmers and producers the opportunity to showcase and sell their products in a Farmers Market environment outside in the parking lot during the fair.