Community Calendar

Veterans Benefit Pancake Breakfast @ Vinton Shellsburg High School Cafeteria
Nov 7 @ 7:00 am – 11:00 am

The Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter will be hosting a Veterans Benefit Pancake Breakfast to support local Veterans.

The breakfast will be held at the Vinton-Shellsburg High School cafeteria at 7 am-11 am. The meal will include sausage links, eggs, coffee, orange juice, milk and of course pancakes!

This Pancake Breakfast is open to any one who wishes to come and it will be a free will donation with all proceeds going to the Benton County Veterans Assistance Program.

Fall Craft & Bake Sale @ Skate Center
Nov 7 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

This annual event features crafts, baked goods and other items from all over the area. Vendors need to contact the VPRD office for registration materials. No admission charge but a vendor fee.

Urbana Farmer’s Markets @ Urbana Community Center
Nov 14 @ 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!

NETS for VETS @ Vinton Shellsburg High School Gym
Nov 17 @ 4:00 pm

Iowa Hall of Pride Challenge presents a basketball game between the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes and the Belle Plaine Plainsmen at the Vinton-Shellsburg High School Gymnasium.

Game times:
Junior Varsity — 5:00pm
Girls Varsity — 7:00pm

Gate charge will be free will donation.

Before the game, be sure to join the Vikette basketball team and the Benton County Veterans for a free will donation BBQ! BBQ will go from 4pm-6pm.


Soup Supper & Lighted Holiday Parade @ Fire Station
Nov 19 all-day

There will be a Chili Supper to help raise funds to send area Veterans to Washington D.C. for the tour of a lifetime. The supper will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Vinton Fire Station. The Vinton Lions Club will be serving and donations will be collected.

The 5th Annual Veterans Patriotic Christmas Parade begins at 6 p.m. that evening.
All local residents, businesses, organization and churches are invited to join the event.

Line-up begins at 5:30 p.m. east and south of Wesley United Methodist Church at the intersection of 6th Street and 2nd Ave. The parade route leads through downtown, ending at the courthouse, where Santa will arrive via fire truck to greet children.

Chili Supper @ Vinton Fire Station
Nov 19 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Help send our Veterans to Washington DC for a tour of a lifetime!

Meal served by the Vinton Lions Club.
Cost is free will donation

Stop by before the Christmas Parade for a warm meal and to support the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight!

6th Annual Veteran’s Patriotic Christmas Parade @ Downtown Vinton
Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm

“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a PATRIOTIC good night!”

Considering the support received from the citizens and businesses of Benton County, the local Veterans organizations felt a parade would be one way to help enlighten your Christmas spirit.

We invite all to watch and/or participate in this year’s parade.

If you’d like to ‘march’ in the parade, put a float in or just come to watch, ALL are welcome! Please use a Christmas and/or patriotic theme for your float. Please no Santa, as he is already here from the North Pole.

If you have any questions and/or would like to be in the parade (however pre-registration is not required), call one of the following – Ron Geiger – V.F.W. Post 8884, 319-310-7719; Bobbi Enos – Am. Legion Post 57, 319-654-4114; Dennis Miller – Am. Vets, 319-573-4891

Rabe Hardware Fireplace Showcase & Grand Reopening @ Rabe Hardware Showroom
Nov 20 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Rabe Hardware Grand Reopening

Join the Rabe Hardware team in celebrating the grand reopening of their Vinton location and check out their EXPANSIVE fireplace show room.

From 4:00pm – 7:00pm you will enjoy food, drinks and giveaways! The team will also be giving fireplace maintenance tips and there will be factor representatives on site as well.

Have an old furnace? In conjunction with their grand reopening, they are launching their first ever “Oldest Furnace Contest”! Some lucky homeowner will win a new Lennox furnace with installation, FREE. Please check out the details for that event HERE!

Holiday Open House @ Downtown Vinton
Nov 22 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Kick off your holiday shopping at Vinton’s Holiday Open House! Sales and samples available at most stores!

BDG Board of Directors Meeting
Nov 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm