Fairfield, Iowa Events Calendar

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The Blind Boys of Alabama join Irma Thomas for the first concert of Fairfest 2017, on Friday October 20th.

Monday, Oct. 16 • Volunteer for Sharing the Weight. Help make therapeutic weighted blankets for individuals with special needs. Sunnybrook Assisted Living, Fairfield. (641) 472-4736.

Tuesday, Oct. 17 • Knitters Clinic. 6-8 p.m. Free, for all levels. Bring your questions, a new project idea, or just stop in to knit. At Home Store, 52 N. Main Street on the square, Fairfield. (641) 472-1016.

Tuesday, Oct. 17 • Everybody Sings! Community choir directed by Carol Negro. All welcome, no auditions. Rehearsals at 7:30 p.m. Morning Star Studio, 51 S. Court, Fairfield.

Wednesday, Oct. 18 • Life Before Fairfield. Free screening. 1:00 pm. Fairfield Public Library. (641) 472-6551.

Wednesday, Oct. 18 • Fairfield Farmers Market. Fresh locally grown produce, handmade crafts. Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Howard Park, Fairfield. Also Weds. 3-6 p.m. Through October.

Wednesday, Oct. 18 • Japanese Art: Quest for Beauty Series. ICON Gallery Director Bill Teeple leads a lecture/slide series about Japanese art. 7:30 p.m. $10 per class. ICON Gallery, 58 N. Main St., Fairfield. Through Oct. 25.

Wednesday, Oct. 18 • Fairfield Open Mic Night. Try out your new stuff on Wednesday nights at one or both of Fairfield’s Open Mic events. 7:30 p.m. sign up at Café Paradiso; 9:30 p.m. sign-up at Depot Brewery, Fairfield. TheDepotBrewery.com. Facebook.com/OpenMicAtCafeParadiso

Thursday, Oct. 19 • Knitters Clinic. 2-4 p.m. Free, for all levels. Bring your questions, a new project idea, or just stop in to knit. At Home Store, 52 N. Main Street on the square, Fairfield. (641) 472-1016.

Thursday, Oct. 19 • JFAN Annual Meeting: Breaking the Grip of Corporate Agriculture.  Featuring award-winning journalist Alan Guebert. 7:15 p.m. FACC, Fairfield.

Thursday, Oct. 19 • Business After Hours: Co-Lab.  Tours of the Co-Lab and light refreshments. 5-7 p.m. FACC, Fairfield.

Thursday, Oct. 19 • ICON Thursday Video. Edward Hopper and the Blank Canvas. Doors open at 7:30 for refreshments, video starts at 8 p.m. $2 admission, free to members. ICON Gallery, 58 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 469-6252.

Thursday, Oct. 19 • Deep House O Band. 8-11 p.m. The Depot Brewery, 500 N. 4th St., Fairfield. (641) 469-6959.

Friday, Oct. 20 • FAIRfest at the Sondheim Series. Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama & The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet. 7:30 p.m.  Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.

Saturday, Oct. 21 • Fairfield Farmers Market. Fresh locally grown produce, handmade crafts. Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Howard Park, Fairfield. Also Weds. 3-6 p.m. Through October.

Saturday, Oct. 21 • Low-Cost Microchip Clinic. Microchipping costs $25 and vaccinations for dogs and cats are only $15. No appointment necessary. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Noah’s Ark Animal Foundation, 1986 Gear Ave., Fairfield.

Saturday, Oct. 21 • Seed Center Potluck. Learn about climate change in Iowa, hear community news, enjoy a Native American flute ensemble, and bring great food to share. With special guest Dr. Charles Stanier, UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research. 6:30-9 p.m. Eco Barn, SEED Center, 2143 185th St., Fairfield.

Saturday, Oct. 21 • The Pale Moons. An Americana duo combining the rich vocals of Anna Kopaska with the guitar picking, harmonica playing, and deep vocals of Chad Elliott. 8 p.m., Café Paradiso, Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net.

Sunday, Oct. 22 • Knitters Clinic. 2-4 p.m. Free, for all levels. Bring your questions, a new project idea, or just stop in to knit. At Home Store, 52 N. Main Street on the square, Fairfield. (641) 472-1016.

Sunday, Oct. 22 • Irish Music Session. 3–5 p.m., Café Paradiso, Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net. Free.

Sunday, Oct. 22 • Keeping the Divine Vision: The Poetry and Art of William Blake. Bryan Aubrey, Ph.D., has studied William Blake for almost 40 years and will give a free presentation on the poet. 2:30-4 p.m. Fairfield Public Library. Free.

Tuesday, Oct. 24 • Knitters Clinic. 6-8 p.m. Free, for all levels. Bring your questions, a new project idea, or just stop in to knit. At Home Store, 52 N. Main Street on the square, Fairfield. (641) 472-1016.

Tuesday, Oct. 24 • Everybody Sings! Community choir directed by Carol Negro. All welcome, no auditions. Rehearsals at 7:30 p.m. Morning Star Studio, 51 S. Court, Fairfield.

Wednesday, Oct. 25 • Fairfield Farmers Market. Fresh locally grown produce, handmade crafts. Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Howard Park, Fairfield. Also Weds. 3-6 p.m. Through October.

Wednesday, Oct. 18 • Japanese Art: Quest for Beauty Series. ICON Gallery Director Bill Teeple leads a lecture/slide series about Japanese art. 7:30 p.m. $10 per class. ICON Gallery, 58 N. Main St., Fairfield.

Wednesday, Oct. 25 • Fairfield Open Mic Night. Try out your new stuff on Wednesday nights at one or both of Fairfield’s Open Mic events. 7:30 p.m. sign up at Café Paradiso; 9:30 p.m. sign-up at Depot Brewery, Fairfield. TheDepotBrewery.com. Facebook.com/OpenMicAtCafeParadiso

Thursday, Oct. 26 • Knitters Clinic. 2-4 p.m. Free, for all levels. Bring your questions, a new project idea, or just stop in to knit. At Home Store, 52 N. Main Street on the square, Fairfield. (641) 472-1016.

Thursday, Oct. 26 • The Cantafios. 6-8 p.m., Café Paradiso, Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net.

Thursday, Oct. 26 • Michael Barnard / Bill Graeser: Spoken Word & Images. 7:45 p.m., MUM Art Building Theater, Fairfield. Free.

Thursday, Oct. 26 • ICON Thursday Video. To be announced. Doors open at 7:30 for refreshments, video starts at 8 p.m. $2 admission, free to members. ICON Gallery, 58 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 469-6252.

Thursday, Oct. 26 • Deep House O Band. 8-11 p.m. The Depot Brewery, 500 N. 4th St., Fairfield. (641) 469-6959.

Friday, Oct. 27 • John Anderson Unplugged. Anderson is one of the greatest country music singers ever to step up to the microphone, possessing one of the most instantly recognizable vocal instruments in the history of Nashville music. 7:30 p.m. Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.

Saturday, Oct. 28 • Fairfield Farmers Market. Fresh locally grown produce, handmade crafts. Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Howard Park, Fairfield. Also Weds. 3-6 p.m. Through October.

Saturday, Oct. 28 • Victor & Penny and the Loose Change Orchestra. 8 p.m., Café Paradiso, Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net.

Sunday, Oct. 29 • Knitters Clinic. 2-4 p.m. Free, for all levels. Bring your questions, a new project idea, or just stop in to knit. At Home Store, 52 N. Main Street on the square, Fairfield. (641) 472-1016.

Sunday, Oct. 29 • Trunk or Treat. 2-5 p.m. Free. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Fairfield. (641) 472-4166.

Sunday, Oct. 29 • Irish Music Session. 3–5 p.m., Café Paradiso, Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net. Free.

Sunday, Oct. 29 • What Happens When the Lights Go Out? Storybook characters come to life at the Library’s annual Halloween event. Travel through the library and meet characters from some of your favorite books. 6-8 pm. Guided tours every 10 minutes. Enjoy free crafts, games, and snacks while you wait. Fairfield Public Library, 104 W. Adams, Fairfield. (641) 472-6551.

Tuesday, Oct. 31 • Merchant Trick or Treat! Costumed trick or treaters can come out early to participating Fairfield businesses during regular business hours. Fairfield.

Tuesday, Oct. 31 • Halloween. It’s trick or treat night from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Fairfield.

Tuesday, Oct. 31 • Knitters Clinic. 6-8 p.m. Free, for all levels. Bring your questions, a new project idea, or just stop in to knit. At Home Store, 52 N. Main Street on the square, Fairfield. (641) 472-1016.

Tuesday, Oct. 31 • Everybody Sings! Community choir directed by Carol Negro. All welcome, no auditions. Rehearsals at 7:30 p.m. Morning Star Studio, 51 S. Court, Fairfield.

Wednesday, Nov. 1 • Fairfield Open Mic Night. Try out your new stuff on Wednesday nights at one or both of Fairfield’s Open Mic events. 7:30 p.m. sign up at Café Paradiso; 9:30 p.m. sign-up at Depot Brewery, Fairfield. TheDepotBrewery.com. Facebook.com/OpenMicAtCafeParadiso

Thursday, Nov. 2 • Knitters Clinic. 2-4 p.m. Free, for all levels. Bring your questions, a new project idea, or just stop in to knit. At Home Store, 52 N. Main Street on the square, Fairfield. (641) 472-1016.

Thursday, Nov. 2 • ICON Thursday Video. To be announced. Doors open at 7:30 for refreshments, video starts at 8 p.m. $2 admission, free to members. ICON Gallery, 58 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 469-6252.

Thursday, Nov. 2 • Patrick Ball. 8-10 p.m., Café Paradiso, 101 N. Main St., Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net.

Thursday, Nov. 2 • Sing Your Heart Out. An evening of solo singers, choirs, karaoke, and sing-alongs. Anyone interested in participating as a performer should contact Werner Elmker: wernerelmker@gmail.com. All proceeds go to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. 7:30 p.m. Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Main, Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.

Thursday, Nov. 2 • Deep House O Band. 8-11 p.m. The Depot Brewery, 500 N. 4th St., Fairfield. (641) 469-6959.

Friday, Nov. 3 • Fairfield First Fridays. Music and entertainment around the square. 6–9 p.m., downtown Fairfield. FairfieldFirstFridays.org.

Friday, Nov. 3 • 3 Rays of the Same Sun. Poet Bill Graeser, storyteller Tracy Chipman, and flutist Karen Aoki offer an evening of storytelling, poetry & music. 7:30 p.m. Revelations Cafe, Fairfield.

Saturday, Nov. 4 • Indoor Farmers Market. Fresh locally grown produce, handmade crafts, gifts. Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon. Fairfield Senior Center, 209 S. Court,Fairfield. Every Saturday through April.

Sunday, Oct. 29 • Holiday Floral Decor. 9-11 a.m. Learn how to create holiday floral arrangements from skilled florist Barb Kistler. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Fairfield. (641) 472-4166.

Sunday, Nov. 5 • Knitters Clinic. 2-4 p.m. Free, for all levels. Bring your questions, a new project idea, or just stop in to knit. At Home Store, 52 N. Main Street on the square, Fairfield. (641) 472-1016.

Sunday, Nov. 5 • Irish Music Session. 3–5 p.m., Café Paradiso, Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net. Free.

Sunday, Nov. 5 • The Southeast Iowa Band. The 50-piece regional ensemble plays a benefit for the Fairfield Concert Association. 3 p.m. Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.

Tuesday, Nov. 7 • Knitters Clinic. 6-8 p.m. Free, for all levels. Bring your questions, a new project idea, or just stop in to knit. At Home Store, 52 N. Main Street on the square, Fairfield. (641) 472-1016.

Tuesday, Nov. 7 • KRUU’S Great Taste. Special guest Aaron Hall will make bagels. With host Steve Boss. Live taping of the cooking show, with tastings and prizes! 7 p.m. Green Building Supply, corner of Burlington & 2nd St., Fairfield.

Tuesday, Nov. 7 • Everybody Sings! Community choir directed by Carol Negro. All welcome, no auditions. Rehearsals at 7:30 p.m. Morning Star Studio, 51 S. Court, Fairfield.

Tuesday, Nov. 7 • Great Russian Nutcracker. 7:30 p.m. Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Main, Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.

Friday, Nov. 10An Evening with Greg Brown. Iowa’s living folk legend. 7:30 p.m.  Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.

Saturday, Nov. 11 • Indoor Farmers Market. Fresh locally grown produce, handmade crafts. Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Senior Center, Fairfield.

Saturday, Nov. 11 • Contra Dance. All are welcome, no partner necessary. Live music by the Café Céilí Band. 7:30 p.m. Morning Star Studio Ballroom, 51½ N. Court (second floor). $10; $5 students, seniors, faculty. More information at www.fairfolk.org.

Saturday, Nov. 18 • Rustic Recyclers 2nd Annual Holiday Barn Sale. Featuring handmade and refurbished gifts and decor. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This Old Barn, 1870 Kelp Ave., Fairfield. (641) 919-5199.

Friday, Dec. 1 • Fairfield First Fridays. Music and entertainment around the square. 6–9 p.m., downtown Fairfield. FairfieldFirstFridays.org.

Saturday, Dec. 2 • Indoor Farmers Market. Fresh locally grown produce, handmade crafts, gifts. Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon. Fairfield Senior Center, 209 S. Court,Fairfield. Every Saturday through April.

Saturday, Dec. 2 • Scenic Rivers Wine Trail Annual Holiday Wine Open House. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cedar Valley Winery, 2034 Dewberry Avenue. Batavia. (641) 662-2800.

Tuesday, Dec. 5 • Knitters Clinic. 6-8 p.m. Free, for all levels. Bring your questions, a new project idea, or just stop in to knit. At Home Store, 52 N. Main Street on the square, Fairfield. (641) 472-1016.

Tuesday, Dec. 5 • KRUU’S Great Taste. It’s Italian night! Ed Malloy and Pete DeCicco make Italian holiday food. With host Steve Boss. Live taping of the cooking show, with tastings and prizes! 7 p.m. Green Building Supply, corner of Burlington & 2nd St., Fairfield.

Tuesday, Dec. 5 • Everybody Sings! Community choir directed by Carol Negro. All welcome, no auditions. Rehearsals at 7:30 p.m. Morning Star Studio, 51 S. Court, Fairfield.

Saturday, Dec. 9 • Indoor Farmers Market. Fresh locally grown produce, handmade crafts, gifts. Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon. Fairfield Senior Center, 209 S. Court,Fairfield. Every Saturday through April.

Saturday, Dec. 9 • Holiday Trade Fair.  Featuring handmade foods, gifts, jewelry, clothing, ornaments, and more. FACC, Fairfield. Through Dec. 10.

Saturday, Dec. 9 • Cedar Valley Winery’s Annual Open House. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cedar Valley Winery, 2034 Dewberry Avenue. Batavia. (641) 662-2800.

Saturday, Dec. 9 • FAIRfest at the Sondheim Series. Ricky Skaggs & the Kentucky Thunder. King of bluegrass with 15 Grammy Awards. 7:30 p.m.  Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.

Saturday, Dec. 9 • Contra Dance. All are welcome, no partner necessary. Live music by the Fairtown Ramblers. 7:30 p.m. Morning Star Studio Ballroom, 51½ N. Court (second floor). $10; $5 students, seniors, faculty. More information at www.fairfolk.org.

Sunday, Dec. 10 • Holiday Trade Fair.  Featuring handmade foods, gifts, jewelry, clothing, ornaments, and more. FACC, Fairfield.

Saturday, January 13 • Contra Dance. All are welcome, no partner necessary. Live music by the Café Céilí Band. 7:30 p.m. Morning Star Studio Ballroom, 51½ N. Court (second floor). $10; $5 students, seniors, faculty. More information at www.fairfolk.org.

Saturday, February 19 • An Evening with Lonestar. Lonestar merges their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals 7:30 p.m. Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.

Friday, March 16 • FAIRfest at the Sondheim Series. Gratefull Ball: The Traelin’ McCourys & the Jeff Austin Band. 7:30 p.m.  Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.

Saturday, April 7 • FAIRfest at the Sondheim Series. Iowa Outlaws and San Francisco Angels. 7:30 p.m.  Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.