Everything is coming together for the annual "Fun Nite for the Nature Center" fundraiser to be held this weekend at the Nature Center at Otter Creek Lake Park. Doors will open for the event at 5:30 p.m. this Saturday, March 27, for persons to view the auction items. An "all you can eat" meal will be served at 6:00 p.m.. The meal will be prepared and served buffett style by the staff of "My Mother's Place" of Clutier. No one will go away hungry.
Following the meal at approximately 7:00 will be a program "Sloths in Our Backyards" presented by Holmes A. Semken, Jr., Emeritus Professor of Geoscience, and David Brenzel both of the University of Iowa. "The program should be very interesting," states Bob Etzel, Director. "These gentlemen are co-principle investigators on the Tarkio Valley Sloth Project which excavated some pre-historic sloths that used to live in Iowa. It is hard to imagine what life was like and the critters than roamed our landscape in the distant past." The open auction is slated to begin immediately following the program and should start around 8:00 p.m. Marv and Nancy Boldt, Traer, will be running the auction for this year's event. Marvin always provides an entertaining auction environment.
Items are still being donated for inclusion in both auctions and usually include everything from wildlife art prints to fine crystal, bird houses to collector farm toys and decorative waterfowl decoys. The silent auction will include many affordable items and is a lot of fun for all in attendance. "In the past several years the baked goods have become a very fun part of the auction," adds Cathy Wieck, Dysart. "Kolaches, coffee cakes, tea rings and pies have all been donated." "The auction will include many beautiful items as always," states Gayle Kucera, Traer. "Folks will be able to bid on Larry Zach's newest print, "Dream Bucks III", which isn't off the presses yet, and of course a limited edition Terry Redlin selection."
Shown are Holmes A. Semken, Jr., Emeritus Professor of Geoscience, and David Brenzel both of the University of Iowa. The Co-Principle Investigators of the Tarkio Valley Sloth Project will be presenting “Sloths In Our Backyards” at the Fun Nite for the Nature Center fundraiser to be held on March 27. Buy your tickets today by calling Bob at (641) 484-2231.
"Everyone is invited to come enjoy the evening and support their Nature Center," adds George Corum of Tama. "It is really neat to see the continued support that residents and friends of Tama County have provided for this project." Since a dinner is being served advanced ticket sales are required. Tickets can be purchased by calling Bob at the Nature Center office at (641) 484-2231 or evenings at home at (641) 484-5764 or by contacting any of the fundraising committee or conservation board members. Those members are: Dysart: Cathy Wieck; GladBrook/Garwin/Lincoln Area: Kay Lowry, Nathan Wrage; South Tama Area: Gene Anderson, Roger Benda, George Corum, Ginny Elliott, Bob Etzel, and John Keenan; Traer/Buckingham Area: Carolyn Adolphs and Gayle Kucera; Chelsea, Clutier, Vining, Elberon: Daryl Bazal And Craig Wise.