Everything is coming together for the annual "Fun Night for the Nature Center" fundraiser to be held on Saturday evening, March 29, at the Nature Center at Otter Creek Lake Park. Doors will open for the event at 5:30 p.m. 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 buffet style by the staff of "My Mother's Place Catering" of Clutier. No one will go away hungry.
Following the meal at approximately 7:00 will be a program "Wildlife Rehabilitation- Joys and Challenges" and will be presented by Linda Nebbe, Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project. "Linda is very well known in the area as a wildlife rehabilitator with decades of experience working with injured wildlife species," states Bob Etzel, Director, Tama County Conservation Board. " What many people might not know is that Linda is also a licensed mental health practitioner. Her passions are wildlife rehabilitation and animal/nature assisted therapy. She will provide a very interesting program on what wildlife rehabilitation is all about and share her many experiences."
Linda Nebbe, Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project will be the presenter at Fun Night for the Nature Center to be held at the Tama County Nature Center at Otter Creek Lake & Park on Saturday, March 29.
The open auction is slated to begin immediately following the program and should start around 8:15 p.m. Marv and Nancy Boldt, Traer, will be running the auction again for this year's event. Marv 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 clothing, 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 Carolyn Adoplhs, Traer. "Each year there are lovely items hand-made by local artisans. Folks will also be able to bid on wildlife art and small pieces of furniture."
"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. It is also exciting to see Phase 1, a Riparian Diorama, reaching completion. It is the first component of the educational and beautiful displays planned for your Nature Center. We hope Phase II won't be far behind. It is my understanding that folks that attend Fun Night will have an opportunity to get a peek at the diorama."
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: Kory Staff, Kay Lowry, Nathan Wrage; SOUTH TAMA AREA: Allan Atchison, Ellen Graff, George Corum, Kory Staff, Bob Etzel, and John Keenan; TRAER/BUCKINGHAM AREA: Carolyn Adolphs and Gayle Kucera; CHELSEA, CLUTIER, VINING, ELBERON: Daryl Bazal and Craig Wise.