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Families First Newsletter | ALL AGES

September 30

Event ForAll PCSD families
OrganizationFamilies First
ContactAllison Kerndt
Email[email protected]
The Families First Newsletter provides information about Families First events, local family-friendly events and parenting topics.

Pathways of Pella Run/Walk for Life 5k | ALL AGES

September 30, 8:00 am

LocationFederated Fellowship 309 Roosevelt Rd Pella, IA
Event ForFamilies at all schools
Cost$10-30/ per person, family discounts available
OrganizationPathways of Pella
ContactSandy Veenstra
Email[email protected]
Join us for the 2023 Run/Walk for Life 5K hosted by Pathways. Registration starts @ 8am on Sat. Sept. 30 and race starts @ 9am. Special pricing of $10 for any middle school or high school cross country or track participant. This is a family friendly event -strollers welcome. Please no bicycles.

Coffee and Coats Drive Up | ALL AGES

October 3, 7:30 am

Location712 Union St
Event ForEveryone who wants to help others by donating winter wear
OrganizationCrossroads of Pella
ContactChris Allen
Email[email protected]
Crossroads of Pella is hosting another "Coffee and Coats Drive-up" event on Oct 3 from 7:30-9:30am. People are invited to drive to the front of the community center, drop off their gently used or new winter wear and get a free cup of Iris Coffee. These donations will keep families warm this winter.

Good News Club Pumpkin Party | AGES 5-12

October 3, 3:30 pm

LocationMadison Art Room
Event ForElementary Students
OrganizationCEF/Good News Club
ContactShane Van Donselaar
Email[email protected]
Free Pumpkin Club for kids ages 5-12. This is a kick off event for weekly Good News Club in Madison Art Room, which meets every Tuesday (that school is in session).
Children must be registered to attend.
For questions, please call/text Shane Van Donselaar- 641-651-0332

Community Services Summer Program Guide | ALL AGES

October 4

OrganizationCity of Pella, Community Services
ContactBrenda Ross
Email[email protected]

Love and Logic Parenting Class-October Session-3 Weeks |ALL AGES

October 5, 5:30 pm

LocationTrinity Church
Event ForAll PCSD families
CostNo cost to attend
OrganizationFamilies First
ContactAllison Kerndt
Email[email protected]
Love and Logic Parenting Classes make parenting more fun and less stressful! Learn some techniques to avoid anger, yelling and lecturing. No cost to attend the class, thanks to our generous donors! This class is a 3-week class.

Central College Softball Clinic | FEMALES GRADES 2-7

October 8, 12:00 pm

LocationCentral College
Event For2nd - 7th grade softball girls
Cost$50 per date. $70.00 per date if you want pitching instruction
OrganizationCentral College Softball
ContactJoe Van Hemert
Email[email protected]
Softball clinic for 2nd - 4th & 5th - 7th grade softball players held at Central College by 5 Central softball 5th year seniors. There are 2 dates for both age groups. Each date attended costs $50.00 or $70.00 if you want pitching instruction on top of the regular clinic.

Pella GBB Apparel Store | ALL AGES

October 13

Event ForPella Dutch Basketball Fans
OrganizationPella HS Girls Basketball
ContactBlaine Forsythe
Email[email protected]
Fan apparel for Pella Dutch Basketball Fans. Find shirts, sweatshirts, polo's, 1/4 zips, shorts, & more! Items for all ages from toddler to adult.

Thunder Volleyball Club | GRADES 5-12

October 15

OrganizationThunder Volleyball Club
ContactRhonda De Jong
Email[email protected]

Pella Club Tennis | Grades 5-8

October 18, 3:45 pm

LocationPella High School Tennis Courts
Event ForPella students grades 5-8
OrganizationPella Tennis
ContactLindsy Brandt
Email[email protected]
Pella Club Tennis is open to any Pella student grades 5-8. The group will meet on Wednesday afternoons 3:45-4:45. No tennis experience is necessary. Players should have their own racket, and all other equipment will be provided.

Go Further STEM Conference | FEMALES IN GRADES 8-10

November 2

LocationIowa State University
Event ForDesigned for females in grades 8-10
OrganizationProgram for Women in Science and Engineering
ContactMackenzie Schwartz
Email[email protected]
Join us for a full day of exploration of STEM activities. Students can come prepared to learn and engage in activities centered on STEM fields they may not have heard about before, learn more about STEM role models, and the amazing opportunities at Iowa State.

South East Aquatics Swim Team Registration | GRADES K-12

November 17

Event ForKindergarten through High School
OrganizationSouth East Aquatics
ContactKim Nedder
Email[email protected]
Registration for South East Aquatics Summer Swim Team is now open! SEA offers developmental and competitive swimming opportunities for athletes ages five through high school. Please go to and look for the red flashing light for more information and to register.

Save the Dates! Families First Events (Gingerbread House Making, Mother Son Fun Night, Father Daughter Dance) | STUDENTS THROUGH 8TH GRADE

December 2

Event ForFamilies with children up to 8th grade
OrganizationFamilies First
ContactAllison Kerndt
Email[email protected]
Mark your calendars for Families First's big events of 2023-2024!

Divorce Care for Kids (DC4K) | AGES 5-12

December 3, 6:00 pm

LocationThird Reformed Church-708 East 13th Street-Pella (lower level)
Event ForChildren ages 5 - 12
Cost$15 for workbook, scholarships available
OrganizationDivorce Care for Kids
ContactBecky Watkins
Email[email protected]
DC4K is a nondenominational support group for children of families with an absent parent, separation or divorce. A 13-week program that uses games, crafts, videos, music, puppets, exercise, stories and activities for children to learn to process current family dynamics.

Pella Athletic Booster Club | ALL AGES

December 31

Event ForAll ages
OrganizationPella Athletic Booster Club
ContactDawn Lauman
Email[email protected]
The Pella Athletic Booster Club is a nonprofit organization formed to assist and support the athletic activities conducted by the Pella Community School District.

A Playdate to Do Good Things | ALL AGES

March 11, 10:00 am

Location3rd Floor, Pella Community Center, 712 Union St. Pella
Event ForFamilies
CostFree! It is all free!
OrganizationCrossroads of Pella
ContactChris Allen
Email[email protected]
Here is a calendar of our upcoming "Playdates to do Good Things". Check out these fun themes! These gatherings will happen on the 3rd floor of the Pella Community Center. Free fun, food and a kid-friendly service project included. Our beneficiaries may be altered as needed. No need to RSVP.


May 31

OrganizationPella PTO
ContactShonelle Sutton
Email[email protected]
Hello parents! We are looking for volunteers to help the PTO for kids in preschool to 6th grade. If you are interested in being in our email list please fill out this form. Anytime your availability matches a request we have from a school we will contact you to see if you are available. Thank you!

Little Acorns - A New Kid-Centric Non-Profit! | GRADES 1-8

October 1

Event ForK-12 Students
OrganizationLittle Acorns
ContactElise Pederson and Marlaina Lightkeeper
Email[email protected]
A new Pella based non-profit organization, Little Acorns, has been created. This kid-centric group will encourage and recruit young people in the area to participate in service projects and activities to better our community. Lead by 8th grader, Marlaina Lightkeeper.