Things to do around Dallas County include fish fries, Easter egg hunts, Trout Day and more

Kids race to pick up eggs during the Adel Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 10, 2022, at Kinnick-Feller Riverside Park in Adel.
Kids race to pick up eggs during the Adel Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 10, 2022, at Kinnick-Feller Riverside Park in Adel.

Fish Fry - Adel

5-7 p.m. March 31 at St. John's Church, 24043 302nd Pl, Adel.

St. John's Catholic Church will host a community fish fry on Friday nights. The menu includes hand battered fish, grilled cheese sandwich, fries and coleslaw. The cost is $12 a plate. Dine in and carry out will be available.

Fish Fry - Granger

5:30-7 p.m. Fridays through March 31 at Assumption Catholic Church, Granger.

The Knights of Columbus Fish Fry will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Fridays through March 31 for dine-in or drive-thru at Assumption Catholic Church. The menu includes baked and fried fish, baked potato or fries (dine-in only), coleslaw, dinner roll, cheese pizza and Catholic Women's Club homemade desserts (dine-in only). A free-will donation will be taken.

Fish Fry - Van Meter

5:30-7 p.m. March 31 and April 7 at Van Meter Veterans Reception Center.

A fish fry will be held on Friday nights through Lent at the Van Meter Veterans Reception Center. The menu includes fish, fries, hush puppies and coleslaw. A free-will donation will be taken for dine-in or drive-thru.

Fish Fry - Perry

5:30-7 p.m. Fridays through March 31 at St. Pat's School Gym, Perry.

The Knights of Columbus will host Lenten fish fries on Fridays through March 31. The menu will include fried or baked fish, fish tacos, potatoes, coleslaw, drink and dessert. Shrimp is $3 extra. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5-10 and free for kids 4 and under, for a maximum of $30 per family.

'Matilda the Musical'

7 p.m. March 31, 1 and 7 p.m. April 1 at Perry Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are on sale now for the Perry High School's spring production of "Matilda the Musical." Performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 and will include a live pit orchestra. Tickets are $8 adults and $5 students. Tickets are available online and at the door.

Bouton Breakfast

7-10 a.m. Saturday, April 1 at Bouton Community Center.

A breakfast will be served on Saturday, April 1 at the Bouton Community Center. The menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, ham, eggs, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, toast, coffee, milk and orange juice. The cost is $9 for adults, $5 for children 5-12 and free for under five. Bake sale items will also be available.

Rain Barrel Workshop

9-11 a.m. Saturday, April 1 at ISU Extension Office, Dallas County Fairgrounds, Adel.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Dallas County will be offering a Rain Barrel Workshop on April 1. Come learn about water quality in Iowa and build your own rain barrel to do your part to reduce flooding and stormwater pollution on your property. All materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Please only register if you will be available to attend, as space is limited and materials will be purchased for you. $50 will be due in the form of cash or check at the door. Dallas County Conservation Board and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Dallas County are partnering to provide this program. To register visit

Trout Day at Triumph Park

11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at Triumph Park, 700 NW Douglas Pkwy, Waukee.

The Iowa DNR will stock Triumph Park pond with trout around noon, which is a fun and interesting process to watch. Bring your fishing pole to try to catch some of the new trout. If you're lucky, you'll catch one of the special pre-tagged fish and win a prize generously donated by Scheels, Bass Pro Shops or Fleet Farm ($20-$110 value). Cast off the shore or our ADA-accessible fishing pier. If you are 16 years or older, you must have a valid fishing license to fish in Waukee, and don't forget your trout stamp. Entry to the event is FREE, and all ages are invited. No registration is required. Pack a picnic or grab lunch from The Yellow Wagon food truck. Enjoy free cookies and water from Hy-Vee and grab freebies from the City of Waukee Stormwater and Parks & Recreation tables. Bring the whole family to enjoy all the great amenities at Triumph Park, including our EPIC inclusive playground and trails. Find more information at

Easter Egg Hunt & Reading with the Easter Bunny

12 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at Perry Hy-Vee.

Hop on over to your Perry Hy-Vee on April 1 for an Easter Egg Hunt starting at noon. The hunt will take place outside on the west side of the building, weather permitting. Mary from the Perry Public Library will be doing book readings with the kids at 12:15 p.m. inside the Hy-Vee store. The Easter Bunny will be stopping by from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for photos, so bring your camera and phone.

Fish Fry

5-7 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at Washington Township School, 7 miles south of Perry on P58.

The Minburn American Legion Osborne Post #99 is hosting a fish fry from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 at the Washington Township School. The menu includes fried fish, French fries, coleslaw, drink and bars. A free-will donation will be taken. Dine in, carry out or drive up service available.

Jamaica Lions Breakfast Benefit

7-11 a.m. Sunday, April 2 at Jamaica Community Center.

The Jamaica Lions Club will host a breakfast benefit on Sunday, April 2 for the family of Daisy and Walter Gavidia-Fuentes, of Jamaica. The menu will include baked ham, eggs, country fried potatoes, toast and drinks. A bake sale will also be held. Attendees are encouraged to bring eyeglasses and hearing aids.

Puzzle Fundraiser

1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 2 at Perry High School Library.

Join the Perry Booster Club for a puzzle fundraiser. The cost is $120 for a team of six. Participants can choose what sport or club they wish to sponsor. Register at Whoever finishes their puzzle first wins.

Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs

1 p.m. Sunday, April 2 at Adel Dog Park.

The Adel Parks and Recreation Department will host its second Dog Easter Egg Hunt on April 2. Dogs must remain on lash during the hunt.

Adel Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt

3-5 p.m. Sunday, April 2 at Kinnick-Feller Riverside Park.

The Adel Kiwanis will host an Easter egg hunt on Sunday, April 2. The event will also feature pictures with the Easter Bunny, fire trucks, face painting, prizes and more. The hunt will be broken into age groups, with 0-3 at 3 p.m., 4-6 at 3:30 p.m. and 7-10 at 4 p.m. Nonperishable donations for The Good Samaritan Food Pantry will be taken, along with free-will donations for the Adel Kiwanis Club. All donations are disbursed within the ADM community.

Perry’s Downtown Fire History

6-8 p.m. Sunday, April 2 at Carnegie Library Museum.

Join the Perry Iowa Historical Society as they present the destruction and rebuilding that has happened in downtown Perry from Otley to Bateman as a result of fire. They will show the resilience of Perry through an extensive personal collection of pictures and stories. Pictures span a time period from 1989 to 2020 and offer an engaging visual history of Perry. This event is free and open to the public. It will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, April 2 at the Carnegie Library Museum. For more information, contact the Carnegie Library Museum at 515-465-7713.

Adel Women's Club Salad Luncheon

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, April 3 at First Christian Church, 218 N 9th St., Adel.

The Adel Women's Club will hold a salad luncheon on Monday, April 3. The menu includes salads, sandwiches, desserts and drinks. The cost is $10 at the door.

Woodward Social Center Luncheon

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 3 at Woodward Social Center.

A luncheon will be held on Monday, April 3 at the Woodward Social Center. The menu includes taco casserole, coleslaw, cornbread and bars. A free-will offering will be taken to help support the Woodward Social Center.

Iowa Supreme Court Oral Arguments

7 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 at Perry Performing Arts Center, 1200 18th St.

On Tuesday, April 4, the Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Perry. The proceeding will take place in the Perry Performing Arts Center. The oral arguments are open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. A public reception with the supreme court justices in the performing arts center lobby sponsored by the Dallas County Bar Association will follow the oral arguments. This event is free and open to the public.

Live Radio Pie Auction

8-9 a.m. Wednesday, April 5.

The Radio Pie Auction for the Fourth of July Fireworks Drive will return on Wednesday, April 5. The auction is sponsored by Raccoon Valley Radio and the Perry Chamber of Commerce. Tune in to KDLS 99.7 FM or AM 1310 from 8-9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5 to catch the action or watch the livestream on Facebook through the Perry Chamber of Commerce page. Call (515) 465-5357 to place your bid on any of the sweet treats that are up for auction or text (515) 314-8445, (515) 981-8634. All proceeds will go to the Fourth of July Fireworks Display.

Dallas Center Rotary Pancake Breakfast

7:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 8 at Memorial Hall, Dallas Center.

Join the Rotary Club of Dallas Center for its annual Easter Weekend Pancake Breakfast on April 8. The cost is $6 per person for all you can eat pancakes, eggs and sausage (while supplies last). Proceeds from the event go toward Dallas Center Community Projects. Tickets available from Rotarians or you can pay at the door.

Perry Spring Open House

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, April 8 at Perry businesses.

Shop Perry Businesses for new spring items from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 8. Some shop hours may vary. Spring has sprung and Perry shops have just what you're looking for to freshen up your space and wardrobe to get ready for the new season. Shop new styles, décor and more.

Crafting with Friends Fundraiser

8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at McCreary Community Building, Perry.

The Friends of the Perry Public Library will hold a Crafting with Friends fundraiser on Saturday, April 29. Spend the day crafting with friends while supporting the Friends of the Perry Public Library. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Perry Public Library. The cost is $40, which includes meals, six feet of workspace, door prizes, swap table, vendors and more. For more information or to register, contact Kathy at 515-822-6097 or email Registration forms can also be filled out at the Perry Public Library, 1101 Willis Ave., Perry. Registration is due by Monday, April 17.

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