This weekend's funcast predicts a hot, jolly July

OSKALOOSA — With Christmas in July coming up this weekend, the weather forecast is obliging by being true to mid-July form. Temperatures are likely to be in the low- to mid-90s, warm enough to melt even the hardiest snowman.

Friday, July 12

Time to go back in time

10 a.m.–noon, Laura’s Days at Nelson Pioneer Farm. Fun, educational and historical activities are planned for children ages 5 and older. According to Nelson Pioneer Farm Administrator/Curator Margaret Spiegel, younger siblings are welcome and may participate. Each child should be accompanied by at least one adult. Today’s activity: Fabric fun – making rag rugs and bookmarks.

Looking for lifeforms

Noon–1 p.m., Critter Cafe at the Environmental Learning Center. Bring your own lunch and have a mealtime with Mahaska County Conservation Board Naturalist Laura DeCook and learn about a featured live animal whose home is the Environmental Learning Center. Today: Fishing

Fact is stranger than fiction

Noon–1 p.m., Non-Fiction Book Club. The club, hosted at the Book Vault, will be discussing “Rudy’s Rules for Travel: Life Lessons from Around the Globe,” by Mary K. Jensen.

Saturday, July 13

Locally grown goodies

8–11 a.m., The Oskaloosa Vendor’s and Farmers Market is held at its new location on A Avenue West, near the urban skate park. Check out local growers’ produce; vendors’ goods and homemade delicacies.

Growing up like cornstalks

10 a.m.–noon, Laura’s Days at Nelson Pioneer Farm. Children 5 and older will be learning all about corn during Saturday’s event.

Have a holly, jolly July

10 a.m.–10 p.m., Christmas in July. There will be no shortage of holiday-themed fun to be had. From 10 a.m.–10 p.m., family fun games, sponsored by Mahaska Drug, will be available, including bingo, volleyball, connect four, bubbles, yard checkers, Zorb balls, a snow machine, and more.

Lucas Beebe will be performing from 10 a.m.–noon. A Christmas-themed murder mystery will take place from 2–4 p.m., at Oskaloosa Art Center, with Oskaloosa Community Theatre. From 10 a.m.–3 p.m., pop up shops will be open in the Alley. There will be food trucks and a beverage garden throughout the day. A silent auction fundraiser will be from noon to 9 p.m.

All funds raised from Christmas in July go toward Painting with Lights. Funds raised from BBQ 4 Badges will be donated to area first responders.

Pulling their weight

10 a.m.–1 p.m., An antique tractor pull will be held at the Southern Iowa Fair racetrack infield.

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