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CHARLES CITY — Shake off the winter doldrums with fun activities indoors and out during Charles City's Cabin Fever Weekend Friday through Sunday, Jan. 27-29.

Coordinated through the Charles City Area Chamber of Commerce, it features activities offered by businesses, groups and organizations. Many are free or at a reduced price.

Friday features Comet sporting events, including bowling and a girls-boys basketball doubleheader at home against Oelwein.

There will be a Black Light Dance at the high school from 9 p.m. to midnight, and White Out Roller Skating at the Charles City Family YMCA at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday events start at 7:15 a.m. with cycling and yoga/pilates at the YMCA as a fundraiser for new fitness equipment, plus Land Zumba and Water Zumba at 8 a.m.

The Rustic Corner will host a painting class at 9:30 a.m. Pre-register on The Rustic Corner’s Facebook page. Hy-Vee will offer a book reading of “Little Critter: Just A Snowman” at 10 a.m., followed by making snowman hot chocolate.

A free kids ice-fishing workshop, offered by Rapids End Outfitters, is 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bill Fluhrer pond across Packard Avenue from the Floyd County Fairgrounds. Pre-register by calling 641-220-2645.

Crawdaddy Outdoors will be at Wildwood Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with cross-country ski and snow shoe rentals.

PAWS open houses will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday at 303 Shaw Ave.

The Charles City Public Library will host Word Games from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, followed by a Children’s Storytime at 1:30.

Family bingo night is at the Charles City Senior Center with early bird play at 6:30 p.m. and regular play at 7.

The I.C. Development Board “Blizzard Bash” will be 5-11 p.m. at the Columbus Club. Tickets are available through I.C. school or board members.

On Sunday, enjoy sledding, tubing, ice skating and broomball at Cedar Springs Camp near Floyd from 1-5 p.m., and warm up with a campfire and hot chocolate.

Indoor activities include a wine bottle board feeder workshop at 1 p.m. at the Fossil & Prairie Center near Rockford. Pre-register at 641-756-3490 or online at

Family swim is 1-3:30 p.m. and Water Zumba is at 3:30 at the YMCA.

A sign-painting workshop is at 4 p.m. at the Pub on the Cedar with Jennifer Miller. Pre-register on the Artsy Dabbler Facebook page.

For information, contact the Charles City Area Chamber of Commerce, 641-228-4234,, or online at


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