Southeast Iowa Farm Show 2019

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

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Now in its 5th year, the Kenny Norton Southeast Iowa Farm Show is rapidly becoming one of the state's best exhibitions of agricultural machinery, seed technology, grain handling and more for today's farming operation. Enjoy free admission and join the conversation with exhibitors and attendees. Country music group, Shenandoah take on the Sondheim stage following the Farm Show. Stay tuned to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center for special announcements regarding the 2019 Kenny Norton Southeast Iowa Farm Show!

For more information or to become an exhibitor contact Rachel Anderson, rachel@fairfieldacc.com or (641) 472-2000 ext. 105



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Fairfield Diva Fest 2019 | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Fairfield Diva Fest 2019

Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts

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$12 | General Admission
$15 | VIP Seating

Looking for something to warm you up during the winter chill? Maybe some fabulous Divas can help bring the heat! Prepare yourselves for the first annual Fairfield Diva Fest! Drag queens and Burlesque? Fabulous!

Must be 18+ to attend this event.



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Bach Piano Concert by Werner Elmker | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Bach Piano Concert by Werner Elmker

Celebrating Divine Music

Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts

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General Admission | $15

The music of Johann Sebastian Bach still inspires us all with its divine resonance. Danish concert pianist and composer Werner Elmker will celebrate the music of Bach at the Sondheim Center on April 18. Most of the music and themes presented in this concert will be by Bach himself, but other composers who were inspired by his music will also be represented. Bach was famous as the supreme master of improvisation. For this reason, the concert will contain a strong element of improvised music. All proceeds from this recital benefit the Sondheim Center.



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Shari's Starz Competition Showcase | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Shari's Starz Competition Showcase

Presented by: Shari'z Starz 2019 Competition Squad

Sondheim Theater

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General Admission
$12 | Adults
$8 | Youth - 12 & Under

This is a showcase performed by Shari's Starz 2019 Competition Team to get ready for their first competition. They are also utilizing this as a fundraising opportunity to help with competition fees this year.



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Winter Craft & Vendor Fair 2019 | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Winter Craft & Vendor Fair 2019

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

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Due to the weather and cold, hazardous windy conditions...this event has been cancelled!  Stay tuned for the March 16 craft and vendor fair! All your favorite vendors and crafters will be there.



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Santa Claus is Comin' to Town | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

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Santa is coming to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Just for YOU, Saturday, December 22. Santa is making a stop at the Holiday Trade Fair to take a picture with you!

It's that time of year again when Santa and his reindeer are preparing his sleigh for Christmas. All the presents are wrapped and stockings are hung. The trees all are lite and garland all strung. Santa is ready for Christmas to be here but before he goes flying on Christmas Eve, Santa is stopping here to see you and me!

Santa will be flying in Saturday, December 22 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center for the Holiday Trade Fair from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM. Santa wants to take a photo with you and hear your last few gift wishes before he's ready to fly Christmas Eve. After getting your photo with Santa don't forget to walk around the Holiday Trade Fair for those last minute gifts to put under the tree.



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Annual Awards Banquet | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Annual Awards Banquet

Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

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Contact (641) 472-2111 for tickets

The Annual Awards Banquet is the premier annual celebration event for the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce, our Chamber Members and the Fairfield community. The 2019 Banquet will be held on Thursday, April 11th at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. Doors open at 5:00 PM with Dinner served at 6:30 PM. The Awards Ceremony will begin at 7:30 PM and wrap up by 9:00 PM. Reservations are per person or by table, contact the Chamber at (641) 472-2111 for more information.

Every award the Chamber gives recognizes outstanding investment and innovation achieved by Fairfield business and community institutions. Honored achievements include capital improvements, community investment, innovation, and lifelong accomplishment. The Annual Awards Banquet evening culminates with the announcement of the Citizen of the Year Award. These honorees are selected by previous winners and are recognized for their outstanding volunteer service which significantly contributed to the betterment of community-life in Fairfield. The Chamber's Annual Awards Banquet celebrates progress in our community.



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Daddy Daughter Date Knight | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Daddy Daughter Date Knight

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

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$30 in Advance
$40 at Door
$5 Each Additional Daughter

Jefferson County Relay for Life Committee presents a Daddy Daughter Date Knight! Girls are invited to bring their Knight in shining armor to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. There will be a photo booth, refreshments, and door prizes for those in attendance.

This dance is open to girls of all ages.

Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society & Jefferson County Relay for Life.



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Community Blood Drive | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Community Blood Drive

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center - Smith Room

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Did you know...

Every two seconds someone needs blood
Blood cannot be manufactured - it can only come from generous donors
Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent of that eligible population actually do each year
The Fairfield Arts & Convention Center welcomes you to the Mississippi Valley Blood Center's Community Blood Drive.

May 15, 2019 | 3 P.M. - 6 P.M.
Smith Event Room | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

To donate blood by appointment, contact the Blood Center at (800) 452-1097 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 5396 to locate the drive.

Donor Eligibility Criteria
Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age ( 16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. is required to donate. For questions about eligibility, please call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at (800) 747-5401.

Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 90 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

In Jefferson County, MVRBC is the exclusive provider to Jefferson County Health Center.



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Community Blood Drive | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Community Blood Drive

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center - Smith Room

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Did you know...

Every two seconds someone needs blood
Blood cannot be manufactured - it can only come from generous donors
Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent of that eligible population actually do each year
The Fairfield Arts & Convention Center welcomes you to the Mississippi Valley Blood Center's Community Blood Drive.

April 17, 2019 | 3 P.M. - 6 P.M.
Smith Event Room | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

To donate blood by appointment, contact the Blood Center at (800) 452-1097 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 5396 to locate the drive.

Donor Eligibility Criteria
Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age ( 16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. is required to donate. For questions about eligibility, please call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at (800) 747-5401.

Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 90 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

In Jefferson County, MVRBC is the exclusive provider to Jefferson County Health Center.



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Community Blood Drive | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Community Blood Drive

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center - Smith Room

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Did you know...

Every two seconds someone needs blood
Blood cannot be manufactured - it can only come from generous donors
Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent of that eligible population actually do each year
The Fairfield Arts & Convention Center welcomes you to the Mississippi Valley Blood Center's Community Blood Drive.

March 13, 2019 | 3 P.M. - 6 P.M.
Smith Event Room | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

To donate blood by appointment, contact the Blood Center at (800) 452-1097 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 5396 to locate the drive.

Donor Eligibility Criteria
Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age ( 16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. is required to donate. For questions about eligibility, please call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at (800) 747-5401.

Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 90 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

In Jefferson County, MVRBC is the exclusive provider to Jefferson County Health Center.



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Community Blood Drive | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Community Blood Drive

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center - Smith Room

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Did you know...

Every two seconds someone needs blood
Blood cannot be manufactured - it can only come from generous donors
Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent of that eligible population actually do each year
The Fairfield Arts & Convention Center welcomes you to the Mississippi Valley Blood Center's Community Blood Drive.

February 20, 2019 | 3 P.M. - 6 P.M.
Smith Event Room | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

To donate blood by appointment, contact the Blood Center at (800) 452-1097 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 5396 to locate the drive.

Donor Eligibility Criteria
Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age ( 16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. is required to donate. For questions about eligibility, please call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at (800) 747-5401.

Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 90 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

In Jefferson County, MVRBC is the exclusive provider to Jefferson County Health Center.



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Community Blood Drive | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Community Blood Drive

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center - Smith Room

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Did you know...

Every two seconds someone needs blood
Blood cannot be manufactured - it can only come from generous donors
Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent of that eligible population actually do each year
The Fairfield Arts & Convention Center welcomes you to the Mississippi Valley Blood Center's Community Blood Drive.

January 16, 2019 | 3 P.M. - 6 P.M.
Smith Event Room | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

To donate blood by appointment, contact the Blood Center at (800) 452-1097 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 5396 to locate the drive.

Donor Eligibility Criteria
Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age ( 16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. is required to donate. For questions about eligibility, please call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at (800) 747-5401.

Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 90 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

In Jefferson County, MVRBC is the exclusive provider to Jefferson County Health Center.



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Holiday Concert | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Holiday Concert

Fairfield Municipal Band

Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts

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Free Event - No Tickets Required - Free Will Donation

The Fairfield Municipal Band will be presenting a Christmas Concert on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Sondheim Center. The concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to support the Municipal Band rehearsing at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

Music for the Christmas concert includes sacred and secular songs of the season. You will hear traditional Christmas carols along with popular songs such as Manheim Steamroller's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies", new pop music holiday hits such as arlen Love's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)", and a trumpet solo "The Toy Trumpet" by Francis Thicke.

Donations accepted in appreciation for the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center's generosity in support of the Band's summer season. The Center has provided practice space for the past three years and opened the theater when heat and/or rain may have cancelled the outdoor concerts.

The band is made up of 45 members from Fairfield and surrounding communities and is under the direction of Jim Edgeton. The band performs during the summer with six outdoor concerts in Central Park. This holiday concert is the third to be presented by the community band.



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Christmas Sing Along | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Christmas Sing Along

Sing Carols to sounds of the Barhydt Organ & Steinway Piano

Sondheim Theater

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Free Event - No Ticket Required - Free Will Donation

Sing along to classic Christmas carols or hum to traditional hymns at the 2nd Annual Christmas Sing-A-Long. Dee Sandquist, organist and Doug Daller, pianist play the Sondheim's instruments, leading the sing-a-long of classic, holiday tunes, including "Joy tothe World," "Silent Night," "Deck the Halls," and more.

The community sing-a-long is free, open to the public with donations being accepted for the Sondheim Theater piano and organ maintenance fund.



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Rockin' in the Blue Year | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Rockin' in the Blue Year

The Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling

Southeast Iowa Blues Society and Pacha Insurance

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

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General Admission | $20
SIBS Members | $15


Nick Moss is a BIG Man. Not just physically. He's a huge spirit, a reservior of wit and humor, harbors an enormous love of the blues tradition. On top of that a prodigious talent with guitar to go along with a grizzly bear voice that fills the room. When you add world class harp player Dennis Gruenling to a backing band as fine as you can find, you end up with a concoction that will have local blues fans salivating when Moss and company descended on the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Hall, Saturday, December 29th.  We will again have Sweet and Saucy Barbeque and a great bar available. SAVE the DATE for this AWESOME evening of the BLUES!!! Tickets are $20 and for SIBS Members it's $15.



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Dakota Andersen Recital | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Dakota Andersen Recital

Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts

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Free Event - No Ticket Required - Free Will Donation

Looking for an evening of exciting music to lift your spirits on a cold, Iowa winter's night? Come join Fairfield native Dakota Andersen on Tuesday, December 18th at 7:00 PM at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center's Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts for a recital featuring voice, trumpet, and piano. Dakota will be assisted by Mary Andersen on piano, Gerry Runyon on bass, Eric Henderson on drums, and Jason Edwards on tenor saxophone with music ranging from galant to jazz, German lieder to Italian Opera, and French Impressionism to English song. This event is free for the public, but a free-will donation will be included at the front to help Dakota fundraise for his university choir's tour to Spain in the spring of 2019.

Dakota is a junior choral music education student at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) where he studies voice with Dr. John Hines, bass. Currently, he sings with UNI's Concert Chorale and Cantorei, and plays trumpet in UNI's Jazz Band One. Dakota also works as a stagehand tech supervisor for the UNI School of Music, and is involved with UNI's student chapter of the American Choral Director's association, the Beta Nu chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinforia, and the UNI Guild of Carillonneurs. In his free time, he enjoys learning about space and astronomy, being in the outdoors with his family and friends, and working on his Tibetan singing bowl technique.



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Diwali | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Diwali

Indian Light Festival

Fairfield Indian Community

Sondheim Theater

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Advance Tickets
General Admission:  $21
Children 6 - 15:  $15
Cultural Program Only:  $12

At the Door:
General Admission:  $23
Children 6 - 15:  $17
Cultural Program Only:  $12

Advance Tickets are Available at:
Sabi's Café
Jamuna Crafts Collection
Gupta's Vegetarian
MUM Bookstore

Enjoy an evening of Indian entertainment and a full Indian dinner.  There will be classical and Bollywood dances along with bajanas!

We are upon earth; the period one passes on earth is that in which one can make progress.
-The Mother



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The Ed & Sue Show | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

The Ed & Sue Show

The First Great Loops of Both Europe & America

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Free to the Public

ED KELLY is a former Fairfield, IA lawyer. He became the youngest prosecutor in the USA in 1971 when he was appointed Jefferson County Attorney, immediately after being sworn in as a lawyer. His classmate at the Iowa College of Law,  John A Morrissey also joined Ed and they practiced law together for 20 years in Fairfield. In 1991, after unsuccessfully running for Attorney General of Iowa, Ed became a Senior Assistant United States Attorney, specializing as a violent crime prosecutor. Ed worked with the US Dept of Justice in Des Moines and Washington, DC until he was 62, including service as counsel to a Joint US Senate Joint Caucus, before he and his wife Sue decided to sell their possessions, move aboard a 40 foot boat and become modern day explorers of the world. Since 2007 Ed and his wife Sue (a Nurse Practitioner in Women's Health) have cruised to 49 Countries on 5 Continents.

THE ED & SUE SHOW
Now in their 70's, Ed and Sue share (the 1st in World History) 2018 completion of both The European and American Great Loops. The ED & SUE Show takes you on their double-handed Atlantic Crossings to London and their 6,200-mile, 494-day circle around Europe from London to London via the North Sea to Black Sea in the Rhein, Main and Danube Rivers, over the highest spot on earth a boat can cruise to, thru Istanbul and ancient Greece, and thru the Med & North Atlantic back to London, and their return over the Atlantic to circle The American Great Loop, from Florida, to The Hudson River, Erie Canal thru Ontario, the Great Lakes and back thru Western Rivers to The Gulf and and around Florida - 328 days, 5,200 miles. Includes humor, video, music & multi-media fun! They have presented the nautical show of their nomadic explorations to hundreds of attendees on three continents - and are most pleased to be able to share their show in Fairfield.



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Free Digital Marketing Training | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Free Digital Marketing Training

Sponsored by KMCD - Classic 96 & Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center - Cambridge Meeting Room

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Registration is free for 9 AM or 1 PM. Call 641-472-4191 to reserve your place.

Do you know the difference between "Boosting" and "Advertising" on Facebook?

Who is your core customer? And do you know the most effective way to reach them?

The effectiveness of any advertising campaign by advertisers is determined by two factors. The message and the delivery of that message.

KMCD/Classic 96 along with the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce are partnering to present two one-hour free Digital Marketing Workshops for small business owners and managers on Thursday, Nobember 8 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

Let KMCD - Classic 96 show you how you can maixmize your ROI with strategic planning.

Reserve your place by calling 641-472-2111.



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Life Line Screening | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Life Line Screening

The Power of Prevention

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Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventative health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center on December 17 from 9 AM - 6 PM.

Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to:
  • blocked carotid arteries which is a leading cause of stroke.
  • abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta.
  • hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease.
  • atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk.
  • a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis.
Registration for the Wellness Package, which includes four vascular tests and osteoporosis screening is $149. Call 1-888-653-6434 or visit, www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle, or text the word CIRCLE to 797979.



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Annual Holiday Trade Fair | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Annual Holiday Trade Fair

Over 80 regional Crafts people, Artisans and Importers

Holiday shopping under one roof

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The Incredible Annual Holiday Trade Fair is Saturday Dec. 22nd from 9 am - 6 pm.

A Fairfield tradition, the Holiday Trade Fair brings the best local and regional crafts people, artisans, and importers together for an incredible shopping experience under one roof.

This year, unique creations from over 80 vendors will fill the Arts & Convention Center all day Saturday, December 22nd, showcasing their amazing unique gifts. Shoppers always find a great selection of beautiful framed art, ceramics, photography prints, and handmade greeting cards. Hand-turned wooden bowls, utensils and sculptures. Just perfect gifts for the ladies in your life. There will be handmade stylish jewelry, elegant silk scarves, sensual organic cosmetics and skin cremes, lotions balms and exotic scented soaps. A variety of herbed gourmet oils, mouth-watering yummy homemade treats, specialty food items, local jams, croissants and See's Candies. This fair is always an incredible shopping experience.

Plan to meet your friends. Shop local. Support our artisans and community.

The fair is open all day Saturday, December 22nd from 9 am - 6 pm.

Vendors email holidaytradefair@gmail.com for booth availability information.



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Lessons & Carols: Arise & Shine! | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Lessons & Carols: Arise & Shine!

Iowa Wesleyan University Choir Concert

Sondheim Theater

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Free Event - No Ticket Required - Free Will Donation

Christmas with Iowa Wesleyan 2018

Arise, Shine! A service of Lessons & Carols

Saturday, December 1st, 4:00 PM at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center in Fairfield.

Sunday, December 2nd, 7:00 PM at the historic IW Chapel-Auditorium in Mount Pleasant.

Featuring over 140 musicians from Southeast Iowa including the IW choir, Primae Voces, The Mount Pleasant Chorale, the SEISO Chamber Orchestra, Acappella Women's Ensemble and Choral Musicians from Burlington and Fairfield High Schools.

This beautiful concert service encapsulates the Christmas story with traditional scripture and exquisite music.

The service is open to the public and all are welcome. All free-will donations will go directly to support the students in the music department at Iowa Wesleyan University.





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Everybody Sings! | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Everybody Sings!

Mozart featuring the Requiem in D Minor

Sondheim Theater

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$12 General Admission
$10 Students/Seniors
Free for ages 18 and under

Everybody Sings will present an evening celebrating the music of Mozart. Mozart is one of the world's greatest musical resources. He wrote music of a surpassing purity and perfection. This program will feature three of his remarkable works.

The Quartet for Oboe and Strings, K. 370, Exsultate Jubilate, K. 165 for Soprano and Orchestra and the Requiem in D Minor, 5. 626. Performers will include the Everybody Sings Chorus and Orchestra. Oboist Jason Edwards and soprano Donna DeBose will be featured soloists.

Music has the ability to make us larger than we are and open places in our souls that only music can do. Come share this evening of music and ecstasy and be transcended by music of one of the great musical geniuses of all time.



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IPTV Film Lounge: Halloween Style | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

IPTV Film Lounge: Halloween Style

Sondheim Theater

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Celebrate Halloween by attending IPTV Film Lounge: Halloween Style on Friday, October 26 at 7 p.m. in Fairfield at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center - Sondheim Center.

This spooky evening of creepy and scary short films by local film-makers is not for the faint of heart. It's one night only so you don't want to miss it! The event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP so we know you're coming.

RSVP for free tickets at:



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2018 State Legislator Candidate Forum | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

2018 State Legislator Candidate Forum

Public invited to submit questions for Iowa Senate and House of Representatives candidates

Sondheim Theater

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Mary Stewart & Marianenette Miller-Meeks

2018 State Legislature Candidates Forum

The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Farifield Economic Development Association & the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center join forces to welcome candidates for the Iowa Senate District 41 and Iowa House of Representative District to a forum at the Sondheim Center.

Marianenette Miller-Meeks, Republican and Mary Stewart, Democrat are vying for the Iowa Senate and Phil Miller, Democrat and Jeff Shipley, Republican are running for the Iowa House of Representatives. The candidates will address topics and questions facing residents of Jefferson County.

The Legislator Forum is free and open to the public and moderated by Rustin Lippincott of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. Submit questions to be asked of the candidates by Tuesday, October 23 to Darien Sloat, Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce at ceo@fairfieldiowa.com. Questions may also be submitted at the forum.

For more information on the 2018 Legislator Candidate Forum, contact Sloat, 641-472-2111 or ceo@fairfieldiowa.com.



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Children's Mental Health Listening Post | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Children's Mental Health Listening Post

Hosted by GPAEA

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Area residents are invited to share personal experiences on children's mental health services at a listening post set for Monday, October 8 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 North Main, Fairfield from 6:00-7:30 pm.

Listening posts are being hosted at locations across Iowa on behalf of the Children's System State Board established by Gov. Kim Reynolds in April. The board will review the information gathered from these listening posts as part of its charge to review existing resources and develop a strategic plan with specific recommendations to implement a better approach to help children with mental health issues. This report is due to the legislature on Nov. 15.

Two additional opportunities have been created for parents/children unable to attend the time/date/places outlined above.

A survey is available for those unable to attend a listening post. The deadline is Oct. 12.

An online listening post has been scheduled for October 4 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. To join from your computer, click on this URL:  https://zoom.us/j/290354386 To join via phone, dial 1-646-876-9923 and when prompted, enter meeting code:  290-354-386

For more information, contact Jeff Herzberg at 515-570-2601.



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Community Blood Drive | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Community Blood Drive

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center - Smith Room

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Did you know...

  • Every two seconds someone needs blood
  • Blood cannot be manufactured - it can only come from generous donors
  • Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent of that eligible population actually do each year
The Fairfield Arts & Convention Center welcomes you to the Mississippi Valley Blood Center's Community Blood Drive.

December 20, 2018 | 3 P.M. - 6 P.M.
Smith Event Room | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

To donate blood by appointment, contact the Blood Center at (800) 452-1097 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 5396 to locate the drive.

Donor Eligibility Criteria
Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age ( 16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. is required to donate. For questions about eligibility, please call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at (800) 747-5401.

Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 90 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

In Jefferson County, MVRBC is the exclusive provider to Jefferson County Health Center.



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Community Blood Drive | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Community Blood Drive

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center - Smith Room

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Did you know...

  • Every two seconds someone needs blood
  • Blood cannot be manufactured - it can only come from generous donors
  • Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent of that eligible population actually do each year
The Fairfield Arts & Convention Center welcomes you to the Mississippi Valley Blood Center's Community Blood Drive.

November 21, 2018 | 3 P.M. - 6 P.M.
Smith Event Room | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

To donate blood by appointment, contact the Blood Center at (800) 452-1097 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 5396 to locate the drive.

Donor Eligibility Criteria
Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age ( 16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. is required to donate. For questions about eligibility, please call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at (800) 747-5401.

Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 90 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

In Jefferson County, MVRBC is the exclusive provider to Jefferson County Health Center.



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Community Blood Drive | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Community Blood Drive

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center - Smith Room

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Did you know...

  • Every two seconds someone needs blood
  • Blood cannot be manufactured - it can only come from generous donors
  • Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent of that eligible population actually do each year
The Fairfield Arts & Convention Center welcomes you to the Mississippi Valley Blood Center's Community Blood Drive.

October 17, 2018 | 3 P.M. - 6 P.M.
Smith Event Room | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

To donate blood by appointment, contact the Blood Center at (800) 452-1097 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 5396 to locate the drive.

Donor Eligibility Criteria
Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age ( 16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. is required to donate. For questions about eligibility, please call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at (800) 747-5401.

Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 90 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

In Jefferson County, MVRBC is the exclusive provider to Jefferson County Health Center.



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Jefferson County Supervisor Candidate Forum | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Jefferson County Supervisor Candidate Forum

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

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Rural Voters will have the opportunity to have their questions answered by the candidates for Jefferson County Supervisors on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 7:00 PM. The forum will be held at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center in Fairfield and will focus on Rural issues facing Jefferson County with all Supervisor candidates invited to attend.

The event is free and open to the public. The evening will not be a debate, but an opportunity for each candidate to give their position on rural issues. Questions from the crowd will be accepted in writing with approved questions read to the candidates by a moderator. Questions considered one sided or threatening willl not be used.

The Jefferson County Farm Bureau understand that harvest is quickly approaching, but hopes farmers will be able to take the time to learn more about the candidates for Jefferson County Supervisor on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:00 PM.

For more information, contact the Jefferson County Farm Bureau at (641) 472-2128.



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Fall Fun - Craft & Vendor Fair | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Fall Fun - Craft & Vendor Fair

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Ticket Information


November 3, 2018 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

FREE ADMISSION

45+ Vendors & Crafters




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It's a Wonderful Life: A LIVE Radio Play | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

It's a Wonderful Life: A LIVE Radio Play

Presented By Iowa Stage Theater Company, Des Moines

Sondheim Theater

Ticket Information

$30 | Zone 1
$25 | Zone 2
$20 | Zone 3
$15 | Zone 4
$13 | Youth & Student

In its sophomore season, Iowa Stage Theatre Company is taking big strides to provide more Iowans with the opportunity to see professional local productions in their own area. After an award-winning debut season, Iowa Stage is proud to bring its first touring show It's A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play by Joe Landry to Fairfield Arts and Convention Center's Stephen Sondheim Theater!

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. An ensemble of five actors, with the help live sound effects, brings a few dozen characters to life on the stage, sharing the story of idealistic George Bailey as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

It's A Wonderful Life features a diverse cast of Des Moines area guest artists including Don Rottweiler, Abdul Mokhtar, Emily Solo, Jennifer Hughes (The Christians) and Resident Artist Company Member John Earl Robinson (Company.) The show is being directed by Drake's Associate Professor of Theatre and Head of the BFA Acting Program, John Michael Graham.

CAST
Freddie Filmore..............................Don Rottweiler
Jake Laurents..................................Abdul Mokhtar
Sally Applewhite............................Emily Solo
Lana Sherwood...............................Jennifer Hughes
Harry "Jazzbo" Heywood...............John Earl Robinson*

Full of honest emotion and connection to the enduring notion of what it means to have truly lived, It's A Wonderful Life is not to be missed!

Iowa Stage Theatre Company, based out of Des Moines, Iowa is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization created in 2017 from the collaboration of two of the area's longest running and award winning theater companies. (Repertory Theater of Iowa and StageWest.) They maintain an Artist Resident Company of actors, directors and technicians that contribute greatly to the success of the theatre. We also strive to work with a diverse array of local guest artists. Iowa Stage Theatre Company transforms Iowa, its citizens, and arts community by producing truthful, relevant, and intimate theatre that inspires, enlightens, and entertains.



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Biss Plays Beethoven | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Biss Plays Beethoven

Presented by Orchestra Iowa

Sondheim Theater

Ticket Information

$20 | Adult
$18 | Senior 65 yrs. & Older
$10 | With FCA Season Ticket*
$10 | Student with ID*

MOZART Symphony No. 35, "Haffner"


BEAMISH Piano Concerto NO. 3, City Stanzas
            Jonathan Biss, piano

HANDEL Music for The Royal Fireworks Overtur

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1
            Jonathan BIss, piano

Orchestra Iowa continues a grand tradition of bringing the highest quality music to the state of Iowa. We engaged over 40,000 individuals during last season. Through educational programs, such as Music In The Schools, Youth Concerts, Fifth Grade Fiddles and Pied Piper Concerts, over 15,000 young people are able to experience quality music every year.

This season we are pleased to bring in high-profile guest artists, like Jonathan Biss, and to be ahead of the curve by featuring music by women composers, like Sally Beamish. We hope you enjoy the performance!



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An Evening with Sam Baker | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

An Evening with Sam Baker

Texas Singer-Song Writer

Fairfest at the Sondheim Series

Sondheim Theater

Ticket Information

$25 | ZONE 1
$20 | ZONE 2
$15 | ZONE 3
$15 | ZONE 4
$15 | YOUTH

SAM BAKER'S music and story have been shared by some of the most prestigious media outlets in the world-NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous others. He is a true artist in every way, sharing amazing life experiences through music, story, and art.

Baker's story includes surviving devastating injuries from a terrorist bomb on a train bound for Machu Picchu, Peru in 1986.

A number of the passengers were killed, including the German family that he had befriended. His injuries required him to relearn how to walk, move, and speak.  Many years and over 15 operations later, Baker sees beauty in everything around him and expresses his new-found life every day, sometimes with paint and canvas, or a camera, and sometimes with a guitar and song.

Baker released his first record, Mercy, in 2004, the first in a trilogy of song paintings with sparse instrumentation and poetic delivery.  It was followed by Pretty World in 2007, and Cotton in 2009.  His 2013 release, 'say grace,' was named one of the Top Ten Country Albums of 2013 by Rolling Stone Magazine.    His latest release, Land of Doubt (June 2017) is well on its way to similar attention and praise.  A recent review published nationwide by Scott Stroud of the Associated Press says that Land of Doubt is "utterly evocative…"

"Life is a gift," Baker says. "Gratitude for what remains is more helpful than resentment for what was lost.  Ultimately, I came to understand that these days are wicked short and terribly beautiful.  All I've got is this one breath, and if I'm lucky, I get another."  



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TRIVIA NIGHT | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

TRIVIA NIGHT

Benefit for the Lord's Cupboard of Jefferson County

Ticket Information

$15 | Per Person

6 p.m. | Happy Hour Pregame
7 p.m. | Trivia

Calling all trivia buffs! Requesting the presence of those that know a bunch of useless information. Now is the time you can strut your knowledge and raise money for the Lord's Cupboard of Jefferson County.

In what will be a night full of laughter and friendly competition, teams of up to eight attendees will compete in categories including Movies, Television, Music, Literature, Sports, Animals, Arts & Culture, and general & random.

Get ready for the night of questions from host Ken Malloy at 6 p.m. with the Happy Hour Pregame featuring appetizers provided by HyVee.

A variety of beverages will be available throughout the night. It may have been said certain beverages improve your knowledge and the more you consume, the smarter you will become.

Get your team together, each person purchases their own ticket, meet at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center at 6 p.m. on October 12.

May the smartest team win the prizes and forever be recognized as the smart ones.



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Marianne Williamson - The Spirit of Democracy | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Marianne Williamson - The Spirit of Democracy

Free Public Event - No Tickets Needed

Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts

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Marianne Williamson - The Spirit of Democracy
FREE PUBLIC EVENT - No Tickets Needed
Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, September 16, 7:30PM

Internationally acclaimed author and popular guest on Oprah, Larry King Live and Charlie Rose, Marianne Williamson returns to Fairfield to speak on "The Spirit of Democracy" at the Sondheim Center. Her free talk will be a deep dive into American politics and spiritual renewal in our country.

While traveling the country this year on her Love America Tour, she observed, "Only a politics of love overrides a politics of fear," and found a public ready to embrace this message.

To Marianne, the phrase "spirit of democracy" denotes something more than a slogan; it conveys a very real pattern of thoughts and feelings necessary to our well-being.  As someone who has spent thirty-five years working in the field of personal transformation,  Williamson has seen how the core principles of individual change can transform society as well. This orientation, she feels, may be the key to help us navigate the times in which we live.

For anyone who believes that consciousness can keep good company with politics, Marianne Williamson carries illuminating perspectives into the conversation. Williamson says, "I look forward to the opportunity to speak into a new American listening — one that is ready to look past an old, mechanistic political paradigm and embrace a more forward-thinking, holistic, and deeply democratic frame of mind. As Americans, we have some issues to clean up from the past, some new beginnings to co-create in the future, and a new era of citizenship to forge within ourselves.

Join Marianne on Sunday, September 16, 7:30 PM. Free to the Public. No tickets are needed.

Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer. For the last 35 years, she has been one of America's most well-known public voices, having been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, & Bill Maher. Seven of her twelve published books have been New York Times Best Sellers and four of these were #1. Her mega-best seller A Return to Love is considered a must-read of The New Spirituality. A paragraph from that book, beginning "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…" is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers. www.marianne.com



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Community Blood Drive | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Community Blood Drive

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

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Did you know...

  • Every two seconds someone needs blood
  • Blood cannot be manufactured - it can only come from generous donors
  • Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent of that eligible population actually do each year
The Fairfield Arts & Convention Center welcomes you to the Mississippi Valley Blood Center's Community Blood Drive.

September 19, 2018 | 3 P.M. - 6 P.M.
Smith Event Room | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

To donate blood by appointment, contact the Blood Center at (800) 452-1097 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 5396 to locate the drive.

Donor Eligibility Criteria
Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age ( 16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. is required to donate. For questions about eligibility, please call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at (800) 747-5401.

Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 90 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

In Jefferson County, MVRBC is the exclusive provider to Jefferson County Health Center.



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Community Blood Drive | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Community Blood Drive

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center - Smith Room

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Did you know...
  • Every two seconds someone needs blood
  • Blood cannot be manufactured - it can only come from generous donors
  • Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent of that eligible population actually do each year
The Fairfield Arts & Convention Center welcomes you to the Mississippi Valley Blood Center's Community Blood Drive.

August 22, 2018 | 3 P.M. - 6 P.M.
Smith Event Room | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

To donate blood by appointment, contact the Blood Center at (800) 452-1097 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 5396 to locate the drive.

Donor Eligibility Criteria
Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age ( 16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. is required to donate. For questions about eligibility, please call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at (800) 747-5401.

Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 90 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

In Jefferson County, MVRBC is the exclusive provider to Jefferson County Health Center.



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Jeremy Piven | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Jeremy Piven

Comedy at the Sondheim

Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts

Ticket Information

$58 | VIP with Meet & Greet
$33 | Reserved Seating

Don't miss JEREMY PIVEN's comedy tour to the Sondheim. He is known for his roles as "Ari Gold" in the comedy series Entourage, for which he won a Golden Globe Award and three consecutive Emmy Awards, CBS Wisdom of the Crowd, and as Spence Kovak on Ellen DeGeneres' sitcom Ellen. He also starred in the British period drama Mr. Selfridge, which tells the story of the man who created the luxury English department store chain Selfridges.

Beginning in 2004, Piven achieved significant success playing the fast-talking, acerbic Hollywood agent Ari Gold in the HBO series Entourage. He received Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actor four straight years, from 2005 to 2008, and won the award in 2006, 2007, and 2008: 2009 was the first year in which he did not receive an Emmy Award nomination for his work on the show. He also received Golden Globe nominations from 2005-2010 for the role, and win in 2008.

Piven has appeared in numerous successful films, including Lucas, Grosse Pointe Blank, Singles, Very Bad Things, The Family Man, Black Hawk Down, The Kingdom, Heat, PCU, Old School, Rock N Rolla, Serendipity, Smokin' Aces, and Runaway Jury. He has also made cameo appearances in Rush Hour 2 and the US release of Cars.

In 2007, Piven appeared in the video for "Drivin' Me Wild", the third single from the rapper Common's seventh album, Finding Forever. The two were co-stars in Smokin' Aces and appeared together when Piven hosted Saturday Night Live in January, 2007.

From A.D. Amorisi, PhillyVoice Contributor

Jeremy Piven is touring around as a stand-up comic, a switch from his usual job as an actor of renown in series such as "Entourage" (for which he won several Emmys playing the notoriously sleazy Hollywood agent, "Ari Gold"), and films like the upcoming "All-Star Weekend," with Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. So, of course, there is some skepticism: When Piven hits Punch Line Philly's comedy club this weekend, for five shows between Friday and Sunday, can he pull it off?

For those who question his ability to make an audience laugh as a solo stand-up, check the evidence of Piven's jokes-making debut, as 2008's Just For Laughs fest in Montreal, where he seemed as comfortable as a Seinfeld, and as solid as a Rock.

"And that would be 1,000% false," said Piven from his Los Angeles home office.

"I'm telling you something I never told anyone. My buddy - an actual comic - came with me for moral support, as I didn't realize the magnitude of what I'd gotten myself into in Montreal. The night before we took a look at the venue, and it is enormous. So he suggested we find out what was expected of me from the bookers, as my agent never told me. The bookers said, 'The usual, straight 20 minutes, with a five-minute wraparound before each additional comedian.' My buddy stopped and went white."

"So he told me to just remember, 'Tell a story.' He knew I could do that. Then he planted himself in the audience to make several distractions. He told me to use the stories as my through line, and to help me, as an actor, to perform in front of that audience. One cannot learn to do stand-up in one night. Thank God ignorance is bliss, so that the green me just went for it."

So, then, is the key to great stand-up acting as a great stand-up?

"What I know is that I was lucky enough to crawl on stage with my family at the Piven Theater in Chicago doing Chekov at age 8," he said.

"I did scene study, sketch, improvisation and all forms of theater. My first job out of college was touring with Second City. I've acted my whole life, and feel as if all roads in my life have led to stand-up. I wouldn't dare do it if I couldn't do it right. I have too much respect for it."

One thing that is helping Piven to do stand-up is that, as an actor, he's used to working the stage's deepest elements as one would a muscle.

"I've been exercising that muscle for decades, so that when friends do give me notes, I assimilate them quickly. Comedians that I know and love believe that I will take their notes seriously. It is incredible to learn. It's ego death, and that's great."

Piven now spends as much time at Los Angeles comedy hangouts such as The Dive and the Laugh Factory as he does film sets, and hones his craft doing jokes about his life, his family, and his time in Hollywood. For him, these unbilled appearances are like going to the gym, where he is often humbled by those with more experience, lifting heavier weights.

"Comedy is about addressing your truth...showing an audience who I am, and taking them on a journey."
"And, yet, you never stop working out."

Mention there are audience member who only think of him as "Ari Gold," and he laughs. Mention, too, that we live in a world of news reports that find him accused of sexual harassment (which he has vehemently denied, and had lie detector tests that claimed to have proven him innocent), and Piven grows serious.

"Smooth sailing does not make good sailors," he said.

Either way, he is a changed man.

"When it comes to hearing 'Ari Gold' when out - look, I have been in your living room for eight seasons, and one movie, as that character. That's nearly a decade of being with you guys, and I address that confusion. Comedy is about addressing your truth...showing an audience who I am, and taking them on a journey."



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Todd Snider | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Todd Snider

Fairfest at the Sondheim Series

Ticket Information

$32 | Zone 1
$27 | Zone 2
$23 | Zone 3
$20 | Zone 4
$15 | Youth

todd snider

by todd snider


i started making up songs in 1986.

i made an album in 1994.

i also started a tour in 1994

and that tour is, in a way, still going.

i never made a record so good

that i could just sit home

or did a show so bad

that i had to.

and man, i've done some shit shows,

shit albums too.

some of them are pretty good though,

but you know,

it's been a while.

i really need to put out a good album soon

or i'm finished.

sometimes these days i sing with a band.

i think we made a good album.

david schools of widespread panic is our leader.

i make up our lyrics....we're a jam band.

our songs only go on about an hour or so but they're still pretty long.

cool people jam with us all the time and we have like a million shirts and shit.

i personally think we're the seventh best band in the whole jam thing.

on this tour i am coming to town with nothing but my guitar and stories

like the old days.

you know...

pick a little

talk a little

pick a little

talk a little

cheap cheap cheap

talk a lot

pick a little more.

and not to brag,

but i also wrote a book that everybody loves

so i am an author now.

plus i play everywhere,

pretty much all the time

everybody shows up

and they pretty much always love it.



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MarchFourth | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

MarchFourth

Colorful explosion of brassy funk, rock, and jazz

Fairfest at the Sondheim Series

Ticket Information

$28 | Zone 1
$23 | Zone 2
$19 | Zone 3
$16 | Zone 4
$15 | Youth

MarchFourth is a joy-inducing force of entertainment. The colorful explosion of brassy funk, rock, and jazz is all about the groove. This larger-than-life group of musicians and acrobats tours the country year-round, bringing a spirit of celebration wherever they go. MarchFourth is, in a word, FUN!

With exceptional musical quality and a visual kaleidoscope of performers, MarchFourth is a spectacle of high-energy compositions, colorful costumes, and irresistible charisma! M4 has been seen on stages from ESPN's Espy Awards to festivals like Wakarusa, Bumbershoot, and High Sierra Music Fest, to world-class venues like The Kennedy Center and The Fillmore, and even a cultural exchange tour to China, sponsored by the US State Department.

For their most recent album, Magic Number, fifteen MarchFourth musicians traveled from Portland, Oregon to New Orleans, Louisiana to record with Producer Ben Ellman (Galactic) and Engineer/Producer Mikael "Count" Eldridge (DJ Shadow, Tycho, Trombone Shorty). With local talent at the helm, the album is full of the captivating grooves and brassy swagger you'd expect from MarchFourth, plus a healthy dose of New Orleans magic, with guest appearance by Trombone Shorty, Stanton Moore (drums), and Matt Perrine (sousaphone).

MarchFourth's track "Gospel" (from their self-released album Rise Up, 2009) was featured as the closing credits theme song in the Disney/Pixar animated film, Monster's University. Their next album Magnificent Beast was self-released in 2011, produced by fellow Portlander Steve Berlin (Los Lobos).

"Perfectly merging the artistic spirit of Portland with the musical spectacle of New Orleans, MarchFourth put on one of the most complete shows of any band on any stage. From rocking big band jam tunes, choreography and feats of strength that need to be seen to be believed, MarchFourth entertains on every level every second they are on the stage…or off!" - Live for Live Music

"From the first note to the last, the sound was pumping and the fun never stopped… It's worth noting that there are serious musicians behind all the fun. It's obvious these guys (and gals) have had lots of training and formal practice. Talented band geeks turned rebels." - USAToday

"Just when you think you've heard it all, suddenly a band crosses paths with your ears and changes everything… Full of auditory goodness..."  - NYS Music

"Mighty, Explosive, Carnivalesque Brass Band Funk"  - New York Music Daily



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Steve Earle & the Dukes | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Steve Earle & the Dukes

30TH Anniversary of Copperhead Road

Fairfest at the Sondheim Series

Ticket Information

$49 | Zone 1
$44 | Zone 2
$34 | Zone 3
$20 | Zone 4
$15 | Youth

Three-time Grammy Award recipient and 11-time Grammy nominee Steve Earle is a cornerstone artist of Americana music. One of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of his generation, he has released twenty albums. A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others.

1986 saw the release of his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term "New Country." What followed was an extremely exciting and varied array of releases including the biting hard rock of Copperhead Road (1988), the minimalist beauty of Train A Comin' (1995), the politically charged masterpiece, Jerusalem (2002) and the Grammy Award Winning albums The Revolution Starts…Now (2004), Washington Square Serenade (2007) and Townes (2009). I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive (2011) is Steve Earle's 14th Studio Album.

During his four-decade career, Earle has also become a novelist, a film, TV and stage actor, a playwright, a short story author, a record producer and a radio host. He is a longtime activist whose causes have included the abolition of the death penalty and the removal of the confederate flag. Always musically adventurous, Steve Earle has crafted folk, blues, rock, country, rockabilly and bluegrass recordings. His diverse collaborators on disc have included such notables as The Pogues, Lucinda Williams, Patti Smith, The Fairfield Four, The Indigo Girls, Chris Hillman, Sheryl Crow and Shawn Colvin. His new Warner Bros. Records album, So You Wannabe an Outlaw, explores his country songwriting roots and includes collaborations with Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush and Miranda Lambert.



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The Loading Zone featuring Paul Fauerso | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

The Loading Zone featuring Paul Fauerso

In the "Zone"

Fairfest at the Sondheim Series

Ticket Information

$25 | Zone 1
$20 | Zone 2
$15 | Zone 3
$15 | Zone 4
$15 | Youth

Heads up! On October 27th, Paul Fauerso returns to Fairfield to present the latest incarnation of The Loading Zone, a rock band he started in the fall of '65 in Berkeley, CA. The "Zone", as they were known up and down Telegraph Avenue, quickly became one of the most popular opening acts at the original Fillmore Auditorium, deep in the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco. From 1966-1970, the Zone opened for The Who, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, The Byrds, Sam & Dave, Jethro Tull, Howlin' Wolf, The Jeff Beck Group, and many other national and international headliners. They shared the stage many times with the SF bands of the day, including The Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Country Joe and the Fish, and Big Brother and the Holding Company, featuring Janis Joplin. They also backed up Chuck Berry twice, the second time at Mr. Berry's personal request.



Originally a five-piece blues band influenced by all the old masters and British contemporaries like the Yardbirds and the Stones, The Loading Zone added horns, a powerful female lead singer (Linda Tillery) and morphed into a pioneering psych/jazz/soul band with Fauerso switching to a Hammond B3 organ and sharing lead vocals. After Ms. Tillery left to pursue a solo career, the band morphed again, maintaining the horn section and adding a new bass player, drummer and guitarist. The new Zone was heavily influenced by Oakland funk and some of the free-jazz happening at the time, exemplified by players like John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. The new virtuosic drummer/percussionist, George Marsh, was a master of avant-garde improvisation and taught everyone how to play in different time signatures and listen much more deeply.

In 2008, Paul reunited with George Marsh and Mike Eggleston (bass) to record an album entitled "Blue Flame", which features five new compositions and three recordings from a record the Zone released in 1969 called "One For All". Fast forward to NOW and get ready for Loading Zone V.4.0! Paul will again be joined by George Marsh, and a soulful guitarist and Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter from San Antonio named Joe Reyes. Paul and Joe have been playing together for years and Paul and George jam every chance they get.

Expect to hear radical new takes on classics like "All Along The Watchtower" and "Satisfaction" as well as original compositions including "Chop Wood, Carry Water", "Separation", and "Waltz For Lucy". Paul is also working on some new compositions especially for this performance and is promising some mind-expanding improv surprises, so get ready for some "ElderFunk"!


Paul and Joe will open the evening performing some of the songs Paul wrote for Maharishi and the TM community including "Cosmic Consciousness," "Wholeness On The Move," and "Keep It Simple."  



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The Rat Pack is Back | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

The Rat Pack is Back

Direct from Las Vegas for 19 years

2018-19 Artist Series- Delivering Unforgettable Experiences

Sondheim Theater

Ticket Information

ZONE 1 | $44
ZONE 2 | $39
ZONE 3 | $31
ZONE 4 | $25
$15 YOUTH & STUDENT

What happens in Vegas…all started with The Rat Pack. Relive the days of the famous "Summit at the Sands" nights when swingin', ring-a-ding group known as "The Rat Pack" was creating hipster legend with a free-wheeling, no-holds-barred nightclub act starring Vegas' four favorite sons: Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin.
 
Produced by Dick Feeney, THE RAT PACK IS BACK features uncanny vocal recreations, unbridled humor, and a hot, live 7.seven-piece orchestra that sends audiences straight back to the coolest time in history. Hits include "That's Amore," "My Way," "Mr. Bojangles," and many more.
 
See why The Las Vegas Sun writes, "This is as close as anyone has come to capturing the feeling of the real thing," and the Chicago Tribune raves, "Classic comic material. Excellent!"



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Evita: The Musical | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Evita: The Musical

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award® Recipient - Best Musical

2018-19 Artist Series- Delivering Unforgettable Experiences

Sondheim Theater

Ticket Information

ZONE 1 | $54
ZONE 2 | $49
ZONE 3 | $40
ZONE 4 | $34
$15 YOUTH & STUDENT

With more than 20 major awards to its credit, the original Broadway and West End production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical EVITA embarks on an international tour this year, directed by legendary Broadway director Hal Prince.
 
EVITA charts the story of Eva Peron, wife of Argentine dictator Juan Peron, from her humble beginnings through to the extraordinary wealth, power and status which ultimately led her to be heralded as the 'spiritual leader of the nation' by the Argentine people.
 
Featuring some of the best loved songs in musical theatre, including "Don't Cry For Me Argentina", "On This Night of a Thousand Stars", "Oh What A Circus", "You Must Love Me", and "Another Suitcase in Another Hall", this smash hit show truly promises to be the theatrical event of the year!



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Reza Returns - Edge of Illusion | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Reza Returns - Edge of Illusion

World's Top Touring Illusionist Brings All New Show

2018-19 Artist Series- Delivering Unforgettable Experiences

Sondheim Theater

Ticket Information

ZONE 1 | $28
ZONE 2 | $23
ZONE 3 | $19
ZONE 4 | $16
$15 YOUTH & STUDENT

He's intriguing. He's engaging. He's captivating. He's coming back to rock our world.

REZA, the world's top touring illusionist returns with an all-new show. You will cross over a threshold of disbelief. You will have your mind blown. Reza will take the Sondheim by storm.

With breathtaking spectacle, mind-blowing sleight of hand and endearing charm, acclaimed master illusionist REZA will captivate you with this astonishing EDGE OF ILLUSION. Once a teen magic prodigy, Reza has joined the ranks of Doug Henning, Kevin Spencer, Penn & Teller, and Chris Angel, being voted "2016 Magician of the Year."
 
Edge of Illusion is a thrilling, ground-breaking and grand-scale production that will leave you amazed, yet baffled, wowed and in a thrilling state of disbelief.
 
Prepare to question reality. You will be mystified and amazed.
 
"World's top touring illusionist!" -  Denver Post



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Shenandoah | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center