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Winter Art Classes 2018

WLAAC is excited to announce the schedule for the Winter/Spring 2018 art classes.

Class Teacher Date Time Misc. Location Cost
Film Editing Megan Zalzala Wed, Feb 21. 28 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm 6 students only Library  $   10.00
Drawing Janet Rees Mar 6, 13, 20, 27 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Library  $   20.00
Anime for Children Matthew Starks Jan 20 10:00 am – 11:30 am Owlglass Puppetry Center  $          –
Making Tamales Jeff’s Market TBA Regional Learning Center  $   10.00
“Little Red,” a play put on by children Dorianne Rees Jan and Feb After School Rehearsals at Library Library  $          –
Making Sushi Carlos Maldanado Feb 22 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Regional Learning Center  $   10.00
Photography Jacob Lane Mar 1, 8, 15, 22 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm You need your own camera Index Office  $   20.00
Batik, wax resist on cloth Janet Rees Tues, Jan 23, 30, Feb 6, 13 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Owlglass Puppetry Center  $   20.00


Please contact Janet ( janetrees125@gmail.com ) to register.

WLAAC Board Meeting April 20, 2017

Date: Thursday, April 20th

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Owl Glass Puppetry Theater

Discussion Topics to include

Summer Concert

Sponsored Classes Review

WLAAC Board Meeting February 16 2017

Date: Thursday, Feb. 16th
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Address: 1234 Country Heights Ln (Clare Palmer)

Secretary’s Report – Clare Palmer

Treasurer’s Report – Jeffrey Rees

Old Business

1. ArtPlace Grant:
  • a. The committee from the city dropped the Art Center component of the grant and is concentrating on Affordable Housing, Health and Architecture.
  • b, A small committee is compiling the grant to be presented by Feb. 22.
  • c. WLAAC may still oversee classes on immigration.
  • d, Proposal for an art center after an email to WeLead—-Monica Leo
  • e. We can think about applying next year for an ArtPlace Grant
2. Classes:
  • a. Thanks to Deb for marketing the art classes:
  • a1. List of classes offered in conjunction with the library
  • b. Proposal to upgrade the Web site and theme, create general WLAAC email, Twitter, Mail Chimp—–Deb Lowman
  • c. Cost of classes@ $1,000.00 (money will be coming in)

New Business

  • a. Music in the Park—Cara Mc Ferren
  • b. Hispanic artists to display art at Muscatine LULAC Cinco de Mayo festival
  • c. Other….

WLAAC Winter/Spring 2017 Creative Classes


It is that time of year again!

Break the winter blahs and blues with a burst of creativity!


Click below for details

of this year’s creative classes:

WLAAC 2017 Creative Classes Details


In honor of the twentieth Annual West Liberty Children’s Festival, Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre is collaborating with the W.L. Chamber of Commerce and local LULAC chapter 310 to expand the event into a community wide celebration for all ages and all backgrounds with FIESTA WEST LIBERTY! 

Friday evening, Sept. 16, 7:30 PM the Fiesta begins,

West Liberty Puppet Slam.  Come on down to Carnitas Nino Mexican Restaurant at 106 E. 3rd Street, downtown West Liberty for an event especially for teens and adults featuring short experimental and sometimes outrageous puppet vignettes.  For more information, contact Cara or Monica at 319 N. Calhoun St. W.L.  (319) 627-2487 or email:  monica@puppetspuppets.com.


Saturday Sept. 17th at 8:00 AM, 

West Liberty Chamber of Commerce will sponsor Fiesta 5K, a sanctioned 5K run ending downtown where the Children’s Festival is held.  For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 119 East Third St. West Liberty,  (319) 627-4876, email:  wlchambr@lcom.net


Saturday 10 AM to 3 PM The 20th annual Children’s and Family Fest

Kids of all ages get ready for a mini puppet festival in Ron de Voo park while the downtown is alive with all sorts of activities, crafts and commerce vendors, musicians, a juggler, face painting, balloon animals, tiny train, varieties of food, free book give-a-way, bike registration and many more fun and games!   For more information, contact Cara or Monica at 319 N. Calhoun St. W.L.  (319) 627-2487 or email:  monica@puppetspuppets.com.        


Saturday 3 PM to 10 PM The Fiesta Latina

LULAC and other local Latino groups will host a Mariachi Band: Mariachi Real Guadalajara (3:00 to 7:00 PM) and a Puerto Rican band” Parranderos Latin Combo (7:00 to 10:00).  All day long the street will feature a Mexican market and food vendors galore.  For more information contact Ed Moreno, President of LULAC Chapter 310 at email: ed@gentlefamilydentists.com     





Summer Music Series Update

If it is storming or raining on Friday for the outdoor concert, we will move across the street to Carnitas Nino restaurant.   Hopefully we will have a good day or a window of acceptable weather because we try to stay firm with our park venue, but in the event of significant rain or looming storms, the music will be moved inside to the restaurant across the street – CARNITAS NINO!  They have generously shared their restaurant and stage space with us.   So don’t fret everyone the concert continues as usual, rain or shine.  Come out this Friday for DICK WATSON TRIO featuring saxophonist Lynne Hart and vocalist Coulter Wood to a toe tapping spectacular of music from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s.

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The summer concerts heat up beginning with TROPICANTE!   A merging of Panamanian, Columbian and a whole host of other musical styles and instruments from: Latin America to the Caribbean, mellow to upbeat, from traditional to contemporary, making for a lively and beautiful blend of smooth and genuine Latino richness.  In keeping with the charismatic high energy, we continue with the irresistible rhythms of Country/Rock, “get up and dance” group of talents from Eastern Iowa in 5 OF HEARTS.   Next, we cool down to the sophisticated sounds of Jazz pianist DICK WATSON and his TRIO featuring Saxophonist Lynne Hart and vocalist Coulter Wood, to a toe tapping spectacular of music from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s.   We finish with a summer splash of American funk, rhythm and blues like no other…KEVIN BURT & THE INSTIGATORSas you rock and groove to the soulful sounds in downtown West Liberty!

July 29th      Tropicante

Aug 5th        5 of Hearts

Aug 12th     Dick Watson Trio (Plus)

Aug 19th      Kevin Burt & The Instigators

Bring your lawn chairs and come to downtown West Liberty on each Friday night from July 29 to August 19th from 6:30 to 9 P.M. for an evening of lots of soul and great musicians in a charming small town setting to this FREE all ages outdoor concert series event.   

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Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf

SATURDAY, March 26th, 2016.  Showings at 11 AM and 2 PM at The New Strand Theater, WEST LIBERTY!  Tickets: $5

In honor of the International Day of Puppetry (March 21), Eulenspiegel presents its delightful production of the children’s classic, Peter and the Wolf!

Listen to Prokofief’s beloved music as you watch Peter outsmart the wolf! Eulenspiegel Puppets use beautifully crafted large tabletop puppets and rod puppets to tell this favorite tale of a young boy, his grandfather, his pets, and the creatures that live in the meadow and the forest.

Watch it with family and friends of all ages before Peter and his friends leave to perform at the Great Arizona Puppet Theater in Phoenix Arizona!  Groups discounts available for groups of ten or more!

 For further information, call (319) 627-2487 or email Monica at:  monica@puppetspuppets.com.  Check our website www.puppetspuppets.com for updates.  

319 N. Calhoun St.
West Liberty, IA 52776

(319) 627-2487

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Hello all,
Our next WLAAC meeting is this Friday, March 18, 2016 at Cara’s house at 411 E. 3rd Street W.L. at 6PM. We will be discussing the upcoming music series and a few other things. Food and beverage will be available for a working meeting. We welcome anyone that wants to be involved in area arts and culture. Any question, please feel free to contact Cara at (319) 627-6766.
Real good homemade food available, just come and be part of the decision making process, listen to bands to decide who we invite to this upcoming West Liberty outdoor concert series!