Family fun at the elementary

The local PTA is holding a Book Swap and Family Fun Night for preschool through fourth-grade students and their families. The event will be at Central Elementary on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 3-4:30 p.m. The theme for the evening is "We’ve Got Character." Come dressed as your favorite character and enjoy reading time, crafts and open gym, a parade through the halls to share our favorite characters and then pick out some new books at the book swap. Books for the swap need to brought to class by Feb. 5; no books will be accepted at the swap.

A Veterans’ Valentines program

Area residents are invited to the February Sons of Norway Kong Sverre Lodge’s event on Monday, Feb. 8, to hear Brett McLain, Story County director of veterans affairs, speak. McLain will give a program, "A Valentine for Veterans," about experiences from the 2015 Story County Freedom Flight, and the program will feature three Sons of Norway members who were on that flight. A social time begins at 6 p.m. at the Story City Community Center, 503 Elm Ave. A catered dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $7 for members and $10 for guests. Sons of Norway events are open to all who are interested in learning more about Scandinavian heritage and culture, and guests are always welcome. For reservations, phone Shirley Frandson, 515-733-4482, or Ingrid Place, 515-292-7513, by Friday, Feb. 5.

Grand Illusions

Need a little something to entertain you before the Super Bowl this Sunday? Nevada’s Talent Factory has just the ticket. One of the world’s top illusionists, REZA, will appear at on the Talent Factory stage at 2 p.m. Feb. 7. Tickets are $20 each or a family package for four is $50. Note: The time is Super Bowl friendly!