Community Events


42nd Annual Farmers Style Breakfast sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Cedar Rapids will be held on Saturday, March 24th from  7am-11am at Xavier High School,  6300 42nd Street NE, Cedar Rapids IA.  Tickets are $6 in advance;  $7 at the door;  no charge for children under five accompanied by an adult. Proceeds go to youth charities.

Midwest Military Outreach in partnership with the Community of Artists & Veterans and the Veterans Memorial Commission presents a free Creative Arts Workshop on Saturday, March 24th in the Veterans Memorial Building, 50 Second Avenue Bridge in Cedar Rapids. Designed for Military Veterans and their guests, stations will include: music with open mic and jam sessions, songwriting. Plus – fine arts: Leatherworking, Zentangles®, Pen Turning, Wood burning and more.  BONUS!!!: Lunch & dinner provided. The workshop begins at 9am and runs throughout the day. Register on Facebook at or at the door on the 24th.

The Cedar Valley Rock and Minerals Club is sponsoring its 54th annual Rock & Minerals Show on March 24th and 25th at Hawkeye Downs. See vendors for all types of rock, gem, fossil, Minerals and more. There will also be various demonstrations and displays of interest plus educational programs. Kids can enjoy the pebble pit, a gem sluice, silent auction, fossil dig and more. Admission adults $3, students (12-18) $1, and children free. Youth groups with adult-free. Military in uniform-free. Proceeds from the show are dedicated to scholarships and educational programs.

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum will present Brian “Fox” Ellis as Herbert Hoover, The Great Humanitarian in the presentation, Food Will Win the War. This presentation is March 24th at 2:00 p.m. in the Figge Auditorium at the Hoover Presidential Museum and is free with paid museum admission. For more information visit the website at or call 319-643-5301.

Goodwill is partnering with IowaWorks to bring a Youth Jobs Fair to Coralville on Thursday, March 29th, from 4 to 5:30 pm. The event will take place at the Coralville Public Library located at 1401 5th Street.  There will be opportunities for people ages 14 to 24 to meet with companies hiring for full-time, part-time and summer positions.  Employers are expected to attend from a variety of sectors representing retail, food service, healthcare, human services, grocers, labor unions, automotive care and security. There will be a small number of computers available for job seekers to apply for positions onsite.  Attendees are encouraged to bring resumes and work history information.

Columbus Club 5677 hosts their annual Fish Fry Fridays every Friday through Friday, March 30, at Mt Vernon Rd and Hwy 13. All you can eat baked or hand battered fish, Catfish Nuggets, Baked or French Fries Potatoes, Coleslaw, Corn Bread, Fresh Baked Deserts, Fountain Pop or Coffee. NEW Kids Menu, Mac and Cheese and Grilled Cheese sandwiches. 50/50 raffle drawing each Friday at 7:30. Cost is $12.00 for adults, children 5-12 $5.00; kids 4 and under eat free.

The Eagles Club of Cedar Rapids invites you to a Fish Fry on  Friday, March 30th at the club, located at 1735 11th St NW.  Enjoy all you can eat fish, scalloped potatoes, salad sar, and desserts. They’ll be serving from 5:30 -7:30 PM and the cost is $10 per person.

The HD Youth Center invites you to their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31st at 1:00pm at the New Bo City Market. Parents and guardians are encouraged to bring their own baskets and bags. The event is frenzied, fast and free and open to the public.


Buffalo United Methodist Church hosts a Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale on Saturday, April 7th from 7-11am at the church, located at 1000 30th St NE. Enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee, juice and milk. Breakfast is free. Free will donations will be accepted to benefit African University Scholarships and to help finance a student mission work trip to Houston.

The Corridor Autism Resource Expo (CARE) brings dozens of autism-related services, organizations, and speakers to one place as a one-stop extravaganza for autistic people and families who are looking for resources in the Corridor area. It will be held on Saturday, April 7th from 10am-3pm at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, 1100 Rockford Ave SW. This event is FREE and open to families, professionals, and anyone who works with or supports individuals on the autism spectrum.  There will be free ice-skating for attendees!

The St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Foundation is pleased to bring to Cedar Rapids organist James D. Hicks, well known for his recordings of Nordic organ compositions, to the church for a free performance at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 8th in the Faith Worship Center of St Mark’s Lutheran Church, located at 8300 C Ave NE in Marion. He will perform on the restored,
nationally recognized, historic 1928 E.M. Skinner Opus 695 pipe organ. For more information on the event or information on the restoration of the Skinner Opus 695 pipe organ visit Contact Barbara Ritchie at [email protected] or call St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at (319) 447-0100 for all other information. Free will donations will be accepted.

The City of Cedar Rapids,  MidAmerican Energy Company and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources-Bureau of Forestry have teamed up to help customers of MidAmerican Energy “Plant Some Shade”. Residents can purchase 5-10 foot deciduous and ornamental trees and 3-6 foot conifer trees at a reduced rate of $30 per tree. Each household is limited to two trees and must be a resident of Iowa and a current customer of MidAmerican Energy. The tree species offered this year includes: shumard oak, heritage oak, quaking aspen, sassafras, serviceberry “Autumn Brilliance,” hophornbeam, Black Hills spruce, bald cypress. All trees must be picked up Wednesday, April 18, 2018, between 4:00 and 5:30 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids City Services Center south parking lot located at 500 15th Avenue SW in Cedar Rapids. Order forms are available at

The 12th annual Cedar Rapids Taste of Achievement will be held on Friday, April 20th from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building. This event is a beer, wine, and food tasting that is accompanied by dueling pianos and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. All proceeds from the event will help fund Junior Achievement programs in the Cedar Rapids area.

The Cedar Valley Chapter of The Embroiderers’ Guild of America presents a Showcase of Needle Arts exhibit of traditional and contemporary needlework April 20, 21 & 22 at the American Legion, 625 31st Street, Marion. More than 600 pieces will be on display. See demonstrations of stitching techniques. There will be a raffle drawing on Sunday the 22nd. Proceeds support educational projects sponsored by the Cedar Valley Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild.

The Alexander Lippisch Scale Plastic Model Club presents Fleacon 14–Scale Model Show and Contest. The show will be held from 8 am to 4 pm Saturday April 21, 2018 at the Berndes Center, 766 North Maple Street, Monticello, IA. The event will showcase the work of scale plastic modelers from throughout the Midwest. Models will include aircraft, armor, sci-fi and real space, figures, ships and dioramas. Vendors will be on hand selling model kits and supplies, and a food court will be on site. A “make and take” venue will be available for anyone interested in building their own scale model. Awards will be presented in 11 different categories and to those representing the “best” in each category. Entry fee is $10 for scale modelers who wish to enter the contest, free for visitors.

The Marion Heritage Center will host the Iowa Artists Regional 8 Midwest Show on Saturday, April 21 from 10 am to 2 pm. The show is open to the general public and admission is free. Light refreshments will be provided. The Regional 8 contest showcases art from ten counties including: Cedar, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Iowa, Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Scott. The artists will compete in two different classes: 2 dimensional- paintings, prints, and drawings (all mediums) and 3 dimensionjewelry, fiber, textile, ceramic, sculpture, and glass, etc.

The Marion Heritage Center & Museum will present an outdoor program on Sunday, April 22 at 1:30 P.M. Mark Culver will demonstrate the operation of a 1910 Stanley Model 70 touring steam car, and provide a brief history of the automobile. This program is the last in the series for the museum’s current exhibition Marion’s Good Roads: Bicycles, Motorcycles & Automobiles on the Transcontinental Routes 1878-1919. Admission to the program and the exhibit is free courtesy of the McIntyre Foundation of Cedar Rapids. Reception and refreshments will be offered after the program.

Team up with friends, loved ones and co-workers and Walk MS: Cedar Rapids on April 28th at Newbo Market to raise funds that drive groundbreaking research and provide critical services to help people with MS live their best lives. Ending multiple sclerosis forever will take all of us. Get more information and register now at walk ms dot org.


It’s time for the Linn County Fair Quilt Block Challenge. Pre-civil war reproduction fabrics have been chosen to commemorate the 130th anniversary of The Linn County Fair. Stop by Connie’s Quilt Shop in Marion to pick up the quilt blocks or by contacting Kris Blackford at 319-721-9136, Jean Dunn at 319-721-6524 or emailing [email protected]. The kit is $5. The finished block must be dropped off at Connie’s Quilt Shop, to Kris Blackford or Jean Dunn no later than Monday, May 7, 2018.   The blocks will be judged for the Viewer’s Choice that will receive a $25 gift certificate from Connie’s Quilt Shop. Blocks will be on display at the 2018 Linn County Fair June 27th thru July 2nd. Later the blocks will be made into a quilt to be raffled off at the following year’s fair. All proceeds will go towards improvements of The Linn County Fair.

The City of Cedar Rapids has garden plots available for public rental at Squaw Creek Park (north of Gardner Golf Course), Tuma (County Home Road NE), and Ellis Park (Robbins Lake area). The plots may be used for gardening between the spring and fall growing seasons and must be cleared by mid-October. Garden plots may only be used to grow products for personal use and not items for sale. Water is available at Tuma and Squaw Creek Park. Plots may be leased in person, at the Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th Street NW, weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or at the Parks and Recreation Department’s administrative offices at 500 15th Street SW, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They are approximately 20 x 50 feet and may be reserved for $35.00 per plot. The Parks and Recreation Department will till and state the gardens as weather conditions allow.

What happens in your life when you can no longer drive? Many seniors deal with this issue every day. You can make a difference! The Riders Club provides rides for seniors and those who can no longer drive. Volunteer as little as 2 hours a week. If you enjoy seniors and driving, call the Riders Club at 365-1511 weekdays between 9am and 3pm.