Community Events

Would you like your non-profit group’s event information on our calendar? Email a brief description with the pertinent details to [email protected] 3-4 weeks prior to your event.

AUGUST

Grab the kids and head for the lawn of the Granger House Museum on Saturday, August 1st at 2:00pm for a presentation and book signing by author Paul Wood. Wood has created a series of children’s books featuring Cousin Albert. Come learn about this loveable character and get your book signed! (Audience members will receive a discount on books during this event and 15% of sales will go to The Granger House.) Guests are encouraged to wear protective face masks, however, they are not required. If you have questions about how The Granger House is working to keep visitors safe during this time, contact them at [email protected]

Music fans and dancers, the bands from the Ponderosa have moved to the Cedar Rapids Elks Lodge! Every Tuesday night you can kick your heels up and enjoy some local talent. Doors open at 5:30pm; sandwiches and beverages will be available for purchase. Admission is $8/person. Social distancing recommendations will be followed. Enjoy these bands in August:
08-04  Barefoot Becky     08-11  Lyle Beaver     08-18  Iowa Playboys     08-25  Country Tradition

The Cedar Valley Humane Society is having the 10th Annual Drives for Lives golf event on Thursday August 6, 2020 at Hunter’s Ridge golf course. This is a four person best shot with lunch and registration beginning at 11:00 am followed by a shotgun start at noon. There are raffle prize drawings as well as fun contests throughout the course. This is a fundraising event with proceeds going to care for the animals at the Cedar Valley Humane Society. More information and registration can be found here: https://www.cvhumane.org/event-details/drives-for-lives

SEPTEMBER

Join us for a good old fashioned BBQ at St. Ludmila Catholic Church to benefit the animals at the Cedar Valley Humane Society.  $10 per adult and $7 for children aged 12 and under. Raffle baskets will also be available to enter and win at the BBQ. A take out option will also be available.  More information and registration can be found here: https://www.cvhumane.org/event-details/harvest-bbq

Due to Corvid-19 restrictions, many public events have been postponed or cancelled. If there is an event you planned to attend, call ahead to make sure the event is still going on.

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ONGOING

The Collins Road Farmers Market is open every Tuesday From 3-6pm in the Lindale Mall parking Lot. A wide variety of fresh produce, jams, jellies, baked goods, flowers, crafts and more! For Vendor information, call Cullen Woods at 319-929-0154.

The Granger House Victorian Museum is the only restored middle-class family home in the Cedar Rapids area. Occupied by a single family for nearly 100 years, the house contains many of its original furnishings and is arrangedto reflect the lifestyle of a successful, late 19th-century middle-class family. As a fundraiser, Granger House will be updating the brick driveway leading to the historic carriage house. The new bricks will be laser etched with the names of all donors that help us reach their goal. Your name could become part of the rich history of the Granger house, and help us fund the much-needed roof project and ongoing upkeep. Donations of $50 will qualify your name on the walk of fame driveway and help continue the operation of this much loved museum. Find out more at grangerhouse.org and click on the fundraising tab.

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is offering Free Summer Admission through August 30th thanks to their generous sponsors: Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust TrueNorth Transamerica UFG Insurance and media sponsor The Gazette. Scavenger hunts are available in the lobby and tjey are the perfect place to social distance! Face masks required, please!

Green Iowa AmeriCorps offers a free home energy audit and weatherization service; a service designed to reduce energy usage, lower utility costs, while increasing the comfort of your home. Many homes in Linn County suffer from air infiltration issues; older homes and homes located in the floodplain are especially susceptible. In addition to a home feeling cold and drafty, homeowners may find that their utility costs are rising. To sign up for an energy audit, please call the Green Iowa Cedar Rapids office at 319-200-2786 or for more information, visit GreenIowaAmeriCorps.org

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.