Community Events

SEPTEMBER

Wickiup Hill offers a free introductory session on Beekeeping as a hobby on Tuesday, September 19, at 6:30pm. The session will cover what it takes to become a beekeeper and how anyone can enjoy this amazing hobby.  Learn the answers to common questions such as:  what equipment do I need?  When do I start this hobby?  Will I get stung?  How much time does keeping bees take?  Do I need a class?  Call  319-892-6485 to reserve a seat.

The monthly meeting and program of the Cedar Rapids Area Genealogy Library will be held Saturday, September 23rd in the lower level of the Masonic Library at 813 1st Ave. S.E. in Cedar Rapids.  Social time begins at 1 PM followed by the program at 1:30. Historian, Kathy Wilson, will speak on the Importance of Putting Your Ancestors into Historical Perspectives. There will be time for questions and individual assistance following the program.  Parking is available in the rear of the building and enter through the back door.  This meeting is free and open to all.

If you want to obtain an Iowa hunting license and you were born after January 1, 1972, it is mandatory that you complete hunter education training. Wickiup Hill offers a Hunter Educaton Class Series on Tuesday, Sept 26th from 6:30-10pm and Saturday, Sept 30th from 9am -4pm.  The class is free; the Iowa Department of Natural Resources provides all course materials.  Attendance at both classes is necessary to receive certification.  Participants must be 12 years old to use their certificates. This is also a great course for experienced hunters to brush up on their knowledge. To register for this training go to the Hunter Education section and register on-line at https://register-ed.com/programs/iowa and look under the Iowa Hunter Education Classroom Course and select View upcoming events, then follow directions.

The Iowa Humane Alliance invites you to their “Spay-ghetti & No Balls” Pasta Dinner fundraiser on Tuesday, September 26 from 5:00PM to 9:00PM at Zio Johno’s Spaghetti House in Marion. This year’s “Spay-ghetti & No Balls” benefit will also feature a Wine Pull where participants can take a chance on winning a bottle of wine valued at up to $40. The gourmet pasta dinner for adults costs $18 dollars and includes a choice of several pasta dishes, salad and side dishes, as well as a glass of wine, tea or soft drink. A children’s meal for kids under 12 is just $10. No reservations are needed and diners are invited to drop in anytime between 5:00pm and 9:00PM at the Zio Johno’s at 755 7th Avenue in Marion. All funds raised go directly to further IHA’s mission of reducing animal overpopulation in Eastern Iowa. For more information, call IHA at 319-363-1225 or visit online at iowahumanealliance.org

The Transportation Advisory Group is accepting registrations for their upcoming forum on local, state and national transportation issues “Community Transportation Solutions 2017”, held Wednesday, September 27, in the Hallagan Education Center at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Registration is required for the forum, which is FREE and open to the public and includes lunch and refreshments. National, state and local speakers will address important transportation related issues and there will be opportunities to discuss what we need to do in our communities to meet the needs of people with transportation challenges.

Trees Forever invites you to learn about how you can improve native habitat in your woodland. Learn land management techniques, become an advocate for healthy forests, and polish your skills to be a better environmental steward of the land. Attend the Backyard Forest Field Day on Saturday, Sept 30th from 9am-1pm at Hickory Hill Park, 1439 Bloomington Street in Iowa City. Learn how to establish native habitat in your backyard forest, what invasive plants are unhealthy for your woodland and best management practices to combat them, and much more.This is an outdoor event, rain or shine. Please be sure to dress appropriately for the outdoors. Comfortable shoes are suggested, as there will be short distances to walk on various trail surfaces (paved, gravel, dirt, etc.) between the rotating presentation stations. If you would like to sit at the various stations, please feel free to bring along a bag chair to carry with you. This event is FREE, however, we require an RSVP to help us plan for snacks and beverages. Please register by September 27.   If you have any additional questions, please contact Carl Barnhart at 319-440-7529.

The Marion Heritage Center & Museum will open its newest exhibition Marion’s Good Roads: Bicycles, Motorcycles & Automobiles on the Transcontinental Routes on Saturday, September 30  at Noon. Long before it became part of the famous Lincoln Highway, the roadway loop through downtown Marion hosted scores of transcontinental automobile races, bicyclists and famous tourists.  This exhibition tells the story of these travelers:  their mishaps and adventures, their discoveries and endurance, from 1878 to 1919.  See vintage bicycles, motorcycles and Linn County’s 2nd  automobile.  Opening day offers free admission thanks McIntyre Foundation of Cedar Rapids.The exhibition features vehicles on loan from Marion friends and neighbors, Hall’s Bicycle Company of Cedar Rapids and the State Historical Society of Iowa, including the first modern automobile west of the Mississippi River.

Visit the Granger House Museum in Marion on Saturday, September 30th at 7pm for a performance of MacBeth. Join Paul Wood as he brings to life the main character from the Scottish play. Listen as Paul twists the tale of MacBeth, who
masterminded his rise to King of Scotland, then tumbled to madness and death. Learn of the real kings of Scotland during that time, as well as life in Elizabethan England and the genius of William Shakespeare. Cost is $10 for the public, free for members

 OCTOBER

The Eagle’s Club, 1735 – 11th St. NW, Cedar Rapids, hosts a Pork and Dumpling Supper on Friday, Oct. 6th from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. Cost is $9.00 for adults; kids 10 & under $5.00.  Serving Pork, Dumplings, Gravy, Baked Beans, Sauerkraut, Rye Bread, Kolaches and Beverage Sponsored by the Retired Eagles Activity Club and the Drill & Ritual team.

The Otter Creek Lions host an All You Care To Eat Fish Fry at the Toddville Legion Hall on Saturday, Oct 7th from 4:00-7:00pm. Cost is $10 for adults; $5 for kids 10 and under; kids 5 and under eat for free. Proceeds will enhance and provide maintenance for Midway Park and Lions state and international programs.

Echo Hill Presbyterian Church invites you to their Annual Holiday Market October 12-14.   Find homemade and repurposed crafts, huge selection of books., and many delicious baked goods.  You will also find gorgeous quilts, beautiful cards, and even a plant for your office or home.  It’s not too early to start you holiday shopping!   Bring a friend and enjoy a tasty breakfast, lunch or dinner.  And don’t forget to purchase some cookies, cake or pie to enjoy later. Echo Hill Church is located at 9000 C Avenue. For more information, visit their website at echohillchurch.org.

Operation Engage America offers a Resource Fair for Veterans, Military, First Responders, and Victims of Crime along with community members and their families in need of education and support regarding PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, and a host of other transitional issues. The fair is Saturday, October 14th from 10am-2pm at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in downtown Cedar Rapids. You’ll find numerous resources, speakers, discussion sessions, learning and networking opportunities. A free meal will be provided. For more information, visit their website at operationengageamerica.org.

 

ONGOING

It’s back to school season, and the American Heart Association wants to remind you that it’s a great time to encourage your kids to eat healthy and be active. One in three children in America is overweight or obese, but kids can live healthier lives by eating more fruits and veggies, avoiding foods high in sugar and sodium and getting 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Visit www.heart.org/healthykids for more tips and information on how to teach your kids to live longer, healthier lives.

Students of all ages (preschool through college) are invited to visit the exhibits at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library for free on the first Saturday of each month during regular museum hours. College students must bring a current school ID card. Regular admission rates still apply to non-students. Members of the NCSML are always admitted free!

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is pleased to announce monthly educational safety sessions for the community with a program entitled “Safety Scoop.” The monthly programs will focus on timely safety topics for older adults.  The Fire Department hopes to connect older adults with available community resources.  Many of the topics will be presented in partnership with other organizations such as AARP, Area Substance Abuse Council, Cedar Rapids Police Department, and Linn County TRIAD, to reduce older adults’ vulnerability to fire, injury, or crime. The sessions will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Central Fire Station, 713 1st Avenue SE.  Scheduled topics for 2017 include:

  • September 27th – Identity Theft
  • October 25th – Personal Safety
  • November 22nd – Home Safety
  • December 27th – Disposal of Prescription Medications

Participants will be offered a tour of the Central Fire Station following the “Safety Scoop” presentation. Parking is available on the 2nd Avenue side of the Central Fire Station in the old Rapids Reproductions parking lot at 2nd Avenue and 7th Street SE. For more information, contact Firefighter/Paramedic Julie Popelka at 319-286-5277.

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.