Community Events


The 13th Annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival will show in Iowa City on Friday, January 26 at Big Grove Brewery and in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, January 27 at Indian Creek Nature Center, with doors at 6 PM and films at 7 PM for both. The compilation of eight short films celebrates the human-powered, non-motorized experience through winter adventures. The event inspires participants to get outdoors, and attendees can win raffle prizes; meet Jen Loeb, one of Iowa’s only female mountaineers who summitted Mount Everest last year; and grab dinner and a beer from Big Grove. At the Cedar Rapids showing, the evening will end with a stream of the 2018 Ragbrai route announcement, and beer and snacks will be available for purchase. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at or at the door. Tickets are limited; purchase early to guarantee your seat! All proceeds benefit Indian Creek Nature Center, Iowa’s only nonprofit nature center located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The monthly meeting and program of the Cedar Rapids Area Genealogy Library will be held Saturday, January 27th 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. The presenter will be Robert Thorpe speaking about pedigree timelines.  Parking is available in the rear of the building and enter through the back door.  This meeting is free and open to all.

The Marion Heritage Center & Museum will present “Bicycling Through History: Iowa’s Love Affair with Two-Wheeled Travel” by Leo Landis, State Curator for the State Historical Society of Iowa on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 1:30pm. Landis will discuss how cycling started as a pastime of wealthy men and became a recreational opportunity all Iowans can enjoy. He will also share stories of cycling from across the state, ranging from the first bicycles in the 1860s to John Entler’s scrapbooks highlighting his stove and bicycle shop in Bonaparte in the late 1800s to the beginnings of RAGBRAI.  This is the third in the continuing program series for the exhibit Marion’s Good Roads: Bicycles, Motorcycles & Automobiles on the Transcontinental Routes1878 to 1919, which runs through April 29, 2018. Admission to the program and the exhibit is free courtesy of a grant from the McIntyre Foundation of Cedar Rapids. Reception and refreshments will be offered after the program. Snow date will be February 4, 2018.


Warm up your winter – and dish up some love for Iowa’s companion animals – by joining us for Iowa Humane Alliance’s Hot Soup/Cold Noses Benefit Supper on February 2nd at the American Legion, 625 – 31st Street, Marion, Iowa 52302, from 5:00 pm until 7:30pm. The menu includes all you can eat  black bean chili, creamy potato, minestrone, broccoli cheese and wild rice with mushrooms, plus bread and dessert for only $8.00. Children under five eat for free!  All proceeds benefit Iowa Humane Alliance’s mission to provide low cost , high quality spay/neuter services to companion animals in Iowa.

Kenwood Park Neighborhood Association will host its Annual Chili and Soup Dinner on Saturday, February 3rd. In case of extreme weather, there will be a snow date of Saturday, February 10. The dinner will be held in the basement of Kenwood Park United Methodist Church (175 34th Street NE). Dinner begins at 12:00 p.m. and will be served until 4:00 p.m. The menu will include homemade chili, chicken and rice or squash soup, crackers; fresh veggie tray; homemade desserts and choice of drink. All are welcome! Cost is $5.00 for adults and $2.50 for children 6 to 12. Children 5 and under eat free. Anyone interested in donating a homemade dessert should bring it to the church by 11:00 a.m. on February 3. Volunteers are needed to help serve food, bus tables, cleanup, etc. Call Erica at 369-4810 to volunteer. There will be a silent auction, door prizes and a free flag exchange. Bring your old US flag and exchange it for a new one. All proceeds from this event are used to fund KPNA events, newsletters and improvements to the neighborhood.

The Otter Creek and Alburnett Lions Clubs invite you to an “all you care to eat” fish fry at the Toddville Legion Hall on Saturday, Feb 3rd from 4:00-7:00pm. Enjoy a full meal including a drink and dessert. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 10 and under; kids 5 and under eat for free. All proceeds will be used for scholarships for Alburnett seniors.

Back by popular demand is Trivia Night 2018! Join us on Saturday, February 3, starting at 6 pm at Echo Hill Presbyterian Church. Get your team of 8 together and start studying. Each table of 8 brings food to share with their teammates. Drinks will be provided. Child care will be provided. Each person pays $10, with an option to buy mulligans (free guesses) for $10 per table. The winning team wins $15 per person.  All proceeds benefit Family Promise. Sign up your team by calling Michael Becker at the church at 319-377-4360.

The Knights of Columbus invite you and your family to the 29th annual Birthright Celebration on Saturday, February 10th from 5:30-9:30pm at the St. Pius X Parish Center. Enjoy food, door prizes, a silent auction, face painting and more. Music by DJ Bill Kauffman. Cost is $7 per person; children under 5 admitted free.  All proceeds benefit Birthright.

The Marion Heritage Center & Museum hosts Ms. Cathryn Lucas, a doctoral student in Health Studies/Sport Studies at the University of Iowa, who will present the program, “Women in Sports: 1870’s-1900’s” Sunday, February 11th from 1:30 to 3:30 PM.  Who were these Victorian sports stars and what was their motivation? What set them apart from other women at that time?  The museum will open at 1 p.m. and the program will be followed by a reception and refreshments. The exhibition Marion’s Good Roads: Bicycles, Motorcycles & Automobiles on the Transcontinental Routes 1878 -1919 runs through April 29, 2018. Admission to the program and the exhibit is free courtesy of a grant from the McIntyre Foundation of Cedar Rapids. For information about the museum and other upcoming programs at, follow us on contact Lynette Brenzel, Director at 319-447-6376.


Registration is now open for the 13th annual Winter Gardening Fair, presented by the Linn County Master Gardeners.  The fair will be held Saturday, March 3rd at Kirkwood Community College.  The all-day event features over 40 workshops by Iowa Master Gardeners and other gardening experts, and includes lunch. Keynote speaker Dr. Adam Janke, Assistant Professor & Extension Wildlife Specialist at Iowa State University, will teach about key principles and practices to make landscapes work for wildlife, including everything from butterflies to bats, using native plants and mimicking natural systems and processes. Workshop topics range from critter control, how to attract butterflies or birds, ornamental grasses, and how to grow better tomatoes. Hands-on classes include seed starting, making whimsical wind chimes, making a butterfly nectar feeder, and Miniponics.  For complete class descriptions and registration, go to Tuition is $59 and includes the keynote address, choice of four classes, and a hot “comfort food” lunch buffet. Kirkwood Community College is located at 6301 Kirkwood Boulevard, on the southwest side of Cedar Rapids.  Registration fills up quickly, so don’t delay.


Girl Scouts will begin taking orders for cookies on January 19th. Our new Care to Share program encourages customers to buy an extra box of cookies to donate to the military. Customers can make $4 donations that represent a box of cookies that will be given to Soldier’s Angels and Riverbend Troop Support, organizations that send care packages to the brave men and women in our military. Our goal is to collect 2,018 cases of cookies for the troops. Traditional flavors are $4/box and the S’mores cookies and gluten free Toffee-tastic cookies are $5/box.

A special lecture series, “History Restored: Law & Culture in City Hall Murals” will be offered this winter and next spring on the historic murals adorning the walls of the Cedar Rapids City Council Chambers. The first in the series will be offered on Wednesday, November 8, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, located on the third floor of City Hall (101 1st Street SE). The lectures are free and open to the public.  All lectures will be held from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Visitors can see the murals and chat with guest speakers from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 | Contemporary Life – Highlighting the West Wall, restored in 2015
Speaker: Legion Arts Mel Andringa

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.