Community Events

DECEMBER

The Arc of East Central Iowa presents their annual Wrapping for a Cause at Lindale Mall. Volunteers will began wrapping packages on Friday, December 1st and continue through Christmas Eve. Hours are 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM Monday through Saturday and 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sundays and 9am-3pm on Christmas Eve. The wrapping booth will be located in the food court just inside the Collins Rd entrance. Choose from a wide variety of wraps with eager volunteers to add that special touch to your special gift.  Proceeds from this event provide services and supports for individuals with intellectual disabilities in our community.

Every Wednesday is a Winter Wednesday at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library! During Winter Wednesdays, everyone gets in for the $3 Youth Admission Price. (Members are always free.) Plus, the exhibition galleries and the Museum Store will be open late every Winter Wednesday until 7:00 p.m.

Call it Corn Hole, Bags, Tailgate Toss or whatever your preferred lingo… Bring your A-game to the “BAG TOSS TOURNAMENT”  on Saturday, December 9th at Veterans Memorial Building, basement level. 50 Second Avenue Bridge, Cedar Rapids. Gather a team and register for $39.99 per Team (the toss team ticket includes a “Bags on the Bridge” custom t-shirt AND after-party admission)  **Double Elimination Tournament Bracket**  CASH & PRIZES to top teams.  Sign in at 9 am. REWARDS at 6:30 pm. Tailgate food, beer, raffles, 50/50 and more.  After-party at 7 pm with live music . All proceeds benefit the community of artists and veterans.  Sign up on Eventbrite TODAY!!  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bags-on-the-bridge-tickets-39518208024

Mrs. Claus visits the Granger House Victorian Museum to share a fun morning with children benefiting Keep Your Neighbors Warm. Mrs. Claus will share fun facts from the North Pole while children enjoy cookie decorating, crafts and a tour of the Granger House which offers a look at the holidays in the late-19th century. Mrs. Claus will also read “The Spirit of Christmas: A Giving Tradition,” a story about giving during the holiday season. Registration is now open for the event on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the Granger House, 970 10th St in Marion. Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Available times are 8:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. on December 9. Register online at http://bit.ly/2017MrsClaus. Cost to attend the event is a donation of a new cold-weather item for each child attending. Items can be hats, mittens, gloves or blankets. Following the event items will be donated to Keep Your Neighbors Warm which is part of the Marion Holiday Giving Project helping families in need in our community. This experience is open to children ages 4-10, a parent or guardian must remain on-site, space is limited to 20 children per session.

The Animal Resource Foundation hosts its 7th annual Cookie Walk & Howliday Bazaar Saturday, December 9th from 11am-2pm at the Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center – 1770 Boyson Rd in Hiawatha. For only $8 a pound, you get your choice of more than 300 dozen cookies, candies, and bars – many holiday themed. There will also be an assortment of handmade gift for animals and the people who love them. All monies raised will benefit twelve non-profits involved in animal rescue and welfare.

The Eastern Iowa Brass Band performs its Spirit of Christmas concert at the Mount Vernon Middle School Auditorium, 525 Palisades Rd SW on December 9th, 7:30 PM.  The 34 brass and percussion musicians perform holiday favorites, popular songs, and traditional carols in An English Christmas with baritone David Raim. Tickets for the performance are $10 for adults and $4 for students. Tickets are available at the door and can be purchased via Cash or Check. Please try to bring exact change if paying by cash.

Charles Dickens one of the greats of English literature, visits The Granger House Victorian Museum to recount some parts of his life story, and read from his novels, especially his classic, A Christmas Carol, on Sunday, December 10th, at 2:00pm.  The cost is $10 for the public, free for Granger members. Public registration is here. Members can register by emailing  [email protected], or by leaving a message at 319-377-6672. Walk-ins welcome!

Everyone is invited to a FREE Community Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day, December 25th  from 12:00 Noon until 2:00 pm at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 4700 Johnson Ave NW in Cedar Rapids. If you’d like a ride to the dinner or would like dinner delivered to your home, contact United Way @ 319-739-4211  or just dial 211. The deadline for reserving a ride or delivered dinner is 11:30 am Friday December 22.

ONGOING

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:

  • November 22nd – Home Safety
  • December 27th – Disposal of Prescription Medications

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.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | Inherited Culture – Highlighting the South Wall, restored in 2013
Speakers: Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Executive Director Sean Ulmer; and Fine Art Conservation Laboratories President Scott Haskins

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | American Civilizations – Highlighting the East Wall, restored in 2015
Speakers: Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Executive Director Sean Ulmer

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.