Community Events

JUNE

The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department is offering Tai Chi and Qi Gong, traditional Chinese exercises that control stress, improve balance, health, flexibility and strength. The class, for age 16+, meets Tuesdays, June 6 – 27 from 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. at the Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th Street NW. The fee is $33 for residents and $40 for non-residents.

The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center hosts a blood drive at New Bo City Market on Friday, June 9th from 10am-1pm. Donating just one pint of blood takes only about an hour and could save THREE lives. To register, call the market at 319-200-4050 or register online at bloodcenterimpact.org.

PCI Vein Center presents Praise on the River a  benefit concert at the Mc Grath Amphitheater on Sunday, June 11 from 3 p.m. until 7 p. m. for His Hands Free Clinic.  The concert brings together worship bands from the Cedar Rapids churches of Veritas, New Life, Faith Bible, and River of Life with performances by Standing Before Giants, Praise Team Outreach and Mt Zion Missionary Baptist Choir.   This is  a family friendly event is made possible by the support of local businesses, friends, and churches. A free-will offering will be accepted to benefit His Hands Free Clinic, which is celebrating  25 years of providing for the medical needs of eastern Iowans.

Cedar Rapids area museums and cultural institutions will come together to offer special tours, unique programming, discounts, and more for seven days during Iowa Museum Week, June 12-June 18.  Under the theme of Sharing Stories, each museum will feature its unique history and cultural stories. It will be a fun-filled opportunity for family and friends to get out and explore all the arts and cultural amenities this area has to offer. This year’s participating museums and cultural institutions are: The African American Museum of Iowa, Brucemore, The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, The History Center, The Iowa Masonic Library and Museum, The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, and Veterans Memorial Building. To learn more about Cedar Rapids Area Museum Week, visit www.cedarrapidsmuseumweek.com.

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department Special Populations Program hosts a trip to the Blank Park Zoo & Zombie Burger for  persons 16 and up on Thursday, June 15. The van will depart at 7:30 a.m. from the Northwest Recreation Center and return at 6:00 p.m. Participants will tour the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines and stop at Zombie Burger on the way home. Bring money for lunch. The price of a Zombie Burger is included in the trip fee. Cost is $45 for residents, $52 for non-residents. Register online at www.CRREC.org or call 319-286-5566 by June 8th. For more information, contact Rob Wagner at 319-286-5799.

Help raise funds for the Cedar Valley Humane Society and have some fun with your best four-legged friend at the 5K Doggie Dash. The event is Saturday, June 17th from 9am-noon at Cherry Hill Park.  The cost is $5 per person, t-shirts are $8. Register at HTTPS://5KDOGGYDASH.WIXSITE.COM/BLENDED.

United Methodist Men host their annual Strawberry Festival, complete with fresh strawberries, ice cream, cake, coffee and juice on Thursday, June 22 from 5-7 PM at Salem Church, 3715 33rd Ave SW, Cedar Rapids. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children 6-12, free for children under 6. All proceeds go to missions.

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 Parks & Recreation Department offers a free community wide fitness movement – CRAM (Cedar Rapids in the Morning) Workouts – at the McGrath Amphitheatre this summer. The classes begin at 6:30 a.m. sharp,  rain or shine, on Tuesdays and Fridays, May 2 through August 29. There will be no workout on July 4. Lindsay Olson, an experienced triathlete, workout enthusiast and certified wellness coach will lead these fun community workouts for all levels, all bodies types and all ages.. No registration is required; just show up!  For more information, contact Lindsay Olson, 319-743-4844 or lolson@mcgrathauto.com.

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is encouraging young women between the ages of 15 and 19 years of age who have thought about a career as a firefighter to participate in the first-ever “Fully Involved Young Women’s Fire Academy.”  Participants will put on firefighter turnout gear and an air pack, conduct search and rescue drills, get certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and take the physical qualification test.  The Academy is designed to teach leadership and team-building skills. The Young Women’s Fire Academy will be held from July 31st – August 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.  The cost is just $30. For more details and to request an application packet, please visit the Fire Department website at www.cedar-rapids.org/fire

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.