Community Events

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DECEMBER

The Cedar Rapids Area Genealogy Library invites you to attend a Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 7th from 1 – 3 PM.  Come tour the library and meet our volunteers who will help expand your family tree.  Refreshments will be served. The library is in the lower level of the Masonic Building at 813 1st Ave. S.E. in Cedar Rapids.  Parking is available in the rear of the building.  Please enter through the back door.

Chorale Midwest will ring in the holiday season with an evening of sacred and secular works of the season along with traditional classics on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 1350 Lyndhurst Dr. in Hiawatha. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Bradley T. Barrett, the Chorale will present an evening of holiday favorites, along with compelling seasonal works by composers including Philip Stopford, Stephen Paulus, Kevin Siegfried, Carol Nicholeris and David Danner. The concert will also feature the Chorale’s smaller ensembles — the Chamber Singers, Pro Musica Women’s Ensemble and Bro Musica Men’s Ensemble. Tickets to “Sounds of Christmas” are $20, available at www.choralemidwest.org/purchase-tickets/. Student rush tickets will be available at the door for $5 with valid ID.

The Linn County Blindness Support Group will have its next regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, December 12th from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. in Sedlacek Hall at Cottage Grove Place, 2115 1st Av SE, in Cedar Rapids. Group member Roger Stigers has arranged to have the highly rated Madrigal Singers of Washington High School put on a short (30 minutes or less) program for us.   The remainder of this meeting will be primarily social, as it’s holiday time.  Many of us will be bringing holiday treats to share, and we plan some games and other interactive activities.  In upcoming meetings we have invited Darrel Kirby from National Federation of the Blind in January and Dr. Elizabeth Gauger, a Cedar Rapids ophthalmologist, in February. If you have questions, or want more information about the group, call Jonathan Ice at 319-298-2919, or e-mail at [email protected].

The Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale will present John Rutter’s “Magnificat,” featuring soprano soloist Jessica Pray at 7:30pm on Saturday, Dec. 14th at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1340 Third Ave SE in Cedar Rapids. The chorale will be joined by St. Paul’s  Carillonneurs. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door. Students will be admitted free of charge.

Come to the Annual Live Nativity and Soup Supper at Noelridge Christian Church, 7111 C Ave NE in Cedar Rapids. The birth of Jesus will come to life on Wednesday December 18, 6-8pm.  Guided by luminaries drive by the spectacular Live Nativity or park and walk up to see live animals and listen to carols of the season.  A Soup Supper will be served inside the church.  Free will offering accepted.

JANUARY

Celebrate and learn about Scottish culture and tradition with food, ceremony, and dancing! Join The Hawkeye Area Grand Gaelic Isles Society for their annual Robert Burns Dinner Saturday, January 18th at St. Wenceslaus Church, Glovik Parish Center, 1224 5th St SE in Cedar Rapids. Social hour starts at 4pm, ceremony starts at 5pm. Dinner will feature Scottish food like haggis, ceremonial readings and toasts, bag-piping, and Scottish social dancing. There will also be a raffle, dessert contest, and silent auction for a quilt. This is a very family friendly event. Reservations are required and must be made no later than January 11th. Go to www.haggis-iowa.com, click on the Burns Supper tab in the links bar at the top of the page to fill in the reservation form and pay via PayPal. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for kids 6-18, age 5 and under attend for free.

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ONGOING

Celebrate the holiday season by visiting Brucemore for a special tour or program between November 29 and December 29, 2019. Enjoy the seasonal splendor of all four floors, including 13 glowing trees, a dining room set for Christmas dinner, the lush garland adornment of the grand staircase, and other cheer throughout the mansion. Special historic artifacts from Brucemore’s collection will be on display to help tell the story of Christmas in the early 1900s, the three families who lived at Brucemore, and the role they played in shaping Cedar Rapids today. Holiday Mansion Tours will be offered Wednesday through Saturday, November 29 through December 28, 2019 with scheduled times between 10:00 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. Admission is $12 per adult and $5 per student (ages 6 – 18). Tickets are free for members of Brucemore; quantity based on giving level. Each tour is limited to 16 people.  Music in the Mansion Holiday Tours, featuring seasonal music on the recently restored 1929 Skinner Player Pipe Organ, will be offered Thursdays—December 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 5:30 p.m.— and Sundays—December 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29—with times scheduled between 12:00 and 3:20 p.m. Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per student (ages 6 – 18) in advance. Members of Brucemore receive $5 off per ticket; quantity based on giving level. Each tour is limited to 16 people. Santa, Snacks, and Stories will be offered December 8, 9, 15, and 16 with check-in times between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per child and $5 per adult in advance. Children of members receive $3 off per child. Space is limited and this event frequently sells out in advance. Tickets are on sale now for all events at www.brucemore.org.

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.

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