Community Events

Would you like your non-profit group’s event information on our calendar? Email a brief description with the pertinent details to [email protected] 3-4 weeks prior to your event.

JANUARY 2020

The Cedar Rapids Police Department will be offering a personal safety class on Thursday, January 16th at 6:00 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Police Station, 505 1st Street SW. The class, which is limited to 25 participants, is intended to inform participants on how to be safe in their daily lives and is not a “hands-on” training class. To register for the class, please contact the Police Department’s Community Outreach Division Sergeant, Laura Faircloth, at (319) 286-5425.

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.

The Linn County blindness support group will have its next regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, January 23rd 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. Our guest speaker is Darrel Kirby, president of the Old Capitol Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind.  He lost all of his vision rapidly at age 20, learned to cope with blindness, and now runs his own counseling practice in Iowa City.  He will tell us his story, and also about what the Federation has meant to him and could do for us. If you have questions, or want more information about the group, feel free to call Jonathan Ice at 319-298-2919, or e-mail at [email protected].

The monthly meeting of the Cedar Rapids Area Genealogy Library will be held Saturday, January 25th in the lower level of the Masonic Building at 813 1st Ave. S.E. in Cedar Rapids. Social time with refreshments begins at 1:00 pm followed by the program at 1:30. Dr. Bryant McAllister of the University of Iowa will present:  Getting More from Ancestry DNA. There will be time for questions and individual assistance following the program.  This meeting is free and open to all.  Parking is available in the rear. Please enter through the back door.

FEBRUARY

Gems of Hope is in full swing with Hope Blooms …It’s Daffodil Time Campaign.  Order your fresh cut daffodils to be picked up at Flowerama at 3135 1st Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, March 11th.  Deadline to place your order is on or before February 7th.   Visit our website  www.gemsofhope.com to learn more!   To order: call 319-393-9681 or mail to Gems of Hope, Inc. 420 6th St. SE  Cedar Rapids, IA  52401  Proceeds go to Gems of Hope programs benefiting the Corridor cancer patients and their families.

Registration is now open for the 15th Annual Linn County Master Gardener’s Winter Gardening Fair which will be held Saturday, February 15, 2020 at a new location, the Kirkwood Regional Center, located at 1770 Boyson Road NE in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Tuition is only $49 for the all-day event ($10 less than last year), which features over 40 workshops by Iowa Master Gardeners and other gardening experts. A new rate for high school and college students is only $25. Workshop topics range from creating black gold: compost, square foot gardening, houseplant care, and ponds and water features. Hands-on classes include how to make a succulent fairy garden and how to make a native bee house. For complete class descriptions and registration, go to https://www.extension.iastate.edu/linn/news/winter-gardening-fair-2020. There will be numerous gardening vendors and non-profit organizations to visit before, during and after the classes as well. Registration includes your choice of five classes, and a baked potato buffet lunch. Kirkwood Community College Regional Center is located at 1770 Boyson Road NE in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This location is completely handicap accessible, and parking is on the north side of the building. Registration fills up quickly, so don’t delay.  Final deadline is Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

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ONGOING

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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