Community Events

MARCH

Enjoy a Friday night Fish Fry every Friday through April 14th at the Columbus Club, located at Mt Vernon Rd & Hwy 13 – behind the Casey’s. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12. Fill up on all you can eat baked or hand battered fried fish with all the fixin’s. Mac & cheese and grilled cheese for the kids.  New 50/50 raffle drawing each Friday at 7:30PM.

Critter Crusaders of Cedar Rapids invites you to test your trivia knowledge at the Longbranch Hotel on Friday, March 24th. Registration for teams of up to 8 people is from 6-7pm and the questions fly at 7pm. Fantastic prizes for winners. Cost is $25 per person with snacks provided. All ages welcome. Pre-register at crittercrusaderscr.org.

Enjoy a pancake breakfast and bake sale Saturday, March 25th from 8-11am at Buffalo United Methodist Church, located at 1000 30th St NE. There is no cost but a free will offering will be taken to benefit the RISE Program and Ecumenical Center.

Raise money for Special Olympics and chill out at the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Polar Plunge® on Saturday, March 25 at the West Overlook Beach at Coralville Lake. Plunge solo, plunge as a team, toss your boss, sponsor an individual or team, the corporate challenge or volunteer at the event. Each plunger must raise a minimum of $75. Immediately following the Plunge there will be a post-party where participants can stay warm and enjoy fun, food, drink, music and prize drawings. For more information or to register online, visit www.soiowa.org/plunge.

The Cedar Valley Humane Society invites you to Whine & Wags on March 25th from 6-9 at the Cedar Rapids Country Club. Enjoy an evening of dinner, drinks, music and silent and live auctions as they celebrate the thousands of lives impacted by the CVHS over the past year. Tickets are $75 per person and all proceeds benefit the Cedar Valley Humane Society.

The Marion Heritage Center and Museum will present a program on Sunday, March 26 by Dick Cooper, Corporal, U.S. Army Retired entitled, “Korea: The Forgotten War” .  Cooper will tell the history of the Korean War from July 1952 to April 1955 as he lived it, enduring summer heat, winter cold and monsoons during the military battles for “Old Baldy.”  His personal photographs and military items will be featured at the Heritage Center as part of his presentation. The museum will open at 1 p.m. and the program will be offered from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., followed by a reception and refreshments. The current exhibit, Marion’s Veterans: Korea and Vietnam Wars, will run through April 30, 2017.  Admission to the exhibit and program is free.

NEST, which stands for Nourish, Educate, Sustain and Thrive, invites single mothers to a discussion involving current issues facing by single mothers and solutions to everyday challenges. Discuss community resources and what organizational steps could be taken to help. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 28th in Beems Auditorium B at the Cedar Rapids Public Library from 1-4pm.  The meeting is free and open to the public; daycare will be provided. For more information, call NEST at 319-693-0881.

APRIL

Hope Lutheran Church invites you to their first annual Spring Fling on April 1st from 9am-2pm at the church located at 2736 Bowling St SW. The event includes a craft fair with a variety of vendors, a silent auction and bake sale. Lunch will be served from 11am-1pm.

The Corridor Autism Resource Expo (CARE) presents its annual program on Saturday, April 1st from 10-3 at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. This event is filled with resources, presentations, and information for those on the autism spectrum and their families and caregivers in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City corridor. The Expo is free and open to the entire Corridor community.

The Johnson County Historical Society will host the event “Afternoon Tea on the Titanic” on April 2, starting at 1 p.m. at the Johnson County Historical Society Museum, 860 Quarry Road, Coralville. The event will feature a traditional afternoon tea menu highlighting items from the time of the Titanic. Author Lilly Setterdahl will present a program on the significance of the Titanic and its legacy. The Historical Society will provide information on Iowans who were aboard the Titanic. To RSVP, please call 319-351-5738. Cost of event is $25 for JCHS members and $30 for non-members.

Celebrate “Voices of Heaven and Earth” with traditional melodies and contemporary works in Chorale Midwest’s Spring 2017 concert on Sunday, April 2 at 2:30 and Monday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 857 3rd Ave. SE in Cedar Rapids. The concert will also feature the Chorale’s other ensembles, including the Chorale Midwest Chamber Singers and the Pro Musica Women’s Ensemble. Tickets are $15 each, and are available through their website (choralemidwest.org) or at the door.

Visit the Granger House Museum on Saturday, April 8th at 2pm for a program entitled “I Believe I Shall Faint!” an up close and personal look at the weird and sometime wonderful fads of the Victorian era. Audience participation is welcome and encouraged. And a prize will be awarded to the person voted by the audience to have the best swoon. Cost is free for Granger House members, $10 for non-members.

Boy Scout Troop 85 hosts their annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 9th at Cedar Hills Community Church located on the corner of Stoney Point Road and E Avenue NW. Enjoy a full breakfast at the church or take advantage of  the bake sale for breakfast on-the-go.  There is no charge, but a free-will offering will be taken. All proceeds go to support the activities of Troop 85.

Shop from local artists and crafters at the Arts for Africa Arts and Crafts Fair, Saturday April 22nd  from 10-3 at Noelridge Christian Church, just north of Boyson Road on C Avenue NE. The event is rain or shine and includes a silent auction and more. Proceeds will build more classrooms the Jumaini Junior School in Tanzania.

The Otter Creek Lions host their annual pancake brunch at the Toddville Legion Hall on Sunday, April 23rd from 7am-1pm. Enjoy a full pancake breakfast plus a bake sale and raffle. Tickets for adults are $7 in advance ($8 at the door). Children aged 6-10 are $5 and kids 5 and under eat for free.

ONGOING

Applications are being accepted from Cedar Rapids residents for current and upcoming vacancies on many City of Cedar Rapids boards, commissions and advisory committees. These advisory groups are valuable community assets and effective partners with the Mayor, the City Council and City staff in guiding the future of the city. Learn how you can apply by visiting the City’s website at www.Cedar-Rapids.org. For more information, contact the City Clerk’s Office at (319) 286-5060 or e-mail boards&[email protected].  Applications are due by April 30, 2017.

Applications are being accepted through The Kernels Foundation for the seventh annual Nick Adenhart Memorial Scholarship. Nick was a bright young pitcher who played for the Cedar Rapids Kernels and was a rising star in the Los Angeles Angels organization tragically killed by a drunk driver in 2009 at age 22.Nick’s family would like to honor him by awarding a $1,000 scholarship in his memory. The Kernels Foundation is privileged to administer the scholarship on behalf of Nick’s family. The deadline for submitting applications for this scholarship is Friday, April 14, 2017.  Applicants must be a graduating high school senior from an area high school and attend a two or four-year accredited college or university and take 12 or more hours per semester. The applicant must have played an organized sport in the last two years, must be a great teammate, must demonstrate hard work and determination, and must have a clear vision of their career goal. Scholarship applications are available through area schools guidance offices, or may be downloaded from the Kernels website at www.kernels.com.

If your household earned $54,000 or less in 2016, you may be eligible to receive free tax preparation thanks to United Way of East Central Iowa’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. IRS-certified volunteers at VITA sites provide free tax preparation and determine eligibility for tax credits that help save families money. VITA volunteers will be available at the following Cedar Rapids locations – Horizons: A Family Service Alliance, 819 5th St. SE; Eastern Iowa Health Clinic, 1201 3rd Ave SE; Mission of Hope, 1700 B Ave NE; and People’s Church Unitarian Universalist, 4980 Gordon Ave NW. To schedule a free tax appointment, simply call 2-1-1 from a landline or 319-739-4211 from a cellphone. 2-1-1 is free and available weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. For questions or more information on the VITA program, please contact Cliff Ehlinger at [email protected] or 319-398-5372 ext. 812.

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.

Explore over a century of Cedar Rapids history through the lives of the three families who called the Brucemore mansion home—the Sinclairs, the Douglases, and the Halls. Mansion tours are offered March through December, Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Tours begin on the hour with the last tour beginning at 3:00 p.m. Each tour lasts 45 minutes. Admission is free to Brucemore members, $9.00 for adults, and $3.00 for youth between the ages of 6 and 18. Purchase tickets 15 minutes before the top of the hour in the Brucemore Visitor Center. Groups of 15 or more are encouraged to schedule a private tour a minimum of three weeks in advance. Visit www.brucemore.org or call (319) 362-7375 for more information or to schedule a group tour.