Community Events

APRIL

The Cedar Valley Chapter of The Embroiderers’ Guild of America presents a Showcase of Needle Arts exhibit of traditional and contemporary needlework April 20, 21 & 22 at the American Legion, 625 31st Street, Marion. More than 600 pieces will be on display. See demonstrations of stitching techniques. There will be a raffle drawing on Sunday the 22nd. Proceeds support educational projects sponsored by the Cedar Valley Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild.

The Eagle’s Club of Cedar Rapids invites you to a Pork and Dumpling Supper on Friday, Apr. 20, 2018, from 5:30 to 8:00 PM at the club, located at 1735  11th St NW. Delicious Pork, Dumplings, Gravy, Baked Beans, Sauerkraut, Kolaches and a beverage for just $10.00 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under. Sponsored by the Retired Eagles Activity Club and the Drill & Ritual team.

Xavier High School hosts its annual Band Garage Sale & Bake Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, April 21st,  from 8am-2pm in the school cafeteria, located at 6300 42nd Street NE in Cedar Rapids. Shop for baked goods, clothing, household items, toys, games, books, & small appliances. Everything priced to sell (cash only)!

The Alexander Lippisch Scale Plastic Model Club presents Fleacon 14–Scale Model Show and Contest. The show will be held from 8 am to 4 pm Saturday April 21, 2018 at the Berndes Center, 766 North Maple Street, Monticello, IA. The event will showcase the work of scale plastic modelers from throughout the Midwest. Models will include aircraft, armor, sci-fi and real space, figures, ships and dioramas. Vendors will be on hand selling model kits and supplies, and a food court will be on site. A “make and take” venue will be available for anyone interested in building their own scale model. Awards will be presented in 11 different categories and to those representing the “best” in each category. Entry fee is $10 for scale modelers who wish to enter the contest, free for visitors.

The Marion Heritage Center will host the Iowa Artists Regional 8 Midwest Show on Saturday, April 21 from 10 am to 2 pm. The show is open to the general public and admission is free. Light refreshments will be provided. The Regional 8 contest showcases art from ten counties including: Cedar, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Iowa, Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Scott. The artists will compete in two different classes: 2 dimensional- paintings, prints, and drawings (all mediums) and 3 dimensionjewelry, fiber, textile, ceramic, sculpture, and glass, etc.

Tim Niess, Field Service Manager for the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, will speak in the Figge Auditorium of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum on Saturday, April 21st at 2:00 p.m. The title of the presentation is, “The Inevitable Farm Bureau Movement and Iowa’s Role.” The talk is part of a series of programs offered in conjunction with the Hoover Museum’s newest exhibit, Tallgrass to Knee High: A Century of Iowa Farming. Admission to the presentation is free with paid Museum admission. The Hoover Museum is open from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily and located ¼ mile off Interstate 80, exit 254 in West Branch, IA. More information is available at: www.hoover.archives.gov or by calling 319-643-5301.

Otter Creek Lions invite you to their annual Pancake Brunch on Sunday, April 22nd from 8am-1pm at the Toddville Legion Hall. Enjoy pancakes, eggs, ham. sausage, juice, milk and coffee. You’ll find baked goods for sale and you can bid on our silent auction items. Cost for the breakfast is $10 for adults; $5 for kids aged 6-12; kids 5 and under eat for free.

The Marion Heritage Center & Museum will present an outdoor program on Sunday, April 22 at 1:30 P.M. Mark Culver will demonstrate the operation of a 1910 Stanley Model 70 touring steam car, and provide a brief history of the automobile. This program is the last in the series for the museum’s current exhibition Marion’s Good Roads: Bicycles, Motorcycles & Automobiles on the Transcontinental Routes 1878-1919. Admission to the program and the exhibit is free courtesy of the McIntyre Foundation of Cedar Rapids. Reception and refreshments will be offered after the program.

The Elks Lodge Ladies Auxiliary invites you to their SPRING FASHION  SHOW at 7pm on Wednesday, April 25th at the lodge, located at 81 33rd Ave SW in Cedar Rapids. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine or a beverage of your choice. Cost is $10 per person. Make your reservations by calling 319-363-0291. Spring Fashions presented by FOUR SEASONS.

Wickiup Hill Conservation Center encourages you to give a hoot about owls and their woodland habitat. Unravel their mysterious lives when you join Trees Forever and Linn County Conservation Naturalist Chuck Ungs on Thursday, April 26th from 7-8pm for a fun-filled kid’s activity with Ollie the Owl. A portion of this hands-on program will start in the classroom and then heads out on the trail to try to call in some owls- so dress for the weather. Learn about other forest friends, and learn why trees play an important role in their habitat. This activity is for all ages. No need to register, just fly on in! No cost for the program.

Noelridge Christian Church hosts their Spring Rummage Sale April 26th-28th at the church, located at 7111 C Avenue NE (just north of Boyson Rd). Hours are Thursday and Friday 8-3 and Saturday 8-Noon. Lunch will be available for purchase from 11-1 on Thursday and Friday.

Cedar Rapids’ Fraternal Order of Eagles, 1735 11th Street NW, is hosting a fundraising Pork Chop Dinner on Friday, April 27th from 530-8pm. Stay for karaoke afterward. Cost is $12 for pork chops and all the fixin’s. More information at the Eagles website: www.Eagles2272.net

Team up with friends, loved ones and co-workers and Walk MS: Cedar Rapids on April 28th at Newbo Market to raise funds that drive groundbreaking research and provide critical services to help people with MS live their best lives. Ending multiple sclerosis forever will take all of us. Get more information and register now at walk ms dot org.

Bring the whole family and head out on a hike around the Wickiup Hill Conservation Center with naturalist Gail Barels and carefully peer inside some bluebird boxes on Saturday, April 28th at 1pm. Find out what Linn County Conservation is doing to encourage blue birds on our areas and what you can do to provide housing for birds on your property. Suitable for families with children ages 7 and up with adult. Cost: $2.50/adult, $1/child (16 and under) or $5/family.

The Harmony Hawks present “Make America SING Again“, a playful poke at contemporary politics featuring the chorus and quartets, on Saturday April 28th at 3pm in the concert hall at Prairie High School. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for students (high school aged and younger). Order your reserved seat tickets at HarmonyHawks.org or by calling 866-967-8167. General admission tickets will be available at the door.

MAY

Stop by the Tanager Place Outpatient Clinic between 5:30 – 7:30 pm on May 2pm  for an open house! This event gives the community an opportunity to see therapist offices, our Autism and Music Therapy rooms and more. Find them at Tanager Place Estle Center, 1030 5th Ave SE.

Enjoy music, brews and puppies while supporting a local cause.  Iowa Brewing Company, located at 708 3rd Street SE, is hosting a fundraising event for Definitely Dogs on May 2nd from 5-8pm.  You can bring your pet and sit on the patio – or come out and meet some Service Dogs in Training.  All tips from the event will support Definitely Dogs mission of placing highly trained and loving Service and Facility Dogs in our area. 

The Girls on the Run Spring 5k will be in Cedar Rapids on May 5th, at 10:00 AM on the College Community School District campus.  Girls on the Run is a positive youth development program for 3rd through 8th grade girls that combines running with lessons that inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and develop skills to navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness.   The 5k will be clock timed, family friendly, non-competitive and open to the public.  Runners and walkers of all ages and levels are encouraged to register.   Registration is available online at www.girlsontheruniowa.org and same day registration will be available Saturday, May 5 from 8:00am to 9:30am in the parking lot in front of the Early Childhood Center at College Community School District campus located at 401 76th Ave SW.  Participants will receive a t-shirt and post-race refreshments.  Packet pick-up will be available in Iowa Running Company on Wednesday, May 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and at Scheels in Coral Ridge Mall on Thursday, May 3 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Join the Coggon Fire and Rescue Association for their annual Omelet Breakfast on Sunday May 6th serving from 7am-12noon at the Coggon Fire Department.  All omelets are made to order and include sausage, hash browns, pancake bar, coffee, milk, and orange juice.  There is no cost but free will donations are encouraged.

The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success invites you to their Twelfth Annual Tribute on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 5:30pm. This year’s event honors Kimberly Abram-Bryant, Henry Dawson, and Dr. Sharon Collins. It will be held at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (1400 Inspiration Place SW, Cedar Rapids). Tickets are $50 for Individuals and $400 for a table of 8. RSVP by Sunday, May 1 to Ruth White: (319) 389-4644 / [email protected] or via our website (www.theacademysps.com/twelfth-annual-banquet/).

The Kenwood Park Neighborhood Association invites you to their Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 12th from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Kenwood Park United Methodist Church (175 34th Street NE). This annual event features pancakes, sausage, fruit and choice of drink. Cost is $5.00 for adults, $2.50 for children 6-12 and children 5 and under eat free. Proceeds from this annual fundraiser go to support KPNA’s activities for youth and families in the neighborhood including programs at Kenwood Leadership Academy and improvements at Kenwood Park. There will also be a free flag exchange. Bring your torn or worn US flag and exchange it for a brand new one.

The Robins Fire Department invites you to their Annual Pancake Breakfast on May 19 at the Robins Fire Station. Serving from  7:00 AM to 10:00 AM; this is a free will donation event. They will be giving away door prizes!

Iowa Humane Alliance and Friends of the Shelter, Inc together with the Shellsburg Lions Club, hosts the Best Doggone (And Catgone) Golf Tournament of 2018 on May 20th at the Wildcat Golf Course in Shellsburg to benefit all three organizations and their efforts on behalf of animals. Sign up to play in the tournament by calling Wildcat at 319-436-4653 or simply stop by to check out the raffles and silent auction. Visit with representatives from all three organizations from 9am to 3pm and help animal welfare in Eastern Iowa. For more information about this event, contact Kathleen at the Iowa Humane Alliance Regional Spay/Neuter Clinic or visit www.iowahumanealliance.org/events.

Join us at the Tanager Place Art House for an Expressive Arts Workshop for Parents and Children from 6pm to 7pm on May 31 at the Tanager Place Art House, 2309 C St SW. It’s an event for the entire family and the cost is free! Registration:  http://www.tanagerplace.org/event/connecting-parents-children-through-expressive-arts/

ONGOING

It’s time for the Linn County Fair Quilt Block Challenge. Pre-civil war reproduction fabrics have been chosen to commemorate the 130th anniversary of The Linn County Fair. Stop by Connie’s Quilt Shop in Marion to pick up the quilt blocks or by contacting Kris Blackford at 319-721-9136, Jean Dunn at 319-721-6524 or emailing [email protected]. The kit is $5. The finished block must be dropped off at Connie’s Quilt Shop, to Kris Blackford or Jean Dunn no later than Monday, May 7, 2018.   The blocks will be judged for the Viewer’s Choice that will receive a $25 gift certificate from Connie’s Quilt Shop. Blocks will be on display at the 2018 Linn County Fair June 27th thru July 2nd. Later the blocks will be made into a quilt to be raffled off at the following year’s fair. All proceeds will go towards improvements of The Linn County Fair.

The City of Cedar Rapids has garden plots available for public rental at Squaw Creek Park (north of Gardner Golf Course), Tuma (County Home Road NE), and Ellis Park (Robbins Lake area). The plots may be used for gardening between the spring and fall growing seasons and must be cleared by mid-October. Garden plots may only be used to grow products for personal use and not items for sale. Water is available at Tuma and Squaw Creek Park. Plots may be leased in person, at the Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th Street NW, weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or at the Parks and Recreation Department’s administrative offices at 500 15th Street SW, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They are approximately 20 x 50 feet and may be reserved for $35.00 per plot. The Parks and Recreation Department will till and state the gardens as weather conditions allow.

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.