Community Events

FEBRUARY

Join in the Quilts of Valor National Sew-In Day, February 4th from 10-4 at Community of Christ Church on Blairs Ferry Road. Learn about Quilts of Valor® and Freedom Stitchers of Iowa. Some sewing machines will be available or bring your own too. Bring a quilt to work on or work on the “Assembly Line” to create a top or two!! Sewers, ironers and helpers are needed. Some fabric and material will be available for those joining our QOV cause with a pledge to donating a quilt. Please contact Elayne with any questions at 319-551-4492 or at qov.quiltdeva@gmail.com.

One of America’s best-loved pioneer girls, Laura Ingells Wilder, is turning 150 and Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation is celebrating her birthday at Ushers Ferry Historic Village on Sunday, February 5 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. This special birthday celebration includes winter activities, tea, crafts, music, period games – with fun for all ages, families as well as adults without children. The registration fee is $20 for Cedar Rapids residents and $24 for non-residents. Advance registration is required. To register, please call 319-286-5566 or go to www.crrec.org to register for program #314706-01.

The Otter Creek and Alburnett Lions Clubs invite you to a Scholarship Fish Supper on Saturday, February 11th from 4-7 at the Toddville Legion. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Kids 5 and under eat for free. Proceeds go towards scholarship awards.

Attend PAWS for Love, a Valentine’s Day Gala & Auction to support the homeless animals at the Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control Center on Saturday, February 11 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. Enjoy an evening of jazz, silent auction bidding, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a cash bar.  Advance tickets are just $30/person or $40/couple.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.pawsforlove17.eventbrite.com or call the shelter at 319-286-5993.

The History Center’s 2017 Walking Tours have begun. Historian Mark Stoffer Hunter leads tours through various historic Linn County neighborhoods, sharing stories and highlighting landmarks. The first four tours of the 2017 are Skywalk tours of downtown, which means participants will be protected from any inclement weather. Each of those tours is on a Tuesday—February 14, February 28, and March 14—and start at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. Tours are $5 for History Center members and $7 for the general public or participate in the HisTOURy Hopper program to enjoy 10 tours at a discount: $45 for History Center members and $60 for the general public. The History Center’s diverse range of outdoor walking tours will begin in late April. The full schedule can be found online at historycenter.org/tours.

The Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission, in partnership with the Cedar Rapids Public Library, is hosting a Public Sector Job Fair on Tuesday, February 14th from 4:00 – 5:30 PM. The job fair will be held in the lobby of the Cedar Rapids Public Library downtown. Learn about employment opportunities and employment criteria to better prepare for a job in the public sector.

Join the Birthright Celebration 2017 on Saturday, February 18 at St. Jude Parish Hall in Cedar Rapids and enjoy food, door prizes, silent auction, face painting, music and more. This family-friendly event runs from 6:00-10:00 pm and tickets are $7 for ages 5 and up.

In honor of Black History Month, the Johnson County Historical Society will host a program on the life of Harriet Tubman. The event will take place on February 19th, starting at 2PM at the Johnson County Historical Society Museum, 860 Quarry Road, Coralville. Local Coralville resident Portia Byrd will portray Harriet Tubman as she narrates stories about her life. For more information, please call 319-351-5738. This event is free and open to the public.

Iowa State University Linn County Extension Master Gardeners are hosting a day of horticulture workshops and classes at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, February 25th from 8:00am -4:00pm. Choose 4 classes and one of two keynote speakers. Workshop topics feature experts in over 45 topics such as: Seed Starting at Home, Growing Vegetables in Containers, Raised Bed Gardening and New Perennials for 2017 plus you can visit with more than 30 horticultural-related society displays and vendors. The $59 cost includes lunch at the Kirkwood Community College cafeteria. For more information go to: http://bit.ly/wgf2017

Masopust or Czech Mardi Gras being held the Saturday, February 25th in Protivin IA at the Community Center.  Doors Open at noon.  Barefoot Becky will be the Polka Band and we will also be doing a Czech Skit, Live & Silent Auction, and finish off with a Czech Meal.   Tickets are Pre Sale only. Contact Audrey Novak-Hurd at 563-380-3015 or audnovak87@gmail.com

MARCH

Join the Eagle’s Sportsman’s Club for their annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry on Saturday, March 11th.  A meal of oysters or ham, scalloped potatoes, corn, roll and dessert will be served for $10.00/plate.  Service will be from 5pm-7pm.  There will be a silent auction, 50/50 tickets and a raffle for a Marlin 22 rife and Grill/Smoker combo during that time. Purchase raffle tickets from any sportsman member or at the Eagles Club.   The clue is located at 1735 11th St NW in Cedar Rapids.

ONGOING

The Czech Heritage Foundation recently approved expanding the criteria for new members to allow aspiring prince, princess, little brother and little sister candidates to apply for the Royal Court if they are active members of a Czech organization, regardless of whether or not they have Czech ancestry.  Prince and princess applicants must be 12 through 18 years of age, reside in Iowa and be able to attend events in the Cedar Rapids area. They must either be at least partially of Czech descent or be active participants in Czech organizations. The same rules apply to little brother and little sister applicants, who range in age from 6 to 12. Competitors research Czech customs and culture, write an essay and are interviewed by a panel of judges. Winners serve as young ambassadors for the Czech Heritage Foundation in parades, festivals and other events throughout the year, along with their younger counterparts and Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa. Applications for Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa also are being accepted. Candidates must be between the ages of 18 and 25, and of Czech, Moravian, Slovak or Silesian descent, and either be an Iowa resident or attend an Iowa college. Contestants are judged on talent, ethnic costume, modeling and interviews. The winner earns a $1,000 award and represents Iowa in the Miss Czech-Slovak U.S. pageant in Nebraska. All applications are due March 1. Crowning will be during the Czech Village Houby Days in May. Find more details and applications at: www.CzechHeritageFoundation.com. For questions, email royalty@czechheritagefoundation.com.

Do you know a Hero—someone who has saved a life, made our community a safer place or gone above and beyond to help someone in need? Each year, the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival awards local heroes who have made positive differences in their communities. These Heroes are recognized at the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival’s Tribute to Heroes Dinner. Nominate your hero or someone who has made positive contributions to our community. Nomination forms must be returned to the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival, 609 1st Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405, postmarked no later than Friday March 3, 2017. For additional information, or questions regarding the nomination process or the dinner, please call (319) 365-8313 or e-mail liz@freedomfestival.com.

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 cliff.ehlinger@uweci.org 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.