Community Events

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Celebrate the holiday season by visiting Brucemore for a special tour or program between November 23rd and December 30th. Visitors will relish 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 artifacts will be on display to help tell the story of Christmas in the early 1900s. Brucemore will offer three signature opportunities to explore the estate and Cedar Rapids history during the holiday season, including: Holiday Mansion Tours, offered Wednesday through Saturday beginning at 10:00 a.m. with the last tour at 3:00 p.m. Admission is $12 per adult and $5 per student (ages 6 – 18). Each tour is limited to 16 people. Music in the Mansion Tours, featuring live music on the newly restored 1929 Skinner Player Pipe Organ. This special season opportunity will be offered Thursdays—December 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 5:30 p.m.— and Sunday afternoons—November 25, December 9, 16, 23, and 30—between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per student (ages 6 – 18) in advance. If available day-of, tickets will be $20. Santa, Snacks, and Stories will be offered December 9, 10, 16, and 17 with check-in times between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per child and $5 per adult in advance. Discounts are available to Brucemore members. Tickets are on sale now for each of these programs. Visit or call (319) 362-7375 to purchase tickets or for more information on scheduled tour times.

Kick off your holiday season with “Christmas with Chorale Midwest,” Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 857 3rd Ave. SE in Cedar Rapids. Get into the holiday spirit with classic traditionals and contemporary favorites. Tickets: $20; $5 student rush tickets at the door with valid ID.

The Young Footliters from Coralville Performing Arts invite you to a performance of The Twelve Days of Christmas on Friday, Dec. 7th at 7:00 pm and Saturday, Dec. 8th at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, in West Branch. Christmas is just around the corner, and Shirley the Partridge is a bit nervous because it’s her very first time carrying out the ancient family tradition of gathering everyone for the official singing of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” With strict instructions from her mom, Grammy, and Great Grammy to guard the Five Golden Rings, Shirley sets off on a quest to find the song participants. This fun-filled show is great fun for the whole family! This is a free production but due to previous demand, tickets should be reserved in advance. Reserve your tickets online, or by calling the Box Office at 319.248.9370. If you have any excess tickets, please return them ASAP so they may be re-distributed. Any remaining tickets will be made available at the door one hour before each performance. Any tickets not claimed 10 minutes prior to showtime may be re-assigned to walk-in patrons. Tickets available here:

Join Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control and the Friends Helping Friends Foundation for their annual PAWS for the Holidays Open House event, on Saturday, December 8th from Noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control Center located at 900 76th Avenue Drive SW.  This year’s Open House celebrates the shelter’s fifth anniversary in their new facility.  Open House activities include live music from Young at Harp, Lori’s Face Painting and Santa Claus for the kids’ enjoyment, refreshments, a bake sale filled with delicious goodies and treats, a FREE photo booth equipped with props to help make your Holiday photo shoot memorable, incredible adoption specials for both the cats and the dogs, and a Holiday Ham Feast Gift Basket Raffle, including a spiral ham from Nelson’s Meat Market, pies from Kathy’s Pies, an etched Pyrex casserole dish from Kittd, and all the fixings to make your holiday dinner for 6-8 complete.   Raffle tickets are on sale now at the shelter for just $5 each or 5 for $20.  Pet adoptions on Saturday, December 8th only, will be reduced to a mere $5 for any spayed or neutered dog or cat.  Adoption fees include pet spay or neuter, initial vaccinations, flea/tick treatment, deworming, and a microchip ID.  Additional charges may apply for rabies vaccinations, heartworm testing on dogs, and FelV/FIV tests for cats. Call 319-286-5993 for more information.

From salsa to contemporary pop, Chorale Midwest’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble will mix jazzy classics with holiday arrangements in its “Holiday Jazz Cabaret” on  Friday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Ave. SE. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Bradley T. Barrett, the 13-member ensemble will perform jazz and pop arrangements of Christmas standards including “Winter Wonderland,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” and “What Child is This?” They’ll be joined by soloists and small ensembles from Chorale Midwest, all performing holiday classics. Tickets are $20, available at Student rush tickets will be available at the door for $5 with valid ID.

Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation is offering a ski/snowboard trip to Sundown Mountain in Dubuque on December 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. The trip is for middle or high school students, ages 10-17. Participants may bring their own equipment of rent it from Sundown Mountain. The fee is $79 for travel, lift ticket, lesson, and ski or snowboard equipment rental; or $69 for travel, lift ticket and lesson when you bring your own equipment. Registrations are accepted on a first-to-pay, first-to-go basis. The deadline is December 17 by 5:00 p.m. Register in person at the Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation office at City Services Center, 500 15th Avenue SW, or Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th Street NW; or by mail. Ski trip forms are available online at




The Cedar Rapids Police Department is taking applications through Thursday, January 10, 2019, at 4:00 p.m.  Applications can be accessed by visiting the Cedar Rapids Police website at  There are computers available at both Cedar Rapids libraries and one computer available at the Cedar Rapids Police Department for those interested in applying who do not have access to a computer. The hiring process is an intense and competitive process and the Cedar Rapids Police Department is seeking the best, most qualified candidates to join our organization. Starting salary for Police Officer positions is $52,499 annually, along with a City of Cedar Rapids benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision and retirement benefits.  The Cedar Rapids Police Department is looking for those interested in serving and making a difference in the community.  Please visit the Police Department’s website at for a comprehensive list of required qualifications, salary and benefit information, and the application. The application and all documents must be received by the Cedar Rapids Police Department no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2019.  No exception will be made.

Nominations are now open for the Cedar Rapids Kernels sixth annual Military Heroes Baseball card set. The card set will represent each branch of the military and honor those who are currently serving our country, veterans who have served in the past but are no longer active, and those who bravely fought for our country, but have since passed away. Nominations forms are available by visiting the Kernels offices during normal business hours, or online at Nominations can be submitted online, mailed directly to the Kernels offices or dropped off at the stadium during normal business hours. Please include a photo of the Military Hero with your completed nomination form. The first 30 submissions will make it into the 2019 card set, so we urge people to turn in their nominations right away. Nominations will be taken until Thursday, January 31st, OR, until 30 submissions are received. The card set will be given away to the first 1,000 fans that enter Veterans Memorial Stadium on Thursday, July 4th, 2019. Those military heroes selected to appear in the card set and their families will be honored on the field following the July 4th game, and will receive four tickets to that game. To give all past and current military the opportunity to be honored in the Military Heroes Card Set, we ask that those veterans included in card sets from 2014 to 2018 not be nominated. For more information on the Military Heroes Baseball card set, or to access a nomination form, please contact Andrea Brommelkamp at (319) 896-7603 or by e-mail at [email protected].

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.