Community Events


St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Marion Holiday Bazaar will be held on Fri. October 20, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.  There will be rolls, juice and coffee in the morning;  sloppy joes, hot dogs, chili, chips, pies and cake for lunch and dinner.  For sale; crafts, quilts, baked goods, attic treasures, Terri Lynn nuts, Tupperware and more.  All proceeds will be going to charity. The church is located at 915 27th St. Marion. For more, visit their website at  .

Find out about Jack the Ripper and the women he killed during part 3 of Something Wicked This Way Comes at The Granger House in Marion. Ann Rogers will tell the grizzly tales on Friday, October 20 at 7 pm.  Due to the intensity of this program, no children under 14, please. Cost is $10 for the public, free for Granger members. Register at–events, or walk-ins are welcome!

Noelridge Christian Church hosts Trunk or Treat in the church parking lot located at 7111 C Ave NE on Saturday, October 21st from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Enjoy an evening of family fun. Price of admission is one non-perishable food item to be donated to Crossroads Mission. Kids are welcome to dress up in costumes and go from trunk to trunk, collecting Halloween goodies and playing carnival games. Photo booth, cartoon corner, coloring, and refreshments available inside the church.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Iowa men. But what do you really know about it? Recent imaging technology is helping diagnose the disease more accurately and advances are helping eliminate common treatment side effects such as erectile dysfunction (ED) and incontinence. Attend a special community health seminar hosted by University of Iowa Health Care featuring a panel of UI men’s health specialists speaking about prostate cancer on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Coralville. Registration and a light meal is from 5:30 to 6 p.m. The program begins at 6 p.m. The panel of specialists will be available to answer questions from the audience at the end of the program. Spouses or guests are welcome to attend. Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended. Register online or call 877‑MED‑IOWA.

Area veterans are invited to a STEM Career Fair at the Armed Forces Reserve Center located at 1500 Wright Brothers Blvd SW from 1-3pm on Thursday, October 26th. Learn about science, technology, engineering and math career and education opportunities from area businesses like Rockwell Collins, Kirkwood Community College, local unions and more.

Join National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library staff on a walking food tour of historic Czech Village on Wednesday, October 25th. Learn about the unique history behind this fascinating neighborhood while sampling Czech food and drinks. Special stories associated with food and restaurants in the Village will be highlighted. Please make note of any dietary restrictions when purchasing your ticket or feel free to contact Kaitlin Schlotfelt, Family Programs Manager. The tour lasts about 2 hours; wear comfortable shoes and warm clothes. Meet at the NCSML’s clock tower (corner of 16th Ave SW and Inspiration Pl SW) by 6:00 p.m. Parking is available in the museum’s lots or in Czech Village. The museum’s parking garage will not be open for this program. In case of thunderstorms/lightning, a rain date will be posted. Tickets are $20 for museum members; $25 for the general public. for more information, visit

Local volunteers have teamed up with Copyworks and Video Games, Etc! (East and West) to place dropboxes for donated Halloween costumes (Cedar Rapids locations only) for low-income children. Just prior to the holiday, costumes will be collected and delivered to the deserving families of Waypoint. Items that will be accepted are Costumes / Accessories, Masks, Trick-or-Treat bags or buckets and flashlights/batteries/glowsticks. Questions may be directed to Dan Alpers by e-mailing [email protected]

Living Hope Wesleyan Church hosts Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 28th from  2-4pm at the church, located at the corner of Boyson and Council Streets in Cedar Rapids. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held inside the church. Parking is available in the church lot.

St. Paul’s Lutheran in Marion hosts their first annual Family Fall Fest on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 12 to 4 pm. Games, food, and fall-themed activities – all to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. TRUNK OR TREAT will kick off at 3:00pm with a Trick or Treat Costume Parade, and will run until 4:00. Admission and all activities FREE OF CHARGE, but come with a few extra dollars for their German-themed concession stand. Monies will benefit LCMS Disaster Relief Fund. The church is located at 915 27th St. Marion. For more information, visit their website:

Celebrate Halloween safely at the 2nd annual 4-H Trunk or Treat, a fun family event hosted by the Johnson County 4-H Youth Council.  You are guaranteed lots of goodies and extra Halloween fun. Stop by the Johnson County 4-H extension office at 3109 Old Highway 218 S. in Iowa City on October 29th from 5-6 pm to show off your costumes and admire the themed trunks designed by local 4-Hers, the Johnson County Sheriff’s department, 4-H Alumni and more!

Soup-lovers are invited to the 14th annual Soup Supper Fundraising event on Sunday, October 29th from 5-7pm at the Marion Heritage Center & Museum, 590th Tenth Street in Marion.  Cost is $6.50 per person in advance, or $8.00 at the door.  Children under 6 years old eat free.  Tickets are available at the Heritage Center and by our Board members.  The meal includes a hearty bowl of soup, drink and dessert.  Five different kinds of soups will be served.  Plus, new this year, by popular demand Gluten Free soups; chicken noodle and chili and pumpkin bread.  Last serving is at 6:45 pm. Enjoy supper and see the current exhibition Good Roads: bicycles, motorcycles and automobiles on the Transcontinental Routes at no extra charge. For those of you attending with children, costumes are welcomed!


St. Paul’s United Methodist Church invites you to Happy Holi DAZE  2017 pm on November 2nd and 3rd at the church.  Hours are Thursday, 3-8 p.m. and Friday 10-3 p.m. A holiday dinner will be served Thursday, 4-7 p.m. Visit the Hospitality Room, Craft Boutique, Country Store, African Nationals, and Free Trade Areas. Luncheon & Style Show by Dressbarn – November 3rd, Friday noon. Tables can be previewed from 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Limited seating remains. Call 447-1147 for reservations. Proceeds support UMW (United Methodist Women) missions. The church is located at 1340 Third Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids. For more information, visit

The Otter Creek Lions invite you to an all you care to eat Fish Fry on Saturday, November 4th from 4pm-7pm at the Toddville Legion Hall.  Enjoy fish or grilled cheese with all the dinner fixin’s including dessert. The American Legion Auxiliary will also be holding a raffle. Cost is $10 for adults; $5 for kids 10 and under; kids 5 and under eat for free.

Shellsburg Presbyterian Church, 300 Main St., Shellsburg, Iowa is celebrating their 160th anniversary Sunday November 5th.  A special Praise Service will be held at 3:30 p.m. followed by their Annual Soup Supper.. serving 4:30 -7:30 p.m. Enjoy  homemade soups, a variety of salads, dinner rolls,  anniversary cake, ice cream and beverages.  It’s all you can eat; free will donations will be accepted.

The Harmony Hawks Chorus presents their annual Gospel Concert Friday, November 10, 7:00 pm, at New Covenant Bible Church, 3090 N Center Point Rd in Cedar Rapids. Enjoy many outstanding vocal & instrumental groups and soloists performing a variety of gospel and religious music. The Harmony Hawks chorus will anchor the show performing our Gospel and patriotic songs. Admission is free; doors open at 6:30 p.m. There will be a free-will offering taken to benefit the Salvation Army.

Echo Hill Presbyterian Church invites you a Chili/Soup Cook-Off on November 11th at 5pm. A freewill offering will be collected and proceeds will go towards the Horizons Backpack Meals Program benefiting Linn-Mar students. All are welcome to come and sample as many of the chili and soup entries as you wish and then have bowl of your favorite. If you wish to participate in the Chili/Soup Cook-Off Competition, we will be awarding the Heartiest Chili/Soup, Most Flavor-able Chili/Soup, and the Best of the Best. Echo Hill Church is located at 9000 C Avenue. For more information, visit their website at

Cedar Valley Detachment #099 invites you to help celebrate the 242nd birthday of the United States Marine Corps with a dinner and ceremony on Saturday, November 11th at Prairie View Pavillion, located at 5860 Kacena Drive in Marion.  Cocktails begin at 6pm; the ceremony begins at 7pm with dinner following. There will also be a raffle and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 per person and reservations are recommended prior to November 3rd. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. For more information, to online to or call Conrad Vande Zandschulp at 319-270-1534.

St. Ludmila Church hosts its Annual Holiday Bazaar  Saturday Nov. 11, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday Nov. 12, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Don’t Miss Out! Preorder your favorite kolaches no later than Tuesday, Nov. 7. Preset packages of available flavors can be ordered in half or full dozen quantities (apple, apricot, cherry, prune, poppy seed and strawberry). Call either 319-364-0897 or 319-365-6218 between 9 am and 7 pm or  email  [email protected] to place an order. More than 20 vendors offering services and products.  Enjoy hot lunch at Café Ludmila, the silent auction, the bucket raffles, the bake sale, and special guest, Santa Claus, Saturday after 2pm and Sunday morning.   The event will be held in the Social Hall in the lower level of the church at 211 – 21st Ave SW., Cedar Rapids. See or  for more details with a list of vendors and handmade items available.

Boy Scout Troop 8 hosts a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser Nov 12th from 8:00am to 12:30pm at Sharon United Methodist Church, located at 1809 9th St SW. All you can eat pancakes, eggs and sausage for just $5 per person. Gluten-free items available upon request. In honor of Veteran’s Day, all active duty and military veterans eat for free!  All proceeds go toward funding individual scout and troop activities.


America’s multicultural population faces disproportionately high risks for heart disease and stroke. Good health requires more than simply behaviors, and The American Heart Association is committed to helping bridge these gaps by addressing social determinants of health like housing insecurity, healthy food access, education and poverty. Visit to learn more.

Students of all ages (preschool through college) are invited to visit the exhibits at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library for free on the first Saturday of each month during regular museum hours. College students must bring a current school ID card. Regular admission rates still apply to non-students. Members of the NCSML are always admitted free!

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is pleased to announce monthly educational safety sessions for the community with a program entitled “Safety Scoop.” The monthly programs will focus on timely safety topics for older adults.  The Fire Department hopes to connect older adults with available community resources.  Many of the topics will be presented in partnership with other organizations such as AARP, Area Substance Abuse Council, Cedar Rapids Police Department, and Linn County TRIAD, to reduce older adults’ vulnerability to fire, injury, or crime. The sessions will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Central Fire Station, 713 1st Avenue SE.  Scheduled topics for 2017 include:

  • October 25th – Personal Safety
  • November 22nd – Home Safety
  • December 27th – Disposal of Prescription Medications

Participants will be offered a tour of the Central Fire Station following the “Safety Scoop” presentation. Parking is available on the 2nd Avenue side of the Central Fire Station in the old Rapids Reproductions parking lot at 2nd Avenue and 7th Street SE. For more information, contact Firefighter/Paramedic Julie Popelka at 319-286-5277.

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.