Community Events

Would you like your non-profit group’s event information on our calendar? Email a brief description with the pertinent details to [email protected] 3-4 weeks prior to your event.

MARCH

The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department will hold two special open swims at Bender Pool on Tuesday, March 19 and Thursday, March 21 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Admission is $5.25/person or a season pass. All ages are welcome. Children ages 5 and under must be accompanied and directly supervised by an adult. Children ages 6-10 must be accompanied by an adult or responsible person of at least 14 years of age. Regular open swims are held Fridays from 3:30-7:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Bender Pool will be closed March 17 and Easter Sunday, April 21. Go to www.crrec.org for the Bender Pool schedule.

The monthly meeting of the Cedar Rapids Area Genealogy Library will be held Saturday, March 23rd at our location in the lower level of the Masonic Building at 813 1st Ave. S.E. in Cedar Rapids. Social time begins at 1:00 pm followed by the program at 1:30. The speaker will be Eloise Dennis of Center Point who will share the story of her colonial ancestor in Rebecca’s Saga. There will be time for questions and individual assistance following the program.  This meeting is free and open to all.  Parking is available in the rear and accessible through the alley.  Please enter through the back door.

Indian Creek Nature Center invites you to their 36th annual Maple Syrup Festival on March 23rd and 24th. The festival features educational stations, live music and a pancake and sausage breakfast featuring the Center’s handcrafted maple syrup. The breakfast takes place at the Nature Center’s main building, Amazing Space, but there will also be activities at the
Penningroth Barn and Maple Sugar House. A shuttle will run between the two locations. More details and advance
tickets are available now at http://www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org. Hours are 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door for adults, $4 advance or $5 at the door for children aged 4 to 12 years old. Children three and under get in free.

Rock out at the Cedar Valley Rock, Gem, and Mineral Show on March 23rd and 24th at the Hawkeye Downs Expo Center!  This year, the show also includes the Midwest and National Shows! This year’s theme is GEODES…the state rock of Iowa.  Great family event with many hands-on activities for children. Lots of free programs and demonstrations. Admission is just $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for students, children under 12 are free.

The Cedar Rapids area blindness support group’s first meeting will be 1:00 to 3:00, Thursday, March 28th in Sedlacek Hall at Cottage Grove Place, 2115 1st Av SE in Cedar Rapids.  Speaker will be Brad deBrower of CR Transit who will be prepared for questions on LIFTS and fixed-route buses.  We also will spend time working out what shape this group will take into the future. Anyone whose life has been touched by loss of vision is welcome and encouraged to come.  Questions?  Contact Jonathan Ice, 319-298-2919 or [email protected].

Come hungry to the 43rd Annual Kiwanis Breakfast Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Cedar Rapids, Saturday, March 30th from 7-11AM at Xavier High School  6300 42nd Street NE. Proceeds go to youth charities, including shoes for foster children, support the food backpack program sponsored by HACAP, and continue our ongoing projects with the City of Cedar Rapids to improve our public parks. Advance tickets are $6; $7 at the door; no charge for children under five accompanied by an adult.

APRIL

Attend Joyful Noises and support Family Promise of Linn County, an organization that helps homeless families get back on their feet by regaining housing, independence, and dignity. The musicians donate their time and talent to a wonderful evening of great music. The concert is Saturday, April 6th 6 at 7:00 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids.  A free-will donation will be collected.

Please join 5 Seasons Swing for their inaugural Social Swingout! Come learn and dance the Lindy Hop with a Beginner Lesson Starting at 7! NO PARTNERS REQUIRED! After the lesson there will be a DJ’d Social Dance until 9 PM. This event is being held in Downtown Cedar Rapids at the Vitality Fitness and Dance Studio on Saturday, April 13th. Tickets $7 for Adults and $5 for Students and Military. Tickets are available online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5-seasons-swing-first-social-swingout-tickets-59023061566 or come with cash at the door! Please send an email to [email protected] with any questions!

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ONGOING

The Knights of Columbus Club 5677 invite you to a Lenten Fish Fry every Friday, March 8th through April 19th, at the club located at the intersection of Mt. Vernon Rd. SE & Hwy. 13 (behind Casey’s). Enjoy all you can eat baked and hand battered fish, catfish nuggets, baked and french fried potatoes, coleslaw, corn bread, fresh baked desserts, fountain pop and coffee, A children’s menu includes Mac & Cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches. Serving is from 5:00-7:30 p.m. Cost is $12 for adults; children 5-12: $5; 4 & Under: Free. 50/50 drawing each Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Nominate your hero or someone who has made positive contributions to our community at https://www.freedomfestival.com/events/tribute-to-heroes-dinner/nominate. Hero nominees may be a friend or family member, a neighbor, a co-worker—anyone you know who has had an impact upon you or someone else. Three heroes will be selected from the nominations and those who are honored as 2019 Heroes will be contacted via phone by the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival staff. They will be our guests, receive recognition, and an award at the Tribute to Heroes dinner on Thursday June 20, 2019 at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center. Each honoree will receive a $250.00 donation to a charity of choice. Additionally, the honorees will act as Grand Marshals for the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival Parade on Saturday, June 29. Nomination forms must be completed online or returned to the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival, 609 1st Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405, no later than Friday March 8, 2019. For additional information, or questions regarding the nomination process or the dinner, please call (319) 365-8313 or
e-mail [email protected]

Green Iowa AmeriCorps offers a free home energy audit and weatherization service; a service designed to reduce energy usage, lower utility costs, while increasing the comfort of your home. Many homes in Linn County suffer from air infiltration issues; older homes and homes located in the floodplain are especially susceptible. In addition to a home feeling cold and drafty, homeowners may find that their utility costs are rising. To sign up for an energy audit, please call the Green Iowa Cedar Rapids office at 319-200-2786 or for more information, visit GreenIowaAmeriCorps.org

Registration is open for the 2019 Cedar Rapids Police Department Youth Academy.  Students entering Kindergarten through 8th Grade have the opportunity to learn more about being a Police Officer and serving the community. Youth Academy participants will get a tour of the police station and learn about diverse areas within the Police Department including Uniforms, K-9 Unit, Special Response Team, Crime Scene Unit, Physical Training, and more. The Academy will be held from 9:00 a.m. until Noon on the following dates:

  • July 9th and 10th  (For students entering 5th Grade through 8th Grade)
  • July 23rd and 24th (For students entering 2nd Grade through 4th Grade)
  • July 30th and 31st (For students entering Kindergarten through 1st Grade)

Early registration is recommended as class sizes are limited and most reached enrollment capacity during the first week of registration. Cost of the Academy is $25 and participants must have parental permission to participate.  Students who have not previously attended a Youth Academy will be given first preference. Please visit the Police Department’s website  at www.cedar-rapids.org/police to download a registration form.

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.