Community Events

FEBRUARY

Columbus Club 5677 hosts their annual Fish Fry Fridays, beginning Friday, February 16, through Friday, March 30, at Mt Vernon Rd and Hwy 13. All you can eat baked or hand battered fish, Catfish Nuggets, Baked or French Fries Potatoes, Coleslaw, Corn Bread, Fresh Baked Deserts, Fountain Pop or Coffee. NEW Kids Menu, Mac and Cheese and Grilled Cheese sandwiches. 50/50 raffle drawing each Friday at 7:30. Cost is $12.00 for adults, children 5-12 $5.00; kids 4 and under eat free.

Sokol Cedar Rapids presents their 6th annual Sibrinky Costume Ball and CZECH  MARDI  GRAS on Sunday, February 18th from 2pm-6pm at St. Wenceslaus Church, Glovick Center, 1224 5th St SE, Cedar  Rapids. Entertainment by the Czech Plus Band and the Svetlusky Czech Youth ensemble. All ages welcome. Admission is a $5 donation, kids 12 years & under admitted  free. Costumes are encouraged. Food & Beverages available for purchase.

The monthly meeting and program of the Cedar Rapids Area Genealogy Library will be held Saturday, February 24th in the lower level of the Masonic Library at 813 1st Ave. S.E. in Cedar Rapids.  Social time begins at 1 PM followed by the program at 1:30. Award-winning Iowa author, Cheryl Mullenbach, will introduce us to Iowa’s Misbehaving Women.  Parking is available in the rear of the building and enter through the back door.  This meeting is free and open to all.

Young people with Czech ancestry have a unique opportunity in Iowa. The Czech Heritage Foundation, based in Cedar Rapids, sponsors the Czech Royal Court, a group of boys and girls ages 6 to 16 who represent their Czech heritage at festivals, parades and other events throughout the year. The foundation also sponsors the Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa pageant, in which young women ages 16 to 25 compete for the state title. Applications are being accepted through March 1 for all of the positions. This year’s pageant is May 19th during Houby Days .Applications can be found at www.czechheritagefoundation.com For more information, send an email to missczechslovakiowa.com or [email protected]

MARCH

The Cedar Valley Woodcarvers present The Art of Wood Carving on March 3rd from 9-5 and March 4th from 10-4 at the Kirkwood Regional Center located at 1770 Boyson Road in Hiawatha. See lathe and carving demos, woodworking displays and items for sale. For more information, check their website at cedarvalleywoodcarvers,com.

Registration is now open for the 13th annual Winter Gardening Fair, presented by the Linn County Master Gardeners.  The fair will be held Saturday, March 3rd at Kirkwood Community College.  The all-day event features over 40 workshops by Iowa Master Gardeners and other gardening experts, and includes lunch. Keynote speaker Dr. Adam Janke, Assistant Professor & Extension Wildlife Specialist at Iowa State University, will teach about key principles and practices to make landscapes work for wildlife, including everything from butterflies to bats, using native plants and mimicking natural systems and processes. Workshop topics range from critter control, how to attract butterflies or birds, ornamental grasses, and how to grow better tomatoes. Hands-on classes include seed starting, making whimsical wind chimes, making a butterfly nectar feeder, and Miniponics.  For complete class descriptions and registration, go to www.extension.iastate.edu/linn/content/winter-gardening-fair. Tuition is $59 and includes the keynote address, choice of four classes, and a hot “comfort food” lunch buffet. Kirkwood Community College is located at 6301 Kirkwood Boulevard, on the southwest side of Cedar Rapids.  Registration fills up quickly, so don’t delay.

The Czech School Board invites you to their annual Chili Supper and Bake Sale on Saturday, March 10th in the St. Ludmila Church Social Hall. Serving will be from 4:30 until 6:30pm. The meal includes a carrot & celery relish, their signature chili, rye bread, cake and a beverage. A $5 donation per person is requested. Tickets are available at the door. Proceeds will be used to continue the longstanding tradition of offering a Czech culture, heritage and language learning opportunity in Cedar Rapids.

The Eagle’s Sportsman’s Club hosts its annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry Saturday, March 10th. at the club located at 1735 11th St NW in Cedar Rapids. A meal of oysters or ham, scalloped potatoes, corn, roll and dessert will be served for $10.00 a plate.  Service will be from 5pm-7pm.  There will be a silent auction, 50/50 tickets and a raffle for a 22 Ruger rifle and 43” LG Smart TV during that time.  Purchase tickets to the raffle from any sportsman member or at the Eagles Club.

The Arc of East Central Iowa invites you to join their 21st annual Arc March on March 17 in the Lindale Mall food court to celebrate the dreams and the potential in each of us. Gather at 8AM, the walk begins at 9:30 and will last approximately 30 minutes. Create your own fundraising page at: http://www.firstgiving.com/arceci/2018-arc-march. The t-shirt order deadline is Friday, March 2nd. For more information, go to www.arceci.org  All money raised will go to the Arc of East Central Iowa to benefit people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Newhall invites you to their annual Ham Dinner on Sunday, March 18th. Enjoy a delicious meal complete with dessert and beverage. Serving is 11am-1pm. Cost is $9 for adults, $5 for children 6-12. Kids 5 and under eat for free. Carry-outs available. For more information or to order your dinner, call 319-223-5577.

42nd Annual Farmers Style Breakfast sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Cedar Rapids will be held on Saturday, March 24th from  7am-11am at Xavier High School,  6300 42nd Street NE, Cedar Rapids IA.  Tickets are $6 in advance;  $7 at the door;  no charge for children under five accompanied by an adult. Proceeds go to youth charities.

APRIL

The Corridor Autism Resource Expo (CARE) brings dozens of autism-related services, organizations, and speakers to one place as a one-stop extravaganza for autistic people and families who are looking for resources in the Corridor area. It will be held on Saturday, April 7th from 10am-3pm at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, 1100 Rockford Ave SW. This event is FREE and open to families, professionals, and anyone who works with or supports individuals on the autism spectrum.  There will be free ice-skating for attendees!

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.

ONGOING

Girl Scouts will begin taking orders for cookies on January 19th. Our new Care to Share program encourages customers to buy an extra box of cookies to donate to the military. Customers can make $4 donations that represent a box of cookies that will be given to Soldier’s Angels and Riverbend Troop Support, organizations that send care packages to the brave men and women in our military. Our goal is to collect 2,018 cases of cookies for the troops. Traditional flavors are $4/box and the S’mores cookies and gluten free Toffee-tastic cookies are $5/box.

A special lecture series, “History Restored: Law & Culture in City Hall Murals” will be offered on the historic murals adorning the walls of the Cedar Rapids City Council Chambers, located on the third floor of City Hall (101 1st Street SE). The lectures are free and open to the public.  All lectures will be held from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Visitors can see the murals and chat with guest speakers from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The final lecture in the series is Thursday, February 15, 2018 | Contemporary Life – Highlighting the West Wall, restored in 2015; Speaker: Legion Arts Mel Andringa

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.