Community Events

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NOVEMBER

The Otter Creek and Alburnett Lions Clubs join forces for a Fish Fry on Saturday, Nov 9th from 4pm-7pm at the Toddville American Legion Hall. Dinner includes all-you-can-eat fish or grilled cheese, potato, coleslaw, roll & butter, drinks, and dessert. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-10, children 5 and under eat free. Proceeds go towards scholarships for high school seniors.

Boy Scout Troop  invites you to a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, November 10th from 8am-12:30pm at Sharon United Methodist Church, located at 1809 9th St SW in Cedar Rapids. All-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs and sausage for just $5.00 per person. In honor of Veteran’s Day, all active duty and military veterans eat for free! Gluten-free items available upon request. Proceeds fund individual scout and troop activities.

The Coe College Trap Team and the Linn County Izaak Walton League will be hosting a 50 Target Trap fundraiser on Sunday, November 10 at the Linn Co. Izaak Walton League located at 5401 42nd St. NE in Cedar Rapids.  Registration begins at 11:00AM with a 12:00PM start. There is a $10 entry fee.  100% goes to Linn County VA Food Bank. Each participant will shoot 25 targets at 16 yards, and then 25 targets at 20 yards. Prizes for this event will be a turkey, a spiral ham, and a rib roast. Participants need to bring $10, or more, to donate to Linn Co. VA Food Bank *Checks payable to Izaak Walton League*, 2 boxes of shotgun shells (7 1/2 or 8 shot ONLY), a shotgun, and eye and ear protection. The sponsors will supply targets (Ike’s), scorers/loaders/pullers (Coe College), a soup lunch, snacks, cookies, drinks (Ike’s). This will be a good will donation with proceeds being added to the fundraiser. There will be other door prizes during the event.

Former Rockwell Collins engineer Mark Kovalan will present the program Early Radio History on Sunday, Nov 10th from 1:30 to 3:30 PM discussing the early technological developments that rapidly propelled radio from a scientific curiosity to a practical means of communication and the widespread adoption of home radio receivers. The evolving appearance and styling of radios will also be represented through a series of photo slides. The museum will open at 1 p.m. and the program will be followed by a reception with light refreshments. Admission to the exhibition and all the outreach programs in the series is free courtesy of a grant from the McIntyre Foundation of Cedar Rapids. The museum is located at 590 10th Street in Marion.

Listen in as The History Center presents A Conversation With Cary J. Hahn on Tuesday, November 12th at 6:00pm. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for members.  The History Center is located at 800 2nd Ave SE in Cedar Rapids. To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.historycenter.org/oral-histories-live.

Chorale Midwest’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform an evening of standards and new vocal arrangements on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Ave SE. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Bradley T. Barrett, the 12-member ensemble will perform jazz and pop arrangements of standards including Tito Puente’s “Oy Como Va,” Burt Bacharach’s “The Look of Love,” Rogers and Hart’s “Falling in Love with Love,” George Gershwin’s “They All Laughed” and Kurt Weill’s “Mack the Knife.” Tickets are $20, available at http://www.choralemidwest.org/purchase-tickets/. Student rush tickets will be available at the door for $5 with valid ID.

The monthly meeting of the Cedar Rapids Area Genealogy Library will be held Saturday, November 23rd in the lower level of the Masonic Building at 813 1st Ave SE in Cedar Rapids. Social time begins at 1:00 pm followed by the program at 1:30. Society members will share stories of their fascinating ancestors. 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.  If the parking lot is full, you may park in the History Center lot or the PCI parking ramp.  Please enter through the back door.

The Men’s Breakfast Group of Christ Church Presbyterian invite you to a Pork Loin Dinner on Saturday, November 23rd at the church, located at 2000 1st Ave NW. Serving will be from 5:00-7:00pm. Enjoy roasted pork loin, mashed potatoes and gravy,  vegetable, salad, dessert and beverage. Cost is $8.00 for adults; $4.00 for children. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at the Church office,  Mondays thru Thursdays from 9:00am-12:00 noon. Proceeds go to mission support in the Cedar Rapids area.

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ONGOING

Celebrate the holiday season by visiting Brucemore for a special tour or program between November 29 and December 29, 2019. Enjoy 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 historic artifacts from Brucemore’s collection will be on display to help tell the story of Christmas in the early 1900s, the three families who lived at Brucemore, and the role they played in shaping Cedar Rapids today. Holiday Mansion Tours will be offered Wednesday through Saturday, November 29 through December 28, 2019 with scheduled times between 10:00 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. Admission is $12 per adult and $5 per student (ages 6 – 18). Tickets are free for members of Brucemore; quantity based on giving level. Each tour is limited to 16 people.  Music in the Mansion Holiday Tours, featuring seasonal music on the recently restored 1929 Skinner Player Pipe Organ, will be offered Thursdays—December 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 5:30 p.m.— and Sundays—December 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29—with times scheduled between 12:00 and 3:20 p.m. Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per student (ages 6 – 18) in advance. Members of Brucemore receive $5 off per ticket; quantity based on giving level. Each tour is limited to 16 people. Santa, Snacks, and Stories will be offered December 8, 9, 15, and 16 with check-in times between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per child and $5 per adult in advance. Children of members receive $3 off per child. Space is limited and this event frequently sells out in advance. Tickets are on sale now for all events at www.brucemore.org.

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

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.