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.

MAY

The Linn County blindness support group will have its next regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, 23 May 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. in Sedlacek Hall at Cottage Grove Place, 2115 1st Av SE, in Cedar Rapids.  Lauri Mitchell of Aging Services is our invited guest, and we also will discuss use of the white cane, and see how much interest there may be in technology training sessions, possibly outside of our normal meeting times and location.  If you have questions, or want more information about the group, feel free to call Jonathan Ice at 319-298-2919, or e-mail at [email protected].

Come race at Speedeez Indoor Karting and help out local veterans in need. All day Saturday, May 25th , Speedeez will take 10% of your kart fee and donate it to the Freedom Foundation to support local Veterans in need of assistance. There will also be a free will donations jar and a box for canned or dry goods. Show your support for local Vets and have fun at the same time.

The Czech National Cemetery hosts their annual Memorial Day services on Monday, May 27th at 11:30am in the Glovic Center at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, 1224 5th St SE. National anthems of the Czech Republic and Slovakia will be performed by the Czech Plus Band and the Czech Heritage Singers. Activities include Memorial Day readings, a Memorial Day message by Pastor Hurley Bassett, a local Honor Guard with Taps, and a medley of songs by the Czech Heritage Singers. Coffee, soft drinks and kolaches will be served following the program.

The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation will host its first Community Learning Series event on Wednesday, May 29, from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Community Foundation, located at 324 3rd St SE in downtown Cedar Rapids. The event is free and open to the public. Susan Longworth of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will present on “Preliminary Findings from Focus Groups on Economic Inclusion in Smaller Cities,” a study of what cities like Cedar Rapids can do to extend economic opportunity to all residents. After the presentation, there will be time for participant conversation and questions. To RSVP, call 319-366-2862 or email [email protected]. Space is limited and lunch will not be provided.

The Marion Heritage Center & Museum is sponsoring a Cemetery ART Program & Dinner on Thursday, May 30, 2018 from 5:00 P.M. to 8 P.M., at 590 10th Street Marion, Doors will open for a meet-and-greet reception at 5:00 P.M., dinner will be served at 5:30 P.M. At 6:15 Dr. Loren Horton & Mike Zahs will discuss their latest book: Grave Marker Symbols: A Field Guide.  That will be followed by a virtual (slide) tour of Oak Shade Cemetery by Jay Kacena, President of Friends of Oak Shade Cemetery and VP of the Marion Historical Society. Participants will be encouraged to share their stories and observations. Tickets are available at the Center and from all Board members; $15 for adults. Purchase includes: program & a meal of lasagna, salad, bread sticks and dessert. Reserve your ticket with payment in-full by Friday, May 17. Limited to 50.RSVP calling the Center; 319-447-6376.

JUNE

Iowa Humane Alliance will team up with Hy Vee at their Mount Vernon Road location in Cedar Rapids for a dog wash, microchip clinic and other pet-friendly fun on Saturday, June 1st from 10 AM to 2 PM.  This sixth annual “Fabulous Fun Fur Facts Festival” will offer pet owners an opportunity to get their dogs microchipped for only $25, which includes a lifetime registration. Volunteers will be washing dogs for only $15. All dogs are welcome to join in the festivities and fun but must be on-leash. If your dog wants to splash around and receive a bath, you must provide proof of current rabies certificate or veterinary record. For more information call 319-363-1225 or visit http://iowahumanealliance.org/events.

IMCA Racing, JJAM Racing and the Iowa Donor Network present Urbana Five Memorial Night at the Benton County Speedway on Sunday, June 2nd (rain date June 9th). Gates open at 4pm; racing at 6pm. The Urbana 5 Memorial Race honors the lives of Nicole Jacobson, Quentin Ary, Triston Randall, Hunter Tuttle and Zoey Tuttle who passed away in a motor vehicle accident on April 9th 2015. Sign up to be a donor with the Iowa Donor Network.

Mark your calendar for the Robins Round-Up June 7th and 8th. Activities include a kid’s color run, a twilight 5k, a family bike ride, a kids playzone, fireworks and more. Be sure to see the parade at its new start time…2pm Saturday. For more information, check out their Facebook page or go to their website, robinsroundup.com.

The Izaak Walton League’s Save Our Streams (SOS) program helps people just like you check water quality in local creeks and streams so we can get a clear picture of water quality across the country—the first step in crafting water quality solutions that work. The Linn County Chapter is hosting a Save Our Stream (SOS) water quality stream monitor training session the weekend of June 15th and 16th (one group Saturday and another group Sunday). The sessions are one day long and include a morning lecture session and a lunch (provided). In the afternoon, there will be stream-side instruction at McLeod Run on the sample collection process and finally a practical test to identify aquatic macro invertebrates. The successful student is then certified to become a stream monitor. It is expected that the monitor would independently select a local stream and test it for water quality two times a year and submit their findings to a national data base that is maintained by the Izaak Walton League. This is your chance to directly influence water quality in the biosphere that you and your family actually live. For more information about IWLA Save Our Streams program, see: https://www.iwla.org/conservation/water/save-our-streams
Registration details: Saturday, June 15: https://linncoSOSsaturday.eventbrite.com and Sunday, June 16: https://linncoSOSsunday.eventbrite.com  You must preregister for these workshops. Registration deadline: June 5th. If you have trouble with the online registration forms, email [email protected].

The Linn County blindness support group will have its next regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, 27 June 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. in the activities room at Cottage Grove Place, 2115 1st Av SE, in Cedar Rapids.  Please note the change in location at Cottage Grove. We have no outside speaker scheduled, so will use the time to get better acquainted and see what each of us has to offer each other.  We may discuss our experiences with blindness – positive and negative. If you have questions, or want more information about the group, feel free to call Jonathan Ice at 319-298-2919, or e-mail at [email protected].

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ONGOING

The Salvation Army in Cedar Rapids is open for registration for its Summer Day Camp program. The camp is geared towards kid’s ages 6-10yrs and runs Monday through Friday, June 10th through August 16th.   This year’s theme will be Hands-on-Faith, exploring science and technology through the Bible.  The camp is structured around large and small group activities that correlate to the theme, with in house projects and visiting guests. Staff also provides physical activity each day including field trips to area attractions and visiting area pools.  The cost to attend the program is based on household income and sizes, ensuring that it is an affordable option for everyone.  To apply for your children to participate in the Summer Day Camp, contact Chad at 319-364-9131. For more information about the After School Program and other services at The Salvation Army, visit www.sacedarrapids.org.

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is encouraging young women between the ages of 15 and 21 years of age to participate in the 3nd Annual “Fully Involved Young Women’s Fire Academy.” Young women who have thought about a career as a firefighter are encouraged to participate in this program.  Participants will put on firefighter turnout gear and an air pack, conduct search and rescue drills, get certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and take the physical qualification test.  The Academy is designed to teach leadership and team-building skills. The Young Women’s Fire Academy will be held from July 29 – August 2, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.  The cost of the Academy is only $30. For more details and to request an application packet, please visit the Fire Department website at www.cedar-rapids.org/fire.

Brucemore is presenting a series of programming to generate awareness of a momentous event in Eastern Iowa history – the explosion of the Douglas Starch Works 100 years ago. The activities aim to create connections between our modern city, the tragic event, and the community’s resiliency since. The public is welcome to explore the impact of the event and learn more about each of the programs at www.douglasstarchworks.org. The programming will include:

Wreath Laying Ceremony: Honoring the Memory of the Douglas Starch Works Explosion
Monday, May 20 at 3:00 PM – Linwood Cemetery (520 Wilson Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404)

Chalking Our Story: Commemorating 100 Years Since the Douglas Starch Works Explosion
Wednesday, May 22, Throughout the Day – Multiple Locations

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.