Community Events

JULY

The Marion Big Band is back “Swingin at Sunset”for its 22nd season! Each Thursday in July in Marion City Square Park,  you’ll enjoy a delightful evening of classic 30’s and 40’s big band hits from the masters. On July 20th  remember those Big Band Vocalists as the band debuts songs featuring local vocalists. The featured songs are At Last, Frim Fram Sauce, and Strangers in the Night to name a few. Concert starts at 7 PM. Admission is free. No rain date.

Drive, push, pull, or trailer your Model T to the 2nd Annual Model T Day on July 22nd, 2017 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Antique Car Museum of Iowa, located at 860 Quarry Rd, Coralville. Come and experience a fun filled day with fellow Model T enthusiasts! Original cars cherished — restored cars admired. A tour of approximately 25 miles will include a visit to Steve Weeber’s collection as well as a country lunch. This event is sponsored by The Antique Car Museum of Iowa, Iowa Valley Region Antique Auto Club of America, and Friday Morning Coffee Club. For more information or to register for this event, contact ACMOI at 319-354-3310 or [email protected]

The monthly meeting of the Cedar Rapids Area Genealogy Library is Saturday, July 22nd 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. Speaker, Kelsey Kramer-McGinnis will presentWorld War II German POWs in Iowa.  There will be time for questions and individual assistance following the program.  Parking is available in the rear of the building and enter through the back door.  This meeting is free and open to all.

Bring your lawnchair and enjoy singer/musician Joe Sorensen for a free night of local music at the Granger House Victorian Museum on Saturday, July 22nd at 7pm. Joe is a singer-songwriter from Cedar Rapids who uses the his piano, guitar, and voice to tells stories in songs. Feel free to bring your favorite snacks and beverages; but since this is a family-friendly event, alcoholic beverages are not allowed. House tours will not be conducted during this event.
Hope Lutheran Church hosts its annual Iowa Pork Chop BBQ on Sunday, July 23rd from 11am-2pm at the church, located at 2736 Bowling St SW in Cedar Rapids. Delicious food, door prizes, and music featuring the Heartland Band from 12-1pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12; kids 5 and under eat for free! For tickets, call Mary Richeson at 981-0769.
The Marion Big Band is back “Swingin at Sunset”for its 22nd season! Each Thursday in July in Marion City Square Park,  you’ll enjoy a delightful evening of classic 30’s and 40’s big band hits from the masters. On July 27th, enjoy some favorite songs of the big band era including selections from Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman to name a few. Admission is free. No rain date.

AUGUST

The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department and Macaroni Kid are hosting the 5th Annual Back 2 School Bash & Expo on Saturday, August 5 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the McGrath Amphitheatre in Cedar Rapids. This is a family event with the option of purchasing tickets for children, ages 18 and under, to receive a variety of school supplies from participating businesses. A limited number of tickets are available for $5 each that entitle the bearer to school supplies, water and a snack. Advance registration is required by 4:00 p.m. on August 4. Parents, non-schoolers and those not interested in the school supply promotion can attend for free and enjoy bounce houses, games and entertainment. Face painting and concessions will be available for sale. Register for program #103602-01 online at CRREC.org, by phone, 319-286-5566, or in person at the Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th Street NW, or the Parks & Recreation Office at City Services Center, 500 15th Ave. SW. The rain date is Sunday, August 6.

The Linn County Blues Society is teaming up with Friends of Czech Village to start a new blues tradition in Cedar Rapids. Czech Village Blues will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 in the Czech Village neighborhood of Cedar Rapids. The event will be a one-day blues music show to help Friends of Czech Village raise funds for the reestablishment of the Riverside Roundhouse in Czech Village. Czech Village Blues will feature International Blues Slide Guitarist Joanna Connor, and The LCBS Allstars featuring 8 Iowa Blues Hall of Famers. Gates open at 5; show starts at 6.  Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door; kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult admission. Join the Linn County Blues Society for $20 and your ticket is just $10. Advance tickets are available at White Lion Treasures or online at czechvillagefriends.org.

The Johnson County Historical Society will host its annual Barn Tour Barns and Brews of Johnson County on August 12th  from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The bus will depart at 8:30 a.m. from the Johnson County Historical Society’s Museum, on  Quarry Road in Coralville.  Explore breweries and barn structures of Johnson County including Big Grove Brewery, Backpocket Brewing Company, Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery, and Iowa’s largest hops farm, Buck Creek Hops. Learn about the process behind beer and spirit making while enjoying samples at each location.  Participants will also learn about Johnson County’s barn architecture and brewing history from archaeologist Marlin Ingalls between each stop. The event concludes with lunch at Backpocket Brewing Company. The cost for this all-inclusive half-day bus tour is $45 for Historical Society members and $50 for non-members.  To reserve your seat, contact the Johnson County Historical Society at 319-351-5738 or register online at  https://johnsoncountyhistory.org/event/barns-brews-of-johnson-county.

Saturday, August 19th, is Summer Family FREE Day at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library. Stop by anytime between 9:30 am – 4:00 pm for a day full of Chihuly-inspired activities, tasty food, and live music. Enjoy free admission for the whole family to the NCSML’s galleries, including the wonderful Chihuly exhibition! Plus, come back in the evening for CatVideoFest to watch 90 minutes of curated cat videos on the NCSML’s lawn. For more information, check online at www.ncsml.org/event/summer-family-free-day-2017/.

The Otter Creek Lions invite you to a fish fry at the Toddville Legion Hall on Saturday, August 19th from 4-7pm. Enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat dinner that includes a drink and dessert. Cost is $10 for adults; $5 for kids 6-10 and kids 5 and under eat for free. Proceeds will enhance and provide maintenance for Midway Park and help fund Lions state and international programs.

SEPTEMBER

The Vinton Guild of Fine Arts is pleased to announce that our 4th annual Art in the Park will be held on the banks of the Cedar River in Celebration Park, downtown Vinton on Saturday, September 9th from 10am-4pm. This year the Guild is collaborating with Idiot Jam, the popular annual music event that brings in musicians from around the country. In addition to the fine art and music, there will be a children’s tent, competitive art games, food, and Chalking the Walk.

ONGOING

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 encouraging young women between the ages of 15 and 19 years of age who have thought about a career as a firefighter to participate in the first-ever “Fully Involved Young Women’s Fire Academy.”  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 31st – August 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.  The cost is just $30. For more details and to request an application packet, please visit the Fire Department website at www.cedar-rapids.org/fire 

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:

  • July 26th – Elder Abuse
  • August 23rd – Scams
  • September 27th – Identity Theft
  • 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.