Community Events

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St.Paul’s Lutheran Church is holding their 35th Annual Harvest Bazaar on Friday Oct. 19th , 2018 9:00 am – 7:00 pm. Shop for quilts, crafts & holiday items, attic treasures, bake sale, Terry Lynn Nuts, cookbooks, & more. The kitchen will be open for coffee, lunch and supper. Enjoy chili and many other choices. All proceeds will benefit non-profit missions. The church is located at 915 27th Street in Marion.

The Eagle’s Club hosts a Pork and Dumpling Supper on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, from 5:30-8:00pm. Enjoy pork, dumplings, gravy, baked beans, sauerkraut, kolaches and a beverage. Cost is $10 for adults; $5 for children 10 & under. The club is located at 1735 11th St NW in Cedar Rapids. The event is sponsored by the Retired Eagles Activity Club and the Drill & Ritual team.

The Otter Creek Lions invite you to an All-You-Care-To-Eat Fish Fry on Saturday, October 20th from 4-7pm at the Toddville Legion Hall. Enjoy fish, grilled cheese, potatoes, coleslaw, roll & butter, drink & dessert. Cost is $10 for adults; $5 for kids aged 6-10; kids 5 and under eat for free. Proceeds will enhance and fun Midway Park and Lions local, state and international programs.

Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation hosts Safe Halloween for Kids at Ushers Ferry on Sunday, October 21 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. This old-fashioned Halloween event includes trick-or-treating, games and costume contests. Admission is $7 per trick-or-treater. Advance registration is encouraged, but not required. For more information, cCall Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation at  319-286-5566 or go to

Chorale Midwest will explore “Beyond the Moon and Stars” in the opening concert of its Mainstage Series on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 2:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, in Cedar Rapids. Dr. Bradley T. Barrett, artistic director, will lead the chorale and smaller ensembles including the Chamber Singers, Pro Musica Women’s Ensemble and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble in a concert of classical and contemporary choral music exploring the heavens and beyond. Repertoire will include Handel’s “Let Their Celestial Concerts” and Lloyd’s “Cells Planets.” Tickets are $20, available at Student rush tickets will be available at the door for $5 with valid ID.

Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation invites families to Ushers Ferry for some good old-fashioned fall fun including hayrack rides, drinking hot cocoa around a bonfire, and making crafts. Select village buildings will be open for tours until sunset and popcorn and sarsaparilla will be available for purchase at the saloon. Harvest Hayrack Nights will take place on Wednesday,   October 24th. An early program called “Sunset Pumpkins” will be offered from 5:00-6:30 p.m. for families with young children who have a hard time staying up late (older children are welcome, too). The later session, “Night Owls,” will be offered from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The fee per evening for each program is $6.25/child (3-14 years), $9.50/adult and free admission for those age 2 and under. Advance registration is available but not required. Call Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation at 319-286-5566 or go to For more information, call Ushers Ferry Historic Village at 319-286-5763.

Jeffrey B. Miller, author of WWI Crusaders, the true story of young, untested American volunteers who entered German-occupied Belgium to save an entire nation trapped in the middle of a world war will speak in the Figge Auditorium at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum is located in West Branch, Iowa, ¼ mile off Interstate 80 at Exit 254. Admission to talk is free with paid Museum admission. The Museum and Gift Shop will remain open until the end of the event.

Swimmers, ages 5-14, will want to celebrate Halloween with a splash at the annual Spooky Swim at Bender Pool, 940 14th Avenue SE, on Friday, October 26 from 6:00-8:30 p.m, sponsored by Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation. In addition to enjoying fun games and swimming, participants will receive a bag of treats as they leave. Admission is $6.25 per participant at the door. Swim passes will not be accepted. For more information call Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation at 319-286-5566 or go to

The 27th annual Special Populations Halloween Dance co-sponsored  by Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation and the ARC of East Central Iowa will be held Friday, October 26 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th Street NW. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend and wear a costume. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Admission is $5 per person at the door. For more information call Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation at 319-286-5566 or go to

The Cedar Rapids Family History Center hosts a family history symposium on Saturday Oct. 27th, from 9am-4pm at 4300 Trailridge Rd SE in Cedar Rapids. The free symposium is open to anyone from teens to adults interested in family history. Whether you are new to family history or are one who is well versed in the subject,  the symposium has classes for all levels. Come to a few classes or stay all day; bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy a lunchtime program, too. Registration begins at 8:30am Pre-registration is not required but is welcomed. Preregister through this link: 2018 Tools for Discovery FHS Registration . Class Descriptions and schedule can be found at

After a one year hiatus, the Eastern Iowa Orchid Society hosts its annual Orchid Show and Sale at the Elks Lodge at 801 33rd Ave. SW, on Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The feature of this show will be more than 500 blooming orchid plants displayed by orchid societies from Iowa and surrounding states in breathtaking exhibits. The American Orchid Society will judge entries. In addition to Society exhibitors, anyone who wishes to present a blooming orchid for display and judging can do so by bringing it to the show site on Friday, Oct. 26, by 5 p.m. Top vendors from the Midwest will offer hundreds of plants for purchase. Daily lectures are scheduled covering “Repotting,” “Basic Orchid Culture,” and “Re-blooming” each day at 1 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.

Kenwood Park Neighborhood Association hosts its Annual Chili and Soup Supper on Saturday, October 27th in the basement of Kenwood Park United Methodist Church (175 34th Street NE). Supper will be served from 4:30-7:00 p.m. The menu includes homemade chili, chicken soup, crackers, fresh vegetables, homemade desserts and choice of drink. All are welcome! Cost is $5.00 for adults and $2.50 for children 6 to 12. Children 5 and under eat free.  Bring your old US flag and exchange for a new one. There will be a door prize drawing for a $25.00 gift card. All proceeds from this event are used to fund KPNA events, newsletters and improvements to the neighborhood.

The Eastern Iowa Brass Band performs its annual Fall concert on Saturday, October 27th at 7:30pm in the Solon Community Center Auditorium  located at 313 S. Iowa Street.  “The Year of the Dragon” is a musical composition by Philip Sparke. The many rhythms and chord progressions throughout the piece suggest a slight jazz influence, mostly in the style of Gershwin.  “Tale of the Dragon” by Paul Lovatt-Cooper is also on the program. Tickets for the performance are $10 for adults with Free Admission for students and children. Tickets are available at the door and can be purchased with cash or check. Please try to bring exact change if paying by cash.

Eagles Auxiliary 2272 invites you to Trick or Treat Nite on Monday, Oct. 29th from 5-7pm at the Eagles Club, located at 1735 11th St NW in Cedar Rapids. It’s safe Halloween fun for the whole family. Hot Dog, Chips & Drink will be provided for kids & parents.

The Johnson County 4-H Youth Council is hosting their 3rd annual Trunk or Treat from 5 to 6 o’clock on Sunday, October 28th at the Johnson County Extension Office located at 3109 Old Highway 218 S, Iowa City, Iowa. This event is free and everyone is welcome to attend!

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) and Revival Theatre Company (RTC) host a collaborative discussion forum moderated by Jim Kern, regarding pointillism painter George Seurat in the Auditorium at the CRMA on Tuesday, October 30th at 7:00pm. CRMA Associate Curator Kate Kunau will be discussing Post Impressionism in France in the 1890’s and the art of George Seurat. The Revival Theatre Company will be sharing their expertise on the musical score and costume and set design behind their upcoming production of Sunday in the Park with George (November 15-17, Sinclair Auditorium). There is no cost to attend the forum.


SOKOL of Cedar Rapids is holding a Garage & Craft Sale Thursday & Friday November 1st & 2nd  from 9 am – 5 pm and Saturday, November 3rd  9 am – 12 pm. Bake Sale Items for Sale Daily.  Sokol Cedar Rapids is located at 5200 18th Avenue SW in Cedar Rapids.

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church UMW is hosting its annual Holiday Fair, “Christmas Melodies,” on Nov. 1 and 2.  Craft Boutique, Country Store, Cookie Walk, African Nationals items, and Fair Trade items are available.  Thursday, Nov. 1 hours are from 3:00-7:30 pm, and Friday, Nov. 2 hours are 10:00am-2:30 pm.  The church is located at 1340 3rd Ave. SE in Cedar Rapids.

Alice United Methodist Church invites you to their annual Lord’s Harvest Dinner, serving from 11am-1:30pm on Saturday, on 3rd. The menu includes chicken and noodles, potatoes and gravy, squash, salad, rolls, pie and other desserts. Take-outs are available. Shop the bake sale and garden produce sale, too. Cost is $10 for adults; $5 for chidren aged 5-10; preschoolers eat for free. The church is located 4-1/2 miles east of Center Point on the Central City highway. A chair lift is available.

SOKOL of Cedar Rapids invites you to a pancake breakfast on Sunday, Nov 4th from 7:30 am – 12 pm. Enjoy all you can eat pancakes, plus scrambled eggs, sausage links, fruit cup, and juice, water and coffee. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for kids 6 – 12; kids  5 and under eat for free. Tickets will be available at the door. SOKOL is located at  5200 18th Avenue SW in Cedar Rapids.

The award winning MetroMix Chorus will be presenting their annual musical production on November 17 at 4 pm at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  Appearing with them will be Jominga featuring Nina Swan and friends as well as Cantabile from Prairie Point Middle School and 9th Grade Academy.  Go to or on Facebook metromixchorus.  Tickets are $20 and available at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts or [email protected].


Notice of In-Office and Satellite Voting Locations for the November 6, 2018 General Election

Absentee/early voting begins Monday, October 8 for the November 6, 2018 General Election. Voters may choose to vote in four ways:

  • In-person at the Linn County Auditor’s Office
  • In-person at a variety of satellite voting locations (listed below)
  • In-person on election day at their voting location
  • By mail

The Linn County Elections Office, at 935 Second St. SW in Cedar Rapids, will be open for voting from October 8 – November 5. Hours include:

  • Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 27 & Saturday, November 3 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and
  • Tuesday, October 30 & Thursday, November 1 for extended hours until 7 p.m.

Satellite voting stations are listed below. Any Linn County voter may vote at any Linn County satellite location.

Oct 15 12pm-6pm Cornell College – Cole Library 600 1st St SW, Mount Vernon
4pm-8pm Hy-Vee, Oakland Rd 3235 Oakland Rd NE Cedar Rapids
4pm-8pm Hy-Vee, Wilson Ave 20 Wilson Ave SW, Cedar Rapids
Oct 16 10am-4pm Coe College – Gage Memorial Union 1220 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids
4pm-8pm Hy-Vee, Oakland Rd 3235 Oakland Rd NE Cedar Rapids
4pm-8pm Hy-Vee, Wilson Ave 20 Wilson Ave SW, Cedar Rapids
Oct 17 10am-4pm Mt Mercy University – University Center 1330 Elmhurst Dr NE, Cedar Rapids
4pm-8pm Hy-Vee, Edgewood Rd 5050 Edgewood Rd NE, Cedar Rapids
4pm-8pm Hy-Vee, Marion 3600 Highway 151, Marion
Oct 18 10am-4pm Kirkwood Community College – Iowa Hall 6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids
4pm-8pm Hy-Vee, Edgewood Rd 5050 Edgewood Rd NE, Cedar Rapids
4pm-8pm Hy-Vee, Marion 3600 Highway 151, Marion
 Oct 19 4pm-8pm Hy-Vee, Mt Vernon Rd 4035 Mount Vernon Rd SE, Cedar Rapids
Oct 20 10am-4pm Hy-Vee, Oakland Rd 3235 Oakland Rd NE Cedar Rapids
10am-4pm Hy-Vee, Wilson Ave 20 Wilson Ave SW, Cedar Rapids
10am-4pm Hy-Vee, Edgewood Rd 5050 Edgewood Rd NE, Cedar Rapids
Oct 22 4pm-8pm Hiawatha Community Center 101 Emmons St, Hiawatha
4pm-8pm Anderson Community Center 720 Main St, Center Point
4pm-8pm Ely Public Library 1595 Dows St, Ely
Oct 23, 24, 25
4pm – 8 pm Cedar Rapids Downtown Library 450 5th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids
4pm- 8 pm Cedar Rapids Ladd Library 3750 Williams Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids
4pm- 8 pm Marion Public Library 1095 6th Ave, Marion
Oct 26 1pm-7pm Mission of Hope 1700 B Ave NE, Cedar Rapids

Absentee ballots will be available for all eligible voters of Linn County at the Auditor’s Office and satellite voting locations. Voter registration forms will also be available for new registrations and registration changes. Note that due to the August 2018 Iowa Supreme Court decision, ID is NOT currently required on Absentee Ballot Request Forms.

Absentee ballots may be requested through Linn County Election Services. A request form is also available at The first round of mailed absentee ballots will be sent on Monday, October 8, 2018. Mailed absentee request forms must be received by Saturday, October 27 at 5 p.m. As a reminder, the Linn County Auditor’s Office recently sent a mailer to Linn County households that included information on voting, an absentee ballot request form and a sample ballot. The sample ballot is not a real ballot and CANNOT be used for voting. The sample ballot cannot be read by a machine. It can be used for voters to do research and prepare for the election. To vote in the upcoming election, voters should apply for an absentee ballot, vote in person at a satellite location, vote in person at the Auditor’s Office, or vote at the polls on election day, November 6. For questions regarding this election, call Linn County Election Services at (319) 892-5300, ext. 1.



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.