Community Events

St. Luke’s Hospital Auxiliary presents Poinsettias & Pastries Holiday Boutique Thursday, Nov. 30 and Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. The event will be held in St. Luke’s A Avenue Lobby to raise money for Children’s Health services at the hospital. This event is open to the community and presented by St. Luke’s Auxiliary featuring Racine Danish Kringles, Designer Poinsettias and Custom Holiday Decor, which ranges from $15-$50.

DECEMBER

The Arc of East Central Iowa presents their annual Wrapping for a Cause at Lindale Mall. Volunteers will began wrapping packages on Friday, December 1st and continue through Christmas Eve. Hours are 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM Monday through Saturday and 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sundays and 9am-3pm on Christmas Eve. The wrapping booth will be located in the food court just inside the Collins Rd entrance. Choose from a wide variety of wraps with eager volunteers to add that special touch to your special gift.  Proceeds from this event provide services and supports for individuals with intellectual disabilities in our community.

The Cedar Rapids Area Genealogy Library will host a Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 2nd from 1:00 – 3:00 PM at the library, located in the basement of the Masonic Library, at 813 1st Avenue S.E..  Tours will be offered and cookies and drink will be served.

You’re invited to a Holiday Craft Fair from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, December 3rd at Clear Creek Amana High School in Tiffin. Shop more than 50 local crafters, handmade artists and vendors; get your picture taken with Santa; pick up your holiday treats at the cookie walk and enjoy refreshments while completing your holiday shopping. Admission is free will donations that will benefit the CCA Marching Band and Color Guard. Visit their facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/127228661310441??ti=ia for a complete list of vendors.

Actor Brent Alan Burington, brings his acclaimed adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to First Congregational Church oh Sunday, December 3rd at 2:00pm for one performance only. Debuted in 1994, Burington plays every role in this two hour version of the classic tale. Café 361 Dessert Bar will follow the performance (free will offering). Tickets are $10.00 (in advance); $15.00 (day of show) and are available for purchase during Fellowship Hour every Sunday or call the Church Office at 319-362-1926. The church is located at 361 17th St SE in Cedar Rapids.

The Marion Heritage Center & Museum will present a program about the popular 19th century sport of pedestrianism or extreme walking on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 2:00 PM. David Brenzel, co-writer and designer of the current exhibit will offer a PowerPoint presentation about the history of the sport with a focus on local figures and events. The program will include a special pedestrienne demonstration on a track laid out in the Center. The race will feature Hilda von Flamme, reigning
champion of East Pfaffenhofen who is rumored to be Deb Krebill, Chief of the Marion Fire Department and Madame Madeline de LaTour, who claims the French title, but may really be the director of a certain local Heritage Center & Museum. This is the second of a series of programs about the current exhibit Good Roads: Bicycles, Motorcycles & Automobiles on the Transcontinental Routes 1878- 1919, which runs through April 29, 2018. Admission to the program and the exhibit is free courtesy of a grant from the McIntyre Foundation of Cedar Rapids. Reception and refreshments will be offered after the program.

The Animal Resource Foundation hosts its 7th annual Cookie Walk & Howliday Bazaar Satauday, December 9th from 11am-2pm at the Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center – 1770 Boyson Rd in Hiawatha. For only $8 a pound, you get your choice of more than 300 dozen cookies, candies, and bars – many holiday themed. There will also be an assortment of handmade gift for animals and the people who love them. All monies raised will benefit twelve non-profits involved in animal rescue and welfare.

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 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:

  • November 22nd – Home Safety
  • December 27th – Disposal of Prescription Medications

A special lecture series, “History Restored: Law & Culture in City Hall Murals” will be offered this winter and next spring on the historic murals adorning the walls of the Cedar Rapids City Council Chambers. The first in the series will be offered on Wednesday, November 8, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the City Hall 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.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | Inherited Culture – Highlighting the South Wall, restored in 2013
Speakers: Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Executive Director Sean Ulmer; and Fine Art Conservation Laboratories President Scott Haskins

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | American Civilizations – Highlighting the East Wall, restored in 2015
Speakers: Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Executive Director Sean Ulmer

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.