Community Events

AUGUST

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.

You’re invited to the Cedar Rapids Pet Fair on Saturday, Aug 12th from noon until  at Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control located at 900 76th Ave Dr SW. Bring your pet for the rabies & Microchip clinic from 1-3, visit local pet rescue and care booths, check out the reptile show & tell, the bake sale, cake walk, games, raffles and much more. Adoption specials all day! Admission is free!

Buffalo United Methodist Church hosts an Ice Cream Supper on Saturday, August 12th from 4-7pm at the church located at 1000 30th St NE. Enjoy Sloppy Joe’s, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, a beverage and pie or cake with ice cream. Cost is $7.00 for adults, $2.50 for kids 12 and under; kids 5 and under eat for free.

All Systems Go a high-energy, fast-moving musical comedy extravaganza to benefit Systems Unlimited will be performed at 7:30pm on Saturday, Aug.12 and at 2:00pm on Saturday, Aug 13 in Iver Opstad Auditorium at Iowa City City High School. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for children with proceeds to help provide music therapy, musical activities and music lessons for individuals served by Systems Unlimited, now helping more than 1,400 children, adults and families in 45 cities and towns throughout Eastern Iowa

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/.

Join the fun at the St Matthew’s Parish Festival on Saturday, Aug 19th. The fun begins at 9:00 AM with a 5k fun walk/run followed by a half mile walk/run for kids. Start the morning with warm cinnamon rolls and fresh coffee and later on, enjoy delicious grilled brats and burgers, beef-on-a stick, homemade egg rolls, crabmeat Rangoon, homemade desserts, ice cold beer and pop. Bring the family and/or friends for a day of fun, including a Bags Tournament, Bingo, kids’ games, inflatables, a climbing wall, a Silent Auction, Art and Crafts Market, cash prize raffle, live music, and more. The church is located at 2310 1st Ave NE. For details, go to www.stmatthewcr.org

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.

The monthly meeting and program of the Cedar Rapids Area Genealogy Library will be held Saturday, August 26th in the lower level of the Masonic Library at 813 1st Ave. S.E.  Social time begins at 1 PM followed by the program at 1:30. Local amateur historian, Dick Pohorsky, will summarize the traditionally accepted causes of World War I, examining the diplomacy and political maneuvering of 19th century Europe. 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.

Bash At CR is a FREE Christian Music festival at Hawkeye Downs on August 26th from 11:30am-10pm. Two stages with 16 bands provide a variety of music for all ages. Food will be available for purchase from Hy-Vee, Pizza Ranch, and Kona Ice. Activities for children include: inflatables, outdoor games, face painting, and arts/crafts area. Attendees are asked to bring a few items to support BASH @ CR’s local elementary school supply drive. More information can be found at www.bashatcr.com.

The Eagles Club Aerie & Aux #2272  is hosting an Iowa Pork Chop Dinner  from 5:30 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, Aug. 26th at the club located at 1735 11th St NW. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 10 & under. This is a State Charity Fundraiser for Child Serve–a Nonprofit serving the needs if special healthcare children.

Lafayette Christian Church hosts it’s annual Summer Concert on Sunday, Aug 27th at the church, located at 3196 Lafayette Road in Alburnett. Billy Heller will perform at 1pm, followed by the Castle Ridge Band at 2:30. Stay and enjoy pie and ice cream after the concert. Bring a lawn chair, the church will provide water. A free will offering will be collected. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the church.

SEPTEMBER

St. Joseph’s Church in Chelsea celebrates its 98th Annual Fall Festival on Sunday, September 3rd with a Chicken & Ham  Dinner that includes homemade noodles, kraut, Czech kolaches and rohlickys and much more.  Serving starts at 11am and carryouts are available from 11am-1pm. Dinner tickets are $10 for adults, $4 for kids under 12. Advance tickets are available at St. Patrick Church in Tama, Chelsea Savings Bank in Chelsea and Belle Plaine and Wilkerson Hardware in Toledo.

Whether you are a social bicyclist, an avid bicyclist, an interested citizen and/or elected official, you’re invited to participate in the Linn County Mayors’ Bike Ride on Labor Day Monday, Sept 4th.  There is an 8.5 mile route that goes through all four quadrants of Cedar Rapids or you can choose a 2.5 mile ride that circles the Time Check neighborhood. There is no cost to participate. Helmets MUST be worn or your cannot ride. Registration starts at 9 AM in Ellis Park and the ride starts at 10 AM.

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

The American Heart Association reminds you that high blood pressure (or hypertension) is a symptomless “silent killer” that quietly damages blood vessels and leads to serious health threats.  Know your numbers:  Get it checked.  One out of every three adults over age 20 have high blood pressure and almost one of six don’t even know they have it.  There is no cure, but using medications as prescribed and making positive lifestyle changes can enhance your quality of life and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.  Visit heart.org/highbloodpressure for more information.

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:

  • 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.