Community Events

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JANUARY 2019

Linn County Conservation will be hosting their 5th Annual Winter Fishing Academy Saturday, January 12th . Registration opens at 8:00am.  $20 per person gets you access to a day’s worth of seminars, talks, lunch and door prizes.  For more information, visit https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Linn/Park/Wickiup-Hill-Learning-Center/Events/6773/5th-Annual-Fishing-Academy.aspx

The Center Point Model T’s of the Granny Basketball League will take on the Marion Noon Lions in a game of 6-on-6 basketball at the Marion Heritage Center & Museum at 1:30 PM, Sunday, January 13, 2019. The game will be played in accordance with official Granny League rules and consistent with 1920’s-era girls’ 6-on 6 contests. The Model T’s will play in their 1920’s-style bloomers. The game is a warmup for the start of their 15th season which begins on January 26th.  To learn more about the League and scheduled games, the Model T’s and the more than 300 other players and 31 teams playing Granny Basketball visit www.grannybasketball.com.

The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department in cooperation with Linn County Conservation is offering kayakers, canoeists and stand-up paddle boarders, ages ten and up, a chance to practice their skills such as strokes, rolls and safety and rescue moves in the controlled environment at Bender Pool, 940 14th Avenue SE. Drop-in pool sessions for paddlers are being offered from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on January 13 and 27, and February 10 and 24. The sessions are practices, not lessons, but experienced paddlers will be available to help. The fee is $10 per person per visit. No advance registration is required. Participants bring their own kayaks, canoes or stand-up paddle boards and equipment and wear proper swim attire and clean life jackets. A helmet is required for those practicing rolls. The kayaks must be rinsed, inside and out, with the hose just inside the door before they can be placed in the pool. Youth must be supervised by an adult. For more information, call Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation, (319) 286-5566.

The Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission will host two free public events on January 17 and 18 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the downtown location of the Cedar Rapids Public Library. The first event, a free showing of the documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” will take place on Thursday, January 17 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM in the Whipple Auditorium of the Library. The documentary is based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, and explores racism in America through Baldwin’s observations of American history, as well as through stories of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. The film won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards. This event is in partnership with the Cedar Rapids Public Library and the African American Museum of Iowa. The second event is a Public Sector Job Fair that will take place on Friday, January 18 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM in the lobby of the library. In an effort to increase diversity in public sector jobs, representatives from various government agencies will be available to discuss current job openings and requirements for potential job offerings. Participating agencies in the Public Sector Job Fair include the City of Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Cedar Rapids Community School District, Kirkwood Community College, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Sixth Judicial District Department of Corrections. These events are free and open to the public but seating for the movie is limited.

Celebrate and learn about Scottish culture and tradition with food, ceremony, and dancing! The Hawkeye Area Grand Gaelic Isles Society invites you to their annual Robert Burns Dinner on Saturday, January 19th at St. Wenceslaus Church, Glovik Parish Center, 1224 5th St SE in Cedar Rapids  Dinner will feature Scottish food like haggis, ceremonial readings and toasts, bag-piping, and Scottish social dancing. There will also be a raffle, dessert contest, and silent auction for a quilt. Social hour starts at 4pm and the ceremony starts at 5pm Reservations are required. Go to www.haggis-iowa.com, click on the Burns Supper tab in the links bar at the top of the page to fill in the reservation form and pay via PayPal. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for kids 6-18, age 5 and under free. The ABSOLUTE deadline for reservations is January 12th. Attire is casual, but you will see many kilts! This is a very family friendly event.

Peoples Church Unitarian Universalist and St Mark’s United Methodist churches are partnering to bring humorist, singer-song writer, and autoharp master Bryan Bowers + an African choir to Peoples Church for a family-friendly concert to benefit St Mark’s African Ministry Program on January 19 at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $20 each, available at the door or on-line at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bryan-bowers-in-concert-tickets-53816549749

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art invites you to a lecture and book signing by local artist Fred Easker of his  new book “Connected to Place: Landscape Paintings” Sunday, January 20 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. A compilation of his extensive and exquisite work from the 1970’s to today, his book showcases his talent as a realistic painter primarily of the landscape.

The Knights of Columbus Club 5677 invites everyone to enjoy dinner at the club on Sunday, January 20th from 5:00 to 6:30 PM. Choose a tenderloin dinner for $8.00, a hamburger or cheeseburger basket for $8.00, a chicken plank dinner for $9.00 or a shrimp basket for $10.00. A children’s chicken basket is $5.00. All dinners and baskets include choice of French fries or baked potato, salad, dessert, coffee or fountain pop. The KC Hall is located at 810 Vernon Valley Drive, behind the Casey’s store at Mt Vernon Rd and Highway 13.

If you are blind or experiencing loss of vision, life can be pretty scary if you don’t have any tools or connections to deal with the situation.  Participating in a support group can help you find that you are not alone. There will be an organizing meeting to re-establish a blindness support group in Cedar Rapids on Friday, January 25th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Beems Auditorium at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Av SE.  we’ll discuss things people want to see in such a group, and when, where, and how often we want to meet.  Emphasis will be on developing positive attitudes toward blindness and providing access and information about community resources that can make our lives more effective and enjoyable.  We expect that Mark Edge, independent living rehabilitation teacher with IDB, will be with us to tell of services available from that agency. Jonathan Ice, recently retired from a 21-year career in blindness rehabilitation and himself blind, is spearheading the organization of this group.  If you have questions, or want more information about the group, feel free to call him at 319-298-2919, or e-mail him at [email protected].

The 14th annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival will show in Iowa City on Friday, January 25 at Big Grove Brewery and in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, January 26 at Indian Creek Nature Center. Doors open at 6 PM and films start at 7 PM at both showings. Both locations will show ten short films celebrating the human-powered non-motorized experience through winter adventures and will have an in-person presentation from Gail Brown, of Mount Vernon. The Backcountry Film Festival is produced by Winter Wildlands Alliance as a celebration of the human-powered experience and a gathering place for the backcountry snow sports community. Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization that partners with groups like Indian Creek Nature Center at the local level to inspire and educate the backcountry community to protect and care for their winter landscapes. Funds raised at each screening stay in the local community to support human-powered recreation, conservation efforts, winter education, avalanche/safety programs and to raise awareness of winter management issues. Tickets are $20 online and at the door. There will also be raffles, beer and snacks available for purchase.   Purchase in advance online at indiancreeknaturecenter.org. Seating is limited; purchase early to guarantee your seat! All proceeds benefit Indian Creek Nature Center, Iowa’s only nonprofit nature center located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The Cedar Rapids Area Genealogy Library will host Bryant McAllister from the University of Iowa presenting, Genetics for Genealogy: Navigating the DNA Marketplace.  The program will be Saturday, January 26th at 1:30 PM in the lower level of the Masonic Building at 813 1st Avenue Southeast.  This event is free and open to the public.  Please enter through the back door.

The Knights of Columbus Club 5677 invite you to enjoy a Czech Pork & Dumpling Dinner Sunday January 27th from 4:30 to 6:00 PM at the KC Hall located at 810 Vernon Valley Drive, behind the Casey’s store at Mt Vernon Rd and Highway 13. All dinners include roast pork, dumplings, gravy, sauerkraut, corn, dessert, coffee or fountain pop. Cost is $10 for adults; $5 for  children 10 and under. The dinner is open to the public.

FEBRUARY

Warm up your winter – and dish up some love for Iowa’s companion animals by joining us for Iowa Humane Alliance’s Hot Soup/Cold Noses Benefit Supper on February 8th  from 5:00 pm until 7:30 pm at the American Legion, 625 – 31st Street in Marion. Warm up with all you can eat black bean chili, creamy potato, minestrone, broccoli cheese and wild rice with mushroom soups, plus bread and dessert for only $8.00. Children under five eat for free! All proceeds benefit Iowa Humane Alliance’s mission to provide low cost, high quality spay/neuter services to companion animals in Iowa.

Registration is now open for the 14th Annual Winter Gardening Fair held Saturday, February 16th at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.  Workshop topics range from hostas, daylilies and hydrangeas, how to attract butterflies or birds, and how to grow better tomatoes. Hands-on classes include how to make a kinetic garden ornament, miniponics, and how to make a teacup fairy garden. Registration includes your choice of five classes, and a hot “Iowa comfort food” lunch buffet.  Tuition is only $59 for the all-day event, which features over 40 workshops by Iowa Master Gardeners and other gardening experts.There will be numerous gardening vendors and non-profit organizations to visit before, during and after the classes as well. Registration fills up quickly, so don’t delay. Final registration deadline is Wednesday, February 13. For complete class descriptions and registration, go to www.extension.iastate.edu/linn/content/winter-gardening-fair. Kirkwood Community College is located at 6301 Kirkwood Boulevard, on the southwest side of Cedar Rapids.

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ONGOING

Linn County Public Health (LCPH) joins local, state and national partners in recognizing January as National Radon Action Month. Radon, a radioactive gas, is colorless, odorless and tasteless. This naturally occurring gas is the primary cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States; causing an estimated 21,000 deaths annually. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high. Nearly half of Linn County homes are expected to have elevated radon levels. Testing for radon is easy and inexpensive; every home should be tested. Simple, proven techniques comparable to the cost of other minor home repair or improvement projects can reduce high radon levels. Low cost radon test kits can be purchased from Linn County Public Health at 501 13th St NW, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52405, or call 1-319-892-6000. You can also visit Linn County Healthy Homes at www.lchh.org. The EPA recommends radon testing every 2 years, or when housing conditions change.

Nominations are now open for the Cedar Rapids Kernels sixth annual Military Heroes Baseball card set. The card set will represent each branch of the military and honor those who are currently serving our country, veterans who have served in the past but are no longer active, and those who bravely fought for our country, but have since passed away. Nominations forms are available by visiting the Kernels offices during normal business hours, or online at www.kernels.com. Nominations can be submitted online, mailed directly to the Kernels offices or dropped off at the stadium during normal business hours. Please include a photo of the Military Hero with your completed nomination form. The first 30 submissions will make it into the 2019 card set, so we urge people to turn in their nominations right away. Nominations will be taken until Thursday, January 31st, OR, until 30 submissions are received. The card set will be given away to the first 1,000 fans that enter Veterans Memorial Stadium on Thursday, July 4th, 2019. Those military heroes selected to appear in the card set and their families will be honored on the field following the July 4th game, and will receive four tickets to that game. To give all past and current military the opportunity to be honored in the Military Heroes Card Set, we ask that those veterans included in card sets from 2014 to 2018 not be nominated. For more information on the Military Heroes Baseball card set, or to access a nomination form, please contact Andrea Brommelkamp at (319) 896-7603 or by e-mail at [email protected].

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.