Community Events

APRIL

The Linn County Master Gardeners offer 40 Fast and Fabulous Ideas for Outdoor Decor on Tuesday, April 25th from 6pm-8pm in Whipple Auditorium at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. See simple ways to repurpose household and hardware items, cool ways to use plants in pots, and ingenious ideas for expressing your creative side outdoors. The program is free and open to the public.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa will host the 12th annual Big Magic Breakfast from 7:30 a.m-8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 27 at the Cedar Rapids Marriott. All community members are invited to join us at this event to Create Life Changing Friendships for 700 youth in our community and see the impact of Big Brothers Big Sisters. A complimentary breakfast will be provided while Big Brothers Big Sisters reflects upon its impact in various ways.

HACAP and the Lions Club are sponsoring a Healthy Child Screening Day from 9am-12noon on Saturday, April 29th at the Cedar Rapids Public Library downtown. Children aged 6 months to 5 years will receive free vision, hearing, dental and developmental screenings. Additional community partners will be on hand to provide information, activities and resources. All children must be accompanied by a parent. For more information, email [email protected],

The Boy Scouts of America, Hawkeye Area Council invites you to relive your childhood at their 2nd Annual Adult Pinewood Derby Event on Saturday, April 29th at the Iowa Brewing Company in Cedar Rapids. During this event, no rules apply and cheating is suggested. You may use any Pinewood Derby Car that you have made in the past or you can build a new Pinewood Derby Car. To pick-up a FREE Pinewood Derby Car,  visit the Hawkeye Area Council Scout Service Center located at 660 32nd Avenue SW Cedar Rapids. This event is open to the public; doors open at 11:30AM and the race begins at 12:30PM. Admission for this event is $50 which includes 2 FREE drink tickets and 1 FREE Pinewood Derby Car. To register, contact Rachel Kaiser at (319) 862-0541 or by email at: [email protected]. You may also register online via the Council Calendar at www.hawkeyebsa.org.

Bring a friend and come to the Fellowship Hall at Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, 9000 C Ave in Marion, on April 29th from 9am until Noon to help make sleeping mats for Homeless Vets in the Cedar Valley. Come anytime during 9am-noon and participate during the time you are available. Training will be provided. There are jobs for anyone 5 years old and up. If you have extra plastic grocery bags, please bring them along as it takes over 1,000 bags to make 1 mat. If you have a rotary cutter and shelf healing mat or a crochet hook large size Q, please bring that. If you don’t have them, don’t worry. There are jobs that don’t require tools.

The Wartburg College Wind Ensemble will perform Saturday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m., at Clear Creek Amana High School, as part of its Midwest tour. The Clear Creek Amana High School Band also will be featured during the concert. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students with an ID. They can be purchased at http://www.wartburg.edu/tours or at the door.

MAY

The Animal Resource Foundation and SAINT Rescue host a fundraising Open House at their facility located at 1200 16th Ave SW in Cedar Rapids from 11am-3pm on Saturday, May 6th. Activities include a bake sale, volunteer craft sale, silent auction. ARF offers spay/neuter subsidies for low-income pet owners and caretakers and provides pet pantry services to animal rescue and shelter organizations. SAINT (Saving Animals in Need Today) operates a no-kill shelter specializing in cats and kittens. The first 200 visitors will receive a free gift. For more information, contact arfiowa.org.

The Johnson County Historical Society hosts  “Packing Up” in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th birthday.  This program will take place on May 7, starting at 2 p.m. at the Johnson County Historical Society Museum, 860 Quarry Road, Coralville. “Packing Up” is a performance  by Sarah Uthoff that portrays Laura Ingalls Wilder packing a trunk for her move to Mansfield, Missouri. Each item in the trunk holds a story about the places that Wilder lived and attendees will learn about Wilder’s life through the artifacts in her old trunk. The program is free and open to the public.

The Toddville American Legion Post 674 invites you to a Tenderloin Dinner on Tuesday, May 9th  from 4-7pm in the Legion hall.  The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children aged 6-12 and kids 5 and under eat for free.  Homemade baked goods will also be available for purchase from the Legion Auxilliary.

Tanager Place invites anyone who regularly deals with children to attend their Youth Mental Health First Aid certification course on Thursday, May 11th. Learn the potential warning signs and risk factors of mental health problems in youth and the 5-step action plan to help in a crisis. To register for this day-long program, please email [email protected] Cost is $50 and covers CEUs, manual and certification course. For more information, call 365-9164.

The Marion Heritage Center & Museum hosts its 5th Annual Pancake & Egg Breakfast Fundraiser Saturday, May 13 from 7:00 to 11:00 A.M.  Breakfast includes ALL-you-can-eat pancakes, plus eggs, sausages, juice & coffee.  Tickets are available at the Center and from all Board members — advance tickets are $7.00 for adults, $8.00 at the door; children 12 and under eat for free.

Shellsburg is holding their City Wide Garage Sales on May 19, 20 and 21.  The sale boasts a wonderful array of treasures for sale at various residences around Shellsburg. Contact Ed Shaeffer at 389-2682 or [email protected] for more information.

Robins Fire Department will be holding its Community Appreciation Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 20th from 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.  In recognition of the community’s support of the fire department, there is no charge for the breakfast. Free will donations will be accepted that will be applied toward a planned UTV project to benefit community emergency response.

JUNE

Cedar Rapids area museums and cultural institutions will come together to offer special tours, unique programming, discounts, and more for seven days during Iowa Museum Week, June 12-June 18.  Under the theme of Sharing Stories, each museum will feature its unique history and cultural stories. It will be a fun-filled opportunity for family and friends to get out and explore all the arts and cultural amenities this area has to offer. This year’s participating museums and cultural institutions are: The African American Museum of Iowa, Brucemore, The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, The History Center, The Iowa Masonic Library and Museum, The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, and Veterans Memorial Building. To learn more about Cedar Rapids Area Museum Week, visit www.cedarrapidsmuseumweek.com.

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!

Applications are being accepted from Cedar Rapids residents for current and upcoming vacancies on many City of Cedar Rapids boards, commissions and advisory committees. These advisory groups are valuable community assets and effective partners with the Mayor, the City Council and City staff in guiding the future of the city. Learn how you can apply by visiting the City’s website at www.Cedar-Rapids.org. For more information, contact the City Clerk’s Office at (319) 286-5060 or e-mail boards&[email protected].  Applications are due by April 30, 2017.

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

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.

Explore over a century of Cedar Rapids history through the lives of the three families who called the Brucemore mansion home—the Sinclairs, the Douglases, and the Halls. Mansion tours are offered March through December, Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Tours begin on the hour with the last tour beginning at 3:00 p.m. Each tour lasts 45 minutes. Admission is free to Brucemore members, $9.00 for adults, and $3.00 for youth between the ages of 6 and 18. Purchase tickets 15 minutes before the top of the hour in the Brucemore Visitor Center. Groups of 15 or more are encouraged to schedule a private tour a minimum of three weeks in advance. Visit www.brucemore.org or call (319) 362-7375 for more information or to schedule a group tour.