Community Events

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A group of fun, music-loving North Liberty residents everyone in the corridor to the Arlington Ridge neighborhood for the third annual Porchfest on Saturday, August 11th from 3-8pm. The event is held on front porches, yards and driveways on Canterbury St and Whitman Ave of the Arlington Ridge neighborhood in North Liberty and includes lots of fun family-oriented activities. The event is free and all ages are welcome to attend but please be respectful of the hosts, audience, neighborhood and performers. Park at Penn Meadows Park (north) on Penn St and follow the walking path to all the fun. Residential street parking will also be available but will fill up quickly. Arrive at 2:30 pm to be part of a New Orleans-style 2nd Line parade where you get to be part of the fun as the crowd dances to the Porchfest stages lead by a real brass band.

Popular and internationally known performers, Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon, organist, and Alice Fiedlerová, pianist, are returning to Cedar Rapids.  Their performance will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 12thin the Faith Worship Center at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church on the north edge of Cedar Rapids, located on C Avenue in Marion, Iowa. The concert is open and free to the public.  A reception will follow.  The concert is sponsored by the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Foundation. Contact St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at (319) 447-0100 for more information.

It’s time for Treasures Quality Resale Shoppe’s second annual Fashion Show! This fun event will be on Thursday, August 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the Treasures parking lot at 408 8th Ave SE in Cedar Rapids. Models of all ages will show some of the amazing outfits you can find at Treasures for back-to-school, fall, and more! There will also be door prizes and special deals throughout the evening. The shop will be open until 8 p.m. so you can shop after the show! As always, all proceeds from every dollar you spend benefit Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center.

The 35th annual Iowa Championship Chili Cook-off will be held Saturday, August 18th at the Chrome Horse Saloon in New Bo. The public is invited to visit with top chili chefs and sample the tastiest chili and salsa in the state from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. A suggested donation of $4.00 for a taster cup will benefit the children and families of Tanager Place.

The Marion Public Library will host well-known antiques and collectibles appraiser, Mark Moran, as he puts his many years of experience to work in evaluating the prized possessions of 40 area participants. Moran will be at the library from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, August 23. There is no cost and no library card is required to participate in this library event. Approximately 100 audience members may attend on a first-come, first-served basis and those who attend should plan to remain for the entire three-hours. Moran will be speaking to the entire audience as he discusses the items with the owners and appraises them on site.

The monthly meeting and program of the Cedar Rapids Area Genealogy Library will be held Saturday, August 25th in the lower level of the Masonic Library at 813 1st Ave. S.E. in Cedar Rapids. Social time begins at 1:00 PM followed by the program at 1:30. Presenting will be Ute Brandenburg, professional genealogist and expert on German immigration. There will be time for questions and individual assistance following the program.  Parking is available in the rear of the building and please enter through the back door.  This meeting is free and open to all.

Join Tanager Place for an authentic Crawfish Boil on Saturday, August 25th from 3-6pm at New Bo City Market.  Food will be prepared by Chef Daniel from HyVee! The menu includes crawfish (made fresh onsite!), andouille sausage, corn, potatoes, and cornbread. Beer provided by Iowa Brewing Company  and Live Cajun Music by New Riverside Ramblers! “THAT FISH CRAY” shirts will be available for purchase at Crawfish Boil and RAYGUN. Cost is $35 ($10 for children 12 and under).

Lafayette Christian Church in Alburnett celebrates 165 years of service with a gospel concert, food and crafts on Sunday August 26, at 1:00 on the church lawn. Four gospel groups will entertain, including Pastor Jamie Smid and family. Bring lawn chairs and your listening ears.

The first graduating class of Jefferson High School (1958) will hold their 60-year reunion with a potluck picnic Sunday August 26th  in the Parkview Pavillion at Jones Park,29th Avenue Drive SW, off Bowling Street, from 11 AM to 3 PM, eating at noon. Meat and beverage supplied, bring a covered dish to share and your own table service.  For more information and to make a reservation, call Mike at 319-265-2020 or Sheila 319-364-4494.

You are invited to help celebrate women of achievement at the Linn County Women of the Year Awards on Sunday, August 26th at Kirkwood Regional Learning Center on Boyson Road in Hiawatha. Hors D’ourves begin at 6:15pm. Keynote Speaker is Lisa Bluder,  Head Coach of Women’s Basketball  at the University of Iowa.

Armstrong’s Department Store’s annual potluck picnic for former employees and guests will be held Wednesday, August 29th. at 5:00pm in the Overlook Pavilion at Ellis Park. Bring a dish to share, your own drink and table service. Eat at 5:30. The picnic is held on the last Wednesday in August every year. For more information call Mike 265-2020.

The USAF Band of Mid-America’s Hot Brass popular music ensemble will present a concert at the Village Green Herbert Hoover Historic Site in West Branch on Thursday August 30th at 7:00 pm. you will hear popular music of today, favorites from past decades, jazz, country and patriotic classics. The band features instrumental and vocal soloists, as well as compositions and arrangements by its own talented members.   Admission is free and open to the public for this family-friendly, all-ages event.


Hope Lutheran’s Annual IA Pork Chop BBQ Dinner will be held Sept 9th from 11am – 2pm at the church. On the menu – Grilled IA Pork Chops from Nelson’s Meat Market along with Potato Salad, other sides and dessert! Lots of Door Prizes! and good food! Cost is $10.00 for adults- ages 6-12-$5.00; under age 5 free


It’s time to get your team registered for Flood the Run on August 11th!  Teams of 10 or more runners will receive $2 off each member, and teams of 25 or more will receive $5 off each member when they register.  These discounts are off the already low registration fees!  Now is the time to gather your friends and family and prepare for a great event! Flood the Run is a 2.4-mile fun run/walk around Ellis Park filled with wet and wacky fun benefiting two great community organizations: The Salvation Army and Matthew 25.  The course contains water-themed obstacles including a human car wash, rain tunnel, inflatables, a bucket toss, giant slip-n-slide, activities after the run, and much more! Registration is now open and can be done online through  Early bird rates for adults (11 years and older) are $30 and children (10 years and younger) are $15 if registered by July 15th.  ALL of the proceeds raised from the run go right back into the Linn County community through The Salvation Army and Matthew 25.

The sixth annual Eastern Iowa Miles for Myeloma Run/Walk fundraiser will take place this year on Sunday, October 14, at 11:00 am. Walk, run, bike, hike or dance your way around the scenic lake at the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area in Iowa City. All ages and abilities welcome. Music, children’s activities, snacks and a silent auction will be provided at the starting line of the race. Individuals and teams who wish to participate can now register on the website: Participants may also register at the event on race day at 10am, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged. The registration fee is $25, and 100% of this cost is directly sent to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Optional event t-shirts are available for $10 and can be ordered by visiting:  The event will be held rain or shine, and all proceeds will benefit the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF).

The Visiting Nurse Association is looking for volunteers to help with registration and clerical duties at flu vaccination clinics held in the fall throughout Johnson County. Volunteers are afforded the opportunity to choose when and where they work. Training sessions will be held in September. Interested persons seeking to volunteer or who would like more information are encouraged to call the VNA at 319-337-9686, ext. 1155.

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.