Community Events

MAY

Sample delicious appetizers, soups, salads, sides, entrees and desserts prepared from recipes handed down by generations of Czech and Slovak cooks at the 16th annual Taste of Czech and Slovak Dinner and Bake Sale on Friday, May 19th from 5-7pm in Heritage Hall at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library. The event is a unique opportunity for people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds to sample traditional Czech and Slovak dishes. Sponsored by the Museum and Library Guild, tickets are $15 for adults and can be purchased online at NCSML.com; children 10 and under are admitted free. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. The museum galleries will remain open until 8pm that evening for the reduced price of $5 per adult; again with children and students admitted 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.

The Linn County Master Gardeners host their Spring Plant Sale at the Extension office located at 383 Collins Road NE on Saturday, May 20th from 8am until Noon. Choose plants for your garden from many types of perennials (for both sun and shade), hosta and daylilies, wildflowers, ground covers, ornamental grasses, annuals and more.  These plants come from our Master Gardeners’ gardens and greenhouse and are priced for anyone who likes a bargain. A variety of vegetables, including heirloom tomatoes, will also be available.  Master Gardeners will help you choose the plants right for you and will answer your gardening questions.

Join the Czech Heritage Foundation on Saturday, May 20th for Cruisin’ Mt Trashmore…the open-to-all car show with tons of trophies to be awarded. The car show happens on 16th Avenue SW west of C Street. Car show gates open at 8am and there’s lots of parking available! For more information contact Greg at 573-1031 or email [email protected]

The Czech Heritage Foundation invites you to the Houby Days Parade Saturday, May 20th. The parade begins at 10am and will roll through Czech Village and New Bohemia feauting everything Czech—from the annual Queens pageant with visiting Royalty, plus great live music from the Czech Plus Band, the Heavy Metal Tuba Band and the Unknown Drumline. Come see…it’s a festival in itself!

The Czech Heritage Foundation salutes vets with an Armed Services Day Tribute by the Cedar Valley Military Vehicles Association during the Houby Days Parade on Saturday, May 20th. After the parade, get a closer look at these pieces of vintage military rolling stock at the Fort Trashmore SNAFU located on the corner of C Street and 15th Avenue SW

JUNE

The Marion Metro Kiwanis Club presents their 7th annual Marion BBQ Rendezvous on Saturday, June 3rd from 11am to 9pm in Marion Square Park. Admission is free, so bring a lawn chair and enjoy the day which includes food from six award-winning BBQ vendors, live music, a Kids’ Zone and more. Proceeds will be used to help build a Miracle League field at Prospect Meadows so children facing mental and physical challenges can play basaeball.

The English language is loaded with idioms: “good night, sleep tight,” “he’s under her thumb,”and “it’s raining cats and dogs.” Why do we say these things? Learn about language and its often mystifying origins with Ann Rogers of the Marion Granger House Museum in a program at the museum entitled “Say What? Why We Say What We Say” on Saturday, June 3rd at 2pm. This program is guaranteed to keep you in stitches, rack your brain, and help you see the light! Cost is $10 for the public, free for Granger House members.


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!

The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department offers a free community wide fitness movement – CRAM (Cedar Rapids in the Morning) Workouts – at the McGrath Amphitheatre this summer. The classes begin at 6:30 a.m. sharp,  rain or shine, on Tuesdays and Fridays, May 2 through August 29. There will be no workout on July 4. Lindsay Olson, an experienced triathlete, workout enthusiast and certified wellness coach will lead these fun community workouts for all levels, all bodies types and all ages.. No registration is required; just show up!  For more information, contact Lindsay Olson, 319-743-4844 or [email protected].

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.