Community Events

Would you like your non-profit group’s event information on our calendar? Email a brief description with the pertinent details to [email protected] 3-4 weeks prior to your event.

SEPTEMBER

The Visiting Nurse Association will be conducting a Cholesterol Screening at the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, 28 S. Linn St. from 8:30am-10:30am on Wednesday, September 19th. The screening will be in the VNA Health Suite located on the lower level of the Center. A general risk assessment, blood pressure, and cholesterol screening will be available. A lipid profile with glucose (Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Triglycerides, and Glucose) will be offered for $17.00. To obtain the most accurate results a 10-12 hour fast (no eating or drinking anything other than water) is recommended. This screening is open to the public, but appointments are required. Please call the VNA at 319-337-9686, ext. 1100 to schedule an appointment.

The monthly meeting and program of the Cedar Rapids Area Genealogy Library will be held Saturday, September 22nd in the lower level of the Masonic Library at 813 1st Ave. S.E. in Cedar Rapids.  Social time begins at 1 PM followed by the program at 1:30. Linda Hartley Hey will speak on the history of Western and Shueyville. 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.

The Otter Creek Lions invite you to a Fish Fry at the Toddville Legion Hall on Saturday, Sept 22nd from 4-7pm. Enjoy all you care to eat fish or grilled cheese, potato, coleslaw, roll and butter, drink and dessert. Cost os $10 for adults; $5 for kids aged 6-10; kids 5 and under eat for free. Proceeds will enhance and provide funds for Midway Park and Lions’ local, state and international programs.

Live music, dancing, games for the kids, face painting, bingo and a $1 raffle ticket could win you $1000….plus delicious food. It’s all part of the St. Wenceslaus Czech Goulash Festival Sunday, Sept 23rd at the church! Enjoy an authentic Czech goulash dinner or grab a Wenceburger, a brat, kolaches and more. It’s a great afternoon of family fun from 12-5pm on 12th Ave SE just up the street from the New Bo Market!

Isaac Newton Christian Academy is accepting orders for its annual Newton’s Pies fundraiser.  Order from any student and pay by cash/check until the morning of September 17th, or order online at http://www.incaonline.org/parent-info/buy_online.cfm using a credit card.  Online orders are due by September 24th. Purchase their locally famous Dutch Apple pies and Triple Berry pies (a blend of blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries), both with their famous crumb topping.  These are pies are lovingly made by students, parents, grandparents, teachers and friends, then quickly frozen, ready for take and bake!  The price per pie is $15. The pies will be made fresh the week of October 15th and will be available for pick up Friday, October 19 through Monday, October 22 at the school. Questions? Email [email protected]

Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation invites families to Ushers Ferry for some good old-fashioned fall fun including hayrack rides, drinking hot cocoa around a bonfire, and making crafts. Select village buildings will be open for tours until sunset and popcorn and sarsaparilla will be available for purchase at the saloon. Harvest Hayrack Nights will take place on Wednesdays,  September 26, October 10, and October 24. An early program called “Sunset Pumpkins” will be offered from 5:00-6:30 p.m. for families with young children who have a hard time staying up late (older children are welcome, too). The later session, “Night Owls,” will be offered from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The fee per evening for each program is $6.25/child (3-14 years), $9.50/adult and free admission for those age 2 and under. Advance registration is available but not required. Call Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation at 319-286-5566 or go to www.crrec.org. For more information, call Ushers Ferry Historic Village at 319-286-5763.

OCTOBER

The Rescue Run 5K to benefit Chains Interrupted will be held Saturday, October 6th at 9am at Terry Trueblood Recreation Center in Iowa City. Individuals of all ages, families, and pets are welcome. Walkers and runners of all skill levels are encouraged to participate and prizes will be awarded after the race. Registration is $25 for adults; $10 for children up to age 12 if registered by September 28th. (Adult cost is $30 after 9/28). Register online at therescuerun.org. Chains Interrupted is dedicated to eliminating human trafficking.

The impact and continuing influence of a legendary Marion coach Les Hipple will be recalled by Dan Kellums, author of “A Coach’s Life: Les Hipple and the Marion Indians” in a presentation at the Marion Heritage Center and Museum on Sunday, October 7, at 1:30 p.m. The talk is part of the exhibit, “150 Years of Marion Sports,” scheduled to open on Sept. 29.
Hipple coached five boys’ sports at Marion High School from 1945 to 1965, setting school records for most wins in football, basketball and cross-country that are still unequaled. Admission to the program and the exhibit is free courtesy of a grant from the McIntyre Foundation of Cedar Rapids. A reception and refreshments will be offered after the program.

Echo Hill Presbyterian Church presents their annual Holiday Market on October 11-13 at the church, located at 9000 C Ave in Marion.  You will find homemade and repurposed crafts, books galore, and many delicious baked items.  You’ll also find gorgeous quilts, beautiful cards, a huge selection of books or even a plant for your office or home.  Bring a friend and enjoy breakfast or a tasty lunch or dinner and purchase some cookies, cake or pie to enjoy later. Hours are 4-7pm Thursday, 9a-6p Friday, and 9am-1pm on Saturday.

Iowa Humane Alliance invites treasure-seekers and animal lovers of all ages to join the IHA Treasure Trek Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, October 13th from 10 AM to 1 PM in the Czech Village and New Bohemia Historic Shopping District of Cedar Rapids. Inquisitive participants can search for clues to win a Grand Prize of $100 CASH!! All who enter the event are sure to discover a day of treasure-hunting fun and the priceless feeling of giving animals a helping hand. Entry fees are $15 for individuals, $25 per duo or $35 for a team of three or more participants. More details and online registration at iowahumanealliance.org/events

Monday, October 15th, is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day and you’re invited to participate in The Wave of Light, a chance to honor, remember and celebrate these babies and support their families. The event will be held at the Noelridge Park Lagoon Pavillion from 6:30-8:00pm. For more information, email David Coleman at [email protected]

ONGOING

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 www.crfloodtherun.com.  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: https://independent.themmrf.org/EIMM/. 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: https://easterniowamilesformyeloma.bigcartel.com/.  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.