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.

JUNE

Variety – the Children’s Charity is pleased to host the first ever HEROES with Heart – a Community Celebration this Saturday, June 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. near the Variety Star Playground in Noelridge Park.  The event includes free children’s activities throughout the day, food trucks, a bicycle presentation and more. All dollars raised by our HEROES stays in Eastern Iowa and are allocated to Variety’s grant program. To date, Variety has granted over $8.5 million dollars to children’s organizations in Eastern Iowa. Donate to the HERO Campaign: General campaign donations can be made at varietyiowa.com/hero or by calling 319-360-7697.

A Community Centennial Celebration will be held to celebrate the 100th birthday of YMCA Camp Wapsie; 2174 Wapsie Y Rd, Coggon, IA 52218, on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 beginning at 1pm.  The event is free and open to the community and will include history and fun activities.  From 1pm-3:45pm there will be activities, tours and the Camp store will be open.  The Centennial Program will begin at 4pm where there will be an old time capsule unveiled.  Dinner will be provided at 5:30pm and there will be a closing campfire at 6:30pm.

On June 21, 2018, the longest day of the year and summer solstice, thousands of people will join together to show their love for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The Views of Cedar Rapids will be supporting the Alzheimer’s Association of East Center Iowa and all those living with Alzheimer’s, by honoring The Longest Day on June 21st, . Festivities will begin with a Walk-a-thon from 5 am- 5pm followed by a live band, classic car show and cookout beginning at 5pm. Cost is $5 and proceeds will go to The Alzheimer’s Association. Contact Danielle Helgerson to register at 319-540-4787

The monthly meeting of the Cedar Rapids Area Genealogy Library will be held Saturday, June 23rd 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. Janice Young will lead a workshop on researching land records. There will be time for questions and individual assistance following the program.  This meeting is free and open to all.  Parking is available in the rear.  Please enter through the back door.

The Granger House Museum in Marion hosts a new summer series called Classics on the Lawn. See the classic, “King Kong”, which made it’s cinematic debut 85 years ago, on Saturday, June 23rd at 7pm. Be sure to bring your chair or blanket and a cooler for refreshments. Then find a place to sit back and relax while you enjoy this jewel of the big screen. This is a free event open to the public but donations are always appreciated! Register here: http://www.grangerhousemuseum.org/events/classics-on-the-lawn-king-kong-1933-1

Local pet owners hoping to avoid the mess, hassle and fur-ball-clogged bathtub drains can visit the  Iowa Humane Alliance a Dog Wash and Microchip Fundraiser at Leash On Life, 650 Pacha Pkwy in North Liberty On Saturday, June 30th, from 10AM to 2PM. Dogs enjoy $25 wash while their humans dive into root beer floats and revel in sales on select merchandise at Leash On Life. IHA Clinic staff will be microchipping dogs only at this event for $25. Iowa law requires that owners bring proof of current vaccinations. For more information call 319-363-1225 or visit iowahumanwalliance.org. 

JULY

St. Joseph’s Church invites you to their 26th Annual Julyfest celebration on the parish grounds in Farley on Sunday, July 8th. Festivities begin with a Polka Mass at 9:30 am with music by The Jim Busta Band with Mollie B of RFD-TV (also playing in the tent from 10:30 a.m.to Noon).  See the parade at 11:00am with a float contest. Get chicken (by Far Fry) by the bucket or basket from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  There will be an auction conducted by Markham Auction Service at 12:30, plus a Tractor/Vehicle Display, Music, Games, Refreshments, Food, Raffle, Farmers Market, and more.

ONGOING

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is encouraging young women between the ages of 15 and 20 years of age to participate in the 2nd Annual “Fully Involved Young Women’s Fire Academy.” Last year’s program was one of the first of its kind in the fire service.  The curriculum for the Academy was developed by five female members of the Fire Department.  The Academy is also primarily taught by female firefighters. Young women who have thought about a career as a firefighter are encouraged to participate in this program.  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 August 6-10, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.  The cost of the Academy is only $30. For more details and to request an application packet, please visit the Fire Department website at www.cedar-rapids.org/fire.

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.

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.