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.

FEBRUARY

The monthly meeting and program of the Genealogical Society of Linn County will be held Saturday, February 23rd in the lower level of the Masonic Building at 813 1st Ave. S.E. in Cedar Rapids.  Social time begins at 1 PM followed by the program at 1:30. The speaker will be bioarchaeologist, Jennifer Mack presenting: The Tender Mercies of Our Successors: The Excavation of Dubuque’s Third Street Cemetery. There will be time for questions and individual assistance following the program.  Parking is available in the rear of the building and accessible through the alley.  Enter through the back door.  This meeting is free and open to all.

The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success presents An Evening With Ray Blue with Eric Thompson,  Hilliard Hill Green, and Steve Grismore on Saturday, February 23rd from 7:00 – 9:30 pm in the McAuley Theatre at Mount Mercy University, 1330 Elmhurst Drive NE, Cedar Rapids. Advance tickets are $10.00 (until February 22nd); $15.00 at the door.

MARCH

CVARC, the Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club,  announces the next annual National Weather Service Severe Weather Spotter Training event, Saturday, March 2nd at St. Mark’s Life Center, 8300 C Ave. NE in Marion. The two- hour session starts at 1:00 PM, with registration at the event starting at 12:15 PM. Spotter training classes cover severe weather hazards including pictures and videos of thunderstorms and tornadoes. You’ll learn how storms are formed, the general structure and movement of severe thunderstorms, identification of important storm features, and how to be safe while spotting storms. Training will be conducted by members of the Quad Cities National Weather Service Office. Training is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, go to https://www.weather.gov/dvn/spotters.

You’re invited to attend the 30th Annual Birthright Celebration, Saturday, March 2nd from 5-9pm at St. Patrick’s Parish  Center (120 5th St NW, Cedar Rapids). Tickets for this family-friendly event are $8 per person with children 5 and under admitted free. Enjoy free food, door prizes, a silent auction, facepainting and more. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, all proceeds to benefit Birthright.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Cedar Rapids #2272-Sportsman Club Annual will be hosting their Annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Dinner on Saturday, March 9, 2019.  Menu will be Rocky Mountain Oysters OR ham, scalloped potatoes, corn, and dessert-only $10 per plate-serving from 5:00pm-7:00 pm (or until gone).  Silent Auction will be a Remington 870-20 ga. Shotgun with basket raffles and 50/50 drawing.  Join US!  Everyone welcome! Saturday, March 9, 2019.  A portion of the proceeds will go to and support The Fraternal Order of Eagles-Cancer Fund-our charity of the month for March.

The Czech School Board invites you to their annual Chili Supper & Bake Sale on Saturday evening, March 9th at St. Ludmila Church Social Hall (lower level of Church building).  Serving from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. The menu includes carrot & celery relish, our signature made-from-scratch chili, rye bread, cake and beverage.  A $5 contribution is requested.  Tickets will be available at the door.

The Cedar Rapids area blindness support group’s first meeting will be 1:00 to 3:00, Thursday, March 28th in Sedlacek Hall at Cottage Grove Place, 2115 1st Av SE in Cedar Rapids.  Speaker will be Brad deBrower of CR Transit who will be prepared for questions on LIFTS and fixed-route buses.  We also will spend time working out what shape this group will take into the future. Anyone whose life has been touched by loss of vision is welcome and encouraged to come.  Questions?  Contact Jonathan Ice, 319-298-2919 or [email protected].

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ONGOING

Green Iowa AmeriCorps offers a free home energy audit and weatherization service; a service designed to reduce energy usage, lower utility costs, while increasing the comfort of your home. Many homes in Linn County suffer from air infiltration issues; older homes and homes located in the floodplain are especially susceptible. In addition to a home feeling cold and drafty, homeowners may find that their utility costs are rising. To sign up for an energy audit, please call the Green Iowa Cedar Rapids office at 319-200-2786 or for more information, visit GreenIowaAmeriCorps.org

Registration is open for the 2019 Cedar Rapids Police Department Youth Academy.  Students entering Kindergarten through 8th Grade have the opportunity to learn more about being a Police Officer and serving the community. Youth Academy participants will get a tour of the police station and learn about diverse areas within the Police Department including Uniforms, K-9 Unit, Special Response Team, Crime Scene Unit, Physical Training, and more. The Academy will be held from 9:00 a.m. until Noon on the following dates:

  • July 9th and 10th  (For students entering 5th Grade through 8th Grade)
  • July 23rd and 24th (For students entering 2nd Grade through 4th Grade)
  • July 30th and 31st (For students entering Kindergarten through 1st Grade)

Early registration is recommended as class sizes are limited and most reached enrollment capacity during the first week of registration. Cost of the Academy is $25 and participants must have parental permission to participate.  Students who have not previously attended a Youth Academy will be given first preference. Please visit the Police Department’s website  at www.cedar-rapids.org/police to download a registration form.

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.