A list of upcoming community events, updated constantly.

Riders Club

3/7/2014  8:00 am

What happens in your life when you can no longer drive? For many seniors,this is a question they must consider eaach day. They don’t want to bother family and need to manage their finances well. What can they do? You can make a difference! Riders Club provides rides for seniors and those who can no longer drive. By volunteering as little as 2 hours each week, you can change people’s lives. If you enjoy seniors and you like to drive, contact your local office to find out more. Reach the Cedar Rapids Riders Club at 365-1511. Come drive with us!

Book Buddies

6/16/2014  8:00 am

Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control Center is starting the “Book Buddies” program to bring  children together with shelter cats that need companionship, and at the same time provide kids a chance to hone up on their reading skills. Children in grades 1-8 who are able to read at any level can come to the shelter Monday through Friday 3:00-5:00 p.m. to read to the cats in the community cat rooms.  The program can help children improve their reading skills while also providing gentle companionship to the homeless cats at the shelter.  Children must be accompanied by an adult, and can bring their favorite book along to read or the shelter can provide them with an age appropriate book to read.

Summer Meals for Kids

6/16/2014  8:00 am

The Salvation Army in Cedar Rapids is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at The Salvation Army located at 1000 C Avenue NW.  From June 16th – August 22nd, Monday through Friday breakfast is served from 8:00am – 9:00am and lunch is served from 12:00pm – 1:00pm. For safety reasons, The Salvation Army strongly encourages children not affiliated with a supervised program to be accompanied by an adult to the meal site.  There are no eligibility requirements to receive free meals at The Salvation Army.  The site is open to anyone in need, no questions asked.

Curious George Exhibit

7/5/2014  12:00 pm

Did you know Curious George escaped Nazi occupied France on his bicycle? Explore how the authors of this beloved children’s book series saved themselves and the original manuscript! Curious George Summer Exhibit for all ages July 5- August 15 brought to you by the History Center. Visit our website at for more information about the exhibit, fee info, and a special opening day event at 12pm!

Hymn Sing/Ice Cream Social

8/2/2014  6:00 pm

The West Branch Friends Church invites you to a Hymn Sing at 6 p.m. Saturday, August 2 during the Hoover Fest celebration in downtown West Branch. A pie and ice cream social follows in the church basement. The Church is located on N. Downey Street. For more information you may contact the West Branch Friends Church at (319)-330-8595.

Cabaret in the Courtyard

8/7/2014  7:30 pm

Brucemore’s sophisticated and saucy nightclub event, Cabaret in the Courtyard, returns for two back-to-back weekends of stars on the stage and under the sky. Alisabeth Von Presley performs songs from her debut album mixed with fun twists on classic hits during this album release event August 7 – 9 at 7:30 p.m. Singer/Songwriter Ben Schmidt presents a special evening of original music mixed with select covers of some of his creative influences August 14-16. With a top notch band of seasoned players, Schmidt delivers a range of styles including blues, jazz, rock, soul, acoustic, and folk. Patrons are encouraged to bring their favorite beverages, but no food is allowed. Advance tickets are $20 per person; $18 for Brucemore members. All tickets are $25 at the gate (if available). Space is limited; please call (319) 362-7375 or visit to purchase tickets. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with gates opening at 7:00 p.m. On-site parking is available.

Outreach Book Sale

8/8/2014  9:00 am

The Metro Catholic Outreach Book Sale will be held August 8-10th in the St. Patrick’s Parish Center at 120 5th St NW. Hours are 9-4 Friday, 9-6 on Saturday, and 9-2 on Sunday. Hardbound books are $2, Paperback books just $1 and DVDs are $3. All types of books will be available and proceeds will benefit the Metro Catholic Outreach, a collaborative effort to reach out to those of all faiths who are in need through a food pantry and financial assistance.

Sunset 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk

8/8/2014  7:00 pm

The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department and Special Olympics Iowa are hosting the Sunset 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk to raise money for Special Olympics athletes in the Cedar Rapids area. The event, sponsored by Benchmark, Inc., will be held August 8 at Seminole Valley Park and Ushers Ferry Historic Village. The run/walk is a cross-country style race – a mix of gravel and dirt roads – along the Cedar River. The 5K Race begins at 7:00 p.m. and the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk begin at 7:10 p.m. A Sunset Send-off celebration with food, drink and live entertainment will follow from 7:15-9:30 p.m. The cost is $25 if registered by July 31 or $30 for registrations from August 1 – August 8. All proceeds from the race will be used for local programs. Awards will go to the top qualifiers of the 5K and every participant will receive a T-shirt. More information and event registration is available at

Flood the Run

8/9/2014  8:00 am

Flood the Run, a 2.6-mile family fun run/walk around Ellis Park on August 9th, is a wet and wacky fun run benefiting Matthew 25 and The Salvation Army. Early bird registration is open online at now through July 19th. The run will include water-themed elements such as a human car wash, water gun snipers, a wet and wild obstacle course, a hundred-foot slip-n-slide and more. Various family activities will follow the run. Volunteers are also needed. Find out more at crflood the

Water Quality Education

8/16/2014  10:00 am

The Linn County League of Women Voters hosts a free family fun event that includes activities for kids and adults showing how the public can be part of cleaning up Iowa’s waterways. Clean Streams and Waterways: Yes We Can will be held on Saturday, August 16 from 10:00AM until 1:30PM in the Thomas Pavilion at Thomas Park in Marion. Learn about water testing, rain runoff, flood mitigation and fishing. There will be free watermelon and fresh cool water for everyone attending with concurrent activities.

C.A.R.E. East 5K Run

8/23/2014  8:00 am

The 5th Annual C.A.R.E. East 5K Run and Walk will be held on Saturday, August 23, at North Bend Elementary School. in North Liberty. The event, hosted by My Angel Foundation, will be held from 8:00-11:00AM. C.A.R.E. stands for Compassion for Awareness, Remembrance and Education. The annual event brings awareness to organ, eye and tissue donation and highlights the success of transplantation. Registration for the event is now open. More information can be found online at

Trashmore 5k – The Dash to Bash Epilepsy

9/13/2014  8:00 am

Help Bash Epilepsy September 13th by being one of the first run to the top of Cedar Rapid’s Mount Trashmore. Travel this new 5k course and reward yourself at the top with one of the most scenic views of Cedar Rapids. The race starts in front of the National Czech Slovak Museum at 8:00 a.m. There will be plenty of designated parking. Participants will each receive a one of a kind race t-shirt and awards will go to top finishers. Runners and walkers will travel along the Cedar River a few blocks and then make a steep 208 foot climb to the top of Mount Trashmore, then back down, ending in front of the museum.