Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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In celebration of the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth and of Herbert Hoover's love of Shakespeare, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum presents A Shakespeare Christmas. This new Christmas exhibit opens on Saturday, November 15, 2014. The exhibition will display 20 trees and each tree will represent one of Shakespeare's plays. There will also be a tree decorated by the Cedar Valley Embroiderer's Guild of America and two trees decorated by the Wednesday Shakespeare Clu...
Doors of Christmas Past, presented by Friends of Historic Preservation, is a walking tour to be enjoyed by the entire family. Created by Judy Nyren and displayed in space donated by the Iowa City Marketplace, the exhibit features doors from the Salvage Barn, an architectural salvage warehouse and tool library, which focuses on recycling historic house parts and landfill diversion. Each door display is an artistic expression of the holidays. The walking tour will be up through January 31st and is...
 Kids Ice Fishing Clinic at Pinicon Ridge Park The Linn County Conservation Department and the North Linn Fish and Game Club are holding an Ice Fishing Clinic at the backwater area of Pinicon Ridge Park near Central City.  Ice fishing is a lifelong sport, so bring the kids to learn the finer points of this winter activity. Participants will practice jigging with an ice fishing rod, learn how a depth finder works, and attempt to view fish from an ice shack.  All youth will re...
***CANCELED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER***     What: Big Brothers Big Sisters of CedarRapids & East Central Iowa (BBBS), BeABigCR.org, will kick off Bowl For Kids’ Sake of 2015 with the Executive Bowl for participating executives from local companies and organizations.   Who: Linda Henecke, President & CEO ofBBBS Brande Ulrich, Development Directorof BBBS Executves from participating companies   When: January 7th at 7:30AM   Where: Cedar Rapids Bowling Center 265 B...
The Cedar Valley Woodcarvers and Wickiup Hill Learning Center are teaming together to teach a basic woodcarving course.  Get ready to learn the basics of wood carving, and unleash your creativity! Wood carving is a fun, accessible, and creative craft that doesn’t require a fancy studio, or equipment.  In this class for beginners, the Cedar Valley Woodcarver instructors will cover what you need to know to get started, and assist you in your first carving – a caterpillar.  Carving t...
The Cedar Valley Humane Society is holding its third annual chili supper fundraiser at the Lowe Park Arts and Entertainment Center, 4500 N. 10th St. in Marion, on Saturday, January 10. Chili, soup, salads, breads, and desserts will be served from 5 to 8:30pm. Sarah Angelo-Haight will sing and play the ukulele from 6 to 7:30pm. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Adult tickets are $10. Seniors are $8. Children age 10 and under are $5. "Last year's chili supper was very fun," says Lonnie Viner...
Project GREEN and the Iowa City Public Library present 2015 Winter Garden Forums Meeting Room A 2-4 p.m. Free to the Public Refreshments and Door Prizes!   January 11, 2015, John Clemens "The Art of Bonsai" John Clemens, member of Easter Iowa Bonsai Association, will address the shape, harmony and proportion of bonsai to express art in the form of these beautiful long-lived trees. Bonsai literally means a tree in a small pot that has been pruned and trained. The horticultural art ...
375 athletes from across the state are set to compete in the 2015 Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA) Winter Games January 12-14 in Dubuque. More than 170 coaches and chaperones, as well as 300 volunteers, will donate their time to serve the athletes and make the event a success. Children and adult athletes of all abilities will participate in a variety of events in the sports of Alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, short track speed skating and figure skating. The Grand Harbor Center, Su...
We need your help! To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, a group of local AmeriCorps members are hosting a food and hygiene drive. We are collecting canned food items and hygiene products such as shampoo, toilet paper, and soap for local food pantries in the Cedar Rapids area. Help out by donating a can of food and/or a hygiene product at one of these locations:    CR Main Library - 450 5th St SE Ladd Library - 3750 Williams Blvd SW United Way office - 317 7th Ave SE Mat...
The Cedar Rapids Public Library invites you to view great Romantic Comedies of the Golden Age in Whipple Auditorium leading up to Valentine's Day. We are thrilled to present: Trouble in Paradise, It Happened One Night, His Girl Friday, and The Lady Eve. The free film series, hosted by Steven Marc Weiss, Professor of Theatre Arts at Coe College, will begin with a brief introduction to the films each night. "The four motion pictures in this series are among the best examples of such intelligent ...
The Coralville Parks and Recreation Department is hosting “Boots on the Ground,” a winter clothing and food drive event to benefit the Shelter House of Iowa City and the Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry.   “Boots on the Ground” will be held on Friday, January 16, at 6:00 pm at the North Ridge Pavilion, 2250 Holiday Road in Coralville. Local businesses will provide coffee, hot cocoa, and desserts, and the event will feature live music by local performers Ben Schmidt...
 A Modern Salon at Brucemore SPT Theatre featuring special guests Angela Billman and Aaron Murphy SPT Theatre will return to Brucemore for the twelfth year of A Modern Salon—January 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and 31 at 7:30 p.m. The event emulates the Parisian salons at the turn of the twentieth century and continues the tradition of entertaining that was common for the families who called Brucemore home. Special guests Angela Billman and Aaron Murphy will join SPT in entertaining audiences with ...
Indulge in Mozart’s tantalizing opera Don Giovanni at the Paramount Theatre, 119 3rd Avenue SE, Friday, January 16 at 8:00PM and Sunday, January 18 at 2:00PM.  Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s new production of Don Giovanni, sung in Italian with English supertitles, is directed by William Ferrara with Orchestra Iowa Musicians directed by Daniel Kleinknecht, featuring baritone Christopher Burchett in the title role, baritone Lee Poulis as Leporello, and sopranos Danielle Tala...
Hear ye! Hear ye! You are cordially invited to attend the inaugural Midwinter Renaissance Faire on Saturday, January 17, from 10 am to 4 pm, at the downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library. This celebration of all things Renaissance includes musical and oratorical performances for all ages, demonstrations, crafts, fencing, a parade of costumes and a knighting ceremony, and so much more. Costumes are encouraged. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS CHILDREN’S LIBRARY • 10-1 Slay the Dragon • 10-1 Sherwood Forest Ar...
The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to start a lifesaving habit by becoming a regular blood donor this year, starting with National Blood Donor Month in January.   January is a challenging time for blood donations. Inclement weather can result in blood drive cancellations, and cold and flu season may cause some donors to be unable to make or keep blood donation appointments. National Blood Donor Month, celebrated in January since 1970, raises awareness of the n...
Friends, Have the kids join us for some holiday cheer while you get some last minute shopping done! We'll have an optional swim, play games, make crafts, enjoy pizza, refreshments and watch Frozen! Parents' Night Out is a safe, fun and supervised environment perfect for kids while parents have some adult time.  Have a night out, or use the time for errands, shopping or a project at home.  Don't worry about a thing while you leave the supervision and clean-up to the Y.  Also, it'...
Looking for a new job opportunity? Come to Kelly Sevices' Job Fair in Downtown Cedar Rapids- Tuesday, Jan. 20th from 4pm to 6:30pm to learn more about our open opportunities. Have a friend who is also looking? Bring them along and be entered into a raffle drawing for prizes! Refreshments will be provided. Location: Kelly Services 200 1st St. SE, Suite 104 Cedar Rapids
 On Thursday, January 22, 2015, officers from Cedar Rapids Police and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 9:00 a.m. on December 18, at McDonalds, 1530 1 Ave NE Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Cedar Rapids neighborhoods. This is...
The Iowa Masonic Library and Museums will host a series of World War I themed movies during the last two Saturdays of January from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event, entitled "Exhibit and a Movie," will include a curatorial overview of the current exhibit "The Great War: Iowa and Iowans in World War I' along with a feature length film that will help complement the exhibit. On Saturday, Jan. 24 the movie "Doughboys," starring Buster Keaton (1930, b & w, unrated, 79 min.) will be featured. The follo...
Break out your winter coat and join us for Winterfest in the Historic Amana Colonies. There is an authentic experience waiting for all ages during this seasonal celebration; music, winter games and FUN!  Embrace the winter season on January 24th with fun for the whole family! The Freezer 5k Run/Walk begins at 8:30am, followed by a full day of activities. Activities include Ice Sculpting, Law Sawing, Ice Skating and the traditional Hammerschlagen and The Great Amana Ham Put.   NEW THIS ...
The District’s Professional Learning Communities regularly generate programming that enriches student learning. The latest initiative will bring together male vocalists from each of the middle and high school choirs for the District’s first Men’s Honor Choir Festival. The ensemble will present a public concert on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. It’s a simple plan, really. Eighth grade boys from Franklin, Harding, McKinley, Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson middle schools District middle schools will blend th...
There will be no need for concern when members of the Cedar Rapids Police Department (CRPD) descend on Harding Middle School on Friday, January 30, 2015. That’s the date of the eighth annual Kids vs. Cops Dodge Ball Tournament.  The annual event, organized by the Harding Student Council, benefits the CRPD K-9 Unit to assist with the purchase and training of dogs and necessary equipment (such as protective vests) for the dogs. Officers and students participate in a friendly competition that...
Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation invites grandmothers and their grandchildren to create a family memory at a special tea called “High Tea with Grandma” at Ushers Ferry Historic Village. Participants will sip tea from fine china, enjoy teatime goodies, listen to live music and share family stories in the beautifully decorated Ushers Ferry Hotel. Program #314703-01 meets Saturday, January 31 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. The fee is $13/person for residents and $14/person for non-residents. Advance regi...
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