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  • Dancing Away the Stigma
    6:00 pm-7:00 pm
    04/15/2017

    Dancing Away the Stigma is an initiative from Iowa BIG that is in partnership with the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena and Camp Courageous of Iowa. Our goal of the program is to celebrate diversity through dance. My team teaches dance therapy to special needs individuals in the Cedar Rapids, Linn-Mar, and College Community School Districts. We are holding a dance party that will allow the students of our dance therapy classes to showcase their skills to the public. The event will include a night of dancing, education, and fun. The students with special needs that participate in our dance classes are encouraged to attend our event to showcase to the community that their disability does not hold them back. The students in our classes will be showing and teaching the community the dance that they have learned over the last couple of months. Everyone is welcome to come to our event, and we would like to make a large impact in the community. We will make a difference in the community by lessening the stigma that individuals with specials needs have that they can’t do something because of their disability, which is just not true. This program is completely run by 7 ambitious high school students from Iowa BIG and a teacher advisor.

    Date:4-15-2017
    Time:6:00 pm
    Location:Cedar Rapids Ice Arena

    For more information on our program please see our website!
    www.datsdance.com

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  • The Diary of Anne Frank
    All day
    04/21/2017

    The show opens April 21st, and runs through April 30th (Friday-Sunday, two weekends). Evening shows begin at 7:30pm and matinees at 2pm.

    Location: Johnson County Fairgrounds, Iowa City

    More info to follow.

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  • The Diary of Anne Frank
    All day
    04/22/2017

    The show opens April 21st, and runs through April 30th (Friday-Sunday, two weekends). Evening shows begin at 7:30pm and matinees at 2pm.

    Location: Johnson County Fairgrounds, Iowa City

    More info to follow.

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  • The Diary of Anne Frank
    All day
    04/23/2017

    The show opens April 21st, and runs through April 30th (Friday-Sunday, two weekends). Evening shows begin at 7:30pm and matinees at 2pm.

    Location: Johnson County Fairgrounds, Iowa City

    More info to follow.

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  • American Red Cross Blood Donation Opportunties
    12:00 pm-5:00 pm
    04/24/2017

    Eligible blood donors of all blood types are encouraged to give blood through the American Red Cross this spring to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients.

    Donated blood is perishable and must constantly be replenished to keep up with hospital patient need. Red blood cells are the blood component most frequently transfused by hospitals and must be used within 42 days of donation.

    Eligible donors can give red blood cells through either a regular whole blood donation or a Power Red donation, where available. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor.

    While donors of all blood types are encouraged to give blood, type O, A negative and B negative donors are urged to give Power Reds if they meet the additional eligibility criteria. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients of any blood type in an emergency. Similarly, type O positive can be transfused to Rh-positive patients of any blood type. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh-positive or negative patients. Power Red donations help ensure a stable supply of these critical blood types.

    Whole blood can be donated every 56 days, up to six times a year, and Power Red donations may be made every 112 days, up to three times per year.

    Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

    Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

    Cedar Rapids

    4/24/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Grant Wood Chapter Neighborhood Blood Drive, 6300 Rockwell Dr NE

    5/1/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Grant Wood Chapter Neighborhood Blood Drive, 6300 Rockwell Dr NE

    5/6/2017: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Grant Wood Chapter Neighborhood Blood Drive, 6300 Rockwell Dr NE

     

    How to help Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

    Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

    Volunteers needed

    Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, contact Carly Burson (608) 298-6194 or visit rdcrss.org/driver.

    About the American Red Cross

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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  • The Diary of Anne Frank
    All day
    04/28/2017

    The show opens April 21st, and runs through April 30th (Friday-Sunday, two weekends). Evening shows begin at 7:30pm and matinees at 2pm.

    Location: Johnson County Fairgrounds, Iowa City

    More info to follow.

  • United Way’s Young Leaders Society “Time for Art”
    5:30 pm-8:00 pm
    04/28/2017
    On Friday, April 28, United Way’s Young Leaders Society will host its third annual Time for Art event at CSPS Hall from 5:30–8 p.m.
    Local artists donate their paintings, photographs, sculptures, and more to this one-of-a-kind silent auction and networking event. Instead of money, attendees bid volunteer hours to win the artwork. The catch: volunteers can only pick up their art once they complete their pledged volunteer hours.
    Kaitlin Byers attended the event last year and won a piece of artwork with a pledge of 50 hours. “Receiving a stunning piece of artwork, crafted locally, as a result of my time volunteering for organizations I know and love? Sign me up!”
    Time for Art’s goal is to raise awareness about the impact of volunteerism. In its first two years, Time for Art raised more than 7,000 hours of volunteer time worth more than $161,000. Bids for artwork ranged from a day of volunteering to 500 hours.
    Join United Way for this unique event that will include door prizes, live music, free caricatures, and a nonprofit meet and greet. Register online now to save $5 off your ticket price, and save $10 as a member of Young Leaders Society, Quarton Society, or ImpactCR.
    To register for Time for Art, visit United Way’s website at uweci.org/timeforart.
  • Uncork A Wish Gala
    6:00 pm-7:00 pm
    04/28/2017

     

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  • 2017 RivALZ Female Flag Football Game
    All day
    04/29/2017

    Location: West High School, Iowa City
    If it rains that day, game will be played at the Univerity of Iowa Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Field.

    More information will be released as the event nears closer.
    Any questions, contact Alison Winn – awinn@alz.org or 319.294.9699

  • The Diary of Anne Frank
    All day
    04/29/2017

    The show opens April 21st, and runs through April 30th (Friday-Sunday, two weekends). Evening shows begin at 7:30pm and matinees at 2pm.

    Location: Johnson County Fairgrounds, Iowa City

    More info to follow.

  • National Eating Disorders Awareness walk of Iowa City
    10:00 am-11:00 am
    04/29/2017

    We are having a walk to raise money for the NEDA. NEDA helps people who are struggling with an eating disorder and helps them find resources in their area. Eating disorders are the lowest funded mental health problem with the highest suicide rate.

    Date:4-29-2017
    Time:10:00 am
    Location:Weatherdance fountain in downtown Iowa City
  • Walk MS: Cedar Rapids 2017
    10:00 am-11:00 am
    04/29/2017

    Walk MS helps us team up with friends, loved ones and co-workers to change the world for everyone affected by MS. Together, we become a powerful force. And with every step we take, every dollar we raise…we’re that much closer. Together, we will end MS forever.

    Regisiter at: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/MNMWalkEvents?pg=entry&fr_id=28352

    Date:4-29-2017
    Time:10:00 am
    Location:Newbo Market-1100 3rd St SE
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
  • National Eating Disorders Awareness walk
    10:00 am-11:00 am
    04/29/2017

    We are having a walk to raise money for NEDA, who in turn helps people and their families who are battling an eating disorder. Come join us for a morning of speakers, raffles and a time to gain support. Register for the walk at www.nedawalk.org. Registration is only $25.00.

    Date:4-29-2017
    Time:10:00 am
    Location:Weatherdance Fountain pedestrian mall Iowa City.
  • CR Alive!
    6:00 pm-8:00 pm
    04/29/2017

    Join us for a celebration of culture, creativity, and hope in our inaugural year of transformation from the Linn Gala to CR Alive! This year’s event takes place on April 29, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Cedar Rapids. Our free-flowing format will feature updated styling and showcase local artists, visionaries, and musicians along with super live and silent auctions, VIP options, and scrumptious cuisine station offerings. Savor the food. Rock out with the bands. Watch art created before your eyes! Be a part of one of the most unique events of 2017 as we celebrate our community while raising crucial funding to continue the work and mission of the American Cancer Society.

    We’re excited to announce this incredible band as our headlining act for CR Alive! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Kevin “B.F.” Burt play alongside “The Governor of Funk,” Bruce Chadima. Or witness Skeeter Lewis shut it down on the sax while Tommy “T-Bone” Gibblin tickles the keys. Add in legendary names like Dan DJ Johnson, Dennis McMurrin, Craig Erickson, and Eric Madison, and you have a night of live music you won’t want to miss! Jazz, funk, blues, and rock n’ roll will fill the room on April 29. Be there!

    Date:4-29-2017
    Time:6:00 pm
    Location:DoubleTree Downtown Cedar Rapids
  • Wartburg College Wind Ensemble
    7:30 pm-9:30 pm
    04/29/2017

    The Wartburg College Wind Ensemble will perform Saturday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m., at Clear Creek Amana High School, as part of its Midwest tour.

    Clear Creek Amana graduates Mary O’Connell and Chad Keitel play euphonium and trumpet, respectively, in the Wind Ensemble. The Clear Creek Amana High School Band also will be featured during the concert. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students with an ID. They can be purchased at http://www.wartburg.edu/tours or at the door.

    The 54-member Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Craig Hancock, will perform a range of works, including “Scootin’ on Hardrock” by David Holsinger, “October” by Eric Whitacre, “Southern Hymn” by Samuel Hazo and “The Flight of the Bumble Bee” from “The Legend of Tsar Sultan.”

    “We’ll be playing a wide variety of music, to include both American and European marches, some hymn tunes, some hard things and some fun, toe-tapping stuff that will make you want to clap your hands,” Hancock said.

    The tour will take the ensemble through Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois.

    Founded in 1898, the Wartburg College Concert Bands program comprises two ensembles: the Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Band. Placement is determined by a yearly audition. Both groups represent students of all class standings and nearly all academic majors. The bands present joint and individual concerts throughout the year. The Wind Ensemble tours each spring and schedules an international tour every third year during Wartburg’s one-month May Term. The 2016 monthlong tour was to Central Europe; and in 2013, the ensemble traveled to China and Japan. The next tour, in 2019, will be the band’s third trip to Japan.

    Wartburg, a four-year liberal arts college internationally recognized for community engagement, enrolls 1,482 students. Wartburg is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and named after the castle in Germany where Martin Luther took refuge disguised as a knight during the stormy days of the Reformation while translating the Bible from Greek into German.

  • Eastern Iowa Brass Band Spring Subscription Concert
    7:30 pm-9:00 pm
    04/29/2017

    The Eastern Iowa Brass Band performs its annual Spring Subscription Concert in Sinclair Auditorium on the campus of Coe College, 1st Avenue NE at College Drive, Cedar Rapids on Saturday, April 29th at 7:30 PM.

    The concert features the band’s two “Young Artist Competition” winners: Hayden Wahlstrom plays trombone and is a senior at Marion High School and Lydia Raim plays euphonium and is a senior at the University of Northern Iowa. For more information on the competition winners go to http://easterniowabrassband.com/

    The 30 brass plus a few percussion musicians perform colorful and expressive music in the British brass band style featuring brass band originals and arrangements of well known popular, orchestral and wind music.

  • More events
    • 2017 RivALZ Female Flag Football Game
      All day
      04/29/2017

      Location: West High School, Iowa City
      If it rains that day, game will be played at the Univerity of Iowa Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Field.

      More information will be released as the event nears closer.
      Any questions, contact Alison Winn – awinn@alz.org or 319.294.9699

    • The Diary of Anne Frank
      All day
      04/29/2017

      The show opens April 21st, and runs through April 30th (Friday-Sunday, two weekends). Evening shows begin at 7:30pm and matinees at 2pm.

      Location: Johnson County Fairgrounds, Iowa City

      More info to follow.

    • National Eating Disorders Awareness walk of Iowa City
      10:00 am-11:00 am
      04/29/2017

      We are having a walk to raise money for the NEDA. NEDA helps people who are struggling with an eating disorder and helps them find resources in their area. Eating disorders are the lowest funded mental health problem with the highest suicide rate.

      Date:4-29-2017
      Time:10:00 am
      Location:Weatherdance fountain in downtown Iowa City
    • Walk MS: Cedar Rapids 2017
      10:00 am-11:00 am
      04/29/2017

      Walk MS helps us team up with friends, loved ones and co-workers to change the world for everyone affected by MS. Together, we become a powerful force. And with every step we take, every dollar we raise…we’re that much closer. Together, we will end MS forever.

      Regisiter at: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/MNMWalkEvents?pg=entry&fr_id=28352

      Date:4-29-2017
      Time:10:00 am
      Location:Newbo Market-1100 3rd St SE
      Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
    • National Eating Disorders Awareness walk
      10:00 am-11:00 am
      04/29/2017

      We are having a walk to raise money for NEDA, who in turn helps people and their families who are battling an eating disorder. Come join us for a morning of speakers, raffles and a time to gain support. Register for the walk at www.nedawalk.org. Registration is only $25.00.

      Date:4-29-2017
      Time:10:00 am
      Location:Weatherdance Fountain pedestrian mall Iowa City.
    • CR Alive!
      6:00 pm-8:00 pm
      04/29/2017

      Join us for a celebration of culture, creativity, and hope in our inaugural year of transformation from the Linn Gala to CR Alive! This year’s event takes place on April 29, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Cedar Rapids. Our free-flowing format will feature updated styling and showcase local artists, visionaries, and musicians along with super live and silent auctions, VIP options, and scrumptious cuisine station offerings. Savor the food. Rock out with the bands. Watch art created before your eyes! Be a part of one of the most unique events of 2017 as we celebrate our community while raising crucial funding to continue the work and mission of the American Cancer Society.

      We’re excited to announce this incredible band as our headlining act for CR Alive! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Kevin “B.F.” Burt play alongside “The Governor of Funk,” Bruce Chadima. Or witness Skeeter Lewis shut it down on the sax while Tommy “T-Bone” Gibblin tickles the keys. Add in legendary names like Dan DJ Johnson, Dennis McMurrin, Craig Erickson, and Eric Madison, and you have a night of live music you won’t want to miss! Jazz, funk, blues, and rock n’ roll will fill the room on April 29. Be there!

      Date:4-29-2017
      Time:6:00 pm
      Location:DoubleTree Downtown Cedar Rapids
    • Wartburg College Wind Ensemble
      7:30 pm-9:30 pm
      04/29/2017

      The Wartburg College Wind Ensemble will perform Saturday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m., at Clear Creek Amana High School, as part of its Midwest tour.

      Clear Creek Amana graduates Mary O’Connell and Chad Keitel play euphonium and trumpet, respectively, in the Wind Ensemble. The Clear Creek Amana High School Band also will be featured during the concert. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students with an ID. They can be purchased at http://www.wartburg.edu/tours or at the door.

      The 54-member Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Craig Hancock, will perform a range of works, including “Scootin’ on Hardrock” by David Holsinger, “October” by Eric Whitacre, “Southern Hymn” by Samuel Hazo and “The Flight of the Bumble Bee” from “The Legend of Tsar Sultan.”

      “We’ll be playing a wide variety of music, to include both American and European marches, some hymn tunes, some hard things and some fun, toe-tapping stuff that will make you want to clap your hands,” Hancock said.

      The tour will take the ensemble through Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois.

      Founded in 1898, the Wartburg College Concert Bands program comprises two ensembles: the Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Band. Placement is determined by a yearly audition. Both groups represent students of all class standings and nearly all academic majors. The bands present joint and individual concerts throughout the year. The Wind Ensemble tours each spring and schedules an international tour every third year during Wartburg’s one-month May Term. The 2016 monthlong tour was to Central Europe; and in 2013, the ensemble traveled to China and Japan. The next tour, in 2019, will be the band’s third trip to Japan.

      Wartburg, a four-year liberal arts college internationally recognized for community engagement, enrolls 1,482 students. Wartburg is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and named after the castle in Germany where Martin Luther took refuge disguised as a knight during the stormy days of the Reformation while translating the Bible from Greek into German.

    • Eastern Iowa Brass Band Spring Subscription Concert
      7:30 pm-9:00 pm
      04/29/2017

      The Eastern Iowa Brass Band performs its annual Spring Subscription Concert in Sinclair Auditorium on the campus of Coe College, 1st Avenue NE at College Drive, Cedar Rapids on Saturday, April 29th at 7:30 PM.

      The concert features the band’s two “Young Artist Competition” winners: Hayden Wahlstrom plays trombone and is a senior at Marion High School and Lydia Raim plays euphonium and is a senior at the University of Northern Iowa. For more information on the competition winners go to http://easterniowabrassband.com/

      The 30 brass plus a few percussion musicians perform colorful and expressive music in the British brass band style featuring brass band originals and arrangements of well known popular, orchestral and wind music.

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  • The Diary of Anne Frank
    All day
    04/30/2017

    The show opens April 21st, and runs through April 30th (Friday-Sunday, two weekends). Evening shows begin at 7:30pm and matinees at 2pm.

    Location: Johnson County Fairgrounds, Iowa City

    More info to follow.

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