Eastern Iowa Community Calendar

Eastern Iowa Community Calendar

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January 18

Pottery workshop - small tray

Thrown - Pottery Supply and Studio Rental: 597 62nd St Suite 138 Marion, IA 52302

10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Make a small serving tray and decorate it with stamps and underglaze. Use it on your vanity, display jewelry, or serve light snacks. Completed projects will be fired with a clear glaze and available for pick up at a later date. All supplies are provided. Class is for all ages. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

January 20

Pottery workshop - Coffee/Tea/Cocoa Mug

Thrown - Pottery Supply and Studio Rental: 597 62nd St Suite 138 Marion, IA 52302

6:00 to 8:00 PM

Make your own creative coffee mug. Add your name, if you want. Paint it with underglaze for a one-of-a-kind design. Adults over 21 only. BYOB!!! Wine and hi-ball glasses will be provided. Light appetizers will be provided. Enjoy a fun night with friends. Completed projects will be fired with a clear glaze and available for pick up at a later date. All supplies are provided.

January 20

Shrimp & Fish Dinner-Urbana American Legion

204 W. Wood St, I380 exit 41

4-7 pm

Serving shrimp, fish, baked potato, baked beans, cole slaw and desserts. Adults: $9.00, Children under 12: $5.00, Preschool: Free

January 21

Pottery workshop - Door Plaque

Thrown - Pottery Supply and Studio Rental: 597 62nd St Suite 138 Marion, IA 52302

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Create your own name plaque for your room to hang on your door. Make it as unique as you are. Decorate with stamps and underglaze. Be sure to wear clothing you don't mind getting dirty Completed projects will be fired with a clear glaze and available for pick up at a later date. All supplies are provided. Class is for all ages. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

January 21


Mercy Medical Hallagan Education Center

10:30 A.M. TO 11:45 A.M.

Senators Rob Hogg, Wally Horn, Liz Mathis and Dan Zumbach and Representatives Liz Bennett, Ashley Hinson, Ken Rizer, Kirsten Running-Marquardt, Art Staed, Louis Zumbach, and Todd Taylor have been invited. This free public forum is a venue for state representatives and senators to discuss issues of concern and to answer questions from constituents. The Catherine McAuley Center is co-sponsoring the January 21 event with the League of Women Voters of Linn County. LWV Linn County conducts the forums as part of its voter education program.

January 28

Block Kids Building Contest

Kirkwood Community College Iowa Hall

Check in at 9:15 a.m., building begins at 9:45 a.m.

Boys and girls in kindergarten – sixth grade are invited to participate in a free block building contest sponsored by the National Association of Women in Construction. Each child who participates is given 100 Mega blocks in various sizes and play money to purchase string, rocks, poster board and aluminum foil to build a project of their own design within an hour time frame. The children are judged on their projects, and winners are announced at the conclusion of the event. The winners are presented with medals and awarded monetary prizes. The winning project is then sent to a regional competition and, if they should win there, they advance to the national competition.

January 29

Regina Mini Dance Marathon

Regina High School- 2150 Rochester Ave, Iowa City, IA

Noon- 6pm

The mini dance marathon will be raising money toward pediatric cancer. All the proceeds go to the University of Iowa Dance Marathon. This event held by Regina is for all ages and includes food, dancing, and other fun activities such as face paint and a photo booth. There is a $20 donation fee for individuals and $35 for families.

January 29

Your Skin Is In! Prom 2017

Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, 701 10th St. SE, Cedar Rapids

2 to 4pm

Join us at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center. See the latest in prom fashion and beauty to look amazing on your big night without tanning! Get expert tips on hair, makeup and sunless tanning. Shop the vendor fair. Hear a cancer survivor’s inspirational story and tanning/skin cancer education from Dr. Vincent Reid, Hall-Perrine Cancer Center. Win prizes including an Apple watch, iPad mini and gift cards.

February 4

Trivia Night

Echo Hill Presbyterian Church: 9000 C Ave Marion, IA 52302

6:30pm - 9:30pm

Back by popular demand is Trivia Night 2017! Join us on Saturday, February 4, starting at 6:30 pm at Echo Hill Presbyterian Church. Get your team of 8 together now. Each table of 8 brings food to share with their teammates. Drinks will be provided. Each person pays $10, with an option to buy mulligans (free guesses) for $10 per table. The winning team wins $15 per person. All proceeds benefit Family Promise. To sign up, call Michael Becker at the church at 319-377-4360. Let Michael know if you need child care. Walk-ins are welcome if you do not have a team.

February 7

Aortic Stenosis: Keeping Your Heart Healthy

PCI Community Room-3rd Floor


Aortic stenosis is one of the most common and most serious valve disease problems. Aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic valve opening which can restrict blood flow and affect pressure within the heart. Attend this community program with UnityPoint Clinic – Cardiology Cardiologist Laila Payvandi to learn more about the signs and symptoms, who is at risk and how to keep your heart healthy.

February 12

Cedar Rapids Marriott Hotel

1 – 4 PM

The Chili Challenge is a friendly competition between the Isle of Iowa Parrot Head Club and Linn County Blues Society to raise money for local charity which support the children and underserved families of our community. The event offers not only chili tasting, but voting for your favorite chili, a silent/live auction and local celebrity judges. Tickets are free for ages6 and under, $5 Seniors, $8 in advance, $10 day of event. For more information on each club visit their websites at and, the charities at and or the event website at

April 1

Corridor Autism Resource Expo (CARE)

Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Ave, SE, Cedar Rapids, IA

10am - 3pm

CARE brings together dozens of autism-related services, organizations, and speakers in one place as a one-stop shop for autistic people and their families who are looking for resources in the Corridor area.

April 2

CBS2 Your Health Expo

DoubleTree Convention Complex in Cedar Rapids, IA


Eastern Iowa’s largest Health Expo is a vibrant celebration of healthy lifestyles in Iowa. Each year, over 50 area health and wellness-related businesses and services join CBS2 in educating the public about improving the quality of life through healthy options and opportunities. Visit to learn more.

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April 22

5K/8K Growl Prowl

Linn Mar High School Stadium


5K, 8K, kids' mile and fun runs

The mission of the Growl Prowl is to raise funds from the community in order to help provide the basic needs for living and for learning that a growing number of Linn-Mar children lack.

The 2008-2016 Growl Prowl races were a huge success, with almost 1,800 5K / 8K runners and over 90 sponsors helping raise $55,000 that has been allocated to schools. Funds are distributed to Linn-Mar school buildings during the school year.

April 29

CR Alive!

DoubleTree by Hilton, downtown Cedar Rapids


The American Cancer Society Presents…CR Alive!

Join us in our inaugural year of transformation from the Linn Gala to CR Alive! This year’s spring event will take place on April 29, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Cedar Rapids. Our format will feature updated interactive styling with entertainment, mainstage headliner Alisabeth Von Presley, local talent from the Creative Corridor, super live and silent auctions, VIP options, and scrumptious cuisine station offerings—try them all! Be a part of this exciting movement to celebrate our community’s uniqueness while raising crucial funding to continue the work and mission of the American Cancer Society.