Category Archives: Community Events

Calling The Corridor’s Young Professionals!

Learn about Access Iowa – a fun organization that helps you get involved and make friends. And why you should attend their Celebrate the Corridor event on Jan. 30th!

Ten years ago Access Iowa was formed as a way for young professionals to come together and make a real difference in the place they call home. From social events to civic duties, Access Iowa strives to: “… to create an environment in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City corridor area that attracts and retains young professionals.”

Access Iowa holds numerous events throughout the year to appeal to other young professionals and showcase what a fun and vibrant community we live in. In fact, the next event is to celebrate the grand reopening for “1st Avenue LIVE” (formerly 3rd Street Live) on Jan 16, 2009 at 8:30 PM.
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Kick off the Holiday Season with Cedar Rapids’ 4th Annual Fire and Ice Festival

The Cedar Rapids Downtown District and Freedom Festival are presenting this year’s Fire & Ice Festival on Saturday December 6.

Things to note for this year include a new parade route, free carriage rides, children’s train rides, huge balloons in the parade, and much more!
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Second Annual Pink Ice Hockey Game

This Saturday, the Cedar Rapids Roughriders game against the Omaha Lancers will be played on pink ice as part of a “Pink Game” promotion to promote breast cancer awareness. One dollar from every ticket will go to St. Luke’s Spirit Fund, which provides financial assistance to women diagnosed with breast cancer. The team and game officials will wear pink jerseys that will be auctioned to benefit the Spirit Fund.

The ice will remain pink for Sunday evening’s meeting between the Riders and Green Bay Gamblers.

For more information read the media release.

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It’s Playtime Poppy

The Children’s Theatre of Cedar Rapids Playtime Poppy is ready to start its 2008-2009 Play season. The first play will be “Timeless Tales” which is a rendition of four of Hans Christian Andersen’s stories.  It will include scenes from “The Princess and the Pea”, “The Little Mermaid”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, and “The Ugly Duckling”.

This Timeless Tales starts on October 15th and runs through the 18th.  The play will be at Jefferson High School in the auditorium (pdf map of the building), located at 1243 20th St SW in Cedar Rapids.  Here are the show times:

  • Wednesday October 15th is a matinee showing at 1:00pm
  • Thursday October 16, 2008 showing at 4:30pm and at 7:00pm
  • Friday October 17, 2008 showing at 4:30pm and at 7:00 pm
  • Saturday October 18, 2008 showing at 2:00 pm and at 4:30 pm

The rest of the 2008-2009 play season will feature:

  • Disney’s 101 Dalmatians – the musical (January 29-31, 2009) at Kennedy High School
  • Sleeping Beauty (April 23-25, 2009) at Washington High School

This is truly a low cost entertaining event to bring your children to.  The tickets cost $3.00 and are available for sale 45 minutes before the show starts.  The plays usually last about an hour, and I know I plan on attending, my daughter always loves it.  Maybe I’ll see you there.

posted by: Kristen Everett

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New, Interactive Dinosaur Exhibit at Lindale Mall

Although the Science Station is closed due to this summer’s flooding, that doesn’t meant the children of the corridor will miss an awesome traveling dinosaur exhibit.

The Science Station’s first post-flood exhibit opened at the end of September at the Lindale Mall (4444 First Ave. NE) Admission to the exhibit, which runs through Dec. 31, is $5 for children and $6 for adults.

The Be the DinosaurTM exhibit lets visitors travel back in time 65+ million years ago to learn everything about the world the dinosaurs lived in – not only about the dinosaurs, but also about the environment, the plants, animals and insects that shared it.  This hands-on, interactive exhibit was designed by world-renowned paleontologists, and brings dinosaurs to life through the magic of interactive digital simulation, the same technology behind “Finding Nemo.”

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Race Against Breast Cancer this Sunday

Every October thousands turn out in downtown Cedar Rapids for the Especially for You Women’s Race
Against Breast Cancer 5K run/walk. This is the events’ 18th year and participation has grown – from a little over a thousand the first year to over 10,000 last year.  According to the event literature, more than 4,000 women have used the money raised from our local event to help fund breast exams, mammographies, ultrasounds or surgical consolation. 

I’m lucky enough to work somewhere that organizes a team and so it’s very easy for me to participate. Last year was my first year, and unfortunately the event was canceled due to bad weather. This year the weather should be dry and pretty nice, although it will surely be brisk at 8 am when the race kicks off.

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Oktoberfest is here!

This weekend is the annual Oktoberfest festival in Amana.

Saturday at 10 a.m. is the parade. It is a nice parade for families. Kids always get a lot of candy and it lasts about an hour.

Sit by the chocolate Haus and the Stone Hearth Bakery. And because it may be a little chilly, you can get coffee, hot chocolate or my daughters favorite a chocolate chai with whipped cream at the Chocolate Haus. They also have great caramel apples at the Chocolate Haus. Across the street you can get a pastry or some cookies.
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