Category Archives: Community Events

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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Labor Day Weekend in the Corridor – so much to do it’s hard to choose!

There are a number of fun, family-friendly events to choose from this weekend. Here’s a quick rundown.

Freedom Festival Parade & Fireworks

After the flood forced the cancelation of the Freedom Festival in July, dozens of coordinators and community volunteers worked to ensure we still celebrated this fall.  This weekend the Freedom Festival returns as a “Celebration of Community.”  This Saturday (Aug 30) at 9:00 there will be a free parade at Kirkwood Community College. Continue reading

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Bike riding and Bluegrass

Central City showcases two festivals this weekend – CC Rider and the 33rd annual Bluegrass Festival.

The decorated bikes have adorned lawns and businesses for weeks. Some were spray painted purple from rim to rim, some held flower baskets, and others sparkled in the summer sun. Regardless of the artist’s intention, each drew attention and encouraged passersby to participate in Central City’s 8th annual CC Rider festival.  Finally, on Saturday, August 23rd, the bid day arrived.

The Central City Main Street organization puts on the CC Rider Community Festival and Bike Ride every year, which began in 2001. The heart of the festival revolves around a number of bike rides. Participants could choose from either a 14, 34, 62 or the new 100 mile route through scenic Grant Wood Country. The Festival also features a 5k Run/Walk for adults as well as kids. There is also a bike safety “rodeo” and scavenger hunt for the kids.
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The Iowa State Fair is Here!

Iowa is famous for a few things. Corn. The Field of Dreams. And the Iowa State Fair. Ok, we’re famous for more things than that, but I’ve traveled enough to know these are three near the top of the list.

Yesterday marked the opening day of the Iowa State Fair.

It’s one of the only places in the world you’ll see such pillars of Americana as

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