Bridges is a nonprofit organization, connecting the community in a variety of ways, including the promotion of free and affordable family-oriented activities, classes, and workshops, and the good news happening in our community!
One of the things I love about our community is knowing there is always something to do that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, especially on cold or rainy days.
The NW Recreation Center, located next to Harrison Elementary School in Cedar Rapids, is one place that is inexpensive, is inexpensive, and is a great way to burn off energy!
If you haven't been to the NewBo City Market lately, you should make the time to visit. Since revamping their space two years ago, they have added new vendors and spaces for groups to meet, as well as to hold activities for the public.
They have also added new programs to their weekly lineup, including Happier Hour, Fridays@NewBo, Food Truck Wednesdays, and NewBo Cafe.
Located on the corner of 3rd Street and 12th Avenue SE, NewBo City Market opened as a way to rehabilitate a part of the city that was once the heart of the city, a new home and hope to thousands of immigrants who settled in Czech Village and areas along the river.
According to the NewBo City Market website, NewBo City Market has become a showcase of the local talent and resources throughout the state of Iowa.
"We support entrepreneurship and small business. We are proponents of the farm-to-table movement and locally-sourced foods and products. We directly address food insecurity in our community and educate on nutrition, wellness, and urban renewal. We are about consumers talking to, learning from, and developing relationships with local producers, and about neighbors interacting with one another."
For more information, visit the NewBoCity Market's website.
Blind Date with a Book
Love is in the air ... especially for book lovers! All this month, the Hiawatha Library is playing matchmaker, setting you up on a blind date with a book! Simply pick up a wrapped book at the Hiawatha Library, 151 W. Willman Street, have the librarian check it out for you (don't peek!) and unwrap it when you get home. All you have to do is Rate Your Date on the card provided and return it to the library when you are done with the book for you chance to win great prizes! Visit the library's website for more information, or stop in to see the display for yourself!
Hiawatha Library hours are Mon. - Thurs. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. - Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Hiawatha Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a Free Fitness Class the 2nd Wednesday of every month in 2018.
Classes include Zumba, Belly Dancing, and BollyX. All classes are taught by Tara Allen, and will be held at the Hiawatha Community Center, 101 Emmons Street.
The first class (Zumba Toning) will be held Feb. 14.
For more information visit the event page.
The Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Ave SE, and the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission team up to present the second annual Community Cultural Celebration and Expo on Saturday, March 3, 10 am to 2 pm.
Join us as we bring together organizations and groups from across the area to celebrate the diversity and culture of our community.
Groups participating include:
Amani Community Services
The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success
Bhutanese American Buddhist Society of Iowa (BABSI)
Catherine McAuley Center
Cedar Rapids Area Genealogy Library
Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Comission
Cedar Rapids Harmony Hawks
Cedar Valley Friends of Family
Czech Heritage Foundation
Darrin Crow- Talespinner & Troubadour
Farm Credit Services
Iowa Department of Human Rights
Iowa Kyudo Kai アイオワ弓道会
Japan America Society of Iowa – Soten Taiko
Kirkwood Community College Steel Drum Band
Mental Health/Disability Services
Museum of Danish America
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
Sound Concepts Inc.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade Society
Světlušky Czech Youth Dance Ensemble
Theatre Cedar Rapids
Winter Activities in Our Community
Iowa winters can be ferocious, and some days are just too cold to venture out. But when the thermometer nears that freezing mark, it’s the perfect time to participate in a variety of outdoor activities, including sledding, cross country skiing, and ice skating.
The hill at Thomas, Shawnee, Squaw Creek, and Jones parks are perfect for sledding, as well as the smaller hills at Roosevelt Middle School and Harrison Elementary.
Outdoor ice skating rinks are available at Arthur Elementary School and Bever Park, but only when the temperatures have been below zero for a number of days. Visit Cedar Rapids Park and Recreation’s website for more information.
If you'd rather not brave the cold there are two ice skating rinks you can utilize all year long: the Cedar Rapids Skating Rink, and the Coral Ridge Mall Skating Rink.
Downhill skiing is available at Sundown in Dubuque and Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena, Ill.
HiCrew Kiwanis held their annual Valentine's Day breakfast Feb. 10 at the Hiawatha Community Center. Face painting and crafts kept the kids entertained, while their parents visited with their neighbors and enjoyed omelets and pancakes.
Proceeds for the fundraiser will go to help pay for dictionaries that are distributed every year to third graders in our community.