Events

From concerts to conventions to festivals, the Council Bluffs area is home to a variety of year-round activities for all ages. Search by keyword or browse all listings below.

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April 1 - October 1
Dodge's Presidential Ties
Historic General Dodge House
In following our theme of "Dodge's Presidential Ties," beautiful antique dresses will be on display showcasing the eras of the First Ladies that served the country during General Dodge's life.

More Information: Contact: Historic General Dodge House | (712) 322-2406 | Website
May 4 - September 28
4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Council Bluffs Farmers Market
North Side of Bayliss Park
The Farmers Market will be held each Thursday evening until September 28th at Bayliss Park from 4:30-7:30 pm. (Previously, the market was held on the 100 Block of West Broadway.) It features fresh, locally-grown vegetables, honey, plants, jams & jellies, baked products, eggs, art, handmade jewelry and much more.

More Information: Contact: The 712 Initiative | (712) 396-2494 | ddouglas@the712initiative.org
August 30 - October 4
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Powerful Tools for Caregivers of Children with Special Health or Behavioral Needs
Council Bluffs Public Library
Caring for a child with special health or behavioral needs is rewarding but it can also be stressful. This class is designed to provide you, the family caregiver, with the skills you need to take care of yourself along the way. Six two-hour class sessions will be held once per week on Wednesdays, August 30-October 4. They will be led by certified, experienced class leaders. The $30 fee includes a caregiver helpbook. Submit registration and payment by August 23rd to the ISU Extension office, 1705 McPherson Ave., Ste. 200, CB, 51503. Visit website for brochure.

More Information: Contact: ISU Extension Office-West Pott County | (712) 366-7070 | Website
September 7 - October 5
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Finances of Caregiving
Broadway United Methodist Church
This is a five-part series on financial planning for family caregivers. The sessions will occur on the evenings of September 7, 14, 21, 28 and October 5. The registration fee for the series is $35 per person with a registration deadline of August 31st. To do so, contact the West Pottawattamie County Extension Office with the contact information provided.

More Information: Contact: Sandra McKinnon | (712) 355-2067 | sandram@iastate.edu | Website
September 12 - November 7
SWI Chorale Rehearsal Process (Men's and Women's Choirs)
The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College
Come and experience the SWI Chorale (Men's and Women's Choirs) and participate in this fall's session!

Formerly known as the SWI Men's and Women's Choruses, this group has been re-branded as both a mixed choir, as well as single-gendered ensembles. Members will have the chance to sing in both experiences.

The men of the SWI Chorale will rehearse from 6-7:30 pm every Tuesday night. The women of the SWI Chorale will rehearse from 6:50-8:20 pm every Tuesday night. The middle section of the rehearsal will focus on the mixed choir literature.

There is no audition for this group, nor is there a fee for participating. We only ask for a dedication and commitment to each session, whether it's in the fall or spring.

The fall session will begin on September 12. The session will run through the fall concert on Sunday, November 5. A second performance will take place in Glenwood the following Tuesday, November 7.

More Information: Contact: Luke Johnson | (712) 325-3726 | lrjohnson@iwcc.edu
September 15 - October 31
Madness Haunted House
Mall of the Bluffs
Madness Haunted House is the first and only professional haunted attraction in Council Bluffs. Open Sept. 15-Oct. 31st. Ticket prices, hours and showtimes can be viewed at www.facebook.com/madnesshaunt. Come out and get scared at "The Metro's Newest Experience in Terror"

More Information: Contact: Josh Bellows | (712) 326-8792 | bellowsj33@gmail.com | Website
September 18 - 24
Flying Legends of Victory Summer Tour Featuring the B-25 Bomber
Council Bluffs Municipal Airport
The type of fast, muscular aircraft made famous in the 1942 Doolittle Raid during WWII will be on public exhibition at the Council Bluffs Municipal Airport Monday, September 18 - Sunday, September 24.

The B-25J 'Maid in the Shade' is one of the Arizona Commemorative Air Force's combat aircraft based at its world-famous museum based in Mesa, Arizona.

Tour Hours: Monday, Friday - Sunday: 2 pm - 6 pm and Tuesday - Thursday: 9 am - 6 pm. Standard plane tour fees are $10/person and $20/family of four (in US and Canada).

Rides in the aircraft will be offered Friday - Sunday from 10 am - 1 pm for $325 (waist gunner seats) or $650 (jump seats in nose).

Reserve your seat today by visiting http://bit.ly/CouncilBluffsIA or calling 480-462-2992. The age minimum is 12.

More Information: Contact: B-25 Ride Coordinator | (480) 462-2992 x3 | b25rc@azcaf.org | Website
September 20
7 PM to 8:30 PM
Adult Video Game Night
Council Bluffs Public Library
Think you have what it takes to test your word-puzzle skills against fellow opponents? Think you can survive elimination and make it to the final round? Think you can WIN IT ALL? Come join us for fun and fellowship by playing Wheel of Fortune, Xbox 360-style!

More Information: Contact: Lee DeWald | (712) 323-7553 x110 | ldewald@councilbluffslibrary.org | Website
September 20
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Duffy Belorad Orchestra
Council Bluffs Senior Center
Council Bluffs Senior Center (“The Center”) hosts a weekly ballroom dance every Wednesday featuring live music with local orchestras and big bands. Entrance is $5 for Center members, $10 for nonmembers and BYOB for those 21 and older. The Center has a wood floor ballroom and parking is free.

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226
September 21
7 PM
NEEDTOBREATHE with special guest Gavin DeGraw
Stir Concert Cove
NEEDTOBREATHE joins the stage with Gavin DeGraw to perform a new sound for alternative rock touring as a christian rock band from South Carolina. The band’s newest single “Hard Love” has everybody on social media claiming their own tough love experiences using #HARDLOVE to start the conversation. They are also a group that shows philanthropic endeavors with their non-profit NEEDTOBREATHE Cares focused on opening medical centers in Nicaragua.

Gavin DeGraw is also performing songs from his die-hard alternative rock discography of 11 albums to date. If you are unfamiliar with his sound and can’t sing along to his popular hit “I Don’t Want to Be,” you might instead recall his performances on Dancing With The Stars last fall and fall in love with his ability to command attention on stage.

More Information: (800) 745-3000 | Website
September 22
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Pam Tillis
The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College
Country music legend Pam Tillis makes her Arts Center debut in this acoustic trio performance. This daughter of country music royalty, three-time CMA winner, two-time Grammy winner, and proud member of the Grand Ole Opry will present an intimate evening of her most beloved music. You’ll hear her top hits, such as “Shake the Sugar Tree,” “Mi Vida Loca,” “When You Walk Into the Room,” “In Between Dances,” “Don’t Tell Me What To Do,” and “Maybe It Was Memphis.” Whether it’s on the elaborate stages of the Grand Ole Opry or in the intimate setting of Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, you will experience the feeling of delight that comes from Pam Tillis singing exactly what she is meant to sing at that moment. Tickets are available through The Arts Center Box Office.

More Information: Contact: Tim Dickmeyer | (712) 388-7140 | tdickmeyer@iwcc.edu | Website
September 22
8:30 PM to 1:30 AM
Free Weekend Entertainment: Fork in the Road
AmeriSports Bar
This weeks Free Weekend Entertainment will feature a LIVE performance from Fork in the Road!

More Information: Website
September 23
8 AM to 12 PM
Introduction to Land Management: September Session
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center on Saturday, September 23rd at 8:00 a.m. for our fifth session of Introduction to Land Management, the topic for this session will be "Seed Harvesting, Introduction to Prescribed Fire".

All members of the public including students, land owners, and anyone interested in learning responsible land management practices are invited to join us for our new Introduction to Land Management program.

This six-class series will be held the 4th Saturday of the month, May through October. Class will be held 8:00 a.m. to noon each day, rain or shine & is designed to provide members of the public the basic knowledge and skills required to create and maintain a healthy environment in a Midwestern natural areas setting.

Attendees should note: the series will primarily take place outdoors in the Loess Hills of western Iowa and will, at times, require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain. Classes will meet at the Natural Areas Management headquarters (a.k.a. The Barn) at Hitchcock Nature Center.

The fee for the entire six-class series is $75.00; Individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class. Pre-registration is required. Due to the hands-on nature of the series, class sizes will be limited and early registration is required.

Visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online or call 712-545-3283 for more information.

More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
September 23
8:30 AM to 1 PM
Healthy as We Age: Take Time for You
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
This is an event to help caregivers better handle the stress and work involved in care giving that ultimately impacts their own health. It includes a keynote speaker, breakout sessions, and lunch. The registration fee is $20 per person with a registration deadline of September 18. To find out more details and/or register, contact the West Pottawattamie County Extension Office at the phone number provided.

More Information: Contact: West Pottawattamie County Extension Office | (712) 366-7070
September 23
10 AM to 11 AM
Mexican Bingo ~ Dia De Loteria
Council Bluffs Public Library
Mexican BINGO: create your own board and play for prizes! Fun for the whole family and no registration required.

Dia De Loteria: crea su propio tablero y juegue para GANAR premios! Diversion para TODO la familia y no requiere registrarse.


More Information: Contact: Andrew Bouska | (712) 323-7553 x118 | abouska@councilbluffslibrary.org | Website
September 23 - 24
12 PM to 4 PM
Midwest Winds Kite Fliers
Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard
Color the sky with fun and kites. Come out and enjoy this grand sight with kites of all shapes and sizes. Live music will be performed by Tyler Butler 1-3 pm on Saturday, September 23rd. The event runs 12-4 pm on both the 23rd and 24th.

More Information: Contact: Ashley Stange | (712) 256-7053 | info@ditmarsorchard.com | Website
September 23
8:30 PM to 1:30 AM
Free Weekend Entertainment: Secret Weapon
AmeriSports Bar
This weeks Free Weekend Entertainment will feature a LIVE performance from Secret Weapon!

More Information: Website
September 24
3 PM to 4:30 PM
Northern Men Concert
Bayliss Park
Three of Ireland’s native musicians –Cliff McKenna, Paddy Finney and Liam McKervey now known as Northern Men—return to perform at the Council Bluffs Bayliss Park for an afternoon of song, revelry and renewing old friendships. The lads have been coming to the Omaha/Council Bluffs area since 1988 and are happy to be celebrating their 28th anniversary of roving to the heartland. The trio will appear at the park in a free performance at 3–4:30 pm.

Folks are invited to bring their lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic lunch to the park. Rain location is the YMCA (7 South 4th Street). The concert is produced by Pottawattamie Arts, Culture & Entertainment and is sponsored by Gay Searcy and the Council Bluffs Parks and Recreation Department.

More Information: Contact: Emily Globe | (402) 350-5913 | emily@PACEartsiowa.org | Website
September 25
6:30 PM to 8 PM
Pinterest'd In... CD Scratch Art
Council Bluffs Public Library
This adult event is about learning how to turn old CDs into creative and decorative works of art. All materials will be provided. Space is limited. Sign up at the Reference desk on the second floor.
Pinterest'd In... meets every month on the fourth Monday.

More Information: Contact: Marlys Lien | (712) 323-7553 x135 | mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org | Website
September 26
11 AM to 12 PM
OWLS Program: Iowa's Loess Hills
Hitchcock Nature Center
Area seniors are invited to join us for a special presentation on Iowa's natural wonder, the Loess Hills. Bring your lunch and learn more about what makes this region so special.

This program will be held Tuesday, September 26th from 11:00 a.m. to noon at Hitchcock Nature Center. Our gift shop, exhibit gallery & observation deck will be open before and after this program so make sure and allow extra time to explore all we have to offer at Hitchcock Nature Center.

The OWLS - Older, Wiser Learning Seniors, is a new partnership with The Center in Council Bluffs & is designed for senior learners with an interest in environmental science and conservation topics. Programs are presented by PCCB Naturalists and are held at the Center in Council Bluffs or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center. We ask that participants be age 50 & over.

Attendees will either need to purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a valid Pottawattamie County Parks annual permit. Daily passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance on the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program.

This program is being presented in conjunction with the Loess Hills & Heritage Week and is part of a series of programming opportunities being presented throughout the Loess Hills September 23rd through October 1st, 2017.

Weather Permitting

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation


More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
September 26
2 PM to 4 PM
Homeschool in the Hills
Hitchcock Nature Center
Homeschool students and parents are invited to join us at Hitchcock Nature Center for a fun filled field day on Tuesday, September 26th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

This event will feature a combination of self-guided activities such as scavenger hunts & nature challenges, along with activities guided by Pottawattamie County Conservation Naturalists. Join in the fun as we hike, explore, & learn then meet up afterwards for refreshments and a chance to network & meet other homeschooling families. This event is perfect for homeschool students age 5 & up with a focus on elementary age learners & will feature lots of hands-on learning.

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Please email Rene Stroud at rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov or call 712-545-3283 for more information.

This program is presented in conjunction with the Loess Hills & Heritage Week, and is part of a series of programming opportunities being presented throughout the Loess Hills September 23rd through October 1st, 2017.

This event is presented free of charge with paid park admission. Free-will donations will be accepted to support continued programming in Pottawattamie County. Participants must have a valid Pottawattamie County Parks annual permit or purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass. Daily passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance on the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.

While this event is family friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Thank you for understanding. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather permitting.

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
September 26
5:30 PM to 7 PM
Tom Osborne to Speak to TeamMates Council Bluffs
Barley's
Coach Tom Osborne will speak in Council Bluffs about his legacy off of the football field which is the TeamMates Mentoring Program. Appetizers will be served. RSVP today.

More Information: Contact: Traci Dresher | tdresher@cbcsd.org
September 27
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The Art of Feedback
Council Bluffs Library
An interactive event in which you learn how to give feedback to employees (good and needing improvement), listen and respond in community and work meetings, better respond to the customer during sales calls, and just respond to family members in a more clear manner. Light snacks provided.

More Information: Contact: Floy Westermeier | (712) 326-9332 | westerM9@msn.com | Website
September 27
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Greg Spevak Sextet
Council Bluffs Senior Center
Council Bluffs Senior Center (“The Center”) hosts a weekly ballroom dance every Wednesday featuring live music with local orchestras and big bands. Entrance is $5 for Center members, $10 for nonmembers and BYOB for those 21 and older. The Center has a wood floor ballroom and parking is free.

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226 | Website
September 29
7 PM
An Evening with John Liu
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us on Friday, September 29th at 7:00 p.m. at Hitchcock Nature Center for a special evening with world renowned filmmaker & Loess Hills expert John Liu.

John D. Liu has documented the rehabilitation of China's Loess Plateau since 1995. He will be joining us in Iowa's own Loess Hills to share his findings & experience in this informative presentation. Following the presentation attendees may enjoy conversation with the presenter at a reception.

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Click the link below to register online in minutes or call 712-545-3283 for more information. This program is being presented as part of our adult education programming, we ask that attendees be 14 years of age or older.

Click Here to Register Online: http://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Pottawattamie/Park/Hitchcock-Nature-Center/Events/10204/An-Evening-with-John-Liu.aspx

Attendees must purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a valid Pottawattamie County Parks annual permit to attend this program. Daily entrance passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate & may be purchased on the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

This event, presented in conjunction with the Loess Hills Heritage Week, and is part of a series of programming opportunities being presented throughout the Loess Hills from September 23rd through October 1st, 2017. Click here for more information on the Loess Hills Heritage Week & other planned events: http://www.visitloesshills.org/loess-hills--heritage-week.html

While this event is human friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
September 30
7:30 AM
Birding 101
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join experienced birders Nic Salick, Jason Andersen, and Michelle Biodrowski for a beginning birding class on Saturday, September 30th beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Birding 101 will include a classroom and field session and will provide the knowledge and skills for amateur and beginning birders to accurately identify common and notable species found throughout the midwest. Learn to identify song birds and passerines from field marks, song and behavior at Hitchcock Nature Center.

Hitchcock's nearly 1,300 acre park was names Iowa's first "Important Bird Area" by the Audubon Society and features Loess Hills woodland, oak savanna, and open prairie settings providing a broad range of habitats that support a diverse avian population.

This program can accommodate people of all experience levels but is intended for beginning birders with limited or no field experience. Attendees should plan to bring binoculars or scopes to use in class. Please note the field portion of this program will involve pedestrian travel over Loess Hills terrain which may be difficult at times.

The fee for this program is $20.00 per person and includes a copy of The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America for participants to keep. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online in minutes or call 712-545-3283 for more details.

While this event is appropriate for all ages it is not pet friendly. Please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center.

Weather permitting.

More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
September 30
5 PM to 7 PM
Gospel Music Spaghetti Feed & Concert
Calvary Country Church
Hey Neighbors! Come and join us for this exciting Gospel Music event at Calvary Country Church (formerly Midlands Evangelical Free Church) out by Westfair, with the group "The LOYNACHANS." The spaghetti feed begins at 5 pm and is $5 per person. The concert follows at 6 pm. (NOTE: There is no charge for the concert. A free-will offering will be taken.) For more information, go to the website given below.

More Information: Contact: John McCreedie | (402) 322-2008 | jmccreedie@hotmail.com | Website
October 4
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meeting will take place at 4 pm, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
October 4
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Leo Lonnie Orchestra
Council Bluffs Senior Center
Council Bluffs Senior Center (“The Center”) hosts a weekly ballroom dance every Wednesday featuring live music with local orchestras and big bands. Entrance is $5 for Center members, $10 for nonmembers and BYOB for those 21 and older. The Center has a wood floor ballroom and parking is free.

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226
October 5
6:30 PM to 9 PM
Backpacking 101: 4 Season Edition
Hitchcock Nature Center
Pottawattamie County Conservation and the backpacking experts at Canfield's Sporting Goods have once again teamed up to present a 4-part series of classes designed for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts with limited backpacking experience.

By the end of the series, students will have acquired the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience to plan and execute memorable backcountry trips. This series will provide a foundation upon which more advanced backpacking skills can be built and will culminate in a guided overnight backpacking trip at Hitchcock Nature Center's backcountry campsites.

This series will focus on 4-season backpacking (including winter-weather backpacking) covering skills including:
Leave No Trace Principles
The 10 Essentials
Campsite Set-Up & Preparation
Plants & Animals
Gear Overview - Tech & Specs
Understanding Body Heat & Layering
Meal Planning & Cooking
& More!

The cost for the entire 4-part series is $50.00 per student and includes a Pottawattamie County Parks annual park permit. This annual permit will provide access to all Pottawattamie County Parks for 12-months from the start of the series. Register online in minutes at www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283 for more information. Space is limited and early registration is recommended.

This series of classes is intended for adults & teens; students are encouraged to leave smaller children and pets at home.

The series will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the dates and at the locations below:

October 5th - Hitchcock Nature Center

October 19th - Canfield's Sporting Goods

November 2nd - Hitchcock Nature Center

The final session, the guided overnight will be held on November 4th at Hitchcock Nature Center. Tentative start time is noon on the 4th & it will end the morning of Sunday, November 5th. Students are encouraged to bring their own gear for the guided overnight stay.

Dates are subject to change, weather permitting.

Canfield's Sporting Goods is located at 8457 W. Center Road, Omaha NE.

More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 5
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
A.J. Croce - Two Generations of American Music
The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College
Croce: Two Generations of American Music features a complete set of classics by A.J.’s father Jim Croce, some of his own music, and songs that influenced both him and his father. The show includes such timeless songs as “Operator,” “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim,” “Workin’ At The Car Wash Blues,” “Rapid Roy,” “One Less Set of Footsteps,” “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” “Lovers Cross,” and “Box #10,” to name a few. A.J. Croce is a multi-instrumentalist roots-rock artist, known for his boogie-woogie piano playing. Tickets are available through The Arts Center Box Office.

More Information: Contact: Tim Dickmeyer | (712) 388-7140 | tdickmeyer@iwcc.edu | Website
October 7
10 AM to 5 PM
October Harvest Spoon Tour
Various Locations
Join us for the second Harvest Spoon Saturday of 2017 & travel through Iowa's picture perfect Loess Hills. Join us from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 as we celebrate the food and culture of western Iowa. Visit all 5 partner businesses along the Harvest Spoon route for a variety of experiences.

2017 Harvest Spoon Partner Businesses:
1. Loess Hills Lavender Farm, Missouri Valley
2. Hodge Greenhouse & Market, Logan
3. Harrison County Historical Village & Iowa Welcome Center, Missouri Valley
4. Doe's & Diva's Dairy, Honey Creek
5. Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
6. Wild Rose Farm
7. Van Sickle Bees

Each partner business will be presenting unique experiences throughout the day.

Find Harvest Spoon on Facebook or visit www.theharvestspoon.com for more information.


More Information: Contact: Kate Simmons | (712) 545-3283 | katherine.simmons@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 7
4 PM to 8 PM
Arrowhead Park Annual Chili Feed
Arrowhead Park
Bring the whole family out and enjoy a warm bowl of chili in the crisp fall air at the annual Arrowhead Park Chili Fest.

Join us Saturday, October 7th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for childrens' games & activities, pumpkin painting, hayrack rides &, of course, chili. All ages are welcome to attend this fun family event.

There is no cost for this event, free will donations will be accepted to support continued programming. Participants are asked to purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass at the front gate or have a current Pottawattamie County Parks annual permit.

Please meet at Breezy Lodge, weather permitting.

2017 Programs sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Dave Fischer | (712) 485-2295 | david.fischer@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 8
10 AM to 3 PM
Wedding Essentials Idea Show
Mid-America Center
You've been gathering ideas for the big day -- cataloging them, pinning them, and creating vision boards from them. Now, see all those pretty details in person at the Omaha World-Herald Wedding Essentials Idea Show! This is the perfect opportunity to connect with an array of amazing wedding pros and check off a few to-dos in the process.

More Information: Contact: Kelli Nugent | (712) 712-4700 | knugent@midamericacenter.com | Website
October 10
6 PM to 8 PM
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission Meeting
Council Bluffs Public Library, Room A
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meets at 6 pm, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
October 11
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Gaylin Sudik Big Band
Council Bluffs Senior Center
Council Bluffs Senior Center (“The Center”) hosts a weekly ballroom dance every Wednesday featuring live music with local orchestras and big bands. Entrance is $5 for Center members, $10 for nonmembers and BYOB for those 21 and older. The Center has a wood floor ballroom and parking is free.

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226 | Website
October 14
7:30 AM
Birding 201 With Nic Salick
Macedonia City Hall
Join Pheasants Forever biologist and experienced birder Nic Salick for a birding class and field trip on October 14th starting at 7:30 a.m.

Birding 201 will include a classroom and field session and will provide more advanced knowledge and skills for birders already possessing some experience with identifying birds.

The classroom portion will take place at the Macedonia City Hall Community Room located at 322 Main Street in Macedonia, Iowa. During the class we'll focus our efforts on more advanced ID techniques such as behaviors, vocalization, species' natural histories, and habitat associations. In the field we will take a firsthand look at what we discussed as we traverse Wheeler Grove Conservation Area, a 247 acre Pottawattamie County preserve possessing a unique blend of oak woodland, riparian, and grassland avian habitats.

Attendees should plan to bring and use their own set of binoculars. Attendees should note: The field session of the class will occur outdoors and may, at times, require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain.

The fee for this class is $20.00 per person. Pre-registration is required and space is limited, early registration is recommended. Register online at www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283 for more information.

In addition, the class attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for a discounted Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation membership.

While this event is human friendly it is not pet friendly. Please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather permitting.

More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 14
8 AM
13th Annual Hitchcock HawkWatch 5K Trail Run & Walk
Hitchcock Nature Center
ake in the scenery of the Loess Hills as you run through woodlands, valleys, & prairies during the 12th Annual Hitchcock Nature Center HawkWatch 5K Trail Run & Walk.

Race your way through Hitchcock Nature Center on Saturday, October 14th, race check-in begins at 7:00 a.m. & the race gets underway at 9:00 a.m. Pre-registration is recommended for this event.

Participants can register in two ways:
1. Online registration is available and rates are $28.00 per person before September 30th & $33.00 per person after September 30th. Visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online in minutes.

2. You can also register in person at Hitchcock Nature Center or by mail. Registration forms are available at the Loess Hills Lodge Welcome Desk or you click here to download the form to return by mail. Registering by mail or in person features a discounted rate or $25.00 per person before September 30th or $30.00 per person after September 30th.

All participants who are pre-registered before September 30th will receive a long-sleeved commemorative t-shirt. Participants will also receive post-race snacks & beverages. Trophies will be awarded to the top overall times in both men's & women's & the top runners in each age group will also receive an award.

Please contact Ranger Chad Kunze by email for more information, chad.kunze@pottcounty-ia.gov.


More Information: Contact: Chad Kunze | (712) 545-3283 | chad.kunze@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 14
9 AM
Landscape & Photo Walk Class
Hitchcock Nature Center
Pottawattamie County Conservation and the photography professionals at Rockbrook Camera have teamed up to offer this special, 2-class workshop focused on outdoor and landscape photography.

Whether you are an experienced amateur or just getting started, let the staff at Rockbrook Camera provide you with the knowledge and skills to capture nature's beauty, drama, and inspiration in this 2-class introductory series to outdoor and landscape photography.

In this month's photo walk, we're on the hunt for amazing photos amidst the beauty of the Loess Hills and Hitchcock Nature Center. Rockbrook Camera Instructor, Mark Graeve will be along for the adventure to answer questions and offer advice.

The field session will be held on Saturday, October 14th at 9:00 a.m. will include a chance to view and photograph Iowa's picturesque Loess Hills at the nationally recognized Hitchcock Nature Center.

The followup session will be held on Saturday, October 28th from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the 168th & West Center Road location of Rockbrook Camera and will provide analysis and feedback on the photographs taken since the class at Hitchcock Nature Center, a camera Q&A session, the results of the photo scavenger hunt, and a print of each student's favorite photo.

The cost for this two-class series is $30.00 per person. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register please call Rockbrook Camera, 402-691-0003 or visit www.rockbrookcamera.com to register online.

Rockbrook Camera
2909 S. 169th Plaza, #100
Omaha, NE 68130
402-691-0003


More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 14
12 PM
Native Earth Skills
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join Naturalist & experienced Native Earth Skills practitioner Dustin Clayton on October 14th at 12:00 p.m. at Hitchcock Nature Center as he discusses and demonstrates common skills and techniques of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa's native cultures.

This walking lecture and field demonstration will focus on native cultures' historic and pre-historic reliance on, and relationship with, the earth and its natural resources, and will feature live demonstrations of flintknapping, bone and stone tool making, woodcarving and more. Participants will have the opportunity to receive hands-on introductory instruction on a variety of native earth based skills while learning about cultures that inhabited our area prior to and just after Euro-American settlement.

Please note: This program will involve pedestrian travel over rugged Loess Hills terrain at Hitchcock Nature Center and may be difficult at times. This program is being offered as part of our adult education programming, we ask that participants be 14 years of age or older.

The fee for this program is $10.00 per person and pre-registration is required as space is extremely limited. Early registration is recommended. Register online in minutes at www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283 for more information.

After our class participants are invited to stay and join us for our October Speaker Series event, Wild Edibles with well- known author and University of Kansas Senior Scientist and professor Kelly Kindscher as he discusses wild edibles of the plains. Please click here for more information on this event and online registration.

While this event is human friendly it is not pet friendly. Please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather permitting.

More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 14
2 PM to 3 PM
The Mill on Mosquito Creek
Council Bluffs Public Library
One hundred and eighty years ago, Potawatomi Chief Sauganash (Billy Caldwell) led a group of Native Americans to a new home in Iowa that would later become the county bearing their name. They built southwest Iowa’s first saw and grist mill, traces of which can still be seen. Historian and author Mary Lou McGinn will tell the story of the mill, its discovery, and the fascinating tale of the diplomatic and well-educated Indian chief who shaped the early days of what is now Council Bluffs.

More Information: Contact: Richard Warner | (712) 328-1100 | information@TheHistoricalSociety.org | Website
October 14
4 PM
2017 Speaker Series: Wild Edibles
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us for our seventh and final session of our brand new 2017 Speaker Series on Saturday, October 14th at 4:00 p.m.

Join Kelly Kindscher, professor, author, and Senior Scientist with the Kansas Biological Survey as he helps us discover the world of wild edibles.

The 2017 Speaker Series is a new programming series designed for teens and adults to provide them with an opportunity to learn from and interact with various authorities in the fields of conservation and environmental science. Programs are free with paid park admission and will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center on April 9th and then on the second Saturday of the month, May through October. Each program will begin at 4:00 p.m. and will last approximately 1 hour. After the presentation attendees may enjoy conversation with the presenter, a book signing, and refreshments provided by local vendors.

Space is limited to pre-registration is recommended. For more information on our entire speaker series or to register online please visit www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283.

These programs are presented free of charge with paid park admission thanks to the generous support of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation and a grant from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Free will donations are always accepted to support our effort to provide free public programming options throughout Pottawattamie County.

Participants must have a valid Pottawattamie County Park permit or purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass. Daily passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.


While this event is adult friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome

Weather Permitting

2017 Speaker Series sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation & Humanities Iowa

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 18
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Mearl Lake Orchestra
Council Bluffs Senior Center
Council Bluffs Senior Center (“The Center”) hosts a weekly ballroom dance every Wednesday featuring live music with local orchestras and big bands. Entrance is $5 for Center members, $10 for nonmembers and BYOB for those 21 and older. The Center has a wood floor ballroom and parking is free.

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226 | Website
October 19
6 PM
Go Wild For Conservation Beer Tasting & Auction
MidAmerica Center
Support land stewardship, environmental education & low impact recreation in Pottawattamie County at the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation's annual Go Wild for Conservation beer tasting & auction fundraiser.

Join us October 19th at 6:00 p.m. at the Mid-America Center & enjoy a number of specialty brews with custom food pairings as you view dozens of silent auction items. Then, settle in for the main event ... the Live Auction!

Visit www.pottawattamieconservationfoundation.com for more information or to purchase your tickets online. We will begin taking reservations for this event in May, 2017 & auction items will be posted as they arrive this fall.

Single seats are only $40.00 each or buy a table of 10 for just $350.00! Each ticket includes our signature beer tasting with a souvenir mug, non-alcoholic beverages, food & a bidder number for the auction.

For additional information please call Sam Stivers, Administrative Director at 712-328-5638 or email her at sam.stivers@pottcounty-ia.gov.

More Information: Contact: Sam Stivers | (712) 328-5638 | sam.stivers@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 20
5:30 PM to 10 PM
Sixth Annual Trivia Buffs of the Bluffs
Mid America Center
Honorary Chair, Tami Doll, invites you to break out your best 80’s threads ‘cuz we’re turning back the clock for a totally awesome trivia night to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Council Bluffs and Carter Lake. The evening includes food and drinks, a live and silent auction, raffle, costume contest, and entertainment by the Polka Police. Tables are $500 to $5,000.

More Information: Contact: Maria Belt | (712) 256-6029 | events@bgcomaha.org | Website
October 20 - 21
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
All Hallows Eve at Botna Bend
Botna Bend Park
Join us at Botna Bend Park for a two night celebration full of fun for the whole family!

We kick off the fun on Friday, October 20th at 6:30 p.m. with campfire stories for kids of all ages presented by the Council Bluffs Library.

Saturday, October 21st is a full day of fun with a variety of activities planned throughout the day.

10:00 a.m. : Halloween Crafts
12:00 p.m.: Corn Hole Tournament, register your two person team in advance at the Botna Bend Park office
3:00 p.m. :Live demonstrations with Raptor Recovery
6:25 p.m.: Campground Trick-or-Treating
7:15 p.m.: Movie in the Park - Hotel Transylvania

Please meet at Olsen Lodge for all of these events. If you are interested in participating in the Corn Hole Tournament at noon you must register your 2 person team at the Botna Bend Park office that morning before the start of the tournament.

Attendees must purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a valid Pottawattamie County Conservation annual park permit to attend this program. Daily entrance passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

For more information please call 712-741-5465.

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Jon Fenner | (712) 741-5465 | jon.fenner@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 21
10 AM to 4 PM
October Living Loess Tour
Various Locations
Connect with the culture of the Loess Hills on our October Living Loess Tour. The featured stop for our October tour will be Hitchcock Nature Center. Find Living Loess on Facebook for details on planned special events at our featured stop.

Join all of our partner businesses from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month, May through October, to experience the culture of Iowa's Loess Hills. Each of our partner businesses will be open and offer a unique perspective & experience for visitors of all ages. Watch artists in action, visit working farms, and take in the beauty and history of the Loess Hills.

2017 Partner Businesses include:
1. Sawmill Hollow Family Farm
2. Loess Hills Lavender
3. Harrison County Historical Village & Iowa Welcome Center
4. Hitchcock Nature Center
5. Honey Creek Creamery
6. Hickory Hills Land & Livestock
7. Iowana Farm
8. Harvest Studio

Validate your passport at all 8 Living Loess destinations to enter our annual grand prize drawing for a gift basket valued at over $1,000!

Find Living Loess on Facebook for more information & planned special events offered by our featured business of the month.

Find us online at www.livingloess.org.


More Information: Contact: Kate Simmons | (712) 545-3283 | katherine.simmons@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 21
4 PM to 6 PM
Nature's Harvest
Hitchcock Nature Center
Wear your costumes and bring the entire family out and celebrate all there is to love about autumn in Iowa at Hitchcock Nature Center on October 21st from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

We have activities planned for participants of all ages including guided hikes, games, scavenger hunts, refreshments. Join us at the Loess Hills Lodge to start the fun then hop on our hay rack ride and go trick or treating in the campground.

To ensure proper staffing and supplies we are requesting that participants register in advance for this event. For more information and to register online please visit www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283.

All attendees will need either a valid annual park permit or will need to purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. Daily entrance passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front gate the day of the event. There is no fee for this program thanks to the generous support of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation. Free will donations will be accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

While this event is family friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather permitting.

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 21
7 PM
Guided Night Hike
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center on Saturday, October 21st at 7:00 p.m. for a guided night hike as we explore Hitchcock Nature Center and the Loess Hills in the dark.

This program is being presented as part of our adult education program and we ask that participants be 18 years of age & older.

Pre-registration is requested as space is limited. Advance registration secures your space at this event as walk in participants may not be admitted the day of the event. Register online in minutes at www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283 for more information.

Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear as much of this event will take place outside. Please note this program may include pedestrian travel over uneven surfaces.

Attendees must purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a valid Pottawattamie County Parks annual permit to attend this program. Daily entrance passes may be purchased with exact change or a check at the front gate & may be purchased the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

While this event is adult friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome. Weather permitting.

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 25
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Greg Spevak Sextet
Council Bluffs Senior Center
Council Bluffs Senior Center (“The Center”) hosts a weekly ballroom dance every Wednesday featuring live music with local orchestras and big bands. Entrance is $5 for Center members, $10 for nonmembers and BYOB for those 21 and older. The Center has a wood floor ballroom and parking is free.

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226 | Website
October 27
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
One Night in Memphis: Presley, Perkins, Lewis, & Cash
The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College
Get ready for a night of rockabilly, country, gospel and pure 1950's rock and roll with “One Night in Memphis.” This high energy concert takes you back to December 4, 1956, the night when four of the biggest names in early rock and roll -- Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash – gathered together for an impromptu jam session at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis. This tribute to that memorable night in Memphis features nationally acclaimed cast members who have an uncanny sound, look and feel of the original legends. The production also features an authentic and energetic rockabilly backup band. You’ll witness a rock and roll royalty jam session with the legendary performers whose music has stood the test of time. Tickets are available through The Arts Center Box Office.

More Information: Contact: Tim Dickmeyer | (712) 388-7140 | tdickmeyer@iwcc.edu | Website
October 28
8 AM to 12 PM
Introduction to Land Management: October Session
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center on Saturday, October 28th at 8:00 a.m. for our final session of Introduction to Land Management, the topic for this session will be "Prescribed Fire (cont.), Follow-Up on Canada Thistle, Putting it all Together".

All members of the public including students, land owners, and anyone interested in learning responsible land management practices are invited to join us for our new Introduction to Land Management program.

This six-class series will be held the 4th Saturday of the month, May through October. Class will be held 8:00 a.m. to noon each day, rain or shine & is designed to provide members of the public the basic knowledge and skills required to create and maintain a healthy environment in a Midwestern natural areas setting.

Attendees should note: the series will primarily take place outdoors in the Loess Hills of western Iowa and will, at times, require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain. Classes will meet at the Natural Areas Management headquarters (a.k.a. The Barn) at Hitchcock Nature Center.

The fee for the entire six-class series is $75.00; Individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class. Pre-registration is required. Due to the hands-on nature of the series, class sizes will be limited and early registration is required.

Visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online or call 712-545-3283 for more information.

More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 28
10 AM to 11 AM
KinderNature: Habitat Detectives
Narrows River Park
Discover what a habitat is at KinderNature: Habitat Detectives on Saturday, October 28th at Narrows River Park. Learn what different types of animals need to survive and discover the special places they call home.

KinderNature programs are designed for children ages 3 to 5 years old with an adult. These programs are full of hands on learning and outdoor activities to encourage curious minds and engage with the natural world. Each program will introduce children to a new and unique nature theme and includes stories, crafts, and outdoor explorations. These one hour programs are held once a month, cost is $5.00 per child, no pre-registration is required.

Weather permitting, please meet at the Missouri River Overlook Shelter.

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 29
2 PM to 3 PM
Wicked Omaha
Bayliss Park Hall
It was a different era-- the scent of opium wafted through saloon doors, while prostitutes openly solicited customers, and gambling flourished openly. Join historian and author Ryan Roenfeld for a stroll along the seamier side of the metro area's past Sunday, October 29, 2 pm at Bayliss Park Hall.

More Information: Contact: Richard Warner | (712) 323-2509 | information@TheHistoricalSociety.org | Website
November 1
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meeting will take place at 4 pm, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
November 1
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Leo Lonnie Orchestra
Council Bluffs Senior Center
Council Bluffs Senior Center (“The Center”) hosts a weekly ballroom dance every Wednesday featuring live music with local orchestras and big bands. Entrance is $5 for Center members, $10 for nonmembers and BYOB for those 21 and older. The Center has a wood floor ballroom and parking is free.

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226 | Website
November 4
9 AM to 11 AM
Bird Banding Demonstration
Hitchcock Nature Center
Come get a "bird's eye" view of our fine-feathered friends as you join volunteers for a live songbird banding at Hitchcock Nature Center.

Volunteers will be banding songbirds at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the following dates:

Saturday, November 4th
Saturday, December 2nd

All ages are welcome to attend this live demonstration. Participants must purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a valid Pottawattamie County Parks annual permit to attend this program. Daily entrance passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

This event is not pet friendly, please leave your dogs at home. Service animals are always welcome.

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
November 5
2 PM to 3:30 PM
SWI Chorale Concert
The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College
The SWI Chorale (Men's and Women's Choirs) will perform their annual fall program in a free concert on Sunday, November 5 at 2 pm.

The Chorale will perform as a mixed, men's and women's choir at this event. IWCC Chamber Choir, Men's Ensemble and Women's Ensemble will also be featured on the concert.

Free admission to this program!

More Information: Contact: Luke Johnson | (712) 325-3726 x3726 | lrjohnson@iwcc.edu
November 8
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Leo Lonnie Orchestra
Council Bluffs Senior Center
Council Bluffs Senior Center (“The Center”) hosts a weekly ballroom dance every Wednesday featuring live music with local orchestras and big bands. Entrance is $5 for Center members, $10 for nonmembers and BYOB for those 21 and older. The Center has a wood floor ballroom and parking is free.

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226
November 14
6 PM to 8 PM
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission Meeting
Council Bluffs Public Library, Room A
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meets at 6 pm, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
November 15
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Gaylin Sudik Quartet
Council Bluffs Senior Center
Council Bluffs Senior Center (“The Center”) hosts a weekly ballroom dance every Wednesday featuring live music with local orchestras and big bands. Entrance is $5 for Center members, $10 for nonmembers and BYOB for those 21 and older. The Center has a wood floor ballroom and parking is free.

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226 | Website
November 18
10 AM to 11 AM
KinderNature: Seeds Please
Hitchcock Nature Center
Discover what makes seeds so special at KinderNature: Seeds Please on Saturday, November 18th. Learn all about why seeds are important, not just to plants but also to animals and search for all kinds of seeds at Hitchcock Nature Center.

KinderNature programs are designed for children ages 3 to 5 years old with an adult. These programs are full of hands on learning & outdoor activities to encourage curious minds and engage with the natural world. Each program will introduce children to a new and unique nature theme & includes stories, crafts, & outdoor explorations. These one hour programs are held once a month, cost is $5.00 per child, no pre-registration is required.

Weather permitting, please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge.


More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
November 18
1 PM to 3 PM
HawkWatch Eagle Migration Event
Hitchcock Nature Center
Hitchcock Nature Center has been recognized as one of the top 5 hawkwatches in the world for viewing migrating bald eagles and November is the perfect time to spot these majestic birds in flight. This annual program includes family activities, a guided birding hike, & other fun filled activities.

To ensure proper staffing for this event pre-registration is required by November 15th. Online, phone & email registration will begin in September, 2017. Watch for more details.

There is no fee for this event, free will donations will be accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. All participants will need a valid Pottawattamie County Park pass or will need to purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass. Daily entrance passes may be purchased with cash at the front gate or you may purchase a daily entrance pass or a $10.00 annual permit at the Loess Hills Lodge Welcome Desk during regular business hours.

Weather permitting, please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge.

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
November 19
2 PM
Ballet Nebraska: The Nutcracker
The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College
Ballet Nebraska's always fresh, lively, and thoroughly entertaining production of the Nutcracker is a family holiday tradition. Ballet Nebraska's careful attention to clear story-telling and masterful balance of reality and fantasy effortlessly transports the audience into the enchanting world of a child's beautiful dreams. Even the youngest theatergoer will identify with the young heroine, Clara, and follow eagerly as her lively imagination leads her on a wonderful journey filled with colorful characters: the hair-raising Rat Queen, dazzling dancers from many lands, the beautiful Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier...and of course, the Nutcracker Prince! The show begins at 2 pm.

More Information: Contact: Tim Dickmeyer | (712) 388-7140 | tdickmeyer@iwcc.edu | Website
November 29
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Greg Spevak Sextet
Council Bluffs Senior Center
Council Bluffs Senior Center (“The Center”) hosts a weekly ballroom dance every Wednesday featuring live music with local orchestras and big bands. Entrance is $5 for Center members, $10 for nonmembers and BYOB for those 21 and older. The Center has a wood floor ballroom and parking is free.

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226 | bwhite@thecbcenter.org | Website
December 2
9 AM to 11 AM
Bird Banding Demonstration
Hitchcock Nature Center
Come get a "bird's eye" view of our fine-feathered friends as you join volunteers for a live songbird banding at Hitchcock Nature Center.

Volunteers will be banding songbirds at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the following dates:

Saturday, November 4th
Saturday, December 2nd

All ages are welcome to attend this live demonstration. Participants must purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a valid Pottawattamie County Parks annual permit to attend this program. Daily entrance passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

This event is not pet friendly, please leave your dogs at home. Service animals are always welcome.

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
December 6
11:30 AM to 1 PM
Education Is Everyone's Business
Mid-America Center
Come join the Community Education Foundation as we celebrate the partnership between business and education in the Council Bluffs School District. Enjoy lunch and a speaker highlighting educational issues and interests in the community. Tickets are $50 each or sponsor a table for $500. Proceeds from the event support the Community Education Foundation's mission to enhance education in Council Bluffs. The Mission of the Community Education Foundation is to provide support to individuals and families in ways that contribute to their ability to learn. We accomplish our mission through cooperation with the Council Bluffs Community Schools and other organizations.

More Information: Contact: Arian Haddix | (712) 322-8800 x8 | ahaddix@cb-cef.org | Website
December 6
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meeting will take place at 4 pm, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
December 6
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Leo Lonnie Orchestra
Council Bluffs Senior Center
Council Bluffs Senior Center (“The Center”) hosts a weekly ballroom dance every Wednesday featuring live music with local orchestras and big bands. Entrance is $5 for Center members, $10 for nonmembers and BYOB for those 21 and older. The Center has a wood floor ballroom and parking is free

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226 | Website
December 9
7 PM to 8:30 PM
Vocal Music Fall Concert
The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College
The IWCC Department of Vocal Music will present their annual Fall Concert on Saturday, December 9 at 7 pm.

The concert will feature Concert Choir, Show Choir, Chamber Choir, Men's and Women's Ensembles. It will also include a number of individual performances by various choir members.

The program is free!

More Information: Contact: Luke Johnson | (712) 325-3726 | lrjohnson@iwcc.edu
December 12
6 PM to 8 PM
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission Meeting
Council Bluffs Public Library, Room A
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meets at 6 pm, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
December 13
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Gaylin Sudik Big Band
Council Bluffs Senior Center
Council Bluffs Senior Center (“The Center”) hosts a weekly ballroom dance every Wednesday featuring live music with local orchestras and big bands. Entrance is $5 for Center members, $10 for nonmembers and BYOB for those 21 and older. The Center has a wood floor ballroom and parking is free.

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226 | bwhite@thecbcenter.org | Website
December 16
10 AM to 11 AM
KinderNature: Winter Wonders
Hitchcock Nature Center
Come discover the wonders of winter weather on Saturday, December 16th. Explore the woods in winter & learn how different plants and animals have adapted to cope with winters chill.

KinderNature programs are designed for children ages 3 to 5 years old with an adult. These programs are full of hands on learning & outdoor activities to encourage curious minds and engage with the natural world. Each program will introduce children to a new and unique nature theme & includes stories, crafts, & outdoor explorations. These one hour programs are held once a month, cost is $5.00 per child, no pre-registration is required. Weather permitting, please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge.

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
December 16
7 PM to 9 PM
Nature On Tap
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center for Nature on Tap, a 21 & over event on Saturday, December 16th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Register your team of up to 5 participants to try your hand at nature trivia as you sample wine & beer from area producers. Bring your thinking caps because there will be prizes up for grabs!

Teams may consist of 2 to 5 people & pre-registration is required as space is limited. Registration, online and by phone will open October 15th, 2017. Please call 712-328-5834 for more information on this program.

There is no fee for this event, free will donations are accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. Participants must have a valid Pottawattamie County Park annual permit or purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass to enter the park. Daily passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.

Weather Permitting

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
December 16
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Christmas with the Annie Moses Band
The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College
Christmas music is not only a favorite with Annie Moses Band, but a specialty, for a very special time of year. Christmas with the Annie Moses Band is a perennial holiday favorite and stands on the PBS charts as one of the most played specials of the season. A flurry of holiday classics, Christmas with the Annie Moses Band is a relentless lineup of songs and carols chock-full of holiday happiness. From the spirited renditions of ‘God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen’, ‘Deck the Halls’ and ‘The Sussex Carol’ to the breathtaking beauty of ‘O Holy Night’, this evening of music is invigorating, reverential, and transporting. It’s a show you and your family won’t want to miss! The Annie Moses Band has been inspiring and entertaining audiences for over a decade, bringing their distinctive style of music across the US and around the world. A captivating blend of folk and classical, the Annie Moses Band is a talented family ensemble of songwriters, singers, musicians, and siblings combining technical skill with exhilarating showmanship. The Annie Moses Band combines the best of beloved genres in a style that unifies audiences, young and old, classical connoisseurs and roots enthusiasts, jazz aficionados and bluegrass buffs. Tickets are available through The Arts Center Box Office.

More Information: Contact: Tim Dickmeyer | (712) 388-7140 | tdickmeyer@iwcc.edu | Website
December 17
2 PM to 4 PM
Joseph Hall's Elvis Christmas Show
Council Bluffs Senior Center
Joseph Hall is coming back to The Center, this time with his Elvis Christmas Show. Joseph's performances made him a Top Ten Finalist on America's Got Talent, earned him six seasons in Branson, MO, and now has him traveling all over the country--and the world--bringing Elvis back to thousands of fans. Joseph has worked with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Legends in Concert, and has officially been recognized as one of the top Elvis tribute artists in the world today. He says " My goal is to capture the essence of Elvis Presley, to pay tribute to him with the utmost respect to his legacy, his music, his image and above all else his fans." The Christmas Show is sure to be a treat and will feature many of Elvis' best-loved holiday classics. Tickets are on sale now at The Center. Reserved seating (first three rows) are $25 each. General admission tickets are $20 each. Spaces are limited.

More Information: Contact: Denise Olsen | (712) 323-5995 x238 | dolsen@thecbcenter.org | Website
December 20
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Mearl Lake Orchestra
Council Bluffs Senior Center
Council Bluffs Senior Center (“The Center”) hosts a weekly ballroom dance every Wednesday featuring live music with local orchestras and big bands. Entrance is $5 for Center members, $10 for nonmembers and BYOB for those 21 and older. The Center has a wood floor ballroom and parking is free.

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226 | Website
December 27
7 PM to 7 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Greg Spevak Sextet
Council Bluffs Senior Center
Council Bluffs Senior Center (“The Center”) hosts a weekly ballroom dance every Wednesday featuring live music with local orchestras and big bands. Entrance is $5 for Center members, $10 for nonmembers and BYOB for those 21 and older. The Center has a wood floor ballroom and parking is free.

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226 | Website
February 10
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
My Funny Valentine
The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College
Date night just got funnier! Join comedians Pat Hazell, one of the original writers for NBC’s Seinfeld and a veteran of The Tonight Show, and Dena Blizzard, featured comic at The Laugh Factory and Gotham Comedy Club and creator of the viral video “Chardonnay, Go!” (viewed over 23 million times), as they join forces for an evening of hilarious and heartwarming stand up comedy. Pat and Dena find the humor in relationships, dating, parenting and family life, and there will be a chance to ask for free relationship “advice” as they answer questions from the audience. Bring your sweetheart, bring your friends and bring your sense of humor for an evening of laughter ever after. Tickets are available through The Arts Center Box Office.

More Information: Contact: Tim Dickmeyer | (712) 388-7140 | tdickmeyer@iwcc.edu | Website
February 13 - April 10
6 PM to 8:30 PM
SWI Chorale Rehearsal Process (Men's and Women's Choirs)
The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College
The SWI Chorale will begin their spring session with rehearsals on Tuesday, February 13.

Formerly known as the SWI Men's and Women's Choirs, the SWI Chorale has been re-branded to include by mixed choir and single-gendered choir experiences.

The rehearsals will be split into three sections: the men of the Chorale will rehearse from 6-7:30 pm; the women of the Chorale will rehearse from 6:50-8:20 pm. The middle section of the rehearsal is when the mixed literature will be learned.

Please consider coming and singing with this group! No audition required, and no fee attached to membership. We only ask for a commitment and dedication to each session being participated in.

The session will run through the concert on Sunday, April 8 at IWCC, as well as a second concert in Underwood on Tuesday, April 10.

More Information: Contact: Luke Johnson | (712) 325-3726 | lrjohnson@iwcc.edu
March 1
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Gaelic Storm
The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College
After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is looking sharper than ever. This crowd favorite returns to the Arts Center with their latest release, Matching Sweaters. The new album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that's as wide-ranging as the band's own audience. In the mid-1990s, Gaelic Storm kicked off its career as a pub band in Santa Monica, California. By the end of the decade, the musicians had appeared in the blockbuster film "Titanic" (where they performed "Irish Party in Third Class") and laid the groundwork for a career that would eventually find them topping the Billboard World Chart five times, making appearances at mainstream music festivals such as Summerfest, Telluride and The Rock Boat Cruise, and regularly headlining the largest Irish Festivals across the country, all the while gaining a reputation as a genre-bending Irish band whose songs mix Celtic traditions with something new and unexpected. Now, with the band's 20th anniversary on the horizon, they're putting even more emphasis on those newer directions. Kick off your Spring with an Irish party at the Arts Center. Tickets are available through the Arts Center Box Office.

More Information: Contact: Tim Dickmeyer | (712) 388-7140 | tdickmeyer@iwcc.edu | Website
March 15
9 AM to 3 PM
Reiver Jazz Choir Contest
The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College
The Department of Vocal Music at IWCC will host the Reiver Jazz Choir Contest on Thursday, March 15. The event will take place during the day, as performers from schools all over southwest Iowa will participate in the contest.

Two veteran choral directors will act as adjudicators for the event - schools of all sizes will present their literature as a part of the event and then receive an on-stage critique from the judges.

Recent performances have taken place by: Lewis Central, CB Abraham Lincoln, CB Thomas Jefferson, Glenwood, Harlan, Shenandoah, Treynor, Maple Valley Anthon Oto, Audubon, Riverside, Griswold, and others!

More information to come with this year's schedule. Free admission to come and participate as audience members. The IWCC Chamber Choir will perform in exhibition at the end of the day's competition.

More Information: Contact: Luke Johnson | (712) 325-3726 | lrjohnson@iwcc.edu
March 24
Mercy Heritage Awards Dinner
Mid-America Center
Join us for the 2018 Mercy Heritage Awards Dinner that celebrates individuals who better our community and Southwest Iowa in Arts & Humanities, Business, Education, and Health & Human Services.

More Information: Contact: Abby Jares | (712) 328-5372 | Abby.Jares@alegent.org | Website
April 6
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
James Torme
The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College
Multi-Award winning artist James Tormé is a uniquely gifted singer whose music infuses older jazz classics with soul and R&B influences of today. Tormé's magnetic relevance stems from the fact that he mixes the showmanship of his father's generation with the youthful charisma of a contemporary Hollywood star. Considering his roots, this shouldn't be too surprising. James comes from a professional show business family of household names. His father, Mel, a legendary singer, was a three-time Grammy Award winner whose songwriting credits include the most popular holiday song ever, "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)." For this program, James Tormé celebrates music's greatest legends, from Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee and Nat "King" Cole, to Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, and of course, his own father, three-time Grammy Award winner Mel Tormé. Tickets are available through The Arts Center Box Office.

More Information: Contact: Tim Dickmeyer | (712) 388-7140 | tdickmeyer@iwcc.edu | Website
April 8
2 PM to 3:30 PM
SWI Chorale Concert
The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College
The SWI Chorale (Men's and Women's Choirs) will perform their annual spring concert on Sunday, April 8 at 2 pm.

The SWI Chorale will perform as a mixed choir, men's choir and women's choir on the concert. There will also be features by the IWCC Chamber Choir, Men's and Women's Ensembles.

Free admission for this program!

More Information: Contact: Luke Johnson | (712) 325-3726 | lrjohnson@iwcc.edu
April 20
7 PM to 8 PM
Moon Mouse by Lightwire Theater
The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College
A family show, recommended for children ages five through 10. Lightwire Theater is proud to present Moon Mouse, a cosmic glow-in-the-dark adventure about celebrating differences. Marvin the mouse wants to be popular. Constantly bullied and picked on by the “cool” rats, he is labeled as a looser and a geek. As respite from the continuous badgering, Marvin retreats into his science books and a world of fantasy. He longs to have adventures and to be the hero. Join Marvin on the space adventure of a lifetime: a trip to the surface of the moon on his homemade rocket, where he meets a strange cast of misfit creatures, learns of infinite peril and views awesome beauty. Will Marvin make his dreams come true and experience the glory and acceptance he craves? Tickets are available through The Arts Center Box Office.

More Information: Contact: Tim Dickmeyer | (712) 388-7140 | tdickmeyer@iwcc.edu | Website
May 5
7 PM to 8:30 PM
Vocal Music Spring Concert
The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College
The IWCC Department of Vocal Music will present their annual spring concert on Saturday, May 5 at 7 pm.

The event will include performances by Concert Choir, Show Choir, Chamber Choir, Men's and Women's Ensembles. It will also feature individual choir members in select performances.

Free admission to this event!

More Information: Contact: Luke Johnson | (712) 325-3726 | lrjohnson@iwcc.edu
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