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
July 21 - 22
8:30 PM to 1:30 AM
Free Weekend Entertainment: Fork in the Road
AmeriSports Bar
Fork in the Road will be performing this Friday and Saturday for the Free Weekend Entertainment at AmeriSports Bar & Grill.

More Information: Website
July 22
8 AM to 12 PM
Introduction to Land Management: July Session
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center on Saturday, July 22nd at 8:00 a.m. for our third session of Introduction to Land Management, the topic for this session will be "Woody Invasives, Brush Management, and Timber Stand Improvement".

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
July 22
8:30 AM
Yoga in the Park
Hitchcock Nature Center
Pottawattamie County Conservation is excited to announce our first ever Yoga in the Park event in partnership with Abundant Moon Yoga in Missouri Valley, Iowa. Join us Saturday, July 22nd at 8:30 a.m. for an early morning yoga session and take in the beauty of Hitchcock Nature Center.

Join us for a 45-50 minute beginners yoga session presented by Rachelle Pfouts, owner and instructor at Abundant Moon Yoga. This event is perfect for yogis of all ages and experience levels. Please bring a beach towel or yoga mat, water, & don't forget bug spray! Participants are asked to meet at the parking lot near the front gate of the park, by the playground. In the event of rain we will move our practice indoors so come on up to the Loess Hills Lodge.

This event is free with a suggested free will donation of $5.00. Participants do not need to pay the regular daily entrance fee to attend the program.

With the philosophy that "yoga is for EVERY body" Abundant Moon Yoga strives to create a welcoming and body positive environment for people of all experience levels. For more information on Abundant Moon Yoga including class descriptions, class schedules and pricing please find them on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/AbundantMoonYoga/

2017 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation


More Information: Contact: Kate Simmons | (712) 545-3283 | katherine.simmons@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
July 22
10 AM to 11 AM
KinderNature: Wet Wilderness
Arrowhead Park
Take a voyage through a wet wilderness and discover unique and amazing creatures at KinderNature: Wet Wilderness on Saturday, July 22nd.

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 & engage with the natural world. Each program will introduce children to a new and unique nature theme and includes stories, crafts, & outdoor explorations. These one hour programs are held each month, cost is $5.00 per child, no pre-registration is required.

Weather permitting, please meet at Breezy Lodge.


More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
July 22
1:30 PM
Family Trivia
Arrowhead Park
Take a break from the heat of the day and bring the family out to Arrowhead Park for the first ever Family Trivia Challenge. Join us at 1:30 p.m. at Arrowhead Park in Neola for this fun, all ages event.

Register your family as a team and bring your thinking caps because there will be prizes! The trivia questions will all be nature themed so you can learn while you complete! Pre-registration is required for this event by Wednesday, July 19th as space is limited. Registration by phone and online will open June 1st.

There is no fee for this event, free will donations will be accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. All participants are required to have a valid Pottawattamie County Parks 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 gate on the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased 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. Service animals are always welcome.

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
July 22
7:30 PM
Chanticleer Cabaret Series: A Neil Diamond Tribute
Chanticleer Community Theater
One night only - experience the feel of Neil as Keith Allynn performs a Neil Diamond tribute.

The event is a summer fundraiser for Chanticleer with complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres at intermission. Tickets are $30 per person ($25 per person for Chanticleer members).

More Information: (712) 323-9955 | chanticleertheater@gmail.com
July 26
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
July 26 - 31
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Westfair 2017
Westfair Amphitheatre
Free Parking & Free Front Gate Admission.
Arena Admission:
$10 - Adults
$5 - Children (6 - 12)
FREE - 5 and under

Wednesday, July 26
Entry of all 4-H static exhibits and livestock. The Honorary Fair Board Presentations start at 7 PM with the WESTFAIR Queen Coronation following at 7:30 PM at the Amphitheater.

Thursday, July 27
Events include 4H Shows, Dairy & Goat, Sheep, Poultry, Working Exhibits, Dog Runaway Saw's Carving Demo, Chris Clark Bicycle Stunts and Scotts Crazy Comedy Magic. The final event for the night is the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Western Series Truck & Tractor Pull at 7 PM.

Friday, July 28
Events include 4-H Shows, Swine, Rabbit, Breeding Heifer, Runaway Saw's Carving Demo, Omaha Children's Museum, Antique Trucks & Construction Toys, Chris Clark Bicycle Stunts, Scotts Crazy Comedy Magic, LEGO Bricks 4 Kidz Workshops, Party under the stars and Figure 8 Races at 7 PM.

Saturday, July 29
Events include 4-H Shows, Market Beef, Cat & Small Pet Open Class, Runaway Saw's Carving Demo, Omaha Children's Museum, Antique Trucks & Construction Toys, Chris Clark Bicycle Stunts, Scotts Crazy Comedy Magic, LEGO Bricks 4 Kidz Workshops, RATTLECAN Spray Art, B-I-N-G-O, Southwest Shootout District Champion show and a FREE Country Concert featuring Cole Rath at 7 PM and Ty Bates at 8 PM.

Sunday, July 30
Events include 4-H Shows, 10 Cloverbuds Pet Show, Share the fun, Barnyards 5K Run/Walk, This Side of Sunday, Antique Tractor Show, Myers Pedal Pull, Runaway Saw's Carving Demo, Omaha Children's Museum, Antique Trucks & Construction Toys, Chris Clark Bicycle Stunts, Scotts Crazy Comedy Magic, LEGO Bricks 4 Kidz Workshops, RATTLECAN Spray Art, Old Tyme Heritage Contests, Apple Pie Fundraiser for scholarships and the Demo Derby at 7 PM.

Monday, July 31
The 4-H Livestock Auction featuring Champions Bring along a friend, neighbor or business partner at NOON.

*Lucas Oil Pro Pulling event pricing: Adult $15 • Children $5

**For all event times please visit the Westfair website.

More Information: (712) 322-3400 | info@westfairevents.com | Website
July 27
6:30 PM
Music in the Park - Omaha Big Band
Bayliss Park
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, family and friends to enjoy free music in Bayliss Park on Thursday nights beginning at 6:30 pm.

Omaha Big Band is the featured group performing big band standards.

This is the same evening as the Council Bluffs Farmers Market which takes place on the north side of the park from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm (formerly held on the 100 Block of West Broadway).

Music in the Park is presented by Pottawattamie Arts, Culture & Entertainment and Council Bluffs Parks & Recreation.

More Information: Contact: Emily Globe | (712) 396-2484 | emily@PACEartsiowa.org | Website
July 27
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Party on the Patio: JB Acoustics
McCoys at Thunderbowl
You're invited to McCoys at Thunderbowl Party on the Patio with live music from JB Acoustics.

More Information: Contact: Angie Slaughter | (712) 328-2374 | angie@thunderbowl.com
July 27
7 PM to 10 PM
Country Thursdays: Tami Hall
AmeriSports Bar
All things country every Thursday night! Step into Amerisports Bar to see the hottest up and coming country music acts. Come and get your country fix every Thursday night at Country Thursdays!

More Information: Website
July 27
8 PM
Chris Young
Stir Concert Cove
With five albums to his credit, Chris Young can claim eight No. 1 singles, and 14 Gold/Platinum certifications. Among the RCA Records artist’s hits are “Gettin’ You Home,” “Voices,” “Tomorrow,” and “Think Of You,” a duet with Cassadee Pope, Young’s latest No. 1 and fastest-rising single of his career. Released in November of 2015 and debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, Young’s first co-produced album, I’m Comin’ Over, also includes the new single, “Sober Saturday Night” featuring Vince Gill and the three-week No. 1 smash title track. The single and album earned him four ACM Awards nominations and a Billboard Music Awards nomination for Top Country Song. This fall he’ll embark on the second leg of his headlining “I’m Comin’ Over Tour,” with 25 shows across the nation.

More Information: (800) 745-3000 | Website
July 28 - 30
River City Antique Festival in Council Bluffs
Mid-America Center
Join us this summer at the Mid-America Center for the River City Antique Festival, July 28-30. Shop with quality antique dealers from across the United States. The $6 adult admission is valid for entry all weekend. The hours are 10 am-5 pm on Friday, the 28th; 9 am-5 pm on Saturday, the 29th; and 10 am-4 pm on Sunday, the 30th.

More Information: Contact: Gail Kinney | (918) 619-2875 | heritageeventco@gmail.com | Website
July 28
8:30 PM to 1:30 AM
Free Weekend Entertainment: Pat O and the Show
AmeriSports Bar
Pat O and the Show will be performing this Friday for the Free Weekend Entertainment at AmeriSports Bar & Grill.

More Information: Website
July 28
9 PM
Free Movies in the Park - Jungle Book
Bayliss Park
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, family and friends to enjoy a free movie in Bayliss Park on Friday nights after dusk. Concessions may be available during showtimes.

Jungle Book is the featured film this week.

Rainouts are scheduled for the following Saturday evening.

Movies in the Park are presented by Pottawattamie Arts, Culture & Entertainment and Council Bluffs Parks & Recreation.

More Information: (712) 396-2484 | Website
July 29
12 PM to 2 PM
Amelia Place Show and Shine
Amelia Place
Amelia Place Show and Shine is a car and motorcycle event designed to raise money for a good cause. There is no required registration fee for cars and motorcycles, but a free will donation is encouraged. The event features music, games, and raffle prizes. A hot dog, chips and drink are available for $5. All proceeds collected will go to the Alzheimer's Association. To register a vehicle or more information, please call the phone number provided.

More Information: (712) 325-4400
July 29
8:30 PM to 1:30 AM
Free Weekend Entertainment: Fork in the Road
AmeriSports Bar
Fork in the Road will be performing this Saturday for the Free Weekend Entertainment at AmeriSports Bar & Grill.

More Information: Website
August 1
5 PM to 8 PM
National Night Out 2017
Target parking lot
This national event promotes the relationship between law enforcement and first responders with community residents. This is an opportunity to meet local police officers and fire personnel. Emergency vehicles will be on display. Free food will be served. There will also be bicycle raffles and face painting. Among the groups organizing the event include Council Bluffs Police Department, Council Bluffs Fire Department, Council Bluffs Recycling Center, Pottawattamie County Sheriff, and Iowa State Patrol. The sponsors include Warren Distribution, Target, Fareway Economical Food Stores, and Coberly's Real Images.
August 2
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
August 2
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
August 3
6:30 PM
Music in the Park - E String Band
Bayliss Park
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, family and friends to enjoy free music in Bayliss Park on Thursday nights beginning at 6:30 pm.

E String Band is the featured group performing classic rock and country.

This is the same evening as the Council Bluffs Farmers Market which takes place on the north side of the park from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm (formerly held on the 100 Block of West Broadway).

Music in the Park is presented by Pottawattamie Arts, Culture & Entertainment and Council Bluffs Parks & Recreation.

More Information: Contact: Emily Globe | (712) 396-2484 | emily@PACEartsiowa.org | Website
August 3
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Party on the Patio: Pat O & the Show
McCoys at Thunderbowl
You're invited to McCoys at Thunderbowl Party on the Patio with live music from Pat O & the show.

More Information: Contact: Angie Slaughter | (712) 328-2374 | angie@thunderbowl.com
August 4
8 PM
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo with special guest Night Ranger
Stir Concert Cove
For the past 30 years, Pat and Neil have made history with their rock and roll ballads. Famous hits like “Love is a Battlefield” and “Hit Me With Your Best Shot!” always remind you of what true rock and roll is about. Pat can claim four Grammy awards along with two multi-platinum albums and 19 Top 40 singles. People remember her hits as unforgettable having a singing career since she was in elementary school. While Pat is the vocalist, Neil brings years of experience as a musician, producer and songwriter with a catalogue of more than 100 top songs. The two partnered up in 1979 with the debut album In The Heat of The Night taking them into stardom. With a dynamic career behind them, life is only just beginning as the two set stage for a memorable event.

More Information: (800) 745-3000 | Website
August 4
9 PM
Free Movies in the Park - The Great Gilly Hopkins
Bayliss Park
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, family and friends to enjoy a free movie in Bayliss Park on Friday nights after dusk. Concessions may be available during showtimes.

The Great Gilly Hopkins is the featured film this week.

Rainouts are scheduled for the following Saturday evening.

Movies in the Park are presented by Pottawattamie Arts, Culture & Entertainment and Council Bluffs Parks & Recreation.

More Information: (712) 396-2482 | Website
August 5
8 AM to 3 PM
Spirit of Courage Celebrity Weekend Golf Tournament
Dodge Riverside Golf Club
Come play with the most famous golfers NOT on the PGA Tour!

Join us for the Spirit of Courage Celebrity Weekend Golf Tournament to raise funds for patients needing financial assistance and as we celebrate and honor four amazing individuals who have had a cancer diagnosis and share their amazing stories:
Mark Engelke
John McCreedie
Mindy Miller
George Smith

We are also joined each year by local and national sports and television celebrities who add a little excitement and humor to the event! The schedule is 8 am for registration, and 9 am for the shotgun start.

Registration is $1,000 per team for foursome (Includes: continental breakfast, green fees w/ cart, beverages, snacks and lunch). Sponsorships, tee signs and golf cart signage are available.

More Information: Contact: Jennie Edmundson Foundation | (712) 396-6040 | jefoundation2@nmhs.org | Website
August 5
9 AM to 4 PM
Relics & Rust Flea Market
RailsWest Railroad Museum
Come stroll the lawn at the historic RailsWest Museum and enjoy vendors selling antiques, re-purposed and up-cycled items, architectural and farm finds, vintage treasures, crafts, and good ol' junk. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/relicsandrustfleamarket.

More Information: Contact: Tami | (402) 657-6113 | relicsandrustfleamarket@gmail.com | Website
August 5
6 PM to 10 PM
Spirit of Courage Celebrity Weekend
Mid-America Center
The Spirit of Courage Celebrity Weekend honors individuals who have had a cancer diagnosis and share their amazing stories.

This year's incredible recipients are:
Mark Engelke
John McCreedie
Mindy Miller
George Smith

We are also joined each year by local and national sports and television celebrities who add a little excitement and humor to the event. The schedule is as follows: 6 pm Cocktails and Silent Auction opens and 7 pm Dinner, Silent & Live Auctions, Awards Ceremony and Entertainment. Attire is business casual to dressy.

More Information: Contact: Jennie Edmundson Foundation | (712) 396-6040 | jefoundation2@nmhs.org | Website
August 6
12 PM to 12 AM
Jennie Edmundson Foundation Spirit of Courage Celebrity Weekend No Limit Texas Hold Em Poker Tournament
Mid-America Center
Players are invited to participate in the "No Limit Texas Hold Em Poker Tournament" with proceeds going to the Spirit of Courage. Registration is at noon with the tournament starting at 1 pm. Top ten winners will receive prizes. Rules and prize listing are available upon request. Register by using the phone number provided.

The Spirit of Courage Celebrity Weekend honors individuals who have had a cancer diagnosis and share their amazing stories.

This year's incredible recipients are:
Mark Engelke
John McCreedie
Mindy Miller
George Smith.

We are also joined each year by local and national sports and television celebrities who add a little excitement and humor to the event. Each celebrity will have a bounty that you can win if you knock them out of the game.

More Information: Contact: Jennie Edmundson Foundation | (712) 396-6040 | jefoundation2@nmhs.org | Website
August 6
4 PM
2017 Summer Concert Series TBA
Narrows River Park
Join us Sunday, August 6th at 4:00 p.m.for an outdoor concert set against the stunning Missouri River.

Our featured performer for August will be announced shortly, stay tuned for details.

Join us at Narrows River Park the first Sunday of the month May through September for this brand new concert series. The first 75 guests to arrive will be treated to complimentary food provided by HyVee. No tickets or advance reservations are needed for this event. Free will donations & tips are accepted & CDs may be available for sale.

There is no fee for this event thanks to the generous support of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation. Free will donations are always 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 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.

Weather Permitting

2017 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
August 8
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
August 9
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
August 10
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Party on the Patio: Not U Two
McCoys at Thunderbowl
You're invited to McCoys at Thunderbowl Party on the Patio with live music from Not U Two.

More Information: Contact: Angie Slaughter | (712) 328-2374 | angie@thunderbowl.com
August 11 - 13
11 AM to 11 PM
Ribfest 2017
Tom Hanafan Rivers Edge Park
Ribfest 2017 will include a touring BBQ event, live music, and family fun. Six touring BBQ'ers will be selling food along with other local food vendors. Friday, August 11 live music will include the 70's Show and the reunion of The Rumbles from 7-11pm. Saturday, August 12 live music will include Lemon Fresh Day opening for Smash Mouth from 8-11pm. Sunday, August 13 live music will be blues music from 12-4pm.

Activities for kids will include a trackless train ride, a magician, and other outdoor games. Event is free from 11am-5pm and $5/person from 5-11pm.

More Information: Contact: Todd Shanno | (712) 310-9830 | toddshanno@yahoo.com
August 12
10 AM
StarLab Portable Planetarium Program
Hitchcock Nature Center
View the night sky in a whole new way with the StarLab, portable planetarium program at Hitchcock Nature Center on Saturday, August 12th.

Join us at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center as the night sky comes alive inside our exhibit gallery. Climb inside the starlab to view the wonders of the night sky at one of three 30 minute sessions at either 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is required for this program by Wednesday, August 9th as space is limited. Pre-register online in minutes, visit www.pottcoconservation.com for online registration or call 712-545-3283 for details on this exciting program.

There is no fee for this event, free will donations will be accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. All participants are required to have either a valid Pottawattamie County Parks annual permit or purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass to enter the park. Daily entrance 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. Service animals are always welcome. Weather Permitting.

2017 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
August 12 - 13
3 PM to 10 AM
Family Camp Out
Hitchcock Nature Center
Perfect for first time or relatively new campers join us for a guided campout at Hitchcock Nature Center in our picturesque group tent campsite.

This new program is designed for families with children who are interested in exploring the world of camping as a family. Let Pottawattamie County Conservation help! We provide the tents, food, and fun activities including attendance at our annual Night Sky Event to view the exciting Perseid Meteor Shower. All you need is a sleeping bag & a sense of adventure!

Arrival is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on August 12th. Our Naturalists will be on hand to guide you to our special group campsite & help you set up your camp as they help you discover the world of camping. After a peaceful night in the park we will be up early for some breakfast and will break camp at 10:00 a.m. on August 13th.

Space is limited & pre-registration is required for this family event. Due to staffing limitations and equipment requirements we will not be able to admit any walk up participants. Pre-registration will open March 1st at 10:00 a.m. and will be limited to the first 6 families. Please call 712-545-3283 for more details & to register.

There is no fee for this event thanks to the support of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation. Free will donations are encouraged and will be accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. All attendees will need a valid Pottawattamie County Parks annual permit or will need to 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.

This all ages event is family friendly but 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: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
August 12
4 PM
2017 Speaker Series: Land Ethics
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us for our fifth session of our brand new 2017 Speaker Series on Saturday, August 12th at 4:00 p.m.

Thomas Dean is trained as a Land Ethic Leader through the Aldo Leopold Foundation & will be screening the Emmy Award-winning Aldo Leopold documentary "Green Fire". Following the film there will be a discussion about Leopold's land ethic. "Green Fire" is the first full-length documentary about environmentalist Aldo Leopold, author of "A Sand County Almanac" & an Iowa native.

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
August 12
8:30 PM to 12 AM
Night Sky Event
Hitchcock Nature Center
Take in the beauty of the annual Perseid Meteor Shower at on Saturday, August 12th at Hitchcock Nature Center.

This spectacular display of lights and falling meteors is an event you don't want to miss. Meet at the park entrance at 8:30 p.m. & bring your lawn chairs, blankets, binoculars & telescopes to view natures fireworks. Picnic dinners are always a great idea and don't forget your bug spray!

To ensure proper staffing pre-registration is requested for this event. Online & phone registration will open on July 1st. For additional information on this program please call 712-545-3283.

There is no fee for this event, free will donations are accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. Participants must have either a valid Pottawattamie County Park annual permit or must purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass to enter the park. Daily entrance 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.

This event is family friendly so we request that there be no alcohol consumed during the event. Well behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. Pet owners must clean up after their animals and you may be asked to locate your group on the edge of the crowd if we have a large number of participants. Disruptive pets may be asked to leave the event.

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
August 13
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
2017 Union Pacific Museum Special
The Durham Museum
Omaha to Columbus, Nebraska
Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

No other railroad in this country has retained its historical equipment and honored its past like Union Pacific. Its fleet preservation speaks to the high value Union Pacific places on its heritage and its role in America’s history.
Each historic passenger car is unique and chronicles a different chapter of Union Pacific’s past. For more than a century, these cars transported iconic individuals – including presidents, senators, generals, soldiers, artists, architects, singers and actors – who influenced and transformed America.
Share the adventure with us August 13, 2017, as we trace the beginning of Union Pacific’s construction of the transcontinental railroad to Columbus, Nebraska, on heritage equipment pulled by historic E-9 streamliner locomotives. This is a rare opportunity to travel on the Union Pacific main line and relive the heyday of premium Union Pacific passenger service.
Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in two categories:
Coach - $250
Ticket includes coffee, tea and doughnuts during boarding and limited snack service during the trip in the Council Bluffs baggage car.

Dome - $350
Ticket includes premium fruit, pastries and beverage service.

Private Car - $500
Ticket includes exclusive access to the City of San Francisco, a premium dome/lounge car, as well as premium fruit, pastries and beverage service.

Out-of-town visitors can reserve overnight accomodations at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites @ Ameristar in Council Bluffs for a special rate. Simply call 712.322.5050 and ask for the 2017 Museum Special room block August 11-13.

More Information: Website
August 14 - 18
9 AM to 3 PM
School's Out! Ancient Egyptian Art Summer Camp
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Students will learn about Ancient Egyptian history and art and create their own Egyptian jewelry, hieroglyphs, steles, masks and more. Student exhibition following day 5 of camp for parents to attend. Students are to bring cold lunch. Snacks and water will be provided. The camp is designed for ages 7-9. The fee is $135 per student for PACE members and $150 per student for non-members. Financial assistance is available by request. Register your student today. Space is limited. Registration form: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/954907dd2bddbfa99ac9eda12/files/08fcdeb6-dbb8-4452-af22-077d98d93b10/Registration_Form.pdf. To request financial assistance, please call 712.396.2484. Financial assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

More Information: Contact: Emily Globe | (712) 396-2484 | emily@PACEartsiowa.org | Website
August 14 - 18
9 AM to 3 PM
School's Out! Sewing Summer Camp
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Students will learn a variety of different essential sewing skills. They will complete projects to help them better understand sewing and stitching. Students will learn to stitch, sew on buttons, create their own stuffed creatures and more! Students will display their work for parents following camp on day 5. Students are to bring cold lunch. Snacks and water will be provided. The camp is designed for ages 10-12. The fee is $135 per student for PACE members and $150 per student for non-members. Financial assistance is available by request. Register your student today. Space is limited. Registration form: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/954907dd2bddbfa99ac9eda12/files/08fcdeb6-dbb8-4452-af22-077d98d93b10/Registration_Form.pdf. To request financial assistance, please call 712.396.2484. Financial assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

More Information: Contact: Emily Globe | (712) 396-2484 | emily@PACEartsiowa.org | Website
August 15
7 PM
August Hitch Hike
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us Tuesday, August 15th for the fourth hike in the 2017 Hitch Hike series. Meet up with the group at the Old Lincoln Highway Deck at the Hitchcock Nature Center Campgrounds to begin this walk down the Hohneke Trail to Oak Avenue and the Bunker Hill Loop. Explore the northern section of the park & view a remnant of the original Old Lincoln Highway.

The public is invited to attend all the hikes in this series. They are designed to introduce visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center as well as the Loess Hills. The series begins with a moderate level hike and will get progressively more challenging as we build up to a 2.5 mile difficult hike in September. Water bottles, bug spray, & sunblock are all recommended, please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footware.

Well behaved dogs are welcome to accompany their owners but must be leashed at all times, you must pick up and remove their waste, and you may be asked to remain toward the tail end of the group if we have a large number of participants. This is an educational program, disruptive pets may be asked to leave the group.

Pre-registration is not required for this event. There is no fee for this event, free will donations will be accepted to support continued programming opportunities in 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.

Weather permitting, please meet at the Old Lincoln Highway Overlook Deck in the upper loop of the Hitchcock Nature Center Campground. Follow the signs to the north of the main park gate to the upper loop of the RV campground.

2017 Hitch Hike Series:
May 16 - 7:00 p.m.
June 20 - 7:00 p.m.
July 18 - 7:00 p.m.
August 15 - 7:00 p.m.
September 19th - 6:00 p.m.

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
August 16
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
August 17
5 PM to 10 PM
Bikes on 100 Block
100 Block
Motorcycles, their owners, and fans are invited to this monthly event held on west Broadway between Second and First streets May-August.

This month features iconic 70's band Head East which will perform 7-10 pm. The event begins at 5 pm with food available for purchase. A beer garden will be set-up to sell beer and other beverages.

There is no admission fee. The event is hosted by Crash Davis of 101.9 The Keg and presented by Edwards Motorsports & RVs.

More Information: Website
August 17
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Party on the Patio: Ruvane
McCoys at Thunderbowl
You're invited to McCoys at Thunderbowl Party on the Patio with live music by Ruvane.

More Information: Contact: Angie Slaughter | (712) 328-2374 | angie@thunderbowl.com
August 19
8:30 AM to 11 AM
Real Maple Syrup Pancake Feed
Botna Bend Park
Every year in early spring Ranger Jon Fenner and his staff tap the silver maple trees that call Botna Bend Park home & collect their sticky sweet sap to make their own special maple syrup. Join us on August 19th from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. to taste the fruits of their labor! Grilled pancakes & sausage will be served with our homemade maple syrup along with coffee & orange juice.

While you are enjoying breakfast take a minute to buy a raffle ticket, proceeds go toward the weekend Kids' Craft Program at Botna Bend. If you are lucky we may even have some syrup to sell!

There is no fee for this event, free will donations are accepted. Please call 712-741-5465 for more information. Meet at Olsen Lodge, weather permitting.

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Jon Fenner | (712) 741-5465 | jon.fenner@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
August 19
10 AM to 4 PM
August Living Loess Tour
Various Locations
Connect with the culture of the Loess Hills on our August Living Loess Tour. The featured stop for our August tour will be the Harrison County Historical Village & Iowa Welcome 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
August 19
10 AM to 11 AM
KinderNature: Geology Rocks
Botna Bend Park
Nature is awesome and so are rocks! Discover what makes Botna Bend Park rock at KinderNature: Nature Rocks on Saturday, July 22nd. Explore rocks, the park, & so much more!

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, & 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 Olsen Lodge.

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
August 19
8 PM
Darius Rucker
Stir Concert Cove
Classic country singer and guitarist Darius Rucker has been rocking souls for four albums since parting from his former role as a guitarist and singer with Hootie and the Blowfish. He won his third Grammy award in 2014 for the song “Wagon Wheel” and continues to win over fans. He currently has 1.54 million followers on Twitter (@dariusrucker) where he keeps alive his love for music sharing a song of the day while educating the readers.

More Information: (800) 745-3000 | Website
August 23
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Greg Spevak Sextet
The 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
August 24
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Party on the Patio: Tyler Folkerts
McCoys at Thunderbowl
You're invited to McCoys at Thunderbowl Party on the Patio with live music by Tyler Folkerts.

More Information: Contact: Angie Slaughter | (712) 328-2374 | angie@thunderbowl.com
August 25
7 PM to 11 PM
Thunderbowl/McCoy's Presents Flippin Whiskey
McCoys at Thunderbowl
You're invited to McCoys at Thunderbowl for a performance of Flippin Whiskey. Limited seating is available. Please bring your own folding chairs.

More Information: Contact: Angie Slaughter | (712) 328-2374 | angie@thunderbowl.com
August 26
8 AM to 12 PM
Introduction to Land Management: August Session
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center on Saturday, August 26th at 8:00 a.m. for our fourth session of Introduction to Land Management, the topic for this session will be "Birds, Invertebrates, and Small Mammals of the Loess Hills and Prairies".

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
August 30
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Stan Galli & Stuff
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
August 31
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Party on the Patio: Damaged Jenny
McCoys at Thunderbowl
You're invited to McCoys at Thunderbowl Party on the Patio with live music by Damaged Jenny.

More Information: Contact: Angie Slaughter | (712) 328-2374 | angie@thunderbowl.com
September 2
6 PM to 10 PM
100th Block Party
100th Block of Broadway
The biggest block party yet. Everyone is invited to the 100th Block Party!

There will be live music, kids activities, contests and prizes, a celebrity dunk tank, food and drink, and so much more. Tell your neighbors, your family, your friends, your coworkers, and everyone else you know. Let's get together and celebrate the people, the places, the history and the happenings that make Council Bluffs unlike anywhere else.

More Information: Contact: Ashley Kruse | (712) 318-9000 x9074 | akruse@councilbluffs-ia.gov | Website
September 3
4 PM
2017 Summer Concert Series Featuring Josh Lawler
Narrows River Park
Join us Sunday, September 3rd at 4:00 p.m. for an outdoor concert set against the stunning Missouri River featuring Josh Lawler.

Josh Lawler is a singer, songwriter, and guitar player living in Omaha.

Join us at Narrows River Park the first Sunday of the month May through September for this brand new concert series. The first 75 guests to arrive will be treated to complimentary food provided by HyVee. No tickets or advance reservations are needed for this event. Free will donations & tips are accepted & CDs may be available for sale.

There is no fee for this event thanks to the generous support of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation. Free will donations are always 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 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.

Weather Permitting

2017 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
September 3
8 PM
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Stir Concert Cove
Lynyrd Skynyrd is legacy with it's own style having performed for over 40 years and counting! They are remembered as a southern-style hard rock band since the mid 70’s. The band usually has at least eight members at at time intermingling a plethora of sounds through their music to include blues, jazz and country. While a few of the original members have passed, their music still reigns in the personal libraries of vinyl and records shops across the country. With over 60 albums produced, fans are sure to be lined up for autographs at this performance in hopes to hear hits like “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Free Bird” and “Simple Man.” The group members include Gary Rossington - Guitar, Johnny Van Zant - Vocals, Rickey Medlock - Guitar, Mark "Sparky" Matejka - Guitar, Michael Cartellone - Drums, Johnny Colt - Bass, Peter Keys - Keyboards, Dale Krantz Rossington and Carol Chase - Honkettes Backing Vocals.

More Information: (800) 745-3000 | Website
September 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
September 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
September 7
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Party on the Patio: Pat O & the Show
McCoys at Thunderbowl
You're invited to McCoys at Thunderbowl Party on the Patio with live music by Pat O & the Show.

More Information: Contact: Angie Slaughter | (712) 328-2374 | angie@thunderbowl.com
September 9
4 PM
2017 Speaker Series: Lessons Learned from Prairie Restoration
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us for our sixth session of our brand new 2017 Speaker Series on Saturday, September 9th at 4:00 p.m.

Join us for Keith Summerville, professor of Environmental Science & Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Drake University as he shares lessons learned during his 15 years of prairie restoration research

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
September 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
September 13
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
September 15
6 PM to 10 PM
Comedy for a Cause!
Whiskey Roadhouse at Horseshoe Casino
Join local comedians Heather Jones, David Burdge, Austin Anderson, Brad Stewart, Matt Tompkins, and Ben Tompkins for an evening of laughter as we raise funds for MICAH House! All event proceeds benefit individuals and families experiencing the crisis of homelessness.

More Information: Contact: Rachel Morehead | (712) 323-4416 | rachelm@themicahhouse.org | Website
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 16
10 AM to 4 PM
September Living Loess Tour
Various Locations
Connect with the culture of the Loess Hills on our September Living Loess Tour. The featured stops for our September tour will be Iowana Farm & Harvest Studio. 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
September 16 - 17
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 16. The event runs 12-4 pm on the 16th and 17th.

More Information: Contact: Ashley Stange | (712) 256-7053 | info@ditmarsorchard.com | Website
September 19
6 PM
September Hitch Hike
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center on Tuesday, September 19th for the final Hitch Hike of the 2017 season. This hike will begin at 6:00 p.m. & is the most challenging hike of the series. Head out to the westernmost section of the park along the famed Westridge Trail to our final destination, a scenic overlook with an astounding view of the Missouri River. All experience levels are welcome but this 2.5 mile hike will include traversing steep terrain.

The public is invited to attend all the hikes in this series. They are designed to introduce visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center as well as the Loess HIlls. The series begins with a moderate level hike and will get progressively more challenging as we build up to a 2.5 mile difficult hike in September. Water bottles, bug spray, & sunblock are all recommended. Please dress for the weather & wear appropriate footware.

Well behaved dogs are welcome to accompany their owners but must be leashed at all times, you must pick up and remove their waste, & you may be asked to remain at the tail end of the group if we have a large number of participants. This is an educational program, disruptive pets may be asked to leave the group.

Pre-registration is not required for this event. There is no fee for this event, free will donations will be accepted to support continued programming opportunities in 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. 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, please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge.

2017 Hitch Hike Series:
June 20 - 7:00 p.m.
July 18 - 7:00 p.m.
August 15 - 7:00 p.m.
September 19th - 6:00 p.m.

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
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 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 - 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 29
8 PM
The Cranberries
Stir Concert Cove
The Irish band reigned in the 90s with hit songs “Linger” and “Tomorrow” and will take over the stage near the end of the Stir Cove Concert Series. With an acoustic pop sound, The Cranberries are now touring with tunes from their eighth album featuring acoustic versions of some of their greatest hits. This album will be hard to match as they incorporated the Irish Chamber Orchestra to back them up. Their sound is just as timeless as their over 40 Million album sales prove them to be even after taking a six-year break. Band members include Dolores O’Riordan, Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawlor.

More Information: (800) 745-3000 | 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
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 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, May 6th, 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 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 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 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 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
3:30 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 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.

We have activities planned for participants of all ages including guided hikes, games, scavenger hunts, refreshments & much more. Check back for more details coming soon!

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.

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. 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.

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 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
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 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 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
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 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 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 17
2 PM to 4 PM
Winter Extravaganza
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us for some family fun in the great outdoors as we celebrate all things winter! Stop by the park from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 17th for winter crafts, activities, & exploration in Iowa's winter wonderland.

Pre-registration is required for this event by December 13th. Online, phone & email registration will open in November of 2017, visit our website for details.

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

Weather permitting, please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge.

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | 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
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
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 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
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