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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January 22
6:30 PM to 8 PM
Author Visit ~ Steve Sieberson
Council Bluffs Public Library
Iowa author Steve Sieberson will present "The Naked Mountaineer - Mountain Travels in the Wide, Wide World" on January 22nd. Steve has traveled extensively in search of exotic summits, and he has written about his experiences in the critically acclaimed and humorous memoir The Naked Mountaineer - Misadventures of an Alpine Traveler. His program will describe climbs in Switzerland, Japan, Borneo and other places, and his colorful slides and readings from his book will be of great interest to outdoor enthusiasts, armchair adventurers and anyone who loves a good adventure story.

Stop by and meet the author. Books will be available for purchase.

More Information: Contact: Marlys Lien | (712) 323-7553 x135 | mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org | Website
January 25
6 PM to 8:30 PM
Business Skills for Artists | Recordkeeping
Harvester Artist Lofts
Are you unsure about how to track your income and expenses for your work? Do you have questions about taxes, paying collaborators, or organizing that wallet full of faded receipts from art material purchases?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then the Recordkeeping workshop is for you.

Join us to learn how to track revenues and expenses, make informed projections, and gain a clearer understanding of your artistic business finances.

Seats are limited, so reserve your seat today!

To reserve your seat, email us at emily@paceartsiowa.org or call 712.396.2484.

$15 per person | $10 PACE members

MORE INFORMATION:

Do you know where do you want to be both artistically and professionally? Do you have the skills and tools to create a portfolio, price your work, market your products, promote your business, and more?

Pottawattamie Arts, Culture & Entertainment is pleased to bring Springboard for the Arts’ Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists workshops to Pottawattamie County to assist local artists with the development of their art and business.

Springboard’s Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists is a set of 12 professional development and entrepreneurship workshops that have been developed to be useful to artists practicing all disciplines. Work of Art has been taught at art organizations, libraries and colleges in over 80 communities in the Upper Midwest and beyond.

The Work of Art workshop series will be led by Emily Globe, PACE Program Director and certified trainer of the Work of Art workshop series.

Learn more about Springboard here: www.springboardforthearts.org

More Information: Contact: Emily Globe | (712) 396-2484 | emily@PACEartsiowa.org | Website
January 25
6:30 PM to 12 AM
Area High School Honor Band Festival
The Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College
Experience the talents of area high school musicians at this annual concert.
January 26 - 27
8:30 PM to 1:30 AM
Free Weekend Entertainment: eNVy
AmeriSports Bar
Come on out to AmeriSports Bar & Grille for FREE live entertainment by eNVy!

More Information: Website
January 27
1 PM
Family Snowshoe Hike
Hitchcock Nature Center
Strap on some snowshoes & discover your own winter wonderland during the Family Snowshoe Hike at Hitchcock Nature Center.

Join Pottawattamie County Conservation staff on a snowshoeing adventure through the beautiful Loess Hills on Saturday, January 27th at 1:00 p.m. This workshop is designed for families with children ages 5 to 11. Children must be at least 5 years old to participate. Adults or families with children over 12 years are invited to join us for our Adult Snowshoe Hike, click here for more information.

Snowshoes are provided for all registered participants.

PLEASE NOTE: Snowshoeing requires at least 4 to 6 inches of snow, if there isn't enough snow we will be holding a guided winter hike if trail conditions allow.

Pre-registration is required for this event by Wednesday, January 24th as space is limited. Click the link below to register online in minutes. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information, reservations will not be taken over the phone.

Use this link to Register Online: https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Pottawattamie/Park/Hitchcock-Nature-Center/Events/10699/Family-Guided-Snowshoe-Hike.aspx

New Admission Fees Begin January 1, 2018
Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation membership 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. PCF memberships may be purchased for $20.00 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 family friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather Permitting

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
January 27
3 PM
Guided Snowshoe Hike
Hitchcock Nature Center
Strap on some snowshoes & discover your own winter wonderland during the Guided Snowshoe Hike at Hitchcock Nature Center. Join Pottawattamie County Conservation staff on a snowshoeing adventure through the beautiful Loess Hills on Saturday, January 27th at 3:00 p.m.

Snowshoes are provided for all registered participants.

This workshop is designed for participants age 12 & over. Families with children under 12 years are invited to join us for our Family Snowshoe Hike, click here for more information. Pre-registration is required for this event by Wednesday, January 24th as space is limited. Register online in minutes. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information, registrations will not be taken over the phone.

Use this link to register online: https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Pottawattamie/Park/Hitchcock-Nature-Center/Events/10700/Guided-Snowshoe-Hike.aspx

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be held with or without snow. In the event that there is not enough snow for outdoor snowshoeing there will still be a program including a snowshoe demonstration, indoor snowshoe practice and a guided interactive winter hike. Please do not register if you intend to cancel your registration if there is no snow. When you register you immediately secure your space and prevent others from registering. Not attending a program you have registered for means that other guests cannot attend either and spaces go unfilled. Thank you for understanding.

Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation Membership 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. PCF memberships may be purchased for $20.00 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 family friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather Permitting

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
January 27
6 PM
Family Guided Night Hike
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center on Saturday, January 27th at 6:00 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 family education program and we ask that participants be families with children under age 18. Participants with no children who are over age 18 are asked to register for the Adult Guided Night Hike.

Pre-registration is requested as space is limited. Advance registration is required by Wednesday, January 24th. Use the link below to register online in minutes. Call 712-545-3283 for more information, registration will not be taken over the phone.

Use this link to register online: https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Pottawattamie/Park/Hitchcock-Nature-Center/Events/10702/Family-Guided-Night-Hike.aspx

PLEASE NOTE: When you register you immediately secure your space and prevent others from registering. Not attending a program you have registered for means that other guests cannot attend either and spaces go unfilled. Please do not register if you are not certain you will be able to attend. Thank you for understanding.

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 $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation membership 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. PCF memberships may be purchased for $20.00 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 people friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather permitting.

2018 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
February 1
6 PM to 8:30 PM
Business Skills for Artists | Legal Considerations
Harvester Artist Lofts
Have you been asked to sign a contract, but don’t know the logistics? Are you collaborating on work with another person and want to know who owns what? Do you want to know more about intellectual property and the ownership of your work? Do you want to get a general understanding of your legal options before investing in a lawyer?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then the Legal Considerations workshop is a good fit for you.

Learn how to obtain general information about your intellectual property, contract basics, and structuring your artistic business.

Seats are limited, so reserve your seat today!

To reserve your seat, email us at emily@paceartsiowa.org or call 712.396.2484.

$15 per person | $10 PACE members

MORE INFORMATION:

Do you know where do you want to be both artistically and professionally? Do you have the skills and tools to create a portfolio, price your work, market your products, promote your business, and more?

Pottawattamie Arts, Culture & Entertainment is pleased to bring Springboard for the Arts’ Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists workshops to Pottawattamie County to assist local artists with the development of their art and business.

Springboard’s Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists is a set of 12 professional development and entrepreneurship workshops that have been developed to be useful to artists practicing all disciplines. Work of Art has been taught at art organizations, libraries and colleges in over 80 communities in the Upper Midwest and beyond.

The Work of Art workshop series will be led by Emily Globe, PACE Program Director and certified trainer of the Work of Art workshop series.

Learn more about Springboard here: www.springboardforthearts.org

More Information: Contact: Emily Globe | (712) 396-2484 | emily@PACEartsiowa.org | Website
February 3
8 AM to 11 AM
Breakfast With the Birds
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join PCCB Naturalist Rene Stroud & Pheasants Forever biologist and experienced birder Nic Salick for a new program on Saturday, February 3rd at 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast with the Birds will include a complimentary breakfast for birding enthusiasts. Our presenters will be discussing native bird species and behavior as participants view species commonly spotted near the Loess Hills Lodge. Participants will also be invited to join our Bird Banding Demonstration for a live song bird banding as well.

The fee for this program is $15.00 per person. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Register online in minutes. Please call 712-545-3283 for more details, registrations will not be taken over the phone.

Use this link to register online: https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Pottawattamie/Park/Hitchcock-Nature-Center/Events/10712/Breakfast-with-the-Birds.aspx

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.

This program can accommodate people of all experience levels but is intended for beginning birders with limited or no field experience. Attendees may wish to bring binoculars to use in class.

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: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
February 3
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, February 3rd
Saturday, March 3rd
Saturday, April 7th

All ages are welcome to attend this live demonstration.

Participants must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation membership 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 memberships may be purchased for $20.00 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.

Weather Permitting

2018 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
February 3
1 PM
Native Earth Skills: Winter Edition
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join Naturalist & experienced Native Earth Skills practitioner Dustin Clayton on Saturday, February 3rd from 1:00 to 3:00 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 event will focus on native cultures' historic and pre-historic reliance on, and relationship with, the earth and its natural resources, and will feature a guided hike discussing available resources in the winter environments as well as live demonstrations of flintknapping, cordage, winter weather fire-starting 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. Pre-registration is required for this event as space is limited. Register online in minutes. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information, registrations will not be taken over the phone.

Use this link to register online: https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Pottawattamie/Park/Hitchcock-Nature-Center/Events/10711/Native-Earth-Skills-Winter-Edition.aspx

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: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
February 3
5 PM to 10 PM
Dodge Drugs Dodgeball Tournament
Charles E. Lakin YMCA
Join Prevention Means Progress on Saturday, February 2 for the Dodge Drugs Dodgeball Tournament. Youth and adult teams are forming now. Get in on the action to raise money for the prevention of substance abuse. Youth teams play at 5 pm, and adult teams play at 7:30 pm. It is $1 to watch, and $5 per team member to play ($30 per team of 6 players).

More Information: Contact: Lorelle Mueting | (712) 325-5628 | lmueting@heartlandfamilyservice.org | Website
February 3
6 PM to 9 PM
Valentine NERF War - for Adults
Council Bluffs Public Library
Bring your sweetheart and your NERF weapons and ammo to our Valentine NERF War!

This is an after-hours event for adults over 18 only.

Space is limited! Stop by or call the Reference desk (712-323-7553, ext. 132) on the second floor to reserve your spot.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

More Information: Contact: Creighton Camerer | (712) 323-7553 x135 | ccamerer@councilbluffslibrary.org | Website
February 6
10 AM
Homeschool in the Hills: Winter Wonders
Hitchcock Nature Center
Area homeschool students and educators are invited to join us at Hitchcock Nature Center for a series of field trips designed to focus on nature throughout the seasons at Hitchcock Nature Center.

Join us on February 6th for "Winter Wonders" and adventure in to Hitchcock Nature Center's winter wonderland and dwell in the unique experiences that only this season can offer. Two sessions of this program are offered, the morning session is from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. & the afternoon session is from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Pre-registration is required for all of these events in advance as space is limited. To register your family for Homeschool in the Hills: Winter Wonders please email Rene Stroud, Naturalist at rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

These programs are delivered in a flexible format with both guided and self guided units and is designed for elementary school students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade & participants will have the option to split between programming for K - 2nd Grad & 3rd - 5th Grade. Each program will begin with a set of hands-on learning activities to introduce learners to our topic for the day and then a field session to view nature first-hand. We are currently offering four programs in this series, participants may choose between the morning session from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or the afternoon session from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

2018 Homeschool in the Hills Programs
February 6th - Winter Wonders
April 3rd - Spring Fling
June 5th - Summer Soiree
September 25th - Fall Field Day

New Admission Fees Begin January 1, 2018
Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation membership 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. PCF memberships may be purchased for $20.00 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 family friendly but not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather Permitting

2018 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 328-5834 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
February 7
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meeting
City Hall
The City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meets at 4 pm, City Hall, second floor, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
February 8
4:30 PM
CASA's 20th Anniversary
Pizza King
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in Council Bluffs.

We invite you to join us - learn how you, your family members, friends, employer and community leaders can become a partner with CASA in changing our community, one vulnerable child at a time. We seek to recruit 20 new volunteers to serve 20-40 more abused and neglected children in Pottawattamie County.

Trained Community CASA Advocates promote the best interests of abused and neglected children who find themselves, through no fault of their own, involved in the child welfare system. In 2016, over 400 children in Pottawattamie County were found to be abused and neglected.

"I am for the child" are not mere words to the CASA Advocate but represent a deep commitment to the best outcomes possible for these children - a safe, nurturing, and loving home.

Registration/sign-in starts at 4:30 pm. RSVP to anne.christensen@dia.iowa.gov or 712-328-4811 by February 6, 2018.

More Information: Contact: Anne Christensen | (712) 328-4811 | anne.christensen@dia.iowa.gov | Website
February 8
6 PM to 8 PM
746 Needlework Club
Council Bluffs Public Library
Come join our Needlework knitting, crocheting and embroidery club. All skills welcome! Bring your own supplies or project to work on. Meet new friends, work on your skills and have fun!
This FREE event is held on the second and fourth Thursday each month and is open to the public.

More Information: Contact: Marlys Lien | (712) 323-7553 x135 | mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org | Website
February 8
6 PM to 8:30 PM
Business Skills for Artists | Funding
Harvester Artist Lofts
Do you have an idea or plan for a project, but feel lost when it comes to raising money to get things off the ground? Do you want to learn to raise money without compromising your creative vision?

If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions, then the Funding workshop is for you.

Join us to learn how to think creatively about diversifying your funding streams by exploring different models for generating value, resources, and revenue.

Seats are limited, so reserve your seat today!

To reserve your seat, email us at emily@paceartsiowa.org or call 712.396.2484.

$15 per person | $10 PACE members

MORE INFORMATION:

Do you know where do you want to be both artistically and professionally? Do you have the skills and tools to create a portfolio, price your work, market your products, promote your business, and more?

Pottawattamie Arts, Culture & Entertainment is pleased to bring Springboard for the Arts’ Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists workshops to Pottawattamie County to assist local artists with the development of their art and business.

Springboard’s Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists is a set of 12 professional development and entrepreneurship workshops that have been developed to be useful to artists practicing all disciplines. Work of Art has been taught at art organizations, libraries and colleges in over 80 communities in the Upper Midwest and beyond.

The Work of Art workshop series will be led by Emily Globe, PACE Program Director and certified trainer of the Work of Art workshop series.

Learn more about Springboard here: www.springboardforthearts.org

More Information: Contact: Emily Globe | (712) 396-2484 | emily@PACEartsiowa.org | Website
February 8
6:30 PM to 8 PM
The Photographer's Eye
Council Bluffs Public Library
Featuring local photographer Susan Seaton.

See Iowa and Council Bluffs through the eyes of local photographers. Learn some insider tricks to taking great pictures!

This event is FREE and open to the public.

More Information: Contact: Marlys Lien | (712) 323-7553 x135 | mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org | Website
February 9
6 PM to 9 PM
Fic to Flick
Council Bluffs Public Library
Read the Words ... See the Picture

Pick up a copy of Stardust by Neil Gaiman now.

The film adaptation Stardust will be screened Friday, February 9th with a book/movie discussion to follow.

2007 ~ Rated PG-13 ~ 2 hour and 8 minutes
Books are available at the Reference Desk.

This event is FREE and open to the public.


More Information: Contact: Emily Smith | (712) 323-7553 x132 | esmith@councilbluffslibrary.org | Website
February 9 - 10
6 PM to 9 PM
Love & Respect Marriage Conference
Calvary Country Church
Come and join us at Calvary Country Church for our "Valentines" Love & Respect Marriage Conference Friday and Saturday.

- Friday: 6:00 - 9:00 P.M.
- Saturday 9:00 - 12:00 A.M. (lunch) 1:00 - 3:00 P.M.

This DVD conference features Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, an internationally known public speaker on the topic of male-female relationships. Are you struggling in your relationship, or simply wanting to ad some depth to your marriage? This dynamic and life-changing conference is impacting the world, resulting in the healing and restoration of countless relationships. We're confident the Love and Respect principles will be a huge help to your marriage relationship.

(The only cost for the conference is $10.00 for the workbook...lunch on Saturday will be provided by the ladies of C.C.C.)

For further information call (712) 322-2008

More Information: Contact: Pastor John McCreedie | (402) 218-3209 | jmccreedie@hotmail.com | Website
February 10
3 PM to 5 PM
Families Love Nature
Hitchcock Nature Center
Get in the Valentine's Day spirit with Families Love Nature at Hitchcock Nature Center on Saturday, February 10th. Join us at the park from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. & enjoy crafts, activities, guided hikes and much more as you and your family discover all kinds of things to love about nature!

Pre-registration is required for this event as space is limited. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online by February 7th to secure your space. Please call (712) 545-3283 for more information, registrations will not be taken over the phone.

Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation membership 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. PCF memberships may be purchased for $20.00 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 all ages event is family friendly but not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather Permitting

2018 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
February 10
7 PM to 11 PM
Dance to the Beat
Corpus Christi Parish Activity Center
Dance to the Beat
A concert fundraiser featuring the band Taxi Driver, to benefit Cardiovascular Patients at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital.

Tickets are only $30! Ticket price includes concert and light appetizers.

Join us for a night of dancing, entertainment, amazing raffle prizes and auction items!

Visit our website for more details!

More Information: Contact: Jennie Edmundson Foundation | (712) 396-6040 | jefoundation@nmhs.org | Website
February 10
7 PM to 9 PM
Sweethearts Love Nature
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us for a sweet time at Hitchcock Nature Center as we get ready for Valentine's Day and find romance in Iowa's Loess Hills. Adults are invited to bring their sweethearts and join us for a special evening event on Saturday, February 10th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy hot cocoa & a warm fire as you take in the beautiful view from the Loess Hills Lodge at night then hit the trails for a special, guided night hike or take a more private hike just the two of you along a lit trail. This event is designed for adult couples only please, age 18 & over.

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to reserve your spot online, registration will close February 7th. Please call (712) 545-3283 for more information, registrations will not be taken over the phone.

Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation membership to attend this program. Daily passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. PCF memberships may be purchased for $20.00 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 adult friendly but not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather Permitting

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation


More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@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
February 12
6:30 PM to 8 PM
Coloring Club
Council Bluffs Public Library
Experience the stress-reducing benefits and creative self-discovery of adult coloring. Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own coloring utensils and prints if you prefer. Color, relax and chat – bring a friend!
This event is FREE and open to the public.

More Information: Contact: Marlys Lien | (712) 323-7553 x135 | mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org | Website
February 13
6 PM to 8:30 PM
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meeting
Council Bluffs Public Library
The City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meets at 6 pm in the Council Bluffs Public Library, Room A, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
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
February 15 - 18
Tangier Shrine Circus
Mid-America Center
The Tangier Shrine Circus is coming to the Mid-America Center February 15-18. Don't miss the thrills, the spills, the fun. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and the link provided.

More Information: Contact: Kelli Grzesiak | (712) 323-0536 | knugent@midamericacenter.com | Website
February 15
6 PM to 8:30 PM
Business Skills for Artists | Grantwriting
Harvester Artist Lofts
Do you have projects that you have funded out of pocket, but could be funded by grants? Do you want to learn more about grants and the grantwriting world, but want more structure and strategy? Do you want to learn the basics of writing grants? Do you want to learn where to look for grants?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then the Grantwriting workshop is for you.

Join us to learn the essentials of grantwriting along with resources for searching and structuring your proposal.

Seats are limited, so reserve your seat today!

To reserve your seat, email us at emily@paceartsiowa.org or call 712.396.2484.

$15 per person | $10 PACE members

MORE INFORMATION:

Do you know where do you want to be both artistically and professionally? Do you have the skills and tools to create a portfolio, price your work, market your products, promote your business, and more?

Pottawattamie Arts, Culture & Entertainment is pleased to bring Springboard for the Arts’ Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists workshops to Pottawattamie County to assist local artists with the development of their art and business.

Springboard’s Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists is a set of 12 professional development and entrepreneurship workshops that have been developed to be useful to artists practicing all disciplines. Work of Art has been taught at art organizations, libraries and colleges in over 80 communities in the Upper Midwest and beyond.

The Work of Art workshop series will be led by Emily Globe, PACE Program Director and certified trainer of the Work of Art workshop series.

Learn more about Springboard here: www.springboardforthearts.org

More Information: Contact: Emily Globe | (712) 396-2484 | emily@PACEartsiowa.org | Website
February 15
6:30 PM to 8 PM
Barn Quilts and the Underground Railroad Movement in Iowa
Council Bluffs Public Library
Presented by Danny Stieber.

Danny will present a slideshow with over 300 photos of barn quilts located all around Iowa. The presentation will include history on the Underground Railroad movement throughout Iowa in the 1800s and how some of the quilt patterns contained messages for slaves.

This event is FREE and open to the public.


More Information: Contact: Marlys Lien | (712) 323-7553 x135 | mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org | Website
February 17
1:30 PM to 4 PM
Saturday Matinee
Council Bluffs Public Library
Showing Hidden Figures
2016 ~ Rated PG ~ 2 hours, 7 minutes

FREE Popcorn!

This event is FREE and open to the public.

More Information: Contact: Marlys Lien | (712) 323-7553 x135 | mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org | Website
February 17
2 PM
Native Gardening: Planning & Plant Choices
Hitchcock Nature Center
Pottawattamie County Conservation is pleased to announce a new partnership with author, poet, gardener and conservationist Benjamin Vogt. This three-part native gardening series is designed to aid gardeners design and plant their own native garden.

Our first session will be held on Saturday, February 17th at 2:00 p.m. at Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek, Iowa. This class will cover resources and strategies to help you choose the best plant for the best spot. We will look at online databases, trusted websites, and the best books to help you thing about appropriate plants and sustainable design for wildlife.

This program is comprised of three individual sessions each focusing on a new topic. The cost is $10.00 per person per session and pre-registration is required as space is limited. Please register online for each class session individually.

Use this link to register online: https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Pottawattamie/Park/Hitchcock-Nature-Center/Events/10661/Native-Gardening-Planning-Plant-Choices.aspx

This series of classes is being presented as part of our adult education programming. We ask that participants be age 18 & over. Thank you for understanding.

About Benjamin Vogt:

Benjamin Vogt is the driving force behind Monarch Gardens LLC, a prairie garden consulting and design firm in the Omaha/Lincoln area. Monarch Gardens LLC helps homeowners, schools, and businesses choose native plant species to populate their gardens, creating landscape plans that support responsible gardening practices. Benjamin's own 2,500' (soon to be 4,500') native garden was named a "Top Outdoor Space" in 2012 by "Apartment Therapy" and has been featured in numerous publications. His latest book, "A New Garden Ethic" was released in October, 2017.

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
February 20
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting
City Hall
The City Zoning Board of Adjustment meets at 4 pm, on the second floor of city hall, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
February 22
6 PM to 8:30 PM
Business Skills for Artists | Business Plan Essentials
Harvester Artist Lofts
Are you an avid artist who wants to start their own business? Do you have the basics worked out for pricing, market, etc., but need to tie it all together? Do you want to get a small business loan?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then the Business Plan Essentials workshop is for you.

Join us for the Business Plan Essentials workshop to learn how to prepare a simple business plan, in arts-friendly language, to help you organize all the various aspects of your artistic practice and make informed business decisions.

Seats are limited, so reserve your seat today!

To reserve your seat, email us at emily@paceartsiowa.org or call 712.396.2484.

$15 per person | $10 PACE members

MORE INFORMATION:

Do you know where do you want to be both artistically and professionally? Do you have the skills and tools to create a portfolio, price your work, market your products, promote your business, and more?

Pottawattamie Arts, Culture & Entertainment is pleased to bring Springboard for the Arts’ Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists workshops to Pottawattamie County to assist local artists with the development of their art and business.

Springboard’s Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists is a set of 12 professional development and entrepreneurship workshops that have been developed to be useful to artists practicing all disciplines. Work of Art has been taught at art organizations, libraries and colleges in over 80 communities in the Upper Midwest and beyond.

The Work of Art workshop series will be led by Emily Globe, PACE Program Director and certified trainer of the Work of Art workshop series.

Learn more about Springboard here: www.springboardforthearts.org

More Information: Contact: Emily Globe | (712) 396-2494 | emily@PACEartsiowa.org | Website
February 22
6 PM to 7:30 PM
Welcome to Medicare
Council Bluffs Public Library
A free seminar offered by the State of Iowa's Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) and Connections Area Agency on Aging for Iowans who want to learn about Medicare.

Welcome to Medicare will cover Medicare Parts A & B benefits, prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplement insurance.

A reservation is required. Please call 712-328-2540, ext. 1042.

More Information: Contact: Marlys Lien | (712) 323-7553 x135 | mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org | Website
February 24
8 AM to 12 PM
Hitchcock Oak Inventory Project: February Training Session
Hitchcock Nature Center
Please join us on Saturday, February 24th for the first of three training sessions aimed at training those interested in joining this unique volunteer program aimed at better understanding a new disease causing damage to Iowa's oak trees. Through a series of trainings, and the generosity of volunteers with their time, Pottawattamie County Conservation is looking to shed a little light on the oaks’ newest threat.

Our February training session will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 24th and will introduce new volunteers to the program including the project & field data collection app, oak ecology, & oak fire wounds. Please register online for this training session or call 712-545-3283 for additional information, registrations will not be taken over the phone.

Use this link to register online: https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Pottawattamie/Park/Hitchcock-Nature-Center/Events/10591/Hitchcock-Oak-Inventory-Project-February-Trainin.aspx

Portions of this training will occur out-of-doors and off-trail, so please dress accordingly.

In partnership with The Naturalist School, Pottawattamie County Conservation’s Hitchcock Oak Inventory Project is a truly original volunteer-led citizen science effort the likes of which has never been seen in the Midwest. The project aims to support researchers’ efforts to better understand the dramatic decline and mortality of oaks observed throughout our region. In addition, the project would help ensure that current and future generations of oaks remain part of the Hitchcock Nature Center landscape through volunteer-led protection and planting.

During the spring and summer, and while utilizing a specially designed smartphone app, trained volunteers will walk the wilds of the Hitchcock Nature Center documenting the health and condition of bur and red oak trees in the park. In the fall, volunteers will ​be trained in what it takes to prepare oaks for annual prescribed fire, how to select viable acorns, and where and when to plant them.
While the project will benefit most from dedicated participants, project volunteers are not required to attend all three sessions, and may attend any that they’d like. Hitchcock Oak Inventory Project participants would be enrolled as official Hitchcock Nature Center volunteers, and would receive project-specific training and support, in addition to our regular volunteer incentives. The Naturalist School’s Jack Phillips will be the project’s lead coordinator, educator, and point-of-contact for all volunteers enrolled in the project, and will provide the guidance and leadership necessary to make the project a success.

Participants should note: The Hitchcock Oak Inventory Project will occur Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa’s Loess Hills, and will require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain. Accordingly, the project may be challenging for young children and those with restricted mobility.

For additional questions not answered online, inquiring parties should call 712-328-5831.

The Hitchcock Oak Inventory Project is proudly funded by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP). Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP): Invest in Iowa, our outdoors, our heritage, our people. REAP is supported by the state of Iowa, providing funding to public and private partners for natural and cultural resources projects, including water quality, wildlife habitat, soil conservation, parks, trails, historic preservation and more.

More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
February 24
1 PM
Family Guided Snowshoe Hike
Hitchcock Nature Center
Strap on some snowshoes & discover your own winter wonderland during the Family Snowshoe Hike at Hitchcock Nature Center. Join Pottawattamie County Conservation staff on a snowshoeing adventure through the beautiful Loess Hills on Saturday, February 24th at 1:00 p.m.

Snowshoes are provided for all registered participants.

This workshop is designed for families with children ages 5 to 11. Children must be at least 5 years old to participate. Adults or families with children over 12 years are invited to join us for our Adult Snowshoe Hike.

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be held with or without snow. In the event that there is not enough snow for outdoor snowshoeing there will still be a program including a snowshoe demonstration, indoor snowshoe practice and a guided interactive winter hike. Please do not register if you intend to cancel your registration if there is no snow. When you register you immediately secure your space and prevent others from registering. Not attending a program you have registered for means that other guests cannot attend either and spaces go unfilled. Thank you for understanding.

Pre-registration is required for this event by Wednesday, January 24th as space is limited. Register for this program online in minutes. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information, registration will not be taken over the phone.

Use this link to register online: https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Pottawattamie/Park/Hitchcock-Nature-Center/Events/10708/Family-Guided-Snowshoe-Hike.aspx

Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation membership 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. PCF memberships may be purchased for $20.00 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 family friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather Permitting.

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
February 24
3 PM
Guided Snowshoe Hike
Hitchcock Nature Center
Strap on some snowshoes & discover your own winter wonderland during the Guided Snowshoe Hike at Hitchcock Nature Center. Join Pottawattamie County Conservation staff on a snowshoeing adventure through the beautiful Loess Hills on Saturday, February 24th at 3:00 p.m.

Snowshoes are provided for all registered participants.

This workshop is designed for participants age 12 & over. Families with children under 12 years are invited to join us for our Family Snowshoe Hike, click here for more information. Pre-registration is required for this event by Wednesday, January 24th as space is limited. Register online in minutes. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information, registrations will not be taken over the phone.

Use this link to register online: https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Pottawattamie/Park/Hitchcock-Nature-Center/Events/10705/Guided-Snowshoe-Hike.aspx

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be held with or without snow. In the event that there is not enough snow for outdoor snowshoeing there will still be a program including a snowshoe demonstration, indoor snowshoe practice and a guided interactive winter hike. Please do not register if you intend to cancel your registration if there is no snow. When you register you immediately secure your space and prevent others from registering. Not attending a program you have registered for means that other guests cannot attend either and spaces go unfilled. Thank you for understanding.

Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation Membership 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. PCF memberships may be purchased for $20.00 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 family friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather Permitting

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
February 24
5 PM to 7:30 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 22429 HWY 6 Council Bluffs, IA. (by Westfair Amphitheater), as we kick-off our SPRING CONCERT LINE-UP with the group "THE DYSART FAMILY" from Macon, MO.

Saturday, February 24th - 5:00 p.m. (Spaghetti Feed $5.00/person - kids 12 and under eat FREE!)
Saturday, February 24th - 6:00 p.m. (Concert)

NOTE: There is no charge for the concert (a free-will offering will be taken during the concert).
For more information check out our website: www.calvarycountrychurch.org

More Information: Contact: Pastor John McCreedie | (712) 322-2008 | jmccreedie@hotmail.com | Website
February 25
4 PM to 6 PM
Natural Connections
Botna Bend Park
Join us at Botna Bend park as we kick off a new program aimed at connecting families with nature on Sunday, February 25th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

During this program families will receive the tools & training to embark on outdoor adventures of the own and make community connections to individuals, services, and groups aimed at assisting families.

Time spent outdoors and in the community is shown to improve the health, well-being, & quality of life for all people. This program is aimed at providing access and the beginning tools needed for families to get outdoors and get connected. Transportation from Council Bluffs to Botna Bend Park is provided for all registered families.

Pre-registration is required for all families planning to attend. For more information or to register please contact Rene Stroud, Pottawattamie County Naturalist at 712-242-1197 or by email at rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov. If your organization is interested in hosting a booth at our information fair please contact Rene as well for details.

This program is made possible through grant support from Promise Partners.

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 741-5465 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
February 27
12 PM to 1:30 PM
Local Author Visit ~ Mary Lou McGinn
Council Bluffs Public Library
Author talk and book signing!

Bring your lunch and learn about some historic homes in Council Bluffs!

Mary Lou McGinn will talk about her book The History We Live In: an Historic Perspective of More than 100 Homes in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

More Information: Contact: Marlys Lien | (712) 323-7553 x135 | mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org | 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
March 3
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, February 3rd
Saturday, March 3rd
Saturday, April 7th

All ages are welcome to attend this live demonstration.

Participants must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation membership 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 memberships may be purchased for $20.00 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.

Weather Permitting

2018 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
March 3
9 AM to 11 AM
ISU Extension and Outreach's 100th Anniversary Open House
Council Bluffs Public Library
Join Iowa State Extension and Outreach as we celebrate all that Extension does in our community. The open house will feature Master Gardeners, 4-H, Financial Literacy information, and much more.
The event will also have a breakfast brunch.

More Information: Contact: ISU Extension in West Pott | (712) 366-7070 | rwright1@iastate.edu | Website
March 7
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meeting
City Hall
The City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meets at 4 pm, City Hall, second floor, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
March 7
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 beautiful hardwood floor ballroom and parking is free.

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226 | bwhite@thecbcenter.org | Website
March 10
8 AM to 11 AM
A Pottawattamie County Almanac: Free Introductory Session
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we introduce a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This free introductory class is designed to introduce interested attendees to our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 10th, 2018 - Free Introductory Class
March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit wwwpottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.

More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
March 13
6 PM to 8:30 PM
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meeting
Council Bluffs Public Library
The City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meets at 6 pm in the Council Bluffs Public Library, Room A, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
March 14
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Greg Spevak Sextet
Council Bluffs Senior Center
Council Bluffs Senior 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
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 15
7:30 PM to 11 PM
Winter Jam
Mid-America Center
Winter Jam is an annual American music tour featuring the top artists in Christian music. Members of Jam Nation are admitted early at 4:30 pm. For all other attendees, the doors open and pre-Jam starts at 6 pm. The show begins at 7 pm. Admission is a suggested donation of $15 at the door.

More Information: Contact: Kelli Grzesiak | (712) 323-0536 | knugent@midamericacenter.com | Website
March 17
2 PM
Native Gardening: Plants for Pollinators
Hitchcock Nature Center
Pottawattamie County Conservation is pleased to announce a new partnership with author, poet, gardener and conservationist Benjamin Vogt. This three-part native gardening series is designed to aid gardeners design and plant their own native garden.

Our second session will be held on Saturday, March 17th at 2:00 p.m. at Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek, Iowa. This series of classes is being presented as part of our adult education programming. We ask that all participants be age 18 & over please. Thank you for understanding.

This program is comprised of three individual sessions each focusing on a new topic. The cost is $10.00 per person per session and pre-registration is required as space is limited. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online in minutes. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information, registrations will not be taken over the phone.

2017 Native Gardening Classes and Topics

February 17th, 2:00 p.m. - Planning & Plant Choices
This class will cover resources and strategies to help you choose the best plant for the best spot. We will look at online databases, trusted websites, and the best books to help you thing about appropriate plants and sustainable design for wildlife.

March 17th, 2:00 p.m. - Plants for Pollinators
This class will explore some of the best flowering native forbs, grasses, and sedges that support both adult and larval insects. Learn to plan for cover during various seasons and site conditions for maximum pollinator support.

April 14th, 2:00 p.m. - Winter Wildlife Habitat
This class will consider planting and design strategies that you can employ in spring that will create a habitat throughout the winter months. We will cover both the ornamental and practical benefits of specific native forbs, grasses, and woody plants in the cold season. We'll also consider how to effectively design a landscape mixing all plant types to increase edge zones where wildlife thrive.

Benjamin Vogt is the driving force behind Monarch Gardens LLC, a prairie garden consulting and design firm in the Omaha/Lincoln area. Monarch Gardens LLC helps homeowners, schools, and businesses choose native plant species to populate their gardens, creating landscape plans that support responsible gardening practices. Benjamin's own 2,500' (soon to be 4,500') native garden was named a "Top Outdoor Space" in 2012 by "Apartment Therapy" and has been featured in numerous publications. His latest book, "A New Garden Ethic" was released in October, 2017.

Photo Courtesy of Chris Ruhaak, Heartland Photos & Design

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
March 20
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting
City Hall
The City Zoning Board of Adjustment meets at 4 pm, on the second floor of city hall, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
March 21
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Leo Lonnie Orchestra
Council Bluffs Senior Center
Council Bluffs Senior 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
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
March 24
8 AM to 12 PM
A Pottawattamie County Almanac: March Session
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the first of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.

More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
March 31
5 PM to 11 PM
Bret Michaels
Mid-America Center
Z92 presents Bret Michaels, an all-ages performance at the Mid-America Center.

Bret Michael Sychak, professionally known as Bret Michaels, is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He gained fame as the lead singer of the glam metal band Poison, selling over 40 million records worldwide and 15 million records in the United States alone. The band charted ten singles to the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including six Top 10 singles and a number-one single, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn". Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

More Information: Contact: Kelli Grzesiak | (712) 323-0536 | knugent@midamericacenter.com | Website
April 2 - 7
U.S. Open Robotics Championship
Mid-America Center
Teams from around the world will be invited to participate in a unique event that spans all ages with five different games/challenges played in seven distinct tournaments. The public is invited to see the championship in action. There is no admission fee. Go to the website provided for more details.

More Information: Contact: Kelli Grzesiak | (712) 323-0536 | knugent@midamericacenter.com | Website
April 4
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meeting
City Hall
The City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meets at 4 pm, City Hall, second floor, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
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 10
6 PM to 8:30 PM
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meeting
Community Hall
The City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meets at 6 pm in the Council Bluffs Public Library, Room A, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
April 14 - 15
Heartland USA Wrestling Elementary & Middle School National Folk Style Duals
Mid-America Center
The Heartland USA Wrestling Elementary & Middle School National Folk Style Duals draws teams from across the country. The event dates and times are as follows:

Friday, April 13th: Weigh-ins are 5-8 pm.
Saturday, April 14th: Doors open at 6:30 am and wrestling begins at 8 am.
Wrestling is done in pools to determine the bracketing for Saturday.
Sunday, April 15th: Doors open at 6:30 am and wrestling begins at 8 am.
Championship brackets will be wrestled to completion with awards and all brackets done by 3 pm.

Adult admission is $18 per person per day, and student admission is $10 per person per day. Tickets are sold at the door.

More Information: Contact: Kelli Grzesiak | (712) 323-0536 | knugent@midamericacenter.com | Website
April 14
8 AM to 12 PM
A Pottawattamie County Almanac: April Session
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the second of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
April 17
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting
City Hall
The City Zoning Board of Adjustment meets at 4 pm, on the second floor of city hall, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
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 2
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meeting
City Hall
The City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meets at 4 pm, City Hall, second floor, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
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
May 8
6 PM to 8:30 PM
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meeting
Council Bluffs Public Library
The City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meets at 6 pm in the Council Bluffs Public Library, Room A, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
May 12
8 AM to 12 PM
A Pottawattamie County Almanac: May Session
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the third of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
May 15
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting
City Hall
The City Zoning Board of Adjustment meets at 4 pm, on the second floor of city hall, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
May 15
7 PM
May Hitch Hike
Hitchcock Nature Center
Enjoy a guided hike through a section of the Loess Hills not normally open to the public and learn more about the plants, animals, and history of the prairie.

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 will start with a more moderate trail and work towards a healthy, invigorating 2.5 mile hike by the end of the series in September. Water bottles, bug spray, & sunblock are all recommended, please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footware.

Well behaved dogs are permitted to accompany their owners but they 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. Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a membership to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation to attend this program. Daily passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation memberships may be purchased for $20.00 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.

2017 Hitch Hike Series

May 15th, 7:00 p.m. - Visitors will hike along a Loess Hills ridge top through scenic prairie to reach the McIntosh Pioneer Cemetery, founded in 1874. This trail is only accessible with a PCCB staff member and is not considered open to the public. Enjoy the spring wildflowers of the prairie including blue-eyed grass, puccoons, and locoweed.

June 19th, 7:00 p.m. - Take a closer look at some of Hitchcocks best prairie remnants as you are guided along Badger Ridge. Discover purple coneflowers and other early summer wildflowers and get an idea of what the hills may have looked like during the time of Lewis and Clark.

July 17th, 7:00 p.m. - Hike out Fox Run Ridge to take in the stunning views of the Missouri River valley, beautiful prairie & pasture land and catch a glimpse of our research plots.

August 21st, 7:00 p.m. - 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.

September 18th, 6:00 p.m. - 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.

Weather permitting.

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
May 15
7 PM
May Hitch Hike
Hitchcock Nature Center
Enjoy a guided hike through a section of the Loess Hills not normally open to the public and learn more about the plants, animals, and history of the prairie.

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 will start with a more moderate trail and work towards a healthy, invigorating 2.5 mile hike by the end of the series in September. Water bottles, bug spray, & sunblock are all recommended, please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footware.

Well behaved dogs are permitted to accompany their owners but they 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. Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a membership to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation to attend this program. Daily passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation memberships may be purchased for $20.00 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.

2017 Hitch Hike Series

May 15th, 7:00 p.m. - Visitors will hike along a Loess Hills ridge top through scenic prairie to reach the McIntosh Pioneer Cemetery, founded in 1874. This trail is only accessible with a PCCB staff member and is not considered open to the public. Enjoy the spring wildflowers of the prairie including blue-eyed grass, puccoons, and locoweed.

June 19th, 7:00 p.m. - Take a closer look at some of Hitchcocks best prairie remnants as you are guided along Badger Ridge. Discover purple coneflowers and other early summer wildflowers and get an idea of what the hills may have looked like during the time of Lewis and Clark.

July 17th, 7:00 p.m. - Hike out Fox Run Ridge to take in the stunning views of the Missouri River valley, beautiful prairie & pasture land and catch a glimpse of our research plots.

August 21st, 7:00 p.m. - 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.

September 18th, 6:00 p.m. - 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.

Weather permitting.

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
June 6
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meeting
City Hall
The City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meets at 4 pm, City Hall, second floor, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
June 9
8 AM to 12 PM
A Pottawattamie County Almanac: June Session
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the fourth of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
June 12
6 PM to 8:30 PM
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meeting
Community Hall
The City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meets at 6 pm in Community Hall.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
June 19
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting
City Hall
The City Zoning Board of Adjustment meets at 4 pm, on the second floor of city hall, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
June 19
7 PM
June Hitch Hike
Hitchcock Nature Center
Enjoy a guided hike through a section of the Loess Hills not normally open to the public and learn more about the plants, animals, and history of the prairie.

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 will start with a more moderate trail and work towards a healthy, invigorating 2.5 mile hike by the end of the series in September. Water bottles, bug spray, & sunblock are all recommended, please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

Well behaved dogs are permitted to accompany their owners but they 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. Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a membership to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation to attend this program. Daily passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation memberships may be purchased for $20.00 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.

2017 Hitch Hike Series
May 15th, 7:00 p.m. - Visitors will hike along a Loess Hills ridge top through scenic prairie to reach the McIntosh Pioneer Cemetery, founded in 1874. This trail is only accessible with a PCCB staff member and is not considered open to the public. Enjoy the spring wildflowers of the prairie including blue-eyed grass, puccoons, and locoweed.
June 19th, 7:00 p.m. - Take a closer look at some of Hitchcocks best prairie remnants as you are guided along Badger Ridge. Discover purple coneflowers and other early summer wildflowers and get an idea of what the hills may have looked like during the time of Lewis and Clark.

July 17th, 7:00 p.m. - Hike out Fox Run Ridge to take in the stunning views of the Missouri River valley, beautiful prairie & pasture land and catch a glimpse of our research plots.
August 21st, 7:00 p.m. - 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.
September 18th, 6:00 p.m. - 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.

Weather permitting.

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation


More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
July 3
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meeting
City Hall
The City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meets at 4 pm, City Hall, second floor, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
July 10
6 PM to 8:30 PM
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meeting
Community Hall
The City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meets at 6 pm in Community Hall.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
July 14
8 AM to 12 PM
A Pottawattamie County Almanac: July Session
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the fifth of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
July 17
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting
City Hall
The City Zoning Board of Adjustment meets at 4 pm, on the second floor of city hall, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
July 17
7 PM
July Hitch Hike
Hitchcock Nature Center
Enjoy a guided hike through a section of the Loess Hills not normally open to the public and learn more about the plants, animals, and history of the prairie.

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 will start with a more moderate trail and work towards a healthy, invigorating 2.5 mile hike by the end of the series in September. Water bottles, bug spray, & sunblock are all recommended, please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

Well behaved dogs are permitted to accompany their owners but they 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. Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a membership to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation to attend this program. Daily passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation memberships may be purchased for $20.00 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.

2017 Hitch Hike Series
May 15th, 7:00 p.m. - Visitors will hike along a Loess Hills ridge top through scenic prairie to reach the McIntosh Pioneer Cemetery, founded in 1874. This trail is only accessible with a PCCB staff member and is not considered open to the public. Enjoy the spring wildflowers of the prairie including blue-eyed grass, puccoons, and locoweed.
June 19th, 7:00 p.m. - Take a closer look at some of Hitchcocks best prairie remnants as you are guided along Badger Ridge. Discover purple coneflowers and other early summer wildflowers and get an idea of what the hills may have looked like during the time of Lewis and Clark.

July 17th, 7:00 p.m. - Hike out Fox Run Ridge to take in the stunning views of the Missouri River valley, beautiful prairie & pasture land and catch a glimpse of our research plots.
August 21st, 7:00 p.m. - 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.
September 18th, 6:00 p.m. - 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.

Weather permitting.

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation


More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
August 1
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meeting
City Hall
The City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meets at 4 pm, City Hall, second floor, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
August 11
8 AM to 12 PM
A Pottawattamie County Almanac: August Session
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the sixth of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
August 14
6 PM to 8:30 PM
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meeting
Council Bluffs Public Library
The City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meets at 6 pm in the Council Bluffs Public Library, Room A, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
August 21
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting
City Hall
The City Zoning Board of Adjustment meets at 4 pm, on the second floor of city hall, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
August 21
7 PM
August Hitch Hike
Hitchcock Nature Center
Enjoy a guided hike through a section of the Loess Hills not normally open to the public and learn more about the plants, animals, and history of the prairie.

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 will start with a more moderate trail and work towards a healthy, invigorating 2.5 mile hike by the end of the series in September. Water bottles, bug spray, & sunblock are all recommended, please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

Well behaved dogs are permitted to accompany their owners but they 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. Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a membership to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation to attend this program. Daily passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation memberships may be purchased for $20.00 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.

2017 Hitch Hike Series
May 15th, 7:00 p.m. - Visitors will hike along a Loess Hills ridge top through scenic prairie to reach the McIntosh Pioneer Cemetery, founded in 1874. This trail is only accessible with a PCCB staff member and is not considered open to the public. Enjoy the spring wildflowers of the prairie including blue-eyed grass, puccoons, and locoweed.
June 19th, 7:00 p.m. - Take a closer look at some of Hitchcocks best prairie remnants as you are guided along Badger Ridge. Discover purple coneflowers and other early summer wildflowers and get an idea of what the hills may have looked like during the time of Lewis and Clark.

July 17th, 7:00 p.m. - Hike out Fox Run Ridge to take in the stunning views of the Missouri River valley, beautiful prairie & pasture land and catch a glimpse of our research plots.
August 21st, 7:00 p.m. - 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.
September 18th, 6:00 p.m. - 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.

Weather permitting.

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation


More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
September 5
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meeting
City Hall
The City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meets at 4 pm, City Hall, second floor, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
September 8
8 AM to 12 PM
A Pottawattamie County Almanac: September Session
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the seventh of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
September 11
6 PM to 8:30 PM
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meeting
Council Bluffs Public Library
The City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meets at 6 pm in the Council Bluffs Public Library, Room A, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
September 18
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting
City Hall
The City Zoning Board of Adjustment meets at 4 pm, on the second floor of city hall, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
September 18
6 PM
September Hitch Hike
Hitchcock Nature Center
Enjoy a guided hike through a section of the Loess Hills not normally open to the public and learn more about the plants, animals, and history of the prairie.

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 will start with a more moderate trail and work towards a healthy, invigorating 2.5 mile hike by the end of the series in September. Water bottles, bug spray, & sunblock are all recommended, please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

Well behaved dogs are permitted to accompany their owners but they 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. Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a membership to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation to attend this program. Daily passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation memberships may be purchased for $20.00 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.

2017 Hitch Hike Series
May 15th, 7:00 p.m. - Visitors will hike along a Loess Hills ridge top through scenic prairie to reach the McIntosh Pioneer Cemetery, founded in 1874. This trail is only accessible with a PCCB staff member and is not considered open to the public. Enjoy the spring wildflowers of the prairie including blue-eyed grass, puccoons, and locoweed.
June 19th, 7:00 p.m. - Take a closer look at some of Hitchcocks best prairie remnants as you are guided along Badger Ridge. Discover purple coneflowers and other early summer wildflowers and get an idea of what the hills may have looked like during the time of Lewis and Clark.

July 17th, 7:00 p.m. - Hike out Fox Run Ridge to take in the stunning views of the Missouri River valley, beautiful prairie & pasture land and catch a glimpse of our research plots.
August 21st, 7:00 p.m. - 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.
September 18th, 6:00 p.m. - 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.

Weather permitting.

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation


More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
September 22 - 23
11 AM to 6 PM
Midlands Renaissance Revel & Pirate Fest
Westfair
The event is a celebration of Viking-Medieval-Renaissance-Pirate-Steampunk themes with a wide variety of professional entertainment, including horseback jousting. It features a merchants village of artisans and crafters selling items found at only such an event, food court and beer garden, and children's realm and faerie court. There will be hands-on games of skill as well as exhibits and demonstrations of folk ways from times past. There will also be two outdoor museum/living history encampments along with treasure hunts and costume contests. Admission for adults is $12 each and kids from 5 to 15 are $5. Two-day passes will be available at the gate.

More Information: Contact: Gregory Schmidt | (641) 357-5177 | greg@festint.com | Website
October 3
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meeting
City Hall
The City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meets at 4 pm, City Hall, second floor, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
October 9
6 PM to 8:30 PM
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meeting
Council Bluffs Public Library
The City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meets at 6 pm in the Council Bluffs Public Library, Room A, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
October 13
8 AM to 12 PM
A Pottawattamie County Almanac: October Session
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the eighth of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 16
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting
City Hall
The City Zoning Board of Adjustment meets at 4 pm, on the second floor of city hall, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
November 7
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meeting
City Hall
The City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meets at 4 pm, City Hall, second floor, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
November 10
8 AM to 11 AM
A Pottawattamie County Almanac: November Session
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the ninth of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
November 13
6 PM to 8:30 PM
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meeting
Council Bluffs Public Library
The City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meets at 6 pm in the Council Bluffs Public Library, Room A, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
November 20
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting
City Hall
The City Zoning Board of Adjustment meets at 4 pm, on the second floor of city hall, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
December 5
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meeting
City Hall
The City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meets at 4 pm, City Hall, second floor, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
December 11
6 PM to 8:30 PM
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meeting
Council Bluffs Public Library
The City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meets at 6 pm in the Council Bluffs Public Library, Room A, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
December 15
8 AM to 12 PM
A Pottawattamie County Almanac: December Session
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the last of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
December 18
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting
City Hall
The City Zoning Board of Adjustment meets at 4 pm, on the second floor of city hall, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
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