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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September 12 - November 7
SWI Chorale Rehearsal Process (Men's and Women's Choirs)
The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College
Come and experience the SWI Chorale (Men's and Women's Choirs) and participate in this fall's session!

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

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

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

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

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

More Information: Contact: Josh Bellows | (712) 326-8792 | bellowsj33@gmail.com | Website
October 22
1 PM to 3 PM
Canines in Costume
Midlands Humane Society
Join us for the 9th Annual "Canines in Costumes" event where we celebrate DOGS! Guests will be treated to a costumed dog parade with prizes, music, food, vendors, raffles, photo booth, petting zoo, games, and product samples.

More Information: Contact: Kori Nelson | (712) 396-2264 | knelson@midlandshumanesociety.org | Website
October 23
4:30 PM to 6 PM
Story Walk: Featuring the book Pumpkin Pumpkin
Bayliss Park
Raise Me to Read presents a Story Walk for families with children 0-5 years old. Featuring the book Pumpkin Pumpkin, by Jeanne Titherington. StoryWalk combines the pleasures of reading wonderful children’s books aloud with all the joys and benefits of walking together outdoors. As you walk along the path, you discover another page, and then another, and realize you’re reading a story. The event features the following:

• Trick or Treat at Each Station
• Snacks Provided
• Free Book & Activity

More Information: Website
October 23
5 PM to 8 PM
Trick-or Treating Touch A Truck
Quaker Steak & Lube
This is a hands-on event with Trick-or-Treating. Kids eat for less than $ 1.00 with the purchase of an adult entrée. It's a free family fun night at Quaker Steak & Lube.

More Information: Website
October 23
6:30 PM to 8 PM
Coloring Club
Council Bluffs Public Library
De-stress and self-express. Use our supplies or bring your own! Color, relax and chat - bring a friend!
Coloring Club meets once each month.

More Information: Contact: Marlys Lien | (712) 323-7553 x135 | mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org | Website
October 25
12 PM to 1 PM
Human Trafficking Panel Discussion
Council Bluffs Public Library
The Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area is known as a hot spot for human trafficking. It's snared in a regional trafficking network largely defined by Interstates 80 and 29, the same route that drug dealers have used for years.

Panel includes:
Carrie Potter ~ Phoenix House
Jill Ferguson ~ Methodist Hospital
Connor Spinks ~ CLEAR (Choosing Life: Empowerment, Action, Results)

More Information: Contact: Marlys Lien | (712) 323-7553 x135 | mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org | Website
October 25
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Greg Spevak Sextet
Council Bluffs Senior Center
Council Bluffs Senior Center (“The Center”) hosts a weekly ballroom dance every Wednesday featuring live music with local orchestras and big bands. Entrance is $5 for Center members, $10 for nonmembers and BYOB for those 21 and older. The Center has a wood floor ballroom and parking is free.

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226 | Website
October 26
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Fall Cheer Clinic
Thomas Jefferson High School
Athletes will learn a short routine to perform at the TJ Cheer/Dance Showcase on Friday the 27th.

More Information: Contact: Coach Cait | cboyer@ghaea.org | Website
October 26
6 PM to 8 PM
746 Needlework Club
Council Bluffs Public Library
Knitting, crochet and embroidery - all skill levels welcome. Bring your own supplies or a project to work on.
746 Needlework Club meets the second and fourth Thursday each month.

More Information: Contact: Marlys Lien | (712) 323-7553 x135 | mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org | Website
October 27
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
One Night in Memphis: Presley, Perkins, Lewis, & Cash
The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College
Get ready for a night of rockabilly, country, gospel and pure 1950's rock and roll with “One Night in Memphis.” This high energy concert takes you back to December 4, 1956, the night when four of the biggest names in early rock and roll -- Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash – gathered together for an impromptu jam session at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis. This tribute to that memorable night in Memphis features nationally acclaimed cast members who have an uncanny sound, look and feel of the original legends. The production also features an authentic and energetic rockabilly backup band. You’ll witness a rock and roll royalty jam session with the legendary performers whose music has stood the test of time. Tickets are available through The Arts Center Box Office.

More Information: Contact: Tim Dickmeyer | (712) 388-7140 | tdickmeyer@iwcc.edu | Website
October 27 - 28
8:30 PM to 1:30 AM
Free Weekend Entertainment: Blue House and the Rent to Own Horns
AmeriSports Bar
This week at AmeriSports Bar features live entertainment by Blue House and the Rent to Own Horns.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 28 - 28
10 AM to 6 PM
Mystic Fest
Mid-America Center
The Next Millennium is located in Omaha, Nebraska, and we have been in business for 20 terrific years. Our store is a family-owned business and we have had many of the same great employees for years. The store started off as a few incense racks and a shelf with a few books out of a hypnosis office! Charlie, the store’s founder, was working as a hypnotherapist and got requests from clients for books and incense. He had a second room in his office and started to bring in various incenses, rocks, and books. Initially, he had this “store” open by request only, then grew to being open for twelve hours a week! Demand grew and soon this space was not large enough to handle the requests for more products and we looked for a storefront. About a year later, we expanded the storefront to double the size of to allow for a classroom to offer classes on crystals, Reiki, Wicca, herbs, astrology, past life regression and many other great topics.

More Information: Contact: Mid-America Center | (712) 323-0536 x6 | knugent@midamericacenter.com | Website
October 28
10 AM to 2 PM
Operation Medicine Cabinet
Walgreens
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, October 28. Drop off your expired or unused medications for safe disposal. Drive Up, Drop Off, Drive Away. This event is FREE and will occur rain or shine. Drop off on the west side of Walgreens (535 E Broadway), next to drive-through lane.

More Information: Website
October 28
10 AM to 4 PM
Trick or Treat the Museum
Union Pacific Railroad Museum
On Saturday, October 28th, costumed guests are invited to explore the museum and receive non-food “treats” along the way!

More Information: Website
October 29
2 PM to 3 PM
Wicked Omaha
Bayliss Park Hall
It was a different era-- the scent of opium wafted through saloon doors, while prostitutes openly solicited customers, and gambling flourished openly. Join historian and author Ryan Roenfeld for a stroll along the seamier side of the metro area's past Sunday, October 29, 2 pm at Bayliss Park Hall.

More Information: Contact: Richard Warner | (712) 323-2509 | information@TheHistoricalSociety.org | Website
October 29
4 PM to 6 PM
Community Wide Fall Celebration
New Horizon Presbyterian Church
Join us for this year's Community Wide Fall Celebration and Trunk or Treat! Lot's of fun with free events. Free hot dogs and chips for the first 1,000 people.

More Information: Website
October 29
4 PM to 6 PM
Community Wide Fall Celebration and Trunk or Treat
New Horizon Presbyterian Church
Join us for this year's Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat. You will be able to meet athletes from IWCC, free pony rides, games, live music, hot dogs for the first 1,500 people, meet the CBPD and CBFD, Midlands Animal Shelter will have dogs to say "Hi" too, and TONS MORE!! You will not want to miss out!

More Information: Contact: Mindi Skokan | (402) 699-5144 | mskokan@newhorizonpc.org | Website
October 31
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Trick or Treat Night
Council Bluffs
Kids and parents will be venturing out again for "Trick or Treat" night in Council Bluffs. Drivers are urged to use extra caution during this Halloween evening with many pedestrians.
November 1
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Leo Lonnie Orchestra
Council Bluffs Senior Center
Council Bluffs Senior Center (“The Center”) hosts a weekly ballroom dance every Wednesday featuring live music with local orchestras and big bands. Entrance is $5 for Center members, $10 for nonmembers and BYOB for those 21 and older. The Center has a wood floor ballroom and parking is free.

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226 | Website
November 1
7 PM to 10 PM
Wednesday Night Live: Tyler Folkerts and the Double Barrel Band
AmeriSports Bar
Join us the first Wednesday of every month for a variety of live entertainment. Featuring your favorite local bands & acts – from country & rock bands to karaoke & dueling pianos, we’ve got it all on Wednesdays!

This weeks entertainment features Tyler Folkerts and the Double Barrel Band.

More Information: Website
November 2
6 PM to 8:30 PM
Business Skills for Artists | Career Planning
Harvester Artist Lofts
Do you want to find a better balance between your day job and creative projects? Do you feel like you aren’t as involved in your practice and artistic community as you’d like to be? Do you want to figure out how to set some goals and formulate tangible action steps to move forward in your artistic career? Do you want to find ways to make and exhibit your work, but aren’t quite sure where to start or where you want to end up? What does success look like to you?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you may be in need of some Career Planning advice.

Join us for the Career Planning workshop to define your values, identify important choices, and develop a plan to achieve whatever career goals you have in mind.

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
November 4
9 AM to 11 AM
Bird Banding Demonstration
Hitchcock Nature Center
Come get a "bird's eye" view of our fine-feathered friends as you join volunteers for a live songbird banding at Hitchcock Nature Center.

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

Saturday, November 4th
Saturday, December 2nd

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

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

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
November 4
9 AM to 1 PM
Let's Defeat Diabetes
Methodist Physicians Clinic
This event offers eye exams, foot exams, pharmacy and dietician consultants, and lab tests. It also has speakers and more with it all centered around defeating diabetes. It takes place on the fourth floor of the clinic.
November 4
9 AM to 11 AM
Taco Run - World Mission
Taco Johns
The Taco Run raises money for an annual student mission project at St Albert High School. The event is a 5K run or one mile walk. An entry fee includes a long sleeve t-shirt (for participants 8 years and older) and food from Taco John’s after the event for all participants. The race will begin and end at Taco John's located at 217 E Broadway.

Participants, age seven and under (walk only), are free. Participants, age eight and older (walk or run), are $20 for pre-registration and $25 the day of the race. Please note, entries received after October 27th are not guaranteed a t-shirt.

The 5K is a challenging run through scenic areas of the city. Medals will be awarded for the first place overall male and female finishes for the 5K. In addition, medals will be awarded to the first and second place finishers in each of the six age divisions of the run. The one-mile walk has no age divisions and no medals will be awarded.

More Information: Contact: Cindy Assmann | (712) 328-2316 | assmannc@saintalbertschools.org | Website
November 4
10 AM to 2 PM
Community Resource Event
Refuge Church
Bringing resources to your community. The following will be available: VNA - flu shots, blood pressure screenings, Iowa Legal Aid to discuss legal issues, housing and food assistance, Smoking Cessation Counselor and insurance assistance. Admission is free. Food and drink free.

More Information: Contact: Lorrie Reddish | (402) 639-6090 | Lorrie.Reddish@nmhs.org | Website
November 5 - 5
11 AM to 3 PM
10th Annual Racing with the Stars
Joe's Karting
Racing with the Stars is a charity kart race featuring "celebrity" drivers from across the Midwest. The general public can come in and race against the 20 "celebrity" drivers. This event is to help raise money for the Holiday Horsepower Drive which in turn helps to take care of the children at the Omaha Children's Hospital and the hospital itself.

Races are $10+tax with $3 from each race being donated to the drive. (Must have a $3 day pass or $7 annual membership.) There will 100 eight-lap races with 10 to a race. Top 10 laptimes from general public will advance on to a 16-lap qualifying A-Feature. Top nine laptimes from "celebs" and last year's event winner will advance on to a 16-lap qualifying A-Feature. Top five finishers from both qualifying A's will be in the Top A-Feature. "Celebs" will start 6th-10th.

More Information: Contact: Buddy Ray Jones | (402) 517-8144 | buddyj@joeskarting.com | Website
November 5
12 PM to 4 PM
Turkey Shoot Bowling
Thunderbowl
All TeamMates supporters are invited to this fun event for a great cause. Create a 5-person bowling team; shop the auction for great gifts; bowl for your Thanksgiving turkey; and win some raffle items.

No need to be on a team to shop the auction. Stay tuned for posts on auction items!

Available lanes for 20 teams.

More Information: Contact: Traci Dresher | (712) 396-2300 | tdresher@cbcsd.org | Website
November 5
2 PM to 3:30 PM
SWI Chorale Concert
The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College
The SWI Chorale (Men's and Women's Choirs) will perform their annual fall program in a free concert on Sunday, November 5 at 2 pm.

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

Free admission to this program!

More Information: Contact: Luke Johnson | (712) 325-3726 x3726 | lrjohnson@iwcc.edu
November 6
9 AM to 12 PM
Let's Get Council Bluffs' Businesses Online
Mid-America Center
Join Google at a free workshop for your business. Small businesses using advanced digital tools are nearly three times as likely to reach more customers, new markets, and create jobs. Learn how you can leverage digital tools to grow your business online at a free workshop with Google experts. We'll share how you can easily add or update your info on Google Search and Maps, optimize and promote your website, and more. Customers are looking for you online - learn how to help them find you.

Spots are limited. RSVP using the website provided below.

More Information: Website
November 8
6 PM to 8:30 PM
Business Skills for Artists | Time Management
Harvester Artist Lofts
Are you a practicing artist who participates in art shows or performances, works a day job, has unfinished artistic projects, and would like to grow and advance your artistic career, but can’t because you have no extra time?

If you answered ‘yes’, then the Time Management workshop is for you.

Join us to discover analytical and tool-based approaches to manage your time. These tools will help you tackle hurdles related to efficiency, flexibility, and structure to help you reach your artistic goals.

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
November 8
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Leo Lonnie Orchestra
Council Bluffs Senior Center
Council Bluffs Senior Center (“The Center”) hosts a weekly ballroom dance every Wednesday featuring live music with local orchestras and big bands. Entrance is $5 for Center members, $10 for nonmembers and BYOB for those 21 and older. The Center has a wood floor ballroom and parking is free.

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226
November 9
6 PM to 8:30 PM
Business Skills for Artists | Portfolio Kit
Harvester Artist Lofts
Have you had some recent artistic successes, but only stumbled into them through connections and word of mouth? Do you have a studio full of good work but don’t have it documented, an out of date website, or out of date examples of your work? Is your resume a mixture of artistic accomplishments and other unrelated jobs? Has someone asked to see your portfolio, but you’re not sure what to share or how to share it?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you need to take another look at your portfolio and get it together.

Join us for the Portfolio Kit workshop to develop the core of your promotional material and professional calling card, your portfolio. Learn to focus on the essential elements: sharpening your artist statement, tailoring your artistic resume, and curating and formatting your work samples.

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
November 13
6 PM to 8:30 PM
Business Skills for Artists | Marketing
Harvester Artist Lofts
Are you a practicing artist who wants to branch out and reach larger audiences/customers? Do you want to identify who your audience/customer is? Do you know how marketing works, but want a more strategic approach to growing your fan base?

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

Join us to learn how to define your product, discover your target audience, make decisions about how you sell your work, and identify a budget and strategy for 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
November 14
6 PM to 8 PM
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission Meeting
Council Bluffs Public Library, Room A
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meets at 6 pm, unless otherwise notified.

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

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226 | Website
November 16
6 PM to 8:30 PM
Business Skills for Artists | Promotions
Harvester Artist Lofts
Do you have work that you want to promote? Do you have a limited budget and don’t know what kind of promotional tools will get you the most bang for your buck? Do you need to send out press releases and set up events?

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

Join us to learn how to craft persuasive messaging and create strategy for how you will get the word out about your work, events, and news.

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
November 16 - 16
7:30 PM to 11 PM
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Mid-America Center
Trans-Siberian Orchestra will hit the road again this winter to perform ‘The Ghosts of Christmas Eve’ the best of TSO and more. Reserved seating tickets are $67, $57, or $47 per person.

More Information: Contact: Mid-America Center | (712) 323-0536 | knugent@midamericacenter.com | Website
November 18
10 AM to 11 AM
KinderNature: Seeds Please
Hitchcock Nature Center
Discover what makes seeds so special at KinderNature: Seeds Please on Saturday, November 18th. Learn all about why seeds are important, not just to plants but also to animals and search for all kinds of seeds at Hitchcock Nature Center.

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

Weather permitting, please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge.


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

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

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

Weather permitting, please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge.

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

More Information: Contact: Tim Dickmeyer | (712) 388-7140 | tdickmeyer@iwcc.edu | Website
November 20
6 PM to 8:30 PM
Business Skills for Artists | Social Media Basics
Harvester Artist Lofts
Do you want to learn what social networks and platforms work best for promoting your work? Do you want to create a strategy for tapping into the global community?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then the Social Media Basics workshop is for you!

Join us to develop your online promotional strategy and increase your presence online. Using Facebook and Twitter examples, learn core functionality, etiquette, and exercises to help you build an online strategy for 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
November 27
6 PM to 8:30 PM
Business Skills for Artists | Pricing
Harvester Artist Lofts
Have you been selling your work at art shows and fairs, but don’t know if your prices are right for your work? Would you like to learn to price your work so you can sell? Have you wondered how your colleagues and competitors decide on their prices? Would you like to understand the basic components behind how to formulate sound, fair and competitive prices for your work?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then it’s time for you to start getting the compensation your work deserves.

Join us at the Pricing workshop to learn the factors of product production and how to consider those when pricing your work. This analytical approach is not intended to be the only way to price your work. It is intended to illustrate the factors of product production that apply to all items in the market. Once you understand what each of the variables are you will be able to customize a formula for yourself that fits your business model.

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
November 29
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Greg Spevak Sextet
Council Bluffs Senior Center
Council Bluffs Senior Center (“The Center”) hosts a weekly ballroom dance every Wednesday featuring live music with local orchestras and big bands. Entrance is $5 for Center members, $10 for nonmembers and BYOB for those 21 and older. The Center has a wood floor ballroom and parking is free.

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226 | bwhite@thecbcenter.org | Website
November 30
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
December 2
9 AM to 11 AM
Bird Banding Demonstration
Hitchcock Nature Center
Come get a "bird's eye" view of our fine-feathered friends as you join volunteers for a live songbird banding at Hitchcock Nature Center.

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

Saturday, November 4th
Saturday, December 2nd

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

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

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
December 2 - 2
6 PM to 8:30 PM
Christmas Enchantment
Hoy-Kilnoski
Enjoy the season's refreshments and music at this free event. You will also be able to browse holiday décor and gifts for sale at our silent and live auction.
Proceeds benefit the Spiritual Life Program and children living in the residential treatment program at Children's Square U.S.A.

More Information: Contact: Lisa Milbrath | (712) 325-5869 | lmilbrath@childrenssquare.org | Website
December 2 - 3
48
Holiday Arts & Craft Show
Mid-America Center
Callahan Promotions produces the largest arts & crafts shows in Iowa. All items sold at the shows are hand made by the vendors who sell them among the various products presented at the shows are oak furniture, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, metal art, jams & jellies, honey and much more. Hours of the show are from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, Dec 2 and 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday, Dec 3. Admission is $5 per person with children age 10 and younger admitted free. Parking is free throughout the show. All patrons who attend the show on Saturday will receive a two-day re-entry stamp.

More Information: Contact: Mid-America Center | x5360 | knugent@midamericacenter.com | Website
December 4
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
December 6
11:30 AM to 1 PM
Education Is Everyone's Business
Mid-America Center
Come join the Community Education Foundation as we celebrate the partnership between business and education in the Council Bluffs School District. Enjoy lunch and a speaker highlighting educational issues and interests in the community. Tickets are $50 each or sponsor a table for $500. Proceeds from the event support the Community Education Foundation's mission to enhance education in Council Bluffs. The Mission of the Community Education Foundation is to provide support to individuals and families in ways that contribute to their ability to learn. We accomplish our mission through cooperation with the Council Bluffs Community Schools and other organizations.

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

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

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

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

The program is free!

More Information: Contact: Luke Johnson | (712) 325-3726 | lrjohnson@iwcc.edu
December 11
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
December 12
6 PM to 8 PM
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission Meeting
Council Bluffs Public Library, Room A
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meets at 6 pm, unless otherwise notified.

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

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226 | bwhite@thecbcenter.org | Website
December 14
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
December 16
10 AM to 11 AM
KinderNature: Winter Wonders
Hitchcock Nature Center
Come discover the wonders of winter weather on Saturday, December 16th. Explore the woods in winter & learn how different plants and animals have adapted to cope with winters chill.

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

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

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

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

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

Weather Permitting

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

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

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

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

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226 | Website
January 6 - 7
10 AM to 4 PM
The Great Train Expo
Mid-America Center
Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of miniature railroading at the train show! The train show is designed for children of all ages; for modelers, collectors and enthusiasts; for families in search of good old-fashioned fun; and for the simply curious. Each show features hundreds of tables of trains, accessories, scale models and collectible toys for sale as well as huge operating exhibits, activities for kids, free seminars and educational opportunities, and much more.

Tickets are $10 per person for a single day and $11 per person for both days.

More Information: Contact: Mid-America Center | (712) 323-0536 | knugent@midamericacenter.com | Website
February 10
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
My Funny Valentine
The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College
Date night just got funnier! Join comedians Pat Hazell, one of the original writers for NBC’s Seinfeld and a veteran of The Tonight Show, and Dena Blizzard, featured comic at The Laugh Factory and Gotham Comedy Club and creator of the viral video “Chardonnay, Go!” (viewed over 23 million times), as they join forces for an evening of hilarious and heartwarming stand up comedy. Pat and Dena find the humor in relationships, dating, parenting and family life, and there will be a chance to ask for free relationship “advice” as they answer questions from the audience. Bring your sweetheart, bring your friends and bring your sense of humor for an evening of laughter ever after. Tickets are available through The Arts Center Box Office.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free admission for this program!

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

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

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

Free admission to this event!

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