Events

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

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

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

More Information: Contact: The 712 Initiative | (712) 396-2494 | ddouglas@the712initiative.org
August 23
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Greg Spevak Sextet
The Center
Council Bluffs Senior Center (“The Center”) hosts a weekly ballroom dance every Wednesday featuring live music with local orchestras and big bands. Entrance is $5 for Center members, $10 for nonmembers and BYOB for those 21 and older. The Center has a wood floor ballroom and parking is free.

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226 | bwhite@thecbcenter.org | Website
August 24
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Party on the Patio: Tyler Folkerts
McCoys at Thunderbowl
You're invited to McCoys at Thunderbowl Party on the Patio with live music by Tyler Folkerts.

More Information: Contact: Angie Slaughter | (712) 328-2374 | angie@thunderbowl.com
August 24
7 PM to 10 PM
Country Thursdays - Southern Fryed
AmeriSports Bar
Come on out to AmeriSports Bar this weeks Country Thursday featuring Southern Fryed.

More Information: Website
August 25
7 PM to 11 PM
Thunderbowl/McCoy's Presents Flippin Whiskey
McCoys at Thunderbowl
You're invited to McCoys at Thunderbowl for a performance of Flippin Whiskey. Limited seating is available. Please bring your own folding chairs.

More Information: Contact: Angie Slaughter | (712) 328-2374 | angie@thunderbowl.com
August 25 - 26
8:30 PM to 1:30 AM
Free Weekend Entertainment - Cymbolton
AmeriSports Bar


More Information: Website
August 26
8 AM to 12 PM
Introduction to Land Management: August Session
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center on Saturday, August 26th at 8:00 a.m. for our fourth session of Introduction to Land Management, the topic for this session will be "Birds, Invertebrates, and Small Mammals of the Loess Hills and Prairies".

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

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

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

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

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

More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
August 26
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 (formerly Midlands Evangelical Free Church) near Westfair, with the group, Triumphant Sound. The event begins at 5 pm with a spaghetti feed ($5 person) followed by the concert at 6 pm. There is no charge for the concert. A free-will donation will be accepted. Go to the website given below for more information.

More Information: Contact: Pastor John McCreedie | (712) 322-2008 | jmccreedie@hotmail.com | Website
August 27
8 AM to 12 PM
YMCA Black Squirrel Triathlon
Lake Manawa State Park - Beach Area
This is a sprint triathlon geared for beginners and advanced participants sponsored by the YMCA. The swim is 750 meters, bike is 13 miles, and run is 3.1 miles. You can get registered on www.active.com.


More Information: Contact: Leo McIntosh | (712) 322-6606 | lmcintosh@metroymca.org | Website
August 30 - October 4
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Powerful Tools for Caregivers of Children with Special Health or Behavioral Needs
Council Bluffs Public Library
Caring for a child with special health or behavioral needs is rewarding but it can also be stressful. This class is designed to provide you, the family caregiver, with the skills you need to take care of yourself along the way. Six two-hour class sessions will be held once per week on Wednesdays, August 30-October 4. They will be led by certified, experienced class leaders. The $30 fee includes a caregiver helpbook. Submit registration and payment by August 23rd to the ISU Extension office, 1705 McPherson Ave., Ste. 200, CB, 51503. Visit website for brochure.

More Information: Contact: ISU Extension Office-West Pott County | (712) 366-7070 | Website
August 30
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Stan Galli & Stuff
Council Bluffs Senior Center
Council Bluffs Senior Center (“The Center”) hosts a weekly ballroom dance every Wednesday featuring live music with local orchestras and big bands. Entrance is $5 for Center members, $10 for nonmembers and BYOB for those 21 and older. The Center has a wood floor ballroom and parking is free.

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226 | Website
August 31
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Party on the Patio: Damaged Jenny
McCoys at Thunderbowl
You're invited to McCoys at Thunderbowl Party on the Patio with live music by Damaged Jenny.

More Information: Contact: Angie Slaughter | (712) 328-2374 | angie@thunderbowl.com
August 31
7 PM to 10 PM
Country Thursdays - Tyler Folkerts & The Double Barrel Band
AmeriSports Bar
Come on out to AmeriSports Bar this weeks Country Thursday featuring Tyler Folkerts & The Double Barrel Band.

More Information: Website
September 1
5 PM to 7 PM
Bison Night! Family Night at the Museum
Union Pacific Railroad Museum
The Union Pacific Railroad Museum’s Sept. 1 family night is all about bison. Play a bone slide game, touch a bison hide and join our fashion show by showing off your bison purse or cowboy look. Don’t forget to enjoy the bison puppet show hosted by the Council Bluffs Public Library!

Repeat guests should bring their Family Night 2017 punch card and check in upon arrival. Individuals who get their card stamped at least seven times this year will eligible for a six-person trip aboard the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad in Boone, Iowa. New visitors can request a card upon check in at the Museum. The special drawing for the trip will occur at the December 2017 family night. You must be present to win.

Admission is free to all family nights. Donations are gladly accepted.

Family Nights at the Museum are held the first Friday of every month from 5-7 pm. In addition to providing extended hours for visitors to access the Museum’s range of interactive displays on railroading and the history of the west, each family night also features a unique arts or learning opportunity that is fun for the entire family. Next month’s Family Night is Oct. 6 and features the theme, “¡Todos a Bordo! Hispanic Heritage Night at the Museum.”

The Union Pacific Railroad Museum is located at 200 Pearl Street in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free. Please visit www.uprrmuseum.org or call 712-329-8307 for further information.

About Union Pacific Railroad Museum, it is housed in a historic Carnegie Library building in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where visitors will discover an extensive compilation of artifacts, photographs, documents and equipment from more than 150 years of our nation's most ambitious endeavors – including constructing the transcontinental railroad and settling the West. Among the most popular museum exhibits are "America Travels by Rail," which celebrates the height of passenger travel; the Lincoln Collection, featuring artifacts from President Abraham Lincoln's rail car and funeral; and an exhibit that features the technology and innovation that sustain Union Pacific as a railroad industry leader. The Union Pacific Railroad Museum’s mission is to promote a sense of connectedness that’s shared by generations of people whose personal and family histories have been touched by the railroad.

More Information: Contact: Union Pacific Railroad Museum | (712) 329-8307 | Website
September 2
6 PM to 10 PM
100th Block Party
100th Block of Broadway
The biggest block party yet. Everyone is invited to the 100th Block Party!

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

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

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

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

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

Weather Permitting

2017 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

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

More Information: (800) 745-3000 | Website
September 6
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meeting will take place at 4 pm, unless otherwise notified.

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

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226 | Website
September 7 - October 5
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Finances of Caregiving
Broadway United Methodist Church
This is a five-part series on financial planning for family caregivers. The sessions will occur on the evenings of September 7, 14, 21, 28 and October 5. The registration fee for the series is $35 per person with a registration deadline of August 31st. To do so, contact the West Pottawattamie County Extension Office with the contact information provided.

More Information: Contact: Sandra McKinnon | (712) 355-2067 | sandram@iastate.edu | Website
September 7
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Party on the Patio: Pat O & the Show
McCoys at Thunderbowl
You're invited to McCoys at Thunderbowl Party on the Patio with live music by Pat O & the Show.

More Information: Contact: Angie Slaughter | (712) 328-2374 | angie@thunderbowl.com
September 8
5 PM to 7 PM
CB Alumni & Friends Annual Tailgate
Gale Wickersham Athletic Complex
Join the CB Alumni & Friends Tailgate at the annual Abraham Lincoln vs. Thomas Jefferson high school football game. Alumni from all years as well as Friends of the Council Bluffs Schools and Community Education Foundation are invited to attend! Enjoy a BBQ meal sponsored by the Southwest Iowa Association of Realtors (suggested donation $5 or $20 for families). Music, fun and the chance to talk with fellow community members before the big game.

More Information: Contact: Arian Haddix | (712) 322-8800 x8 | cbalumni@cb-cef.org | Website
September 9 - 10
9 AM to 4:30 PM
Friends of the Library Book Sale
Council Bluffs Public Library
Each fall the Friends sponsor a massive book sale held at the Council Bluffs Public Library. This event is free and open to the public, and proceeds support library programs and services. Members of the Friends enjoy special, exclusive pre-sale entrance.

The sale is:
Saturday, Sept 9
9-11 am Friends Members Only (Join Friends today to get exclusive access to the pre-sale!)
11-4:30 pm General Public

Sunday, Sept 10
1-4:30 pm General Public

More Information: Contact: Friends of the Library | (712) 323-7553 x112 | Abby.Jares@alegent.org | Website
September 9
10 AM to 11:30 AM
Small Fry Youth Fishing Derby
Metro Crossing Shopping Center
The Metro Crossing Shopping Center will host a free youth fishing derby on September 9th.

Bring your rod and reel and join us for the 2017 “Small Fry” Youth Fishing Derby. This catch-and-release event held at the shopping center’s pond (between TJ Maxx and Buffalo Wild Wings) is for kids ages 12 and under only. Participants must bring their own fishing equipment, bait, and whatever comfy chairs or umbrellas they may want, and they must be accompanied by an adult. Giveaways will be handed out to the first 100 participants and prizes will be awarded to winners of several categories: first fish caught, longest fish caught, shortest fish caught, heaviest fish caught, and most fish caught. Onsite registration will begin at 9 am. The derby fishing will be from 10 am to 11:30 am. Awards will be given out at 11:35 am near the registration booth.

For more details about the derby, official rules, or to RSVP and pre-register, go to the website provided.


More Information: Website
September 9
4 PM
2017 Speaker Series: Lessons Learned from Prairie Restoration
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us for our sixth session of our brand new 2017 Speaker Series on Saturday, September 9th at 4:00 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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


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

Weather Permitting

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

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
September 10
2 PM
General's Ladies Fall Tea: Dodge's Presidential Ties
The General Dodge House
Stroll through the Historic Dodge House and view beautiful period dresses the First Ladies might have worn. Then enjoy delicious sweets and savories in the grand ballroom while you sip tasty tea. Stay for the program and learn how many presidents General Dodge knew personally.

More Information: Contact: Danette Hein-Snider | (712) 322-2406 | gmdodge@dodgehouse.org
September 12
6 PM to 8 PM
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission Meeting
Council Bluffs Public Library, Room A
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meets at 6 pm, unless otherwise notified.

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

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226 | Website
September 15
6 PM to 10 PM
Comedy for a Cause!
Whiskey Roadhouse at Horseshoe Casino
Join local comedians Heather Jones, David Burdge, Austin Anderson, Brad Stewart, Matt Tompkins, and Ben Tompkins for an evening of laughter as we raise funds for MICAH House! All event proceeds benefit individuals and families experiencing the crisis of homelessness.

More Information: Contact: Rachel Morehead | (712) 323-4416 | rachelm@themicahhouse.org | Website
September 15 - October 31
Madness Haunted House
Mall of the Bluffs
Madness Haunted House is the first and only professional haunted attraction in Council Bluffs. Open Sept. 15-Oct. 31st. Ticket prices, hours and showtimes can be viewed at www.facebook.com/madnesshaunt. Come out and get scared at "The Metro's Newest Experience in Terror"

More Information: Contact: Josh Bellows | (712) 326-8792 | bellowsj33@gmail.com | Website
September 16
10 AM to 4 PM
September Living Loess Tour
Various Locations
Connect with the culture of the Loess Hills on our September Living Loess Tour. The featured stops for our September tour will be Iowana Farm & Harvest Studio. Find Living Loess on Facebook for details on planned special events at our featured stop.

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

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

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

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

Find us online at www.livingloess.org.


More Information: Contact: Kate Simmons | (712) 545-3283 | katherine.simmons@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
September 16 - 17
12 PM to 4 PM
Midwest Winds Kite Fliers
Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard
Color the sky with fun and kites. Come out and enjoy this grand sight with kites of all shapes and sizes. Live music will be performed by Tyler Butler 1-3 pm on Saturday, September 16. The event runs 12-4 pm on the 16th and 17th.

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

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

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

Pre-registration is not required for this event. There is no fee for this event, free will donations will be accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. Participants must have a valid Pottawattamie County Park permit or purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass. Daily passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.

Weather permitting, please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge.

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

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
September 20
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Duffy Belorad Orchestra
Council Bluffs Senior Center
Council Bluffs Senior Center (“The Center”) hosts a weekly ballroom dance every Wednesday featuring live music with local orchestras and big bands. Entrance is $5 for Center members, $10 for nonmembers and BYOB for those 21 and older. The Center has a wood floor ballroom and parking is free.

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

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

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

More Information: Contact: Tim Dickmeyer | (712) 388-7140 | tdickmeyer@iwcc.edu | Website
September 23
8 AM to 12 PM
Introduction to Land Management: September Session
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center on Saturday, September 23rd at 8:00 a.m. for our fifth session of Introduction to Land Management, the topic for this session will be "Seed Harvesting, Introduction to Prescribed Fire".

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

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

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

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

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

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

More Information: Contact: West Pottawattamie County Extension Office | (712) 366-7070
September 23 - 24
12 PM to 4 PM
Midwest Winds Kite Fliers
Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard
Color the sky with fun and kites. Come out and enjoy this grand sight with kites of all shapes and sizes. Live music will be performed by Tyler Butler 1-3 pm on Saturday, September 23rd. The event runs 12-4 pm on both the 23rd and 24th.

More Information: Contact: Ashley Stange | (712) 256-7053 | info@ditmarsorchard.com | Website
September 27
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Greg Spevak Sextet
Council Bluffs Senior Center
Council Bluffs Senior Center (“The Center”) hosts a weekly ballroom dance every Wednesday featuring live music with local orchestras and big bands. Entrance is $5 for Center members, $10 for nonmembers and BYOB for those 21 and older. The Center has a wood floor ballroom and parking is free.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weather permitting.

More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 4
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meeting will take place at 4 pm, unless otherwise notified.

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

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226
October 5
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
A.J. Croce - Two Generations of American Music
The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College
Croce: Two Generations of American Music features a complete set of classics by A.J.’s father Jim Croce, some of his own music, and songs that influenced both him and his father. The show includes such timeless songs as “Operator,” “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim,” “Workin’ At The Car Wash Blues,” “Rapid Roy,” “One Less Set of Footsteps,” “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” “Lovers Cross,” and “Box #10,” to name a few. A.J. Croce is a multi-instrumentalist roots-rock artist, known for his boogie-woogie piano playing. Tickets are available through The Arts Center Box Office.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Please meet at Breezy Lodge, weather permitting.

2017 Programs sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

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

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

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

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226 | Website
October 14
4 PM
2017 Speaker Series: Wild Edibles
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us for our seventh and final session of our brand new 2017 Speaker Series on Saturday, October 14th at 4:00 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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


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

Weather Permitting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More Information: Contact: Sam Stivers | (712) 328-5638 | sam.stivers@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 21
10 AM to 4 PM
October Living Loess Tour
Various Locations
Connect with the culture of the Loess Hills on our October Living Loess Tour. The featured stop for our October tour will be Hitchcock Nature Center. Find Living Loess on Facebook for details on planned special events at our featured stop.

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

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

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

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

Find us online at www.livingloess.org.


More Information: Contact: Kate Simmons | (712) 545-3283 | katherine.simmons@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 21
3:30 PM to 6 PM
Nature's Harvest
Hitchcock Nature Center
Wear your costumes and bring the entire family out and celebrate all there is to love about autumn in Iowa at Hitchcock Nature Center on October 21st from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.

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

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

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

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

Weather permitting.

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
November 1
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meeting will take place at 4 pm, unless otherwise notified.

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

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226 | Website
November 5
2 PM to 3:30 PM
SWI Chorale Concert
The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College
The SWI Chorale (Men's and Women's Choirs) will perform their annual fall program in a free concert on Sunday, November 5 at 2 pm.

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

Free admission to this program!

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

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

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

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

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

Weather permitting, please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge.


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

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

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

Weather permitting, please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge.

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

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

More Information: Contact: Barb White | (712) 323-5995 x226 | bwhite@thecbcenter.org | Website
December 6
11:30 AM to 1 PM
Education Is Everyone's Business
Mid-America Center
Come join the Community Education Foundation as we celebrate the partnership between business and education in the Council Bluffs School District. Enjoy lunch and a speaker highlighting educational issues and interests in the community. Tickets are $50 each or sponsor a table for $500. Proceeds from the event support the Community Education Foundation's mission to enhance education in Council Bluffs. The Mission of the Community Education Foundation is to provide support to individuals and families in ways that contribute to their ability to learn. We accomplish our mission through cooperation with the Council Bluffs Community Schools and other organizations.

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

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

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

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

The program is free!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weather Permitting

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

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

More Information: Contact: Denise Olsen | (712) 323-5995 x238 | dolsen@thecbcenter.org | Website
December 17
2 PM to 4 PM
Winter Extravaganza
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us for some family fun in the great outdoors as we celebrate all things winter! Stop by the park from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 17th for winter crafts, activities, & exploration in Iowa's winter wonderland.

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

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

Weather permitting, please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge.

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
December 20
7 PM to 10 PM
Ballroom Dance featuring Mearl Lake Orchestra
Council Bluffs Senior Center
Council Bluffs Senior Center (“The Center”) hosts a weekly ballroom dance every Wednesday featuring live music with local orchestras and big bands. Entrance is $5 for Center members, $10 for nonmembers and BYOB for those 21 and older. The Center has a wood floor ballroom and parking is free.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free admission for this program!

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

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

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

Free admission to this event!

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