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April 1 - 30
Iowa State USBC Youth Association Tournament
Youth bowling competitors from across the state of Iowa will be participating in the annual Iowa State USBC Youth Association Tournament four weekends in April (1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th, and 30th).

More Information: Contact: Iowa State USBC Youth Association | Website
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
April 19
6 PM to 8 PM
Wild West Games
Council Bluffs Public Library
Join us for some family fun at the Wild West Games. The event features authentic family games such as jacks, pick up sticks and the egg and spoon race. The activities are sponsored by the Western Historic Trails Center.

More Information: Contact: Marlys Lien | (712) 323-7553 x132 | | Website
April 20 - 22
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Dark Play or Stories for Boys
The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College
Iowa Western Community College presents a fun production. The cost is $5 per person for adults and $3 per person for seniors and students.
April 21 - 23
Western Iowa Senior Challenge
Various venues in Council Bluffs
Seniors compete in basketball, bowling, disc golf, golf, pickleball, swimming, and track & field over three days.

More Information: Contact: Iowa Senior Games | (888) 777-8881 | Website
April 21
6 PM to 9 PM
Fic to Flick
Council Bluffs Public Library
Read the Words... See the Picture. Pick up a copy of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen now, read it, and bring it to the screening of the movie Pride and Prejudice (2005). A book/movie discussion will follow the screening. Popcorn will be free. This is an after-hours event. The library will close at 5 pm and re-open prior to program time. There will be no item checkouts available.

More Information: Contact: Emily Smith | (712) 323-7553 x132 | | Website
April 22
8 AM to 12 PM
The Naturalist School Spring Field Season: Session #4
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us for the fourth session of the 2017 spring field season of The Naturalist School at Hitchcock Nature Center.

Be a part of The Naturalist School at Hitchcock Nature Center. Session #4 will be held Saturday April 22nd from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Occasionally sessions may begin at 7:30 a.m. due to weather and phenology. Registered participants will received communication confirming session start time and location prior to each session.

The Naturalist School at Hitchcock Nature Center field sessions are for those who seek to deepen awareness of, commitment to, and engagement in citizen science, nature education and conservation in Iowa's Loess Hills and the surrounding ecosystems. These workshops are intended for adults who love nature and are committed to the study, conservation, and preservation of native ecosystems.

2017 Spring Field Season Dates:
Saturday, April 1st
Saturday, April 8th
Saturday, April 15th
Saturday, April 22nd
Saturday, April 29th
Saturday, May 6th
Saturday, May 13th

Spring topics include woodland ecology, lepidopterans, odonates, pond ecology, breeding frogs and toads, migratory birds and early residents, woodland and early prairie flowers, woody plants, fungi, bryophytes, lichens, and other taxa and topics.

Cost for this event is $20.00 per person for each individual workshop or participants may register for the entire 7 week field season for a discounted admission rate of $85.00 per person. Pre-registration is required at least 5 days in advance of each session as space is limited. For more information or to register online please visit or call 712-545-3283.

Students will want to bring food, water, binoculars, hand lenses, notebooks, and field guides as appropriate to the topic. Please note, The Naturalist School workshops require walking long distances over steep terrain and will take place rain or shine. Workshops may be physically challenging for participants.

More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | | Website
April 22
10 AM to 11 AM
KinderNature: Welcome Spring
Hitchcock Nature Center
Explore where animals went for the winter and what they do when the weather warms. Look for clues and signs that animals are starting to prepare for spring & the warmer months to come at KinderNature: Welcome Spring on at 10 am on Saturday, April 22nd. KinderNature programs are designed for children ages 3 to 5 years old with an adult. These programs are full of hands on learning and outdoor activities to encourage curious minds and engage with the natural world. Each program will introduce children to a new and unique nature theme and includes stories, crafts, and outdoor exploration. These one hour programs are held each month, cost is $5.00 per child, no pre-registration is required. Weather permitting.

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | | Website
April 22
1 PM
Dodge House Dash
Council Bluffs K-Mart
The General's Ladies will host their 2nd Annual "Dodge House Dash", a 5K timed Run/Walk Race.  The race will begin at the Council Bluffs K-Mart on the east side of the parking lot.  It will continue along the established trail system bordering Railroad Avenue, College Road, Valley View Drive, turning at McPherson and returning back to K-Mart.  A childrens 100-yd dash will also be available for those 10 and under.  Registration that morning is from 12 to 12:45pm.  Runners will begin the race at 1pm; Walkers will begin at 1:15pm; and the 100-yd Dash for children will begin at 2pm.  A DJ will be on-site to help motivate all the participants and by-standers.  Cost to participate is $25 and includes a t-shirt (the race entry form must be postmarked on or before April 10 to guarantee a t-shirt).  Entries received after that will cost $30 and a t-shirt is not guaranteed.  Participants may register at the Dodge House by mailing or delivering their entry form to 605 Third Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51503 or they can register through (the registrant will be responsible for a $2.50 processing fee if done online).  Co-sponsors of this event are Kohl's, Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home & Arrow Towing.

More Information: Contact: Historic General Dodge House | (712) 322-2406 | Website
April 22
5 PM to 9 PM
Blast from the Past
The 100 Block
The 100 Block is presenting the 3rd Annual "Blast from the Past...for the Future" in cooperation with the Council Bluffs Community Schools Alumni & Friends Network to benefit programs in the Council Bluffs Community School District. Programs receiving funds this year include: Band, Concert Choir, Drama, Marching Band, Orchestra, Show Choir, Speech, and Visual Arts. Each of the locations on the 100 Block will remind you of a Broadway show. Purchase a ticket, and you will receive a souvenir pint glass and a score sheet. Take your sheet to each location and participate in a fun challenge. Once complete, you will be entered to win some great prizes! You will also be able to enjoy discounts on specialty cocktails along the way. Participants must be 21 or older. Pre-purchase tickets for $15 at Day of event tickets are $20 each.

More Information: Website
April 24
6 PM to 8 PM
Money Smart Scout Night
Council Bluffs Public Library
It's Money Smart week and means it's time to learn all about money. Join the library for Money Smart Scout Night, where you will learn specific requirements for your badges relating to money. Meet experts in the world of money who have awesome tools to make you a coin collector, money manager, savvy shopper or even saving money. You will also have a chance to meet Benjamin Franklin and go home with a fun patch.

More Information: Contact: Marlys Lien | (712) 323-7553 x135 | | Website
April 25
10 AM to 11 AM
Money Smart AARP Teleconference
Council Bluffs Public Library
Don’t be fooled by imposter scams. AARP is hosting a statewide teletown hall call with Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller about imposter scams including the "grandparent" and "IRS" scams.  Imposter scams have surpassed identity theft scams as a bigger threat to consumers according to the Federal Trade Commission.  Learn to identity the warning signs and how to protect yourself, your friends and your family from being a victim of these and other consumer scams.

More Information: Contact: Marlys Lien | (712) 323-7553 x135 | | Website
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