The Pottawattamie Countywide Tourism Promotion Committee is monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As the situation is developing, we continue to follow the guidance and recommendations of public health officials. The safety and health of visitors and staff is our highest priority.

Due to COVID-19, most events have been canceled or postponed. We strive to have the most accurate information, but we recommend calling ahead or visiting the event host's website before attending. Read our blog for more information. 

Botna Bend Park Little Tike Hike

6:30AM to 10:30PM | Botna Bend Park · Hancock

Families with young learners are invited to hit the trails for a self-guided hike full of fun nature learning at Botna Bend Park available during regular park hours of 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. November 6th through 30th. As you enjoy the sights and sounds at this river-side park you will spot trail activities posted along your route that are designed to help learners age 3 to 5 experience nature in a new way. Activities are posted along a .25 mile stretch of trail for your enjoyment. This is an "out and back" hike, once you reach the end of the trail you turn around and head back to the trailhead, making a .5 mile round-trip hike. Of course, if you are having fun you can choose to continue on and enjoy more of the beautiful trails at Botna Bend Park without posted activities.



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Contact: Jon Fenner
(712) 741-5465
jon.fenner@pottcounty-ia.gov
https://www.pottconservation.com/calendar/botna_bend_park_little_tike_hike/2020-11-06/

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Join us this holiday season as the Kanesville Symphony Orchestra unites our community just in time for Christmas. This online premiere will reawaken and uplift our hearts as a passionate cry for live music to be heard once again.

The concert will premiere at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, then be available for on-demand viewing on Facebook and YouTube.

Conducted by Dr. David Michael Galant
Narrated by Reverend Michael Ross
Written by Sue Senden
Composed and Arranged by James-Michael Sellar



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Contact: PACE
(712) 890-5600
https://www.facebook.com/events/997318367428332/

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7th Annual Holidays on Main

5:00 to 6:30PM | Downtown Avoca · Avoca

Load up the family and cruise downtown Avoca for a drive-by and drive-up attraction! Pick up a scavenger hunt form, then cruise the town and see all of the beautiful Christmas lights. Come and drop off a letter to Santa. (No contact with Santa this year). There will be to-go hot cocoa and treats along with to-go pancakes from the Legion. Firetruck,s 18' Frosty the Snowman, and the Downtown Christmas decorations will be on display. We will also be hosting a 3K run and a scavenger hunt with prizes! Don't miss out on this evening of festive fun. 

 



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https://www.facebook.com/events/364281914920226

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Come down to Walnut and enjoy the thousands of lights outlining the turn-of-the-century storefronts in Walnut's downtown. The traditional Christmas tree is a sight to see!



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(712) 784-2228
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Carter Lake Village Winter Festival Lighting Ceremony

2:00 to 4:00PM | Carter Lake City Hall · Carter Lake

The Winter Festival is still on but with some modifications to keep the community safe! During this drive-by event, Santa and his helpers will be giving gifts in the parking lot to all Carter Lake children 12 and under as they drive through in their vehicles. (You must enter the parking lot from 11th and K Street).

All families must remain in their cars. Masks are required for everyone over the age of 2. 

This event is sponsored by Carter Lake and OPPD. 



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Contact: Jackie Wahl
(402) 679-2116
jacleen4849@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/CLCityHall/photos/a.153470854830999/1688747144636688

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#GivingTuesday712!

to 11:45PM | Online · Council Bluffs

Harness the power of all by participating in this year’s #GivingTuesday712! Powered by SHARE Omaha, join in giving back to Southwest Iowa on Tuesday, December 1st. When we all give together, do together and share together, we can overcome the challenges of 2020.

#GivingTuesday712 is presented by TS Bank. Learn more: givingtuesday712.org.



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Contact: givingtuesday@shareomaha.org
givingtuesday@shareomaha.org
http://www.givingtuesday712.org

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Merry and Bright Signs - Adult Class

6:00 to 7:30PM | Impact Hill · Oakland

Create your very own "Merry and Bright" holiday sign to hang in your home for the holidays, or gift it to a loved one! The sign is 17" x 11" and the cost is $25 per sign. You can either make them individually or with a partner.  We need at least 6 participants to sign up for this class or it will need to be rescheduled. Please check our Facebook before attending the event. Masks are required for this event. Please email kelly.towne@impacthill.org to register. 



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Contact: Impact Hill
(402) 807-5287
kelly.towne@impacthill.org
https://www.facebook.com/events/678144389744776/

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REV: Virtual Business Pitch Competition

Digital · Council Bluffs

TS Bank is hosting REV, a virtual business pitch competition, in partnership with Advance Southwest Iowa and several other local companies. Entrepreneurs and business owners have the opportunity to pitch to a panel of judges to win up to $10,000 to grow their business. From the pool of applicants, the hosts will select up to five businesses for the virtual pitches where applicants will be judged on many aspects of their business. TS Bank contributed $5,000 and Advance Southwest Iowa contributed $1,250 to the prize money. Apply today! Applications are due November 5, 2020.

Gold sponsors include Nebraska Enterprise Fund, Revela, Pozzie Family Foundation, Chapman & Company, and POWERTECH along with silver sponsors Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce, Rachel Dorr Accounting, Centro Latino of Iowa and Mills County, IA Economic Development Corporation. TS Bank, Member FDIC.



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Contact: Melissa Peterson
(712) 487-0327
melissa.peterson@tsbg.com
https://www.tsbank.com/events/rev-2020?event=467f504f-c6f8-4039-898f-6a4fea38a7fe

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Winter Bird Feeding & the Science of Snow

9:00AM | Hitchcock Nature Center · Honey Creek

Join us for the final session of a new 2020 programming series, "A Land Ethic Workshop". Join instructor Ron Cisar as we celebrate the life and legacy of the famous naturalist and philosopher Aldo Leopold. Our December 5th session will focus on Leopold's essay "Home Range". Participants in this session will compare various types of birdseed and feeders, learn to make simple bird feeder ornaments to decorate and bring birds to your yard, and plan the perfect winter backyard feeding station. We will also explore the legacy and contributions of notable naturalists and discuss the secret language of snow and important animal adaptations for winter.

This program is intended for participants age 14 and over with an interest in the natural world, no experience or prior knowledge is required to participate. Online pre-registration is required as space is limited. The cost for this program is $15.00 per person per individual session.



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Contact: Michelle Biodrowski
(712) 545-3283
michelle.biodrowski@pottcounty-ia.gov
https://www.pottconservation.com/calendar/winter_bird_feeding_amp_the_science_of_snow/2020-12-05/

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Breakfast with Santa

8:00AM to 1:00PM | Walnut Community Center · Walnut

Come down and enjoy a holiday breakfast with Santa at the Walnut Community Center! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be present for pictures from 9 a.m. until noon. Freewill donations will go toward supporting the Walnut Community Center Foundation. 



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Wheels of War Virtual Presentation

2:00 to 3:00PM | Virtual · Council Bluffs

Railroads have played a part in every U.S. war since 1860. During the Civil War, World Wars I and II, the Gulf War, and even today, railroads transported soldiers and everything they need, from tanks to uniforms. Learn more about this exciting history through this webinar. This event is will take place on Zoom. It is totally free, but please register ahead of time by clicking the ticket link in the event. You will receive a confirmation email immediately, and we will send out the Zoom meeting link the day before the event. If you have any questions or concerns, please send us a Facebook message.



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Contact: Lindsey Marolt
(712) 329-8307
lmarolt@upcontractor.up.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/2810665182545029/

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Dailey & Vincent: Sleigh Bells Ringing 'N Singing: Canceled

7:30 to 9:00PM | The Arts Center at Iowa Western · Council Bluffs

Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, now on season five of their television series "The Dailey & Vincent Show on RFD-TV" and backed by one of the best bands on tour today, are some of the most reputable and elite entertainers in American bluegrass, traditional country and gospel music. Their concoction of fantastically instinctive vocal blends of Dailey’s tenor and Vincent’s reedy harmonies has gained them well-deserved praise for their own distinctive style and worldwide recognition as American Music gold.



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Contact: The Arts Center at Iowa Western
(712) 388-7140
http://artscenter.iwcc.edu/tickets.asp

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The Nucracker Home Cinema Edition

7:00PM to 12:00AM | Online · Council Bluffs

American Midwest Ballet is bringing The Nutcracker home! The holiday season just wouldn’t be the same without The Nutcracker. So this year, as our gift to you, we’re sharing this magical holiday tradition in an all-new home cinema edition that you and your family can enjoy wherever you are!

The Nutcracker Home Cinema Edition will premiere at 7 p.m. on Facebook and Youtube. These will be available for viewing through December 25!



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wesley@amballet.org
https://amballet.org/look-whos-back-were-bringing-the-nutcracker-home/

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Full Moon Night Hike

6:00PM | Hitchcock Nature Center · Honey Creek

Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center for a naturalist-led night hike through the Loess Hills. The full moon shines down from her place in the sky and if the weather cooperates, will illuminate your path through the trees. This is a leisurely hike but please note this event will take place outdoors and involves pedestrian travel on uneven surfaces in low light and darkness. Flashlights will be permitted for portions of the hike but will not be in use the entire time. Strollers are not permitted. Please dress for the weather. Cost is $5.00 per person, age 3 and under are free and don't need a reservation. Your admission fee includes admission to the park. This event is open to participants of all ages. Online pre-registration is required as space is limited.



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Contact: Michelle Biodrowski
(712) 545-3283
michelle.biodrowski@pottcounty-ia.gov
https://www.pottconservation.com/calendar/full_moon_night_hike/2020-12-18/

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Barenaked Ladies: Last Summer on Earth Tour

7:00PM | Stir Concert Cove · Council Bluffs

Barenaked Ladies are bringing Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket to Harrah's Stir Cove for their Last Summer On Earth Tour. This will be the 6th edition of the tour, founded by the band in 2012 – the year that the Mayan calendar predicted would be the last, hence the “Last Summer On Earth”. Don't miss a summer night of good times and great music. 



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(712) 329-6000
https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-council-bluffs/shows

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3rd Annual Poker Run - A Ride to Prevent Veteran Suicide

10:00AM to 10:00PM | Edwards Motorsports & RV - Start · Council Bluffs

Join us in the fight against veteran suicide at our 3rd Annual Poker Run. Registration will open from 10 a.m until 12 p.m. at Edward's Motorsports & RV. Food and drinks will be served by The Dock Bar & Grill. Register with us, get your route maps, and then grab breakfast before heading out. The Dock will have breakfast burritos available. The route will be announced in 2021. Our ride will once again end at Full Fledged Brewing Co. for a street party. There will be a silent and live auction, food truck, and a live band. We will have a suggested donation of $20 for single riders or car drivers, and $35 for couples or carloads. All donations will be collected at registration. More details to come in 2021. Please visit our website.



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Contact: Justin Thompson
(402) 212-1118
operation22tilfreedom@yahoo.com
https://operation22tilfreedom.com/events/pokerrun2021/

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