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Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Mid-America Center · Council Bluffs

Imagine being completely immersed in more than 300 of the greatest works of post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh. Now imagine experiencing all of this art liberated from its two-dimensional limitations into a three-dimensional experience that exhilarates every sense and brings to life one of the most influential artists the world has known.

Beyond Van Gogh will have a limited engagement in the Omaha metro area, from June 23 to August 14, 2022. The exhibition will be held at The Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, IA, just five minutes from downtown Omaha. The exhibition will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Four entry times will be available each hour. Tickets will be sold online only at www.vangoghomaha.com.



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Contact: Mid-America Center
(712) 323-0536
https://vangoghomaha.com

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Into the Wild Outdoor Adventure

8:00AM to 1:00PM | Arrowhead Park · Neola

Youth entering 7th, 8th, & 9th grades get a chance to put their outdoor skills to use during a paddling adventure and an overnight camping stay at Botna Bend Park. Participants arrive at Arrowhead at 8:00 a.m. for a day building canoeing skills & learning water safety. Our second day will start out at 8:00 a.m. at the Eddington Memorial Park in Avoca (location subject to change) where we will embark on a canoeing adventure down the West Nishnabotna River Water Trail to our overnight camp out location at Botna Bend park. Parents can pick up their campers at 11:00 a.m. at Botna Bend Park the next day (location subject to change).

Where: The camp will be held at Arrowhead Park in Neola, IA and Botna Bend Park in Hancock, IA.

When: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28th and 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 29th through 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 30th.

Pricing: The cost for this three-day camp is $100.00 per camper and includes both days of activities, supplies, & overnight camping needs.



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Contact: Kylie Gumpert
(712) 828-2140
kylie.gumpert@pottcounty-ia.gov
https://www.pottconservation.com/calendar/into_the_wild_outdoor_adventure/2022-06-28/

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Taco Ride

4:30 to 11:00PM | Wabash Trace Nature Trail · Council Bluffs

The Taco Ride takes place every Thursday evening on the Wabash Trace Nature Trail, from Council Bluffs, Iowa to Mineola, Iowa, and back. The scenic ride is about 20 miles through the Loess Hills and ends with dinner at Tobey Jack's Mineola Steakhouse. The weekly rides take place from when the trail is dry enough in the spring (usually in April or May) until late in the fall (usually until Halloween).

Most riders start at Iowa West Foundation Trailhead Park where parking is available. Slightly more than halfway between the trailhead and Tobey Jack's, many riders will stop at a picnic area, nicknamed Margaritaville, for a quick break and to join in a conversation with fellow bikers or to partake in refreshments they brought with them.

Note: The Taco Ride is a weekly event. It runs every Thursday evening during most of the year, weather permitting. Visit the Taco Ride website, linked below, for event news. For more information about the ride, visit our blog



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https://www.facebook.com/TacoRide/

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Lake Manawa Fireworks

10:00PM | Lake Manawa · Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs, Iowa’s 4th of July Celebration, your local fireworks display celebrating Independence Day is put together by a non-profit made up of local volunteers. Lake Manawa Fireworks is proud to host the celebration of our nation’s independence day. Council Bluffs looks forward to this beautiful celebration every summer! Whether you enjoy the fireworks from the water or the shoreline of our beautiful lake, we know you’ll feel the pride we have for our city and country!



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Contact: Bryan Biederman
(712) 435-5001
bryanbiederman@fnni.com
http://lakemanawafireworks.com/

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Little Tike Hike | Botna Bend Park

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

July's Little Tike Hike at Botna Bend Park will take place along Wildflower Glen trail throughout the month. As you enjoy the sights & sounds along the trail you will spot activities posted along your route that are designed to help learners ages 3 to 5 experience nature in a new way. While it is designed for young learners, any age can learn something new and have fun, too! Activities are posted along a .25 to .3 mile stretch of the trail for your enjoyment. This is an "out & back" hike, once you reach the end of the trail you turn around & head back to the trailhead, making a .5 to .6 mile round-trip hike. Of course, if you are having fun you can choose to continue on & enjoy more of the beautiful trails without posted activities. Signs will be posted to help you find your way.



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Contact: Kylie Gumpert
(712) 828-2140
kylie.gumpert@pottcounty-ia.gov
https://www.pottconservation.com/calendar/little_tike_hike_botna_bend_park/2022-06-04/

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Fireworks Spectacular/Family Fun "We Love America" at the Fair

6:00 to 10:30PM | Westfair · Council Bluffs

Local citizens of Free Speech America offer a wonderful 'We Love America Night' at Westfair in Council Bluffs on Saturday, July 2! This family-friendly event is free to the public. There will be food trucks, inflatables, face painting, balloon creations, live music by the amazing band Nebraska Showdown, and a spectacular firework show for the grand finale. Bring a lawn chair or blankets and all of your family and friends! This is not an evening you want to miss!

Food trucks: Zaltes Ice Cream, Ohana Shaved Ice, BBQ Brothers, KGB foods, Load Star Pizza, Pim’s Thai, High Voltage BBQ, Johnny Ricco’s Brooklyn Pizza, Juanito’s Taco Truck, Wonton’s Jon’s, AG&G Concessions, and Taqueria Santa Anita.

This event is hosted by Free Speech America (freespeechamerica.org). It is made possible through community-wide sponsorships. If you wish to help defray costs, a free-will donation can be made at the event. For more information message us on the Free Speech America Facebook page.



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Contact: Christine Clausen Cannon
(402) 981-1384
christine@freespeechamerica.org
http://freespeechamerica.org

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Little Tike Hike | Hitchcock Nature Center

6:00AM to 10:00PM | Hitchcock Nature Center · Honey Creek

July's Little Tike Hike at Hitchcock Nature Center will take place along Blazing Star Trail from Saturday, July 2nd through Sunday, July 10th. This Tike Hike will start at the Badger Ridge trailhead. As you enjoy the sights & sounds along the trail you will spot activities posted along your route that are designed to help learners ages 3 to 5 experience nature in a new way. While it is designed for young learners, any age can learn something new and have fun, too! Activities are posted along a .25 to .3 mile stretch of the trail for your enjoyment. This is an "out & back" hike, once you reach the end of the trail you turn around & head back to the trailhead, making a .5 to .6 mile round-trip hike. Of course, if you are having fun you can choose to continue on & enjoy more of the beautiful trails without posted activities. Signs will be posted to help you find your way.



More Information
Contact: Kylie Gumpert
(712) 828-2140
kylie.gumpert@pottcounty-ia.gov
https://www.pottconservation.com/calendar/little_tike_hike_hitchcock_nature_center/2022-07-02/

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City of Avoca Fireworks Display

8:00 to 10:00PM | CountryView Clubhouse · Avoca

The City of Avoca's annual fireworks display will be held after dusk on Sunday, July 3, 2022. Fireworks will be visible from CountryView Clubhouse, Edgington Memorial Park, and many places throughout the city.



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Contact: Amber Mohr
(712) 307-0172
mainstreet@cityofavoca.com
http://

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Independence Day Free Community Event

12:00 to 3:00PM | Historic General Dodge House · Council Bluffs

Everyone is invited to this free event! The Dodge House will be supplying free hamburgers hotdogs, chips, and water. We'll also have a Kona Ice truck. You can enjoy this refreshing treat for only $1 per cup. You'll enjoy amazing old-time music (provided by Flatwater Drifters), readings from the Declaration of Independence, drawings, and more!



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Contact: Michelle Hrdlicka
(712) 322-2406
gmdodge@dodgehouse.org
http://

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Oakland Independence Day Celebration

10:00AM to 10:00PM | Chautauqua Park, Oakland IA · Oakland

Oakland's Independence Day Celebration will take place on July 3rd and 4th. On July 3rd, Oakland Riverside Golf Course will host a golf tournament, there will be church services in the park, and PEO's 8th annual Whadda Ya Know? Trivia Night will be at 7:00 pm at the Community Building. On July 4th activities begin at 7 am with the Fire Department pancake breakfast. There will be a car show, live music, 30+ booths with food and shopping, a bbq showcase, kickball tournament, beer garden, parade at 5:00 pm, more live music, and a pie-eating contest before the fireworks display at dusk. Find the flyer with all of the details on the City of Oakland, Iowa Facebook page or website.



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oaklandclerk@frontiernet.net
https://cityofoaklandiowa.com/

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City of Avoca Fourth of July Celebrations

9:00AM to 3:00PM | Elm Street, Avoca, IA · Avoca

Join Avocans celebrating Independence Day with multiple events up and down the community's Main Street!

  • 9 am-1 pm: Car Show on South Elm, hot dogs by Raddberry's Bakery & Cafe.
  • 11 am: Kids tractor pull in front of Courthouse, sponsored by Titan Machinery (register kids to participate at 10:30)
  • 11 am: United Church of Avoca food tent opens
  • 11 am-1:30 pm: Boy Scouts ice cream fundraiser at Avoca Legion
  • 11 am: Register floats at East Pott Fairgrounds
  • 1:30 pm: Icicles in front of veterans plaza, sponsored by Pauley-Jones Funeral Home
  • 2 pm: Founding Fathers Parade begins


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Contact: Amber Mohr
(712) 307-0172
mainstreet@cityofavoca.com
https://fb.me/e/1VxKx41LU

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Avoca Main Street Farmers Market

5:00 to 7:00PM | N 200 block of Elm Street · Avoca

Join us on North Elm Street in Avoca every Wednesday evening, June through September, for the Avoca Main Street Farmers Market. We will host local produce vendors, bakers, crafters, artisans, and food trucks. Entertainment and family activities from the Avoca Public Library and Avoca Main Street are featured every week.



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Contact: Amber Mohr
(712) 307-0172
mainstreet@cityofavoca.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/663574441398911/663576448065377/

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Stir Concert Cove Presents: Sam Hunt

8:00 to 11:00PM | Stir Concert Cove · Council Bluffs

Hunt made his remarkable debut back in 2014 with Montevallo, a revealing self-portrait told via a pastiche of sounds native to Hunt’s Georgia hometown: country, hip-hop, and R&B. The collection went triple platinum and logged four No.1 Country Airplay singles, a first for any male in the history of the genre off of a first album. Singles like “Leave the Night On,” “Take Your Time,” “House Party,” and “Break Up in a Small Town,” all platinum-certified in their own right, each also enjoyed true crossover success. All four cracked the Top 30 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100.

Visit our blog for the Stir Concert Cove 2022 season lineup! 



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Contact: Harrah's Council Bluffs
https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-council-bluffs/shows

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Taco Ride

4:30 to 11:00PM | Wabash Trace Nature Trail · Council Bluffs

The Taco Ride takes place every Thursday evening on the Wabash Trace Nature Trail, from Council Bluffs, Iowa to Mineola, Iowa, and back. The scenic ride is about 20 miles through the Loess Hills and ends with dinner at Tobey Jack's Mineola Steakhouse. The weekly rides take place from when the trail is dry enough in the spring (usually in April or May) until late in the fall (usually until Halloween).

Most riders start at Iowa West Foundation Trailhead Park where parking is available. Slightly more than halfway between the trailhead and Tobey Jack's, many riders will stop at a picnic area, nicknamed Margaritaville, for a quick break and to join in a conversation with fellow bikers or to partake in refreshments they brought with them.

Note: The Taco Ride is a weekly event. It runs every Thursday evening during most of the year, weather permitting. Visit the Taco Ride website, linked below, for event news. For more information about the ride, visit our blog



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https://www.facebook.com/TacoRide/

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