Mini Seed School

6:00 to 8:00PM | Dodge Hall at Iowa Western Community College · Council Bluffs

Mini Seed School is for farmers and gardeners wanting to learn the basics of seed saving and seed stewardship in a lightning format. This is a condensed version of a weekend-long Seed School facilitated by Alex O’Hanlon and Cait Caughey. Topics will include seed history, importance, planning for seed saving, isolation techniques, seed processing, and storage. We will also share information on ongoing community projects such as a seed cooperative, seed shares, and more. Seed saving is an important practice for climate change resiliency, maintaining biodiversity, and building a thriving local food system.

These workshops will have both classroom and hands-on components and you will leave with an idea on how to plan for seed saving and properly save a few species next growing season. We will also have seeds to share. Registration is required for each workshop and you are welcome to attend one or both. We are asking all participants to wear masks during the workshops. The second workshop will be held on Tuesday,  February 8th from 6-8 pm. 



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Contact: Lance Brisbois
(712) 482-3029
lance@goldenhillsrcd.org
https://www.goldenhillsrcd.org/seedschool.html

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Council Bluffs Downtown Blood Drive

9:00AM to 2:00PM | Council Bluffs Public Library · Council Bluffs

Donated blood is essential in the care of patients relying on lifesaving blood transfusions for surgeries, cancer treatments, car accidents, and other emergencies. Right now, people are following public health guidance to keep their families safe—and that includes contributing to a readily available supply of blood for hospitals.

Come give to automatically be entered for a chance to win an exciting Super Bowl LVI getaway in LA for you and a guest! Plus, a chance to win a home theater package and a $500 e-gift card in January.



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Contact: Katie Tellus
(402) 238-8044
katie.tellus@redcross.org
https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?order=DATE&range=10&zipSponsor=CBLibrary

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Friday at 5 Museum Tour: Scams, Scandals, and Railroad Crime

5:00PM | Union Pacific Museum · Council Bluffs

On select Fridays at 5 p.m., meet us for a special tour of the museum featuring histories you won't find on the walls. This Friday: Railroads ushered in the era of the con man. At all levels of American society, railroads were rife with opportunities for crime, from large scale financial shenanigans to petty theft. Learn about the seedier side of the railroad. Pre-registration is required!



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Contact: Lindsey Marolt
lmarolt@upcontractor.up.com
https://www.uprrmuseum.org/uprrm/FreeVirtualAdultPrograms/index.htm

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Mini Seed School

6:00 to 8:00PM | Dodge Hall at Iowa Western Community College · Council Bluffs

Mini Seed School is for farmers and gardeners wanting to learn the basics of seed saving and seed stewardship in a lightning format. This is a condensed version of a weekend-long Seed School facilitated by Alex O’Hanlon and Cait Caughey. Topics will include seed history, importance, planning for seed saving, isolation techniques, seed processing, and storage. We will also share information on ongoing community projects such as a seed cooperative, seed shares, and more. Seed saving is an important practice for climate change resiliency, maintaining biodiversity, and building a thriving local food system.

These workshops will have both classroom and hands-on components and you will leave with an idea on how to plan for seed saving and properly save a few species next growing season. We will also have seeds to share. Registration is required for each workshop and you are welcome to attend one or both. We are asking all participants to wear masks during the workshops. The second workshop will be held on Tuesday,  February 8th from 6-8 pm. 



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Contact: Lance Brisbois
(712) 482-3029
lance@goldenhillsrcd.org
https://www.goldenhillsrcd.org/seedschool.html

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Gardening for Diversity: Native Garden Basics

6:30PM | Council Bluffs Public Library · Council Bluffs

Perfect for beginning gardeners and anyone who is interested in supporting native plantings in their outdoor spaces, Gardening for Diversity will give you the confidence and background knowledge you need to grow a beautiful native garden that supports local wildlife and provides other great benefits for you and your community! This first session will teach you how native gardening benefits wildlife and urban environments, help you choose a site for your garden, share ideas about plants to include and provide information about working with city ordinances and Homeowners Associations. Participants can pick and choose which sessions they would like to attend, but we recommend attending as many as possible to ensure you build a strong foundational knowledge. Session topics include:

  • Part 1: Native Garden Basics
  • Part 2: Planning & Mapping Your Garden
  • Part 3: Selecting Native Species
  • Part 4: Garden Prep & Groundwork

$15.00 per person per session.



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Contact: Kylie Gumpert
(712) 828-2140
kylie.gumpert@pottcounty-ia.gov
https://www.pottconservation.com/calendar/gardening_for_diversity_native_garden_basics/2022-02-09/

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Sweethearts Night Out

6:00PM to 12:00AM | Palace Event Center · Treynor

The palace event center is hosting their annual sweethearts night out. The evening includes dinner, drinks, Mentalist Arthur Fratelli, and DJ Shane. Tickets are $50 per person. Contact Lisa at 402-314-2577 or Penny at 402-490-1875 to purchase your ticket today.



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Contact: Lisa Schnepel
(402) 314-2577
lisakerkman@yahoo.com
http://

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Tangier Shrine Circus of Thrills!

Mid-America Center · Council Bluffs

Come one, come all to the all-new Tangier Shrine Circus at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa! Come early or stay late to enjoy the fun fair located inside the MAC. There will be five public performances happening at the following times:

  • Friday, February 18th at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 19th at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 20th at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. 

Kids can enjoy up-close interaction as they ride on monster trucks, jump in bounce houses, and ride the train during the Circus Fun Fair. There will be three entrances available to enter the building. Once you’re in the building, you’ll be able to access your seats and the Fun Fair! Free parking!



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Contact: Mid-America Center
(712) 236-0536
https://tangiershrine.wildapricot.org/circus

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Homeschool in the Hills | Seasonal Survival: Winter

10:00 to 11:30AM | Hitchcock Nature Center · Honey Creek

How do plants and animals survive winter? Could you survive outdoors? Come learn some of the tips and tricks that plants and animals, including humans, use to survive winter during Homeschool in the Hills! The cost for this event is $4.00 per person for children ages 3 and over and covers your park entry fee. Accompanying adults and children under 3 are free -- children under 3 do not need a reservation.

Please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge by 10 a.m. These programs are delivered in an all-outdoors, small-group guided format and are designed for elementary students in Kindergarten through 5th grade.

PLEASE NOTE: All Homeschool in the Hills programs are designed for accompanied children. All registrants must come with an accompanying adult. For questions not answered online please call 712-545-3283.



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Contact: Amy Campagna
(712) 242-1189
environmentaleducation@pottcounty-ia.gov
https://pottconservation.com/calendar/homeschool_in_the_hills_seasonal_survival_winter/2022-02-23/

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American Midwest Ballet Presents: Momentum

7:30 to 9:30PM | Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center · Council Bluffs

Join American Midwest Ballet (AMB) for the award-winning mixed repertory program Momentum! Featuring an eclectic mix of ballets that showcase the exciting range of dance, Momentum will highlight live performances of memorable works from AMB's Going Solo film series – plus rousing large-group dances, including the premiere of a new classical ballet created by incoming company member Fredrick Davis to the music of Tchaikovsky. For best seat selection, order now: amballet.org/tickets/

AMB follows CDC guidance for COVID-19. For the safety of our guests, masks are required at this event.



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info@amballet.org
https://www.eventvesta.com/events/12089/t/tickets

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Brian Owens & The Deacons of Soul

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

Brian Owens first came to worldwide attention as the lead singer with the U.S. Air Force Band Sidewinder, whose YouTube videos garnered more than 2.5 million views and led to the band's appearances on Entertainment Tonight and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and at the White House and the World Series. While the pandemic and recent racial tensions weighed on our nation, Brian put his heart and soul into the development of new projects with his collaborators from Life Creative Group. Brian's performance will span a variety of artists, including Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Michael McDonald, Johnny Cash, and Sam Cooke. Brian takes all of these influences and delivers his own interpretation of the classic R&B sound.



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

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Introduction to "A Land Ethic Workshop"

9:00AM to 12:00PM | Hitchcock Nature Center · Honey Creek

Join us as we kick off our 2022 season of "A Land Ethic Workshop." This free, introductory program will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center and is perfect for anyone with an interest in conservation & a desire to develop a better understanding of the natural world outside their own front door. Join us and celebrated educator Ron Cisar as we introduce participants to this 10-month long programming series. Participants in this introductory session will study & learn:

- How one oak affects the biological community & reveals secrets of the past
- The ecological significance of Iowa's Loess Hills landform
- The biographical history of Iowa's own Aldo Leopold & his "Land Ethic"

This program is free for all attendees & is intended for participants age 14 & over with an interest in the natural world, no experience or prior knowledge is required to participate.



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Contact: Amy Campagna
(712) 242-1189
environmentaleducation@pottcounty-ia.gov
https://pottconservation.com/calendar/introduction_to_quota_land_ethic_workshopquot_free/2022-02-26/

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American Midwest Ballet Presents: Momentum

2:00PM | Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center · Council Bluffs

Join American Midwest Ballet (AMB) for the award-winning mixed repertory program Momentum! Featuring an eclectic mix of ballets that showcase the exciting range of dance, Momentum will highlight live performances of memorable works from AMB's Going Solo film series – plus rousing large-group dances, including the premiere of a new classical ballet created by incoming company member Fredrick Davis to the music of Tchaikovsky. For best seat selection, order now: amballet.org/tickets/

AMB follows CDC guidance for COVID-19. For the safety of our guests, masks are required at this event.



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info@amballet.org
https://www.eventvesta.com/events/12089/t/tickets

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Gardening for Diversity: Planning & Mapping Your Garden

6:30PM | Council Bluffs Public Library · Council Bluffs

Perfect for beginning gardeners and anyone who is interested in supporting native plantings in their outdoor spaces, Gardening for Diversity will give you the confidence and background knowledge you need to grow a beautiful native garden that supports local wildlife and provides other great benefits for you and your community! This second session will prepare you to plan out the human and plant needs of the site where you want to reconstruct your pollinator garden. The session will cover how to draw your map to scale, labeling any hazards or challenges, and incorporating the “cues to care”. We will also work on planning your short and long-term goals, helping you bite off chewable chunks, and avoid issues that can come from doing too much, too fast. Participants can pick which sessions they would like to attend, but we recommend attending as many as possible to ensure you build a strong foundational knowledge. Click the link to see more sessions. $15 per person. Best for ages 14+.



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Contact: Michelle Biodrowski
(712) 328-5834
environmentaleducation@pottcounty-ia.gov
https://pottconservation.com/calendar/gardening_for_diversity_planning_mapping_your_garden/2022-03-09/

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Evil Woman: America's Premier Tribute to the Electric Light Orchestra

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

"Evil Woman: America's Premier Tribute to the Electric Light Orchestra. "ELO's Greatest Hits" features brilliant arrangements and flawless musicianship and vocals. With 12 musicians on stage, this is your chance to re-live the experience and sound of ELO. ELO's fusion of Beatle-Esque pop with symphonic instrumentation rocketed the group to massive commercial success, generating numerous instantly recognizable chart-topping hits and album sales in excess of 50,000,000. Their 1976 album A New World Record was ELO's first album to reach global success and represented an artistic shift to shorter pop songs, and also provided the inspiration for naming this band.



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

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A Land Ethic Workshop: Waterfowl Identification

9:00AM to 12:00PM | Hitchcock Nature Center · Honey Creek

Join us & celebrated educator Ron Cisar for the first full session of our 2022 season of "A Land Ethic Workshop." This program will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center and is perfect for anyone with an interest in conservation and a desire to develop a better understanding of the natural world outside their own front door. Our March program participants will enjoy a full morning of instruction & learning, including:

- Waterfowl identification study
- An introduction to Iowa's Loess Hills
- A reading & discussion of Aldo Leopold's essay "Geese Return"
- An introduction to nature journaling
- How to make a Leopold Bench
- March Nature Calendar (phenology)

Each month will include a look at Mother Nature's Calendar to help familiarize you with natural changes you can look for throughout the year & will finish out in true Leopold tradition, with a song. The cost for this program is $15.00 per person per individual session.



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Contact: Amy Campagna
(712) 242-1189
environmentaleducation@pottcounty-ia.gov
https://pottconservation.com/calendar/a_land_ethic_workshop_waterfowl_identification/2022-03-19/

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Church Basement Ladies: 20th Anniversary Tour

2:00 to 4:00PM | The Arts Center at Iowa Western · Council Bluffs

Join Troupe America for a celebration of the 20th Anniversary of this hit musical comedy series. Church Basement Ladies is the original installment of this comical series featuring four unique characters as they organize the food and solve the problems of a rural Minnesota church in 1964. Watch as the ladies take on a record-breaking Christmas dinner, the funeral of a dear friend, a Hawaiian-themed Easter fundraiser, and a steaming hot July wedding. The ladies do it all while staving off potential disasters, sharing and debating recipes, and keeping their Pastor on track. Funny and down-to-earth, you will enjoy anew these ladies as they navigate the church year from below the house of God.



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

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Swing, Swing, Swing!

7:30 to 9:30PM | Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center · Council Bluffs

Rediscover the spirit of a time like no other – when young G.I. Joes and Rosie the Riveters gave their all to save the world, then threw away their cares to the beat of big bands and the exhilaration of swing dancing. You’ll be swept away as a guy, a girl, and their friends flirt, kick up their heels, fall in love, and most of all… Swing, Swing, Swing! Created by celebrated Chicago choreographer and showman Harrison McEldowney, this exuberantly unforgettable work was American Midwest Ballet’s very first production. Now, it’s back to help us all rediscover the joy of dance… of music… and of swing! Featuring live big band music.



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info@amballet.org
https://www.eventvesta.com/events/8092

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The Petersens

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

The Petersens are an award-winning Americana/Roots family band known for their tight harmonies and warm sibling humor. Now in their 11th season of shows in Branson, MO, the band earned TripAdvisor's rank of the #1 show in Branson in 2019 and 2020. The band includes the four Petersen siblings: violinist Katie, banjo player Ellen (an American Idol Top 48 Finalist), guitarist Matt, and mandolinist Julianne, their mother Karen on bass, and dobroist Emmett Franz. The Petersens perform year-round in Branson, but also enjoy touring throughout the Midwest. For authentic, clean comedy and family values, you won't find anyone better than The Petersens.



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

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Iowa Western Choir Spring Concert

7:00 to 8:30PM | The Arts Center at Iowa Western · Council Bluffs

Join us for the Iowa Western Choir's Spring Concert at 7:00pm on May 7, 2022!



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

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