Join History Center Mark Stoffer Hunter for a special walking tour of the interior of the 90 year old Iowa Theatre (now known as Theatre Cedar Rapids) in downtown Cedar Rapids. The history of over a dozen other downtown theatres from the past will be discussed on this tour as well as a special visit to another longtime landmark, the old World Playhouse at 314 Third Avenue SE that opened in 1915 as The Strand Theatre!!
Tickets are sold on the day of the tour at the meeting place. Tickets are not sold in advance.
General Public $7.00
Come spend an evening with celebrated sportscaster and storyteller John Campbell at the History Center!
John has been a special part of Linn County history since 1979 when he accepted the position of television sports director at KCRG TV 9.
He has earned the honor of Iowa Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Over the years, John has ridden and reported on 17 RAGBRAI bike tours across the state. John has been a favorite face and voice for local sports for almost 35 years. He continues to contribute stories to KCRG TV about great outdoor activities including his long running and popular Big Ol’ Fish segments. John has a fantastic perspective on Linn County and Eastern Iowa places and events that positively connect to so many people.
Beer, wine, soda and water will be available for purchase. Please note the galleries will be closed during this event.
$7.00 General Public
Learn about the history and architecture of downtown Cedar Rapids from the Skywalks! The North Route Skywalk tour looks at areas between 4th Avenue and First Avenue.
Most Iowa City residents know the Pentacrest
as a complex of five buildings. Many are
unaware that numerous other structures once
stood on the grounds. The chronological
development of the Pentacrest, as well as its
naming, will be explored in this talk. This is a
two-part presentation, with the first covering
up to 1900 and the other from 1900 to the
Did you ever wonder about the shapes of our
counties? And, what about those Spanish
names like Cerro Gordo and Palo Alto? This
presentation will begin with the origin of the
county concept in America and a brief overview
of all of the counties in the United States. The
talk will trace how the State of Iowa came to be,
from the Louisiana Purchase to our Statehood.
The naming of our counties will be explored
and some interesting tales will be related
concerning many of them.
Fee: none. No registration.
Membership Not Required
Fridays, 2/22, 3/29
1 – 4 PM in the Assembly Room
Facilitator: Emily Edrington
People of all ages are invited to join us for the
first meetings of the Senior Center’s Aging in
Film Club. At each meeting, we’ll watch a film
and follow it with a discussion, exploring how
aging issues and older adults are represented in
This spring, we’ll draw selections from The
Center’s Classic Film Fridays series, which
is currently progressing through Academy
Award Best Picture winners in chronological
order. We’ll examine two semi-recent films
that feature themes of aging and older adult
characters: American Beauty on February 22 and
Million Dollar Baby on March 29. Among other
questions, we’ll ask how well these two films
have aged, themselves.
The Senior Center’s Aging in Film Club is
presented in partnership with the University of
Iowa Aging and Longevity Studies Program.
Fee: none. Registration required.
Membership Not Required
1 – 2 PM in room 202
Presenter: Brianna Lewin
Assistive technology (AT) can sound intimidating
and expensive, but can include do-it-yourself,
low tech, or high tech options, dependent
on the barrier faced by an individual. This
presentation will provide an introduction to
assistive technology and the service lines of
the Assistive Technology Program at Easterseals
Iowa. It will also include possible AT ideas and
solutions to support living independently. Brianna
will bring examples to demonstrate.
Brianna Lewin is a Rural Rehabilitation & AT Center
Support Professional with Easterseals Iowa Assistive
Technology Program. She has a Bachelor’s Degree
in Social Work from the University of Iowa and has
experience in the fields of aging and disability.
Will you be eligible for Medicare in the near
future? Have you been on Medicare for a while
and want to better understand what it offers?
Do you help a family member with Medicare
issues? This two-hour seminar, offered by The
Center’s SHIIP counselors, will cover Medicare
Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug
benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans, and
Medicare supplement insurance.
SHIIP, the Senior Health Insurance Information
Program, is a service of the State of Iowa. SHIIP
counselors are trained by the state and do not
sell or promote any insurance companies,
policies, or agents. The Center is a local sponsor
for SHIIP in Johnson County.
Explore the South Route of the Downtown Cedar Rapids Skywalk system starting from the Cedar Rapids Public Library. This route focuses on viewing areas along Fourth and Fifth Avenue SE between the train tracks and the Cedar River from the special viewpoint of the skywalk system.
This tour showcasing architecture and history features sections of the Wholesale District as well as areas redeveloped over the past 35 years that are not seen on the North Route Skywalk Tour.