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Upcoming events in Hiawatha for the family to enjoy
by Cynthia Petersen Correspondent · June 22nd, 2017

Movies Under the Moon

Hiawatha Parks and Recreation along with the Friends of Hiawatha Parks and Recreation Foundation will feature two outdoor movies this summer in Guthridge Park. Bring your blankets, chairs, and coolers and enjoy a movie under the moon.

The first movie will be held July 21, at 8:30 p.m. Free popcorn, as well as other items, will be available from the Hiawatha Friends Foundation.

Fun Fest

Volunteers Needed

Hiawatha Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteers to help with a variety of activities at Fun Fest on August 25 and 26. If you are interested contact

Free Yoga

Hiawatha Parks and Recreation is offering yoga at the Farmers' Market the first Sunday in July, August, and September from 10 to 11 a.m.

Start your Sunday with yoga in this 60-minute restorative class led by Kayla Davis. Yoga will stretch your body and release the stress of the hectic week. It opens your body and mind, and leaves you stress-free and more at peace with the world.

After class, you can shop

the Hiawatha Farmers' Market for fresh produce and other items.

The first yoga class will be July 2.

Discounted Amusement Park Tickets Available

Discounted tickets to area amusement parks and zoos are available through the City of Hiawatha. One dollar of every ticket sold goes back to Hiawatha Parks and Recreation. Plan your summer fun while helping the Hiawatha community!

Attractions include the Blank Park Zoo, Valley Fair, Six Flags, Noah's Ark, Oceans of Fun, and Lost Island Water Park.

You can get your discounted tickets at City Hall, 101 Emmons Street.

Make it and Take it

for Adults

Learn how to make your own soap Tuesday, June 27, at the Hiawatha Public Library located at 15 W. Willman Street.

Those attending will get the opportunity to "Make and Take" their own bar of soap. The soap can be picked up the next day after the soap has set. This is an "adults only" activity. This program is free, but registration is required. All materials will be provided.

Bicycle Maintenance 101

Get ready to hit the roads and trails this summer! Learn the basics of bicycle maintenance and safety on Wednesday, June 28, at the Hiawatha Library to prepare for rides this summer. We'll cover tire maintenance, chain and brake adjustments, and everything in-between. Ben, from Northtowne Cycling & Fitness, will be here to share his knowledge and answer any questions you might have.

Attendees could win a gift card to Northtowne Cycling & Fitness. You do not need to bring your bicycle to this class.

Out Loud! Series

Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series is thrilled to celebrate its 10th season in 2017 with a wonderful lineup of authors. The collaborative program of the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion Public Libraries will present Anne Perry, Kwame Alexander, and Debbie Macomber at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center.

The Out Loud! Metro Library Network Author Series will end Friday, June 23, at 7 p.m. with number one New York Times best-selling author Debbie Macomber.

Macomber is one of today's most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber's novels have spent more than 990 weeks on the New York Times' best-seller list. Twelve of these novels hit the number one spot.

This year, Macomber's all-new hardcover publications include If Not for You (March), Any Dream Will Do (August), and Merry and Bright (October). In addition to fiction, Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks, an adult coloring book, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children's books.

Hiawatha Reading Program

The summer reading program, "Build a Better World," will continue through the summer, concluding on Thursday, July 29, with a picnic at the library.

From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friends of Hiawatha Public Library will provide hot dogs, chips, and drinks, and kids will have the opportunity to decorate sugar cookies.

From noon to 1 p.m., Grout Museum presents Cars & Coasters on the lawn. Kids can zoom toy cars up and down 24 feet of Blu Trac. Join storyteller, Darrin Crow, at 1 p.m. for a few tall tales.

This year's reading program theme introduces readers to different ways they can do their part to make the world better in their little corner of it.

Prizes for books read, as well as fun activities, are just a part of this year's program.

You can help fight hunger and help families right here in our community. Bring non-perishable food items to the Hiawatha Library from now until July 29, and help us "Build a Better World!"
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