Reminder no December club meeting but three photo events this week!

This is a reminder we will NOT be having a regular club meeting in December.

Our next club meeting will be January 8th and our focus for the month will be Lightroom. Read more here:

Three Holiday Photo Opportunities this week!

As a reminder there are three opportunities to get out and take some photos this week for the holiday contest in January!

Mt Vernon Magical Night

Thursday, 01 December 2011, 5:00pm – 8:30pm

Follow the luminarias to music, reindeer, a live nativity and much more…

Location : Uptown Mount Vernon

Contact : (319) 210-9935

Marion will have their holiday events on Saturday December 2nd

Dec 2nd – Christmas in the Park/Peppermint Walk

December 2nd, 2011 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm
Bring the kids to visit Santa, enjoy live music, horse-drawn carriage rides, hot cocoa, and popcorn. And don't miss the annual lighting of the Community Peace Tree and the stories and crafts at the Marion Library. Be sure to stop into all of the open uptown Marion businesses that night too for some peppermint!
Keep Your Neighbors Warm: Donate new hats, gloves, or blankets to serve needy families. Items will be collected in the Depot during Christmas in the Park and distributed through the Marion Holiday Giving Project.
All activities are free thanks to the Marion Chamber of Commerce and their generous sponsors.

Dec 2nd – Friends of the Marion Library Christmas Book Sale

December 2nd, 2011 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm
The Friends of the Marion Library will be doing a Christmas Book Sale in the lobby so be sure to stop in while you're at the “Christmas in the Park/Peppermint Walk.”

Dec 2nd – Christmas Make and Take Crafts – Marion Public Library

December 2nd, 2011 from 5:15pm until 6:45pm
During “Christmas in the Park” be sure to stop in at the library meeting room and take part in some Christmas crafts!

Dec 2nd – Tuba Ensemble Christmas Music – Marion Library

December 2nd, 2011 from 5:45pm until 6:30pm
Stop in to the library during “Christmas in the Park” and warm up and enjoy some fun holiday music!

Cedar Raids Fire and Ice Festival will be Saturday Dec 3rd!

Fire & Ice Festival

Saturday, December 03, 2011 – Saturday, December 03, 2011


Fire & Ice Festival:  2011 Schedule of Events

Presentedby Verizon Wireless

The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival and the Cedar Rapids Downtown District have released the full schedule of activities including parade registration information for the 2011 Fire & Ice Festival. The festival is scheduled for December 3 in downtown Cedar Rapids.

New to the 2011 festival will be a Winter Wonderland activity zone in Greene Square Park-featuring wintery miniature golf, snowman building kits, holiday themed photo shoot with the help of a Snow Gun sent all the way from Salt Lake City, UT! Patrons may also enjoy the return of annual favorites including the Holiday DeLight Parade, Chili Challenge, Ugly Holiday Sweater Party and much more.


1PM-5PM       Winter Wonderland Activity Zone (Greene Square



Activities for all ages will be featured throughout the park! A snow machine will be on site shipped all the way from Salt Lake City, UT to equip teams and individuals with enough snow to make their own snowman. There will also be a place to take family pictures with an early 1900's sleigh courtesy of Dwight Hughes' Horse Farm. Patrons can also enjoy a wintery miniature golf course, listen to their favorite holiday music and popcorn sold by the Boy Scouts as well as other activities!

Presented by the RWDSU Local 110 & Carpenter's Local 308.

*All activities subject to weather*

2PM-5PM Activities at TowneSquare Plaza(210 3rd Ave. SE)


Free carriage rides through downtown will begin along with entertainment from fire juggler, Doug Sayers. Holiday décor including wrapped LED trees, vintage holiday banners and planters can be enjoyed throughout downtown along with holiday window displays provided by participating downtown businesses.

3PM-7PM        7th Annual Chili Challengewith Quality Chef Foods (ArmstrongCentre Food Court 222 3rd Ave. SE)


Come in from the cold as the Freedom Festival hosts their annual Chili Challenge fundraiser! Sample a variety of chili, brought to you by a variety of downtown businesses, competing for your vote! Quality Chef Food/Heinz, Whitestar Ale House, Prairie Soup Company, Red's Public House, Dublin City Pub, Sub Kind Deli and Kirkwood Community College Culinary students will be providing samples of their chili. Be sure to come and support the local restaurants! (Admission $5 Adults, $3 Kids and includes chili, beverage and cookies) For full details about the Chili Challenge, please check out

Sponsored by Quality Chef Foods, a division of Heinz and Site Sponsor by Armstrong Development Company.



6PM Holiday DeLight Parade (Starting at 6thStreet SE

and  2nd Avenue-traditional parade route)


Join thousands along the downtown parade route to enjoy the glowing lights of this annual holiday favorite!  Parade emcees Scott Schulte and Ric Swann will introducelocal businesses, organizations and individuals and their decorative floats in celebration of the holiday season. Registration will be open thru November 25. Early bird forms are due by November 11. Details of the parade rules and registration information can be found at

Post Parade   Santa and Friends Meet-and-Greet 

(Smulekoffs 1st StreetSE)

Families are welcome to visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves and live reindeer while enjoying free holiday snacks. Patrons can also listen to Holiday Storytelling by DarrinCrow.


Get out and take some photos this holiday season!

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