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1 2Writer\'s Showcase
Writer\'s Showcase
Begins: May 2, 2016
Ends: May 2, 2016

Monday, May 2   Writer’s Showcase.  The Independence Public Library will honor Northeast Iowa Reading Council Creative Writing and Poetry Contest Winners with a Writer’s Showcase beginning at 6:30 pm in the Community Room. The contest winners from Independence and St. John’s in grades K-12 will participate by reading their winning entries. Other winners may post their entries for display throughout the library until May 20th. No library card is necessary to attend this free program and congratulate these students on their writing achievements! For more information contact the library at 334-2470, visit the website www.independenceia.org/library, or find us on Facebook.
Mentor Mondays
Mentor Mondays
Begins: May 2, 2016
Ends: May 2, 2016

Mentoring Mondays is scheduled every first Monday of the Month from 4 to 5 p.m. at Em's coffee Co. This month the staff from the Independence Public Library will share information about the library and the Summer Reading Program incentives 319-332-0626
3Games & Goodies
Games & Goodies
Begins: May 3, 2016
Ends: May 3, 2016

Tuesday, May 3   Games and Goodies    Adults are invited to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in the Community Room of the Independence Public Library and take part in a friendly game of cards, dominoes, Scrabble, or other game. Light refreshments will also be served. Games & Goodies meets the first and third Tuesday of each month from 1:00-3:00 pm. No library card is necessary to attend this free social event. For more information, stop in or call the library at 334-2470 or visit www.independenceia.org/library.
FREE EVENT: Virtual Tour of Iowa Food Hub
FREE EVENT: Virtual Tour of Iowa Food Hub
Begins: May 3, 2016
Ends: May 3, 2016

Tuesday, May 3 at 10:30AM.  To register call 319-334-7161     Virtual Tour of Iowa Food Hub [procurement to processing & much more]; Ask Questions [of Food Hub staff and Regional local foods coordinator]; Visit a Local Farm Supplier [virtual tour]; Learn Benefits of Selling to Iowa Food Hub
4 5eBooks for Mobile Devices
eBooks for Mobile Devices
Begins: May 5, 2016
Ends: May 5, 2016

Thursday, May 5   eBooks for Mobile Devices.   The Independence Public Library will offer an eBooks class from 6:30-8:00 pm. Bring your mobile device (such as a Kindle, Nook, or iPad) to class and learn how to download free eBooks and how to purchase them. All are welcome to attend library programs and classes; no library card is necessary. Kim Van Deest from the Waterloo Public Library will be leading the class. Registration is required. Please stop in or call 334-2470 to sign up for this class. For more information about this and other classes offered, contact the library or visit the website www.independenceia.org/library.
Rhyme Time
Rhyme Time
Begins: July 11, 2013
Ends: N/A

Independence Public Library at 9:30am
6Hotdog Fridays!!!!
Hotdog Fridays!!!!
Begins: August 16, 2013
Ends: N/A

Join the St. James Episcopal Church every Friday at noon for free hot dogs!!  Free will donations will be accepted.
Fresh Baked Fridays at the Wapsie C.L.A.M.
Fresh Baked Fridays at the Wapsie C.L.A.M.
Begins: January 29, 2016
Ends: N/A

Every Friday, The C.L.A.M. food vendors will be bringing in fresh baked breads, pies and other goods. Stop in Friday or Saturday to get the freshest, best homemade items around!  THE WAPSIE C.L.A.M. - 121 First Street East - Independence IA 50644.  Mon-Fri: 11 am - 7 pm / Sat: 10 am - 4 pm / Sun: 12 pm - 4 pm. Questions? 319-327-6896  or  thewapsieclam@gmail.com
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8 9Independence Women’s Connection
Independence Women’s Connection
Begins: May 9, 2016
Ends: May 9, 2016

May 9th, 6:30 pm at Buttermilk Cafe Menu: Chicken Salad Croissant and Soup for $9.00 "Drug Dogs" Feature: Deputy Ben Ward & Koda and Officer Chris Cass & Ty Music: vocal by Elissa Dodge Speaker: Carol Newsom, Lincoln, NE    "Tears, Trials, and Triumps" - Life is difficult, find peace no matter what happens to you. Reservations and cancellations - call Judy (319) 493) 8101 by Friday, May 6th, 10 am
Teen Anime
Teen Anime
Begins: May 9, 2016
Ends: May 9, 2016

Monday, May 9  Teen Animé.  Interested in animé? Want to learn more about it – and manga? Teens in 7th -12th grade are invited to join us at the Independence Public Library from 4:00-6:00 pm for Teen Animé! This group meets the second Monday of each month to hang out with other people who love animé and manga, watch some shows and enjoy snacks. For more information, call 319-334-2470, email iplprograms@gmail.com, or visit www.independenceia.org/library.
10Grill Out at Walter Aviation
Grill Out at Walter Aviation
Begins: May 10, 2016
Ends: May 10, 2016

Join us at Walter Aviation for our monthly grill out from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm! The cost is $5.00. Visit www.walteraviation.com for more details.
11 12Rhyme Time
Rhyme Time
Begins: July 11, 2013
Ends: N/A

Independence Public Library at 9:30am
13Spahn & Rose Open House
Spahn & Rose Open House
Begins: May 13, 2016
Ends: May 13, 2016

Check out our awesome new showroom! 10 am to 4 pm we will be having product demonstrations, over $1000.00 in giveaways, and will have vendor reps to answer any questions. 11-1:00 we will have a free lunch for everyone to enjoy.
Artist Showcase
Artist Showcase
Begins: May 13, 2016
Ends: May 13, 2016

Friday, May 13   Artist Showcase with Gerald Tomkins.  The Independence Public Library will hold an Artist Showcase this weekend featuring artwork by Gerald Tomkins. His paintings will be exhibited in the Community Room Friday, May 13th from 2:00-5:00 pm, Saturday, May 14th from 10:00 am-4:00 pm, and Sunday, May 15th from 1:00-3:00 pm. The Artist Reception will also be Sunday and the artist will be available for comments. These events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the library at 334-2470, email iplprograms@gmail.com or visit www.independenceia.org/library.
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Hotdog Fridays!!!!
Hotdog Fridays!!!!
Begins: August 16, 2013
Ends: N/A

Join the St. James Episcopal Church every Friday at noon for free hot dogs!!  Free will donations will be accepted.
Fresh Baked Fridays at the Wapsie C.L.A.M.
Fresh Baked Fridays at the Wapsie C.L.A.M.
Begins: January 29, 2016
Ends: N/A

Every Friday, The C.L.A.M. food vendors will be bringing in fresh baked breads, pies and other goods. Stop in Friday or Saturday to get the freshest, best homemade items around!  THE WAPSIE C.L.A.M. - 121 First Street East - Independence IA 50644.  Mon-Fri: 11 am - 7 pm / Sat: 10 am - 4 pm / Sun: 12 pm - 4 pm. Questions? 319-327-6896  or  thewapsieclam@gmail.com
14Annual Plant Sale
Annual Plant Sale
Begins: May 14, 2016
Ends: May 14, 2016

The Annual Plant Sale, hosted by the Garden Club, will be on Saturday, May 14th from 8:00 to 11:00 am at the Presbyterian Church in Independence. Please use the north or west entrances.
Farmers Market
Farmers Market
Begins: May 14, 2016
Ends: May 14, 2016

From 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, by the Wapsipinicon Mill.   The Farmers Market will take place every Saturday, 8-12, until October 15.
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Artist Showcase
Artist Showcase
Begins: May 14, 2016
Ends: May 14, 2016

Saturday, May 14   Artist Showcase with Gerald Tomkins.  The Independence Public Library will hold an Artist Showcase this weekend featuring artwork by Gerald Tomkins. His paintings will be exhibited in the Community Room Saturday, May 14th from 10:00 am-4:00 pm and Sunday, May 15th from 1:00-3:00 pm. The Artist Reception will also be Sunday and the artist will be available for comments. These events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the library at 334-2470, email iplprograms@gmail.com or visit www.independenceia.org/library.
Step Into Spring
Step Into Spring
Begins: May 14, 2016
Ends: May 14, 2016

Step into Spring and shop with our local retailers! Start at Distinctions and Little Red Schoolhouse, and walk your way down Main Street, stopping at local businesses! Get a map listing participating businesses by visiting Fabulous Fridays' Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/Fabulous-Fridays
15Furry 5K Run/Walk
Furry 5K Run/Walk
Begins: May 15, 2016
Ends: May 15, 2016

Gear up for the 7th annual Cedar Bend Humane Society Furry 5K Run/Walk. This event is open to all animal lovers and their K-9 companions, and is something the whole family will enjoy! Last year 200 people participated. All funds raised go directly to support the hundreds of animals that are placed in our care each year. Thank you to Trekman Racing for sponsoring this event. Please visit our website for more information: https://www.cedarbendhumane.org
Artist Showcase and Reception
Artist Showcase and Reception
Begins: May 15, 2016
Ends: May 15, 2016

Sunday, May 15    Artist Showcase Reception with Gerald Tomkins.  The Independence Public Library will hold an Artist Showcase this weekend featuring artwork by Gerald Tomkins. His paintings will be exhibited in the Community Room Friday-Sunday. The Meet the Artist Reception will be Sunday 1:00-3:00 pm. These events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the library at 334-2470, email iplprograms@gmail.com or visit www.independenceia.org/library.
16ICSD Board of Directors Meeting
ICSD Board of Directors Meeting
Begins: May 16, 2016
Ends: May 16, 2016

Time: 6 pm. Location: ICSD Administration Building. Regular Meeting of the Independence Community School District Board of Directors.
SRP Online Registration Begins
SRP Online Registration Begins
Begins: May 16, 2016
Ends: May 16, 2016

Monday, May 16  SRP Online Registration begins.  Become a reading champion this summer! Readers of all ages can explore all things sports and fitness this summer as the Independence Public Library presents the Summer Reading Program, “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read.” The Summer Reading Program is free and open to all ages with separate programs and prizes for children, teens, and adults – and babies. Online registration begins today through the website www.independenceia.org/library. On-site registration will begin Monday, June 6th at 9:30 am. Registration continues through Friday, July 1st. All reading logs can be picked up at the library beginning Monday, June 6th. Stop in or call the library at 334-2470 to learn more details about summer fun at the library.
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Come and See Healing Service
Come and See Healing Service
Begins: May 16, 2016
Ends: N/A

Weekly Healing Service-Come and See- Mondays at 2:00pm St. James' Episcopal Church 202 2nd Ave NE Independence, IA 50644
17Games & Goodies
Games & Goodies
Begins: May 17, 2016
Ends: May 17, 2016

Tuesday, May 17   Games and Goodies    Adults are invited to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in the Community Room of the Independence Public Library and take part in a friendly game of cards, dominoes, Scrabble, or other game. Light refreshments will also be served. Games & Goodies meets the first and third Tuesday of each month from 1:00-3:00 pm. No library card is necessary to attend this free social event. For more information, stop in or call the library at 334-2470 or visit www.independenceia.org/library.
18 19Rhyme Time
Rhyme Time
Begins: July 11, 2013
Ends: N/A

Independence Public Library at 9:30am
20Friday Night Live @ 5
Friday Night Live @ 5
Begins: May 20, 2016
Ends: May 20, 2016

Our first Friday Night Live @ 5 of the summer will be on May 13th at Riverwalk Parks, from 5-9 pm!
Cirque Italia
Cirque Italia
Begins: May 20, 2016
Ends: May 20, 2016

rnrnCome experience the magical world of Cirque Italia – a show like no other. We are proud to be the first traveling WATER circus in the US! Our extraordinary stage holds 35,000 gallons of water and features a dynamic lid which lifts 35 feet into the air, allowing water to fall like rain from above as fountains dazzle below! This incredible show takes place under our majestic white and blue big top tent which came all the way from Italy……..Inside we have such a theatrical and intimate setup, you just might forget you are under a circus tent!rnrnThe show owner and founder, Manuel Rebecchi, has a deep seeded history in the circus industry. His late aunt, Moira Orfei, ran one of the largest circus shows in Europe. When Manuel came to the states several years ago, he decided that Americans needed to experience a European style show. He wanted to create something special and memorable. He was actually inspired to create the water stage while drinking a bottle of water one day!! Mr. Rebecchi knew he would need someone with great talent and vision to make his idea work. That is why he brought in Chante’ DeMoustes, COO and Producer, to help make his dreams a reality. The result? Something never before seen in the US – a cirque variety show featuring a 35,000 gallon water tank stage and performers from around the world! This incredible show is completely ANIMAL-FREE.rnrnSo what can you expect to see at this remarkably unique show? How about a CONTORTIONIST who is able to bend her body in ways you would never imagine…. How high can he go? You’ll be asking yourself as our Italian singer stacks chair upon chair and then balances on top of them on his hands…...Our crazy clown, Alex, PLUNGES off the diving board during his acrobatic trampoline excursion! Want to get splashed? Who knows what can happen during our astounding JETSKI act……Breathtaking Twins will fly high in the sky like beautifully colored birds of paradise……. Our Laserman will be causing all kinds of explosions with his laser guns……maybe to scare away the large DINOSAUR that has invaded the show!! All this, plus thrilling highwire feats, juggling maniacs, elegant chiffons, and more!! Don’t forget you also have the once in a lifetime opportunity to take a picture with a MERMAID.rnrnrnrnrnFor more information, check out the Cirque Italia website: www.cirqueitalia.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Interact with us! Keep up to date with the latest news!rnrnOr shoot us an email at office.cirqueitalia@gmail.com. We will be happy to answer all of your questions.rnrnYou can purchase tickets through our website (cirqueitalia.com/tickets)rnrnor by phone: (941) 704-8572. We also respond to text message.rnrnrnrnrnNon vediamo l\'ora di vedervi allo spettacolo!rnrnLet Your Imagination Wander...and come DIVE into the Magical world of CIRQUE ITALIA.rnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnWhen: May 20-22rnrnWhere: 4400 6th St SW, Cedar Rapids IA 52404rnrnAt: Hawkeye Downs Speedwayrnrnrnrnrnrn—Under the stunning White & Blue Big Top Tentrnrn•May 20– Friday: 7:30pmrnrnrn•May 21– Saturday: 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pmrnrnrn•May 22 – Sunday: 2:30pm & 5:30pmrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnBox office hours:rnrnThe box office opens on-site on Tuesday, the week of the show.rnrnNon-show days: 10am – 6pmrnrnOn show days open 10am – 9pmrnrnrnrnrnVideo links:rnrnPreview Show – one minute clip:rnrnhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCglUs4TFE0rnrnrnrnrnBranding Story:rnrnhttp://vimeo.com/62397883#rnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrn
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Hotdog Fridays!!!!
Hotdog Fridays!!!!
Begins: August 16, 2013
Ends: N/A

Join the St. James Episcopal Church every Friday at noon for free hot dogs!!  Free will donations will be accepted.
Fresh Baked Fridays at the Wapsie C.L.A.M.
Fresh Baked Fridays at the Wapsie C.L.A.M.
Begins: January 29, 2016
Ends: N/A

Every Friday, The C.L.A.M. food vendors will be bringing in fresh baked breads, pies and other goods. Stop in Friday or Saturday to get the freshest, best homemade items around!  THE WAPSIE C.L.A.M. - 121 First Street East - Independence IA 50644.  Mon-Fri: 11 am - 7 pm / Sat: 10 am - 4 pm / Sun: 12 pm - 4 pm. Questions? 319-327-6896  or  thewapsieclam@gmail.com
21Farmers Market
Farmers Market
Begins: May 21, 2016
Ends: May 21, 2016

From 8:00 am to 12:00 pm,  by the Wapsipinicon Mill.   The Independence Farmers Market will be every Saturday, from 8-12, until October 15.
23rd Semi Annual Hazleton School Sale
23rd Semi Annual Hazleton School Sale
Begins: May 21, 2016
Ends: May 21, 2016

23rd Semi Annual Hazleton School Sale on May 21st, 2016 Consignment Benefit Auction starting at 9:00 am, lcoated at 1500 120th St, Hazleton, IA  (3 mile west of Hazleton on 12oth street - Junction of W13 & C57) Items to be consigned: solid oak furniture consisting of bedroom suites, dressers, dining room sets, tables & chairs, coffee tables, benches, etc.  Hanging baskets & planters. Quilts, crafts, and more! ***A pancake breakfast will be served from 7:00 to 10:00 am***
22Three Elms Mountain Bike Spring Event
Three Elms Mountain Bike Spring Event
Begins: May 22, 2016
Ends: May 22, 2016

Three Elms Mountain Biking Trails Spring Event, Saturday, May 22, 11:00 a.m. Three Elms Park, Independence.  The Conservation Board has been working with the Buchanan County Four Seasons Trails Association's Three Elms Mountain Bike Group to develop a mountain bike route through the forest at the Three Elms Area located on the south edge of Independence. The Group is proud to announce they will conduct a Spring Mountain Bike Day and Introduction to the new Trails. For those new to mountain biking, there will be people present to help with the fundamentals, and help get them on the trails. A few bikes will be available to allow newbies to give it a go. All are welcome. This event is free to attend, but donations are welcomed. All donations will go to the Trails Association to help pay for signage and other trail maintenance.
23Come and See Healing Service
Come and See Healing Service
Begins: May 16, 2016
Ends: N/A

Weekly Healing Service-Come and See- Mondays at 2:00pm St. James' Episcopal Church 202 2nd Ave NE Independence, IA 50644
24Book Discussion @ IPL
Book Discussion @ IPL
Begins: May 24, 2016
Ends: May 24, 2016

Tuesday, May 24  IPL Book Discussion    In this stunning novel, the author merges the past and present into a haunting story about the nature of love and loyalty, the yearning to belong, and the lengths we will go to protect those who need us most. What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman will be the topic of the Book Discussion at the Independence Public Library beginning at 6:30 pm in the Community Room.  Multiple copies of the book are available for check out at the library. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. No library card is necessary to attend and no registration is required. For more information, call 319-334-2470 or visit www.independenceia.org/library.
25 26Older Americans Month Walk
Older Americans Month Walk
Begins: May 26, 2016
Ends: May 26, 2016

Older Americans Month walk on May 26.  Sponsored by Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A). Will be hosted at Buchanan County Health Center. 9:00 am Check in, 10:00 AM walk  
On Your Mark!
On Your Mark!
Begins: May 26, 2016
Ends: May 26, 2016

Thursday, May 26.  On Your Mark!  Help kick off the Summer Reading Program at the Independence Public Library. Kids of all ages can test their abilities through a series of activities including a Frisbee challenge, a hopscotch contest, a hula hoop tournament, an obstacle course, and more. No registration is necessary. Participants are welcome to attend between the hours of 4:00-6:00 pm in the Community Room. Find your inner athlete as the library builds excitement for the summer reading program, “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” For more information, please contact the library at 334-2470, email iplprograms@gmail.com, or visit www.independenceia.org/library.
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Rhyme Time
Rhyme Time
Begins: July 11, 2013
Ends: N/A

Independence Public Library at 9:30am
27Hotdog Fridays!!!!
Hotdog Fridays!!!!
Begins: August 16, 2013
Ends: N/A

Join the St. James Episcopal Church every Friday at noon for free hot dogs!!  Free will donations will be accepted.
Fresh Baked Fridays at the Wapsie C.L.A.M.
Fresh Baked Fridays at the Wapsie C.L.A.M.
Begins: January 29, 2016
Ends: N/A

Every Friday, The C.L.A.M. food vendors will be bringing in fresh baked breads, pies and other goods. Stop in Friday or Saturday to get the freshest, best homemade items around!  THE WAPSIE C.L.A.M. - 121 First Street East - Independence IA 50644.  Mon-Fri: 11 am - 7 pm / Sat: 10 am - 4 pm / Sun: 12 pm - 4 pm. Questions? 319-327-6896  or  thewapsieclam@gmail.com
28Farmers Market
Farmers Market
Begins: May 28, 2016
Ends: May 28, 2016

From 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, by the Wapsipinicon Mill.   The Independence Farmers Market will be every Saturday, from 8-12, until October 15.
29 30Come and See Healing Service
Come and See Healing Service
Begins: May 16, 2016
Ends: N/A

Weekly Healing Service-Come and See- Mondays at 2:00pm St. James' Episcopal Church 202 2nd Ave NE Independence, IA 50644
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