Event Schedule

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Robert Hodierne: Vietnam War Photographs

When: 7 April - 4 June 2017, 11:00am-5:00pm

Location: Grinnell College Faulconer Gallery, 1108 Park Street, Grinell, Iowa (IA)

POC: Tilly Woodward, (641) 269-4663, woodward@grinnell.edu

Details: Robert Hodierne ’68 was a 21-year-old freelancer when he made his first trip to Vietnam in 1966, leaving Grinnell on a one-way ticket at the end of his third year. He returned in 1969 as a soldier assigned to Pacific Stars & Stripes in Saigon, where he spent another 14 months. During those two tours he photographed combat in every corner of the country. His Vietnam photographs, many unpublished, reflect Hodierne’s concern for the ordinary soldier, many of them his own age when he was there.

Gallery Talk: "Young and Hungry: A Freelance Photographer in Vietnam"

When: 27 April 2017, 4:00pm

Location: Grinnell College Faulconer Gallery, 1108 Park Street, Grinell, Iowa (IA)

POC: Tilly Woodward, (641) 269-4663, woodward@grinnell.edu

Details: Photojournalist Hodierne will talk about what took him to Vietnam in 1966 and again in 1969, and his experiences photographing every major American military unit in the war. He will connect these early experiences with his career as a photojournalist working amid conflicts around the world. Reception to follow at 5 pm

Operation Engage America-Council Bluffs, Iowa

When: Saturday, 29 April 2017

Location: Community of Christ Church, 140 W Kanesville Blvd, Council Bluffs, Iowa

POC: Lisa A Naslund, (515) 984-0661, lisa@operationengageamerica.org

Details: The focus of the fair is to help connect veterans, their families, and first responders with organizations like yours that provide resources, programs and services related to PTS, TBI, and a host of other transitional issues. This important event is FREE TO THE PUBLIC! Vendor participation at the event is free of charge! Vendor participants in lieu of a fee, are requested to provide a min $25.00 door prize item and free small items to be given to attendees for the tote bags provided to them.

BBMC Annual All Makes & All Models Car Show

When: 1 May 2017, 10:00am-3:00pm

Location: Sugar Shack Restaurant, 100 8th St SE, Altoona, IA 50009

POC: Michael A Gerlach, (515) 402-6325, badboyzmustangclub@yahoo.com

Details: Annual All Makes & All Models Car Show supporting local charity: The VA & Ronald McDonald House.

Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day

When: 5 May 2017, 11:00am

Location: Vietnam Memorial, Iowa State Capitol, 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, (Polk) IA, 50319

POC: Meghan Larkins, Outreach Coordinator IDVA, 515-727-3442, Meghan.Larkins@iowa.gov

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Blue Grass American Legion Post 711 Pancake Breakfast

When: 6 May 2017, 6:30am-10:00am

Location: American Legion Post 711, 106 South Juniata Street, Blue Grass, IA

POC: Adjutant Wayne Kraft, (563) 326-4670, ialegion.post711@gmail.com

Details: Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Potatoes, Homemade Syrup, Cinnamon Rolls and Biscuits & Sausage Gravy. The Blue Grass Unit 711 Auxiliary will also be holding a bake sale. Visit the Post website at: www.al711iowa.com.

Masons & Veterans Trout Fishing Event

When: 13 May 2017, 9:00am-3:00pm

Location: Bailey's Ford Recreation Area, 2379 Jefferson road, Manchester , Iowa

POC: John Mikelson, (319) 321-1387, Jmikelson16@gmail.com

Details: Join us for a day of trout fishing. The Masonic Lodges are supplying the poles, bait and the Disabled Veteran's Lifetime Hunting & Fishing License if you don't already have one DNR stocks the river that day.

Blue Grass American Legion Post 711 Memorial Day Ceremony

When: 29 May 2017, 10:00am

Location: Blue Grass Cemetery, 231 Valley Drive, Blue Grass, IA

POC: Adjutant Wayne Kraft, (563) 326-4670, ialegion.post711@gmail.com

Details: Following the ceremony, a lite luncheon will be served at the Blue Grass American Legion Post 711 Legion Home, 106 South Juniata Street, Blue Grass. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at Legion Home. For more details, visit the Post website at: www.al711iowa.com.

Rockin & Racing for our military

When: 16 June 2017

Location: Hawkeye Downs Speedway,, 6th Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA

POC: John Mikelson, (319) 321-1387, Jmikelson16@gmail.com

Details: https://www.freedomfestival.com/events/racin-and-rockin-to-support-our-military/117/

BLITZCREEK PRESENTS: HONORING OUR VETS CONCERT

When: 17 June 2017

Location: Veterans Memorial Building , 50 2nd Ave Bridge, Cedar Rapids, IA

POC: John Mikelson, (319) 321-1387, jmikelson16@gmail.com

Details: Royal Bliss, will be headlining a concert at Veterans Coliseum with Australians very own October Rage. Neal Middleton, of Royal Bliss was a contestant on NBC's talent show "The Voice" along with his bandmates will be rocking the night away while raising money for Veterans charities. October Rage hails from New South Wales and will be on their fourth USA tour to help with the cause. FREE concert and free will donation to go to: Midwest Military Outreach Healing at English River Outfitters (HERO) The Linn County Veteran Charitable Fund

For 24-hour counsel, call the National Veteran Crisis Hotline at 1-800-273-8255