Event Schedule

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Disclaimer: This page contains information that may be useful to currently serving military members, veterans, and families. The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs is redistributing these events to assist in reaching a wider distribution population. Please check your event request for errors prior to submission. The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs is not responsible for errors submitted.

 

Vietnam Moving Wall and Veteran Appreciation Day

When: 15-19 June 2017, Opening Ceremony 5:30pm on Thursday

Location: Cherokee County Fair Grounds, Hwy 59, Cherokee, Iowa

POC: Dana C Evans, (712) 229-6061, cherokeevets@gmail.com

Details: The Vietnam Moving Wall will be at the Cherokee County Fair Grounds from Thursday June 15 - Monday morning June 19. Saturday will be our 12th Veteran Appreciation Day from 9am - 3pm. The VA Regional office and the VA Medical systems will be there and many other vendors will be there. Vietnam and Era vets will be given coins at the event

Telehealth Town Hall

When: 16 June 2017, 1:00-3:00pm

Location: VACIHCS - Auditorium, 3600 30th St., Des Moines, IA

POC: Kristi Catrenich, Public Affairs Officer, VACIHCS, (515) 699-5588, kristi.catrenich@va.gov

Details: On June 16th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., VACIHCS will be cohosting a Town Hall with Des Moines Regional Office. We will be showcasing the amazing ways we use telehealth and will have live demonstrations and optional tours of the TED (Telehealth Education Delivered) Van which will be on site that day during their national tour. Veterans, staff, and guests will hear from VACIHCS and Des Moines RO leadership, as well as special guest VISN 23 Director, Jan Murphy! Please consider attending and sharing this opportunity with Central Iowa Veterans and community.

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.

2017 Adjutant General's Summer Concert Series - Abby Normal Band

When: 22 June 2017, 7:00pm

Location: Historic Camp Dodge pool complex, 7105 NW 70th Avenue, Johnston

POC: Col. Greg Hapgood, Iowa National Guard Public Affairs Officer, (515) 252-4582, gregory.o.hapgood.mil@mail.mil

Details: Classic ‘80s rock. Johnston Schools Dragon Warrior run on Camp Dodge before the concert – To register for this 4-mile race or for more info, go to: https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=126224.

Bridging the Gap Festival/Veteran Appreciation/Operation Engage America

When: Saturday, 24 June 2017, 1:00pm-10:00pm

Location: Prairie Pedlar Gardens, 1609 270th St, Odebolt, Iowa

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

Details: The 2nd annual Bridging the Gap Festival will be held at the Prairie Pedlar Gardens north of Odebolt, Iowa on Saturday June 24th. Simon Conway will emcee. This fundraising event serves as a Veteran Appreciation Day The FREE public event is a festive celebration of honor and gratitude for our Veterans and First Responders. Freewill donation is appreciated. Proceeds to support OEA. There will be fun for the whole family!This a patriotic festival with musical entertainment, an auction, and a balloon release. Full band performance by Nashville’s Dustin Bogue a Sac County Iowa native from 7-10pm.

Quad Cities Veterans Outreach Center Monthly Event

When: 24 June 2017, 11:00am - 1:00pm

Location: Quad Cities Veterans Outreach Center, 250 West 35th Street, Davenport, Iowa

POC: Lola VanDeWalle, (563) 529-4782, lola@qcvetsoutreach.com

Details: The June event features free haircuts (for Veterans and their families) along with food giveaways and a hot meal. Please make sure to bring a Veteran ID. For more information and to find out about upcoming events, go to: www.qcvetsoutreach.com

2017 Adjutant General's Summer Concert Series - The Candymakers

When: 29 June 2017, 7:00pm

Location: Historic Camp Dodge pool complex, 7105 NW 70th Avenue, Johnston

POC: Col. Greg Hapgood, Iowa National Guard Public Affairs Officer, (515) 252-4582, gregory.o.hapgood.mil@mail.mil

Details: Rock N' Soul band with the traditions of old-school R&B and funk-2011 Iowa Blues Challenge winner

SBA Boots to Business: Reboot in Davenport

When: 29 June 2017, 8:30am - 4:30pm

Location: Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, 331 W. 3rd Street, Davenport, IA

POC: Jayne Armstrong, (515) 284-4026, jayne.armstrong@sba.gov

Details: Designed for veterans, National Guard members, Reservists, Boots to Business: Reboot is a free session that introduces veterans to the fundamentals of business ownership and leads participants through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and developing a business plan. To register for the June 29th Boots to Business: Reboot training, go to https://sbavets.force.com/

Mitchellville American Legion Post 155 Pancake Breakfast

When: 1 July 2017

Location: Legion Post 155, 111 Center Ave N, Mitchellville, IA

POC: Neal Evans, (515) 238-7142, EvansN@aol.com

Details: Pancakes, sausage, scramble eggs, juice and coffee. Adults - $5.00, kids 6 to 12 - $2.00, kids 5 and under - free.

Blue Grass American Legion Post 711 Pancake Breakfast

When: 1 July 2017, 6:30am to 10:00am

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

POC: Adjutant Wayne Kraft, (563) 381-4380, ialegion.post711@gmail.com

Details: The menu includes: Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Potatoes, Cinnamon Rolls, Biscuits & Gravy, Homemade Syrup, Juice, Milk and Coffee. For more details, go to the Post website at: www.al711iowa.com.

2017 Adjutant General's Summer Concert Series - 34th Army Band Sidewinders

When: 6 July 2017, 7:00pm

Location: Historic Camp Dodge pool complex, 7105 NW 70th Avenue, Johnston

POC: Col. Greg Hapgood, Iowa National Guard Public Affairs Officer, (515) 252-4582, gregory.o.hapgood.mil@mail.mil

Details: The Iowa Army National Guard’s hard rocking pop and classic rock ensemble. Military Heritage Night – Wear your favorite Red, White and Blue!

A Day for Vets

When: 8 July 2017, 10:00am-2:00pm

Location: Holiday Inn Airport, 6111 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, Iowa

POC: Dan Young, (515) 326-1063, outdoorsdan@me.com

Details: Saturday July 8th 10-2pm at the Airport Holiday Inn and Conference center. The Iowa Wild will be on hand with games and activities plus Crash to visit with the folks that attend. They will also be registering folks to win autographed Iowa Wild stuff!! Chic Fil A from Paradise Point will be there as well Handing out samples! Plus your favorite News Radio 1040 WHO hosts may be stopping by!

2017 Adjutant General's Summer Concert Series - Bonne Finken

When: 13 July 2017, 7:00pm

Location: Historic Camp Dodge pool complex, 7105 NW 70th Avenue, Johnston

POC: Col. Greg Hapgood, Iowa National Guard Public Affairs Officer, (515) 252-4582, gregory.o.hapgood.mil@mail.mil

Details: Regional Emmy Award winner, featuring rock/powerpop/electronic music.

Mitchellville American Legion Post 155 Pancake Breakfast

When: 5 August 2017, 7:00am-10:00am

Location: Legion Post 155, 111 Center Ave N, Mitchellville, IA

POC: Neal Evans, (515) 238-7142, EvansN@aol.com

Details: Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. Adults - $5.00, kids 6 to 12 - $2.00, kids 5 and under - free. All you care to eat.

Iowa State Fair Veterans' Day Parade

When: 14 August 2017, 11:00am

Location: Iowa State Fair, 3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, Des Moines, IA 50317

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

Details: Please join us for the annual Iowa State Fair Veterans' Day Parade!

Mitchellville American Legion Post 155 Pancake Breakfast

When: 2 September 2017, 7:00am-10:00am

Location: Legion Post 155, 111 Center Ave N, Mitchellville, IA

POC: Neal Evans, (515) 238-7142, EvansN@aol.com

Details: Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. Adults - $5.00, kids 6 to 12 - $2.00, kids 5 and under free. All you care to eat.

Annual Iowa City VA Mental Health Summit

When: 15 September 2017, 8:30am-4:00pm

Location: Iowa City National Guard Armory, 4540 Melrose Ave, Iowa City , Iowa

POC: Julia Rose, (319) 688-3333, Julia.Rose@va.gov

Details: Morning: Attend a simulation designed to help providers understand the transition from military to civilian culture. Afternoon: Breakout sessions on LGBT Veteran care and Suicide Prevention

Mitchellville American Legion Post 155 Pancake Breakfast

When: 16 September 2017, 6:30am-9:30am

Location: Legion Post 155, 111 Center Ave N, Mitchellville, IA

POC: Neal Evans, (515) 238-7142, EvansN@aol.com

Details: Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. Adults - $5.00, kids 6 to 12 - $2.00, kids 5 and under free. All you care to eat. This is and early start and finish from our normal breakfasts because of the parade for Thomas Mitchell Days takes place at 10:00 and all vehicles need to be off Center Ave by 9:30 am.

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