The Port of Burlington Welcome Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day to allow our staff and volunteers time to celebrate the holiday season with their families and friends.
For more information call 319-752-8731.
One of the region's favorite holiday events, downtown Burlington's Lighted Holiday Parade takes place November 24 at 5 PM. Dozens of floats and entries will take place in the parade, with the theme of "Winter Wonderland." A special visitor from the North Pole will also be on hand. For more information, contact Downtown Partners at 319-752-6365 or visit The Lighted Holiday Parade is made possible by Pritchard Broadcasting.
What:   As the organization prepares for the upcoming 2019 legislative session, the Partnership would like to gather insight and input from members and investors. Please take a few minutes and respond to the survey items HERE. The Government Relations Committee and the Board of Directors will use this information to refine the organization's official position statements.   
For More Information:  Email Jason Hutcheson
What:   The Partnership is excited to present the Community Awards each year! Awards include Community Impact, Project of the Year, Best Renovation to a Facility, Young Professional of the Year, and Business Person of the Year. Now is the time to nominate your business, a program or even yourself for all of the wonderful things that have taken place this past year. We encourage you to self-nominate - you know the details best!  
When:  Deadline to submit nominations is November 30
Where:  Apply online 
For More Information:  Contact Kay Sackville Breuer or 319-208-0041
What:  The Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors are seeking vendors for the Holiday Business Showcase. It is a great way to promote your products and services to over 250 members. Space is limited! 
When: December 10, 5 - 7 PM
Where: Burlington Golf Club, 2124 Sunnyside Ave, Burlington
For More Information: Contact Rachel Lindeen or 319-208-0046
What:  The Jefferson St Farmers Market is hosting the Jefferson St Winter Market. Some of your summer favorites will be back to enjoy this holiday season. Fresh eggs, local honey, baked goods, soaps and handcrafted goodness! Presented by Downtown Partners, made possible by Two Rivers Bank & Trust.
When: December 15, 10 AM - 2 PM
Where: Downtown Burlington at the Capitol Theater, as well as pop-up shops at different businesses. 
For More Information: Contact Rachel Lindeen or 319-208-0046
To make holiday shopping a little easier and a little more fun, your favorite downtown merchants are open late until 8 PM on Thursdays until Christmas. Coming downtown on a Thursday for a dinner out, drinks, a show, or a visit to Santa's Cottage? Then be sure to check out our great shops, too!
What:  Greater Burlington Young Professionals is a great way to expand your or your staff's professional network and meet new people. Join today and have your membership covered until the end of 2019!
Where: Greater Burlington Partnership, 610 N 4 St Ste 200, Burlington
For More Information: Contact Rachel Lindeen or 319-208-0046
What:  Be where the fun starts. Enjoy hot cocoa and donuts on the patio of Wake N Bake at the starting point of Downtown's Lighted Holiday Parade! While supplies last.
When:  November 24, 5 PM
Where:  Wake N Bake Breakfast Company, 713 Jefferson St, Burlington
For More Information: Call  319-754-0494 
What:  In honor of Small Business Saturday, Shug's Tiny Town is excited to offer 25% off our entire line of Melissa & Doug. There are hundreds of items to choose from!
When:  November 24, 9 AM - 7 PM
Where:  Shug's Tiny Town, 3200 Agency St Ste 120, Burlington
For More Information: Call  Ashley, Store Manager, at 319-754-7484  
What:  Shopping your local bike shop is a surefire way to find the perfect gift for every cyclist on your list. We have jerseys for roadies, pedals for shredders, bikes for tykes, and everything in-between. And when it comes to home fitness, we have you covered there, too. This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, save up to an additional $400 on all Trek Bikes along with 20% off storewide accessories! Bickel's is also offering free delivery and installation on all fitness equipment over $799. You don't want to miss this! 
When:  November 23 - 26
Where:  Bickel's Cycling and Fitness, 305 E Agency Rd, West Burlington
For More Information: Visit
What:  If you are a new user of QuickBooks Pro┬« Desktop, this hands-on training seminar is for you. Learn how to set up a company, customer and vendor files, and chart of accounts. Learn how to manage money coming in and money going out, including sales, invoicing, paying bills, and tracking expenses. You'll also learn how to reconcile accounts and use reports to understand your business, including profitability and sales trends.
When:  Mondays & Wednesdays, November 26 - December 3, 8:30 - 11:30 AM
Where:  SCC Center for Business, 610 N 4 St, Burlington
For More Information: Contact  CBIZ, 319-208-5375 or visit
What:  Topics covered include relational databases, working with related tables, complex queries, advanced form design, advanced reports, charts in forms and reports, pivot tables and pivot charts, and Internet integrations. You'll practice what you learn in this hands-on course. Prior knowledge of Access required.
When:  November 27 & 29, 8 AM - 12 PM
Where:  SCC Center for Business, 610 N 4 St, Burlington
For More Information: Contact  CBIZ, 319-208-5375 or visit
What: F & M Bank & Trust Navigators program is hosting Colin Wellenkamp, Executive Director for the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiatives. Colin will discuss infrastructure renewal, economic expansion, sustainability and resilience. The program is free and open to the public; lunch will be served.
When:  November 27, 11:30 AM - 1 PM
Where: Burlington Capital Theater, 211 N 3 St, Burlington
For More Information/To RSVP: Contact Elizabeth Long or 319-754-2250
What:  Tom Nelson and Barbie Jackson perform an acoustic set. Happy Hour drink and appetizer specials.
When:  November 28, 5 - 7 PM
Where:  Wake N Bake Breakfast Company, 713 Jefferson St, Burlington 
For More Information: Call  319-754-0494 
What:  Players Workshop welcomes the Christmas season with Ken Ludwig's award winning mystery-comedy, The Game's Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays. It is December 1936, and Broadway actor William Gillette, famed for his stage portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut "castle" for a weekend of fun. When one of the guests is murdered, the party in this isolated house of mirrors becomes dangerous, and it is up to Gillette (who assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes), to track down the killer before another victim appears.
When:  November 30, December 1, and December 6 - 8, 7:30 PM; December  2 and 9, 2 PM
Where:  Players Workshop, 1431 Grove St, Burlington   
For More Information: Call  Players Workshop at 319-753-6623, visit or Facebook 
What:  Join us at Bickel's to help make a child's Christmas extra special by donating a brand-new bicycle, helmet and/or frisbee disc golf disc at the 13th Annual Semi of Love toy drive. For your convenience, all bicycles and donations will be professionally assembled and delivered free of charge on December 1. Cash donations will also be accepted and combined to make additional purchases and contributions. Thank you for your support!
When:  Now - December 1
Where:  Bickel's Cycling and Fitness, 305 E Agency Rd, West Burlington
For More Information: Visit
What:  Karaoke fun! No cover, 21 and over show.
When:  December 1, 10 PM
Where:  The Boogaloo Sports Bar and Grille, 3001 Winegard Dr, Burlington
For More Information:  Contact Megan Bell or 319-237-4318
What:  Free concert open to the public by the Bel Canto Chorale, Shoquoquon Children's Choir and Southeast Iowa Brass Quintet. Speakers share the story of Christmas in nine lessons interspersed with songs by the choirs and instrumentalists. Enjoy an afternoon or evening renewing the reason for the coming holiday season with beautiful music by local performers.
When:  December 1, 7 PM; D ecember 2, 2 PM
Where:  First United Methodist Church, 421 Washington St, Burlington 
For More Information:  Call 319-759-4411 or visit
What:  The world of accounting can be intimidating. Whether you are a manager, business owner, or aspiring entrepreneur, you will need to know basic accounting. In this fun and interactive class, we will use the world of a child's lemonade stand to learn the language of accounting, to understand and apply financial terms like assets and liabilities, to learn the difference between profits and cash, how to build and read the three primary financial statements, and how to calculate financial ratios to track trends in your business. Learning accounting can be fun!
When:  Monday & Thursdays, December 3 - 13, 5:30 - 8:30
Where:  SCC Center for Business, 610 N 4 St, Burlington
For More Information: Contact  CBIZ, 319-208-5375 or visit
What:  Income tax, sales tax, payroll tax, and the list goes on for taxes your business pays. Discussion will center on the various business taxes, forms and ways to file and pay the taxes, and things you can do in your record keeping system to better understand and lessen your tax burden. Participants will receive all materials and are encouraged to bring specific questions.
When:  December 5, 1 - 4 PM
Where:  SCC Center for Business, 610 N 4 St, Burlington
For More Information: Contact  CBIZ, 319-208-5375 or visit
What:  Great River Diabetes Education's Coffee Talk quarterly support group for p eople with diabetes, and supportive family members and friends. There will be an opportunity to ask diabetes professionals questions, and participants are encouraged to bring a healthy recipe to share.  Reservations are required.     
When: December 6, 2 - 3 PM
Where: G reat River Family Medicine, 1225 S Gear Ave Ste 159, West Burlington
For More Information/To RSVP: C all 319-768-4165 or  email 
What:  Great River Diabetes Education offers four-week group diabetes classes every month.  Group diabetes classes are for people newly diagnosed, making a change in treatment, or having complications or concerns. A physician referral for diabetes education is required. Diabetes educators will assess needs for specific information and skills, teach self-care and provide continuing help. Most insurance companies cover the fee for the class series. A family member or friend is encouraged to attend at no additional cost.
When: Begins December 6, 10 AM - 12 PM
Where:  Great River Health System, 1221 S Gear Ave, West Burlington
For More Information/To Register: Call 319-768-4165
What:  Burlington Kiwanis brings Santa to FunCity! Get pictures of you and the kids with Santa.
When: Saturdays and Sundays  November 24 - December 23; Saturdays 12 - 5 PM; Sundays 1 - 5 PM
Where:  Foyer by the Boogaloo Sports Bar and Grille, 3001 Winegard Dr, Burlington 
For More Information: Contact  Carole Halicki or 319-237-4275 
What:  Visit our website to order online as well as shop for merchandise and/or gift cards - just in time for the holiday season!
Where:  Wake N Bake Breakfast Company, 713 Jefferson St, Burlington 
For More Information: Call  319-754-0494 or visit
What:  Great River Klein Center is among the top-rated nursing homes in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report.  U.S. News gave most facilities   two ratings   - overall quality of the home and short-stay rehabilitation. Great River Klein Center earned "high performing" - the top rating - in both categories. The 2018-2019 rankings are posted on the organization's website.
Where:  Great River Health System Klein Center, 1307 S Gear Ave, West Burlington
For More Information: Call  Melissa Jones, Director of  Marketing and Communications, at  319-768-3300
What:  We will be tapping our delicious holiday seasonal Jingle Java!   Jingle Java is a dark and rich stout that features notes of vanilla, pecan, and coffee.
When: No vember 21, all day
Where:  Bent River, 500 Jefferson St, Burlington   
For More Information: Contact  Mike Anderson, 319-209-2773 or visit
What:  Offering 50% off all sunglasses. Buy without a prescription, or bring your prescription in and we will make them for you. All designer names like Gucci, Tom Ford, Kate Spade, Rayban and more - Oakley and WileyX excluded.
When:  November 23 - 24
Where: Eyecare MAX,  1734 N Roosevelt Ave, Burlington
For More Information: Visit   
What:  We will have deals on our website from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Tupperware makes a great gift for all the people in your life!
When:  November 23 - 26
For More Information: Call  Siarra Jones at 772-713-0188 
What: Are you a vendor looking for a good cause? Vendor space will be available for $20 for 12 vendors at this fundraising vendor blender. V arious cookies will also be sold by the container. All proceeds from the cookie sales benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Visit Facebook to see the flyer.
When:  November 24, 10 AM - 2 PM
Where:  Burlington Eagle's Club, 2727 Mt Pleasant St, Burlington 
For More Information: Contact  Holly Logas or 319-759-6844
What:  The Salvation Army will be having our Angel Tree Sign Up for families that need a little extra toy help for Christmas. We will be signing up children from birth - grade 12. You cannot be signed up for any other toy program and must provide social security cards or birth certificates for all children. Sign up early!
When:  November 26 - December 5, 9 - 11 AM and 1 - 3 PM. Give away will be December 20 beginning at 9 AM
Where: Salvation Army,  217 S 3 St, Burlington
For More Information: Call  319-753-2038 
What:  Save on your favorite brands, tools, decorations and more now through November 25. Save 50% off any one item $50 or more and take advantage of our BOGO Paint Coupon. Our free 2-day ship-to-store option lets you shop from the comfort of your own home.
When:  Now through November 25
Where: Kempker's True Value & Rental, Inc.,  608 S 9 St, Burlington
For More Information: Visit
What:  Refreshments, door prizes and free $20 Spa Gift Certificate with purchase of a $100 Spa certificate.
When:  November 27, 4 - 7 PM
Where:  The Spa at Catfish Bend, 3001 Winegard Dr, Burlington
For More Information: Call  The Spa at 319-237-1271 
What:  An open house for Great River Health System's new clinic in Keokuk will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  The 19,000-square foot clinic is four times larger than the health system's existing clinic in the city.
When:  November 28, 4:30 PM ceremony, 5 - 7 PM tours
Where: 3285 Main St, Keokuk
For More Information/Appointment:  To make an appointment at Keokuk-Great River Health System, call 319-524-6274.
What:  Not enough time to bake Christmas cookies? Then come to our Cookie Walk! Hundreds of dozens of cookies will be available for you to fill up your bucket for just $10 per bucket. A variety of cookies of all shapes and sizes will be waiting for you to choose from. Come early, as they sell out fast.
When:  November 29
Where:  First United Church of Christ, 611 Columbia St, Burlington 
For More Information:  Visit
What:  Please join us to see what's new this year - ornaments, gifts and poinsettias!
When:  November 30, 9 AM - 5 PM; December 1, 9 AM - 12 PM
Where: Zaiser's Florist and Greenhouse,  2400 Sunnyside Ave, Burlington 
For More Information: Call  319-752-6871 or email 
What:  Winter Golf Leagues at the new Shankopotamus Golf Academy at Lambo's sponsored by Top Tracer. Senior, Ladies, Couples and 2-person teams available. 
Monday - Thursday morning, afternoon, and evening leagues available.
When:  Beginning in December for 16 weeks
Where: Spirit Hollow, 5592 Clubhouse Dr, Burlington
For More Information: Contact  Jayson Wulf, 319-752-0004 or visit 
What:  Experience that nostalgic, warm-fuzzy feeling with your family in our beautiful Downtown Burlington this Christmas.   Spend a few hours making small crafts, painting pottery, creating a family photo, listening to Christmas stories, and watching "Elf" at the Burlington Capitol Theater.   Take Away Hunger will be set up in our Gallery; your family can help package a unique mix of rice, soy, vegetables, and vitamins to feed the world.   $10 per child (add $2 if ages 9 and up want to paint mug instead of ornament).   Space is limited, and you must pay at time of registration to save your family's spot. S ponsored by Midwest Eye Clinic.
When:  December 1, 9 AM - 12 PM or 1 - 4 PM; December 8, 9 AM - 12 PM or 1 - 4 PM
For More Information/to Register: Call 319-754-8069 or visit
What:  Loved ones are remembered and honored each year through the Love Tree program. With donations of $25 or more, ornaments accompanied by their names will be placed on donors' choices of three trees. A Love Tree Celebration Ceremony will be held where donors will be invited to celebrate their loved ones through prayer, reading of the names, presentation of ornaments and refreshments.
When:  Ceremony is December 20, 10 AM
Where: Mercy Plaza Lobby, 1221 S Gear Ave, West Burlington
For More Information: Call Melissa Jones, Director of Marketing and Communications, at 319-768-3300
What:  The holidays are fast approaching, and that means it's time to make your list and check it twice! Looking for gifts to better people's health and happiness? Bickel's is the perfect place to visit. A bicycle is truly a gift that gives back forever, opening doors to a world of freedom and possibility.
When:  Now - December 25
Where:  Bickel's Cycling and Fitness, 305 E Agency Rd, West Burlington
For More Information: Visit
What:  Looking for a special 'Thank You' for your customers or employees? Order your promotional products for holiday appreciation and employee recognition gifts today through Vernon Promotions. Special pricing available on most items, and take advantage of free shipping on hundreds of products. Get your brand on with Vernon Promotions.
When: N ow through December 31
Where: V isit 
For More Information:  Contact Andrea Riley or 319-753-3448 
What: SE Iowa Beer and Wine Tour, December 1, 9 AM - 9 PM, $50; Ski Winter Park, January 5 - 10, $735 for adults and $300 for children 12 and under. Call Emily Stumpf at 319-457-2961; Ski Utah February 23 - Mar 1, $1430 for adults. Call Paul Kay at

What:  Make up for years of bad gift giving with gift cards available for the holidays at Teriyaki Madness. Available for purchase at the Burlington location or visit
Where:  Teriyaki Madness, 1035 Lawrence Dr Ste108, Burlington 
For More Information:  Call 319-753-BOWL 
What:  Did you know that one-third of the population 65 and older fall each year? Do not let you or your loved ones become a statistic. Universal Therapy Group has a wide variety of programs including Fall Risk and Injury Prevention Programs to help keep you and your loved ones safe this winter season.
Where:  Universal Therapy Group, 2750 Mt Pleasant St Ste 104, Burlington
For More Information:  Call Universal Therapy Group at 319-752-7727 or e-mail Scott Leinbach 
What: T he Turf dome being constructed next to the Burlington Regional RecPlex is nearing completion. The company who is installing  it is in need of labor to help complete the installation. They need help in a general labor sense, no specific skills are required. They will pay $17/hour for 2 days work - on November 30 and December 1. If interested, please call Brian or Jenny at Temp Associates at 319-754-8857.



Brenda's Chuckwagon

Julie Andrews Allstate Agency

The Outpost Bar & Grill


Downtown Burlington
November 24
5 - 8 PM

SunnyBrook Assisted Living
December 6
4 PM

Greater Burlington Partnership
December 8
7:15 - 9 AM

Burlington Golf Club
December 10
5 - 7 PM

Downtown Burlington
December 15
10 AM - 2 PM

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