Living Windows      
What: Join Downtown Partners for a magical night! Dozens of storefronts in Downtown Burlington will come to life during Living Windows. Enjoy carolers, ice carving, puppet shows, crafts, a festival of trees, free horse drawn trolley rides, marshmallow roasting, and much more. Living Windows is sponsored by Bickford of Burlington.
When: Thursday, December 16, 6 - 8 PM
Where: Downtown Burlington 
For More Information: Amy Moyner, 319-208-0056
Exclusive Chamber Member Holiday Offer   
What: The Iowa Association of Chambers of Commerce and Fareway Food Store announces their exclusive Chamber member offer. Gift Card discount pricing is available as well as 15% savings on your meat market bundles. Valid online only. Click here for all the details to give the great gift of Fareway groceries and meat to someone on your list!
When: Now through December 31
Where: Burlington Fareway Food Store 
For More Information: Website 
Join us Today for Eggs & Issues!    
What: All Chamber of Commerce members are invited to join us for the December Eggs & Issues. You may either join us in-person or via Zoom. Hear from your elected officials as they discuss and preview the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session. You may submit questions during the event.
When: Friday, December 3, 8 AM
Where: Greater Burlington Partnership or Zoom 
For More Information: 319-208-0046, Rachel Lindeen
Holiday Business Showcase 2022!     
What: This year's Showcase was a blast! If you'd like to be the Premier sponsor for the event in 2022, or host a Booth for your business, NOW is the time to sign up. It will be all new and exciting again next year.
For More Information: Cindy Henry, 319-208-0052
Have a Party!    
What: Book your Party Now! Host a Business After Hours to showcase your business to Chamber members and their employees. Celebrate your new location, grand opening, remodel, or just because! Great exposure and solid networking for your business. Act now! Only two dates still available: January 13 and March 10.
When: Reserving Now!
For More Information: Cindy Henry, 319-208-0052
Deadline Is Today To Nominate A Business!  
What: The Greater Burlington Partnership is accepting nominations for the 2021 Community Awards: Business Person of the Year, Community Impact of the Year, Champion of Hidden Talent, Best Renovation to a Facility, YP of the Year, and the Downtown Distinction Award.
Submissions may be self-nominations or by a third party. Award winners will be announced during the Annual Dinner on January 28, 2022. Community Awards
When: Nomination deadline is Friday, December 3.
For More Information: Mac Holford, 319-208-0040
The Annual Dinner Is Almost Here  
What: Reserve your spot now for the Annual Dinner, which returns to its traditional format and venue. Celebrate the award winners, participate in the Live or Silent Auction, or Win a Raffle Basket. This is a don't-miss premier event! Tables, Half Tables and some Individual Tickets are available.
When: Friday, January 28
Where: Catfish Bend Convention Center
For More Information: Cindy Henry, 319-208-0052
You Can Be the Chamber Member of The Month!  
What: Would you like to be spotlighted as Member of the Month in The Partnership newsletter in 2022? Write an article, combine text and photos to showcase your business, or design a traditional advertisement. It's your chance to be creative and bring lots of visibility to all Partnership readers! Reserve your month now! You will be one of 12 Members of the Month for 2022!
For More Information: Cindy Henry, 319-208-0052
Create a Legacy for Our Community!      
What: Whether you think you are extraordinary or ordinary you can leave a legacy for generations to come with the help of the Community Foundation of Des Moines County.
We simplify giving to the causes you care about and can help you discover a cause worthy of your giving. Contact us today!
For More Information: CFDMC Website
Players Workshop Holding Open Auditions        
What: Players Workshop will hold open auditions for "Passengers" by Sam Bobrick, a series of eight short, interconnected plays, all taking place in a Midwestern bus station, which opens in February 2022. The cast can be as small as 2 males/2 females, each playing various roles throughout, or can be expanded dramatically to allow for more roles with more actors. Age range is from young newlywed to retirement age. No advance preparation is necessary.
When: December 12 - 13, 7 - 9 PM
Where: Players Workshop, 1431 Grove St, Burlington 
For More Information: Call Director Mary Fox, 319-750-6046, Facebook Page, or Website
Drinking Spelling Bee at Burlington Bent River Brewing Company         
What: Are you good at spelling? If so, you could win beer! Join us for a buzzed up Spelling Bee! $10 entry fee includes your first round of spellin' juice, up to four rounds if you can avoid the sting of defeat! Must be 21 years of age to enter.
When: Thursday evenings - December 9, 16 & 23. "BEE" here at 6 PM for registration and your first round of drinks.
Where: Burlington Bent River Brewing Company, 500 Jefferson St, Burlington  
For More Information: Tyler, 319-209-2773 
Cotillion Club          
What: Cotillion Club Christmas Dance. The music will be provided by the Portable Playlist DJ. Attire for this dance is semi-formal and refreshments will be provided. Non-member door fee is $25 per couple and public is always invited to attend.
When: Friday, December 10, 7:30 - 10:30 PM
Where: Burlington Eagles Club, 2727 Mount Pleasant St, Burlington  
For More Information: Marilyn Carhoff, 319-750-1655, Email
Finding Your Productivity and Focus in a Hyper-Interrupted, E-Distracted World           
What: E-mail. Texts. Interruptions. Phone Calls. Project Transitions. Office Clutter. Social and other Media. Smart Phones and Apps. Even Family and Friends. These common distractions make it almost impossible to get anything done, especially for those of us now “working from home”. It seems like there is always SOMETHING getting in the way of what you really need to do. But with some forethought and effective strategies, as well as some discipline, it is possible to find your focus, even in a hyper-distracted world. We'll have a fun time sharing "game plan" ideas for getting and keeping your distractions under control, and finding critical "focused productivity" time every day, leading to both performance, and clarity of mind with purpose.
When: Tuesday, December 14, 9 - 10:30 AM
Where: Virtually via Zoom   
For More Information: CBIZ, 319-208-5375, Website, Email
Alliant Credit Union Is Evolving         
What: Alliant Credit Union will become AIM Credit Union on January 1, 2022. The change reflects their growth and recognizes their three largest member groups: Alliant Energy, Industry employees, and medical employees.
When: January 1, 2022
Where: 3001 Sylvania Drive, Burlington
For More Information: Website
Dance Lessons Make a Great Christmas Gift         
What: Have a child that loves to dance? Why not give the gift of dance for Christmas? We still have openings.
When: We can start them before Christmas or after the 1st of the year. We also have dancewear and shoes to get them started.
Where: 315 N Main St, Downtown Burlington
For More Information: Call Cheryl's School of Dance, 319-752-1301, or Email
Christmas is Here With SpotOn!         
What: We’re offering an AMAZING special for any merchants who sign up for our SpotOn Restaurant POS or our brand new SpotOn Retail POS Solutions - software fees will be waived thru July 2022- a HUGE savings! And as always, no long term contracts, or processing ‘junk fees’.
When: For any merchants who sign up before December 17, 2021
Where: Anywhere!
For More Information: Contact Chris at SpotOn, 319-217-8948, or Email
Countdown to 2022 at Catfish Bend Casino             
What: Join us for a champagne toast & FREE party favors. 
When: December 31, 2021 – January 1, 2022
Where: Catfish Bend Convention & Event Center, 3001 Winegard Dr, Burlington  
For More Information: Call 319-753-2946
Santa Claus is Coming to Shug's!          
What: Santa will be available for visits and photos with children. Free goodie bag for the first 25 children to visit!
When: Saturday, December 4, 2 - 4 PM
Where: Shug's Tiny Town, 820 Ave G, Fort Madison, IA 
For More Information: Website
Domestic Violence Intervention Program Seeks Gift Card Donations            
What: The Domestic Violence Intervention Program is seeking gift card donations for the holidays. Gift cards for grocery stores, gas stations, and Wal-Mart are the most requested.
When: Saturday, December 4, 2 - 4 PM
Where: Contact us at 1105 S Gilbert Ct, Iowa City, Iowa 
For More Information: Ally Tippie, 319-359-9353, Email
New Year's Eve TV Bash            
What: 5 Winners every hour, on the half hour. Winners receive a Smart LED TV!
One electronic entry for every 50 points earned each day during December. Check-in required, 3 PM - 1:25 AM. 5x Entries on Mondays & Tuesdays in December.
* See Players’ Club for details.
When: December 31, 2021 – January 1, 2022, 4:30 PM – 1:30 AM
Where: Catfish Bend Convention & Event Center, 3001 Winegard Dr, Burlington  
For More Information: Call 319-753-2946 
Impromp-tune Dueling Pianos NYE            
What: Ring in the New Year! Impromp-tune Dueling Pianos.
Featuring, Aaron Lotzow & Annette Seibers. Free to Public. 21 and over show.
When: New Year’s Eve, Friday, December 31, 10 PM – Close
Where: Boogaloo Sports Bar and Grill, 3001 Winegard Dr, Burlington
For More Information: Call 319-237-8355 
Planning an Office Holiday Party?             
What: Look no further than "It's Electric Entertainment". Our stylish staff will turn your drab, corporate get-together into a fun-filled and festive event for all! We offer amazing DJ services, interactive Photo Booths, and so much more! Karaoke? We've Got It. Trivia? We Rock It. And the most extensive music library in the Southeast IA Region! Without a doubt we have the perfect services for your event!
Be sure to thank your employees for a crazy 2021 and amplify your holiday parties this season with "It's Electric"!
When: December - February
Where: We bring the party wherever you are! 
For More Information: Website
Toys For Tots Bicycle Donations         
What: We welcome you to join us at Bickel’s to help make a child’s Christmas extra special by donating a brand-new bicycle &/or helmet to the 16th Annual Semi of Love Toy Drive! Special pricing, professional assembly & free delivery!
Donations will benefit the children of Des Moines, Henry, Lee, Louisa, Henderson, Iowa, & Clark Counties.
When: December 3 & 4, and December 10 & 11
Where: Multiple locations 
For More Information: Toys for Tots, 319-572-6590, Website
The Gift of Fitness, Fresh Air, and Smiles          
What: O' what fun it is to ride! For the best morning ever, choose from bicycles and all the cool gear that goes with plus home fitness equipment that keeps you in the game. We have some awesome Merry-making gift ideas this holiday season.
When: This Holiday Season
Where: Bickel's Cycling & Fitness, 305 East Agency Road, West Burlington 
For More Information: Website
What: You Shouldn’t Laugh at THIS! Comedy Tour…but you will! New Year’s Eve Comedy Show. VIP tables of six for $300; Includes 6 seats, NYE party favors, a bucket of beer & bottle of champagne! Reserved Theatre Seating – $30 advance/ $40 door. 21+Over show. Mature Audiences Only. No refunds.
When: Friday, December 31, at Catfish Bend Convention & Event Center.
Doors open at 6 PM. Show starts at 7 PM. Advance ticket sales end at 12 PM. Tickets can be purchased at the door beginning at 5 PM. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Where: Catfish Bend Convention & Event Center, 3001 Winegard Dr, Burlington  
For More Information: Call 319-753-2946, or visit our Website
The Texas Tenors: Deep in the Heart of Christmas            
What: Billboard #1 Recording Artists and 3-time Emmy Award Winners, The Texas Tenors, in "Deep in the Heart of Christmas", LIVE at The Legacy Theater.
When: 2 shows! Friday, December 19, 4 PM (tickets are limited) and 8 PM
Where: The Legacy Theater, 1160 Buchanan St, Carthage, IL
For More Information: 217-357-9479, Website
Catfish Cares Festival of Trees          
What: Trees are decorated by local businesses and non-profit organizations.
Businesses have chosen a non-profit to sponsor. Catfish Bend Casino Players Club members and FunCity FunClub members will vote for their favorite tree.
Ballots can be found in your monthly mailer.
The non-profit or sponsored non-profit organization with the most votes will receive a check for $750, $500, or $250 respectively.
Not a Catfish Bend Players Club member? Membership is Free.
Join today at Players Club and get your voting ballot on the kiosk or ask for a mailer with the voting ballot.
When: December 1 - 24
Where: Catfish Bend Casino, 3001 Winegard Dr, Burlington
For More Information: Call 319-753-2946 
Blitzen Christmas Pop-up Bar           
What: Burlington’s first and only pop-up bar. Enjoy an eclectic festive atmosphere with unique charcuterie boards and specialty cocktails for your holiday get-together!
Reservations recommended.
When: Open 5 PM - Close: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays in December. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Where: Boogaloo Sports Bar and Grill, 3001 Winegard Dr, Burlington
For More Information: Call 319-237-8355 
Fall Family Savings Event at the YMCA          
What: At the Burlington Area YMCA we believe in strengthening families. There are plenty of opportunities to spend quality time with your family at the YMCA: swimming, basketball, and free play just to name a few. Bring your family to the Y now for huge savings:
No Joiner Fee! (Savings of $50)
Reduced monthly membership fees for the first 12 months!
Receive 10 FREE Guest Passes to the Y!
Receive 2 FREE Guest Passes to Tumble Flip & Play!
Receive 50% off one youth sport or swim lesson registration!
When: Now through December 15
Where: Burlington YMCA, 2410 Mount Pleasant St, Burlington
For More Information: Call Blaire at 319-753-6734, ext. 117, or Email to purchase.
Catfish Bend Casino Christmas Cash          
What: 5 Winners will receive $500! One electronic entry for every 50 points earned, each day. Check-in required. 6 - 7:55 PM. 7x entries on Mondays & Tuesdays.
*See Players’ Club for details.
When: November 29 – December 24. Select Fridays in December!
Drawings are December 3, 10, 17, and 24, at 8 PM.
Where: Catfish Bend Casino, 3001 Winegard Dr, Burlington
For More Information: Call 319-753-2946 
Gymnastics & Swim Lessons at the YMCA          
What: Give the gift of experience this Christmas! When you register your child for swim or gymnastics lessons, we will give you a Christmas certificate for them to open for the holidays.
When: Registration opens for YMCA members on Monday, November 29 and for the Community on Monday, December 6. The winter session will begin right after Christmas during the week of December 27.
Where: Burlington YMCA, 2410 Mount Pleasant St, Burlington
For More Information: Call the YMCA at 319-753-6734 or visit us online at Website
Plan Your Event At Whitetail Country Estates          
What: We have dates available for spring/summer of '22. We also have weekend get-away packages at our prestigious, one-of-a-kind lodge in the woods. Make arrangements with Zana to schedule a tour today. Your one-stop venue for all of your needs! We have 6 R-V pads for camping as well! Weddings ~ Retreats ~ Special Occasions.
When: May thru August 2022
Where: Whitetail Country Estates, 1843 Yellowpine Ave, Lockridge, Iowa
For More Information: Zana Ennis, 319-461-4291, Email
Shop Local For The Holidays at Art Center of Burlington            
What: Shop Artisan made gifts this holiday season in our Artist Market which showcases 75+ local and regional artists. More than 50 members featured in our annual "All Member Show" in the Gallery. Buy artsy stocking stuffers in our DIY kit section. Gift cards available in any amount and are good for classes, membership, Gallery Lounge, artwork, and more!
When: Open Tuesday - Thursday, 10 AM - 6 PM, Friday - Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM, Closed Sunday - Monday. Open late on Friday nights in December until 8 PM!
Where: Art Center of Burlington, 301 Jefferson St, Burlington
For More Information: Facebook Page
Burlington Building Bridges      
What: Organizes Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World courses, and has achieved an 88% graduation rate. More than half of the Getting Ahead graduates in Burlington have gone from unemployment to employment since graduating, and all graduates are supported by more than 70 “staying ahead teammates” who serve in mentoring roles. Read Destiny’s story here (Website).
When: The need is on-going.
Where: The Loft, 416 Jefferson St, Burlington   
For More Information: Mona Ash, 319-754-8421, Email, Website
High School Junior/Senior Photography Contest           
What: This is an amazing opportunity for one lucky Junior or Senior from any Burlington high school or homeschool. The winner of this photography contest will get a three-month mentorship with a wonderful local photographer and their very own photography show at the Art Center on April 30, 2022!
When: Deadline to apply is December 15!
Where: Art Center of Burlington, 301 Jefferson St, Burlington
For More Information: Pick up a packet with submission form and contest checklist at the Art Center of Burlington, or Email
Players Workshop Announces December Play: "The Outsider"        
What: "The Outsider," Paul Slade Smith's hilarious political satire about politician Ned Newley, perhaps the most inept politician to ever run for office, will keep audiences rolling in the aisles, as it "skewers politics and celebrates democracy." Due to Covid, masks are required upon entering Players Workshop, and safe distancing will be in place.
When: December 3 - 4 and December 9 - 11, 7:30 PM.
December 5 & 12 at 2 PM (Sunday matinees)
Where: Players Workshop, 1431 Grove St, Burlington 
For More Information: Director Libba Flores, 319-750-3533, Facebook Page, or Website
Toys For Tots Registration             
What: Toys for Tots collection is starting to take place in the area for the local chapter, Hamilton-Walters Detachment 616, Marine Corps League of Burlington, IA.
Henderson County, Illinois residents can register at the Henderson County Health Department.
No registrations will be accepted during Thanksgiving weekend.
The Semi of Love will be at Westland Mall in West Burlington, IA. on Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4.
This year’s toy distribution will be held at Burlington Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, December 11.
When: Registrations will be taken Friday, December 3, 8 AM - 12 PM and 1 - 4 PM
Where: Multiple locations 
For More Information: Toys for Tots, 319-572-6590 
Optimae Life Services: Employment Opportunities   
What: Optimae is looking to fill various roles in our Great River Offices (Keokuk, Fort Madison, Burlington, and Mount Pleasant).
Roles include: Direct Support, Site Team Leaders Service Coordinator (Mount Pleasant only), Registered Nurses for Behavioral Health and Home Health, LISW, ARNP's.
When: We are looking to fill a variety of these roles immediately.
Where: 825 N 6th St, Burlington
For More Information and qualifications: Website
Ribbon Cuttings:

Luxx Limited
Tuesday, December 7
11:30 AM

FunCity Resort Hotel
Tuesday, December 14
11:45 AM


Shop, Wine & Dine,
Downtown Burlington,
December 3, 7 & 10, 5 - 8 PM

Eggs & Issues
Greater Burlington Partnership & Zoom,
December 3, 8 AM

Santa At Santa's Cottage,
Downtown Burlington,
December 4 and 11,
12 - 2 PM

Living Windows,
Downtown Burlington,
December 16,
4 - 8 PM

Young Professionals 505 Social,
The Buffalo Tavern,
December 19,
5:05 PM

The Partnership Office closed for Christmas Holiday,
December 23 and 24

For updates on all events of the Greater Burlington Partnership, click here.
View the
Issue of 
The Partnership

Check out the newsletter to get the latest news from the Greater Burlington Partnership.
to go to the current newsletter.


Friday Facts submissions are accepted until 12 PM on Wednesday each week. All Chamber of Commerce members in good standing are eligible to submit.

Do you know someone who would like to subscribe to Friday Facts? Forward this email and have them click below!

For Email Marketing you can trust.
Email Michael Dear