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!
The jolly old elf himself will be greeting visitors in downtown Burlington again this season at Nancy Neafie Park on the corner of Sixth & Jefferson. Santa will be at his cottage during the Holiday Shop Hops on Thursdays from 6 - 8 PM until Christmas. Cameras are welcome. Letters to Santa can be left in the mail slot at his cottage.
What:  The Annual Dinner of the Greater Burlington Partnership is a great time to showcase your business by donating to the Silent Auction. Businesses that donate to the Silent Auction are recognized in the program and on the bid sheets for their donation. Businesses can donate a basket, products or gift certificates, or a monetary donation, and the volunteers will do the shopping for you. 
For More Information:  Contact Kay Sackville Breuer or 319-208-0041
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
Christmas Buffet Dinner at The Edgewater Grill
What: Join us for a C hristmas Dinner Buffet.  All are welcome, reservations are not necessary.
When:   December 25, 11 AM - 8 PM.
Where: Edgewater Grille at Catfish Bend, 3001 Winegard Drive
For More Information: Contact Carole Halicki or 319-753-2946
Livestrong at the YMCA
What:  The Burlington Y is running a FREE program for cancer survivors in the area. It is open to any adult who has had a cancer diagnosis and at any stage of recovery or treatment. Specially trained instructors guide participants through areas of exercise focusing on cardio endurance, strength, flexibility and balance. The twice weekly classes are tailored to the needs and abilities of the participants. Included is a membership to the Burlington YMCA for the run of the program in order to encourage participants to work on their fitness goals outside of class time. Registration is open from now until the program begins January 8.
When:   January 8, 2019, 1 PM - 2:15 PM
Where:  Burlington Area YMCA, 2410 Mt Pleasant, Burlington
For More Information:  Contact  Jo Helling or 319-753-6734
Dr. JoEllen Hoth Retirement
What:  Join us in celebrating the retirement of Dr. JoEllen Hoth, who will be retiring on December 31, 2018 after 50 years. (No gifts please)
When:   December 15, 1 PM - 4 PM
Where:  First Congregational Church, 313 North 4 St, Burlington
For More Information:  Contact  Andrew Hoth
The Longest Day - Early Bird Registration Deadline December 21
What:  The Longest Day - the longest day of daylight is the day we fight! Help fight Alzheimer's by getting involved in this DIY on YOUR schedule event! Centered around the June 21 summer solstice, the longest day of light in the year, participants choose ANY activity to raise funds to support local free services and research on ANY date that works for them (special messaging focus on June 21). The only limitation is your creativity! Club or restaurant partnership event, scrap-booking, trail ride, block party, bake sale, trivia night. concert, sport, video or bridge tournament - you name it - anything goes!  Register before  December 21 deadline to receive an upgraded dry fit special edition tee, a signature TLD cooler and specialized toolkit to organize and run your event.
For More Information:  Contact  Michelle, visit or 800-272-3900
New Years Eve at Bent River
What:  Bent River will be open for a special New Years Eve celebration! We have early reservation spots at 5, 6, & 7. Want to make a night of it? This is the place to be! Drink & dinner specials with free live entertainment by Double Vision starting at 9 PM. Call for your evening reservations at 7, 8, or 9.
When:   December 31
Where:  Bent River, 500 Jefferson Street, Burlington
For More Information: Contact Mike Anderson or 319-209-2773
Holiday Pet Parade
What:  Dress your pet up for a chance at a pet gift basket. Santa will be here from 2 PM to 4 PM, and the parade will be at 3 PM. $5 entry fee goes to the Des Moines County Humane Society. Call Sunnybrook with questions or to register your pet for the parade.
When:   December 21, 2 PM - 4 PM
Where:  Sunnybrook Burlington Assisted Living and Memory Care, 5175 West Ave, Burlington
For More Information: Contact  Ashlee Hoskins or 319-752-0260
Big Muddy's Brunch with Santa!
What:  Sunday Brunch Buffet with Santa! Hot Chocolate & Smores bar, and fun holiday drink specials. Kids 12 and under eat free (limit 2 per ticket). $1 off adult brunch with donations (outerwear, non-perishables, animal shelter items).
When:   December 16, 10 AM - 2 PM
Where:  Big Muddy's, 710 N Front St, Burlington
For More Information: Contact 3 19-753-1699
Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center Blood Drive
What:  Burlington City and Des Moines County Employees Blood Drive
When:   December 20, 11:30 AM - 2 PM
Where:  Burlington Public Library, 210 Court St, Burlington
To Donate: C all the Blood Center at 800-747-5401 x 1281
PZAZZ! NYE Comedy Night 
What:  Jimmy Pardo, as seen on the Tonight Show, Conan and the Late Late Show headlines the PZAZZ! NYE Comedy Show. Also featuring Hannah Hogan, host of "We're having a good time" podcast. 21 and over show. $25 general reserved admission in advance. VIP tables of 6 for $300 include appetizer platter, beer bucket and champagne. Tickets on sale now at or in person at Catfish Bend Casino Player Services.
When:  December 31, 6:30 PM doors open; 7:30 PM s how. 
Where:  PZAZZ! Convention and Event Center, 3001 Winegard Dr, Burlington
For More Information: Contact Megan Bell or   319-237-4318 
NYE at Boogaloo Sports Bar and Grill 
What:  Kinny Kindig rings in the new year at Boogaloo Sports Bar and Grill. No cover, 21 and over.
When:   December 31, 10 PM
Where:  Boogaloo Sports Bar and Grill, 3001 Winegard Dr, Burlington
For More Information: Contact Megan Bell or   319-237-4318 
Lowest Prices of the Year at Universal Fitness
What:  Universal Fitness offers the community our lowest prices of the year; $30/month for a single gym membership and $55/month for couples. All gym memberships include unlimited group classes. This is the best time to get committed to those 2019 New Year's resolutions.
When:   Now - January
Where:  Universal Fitness, 2750 Mt Pleasant St Ste 104, Burlington
For More Information:  Call Universal Fitness at 319-208-1744 or email Kamryn Ell
Blondes vs. Brunettes 2019 
What:  Love playing football? Enjoy cheering your team on for the win? Help out a great cause while doing something you love! Blondes vs. Brunettes is a The Longest Day fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association and is currently seeking volunteers and players for the 2019 season. Prefer to help on the side lines or behind the scenes?  Not a problem!  Multiple areas to volunteer are available. Visit to register.
When:   Registration now open
For More Information: Email  Sean Jellema
Participate in The Longest Day to Help Fight Alzheimer's
What: T he longest day of daylight is the day we fight! Help fight Alzheimer's by scheduling a fundraising event. Focused on the summer solstice, June 21 the longest day of light in the year - participants choose any  activity to raise funds to support local, free services and research on any date that works for them (with a special messaging focus on June 21). The only limitation is your creativity! Club or restaurant partnership event, scrap-booking, trail ride, block party, bake sale, trivia night, concert, sport, video or bridge tournament, you name it - anything goes!
Where:  Alzheimer's Association, 1730 28 St, West Des Moines, IA
For More Information:  Contact Michelle or call 319-237-4900
Reflexology at The Broom Closet/Healing Haven
What:  Reflexology can make a difference. We offer protocols that include PTSD/anxiety, lymphatic drainage, peripheral neuropathy, autoimmune/Fibromyalgia, hospice/chemotherapy, and all over well-being. Call for more information or to schedule a session.
When:  Wednesdays - Saturdays
Where:  The Broom Closet/Healing Haven, 1110 Agency St, Burlington 
For More Information: Call 319-855-4013
Volunteer Your Skills and Help End Alzheimer's
What:  You can help us make it happen - a world without Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's Association is looking for passionate, inspired volunteers who want to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's disease in our communities in SE Iowa. Whether you can spare a few hours a month, or make a more significant time commitment, please consider becoming a volunteer. Multiple areas of service are available, including community educators, support group facilitators, event planners and community outreach and awareness. Support and training resources are available for volunteer positions.
Where:  In-person and virtual opportunities available. 
For More Information:  Contact Michelle or call 319-237-4900
Shop Recycled 2 You
What:  Recycled 2 You, located inside of Area Recyclers, is stocked with great gift items such as bird feeders, baskets, wine bottle faces, lighted liquor bottles, plus purses and tote bags for Hawkeyes, Cubs, and Chiefs fans! Stop in today - mention seeing this and get a free sports bottle with any purchase!
When: Open Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 4 PM and December 8 & 22, 8 - 11:30 AM
Where: Des Moines County Regional Solid Waste Commission,  1818 W Burlington Ave, Burlington
For More Information:  Contact Darven Kendell or 319-753-8126 
New Job Opportunities at DVIP
What:  The Domestic Violence Intervention Program is hiring for two new positions within their southern rural communities thanks to a new grant. The position descriptions for rural program manager and rural advocacy specialist are listed on our website. DVIP encourages anyone interested to reach out with questions.
When: Deadline December 19
Where: Mount Pleasant
For More Information:  Contact Alta Medea-Peters or Email



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December 19
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