What:   The 2019 Iowa Legislative Session is just around the corner. Eggs & Issues kicks off this Saturday. Come hear your elected officials talk about their agenda for the upcoming session. Breakfast is $5.
When:  December 8, 7:15 AM breakfast; 7:30 AM forum
Where:  Greater Burlington Partnership, 610 N 4th St Ste 200, Burlington 
For More Information:  Contact Rachel Lindeen or 319-208-0046
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:  Help us capture photos and videos of the event! GROUVE is a photo-sharing app specifically for the Greater Burlington Partnership's events. Just follow these simple steps to get started: 1) Simply download the "GROUVE" app from the app store or Google Play, 2) Sign up for an account, 3) Join a grouve and enter the code "GBPHBS," 4) Take photos to tell the story of the event. It's that simple! Get your GROUVE on with us at the Holiday Business Showcase!
When: December 10, 5 - 7 PM
Where: Burlington Golf Club, 2124 Sunnyside Ave, Burlington
For More Information: Contact Dustin Roth or 319-208-0048
Join Downtown Partners for a magical night! Dozens of storefronts in downtown Burlington will come to life during Living Windows on December 13 from 6 - 8 PM. Enjoy carolers, ice carving, puppet shows, crafts, a festival of trees, free horse drawn trolley rides, marshmallow roasting, and much more. Living Windows is presented by Pritchard Broadcasting.
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, including the night of Living Windows on December 13. Cameras are welcome. Letters to Santa can be left in the mail slot at his cottage.
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:  The Annual Dinner of the Greater Burlington Partnership is a great time to showcase your business by donating to the Silent Auction. Businesses who 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
Brian Dixon at Bent River 
What:  Come for dinner and stay for the music of Brian Dixon with easy, relaxing songs that we all love.
When:  December 7, at 8 PM
Where:  Bent River, 500 Jefferson St, Burlington
For More Information: Contact  Mike Anderson, Ben Harris at 319-209-2773, or visit
$5 Off Flash Sale for 2019 Mardi Gras Festival Tickets 
What: The  2019 Elks Mardi Gras will be here soon - on March 2 at the PZAZZ! Convention and Event Center. Get your tickets now and give them as gift for the holidays! Visit Weird Harold's on October 8 and receive $5 off your 2019 Mardi Gras Festival tickets, normally $35. Then join us at Mardi Gras 2019, Burlington Elks Lodge 84's most merriest and craziest festival in the area! With more games and festival fun, fantastic cajun and festival food - that is almost better than being at the French Quarter itself. Over $20,000 has been given back to our area community with this Elks event, and we need you to help raise those funds for charity. Cash only please.
When:  December 8, 10 AM - 5 PM
Where:  Weird Harold's, 411 Jefferson St, Burlington
For More Information: Contact  Burlington Elks Lodge 84 or 319-753-5281
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
Put a Huge Smile on Their Face
What:  In our humble opinion, a new Bickel's bicycle it's the best gift you can give. Designed for fun, built to last, our bikes are expertly assembled and built to ride better, last longer, and made to stand-up to whatever your kid throws at it! Super smart features include the exclusive Trek Dialed Fit System which allows bikes to grow along with your child, carrying them safely to and from many adventures ahead. Check out our bikes along with other great gift ideas at our shop this holiday season!
When:   Now - December 24
Where:  Bickel's Cycling & Fitness, 305 E Agency Rd, West Burlington
For More Information: Visit
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 would like to offer 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, scrapbooking, 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 
Loyalty Rewards at Shug's Tiny Town & Educational Toys
What:  Join our Loyalty Reward Program today. It's completely free, and who doesn't love to get rewarded for shopping? You earn one point for every dollar you spend and once you get to 100 points, you receive $10 off your next purchase.
When: Store hours are Monday - Saturday, 9 AM - 7 PM
Where:  Shug's Tiny Town & Educational Toys, 3200 Agency St Ste 120, Burlington 
For More Information:  Contact  Ashley, Store Manager, at 319-754-7484, visit, or Facebook  
Great River Friends to Hold Book Fair  
What:  Great River Friends is sponsoring a Collective Goods book and gift fair.  Besides books, hundreds of items will be available at reduced prices. They include educational products, toys, music collections and stationery.
When:  December 7, 10 AM - 4 PM
Where: Great River Klein Center, 1307 S Gear Ave, West Burlington
For More Information: C all Volunteer Services at 319-768-3340
Great River Hospice Offers Holiday Grief Workshop   
What:  Great River Hospice is sponsoring a workshop to help people cope with loss during the holidays. At this time of year, events that once were anticipated with joy may become painful reminders that loved ones are no longer here to celebrate. Light refreshments will be available. The program is for the public, regardless of whether they have used Great River Hospice services
When: December 7, 5:30 - 7 PM
Where:  Great River Klein Center, 1307 S Gear Ave, West Burlington
For More Information: C all 319-768-3350 or 877-404-4766
Charlie Brown Is Coming to Town   
What:  Burlington Civic Music presents the musical theater concert adaptation of the beloved Charles Schulz television special created in 1967. Seen by millions, this ensemble cast is accompanied by live music as A Charlie Brown Christmas - Live is enjoyed on stage.Tickets are $45 for adults, $10 for students.
When: December 7, 7:30 PM
Where: Burlington Memorial Auditorium, 200 N Front St, Burlington
For More Information: Call 319-752-0336
Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra's Hollydaze Concert    
What:  The holidays are here! Join us for our annual Hollydaze Pops Concert, featuring a mix of fabulous holiday favorites that will get you and your family in the mood for the holidays! As always, this concert is free for everyone. We hope you'll join us in ringing in this year's holiday season!
When:  December 8, 3 PM
Where:  Iowa Wesleyan University Chapel Auditorium, 601 N Main St, Mt Pleasant
For More Information: Visit
Players Workshop Seeks Cast for Winter Show 
What:  Players Workshop is holding open auditions for the dramedy Heroes by Gerard Sibleyras (trans. by Tom Stoppard). The cast calls for 3 older men, ages 60s or 70s, to portray 3 retired WWI vets who are plotting their escape from their nursing/retirement home. The director is also looking for a life-sized stone dog for the set.
When:  December 9 - 10, 7 PM
Where:  Players Workshop, 1431 Grove St, Burlington 
For More Information:  Call director Mary Krohlow at 319-752-8501, visit Facebook or
Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center Blood Drive
What:  Burlington Innovative Learning Academy Blood Drive
When:  December 11, 10 AM - 1 PM
Where:  Burlington Community High School, 421 Terrace Ave, Burlington
To Donate: C all the Burlington Innovative Learning Academy at 319-753-2211
Lunch at the Top 
What:  Take a breather from a hectic schedule with a delicious lunch starting with ham balls or turkey tetrazzini. Choose two sides of soup, Jell-O, tater tots or green beans and a delicious dessert. Finish your meal with coffee, tea or lemonade, all for just $6. Call to order a carry-out meal, or enjoy your meal in our Social Hall.
When: December 13
Where:  First United Church of Christ, 611 Columbia St, Burlington 
For More Information: Visit
Michael Londra's Celtic Yuletide at The Legacy Theater   
What: Michael Londra, the Irish tenor best known as the voice of Riverdance on Broadway, presents an evening of "Christmas from Ireland" told in song, dance and classic stories of his youth. You will hear traditional, heartwarming Irish carols like "Winter, Fire and Snow" and versions of Christmas songs like "Silent Night." The evening will also feature Celtic songs of New Ireland, including Michael's popular carol "Beyond the Star." Michael also sings many carols more familiar to international audiences like "O Come Emmanuel" and "The First Noel" but sung in a more Celtic traditional style.
When: December 13, 7 PM; December 14, 7 PM;  December 15, 2 PM
Where: The Legacy Theater, 1160 Buchanan St, Carthage, IL 62321 
For More Information: Visit
What:  Boogaloo Sports Bar and Grill wooden nickels must be redeemed no later than December 28.
Where: Boogaloo Sports Bar and Grill, 3001 Winegard Dr, Burlington
For More Information: Contact Megan Bell or 319-237-4318 
What:  Jimmy Pardo and Hannah Hogan will laugh you into the New Year at PZAZZ! Convention and Event Center. Tickets on sale now at or in person at Catfish Bend Casino Player Services. $25 general admission, table of 6 with appetizers platter, beer bucket and champagne is $300.
When: December 31, 6 PM doors open
Where: PZAZZ! Convention and Event Center, 3001 Winegard Dr, Burlington 
For More Information: Contact Megan Bell or 319-237-4318 
What:  Spend NYE at The PZAZZ! Resort and party in the new year at FunCity. Standard room for up to 4 includes free admission to Ballocity (kids 12 and under), $40 gamebucks card at FunCity, one 16 inch two topping pizza with pitcher of soda and free breakfast at Edgewater Grill for up to 4 persons. Just $199 plus tax.
When: December 31
Where: The PZAZZ! Resort Hotel, 3001 Winegard Dr, Burlington 
For More Information/Reservations: Call 319-753-2946 
Cold Stone Creamery Holiday Creations  
What:  Dark Chocolate Merry Mint - with Ghirardelli peppermint pieces and Oreo cookies, now at Cold Stone Creamery. Check out holiday ice cream cakes and treats.
When: During the month of December, Sunday - Thursday, 11 AM - 9 PM; Friday & Saturday, 11 AM - 10 PM
Where:  Cold Stone Creamery at PZAZZ!, 3001 Winegard Dr, Burlington 
For More Information: Contact  Carole Halicki or 319-237-4275 
Self-Care for the Holidays  
What:  Shopping, wrapping, cooking, baking, cleaning, decorating, it goes on and on. Holidays are the best time of the year, but they are a lot of work! Help to stay in the holiday spirit by taking care of yourself. Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water - and schedule yourself a massage. We offer 60 minute full body massage for $60, 30 minute area focus massage for $30, Reflexology to rejuvenate your entire system (and it feels good on your feet) $30, and our newest menu item - 30 minute Headache/Stress Relief only $25 during the month of December. Gift certificates are always available.
When: Call and schedule today 
Where:  The Broom Closet/Healing Haven, 1110 Agency St, Burlington  
For More Information: Contact  The Broom Closet or 319-855-4013
Make Your Holiday Party a Success with Kempker's True Value & Rental
What:  From tables, chairs, linens, and settings to cooking essentials, you can buy what you want and rent what you need! View our catalog online.
Where: Kempker's True Value and Rental, 608 S 9 St, Burlington
For More Information: Call  Kempker's True Value & Rental at 319-752-1584 or visit
Wildlife Lakes Elk Farm 
What:  Purchase for yourself or give a holiday gift of elk meat products. All cuts available and can be shipped.
Where: Wildlife Lakes Elk Farm,  13810 Washington Rd, West Burlington 
For More Information: Contact  Henry Bohlen or 319 7597548
The SPA Gift Certificate Special 
What:  Available daily at The SPA at Catfish Bend, buy a $100 Spa gift certificate and receive a $20 Spa gift certificate free.
When: Available in store during business hours
Where:  The Spa at Catfish Bend, 3001 Winegard Dr, Burlington 
For More Information: Call The Spa at  319-237-1271
Pig Out Freezer Meals 
What:  Pig Out is offering precooked frozen meals - packaged for individuals or families. Offerings include our Pig Out originals as well as specialty items that change weekly. Details and ordering can be found at
Where:  Pig Out, 510 Meadow St, Mediapolis 
For More Information: Contact  Pig Out, 319-394-9777, or visit
Memberships Are Here
What:  We now offer 3 month and yearly memberships for up to 4 members. A membership will allow you to come play anytime our doors are open and receive 10% off one item every time you come to play.
When: Monday - Saturday, 9 AM - 6 PM; 7 PM store closes
Where:  Shug's Tiny Town, 3200 Agency St Ste 120, Burlington 
For More Information: Contact  Ashley, Store Manager, at 319-754-7484, visit, or Facebook
What:  Leadership, communication and organizational skills needed. Previous retail experience preferred. Competitive pay and benefits offered.
When: Apply now
Where:  Huffman's Farm and Home, 201 E Agency Rd, West Burlington
For More Information: Visit our Farm and Home Store or email your resume
What:  Keep inventory organized and stocked in your assigned area specifically in the clothing area. Use POS system to manage inventory and order/transfer as necessary. Learn cash register and help checkout customers. Retail experience preferred.
When: Apply now
Where:  Huffman's Farm and Home, 201 E Agency Rd, West Burlington
For More Information: Visit our Farm and Home Store or email your resume



Brenda's Chuckwagon

Julie Andrews Allstate Agency

The Outpost Bar & Grill



Hy-Vee Basin
December 19
4:30 - 5 PM

Hopefully Yours
January 18
11:30 AM - 12 PM

Greater Burlington Partnership
December 8
7:15 - 9 AM

Burlington Golf Club
December 10
5 - 7 PM

Downtown Burlington
December 13
 6 - 8 PM

Downtown Burlington
December 15
10 AM - 2 PM

Thursdays until Christmas
6 - 8 PM

For all events going on at the Greater Burlington Partnership, click  here.

View the December Issue of  The 
Check us out and get the latest news from the Greater Burlington Partnership.
   Click here 
to go to this month's newsletter.



Friday Facts submissions are accepted until noon on Thursday each week.  All Chamber of Commerce members are eligible to submit.

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