A List of Tri State Happenings

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Dubuque County Alert Iowa Sign up

Dubuque County is set to begin using Alert Iowa, the state’s emergency notification system, to notify residents of severe weather and other emergencies. All county residents are asked to sign up now to receive these critical emergency alerts.
Signing up for Alert Iowa can be done by:
Creating an account at https://bit.ly/DubuqueAlerts.
Texting “DubuqueIA” to 672-83.
Downloading the Smart911 app from the Apple or Google Play stores. To learn more about Alert Iowa in Dubuque County, visit https://bit.ly/DubuqueAlerts. Additional information on the system is available at www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov.

Veterans Freedom Center

The Veterans Freedom Center in Dubuque is open 10:00am to 3:00pm Saturdays. The Center is located at 2245 Kerper Blvd. The Veterans Freedom Center – serving honorably discharged veterans, active duty military and their families. http://www.veteransfreedomcenter.net/

Dubuque VA Clinic has the NEW COVID 19 Moderna Doses Available for Veterans. WALK-IN Times are Monday to Thursday from 1 pm to 3 pm. The Covid-19 boosters are ready to go; Please take advantage of this free shot for Veterans.

Hillcrest Family Services, based in Dubuque, and Unity Point Health – AbbeHealth Services, based in Cedar Rapids, are offering free brain health coaching sessions for adults and children of any age. The sessions can be scheduled now and will run until June 30. Funded by CARES Act grant monies, the free sessions are offered to residents in nine eastern Iowa counties:  Benton, Bremer, Buchanan, Delaware, Dubuque, Iowa, Johnson, Jones and Linn counties. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call either Hillcrest Family Services at or 563-207-5494 or AbbeHealth at 319-398-3562.

Caregiver Support Group for Caregivers of Dementia Patients/Family Members

24-Hour Care and Oak Park Place host a Caregiver Support group for caregivers taking care of Dementia Patients/family members conducted by trained facilitators. Join them virtually the last Friday of each month at 1:00pm. Contact Sara Kirkpatrick or Nicole Karberg for log in information.
skirkpatrick@oakparkplace.com or phone (563) 585-4152
nicole@24hourcarehha.com or phone (815) 777-2424

Project Recovery Wisconsin.

Are you feeling stressed or anxious because of the pandemic?  Many farmers and farmworkers are experiencing the same feelings of exhaustion, irritability, anger, sleeplessness, and worry. Free, confidential support is available through Project Recovery Wisconsin. Call 833-FARM-HELP to connect with an outreach worker.

June thru August 

The Dubuque Arts Council, in partnership with the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, will host their free 2022 summer series on Sunday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30p from June 5 to August 28 at the Arboretum located at 800 Arboretum Drive. For additional information contact dubuqueartscouncil@gmail.com or (563) 556-7748 or the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at dubuquearboretum.net or call (563) 556-2100.

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Wednesday, July 6

Please join Wesley Christian Community, East Dubuque, IL, for their upcoming Backyard Bash at 6pm. There will be food, music, and worship. This is a free event open to the community. Wesley is next to Dunleith pool (turn on Parklane Dr., at the High School) and is a campus ministry of Grand View Church.

An organ concert at 7 p.m. at Sinsinawa Mound featuring Bruce Bengtson. Mr. Bengtson is currently directing the Cathedral Choir and serving as organist at the two downtown buildings in Madison that make up the Cathedral Parish. Not only has he played concerts in the United States, he has also played in Mexico, Canada and Europe. All visitors to Sinsinawa Mound are to check in with the receptionist for a temperature screening and show proof of vaccination upon arrival. Contact Arrangements at 608-748-4411 or

Saturday, July 9

The Combat Veteran’s Chapter 39-3 APR Pre-Ride/Cruise will begin at 11am at the Elkport Campground, 120 Main St. Registration is from 8:00am to 10:45am and the Ride begins at 11:00am. All proceeds used to assist NE Iowa Veterans, Veterans Organizations and Veteran’s families. Complete event information available on their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/CVMA-39-3-APR-Benefit-RideCruise-1754121358150056

Sunday July 10

29th Annual Julyfest St. Joseph’s Church Parish Grounds in Farley, IA  Polka Mass at 9:30 a.m. by Mollie B and Friends, Mollie B from the Mollie B Polka Party on RFD-TV (Playing in the tent from 10:30 a.m.to Noon). Parade at 11:00 a.m. Float Contest – Cash Prizes Awarded
Serving:  Pulled Pork – Hamburgers – Brats Hot Dogs – Fries
Starting at 10:30 a.m.  Auction at 12:30 p.m. Auction conducted by Markham Auction Service.  Tractor/Vehicle Display, Music, Children’s Rides & Games, Refreshments, Food, Silent Auction, etc.

Thursday, July 14

“Chalk the Walk” will be held from 4p to 6p at Exit Realty, 1200 Cedar Cross Road. This is a free family event with sidewalk chalk provided and prizes awarded. Call (563) 231-7738 to reserve your square(s)

Saturday, July 16

Ski Bellevue, Bellevue’s Water Ski Show Team will perform at 4p on the Mississippi River, south of Lock 12 in Bellevue.  Admission is always free. Donations are very much appreciated. View their season schedule at their Facebook Page.

31st Annual Rail Fair in LaCrosse, WI 10am till 4pm. Raildroad show, flea market, and swap meet.  Guided tours of the steam locomotive caboose and Grand Crossing Tower.  www.4000foudation.org or 608-781-9383

Tuesday, July 19

The Captain Robert L. Martin Terminal Naming Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will begin at 5:30pm at the Dubuque Regional Airport Terminal. A program will follow from 6p-8p. The event is free and open to the public.T

Friday, July 22nd

44th Annual Dubuque Sertoma Golf Outing at the Meadows Golf Course.  Noon shotgun start.  18 holes.  Contact Greg Adams at 563-590-2016.

Saturday, August 6 

Ski Bellevue, Bellevue’s Water Ski Show Team will perform at 4p on the Mississippi River, south of Lock 12 in Bellevue.  Admission is always free. Donations are very much appreciated. View their season schedule at their Facebook Page.

Saturday, August 13

The Custom Riders’ annual “Roof 4 Vets” Benefit Ride will be held with departure from the Dubuque County Fairgrounds at 12p. Money raised will help Veterans with necessary home repairs. If you would like to donate an item for auction or raffle, contact custom.riders.inc@gmail.com

Saturday, August 20

Ski Bellevue, Bellevue’s Water Ski Show Team will perform at 4p on the Mississippi River, south of Lock 12 in Bellevue.  Admission is always free. Donations are very much appreciated. View their season schedule at their Facebook Page.

Friday-Sunday, September 9th – 11th

Platteville Dairy Days events are going on all weekend long.  Friday showcases a flea market, amusement rides and beer tent. The parade down Main Street on Saturday morning is followed by a dairy cattle show at Legion Park.  Check out the arts and crafts fair and plenty of “fair food”! Evenings are filled with truck and tractor pulls, and live music.  Come back Sunday for the dairy goat show and music on the Main Stage.

Thursday, October 27

The 17th Annual Glimmer of Hope Fundraiser will be held Thursday, October 27 at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club, 1800 Randall Pl. All proceeds go to supporting the Dubuque Community Y’s Crisis Services Shelter – an eight-room, 20-bed shelter for those who are fleeing a life of domestic violence, human sex trafficking, or sexual assault.