Dubuque COVID-19 Information
School’s Out Day Camps: Are Penguins Really Birds?
Monday, January 17 @ 9 AM–4 PM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Let’s talk penguins! What makes penguins unique? What makes them birds? If they can’t fly, what do they use their wings for? Join us to discover the answers to all these questions and more! Join the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium for School’s Out Day Camps that take place on weekdays when the Dubuque Community School District is not in session. The programs are available for full-day options. Students are required to bring a sack lunch. Grades K–5. RSVP required one week before each session. $50 members; $60 non-members. 350 E 3rd St. 563-557-9545 x213. rivermuseum.com.
Social Connections for Singles Euchre
Mondays: January 17 @ 6:15 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
Come for friends and euchre. 3050 Asbury Rd. 815-297-3308.
L.May Book Group: Perestroika in Paris
Monday, January 17 @ 6:30 PM
Libations and discourse over a variety of literary genres! Discuss Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley. 1072 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.
Dubuque Area Humanists
3rd Monday: January 17 @ 6:30–8 PM
Dubuque County Public Library (Asbury, IA)
Cultivate a community in Dubuque who is good without God. Free. 5290 Grand Meadow Dr, Asbury, IA. facebook.com/dubuqueareahumanists.
MFC Teen Nights
Tuesdays: January 18 @ 5:30–7:30 PM
Multicultural Family Center
Teens can enjoy dinner and activities while hanging out and interacting in a safe, fun environment that promotes unity among diversity and empowers youth to reach their potential. Free. 1101 Central Ave. 563-582-3681. MFCdbq.org.
Faith Writers Group
3rd Tuesday: January 18 @ 6:30–8 PM
Shalom Spirituality Center’s monthly writer’s group allows time to share up to two pages of writing with an opportunity for feedback and critique from other members. Facilitated by Mary Potter Kenyon. Free. 563-582-3592. shalomretreats.org.
She Unites: She Talks… Body Image
3rd Wednesday: January 19 @ 6–7:30 PM
7 Hills Event Center
The new year is prime time for us to all fall victim to negative self-talk, unrealistic expectations, and overall an unhealthy approach to body image. Discuss how to change the narrative around women’s bodies and help each other on the journey to mind-body wellness. Panelists include Whitney Sanger, Founder of Project Rooted; Casey Curoe, Women’s Health and Wellness Coach; and Morgan Pavon, Registered Dietitian and Exercise Specialist. She Unites’s She Talks Series is a roundtable discussion-style event with tough topics led by the panel of facilitators. She Unites is an inclusive women’s group in Dubuque, working to connect women across the region through education, philanthropy, mutual support, and more. All are worthy, all belong, all are welcome. Free. 1098 Jackson St. SheUnitesIowa.com.
Galena LitFest: She Speaks: An Evening of Indigenous Poetry and Conversation
Wednesday, January 19 @ 6 PM
Award winning indigenous poet Heid E. Erdich is joined by emerging poet Louise K Waakaa’igan. Erdich is the author of six collections of poetry. Her writing has won fellowships and awards from the National Poetry Series, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Bush Foundation, Loft Literary Center, First People’s Fund, and other honors. She has twice won a Minnesota Book Award for poetry. Her most recent poetry collection, Little Big Bully, won the Balcones Prize. Heid grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota and is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain. Waakaa’igan is enrolled at Odaawaa Zaaga ‘iganing (Lac Courte Orielles Reservation) in northern Wisconsin. Louise is the recipient of the 2017 PEN Poetry Prize for her first-place poem, “This Is Where.” Her first collection, This Is Where, has recently been released through Willow Books/Aquarius Press. The seventh annual Galena LitFest takes place virtually Jan. 11–22. LitFest hosts bestselling authors and aspiring writers from throughout the Tri-State region and beyond. Since the move into the virtual realm, the festival has gained a global audience, further enriching the experience for Galena locals. All events will be streamed simultaneously at facebook.com/galenalibrary and most will be uploaded to YouTube for on-demand viewing. RSVP. 815-777-0200. galenalibrary.org.
Free Salsa/Bachata Dance Lesson
3rd Saturday: January 19 @ 8:30 PM
Adam’s Dance Connection hosts a free salsa/bachata dance lesson before Latin rave night with DJ Papi. No partner needed. No experience necessary. 62 East 7th St. 563-845-9729. email@example.com.
Galena LitFest: All Who Belong May Enter
Thursday, January 20 @ 6 PM
Nicholas Ward reads from his first essay collection, All Who Belong May Enter, which examines whiteness, masculinity, and a Midwest upbringing through tales of sporting events, parties, posh (and not so posh) restaurant jobs, and the many relationships built and lost along the way. Ward is an essayist, arts administrator, and long-time company member with 2nd Story, a Chicago-based storytelling collective. His first book, All Who Belong May Enter, won the 2020 Autumn House Press Nonfiction Prize. He lives in Chicago and is an organizer with the 48th Ward Neighbors for Justice. The seventh annual Galena LitFest takes place virtually Jan. 11–22. LitFest hosts bestselling authors and aspiring writers from throughout the Tri-State region and beyond. Since the move into the virtual realm, the festival has gained a global audience, further enriching the experience for Galena locals. All events will be streamed simultaneously at facebook.com/galenalibrary and most will be uploaded to YouTube for on-demand viewing. RSVP. 815-777-0200. galenalibrary.org.
The Choir of Man
Thursday, January 20 @ 7:30 PM
Five Flags Theater
Known across the globe as “the ultimate-feel good show,” The Choir Of Man offers up one hour of indisputable joy at the Five Flags Theater on Thursday, Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m. It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s the best pub “lock-in” you’ve ever been to. Featuring pop, classic rock, folk, Broadway and pub tunes, The Choir Of Man has something for everyone. A multi-talented cast of nine handsome guys combines hair-raising harmonies, foot-stomping singalongs, world-class tap dance, and poetic meditations on the power of community in this riotously enjoyable homage to that gathering place we’ve all missed so much over the last year: your local pub. With a real working bar on stage, come ready to drink in the action. The first round’s on the house! 405 Main St. $42–$82. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.
Social Connections for Singles Meet & Greet
Fridays: January 21 @ 5–7 PM
Shot Tower Inn
Come for friends and food. 390 Locust St. 563-845-0070.
Friday, January 21 @ 8 PM
Q Casino Q Showroom
Over the last 17 years, Casey has racked up 18 No. 1 singles and become a national headliner, playing coast-to-coast and selling out venues such as Billy Bob’s and The Grizzly Rose multiple times. Donahew has over 120 million on-demand digital music streams, and over 330 million streams on Pandora. His top his include “White Trash Story,” “Let’s Make A Love Song,” and “He Ain’t a Cowboy.” 21+. $28+. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. qcasinoandhotel.com.
Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April 30: January 22 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
This season, over 30 regional vendors will offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Use your credit, debit, or SNAP/EBT card to purchase tokens that are used just like cash at all vendor booths. In an effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle, Winter Market organizers encourage you to bring your own reusable shopping bags. They also offer a recycling station that will accept clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Become part of the energy by participating as a vendor, shopping each week, or volunteering (contact firstname.lastname@example.org). Dubuque Winter Farmers Market is held in the west concourse in the former Younkers Men’s storefront near Planet Fitness. Winter Farmers Market is open every Saturday (except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1) through April 30. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.
Galena LitFest: Brainstorming: How to Unstick What’s Stuck
Saturday, January 22 @ 10 AM
An inspired writer is an unstuck writer. Dig deep and find something that will spark creation and lead to a richer, more unique story. Hollie Smurthwaite is the author of The Color of Trauma, a romantic suspense novel and winner of the 2020 Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project contest for adult fiction. She lives in Chicago with her husband, son, and too few pets. She is active in the writing community as a member of Off-Campus Writers’ Workshop, Sisters in Crime, Chicago Writers Association, Alliance of Independent Authors, and a co-organizer for Just Write Chicago, a Meetup group. In past lives, she’s been a checkout clerk, massage therapist, office manager, recruiter, magazine staff writer, pepper spray hawker, and belly dancer. The seventh annual Galena LitFest takes place virtually Jan. 11–22. LitFest hosts bestselling authors and aspiring writers from throughout the Tri-State region and beyond. Since the move into the virtual realm, the festival has gained a global audience, further enriching the experience for Galena locals. All events will be streamed simultaneously at facebook.com/galenalibrary and most will be uploaded to YouTube for on-demand viewing. RSVP. 815-777-0200. galenalibrary.org.
Organizing Past, Present, and Future Items with Jessi Bushman
Saturday, January 22 @ 1 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library Third Floor Auditorium and Virtually
Local professional organizer Jessi Bushman offers a free presentation about organizing your home and downsizing clutter. Bushman recently launched her own business as Organizer Jessi, LLC with more than 20 years of experience in organization methods and coaching. Her presentation will help attendees consider daily lifestyle habits that encourage downsizing items from the past, looking at what is necessary for the present, and preparing for the future. A virtual option is also available; to attend virtually, please register in advance via the events calendar at carnegiestout.org. Free. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225 x2224. carnegiestout.org.
Saturday, January 22 @ 6–8 PM
Casper Bluff Land and Water Reserve (Galena, IL)
Bring the family to Casper Bluff for a chance to experience the preserve and the adjacent Casper Creek Natural Cemetery after dark. Luminarias will light the trails leading to the Thunderbird effigy mound, the Galena Rotary Pavilion, and thorough the natural cemetery. There will also be several communal bonfires burning to keep visitors warm. Celebrate the start of a new year by getting outside and enjoying magical Casper Bluff! Free. 870 S. Pilot Knob Rd, Galena, IL. 815-858-9100. jdcf.org.
JanFanCon: Doctor Who Escape Room
Saturday, January 22 @ 6 PM
James Kennedy Public Library (Dyersville, IA)
The TARDIS is malfunctioning and only you can save the day! The library will be hosting a Doctor Who themed escape room where players will attempt to solve a series of logic puzzles to fix the TARDIS before time runs out. The library will hold sessions at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. Get your geek on this January! The Carnegie-Stout Public Library, Dubuque County Library, James Kennedy Public Library, Comic World & Games, and Dyersville Comics & Games bring you JanFanCon—a month-long, all-ages celebration of science fiction, fantasy, tabletop games, anime, and more. Ages 13+. RSVP. 320 1st Ave E, Dyersville, IA. carnegiestout.org/janfancon2022.
Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey VS Green Bay
Saturday, January 22 @ 7:05 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center
The Dubuque Fighting Saints skate back to the Mystique Community Ice Center for another season of hockey presented by MidWestOne Bank. On the heels of making the Clark Cup Playoffs for the 10th consecutive season, the Dubuque Fighting Saints will look to extend that streak to 11 with an exciting group of returning players and new faces, including a new face at the head coach position. The 10 consecutive playoff appearances remain far-and-away the longest streak in the USHL. 1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr. 563-583-6880. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.
Verlo Mattress Winter Comedy Series: Mike Armstrong
Mike Armstrong: Saturday, January 22 @ 8 PM
Mike & Mike Show (Mike Mercury & Mike Marvell): Friday, February 4 @ 8 PM
Ben Ulin with Jen Kuhle: Saturday, March 5 @ 8 PM
TBA: Saturday, April 16 @ 8 PM
Five Flags Theater
Known as the quintessential Southern Gentleman, Mike Armstrong has made a name for himself with numerous TV and movie roles, as well as regular appearances on the nationally syndicated The Bob & Tom Show radio show. While working as a police officer in Kentucky, Mike was encouraged by fellow officers to give it a try at the local open mic night and ended up winning $300 his very first time on stage. It wasn’t long before he started making a name for himself as an opener, warming up the audiences for the Crook & Chase television show. Mike has appeared on HBO, Comedy Central, Fox, and CMT as well as opening for major musical acts such as Michael Bublé, Alan Jackson, Tracy Lawrence, and David Allan Coe… just to name a few. In addition, Mike was a consultant and actor on the hit show America’s Dumbest Criminals and has made cameo appearances in shows such as Xena: Warrior Princess and Vice. One of the most iconic themes of Mike’s shows is that they are family-friendly—meaning he does not cuss, is not vulgar, and does not talk about politics or sex. His shows are full of hilarious real-life stories of family life, police life, and just plain living. Tickets increase by $5 day of show. $24.25 Reserved seats; $40.25 box seats. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.
Black Hole Sun and Rooster
Saturday, January 22 @ 8 PM
Q Casino Q Showroom
Delivering an experience of Alice In Chains, Chris Cornell, Audioslave, Soundgarden, & Temple of the Dog in concert with the production and musicianship that these four bring to the table! Collectively, the members of the band have been performing in various bands for over 30 years and formed Rooster (Alice in Chains Tribute) in April 2016 from the inspiration of the works/musicianship of these artists and are honored to pay tribute to them the best way they know how; Live and loud! Ages 21+. Free. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. 563-582-3647. qcasinoandhotel.com.