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YMCA Black Squirrel Triathlon

8AM to 12PM | Lake Manawa State Park - Beach Area
This is a sprint triathlon geared for beginners and advanced participants sponsored by the YMCA. The swim is 750 meters, bike is 13 miles, and run is 3.1 miles. You can get registered on

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Contact: Leo McIntosh
(712) 322-6606


CB Alumni & Friends Annual Tailgate

5 to 7PM | Gale Wickersham Athletic Complex
Join the CB Alumni & Friends Tailgate at the annual Abraham Lincoln vs. Thomas Jefferson high school football game. Alumni from all years as well as Friends of the Council Bluffs Schools and Community Education Foundation are invited to attend! Enjoy a BBQ meal sponsored by the Southwest Iowa Association of Realtors (suggested donation $5 or $20 for families). Music, fun and the chance to talk with fellow community members before the big game.

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Contact: Arian Haddix
(712) 322-8800 x8


Small Fry Youth Fishing Derby

10 to 11:30AM | Metro Crossing Shopping Center
The Metro Crossing Shopping Center will host a free youth fishing derby on September 9th.

Bring your rod and reel and join us for the 2017 “Small Fry” Youth Fishing Derby. This catch-and-release event held at the shopping center’s pond (between TJ Maxx and Buffalo Wild Wings) is for kids ages 12 and under only. Participants must bring their own fishing equipment, bait, and whatever comfy chairs or umbrellas they may want, and they must be accompanied by an adult. Giveaways will be handed out to the first 100 participants and prizes will be awarded to winners of several categories: first fish caught, longest fish caught, shortest fish caught, heaviest fish caught, and most fish caught. Onsite registration will begin at 9 am. The derby fishing will be from 10 am to 11:30 am. Awards will be given out at 11:35 am near the registration booth.

For more details about the derby, official rules, or to RSVP and pre-register, go to the website provided.

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Birding 101

7:30AM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join experienced birders Nic Salick, Jason Andersen, and Michelle Biodrowski for a beginning birding class on Saturday, September 30th beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Birding 101 will include a classroom and field session and will provide the knowledge and skills for amateur and beginning birders to accurately identify common and notable species found throughout the midwest. Learn to identify song birds and passerines from field marks, song and behavior at Hitchcock Nature Center.

Hitchcock's nearly 1,300 acre park was names Iowa's first "Important Bird Area" by the Audubon Society and features Loess Hills woodland, oak savanna, and open prairie settings providing a broad range of habitats that support a diverse avian population.

This program can accommodate people of all experience levels but is intended for beginning birders with limited or no field experience. Attendees should plan to bring binoculars or scopes to use in class. Please note the field portion of this program will involve pedestrian travel over Loess Hills terrain which may be difficult at times.

The fee for this program is $20.00 per person and includes a copy of The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America for participants to keep. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Please visit to register online in minutes or call 712-545-3283 for more details.

While this event is appropriate for all ages it is not pet friendly. Please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center.

Weather permitting.

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Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283

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