There are more than 270 things to do in the next several days. Below we highlight some of the best options without spending a lot of money.


Ladies Night at Cedar Ridge - 6 p.m. Thursday, Cedar Ridge, 1441 Marak Rd. NW, Swisher. Shopping, wine and...chocolate! Join us from 6-8 in the event center for special vendors and chocolate covered strawberries with the purchase of our new sparkling wine, Blanc de Blanc!


International Writing Program: Images of America - Noon, Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City.


Holiday Book Drive Kick-Off Party: 10 a.m. Saturday, Barnes and Noble, 333 Collins Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids.


Eastern Iowa Arts Academy Arts Alive Showcase: 10 a.m. Saturday, Westdale Mall, 2600 Edgewood Rd. SW, Cedar Rapids.


Great Trash Bash: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City Cook n’ Book Club: 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Hy-Vee, 1720 Waterfront Dr., Iowa City, $3


Photo Contest/Scavenger Hunt: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center, 10260 Morris Hill Rd., Toddville., $5.


Eastern Iowa Brass Band with Linn-Mar Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Linn-Mar High School, 3111 N. 10th St., Marion, $4-$10.