Each week, Hoopla and the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance team up to showcase arts and culture events in Eastern Iowa. Below are the hidden gems: The Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale invites members of the community to attend the 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Fundraising Celebration on Friday, February 8, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the Kirkwood Center for Continuing Education. This event features wonderful food, fantastic entertainment, and a silent auction full of prizes donated by local businesses. Proceeds go to the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale. Tickets are $50/person or $90/couple. Call 319.365.8221 for more information. University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums invites you to a Talk with African American Museum of Iowa curator Lynn Koos from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 7. In conjunction with the current exhibit, Gone to See the Elephant: The Civil War through the Eyes of Iowa Soldiers, Lynn Koos will be speaking about African Americans during the Civil War and the Underground Railroad. Lynn will discuss the development of the Underground Railroad nationwide, and then focus it to Iowa's network, where "stops" were throughout Iowa, discuss various stops and people involved. She will reference some of the photos in the Underground Railroad panels that the Old Capitol Museum will have temporarily on display. Lynn will also discuss the Civil War, causes of, Iowa's involvement, and how that impacted African Americans. The program is free to attend and open to the public. For more information call the Old Capitol Museum at 319.335.0548. The Ceramics Center/Iowa Art Works, Inc. in Cedar Rapids invites you to Friday Nights Out - Glass Fusing - Coral Bowl on February 8, from 6:30 PM - 9:30 p.m. Make a coral-style bowl out of beautiful fused glass. Great for decoration and impressing your friends! Join them in the studio for some light appetizers and some nice plastic clay. They will teach you a bit about clay and you can get a little dirty and have a lot of fun! Must be 21. Cost is $30/person. Call 319.365.9644 for more information. Coralville Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites you to a Bald Eagle Watch & Expo this Saturday, February 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Exhibitors, activities, and guest speakers will inform and entertain folks at the gorgeous Brown Deer Golf Club banquet room at 1900 Country Club Drive, Coralville, IA. This special event is free to the public and full of family friendly activities celebrating our national symbol. Noted Iowa author & wildlife photographer, Ty Smede, will be promoting his new book, “The Return of Iowa’s Bald Eagles”. Other wildlife artists will include photographers Linda and Robert Scarth, with some of their specialty gift items such as note cards and prints of their beautiful photographs. There will be a unique store that carries educational and fun nature-oriented games, puppets, books, and more, for children of all ages. A variety of other surprises will delight just about everybody and anybody attending. Beverages and sandwiches will be available for purchase from the Marriott Hotel caterers. The Carl & Mary Koehler History Center will present an Old-Fashioned Valentine Workshop at 10:30am on Saturday, February 9. Participants will get a chance to view Valentines from throughout the 20th Century and hear about how they changed over the years. Then, they will be able to create their own Valentine to give or keep. The program is appropriate for all ages over 4 years. There is a $3 charge for craft supplies per person. RSVP for the program is requested. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lisa at 319.362.1501 ext. 11. Space is limited.