With the trees slowly turning from their deep greens to their vibrant yellows and oranges, summer is officially coming to an end. While it’s starting to get too cold to lay by the pool or attend a summer concert, that doesn’t mean all the fun has died with the trees. The 712 Initiative has plenty of fun events planned for the next couple of months to keep you in a good mood.

October 9 is the perfect time for a fall bike ride through the bluffs with our Biketober event. The 22-mile bike ride will take cyclists across Council Bluffs, ensuring that they’ll get to see the beautiful landscape Council Bluffs has to offer. There are also designated stops, such as at Full Fledge and The Dock so that you can rest and socialize with fellow participants. To get your tickets to Blocktober, visit our website

After a day filled with biking, enjoy your evening with good beer and German food by attending Blocktober. Blocktober is Council Bluffs’ version of Octoberfest, with beer tasting, German sausages, polka music, and loads of fun. The Polka Police are sure to fulfill all of your dancing needs with their fun upbeat tunes. To get your tickets to Blocktober, visit our website

To celebrate Halloween, The 712 Initiative, along with Barley’s and T’z Sports Pub, are putting together a safe and spooky party for families to attend called Monster Rock on the 100 Block. The costumed event will shut down the 100 Block for trick-or-treating, fun games, and touch-a-truck activity. The event is happening Monday, October 25.

To fulfill all your Hallmark movie dreams, The 712 Initiative is contributing to Winterfest by organizing the Makers Market. Winterfest includes a lighting ceremony, Santa, real reindeer, festive photo ops, face painting, balloons, hot cocoa, food trucks, an outdoor movie, an art activity, and carolers. The Makers Village consists of local vendors selling a variety of different items that are sure to make perfect Christmas gifts. The event is taking place on November 19. To sign up to be a vendor, go to our website.  

This blog was written by Krystal Johnson, the marketing and PR coordinator for The 712 Initiative. To learn more about the important work The 712 Initiative does throughout the community, check out their website and Facebook page

This post was originally published on October 6, 2021 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.