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Here’s a wonderful opportunity to fill your walls with local art while also supporting the Dubuque Museum of Art! Haute Hong Kong, a gala, art auction and raffle, will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, in the Grande Ballroom at Hotel Julien Dubuque. As the primary annual fundraiser for the Dubuque Museum of Art, this event helps to sustain its programs throughout the year. Runde Auto Group is proud to be the Platinum Sponsor of this event! The night will feature: More than 35 affordable pieces of art by some of our finest local and regional artists Click here to see the art Travel and dining experiences and gift packages in a silent and live auction Raffle drawings for $15,000 in cash prizes A performance by Cameron Ramsey and his dance troupe Incredible themed [...]
Are you missing Voices from the Warehouse District? You can get your Voices fix year-round by checking out the murals popping up around Dubuque! Voices Productions suspended its 11-year tradition of the Millwork District gallery shows this year to embark on a public art project. “The first phase of this new strategy is to curate a series of murals in downtown Dubuque, which we refer to as the Voices Mural Project,” said Sam Mulgrew, president of Humanities Iowa and one of the five directors of Voices Productions. The Voices Mural Project will formally begin in 2017 and will include about 15 murals by regionally and nationally known mural painters. Runde Auto Group is proud to be a major sponsor of the Voices Mural Project, along with Humanities Iowa. “In essence, we will be [...]
It’s that time of the year again for mini ghosts and goblins to take to the streets looking for sweet treats! Below is a list of area parades and trick-or-treat times, most from Dubuque365.com. Happy Halloween from your friends at Runde Auto Group! Friday, Oct. 21 • Asbury Parade, 7 p.m., Spring Green Drive Saturday, Oct. 22 • Locust St. Hyvee, 1-3 p.m. • Hills & Dales Halloween Harvest, 4-6 p.m. at Kennedy Mall, cost is $5/child Monday., Oct. 24 Dubuque YMCA Parade, 6:30 p.m., Main St. Saturday, Oct. 29 • Galena Parade, 6:30 p.m., downtown • Trick or treat at Dubuque Farmer’s Market, 9-11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 • Dog-o-ween contest,1 p.m. at Theisen’s • Bellevue – parade at 3:15 p.m., trick or treat 4:30-6:30 p.m.
For the sixth year, Chevrolet is hosting its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign to help to finish the fight against breast cancer! Runde Chevrolet is proud to once again participate in this important program. Who do you drive for? Post your answer on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #IDriveFor and Chevy will donate $5 to the American Cancer Society (up to $500,000)! Over $6 million has been contributed to the American Cancer Society since the start of this program. Another fun way to participate is to stop by Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque and get a picture with our heart photo prop or write someone’s name on our Tribute Wall! For more information, visit https://www.chevrolet.com/making-strides-against-breast-cancer.html    
A grand opening ceremony was held tonight for the David Canny Rountree Branch Trail, celebrating the completion of a project that required hundreds of hours of volunteer time and $1.47 million in cash contributions. Runde Auto Group is proud to have supported the 3-mile paved and lighted trail and we were excited to see our name on a plaque at the beginning of the trail and on the 1-mile marker! About 100 people attended the grand opening, which included a ribbon-cutting. Speakers noted how important a trail system is to the quality of life for area residents, but also for economic development in the area. “This is one of the top amenities that people look for when looking [...]
What: Ralph Kluseman’s Beatles Tribute, sponsored by Runde Auto Group When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14 Where: Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 3800 Arboretum Drive, Dubuque Cost: No admission, free will offerings Runde Auto Group is proud to once again sponsor the Ralph Kluseman Beatles tribute at Music in the Gardens! The performance, set for 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14, is a celebration of The Beatles with a bit of storytelling mixed in. It includes local musicians Johnnie Walker, Mike Lieb, Denny Troy, Brian Marceau, Rick Hoffmann, and Ralph Kluseman. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. You can also bring a picnic or wine, and there will be food available for purchase from HyVee and ice cream to purchase from The Lions Club. Both give a percentage of their profits to the Arboretum. [...]
Looking for a fun summer road trip? You don’t have to look far for a trip full of scenic beauty, culture, history, and recreation. The Great River Road National Scenic Byway passes through the tri-state area following the course of the Mississippi River. The 3,000 mile road travels from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico and takes about 36 hours of straight driving to travel north to south. Most people take four to 10 days to make the journey, but you can plan a shorter trip and only drive a portion of it! There are [...]
The fifth annual Julien Dubuque International Film Festival is right around the corner and Runde Auto Group is proud to be a title sponsor! Only 115 shorts, features, and documentaries were selected to be shown at this year’s festival, April 21-24 in downtown Dubuque. They were chosen out of more than 625 submissions in a selection process that spanned several months. “Each film was watched at least 10 times by members of our selection committee,” said Susan Gorrell, executive director of the festival. “The quality of this year’s entries impressed us all and we are thrilled to show the Official Selections at this year’s festival.” The films represent more than 60 countries. This year’s [...]
The tri-state area recently came together to make a HUGE donation of water to Flint! The Dubuque-area nonprofit Resources Unite facilitated a water drive for the Michigan city, which is in a public health state of emergency due to its contaminated water supply. Over the last month, cases and pallets of water came pouring in from local businesses, individuals, and organizations. They hoped to collect 1,000 cases, but ended up with more than 19,000! That is 459,648 bottles! Runde Auto Group was proud to help the cause by providing our Runde Community Support Truck while Resources Unite collected cases of water 
This Leap Year, Chevrolet is encouraging you to use your extra 24 hours in a meaningful way. Chevy recently kicked off #DayItForward, a movement encouraging you to do something kind for someone else. “Time is such a precious commodity and having an extra day this year presents an amazing opportunity for all of us to do something impactful,” said Paul Edwards, Chevrolet vice president of Marketing, in a press release. “The Chevy team is going to take those extra hours and put them toward doing unexpected acts of kindness for people – something that we hope others will embrace and repeat.” Some of your favorite entertainers, websites and companies will join Chevrolet in the fun of treating each other to something meaningful, contributing with their own ideas on how to #DayItForward. So how will you #DayItForward? Use your [...]
There’s something new and different coming to Dubuque soon! DBQ Con, a comic book & all things gaming convention, will be at the Five Flags Center in Dubuque Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 26-27. “Dubuque is such a growing market and it was time an event took place locally instead of everyone traveling,” said John Ohnesorge, owner of Top Billing Entertainment, who is in charge of the event. “The main goal of the event is for everyone who attends to have fun and celebrate their love for comics, games, and also movies.” The inaugural event will feature comic books and related items, video and table top gaming items for sale, table top gaming tournaments both days, a Cosplay contest, and more! There will be appearances by Christopher Gauthier and Crystal Lowe from “Smallville” and the band Psychostick. Runde [...]
It’s that time of the year again: Voices from the Warehouse District is right around the corner! Runde Auto Group is a proud sponsor of the 11th annual event, which runs Sept. 12 – Oct. 2. This year’s theme is STREETS, with a goal to “bridge the gallery with the streets, highlighting a once subversive art movement,” according to the Voices website. Events, including an artist walk around, drum workshop, live music, a chant workshop, span the entire month. To see a full schedule of events, as well as photos, and information about the artists, visit www.voicesgallery.org. Notable events include: Opening Night 7 p.m.-Midnight Sept. 12 This is an event you don’t want to miss. Grab a drink at the Speakeasy, mingle with the artists, and check out this year’s [...]
What: Inaugural Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce’s Bacon-N-Hops Festival When: 3-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 Where: Corner of E. Main  and S. Tama St. in Manchester, IA Runde Auto Group is a proud sponsor of the inaugural Bacon-N-Hops Festival on Saturday, Aug. 29 in Manchester, IA! Hosted by the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce, the event will feature plenty of bacon, Iowa craft and domestic beers, life-size Jenga, a mug-holding contest, bacon-eating contest, car cruise displays, beer brewing demonstrations, life-size beer pong, live music, and more! “It will be a fun time,” said said event chair and chamber administrative assistant Doris Sherman. “You won’t be disappointed and will get a lot for your money.” There will be 15-20 vendors, including Manchester’s Franklin Street Brewing Company and the Delaware County MADCO Brewers, who will [...]
What: Ralph Kluseman’s Beatles Tribute, sponsored by Runde Auto Group When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30 Where: Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 3800 Arboretum Drive, Dubuque Music in the Gardens, the free weekly summer concert series at the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, is in full swing this year! Quickly approaching on Sunday, Aug. 30 is the Ralph Kluseman Beatles tribute sponsored by Runde Auto Group! The performance, which will be at 6:30 p.m., is the last of this year’s Music in the Gardens series. The celebration of The Beatles includes local musicians Johnnie Walker, Mike Lieb, Denny Troy, Brian Marceau, Rick Hoffmann, and Ralph Kluseman. They will perform the music of The Beatles along with a little bit of storytelling. “Ralph and his cohorts will be playing the favorite Beatles songs,” said Sandi Helgerson, the executive director of the arboretum. “You will be sure to have your toe tapping and can even sing along. [...]
What: Runde Auto Group’s Test Drive For Your School When: 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21 Where: West Delaware High School, 605 N. New St. in Manchester, IA School is starting soon and Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester wants to show its support for local students! The dealership will hold a Test Drive For Your School event at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21 at West Delaware High School during its football scrimmage. There will be several new vehicles on hand and for every eligible test drive, Runde Auto Group will donate $20 to West Delaware Schools. The money will benefit academics, sports, and music programs. Last year more than $2,000 was raised, and this year the goal is $5,000! See you there!!
Runde Auto Group is a proud sponsor of College for Kids and Middle University, July 6-9 at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville! Started in 1982, the program offers regional students the opportunity to take hands-on classes created just for them at the UW-P campus. “College for Kids and Middle University expose children to science, technology, engineering, and math through exciting, hands-on projects and courses,” said Kerie Wedige, Community Education Program Manager at UW Platteville. “Learning in a fun and friendly environment like our camp can spark a lifelong interest in learning.” Students from kindergarten to 7th grade have plenty to choose from, with classes covering topics like chemistry, dinosaurs, art, the solar system, insects, woodworking, pioneers, popcorn, painting, gardening, acting, and more. More than 150 children are signed up this year! “This year we have had an outpouring of support from local service organizations,” Kerie said. “Currently 14 scholarships have been awarded to individuals that have demonstrated a financial need.” For more [...]
Area Residential Care is hosting its 14th annual Corporate & Community Games on Thursday, June 18, at the Port of Dubuque, and Runde Auto Group is proud to be sponsoring Team Resources Unite! Games coordinator Carrie Haas said this is Area Residential Care’s biggest fundraiser of the year. “The funds go to support the mission of empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to achieve their highest quality of life,” Haas said. “This year, in order to work toward that mission, the funds will be used to purchase vans to transport the individuals that receive services from the agency.” There are 68 teams participating and 26 businesses sponsoring the event. Spectators are welcome at the event, which [...]
The Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens has been hosting summer musical performances for more than 20 years and this year will be no different! Music in the Gardens, the arboretum’s free weekly summer concert series, begins June 7 and runs through Aug. 30. Performances this year will include Jim Busta’s polka band, Hunter Fuerste’s American Vintage Orchestra, the Kids From Wisconsin, a Beatles tribute, the Ridge Rangers, and more. “We have an amphitheatre that projects the sound, people can get up and dance to the music, and we learn more about local artistic talent,” said Sandi Helgerson, the executive director of the arboretum. “The music venues from week to week are very diverse and there are also opportunities to explore the gardens before the event.” Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket to [...]
This year’s America’s River Festival will be jam-packed with some great music! The event, which is June 12-13 in the Port of Dubuque, will feature Sam Hunt, Dan & Shay, Old Dominion, Tommy James & The Shondells, America, and Grand Funk Railroad! And guess what: YOU CAN WIN 2 TICKETS! Runde Auto Group has several general admission and VIP tickets for each night that we are going to give away to randomly selected participants in our contest. To enter: Like us on Facebook and post a photo of you with your Runde ride by Monday, June 8. Be as creative as you’d like, but be sure to LIKE and TAG us in it so we can see it too! Our Facebook page is: Facebook.com/RundeAuto. Participants must be 18 years or older and [...]
If you haven’t yet seen Credité Velo-Trek in action, you will have a chance soon when they race in the Tour of Galena, Friday-Sunday, June 5-7! The professional cycling development team, based out of Dubuque, has had some good performances so far this season. “As a professional development team, our goals differ somewhat from a team whose sole objective is to win races,” said Dave Hartig, the team’s business director. “In the sport of road cycling, the step between top amateur and professional is a big one and often has as much to do with athletes adapting to the lifestyle (on the road constantly) than it does raw talent. So Galena will be a nice opportunity for our riders to stay in one area, close to the team’s home base, and showcase [...]
Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Look no further! The Millwork Collective will host a Volunteer Fair and Open House 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, in the Schmid Innovation Center, 900 Jackson St. More than 10 non-profit organizations will be represented, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness, ARK Advocates, Junior Achievement of the Heartland, Dubuque Chorale, Presentation Lantern Center, HEART (Housing Education and Rehabilitation and Training), Four Mounds Foundation, Irish Hooley, Studio Works, Habitat for Humanity, Compass to Care, and Gallery C. Each are in need of volunteers for various tasks, many of which are short-term commitments. Some of their needs are: a CPA to help with taxes and accounting, a graphic artist, help with marketing, writers for newsletters, photographers, answering phones, grant writing, mentoring, and website design/upkeep. Light refreshments will be provided and more than $600 in door prizes will be awarded. For more information about the Millwork Collective, visit www.dubuquemillworkcollective.org.
Credité Velo-Trek is already in high gear for its second year! The professional cycling development team, based out of Dubuque, has grown from three riders and a guest rider to five riders and a guest rider. Dave Hartig, the team’s business director, said he learned a lot from the team’s first year. “Our one takeaway is that to do it well, everything takes more time than you expect it to,” he said. “One detail begets 10 more. We no longer feel like we are [...]
Runde Auto Group is proud to be a supporter of VetsRoll! Called “sort of like a ground version of the wonderful Honor Flight program,” by co-founder Mark Finnegan, the program takes WWII veterans, “Rosie-the-Riveters” (women who worked to support the war effort stateside), and veterans through 1963 to Washington D.C. by bus. Mark and John’s father, “Cy” Thomas Nicholas Finnegan, was a WWII Navy veteran. He passed away after a battle with cancer, never having gotten the opportunity to see the memorial that was built in honor of the WWII generation. “We wanted a special way to honor and remember him,” Mark said. And so, VetsRoll was born. This year they will take their 1,125th veteran on the bus trip, free of charge. This trip will include 370 people from 19 states. [...]
We are so excited to announce that we were voted Best Car & Truck Dealership AND Best Place for Auto Repair in this year’s Best Fest! It’s quite the honor to be voted the best by the you, the community, and we want to say THANK YOU! The 19th annual Best Fest will be 5-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at the Grand River Center. Stop by our booth for a free T-shirt! “The event was previously held at The Dubuque Inn, Dubuque County Fairgrounds before the Grand River Center — it kept growing and the venue kept getting bigger until it grew to the size it is today because of its popularity,” said Linda Wolf, the community relations facilitator at Hospice Dubuque. “It is a well-run event with great community support from area businesses.” The [...]
Reflections in the Park, the annual lights festival that raises money for Hillcrest Family Services, is celebrating its 20th year! Open 5-10 p.m. daily through Jan. 3 at Louis Murphy Park in Dubuque, this year’s event features about 65 displays. Runde Auto Group is a proud sponsor of Rudolph riding in a Corvette! Tickets are $10 per vehicle. On average, about 10,000 vehicles drive through the display each year. “It has become a family tradition,” said Sondra Bennett, the event coordinator. “It is a light-hearted, family-oriented event that changes every year — offering a fresh new view every year. It helps people to forget the stress of their daily lives and they get lost in the [...]
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