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Archive

July 16th, 2009

Building a future

NEAR SOLON — Though it was late June in Iowa, and hot enough for the guys digging post-holes by hand and lifting a heavy steel guardrail into place, no complaints could be heard. There were smiles, jokes, and even laughter as the rail was hefted into place and secured with bolts.
Not only had the group knocked another project off Coralville Lake Park Ranger Jeffrey Peck’s “to do” list, they also further proved themselves to their boss, Ranger Peck.

Stats Show Extra Cars on the Road Translates into Lives Saved

DES MOINES– In June, 2007, Iowa saw the lowest number of motor vehicle fatalities since 1982. Now, in 2009, thanks to the strong efforts of the Iowa State Patrol and the Safe Saturday Project, Iowa is on track to blow that record out of the water.

A graceful entrance

NORTH LIBERTY– “Dream. Dance. Celebrate.” was the theme for Debut Dance and Pilates Studio’s first annual student recital in June.
Debut Dance and Pilates opened in September, 2008, the long-time vision of owner and instructor Megan Fickel. Located at 1210 Jordan St. in North Liberty, Fickel teaches a variety of classes for students ages three to 16 years, ranging from ballet, tap and jazz to hip hop and lyrical style dancing.
“And my favorite… dance team!” Fickel added.

Neighborhood Challenge Food Drive on Sun., July 19

NORTH LIBERTY- The Neighborhood Challenge Food Drive is a unique opportunity to serve our neighbors. It gives residents of North Liberty a simple way to help those in need in our community during this difficult economic time. The goal for this drive is to collect 5,000 pounds of food, or about one pound per household. Simply leave your donation by your front door and a volunteer will pick it up on Sunday, July 19, starting at 2 p.m. The neighborhood with the highest average donation per household wins! We also accept monetary donations (which are tax deductible) if you prefer.

Animal Tales Storytime Museum of Natural History July 19

IOWA CITY– The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History's Animal Tales Storytime series continues on Sunday, July 19, with a free, public children's book reading about alligators and crocodiles at 2 p.m. in the Biosphere Discovery Hub, located on the third floor of Macbride Hall on the UI Pentacrest.

Riverside Theatre to host auditions on July 18

IOWA CITY– Riverside Theatre announces auditions on Saturday, July 18, beginning at 3:30 p.m. for roles in the musical comedy, “A Dog’s Life,” opening Sept. 11. To schedule an audition, call the box office at (319) 338-7672.
Roles are currently available for three performers, ages 20s-30s: Jack, a sweet tempered, fairly simply dog, tenor or high baritone; Big Dog, an older and wiser dog, baritone; Little Dog, a diminutive dog with an anger management problem, mezzo.
Audition requirements: brief contemporary monologue, 16 bars of upbeat tempo song, cold reading. Accompanist provided.

NL Jaycees blood drive on Sat., July 25

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Jaycees blood drive will be held on Saturday, July 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the North Liberty Rec. Center, at 520 West Cherry Street, in the Gerdin Conference Room. Donors who last gave blood on or before May 30, 2009 are eligible. Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that only takes about an hour. Donors must be at least 16 years old, in good health, and weight at least 110 pounds. A blood donor card or other photo I.D.

Grace Community seeking projects for Day of Service

NORTH LIBERTY– On Sunday, August 9, Grace Community Church will be doing something they have never done before. Instead of members attending a worship service that morning, the congregation of 800 to 900 will be challenged to go into the community and participate in service projects. These projects are being planned in North Liberty, Coralville and Iowa City.

July 6th

Walkin'

Last weekend, Sabra and I rode our bicycles on the Cedar Valley Nature Trail (CVNT).
We started at the southeastern trailhead in Hiawatha, just north of Cedar Rapids, and finished at an Econolodge between Waterloo and Cedar Falls.
The CVNT is a rails-to-trails, meaning it was an abandoned railway that has been converted into a trail. There’s many more around the country.

Food for Thought

Our imaginary trip to Egypt took my summertime art students and me to our basement for a part of the session. A rainy day prevented us from enjoying the outdoors while we learned about Egyptian art. The basement was gloomy and windowless – perfect for setting the mood for painting the walls of a tomb. Since our “cave” had pretty much consumed all the available cardboard boxes, I “borrowed” a couple nice panels of plywood from my husband and allotted each child enough space to tell a story, comic strip fashion.