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Thursday, July 09, 2015
Change up your workout routine by trying free yoga sessions at area parks

Yoga is a great way to stay fit, and the Cedar Rapids and Marion parks and recreation departments are offering free, summerlong yoga classes for al ... »

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Families ditch the dine-n-dash and use Sunday dinner to slow down and get together

The text messages usually begin shortly after church. “What's the plan for dinner? What should we bring?” This is the modern beginning ... »

Cook Club: Marinate your meat to add more flavor to the summer grill
Are there happier companions than the month of July and the grill? We certainly cannot think of one without the other. They are summer soulmates. Thi ... »
Monday, July 27, 2015
Concert at CSPS Hall to benefit Nepal quake victims

Suresh Basnet is helping organize a fundraiser this weekend to benefit those affected by a devastating earthquake in his native country.

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Old MacDonald’s Farm sticks around
CEDAR RAPIDS — After 34 years at Old MacDonald’s Farm in Cedar Rapids, Julie Myers, animal exhibit coordinator, will retire at the end o ... »
Travel: Peru
In 1911, Yale professor Hiram Bingham III made a discovery that catapulted him to international fame and put a remote site in the Peruvian Andes on th ... »
Pants-Free Parenting: Missing a milestone may cause more angst for a parent than child
On my baby’s second birthday I was 1,600 miles away from him drinking with other writers at a writing workshop in Oregon. Back in February, I h ... »
Modern Manners: Words carry power even in an age of email
These days it is hard to imagine life or work before emails, text messages or even fax machines. I recently had a conversation with older colleagues a ... »
Sunday, July 26, 2015
‘The Red Collar’: Book on loyalty is not to be missed

It’s the summer of 1919 in a small town in France, and a mangy dog sits outside a makeshift military prison, wailing “methodically, m ... »

‘The Star Side of Bird Hill’: Book offers a cool dive into different cultures
Naomi Jackson’s debut novel, “The Star Side of Bird Hill,” is a moving exploration of the ties that bind a family together. For J ... »
‘Confession of the Lioness’: Plot full of metaphors is to be savored
While author Mia Couto may not be a household name in Iowa, he is in Portuguese-speaking Africa, and after reading his latest novel, “Confessi ... »
Writers’ workshop graduate shines light on three generations, cultural differences
Naomi Jackson’s first stab at the book that would become her debut novel featured a first-person narrative. Phaedra, a 10-year-old girl uproote ... »
Iowa man to read from latest memoir
Tim Bascom, a graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, returns to Iowa City to read from his new memoir, “Running ... »
Saturday, July 25, 2015
At Home: Grow small

Need to escape summer heat or stay dry in the rain? Miniature gardens and terrariums can keep green thumbs going indoors.

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From the Ground Up: With wet weather gone, know your garden’s watering needs
Summer is in full swing and it’s getting a bit dry. We had wet weather this spring and early Summer, but now it’s time to water? And how ... »
Growing peace, preserving herbs in Iowa City garden
IOWA CITY — Tucked away at the end of a residential cul-de-sac in Iowa City is a garden oasis. Gaia's Peace Garden, at 2066 Bristol Drive, is a ... »
From the Ground Up: Wanted — Passionate gardeners who want to be a Master Gardener
Besides questions on plants, lawns, insects and flowers, a lot of you ask “What is a Master Gardener?”Master Gardeners are members of th ... »
At Home: Carpet capers
Buying new carpet? Here are a few pointers on picking the right kind. Look There are four types of carpet looks: texture, twist, pattern and Berber ... »