Church prays for community unity following Ferguson

IOWA CITY — For the Rev. Anthony Smith, establishing a unified community is about taking the first step.

Smith, pastor at New Creations International Church in Iowa City, took that step with a unity service Sunday morning to pray for [...]

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Faith and family: Five generations of one family married at small church in Prairieburg

CEDAR RAPIDS — Weddings are nearly always a family affair.

For Cedar Rapids newlyweds Molly McDonald and Brandon Burgeson, though, their June 14 wedding was particularly so.

Molly, 29, and Brandon, 32, were wed in Prairieburg [...]

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Iowa City holding fundraiser to offer free swimming lessons

IOWA CITY — Piano lessons and soccer camps are fun and educational, but swimming lessons can save your life.

That’s why the city of Iowa City wants to offer free swimming lessons to low-income children.

“Everybod [...]

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Czech and Slovak Choral Society forming

After a career spent as a freelance pianist, singer and vocal coach in New York and Europe, Steven Vosatka has moved back to his native Cedar Rapids and is eager to return to the musical roots of his Czech heritage.

He is forming the Czech a [...]

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Peek at University of Iowa’s Pentacrest Museums

IOWA CITY — Peek inside the University of Iowa’s Pentacrest Museums on Thursday at an annual open house from 4 to 8 p.m.

See everything from exotic insects to the greatest moments in Hawkeye football.

Go behind the scene [...]

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Cedar Rapids Museum of Art transformation celebration

CEDAR RAPIDS — It’s hard to build a public conversation through a wall.

A last-minute architectural element — a ramp — designed to make the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art accessible to all visitors became a little-use [...]

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Vinton theater a community treasure

VINTON — As manager of the Palace Theatre in Vinton, Marcy Horst wants to make each movie outing a special experience.

The Palace shows mostly family-friendly movies (G, PG and PG-13) nightly at 7 and also Mondays at 2 p.m.

Sure [...]

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Great March for Climate Action reaches Iowa City

IOWA CITY — Hazel Zimmerman, 83, spent this week walking across Iowa, and she hopes to walk much farther — all the way to Washington.

Zimmerman, who lives south of Norwalk, near Des Moines, was the oldest person walking Wednesd [...]

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Rare Peruvian horses compete at Iowa Equestrian Center

Peruvian royalty of sorts will parade, prance and perform around the Iowa Equestrian Center this weekend.

The 15th annual Fiesta del Norte Peruvian Horse Show — held for the first time in Cedar Rapids — is taking place today an [...]

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Tradition of faith

CEDAR RAPIDS — When the congregation of St. George Orthodox Church gathers this Labor Day weekend to celebrate the church’s centennial, it will be more than a parish celebration.

It will be a family celebration.

“W [...]

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President Hoover’s humanitarian work on display at Iowa State Fair

Before he became the only president from Iowa, Herbert Hoover was known as “The Great Humanitarian.”

He left his career as a mining engineer to facilitate a massive food aid program for Europe during World War I. He is credited [...]

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Muralists hope to make a statement in Iowa City

IOWA CITY — Freshly painted murals will give Iowa City pedestrians something new to gaze at.

“We really wanted to come up with a project that made a statement,” said Marcia Bollinger, Iowa City’s coordinator for M [...]

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Hoover-ball highlights yearly festival

WEST BRANCH — Four-pound medicine balls sailed through the air here Saturday as Hoover ball, a supersized cross of tennis and volleyball, returned for its annual national championship during the Hoover Hometown Days celebration. A small thu [...]

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Photos: National Night Out in Iowa City

Iowa City residents gathered at Wetherby Park in Iowa City for National Night Out.

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Ellis Boat Harbor offers retreat for houseboat owners

Just off of Ellis Boulevard NW, tucked away, Tammi Janey and her wife, Jodie Curtis-Janey, have created their own personal haven on the water.

Tammi and Jodie call their colorful, well-decorated and vibrant boathouse on the Ellis Boat Harbo [...]

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