Fire Bowl raises money for pediatric burn survivors

CEDAR RAPIDS — Next summer a few dozen Eastern Iowa children will spend a week at burn camp thanks to the hustle of area first responders and medical staff during the fifth annual Fire Bowl.

The Cedar Rapids Firefighters Foundation ho [...]

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Dancers shake things up with first Iowa City salsa festival

IOWA CITY — Salsa dancing spiced up Iowa City this weekend with a celebration of Latin music and dance.

The iCity Salsa Festival, the first of its kind in Iowa City, featured performances, workshops and instructors from around the cou [...]

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Culinary Ride expands to Cedar Rapids and beyond

CEDAR RAPIDS — An Iowa City celebration of food and bicycles is expanding this year. For the first time The Culinary Ride will host rides in Cedar Rapids, Ames and the Quad Cities this month.

The Culinary Ride takes participants on a [...]

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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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