People & Places

World-renowed speaker, minister visits Marion church

MARION — World-renowned speaker and minister, the Rev. Gemechis Buba, will be at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Marion this month to k ... »

Off the Map: Former college displays Delaware County’s history

Editor’s note: Each week we target a town on a map of Eastern Iowa and go there in search of a story. We hope to discover and share stories ... »

Students plant garden in I.C. parking garage

Plants will establish now, ready to thrive in spring

By Alison Gowans, The Gazette

If you’re walking down Burlington Stre ... »

Off the Map: Garden pulls in Vinton youth

Editor’s note: Each week we target a town on a map of Eastern Iowa and go there in search of a story. We hope to discover and share stories ... »

Cedar Rapids couple opens LGBT-affirming church

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Rev. Tony White and his partner, Scott Niskanen, know what it’s like to be turned away from the church, and from t ... »

St. Ludmila celebrates century of history, looks to future

CEDAR RAPIDS — For the parish at St. Ludmila’s Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, a 100-year history is no small feat. That’s wh ... »

March to their own beat

CEDAR RAPIDS — Friday nights are fun, but Saturdays are sacred to area high school marching bands. These are the days when the halftime show ... »

Civil War memorial to honor Toolesboro brothers

LOUISA COUNTY, Iowa — When the six Littleton brothers of tiny Toolesboro set off for war, their sisters had no idea they would never welcome ... »

Iowa City native a part of Beijing’s growing jazz scene

BEIJING — On a sultry summer Saturday evening, jazz lovers will find Nathaniel Gao performing on the cramped stage of the second-floor East ... »

Cedar Rapids man dreams of building an ‘incredible violin’

CEDAR RAPIDS — The shrill, yet beautiful, soprano song coaxed by a professional musician drawing a bow against a violin's strings, ignited a ... »

Camp Fire’s Camp Hitaga to close

WALKER — An Eastern Iowa camp believes this summer was their last.

Camp Fire Camp Hitaga, near Walker, has decided to close after 83 y ... »

Former Independence ballroom to be inducted into state hall of fame

INDEPENDENCE — The Gayla Ballroom, an Independence landmark from its 1955 opening until it burned to the ground in 1983, will be inducted in ... »

Arrested Development star to deliver free lecture in Iowa City

IOWA CITY — A character actor known for his role playing George Bluth Sr., the embattled family patriarch in cult-favorite television show, ... »

Off the map: Old St. Michael’s Church in Holbrook like stepping into historic Ireland

Editor’s note: Each week we will literally throw a dart at a map of Eastern Iowa. Where the dart lands, we’ll head in search of a sto ... »

Are parents ever really happy?

Before I became a parent, I was assured I would never know such love as I have for my children. “Holding your baby is the most amazing exper ... »