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Downtown District wraps up summer programming with rock climbing, yoga and paddle boarding

Before the long-awaited summertime kisses us a warm goodbye, the Iowa City Downtown District will host three adventurous activities in the downtown Pedestrian Mall this weekend. Iowa City and surrounding area residents can choose to participate in rock climbing, outside yoga or paddle boarding. All three events are free, open to the public and on […]

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Women-only seminar to empower attendees to take control of their life story

Transform Your Story Cedar Rapids Public Library, Whipple Auditorium — Saturday, Aug. 13 at 1 p.m. The idea of making time for self-care can be daunting — in particular for women who’ve convinced themselves that the life they now lead is their deserved life. But CEO and owner of Vitality Fitness and Dance Studio Catherine […]

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State of Iowa opens door for braiders to pursue ‘dignifying profession’ without hurdles

For many black women, the sweltering summer heat means hair appointments with braiders specializing in cornrows, micro braids, faux locs, box braids and Senegalese twists — to name a few. And as of July 1 braiders in Iowa won’t have to risk jail time for cashing in on the steady customer flow without a cosmetology […]

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Diversity of black culture to shine at Iowa Soul Festival this weekend

In the midst of tragedies surrounding black lives nation-wide comes a much-deserved celebration of the dance, music, food and art of Africans and African-Americans in the best way Iowa City knows how — a festival. The Iowa Soul Festival, now in its sixth year, will take over the Iowa City Ped Mall this Saturday with […]

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Over 100 Iowa educators sign letter rebuking Steve King’s comments

Iowa educators demonstrated their knowledge of and respect for history via an op-ed letter chastising the embarrassing comments U.S. Rep. Steve King made last week. The letter, published in the Des Moines Register Tuesday, was penned by Iowa State Assistant Professor Katy Swalwell and signed by over 100 historians and social studies educators across Iowa. […]

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Trump invades Cedar Rapids, Davenport this Thursday

“How stupid are the people of Iowa?” asked Trump during a November rally in Fort Dodge. Well the Republican presidential nominee will have a chance to meet the good people of our state this Thursday as he hosts two rallies in eastern Iowa. The real-estate billionaire will host a Trump-for-president rally in Davenport at the […]

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Trump clinches Republican presidential nomination to cap-off wild campaign journey

Donald Trump went from billionaire businessman to billionaire Republican presidential nominee during day two of the Republican National Convention. After a “Roll Call of the States” on Tuesday night, House Speaker Paul Ryan declared Trump the winner of the nomination — with the New York delegation putting him well over the 1,237 delegates Trump needed […]

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Black lives focus of UI Pentacrest protest against police brutality

Set against the background of recent violent police scenarios across the nation, protestors — of various races and ethnicities — united forces in a peaceful protest against police brutality Thursday evening. Over 100 people claimed a spot on the University of Iowa Pentacrest in downtown Iowa City to show solidarity for the Black lives injured […]

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Iowa native Alisabeth Von Presley to perform at McGrath Amphitheatre

Rockstar Alisabeth Von Presley will bring her love for sequins, pleather pants and theatrical flair to the McGrath Amphitheatre (475 1st St SW, Cedar Rapids) stage tonight at 6 p.m. For the price of $5, fans can enjoy the performance of the Marion, Iowa native. Presley, who has been a cornerstone of the local arts […]

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10th annual Blues & BBQ presents bouncy houses, Iowa craft beer and St. Paul and the Broken Bones

North Liberty’s Blues & BBQ will celebrate 10 years in its familiar always free, family-friendly fashion on Saturday, July 9. In addition to mouth-watering barbecue (and funnel cakes), this year’s event will feature five blues-inspired artists including headliner St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Music lovers can join musician Kevin Burt on a side stage […]

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City calls for community input on First Avenue lane conversions

The latest step towards a progressive Iowa City involves proposed road reconfigurations for First Avenue from Highway 6 to Mall Drive. Tonight the City will give a brief presentation about the project and gather community feedback. The open house meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Proctor & Gamble Room at Mercer Park […]

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Eastern Iowa guide to Independence Day festivities

The first weekend in July typically means red, white and blue everything alongside gatherings — small and large — to celebrate our nation’s independence from Britain in 1776. For those of us not willing to crank up the grill, season the burgers and host a shindig this weekend, there’s plenty of just-show-up-and-enjoy Independence Day events […]

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