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Iowa City’s Arc pArc offers solutions for playground accessibility

The Iowa City Community School District has been grappling with questions of accessibility on school playgrounds, with parents like Melissa Krishnan, whose 9-year-old son Isaiah uses a wheelchair, advocating for schools to use some of the methods adopted by local organizations like Arc of Southeast Iowa, to make sure every kid can play with their peers. […]

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27th annual Jazz Fest hits Iowa City this weekend

Jazz Fest takes over downtown Iowa City this weekend with art, activities, food and drink and dozens of musicians. The event features a main stage with national and international performers, and three side stages to showcase a variety of local acts. Performances will rotate between stages throughout the festival. […]

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Kick off CR PrideFest with a bike ride and some laughs

Cedar Rapid’s Pride festival is blowing up this year with a full week of events from Sunday, July 2 through Sunday, July 9. Saturday’s main event, CR PrideFest, outgrew its former location and will expand to NewBo City Market. “We have had such incredible outreach from individuals and companies in the community that we have […]

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Grab a Hamm’s at George’s to help Iowa City’s Emily Maxwell fund her Iditarod race

Iowa City’s Emily Maxwell never expected to find herself racing sled dogs in the Iditarod. But this year she completed a 200-mile and two 300-mile qualifying races, and if she can raise the $50,000 it takes to get to the starting line, Maxwell will race nearly 1,000 miles next March. […]

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This week in activism: raise your voice, network with activists and shake it off on the dance floor

Feeling frustrated with the state of your community, state and nation? Action is the antidote to despair. This week join an organization that fights for issues you care about, hold your elected officials accountable, keep the pipeline fight alive and dance off your stress for a good cause. […]

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This week in activism: Celebrate Juneteenth and fight for healthcare

Complacency getting you down? Get up, get out and get involved around Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Fight to preserve a $10.10 minimum wage in Johnson County Canvass with CWJ for Johnson County minimum wage! Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa (940 S Gilbert Ct) — Thursday, June 22 at 10 a.m. Join CWJ […]

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Gardens, bikes and pony rides this weekend at Lucas Farms

Plum Grove, the 1844 home of the first territorial governor of Iowa Robert Lucas and his wife Friendly, still anchors the neighborhood of Lucas Farms in Iowa City. The Lucas Farms Neighborhood Association invites the community in to explore the neighborhood’s past and present at the third annual Lucas Farms History Days. […]

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Eastern Iowa Refugee Summit this week in Iowa City

The first annual Eastern Iowa Refugee Summit will begin Friday morning and go through Saturday afternoon with a series of discussions and events aimed at celebrating the various cultures refugees and immigrants bring to the area and introducing them to services in the community. […]

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Johnson County and Iowa City say they’ll honor the Paris Agreement

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution Thursday, June 8 committing to honor the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change from which President Donald Trump recently withdrew the United States. The City of Iowa City passed a similar resolution Tuesday, June 6. […]

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Iowa City area works to cut back on pesticides

Iowa City’s efforts to cut back on spraying pesticides on public lands and school grounds have been recognized by Good Neighbor Iowa, a statewide project through the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education that promotes pesticide-free lawn maintenance. […]

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