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Cedar Rapids’ Jefferson High School one of 50 R.I.S.E. grant recipients

In anticipation of the release of its new high school theater drama Rise, NBC held a call for submissions for R.I.S.E. grants — Recognizing and Inspiring Student Expression. Out of thousands of applicants, Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids will be receiving one of the 50 awarded. […]

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Read all about it! The story behind Washington High School’s pilot production of ‘Newsies’

According to technical director Bill Lammers, Washington was appealing to Disney not just because of the personal connections, but because it is located far from the East Coast where schools may have access to a wider variety of resources, including theater professionals. […]

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SHEL satisfies with strong sets at CSPS

No one needs to encourage the members of SHEL to come out of their shells. Legion Arts presented the band at CSPS in Cedar Rapids’ New Bo District on Saturday night (May 13), and SHEL pleased the crowd with two sets of music and funny, if sometimes awkward, banter. […]

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The Cedar Rapids Public Library wins the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries

Out of over 100,000 public libraries in the United States, the Cedar Rapids Public Library is in the top of its class. The Cedar Rapids Public Library has been awarded the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service and shares this honor with only four other libraries and five museums across the country. […]

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Planned Parenthood and Raygun raise the B.A.R. with a packed house

Mike Draper, founder and CEO of Raygun, along with Suzanna de Baca, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, teamed up to pull off the largest Planned Parenthood events in Eastern Iowa. The mixer, hosted on Wednesday, May 10, by Draper at Raygun’s Cedar Rapids location, attracted more than 200 intergenerational Planned Parenthood supporters and women’s rights advocates. […]

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