Sharing the stories of suicide attempt survivors, an artist hopes to reduce stigma

As part of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the Crisis Center of Johnson County is hosting a presentation by Dese’Rae L. Stage, creator of a nationally recognized art project in which suicide attempt survivors tell their stories. “Live Through This” publishes those stories, along with a portrait of the attempt survivors taken by Stage. […]

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This week in political activism April 12-16

Ready to take action to build the community, state and nation you want, but not sure what to do next? Here are some opportunities for political activism this week. Start local by getting to know your county supervisors and city council Legislative Forum on Mental Illness Mercy Medical Hallagan Center (701 10th St SE, Cedar […]

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Celebrate spring by joining a community garden

Spring is here! What better way to celebrate its arrival than to get your hands dirty outside at a community garden? Iowa City, Coralville and Cedar Rapids all offer city-run options. Cedar Rapids Ellis Park — 916 Ellis Blvd NW (no running water) Squaw Creek — Hwy 13 and Golf Course Rd SE Tuma Park […]

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Flood construction may mean the end for a Coralville bar, and an uncertain future for its employees

Bar’Ber Shop Tavern

This summer marks the eighth anniversary of the Iowa Flood of 2008. However, the flood, which left parts of the University of Iowa campus underwater and left $64 billion in property damage all told, is still not done leaving a toll on the Johnson County community. It’s latest victim: the Bar’ber Shop Tavern. The Bar’ber […]

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The Force is strong with Eastern Iowa families

The Force Awakens in Eastern Iowa

Last Thursday night, a man dressed as Obi-Wan Kenobi strode confidently through the lobby of Coralville’s Coral Ridge Cinema. Greeted by shouts of “Cool costume!” and “Hey, it’s Obi-Wan!,” he smiled at the strangers, posed for a few quick photos, and then quickly joined a group of friends in line, waiting to be seated for […]

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Coralville bike shop and lounge set for grand opening

Trail's End

With bicycling season and warmer weather around the corner, Trail’s End in Coralville (498 1st Ave.) is preparing for its grand opening celebration, set for Saturday, April 25. The newly opened bicycle and triathlon shop — located across the street from the Iowa River Power Restaurant — features fitting and repair services, training workshops and […]

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