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‘Understanding who you are and where you’re from’: Cedar Rapids’ Czech School has been keeping traditions alive for 150 years

When Mandy Vaughn’s two children became old enough to attend the Cedar Rapids Czech School, she was excited for them to learn the culture, songs and traditions that have been in her family for generations. Mandy went to Czech School as a child, as did her mother, Mary Haster. “It’s kind of come full circle in a sense,” Mandy said about her daughter […]

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Local businesses in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids will offer special deals on Small Business Saturday

For the most ambitious shoppers (who often make the rest of us look bad), the end of Thanksgiving means the start of the holiday shopping season. But because sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday — the two biggest shopping days of the year — typically benefit big retailers the most, American Express started Small Business Saturday in 2010. The shopping event encourages people to support their local economy. […]

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Free apple-flavored samples of sangria, wine and other treats available in NewBo/Czech Village on Friday

Apple enthusiasts in Cedar Rapids are in for a treat. More than 20 businesses in NewBo/Czech Village will be offering free cider and apple-themed samples on Friday, Oct. 18. Shoppers browsing the various shops and restaurants will be able to try both alcoholic and nonalcoholic options at the event hosted by the Cedar Rapids Main Street District. […]

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