February forum to address growing food at the Johnson County Poor Farm

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IOWA CITY – Registration is open for an upcoming forum that will address growing local foods at the Johnson County Poor Farm. The Johnson County Food Policy Council is hosting the forum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. … Continue reading

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Supporters promote Ecopolis Center in Iowa City as site of arts, recreation, regenerative urban planning and more

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IOWA CITY – It was a ribbon-cutting ceremony unlike any other. There were crowds, music, refreshments, ribbon and scissors, but the Ecopolis Center that was in the spotlight Jan. 24 in Iowa City sported something that most facilities celebrated with … Continue reading

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Other Bachelors of Arlington to hit the auction block in Cedar Rapids; event at Marriott features “The Bachelor” Chris Soules

The Other Bachelors of Arlington, Iowa calendar is being sold as a fundraiser to build a new community center in Arlington. (photo/SamGamm Photography)

The Other Bachelors of Arlington, Iowa calendar is being sold as a fundraiser to build a new community center in Arlington and the group, along with Chris Soules, will be featured at a Feb. 12 fundraiser in Cedar Rapids. (photo/SamGamm Photography)

CEDAR RAPIDS – Tickets go on sale Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, for an event that fans of “The Bachelor” won’t want to miss.

Hy-Vee is holding a fundraising event on Thursday, Feb. 12 at the Cedar Rapids Marriott featuring this season’s “Bachelor,” Chris Soules, of Arlington, Iowa, as well as The Other Bachelors of Arlington, Iowa. Continue reading

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NewBo City Market updates expansion plans and hours change

NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids has plans to add new permanent vendors, but will drop its lunch hours. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids has plans to add new permanent vendors, but will drop its lunch hours from Monday through Wednesday. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

NewBo City Market is continuing its plan to expand the number of permanent vendors inside the market at 1100 Third St. SE, but leaders have decided to continue the search for merchants.

At the same time, the market announced that lunches will no longer be served from Monday through Wednesday by select merchants, which will likely come as a disappointment for people who live and work in the area and had appreciated the extra lunch options offered there.

Matt Georges, one of the owners of Greyhound Deli, said it wasn’t the vendors’ choice to end the lunches. Continue reading

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Homegrown Iowans going to Hollywood on American Idol

washCedar Rapids can be proud of teen-ager Aaron Bissell, who will be going to Hollywood on this season of American Idol.

Aaron, 17, a senior at Cedar Rapids Washington High School, was shown earning his golden ticket on the show last night (Jan. 21, 2015) from auditions in Minnesota. Continue reading

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Cedar Rapids protest draws attention to proposed pipelines

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By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan CEDAR RAPIDS – Protesters braved frigid temperatures Tuesday to draw attention to a hot topic. Holding signs that read, “Veto KXL,” and “Say No!!” the gathering of about 10 people said they want to raise awareness … Continue reading

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Pipeline action events set for Cedar Rapids and Coralville

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Both the Keystone XL and Bakken pipelines are in the spotlight this week.

Here is info passed along to me today about upcoming events taking place in Cedar Rapids and Coralville regarding the two separate pipelines: Continue reading

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What’s in that hot cocoa and making sense of food label claims

swiss missI don’t think ConAgra Foods intended any irony in its message on boxes of Swiss Miss hot cocoa mix.

With photos of a dairy cow, a bottle of milk and a smiling farmer, the package states: “Al Shepley is onĀ  mission to make sure people know what’s in Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa… ‘When they open the package, I don’t think people know what’s actually in there,’ he says.” Continue reading

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Indian Creek Nature Center and Alliant Energy partner to demonstrate power of solar energy at new site

Solar energy will be key in making the new Indian Creek Nature Center's headquarters sustainable. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Solar energy will be key in making the new Indian Creek Nature Center’s headquarters in Cedar Rapids a sustainable facility. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

CEDAR RAPIDS – When the Indian Creek Nature Center’s new building opens in 2016, it will possess something very few facilities in the United States can boast: a completely self-sufficient energy source.

The Nature Center and Alliant Energy announced a long-term partnership today to support renewable energy education and usage as part of the center’s “Amazing Space” project. Continue reading

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Registration opens for Winter Gardening Fair 2015 in Cedar Rapids

Linn County ISU Extension showcased a portable container to grow lettuce and other plants during the 2014 Winter Gardening Fair. This year's fair will be Feb. 21 at Kirkwood Community College. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Linn County ISU Extension showcased a portable container to grow lettuce and other plants during the 2014 Winter Gardening Fair. This year’s fair will be Feb. 21 at Kirkwood Community College. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

As Iowa heads into the deep freeze of January, it’s the perfect time to think spring and one of my favorite ways to plan for spring planting is the annual Winter Gardening Fair, sponsored by the ISU Extension Linn County Master Gardeners.

Registration opens today, Monday, Jan. 5, for the 2015 fair, held at Kirkwood Community College, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW in Cedar Rapids. The event takes place on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Continue reading

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