Historic homes and gardens open for I...

Historic homes and gardens open for Iowa City tour

IOWA CITY – Friends of Historic Preservation will showcase historic homes and historically recreated gardens and offer wine-tasting at a former family vineyard during a tour next Sunday, May 29. The event provides a glimpse into some of the city’s grandest homes, as well as gorgeous gardens. Learn more about the 2016 tour from Friends […]

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CEDAR RAPIDS – A week’s delay in this year’s scheduled date for Houby Days translated into picture-perfect weather for the three-day festival. Carnival rides, live music, and of course, the festival’s Czech namesake – mushrooms – drew large crowds to Czech Village in Cedar Rapids. The event kicked off on Friday, May 20, with a […]

March against Monsanto in the Heartla...

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By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan Cedar Rapids-area residents joined in global efforts Saturday, May 21, 2016, during the March Against Monsanto. Dozens of people were joined by candidates Tom Fiegen, who is hoping to unseat Republican Senator Chuck Grassley in this fall’s election, and Joe Stutler, who is challenging Joel Miller for the Democratic Party’s nomination […]

Unearthing history at Greene Square i...

Unearthing history at Greene Square in Cedar Rapids

By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan CEDAR RAPIDS — A time capsule, buried 40 years ago in Greene Square Park, was opened to the public Friday, May 20, 2016, to reveal a glimpse of the history of Cedar Rapids. Greene Square, between Third and Fourth avenues SE in downtown Cedar Rapids, has been undergoing a $1.9 million renovation […]

Lion Bridge features mushroom beer fo...

Lion Bridge features mushroom beer for Houby Days

CEDAR RAPIDS – Lion Bridge Brewing Co., in Czech Village, is combining two things that many Iowans love: beer and mushrooms. Mushroom beer has become somewhat of a tradition for the neighborhood brewery during the annual Houby Days celebration, happening May 20-22, 2016. And this time, they’re doing it twice. Chanterelle Disaster (Mushroom Porter, 5.8%) […]

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Houby Days mushroom festival begins May 20 in Cedar Rapids

By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan CEDAR RAPIDS — This year’s Houby Days is scheduled a bit later than in years past, but given this weekend’s forecast, that might be fortunate. Hopefully by the time the annual mushroom festival begins later this month, the weather will be looking up. Houby, the Czech word for mushrooms, are central […]

Market After Dark returning to downto...

Market After Dark returning to downtown Cedar Rapids

By Cindy Hadish/for the Corridor Business Journal An experiment with an unconventional farmers market is moving to the next phase after a wildly successful trial run. Market After Dark, which debuted last August in downtown Cedar Rapids, will be repeated this summer with some tweaks, said Melissa McCarville, communications manager for the Cedar Rapids Metro […]

Heeding the Three Kings frost warning

Heeding the Three Kings frost warning

With temperatures expected to hit the 80s in Iowa today, it might seem that the risk of frost is far behind for this season. But it’s often prudent to heed the Three Kings frost warning, regardless. According to the Czech legend, the three kings or saints – Pankrac on May 12, Servac on May 13 […]

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Milkweed plants at Noelridge Mother’s Day open house

UPDATE (May 2, 2016): The city sent out a corrected press release to note that visitors don’t need to make a purchase to take home a free milkweed plant and also changes the schedule of events. Original post: Mother’s Day this year falls on Sunday, May 8, the earliest date possible for the celebration, which […]

Plant sales sprout in Eastern Iowa

Plant sales sprout in Eastern Iowa

We’ve been fortunate to experience beautiful weather this spring and recent rains should boost those seeds planted outdoors. If you’re looking for your own gardening boost, a number of plant sales scheduled in the coming weeks should do the trick. Master gardeners and other organizations sell perennials such as hosta and daylillies, along with vegetable […]