CEDAR RAPIDS – One of my perennial favorites, the Easter Showcase, is coming up this weekend. I love seeing a sneak peek of spring inside the Noelridge Greenhouse, where city staff and volunteers start the plants that will be used in Cedar Rapids public parks, as well as the tropical plants that make their home […]
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Month: March 2015
From our friends at the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition: The Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition will host an informational meeting & conversation at the Cedar Rapids Public Library about the proposed Bakken oil pipeline on Thursday, April 2nd at 7pm in Beems Auditorium, rooms A&B.
Cedar Rapids is following through on a “promise” to cut down nearly 200 trees along the riverfront. Workers this month have been tearing out century-old trees in the Time Check Neighborhood as part of an ironically named “greenway parks” project. Read background on the project here. The $93 million plan – detailed here on the […]
It was a true moment of serendipity. A list of work that I needed to complete battled with wanting to hear Diane Ott Whealy, the co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange, speak at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, the last in a gardening series presented by the ISU Extension Linn County Master Gardeners. Diane’s speech won […]
Good call by the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids to schedule the annual Maple Syrup Festival this weekend. A steady line of breakfast-goers filed outside the Nature Center, at 6665 Otis Rd. SE, the entire morning Saturday, with more than 1,400 people attending the first day alone. Typically, the festival, featuring syruping demonstrations, […]
CEDAR RAPIDS – After offering community gardens in the neighborhood for years, the Wellington Heights Neighborhood Association has something new this spring. Residents of the neighborhood, and beyond, can stake their claim this season to one of 14 4-by-8-foot raised beds for gardening. Previously, the raised beds, next to the Wellington House at 392 15th […]
Short notice, but you’ll be in for a treat if you can make it to Prairiewoods in Hiawatha, this Wednesday, March 18. Prairiewoods is hosting a “Meet the Farmer” event with Grinnell Heritage Farm, which includes a potluck dinner. I visited the farm several years ago when they first moved to organic certification. Their produce […]
Admittedly, I’m not a big reality TV show fan, but I watched this season of “The Bachelor” to see how Iowa would be portrayed on the small-screen. Then, “American Idol” came along with a few Iowa connections, including one contestant who made the Top 12, and now, Top 11. As spring rolls around to keep […]
CEDAR RAPIDS – The Maple Syrup Festival has been a tradition at the Indian Creek Nature Center for more than 30 years. This year, they’re trying something new. The date has been pushed back to later in March, to coincide with the end of the syruping season and in the hopes that the weather will […]
So many incredible lectures are planned at area libraries in coming weeks. Already, the Linn County Master Gardeners have started their spring library talks, listed here. Three free lectures, presented by ISU Extension and Outreach Linn County Master Gardeners, also will take place this month, at the Cedar Rapids Public Library.