St. Nicholas Day, or Svatý Mikuláš in Czech, is typically celebrated on Dec. 6, but festivities will be early this year in Czech Village in Cedar Rapids. The traditional Czech celebration will take place Friday, Nov. 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Aces and Eights, 62 16th Ave. SW. Related: Learn about other Czech events […]
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Month: November 2018
Cedar Rapids Czech School to celebrate 1...
By Cindy Hadish Czech School’s history in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, can be traced to a written program observing Jan Hus Day on July 6, 1870, which referenced Czech School teacher John B. Šuster, a date often cited as the start of the school. California’s Gold Rush of 1848, the failure of potato crops in their […]
How to (hopefully) save a frozen rain ba...
(UPDATE: Nov. 30, 2021) Since this de-icer experiment, the rain barrels have successfully captured rain water in subsequent years, and lesson learned to empty them before ice forms. This fall, they were perhaps emptied too soon, as Iowa is predicted to experience 50-degree temperatures, even into December. A week or so before Thanksgiving every year, […]
The Czech artistry of Marj Nejdl
Marj Nejdl is a Master Czech Folk Artist from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who generously gives of her time and talent. She and a friend, Pat Martin, have collaborated on a book that explores Nejdl’s art, including her batik, or wax resist, Czech egg decorating. Related: Marj Nejdl teaches Czech School students the art of egg […]
Ending nears for Czech odyssey
As the Czech School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, begins to celebrate its 150th year in 2019, a project to document that history is nearing its end. For the past two years, in homes, care centers, at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library and elsewhere, I’ve talked to more than 50 people with Czech […]
Winter farmers markets in Eastern Iowa
Even if the calendar says otherwise, it certainly feels like winter. Whether you’re getting ready for the holidays, or just craving homegrown food, winter farmers markets offer a chance to buy fresh and support your local farmers. Oftentimes, vendors also sell one-of-a-kind handmade items that make great gifts, too. Following are indoor farmers markets operating […]
Iowa Organic Conference set for Nov. 18-...
Early registration is still available through Nov. 11 for the Iowa Organic Conference, happening Nov. 18-19 at the University of Iowa. Learn more about the conference from Iowa State University Extension & Outreach: IOWA CITY – The 18th annual Iowa Organic Conference, a joint effort between Iowa State University and the University of Iowa Office […]
Time to set your clocks back
So much politics this close to Tuesday’s elections and Daylight Saving Time is no different. On whichever side you stand, it happens again this weekend, when Daylight Saving Time ends. Some refer to it as “Daylight Savings Time,” but that’s another story. The switch to Standard Time happens at 2 a.m. every year on the […]