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DNR to hold listening session on fall hunting and trapping regulations

Des Moines - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting public meetings over the Iowa Communications Network on February 22 from 6 to 9 p.m., to listen to the public’s thoughts on the hunting and trapping regulations for this fall.  

These meetings are part of the process for making rules in state government.

“Any rule changes must be discussed with Iowa’s citizens who might be impacted by the changes before the rule changes are proposed. The process helps ensure that rule changes serve the public’s wishes and do not impact Iowa’s economy,” said Dr. Dale Garner, chief of the wildlife bureau.

At each meeting DNR staff will facilitate a discussion about what went well last fall, what didn’t, and what changes hunters and trappers would like to see for this fall.

These discussions along with the data that the wildlife bureau collects on harvest and population numbers will be used to develop recommendations for any rule changes. Any changes must be approved by the Natural Resource Commission and then go back to the public for further comment before taking effect next fall.

Meetings will be held in Ankeny, Boone, Calmar, Centerville, Clinton, Correctionville, Council Bluffs, Creston, Iowa City, Marshalltown, Mason City, Ottumwa, Peosta, Sac City, Sheldon, Spencer, Tripoli and West Burlington.  


Classroom 117

1816 Lower Muscatine Road, Iowa City

The Iowa City Community Theatre will be bringing the production of "Anything Goes" to the stage this March

This romantic comedy brings the idea of a complicated relationship to life, while throwing in several twists and turns along the way.  

Here is a synopsis: S.S. American is sailing between New York and England with a comically colorful assemblage of passengers: Reno Sweeney, a popular nightclub singer, her pal Billy Crocker, a lovelorn Wall Street broker who has come aboard to try to win the favor of his beloved Hope Harcourt (who is engaged to another passenger, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh), and a second-rate conman named Moonface Martin. Song, dance, and farcical antics ensue as Reno and Moonface try to help Billy win the love of his life.

The cast features Mia Fryvecind Gimenez (Reno Sweeney), Alaynna Schwartz (Hope Harcourt), Dustin Davis (Billy Crocker), Sam O’Brien (Lord Evelyn Oakleigh), Jill Van Dorpe (Evangeline Harcourt), John Crosheck (Elisha Whitney), Jeffrey Mead (Moonface Martin), Angela McConville (Erma), Bryan Lawler (Ship’s Captain), Christian Drollinger (Ship’s Purser), Roxanna Running (Luke), Ashley Lapointe (John), Trista Carlson-Kimmel (Purity), Jessica Murillo (Charity), Rachael Rhoads (Chastity), Hannah Green (Virtue), John Shang (Fred), Mary Rogers (Ensemble), Anna Gould (Ensemble), Michael Smith (Ensemble), Claire Green (Ensemble), Ali Heath (Ensemble), Beth Halverson (Ensemble), Beverly E. Mead (Ensemble), Emily McKnight (Ensemble), Kate Jochum (Ensemble), Katharine Bergman (Ensemble), Lovella Varner (Ensemble), Jeremy Horning (Ensemble), Chase Horning (Ensemble), Jocko Motyko (Ensemble).

Performance dates are March 3 -- 12. Tickets are available online at

Garden Forum features Iowa City author Connie Mutel

IOWA CITY — Project GREEN and the Iowa City Public Library will offer the second Garden Forum on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the library, 123 S. Linn St.

Connie Mutel will present “Lives Written on the Land.” The Iowa City-based author tells the ongoing ecological story of Iowa’s agricultural transformation and what it has meant for Iowans and for the state’s native plants and animals. Understanding our past, helps us better attend to today’s environmental challenges and costs, including the effects of climate change on our state. Connie explores how to restore Iowa’s ecological integrity – something we boost every time we choose a native plant or install a native garden. She is a plant ecologist senior science writer at the University of Iowa IIHR (Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research) Hydroscience and Engineering, and frequently lectures across Iowa on a variety of environmental and natural history subjects. Connie has written and edited more than a dozen books on restoration ecology and environmental subjects including The Emerald Horizon (2008), A Watershed Year (2008 Floods), and most recently, A Sugar Creek Chronicle: Observing Climate Change from a Midwestern Woodland (2016).  

Project GREEN (Grow to Reach Environmental Excellence Now) and ICPL have partnered to offer the Garden Forums for many years. The forums are free and open to the public. Attendance at forums qualifies Iowa State University Extension Master Gardeners for education CEUs.

Since Project GREEN (Grow to Reach Environmental Excellence Now) was launched in 1968, the nonprofit has funded nearly $2 million in projects, including Project GREEN Gardens, a public garden at the city-owned Ned Ashton House at 820 Park Road. Project GREEN dedicated a $75,000 gift in 2012 to Iowa City to fund plantings near the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area. Through the years, the all-volunteer Project GREEN effort has grown to include parks, roadsides, riverfronts and median parkways on state, county, and city properties and all public school grounds. Project GREEN also supports efforts to educate citizens about the importance of beautifying private property as well. The organization will celebrate 50 years of service to the community next year.

Join Iowa City's new Police Chief for Coffee with a Cop

Coffee-with-a-copIowa City's new Police Chief will be available for coffee and a conversation at the next Iowa City Police Department Coffee with a Cop event.

Coffee with a Cop will happen Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Bruegger's Bagels, 245 Iowa Ave., Iowa City.

Iowa City Police Chief Jody Matherly, who was sworn-in on Monday, will attend this event. All are welcome to join their neighbors, friends and co-workers to discuss community issues with neighborhood police officers. Ask questions, voice concerns and get to know police officers in a relaxed setting. There’s no agenda for this event.

To learn more about Coffee with a Cop visit To schedule an event in your neighborhood contact Iowa City Police Officer David Schwindt.

Two more Iowa State Fair Grandstand acts announced

The Iowa State Fair unveiled Friday morning two more shows that plan to take over the Grandstand stage in 2017: Award-winning country group Little Big Town and the nostalgia-filled “I Love The ‘90s” tour.

Hailing from Nashville, Little Big Town is set to invade the Grandstand on Aug. 18. Tickets to the show cost $52, $42 or $32 and go on sale Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. via or by phone at 800-514-3849.


34th Annual Historic Preservation awards ceremony to be held January 19

Each year, Iowa City’s Historic Preservation Commission and the Friends of Historic Preservation host the Historic Preservation Recognition Program to acknowledge property owners, consultants, contractors, craftspersons, and community organizations for their efforts and completion of historically appropriate projects. This year’s event, scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, marks the program’s 34th year. It will be held in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn Street, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served beforehand, beginning at 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend the event and there is no admission charge.

Residential, commercial, and institutional properties will be recognized in several award categories: Paint and Exterior Finishes; Rehabilitation; and Additions and New Construction.

The event is sponsored by Iowa City Window and Door, MidWestOne Bank and New Pioneer Co-op. For more information, contact Iowa City Historic Preservation Planner Jessica Bristow at 319-356-5243 or

Doane College Choir to perform in Iowa City

Iowa City, Iowa – On Thursday, January 12 at 7:00PM the Doane College Choir (Crete, Nebraska) will give a concert of choral music at the UCC Congregational Church of Christ, 30 N Clinton Street, Iowa City.  The event is free and open to the public.
The Doane Choir has toured all over the United States and Europe, presenting concerts in Albuquerque, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, San Antonio, Phoenix, Pasadena, San Diego, and at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The choir also tours internationally, and has sung in Austria, Brazil, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Lichtenstein, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland. 

Learn about food with Green Iowa AmeriCorps at ICPL

Green Iowa AmeriCorps will be at the Iowa City Public Library from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 21, for a special program for children in kindergarten through third grades.

“Where Does your Food Come From?” will explore local, regional and exotic foods, with samples for kids to try. Representatives from Green Iowa AmeriCorps will talk about where food comes from and the steps it takes before it arrives on kids’ dinner plates. Participants will make a craft and receive seeds to take home to nurture throughout the winter months, then plant in the spring.

Registration is required for this program. To register, call the Library at 319-356-5200 or register on the Library’s online calendar at Simply click on the date of the event and fill out the online form.

For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Iowa City Community Theatre presents "As You Like It"

The Iowa City Community Theatre will be bringing the production of "As You Like It" to the stage this January. This romantic comedy brings the idea of a complicated relationship to life, while throwing in several twists and turns along the way.  

Here is a synopsis: Rosalind lives at court under the jealous eye of her uncle, who overthrew and banished her father, the rightful duke. When Duke Frederick decides to banish his niece as well, Rosalind disguises herself as a man, and is followed into exile by her devoted cousin Celia and their jester Touchstone. These courtly castaways succeed in finding a new life in the Forest of Arden, but their peaceful existence is soon thrown into disarray by havoc of the heart. Between lovelorn shepherds, over-eager shepherdesses, and a dashing fellow exile who can’t see through her masculine disguise, it will take a miracle to get everyone their happily-ever-afters.

The cast features Valerie Davine Bills (Phebe/ 2nd Lord of the Court), Chuck Dufano (Adam/ Hymen), JoJo Johnson (Touchstone), Kristi Johnson (Amiens), Justin Lane (Charles the Wrestler/Jaques de Boys), Ace McCusker (Duke Frederick/Corin), Erin Mills (Celia), Kristina Rutkowski (Lord Frederick/Sir Oliver Martext), Josh Sazon (Jaques), John Shang (Orlando de Boys), Genevieve Trainor (Duke Senior/ William), James Trainor (Oliver de Boys), Alex Tucker (Silvius/ Dennis), Anna Marie Ward (Audrey/ 1st Lord of the Court) and, Hannah Adamson as Rosalind.

Performance dates are January 20th--29th, 2017. Tickets are available online at Please see the attached press release for additional details, and feel free to let me know if you would like further information.

This January Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre brings two tales of love and revenge to the Paramount Theatre, Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA. -- Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre brings the popular pairing of Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni & Pagliacci by Ruggiero Leoncavallo to the Paramount Theatre, 123 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 7:30pm and Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 2:00pm.  Student tickets $10; adult tickets start at $19 at or 319-366-8203.

The shows are directed by guest stage director Candace Evans, with conductor Daniel Kleinknecht and Orchestra Iowa musicians. Both stories, set in rustic Italy tell stories of passionate love, betrayal, and ultimate revenge.  

The Cavalleria rusticana cast features native Iowan mezzo-sopranos Katharine Goeldner (Santuzza), Janara Kellerman (Mamma Lucia) and Teresa Buchholz (Lola). Suzanne Vinnik sings the role of Nedda in Pagliacci, and former Cleveland Browns defensive end, now world renowned tenor Ta’u Pupu’a will sing both the Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu) and Pagliacci (Canio) lead roles.

Curtain talks by director Candace Evans will be held one hour before each performance.

Learn more at


Winter Concert at Temple Judah
On Monday, January 2, 2017, 7:00PM at Temple Judah, 3221 Lindsay Ln SE, Cedar Rapids enjoy a free

concert with singers from Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s productions of Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci , and University of Iowa Professor Dr. Réne Lecuona, piano.  No reservations required; this event is open to the public.

Sitzprobe Social
Hear the performers of Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci sing with the orchestra for the first time in this traditional unstaged rehearsal on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:00PM at the Paramount Theatre.  Prior to the rehearsal enjoy conversation and refreshments with opera friends in the Opus Café at 119 3rd Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids.  Tickets are $25 through the Opera Office, or 319-365-7401.