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August 2021

Show some love for the Iowa City Farmers Market by casting your vote for a People's Choice award

The Iowa City Farmers Market is encouraging supporters to participate in America’s 13th annual Farmers Market Celebration, which runs from June 21 to Sept. 19, 2021. Shoppers are encouraged to visit the market on Wednesdays or Saturdays and then visit markets.farmland.org, where they can endorse the market, putting it in the running for national recognition.

"The Iowa City Farmers Market has been a staple in Iowa City for almost 50 years. We create access to fresh, locally produced products which helps build community," said Tammy Neumann, Coordinator of the Iowa City Farmers Market.

American Farmland Trust is a national nonprofit dedicated to saving farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land. It has run the Celebration for 13 consecutive years, elevating the increasingly essential role farmers markets play in providing communities with access to fresh, locally grown food and connecting farmers directly with their customers. In 2021, the Farmers Market Coalition joined the Celebration as a new partner and co-sponsor of the event.

“In many regions, especially during these unprecedented times, farmers markets have been vital to keeping existing farms in business and enabling new farms to get started,” said John Piotti, American Farmland Trust President and CEO. “Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, farmers markets have served as essential businesses, helping to connect farmers to customers, and customers to local, healthy food.”

To recognize the vital role that farmers markets play, this year the markets that finish in the top three of the "People's Choice" category will be awarded $2,500 for first, $1,500 for second, and $1,000 for third place. These funds will be awarded to markets for marketing, communications, and other needs that help expand the market’s reach and impact.

To learn more and to cast your vote, visit markets.farmland.org. Voting ends Sept. 19, 2021.


KITES ON 2ND AVENUE

Outdoor kite event: construct and fly kites on the 2nd Avenue Bridge, Cedar Rapids.

August 28th at 10:00 AM—2:00 PM 

The Community of Artists and Veterans, in conjunction with the Veteran Memorial Commission invites the public to participate in the first kite event of its kind in downtown Cedar Rapids.

On August 28th, from 10am to 2pm the public is invited to construct and fly kites at this unique and free event. Coloring tools and over three hundred kites provided. Kite kit assemblage and decoration to take place before and the day of Kites On 2nd Avenue. Flying will commence on the iconic 2nd Avenue Bridge with the guidance of expert kite flyers. Restrooms available inside the Veterans Memorial Building on May’s Island.

This is the first Kites On 2nd Avenue local event, although the concept was established by previous and similar international events. Some background: in recent years the Community of Artists and Veterans (C.A.V.) leader Scott Droessler, and artist/member Jason Everett collaborated to purchase and guide local artists and families to share a series of kites that were escorted to countries including Iraq, Cuba, Uganda, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, and Namibia. Droessler (Director of The C.A.V, MMU graduate in Art, and Iowa National Guard Veteran) oversaw the preliminary kite assemblage-art component, while Everett (US ARMY Veteran, UI/Kirkwood Alumni) and Nancy Bartosz (Chicago-area school teacher, founder of HOPE Travels) delivered and orchestrated kite events in these countries. The outcome of the successful international program demonstrates that despite geographical distance and natural differences, people can connect positively. Hope and the arts are two things that transcend the barriers of language, culture, ethnicity, geography—and therefore are themes that cultivate and inspire collaboration and friendship.

For Kites On 2nd Avenue, the goal is the same with the program/event going local— encouraging people to simply have fun and make positive memories and connections. This project is in partnership with other organizations that serve our community. Kites On 2nd Avenue will be an event that gives community members, children and families an opportunity to enjoy an outdoor activity with kites.


Adjusted Pool Schedules Begin This Week

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – As in previous years, the Cedar Rapids outdoor pools will begin adjusted schedules in August based on decreased attendance, darkness and staffing levels. Bever Pool is scheduled to close on Friday, August 6. The Bever season will culminate in the K9Splash! dog swim on Saturday and Sunday, August 7 and 8, in the same way it has for the last fourteen years (except 2020).  

On weekdays, through August 13, Cherry Hill Aquatic Center will be open for afternoon swims, from 1:00-5:00 p.m., and evening swims, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. It will be open on weekends for open swim from 1:00-6:00 p.m., and close for the season at 5:00 p.m. on August 22.  

Noelridge Aquatic Center will be open for afternoon swims, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. through August 20. It will be open for evening swims from 6:30-8:00 p.m., through August 13. Noelridge will remain open for weekend swimming, with open swim from 1:00-6:00 p.m., through Labor Day. Noelridge will close at 5:00 p.m. on September 6.  

Lap swims, at both aquatic centers will be held on weekdays from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and 5:15-6:15 p.m. through August 13. On weekends, lap swim will be from 11:45-12:45 p.m. on days the two pools are open. The Last Gasp! Swim, the last opportunity to swim on a weekday afternoon this summer, will be held at Noelridge on Friday, August 20 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.  

Schedules and any changes are posted on the City’s website at www.cedar-rapids.org. The availability of slides and water features may vary due to staffing. A list of indoor swimming opportunities at Bender Pool, is available in the fall Play! guide mailed to Cedar Rapids homes the week of August 9.