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September 2021

CEDAR RAPIDS OPERA SERVING UP MUSICAL COCKTAIL WITH SUZANNE SINGS! AT CEDAR RIDGE WINERY AND DISTILLERY SEPT. 30

Swisher, IA - Cedar Rapids Opera kicks off its 24th Season with Suzanne Sings!, an evening of music featuring Metropolitan Opera singer and University of Northern Iowa professor, Suzanne Hendrix. The program will showcase some of Ms. Hendrix’s most celebrated repertoire from Wagner, Verdi, and Bernstein, as well as the in-person premiere of Emma’s Misadventures in Zoomland – an “operatini” by composer Nancy Hill Cobb and librettist Melinda Boyd. This three-song cycle tells the all too current tale of Zoom meeting anxieties. Known for her comedic chops as well as the sumptuousness of her voice, Ms. Hendrix is delighted to perform in Iowa before making her return to the Met this spring.

 

An interactive mixology demonstration showcasing Cedar Ridge spirits will cap off the evening of handcrafted, interactive entertainment. 

 

Suzanne Sings! will be held at Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery on Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. The $50 ticket includes two drinks and hors d’oeuvres. The party will be held in the large, open-air event center with garage doors that open to gorgeous autumn vistas of the vineyards.

 

 Tickets are available www.cropera.booktix.com


Relax & Recharge on National Coffee Day with a Free, Brewed Coffee from Scooter’s Coffee

Scooter's Coffee Fresh Brewed CoffeeOMAHA, Neb., – Scooter’s Coffee is brewing up some love and will provide a FREE cup of brewed coffee to loyal and new customers on National Coffee Day, September 29.  

“Whether it’s National Coffee Day or any day, we are passionate about providing a world-class experience to our guests,” said Bill Black, Chief Marketing Officer at Scooter’s Coffee. “The Scooter’s Coffee difference is that we source only the highest-quality ingredients and roast the world’s finest specialty coffee beans. While we continue to grow rapidly, Scooter’s Coffee is committed to providing the quickest and best drive-thru interaction in the world. We’re here to make your day with our ‘Amazing People, Amazing Drinks… Amazingly Fast!®'”

Customers can redeem their free coffee using the Scooter’s Coffee mobile app at their favorite Scooter’s Coffee location. Customers who do not have the Scooter’s Coffee mobile app can simply download it from the App Store or Google Play Store. Once downloaded, customers can create an account to begin earning loyalty Smiles to receive future Scooter’s Coffee rewards.

Our free coffee giveaway is at participating Scooter’s Coffee locations—to view store locations, visit scooterscoffee.com.  And since pumpkin spice is in the air, check out our scrumptious fall menu at https://www.scooterscoffee.com/menu/limited-time. 

About Scooter’s Coffee

Founded in 1998 by Don and Linda Eckles in Bellevue, Nebraska, Scooter’s Coffee roasts only the finest coffee beans in the world at its headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. In more than two decades of business, Scooter’s Coffee’s success is simple: stay committed to the original business principles and company’s four core values, which are Integrity, Love, Humility and Courage. The Scooter’s Coffee Brand Promise, often recited to franchisees, customers and employees is: “Amazing People, Amazing Drinks… Amazingly Fast!®” It represents the company’s business origins from 1998 and reflects a steady commitment to providing an unforgettable experience to loyal and new customers.

Scooter’s Coffee is at the dawn of a strategic growth phase in the Midwest and nationwide. With over 350 stores in 21 states, the company continues to grow rapidly. The U.S. coffee market is an estimated $48 billion a year recession-resistant industry, and Scooter’s Coffee is striving to become the #1 drive-thru coffee franchise in the nation. Visit ownascooters.com to learn more about the benefits of owning a franchise of a well-established company.

For more information, visit, scooterscoffee.com, facebook.com/scooterscoffee,

ownascooters.com or call 877-494-7004.


Iowa City receives award for excellence in financial reporting

IOWA CITY -- For the 36th consecutive year, the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Iowa City for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, or Annual Report, for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2020.

The Government Finance Officers Association, or GFOA, awarded the Certificate of Achievement, the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting for “significant accomplishment by a government and its management.”

The Annual Report is the document prepared after the fiscal year ends to report the City’s actual income, incurred expenses, and financial position in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. The FY2020 report is available at icgov.org/budget.

The GFOA established the awards program in 1945 to encourage state and local governments to exceed minimum accounting requirements by preparing comprehensive annual financial reports that provide transparency and full disclosure, and then recognize cities, counties, states, school districts and other government entities that achieve that goal.

Annual financial reports submitted to the program for consideration for the award are reviewed by selected members of the GFOA professional staff and Special Review Committee, comprised of individuals with expertise in public sector financial reporting.

For more information, contact City of Iowa City Assistant Finance Director Nicole Davies at 319-356-5085 or [email protected].


City of Cedar Rapids Earns National Accreditation in Parks and Recreation

Mark of distinction recognizes commitment to highest level of service to the community 

Cedar Rapids, IA, The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department joins the ranks of elite park and recreation agencies across the country by earning accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). This distinguished accomplishment was awarded on September 9 and will be recognized at the NRPA Annual Conference on September 23.  

CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for park and recreation agencies, and is a measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management and service to the community. This mark of distinction indicates that an agency has met rigorous standards related to the management and administration of lands, facilities, resources, programs, safety and services. As part of the accreditation process, the Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department had to demonstrate compliance with 154 recognized standards and document all policies and procedures. Often the process helps identify efficiencies and heighten areas of accountability, all of which translate into higher quality service and operation to benefit the community.

“We are excited to have received this designation from CAPRA, and be among 193 cities nationwide and two in Iowa who have met these rigorous standards. Accreditation is important to the City of Cedar Rapids because it demonstrates that we are constantly working to meet industry best standards,” said Jeff Pomeranz, City Manager.

The process for accreditation involved a formal application, self-assessments, a site visit by a team of trained visitors that resulted in a written report, and a hearing with the commission to grant accreditation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's visitations were held virtually. Once accredited, the agency must uphold the standards by submitting an annual report and is reviewed again in five years. The Commission is comprised of representatives from NRPA, the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials, the International City/County Management Association, the Academy for Leisure Sciences, the Armed Forces Recreation Network and the Council of State Executive Directors.

For more information about CAPRA accreditation, visit www.nrpa.org/CAPRA.

About the National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. With more than 60,000 members, NRPA advances this mission by investing in and championing the work of park and recreation professionals and advocates — the catalysts for positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.


Floodwall and Floodgate Installation Begin in Czech Village

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Permanent flood control measures continue to move forward throughout the community. Starting Monday, September 20, construction will begin in the Czech Village District on a rolling floodgate at 16th Avenue SW. This work extends flood control measures already completed in this area, which includes an earthen flood levee that stretches from the Linn County Solid Waste Agency to 16th Avenue SW.  

The 16th Avenue Bridge will be closed to vehicular, pedestrian, and cyclist traffic from fall 2021 until spring 2022. Trail traffic will be detoured onto 12th Avenue SW.  

The 16th Avenue SW floodgate – similar to the one already completed on the SE side of the bridge – will roll across the road in times of flood emergencies, protecting the neighborhood and community from rising flood waters. The project also includes the installation of a decorative gateway arch that will welcome residents and visitors into the Czech Village. A similar arch will also be installed on the east side of the bridge. The floodgate is scheduled for completion summer 2022.  

Future work in this area includes the construction of a permanent full height floodwall at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library. The floodwall will extend from 16th Avenue SW to 12th Avenue SW, and includes a raised, terraced yard to accommodate outdoor activities at the museum and minimize the appearance of the floodwall. Landscaping enhancements are also planned near the Czech Village Clock Tower. The floodwall is scheduled for completion 2023.  

Other flood control work currently underway in the Czech Village District includes the installation of a new underground stormwater gate, which will close during Cedar River flood emergencies. The new gate will prevent river water from backing up into the City’s storm sewer system and causing street flooding. The gate will also reduce the City’s reliance on plugs and pumps that are annually deployed as temporary protection during high river events. The underground gate is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.  

In addition to the levee, underground gate, floodgate and floodwall, future plans for this area also include a pump station that will be installed adjacent to the NCSML.


Iowa City Deer Bow Hunt begins September 18, 2021

Iowa City's Deer Bow Hunt will begin Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. The bow hunt season will continue through Jan. 10, 2022.

The bow hunt is part of the City’s Long-Term Deer Management Plan, which includes one year of professional sharpshooting in 2019 and an urban bow hunt in 2020 – 2024. The hunts are held only on private property and conducted by the property owner or those with permission from the owner. Before hunting is allowed, Permission to Hunt on Private Property and Waiver of Separation forms must be submitted to the police department and approved.

No bows can be fired within 150 feet of any trail, road, park, school, sidewalk, or right-of-way. Additionally, no bows can be fired within 150 of a home or property line without an owner’s permission. Hunt rules are available on the City website at icgov.org/Urban-Bow-Hunt or at the Iowa City Police Department, 410 E. Washington Street, Iowa City, Iowa.

How to apply:

Interested hunters must submit an application and have it approved before hunting. Applications are available here. Applications are available as a fillable PDF or can be downloaded and handwritten. A copy of the hunter's Iowa Department of Natural Resources Hunting License must be included with the application.

Completed applications must be emailed to [email protected] or delivered to the Iowa City Police Department, 410 E. Washington St., Iowa City, IA 52240, by no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 20. Applications will be processed by the Iowa City Police Department. 

Don't veer for deer

The Iowa City Police Department would like to remind motorists to be extra vigilant to avoid deer collisions this time of year. Deer activity will increase in the coming weeks as the peak of breeding season approaches, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Deer will be more active during the dawn and dusk periods, when more motorists will be driving due to shorter days.

Motorists can help avoid deer collisions by slowing down and remaining alert while driving, particularly near potential deer crossings, such as creeks, fence lines or breaks in the tree line. If deer enter the roadway, drivers are reminded to not "veer for deer" and risk entering the ditch or hitting oncoming vehicles. 

A map of all car crashes in Iowa City involving animals - the majority of which involve deer - dating back to 2016 can be found here. The map also includes the estimated damage caused by each collision.

To learn more about Iowa City’s Deer Population Management Program, visit icgov.org/deerprogram.


TRAFFIC CONTROL FOR 2021 DOWNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance will be holding the Cedar Rapids Farmers’ Market this Saturday, September 18, 2021, from 7:30 a.m. (set up beings at 5:00 a.m.) until 12:00 p.m. (tear down ends by 1:00 p.m.). This year, the following streets will be utilized for the event:

  • 2nd Avenue SE from 1st Street (not inclusive) to 5th Street
  • 3rd Avenue SE from 1st Street (not inclusive) to 5th Street
  • 4th Avenue SE from 1st Street (no inclusive) to 5th Street
  • 2nd Street SE from 1st Avenue (not inclusive) to 4th Avenue
  • 3rd Street SE from 1st Avenue ( not inclusive) to 4th Avenue
  • 5th Street SE from 1st Avenue (not inclusive) to 4th Avenue

Additionally, a “No Parking/Tow Away” zone will be enforced on these streets from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. per Municipal Code Sections 61.094 and 61.094A. Guests of the Market are encouraged to use the 4th Avenue, GTC, 5 Seasons, or Convention Complex parking ramps located within a few blocks of the Market. For additional parking information, please visit www.parkcedarrapids.com. Parking ramps are handicapped-accessible and market patrons with special needs are encouraged to use those areas.

Please visit Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance for additional information.


Traffic Control for BrewNost

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library will be holding BrewNost, an international beer and food tasting fundraiser, this Friday, September 17, 2021, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  The cul-de-sac portion of Inspiration Place SW will be closed for the event.  The closing of the cul-de-sac will not impede traffic flow between Inspiration Place and 15th Avenue SW.

Please see the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library website for additional information at https://www.ncsml.org/ncsml-events/brewnost/.


Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Celebrates National Taco Day with $1.50 Tacos All Day

WHAT:

Bacon  Egg & Cheese Taco Breakfast Taco copyOn National Taco Day – Monday, October 4 – Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will offer select $1.50 tacos all day*. Head to your favorite Fuzzy’s and celebrate with a breakfast taco or Baja taco (or both)!

Enjoy your tacos on a Fuzzy’s patio with a FuzzyRita or an ice-cold schooner of beer. Special National Taco Day pricing is valid when you dine in, and will be available for takeout and online orders** placed through the Fuzzy’s Taco Shop website and app at select locations.  

Fuzzy Taco Shop’s signature Baja tacos are served on the guests’ choice of tortilla, and are made with choice of protein including shredded chicken, seasoned ground beef, shredded brisket, spicy pork, grilled veggies, and the new fried avocado, and their signature garlic sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, cilantro and feta. Fuzzy’s breakfast tacos feature the guest’s choice of eggs, cheese, bacon, chorizo, and potatoes.

Follow Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on Instagram and Facebook for your daily dose of tacos. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has nearly 140 corporate- and franchise-owned locations in 18 states. For a full list of locations please visit www.FuzzysTacoShop.com. 

Baja Shredded Chicken Taco copy*Promotion excludes fajita, shrimp, or Mahi, including California Heat, Citrus Heat Mahi, and Queso Shrimpico.

**Online ordering, where available, will be limited to a 10-taco maximum; quantity limits may apply for dine-in and takeout orders. Not valid on third-party delivery orders or with any other discounts.

WHEN:

Monday, October 4, 2021

WHERE:

Find your neighborhood Fuzzy’s Taco Shop here.

ABOUT:

Seasoned Ground Beef Taco copyFounded in 2003 near the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop® is a fast casual restaurant serving Mexican favorites with a splash of Baja. The laid-back atmosphere pairs perfectly with signature Baja-style tacos, famous chips and queso and icy-cold beverages always served at a chill price. With nearly 140 franchise- and corporate-owned locations in 18 states, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop was recently awarded “Top Food” and “Best Franchise Culture” by Franchise Business Review’s 2021 Franchise Satisfaction Awards. Additionally, Fuzzy’s was recognized in Entrepreneur’s 2021 Franchise 500 Ranking, Nation’s Restaurant News’ #10 “Fastest Growing Chains” of 2018, and was included on Franchise Business Review’s “Top Franchises” list in 2017. For franchising information, visit www.MyFuzzys.com


Animal Care & Control Open to the Public on September 13

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control, located at 7241 Washington View Parkway SW, will be open to the public beginning on Monday, September 13.  For the past several weeks, there were construction improvements being conducted around the front entrance of the facility that restricted visitor access.

All visitors will be required to wear a face covering or mask and maintain social distancing due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health pandemic. 

Those seeking to adopt an animal are also encouraged to complete an adoption application prior to arrival to help facilitate the process. Adoption applications are available at www.cedar-rapids.org/animal

Shelter hours are Monday through Saturday from Noon to 5:00 p.m.

To view the pets available for adoption, please visit www.petfinder.com/member/us/ia/cedar-rapids/cedar-rapids-animal-care-control-animal-shelter-ia125.