Monthly Archives: October 2008

Second Annual Pink Ice Hockey Game

This Saturday, the Cedar Rapids Roughriders game against the Omaha Lancers will be played on pink ice as part of a “Pink Game” promotion to promote breast cancer awareness. One dollar from every ticket will go to St. Luke’s Spirit Fund, which provides financial assistance to women diagnosed with breast cancer. The team and game officials will wear pink jerseys that will be auctioned to benefit the Spirit Fund.

The ice will remain pink for Sunday evening’s meeting between the Riders and Green Bay Gamblers.

For more information read the media release.

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Leaf-peeping in the Corridor

Here are some pictures from the beautiful fall foliage we’ve experienced here in the corridor the last few weeks.

If you haven’t had the chance yet, get out and enjoy this beautiful October!

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The Corridor Offers Many Spooky Attractions for Halloween

From haunted corn mazes, to mansions and crypts the corridor offers some great options for those looking for a fright this Halloween.

Here’s a quick list of haunted houses in the corridor. If you’ve been to any please comment, and feel free to mention any I may have missed.  

Frightmare Forrest
Check out their Web site – I bet they are the only haunted house in the corridor with a blog and myspace page. Ha!  Anyway, my husband and I and another couple went to this last year, and it was fun.  Go in with an open mind and be prepare to wait – because it’s usually an hour or two. Their FAQ says it best:
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Fall Foliage Hits the Corridor

So many people travel to New England to see the amazing colors of Fall, but if you haven’t noticed, it’s quite gorgeous around here right now. 

I heard on the news that this weekend will be Eastern Iowa’s peak in terms of color, so let’s all go out and take some pictures of the beautiful reds, oranges and auburns gracing our trees.  Submit your pics to discoverthecorridor@gmail.com and we’ll post them next week.

Let’s show the world just how beautiful Iowa is in autumn.

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Corridor Area Pumpkin Patches and Other Kid-friendly Halloween Activities

Looking for something to do this fall with your little pumpkins?  The corridor offers a ton of fun activities from apple orchards, to pumpkin patches, to safe trick-or-treating.  Here’s a list of activities I compiled.  Feel free to comment if you’ve visited any of these, and let me know if I missed any good ones!

Knight’s Farm: Pumpkin Patch
This is the one my family usually goes to every year. It’s located outside Cedar Rapids in Springville. It has a pumpkin patch, kids fun area with inflatable toys, a hayrack, and a mini-corn maze just right for the kiddos. 
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It’s Playtime Poppy

The Children’s Theatre of Cedar Rapids Playtime Poppy is ready to start its 2008-2009 Play season. The first play will be “Timeless Tales” which is a rendition of four of Hans Christian Andersen’s stories.  It will include scenes from “The Princess and the Pea”, “The Little Mermaid”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, and “The Ugly Duckling”.

This Timeless Tales starts on October 15th and runs through the 18th.  The play will be at Jefferson High School in the auditorium (pdf map of the building), located at 1243 20th St SW in Cedar Rapids.  Here are the show times:

  • Wednesday October 15th is a matinee showing at 1:00pm
  • Thursday October 16, 2008 showing at 4:30pm and at 7:00pm
  • Friday October 17, 2008 showing at 4:30pm and at 7:00 pm
  • Saturday October 18, 2008 showing at 2:00 pm and at 4:30 pm

The rest of the 2008-2009 play season will feature:

  • Disney’s 101 Dalmatians – the musical (January 29-31, 2009) at Kennedy High School
  • Sleeping Beauty (April 23-25, 2009) at Washington High School

This is truly a low cost entertaining event to bring your children to.  The tickets cost $3.00 and are available for sale 45 minutes before the show starts.  The plays usually last about an hour, and I know I plan on attending, my daughter always loves it.  Maybe I’ll see you there.

posted by: Kristen Everett

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Especially for You – 5k Recap

A friend of mine ran the Especially for You 5K in 28 minutes.  I walked it in 1 hour, 8 minutes.  But hey, I stopped to take pictures!

Last Sunday’s walk was awesome – more than 10,000 (10,194 to be exact) people came out to Mercy Hospital to show their support and raise money for breast cancer awareness.  The weather was perfect and the sense of community contagious. 

Here are some pictures I was able to snap during the walk.

More pics at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26661191@N04/sets/72157608034266620/

Here are some local stories recaping the event’s success:
http://www.gazetteonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081013/NEWS/710139950/1006/NEWS

A cool little blog: http://sydneyri.wordpress.com/2008/10/13/especially-for-you-walk-for-cancer/

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