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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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The Bix – A Quad City tradition

There are tons of walks and runs to participate in during the summer in Iowa. I recently walked in the The Bix. 2008 marks the 34th anniversary of the Quad-City Times Bix 7 – in fact it’s known as one of the United States most prestigious and challenging races.

Here’s a recap of my walk…

Of the people I know about, I brought up the rear. By a lot. About 2:18 for me. That’d be two hours and eighteen minutes to walk seven miles. My 60-year old father in law ran it in just over an hour. Small children and old folks alike giggled as they passed me by. But there’s a reason! Really!

First of all, I started waaaay in the back. So I started off at a disadvantage.

I was near the Army guys in fatigues with 100lb packs on their backs. They started up Brady St. hill walking, and I kept pace. Woot!, I thought, I can keep up with these guys, and they train and like, lift weights and stuff.

Then we got to the top of the hill and they started running.

I never saw them again.

Then I got passed by Tinky Winky.

Seriously.

Then I got passed by the chicken man. But you know, he’s probably a runner in all the getup.

Then the pregnant gal breezed by me. Very pregnant. Maybe 7 months. But she was probably a runner before, so she doesn’t count.

Then the lady in the wheelchair passed me.

Then our inspirations passed me  (and his wife I presume). They were getting cheers the whole way. Truly amazing.

However, all is not lost. I did totally crush this guy in the Monty Python outfit.

So when I got home and Mallory (age 4) asked “Did you win?” of course, I said Yes!

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RAGBRAI is right around the corner…

The 36th RAGBRAI will run through Missouri Valley, Harlan, Jefferson, Ames, Tama-Toledo, North Liberty, Tipton and Le Clare.  Lance Armstrong will be here for the 3rd time.

RAGBRAI – Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa.

It’s a household word in Iowa, one synomous with the last full week in July. 

This will be my tenth year on RAGBRAI and even though I’m not able to do the entire week every year, I wouldn’t miss riding a couple days each year.

I started riding RAGBRAI in 1999 and hadn’t really ridden a bike much since I was a kid. The first year I went, I rode only two days, but a very hot and hilly two days.  The heat index the first day was at least 110 the first day and 115 the second day I rode. The first day was from Waverly to Decorah, the second day from Decorah to Manchester. If anyone has driven in northeast Iowa, it’s even hillier when you’re on a bike! 

However, after that year with a sore butt and being hot and tired, I fell in love with it.

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RiverRun Recap

The high on Sunday was only in the mid-50s but the cool air didn’t stop hundreds from attending the 29th annual RiverRun. Event coordinators are reporting an increase in both attendance and money raised!

More than 1,700 runners registered this year – up from 1,484 last year. Coordinators also said a record number of volunteers donated time this year to help with the event.

Last year, the run generated $15,000 for Extend the Dream, the nonprofit organization that operates Uptown Bill’s Small Mall in downtown Iowa City.  The group expects to beat the $15,000 mark this year, especially considering some large donations from area businesses.

This recap will be updated as more information is learned and final results released.  

And the winners are… Race Results

http://www.uiowa.edu/~riverrun/results.htm

Local media coverage:

http://media.www.dailyiowan.com/media/storage/paper599/news/2008/04/28/Metro/Riverrun.Sees.Large.Surge-3352615.shtml

http://www.press-citizen.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080428/NEWS01/804280301/1079

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Support the Corridor’s Animal Shelters

When we decided we were in the market to add a furry friend to our family, my husband visited the local animal shelter and immediately fell in love with our dog.  Although he’s not the smartest dog I’ve ever met, and was a bit timid at first, our dog has proven himself to be one of the sweetest, most lovable dogs I’ve ever owned.  He’s good with kids and is a pretty good watch dog.  And, I really think he knows we saved him. 

So this weekend while getting him power-vacuumed at PetCo (one drawback – he sheds like crazy) I found myself reading a flyer I wanted to share.  It’s an event taking place this weekend that really caught my interest.

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The Corridor Celebrates Earth Day

“What’s Earth Day?” My son asked this morning after I told him today was a special day.

 I said it’s a day when we tell the Earth we love her. 

“The Earth is a giiiirrrrllll?” he said in that ‘girls are gross’ voice he’s developed recently. 

“The Earth is more like a mommy.” I explained. He smiled. He still loves his mommy.

The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 and is considered the birth of the modern environmental movement.  Every year on this day communities band together to promote recycling, renewable energy, water conservation and other important environmental topics.  I’ve always considered Eastern Iowa an environmentally conscious area, and we certainly have a number of events planned to celebrate! 
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The Bijou – A refreshing change in theatre scenery

If you’re looking to catch a good movie this weekend, but not impressed with the lineup at the mainstream theaters, don’t forget to check out what’s playing at the Bijou. 

The Bijou is a non-profit, student-run cinema screening independent, art house, foreign, and classic cinema. Established in 1972, the Bijou Theater is known as one of the greatest student-run theaters in the nation. The theater screens a variety of new releases and classic films and is located in the Iowa Memorial Union.

And no, you don’t have to be a student to attend.  Nor will you see only students at the theatre.  This theatre is one of Iowa City’s treasures and the Corridor’s premiere source for alternative cinema.

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