Wed. Oct. 23
Mostly cloudy. An isolated shower is possible. Wind: S 5-15.
Hi: 55 Lo: 34
It won't be long before the little goblins will be coming to knock on your door! Check out the list of fun Halloween activities we have collected - it's fun that the whole family will enjoy!
Click here for family-friendly Halloween events!
Beginning Nov. 1, the Hiawatha Library will do its part in easing food insecurity in our community. Bring in non-perishable food items between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30 and pay off your debt to the library! Each item you brings in entitles you to $1 off your fines.
For more information, go to the library's event page or website.
Tiny Homes Appealing to Many
Greg Johnson, a member of the Small House Society, will be at the Hiawatha Library Nov. 2 at 10:30 am and share his thoughts about why more people should consider a Tiny House.
Johnson has been a voice for a smaller, simpler way of living for decades. He helped establish the Small House Society in 2002, during the early years of the tiny house movement. He lived in a 10 x 7 off-the-grid home in Iowa City from 2003 to 2009, and continues to be an advocate for small home living.
He wrote a book about his own small living experience — Put Your Life on a Diet: Lessons Learned from Living in 140 Square Feet. In this talk, Greg will share about his own tiny living experiences and answer any questions you may have.
The Hiawatha Library is located at 150 W. Willman Street.
Fall Festival to Coincide with Final Farmers Market of the Year
Hiawatha's Fall Festival will be held Oct. 27 during the last Hiawatha Farmers Market. Along with the great vendors at the market, there will be tricks and treats (while supplies last), the Trackless Train, and a costume contest. Visit the Facebook event page for updates!
The Farmers Market will begin again the last Sunday in April.
Organizations Join Together to Help Kids Have Fun
The anticipated Tucker Park playground project has been completed, which means kids can enjoy the new equipment before the snow falls.
The project was made possible by several groups, including the Friends of Hiawatha Parks and Recreation Foundation. The Friends donated $13, 500 toward this project, while the Iowa Foundation for Parks and Recreation donated $925. Alliant Energy donated $1,000 and the HiCREW Kiwanis Club donated $750.
The new features provide a place for kids to play, along with all inclusive features including a handicap swing and generation swing, imagination play, and musical play for a variety of skill levels.
Tucker Park is located at 101 B Avenue in Hiawatha.
Library Renovations Will Take Longer than First Anticipated
The construction for the Hiawatha Library has hit a few snags. The first phase, which includes the parking lot and two-level addition to the library, was scheduled to be complete in December, but now is slated to be completed in February 2020.
According to Kim Downs, Hiawatha City Administrator, water problems is the cause for the delay, which includes drainage and more than normal rainfall for our area. Downs said they have adjusted the work order to include drainage pipes, so water won't be an issue for the library in the future.
She said the city would much rather spend the money now, rather than later, when it is bond to be more costly.
"Others will benefit, too, because it will draw the water away from the library, as well as the structures to the south," said Downs.
Once the first phase is complete in February, the library will move into the finished portion, while work is being completed in the existing portion. The $4.2 million project is still scheduled to be finished in May 2020.
Programs and activities are still being held at the library. However, library staff asks for patron's patience during renovations. For more information, visit the library's website.