Fri. Sept. 20
Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and storms.
Humid. Wind: S 5-15.
Hi: 84 Lo: 68 (KCRG)
Miracle Leagues Removes Barriers for Kids with Disabilities
Prospect Meadows & Marion Metro Kiwanis (which includes our very own HiCrew!) have teamed up to create the Kiwanis Miracle League Field at Prospect Meadows. The league removes the barriers that children with physical and mental disabilities experience in enjoying America's past time.
Come out this Saturday at 10 am to support this wonderful league! Prospect Meadows is located on the corner of Highway 13 and County Home Road. (See map below)
Fall is in the Air
It's not quite fall yet, but fall fruits and vegetables are becoming bountiful, with Pumpkin Spice and cinnamon scents and flavor dominating the store shelves. General Mills has even dared to develop a new Pumpkin Spice Cheerios. Either you love it, or hate it.
Locally, apple orchards, such as Allen's (Marion) and Wilson's (Iowa City) have opened their gates for those who enjoy picking their own apples, while Bloomsbury Farms (Atkins) is gearing up for their fall activities, as well.
Boyson Closed from Robins Dd to Hawkeye Dr. for 3 Days
The Canadian National Railroad plans to replace the Boyson Road crossing starting Monday September 16. The roadway will close Boyson Road, from Robins Road to Hawkeye Drive, for three days to remove the old crossing and install the new rubberized material. Expect delays during this construction work. Visit Hiawatha website at www.hiawatha-iowa.com for more information.
Music, Vendors, Blessing of the Animals
Part of Sweetgrass Festival
The Sweetgrass Flute & Nature Festival is a free, family-friendly festival that spans three days. The Blessing of the Animals is the culmination of the festival and will be held Sept. 29 at 3 pm.
Please bring your pets on leashes or in carriers and pet clean-up bags, as well as lawn chairs or blankets.
Beginning at 11 a.m. Sept. 29, you can listen to live music by acclaimed musicians Scott August, Randy Granger, Rona Yellow Robe and Joseph L. Young, and participate in family-friendly games, nature activities and mind-body-spirit workshops.
Vendors will be available at 11 am, offering a variety of items, including handmade flutes, singing bowls, local food, arts, crafts, jewelry, stones and essential oils.
To learn more, visit www.SweetgrassFest.com.
Friends of the Library Meet & Greet, Annual Meeting Sept. 23
The Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library will hold it's annual meeting Monday, Sept. 23.
A Meet and Greet will begin at 6:30 pm, where you will have the opportunity to talk to the members of the group. An update on the progress of the Hiawatha Library renovations will also be provided. Refreshments will also be served.
Come and learn more about the Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library and what they do to help the Hiawatha Library, and the community! The public is invited, and encouraged to attend!
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.
Flu Shots Available Oct. 14 AT HPL
Flu shots will be available Oct. 14 inside the Hy-Vee Mobile Clinic outside the Hiawatha Public Library. Most insurances cards will be accepted.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter.
"The exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May."
There are several ways you can avoid getting the flu; get a flu shot, stay home when you are sick, wash you hands often or use hand sanitizer, avoid close contact with sick people, clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated, get plenty of rest, eat right, and exercise.
For more information visit the CDC website.
Library Renovations Taking Shape
The construction for the Hiawatha Library has hit a few snags but the first phase, which includes the parking lot and two-level addition to the library, is scheduled to be complete in December.
According to a Gazette article, the addition will contain staff space, three study rooms, two small conference rooms and a large meeting space.
Once the first phase is complete, the library will move into the finished portion, while renovations are completed on the other half. The $4.2 million project is 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.