Thurs. April 2
Mostly sunny, increasing clouds late. Wind: N 5-15.
Hi: 63 Lo: 49
Forecast Courtesy of KCRG Weather
Severe Weather Awareness
Just a reminder that we are coming up on severe weather season in Iowa, when the weather can change in an instant. The best we can do is be prepared and know what to expect during a severe storm.
When a "Watch" is issued, it means that conditions are favorable for storms, tornadoes, or flooding, and you should be on the lookout for severe weather. A "Warning" means the event is happening and you need to go to your "Safe Place." Your safe place could be your basement, a closet, under the stairs, or in a bathroom. If you do not feel safe in your home, such as in a mobile home, go to a place where you feel safe, such as a friend or a parent's home. Most mobile home parks have a storm shelter, but many do not.
According to KCRG, one of the most important things about being prepared is knowing where you live, the county and actual location. Many times a meteorologist will talk about a storms' path being north of Interstate 80, east of Interstate 380, or south of Highway 20. It is imperative you know where those main highways are located. This knowledge could very well save your life.
City Council Meetings Conducted Electronically in Response to Virus
Hiawatha - City Council meetings will be conducted electronically through an electronic format until further notice due to the concerns regarding person-to-person transmission of the COVID-19 virus. The meetings are also broadcasted live on the City’s YouTube channel.
You can join the April 1, 2020 meeting by clicking here. You can watch our Council meetings live on YouTube by clicking here.
The Hiawatha City Hall, Community Center and the Hiawatha Library are closed until further notice. The closings come as a result of recommendations issued by Iowa Governor, Kim Reynolds, as a way to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Visit the city's website or the Hiawatha Library's website for updates about when they will reopen. For ongoing updates on the virus, and tips on how to stay well and practice social distancing, go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website, CDC.gov.
Meditation, Yoga Can Help Ease Anxiety
With so much going on in the world, it's easy to become anxious and stressed. A few ways to combat those anxious feelings is to focus on something other than news and social media, such as meditation or yoga.
Meditation quiets your mind, as well as eases stress and anxiety. It can also help reduce worrying thoughts and bring about a feeling of balance, calm, and focus.
According to Psychology Today, "anxiety is a cognitive state connected to an inability to regulate your emotional responses to perceived threats." Mindfulness meditation strengthens a person’s cognitive ability to regulate emotions. (Learn more about meditation here)
Yoga, a form of exercise, can also help ease anxiety. It can also lower blood pressure, reduce insomnia, increase flexibility, increase muscle strength, and improve energy. (Learn how to do yoga here.)
Although meditation and yoga are great stress and anxiety relievers, if your anxiety begins to disrupt your normal activities, you may want to seek the advice of your healthcare provider.
Hiawatha Parks and Rec is holding Virtual Easter Egg Hunt
Attention Hiawatha Businesses and Families! Please play along to give our kids and families something fun to do during this time of need! Easter is coming up, and since our annual egg hunt has been cancelled we thought what else could we do to bring a little light to the holiday? So here’s where you come in! Put an Easter Egg in your window. Color it, paint it, draw it, create it digitally, cut it out of a magazine or cut it out of your quarantine snack wrappers - anything will do - be creative!
Walk or drive around and see how many Easter Eggs you can find! Leave them up until Easter so everyone has a chance! Let's have a little fun and enjoy the fresh air! Post pictures in the comments of your egg creations or of your egg hunt for a chance to win some yummy Culvers' custard tokens!
Prairiewoods Holds Weekly Online Conversations
Have you seen Prairiewoods' #PanDeepening blog? They coined the phrase PanDeepening as we work to see this unique moment in history as an opportunity to go more deeply into all our relationships and interconnections. Each day, they post activities, reflections and thoughts intended to help our community thrive, find ways to hold hope and become our own calm center in the storm that rages around us.
Prairiewoods is setting aside an hour each Thursday from 4-5 p.m. to meet on Zoom (an online meeting platform) for Go Deeper Thursdays. Join other Prairiewoods people for some healthy and necessary conversation in this time of PanDeepening. This is an opportunity to relieve stress and connect at a deeper level. We will have a brief check-in and talk about how our spiritual awareness and practice during this time of upheaval is shifting.
If you don't already have it, click here to download Zoom.
Click here Thursdays at 4 p.m. to join the Zoom meeting. Then enter meeting ID 943 001 589 and password 096247.
Everyone is invited to join this online conversation!
Ways to Pass the Time
Everyone is being encouraged to "socially distance" themselves from others, which means, being cooped up in your house for days. This isn't always easy for those with lots of energy. So, until we get the "all clear," and things get back to normal, here are a few ways to help pass the time, courtesy of Indy's Child:
Stuck at home and getting tired of NetFlix?
Take a virtual tour!
Yellowstone National Park
Yosemite National Park
San Diego Zoo
Monteray Bay Aquarium
The Quonset Builidng, owned by Fay Clark, first mayor of Hiawatha.
Hiawatha is celebrating 70 years!
Hiawatha was incorporated June 12, 1950, a month after 49 people petitioned to take on the task of building a town north of Cedar Rapids.
One of the founders, Fay Clark, owned a manufacturing business in what is now Hiawatha, and along with Marion Mayor, Henry Katz, started a fire department, after the Cedar Rapids fire department refused to cross Blairs Ferry Road (the boundary at the time) to help fight a fire that destroyed Fay's business.
Clark was not only the first Mayor and first Justice of the Peace, he was also the author of three books on the paranormal.
Hiawatha History Book Available June 2020
The Hiawatha History Commission was established as a way to preserve the history of Hiawatha. The commission is sponsoring a celebrating the weekend of June 12-13 to celebrate the milestone. The commission is publishing a book that contains the history, as well as photos, of Hiawatha. Books can be pre-ordered for $20 or can be purchased for $25 when the book becomes available prior to the celebration.