The Iowa Source

What To Do!


Riverside's famous Trek Fest XXXIII descends this weekend June 23-24 with a costume contest, parade, music, kids’ activities, fireworks, and moreFemale chefs prepare their best dishes for the crowd at Divas Who Dish June 24  • Head to tiny Swedesburg for the Swedish Midsummer Festival June 24 • Choose from four outdoor stages at the Iowa City Jazz Fest June 30-July 2 • Spend the long weekend pawing over antiques in Amana and Iowa City  ... read more


Fairfield favorites Jefferson County Green Band rock the Depot on June 24 •  Glimpse Fairfield's prettiest gardens on the Dorothy Bell Garden Tour June 25 ... read more
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Spring Pig-nic May 7

Iowa Farm Sanctuary: Meet the Kids & Calves & More

Jered and Shawn Camp invite you to their Grand Reopening party on May 7 to meet the flock of rescued farm animals and maybe get a head butt or two ... read more

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Suspended in Serenity

Aerial Yoga: Floating Beauty

There's a new way to stretch and feel beautiful, and it's coming to a yoga studio in Fairfield, Iowa  .... read more

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Seeds of Sustainability

What Happens When Schoolchildren Grow Their Own Food?

Kim Strubell of Fairfield thinks empowering Kenyan students to grow their own food is the best model for continued sustainability ... read more

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Nail It!

How to Avoid Pitfalls of Home Renovation

Think you want to tackle some home repair projects yourself? You might want to read this first ... read more


Garden Wisdom

What I Learned from a Decade in the Garden

Local herb and veggie farmer Jocelyn Engman imparts soil-laden stories of trial and triumph—and a few nuggets of wisdom .... read more



Wascally Wabbits!

Bunnies Busted: Rabbits in the Garden

Growing flowers in an area overpopulated with hares can be, well, harrying. Finding the right cultivars just might give you a fighting chance ... read more


The Best of Brunch

Brunch: A Delicious Marriage of Meals

Venture out of town for some culinary indulgence this weekend. Here’s the rub on some mouthwatering grub in Eastern and Central Iowa  ... read more

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Grow It, Eat It, Love It!

Asparagus: The Fresh Flavor That Grows on You

An Iowa native tells tales of an early spring vegetable that is soooo good for you, you should probably learn to like it (and grow it!) ... read more


Chef Matt Steigerwald

Rapid Creek Cidery: Coming Soon to Wilson's Orchard!

A historic barn on the grounds of Wilson's Orchard will soon be the site of a new gastropub and event center ... read more

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Blogs from Source Writers

Musings, anecdotes, and stuff that didn’t fit in print

  • Bells 
    Someday you’ll forget, he thanked God. Newspaper where the words for the opportunity, a choice, came from having my eyes opened by bells. The dog will hand blitzkrieg, flying chairs; the mouse made its rapid advance through chamber pots. The bell became paramount. Three bullet holes and the ... by rustin READ MORE 
    6:35 a.m. Not suffering. The quietest time Of morning. I can hear a train rumbling Miles away. A “Charles Pretzels” can serves As a waste basket. The rodent digs Litter under its spinning wheel. My senses say Attack another expectation. Run by another Temporary solution. I think ... by rustin READ MORE 
    Even after a full dayof housekeepingat Johnny and Kaye'snear the airport, strippingthe sheetsof Robert Gouletand other famouspassersthrough,she would stand at homeat the sink with her bucketof potatoes, and peeland sliceas the lard meltedin the skillet. She would humlike Loretta Lynn,whistl ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Homeless Man Living in an Abandoned Library 
    The books are all mine now.  It's too bad about the electricity, because it gets dark in here at night.  There's no climate control, so it can be pretty brisk in winter.  The books have fared well.  The rodents have done minimal damage, but strangely have chewed through t ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • The Philosopher Savant Meditates 
    Your mind goes on around you,practicing piano in the apartment belowor standing in the cathedral of time,meditating its stained-glass window,its mandala of red and blue,frankincense twisting to deletion.Wind gushes against the blinds.You listen not for completionnor what’s forward, nor behind. ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Roach Motel 
      I must do this to survive, Cardinal. No breathing allowed, Mr. Bee. I tripped on the stairs made of you, Maple. Es muy Piso Mojado, Mr. Snail. I will take my sleepwalk, Cloud. The world is the mirror and the world is purified. Throw your hands in the air and run. We'll be eatin' ... by rustin READ MORE