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What To Do!

CALENDAR: Celebrate New Year's Eve

Dave Zollo & William Elliott Whitmore play at Gabe's in Iowa City at 9 p.m. • The Des Moines Symphony presents popular classical music along with contortionists, jugglers, and aerial flyers at the Civic Center at 8 p.m. • The Fez plays the jazz-rock fusion masterpieces of Steely Dan at the Englert in Iowa City at 8:30 p.m. ... read more


On Dec. 31st: Everyone's welcome to the New Year's Eve Contra Dance at Morning Star. No experience necessary! Winter Wonderland Dance Party at the FACC • Dinner on the Sondheim Stage, featuring a four-course meal by Chef Noah at 6:30 p.m. ... read more

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Locally Grown Cider

Eat, Drink & Be Merry in Fairfield!

Three new restaurants in Fairfield—the Cider House, the Bun House, and Amore Mio—give you plenty of tasty ways to celebrate over the holidays ... read more

cider house

Tasty, Healthy Treats

Family of Foodies: Organic Matters Kitchen

Orion Lane of Fairfield works with his brother and sister to create cookies, brownies, and flavored popcorn that taste good and are good for you, too  ... read more

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YouTube Piano Mania

Piano Students Rejoice—Find Songs on YouTube!

Two University of Iowa professors are on their way to recording more than 9,000 syllabus songs for students and teachers ... read more

UI piano project

Dance Legend

Lori Belilove Brings Isadora Duncan Dance to Fairfield

The natural grace and free movements of Isadora Duncan Dance came to Fairfield in mid-November when Lori Belilove brought her New York troupe to Iowa for two rare performances .... read more

lori belilove

Trailing Nature

Photo Contest: Nature in Jefferson County

Like taking pictures? Send your nature photos taken in the Jefferson County area to the Trailing Nature photo contest, sponsored by the Jefferson County Trails Council .... read more


jefferson county loop trail, radim schreiber

Performing Arts Roster

Theater, Dance, Music, Opera & Improv

Iowa's performing artists bring us so many delightful ways to experience life out of the ordinary. Check out this list of groups and their upcoming performances  ... read more

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Works from 100 Artists!

Annual UI Holiday Thieves Market & Wine Tasting Dec. 6-7

Looking for gifts that are unique, unusual, and handmade? Then plan to spend a day at the University of Iowa's Thieves market and wander through a mind-boggling array of artworks for sale ... read more

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Ernie Hinkle

Tales from the Life of an Extraordinary 90-Year-Old

Meet a local grower who's managed to play many roles—from auctioneer and beekeeper to mayor and truck driver—and whose kindness has affected so many ... read more

tanell pretorius, miss barbella

Do-si-do & Allemande Left ...

Fairfield's Square Dance Revival

Caller Robin Ragen of Ottumwa has been instrumental in teaching a new group of dancers the basic moves of square dancing.   ... read more

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A Story of Community

Loop Trail Magic: A Breath of Fresh Air

Walk to work, walk for fun, walk for exercise: Who doesn't love a walking trail? Here's the story behind Fairfield's 16-mile walking/biking pathway.... read more


Blogs from Source Writers

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

  • Induced 
    Mozart reaches for the clavier’s keys. I have one apple in my backpack. The light changes.  I cross the street, A few flakes fall from the sky. I will spend part of the morning walking. I have no money in my pocket. The waiter brings coffee To a table as I pass the café. Th ... by rustin READ MORE 
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  • The Yoga of the Impossible 
    Yoga of the Impossible, by Diane Frank (1st World, 2014)Review by Rustin Larson One cold October morning some years ago, I waited for Diane Frank’s car to round the corner.  The sky was pale and rosy as it was still early and we had a two-hour trek to Des Moines where ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Visitors 
      I mowed the lawn, counterclockwise, In an ever-shrinking square, & When the square disappeared, I sat to rest and drank a bottle Of water.  While I was drinking, A male cardinal came to play In a pile of dried mulberry branches I had trimmed a few weeks prior. He yanked a li ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Summer Vacation 
    1968, the year of the assassins, We have come to the lake Where speedboats crush the waves. As the sun sets, the water-traffic Dwindles until it ceases all together, And the wavelets become calmer And quiet with each passing hour Until we fall asleep in our shore-side Cottages, and the lake ... by rustin READ MORE