The Iowa Source

What To Do!


It's Iowa State Fair week—hello, butter cow! • Head to Keokuk for the Annual Rollin' on the River Blues Festival, Aug. 18-19, on the Mississippi • Take your family on a ride through the historic villages of Van Buren County on Bike Van Buren XXI Aug. 19-20 • Love watching cat videos?? Get your fill at CatVideoFest Aug. 19 ... read more


Hear Mt. Theolonious at Cafe Paradiso or the Roman Cadillacs at the Depot on Aug. 19 • Missy & Heine Andersen bring the blues to Cafe Paradiso on Aug. 20 • Korby Lenker returns to Cafe Paradiso on Aug. 24 ... read more

Smooth as Ice

Cafe del Mar Releases Summer Chill CD

Described as "the sound that matches the spectacular scenery and spirit of Ibiza," music from the Cafe Del Mar series brings a groovy cool to summer evenings .... read more


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The Hub Coffeehouse

Ottumwa Embraces Urban Chic

Spacious, stylish, and delicious. Get ready to be impressed by downtown Ottumwa's new reno—a place for coffee and community  .... read more

the hub

Cabbage Craze

Crazy for Kraut in Lisbon, Iowa

Lisbon Sauerkraut Days embraces old traditions and new in celebration of the superfood your body is probably begging for ... read more


Keeping Soul Alive

A Tribute to Blues Legends

Gloria Hardiman is bringing Chicago soul to Iowa City for two performances at the Mill on Saturday, August 5 ... read more

gloria hardiman

River Getaway

Summery Escape to Bentonsport on the River

Want to cool off this summer? The tiny historic town of Bentonsport in Van Buren County offers kayaks, canoes, and more for paddling down the Des Moines River ... read more

iowa farm sanctuary

Chad Pregracke's Finds

Message in a Bottle: Treasures Amidst River Trash

You won't believe what Quad Cities native Chad Pregracke and his Living Lands & Waters crew found buried in our rivers  ... read more

chad pregracke

A Cat and A Hat

Adopt a Cat at Kimberlie's Clothing Boutique

Kim Stanton came up with the perfect business for herself—selling an ecletic mix of clothing & accessories and offering cats & kittens for adoption from Heavenly Pet Sanctuary ... read more

kimberlie's cats meow

Eat Well This Summer

What to Make When It's Too Hot to Cook

Try two refreshing and fun recipes to make your taste buds happy and give your energy a boost on sweltering days .... read more

northside bistro

Blogs from Source Writers

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

  • DIARY 
     “This End Up” said the letteringOn the package.What was inside?A gorilla?An assassin?An apple pie?Twenty apple pies?The head of Jerry Lewis?I left it alone.It didn’t belong to me.*There was a yearIn the distant past,1969 or 1970,When everyone Looked like RichardBrautigan.I wo ... by rustin READ MORE 
    Fountaining lobelia: we hang a pairon the porch to welcome summer and ward off broken bones. Purple finches weavea perfectly symmetrical nest. The male perches on the guy wire and sings. I dream the Rembrandt Mary cradling, shepherd’s flute and the muffled lowing,the infant’s cooi ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • 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