Iowa City News and Events

People often ask me, "How can I get more people to my local business?" The answer is often simple, and I've been working hard on a new solution for Iowa City.

For years my company, Chrono, LC, and I operated Muscazine, and online e-zine featuring news and opinion articles from the Muscatine County area. Now, we've expanded to the Iowa City area, to feature Iowa City News, upcoming events, reviews of local nightlife hot spots, restaurant guides, and more to attract local readers.

We even have our own proprietary software backing up our entire system. We've developed a unique new engine, offering comments, subscriptions, email updates, picture galleries, search, SEO, and beyond. All of this has been developed by our own team, too, to give our users the sense that they are interacting with something unique.

We are even working on partnering with local businesses to offer unique prizes unavailable elsewhere. Our contest will encourage readers to interact with our news, with scavenger hunts, trivia, and more. We even have an extremely fun promotion that involves sending readers out into Iowa city with a map and instructions on how to find clues!

Advertising exposure is a benefit we offer to business owners. All business owners would like to see more customers, and we offer some of the lowest advertising rates available. By sponsoring a vertical banner or box advertisement businesses can connect with local readers unlike anywhere else.

The Owl, the name of our new website, strives to bring our readers with the information they might not find elsewhere, hopefully fulfilling every niche reading need possible, by covering many of the events and activities that might be 'too small' for other organizations. The Owl, you see, is not paper, and we don't have to stick to the same strict word limits imposed by newspaper editors. So I encourage you to visit us, subscribe, and enjoy all our Iowa City news website has to offer!

 

Porsches 2 Oxford 2020 Event

On the last weekend of July from Cincinnati to Dayton you will notice Porsches driving along the highways heading to one destination. July 25th marks the annual return of the Porsches 2 Oxford event in Oxford Ohio. Porsches 2 Oxford 2020 marks the fourth year for the Oxford event. With cobblestone streets, and Home of Miami College , Oxford is the perfect place for the German Engineered sports cars to assemble for a casual Porsche Party.

Registration has already bypassed previous years as the word has spread about the event.Spend time with old friends and make new one while enjoying the excellence in engineering on these German Beauties'. Restaurants and shops line the square for you to enjoy some of the great local products the town has to offer. Come early on Saturday morning to enjoy a pancake breakfast put on by the local Kiwanis Club. For $ 7.00 get a hot breakfast and support the local children's charities supported by the Kiwanis.

The show gets bigger every year as the Porsche enthusiasts gather and enjoy the commodore of fellow Porsche lovers. What better way to raise money for The American Cancer Society than having a Porsche party? From a Vintage 356 to a brand new Porsche cayenne, what ever your brand of Porsche, you are sure to find it at this event. The best part of the show is being able to get an up close look at some of Porsche models that you have always dreamed about. It is the premiere Porsche event in the area for the year.

The downtown streets are closed off to traffic during the show hours starting AT 6:00 AM. There is plenty food and beverages to relax and enjoy the local food while watching the Porsches roll into town. At 4:30 the Porsches line up and get ready to cruise out of town. Don't miss the opportunity to witness the longest moving line of Porsches in Ohio as the classics leave the show and head to nearby Houston Woods.Plan on staying the weekend and attend a road rally on Sunday morning put on by Scenic Road Rallies.

The drive to and from Oxford is as fun as the show itself with just you and your Porsche on the scenic back roads.Bring your Porsche or satisfy your desires by admiring these classic beauties lined throughout the town. I will see you there. For more event information and lodging check out their website at Porsches2Oxford.com.

 

The Six Best Sporting Events

I grew up playing sports and watching sports on TV and live. Sports have always been an important part of my life and they always will be. There are many awesome sporting events taking place every day. Racing of all sorts, cars, horses, motorcycles and bikes are all worthy of recognition. Stick and ball sports are tops for me, as you will see by this list.

Super Bowl -Football

This is easily my favorite sport event of the year, regardless of which teams are playing. Of course its better when my team is in it–and since they have 6 Super Bowl wins, they are in it more than most (Go Steelers!). Super Bowl Sunday!! And as opposed as I am to ever watching commercials, the Super Bowl commercials are generally worth watching.

Stanley Cup Finals -Hockey

I love ice hockey. The toughness, the hits, the stylish goals and speed of the game make it one of the best sports to watch, especially live. The Stanley Cup winner truly is the best hockey team of the year. If you have never been to a live NHL game, give it a try. Hockey is addicting and its an easy way to get your aggressive feelings out without ever having to do anything other than watch a tough NHL game.

World Series -Baseball

Baseball can be a little boring sometimes, but the excitement created by the World Series is enough to wake you up. A 7 game series between the best National League team and the top American League team…who gets to pop the champagne this year?

World Cup -Soccer

This sport may not be anywhere near as big in America as it is around the world, but even American's get caught up in World Cup when our team is competing. Soccer will never be our top sport, but the World Cup is a great sporting event! The women's team once again led us all onto their bandwagon s they made the World Cup Finals. Though this time they lost to Japan , it was still an exciting and emotional game.

Daytona 500 -NASCAR Sprint Cup

Many folks make fun of NASCAR, but my guess is that they have never been to an actual NASCAR Sprint Cup race. The Daytona 500 is how NASCAR kicks off its season, and they call it the Super Bowl of NASCAR. Winning the Daytona 500 puts you in a special class of driver's, and every NASCAR driver dreams of winning this race.

Iditarod -Dog Sled Race

It's known as the "last great race on Earth". It is an 1150 mile race in Alaska that takes competitors 9-12 days to complete. As hard as it is on the musher's, it's certainly more difficult on the sled dogs doing most of the work. This sport is not for the faint of heart.


Source: Author's opinion

 

More News from Microsoft’s X06 Event in Barcelona

Following on the tail of the groundbreaking X06 reports, Microsoft announces a slew of new reasons for Xbox 360 owners to rejoice. It was revealed today, (though it wasn’t ever really a secret) that the sequel to the critically renowned Project Gotham Racing 3 is in the works. The title offers almost no possibility of disappointment, as it is made by the same developers, Bizarre Creations, that made the previous three installments.

In other announcements, British developer Rare announced that they will be bringing their much cherished platformer Banjo Kazooie to the Xbox 360 complete with next generation visuals and all the same personality and fun that has become Rare’s signature. No official release date has been announced although it is speculated that it may release sometime in 2020.

Possibly the biggest announcement of the event for nostalgic first person shooter fans, was the announcement that the classic FPS Doom will see release on Xbox Live Arcade today. While this was not unexpected, the news that the game will be updated to feature four-player co-op as well as four-player deathmatch.

Wannabe rockers will also have reason for mirth and merriment today as Microsoft announced that the sequel to Red Octane’s superlative Guitar Hero will be coming to the Xbox 360. Downloadable content is also confirmed to be released on . The 360 version will also get a new form of the guitar hero axe called the X-plorer. The 360 version is slated to be released sometime next year, the Playstation 2 version will see release this November.

 

Spring Festivals and Events in Greater Waverly-Shell Rock, Iowa

When it comes to springtime everyone can agree they are ready to get out and do something. The Waverly-Shell Rock, Iowa area has a wealth of opportunities for you and your family to enjoy some springtime weather with events, music, and parades. I am excited to provide details for a couple of different springtime events in the Waverly-Shell Rock, Iowa area.

Each year, Shell Rock, Iowa's Music Association puts on a Spring Swing Show. It is a combination of choir, big band, and skits that keep people coming back time and again. Aside from four years, the Swing Show has performed each spring since 1965. The theme for the 2020 Swing Show is 'Let the Good Times Roll'. Evening show times will be April 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30pm with matinees available on Sunday April 15 at 1:15 and 3:30pm.

In its 47 years, the only place the Spring Swing Show has been held is at the Everson Auditorium in Shell Rock, Iowa Boyd Building. The Boyd Building is located at 303 South Cherry Street in Shell Rock, Iowa. Tickets cost $12 per person and proceeds go to support the local community of Shell Rock, Iowa. To order tickets, you can call (319) 885-6510 or visit the box office. The box office is located at the Shell Rock Public Library in Shell Rock, Iowa; the library is located at 104 N. Cherry Street. The box office hours are from 4:00pm- 5:30pm Sunday through Friday and from 9:00am to 11:00 am on Saturdays. For any additional information please visit http://www.shellrockswingshow.org/.

Waverly, Iowa is long known for hosting one of the mid-west's largest horse sales twice a year. The spring event for 2020 runs March 27- March 31. Four days of tack, equipment, and horse sales that draws people from all walks of life and from all across the country. On Tuesday and Wednesday this year the tack and equipment sales will be held. Thursday and Friday is when the actual horse sales will be occurring. Finally, on Saturday they have a mini sale. All sales take place at the Waverly Sales Barn (2212 5th Ave. NW Waverly, Iowa) and there is no admission for attending any of the events. There is a full catalog available that details all tack, equipment, and horses that will be for sale and what day they will be up for sale. Even if you are not interested in purchasing anything, just being a part of the horse sale is a wonderful springtime adventure. The animals are beautiful and you have an opportunity to meet new people. For more information you can visit the website at http://www.waverlysales.com/index.html.

Works Cited

Shell rock music association. (2020). Retrieved from http://www.shellrockswingshow.org/

Waverly Midwest horse sale. (2020). Retrieved from http://www.waverlysales.com/Horse-sale-info.html

 

Summer 2020 Festivals and Events in Springfield

Looking for something to do this summer? Springfield is hot with festivals, concerts, plays, and more! Use this guide to find fun activities throughout Summer 2020.

Shakespeare in the Park
Do you love Shakespeare? If so, you'll enjoy Much Ado About Nothing under the big sky at Jordan Valley Park. It's a comedy, but probably not the best choice for children under 12. The performances are scheduled Wednesdays-Sundays at 8:15, from May 27-June 7. Admission is free, parking is available downtown in one of the open lots or parking garages. Jordan Valley Park is located at 735 E. Trafficway. For more information, contact them by phone at (417) 831-5233, by email at jeff@theskinnyimprov.com, or check out the website at http://www.theskinnyimprov.com.

Wine tasting at OOVVDA Winery
Are you a wine connoisseur or just enjoy the taste of something new? Check out this free wine tasting event being held from May 29th to June 1st at the OOVVDA Winery. This is a small, family-owned winery with fresh, fruity wines. The Overboe family comes from a long line of Nordic winemakers. Wine-tasting begins at noon and continues until dusk. The winery is located on 5448 N. Berry Lane in Springfield. For more information, please contact them by phone at 417-833-4896, by email info@oovvda.com, or visit their website at http://www.oovvda.com.

IDEA Expo, Innovation at Discovery Center
Are you interested in science or have an idea? Come share your interest with innovation experts from the Jorday Valley Innovation Center and JVIC partners at this free event in downtown Springfield on June 2 from 6 PM until 8 PM. This is a free family outing at the Discovery Center with something for everyone. The Discovery Center has activity centers and hands-on exhibits for all ages. Parking is free in the Discovery Center parking lot at 438 E. St. Louis Street. For more information, contact them by phone at (417) 862-9910, by email at cmccoy@discoverycenter.org, or visit their website at http://www.discoverycenter.org.

Noon Concert Series at Founders Park
Enjoy your lunch with some of Springfield's best entertainers! This musical event is free, just bring your lunch and a chair or blanket for a family picnic with live entertainment. The event is scheduled at 12 PM on June 3rd at Founder's Park at 330 E. Water Street in Springfield. For more information, please call (417) 865-0450, or visit the website at http://www.springfieldmo.gov/founders. Parking is free in the park parking lot.

Bartender Flair Competition Benefit
Not just a bartending competition, but a benefit for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks organization. Bring your friends to Quincy Magoo's at 900 E. Battlefield Street on June 4th for an evening of flashy mixing and great drinks from 8 PM to 11 PM. Admission is $5 barstool or $25 for table of 5. Must be 21 to attend the event. For more information, please contact them by phone at (417) 773-0219 or visit the website at http://www.bigbro.com. Parking is free and available at Quincy Magoo's.

28th Annual Kids Fishing Fun Day
Looking for a kid's event? This sporting event on June 6th is open to kid's ages 3 to 13 at Sportsman Park Center at 2500 E. Kearney St. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The event is free, but children must supply their own fishing gear and bait. There are two start times, one at 8:30 AM and another at 9:30 AM. For more information, contact them at (417) 864-1332 or visit the Springfield/Greene County parks website at http://www.parkboard.org for registration forms.

Summer Solstice Solar-bration
Don't miss this sunny event at the Discovery Center on Friday, June 19 (9 AM to 8 PM) and Saturday, June 20 (10 AM to 5 PM). This event focuses on how cultures throughout the world celebrate the sun with story-tellers, special activities, exhibits, and information about sun safety and solar power. Admission prices are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $7 for children ages 3 through 15. The Discover Center is located at 438 E. St. Louis Street and parking is free. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.discoverycenter.org or call (417) 862-9910.

8th Annual SnowFest
Snow in summer? You betcha! Bring your kids to this free winter wonderland festival at Jordan Valley Park in downtown. SnowFest is scheduled June 20 from 4 PM until 9 PM. There will be live music, games, and giveaways. Jordan Valley Park is located at 635 E. Trafficway St. Parking is available nearby in one of the open lots or parking garages. For additional information, please call (417) 866-7444 or visit the website at http://www.icepark.org.

FOG The Greater Ozarks Butterfly Festival
Do you like butterflies? You won't want to miss this festival in honor of the new Butterfly House at Nathanael Greene Park/Close Memorial Park. The event is free and will take place on Saturday, July 11 (10 AM to 4 PM) and Sunday, July 12, 2020 (11 AM to 4 PM). There will be garden tours and activities. Kids will love interacting with the butterflies at this event. The park is located at 2400 S. Scenic and offers plenty of free parking. Visit their website at http://www.parkboard.org or call (417) 864-1049.

Ozark Empire Fair
This annual event is a must! The largest annual fair in the Ozarks, it offers everything from rides, concerts, motor sports, livestock shows and competitions, exhibits, food, and special performances. The fair is scheduled from July 31 through August 9 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds located at 3001 N. Grant Avenue.

Admission prices at the gate are $6 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 to 12, and children 5 and under are free. Parking is available at the fairgrounds for $4. Fair hours are from 11 AM to 11 PM, the midway opens at 1 PM. Concert headliners include The Beach Boys (July 31), Raven Symone (August 1), Little River Band (August 4), and Montgomery Gentry (August 6). Discounts on tickets are typically offered by local businesses in July. For more information call (417) 833-2660 or visit the website at http://www.ozarkempirefair.com.

6th Annual Moonlight Bike Ride
Would you like to bike under the stars? If so, be sure to attend this starry cycling event in downtown Springfield. Cyclists will meet at the Discovery Center on August 22 for a tour of downtown, then return to the Center for food and music. Pre-registration is $15 per adult and $10 per children under 12. Registration on the night of the event is $20 for adults and $15 for children under 12. The event starts at 9:30 PM, but be sure to arrive a few minutes early to get your position. The Discovery Center is located at 438 E. St. Louis Street and parking is free. Please call (417) 862-9910 or visit the website at http://www.discoverycenter.org for registration forms.

Southwest Missouri Cattle Baron's Ball
See you at the ball? This special event will be held at the William H. Darr Agricultural Center, located at 2401 S. Kansas Expressway, on Saturday, August 22 from 6:30 PM to 1 AM on Sunday. Come dine, dance, and meet new friends at this special event being held this year in Springfield. There will be Vegas-style gaming, a mechanical bull, quick draw, and more. Tickets range from $300 (pair of tickets) to $10,000 (Oil Baron Table for 10). This event benefits the American Cancer Society. For more ticket information, please visit this website or the main website at http://www.cattlebaronsballswmo.org. You may also contact them by phone at (417) 447-1483.

Source:
Springfield Event Calendar
http://www.springfieldmo.org/calendar_page.asp

 

Thunder on Water Event: Come Enjoy One of Mississippi's Best Attractions

This time of year we always get prepared in our small town of Grenada, Ms. for Grenada Lake's annual "Thunder on Water" event which is fast approaching. This year's festival will be June 8-10 and will take place at beautiful Grenada Lake. We don't get a lot of excitement in a small town such as ours but everyone looks forward to kicking off summer with this event every year. One of the things that is great about it is you can bring the whole family and it's not very expensive. Some of it is free but the things that do cost are not overly priced.

The festival has received a lot of attention since it started. It has been selected as one of the top 20 events in the southeast by Southeastern Tour Society for the month of June for 9 years in a row now!! It is recognized as the 3rd largest event in Mississippi and staffed by 250 volunteers. There was a record 146,000 people in attendance in 2003!

Attractions and events include over 150 arts and crafts vendors, a car, truck, and bike show, a 10k run and 5k walk, children's fishing rodeo, softball tournament, speed boat races, jet ski races, rebel amusement carnival and much more. The entertainment in past years has always been a big drawing factor also. Past acts include many famous names covering various types of music from country to blues. Some of the past acts include Sammy Kershaw, Joe Diffie, Aaron Tippin, Toby Keith, Mark Chestnut, Tracy Lawrence and for the blues fans we have hosted such acts as Mel Waiters, Bobby Rush and Sam Green, Delbert McClinton, Latimore, and the Blues Boys. There is also a "Thunder on Water" pageant held during the festivities to crown a Mr. and Mrs. Thunder on Water and includes age groups from infant up to 18 years of age.

We would love for anyone to come and visit our town for this exciting event. The finale of the festival which usually takes place at about 9:00 p.m. midway through all the fun is the $25,000.00 Zambelli fireworks extravanganza that takes place over Grenada Lake. It truly is breathtaking and the kids love the endless fireworks displayed in the sky. It can be seen from miles and miles around and is a tradition of the festival. I plan on attending and taking my family and would like to welcome anyone to come share in the experience this year as Grenada gets ready for another round of "Thunder on Water".

 

Current Events

The weather is something we know so very little about. As people who just wait for the weather channel to dictate a forecast we accept any information thats readily available. Global warming has been occurring since the invention of chlorofluorocarbons, the air conditioner, and the refrigerator. And the invention of the gasoline engine has placed this countries and countries abroad on an industrial revolution that engages in a war against human well being and mother nature. We for lack of a better word have become grandeur and arrogant people who taunted the very face of the universe and dared to claim scientific discoveries as man made inventions. Tornadoes will not become a thing of the past as long as there is the tear in ozone layer that invites the vacuum like suctioning cold pressure fronts from NOW , space and the north to pull upon the southern warmer, low pressures. What this is my friends is a climatic civil war between the North, South, East and Western pressures of the atmosphere. If these little variables as scientist may deem them, do not heal then the depletion of oxygen will also begin and we will definitely begin to pay a mandatory "Air Tax" in the name of Global Security. What a concept for the world to become united because they share a common need to survive. FRESH AIR!!! According to the Presidential economical Annual Report of last year not to much monies were invested in cleaning up this mess. Instead, CNN and NBC continues to report strictly in the wars over oil, nuclear weapons and the Iraq Iran Ironies.

To which do we owe a debt of gratitude? Will it be the native American Indians who hold mother earth as a sacred homage that provides for her children? Will it be the Natives from the Amazon forests who never suffered from poverty, nor diseases? Where is weather important while it pours upon the low land and the mountain gorillas of Africa? And who cares about food when there is such a bounty that the earth already provides? The populations of the earth will increase exponentially because there are no forests nor mysteries left to keep human beings separated in small biomes located in dense forests. Will we dare to launch an expedition like that of Star Trek to search for new lands when it finally becomes too late?

Well what did I hear lately about the weather? Mainly, only that which meteorologists and satellites can possibly detect and explain. Other than that I'll continue to read the skies, watch the sediments, and continue to smell the changes of scents in the air that the winds bring to see whether the good earth has abandoned her blossoms in most southern parts of Africa or the wait to see what the bees will do when the birds have all gone.

 

Fall Movie Festivals and Events in St. Louis, Missouri

Fall is almost here and as those warm, humid summer nights start to dwindle away – they will be replaced by the cool, brisk nights of autumn. People are now heading out to experience what St. Louis has to offer. There is something inherently energizing about the smell of autumn in St. Louis that makes everyone want to join in on the festivities. What better way to enjoy the fall than to visit a fall movie festival? Here are several events worthy of mentioning:

2010

Stella Artois French Film Festival: Dates: September 17-19; Times: Various; Location: Washington University (Brown Hall on the Danforth Campus); Cost: $10 each, $8 for students with valid ID

Synopsis: Cinema St. Louis is presenting French films including Mr. Hulot's Holiday, Around a Small Mountain, Eldorado, Playtime, Evening Classes, The Doctor's Horrible Experiment, Just Anybody, Blue Beard, and French Cancan. Contact Cinema St. Louis at 314-289-4150 for more information on times.

Cinema on the Plaza: Dates: September 17 & 24; Times: "Movies Start at Dusk"; Location: Old Post Office Plaza (801 Locust Street); Cost: Free

Synopsis: Free movies (Father of the Bride, Jerry Maguire) are being shown in September in downtown St. Louis at the Old Post Office. Everyone is welcome and people are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, picket baskets and anything else that will help make it a night to remember.

Tivoli Reel Late Midnight Movies: Dates: October 22-November 6; Time: 11:50p.m.; Location: Delmar Loop (6350 Delmar); Cost: $7-$12

Synopsis: The Tivoli typically features classic films (such as Pulp Fiction and 12 Monkeys) every Friday and Saturday in the evenings. In celebration of Halloween, the Tivoli is presenting The Rocky Horror Picture Show starting October 22. Guests will be given prop bags as an added bonus. Call 314-727-7271 for more information on specific show times not related to the Tivoli Reel Late Midnight Movies series.