This Months Issue

Lynne Ann Cassidy
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Managing Editor
Shannon McGraw
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Sales Manager
Chad Walton
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Sales Representative
Happy April! As I am writing this the sun is shining
and the green tops of flowers are starting to push
thru, reminding me that spring is underway. Even
though Easter is early this year, I am hoping for a
beautiful spring day. Check out the local Easter
egg hunts on our event calendar and let the kids
have a ball. Peck’s Flower Shop has a great “bunny trail” to follow with
lots of treats to find along the way.
Now I have skipped ahead and nearly missed April 1, April Fools Day.
As a kid, I would put some spots on my brother’s face and he would
bundle up in bed, so that when my mom came home we could fool
her into thinking he was sick. Being a good mom, she would always
be “tricked.” My kids were always trying to do the same. It was always
good for a laugh, and you can never have too many of those.
This month is also Stress Awareness Month. With so much going on in
our busy lives, we need to know what hits our stress button and how to
relieve some of it. Try taking some time Saturday, April 25th to wander
down to the NewBo District as we celebrate Earth Day. Come check
out the Eco Friendly activities, live entertainment, great food, and see
some ways to reuse some everyday household items. I always enjoy
those creative thinkers who can make really cool stuff out of what I
would throw away!
Walking is another stress reliever. Join in the March of Dimes walk on
Sunday, April 26th. It’s a great way to show community support, make
new friends, and enjoy the fresh air. Check out the article for registration
information. Afterward, stop by Papa Juan’s/Stefano’s or one of our
other great restaurants for lunch before heading home.
Aaron Wulfekuhle, owner of Precision Builders, is showing off a sleek
contemporary home this month. The open concept makes you want
to move right in. I love how he works with the landscape to make such
a beautiful view.
Jim Walker
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Art Director - Justin Fox
Contributing Writers
Jane Nesmith • Nina Swan-Kohler
John Seitz • Angie McClure
Dick Butschi • Cindy Hadish
Andrea Thomson Viner • Jodi Harris
Ric Holmquest • Ciuin Ferrin
Contributing Photographers
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The 1955 Ford Fairlane classic car this month is just my color. Seriously,
my kitchen has been painted this color for the last 15 years and I still
love it. It won’t be long before the area car shows start up. Make sure
to check our calendar over the next few months to see where you can
view some of these classic finds.
Thank you to everyone who has sent us a letter or e-mail on why their
mom should win our Mother’s Day giveaway package. You still have
time to nominate your mom and let her know how special she is to you.
Check out the article in this months issue for details.
As always, our community is full of events coming up to kick off spring.
The Iowa Humane Alliance has a fun pet adoption event coming up
this month and the Cedar Rapids Titans face the Green Bay Blizzard on
the 25th. Find details on these events and more in this month’s issue.
Of course make sure to let the businesses you go to know that you
saw them in City Revealed Magazine; and be sure to check us out
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Have a great month and God bless!
Creating a Home Uniquely
Designed for You Precision Builders
Preparing to Sell Your Home
Farmers State Bank
An Understated Classic – 1955
Ford Fairlane Club Sedan
Recognizing Child Abuse and
the Importance of Prevention
Parent Education Consortium
Dogs Ditch Their Leashes at Area Parks
EcoFest 2015
Cedar Rapids Family Serves as
Ambassadors of March for Babies
Mother’s Day Package
Giveaway from City Revealed
Healthy Systems USA Offers
Alternative for Dieters
Celebrate Easter with a Special
Brunch Menu
Recipes by Nina Swan-Kohler
The Old Capitol Brings Arab
Spring Exhibit to Light
Papa Juan’s/Stefano’s and Sons
Restaurant Spotlight
Parlor City Hosts
KCCK 88.3 Spring
April Events 2015
If you’re thinking of building a custom home, it’s because
you want a home that both fits your needs and is uniquely
yours--with special design elements that reflect your family’s
taste and interests.
contemporary design prevail here. Dark sable brownpainted custom cabinets with sleek chrome fittings line
the walls, and light-colored granite countertops pick up
the grays and dark browns. There’s a kitchen island with
prep and eating areas; unique modern pendants add
light. A walk-in pantry just behind a door provides a place
to store kitchen items so that the area stays uncluttered.
That’s just the kind of project that Arron Wulfekuhle, owner
of Precision Builders in Cedar Rapids, likes to work on.
Wulfekuhle always meets with the clients to find out their
needs and desires and share his unique ideas. Together
they draw up a design for a custom home that is individually
tailored to that family.
The large dining area adjacent to the kitchen is set off with
a trayed ceiling--it defines the space without blocking it
off. Beyond the dining area is a large three-seasons room
with screened floor-to-ceiling Eze breeze windows on
three sides allowing for plenty of cool summer breezes--or
closed windows on a chilly fall day.
This home, with a contemporary feel in the interior and featuring
many of today’s most sought-after features, is an example of
what Precision Builders can do. It was Precision Builders’ 2013
Parade Home and it received over 2100 visitors that year.
Wulfekuhle created an innovative contemporary design
in the master suite, also on this level. It’s an open suite with
no doors to the master bath. Both privacy and flow are
created through the use of well-placed entryways. Behind
a wall at one end of the bedroom is the spacious master
bath. A huge 14 by 4 foot walk-in shower features two
different shower heads, decorative tiling, and niches for
storage. The walk-in closet for this master suite has two builtin dressers and two separate areas for hanging clothes.
Article by Jane Claspy Nesmith
Photography by On-Site Photography
Walk up to this home’s front door, and you’ll immediately
see the combination of classic elements and unique design
touches that Wulfekuhle is known for. The classic stone
and siding exterior features many windows and a peaked
roofline that give it curb appeal, while modern sidelights
around the front door add a contemporary look.
From inside the front door, the home’s open floor plan is
quickly evident. There are no walls to block the view across
the space or hinder the flow from great room to dining area
to kitchen. Soaring ten-foot ceilings give this open living area
a spacious feeling, and allow for generous transoms across
the top of three large windows overlooking a wooded valley.
The view out those back windows catches the eye
immediately. Wulfekuhle made the most of it with this
home’s design. The clean, contemporary style of the rest of
the area direct the attention to the stunning view. Serene
colors--a soft gray on the walls, and a gray-brown custom
stain on the maple floors--echo nature’s offerings.
This room has a cozy fireplace area at one end. Anchored by
a linear fireplace surrounded by dry-stacked natural stone
in sparkling charcoal gray, the sitting area is comfortable
and attractive. Sleek, contemporary built-ins offer storage
space, and surround stereo complements the flat-screen
TV above the fireplace.
Just a few steps away is the kitchen. Again, clean lines of
Also on this level are two bedrooms that share a full bath
in the hallway and an oversized laundry room.
The lower level of this home offers lots more space for
living and entertaining. Ceilings here are nine feet high,
and large windows along the back wall let in plenty of
light. A fireplace with stacked stone surround offers a spot
to sit and relax, and a full bar makes entertaining easy.
Another unique touch, a wine closet, is next to the bar,
and its glass door makes checking on supplies easy. A
stamped concrete patio just beyond French doors offers
a handy outdoor entertaining area.
Also on this floor are an office and bedroom, along with a full
bath. A large unfinished area could be used as storage--or
finished for more living space. Beyond a door is a lower twostall garage with a door that leads to a driveway at the back
of the home. A set of stairs goes up to the main garage.
With its liveable layout and contemporary design, this home
shows how Precision Builders can bring together the best of
stylish and practical living in one unique and individual home.
For a private showing or for more information on this home
call 319.774.2760.
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It’s not a customized, candy-apple metal-flaked, mega-horsepower tireshredder, but it drew a lot of attention at its first major car show at the
Berndes Center in Monticello, in late February of this year. The reason
may be that over 626,000 Fairlanes were sold in 1955, of which over
173,000 were Club Sedans. Many of the viewers who approached owner
Darrell Cannon, related stories of how their parents or grandparents had
a car just like this. They remembered the round radio and the feel of
the textured fabric upholstery. It brought back pleasant memories and
touched their hearts.
Cannon’s father-in-law, Leonard Jansen, is a car collector, mechanic
and former owner of Jansen Imports, CR, and it was he who purchased
the Ford at an estate auction back in the late ‘80s, near Tama. He drove
it home and parked it in a barn where it stayed on the dirt floor, gathering
dust, an occasional critter, and plenty of rust until Darrell and his wife,
Angie, offered to buy the ‘55 in ‘08. Part of the deal was that if it was
restored, Jansen would rebuild the engine – a 272 cubic inch, 162 hp
“y-block” V8. After seeing the effects of it sitting idly for 20+ years, Angie
looked at Darrell and said, “You’re never going to get it back together.”
Darrell took it as a personal challenge.
The rebuild started in the spring of 2008. Cannon dismantled the unibody,
discarding the front fenders that were rusted through. Replacements
were found at Desert Valley Auto Parts in Phoenix, AZ, along with fresh air
intakes that were located on each side of the radiator. Cannon picked
them up on a vacation to the area where he refused to reach into areas
of the donor cars to check on parts, as they served as shady hang-outs
for the local rattlesnakes. Speaking of radiators, the Cannons figure that
the original one is now somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico, as it was lost in
the ‘08 flood while at a downtown radiator shop. Undercarriage parts
were sandblasted at Triple E Mfg, in Marion, and then shipped to Wayne
Patrick at Feather Ridge Auto Restoration for paint. Patrick was also doing
the body work and painting on the outer panels. Work on the 3-speed
Fordomatic transmission and rearend was handled by Mefford Auto, in
Cedar Rapids.
Getting the interior back to original condition was
going to be a major issue. A Massachusetts-based
company, LaBaron Bonney, had the sole rights to the
beautifully textured fabric needed for an accurate
restoration. A complete kit was ordered; seat covers
and door panels were made and shipped. Bob’s Auto
Interior, Center Point, put it all together, including a new
headliner. The unique round radio was repaired in Des
Moines, and reinstalled along with a new speaker. The
original glass was reinstalled, with new wing windows
and driver’s side glass. The “panoramic” windshield
was new for the Fairlane in ‘55 – rounding the corners
and allowing for a perpendicular “A” pillar and better
vision for the driver. Buick, Olds and Cadillac had that
feature in ‘54.
Cannon admits that there were frustrating issues like
the rear glass installation, and locating critical parts,
like the hood ornament or a stylish chrome molding
needed for the bottom edge of the trunk lid. His
usual sources of rare parts were at a loss in locating
that piece, but Cannon was persistent, making many
phone calls to salvage yards and parts companies all
over the country, finally tracking down one in Newhall,
only 15 miles away from his home near Palo. There were
the usual mechanical issues like oil leaks and leaking
drum brake cylinders, but all those were taken care
of by Cannon and helpful friends like Mike McKinley,
who would come to the shop and do “little things” like
installing a new wiring harness while the Cannons were
The rebuild was completed over six years later, in
October of 2014, but well worth the effort as family,
friends, and even many strangers at the Monticello Car
Show can attest that it was a job well done.
By Kerstin Marnin, Forensic Interviewer at UnityPoint Health St. Luke’s Child Protection Center
Children who are being abused may feel guilty, ashamed,
or confused. They may be afraid to tell about the abuse,
especially if the perpetrator is someone they know, love
and trust. That’s why it’s important to know some possible
signs of abuse. Specific signs and symptoms depend on the
type of abuse.
Physical abuse signs and symptoms:
• Unexplained injuries, such as bruises, fractures or burns
• Injuries or marks noticeable after an absence from
• Injuries that don’t match the given explanation
• Untreated medical or dental problems
Sexual abuse signs and symptoms:
• Sexual behavior or knowledge that’s inappropriate for
the child’s age
• Pregnancy or a sexually transmitted infection,
particularly if under age fourteen
• Blood in the child’s underwear
• Statements that he or she was sexually abused
• Trouble walking or sitting
Neglect signs and symptoms:
• Poor growth or weight gain
• Poor hygiene
• Lack of clothing or supplies to meet needs
• Poor school attendance
• Lack of appropriate attention for medical, dental or
psychological problems, even though the parents
have been notified
• Taking food or money from others
Sometimes a parent’s demeanor or behavior can cause
concerns of child abuse. Warning signs include a parent who:
• Shows little concern for the child
• Appears unable to recognize physical or emotional
distress in the child
• Denies that any problems exist at home or school, or
blames the child for the problems
• Consistently blames, belittles or berates the child and
describes the child with negative terms
• Uses harsh physical discipline or asks other to do so
• Demands an inappropriate level of physical or
academic performance
• Severely limits the child’s contact with others
• Offers conflicting or unconvincing explanations for a
child’s injuries or no explanation at all
Please keep in mind that children who have been abused
may display a variety of emotional and behavioral reactions.
However, many others do not display any such symptoms.
Though none of these signs or symptoms prove that a child is
being abused, if you have reasonable concern that a child
may have been abused you should report your concerns.
In order for abuse to stop it must be reported. Please call
the Department of Human Services (DHS) at 1-800-362-2178
and law enforcement. When making this call, be prepared
to provide the basic facts such as who committed the
alleged abuse, what they did, and when and where the
alleged abuse happened. It’s natural to want to question
the child, but in this case it is best to leave the in-depth
questioning to professionals. In our community child abuse
victims may be referred to UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Child
Protection Center by DHS and law enforcement. It is there
that professionals conduct forensic interviews and medical
exams with alleged victims of child abuse.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. To learn more
about how you can help prevent child abuse please visit the
Prevent Child Abuse Iowa website at
Learn more about keeping your child safe and healthy in a
parenting program. Please inquire at 319.540.2426. Classes
are offered FREE of charge to ALL families. Sessions include
a family meal, light refreshments, program materials and/or
on-site child care. Parents are asked to call ahead to register.
Preschool and Kindergarten (3-5yrs)
Clover Kids – Science, Art, Play, FUN!
Hoover Elementary
4141 Johnson Ave NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
Tuesday Evenings, March 17 - April 28, 2015 (Skip 3/24)
5:30-7:45 PM
The Way Home
5480 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Suite 100, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Monday Evenings, April 13 – May 18, 2015 – 5:00-7:00pm
Washington Elementary School
615 5th Ave SW, Mt. Vernon, IA 52314
Monday Evenings, April 13 - May 18, 2015 - 5:30-7:30 PM
Mercy Hospital (3rd floor classrooms)
701 10th St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Wednesday Evenings, April 22 - May 27, 2015 - 5:30-7:30 PM
Marion Public Library - 1095 6th Ave, Marion, IA 52302
Thursday Mornings, April 23 - May 28, 2015 - 9:30–11:30 AM
Play & Learn Parent PLUS – Pint Size Science STEM Fun! (3-5yrs)
IA State Ext and Outreach Linn Co
383 Collins Road NE, Suite 201, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Thursday and Wednesday Evenings April 16, 22, 23, 29, 30,
May 7, 2015 – 5:30-7:45pm
Play & Learn Parent PLUS – Kids-n-Canvas (0-5yrs)
383 Collins Road NE, Suite 201, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Tuesday Mornings, May 5 - June 9, 2015 - 9:00-11:00 AM
REGISTRATION is required: call 319-540-2426 or email [email protected] *Pre-Registration is required. Seating is limited and
will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Please plan to
attend all six sessions. To register or for more information, contact
Janice Savel, Parent Education Consortium of Linn County 319540-2426 or via email @ [email protected]
All workshops are offered contingent upon minimum enrollment
requirements. PEC reserves the right to cancel or postpone lowenrollment workshops when necessary.
When Floyd Patterson was the Heavyweight boxing
champion of the world, he was also known for being
knocked down more than any other heavyweight
champion in history. Once, when sports writer Bert
Sugar was interviewing him, he asked Patterson
about this well known statistic. Patterson quickly
replied, “Yeah, but I also got up more than any
other fighter in history!” Patterson was a champion
because he understood the importance of getting
back up.
It reminds me of the time a group of commercial
fishermen had been fishing all night but caught
nothing. They had given up. Jesus came along and
said, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down
your nets to catch some fish.” One of the fishermen,
Peter, thought it was pointless to try again. He said,
“We worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a
thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.”
He begrudgingly agreed to try again.
Remember what happened?
“And this time their nets were so full of fish they began
to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the
other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish
and on the verge of sinking.”
Like Floyd Patterson, these disciples of Jesus learned
an important spiritual lesson that day: The power of
casting again. The power of getting up again. The
power of not giving up, especially once we have
given the situation to God.
On that very first Easter Sunday, Jesus got back up.
He came back from the grave to offer new life,
hope and eternity to those who will accept Him as
their Savior.
If you’ve been knocked down, you can get back
up again. If you feel like you keep getting knocked
down in this life, God can help you keep getting
back up again. Have you cast your net more times
than you can count? Cast it again. Have you been
knocked down again and you are tempted to stay
down and give up? Get back up!
God is the God of the second chance. And the
third. And the fourth, etc. It is truly amazing what
happens in our lives when we are resolved to never
quit and keep on going.
John Seitz, Senior Pastor
Antioch Christian Church
7215 Cottage Grove Parkway, Marion
By Andrea Thomson Viner
Spring has sprung, so why not spring your dog from the
yard for an off-leash romp? Four area dog parks make
that possible.
In the Cedar Rapids area, both Cheyenne Park and
K9 Acres Park are open year-round during daylight
hours, but with warmer temperatures and more hours of
sunlight, they’ll certainly get more use now than in the
Dog owners do need to get permits to enjoy the parks.
Permits provide access to both parks and are available
through Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control. (They
must be purchased in person at the Cedar Rapids
Animal Care and Control offices at 900 76th Ave Dr SW,
on the Kirkwood College Campus.) Owners will need
to present a rabies certificate. Proof of spay/neutering
allows for a $5 discount.
Both parks feature training yards, main yards, and smalldog areas. Marie Appel, Chair of K9COLA (Citizens for
Off-Leash Areas), explains that the training yards provide
areas where owners can separate their dogs from other
canines. “It’s a good chance to try out the parks,” she
says, especially if you don’t know how your dog will
handle the experience. Another way to try out the parks
is to purchase a day pass for $6 (annual permits costs
$27). Day passes can be purchased at the parks and
require veterinarian contact information.
Dogs can also enjoy two off-leash parks in the Iowa City
area: Thornberry Dog Park (located within Peninsula
Park) and Rita’s Ranch Park (located in Scott Park).
Owners must purchase permits to use the park. Annual
permits cost $35 and day passes cost $5. Discounts are
available for spayed/neutered dogs and for low-income
residents. Permits can be purchased by mail (get the
application at or
or at the Robert E. Lee Recreation Center or the Iowa
City Animal Care and Adoption Center.
Thornberry Park sits on 11 acres and features a training
yard, a small-dog area, a playground, four shelters, an
asphalt walking path, and Lily’s Pond. Rita’s Ranch Park
offers 2.5 acres for dogs to explore, as well as two shelters.
Iowa City resident Debra Pughe took her Chihuahua/
Corgi mix, Mr. Dog, to Thornberry Park once or twice
a week in his younger, romping days. They also never
miss the annual Halloween Party. She says that one of
her favorite things about the park experience is “seeing
dogs genuinely enjoying themselves while owners share
chance conversations that sometimes lead to nice
connections.” She loves watching the dynamics of dogs
at play. She notes that Mr. Dog has also made a few
“pals” of dogs he’s met at the park.
Appel highlights the opportunity for socialization and
exercise that off-leash areas provide, particularly for
dog owners who do not have yards. “Having a dog
that’s well socialized and well exercised makes it a good
member of the community,” she says.
Both K9COLA and the Johnson County Dog Park Action
Committee (a volunteer group that raises funds for, and
promotes the safe use of, dog parks in the county) have
plans to create even more off-leash areas where dogs
can work out and make friends. The JCDogPAC hopes
to develop and establish additional dog parks in the
greater Johnson County area. The goal of the K9COLA
group is to create one dog park in each quadrant of
Cedar Rapids. Appel notes that the group’s monthly
board meetings are open to the public. They need
volunteers, and she encourages people from throughout
the Cedar Rapids area to get involved.
Area dogs give three barks and many wags for the
efforts of these groups to provide them with areas to run,
swim, roam and play.
Cheyenne Park
1500 Cedar Bend Lane SW,
Cedar Rapids
K9 Acres Park
5200 Golf, Marion
Thornberry Dog Park
Peninsula Park (western end of Foster Road),
Iowa City
Rita’s Ranch Park
Scott Park (off Scott Blvd),
Iowa City
For questions about the Iowa City parks, contact the
City of Iowa City Parks and Recreation Division:
(319) 356-5107 [email protected]
By Jodi Harris
Come out and celebrate Earth Day at the 2015 EcoFest
to be held in the NewBo District on Saturday, April 25,
2015. This fun-filled celebration includes an array of ecofriendly activities, a film fest, live entertainment, prizes,
vendors and great food too. The event is free and is a
great chance to spend the day out in the community
with family and friends. For complete information on the
festival, visit The corridor’s premier
Earth Day celebration will be held rain or shine and will
have something for everyone to enjoy.
A sampling of activities includes:
• Bus tours to the top of Mt. Trashmore
• Interactive educational activities
• The Eco film fest • An Eco fair
• Live demonstrations
• GREEN building walking tour • Kid’s activities
• Earth Day photo booth • Free composting
Learn fun ways to reuse household items and reduce
waste too. Ride your bike to the event and take
advantage of the bike valet service where attendants
will give you a ticket and securely store your bike until
you are ready to pick it up and ride back home. Check
out the great assortment of used books at the Cherry
Building book sale hosted by the Friends of the Library,
and visit the illuminations table for rattle making, seed
planting and free HUGS. Learn all about solar power
at the IRENEW solar traveler display and talk to local
experts about how solar power can save money and
preserve our resources for future generations. There will
be a Camera Obscura and Live Moss Art on display.
Come see how the Solar Oven bakes fresh cookies too!
Laden Interlacings creations will be on display in the
galleries at CSPS Hall which is artwork created by
Melissa Furness and Rian Kerraine made from discarded
materials. Marvin’s Dream at the Firehouse next to CSPS
Hall where Legion Arts Co-director, Mel Andringa paints
in performance using a painting by Marvin Cone to
depict New Bohemia history from the early settlements
to the future by creating an 8’ by 12’ temporary mural
for the event.
Scheduled events throughout the day:
11:00 am: Tree Planting Ceremony at Bottle Works Park
12:45 pm: Announcement of I Green CR Awards at
NewBo Market Stage
1:00 pm: “Race to Clean Up CR” with results and photo at 1:30
Live Music at the NewBo Market Stage:
11:00 – Noon Jeff Capps
Noon – 1:00
BF Burt
1:00 – 1:45
The Jansens
2:00 – 4:00
The Summit Band
Mt. Trashmore Tours will begin and end at the Geonetric
Parking Lot and requires tickets. Pick-up times are 10:00,
11:30, 1:00 and 2:30 pm.
Eco-Film Fest at CSPS Hall
10:30 Terra Firma
12:30 Deconstructing Supper
The Legend of Pale Male
Come meet Mr. Earth and the EcoFest Frogs and learn
how your personal choices have a direct impact on the
sustainability of our planet. There will also be an iPad
given away!
This year the festival is brought to you by Show You Care
and other sponsors include:
Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency
Linn County/Witwer • City of Cedar Rapids
Alliant • Iowa’s Renewable Future
Van Meter • New Pi Coop
Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District
In Kind sponsors are:
NewBo City Market
Green Iowa Americorps
Indian Creek Nature Center
Linn County Conservation
RedBall Printing
Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center
Sierra Club Cedar-Wapsie Group
Trees Forever
The Tapestry
Media sponsors include:
City Revealed Magazine
Show You Care
The Gazette
Don’t miss this fun day filled with learning activities for
all ages. Check the website for
updates through the day of
event! MAGAZINE 19
By Cindy Hadish
Suzanne and Dale Felton have seen both sides of
premature births.
and birth with Ian, but at exactly 25 weeks gestation,
he was born after she went into premature labor. Dale
was traveling out of state for work and rushed back that
Sadly, their son Ian died in 2004, one day after he was
born, just 25 weeks into Suzanne’s pregnancy. One
year later, their daughter, McKenna, also was born 15
weeks early. McKenna is now a healthy nine-year-old
who enjoys reading, Girl Scouts, playing the piano, and
Weighing just 1 lb., 12 oz., Ian lived for 36 hours before
passing away. Doctors initially were unable to determine
the cause for the premature birth, but during her
pregnancy with McKenna, Suzanne received steroid
shots that helped McKenna’s lungs develop before she
was born.
“There is such a wide range of problems that preemies
can have,” Suzanne said, citing physical and mental
disabilities. “With McKenna, you wouldn’t know it.”
She, too, weighed just 1 lb., 12 oz., when she was born,
but a modified surfactant, a mixture of fat and proteins
made in the lungs, was given to McKenna to help her
to breathe. The March of Dimes provided funding for
research to help develop surfactant therapy, which
significantly increases survival rates of premature infants.
The Feltons turned to the March of Dimes ten years
ago, and have been participating in the organization’s
March for Babies ever since. This year, the family is
serving as ambassadors for the event, set for Sunday,
April 26, at Rockwell Collins headquarters, 400 Collins
Road NE.
“They are the face of this year’s campaign,” said Lindsey
Gruber, Hawkeye Division Director for the Iowa Chapter
of the March of Dimes.
Gruber said the family’s team of walkers in the March
for Babies is considered a “legacy” team, with a goal
of raising $20,000. When they reach this year’s goal, the
family will have raised more than $50,000, “which is so
significant,” she said. As the ambassador family, the
Feltons spoke at the March for Babies kickoff breakfast
in February and share their story with the public.
The total goal for this year’s walk is $240,000, Gruber
noted. Last year, about 1,500 people participated
and raised $212,000. Much of the money — 77 cents of
every dollar — “goes back to our mission,” she said. That
includes research conducted at the University of Iowa,
where scientists are studying birth defects and trying to
find the cause of premature births. In many cases, the
cause remains unknown.
Suzanne said she had expected a normal pregnancy
After 112 days in the neonatal intensive care unit,
with time spent on the ventilator and other breathing
support, countless medications and testing, blood
transfusions, and other NICU technology, McKenna was
discharged home with her parents.
“The March of Dimes research helped to save her life,”
Suzanne said.
Healthy newborns, too, are helped by the March of
Dimes. The group notes that every baby receives a
polio vaccine, developed with funding by the March
of Dimes. In Iowa, babies are screened for 29 inherited
disorders; the development of four of those tests was
funded by the March of Dimes, which also advocates
for newborn screening for all babies.
According to the March of Dimes, 38,719 babies are born
in Iowa each year; 4,473 babies are born prematurely
and 1,170 babies are born with a birth defect.
With the average medical cost for a premature baby
of $55,025 and the average medical cost of a healthy
baby at $4,320, preventing premature birth in Iowa
could mean an annual savings of up to $231 million, the
group notes.
As the Felton family exemplifies, the research goes
beyond cost-savings. Even as a third-grader, McKenna
understands she had a brother. “It’s something that’s a
part of our lives,” Suzanne said.
The family will be joined by friends and relatives on their
team and look forward to the kid-friendly activities for
McKenna and other children after the walk.
“We have a large team of supporters who have
contributed to our walk over the years,” Dale said. “It’s
a very passionate outpouring of support.”
March for Babies: Sunday, April 26, 2015, at Rockwell
Collins Headquarters, 400 Collins Road NE.
Start time: 9 a.m.
Registration time: 8 a.m.
Team Ian and McKenna’s fundraising page:
YouTube video:
A mother’s love is like none other. It
can not be matched or compared.
Every year the second Sunday in May
is Mother’s Day; a day reserved for this
very special group of women. Mother’s
across the country are recognized and
honored with gifts of sentimental cards,
beautiful flowers, divine chocolates
and lavish gift baskets. Treasures given
from the heart that leaves a lasting
impression of your child’s love.
This year we want to honor one special mom with an
incredible array of gifts from some of the top businesses
in the corridor. This package will include gifts like: an
Isabell Bloom Statue “A Mothers Hold,” and a $25.00
Peck’s Gift Certificate from Peck’s Flower Shop; a $100.00
Visa Gift Card from Farmers State Bank, a beautiful soy
candle, bracelet and crystals from Illuminations Healing
Arts, and a one month Diamond Membership courtesy
of Sisters Health Club - including full use of the facility,
unlimited tanning and sauna sessions, 8 free classes,
one personal training session or a buddy session with a
daughter or friend.
To enter your mom into the drawing to win these fabulous
gifts and more, write into the Editor at [email protected]
com and tell us why your mom is simply the best. All moms
are special, but let us know why your mom deserves some
extra special recognition and pampering. The winner will
be chosen the last week of April and announced in the
May issue along with your letter to the Editor.
Only one lucky mom will be chosen.
So write in today and show your mom
how much she means to you!
Send your letter into:
City Revealed Magazine
206 Collins RD NE, Suite 102
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
[email protected]
Peck’s Flower Shop, Garden Center, Nursery and
3990 Blairs Ferry Rd. N.E. Cedar Rapids
Corner of Blairs Ferry and Edgewood Rd. N.E. -
Sisters Health Club
4333 Czech Lane NE, Cedar Rapids
Farmers State Bank
Faster. Stronger. Better.
Member FDIC
Illuminations Healing Arts
329 10th Ave SE Suite 115, Cedar Rapids
The Cherry Building
319.775.0117 –
When it comes to poor eating habits, Darren Fitch finds a
fitting analogy between people and cars.
“Food is fuel,” said Fitch, the Chief Operating Officer for
Healthy Systems USA. “If you put the wrong fuel in your car,
your car’s not going to run right.”
Healthy Systems USA offers a way to “reset” a person’s
metabolism, he said, allowing that person to eat the right
foods and lose weight. Under the program, white flour and
sugars are out; fruits, vegetables and lean protein are in.
More than 18,000 people have used the Healthy Systems
USA program since 2010, when a location
opened in Fargo, ND. Since then,
the company has expanded to
nine locations, including one
at 1239 First Ave. SE, in Cedar
Rapids, which opened in 2013.
No packaged foods, surgery or
exercise are involved, yet clients can
expect to lose up to one pound per day for men
and up to three-quarters pound per day for women, Fitch
said, as long as they follow the program. That program
includes an all natural “Advance” oral spray, “Endure,” a
form of the B-12 vitamin called methylcobalamin; “Lean,”
energy and appetite support vitamins and “Ease,” an
aloe detox.
According to the company, three sprays of Advance
under your tongue in the morning and three sprays at
night are used and are absorbed into your bloodstream
through your sub-lingual glands. Fitch said the oral spray
does not contain HCG, a hormone that is not approved
by the FDA for weight loss, but it mimics the effects of
the hormone by triggering a person’s brain to release or
metabolize about 2,000 calories of fat per day.
Under the program, for the first three days, the dieter binges
on high-calorie foods to “cheat” the brain into relaxing so
the body doesn’t go into starvation mode. On the
fourth day, a 600 to 800 calorie
diet, outlined in the Healthy
Systems USA manual, begins.
generally only one-third of
recommended daily caloric
intake, Fitch said the body
also is receiving up to 2,000
calories from the abnormal
fat cells each day which is
why hunger is no issue.
“The key thing is that you’re not hungry,” he said, so the
body isn’t forced into starvation mode, which is counterproductive for dieters in shutting down metabolism. Fitch
said clients are able to lose fat and excess water weight,
but do not lose muscle mass.
He serves as an example, having lost 35 pounds in 35
days back in 2010. His brother, Steven Fitch, his partner in
Healthy Systems USA, lost 27 pounds in 30 days under the
The amount of calories lost depends on a person’s goals.
“We have people who want to lose 5 pounds. We have
people who want to lose 100 pounds,” Fitch said.
Once they meet those goals, they go
into maintenance mode and are
able to keep off the pounds as
long as they continue to follow
the healthy eating habits, he
said. “You’ve got to learn better
eating habits or you’re going to put
the weight back on.”
Videos, photos and notes of thanks serve as testimonials
on the company’s website, with some clients saying they
lost 20, 30 or 40 pounds in just as many days. One woman
said she lost 55 pounds, going from a size 16 to a size 6, in
just 70 days. Another lost 66 pounds and kept it off after
stopping the program for eight months.
Fitch said the success stems from the type of fat that Healthy
Systems USA targets. He noted that the body basically
has three types of fat: structural, which is necessary to
give support to organs; normal fat that provides a reserve
of fuel, which the body can freely draw upon when the
nutritional income from the intestinal tract is
insufficient; and excess or stored fat, which
is unwanted, unsightly and dangerous and
what the program targets.
Even after going off the
program, clients tend to stay
away from the white flours
and sugars that sabotage
diets. “That stuff doesn’t taste
right anymore,” Fitch said.
“Now you’re on the path to
better eating habits.”
The Cedar Rapids office of
Healthy Systems USA can
be reached at 319.804.9644.
Find more information at:
On Easter morning, surprise your family with a special
brunch featuring ham and biscuits, fresh from the
oven. Or, better yet, make a ham and egg biscuit-style
brunch braid. Always popular for home entertaining
and celebrating holidays, brunch allows everyone
to sleep a little longer—there’s no early morning rush.
Since many of the foods traditionally served for brunch
can be prepared in advance, there’s plenty of time to
go to church and still have a festive meal.
This year, serve your Easter ham with Honey-Dijon
Mustard Biscuits or make an easy all-in-one main dish—
Creamy Scrambled Eggs and Ham Brunch Braid. To
make this savory main dish braid, simply stir cream
cheese into beaten eggs before you scramble them.
Then place the eggs down the center of the biscuit
dough; top with ham or bacon and chopped green
onions. Cut slits in the dough and fold pieces over the
top of the filling. Bake, then brush on some herb butter.
To complete this menu, serve with roasted or steamed
asparagus or a spring vegetable medley with herb
butter sauce, a bowl of fresh fruit and a special Easter
dessert like Citrus Cheesecake.
Creamy Scrambled Eggs and Ham Brunch Braid
You won’t believe how great this tastes until you make it!
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
6 large eggs, slightly beaten
4 oz. (1/2 of an 8-oz. package) cream cheese, cut into
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
6 tablespoons butter, melted
3/4 cup diced ham or crumbled cooked bacon
3 tablespoons sliced green onions or chives
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
Preheat oven to 375º. In medium skillet, melt 1
tablespoon butter. In medium bowl, stir together eggs,
cream cheese and pepper. Pour into skillet; cook
and stir until eggs are no longer runny. Remove from
heat; set aside. In large bowl, stir together flour, baking
powder, baking soda and salt. Stir together buttermilk
and 6 tablespoons melted butter; stir into flour mixture to
make a soft dough. Turn out onto surface dusted with
additional flour. Knead 7 to 10 times. On large baking
sheet coated with cooking spray, roll out dough to a
12x10-inch rectangle. Spoon egg mixture lengthwise
down the center 1/3 of the dough. Top with ham and
green onions. On each side of the filling, cut diagonal
slits in the dough, 1 inch apart. Lift strips of dough up
and over the filling, alternating sides and overlapping
strips slightly, creating a “braid.” Bake for 22 to 25
minutes or just until light golden brown. Cool on pan
on wire rack for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in small bowl,
combine 1 tablespoon butter, parsley and garlic salt.
Brush over warm bread. Makes 1 braid (6 servings).
1 tablespoon butter over tops of biscuits. Bake for 8
to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with ham.
Makes 12 to 14 biscuits.
Tips for Perfect Biscuits Every Time:
•Self-rising flour has approximately 1 1/2 teaspoons
baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt per cup. If you
run out of self-rising flour, you can make it out of allpurpose flour.
•When adding milk (or other liquid), stir just until
blended. Over-stirring makes biscuits tough.
•To knead biscuit dough, simply fold it in half 5 to 7
•Lightly sprinkle flour on your rolling pin, biscuit cutter
and work surface. Use just enough flour to keep the
dough from sticking.
•Dip your cutter into flour before cutting each biscuit.
For evenly shaped biscuits with straight sides, press the
cutter straight down without twisting.
•For shiny biscuit tops, brush them with melted butter
after baking.
Sign up for my one of my cooking classes in April. For
more information about my schedule and the recipes
being demonstrated, check out my web site at: www.
Honey-Dijon Mustard Biscuits with Southern Cured Ham
These simple-to-make biscuits are perfect with ham (or
turkey) on Easter.
2 ¾ cups self-rising flour
2/3 cup milk or buttermilk
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1/4 cup honey-Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 1/2 lb. cured ham, sliced
Preheat oven to 450º. In large mixing bowl, stir together
flour, milk, 1/2 cup butter and mustard until dough
forms a ball. Turn dough out onto surface dusted with
additional flour. Fold dough in half 5 to 7 times to
knead. Pat dough evenly into a round about 3/4-inch
thick. With a 2-inch biscuit cutter, cut into biscuits.
Gently place each biscuit on baking sheet coated
with cooking spray. (Reroll dough as needed.) Brush
Nina Swan-Kohler is a home economist, culinary professional,
recipe developer, cookbook author and cooking school
director/instructor. Nina teaches cooking classes in her
Robin’s home. To get a copy of Nina’s cooking class
schedule or for more information, email [email protected]
or visit You can now register online
for Nina’s classes.
Photo is used with permission by Nina Swan-Kohler and
John Thomas, Fisheye Studios.
The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Had to Do…
I recall the excitement and anticipation of the birth
of my first and only child. As a new mother you worry
about whether you’re truly prepared for what’s
ahead. For me it wasn’t the worry of having all the
necessities in place for the nursery or if I was going to
be a good mother. My fear was, how am I going to
bring myself to leave my new baby in the care of a
stranger when I have to return to work?
Are the caregivers going to be attentive? Are they
going to be sure she eats well? What if she’s sick, will
they remember to give her the medicine? No one
can possibly care for my baby the way I can! I called
and checked on my daughter three times that day.
It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do! As the
week went on I began to feel more comfortable and
worried less about her well-being. I knew I had chosen
a good provider who truly cared for my child.
It’s interesting how life comes full circle and as we
age this story replays itself. Maybe you have a
loved one needing medical assistance. Maybe you
have a parent who is lonely and could benefit from
socialization. Maybe you are moving your Mom into
an assisted living community. You may be finding
yourself worrying about the choices you are helping
her make. Are the caregivers going to be attentive?
Are they going to be sure she eats well? What if she’s
sick, will they remember to give her the medicine?
Life changes can be difficult and emotional. As
someone who walks families through these transitions,
I’m here to reassure you that you and your loved one
will begin to feel more comfortable. You will worry less
and you will know that you have
chosen a good provider who
will truly care for your loved one.
However, it will still be one of the
hardest things you’ve ever had
to do.
Angie McClure - elder care expert Director of Community Relations for
RidgeView Assisted Living & MeadowView
Memory Care Village.
By Ciuin Ferrin
The cornerstone of what is now known as the Old Capitol
building was laid on Independence Day in 1840 in Iowa
City. It was in this building that Iowa made the transition
to Statehood, the first governor was inaugurated,
and the state’s constitution was drafted. The building
served as Iowa’s capitol building until 1857 when the
government moved to Des Moines.
The building became the first building owned by the
University of Iowa and has served many purposes
ever since. It’s functioned as a library, chapel, armory,
classroom, and offices. Today it houses the museum and
receives thousands of visitors every year.
The permanent display in the Old Capitol tells the story
of the building itself, allowing visitors to walk the halls
and rooms that played such a strategic role in Iowa’s
history. Other spaces in the building hold temporary
displays. Currently on exhibit on the second floor of the
Old Capitol is Unfinished Business: The Arts of the New
Arab Revolutions now on display through May 15, 2015.
The revolutions that took place from Morocco to the Gulf
States in 2011 are known as the Arab Spring. Protestors
took to the streets, demanding the removal of tyrannical
regimes. Through art, Arab protesters, activists, and
artists declared their solidarity and created one voice
that echoed around the world.
Rachel Winter, Assistant Education and Outreach
Coordinator at the Old Capitol Museum, wants people
to understand the significance of the Arab Spring. “I
really want to highlight the fact that much of the way
that these citizens created change was through creative
media; be it visual arts, song, dance, literature, poetry,
music, and so on. The Arab Spring is undoubtedly a
revolution, but the change from the revolution was not
made prominent by violence. Rather, the population
used their voices and opinions, and not only persevered
when oppressed, but also made their voices visual and
permanent with creative media. Street art became
incredibly prominent, and is still being studied because
of the impact it made.”
The exhibit is the creation of Dr. Ahmed Souaiaia in
the Religious Studies department. He applied for the
Provost’s Global Forum and when he received the grant,
he created a conference entitled The Arab Spring in a
Global Context. The current exhibit is an extension of the
Rachel, a senior studying art history and international
studies with honors at the University of Iowa, lights up
when she discusses both the exhibit and the Arab Spring
itself. “The Old Capitol received the unique opportunity
to host the exhibit and part of the conference. I want
the community to come away with a sense of general
understanding about what the Arab Spring is, as well
as an understanding of how the event impacts us too,”
she continued, smiling. “The Arab Spring is a complex
socio-political event that everyone should be aware
of. Additionally, some of the underlying foundations
of the Arab Spring, such as human rights and issues
of governance, affect more than just citizens of the
Middle East. The exhibit offers visitors a chance to see
these parallels through creative media and ponder the
kind of global conversation that could come from this
common ground.”
The exhibit is a new type of global exhibit for the Old
Capitol Museum. “Its diverse creative aspects also
bring a completely different side to the political
overtone of the Arab Spring,” explained Rachel. “The
Arab Spring, both as a conference and an exhibit, are
unprecedented at the University of Iowa, but it is a great
opportunity for students and community members to
have this knowledge brought to their fingertips.”
Two books that developed from the Arab Spring play a
prominent role in the exhibition. Wall Talk: Graffiti of the
Egyptian Revolution and Walls of Freedom: Street Art
from the Egyptian Revolution are two books that caused
controversy after their publication. Walls of Freedom
was originally banned in Egypt but has recently been
Additionally, the display is unique because some of
the authors featured in the exhibit will be here for the
conference, part of the Provost’s Global Forum. The
Arab Spring in a Global Context will run from April 28
through May 1 and is open to the public. Anyone wishing
to register may do so at
Prairie Soup Company
Serving Cedar Rapids Best
Soups – Salads – Breads –
Panini’s – More
Mon-Fri 7am-4pm
425 Second St SE, Sywalk Level, CR
Oyama Sushi
Mon – Thurs 11am-2:30 pm,
Fri 11am-2:30pm, 4:30pm-10:30pm
Sat 11am-10:30pm, Sun 12pm-9pm
5350 Council St NE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Wild Hogs Saloon & Eatery
“There is Always Something Going at
the Hog”
Homemade Comfort Food
Live Music – Dance Floor
Sun. 9am-10pm,
Mon-Fri 11am-2am,
Sat. 7am-2am
350 Commercial Dr
Walford, IA
Parlor City
Open Daily: 11am-2am.
Breakfast: Sat & Sun 8am-11am
1125 3rd St SE,
Cedar Rapids
Tyler & Downing’s Eatery
Choice Steaks & Seafood
Open: Tues – Fri 11am-9pm,
Sat 3:30pm – 10pm
Lounge: Tues – Sat 3:30pm - Close
122 E Main St, Anamosa
Cancun Mexican Grill & Bar
Authentic Mexican Experience
365 33rd Ave SW,
Cedar Rapids
Ox Yoke Inn
Food Served Family Style Since 1940
4420 220th Trail, Amana, IA
Daly Creek Winery &
Casual Upscale Dining
Lunch & Dinner
Chef’s Weekly Specials, Decadent
106 N Ford St, Anamosa
Coffee Smiths
Taste the Difference
7037 C Ave NE, CR – 319.294.0060
2300 Edgewood Rd SW, CR –
690 Marion Blvd, Marion
Emil’s Hideaway
Happy Hour Mon-Fri 3-6 pm
222 Glenbrook Dr SE, CR
(Behind 1st Ave Taco John’s)
Napoli’s Italian Ristorante
500 Marion Blvd, Marion
Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop
4640 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids
The Wright Touch Cupcakery Bake Shoppe
7085 C Ave NE, CR
Bistro on the River
411 1st St SE, Cedar Rapids
Everything is made from scratch
Bakery cafe & wine bar
Brewed Awakenings
Coffee – Pastries – Soups
Salads – Sandwiches
1271 1st Ave Se, CR
Across from Coe College
1026 A Ave NE, CR
St Lukes A Ave Lobby
Chappy’s Safari Lounge
Incredible Food, Spirits & Fun
229 16th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids
Casa Las Glorias
Authentic Mexican Food & World
Class Margaritas
2245 Blair Ferry Rd NE
Cedar Rapids
Dairy Queen Linn County
CR: 11 Wilson Ave Dr SW,
501 16th St NE
2843 Mount Vernon Rd SE,
3304 1st Ave NE
2100 6th St SW, 2825 Johnson Ave NE
Hiawatha: 100 Center Point Rd
Fairfax: 513 Williams Blvd
Marion: 1101 Eagleview Blvd,
2100 7th Ave
Mt. Vernon: 100 Highway 30E
Osaka Japenese Steakhouse
Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
5001 1st Ave SE, Cedar Rapids
Papa Juan’s Stefanos
Mexican Italian Grill
5505 Center Point Road Northeast
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Article by Jane Claspy Nesmith
Photography by Justin Fox
If you’ve lived in Cedar Rapids very long, you’ve probably heard of Papa
Juan’s, the Mexican Restaurant with the great Margaritas. Established in
1972, it’s the oldest Mexican restaurant in Cedar Rapids. At a recent visit,
we found out that Papa Juan’s, now known as Papa Juan’s/Stefano’s and
Sons, also has an extensive menu with Mexican, Italian, and American
items--all cooked by two certified chefs. And the Margaritas? Still wonderful.
When we arrived, we were seated at the new Chef’s Table in the dining
area. Co-owner and Chef, Steve Van Fleet told us that this table is available
for special Chef’s Choice meals--for a set price, 4-6 people can enjoy a
multi-course meal specially prepared for them.
Not too many casual restaurants can offer a dining option like this. But
Papa Juan’s can: besides Chef Steve, the Italian chef who has more than
30 years in the restaurant business under his belt, the restaurant is now
home to Van Fleet’s son Executive Chef and Co-owner Jason Finney, who
graduated from Kirkwood’s Culinary Institute. Both pride themselves on
making fresh food from the best ingredients all at a great price. Continuing
in the family business is also the youngest son, Jonathan, serving as the Front
House Manager.
Before our appetizers arrived, we tried some Margaritas. Well-known around
the area, these Margaritas are prepared with Tequila, Triple Sec, and Papa
Juan’s special recipe lime juice--no sweet and sour mix used here. We also
tried the Bourbon-infused Margarita, a smooth and smoky version of the
popular drink.
Appetizers started with Papa Juan’s signature cheese crisp. “It’s one of our
more popular items,” said Chef Steve. A fried tortilla topped with marinated
chicken breast, peppers, onions, and tomatoes and all covered in melty
cheese, this appetizer had lots of flavor.
From the Italian side, we tried the bruschetta. Toasted Italian bread topped
with seasoned tomatoes, capers, vidalia onions and mozzarella--they were
light and savory.
We wanted to try some entrées from both Mexican and Italian
menus. Our first dish was Italian: sausage cacciatore, served
on a bed of angel hair pasta. With a combination of sautéed
vegetables--onion, peppers, mushrooms, and tomatoes--and mild
Italian sausage, the cacciatore was delicious and fresh-tasting.
“You won’t find this on the menu of any other Italian restaurant in
town,” said Chef Steve.
Anisette Chicken is another unusual menu item that we loved. This
recipe was created inadvertently when a bottle of anisette liqueur
spilled into some alfredo sauce Chef Steve was cooking. The
combination is a winner: the slightly sweet and sprightly flavor of the
anisette adds a lightness to the creamy alfredo sauce. Chef Steve
serves it over a ham, spinach, and ricotta-stuffed chicken breast.
Mexican entrées can’t be ignored at Papa Juan’s. Chef Jason
brought us out one of his specialties: Carnitas with black beans
and asada potatoes. The pork used for the carnitas is seasoned
and then slow cooked for hours. “When I take it out, it just falls
apart,” says Chef Jason. It was delicious wrapped in warm tortillas
with sautéed peppers and onions.
A sizzling plate of fajitas--both chicken and tender steak along with
onions and peppers--made delicious wraps with warm tortillas. The
guacamole, brought out along with other toppings, was made
right here.
We couldn’t leave without trying the Southwest taco, a recipe
created by Chef de Cuisine Pat Graham, who also works in the
kitchen. This taco features two warm white corn tortillas topped
with chorizo, fajita beef, and pico de gallo--made fresh in-house,
of course. The idea here is to pick up the first tortilla and fillings and
eat it. Anything that falls out gets caught in the other tortilla andvoilà--another taco!
While Papa Juan’s/Stefano’s and Sons have a great location in
Cedar Rapids’ northeast quadrant, they’re also starting to bring
their food to diners in different locations. P.J.’s Catering, owned
by Chef Jason Finney, provides a different approach to catering.
“Instead of offering a standard list of choices, I can tailor the menu
for the event,” says Chef Jason. Popular items include pasta,
tacos, and pulled pork.
Watch for Papa Juan’s/Stefano’s and Sons at local events this
summer: they’ve outfitted a food trailer to offer breakfast burritos
and tacos at the Freedom Festival, Ragbrai, and other events.
Papa Juan’s Stefano’s and Sons
5505 Center Point Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
By Ric Holmquest
Photos by Tanya Schulte/CTW Photography
while trying a new brew and enjoying some great jazz
Parlor City Pub and Eatery will sponsor an event
supporting KCCK Radio 88.3’s Spring Fundraiser on
Sunday, April 12 form 4-8pm. The event will feature the
jazz rock fusion of Dan DiMonte and the Bad Assettes.
Parlor City will donate all sales of the pub’s North Coast
Scrimshaw pilsner tap beer that day to the station’s
annual fundraiser.
Dan DiMonte grew up in suburban Chicago, composes
and arranges for the group, plays trumpet, rhythm
guitar, and sings. Reid Turner covers the keyboards,
melodica and produces unconventional digital sounds
with the Kaossilator. Dan Padley is the group’s lead
guitarist. Padley affirms, “What I like about the band is
the collaborative effort we put into things, whether it’s
writing set lists or tweaking some arrangements. We all
value each other’s opinions, allowing a wider reaching
and more interesting sound. We all have our own
different influences and those six perspectives combine
in interesting ways.”
The event is part of an ongoing sponsorship and
partnership between the pub and the radio station.
Each year the Jelinek family has generously supported
KCCK during their spring fundraiser. Parlor City and KCCK
teamed up to present national touring artists Garaj
Mahal’s performances in September and December of
KCCK General Manager Dennis Green shares, “Anyone
who knows me also knows that Parlor City is one of my
favorite venues. I’m generally there several times each
month enjoying the variety of bands they bring in. Jon
and Steph have been donors and partners with KCCK
ever since the pub opened. They have donated to
KCCK for years and also are the rain site for Jazz Under
the Stars. We’re grateful to them for helping with this
creative part of KCCK’s spring fundraiser.”
Blake Shaw brings the bottom end on bass guitar and
upright bass, adding lead and background vocals to the
Bad Assettes. Jonathan Birdsall rips the tenor saxophone,
adding lead and background vocals. Talented Carlo
Kind is behind the drum kit. DiMonte advises, “Dan,
Blake, and Reid are talented composers. We play their
tunes and covers from all sorts of artists we respect and
love. We met through playing in jazz groups together
at the University of Iowa. Our influences are numerous
and cover a vast variety of musical styles and genres.
Our style is best described as jazz-influenced rock with
added spices.”
Green adds, “2015 is off to a flying start for KCCK. We’re
in the midst of our eighth edition of the Corridor Jazz
Project, the only arts program that involves every one of
the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Schools. We’re gearing
up for our third trip to Cuba this fall and we’ve debuted
a new World Music program, hosted by Togo native
Kpoti Acccoh.”
Dennis Green elaborates, “We’ve enjoyed hearing Dan
and the Assettes at the Iowa City Jazz Festival and other
events over the years. This is the first time we’ve had a
chance to work closely with him. Collaborating with
the brightest lights of the new generation of Corridor
musicians, Dan takes his knowledge of jazz and applies
it to his songwriting in a new and creative way.”
Parlor City’s beer menu informs, “Named for the
delicate engravings popularized by 19th century
seafarers, Scrimshaw is a fresh tasting Pilsner brewed in
the finest European tradition from Munich and Klages
malts, Hallertauer and Tettnang hops. Scrimshaw has a
subtle hop character, a crisp, clean palate and a dry
finish.” The spring fundraiser event at Parlor City gives the
station’s supporters, music fans and beer aficionados a
rare opportunity to contribute to the station’s success,
Lisa Baum, the station’s Development Director states,
“KCCK supports live music in the corridor through our
concert calendar, announcing what’s happening in the
local music scene daily, allowing locations to tout their
music bookings. Parlor City is a welcoming location with
a history of providing great musicians. We’re delighted
that Parlor City has reached out to assist us with a
fundraiser that reminds everyone that their public radio
is truly a partner in the music community.”
March 20 – April 11, 2015
The Great Gatsby
Theatre Cedar Rapids
102 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids
March 31 – April 5, 2015
Mission Creek Festival
Various locations
Iowa City
April 1, 2015
The World Famous Harlem
Globetrotters 7pm
US Cellular Center
370 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids
CR Rough Riders vs. Lincoln 7:05pm
The Stable CR Ice Arena
1100 Rockford Rd SW
Cedar Rapids
Art Bites: Discussing Richard Wilt
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
410 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids
Pierre Bansusan 7pm
1103 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids
Cameron Esposito 7pm
Englert Theatre
221 East Washington St, Iowa City
April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2015
Daddy-O – 7pm – 10pm
Parlor City Pub & Eatery
1125 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids
April 2, 2015
Real Estate 8pm
Englert Theatre
221 East Washington St, Iowa City
Red Cedar Chamber Music
Marion Library
1095 6th Ave, Marion
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
April 3, 2015
Terry McCauley 8pm – 11pm
Parlor City Pub & Eatery
1125 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids
April 3 – 26, 2015
Clybourne Park
Theatre Cedar Rapids,
Grandon Studio
102 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids
Shovels & Rope 8pm
Englert Theatre
221 East Washington St, Iowa City
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
9am – 12pm
Bloomsbury Farm
3260 69th St, Atkins
Amana Easter Egg Hunt - 9am
Amana Heritage Museum
705 44th Ave, Amana
Iowa Realty Egg Hunt – 10am
ST Morrison Park, Coralville
Saturday Special: Easter Egg Hunt
10:30 – 11:15am
Cedar Rapids Public Library
2600 Edgewood Rd SW,
Cedar Rapids
Com Truise 10pm
330 E Washington St., Iowa City
The 442s 7pm
Campbell Steele Gallery
1064 7th Ave, Marion
Full Circle 6- 9pm
Cedar Ridge Winery
1441 Marak Rd, Swisher
[email protected]
April 4, 2015
Zachary Freedom 8pm – 11pm
Parlor City Pub & Eatery
1125 3rd St. SE,
Cedar Rapids
Follow the bunny trail
10am – 3pm
Pecks Flower Shop, Garden
Center & Greenhouse
3990 Blairs Ferry Rd. NE,
Cedar Rapids
Mt Vernon-Lisbon Annual Easter
Egg Dash 11am
Mt Vernon Middle School Track
525 Palisades Rd. SW, Mt Vernon
Easter Skate Egg-travaganza
1:30 – 4:30pm
Cedar Rapids Ice Arena
1100 Rockford Rd. SW,
Cedar Rapids
Diamond Rugs with New Madrid
330 E Washington St.,
Iowa City
Jad Abumrad 8pm
Englert Theatre
221 East Washington St, Iowa City
April 5, 2015
Easter Brunch 8am – 2pm
Parlor City Pub & Eatery
1125 3rd St. SE,
Cedar Rapids
Poppa Neptune 4pm – 8pm
Parlor City Pub & Eatery
1125 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids
Father John Misty 7pm
Englert Theatre
221 East Washington St,
Iowa City
April 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2015
April 9, 2015
Jeffery Broussard & The Creole
Cowboys 7pm
1103 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids
April 10 – 26, 2015
The Miracle Worker 8pm
Giving Tree Theater
752 10th St., Marion
April 10, 2015
Skeeter Lewis & the CR Allstars
8pm – 12am
Parlor City Pub & Eatery
1125 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids
Lojo Russo 6 – 9pm
Cedar Ridge Winery
1441 Marak Rd, Swisher
Heart of Gold Gala 6:30-10pm
Kinnick Press Box, Mediacom
Outdoor Club Lounge
Soul Shake with Buku 10pm
330 E Washington St.,
Iowa City
Brass Transit Authority 7pm
Campbell Steele Gallery
1064 7th Ave, Marion
Claire Lynch Band 8pm
1103 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids
Blues Jam 7pm – 10pm
Parlor City Pub & Eatery
1125 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids
April 11, 2015
April 8, 2015
Dunshee Moon 8pm – 11am
Parlor City Pub & Eatery
1125 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids
Shortcut to Nowhere 7pm – 9pm
Parlor City Pub & Eatery
1125 3rd St. SE,
Cedar Rapids
Joe Pug 8pm
330 E Washington St.,
Iowa City
4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
10am - 11am Cost $3/child
Wickiup Hill
10260 Morris Hills Rd, Toddville
CR Rough Riders vs Chicago
The Stable CR Ice Arena
1100 Rockford Rd SW,
Cedar Rapids
Iowa Climate Festival
9am - 4pm
University of Iowa
Pentacrest Museums
Craig Erickson 7pm
Campbell Steele Gallery
1064 7th Ave., Marion
April 11 & 12, 2015
The Sleeping Beauty
Paramount Theatre
123 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids
April 12, 2015
KCCK Radio 88.3 Spring
Fundraiser 4pm – 8pm
Parlor City Pub & Eatery
1125 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids
Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake
Englert Theatre
221 East Washington St, Iowa City
April 15, 2015
Black Violin 8pm
Englert Theatre
221 East Washington St, Iowa City
John Jorgenson Quintet 7pm
1103 3rd St SE,
Cedar Rapids
April 20, 2015
The Brinton Silent Film Project 8pm
1103 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids
April 17, 2015
April 21, 2015
Diarrhea Planet 9pm
330 E Washington St., Iowa City
Cedar Rapids Titans vs.
Green Bay Blizzard 7:05pm
US Cellular Center
370 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids
The Olympics & Dylan Sires
& Neighbors
7pm – 12am
Parlor City Pub & Eatery
1125 3rd St. SE,
Cedar Rapids
Jucifer with Soul Shake 10pm
330 E Washington St., Iowa City
Waubeek Trackers 7pm
Campbell Steele Gallery
1064 7th Ave., Marion
April 18, 2015
Brass Transit Authority 8pm – 12am
Parlor City Pub & Eatery
1125 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids
Murder Mystery Dinner
6 – 9pm
Cleaver it to Beaver
Cedar Ridge Winery
1441 Marak Rd, Swisher
[email protected]
Local on the 8s
Campbell Steele Gallery
1064 7th Ave., Marion
April 19, 2015
Wooden Nickel Lottery 4pm – 8pm
Parlor City Pub & Eatery
1125 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids
DaWN 9pm
330 E Washington St.,
Iowa City
Cory Branan w/ Tim Easton 7pm
1103 3rd St SE,
Cedar Rapids
April 22, 2015
Esme’ Patterson 8pm
Englert Theatre
221 East Washington St,
Iowa City
April 24, 2015
Jam-E-Time 8pm – 11pm
Parlor City Pub & Eatery
1125 3rd St. SE,
Cedar Rapids
Todd Snider 8pm
Englert Theatre
221 East Washington St, Iowa City
Goran Ivanovic Trio 7pm
Campbell Steele Gallery
1064 7th Ave., Marion
Melanie Devaney 6 – 9pm
Cedar Ridge Winery
1441 Marak Rd,
[email protected]
April 25, 2015
2015 Iowa Health Expo
11am – 4 pm
DoubleTree Convention Complex
350 First Ave NE, Cedar Rapids
The Electric Koolaid Trio
8pm – 12am
Parlor City Pub & Eatery
1125 3rd St. SE,
Cedar Rapids
Liz Carroll w/ Jake Charron - 7pm
1103 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids
Arts for Africa Arts and Craft Fair
10am – 3pm
Noelridge Christian Church
7111 C Ave NE,
Cedar Rapids
Earth Day @ EcoFest 10am -4pm
New Bo District
April 26, 2015
Winterland 4pm – 8pm
Parlor City Pub & Eatery
1125 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids
March of Dimes Walk
Registration – 8am
Walk – 9am
Rockwell Collins
400 Collins Rd NE, Cedar Rapids
Iowa Humane Alliance Mega Pet
Adoption Event
11am – 3pm
NewBo City Market
1100 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason 7pm
1103 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids
April 28, 2015
The Adventures of Robin Hood
Englert Theatre
221 East Washington St, Iowa City
April 30, 2015
Old Blind Dogs 7pm
1103 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids
4 Guys Auto
A-Tech Beam Team
ABC Supply
American Heart Association
Arts for Africa
Bark Busters
Bistro on the River
Brookdale at Silver Pines
Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop
Cedar Hills Repair & Jon’s Towing
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Cedar Rapids Titans
Summer Camps
Center for Medical Weight Loss
Colony Heating
CV Insulation
Dairy Queen
Dan Malloy Pianos
Emil’s Hideaway
Englert Theatre
Family Medicine & More
Farmers State Bank
Faust Millwork & Cabinetry
Glass Concepts
Gray’s Hardwood Floors
Greater Cedar Rapids
Home Builders Association
Healthy Systems USA
Home Instead Senior Care
Illuminations Healing Arts Center
Iowa Select Herbs
Iowa Stone Supply
Jerry Green – State Farm Insurance 9
JW Home Builders
Kobliska Plumbing
Koelker Excavating
Murals & More
Naploi’s Italian Ristorante
Old Creamery Theatre
Orchestra IA
Papa Juan’s Stephano’s & Sons
Parlor City
Peck’s Flower Shop, Garden Center,
Nursery & Landscaping
Pella Windows
Pool Billiard & Spa
Precision Builders
Progressive Rehabilitation
Prairie Soup Company
RCI Imaging
Sisters Health Club
Skogman Realty
Squaw Creek Millwork
The Club at Porto Cima
The Views
The Wright Touch Cupcakery Bake Shoppe
Travel & Transport
Whole Health Foods
Woodharbor Design
World Class Graphics
VB&S at Skogman Realty
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