During dinner last week, my 7 year old asked if we would be going to grandma and grandpa's house for Thanksgiving this year. "No baby, not this year." It's the phrase I utter like a broken record. Ugh ....
September 15 - October 15 is Latinx Heritage Month, also known as National Hispanic Heritage Month, a period to formally recognize the contributions and influence of Latinx peoples to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. But these...
The air is growing crisper, mornings are cool enough for a sweatshirt, and the smell of pumpkin spice is in the air. As with everything 2020, many of the fall traditions that we are used to may be more difficult...
We've all heard the news by now — Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, also known as RBG, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. The news devastated many, including moms right here in the Iowa City community. Ginsburg was more than...
  As I write this it is my 36th birthday.  Like every birthday I can remember, I first think of my grandparents. You see, their wedding anniversary was the same day as my birthday.  I loved calling them and wishing...
Last year, my family's summer "bucket list" contained of an exhaustive list of pools, splash pads, beaches, fairs, museums, and zoos. And then 2020 happened. By the time the 2019-2020 school year was officially over, my kids had already had 11...
I wish this pandemic had never happened. I don’t think I’m alone in thinking this. I have days where I sit in my favorite chair, sighing deeply as I think about what is going on outside of the walls...
There is a video from six-and-a-half years ago of my newborn kicking on a blanket. Because I can’t seem to stop talking long enough to take a video, a conversation with my brother was forever captured. Like all good Baton...
I wake up differently now. I don't want to sleep in. I want to get out of bed and get the day going. It starts with temperatures. I check temperatures on all of us and feel a second of gratitude...
As you may have heard, Disney announced Thursday it would be closing Disneyland and Walt Disney World for the rest of March. The announcement joined a growing list of cancellations ranging from South by Southwest (SXSW) to the NCAA...

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Juneteenth Events in the Iowa City Area

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June 19th is Juneteenth, known as the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the U.S. On June 19, 1865, Union...