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2019 Farm Crawl – UNI Local Food Program

Many of you know we partner with the UNI Local Food Program to support their efforts to create an amazing College Hill Farmers Market. To honor that partnership we want to keep you informed about an exciting event they host every year.

The UNI Local Food Program and Iowa State University Extension & Outreach invite you to attend the 2019 Farm Crawl on September 29th noon-5 p.m.

Free admission and no registration required.

Visit local farms at your own pace and learn how local farmers grow your food and manage their farms. You can visit one or all the farms. The more farms you visit the more chances to win great local food prizes!

Check out the farm crawl guide for tour times, map, and family friendly activities each farm will offer at


Be sure to check out the Local Food Program on: Facebook

Guest Blogger: Jodie Huegerich UNI Local Food Program Manager

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College Hill Fall 2019 Update

College Hill Fall 2019 Update

[caption id="attachment_1831" align="alignleft" width="232"] 4th Annual College Hill Oktoberfest[/caption]

The College Hill Partnership always looks forward to this time of year. With another school year started, we launch into our busiest season with our 4th annual College Hill Oktoberfest. Held right after two amazing College Hill Events:


The Green(Hill) Triathlon:

Hosted by Joywheel Cycling &

Balance Hot Yoga

When: September 28th 8:45-12:30

               A morning full of fun fitness and some good company starts with 30 minutes of cycling at Joywheel, 2.5-mile run/walk from Greenhill to the Hill, and finally a 30-minute cooldown at balance Hot Yoga. After all of this, you are bound to make a couple of new friends that you will want to enjoy a drink with at Social House Rooftop. Spots are limited, and the registration fee is $45 includes a drink ticket. Head over to Facebook for all the details.


Pear Fair:

Mohair Pear’s Outdoor Indie Fair

When: September 28th 11-5pm

               It's the 8th year and going strong for Mohair Pear hosting this fantastic open-air indie fair. With tons of vendors homemade products and fabulous food from La Calle, you will not be disappointed.  Check out their Facebook event for all the details.



College Hill Oktoberfest

When: September 28th 5:30-9:30pm

               4th year running Hammerslagen, bags, German-inspired food from La Calle, Live Music by Amelia and Melina and of course tons of fun and beer. Sponsors include Mohair Pear, Copyworks, and Balance Hot Yoga. 


2nd Annual Event PopUp PopOut: Hosted by Price Check Kicks

When: September 14th 12-8pm

            Shop local all clothing brands.  Jordan, Supreme, Nike, Champion, Adidas.  New Merch and an awesome give away.  Head to the Hill for some amazing fashion and lots of fun. 


Grand Opening: Buzz Smoke & Vapor

When: September 20th 10am- 2am

               Buzz Smoke & Vapor is hosting its grand opening.  Check out their social media pages for details.  Facebook  Instagram



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The Partnership has another reason to love this season. With the help from some fantastic volunteers, we have raised enough money to complete our first phase of work on our Updates to Pettersen Plaza on College Hill. Contractors will be breaking ground on the plaza to remove the current plantings & trees. They will also be installing shade-providing plantings that will create a more useable space. We are still working to raise funds to complete our other phases. These phases include; purchasing shaded seating, erecting a mural on one of the boarding buildings, and funds to maintain the part/ install new public art.  

If you would like more information about our Pettersen Plaza Update Plans or to donate, send an email to requesting a pledge form.

To stay updated with all College Hill Events check out our College Hill Calendar here.

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College Hill Parking Study Findings

College Hill Parking Study Findings

We hope you will be our guest at the workshop presenting findings and initial recommendation from the College Hill Parking Study. The City of Cedar Falls contracted a Parking Study of the College Hill Business District and the adjacent blocks to get a reading on the parking situation on College Hill.



With parking be a hot topic in Cedar Falls and in our district, we are excited to find out with the recommendations will be from the experts on how to address parking going forward.

We hope you will attend the meeting on Tuesday, July 16th at 6 pm at the CEEE on the University of Northern Iowa’s Campus. There will be a presentation followed by an informal open discussion and Question and Answer session.

RSVP on Facebook or share with a neighbor who might be interested:

College Hill Farmers Market

College Hill Farmers Market

It’s that time of year again.  The College Hill Farmers Market is back.  The first two markets have been amazing.  The College Hill Partnership is honored to be a supporter of the College Hill Farmers Market.  We feel that this market is a great way to build community.  We are excited about this season and hope you are too. The first market was a street market which included live music, La Calle and Cubo food trucks and a full street worth of vendors.  The Farmers Market Manager and Assistant Managers have worked tirelessly to fill the market with a variety of vendors. The College Hill Farmers Market runs from June to October every Thursday.  This year the market will be hosted at the corner of West 22nd Street and College Street.  Each market hosts a variety of vendors with all kinds of goodies.  Past markets have featured: energy bites, freshly popped popcorn, strawberries, eggs, meats, canned goods, handcrafted items and much more.
Passport for the Arts Program
We have teamed up with the Hearst Center, Cedar Falls Tourism and several other amazing organizations in the Cedar Valley to be a part of the Passport to the Arts Program. Have your passport stamped at one of the farmers' markets.  Once you fill your passport and turn it in you could win the grand prize valued at over $260! This prize includes several College Hill Gift Certificates.  In order to win, you must attend at least 6 events put on by 3 different organizations from the community.  Once you’ve filled up your passport turn it in at the Hearst Center for the Arts or the Tourism Bureau to be entered into the drawing. For more details head to:
Get Social!
Don’t forget to follow the CHFM on social media to find out all the Farmers Market updates! Instagram/Twitter (@collegehillfm) Snapchat (collegehillfm) Join us each Thursday from 4-6 on College Hill and be sure to mark your calendar for the Special Street Markets on: July 11th August 1st September 5th October 3rd

41st Annual College Hill Arts Festival — June 21-22nd

41st Annual College Hill Arts Festival

Friday, June 21st & Saturday, June 22nd

Head to the Hill for the 41st Annual College Hill Arts Festival on the corner of College Street and West 23rd Street in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  Friday, June 21st and Saturday, June 22nd view artwork from 75 Artists.  Artists come from far and wide to display their ceramics, fibers, glassware, graphics, jewelry, paintings,  sculptures, and more.  Special musical performances during the entire festival.
Stay On the Hill
Local favorite La Calle Food Truck will be present along with many other local food vendors, and community clubs serving delicious foods.  Make a day out of heading up to the Hill and enjoy everything from a cup of Sidecar Coffee or a donut from Icon Donuts in the morning to all of the nightlife College Hill has to offer. Check out the amazing selection of beers at our local bars such as Octopus, The Library, and Social House.  Want to rest your feet?  And you can take a break and grab something to eat in the newly rennovated Other Place or grab a smoothie to go at the Smoothie Bar, The Shakery or looking for something else sweet check out Insomnia Cookies.
Award Winning Festival
"The College Hill Arts Festival has been named to Sunshine Artist magazine’s list of ‘100 Best Fine Arts & Design Shows’ in the United States for nearly the last decade. Gary Kelley’s Festival posters have won many National contests and awards. In addition, the College Hill Arts Festival was named the “2006 Event of the Year” by the Cedar Valley Tourism Bureaus."
More Details
For more information including all artists attending please head to the College Hill Arts Festival's Website. We hope to see you at the 41st Annual College Hill Arts Festival June 21th-22nd. Times for CHAF:
  • June 21st, 12-8 pm
  • June 22nd: 10-5 pm
Head to the College Hill Arts Festival no ticket required.  Parking around College Hill is free.  Handicapped parking is located in UNI lot East of Bartlett Hall near the food vendors at the Festival.

College Hill Move Out Guidelines

Move Out Guidelines

Guest Blogger: City of Cedar Falls

Moving Out/Moving In? Will You Help us Reduce the Mess?

Here are some moving in/out guidelines:

1.  “Garbage” at the curb can only be picked up by the city when placed inside the green garbage cart assigned to your address. You are allowed one extra bag a week on top of your trash cart with a pink bag tag attached to it.  Bag Tags can be purchased at our Transfer Station at 1524 State St., Ace Hardware, Fareway, Hy Vee on University.  You may also take your extra bags of trash to the transfer station Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. or on Saturday’s form 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  There is a $0.75 cent fee per bag or you can weigh it in and our fee per ton for solid waste is $57.50.  If you have the smaller cart you can always up-size to a larger size.  We have three sizes of carts. 

  • 35 Gallon - $9.00 per month
  • 64 Gallon - $17.00 per month
  • 96 Gallon - $26.50 per month

96 Gallon 64 Gallon 35 Gallon

You can call 273-8629 to change your size of cart if needed.   We normally do cart exchanges on your day of collection. 

2.  Large item pickup is available and scheduled on your refuse collection day for residents with an active Cedar Falls refuse account. To schedule a pickup, call the Public Works Department at (319) 273-8629 between 7 am–4 pm, Monday–Friday. The large items must be placed curbside after 8:00 pm the night before your scheduled collection. This service is limited to large items only and is not intended to be a service for garbage.  Residents are charged a $5 per stop fee for bulk collection appointments. The fee is added to your Cedar Falls Utility account.

The following items will be picked up:  Couches, Chairs, Recliners, Tables, Carpet and Pad (rolled up), Box Springs, Mattresses, Doors (quantities no greater than three), Windows (quantities no greater than three), Swing Sets (dismantled and no concrete), Grills, Gutters and Down Spouts (sections must be less than 6 feet in length), Bicycles.

This service is only available to residents paying refuse fees to the City of Cedar Falls. 

Charged Items:  Picking up the following items will result in a charge of $7.50 each on your utility bill: Washers / Dryers, Refrigerators / Freezers, Dish Washers, Air Conditioners, Water Softeners, Water Heaters, Dehumidifiers / Humidifiers, Microwave Ovens, Stoves, Furnaces, Computers/TV’s $5.

Tires are charged as follows: 

  • Car Tire (off rim): $2.50
  • Car Tire (on rim): $5.00
  • Truck / Tractor Tire (off rim): $6.50
  • Truck / Tractor Tire (on rim): $9.00

Refused Items:  The following items will NOT be picked up: 

Garbage, Yard Waste, Dirt, Hazardous Waste, Bricks, Rocks, Concrete, Sand, Construction, Demolition, Remodeling Materials,

  • Used Oil Filters (accepted free at the Transfer Station)
  • Oil (accepted free at the Transfer Station)

Any refuse pick-up violations are subject to a $200.00 hauling fee to the property owner and may impact the amount and timelines of the return of your security deposit.

Thank you for caring about your environment in which you live, work, learn and play.

College Hill Partnership Board of Directors -319-273-6228

Cedar Falls Evaluates Public Parking on College Hill

City of Cedar Falls Evaluates Public Parking on College Hill

We a filled with gratitude and excitement the City of Cedar Falls is taking the time and supplying the funding to evaluate public parking on the Hill.  They have heard all the public comments and the letters from the CHP about wanting to evaluate the public lots on the Hill. We know this is a big issue for Cedar Falls.  And we are excited it is being addressed. 

Currently there are several public parking lots on the Hill.  Some are metered and some un-metered.  Two things we know about the parking situation on the Hill:

1. It’s unique.  Because of the close proximity to the campus of the University of Northern Iowa Parking is used differently than many business districts.

2. It evokes all kinds’ emotions and constant feedback.  This is where we are asking for your help. 

The City of Cedar Falls is in the process of evaluating the College Hill area public parking system. We appreciate your input as it will help us explore effective solutions that will benefit College Hill area businesses, employees, visitors, and residents. The survey will only take a few minutes to complete and all replies are confidential. The survey link is noted below and can be accessed from the City’s website.  It will be live thru April 12th.  Your time and input are appreciated!

The link to take the survey is

Any and all feedback is welcome.  We hope you will be thoughtful in your answers and take the time to pass this along to friends.  Here’s to the exciting future for College Hill, and addressing the challenges that come with it. 

College Hill Welcomes The Finishing Touch Tattoo + Barbershop

College Hill Welcomes The Finishing Touch Tattoo + Barbershop

Walking in on Opening Day was exciting to see new neighbors and a great new barbershop on the Hill.  The Finishing Touch Tattoo and Barbershop opened this past week.  It is in full swing.  With its seven barbers and three tattoo artists, they are ready to serve you.   They will be adding three more barbers soon. When I talked with Jay and some of his staff he said they were very excited to move to the Hill.  “Being so close helps many student access our services.”  They say this was a big reason for looking for a storefront on the Hill.  Many of their clients mentioned their friends would love the services Jay and his fellow barbers offered at their location in Waterloo.  The Finishing Touch staff wanted to make it easy for their clients to access their shop a chose to move to their spot on the Hill. Appointments and walk-ins are both welcome.  Jay and his staff also want everyone to know that all are welcome.  They specialize in men’s and boy’s haircuts. Jay and his staff were very welcoming to us and all the clients who filled their chairs.  Walking into the shop the vibe is awesome.  A comfy couch lines the big windows, and a pool table is front and center.  There is a bar to also wait for your appointment or enjoy a seat as you play some pool. Speaking of the bar The Finishing Touch has specials like: Student Tuesday (with valid student idea) Haircuts are just $15 Free Beer Friday (for those who are 21 and up) The Finishing Touch Tattoo and Barbershop will be open 7 days a week.  We invite you to swing by and check them out at 2125 College Street Suite B.  They are located right next to The Shakery.  Book your appointment by calling (319)-429-4688 or on the Bookys App. Keep up to date.  Make sure to follow them on social: You can also check out their website at:

Annual Meeting 2019

Annual Meeting 2019

The meeting will be held at Social House at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 16th.  There will be a cash bar.  A selection of hors d'oeuvres will be supplied by Little Bigs, Greenhouse Kitchen, and Icon Donuts.

If you so desire the following documents can be emailed to you:

  • 2019-2020 Slate of Board Members (please note additional nominations will be taken from the floor at the annual meeting)

  • Benefits of being a member of the CHP

  • Application for College Hill Partnership membership

  • Agenda for the meeting

  • Minutes from the 2018 Annual Meeting

  • Proposed bylaw changes for 2019-2020 (Three documents included: Proposed Changes Overview, Proposed Changes Short Version, Proposed Changes within the entire bylaws, please note there are some minor clerical changes which are not listed in the short version) (Please email if you would like the following documents)


We will have applications for membership at the annual meeting.  And will be taking dues payments there (by cash or check), however, feel free to send in your application & dues (or submit your application and dues on our website: if you are unable to attend the meeting. Note: in order to vote in this years election for board members and for the bylaw changes, submission of your membership form and dues must have been completed by March 1st.


If you have any questions at all please contact me directly.  We hope to see you on April 16th.


Sidecar Coffee’s Pour Over Workshop

Sidecar Coffee's Pour Over Workshop

According to an article on  coffee has several health benefits.  Benefits range from improving cognition and increase metabolism to improving heart health and protecting your liver.  Now we’re not experts on health or coffee but knowing there are some great benefits from our favorite morning beverage just makes us want to drink it more. So when we heard about an amazing event at Sidecar Coffee we were all in.  Held on March 2nd at 10 am the Pour Over Workshop will teach you how to make the perfect cup using a pour over method.  Co-Owner Andy Fuchtman (CHP Past President and current Board Member) said their "top reason [for hosting these workshops] is we want people's coffee to taste better, and to build our local community of coffee fans."  Who doesn't want their coffee to taste better?  And who doesn't want to meet new people while learning?  Our friends and coffee experts are going to teach this method using the Hario V60.  Love coffee and want to learn more about it?   Be sure to grab your tickets online by clicking here.   Your $30 ticket includes a bag of Sidecar Coffee’s March Costa Rica beans to use at home.  You will also have hands-on experience learning from one of the experts at Sidecar Coffee.  They tell us spots are limited so make sure to grab your ticket today.  This workshop will be hosted at the Sidecar Coffee's Roaster at 325 Commercial Street, Downtown Waterloo. Whatever your reason for drinking coffee you aren't going to want to miss this awesome workshop to learn more about how to make the perfect pour over cup of coffee.