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Holiday Gift Guide: “the Panther Fan”

"the Panther Fan" Holiday Gift Guide

"the Panther Fan"

We know this year has been complicated (to say the least, am I right?), so we wanted to try to help you complete your holiday shopping. We are hoping to share each week some great gift ideas you can pick up, or order online (or by phone), all while support local businesses.

This week we are helping you get gifts for "the Panther Fan" in your life.

1. Every Panther Fan needs a great start to game day (or any for that matter) and who doesn't love a donut or a dozen from Icon Donuts & Sweetery? Check out their new website here to order online, or pick up on the Hill. You can also swing by and pick up a gift card for your favorite Panther Fan so they can enjoy donuts & sweets any time they want.

https://icondonuts.com/


2. This cute cozy hat is a Arctic Summer Handmade Goods design which can be found at Mohair Pear. Mohair Pear carries a whole variety of winter weather gear. Winter hats starting at $10. This purple color is perfect for your Panther.

http://www.mohairpearshop.com/


3. This cute Panther ornament is the perfect gift for any Panther Fan young or younger. You can find a variety of décor for the holidays at University of Northern Iowa Bookstore. Ornaments starting at $11.99.

https://unibookstore.com/


4. Does your Panther Fan love vintage? Our friends at PRICE CHECK KICKS have you covered. This awesome hat is a blast from the past. They are always getting tons of vintage UNI gear in and have an awesome everchanging selection. Hats starting at $20.

https://www.instagram.com/pricecheckkicks/


5. Not sure what to get your Panther Fan? We can help with that too. We offer College Hill Gift Certificates. They can be purchased at Copyworks - Cedar Falls (by cash or check) in increments of $20. Gift Certificates can be used at most College Hill Businesses. (See link in details for more information.)

https://www.collegehillpartnership.org/collegehillgiftcertificates/


6. All Panther Fans need a bit of extra energy every now and again. A gift card, mug, or coffee beans from Sidecar Coffee will be the perfect gift for any Panther that loves coffee or just needs a little pick me up from time to time.

We hope you enjoyed these gift ideas for "the Panther Fan" in your life. Stay tuned for our next gift guide, and we hope you will #HeadtotheHill to do some of your holiday shopping.

https://www.sidecarcoffee.com/

 

OUR CEDAR FALLS IMAGINE COLLEGE HILL – Virtual Design Charrette Oct 3rd-8th

 

We hope you will join us for Imagine College Hill Charrette Week Oct 3rd - 8th.

 

What is the Virtual Design Charrette?

A virtual community design charrette focuses on the College Hill area and surrounding neighborhoods. Events will take place on-line, beginning with a Hands-On Visioning session on Saturday morning and wrapping-up with a Work-in Progress presentation the following week.

There will be several other opportunities for public involvement via the web, including daily studio updates, topical presentations, questions and surveys, and opportunities to virtually "drop-in" to the studio to talk with members of the design team. All are encouraged to participate. This effort will lead to a new College Hill Vision Plan, followed by updates to the zoning code for the area.

How Do I Participate?

Check https://ourcedarfalls.com/ for more details and the weblink for each virtual activity.

Important Dates:

  • October 3: 9:00 am – 11:00 am. The week will start with a virtual Hands-on Community Design Workshop on Saturday morning. Participate from the comfort of your own home (or any other location you choose with an internet connection!) City residents will gather virtually to share their ideas about the future of College Hill. The workshop will include on-line facilitated small group discussions. People will share their aspirations for the future -- using words and images to discuss topics like urban design; walkability; character and scale of new buildings; areas for change; and areas for protection. Facebook EVENT - With Zoom Information
  • October 5: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm; October 7, Noon – 1:00 pm. Virtual Design Studio. "Drop" by at scheduled times to chat with the design team!! The design team will work remotely all week, building on the ideas from the Hands-On Community Design Workshop, exploring and testing options, getting feedback, and creating drawings and visualizations to help us imagine the future of College Hill and surrounding neighborhoods. The studio will be "open" at several times during the week and you are welcome to "stop by" and ask questions about the teams work.  October 5th Facebook Event - With Zoom Information, October 7th Facebook Event - With Zoom Information
  • October 14: 5:30 pm. Wednesday evening, Charrette Week activities will conclude with a "Work-in-Progress" presentation during the Planning Commission meeting. The design team will share the preliminary work on the College Hill Vision Plan. Facebook Event- With Zoom Information

Why is this important?

 

Because you want...

  • a vibrant neighborhood center that provides a wide variety of goods, services, and activities for students and the larger community;
  • the edges of College Hill to transition to your neighborhoods in a positive way;
  • walkable neighborhoods with a variety of housing types for people of all ages;
  • your children to inherit a Cedar Falls that is a great place to live, work, and play;
  • a community that is designed to manage the growth pressures of today and tomorrow,
  • a chance to express your opinions on College Hill and future developments.
 
We hope you will join us for this exciting event to help shape the future of College Hill.  Again, for more details head over to https://ourcedarfalls.com/. And if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to us at collegehillpartnership@gmail.com.

Guest Blog: UNI Fraternity & Sorority Life

FSL Overview:
Fraternity & Sorority life provides UNI students with meaningful student engagement experiences, develops leadership skills and contributes to student learning. The Greek community promotes living by the four pillars which untie all Greek-letter organizations: Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Friendship.
 
We are seeking leaders, doers and creators to join our organizations. If that's you or you know of someone, complete an interest or referral form at bit.ly/fslatuni or register for recruitment!
 
Check out our promotional video: https://youtu.be/hAWNfyc03q0
 
For more information about UNI Fraternity & Sorority Life:
 
Instagram @UNIFSL (instagram.com/unifsl)
Facebook @UNIFSL (facebook.com/unifsl)
 
Heading to UNI this Fall?  Check out the UNIFSL Quick Guide to life in Cedar Falls (check out the highlighted businesses on College Hill).

We love having guest bloggers to highlight elements of our community & neighborhood.  Our friends at UNI Fraternity and Sorority Life provided us with some information about their programming and highlighted some College Hill Businesses.  Big thank you to Taberie Van Boening for this information. If you would like to be a guest blogger (please reach out to us at collegehillpartnership@gmail.com)

2020 Passport to the Arts Cedar Falls, Iowa

Enjoy a summer vacation without leaving Cedar Falls! 

Passport to the Arts is a partnership of organizations offering FREE, family-friendly events for you to enjoy this summer! The Passport is also a way for you to enter for a CHANCE TO WIN a prize package from our sponsors valued at $200!
 

July 1 through September 12 attend five (5) of the 27  eligible events and post a selfie to the Passport to the Arts Facebook page of you attending each of the five events. Post your photos before the deadline of September 14 to be entered into the drawing for a chance to win!

It's Easy to Join the Fun

1. Attend at least five (5) eligible events

2. When you attend an event, take a picture of the event or a selfie

3. Post each of your event photos to the Passport to the Arts Facebook page by the deadline

The Passport

The Passport flyer (below) contains the rules and schedule of eligible events. These flyers may be found at some of the events or simply refer to the flyer below. Head HERE to download and print the flyer at home. 

The Prize

While you're enjoying arts and culture in Cedar Falls this summer, you'll be earning a chance to be entered into a GRAND PRIZE drawing valued at $200 from our sponsors: Hearst Center for the Arts, College Hill Partnership, Cedar Falls Downtown District and the Cedar Falls Public Library.  A drawing will be held from the names of those who successfully posted their selfies from five eligible 2020 Passport to the Arts events by the deadline of September 14. The winner will be announced on the Passport to the Arts Facebook page on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.  

Questions? Contact Sheri Huber-Otting at the Hearst Center For the Arts by calling 319-268-5502 or by email at Sheri.Huber-Otting@cedarfalls.com

College Hill Farmers Market Vendor Spotlight

Yellow Table Farm - Tripoli, Iowa

Eric and Courtney Jensen

Eric & Courtney Jensen own Yellow Table Farm in Tripoli. They sell fresh produce, eggs, and lamb. They got started by growing small gardens in the backyard.  The gardens kept getting bigger until they found an acreage for sale.  They jumped in with both feet and started learning and growing as they went along! This last year they installed a greenhouse which means more produce and earlier in the season! What do they like to do when they are not at the farmers market or working on the farm? Bicycling, shooting bow, hiking, and enjoying family time.

Bowls of Love

Bowls of Love Christy Stolz & Abigail Stolz (Mother & Daughter) own Bowls of Love! Three years into business they are happy to be joining the market! Abi had the idea while at UNI to start a small Farmers Market business. Her goal was to provide an avenue to assist small charities in our community. Abi bought herself a fancy blender, started working on recipes & applied to the CF Farmers Market. In the first two years of business, Bowls of Love has grown into a food truck & donated $5,500 to local charities.

  • Upcoming Markets Every Thursday June- October 4-6pm
  • New this season--Curbside Market.
  • Follow on Facebook or Instagram for market updates and additional vendor spotlights
  • For more details download the June 2020 edition of the CHFM Newsletter

Learn more about the College Hill Farmers Market by going to: www.ceee.uni.edu/collegehillfm

Opening Day 2020 College Hill Farmers Market – June 4th

College Hill Farmers Market opens Thursday June 4th!

The market will be located on College Street between 22nd and 23rd streets and open from 4-6 p.m. We encourage you to check out the College Hill Businesses while you are getting your fresh produce.  Many businesses have re-opened and offer additional services like to go services and online shopping. For more details on College Hill businesses click here.
What to Look Forward to:
The farmers market will be full of local produce including lettuce & mushrooms, plant starts, flowers, jam, jelly, bread, meat, and eggs will be available.  And we will also see the return of La Calle.   
Look for Some Changes:
There will be some changes to the market with COVID-19. Follow College Hill Farmers Market on Facebook or Instagram for the most updated information.
Additional information www.ceee.uni.edu/collegehillfm. Interested in ordering products online and picking them up curbside? http://www.curbsidemarketni.com/

College Hill COVID-19 Update

You Asked & We Answered!

We have been working hard to get a DATABASE (CLICK HERE) out to you College Hill LOVERS. This information will help you support your favorite College Hill Businesses during this time.  We know this ever changing situation for you and for College Hill Businesses and we want to help you through it. We are going to be working to update this DATABASE (CLICK HERE) on an as needed basis to make sure you know what is happening on College Hill. Because this is an ever changing situation we have chosen to use Google Docs to be able to make changes promptly (we know it isn't the prettiest). We realize Google-Docs isn't for everyone.  If you would like updated pdfs sent to your email just below contact us at collegehillpartnership@gmail.com and we would be happy to get updates as soon as we can!

Wait There Is More...

We know that if you love College Hill you love our community.  So we wanted to provide you with additional form of links to community sites.  These sites have updated information regarding COVID-19 and our community.  Form located HERE. A big THANK YOU all of our community.  You have come together to support your neighbors, friends, and all of us on College Hill. And for that we want to say thank you. It is so awesome to see the amazing community we have here in the Cedar Valley. COLLEGE HILL BUSINESSES- If you need information updated on this database please email collegehillpartnership@gmail.com so we can get them updated asap. We hope to help you serve your customers, clients and community!

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

www.collegehillpartnership.org

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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NMF56MZ

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.