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Pettersen Plaza Expansion & Olive Street Box Culvert

The City of Cedar Falls is looking for feedback from you on an upcoming project regarding the Olive Street Culvert.  They are hoping you will review the video and provide feedback on the worksheet (via email) both can be located on the website below.  This project is a large improvement for the College Hill District.  We hope you will take time to provide your opinions on this project as we want this project to serve all in our neighborhood.
 
Learn more and provide feedback about the Pettersen Plaza Expansion Project/ Olive Street Culvert
 
Stay up to date with the entire process by liking the Olive Street Box Culvert Facebook Page

Olive Street

Find information about Olive Street Construction here.

Virtual Public Information Meeting

Open January 4, 2021 - January 18, 2021 The City of Cedar Falls is conducting a Virtual Public Information Meeting to obtain information for the Olive Street Box Culvert Project and to present initial alternatives that are being considered. This project is located on Olive Street between W. 20th Street and W. 21st Street in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and includes the extension of the Pettersen Plaza. All interested persons are invited to view the virtual presentation and submit their feedback or questions via e-mail, phone, or by mail by January 18, 2021.

View the Public Information Meeting here:

Submit your comments or questions:

If you have any questions or comments regarding the meeting, please notify the Cedar Falls Engineering Division at (319) 268-5161 or complete a comment sheet: Olive Street Comment Sheet (Pdf)  Olive Street Comment Sheet (Word) and email it to OliveStreet@CedarFalls.com. Stay updated throughout the meeting process by finding us on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/OliveStreetBoxCulvert/.

Holiday Gift Guide: “the Influencer”

For the Tiktoker, or Instagramer in your life. This next Holiday Gift Guide has something for everyone. We hope you enjoy our picks!

1. Is someone on your list a plant collector? We have seen so man great plant collections on social lately in fact there are some people have become influencers because of their plant collection and green thumb. These socks from Mohair Pear are the perfect gift for plant influencer on your list when you can't even keep the yard in your grass alive! For more information about Mohair Pear or shop online click HERE.
2. Time passes so quickly if we get caught up on the tattoo side of Instagram. This gift card from Third Eye Tattoo and Gallery is the perfect gift for anyone on your list. Tattoo artists at Third Eye Tattoo And Gallery come put with some of the most beautiful and unique designs for their clients. Perfect for the influencer on your list. For more information about Third Eye Tattoo and Gallery click HERE.
3. Is your influencer a social butterfly? Do they miss being out at the bars, and enjoying their favorite mixed drink? Now you can bring home your favorite drinks (21+ of course) from Social House. It doesn't get more influencer than this. Having Signature Social House Drinks at your holiday party, I mean come on, who wouldn't love these fun delicious beverages to take a selfie with in front of the Christmas Tree. It's the perfect gift that keeps giving (them likes, likes comments and shares that is). Please drink responsibly! For more information about Social House click HERE.
4. Is the influencer on your list a foodie? Well we love this next gift idea! Pick up a gift card from GreenHouse Kitchen. It's a great stocking stuffer for your foodie influencer, or even your fitness friend who is looking for healthy takeout options. At Greenhouse Kitchen you can create your own bowls, salad, wraps, or burritos, or you can pick from their innovative menu. (May we recommend the Sweet Chili Philly, its so amazing.) They have options that fit everyone with any dietary restrictions.  If you want to learn more about Greenhouse Kitchen or order online click HERE.
5. Whether they are doing the renegade, a makeup tutorial, or going for coffee, this Northern Iowa Sweatshirt from the University of Northern Iowa Bookstore is perfect for your Tiktok influencer. Everyone is loving the tie-dye vibes this year and will make the perfect gift for your favorite influencer. If you want to learn more about UNI Bookstore or shop online click HERE.
We hope you enjoyed these gift ideas for "the Influencer" in your life. Stay tuned for our next gift guide, and we hope you will #HeadtotheHill to do some of your holiday shopping.

Holiday Gift Guide: “the Homebody”

In 2020 we have all become, homebodies.  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 homebody" in your life.
https://www.sidecarcoffee.com/
 
1. Everyone even homebodies need a hot cup of coffee.  Sidecar Coffee offers bags which they will ground or leave whole for you to grind at home. This gift is perfect when you can't or don't want to leave the comforts of our home. Did you know you can even order online or sign on to an online subscription? Sidecar coffee every month at home? YES, PLEASE!
 
https://theotherplace.com/location/cedar-falls-college-st
2. Pick up a growler and a gift card from The OP College Hill, perfect for your friend who loves a drink around a holiday fire or just likes to enjoy local brews at home.
 
https://square.site/book/C1K6JFGBKA2HE/voya-the-salon-cedar-falls-ia
3. Even homebodies need to be pampered from time to time!  VOYA the salon has so many amazing treatments that will have the homebody in your life ready for the new year.
 
4. All homebodies like pizza am I right? And the best part you can have it delivered for your homebody even if you can't be together for the holidays. The gift of pizza is a great way to surprise your homebody with a delicious meal.  Chad's Pizza Cedar Falls has got you covered.
 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Comic-Bookstore/Limited-Edition-Comics-Collectibles-55613933673/
5. All games are the perfect gift for any homebody.

 

Limited Edition Comics & Collectibles

has this limited edition Giftbox from Magic the Gathering. We hear they are going to go fast so swing by the shop to pick yours up or check out all their other amazing items.

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

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!