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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. 

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: https://www.facebook.com/The-Finishing-Touch-Tattoo-Barbershop https://Instagram.com/tft_tattoo_barbershop You can also check out their website at: https://thefinishingtouchcf.com/

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 collegehillpartnership@gmail.com 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: https://www.collegehillpartnership.org/product/membership/) 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 OrganicFacts.net  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.

UNI Presidential Scholars Take on Bystander Training Development and Bring it to College Hill

UNI Presidential Scholars Take on Bystander Training Development and Bring it to College Hill

 

History of Sexual Assult Bystander Training

According to Rainn.org, “College Women are three times more likely to experience sexual violence.”  A group of UNI Presidential Scholars is creating a project and implementation of a sexual assault bystander training.  This training was originally started by the partnership of UNI graduate students and The Riverview Center. Over recent years, many bystander trainings have been created and used in areas adjacent to Universities.  “Raise the Bar” a program to help train local bar staff was developed at the University of Iowa and implemented in local Iowa City bars.  After researching similar programs a new program was crafted to use locally in the Cedar Valley. According to BJS.gov, the Midwest region has the highest rate of sexual assaults in the nation.   With stats like these, the current momentum around the #MeToo movement, and the passion of Presidential Scholars to help resolve problems affecting the community it is no wonder a group of this year’s scholars would take on the challenge of implementing this bystander training.  Programs such as these help address the growing problem of sexual assault and misconduct.  They are able to do so by creating awareness.

Program Created for the Cedar Valley:

Before winter break the UNI Presidential Scholars Think Tank Safety Group  presented their project and plans to the College Hill Partnership.  This group is composed of six sophomores.  The Board of Directors voted to put their full support behind the project and the student's efforts.  The CHP Board of directors was impressed by the research and professional presentation the students gave at their December board meeting. These six college students told the Partnership they wanted a safety-focused project.  Much of their preliminary efforts were collecting statistics regarding assaults on campus.  They have been identifying what factors (such as alcohol) play into these assaults.  The group obtained Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Training over winter break and will have further training over the 2019 Spring semester.  So they have also developed a partnership with the NISG.  They believe this partnership will ensure the project's longevity.  Because of the close proximity to the University and its popular nightlife establishments, the group felt College Hill is would be a great place to test the new bystander training program.  Already several bars have already signed on for the training.  College Hill bars include Little Bigs, Social House, and The Other Place on the Hill.

Students Hope for Project:

“Our main hope for the project is to decrease the number of sexual assaults that happen at UNI.  We hope by providing the bar employees with the necessary tools to potentially intervene in a situation that these numbers will decrease.  The group also hopes that training will continue over the following years as there is a high turnover among bar employees.” The College Hill Partnership is excited to have a group of passionate students.  And are happy they chose to start to implementation of their project on the Hill.   The group hopes for success on the Hill.  After the Hill they hope the program will spread to other nightlife districts.

Students Involved in Training:

Grace Brady (Elementary and Middle-Level Education Major from West Des Moines, Iowa).
Anne Gradoville (Communication Sciences and Disorders Major from Des Moines, Iowa).
Laura Kaufmann (Accounting and Organizational Leadership Major from Harlan, Iowa).
Triet Ngo (Marketing Management Major from Hanoi, Vietnam).
Carter Stochl (Biology and Biochemistry Major from New Hampton, Iowa).
Jordan Weber (Family Services Major from Wadena, Iowa).
 
Please contact the CHP Executive Director if you are interested in learning more or having your business host training. Graphics are courtesy of UNI Presidential Scholars THINK TANK Safety Group.

Open Call for CHP Board Members

Open Call for CHP Board Members

 

Calling All Leaders in the Cedar Valley

The College Hill Partnership is entering into our 11th year as a combined organization.  This year brings many exciting opportunities and challenges for the Hill.  We would love for you to be directly involved.  Help us shape the future of the College Hill District by representing our community and unique stakeholders.  We would like you to serve on our board of directiors.  

Board Seats Going Up for Election:

(2) 2-year at large seats (2) 3-year at large seats (will be awarded to top two at large vote winners) (1) 2-year member representing owners of residential rental properties (Landlords) within the College Hill Overlay Zoning District And (1) 2-year member representing businesses within the College Hill Overlay Zoning District

Contact Us

Considering the job?  Check out CHP Board of Directors Member Duties, and CHP Board of Directors Commitment Form to learn more about being a College Hill Partnership Board Member.  Most seats will be a two year appointment.   If you would like to serve?  Then please head to https://www.collegehillpartnership.org/board-member-application/ and complete the board member application.  Applications are due by Friday, March 8th 2019.  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to the Executive Director via email or phone (319)-273-6228.  Looking forward to hearing from you.   Do you know someone who might be interested?  Share this post via, text, email, or social media.  Thank you for your consideration and your help in making College Hill an amazing place.

Join the College Hill Partnership Today

Join the College Hill Partnership Today!

social house college hill cedar fallsBecome A Member of the College Hill Partnership

This year the College Hill Partnership is working to be more efficient.  You could say it’s the CHP’s New Year’s Resolution.  With that in mind, the Board passed a resolution at our October Board Meeting to ensure the membership application process is streamlined & open for a longer period of time to encourage increased participation in the College Hill Partnership. Benefits to CHP Membership:
  • Vote for board members and any changes made to bylaws in the upcoming election
  • Free food at the annual meeting
  • All formal communication includes: updates, minutes, agendas, meeting reminders
  • Opportunity to participate in the College Hill Neighborhood, and projects that better our community
  • And the satisfaction you are making the Hill a better place
  To obtain all the privileges above you must:
  • Request an application via email and mail or email completed application to:

PO Box 974

Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

OR

complete an application online HERE prior to March 1, 2019

 
  • Submit dues by mail or online (amount of $25) prior to March 1, 2019
A resolution passed allowed two possible ways to have membership dues waived.  Each person who qualifies for the waiver program has been notified by email.  Didn't receive an email notifying you of your qualification for a waiver and you believe you qualify for one please submit a request for waiver via email to collegehillpartnership@gmail.com? Waiver Opportunities:
  • During CHP’s calendar year (May 2018 to March 2019) you have volunteered for CHP events, or committees totaling over five hours. College Hill Partnership Monthly and Annual Board meetings do not qualify towards these hours.
  • You own property in the College Hill Overlay SSMID district and pay taxes into the SSMID fund helps support the CHP.
  If you qualify for the wavier opportunities you will receive one membership which is non-transferable.  An application must be submitted by the deadline (March 1, 2019) for you to obtain all privileges listed above.  A record of volunteer hours (dates, times, description) must be provided with the application if requesting a waiver.

SHARE!

We encourage you to share this blog with members of the community who might like to be a part of our wonderful organization.  If there are any questions about the application process please reach out to Kathryn Sogard either by phone (319)-830-6338 or email collegehillpartnership@gmail.com.  

Donuts, Brownies, Cheescake. OH MY! Icon Donuts & Sweetery Opens on the Hill

Donuts, Brownies, Cheescake. OH MY! ICON Donuts & Sweetery Opens on the Hill

Open just in time for the spring semester ICON Donuts and Sweetery is the perfect start to your school or work day.  We headed in after lunch the other day to give you a peek inside and of course try some of their amazing donuts.  ICON is locally owned so you will see some familiar faces there who always greet you with a smile.  The staff is ready to help you with the perfect selection of sweets for any occasion. Our executive director grabbed a dozen donuts including some of their ICON donuts.  If you love lemon you need to grab a Liz Lemon named after Tina Fey’s character on 30 Rock.  They have all your favorite traditional donuts.  Plus their awesome selection of ICON donuts, named for artists, characters, musicians, and famous people.   Just to name a few:
  • Liz Lemon
  • Raspberry Beret
  • The Dude
  • Queen Bee
  • Strawberry Fields
  • The Godfather
  Donuts aren’t your thing that’s okay because they have many more sweets.  From sticky buns, cinnamon rolls to cannoli and fritters.  They even have vegan and gluten-free options.  Have a special party and need a tray of treats ICON Donuts and Sweetery has you covered from cheesecake to danish even cookies.   Obsessed with ICON?  They’ve got t-shirts, mugs, and to-go cups to show the world your love for ICON! Icon Donuts and Sweetery are currently hiring.  Click here to fill out an application.  Look to their website for more details.   We encourage you to swing by their location on the Hill.  Located at 917 West 23rd Street right next to Greenhouse Kitchen.  Or their location in Waterloo located at 1730 W Ridgeway Ave #600.  Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook and Instagram for daily photos of their amazing selection.  Another great reason to #HeadtotheHill.