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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

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:

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.

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, “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, 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 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


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

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.


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


NEW Shoe Store Opens on College Hill in Cedar Falls, Iowa

NEW Shoe Store Opens on College Hill in Cedar Falls, Iowa

January 11th marked the opening day for one of the newest businesses on College Hill in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  Price Check Kicks opened their doors with a Grand Opening celebration.  The opening was complete with snacks, balloons and the perfect pair of shoes for all of you sneaker fanatics.  They are located on West 23rd Street right between Marsala Market and Icon Donuts and Sweetery.

We headed in on opening day to check out the selection and meet the staff.  Walking into the store we were greeted by customers and staff alike which isn’t surprising in a laid back professional atmosphere.  After looking through their selection of everything including Nike, YEEZY, Jordan’s and more we headed back to their lounge area where we found some customers enjoying some snacks and shooting some hoops in their relaxing lounge area.  This store like many of the College Hill Businesses offers a place for their customers to have an experience not just a place to buy shoes.


Price Check Kicks on College Hill in Cedar Falls doesn’t just sell shoes they buy, trade, and clean shoes. They even have consignment. They have also added vintage jerseys.  We really love their logo tees and sweatshirts that ask  “What’s your Price?” on the front with their logo on the back.

If you like to be in the latest style shoes we think you should head into Price Check Kicks.  They are located at 915 West 23rd Street on College Hill in Cedar Falls.  Head in Tuesday –Thursday 11-7pm Friday & Saturday 12-8pm.  Check them out on Facebook or Instagram too.

10 Highlights from the Past Year on College Hill

Perfect Way to Ring in 2019:  10 Highlights from the Past Year on College Hill


  1. Oktoberfest on the Hill

Held right after Mohair Pear’s Outdoor Indie Fair: Pear Fair the College Hill Partnership hosted our College Hill Oktoberfest event.  With the help of our volunteers, sponsors, and the Marketing and Promotions Committee, we were able to put on our 3rd Annual Oktoberfest.  With yard games, Chad’s Pizza sponsored beard contest, SingleSpeed Brews, and La Calle food selection our Third Annual Oktoberfest was a hit.  We look forward to continuing this event in September of 2019.

  1. The Opening of Greenhouse Kitchen & The Shakery Smoothie Bar

The College Hill Partnership is always excited to see new businesses fill the storefronts of College Street and West 23rd Street.  We were excited to see Greenhouse Kitchen open in March of this year at 917 West 23rd Street.  When you head into Greenhouse kitchen you can expect great service from a wonderful staff, fresh locally grown foods, and clean eating dishes.  Whether you choose a wrap, salad, or soup you know you are getting wholesome ingredients that can be customized for any preference or diet.  Check out all their protein-filled, gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options.  For more details head over to their website.

In addition to Greenhouse Kitchen, we were excited to see the opening of The Shakery Smoothie Bar in May at 2125 College Street.  Locally owned by a 22-year-old entrepreneur, The Shakery offers smoothies, yogurt bowls, and protein iced coffees.  Their open layout lets you see how your smoothie is built and customized to fit your needs.  Order from their amazing menu or customize your own smoothie or bowl.  Check them out after your workout for the perfect post-workout meal or snack.  For more details check them out on Facebook.


  1. Welcome Week Panther Block Pawty

The College Hill Partnership can’t wait to see new students start out their college careers at what we believe is the best University (yeah we might be a bit bias).  We were fortunate to share our welcome week event the Panther Block Pawty with UNI now, and Community Main Street.  We believe putting our best foot forward and showing new UNI students that Cedar Falls has plenty to offer besides class and studying.  The Hill hosted our first King of the Hill Pizza Contest having the over 500 new UNI students rank pizzas from Chad’s Pizza, Kwik Star, Dominoes, and $5 Pizza to see who would come out on top.  We were honored to give the trophy out to Chad’s Pizza after such a close contest.  Hungry for pizza?  Well, the Hill has you covered.  Check out one of the following places for a hot slice today!  Details in the links below.

Chad’s Pizza

Kwik Star


The Other Place

  1. Opening Day College Hill Farmers’ Market & Homecoming Week Panther Theme CHFM

In collaboration with the College Hill Farmers’ Market and the City of Cedar Falls, we worked to close College Street down for three farmers’ markets this summer.  By closing the street we had the small parking lot just North of Octopus open.  Having this open provides more parking for College Hill during the market.  It also provides a larger space for the market to increase their number of vendors.  We had wonderful turnouts for our Kids Day, the Homecoming Panther Themed market (complete with TC Panther), and our Opening Day Farmers’ Markets.

Kick-off Market

Our kick-off market was great as we were also abel to partner with our local Americorp divison.  In cooperation with Americorps, we were also able to support rainwater sustainability efforts.  We were able to do this by hosting the creation and auction of several rain barrels.  These barrels were purchased by local residents and installed at their homes by Americorp workers.

We’d Love your Feedback:

We would love to hear your feedback if you attended these street markets or any College Hill Farmers Markets as we are always looking to improve the ease of use, atmosphere, and selection at the farmers’ market.  We hope to continue the tradition of closing College Street for special farmers’ market during the CHFM season.  Remember the College Hill Farmers’ Market runs from June to October each year.  You can find more details about the CHFM on their Facebook page.


  1. Holiday Tree Lighting & Business Window Decorating

We love the Holiday Season, don’t you?  We had a great holiday season this year with many of the College Hill Businesses partaking in our annual window decorating contest.  A close contest again this year with the top slot taken by Sub City on the Hill.  We also want to thank the owners of Sub City, JoDee and Ken Neptune for helping us with our amazing Christmas Tree.  They picked up and delivered our beautiful tree in the patio of Milkbox Bakery and Sharky’s Funhouse just in time for our volunteers to decorate it with lights.

We hosted our tree lighting on December 1st at 7 pm with beautiful music from several members of the CFHS Choir.  We had special events hosted by Milkbox Bakery and Sharky’s Funhouse prior to the lighting.  Head over to Sub City on the Hill the current home of the traveling trophy for best window design, which has moved from Copyworks (winner of last year’s contest).


  1. Planning Sessions for Pettersen Plaza & Seerley Park

Pettersen Plaza

Do you know where Seerley Park is located, bet you do.   But do you know where Pettersen Plaza is?  Well if you have been to Kwik Star, Jimmy John’s, or The Hydrant you aren’t far.  There is a small paved pocket park located between The Hydrant and Jimmy John’s building on College Street.  There is a College Hill kiosk, a few trees, some cement benches, and a whole lot of sun in the summer months.  This is Pettersen Plaza, named after longtime Hill staple and advocate for the Arts, Hugh Pettersen. Over the past year a small but mighty group of art enthusiasts, Hugh friends, and the CHP got together to see how this space could be improved in order to make it more usable to the public.  Currently, the committee is reviewing designs and preparing to put them in front of the City Council for approval.

Seerley Park

As for Seerley Park, the CHP hosted a successful public forum at the Hearst Center for the Arts.  We had folks reflect on our public surveys, and questionnaires and develop a formal strategic plan for upgrades to Seerley Park.  If you would like to be involved in either project please contact us via email to join a committee.


  1. Annual Neighborhood Picnic in Seerley Park

Dating back to the days of the College Hill Neighborhood Association our Annual Neighborhood Picnic is one of our longest running traditions.  This year held in Seerley Park with music, games, and great food we celebrated the neighborhood with our annual picnic.  We are hoping we will encourage more neighbors to come attend in the upcoming years.  Picnic is held towards end of Summer or early Fall.

  1. Hill-ebration of Thanks

Another old event with a new twist.  The Hill-ebration of Thanks was a great success offering College Hill Businesses a chance to show their gratitude to their customers.  Offering discounts, promotions, and live music each business showed their appreciation to all their customers by offering something special to them for one day only.  On April 21st, Sidecar Coffee, The Razor’s Edge, Mohair Pear, The Library, Sharky’s, Octopus, Subcity, Chad’s Pizza, Balance Hot Yoga, and Limited Edition Comics all participated in the event.  There is always so much to be grateful for especially in a community like ours.  We can’t wait until our next customer appreciation event on the Hill.


  1. 12 Days of Hill-iday Cheer

The College Hill Partnership wanted to try something new this Holiday season and reward Hill customers with special deals from their favorite College Hill Businesses.  So, we did a play on the 12 Days of Christmas and hosted our 12 Days of Hill-iday Cheer.  Each day from December 3rd through the 14th businesses offered one special event or promotion.  Ten businesses participated and gave away everything from 15% off your purchase to discounts on College Hill Gift Certificates.  We want to thank the following College Hill businesses for making this event possible:

The Shakery Smoothie Bar

Sub City on the Hill

Milkbox Bakery


Third Eye Tattoo

Chad’s Pizza

Balance Hot Yoga

College Hill Partnership

The Other Place on College Hill

Hill Street News and Tobacco


  1. 40th Anniversary of College Hill Arts Festival

One of the highlights of every summer is the College Hill Arts Festival.  Bringing in artists from all over the country the College Hill Arts Festival is not the only staple of the summer on College Hill but a renowned event throughout the Midwest.  We enjoyed meeting new guests, amazing artists, and seeing old friends come by our booth at the Arts Festival.  We look forward to the 41st year of the College Hill Arts Festival this coming summer.



Thank you

2018 was a great year and we have big plans for 2019.  The College Hill Partnership is hoping you will join us in 2019 whether it be attending an event, enjoying one of the public spaces, serving on a committee, running for office as a board member, or heading up to the Hill to eat, shop, and play. Thank you all for a great year we look forward to 2019 and the years to come.


Annual College Hill Tree Lighting 2018

Annual College Hill Tree Lighting 2018

Join us for our annual tree Holiday tree lighting. Meet us in Sharky’s & Milkbox patio for music and a tree lighting.  A big thanks to JoDee from Subcity in helping us get the perfect tree for this Holiday Season.  We are excited to have some Cedar Falls students sing some holiday carols for us prior to lighting the tree.  Make sure you bundle up and bring a friend.

Tree will be lit a 7pm stay tuned for exciting events to follow at your favorite College Hill establishments.

  • Head over to Sharky’s to warm up before the lighting for Eggnog and Hot Chocolate
  • Head into Milkbox for a festive holiday celebration after the lighting

    And don’t forget to join us Dec 3-14th for our 12 Days of Hill-iday Cheer. Each day one College Hill business will be hosting a special event, promo, or special just for you during this holiday season. Thanks to the participating businesses: The Shakery, Mohair Pear, Copyworks, Subcity, The OP on College Hill, College Hill Partnership, Hill Street News and Tobacco, Balance Hot Yoga, Chad’s Pizza