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March 27, 2008

At A Glance

Free Fitness Assessments Available April 1

Health Iowa/Student Health Service will offer free fitness assessments from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, on the main deck at the UI Field House.

The fitness assessments give participants an opportunity to evaluate current fitness levels and educate themselves about appropriate physical activity goals. The assessments include blood pressure screening, body fat testing, an aerobic step test and various muscular fitness tests. Fitness specialists will be available to answer questions and provide information on leading a physically active lifestyle. The assessments are free and open to the public. No appointment is necessary.

For more information, contact Amy Fletcher at 319-335-8213.

River and the Tributaries to perform on 'Java Blend' April 4

The young Dubuque-based band River and the Tributaries will perform live as part of the Iowa Public Radio performance series Java Blend from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 4, at the Java House in downtown Iowa City.  The six-member group of classically trained multi-instrumentalists will perform their eclectic brand of indie alternative rock.

The hour-long, free show originates from WSUI-AM 910 and will be recorded for broadcast Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20, across the state on Iowa Public Radio.

For more information see and

Children's reading series continues April 6 at the Museum of Natural History

The UI Museum of Natural History will present readings by two local children's book authors, Tess Weaver of Iowa City and Dori Hillestad Butler of Coralville, at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6.

Tess Weaver will be reading from her books "Opera Cat" and "Cat Jumped In." Following several awards for "Opera Cat," Weaver will release her third book this spring. Butler will read from her forthcoming book "The Truth About Truman School" and "Tank Talbott's Guide to Girls." First published in 1997, Butler is the author of several popular alphabet books, as well as other picture books and children's novels.

The readings are part of a series hosted by Old Capitol Museum and Museum of Natural History in conjunction with the exhibit, "From Prairies to Cornfields: Iowa Children's Book Authors." ( Barnes & Noble will provide a selection of books for purchase at the readings. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend these free events.

For more information contact the Museum of Natural History at 319-335-0606 or the Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-0548.

April 19 dinner will honor Ponseti; tickets available

Ignacio Ponseti, M.D., UI emeritus professor of orthopaedics who developed an innovative clubfoot treatment, and former senator John Culver and former congressman Jim Leach, will be honored for global humanitarian service April 19 at the Hoover-Wallace Dinner, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Coralville Marriot in Coralville.

The event is organized by the World Food Prize Foundation, the UI and area Rotary clubs and chambers of commerce. Proceeds benefit the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship Program for high school students to study abroad at agricultural research centers. Tickets are $125 each or $1,250 for a reserved table of 10.

To order tickets by April 10, visit or call 800-682-8976.


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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.