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Aug. 30, 2011

At A Glance

Uptown Bill's celebrates 10th anniversary with Labor Day events

Uptown Bill's, the crosstown cousin of the University of Iowa's Wild Bill's Coffeeshop, will mark its 10th anniversary with several Labor Day events.

The Monday, Sept. 5 celebration begins with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. at Uptown Bill's, 730 S. Dubuque St. The Ralston Creek Fair and Flea Market runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. across the street.

Music performances throughout the day include: Pennies on the Rail, 10 a.m.; DrewHayward, 11 a.m.; Irish Sessions, 1 p.m.; Tom's String Band, 3 p.m.; Beat Prairie, 4 p.m., Deadhorse, 5:30 p.m.; and Greg and Susan Dirks, 7 p.m. "A Friend Indeed," a film about Sackter, will screen at 7:45 p.m.

Wild Bill's, in North Hall, opened in 1975 as a place of employment for Sackter and became a symbol of "abilities awareness." It's a project of the School of Social Work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Uptown Bill's includes a coffee shop, a bookstore, a performance venue and businesses staffed by individuals with disabilities and volunteers. A vintage shop and record store are located at 2203 F. St. The nonprofit Extend the Dream Foundation is the umbrella for these enterprises.


UI selected to host Fulbright Gateway Orientation Sept. 6-10
The University of Iowa has once again been selected as one of only 11 institutions in the U.S. to host Fulbright students from around the world for the Fulbright Gateway Orientation Tuesday, Sept. 6 through Saturday, Sept. 10
The UI is expecting 49 Fulbright students from 34 different countries, ranging from Argentina to Zimbabwe. Fulbright students will pursue graduate degrees in various subjects at institutions across the U.S., and the orientation prepares these students for all facets of their American experience.
The orientation is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the Institute of International Education, and is presented by the Office of International Students and Scholars, a part of International Programs at the UI.
The orientation covers academic skills, graduate student life and cross-cultural awareness. Several new social activities are planned, including a tour of the Amana Colonies, a reception hosted by UI President Sally Mason and a Hawkeye Football Press Box Dinner at Kinnick Stadium with keynote speaker Nick Colangelo, director of the UI College of Education's Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development.
For more information, visit or contact Helen Jameson at or 319-335-0335.


Old Capitol HiStory Time: 'Maize: Mysteries of an Ancient Grain' Sept. 10

The University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum will host a special HiStory Time on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., in the museum's Supreme Court Chamber. The free, public event is geared toward elementary-age children and their families. No registration is required.

The HiStory Time event coincides with Old Capitol's new exhibit, "Maize: Mysteries of an Ancient Grain," on display through Oct. 16. Event participants will have the opportunity to try out a cornstarch-based science experiment and listen to a story presented by Old Capitol Museum staff. Children will also be invited to participate in other craft activities, such as making a popcorn bird feeder and viewing the new exhibit.

For more information call 319-335-0548, or visit


UI, AHA to offer heart health event Sept. 15

University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center and American Heart Association will host "Get to Know Your Heart," a free event open to the entire community, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at St. Patrick Church, located at 4330 St. Patrick Drive in Iowa City.

The program includes:

--Free screenings: (cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI and more) to detect your risks and early signs of heart disease.

--Cardiologist's Corner: Have your heart questions answered by a UI Heart and Vascular Center cardiologist.

--Vascular Booth: Learn how to have healthy, pain-free legs and how to treat and prevent PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease).

--Cooking for Cardio: Demos and tips from our UI Heart and Vascular Center dietitian.

--Everyday Exercise: Tips for building more movement into your daily routine.

--Wow! New Advances for Your Heart Health.

--CPR demonstrations and much more.

Registration for the event is recommended but not required. Visit or call 319-356-2777 for more information.


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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.