Amanda Happel, 32, Cedar Rapids
Senior Administrative Assistant @ Rockwell Collins
Theatre Cedar Rapids
Have you seen that building? No amount of water can stop those theater people. Talk about on a mission! The hard work, blood, sweet and tears paid off. I’ve never seen the Iowa Theatre look so good, including a new marquee that would fit in on Broadway. A few weeks ago I attended “The Producers.” I never laughed so hard; I loved it. And the fun doesn’t stop there. “Proof,” “Still Life with Iris” and “Rent” are all coming soon.
Theatre Cedar Rapids | 102 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids | www.theatrecr.org
Taste of India
I love the melding of so many flavors I’ve never experienced before. Indian food is amazing. After being introduced to the cuisine, just three short years ago, I’m happy to name it high on my fave foods list. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water. Try the weekday lunch buffet and sample a number of Indian entrees. Taste of India has even inspired me to try to cook some Indian chicken dishes on my own.
Taste of India | 1195 Boyson Rd., Hiawatha | www.toicr.com
The spring flowers will soon to arrive at Noelridge Park; the grass will be green. Then the park will be filled with people feeding the ducks, joggers, families, kids playing and people walking their dogs. Soon spring will break way to summer and the pools will be open and Jazz in the Park will start. For many years Noelridge Park has played a role in my summers. No matter which part of town I live in, I find my self stopping at the farmers market, taking a walk on the trail, picnicking and listening to the music in the park. Right in the middle of the Northeast side of town, you can get away for 10 minutes or for hours.
Noelridge Park | 4900 Council St. NE, Cedar Rapids | www.cedar-rapids.org/parks
Basket Bowtique has a huge secret I’m willing to share. Behind the tables of prepared baskets and hanging empty baskets, in the back corner of the shop, they are hiding wines from all over Iowa. No need to drive out of the Cedar Rapids Metro area for those Iowa wines, they are right at your finger tips. Choose from wineries like Wide River, John Ernest, Park Farm, Daly Creek and many others. Stop in at Basket Bowtique during a wine tasting — you will see me there — or just pop in to shop and look around. You will never go wrong with giving a bottle of Lincoln Highway Red from John Ernest Winery.
Basket Bowtique | 758 N. Center Point Rd., Hiawatha
Ever feel that there is nothing to do on a Wednesday night? Ever wonder whether knowing the name and artist of every song will ever get you anywhere in life? Wonder no more! Stop into to the Longbranch on Wednesday and play Name that Tune. Pool together a group of friends, win prizes and compete with other tables. You can be The Stevie 1-ders, Six Chicks None the Richer, Piano Woman or Hair Heavy Hair Bands. Hey don’t steal my names. Come up with your own.
Name that Tune @ The Longbranch | 90 Twixt Town Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids | www.thelong branch.com