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Iowa Public Television Presents New Season of Iowa Ingredient

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Season 8 of Iowa Public Television's Iowa Ingredient will feature sizzling new episodes exploring fresh ingredients grown in Iowa, the passionate farmers who produce them and the creative chefs who cook with them. The new season premieres Thursday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 6 at 11:30 a.m.

This season, Charity Nebbe hosts a journey through the state to discover Iowa farmers growing and producing peas, ginger, feta cheese, kohlrabi, cauliflower, tofu, cherries and black beans. As always, Iowa Ingredient invites resourceful Iowa chefs to cook with Charity in the studio kitchen, using fresh, local ingredients to create viewer-friendly recipes that can be tried at home.

"I continue to be blown away by the innovation, passion and talent of our Iowa growers and chefs," Nebbe said. "Even eight seasons into Iowa Ingredient, I'm still learning so much about our state and the incredible people in it. This is the most delicious kind of education, and I can't wait for more!"

New episodes will premiere each week on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television. Iowa Ingredient also airs on IPTV Create (.3). The entire season will be available for members to binge watch on IPTV Passport beginning April 4.

This season will feature chefs from all across Iowa, including Chef Julie Schoenherr of SoHo American Kitchen in Sioux City, Chef Katy Meyer of Trumpet Blossom Cafe in Iowa City, Master Chef David Baruthio of Baru 66 in Des Moines, Chef Katie Porter of the Wallace Centers of Iowa in Orient and Des Moines, Chef Terrie Kohl of Country Club Market in Clive, Chef Brandy Leuders of The Grateful Chef in Des Moines and special guest Chef Marc Navaille from Basque, France.

"Season 8 has a few surprises," said Executive Producer Debra Herbold. "We're hoping some of the more unique ingredients inspire viewers to take the plunge and cook up their own delicious dishes. And we're sharpening our focus on the chefs this season, letting Charity's chemistry with them shine in the studio kitchen."

Join Iowa Ingredient on social media for recipes, tips and tricks, behind-the-scenes footage, bloopers and more. Follow Iowa Ingredient on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Learn more at Iptv.org/IowaIngredient.

Funding for Iowa Ingredient is provided by the W.T & Edna M. Dahl Trust, Chef Lisa LaValle of Trellis Cafe, Chef Michael LaValle of Des Moines Embassy Club and Embassy Club West and the Friends of Iowa Public Television Foundation.

 

Weekly Yard Waste & Food Scraps Collections Resume April 1

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The City of Dubuque will resume its regular weekly curbside collection of yard waste and food scraps on Monday, April 1, 2019.

Beginning on April 1, yard waste and food scraps will be collected on customers' regular curbside collection days. Materials must be placed in paper yard waste bags that display single-use yard waste stickers, 35-gallon rigid solid waste containers with either single-use yard waste stickers looped on the handles or the City's 2019 annual yard waste decal displayed, or in subscribed City wheeled carts. Brush and limbs may also be bundled with City of Dubuque brush ties that have a single-use sticker attached.

Single-use yard waste stickers are sold at City Hall and many local grocery and hardware stores and cost $1.30 each and are also sold on sheets of five for $6.50. Brush ties cost $1.30 each. The 2019 annual yard waste decals cost $35 each and are available from the City's Utility Billing Service Center at City Hall, online at www.cityofdubuque.org/yardwasteform, or by phone at 563-589-4144.

For food scrap collection, City collection customers may either subscribe to use food scrap collection carts (13, 48, or 64 gallons) for a fee or place food scraps in with grass clippings, leaves, and other yard debris in their current yard waste cans, carts, and bags.

Yard waste and food scraps should not be placed in plastic bags and must be kept separate from other trash.

Collections must be set out by 6 a.m. and not weigh over 40 pounds per container or bundle.

Residents who would like to have materials collected before April 1 are reminded they can utilize the City's winter yard waste collection service. These collections are made every Thursday through March 28 by calling (563) 589-4250 or submitting a request through the City's website a at www.cityofdubuque.org/yardwaste. Yellow yard waste stickers and/or annual yard waste decals are required for winter collections.

The City offers a free tool, "ReThink Waste Dubuque," to make it easier for City curbside collection customers to remember to set out trash, recycling, and organics and to stay informed on collection schedule changes and what can and cannot be recycled. To access the ReThink Waste Dubuque tool, visit www.cityofdubuque.org/rethinkwaste. Links to download the app are provided on the page and available on the iTunes App Store and Android Play Store.

For additional information, call the City of Dubuque Public Works Department at 563-589-4250.

 

Home brewing essentials

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Home brewing is a rewarding hobby that's skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. A 2017 survey from the American Homebrewers Association found that 1.1 million in the United States brewed their own beer at home. Incredibly, 40 percent of them had started doing so in the previous four years.

Perhaps due to the craft beer boom, which has seen professional brewers experiment with new styles and ingredients, many people have discovered a passion for beer they never knew they had, ultimately motivating them to try to make their own beer at home.

As prospective home brewers gain more experience, they might want to expand their horizons and purchase more advanced equipment. But the AHA notes that the following are the basics that novice home brewers will need to get started.

• Fermenter: Fermenters hold the wort as it ferments into beer.

• Airlock and bung: The airlock inserts into the top of the fermenter, allowing carbon dioxide to escape without letting contaminants in. Some fermenters will require a bung to secure the airlock.

• Brew pot: Sometimes called the "kettle," the brew pot is where the boiling process takes place. The size of the batch will dictate the size of the brew pot, but the larger the batch, the larger brew pot brewers will need.

• Heat source: The pre-boil volume needs to be heated up, and a kitchen stove might suffice as a heat source for small batches. But the AHA notes that, as batch size grows, a more powerful heat source might be necessary to ensure timeliness of the heating process.

• Siphon/tubing: Siphon/tubing makes it easy and less messy to move hot wort and the finished product around. It's possible to lift and pour the hot wort and finished product, but that increases the risk of spillage. The AHA notes that auto-siphons are an option some home brewers might want to consider.

• Cleaner: Home brewing materials need to be cleaned thoroughly after each batch. The AHA recommends avoiding scented products, as scents can linger, potentially affecting the flavor and aroma of the finished product.

• Sanitizers: Sanitizers prevent microorganisms from adversely affecting brewing equipment. Brewers can create their own sanitizer by adding one ounce of bleach per gallon of water, or they can purchase sanitizers at brew shops.

• Hydrometer: The AHA notes that hydrometers, which measure the gravity and sugar density in water, are not technically necessary to brew beer at home. However, hydrometers allow for close monitoring of fermentation and let home brewers calculate specifications like alcohol content.

These are the essentials necessary to begin a home brewing operation. More information about products necessary for home brewing, including mashing equipment and the bottling process, is available at www.homebrewersassociation.org.

 

Mom of Local Childhood Cancer Survivor to Speak at Compass to Care’s 6th Annual Benefit Breakfast

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Compass to Care, The Mike & Sandy Ernsdorff Childhood Cancer Foundation, will host its 6th Annual Benefit Breakfast Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at the Grand River Center Ballroom, featuring Compass to Care mom Jeri Drye.

The annual Compass to Care Breakfast Benefit is the organization's marquee event in Iowa. The 2018 event had 31 sponsors, 290 guests and raised over $65,000 to help children travel for cancer treatment. We are hoping for even greater success this year!

Compass to Care is honored to have the Blake Drye family joining us as our guests of honor. Blake was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2017 at age 4. Compass to Care has been supporting Blake as he travels from East Dubuque to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital for cancer treatment. Join us as his mom, Jeri Drye, shares the story of their journey through cancer.

Event check-in is at 7 to 7:30 a.m. The Breakfast and Program go from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Event tickets are $15 each and are on sale at http://www.SupportKidsWithCancer.com or by calling Christine at (563) 231-0458.

Please purchase tickets online by April 23, 2019.

If you would like to make a donation to help kids travel to cancer treatment, you may do so on our website at www.CompassToCare.org

All proceeds from our Breakfast Benefit will be used to support the Compass to Care.

About Compass to Care, The Mike & Sandy Ernsdorff Childhood Cancer Foundation
Compass to Care, The Mike & Sandy Ernsdorff Childhood Cancer Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that ensures children whose parents have a financial need can access life-saving cancer treatment. We carry out this mission by paying for airfare, bus fare, car rental, gasoline, lodging, parking, taxi fare, tolls and train fare when children and their families must travel to get to a pediatric oncologist in order to access cancer care. www.CompassToCare.org

 

Washington Neighborhood Seeks Input on Improvements to Central Avenue

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Dubuque's Washington Neighborhood, in partnership with the City of Dubuque and Dubuque Main Street, is developing an overall vision and master plan for Central Avenue. Together, with assistance from RDG Planning & Design and WHKS, they have evaluated opportunities to create a more pedestrian-friendly street, improve safety, and create a future vision to serve as the creative corridor for the Washington Neighborhood and the city of Dubuque.

Last September, the public participated in a series of input sessions to provide feedback on the proposed enhancements and amenities. This input has been incorporated into the vision for Central Avenue and the public is encouraged to come and review the proposed plan during the "Spring Fling on Central."

The event will be held on Tuesday, April 2, at 1101 Central Avenue (the former Colts Building) from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Free food will be provided from El Paisano for the first 150 participants.

Business and property owners on Central Avenue (from 11th street to 22nd street) are invited to attend a business roundtable discussion also on Tuesday, April 2, but from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at 1732 Central Avenue. Please RSVP for the business roundtable by calling 563.587.9244.

 

Vote for Silos & Smokestacks "People's Choice Site of the Year"

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WATERLOO, Iowa - Each year, Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) celebrates the best in heritage development by presenting the "People's Choice Site of the Year". Voted on by the public, this special honor is presented to only one deserving SSNHA Partner Site.

The 2019 nominees are:
Brucemore, Cedar Rapids
Carrie Lane Chapman Catt Girlhood Home, Charles City
Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve & Center, Rockford
Grout Museum District, Waterloo
Heartland Museum, Clarion
Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids
Mathias Ham House Historic Site, Dubuque
Motor Mill Historic Site, Elkader
The Sawmill Museum, Clinton
Wagaman Mill Museum, Lynnville
Wapsipinicon Mill Museum, Independence

Voting will run from March 18-March 22 and will be open to the public at www.silosandsmokestacks.org/peopleschoice, with the winner announced on April 1 during the SSNHA's Partner Site Annual Training at Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids.

The mission of Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is to preserve and tell the story of American agriculture – past, present and future. Visit one of SSNHAs 119 partner sites throughout Northeast Iowa to learn more about the history of farming or to experience the new and amazing innovations in the agriculture industry. Or, explore Iowans as leaders in agriculture in Silos & Smokestacks' traveling exhibit, "It Takes An Iowan." For more information, visit www.silosandsmokestacks.org.

 

Antique Spectacular Vintage Market March 22-24

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The leading producer of Midwest antique shows is coming to Dubuque on March 22-24. Their unique blend of antiques, collectibles and vintage goods are the hallmark of the Antique Spectacular Vintage Market, which is coming to the Grand River Center, located at 500 Bell Street, Dubuque, Iowa. This event features 80 antique vendors.

The Antique Spectacular is making its debut at the Grand River Center. It is overflowing with a wonderful variety of fine antiques and vintage collectibles for sale. Featured will be select antique dealers with unique merchandise from around the world. Hunters of vintage will have an opportunity, all weekend, to shop the wide range of quality antiques.

The Antique Spectacular will attract enthusiasts of all types due to the great selection of furniture, art pottery, country, stoneware, books, prints, primitives, jewelry, silver, antique glassware, American Indian items, china, postcards, coins, quilts, dolls, toys, advertising, marbles, rugs, vintage textiles and period pieces. The list of amazing vintage items is endless and all under one roof for easy shopping convenience.

The Antique Spectacular is March 22-34 with show hours: Friday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Parking is free and patrons can check out and register on the website: www.antiquespectacular.com to print a $1 off coupon.

Admission is $8 for adults, free to children 14 & under (with paid adult).

More information about the Antique Spectacular is available at www.antiquespectacular.com or by calling Kimberly Schilling at 712-326-9964. The Antique Spectacular is presented by Melting Pot Productions, Inc.

 

2019 Friday Concert Line-Up Announced

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The Dubuque County Fair, presented by 7G Distributing, has announced this year's Friday concert, sponsored by Dubuque Bank & Trust and WJOD!

Following last year's success with Jake Owen and Jay Allen, the Dubuque County fair has booked country music superstar Chris Young, with special guest Carlton Anderson.

Tickets are $55 for the festival area, $45 for reserved grandstand, $35 for grandstand, and $20 for hillside (fair admission is not included with concert tickets). Ticket descriptions (and other frequently asked questions) are available on our website.

Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com, at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds & Event Center Office or at www.dbqfair.com.

Saturday's act will be announced at a later time.

The Dubuque County Fair is the largest and longest-running family entertainment event in the county. The year's 66th annual event runs daily from July 23-28 with main stage and grounds entertainment, one of the nation's top midway carnival operators, barns, 4H and creative arts exhibits, fair food offerings (including the legendary lemonade) and more. To learn more about the fair, visit www.dbqfair.com.

 

Dubuque Museum of Art Announces Director of Advancement

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The Dubuque Museum of Art has announced the appointment of Barbara L. Barton as its first Director of Advancement, effective March 25, 2019.

Mrs. Barton comes to DuMA from MercyOne (formerly Mercy Medical Center) in Dubuque, where she served most recently as Wellness Coordinator. In that role, Barton was responsible for the development of an employee wellness program providing health and wellness information, resources, and networking opportunities to the wellness and business community. Prior to this position, Barb served as Director of Major and Annual Gifts, also at MercyOne in Dubuque, where she was responsible for all aspects of cultivating and soliciting annual and major gifts.

Barton has also held positions as Chief Development Officer and, before that, Donor Relations Manager, for the Vail Valley Medical Center, in Vail, Colorado and with the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors.

Along with her husband, Tom, Barb serves on the National Advisory Council for the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation (SigEp), a national fraternal organization for which she has raised significant funding.

A graduate of Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio, Barb holds a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and has served on the boards of the Women's Leadership Network and the AFP - Tri-State Chapter, among others.

The Director of Advancement is a new position strategically created to help realize the museum's long-term vision and goals.

"We are excited to welcome Barb to the museum during a time of momentum and growth across our programs and operations," said Executive Director David Schmitz. "Barb brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our organization, as well as a deep familiarity with the community, that will be crucial to fulfilling our mission and realizing our long-term vision."

DuMA is located across from Washington Park in historic downtown Dubuque at 7th and Locust Streets. Museum hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Saturday & Sunday 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. The museum is closed on Mondays. Daily admission rates are: $7 Adults, $5 Seniors, and $3 College/University Students. The museum is free on Thursdays, and those 18 and younger receive free admission every day, thanks to Prudential Financial. Website: www.dbqart.com

 

Dubuque County Conservation Seeks Input on Strategic Plan

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Dubuque County Conservation, together with their consultants, RDG Planning and Design, have been developing a long-term strategic plan to help guide decisions related to the county's parks, trails, and open spaces for future generations to come. Over the next month and a half, a series of open houses will be held. We invite you to attend and provide your feedback on the draft vision, mission, and guiding principles.

"We really want to encourage broad participation from the general public to better understand how we can serve the community into the future - the outcomes of this strategic plan will be used to help guide decisions regarding future improvement and department operations that impact all of Dubuque County's citizens," said Brian Preston.

Please join us on one of the following dates and times:

Thursday, March 21, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Multicultural Family Center, 1157 Central Ave., Dubuque, IA

Thursday, March 28, from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Fillmore Fairways Clubhouse, 21655 US 151, Cascade, IA

Tuesday, April 9, from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at The Barn, 5090 Sherrill Rd., Sherrill, IA

Thursday, April 11, from 4:30 pm to 630 pm at the Dyersville Social Center, Room B, 625 3rd Ave. SE, Dyersville, IA

Thursday, April 18, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Swiss Valley Nature Center, 13606 Swiss Valley Rd., Peosta, IA

If you have any questions, please contact Dubuque County Conservation Executive Director Brian Preston at 563.556.6745 or brian.preston@dubuquecounty.us

 

Introduction to Irish dance

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Dancing is an expression of emotion that can be perfectly matched to the tonality and sentiments of the musical accompaniment. Modern dancers interpret music and lyrics in ways that can evoke joy or sadness, anguish or contentment. Some of the more vibrant and intoxicating dances to behold are those of Celtic origins.

Irish dance steps and cadences have endured through the years. Today, dance studios around the world specialize in various types of Irish dance. There are a number of notable styles of Irish dance, each boasting its own unique components.

Stepdancing
Irish stepdance is a solo dance, although it can be performed by several soloists in unison. It is characterized by a generally stiff, immobile upper body and quick, precise movements of the feet. It is among the most common dances performed in a competition called a Feis. Males and females can perform, but it is predominantly female-oriented. Many dancers wear traditional costumes, curled wigs and poodle socks.

Sean-nós dancing
Sean-nós is another traditional form of solo Irish dancing. Unlike stepdance, sean-nós is a casual dance form. The name means "old style." Dancers perform low-to-the-ground footwork, improvised steps and free movement of the arms. This loose style of percussive dance is performed by individuals to their own rhythm - most often by men.

Set dancing
Set dancing is a fresh and vibrant style of dance based on dancing Quadrilles, which originated in France. The Irish modified the dance to make it energetic, rhythmic and fun. It has similar roots to American square dancing, although the Irish sets have a more disciplined structure defined by the music.

Céilí dancing
Céilí dancing is made up of different forms, but also hails from French and English dances of the past. It is a form of old folk dancing in Ireland, and features various pairs of dancers in facing lines. The steps are similar to stepdancing, with dancers traveling sideways, with movement progression and partner switching. These dances are very social and fun in nature. Unlike set dancing, céilí dances are performed on the balls of the feet with pointed toes instead of flat feet.

Traditional Irish dancing takes on many forms. It is lively to watch and often great fun for participants.

 

The right foods can fight inflammation

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The human body and its immune system excels at fighting foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses. Signaling chemicals called interleukins tell cells whether they are needed to fight illness or they should wait in the wings. While these immune defenders are doing their jobs, soreness, fatigue and swelling can occur - the natural side effects of an immune system response - but will soon dissipate. 

However, many people deal with immune systems that are consistently revved up, even when no invaders are present. This is the problem with many chronic diseases and immune system dysfunction. Unfortunately, the inflammation that is a hallmark of immune defense becomes a daily problem that may result in chronic pain and other complications.

What many people may not realize is that the foods that they are putting into their bodies may exacerbate inflammatory responses, while others may help keep inflammation at bay.

People with rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, Hashimoto's, and other chronic illnesses may find that turning to the right diet can tame inflammation and other symptoms. Recently, many health experts, including Dr. Barry Sears, founder of the Inflammation and Research Foundation and author of the "Zone Diet," and Dr. Andrew Weil, who offers the Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid, have begun to tout certain foods that are purported to reduce inflammatory response over an extended period of time.

As beneficial as some foods can be, it's important to note that individuals are unique and certain foods may produce a particular response in some but not in others.

Systematically isolating certain foods can help paint a picture of foods that can be problematic. But generally speaking, refined carbohydrates, sugar-sweetened beverages, fried foods, and processed meats may increase inflammation, advises Harvard Health Publishing.

Conversely, certain foods and beverages have been identified as reducing inflammation for many people. These include:

• tomatoes

• olive oil

• green leafy vegetables and cruciferous vegetables

• nuts, like almonds and walnuts

• fatty fish

• berries

• avocados

• green tea

• peppers

• grapes

• turmeric

• dark chocolate

Including these foods in one's daily diet may help to relieve the pain, bloating and fatigue associated with inflammation.

It is important to speak with a doctor before making any dietary changes. Discuss any inflammation issues you have been having and which foods might help. Generally speaking, a diet full of diverse, antioxidant-rich foods can provide relief for those with various levels of inflammation.

 

Hearing aids have a long, rich history

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Today's hearing aids are remarkable devices that help people who are hard of hearing in myriad ways. These devices are part of a rich history of hearing assistance items that dates back several centuries.

According to BeltoneTM, a developer of high-quality hearing solutions that has been in business since 1940, hearing aids can be traced all the way back to 1588, when the author Giovanni Battista first mentioned hearing assistance devices in the book, "Natural Magick." The devices Battista described were wooden and were carved into the shapes of ears belonging to animals with superior hearing. Whether they worked or not, these rudimentary devices serve as ancestors to the devices people use today.

Many people might recognize the hearing aids used in the 1600s and 1700s. Often referred to as "ear trumpets," these devices were wide at one end to gather sound and narrow at the other end so amplified sound could be directed into the ear. Perhaps the most notable user of ear trumpets was the great composer Ludwig van Beethoven, whose hearing began to deteriorate by the time he reached his late 20s. By the time of his death in 1827, Beethoven was almost completely deaf.

According to the House Providence Hearing Health Centers, the first person to commercially produce ear trumpets was London-based Frederick C. Rein, who began producing the devices in 1800. In 1819, Rein was commissioned to design a special acoustic chair for John VI, the King of Portugal.

By the early 1900s, electricity would change hearing aids forever. Instead of ear trumpets, which shrunk in size over the course of the 1800s, people who were hard of hearing in the early 1900s could now use devices that employed carbon microphones and batteries to electronically amplify sound. These devices, which were worn around the neck, might have been an improvement over ear trumpets, but they were large boxes that contained visible wires. In addition, their batteries typically lasted just a few hours. Miniaturized batteries made these devices considerably less cumbersome.

Hearing aids changed again in the 1950s, when the invention of the transistor, a switch with both on and off settings, increased the functionality of hearing aids. Beltone even notes that transistors, perhaps most widely associated with radios, were used in hearing aids before they were used in radios. Ultimately, transistors were made of silicon, which allowed manufacturers to shrink them even further, allowing users to wear them behind the ear, in the ear shell and then even within the ear canal.

Digital technology changed hearing aids once again in the late 20th century, making it possible to amplify, reduce, filter, and direct sound as needed. This customization made it possible for users to alter their hearing aids depending on where they were at a given time.

Modern hearing aids are often so small that they go unnoticed. But these devices are part of a rich history dating back several centuries.

 

A spring craft combining fantasy and fun

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Spring is a season of rebirth marked by flowers pushing through the soil and tender green leaf buds appearing on trees. 

As adults begin tinkering in their gardens and clearing away the vestiges of another winter, children also can get into the spring gardening spirit - with a touch of whimsy mixed in. A fairy garden is the perfect project.

Fairies are mythical beings of romance and folklore that appear in ancient stories passed down by various cultures. Diminutive in size, fairies are often depicted as spiritual or supernatural beings in possession of magical powers who live in close proximity to mortals. Fairies tap into the imaginations of children, who may be enticed by fairies' mischievous and/or magical attributes.

A desire to capture fairies can inspire a great spring crafting project. Fairy gardens can be constructed in just about any container and make an enchanting addition to a home landscape, patio or child's bedroom. It's easy to get started today.

Begin by collecting the materials needed. Materials will vary depending on each individual project, but some good suggestions include:

• a container, such as a flowerpot, basket, wine barrel, or another vessel that will hold soil

• potting soil

• stones, pebbles and glass baubles

• pea gravel

• small plants, such as clover, moss and succulents

• twigs

• miniature garden accessories and figures

Begin by filling the container with the soil. Then arrange the plants as desired while still in their individual potting containers to get an idea of the layout. When the design is established, use a spoon or small trowel to plant the greenery.

Now is the time when the whimsy can set in. The child can create a fairy home, a garden, walkways, and much more with natural materials. Many craft stores even sell ceramic and plastic fairy furnishings. Gravel and stones can add color and extra appeal. Some peat moss or trailing Spanish moss can serve as the finishing touches.

Once completed, it's time to wait to see if the fairies will come for a visit.

 

How switching the clocks can affect your health

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Much of the world adjusts their clocks each spring and fall. In the fall, clocks are fixed on standard time, while in the spring they're moved forward one hour to daylight saving time, or DST. 

The rationale behind DST has long been based on energy savings, as the demand for electricity to light homes is related to the times when people go to bed at night and rise in the morning. Studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation in 1975 determined that moving clocks ahead one hour could save a small amount of energy each day. In New Zealand, power companies registered a 3.5 percent decrease in usage when daylight savings starts. Even though the energy savings associated with DST can be significant, some suggest those savings come at the expense of human health.

Research suggests that a one-hour time change twice a year can significantly throw off humans' internal clocks. A report conducted by the Massachusetts Legislature in the summer of 2016 found that people lose a significant amount of sleep in the days following DST, which can lead to an increase in both traffic fatalities and on-the-job injuries.

Disrupted sleep cycles can leave people restless and coping with anxiety. A 2012 study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology found shifts related to DST led to killing time on the internet and other "loafing" around from lack of energy and motivation.

Finnish researchers analyzed more than 10 years of stroke data and its relation to DST. The overall rate of ischemic stroke increased by 8 percent in the first two days after transitioning to DST.

Similarly, other issues arise when clocks are switched back to standard time in the fall. Danish researchers found the rate of people seeking care for depression rose for up to 10 weeks after clocks were turned back.

Various petitions have been created to urge legislators to maintain DST all year long. The United Kingdom-based Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents says doing so will reduce road deaths currently caused by darker evenings in autumn and winter.

Keeping the time consistent can help avoid body clock resets, may prevent accidents and could increase productivity in the evening hours when the autumn arrives.

Only time will tell if turning the clocks back and moving them forward will become a relic of the past.

 

New Orangetheory Fitness Studio Coming to Dubuque

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Orangetheory® Fitness, the scientifically backed and fast-growing fitness franchise, today announced that a new studio will be coming to Dubuque, IA. The Dubuque studio will be located at 2515 NW Arterial St. With 8 studios now open in the state and several in development, the brand will continue to target the Iowa area for expansion. 

"We are excited to bring Orangetheory Fitness to the Dubuque community and help members live healthier, more vibrant lives," said Nikki Carter, Orangetheory Fitness Dubuque franchisee. "We can't wait for Dubuque residents to become part the Orangetheory family and start seeing results from the science-backed, high-energy workout, regardless of fitness level."

Orangetheory Fitness launched its first studio in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. in March 2010, and has transformed into one of the world's top fitness franchises, with more than 1,000 studios in 49 states and 18 countries. The 60-minute, five zone heart-rate monitored interval training concept combines a unique trifecta of science, coaching, and technology to give members More Life.

For more information on the Dubuque Orangetheory Fitness and membership packages, please call 563-557-6886. More information on Orangetheory Fitness is available on Orangetheory's website. Follow Orangetheory Fitness on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news and trends.

About Orangetheory
Orangetheory® (www.orangetheoryfitness.com) makes it simple to get more life from your workout. One of the world's fastest-growing franchise companies, Orangetheory has developed a unique approach to fitness that blends a unique trifecta of science, coaching, and technology that work together seamlessly to elevate participants' heart rates to help burn more calories. Backed by the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), Orangetheory workouts incorporate endurance, strength, and power to generate the 'Orange Effect' - whereby participants keep burning calories for up to 36 hours after a 60-minute workout. Orangetheory has 1,000 studios in 49 U.S. states and 18 countries and was ranked #60 in Inc. magazine's Fastest Growing Private Companies List. 

 

Exercises to support stronger hips

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Surgery is not an inevitable side effect of aging. In fact, men and women over 50 can employ various preventive techniques to strengthen their bones and joints in the hopes of avoiding the surgical wing of their local hospitals.

According to AARP, more than 370,000 men and women undergo hip replacement surgeries in the United States each year. Some may think such surgeries are a final solution to their hip pain, but that might not be the case, as AARP notes that one in 10 hip replacement recipients will need a second procedure for any number of reasons, including infection or mechanical failure.

A proactive approach that focuses on strengthening and protecting the hips can help aging men and women reduce their risk of one day needing hip replacement surgery. The following are a handful of exercises, courtesy of the AARP, that can help men and women strengthen their hips.

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Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and keep your hands at your sides. With your knees slightly bent and your back naturally arched, bend at your hips as if you're bowing out of respect as far as you can go, or until your torso is almost parallel to the floor. Return to the starting position. During the exercise, keep your core braced and don't bow your back.

Hip Abduction
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Loop a resistance band around both ankles, and then raise your right leg out to the side as far as you can. Hold in this position for a moment before slowly returning to the starting position. Switch legs and then repeat the exercise on the other side.

Hip Adduction
Loop one end of a resistance band low around a solid object, then stand to the left of that object before looping the other end of the band around your right ankle. Place your legs shoulder-width apart, and then pull in your right leg until your ankles touch. Repeat with your left leg, this time moving to the right side of the object.

Glute Bridge
Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Raise your hips to form a straight line from your shoulders to your knees, using some type of support if you need to. Clench your butt at the top of the movement, pause, and lower yourself back down.

Men and women unaccustomed to exercise should consult their physicians before performing any of these exercises. In addition, if necessary, perform the exercises under the supervision of a personal trainer who can advise you on proper form and help you reduce your risk of injury.

 

The effects of caffeine on the body

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Caffeine is a vital component of many people's daily routines. A morning cup of caffeinated coffee provides the boost people need to get out the door and on their way each morning.

The history of caffeine and its use in beverages is mired in mystery and myth, though the U.S. National Library of Medicine notes that the historical origins of caffeinated tea and coffee are relatively recent. The USNLM indicates that coffee did not become widespread in Europe until the 18th and 19th centuries, remaining something of a luxury until somewhat recently. And while England's love of tea is widely known, caffeinated tea did not become common in Britain until the 18th century.

While it might have taken its time to take root in many cultures across the globe, there's no denying the prevalence of caffeine in the 21st century. A bitter substance that occurs naturally in more than 60 plants, caffeine can be found in coffee beans; tea leaves; kola nuts, which are used to flavor sodas; and cacao pods, which are vital to the creation of many chocolate products.

Many people get their caffeine from beverages, and the amount of caffeine such people consume may depend on which beverages they choose. For example, the USNLM says that an eight-ounce cup of coffee typically contains anywhere from 95 to 200 milligrams of caffeine. A 12-ounce can of soda is considerably less caffeinated, containing about 35 to 45 milligrams of caffeine on average. The extra boost people get from sodas might be due to sugar, as sodas are notoriously high in sugar.

Caffeine has various effects on the body, some of which are beneficial. For example, the USNLM notes that caffeine is a diuretic, which means it can help the body get rid of extra salt and water by increasing the need to urinate. Caffeine also stimulates the central nervous system, providing that morning boost of energy that so many coffee drinkers rely on every day.

But not all side effects of caffeine consumption are beneficial. Because it increases the release of acid in the stomach, caffeine can sometimes contribute to upset stomach or heartburn. In addition, caffeine can interfere with the absorption of calcium in the body, though the organization American Bone Health notes that such interference may only occur among heavy coffee drinkers who consume upwards of four cups of coffee per day.

The USNLM notes that most people can consume up to 400 milligrams of caffeine per day without suffering any ill effects. But exceeding that amount may contribute to a number of unwanted side effects, including restlessness, insomnia, headaches, dizziness, dehydration, anxiety, and rapid or abnormal hearth rhythm. It's also important to recognize that some people are more sensitive to caffeine than others, so what's good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander.

Caffeine plays a vital role in many people's lives, and understanding its effects can help people make smart decisions regarding their caffeine consumption.

 

The evolution of global positioning systems

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Global positioning systems can now be found in many devices and have transformed the way that people interact with their environments. Navigation tools have evolved over the years, and the world has long been on the precipice of something more accurate and intuitive.

Many people believe GPS started with the launch of the Russian satellite Sputnik. Scientists at MIT noticed that the frequency of the radio signals transmitted by the satellite increased as it approached Earth and decreased when it moved away. Satellites could be tracked by measuring the frequency of these radio signals, and thus the locations of receivers on the ground could be tracked by their distance from the satellites. This is essentially the basis behind GPS technology.

The United States Navy built the first real satellite navigation system in 1959. Known as TRANSIT, the system was designed to locate submarines and would pave the way for the GPS systems that today are used in vehicles, aircraft, phones, and more.

Satellites are necessary for all GPS systems to work. The Federal Aviation Administration says the baseline satellite constellation in space consists of 24 satellites positioned in six earth-centered orbital planes with four operation satellites and a spare satellite slot in each orbital plane. The system can support up to 30 satellites in orbit. The exact number of satellites operating at any one particular time varies depending on the number of satellite outages and operational spares in orbit. Due to this constellation, the basic GPS signal is accurate at the worst to within approximately 100 meters lateral and 140 meters vertical everywhere on Earth.

People may be surprised at just how far-reaching GPS technology is today. GPS sensors are used on objects to track them, as is the case for fleet vehicle management or finding missing persons. Sensors deliver real-time data on horse races and military missiles. However, navigation GPS in vehicles is where GPS may be much more pervasive on the consumer level. These systems can not only provide step-by-step directions and mapping, but also they can alert us to traffic jams, provide alternate routes, help people avoid accidents, and even find others you know on the roads nearby.

GPS continues to evolve and be a valuable navigation tool for people around the world.

 

Emergency preparedness tips for seniors

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Natural disasters can strike at any time, and when they do, the damage is often considerable. According to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, between 2005 and 2014 natural disasters caused $1.4 trillion in damage across the globe, affecting 1.7 billion people along the way.

Various preventive measures can protect people and their homes from the potentially devastating impact of natural disasters. For example, oceanfront communities may be able to decrease property damage by exacting certain measures, such as building homes on stilts.

Another way to prevent tragedy related to natural disasters is to develop an emergency preparedness plan before the next storm strikes. That's important for everyone, but especially so for seniors, many of whom live with mobility issues that can compromise their ability to escape the eye of oncoming storms.

In recognition of the potential problems seniors face when natural disasters strike, the American Red Cross offers the following tips to seniors and their families so aging men and women can make it through such situations safe and sound.

• Make arrangements to contact loved ones. Prior to an emergency, seniors and their support network should make arrangements to make immediate contact once a disaster strikes. Determine who will make initial contact and how that contact will be made (i.e., via phone, text message, social media, etc.), as well as who will be responsible for providing assistance if necessary. Such a plan lets everyone within the support network know their precise responsibilities, which limits confusion in the sometimes hectic hours and days after disaster strikes.

• Exchange keys. Make sure everyone in the support network has keys to seniors' homes. In so doing, support networks are increasing the chances that someone will be able to reach potentially vulnerable seniors if the primary contacts are incapable of doing so.

• Let others know where emergency supplies are kept. Everyone should have emergency supplies in their homes. Seniors should not take it for granted that such supplies can be easily found if they become incapacitated during a storm. Make sure such information can be easily accessed during a storm by emailing it to your support network and/or posting the information in a convenient location in your home, such as on the refrigerator.

• Share your evacuation plans. In the wake of recent disasters, many communities that did not previously feel vulnerable to natural disasters have devised evacuation plans for residents. Seniors should share these plans with their support networks. Doing so makes it easier for relatives to find you if you must evacuate your home before help arrives.

• Share important medical information. Seniors should share medical information, such as healthcare providers and a list of the medications they're taking. This can make things easier for emergency responders to successfully treat people who become incapacitated during storms.

Emergency preparedness strategies save lives. More information about how seniors can prepare for emergencies is available at www.redcross.org.

 

Candle crafts tap creativity

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Crafting is enjoyed by children and adults. Even the most ardent arts and crafts enthusiasts might be surprised to learn that their favorite hobby can offer a number of benefits related to their health and well-being.

Research shows that regularly engaging in crafts can have tangible health benefits. The rhythmic and repetitive movements of certain crafts, as well as the need to focus one's attention, can produce a calm that helps anyone, including those who may experience anxiety, according to health and self-care resource Berkeley Wellness. In an online study published in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy that surveyed more than 3,500 knitters, researchers found knitting was "soothing" and "restful" and had meditative or zen-like qualities.

The sense of accomplishment after completing a project is another great reason to engage in arts and crafts, which also may boost cognitive health by protecting certain neurological pathways in the brain.

There are many ways to engage with arts and crafts. Woodcrafting, painting, mosaic work, and metal arts are some popular activities.

One time-honed craft activity that is good for beginners or advanced crafters alike is candlemaking. Today's craft stores sell many different types of waxes and products that can produce beautiful scented candles.

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Candles can be housed in various vessels, but a clever turn is to use teacups or mugs to mimic the look of popular beverages. There's also the reassurance that such beverage holders can withstand hot wax.

Start by visiting a craft store and choosing a type of wax. Gel waxes are versatile and can boil, pour and set up easily. They'll also be mostly translucent, which is great for replicating the look of various drinks. Follow the instructions on the packages for usage and invest in coordinating wicks, colorants, and appropriate scents.

It's also necessary to choose a style of candle. In a teacup, a tea-colored hued wax paired with a lemon scent can be reminiscent of a hot cup of lemon tea. Use other glasses or mugs to replicate the looks and scents of hot chocolate, mimosas, cappuccino, and much more.

As you become more comfortable, experiment with incorporating molded wax embellishments, such as lemon slices, ice cubes, berries, or even cinnamon sticks. This will help drive home the realism and whimsy.

Treasure these candles for use around the house, or gift them to others on special occasions.

 

How to overcome workout boredom

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Even the most ardent fitness enthusiasts sometimes lack the motivation to exercise. Various factors, including boredom with a fitness regimen, can affect one's motivation to hit the gym.

Boredom with a workout can sometimes be overcome by an especially effective workout. But for those instances when boredom is difficult to overcome, men and women who want to stay in shape can try these strategies.

• Join a sports league. A workout doesn't have to be limited to the weight room or the cardiovascular area of your local gym. If your motivation to workout is waning, consider joining a competitive sports league. Many fitness facilities even offer adults sports leagues on their premises or at nearby parks for outdoor sports. Sports such as racquetball, soccer and boxing or mixed martial arts provide great exercise and opportunities to meet other fitness-minded people. If games or competitions only take place once or twice a week, be sure to supplement your participation with more traditional workouts on off days.

• Take along your tablet. Many fitness facilities now include WiFi internet access with the cost of a membership. People bored with their workouts can take advantage of this perk and take their tablets with them to the gym, watching a favorite television show or movie while burning calories during the cardiovascular portions of their workouts. This gives people bored with their fitness regimens something to look forward to, and the chance to catch up with a popular show might be all the motivation people need to get off the couch and exercise.

• Periodically change your regimen. It's easy to get bored with a workout if you're always doing the same repetitive exercises. Speak with a personal trainer at your gym and ask for some advice on how to switch things up and still meet your fitness goals. There's more than one way to get fit, and periodically changing your exercise regimen can be a great way to shake things up and reinvigorate your interest in exercise.

• Set new goals. Boredom with a workout regimen sometimes creeps in because people have achieved their initial fitness goals and haven't set new ones. Whether you have lost the amount of weight you set out to lose or can now squat as much as you set out to squat, set new goals so you have a new carrot dangling on the end of your stick.

Nearly everyone encounters workout boredom at one point another. Various strategies can help you overcome such a malaise and reinvigorate your enthusiasm for exercising.

 

Stress management strategies

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Stress is an issue that knows no geographical boundaries. The Regus Group reports that stress levels in the workplace are rising, with six in 10 workers in major global economies experiencing increased workplace stress.

Workers forced to take on too much work or those tasked with performing jobs beyond their abilities might not be able to do much to quell those demands. However, they can employ various strategies to manage their stress.

• Embrace planning. A 2011 survey from psychologist Robert Epstein asked more than 3,000 participants in 30 countries which stress management technique was most effective at helping them overcome their stress. Epstein discovered that participants felt planning was the most effective way to manage their stress. Planning is essentially a proactive approach to managing stress and fighting it before it even starts. Smartphone apps make it easier than ever to schedule your time. Utilizing such apps or opting for the more traditional route by using a day planner can be a highly effective way to manage stress.

• Practice cognitive reframing. Cognitive reframing is another effective stress-management technique that involves changing the way you look at something so your experience of it changes. Psychologists note that cognitive reframing is effective because the body's stress response is triggered by perceived stress and not actual events. So by reframing the way you perceive a potentially stressful event, you can change your body's response to it. This technique is most effective when people are mindful of their thoughts, particularly those that might be negative or stress-inducing.

• Take breaks. A heavy workload may compel people to sit down at their desk and keep working until quitting time. However, that approach takes both a physical and emotional toll. Sitting for long periods of time without getting up not only increases a person's risk for various diseases, but it also can contribute to something known as decision fatigue. Decision fatigue occurs when someone must make frequent decisions throughout the day. Without a break, such persons' abilities to reason becomes compromised, and they may end up making poor decisions or feeling less confident in their decisions, which may increase their stress levels. Frequent breaks, even if they're just brief walks to get a glass of water, can help avoid both the physical and emotional effects of stress.

Stress affects people across the globe. Learning to manage it can make people happier in both their personal and professional lives.

 

Pet poisons that may be lurking in your home

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One of the best things prospective pet owners can do before welcoming new pets into their families is to conduct a poison audit throughout their homes. Pets are often vulnerable to common household items that may not pose a threat to adults. That's especially true for curious pets anxious to explore their new surroundings. 

The Pet Poison Helpline, a licensed animal poison control center dedicated to preventing poison-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities to pets, offers this room-by-room breakdown to help existing and potential pet owners find items around the house that could pose a threat to their furry friends.

Attics and basements
• Mothballs
• Rodenticides
• Insecticides
• Paint

Laundry rooms
• Fabric softener
• Bleach
• Detergents, including detergent pods
• Dryer sheets

Bathrooms
• Medications, including prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs
• Caffeine pills
• Drain and toilet cleaners
• Ammonia
• Bleach
• Inhalers
• Lime and rust removers
• Cough drops

Living room
• Plants
• Liquid potpourri
• Devices, including smartphones
• Batteries, such as those inside remote controls

Garages and garden sheds
• Automotive fluids, including antifreeze, windshield washer fluid, motor oil, and gasoline
• Ice melt products
• Lawn and garden products, including weed killer, grub and snail bait and rodenticides
• Paint
• Glue
• Mothballs
• Fertilizers
• Bone, blood and feather meal
• Plants
• Insecticides
• Compost

Kitchen
• Chocolate
• Macadamia nuts
• Grapes, raisins and currants
• Onions, garlic and chives
• Caffeinated products, such as coffee and tea
• Chicken bones
• Fatty scraps
• Unbaked yeast bread dough
• Alcohol
• Table salt
• Kitchen cleaning products

Various products around the house can pose a threat to the health of pets. Make products as inaccessible to curious pets as possible by keeping them locked away when not in use. More information about protecting pets is available at www.petpoisonhelpline.com.

 

How to encourage kids to love music

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Music education can have a profound impact on children. According to PBS, research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects, enhancing skills children will inevitably use elsewhere.

The benefits of music education might be even more tangible than that. A 2004 study published in the journal Psychological Science found that six-year-olds who were given weekly voice and piano lessons benefitted from small increase in IQs. Groups that received drama lessons or no lessons at all experienced no such increases.

Additional studies have linked music education to other benefits. The Children's Music Workshop notes that research has shown that musical training physically develops the part of the brain associated with processing language.

These are just a handful of the ways music education can positively impact young minds. Parents who want their children to reap these rewards and more can take these steps to encourage a love of music in their children.

• Cut a rug with your kids. Children are bundles of energy who want to expend as much of that energy as possible. Dancing along to music is a great way for kids to use it up. Kids might not be able to waltz or dance an Irish jig, but many love to jump up and down. If they begin to associate music and dancing with jumping up and down, they're more likely to smile when mom and dad crank up the stereo.

• Sing and encourage kids to sing along. Kids won't know if their parents are classically trained opera singers or performers whose vocal talents are best restricted to the shower. Singing along to favorite songs may encourage kids to follow suit, allowing them to learn words and language. Singing also is a fun activity kids are sure to embrace, making them look forward to daily music sessions.

• Let kids be the DJ. When you start playing music, keep a close eye on children to see how they react to different types of music. If they seem to favor one style over another, play that favorite style more often. If they tend to like it all, continue to expand their horizons, which many even open your eyes to musical styles and acts you'd never consider otherwise.

• Let kids participate in music. Especially young children might not be able to pick up a guitar and make it sing, but that doesn't mean they can't participate. Purchase age-appropriate instruments for your children the moment they start playing with toys. Their curiosity might compel them to embrace musical lessons as they grow older. In addition, look for children's musical events in your community, whether it's a sing-along at the local library or an introduction to musical instruments at a nearby community center.

Music can enrich kids' lives in various ways, and it's never too early for parents to encourage a love of music in their children.

 

Smarter driving for foggy weather

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Weather patterns can be fickle. One moment it may be chilly and sunny, while the next warm and wet. As a new season arrives, fog may roll in along with it.

Fog occurs during extremely humid conditions. For fog to be present, some type of dust or air pollution also needs to be present in the air so that microscopic water particles can surround it. According to the National Geographic Society, fog occurs when water vapor, or water in its gaseous form, condenses. During condensation, molecules of water vapor combine to make tiny liquid water droplets that hang in the air. You can see fog because of these tiny water droplets.

While fog can be a marvel to behold - completely obscuring landmarks or mountains in some instances - it can make driving challenging. Even seasoned drivers find fog is dangerous and difficult to drive in. The Federal Highway Administration says fog may contribute to more than 500 fatalities each year.

When driving in foggy conditions, drivers' full attention needs to be directed to the road. These tips also can help keep drivers safe when navigating foggy conditions.

• Reduce speed. Slowing down affords you more reaction time if traffic stops or if other hazards seemingly appear out of nowhere. Leave considerable space between cars.

• Engage the wipers. Improve visibility as much as possible by turning on the windshield wipers and the defroster to help.

• Use low beams. Make sure your vehicle is as visible as possible to others. Turn on the low-beam headlights so your car is noticeable to other motorists. High beams can cause glare, so avoid them, however tempting it may be to use them.

• Drive in the right lane. Use the lines and reflectors on the right side of the road to help guide your direction, suggests AccuWeather.

• Remain engaged. Do not use cruise control or allow any distractions in the car when driving in fog. Turn off the radio, put your phone away and focus on driving.

• Take a break. If the fog is greatly compromising your visibility, pull over in a safe spot or parking lot until it dissipates. Make sure to put on your hazard lights. The California DMV says the best advice for driving in fog is not to do so.

Driving in fog can be tricky and unsafe. Always exercise caution when fog rolls in.

 

Screen time tied to health issues

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Do you feel panicked if you leave home without mobile phone in hand? Do you find it difficult to sit in the house without browsing the internet on your devices? Are your children spending much of their classroom hours on tablets? Screen time has taken over most people's daily lives, but at what cost?

A 2014 report from Nielsen found that adults log a total of 11 hours of screen time per day. Delaney Ruston, a physician and creator of the documentary "Screenagers," which explores young people's use of digital devices, discovered kids spend an average of 6.5 to eight hours per day looking at screens. All of this time glued to digital devices has profound effects on physical and mental health, and many experts are advising people to cut back on the time they spend on their devices.

Brain damage
Multiple studies indicate that spending considerable time on screens can produce atrophy (shrinkage or loss of tissue volume) in gray matter areas of the brain, according to reports in Psychology Today. These are regions of the brain where processing occurs. One of the most affected areas includes the frontal lobe, which governs executive functions like planning, prioritizing, organizing, and impulse control. Another vulnerable area is the insula, which is tied to a person's capacity to develop empathy and compassion for others. Research also shows that white matter can be compromised, which translates into loss of communication between cognitive and emotional centers within the brain.

Vision problems
Staring into screens for extended periods of time can damage areas of the eyes and result in computer vision syndrome, which is characterized by strained eyes, blurred vision and headaches. The Multi-Ethnic Pediatric Eye Disease Study, conducted by researchers and clinicians from the USC Eye Institute at Keck Medicine in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, has found that exaggerated screen time and insufficient sunlight exposure has more than doubled incidences of myopia (nearsightedness) among American children in recent years.

Sleep disturbances
University of Gothenburg psychologist Sara Thomée, a lead researcher into the effects of screen time on the body, says the blue light from digital devices suppresses the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, keeping people from having restful sleeps.

Overstimulation
Screen time can cause hyperarousal, which may be more notable in children than adults, according to research published in Psychology Today. Regular amounts of screen time can cause the brain to be in a state of chronic stress, which can short circuit the frontal lobe. This may lead to addictive behaviors, rage, inability to recover from minor frustrations, and hyperactivity.

Screen time is profound and may be hurting minds and bodies. Many people have set goals to reduce the time they spend on electronics to improve their personal health.

 

The Grand Opera House Summer Internships

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The Grand Opera House is excited to announce our 2019 Summer Internship! This internship is an opportunity for College students to spend 12 weeks in an intensive technical atmosphere.

We encourage students who are interested in pursuing any aspect of theatre to apply. This is a great opportunity for motivated students to learn about what happens behind the scenes of a production. This experience is great for students who are considering working in the theater after college, teaching theater, or being a part of a community theater in the future. Not only does this internship focus on the physical building of a show, there are also lessons in time management, teamwork, marketing, and organization all necessary for a successful production. Interns get a chance to work with theater professionals in a hands-on learning environment in all aspects of theater including:

• Stage Management
• Set construction and painting
• Costume construction
• Lighting Hang and Focus
• Marketing and Public Relations
• Arts administration
• Box Office and Front of House

The Grand offers a limited number of paid summer technical theater internships for undergraduate students, ages 18-24. This year there will be an opportunity for one applicant who has previous basic costume construction proficiency and an interest in honing these skills to be considered for an intern position that is focused primarily in this field.

This 12 week intensive program will begin Monday, May 20, 2019 and end on Sunday, August 11, 2019.

Compensation is $1,800 for the 12-week internship.

Deadline to apply is March 27, 2019

Applications are available at www.thegrandoperahouse.com/internship

For more information, contact
Frank McClain, Executive and Artistic Director
The Grand Opera House
135 8th Street
Dubuque, IA 52001
(563) 588-4356
director@thegrandoperahouse.com

 

Dubuque Museum of Art Offering Youth Art Classes and Camps

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Registration Open for Drawing and Painting Classes Inspired by Current Exhibits

The Dubuque Museum of Art (DuMA) is offering a number of single-day and multi-week youth art classes and camps this winter and spring.

Classes are being offered in drawing, painting, and mixed media and are inspired by the current exhibits, including African American Art of the 20th Century, which is on loan to the DuMA from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and opens on January 19, 2019.

Current classes and camps include:

Back to Basics: Drawing Class
Saturdays, January 19 & 26, February 2 & 9 (4-week session)
Section I: Ages 8-12: 9-10:30 am
Section II: Ages 13-16: 10:30 am-Noon
Tuition: $60 Members | $75 Guests (materials included)
Instructor: Hana Velde

Students will practice the act of observing through continuous line drawing, drawing upside down, and drawing negative spaces, then begin a still life project to discover how shading and perspective add depth to their drawings. Museum exhibits will be visited each class as we discover connections and gain creative inspiration from the art on display. The second half of the class series will focus on the study of facial proportions and portrait drawing.

Gallery Inspiration: Texture Painting Workshop
Sunday, February 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Ages 8-12
Fee: $20 Members | $25 Guests (materials included)
Instructor: Rachel Spurling

Taking inspiration from the exhibition African American Art in the 20th Century and Abstract Expressionist artist Sam Gilliam, students will create an abstract painting from loose canvas. Students will use non-traditional utensils to spread paint and add texture.

Neighborhood Portraits Workshop
Saturday, February 23, 9:30-11:30 am
Ages: 11 and up
Tuition: $20 Members, $25 Guests (materials included)
Instructor: Hana Velde

Students will visit African American Art in the 20th Century to observe the colors, images, and messages in the artworks on display. We will discuss the importance of neighborhoods in everyday life, how basic needs are met through housing and the food supply, and how interpersonal interactions build a feeling of community. After preparing a canvas board and acrylic paint palette and learning brush techniques, students will create personal expressions of their neighborhood environments.

Back to Basics: Painting Class
Sundays, April 7-28 (4-Week Session)
Section I: Ages 8-12: 1-2:30 pm
Section II: Ages 13-16: 2:30-4 pm
Tuition: $60 Members | $75 Guests (materials included)
Instructors: Hana Velde and Kelsey Hammons

Students will visit museum exhibits, including African American Art in the 20th Century, to explore color, theme, and mood and to gain creative inspiration. We will begin by learning about color theory and brush techniques using watercolors. The second week's class will explore shading and perspective using tempera paints. The second half of the class series will focus on composition and acrylic painting techniques as students prepare a canvas and work on a landscape painting.

Spring Break Art Camps

Monday-Friday, March 25-29th
Section I: Grades K-2, M-F, 9-11 am (optional sack lunch add-on 11 am-Noon)
Section II: Grades 3-5, M-F, 1-4 pm
Tuition: $65 Members | $75 Guests (materials included);
$10 sack lunch (optional)
Instructors: Rachel Spurling and Caitlin Donald

Young artists will explore the Museum's galleries for inspiration, then head to the studio to create their own works of art in a variety of age-appropriate mediums.

Need-based scholarships are available for all classes and camps, and discounts are available for Museum members. More details and registration information may be found at www.dbqart.com/youth-art-classes.

About the Dubuque Museum of Art
The Dubuque Museum of Art (DuMA), founded in 1874 and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 2004, is among Iowa's oldest cultural institutions. Named a national affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in 2016, DuMA's mission is to excite, engage and serve diverse communities within the Tri-State area through our collections, exhibitions and educational programs. We connect generations of people to their cultural heritage and exceptional art.

DuMA is located across from Washington Park in historic downtown Dubuque at 7th and Locust Streets. Museum hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Saturday & Sunday 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. The museum is closed on Mondays. Daily admission rates are: $6 Adults, $5 Seniors, and $3 College/University Students. The museum is free on Thursdays, and those 18 and younger receive free admission every day, thanks to Prudential Financial. Website: www.dbqart.com

 

MLK Day: How Far Have We Come?

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The Fountain of Youth Program, Multicultural Family Center, Wartburg Seminary, Sustainable Dubuque, and United Way of Dubuque Present: "How Far Have We Come?", a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy with inspiring performances, cultural integration, and networking.

The celebration, featuring keynote speaker Renee Tyler, will take place January 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Multicultural Family Center, 1101 Central Ave., in Dubuque. Additional performances are planned by Jasmine Barnes, Joseph Coleman, Kennedy Wright, Mark Norton, and Marcus Moore.

No RSVP is necessary for this family-friendly FREE event. Light food will be served and activities will be available for children.

 

Dubuque Museum of Art to Host Traveling Exhibition from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Survey of 20th Century African American Art is the First Smithsonian Exhibit to Visit DuMA

The Dubuque Museum of Art (DuMA) announced that a major traveling exhibition will visit Dubuque in the new year.

Opening January 2019 at the DuMA, African American Art of the 20th Century is organized by and drawn from the collections of the world-renowned Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) in Washington, D.C. The exhibition is the first Smithsonian traveling exhibition to visit DuMA since it announced its affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution in January 2016.

According to the SAAM, "[The exhibition] presents a selection of paintings, sculpture, and prints by black artists who explored the African American experience from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights era and the decades beyond.

"The artworks in the exhibition lay out a vision of America from an African American viewpoint. These artists embrace many universal themes and also evoke specific aspects of the African American experience-the African Diaspora, jazz, and the persistent power of religion."

The SAAM's chief curator, Virginia Mecklenburg, will present a talk at the DuMA later in the spring (date TBA).

The exhibition's stop in Dubuque was made possible by major support from Art Bridges, a recent initiative spearheaded by philanthropist and art collector Alice Walton (who is also the daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton) and the museum she helped found, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, in Bentonville, Arkansas.

The DuMA was among a handful of smaller museums awarded funding through Art Bridges' competitive Exhibition Projects program, which seeks to place high quality collections of American art in smaller communities.

"We heard early last year that Art Bridges was accepting letters of interest from museums our size," said Schmitz. "The timing was perfect. This exhibition was on our radar, but we were trying to determine how to fund it."

Additional support comes from Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Donors to the DuMA's Impact Fund and annual Fund-a-Need also contributed to the project.

The approximately 50 artworks on display from the SAAM will be complimented by a selection of prints, on loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art, by celebrated African American artist Elizabeth Catlett. Catlett was the first African American woman to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree, which she completed at the University of Iowa in 1940.

A selection of mixed-media works by Fort Dodge, Iowa artist Madai Taylor will also be on view. Madai Taylor: An Elegy to America in Black and White opens on the Amuse Bouche Balcony Gallery January 25.

A number of related public programs are planned in conjunction with African American Art of the 20th Century, including:

(All programs are held at the Dubuque Museum of Art, unless otherwise noted.)

Exhibition Member Preview
Friday, January 25
5-8 pm
Museum members free; guests $10

First Friday
Friday, February 1
10 am - 4 pm
FREE admission

Dubuque Chapter NAACP Speakers Bureau Lunch & Learn Series
Fridays; 12:15-1 p.m
Dubuque Museum of Art Lobby
January 25, 12:15-1 p.m.
Speaker: Tom Lo Guidice
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In Iowa: A Message for Today
A history about the October 1962 Iowa visit told from the perspectives of a family that greeted Dr. King upon his arrival, the President of Coe College, and the minister at Cornell College and excerpts from the lecture/sermon Dr. King presented.

February 8, 12:15-1 p.m.
Speaker: Anthony Allen
A Brief History of Civil Rights
African-Americans and whites were the founders of the NAACP in 1909. The presentation addresses the history of the organization including contemporary social concerns related to economics, education, education, health, public safety and criminal justice, and voting rights.

February 22, 12:15-1 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Mary Gitau
Hidden Figures
Hidden figures is based on a true story of three female African American Mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. They faced discrimination and institutional racism as they tried to build a career in a male-dominated workplace. Regardless of all that, they were some of the brains behind one the greatest operation in history-the launch of astronaut, John Glenn into the orbit.

March 22, 12:15-1 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Henry Grubb
The Maroons: Free People of Color in America
Maroons were Africans and their descendants in the Americas who formed settlements away from New World chattel slavery. Some had escaped from plantations, but others had always been free, like those born among them in freedom.

April 5, 12:15-1 p.m.
Speaker: Lynn Sutton
Food Desserts in Urban America and Urban Dubuque
African American Art of the 20th Century continues through April 19, 2019.

About the Dubuque Museum of Art
The Dubuque Museum of Art (DuMA), founded in 1874 and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 2004, is Iowa's oldest cultural institution. Named a national affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in 2016, DuMA's mission is to excite, engage and serve diverse communities within the Tri-State area through our collections, exhibitions and educational programs. We connect generations of people to their cultural heritage and exceptional art.

DuMA is located across from Washington Park in historic downtown Dubuque at 7th and Locust Streets. Museum hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Saturday & Sunday 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. The museum is closed on Mondays. Daily admission rates are: $6 Adults, $5 Seniors, and $3 College/University Students. The museum is free on Thursdays, and those 18 and younger receive free admission every day, thanks to Prudential Financial. Website: www.dbqart.com

 

Winter Collection Schedule for Yard Debris and Food Scraps Begins Thursday

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Beginning Thursday, Nov. 29, the City of Dubuque will start its winter yard waste and food scraps collection schedule. The City's weekly collection of yard debris and food scraps on customers' normal collection day ended Saturday, Nov. 24.

The winter yard debris and food scrap schedule will run on Thursdays only starting on Nov. 29 until regular, weekly yard waste and food scraps collection resumes on April 1, 2019.

Current food scraps collection subscribers will automatically have their collections made every Thursday and will be charged $1 per month for this winter service.

All other curbside collection customers who would like to have yard debris and/or food scraps collected must schedule an appointment for a Thursday collection by either calling the City of Dubuque Public Works Department at (563) 589-4250 or submitting a request through the City's website at www.cityofdubuque.org/yardwaste.

Yellow yard waste stickers and/or annual yard waste decals are required for winter collections.

To receive automatic reminders about curbside collection schedule changes, recycling reminders, and other alerts, customers are encouraged to visit the ReThink Waste Dubuque site at www.cityofdubuque.org/rethinkwaste to download the app or register their contact information to:

• sign up for curbside collection reminders by email, automated telephone call, and text message;

• download their collection schedule into iCal, Google calendar, or Microsoft Outlook calendar; and

• print their collection schedule.

The ReThink Waste Dubuque tool also offers a "Waste Wizard" feature, which allows users to type in any keywords and get disposal and recycling tips specific to Dubuque.

For more information, call the City of Dubuque Public Works Department at (563) 589-4250.

 

What is Giving Tuesday?

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While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are some of the more widely known retail holidays, Giving Tuesday is becoming pretty popular in its own right.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following American Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday helps raise awareness that charity is an important component of the holiday season. The nonprofit services company Neon says nearly one-third of all annual giving occurs in December, with 12 percent happening over the final three days of the year. Giving Tuesday is positioned right in the midst of the most popular time for charitable giving.

What makes Giving Tuesday unique is that it is largely fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. The day was actually created by the 92nd Street Y, a cultural center in New York City that has been instrumental in bringing diverse groups of people together with the goals of giving back through service. The 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation came together in 2012 to help form a day that was focused on the generosity of giving during the holiday season. Thus, Giving Tuesday was born.

Technology and social media play a large role in uniting people for Giving Tuesday. Founding partners included Mashable, a technology website, Skype and Cisco. But the success of Giving Tuesday is thanks in large part to the general public, who have both spread the word and made their own contributions to charity.

In 2017, Giving Tuesday soared to new heights when technology mogul Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, announced their foundation would match up to $2 million in donations to Giving Tuesday fundraisers started on Facebook. Facebook similarly waived its 5 percent fee for U.S.-based nonprofits all day long.

The global Giving Tuesday movement helped raise more than $300 million online across more than 150 countries in 2017 alone. This year, the Giving Tuesday organization is poised to top their numbers and continue to improve upon the more than 46,000 participating organizations involved in their charitable efforts.

Learn more at www.givingtuesday.org.

 

3 Memorial Day weekend travel tips

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Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. In 2017, the automotive group AAA estimated that 40 million Americans would travel 50 miles or more on Memorial Day weekend. Those estimates also projected that 34.6 million vehicles would be used to make those trips.

Often referred to as "the unofficial beginning of summer," Memorial Day and the weekend that precedes it has become synonymous with beach trips and backyard barbecues. Travelers who want to avoid traffic jams and ensure their weekends get off on the right foot can benefit from employing these three travel-savvy strategies.

1. Start the weekend early.
In its "State of American Vacation 2017" survey, Project: Time Off found that 662 million vacation days were unused in 2016. People traveling for Memorial Day who typically leave some vacation days on the table can start their weekends early this year. Many offices close early the Friday before Memorial Day, and workers who aren't so lucky may just leave work early, meaning Friday afternoon traffic figures to be heavy. By leaving Thursday afternoon or evening, travelers can avoid the Friday rush to the beach.

2. Take public transportation.
Travelers who can't take an extra day off or leave work early the Friday before Memorial Day may want to consider taking public transportation to their beach destinations instead of driving themselves. In 2016, the U.S.-based data firm Inrix noted that a traffic-free Friday jaunt from New York City to Long Island's East end would take 90 minutes, while the same trip would take three hours and 40 minutes on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. Travelers who can't leave early can save themselves from the stress of holiday traffic jams by letting someone else do the navigating.

3. Be patient and depart on Saturday morning.
Travelers who can be patient may find that waiting to depart for their destinations until Saturday can save them from dealing with much of the stress of traveling on Memorial Day weekend. The benefits of being patient may depend on where travelers live, as the Inrix study noted that Friday was the busiest day to leave Los Angeles on Memorial Day weekend, while San Diego residents tended to deal with the most traffic on Saturday. An added benefit of waiting until Saturday is the likelihood that such travelers will not return home until Tuesday, avoiding traffic on Monday, which tends to be the busiest return travel day of the weekend.

Memorial Day weekend travel tends to be hectic. But savvy travelers with some flexibility can take steps to make their trips less stressful.