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“The prairie is alive in winter,” says Michelle Garcia, who leads snowshoe hikes at Iowa’s largest prairie, the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge (NSNWR). 

Invent Iowa is a statewide program developed to promote the invention process as part of the regular K-12 curriculum. “We encourage students to develop inventions that are new, useful, nonobvious, and also meet the requirements for a U.S. patent,” says Clar Baldus, University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center.

For many Asian residents of Iowa, the New Year arrives this year on January 23. That Monday will bring the first new moon in the “lunisolar” calendar, which reflects both the solar year and the monthly phase of the moon. 

 Get out and play in the snow at the Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Area.

With the end of the world forecast (again) for 2012, the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival will provide instructions for preserving bacon in the event of a cosmic cataclysm. Just in case.

When Gutenberg invented the printing press process in 1440, he opened the door for a new art form — fine art printmaking.

Iowa vineyards have become year-round entertainment, with one or more events every week in November and into December.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Historic Park Inn is once again taking reservations in Mason City.

With an estimated 125 growers in Iowa, it’s easy to find a nearby farm where you can choose and harvest a tree.

“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.” — Chief Crowfoot, Siksika First Nation

Understanding the human side of that progress is the aim of stories collected by historians at the Grout Museum in Waterloo as part of the Iowa Farm Life Video Project.

American Beauty, the 1970 Grateful Dead album that fused rock ’n’ roll, bluegrass, folk, and country, shocked many fans who were expecting the band’s familiar jamming style.

Businesses and service clubs in Marshalltown put their creative talent to the test as they help the community kick off the holiday season.

The image is classic: children with noses pressed to department store windows, dreaming of toys and Kris Kringle.

Kimberly Schilling bought her first antique when she was nine years old,laying out her own money to buy a small nightstand at a farm auction. She had no idea antiques would become her life’s work.

You’re so good you should be on Broadway: The actors at The Old Creamery Theatre often hear that from their audiences. They’re flattered, but they say they should be good. They’re theater professionals who are paid for their creative talent.

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary — Pablo Picasso

Tired of the same-old, same-old orange pumpkin? How about one that’s pink, buff, green, blue, or red? Or one that looks like an alien pod?

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