Rendering of the new Catherine McAuley Center at 1220 Fifth Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. CREDIT: CMC
The Catherine McAuley Center (CMC) announced it has raised more than $3.4 million toward its $5,495,000 capital campaign to renovate the former UnityPoint Living Center East building to create a new center which will be nearly four times the size of its existing center.
"The Catherine McAuley Center welcomes people who have been in situations where the most basic of human needs, such as securing food, shelter and safety have occupied all their efforts," Paula Land, CMC executive director, stated in a press release. "People whose lives have been interrupted -- homes destroyed by war, countries rife with human rights violations, families torn apart by abusive relationships and homelessness. As our community grows, the need for our services grows. I am so grateful for our capital campaign team and all those who have donated already to make this larger center a giant step closer to reality."
Leadership, campaign supporters and clients of the Catherine McAuley Center gathered at the site of the future Center, 1220 Fifth Ave. SE, last week to celebrate the early success of the "A Place of Welcome" capital campaign. Ms. Land said they selected Sept. 24 for the celebration in part because it's Mercy Day, the day Catherine McAuley opened the original House of Mercy in Dublin in 1827.

The $5,495,000 project will increase CMC's space from 8,724 square feet to 32,802 square feet and increase the number of people served. Over the past five years, the adult basic education program has grown by 60 percent while the transitional housing program's ability to meet the demand for its services has been limited by space. Last year, CMC provided resettlement, resource navigation and employment support services for more than 300 refugees and immigrants. 

Representatives of lead donors were recognized for their donations: Hall-Perrine Foundation, $1.25 million; Sisters of Mercy, $500,000; CMC board of directors, $188,550; and the AegonTransamerica Foundation. There was also a $550,000 donation from an anonymous foundation and a $525,000 in-kind contribution toward the purchase of the building from UnityPoint.
For more information or to donate, visit  or call (319) 363-4993.
Due to the unfavorable, rainy forecast coming up this week, the Healthiest State Walk and Tailgate scheduled to take place Oct. 2 has been cancelled.
The Transit "Ride with a Guide" event scheduled for Tuesday is still confirmed; however, registration is now full. The rest of the "Move More" week events are scheduled to take place as planned, including:
  • Explore Bike Share for Free: Oct. 3, all day -- The new bike share service which includes electric-assist bikes and e-scooters will be free all day. Download the VeoRide app to your smart phone and enter your information to get started. When you click "unlock" on the app, you will get a message indicating there is no fee for the day and no code needed.
  • Community Bike Ride: Oct. 3, 6 p.m -- Meet at NewBo City Market at 6 p.m. for a 30-minute bike ride. Bring your own bike or use a bike share bike. Light refreshments will be provided by AARP following the ride.
The Power of Pink event will be held again on Thursday at Hall-Perrine Cancer Center. PHOTO / MERCY MEDICAL CENTER 
Mercy Medical Center and Alliant Energy are joining forces to light the night pink Oct. 3. The Power of Pink event will mark the arrival of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month - October - with a lighting ceremony, fireworks, live music and giveaways to promote awareness and early detection.
The Power of Pink event takes place outside Mercy's Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, 701 10th St. SE, Cedar Rapids. Beginning at 6 p.m., Alliant Energy is giving away energy-saving pink LED light bulbs while supplies last. Those who receive the light bulbs are encouraged to put them in their porch lights for the month of October as a reminder to individuals in their neighborhood to get screened for breast cancer.
Guests will also enjoy light refreshments, face painting and a selfie station. Live music by Alisabeth Von Presley will begin at 6 p.m.
A brief program at 7:30 p.m. will be followed by the illumination of the cancer center and hospital, with fireworks capping off the evening's events.
The Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, Mercy's main hospital entrances and other designated areas on the Mercy campus will be illuminated in pink and remain lit throughout the month of October. Alliant Energy will use LED technology to light its downtown Cedar Rapids building pink for the month of October.

The public is encouraged to attend Thursday's event - and wear pink. A $2 donation will be made to the Especially for You (EFY)  Fund  for each person in attendance. The fund provides breast care services, such as mammograms, biopsies and ultrasounds, as well as gynecological cancer care services - for individuals in the community who can't otherwise afford them.
Dr. Larae Stemmerman
Infinity Medical, 905 29 th Ave., Marion, celebrated its opening Sept. 27 with a ribbon cutting and open house. The office is a single-provider family medicine clinic led by Larae Stemmerman, D.O..
"We believe that with all of the growth in the Marion area that a private family medicine clinic is needed," Dr. Stemmerman stated in a press release. "Our niche is fast, efficient, high quality medical care in a small personal setting."
Infinity Medical services include treatment for illnesses and chronic health issues, physical examinations, comprehensive women's health care, allergy and asthma treatment, Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy and medical cosmetics. The clinic also offers in-house lab work.
Dr. Stemmerman has been practicing family medicine in Iowa since 2000. She attended undergraduate school at the University of New Mexico and received her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in 1997.
Infinity Medical is open Monday-Friday, offering same-day appointments. New patients are welcome. For more information, visit
Grow Happy, a community fundraiser to benefit patients at the Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center in Cedar Rapids, will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. at Culvers Garden Center and Greenhouse, 1682 Old Dubuque Road, Marion.

Entertainment will include the music of Alisabeth Von Presley and her dancers along with Lucci O'Donnell as the opening act. Scott Dix will be the master of ceremonies.

Attendees will have opportunities to support local individuals fighting cancer with artwork for purchase from Laura Saylor Smith, DKW Art Gallery artisans and various gift packages will be available. Additionally, 10 percent of sales during the event at Culvers Garden Center and Greenhouse will go toward supporting local cancer patients. Every ticket holder enjoys appetizers, a treat from the chocolate SHOP and a plant to take home.

To purchase tickets, go to . For more information on CARF International and the value of accreditation, visit .
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Short-Term Event Planner
Oct. 1
New Member Mixer, by Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, 8-9 a.m., New Pioneer Food Co-op, 3338 Center Point Road NE, Cedar Rapids. Meet and mingle with new members of the Economic Alliance. Free, no registration required. For more information, visit

Oct. 2
1 Million Cups, by 1MC Cedar Rapids, 8:15-9:15 a.m., Geonetric, 415 12th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Join for community connections, free coffee and presentations by entrepreneurs, established companies, experts and more. Free. For more information, visit

1 Million Cups, by 1MC Iowa City, 9-10 a.m., MERGE, 136 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Join for community connections, free coffee and presentations by entrepreneurs, established companies, experts and more. Free. For more information, visit

NXTGen Showcase, by Phelan's, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Eastbank Venue & Lounge, 97 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. This event will showcase commercial interior design products from about 20 different manufacturers with products ranging from flooring to furniture. Interior design students from UNI, ISU and Kirkwood will be in attendance. Free. Reservations requested. Email
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The 380 Express has slightly changed its bus service to offer earlier and later routes. The service connects Cedar Rapids and Iowa City and has been running for a year now. The first route took place in September 2018. The first bus route takes off at 4:52 a.m. Monday-Friday and the last route will end at 9:02 p.m. each night. For a look at the service's full schedule at each of their eight stops, click here . 380 Express recently added Saturday service. Find that schedule here.

A pair of Iowa brothers got into a fist fight over the Carson King controversy, giving one a large cut on his lip and the other a charge of domestic abuse assault. A criminal complaint says Jordan Lewis, 21, of North Liberty, got into a verbal argument with his brother on Friday night over Mr. King. The argument turned into a fist fight and the victim suffered a large cut on his lip. It happened at the home where the two brothers live together. North Liberty Police Chief Diana Venenga told CBS2/Fox 28 News the argument started over Busch Light and their decision to not support Mr. King anymore . Chief Venenga did not know which side of the argument Jordan Lewis was on. Mr. King has raised more than $2.2 million for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital after his sign asking for beer money on ESPN's College GameDay went viral. Venmo and Busch announced they would match Mr. King's donations. Busch later cut ties with him after a Des Moines Register reporter uncovered racist tweets Mr.  King sent eight years ago.
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Clouds will build this evening and showers and thunderstorms will develop late tonight.  A slow-moving cold front will approach the area and lead to multiple rounds of rain. Showers and storms will begin early Tuesday morning and continue until late Wednesday night. Very high moisture levels will be in place, with moisture being pulled from the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Ocean. Two to three inches of rain will be possible, especially north of Highway 20, with one to two inches to the south. Flash flooding along with river flooding will be possible considering how saturated the ground is. Temperatures will be in the upper 70s Tuesday and the upper 60s Wednesday.