Spring into the Season of Spring

The snow is melting and finally the sun is shinning here in Iowa City.

Question is, what is there to do now that the winter blues have begun to pass?

If you are looking for a patio to sit down have a beer at half price along with appetizers Bo James is just the place. Known for beer and burgers this cozy American restaurant will allow you to relax after a week's worth of school or work. New this spring season is the restaurant's outdoor patio. Inside, booths allow you to feel like you are in a bar yet you get the feeling you and your friends can also have some privacy.

DC's-Allows you to have more than just a few drinks but to also sit outside, enjoy the warm weather, and some free popcorn.

The Mill- also known for live music and great pizza. This restaurant has an outdoor patio in the second half near the stage. The dimmed lights will be sure to allow for a warm spring eve to turn into a good time with friends.

Martinis- one of the other intimate bar venues that has an outdoor patio within walking distance of the other venues.

Gabes- Outdoor seating at the booths

Linn. St. Cafe- more of an upscale restaurant where you take your date if you want a for sure second date. The mixed drinks here are top notch as well as the out door patio- the scene is set for a romantic evening full of flirtatious conversation.

More fun events coming your way the next few months. So get off your butt, get outside, and enjoy the weather.

Lecture: Tim Quirk from Google Play
Monday April 1 2013 @ Old Capitol Senate Chamber
1 S. Clinton St. UI Pentacrest UI

Mission Creek Festival
A week-long experience that takes over venues around the downtown area of Iowa City. Headlining bands known nationally, internationally, as well as local musicians, writers, and arts will perform and exhibit their work in downtown venues like the Englert Theatre, the Mill, Blue Moose Tap House, Public Space One, Gabe's, the Yacht Club, Prairie Lights, and many other traditional and non-traditional venues. An event bringing together artists and culture-lovers in the cozy, intimate confines of the tight knight community will bring new traditions.

Schedule found here

Tour de Maize Sunday April 21 Coral Ridge Mall (1451 Coral Ridge Ave.)

Tune up your bike and hit the road for Habitat! Iowa Valley Habitat For Humanity is hosting its first annual Tour de Maize fundraising bicycle ride, Saturday, April 20th to Sunday April 21st. The round trip bike ride is scheduled to leave from Coralville along the Cedar Valley Nature Trail and arrive at Prairiewoods in Cedar Rapids. Participants are encouraged to stay overnight at Prairiewoods Retreat Center and ride back to Iowa City the next morning. The event will include a scenic bike tour of eastern Iowa’s corridor, with stops placed strategically along the way for refreshments and rest. Once riders arrive at Prairiewoods, there will be games, prizes, yoga, entertainment and more!

Fashion for a Cause
Sunday April 28 at University Club
1360 Melrose Ave.
A White House Cancer Event with a Black Market Flair
Fashion show & brunch to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 2013 Man or Woman of the Year Campaign.
Sunday, April 28th from 11-2
The University Club
1360 Melrose Ave
Iowa City, IA
$30.00 (If you order tickets online at www.mwoyskray.org enter price of $30.12. The odd cents will alert the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to credit this amount to this event.)

Doc Dash
Saturday April 6
Medical Education Research Facility
The race occurs April 6, 2013 at 9 am and starts at the Medical Education are Research Facility. Doc Dash is a 5k run/walk put on by the College of Medicine to benefit the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic and the student run group Mobile Clinic. More information and registration information is available at www.uidocdash.com

Thirth30 Celebration
Thursday April 11
at the Sheraton Hotel
In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Iowa Arts Festival, presented by Veridian Credit Union®, the public is invited to a celebratory event on Thursday, February 21, from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel in downtown Iowa City. Ticket for the Thirty30 Celebration, sponsored by Bachmeier Carpet One, are $30 each ($35 at the door) and include hors d’oeuvres, live music by Rod Pierson’s ‘Not So Big’ Band featuring Craig Boche, as well as a live and silent auction. A cash bar will also be available.

River Run
April 30
River Run is a charitable organization that promotes physical fitness and fun for all ages and ability levels. Proceeds benefit the Extend the Dream Foundation. After the race, relax with food, drinks, entertainment and the latest in fitness. The Fitness Fair will present health, fitness and nutrition ideas through brochures, presentations, testing and booth set-ups. Some of our sponsors will be selling their merchandise as well. It is a FREE way to gain knowledge and ideas to live a healthier lifestyle!