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Apr 06

Finding New Ways To Serve the Community Amid COVID-19

Posted on April 6, 2020 at 5:08 PM by Amanda Huisman

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With city facilities closed until at least April 10, 2020, to help prevent exposure opportunities for COVID-19, the Hearst Center for the Arts, Cedar Falls Public Library, Cedar Falls Fitness and Recreation Center and Cedar Falls Public Safety has continued to find new ways to bring great activities to our community!

 The Cedar Falls Public Library is now presenting live storytime streaming from their Facebook page Monday-Friday beginning at 10:30 AM. Residents can also find fun, interactive questions and games on their page as well. The library is also continuing to provide online features for residents such as their ebooks and audiobooks via the Overdrive or the Libby App and access to free music with a library card. Visit cedarfallslibrary.org and follow them on Facebook to learn more and stay updated!

The Hearst Center for the Arts is also exploring new ways to bring great works of art to the city. This year, their annual Cedar Falls Student Exhibition is now currently available to view online at https://www.thehearst.org/cedar-falls-student-art-2020/. This online exhibition features works by students from the elementary and secondary schools in Cedar Falls. The emerging talent of young artists provides an impressive and diverse exhibition with works in all media including ceramics, jewelry, photography, printmaking, and painting! You can also follow the Hearst on Facebook for fun arts and crafts video from staff featuring DIY activities, perfect for the whole family.

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The Cedar Falls Recreation and Fitness Center is offering home workout ideas on theirFacebok page as well to help get their members engaged as well.

Cedar Falls Public Safety is helping local elementary students enjoy a special birthday celebration even as schools remain closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Beginning April 1 through June 1, the Public Safety team is encouraging families with children 12 and under to contact them to set up a birthday drive-by of the fire truck and police cruiser. Public Safety personnel will be practicing social distancing during the rides by remaining in the vehicles and encouraging all individuals who may be watching to continue to follow CDC guidelines by putting six feet between them and their neighbors.

To request a drive-by birthday party, contact Cedar Falls Public Safety on Facebook through Messenger @cedarfallspublicsafety.  Please include the date of the birthday in the message and a phone number. Public Safety asks that the day requested for the drive-by birthday be within five days of the child’s actual birthday.  Scheduling is contingent on emergency calls, work, and training.

As we work through this time as a community, we can’t thank city staff enough from ALL of our departments for their dedication and commitment to Cedar Falls and its people. To stay updated on city announcements and find national and state resources regarding the virus, visit www.cedarfalls.com/prepare. 

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