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Hotel at Kirkwood will reopen Monday

Tara Walker of Marion and her sister, Robin Odean of Cedar Rapids (left) wish their father, Jerry Ridenour of Marion, a
Tara Walker of Marion and her sister, Robin Odean of Cedar Rapids (left) wish their father, Jerry Ridenour of Marion, a happy birthday from outside his second-floor window at UnityPoint Health’s Living Center West rehabilitation center in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday. Ridenour. who was recovering from an earlier procedure at the care facility, contracted the novel coronavirus just over three weeks ago and has since recovered. His family has been unable to be with him during this time, but thanks to maintenance staff at St. Luke’s Hospital, they were able to wish him happy birthday from outside his second-floor window. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

2:45 p.m.: Hotel at Kirkwood will reopen Monday

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Hotel at Kirkwood Center will reopen its doors Monday.

Additional measures will be in place for the health and safety of guests and employees. Hotel staff will be increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting the facility, especially in high-traffic areas such as the front desk, public bathrooms, door handles, elevators, and The Class Act Restaurant.

In addition, efforts will be made to ensure social distancing guidelines remain in effect and additional antibacterial hand sanitizers will be available throughout the property.

The Hotel will debut a new look when the doors open. A six month-long renovation project on the building concluded. The makeover includes a new lobby along with updates to the guestrooms, conference area, patio, bar and The Class Act Restaurant.

2:20 p.m.: C.R. Dunkin’ stores offering free coffee and donut to 2020 grads

To celebrate the Class of 2020, Cedar Rapids area Dunkin’ restaurants are offering a sweet treat for all high school and college seniors.

On Friday, participating Dunkin’ restaurants across Cedar Rapids are offering a free medium hot or iced coffee and a free classic donut to high school and college graduates who visit their local Dunkin’ store sporting their cap and gown or Class of 2020 gear.

12:20 p.m.: Indian Creek Nature Center cancels Maple Syrup Festival

The Indian Creek Nature Center has canceled this year’s Maple Syrup Festival, which had been postponed to June 27-28.

“The Maple Syrup Festival is our largest fundraiser of the year, but we feel it is best for the health and safety of the entire community, as well as our staff and volunteers, to wait until next year for this beloved festival,” the organization said on Facebook.

10:05 a.m.: Czech & Slovak Museum & Library announces series of COVID-related webinars

CEDAR RAPIDS — The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library announces a series of international webinars as part of its Lunch & Learn series. The three virtual programs, to be held in June and July, will encompass experts all over the world on topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The webinars:

COVID-19 and our Maturing Population in the V4 and the U.S.:

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The Visegrad Group, also known as the Visegrad Four or simply V4, is the cultural and political alliance of four Central European countries: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. NCSML President and CEO Dr. Cecilia Rokusek will join medical experts from across the V4 and the United States to discuss the impact of the global pandemic on the more mature populations in all five countries from noon to 1 p.m. on June 10.

COVID-19 and the Medical Response across the Atlantic:

This webinar will be a broad focus on COVID-19, comparing and contrasting responses in the United States, Czech Republic, and Slovakia. Three medical experts will discuss the cause and effects of the global pandemic in all three countries from noon to 1 p.m. on June 24.

COVID-19 and Its Impact on Higher Education:

The effects of COVID-19 have affected the entire world in all facets of life. This webinar will feature some of the top experts in international education from the Czech and Slovak Republics, and the United States. As questions abound concerning what college and university campuses will look like this fall, both in the U.S. and aboard, join in for this live webinar from noon to 1 p.m. on July 15.

All webinars are free, but registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to access the webinar. Participants will need access to high-speed internet and a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

For more information, contact Teresa Stenstrup, Director of Programs, at tstenstrup@ncsml.org.

9:10 a.m.: Revival Theatre Company providing benefit concert Sunday

Revival Theatre Company will provide a benefit concert Sunday at its Facebook page.

It will be showcasing songs from “A” (AVP singing “Simple Joys” from Pippin) to “Z” (Zane Hadish singing “Where are all the People” from Chaplin) and everything in between.

More than 20 performers — including Amy Friedl Stoner, Ezekiel Andrew and Nina Swanson — will sing iconic songs from RTC productions.

The performance beging at 7 p.m., and the RTC Board has agreed to match the first $1,500 donated, dollar for dollar, to help ensure RTC is ready “When the Curtain Rises Again.”

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8:35 a.m.: Hanes cloth defender masks have been distributed to Iowa Fareways

The Iowa Department of Public Health has provided 35,000 Hanes cloth defender masks to Fareway, and the masks have been sent to local Iowa stores to be distributed to their local customers.

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