Three animal-welfare advocates started the Iowa Humane Alliance in 2008 to reduce companion-animal homelessness and shelter overpopulation by spaying or neutering local animals. It assists local shelters, pet owners, and feral-cat caretakers with a sterilization program and a hotline that provides information about spaying or neutering. Additionally, Iowa Humane Alliance is in the process of expanding to include a high-volume clinic that will provide up to 8,000 spay or neuter surgeries every year.
As though scrawled by a member of the world's least-threatening street gang, the graffiti'd word "PENGUINS" on the stage's brick wall announces the venue's name. Nationally touring comics make that wall their backdrop every week, flooding the room with laughter as audience members accidentally flood their lungs with beer. The venue draws a number of recognizable industry names each month, with past appearances including Chris Kattan and Tom Arnold.
One needs only to cross the threshold of Tic Toc to be transported across the pond. Rich wood paneling, old-timey chandeliers, and an eclectic mix of antiques hanging on the walls give the eatery the feel of a small-town English pub without the golden pint glass saved in case the Queen stops by after work. The menu, however, is decidedly American, filled with comfort food made from scratch according to 45-year-old recipes. Clocks and timepieces inspire the sandwich selection, such as Big Ben’s dual hamburger patties and Bulova’ one-third patty topped with bacon and egg. Hickory-flavored Adam’s ribs are slathered with a housemade sauce, leading a smokehouse menu that also includes pulled pork and sausage.
The mood is festive and the decor is tropical at The Thirsty Turtle Tavern, where DJs spin lively beats and bartenders whip up a colorful array of fruity cocktails. To complement icy Blue Turtles, creamy Honolulu Hummingbirds, and frosty pints of draft beer, the kitchen provides an array of Hawaiian-inspired eats, including tangy stuffed wings and deliciously messy burgers topped with a fried egg and bacon. To keep guests entertained, the lively pub features music performances, open mics, and karaoke nights.
Sponges and brushes glide across unfinished works of art beneath shelves brimming with more than 150 forms and 60 glazes at The Potters’ Obsession. Visitors thumb through inspiration books and wield stencils to color and paint mugs, bowls, and Gumby when he is going into witness protection. In the art-dappled space, warmth bleeds from a kiln, where the staff completes pieces and locks glazes into a sleek finish. The Potters’ Obsession also hosts special events, birthday parties, and painting packages to help Girl Scouts and Brownies to earn art badges.
The women-only Inches-A-Weigh health club helps clients meet their fitness and weight-loss goals via a three-part figure-correction program. Each customized treatment plan involves private weekly weigh-ins, nutritional counseling, body sculpting, and cardiovascular exercises. A medley of spa-like services accompanies each program for quicker results. Treatments include body wraps, 30-minute sessions in an infrared sauna design to blast up to 800 calories at one go, and a French-algae skin-tightening wrap that will leave skin as taut and shiny as a shrink-wrapped skyscraper.