The handlers at Iowa Reptile Rescue handle reptiles and amphibians with attentive foster care. While their reptilian guests vary, the shelter may house tokay geckos, bearded dragons, and russian tortoises, as well as the occasional orphaned rose-hair tarantula or a velociraptor who's burnt out after years of typecasting. Once animals are deemed ready for reentry into loving homes, the staff adds the animal to their list of current adoptables. To help fund their operation, the Iowa Reptile Rescue team organizes events, such as benefit concerts, and recruits the support of local business sponsors.
Founded in 1933, the Cedar Rapids chapter of the Iowa Junior Chamber of Commerce—or Jaycees—hones the leadership skills of its members through projects and programs that benefit the community. Once-a-month Sunday breakfasts bring locals together in the common pursuit of pancakes, and Uptown Friday Nights in Green Square Park are filled with music, food, and drinks. The Jaycees also fling wide the doors of its newly opened Jaycee Center to renters for conferences, parties, wedding receptions, and driving-school-class reunions.
Chooty & Co’s fabric designs span the spectrum from folksy to baroque, but they’re united by bright colors and bold patterns that can enliven any space in your home. One mustard-colored blanket, for example, features silk-screened flowers and a black satin border; tiny mosaic tiles wind across another plush salmon pillow; and some gauzy gold drapes crinkle like a foil candy wrapper. In addition to premade home furnishings, the store stocks more than 600 fabric swatches for shoppers to peruse until they hone in on an ideal pattern and hue for bed linens, blankets, or Dracula capes.
At Matthias Arabians, seasoned horse trainers Leon, Lon, and Kim Matthias teach visitors the art of steed steering in a scenic setting. In one-hour riding lessons, students of varying equine aptitude can take the reins of safe learning mounts, absorbing instructors' wisdom until their horses glide over terrain as smoothly as refurbished hovercrafts. Topics covered may range from horse-care fundamentals to proper discipline or mastering a stately trot, but all are presented with expertise and a sense of humor.
At Heart of Ankeny, Dr. Stacey Munger and her staff care for family dogs and cats. The expansive space includes boarding facilities, an in-house laboratory, and exam rooms. Inside these rooms, Stacey and her staff provide preventative services, such as vaccination and microchipping, and even offer monthly prevention plans. The staff also keeps teeth clean with dental care and offers routine and elective surgeries, such as spaying and neutering, declawing, and minor orthopedic procedures.
Carolyn Schmitz at Destination Massage & Spa practices massage therapy to complement the staff’s aesthetic services. She can soothe sore flexors and impart a sense of calm during sessions that take as long as a leisurely crabwalk from one end of Rhode Island to the other—60 or 90 minutes. If her clients want services to complement a relaxing massage, Carolyn can direct them to hairstylists, nail technicians, and makeup artists.