Flickinger's Dye for Education runs let participants get active while supporting the Learning Center and its mission to help educate the community. Unlike traditional charity runs, Dye for Education's live up to their name by blasting runners with colored, non-toxic cornstarch as they make their way along the run's route. By the end, runners are covered head to toe in the vibrant, temporary dye, a fun testament to their participation in the charity event. To add to the runner's sense of accomplishment, all proceeds from the runs support the non-profit Learning Center and its programs.
The staff at Varsity Cleaners wants to take the stress out of laundry day. Customers with a load of dirties can drop them off at any of nine area locations and have their clean clothes delivered free of charge. They can also escort their clothes to the laundromat, where for a few coins, the machines will wash and dry their garb without the use of a garden hose.
The lunch menu at Guido's Deli fields a reliable squad of fresh sandwiches and paninis. The American Dream sandwich celebrates life, liberty, and hungriness with roast beef, ham, smoked turkey, and a choice of cheese ($3.50–$7). Eight paninis populate the menu, one for each president who could pat his head while rubbing his stomach. The Naturalist unites portobello mushrooms and roasted red peppers with caramelized onions, artichoke spread, and tomatoes on a whole-wheat platform, and the Italian brings together disparate deliciousness in the form of capicola, salami, mortadella, provolone, and roasted red peppers ($3.50–$7). The caprese panini, like the first Roman recipe books, binds volumes of fresh mozzarella, roma tomatoes, and a fresh basil or spinach pesto spread ($3.75 small/$7.50 large) and makes a fine companion for a glass of freshly brewed iced tea ($1.50).
Liberty Tax Service's tax wizards prepare taxes with speed and accuracy, and they back up their work with a money-back guarantee. Knowing self-prepared taxes can lead to costly mistakes and mid-April cases of number-induced numbness, Liberty's taxologists assemble the most accurate and largest return so law-abiding citizens can personally mail it to the IRS to ensure on-time receipt. If an error results in penalties or interest, Liberty will reimburse the jilted bank account and sky-write an apology. And if terrified taxpayers find themselves in an IRS audit, Liberty centurions will attend the audit and explain how the return was prepared and where the globules of barbecue sauce came from.
After adopting The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation as its national philanthropy project in 1992, Zeta Tau Alpha women's fraternity has worked to raise funds and awareness for the disease at college campuses across the country. The University of Iowa chapter's annual 5K corrals runners, walkers, and pogo stickers in the heart of Iowa City's Lower City Park to kick off the 3.1-mile race, which runs a circular route through campus. After participants cross the finish line, a post-race celebration awards prizes to top finishers and restocks energy reserves for all with food and drinks served by event sponsors. Runners can also opt for a complimentary massage to soothe tired muscles or whimpering tennis shoes, and participants take home an event T-shirt (while supplies last) to commemorate the trek.
Shea Vitti enjoys letting her creativity loose during themed and classic photo sessions. She comes up with off-the-wall and fun themes that that range from zombies to Alice in Wonderland, or she can capture families, kids, and couples at their most natural and relaxed. That means Shea works extensively with clients to ensure they get exactly what they want out of their shoot and any subsequent prints. Headshots, fashion shoots, and weddings are all in her image-centric wheelhouse.