CEDAR FALLS — The UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center will host a series of restoration and natural management seminars in 2018.

The first seminar will feature Kristine Nemec, who will present “Creating the Case for Habitat in Rights-of-Way” at 4 p.m. Thursday. In her talk, Nemec will discuss the use of a decision support tool that addresses the benefits and barriers of pollinator habitat in utility and transportation rights-of-way.

Nemec manages the Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management program, which is in its 30th year at UNI.

Other topics of this four-part series, which is scheduled January-April, include wetland mitigation, habitat establishment and maintenance and landscaping with native plants. All seminars will meet at the Tallgrass Prairie Center, located at 2412 W. 27th St.

For more information, email Staci Mueller, outreach coordinator at the center, at staci.mueller@uni.edu, or go to tallgrassprairiecenter.org.

Schools to close

for MLK holiday

WATERLOO — Waterloo Schools and the Education Service Center will be closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Schools and normal business hours will resume Jan. 16.

Groups to help

at food bank

CEDAR FALLS — The Northeast Iowa Food Bank is partnering with the University of Northern Iowa’s Service and Leadership Council and the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley to host the third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday in Maucker Union on the UNI campus.

Participants are invited to help package food for the food bank that will be contributed toward its “Backpack Program,” which aims to provide meals for the 14,500 children who may not have stable meals over the weekend.

The event is open to the public. Participants are asked to donate at least one jar of peanut butter. Volunteers with children younger than 12 are encouraged to participate in the Youth MLK Day event hosted at the Volunteer Center.

Breakfast set

at new hotel

WATERLOO — The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber will host Good Morning Cedar Valley from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday at Courtyard by Marriott Waterloo Cedar Falls, 250 Westfield Ave.

This is a quarterly networking breakfast for Alliance & Chamber investors/members. The January program will include updates from Mayor Jim Brown of Cedar Falls, Mayor Quentin Hart of Waterloo, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber CEO Steve Dust and a Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors representative.

The premier sponsor for the breakfast, Courtyard by Marriott Waterloo Cedar Falls, also will make a brief presentation.

There is no cost to attend. RSVP by Thursday on the Alliance & Chamber website, www.cedarvalleyalliance.com, under the Events tab or by calling 232-1156.

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