Park Hill keeps alive July Fourth tradition [Photo]

Excitement builds for Elizabeth Henderson, 5, as she waits for the start of the Park Hill Neighborhood Fourth of July Parade. Elizabeth is wearing a red, white and blue dress sewn by her grandmother, who also gave her the ribbons for decorating her bike.

Friends honor Forrest Rose at park dedication [Photo]

Phil Redmon and Carolyn Orbann, center, wait for music to begin at the dedication of Forrest Rose Park next to Mojo's in Columbia on Friday. The open space was dedicated in honor of the Columbia musician who died in 2005.

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Sadie Sweitzer, 5, blows bubbles at Phil Redmon and Carolyn Orbann at the dedication of Forrest Rose Park on Friday afternoon. Redmon and Orbann came to the dedication for music and foood. "It's an all-around package," Redmon said.

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Jason Bromberger and Atreyee Das play dominoes at the dedication of Forrest Rose Park on Friday. Das said the two came because they enjoy listening to live music.

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Jason Bromberger explains a move of the game of dominoes at the dedication of Forrest Rose Park near Mojo's.

A fabulous night for fireworks [Photo]

Hundreds of people gathered on the top of Virginia Avenue Garage on the MU campus to watch the fireworks display at Memorial Stadium on Friday. The fireworks were part of the Fire in the Sky event taking place at the stadium.

Botanical garden in her backyard [Slideshow]

Isabel Burggraaff from Thilly Avenue has an extravagant garden that she has been working on for five years. By putting in a pond, a small waterfall, stepping stones and more than 50 types of plants, she believes she has accomplished her goal of a soft, natural and peaceful ambiance.

A showing of 'Cabaret' [Slideshow]

MU’s Repertory Theatre kicked off its summer season with a showing of “Cabaret” on Wednesday night. Backstage at the Rhynsburger Theatre, cast and crew caked on makeup and squeezed into glitzy costumes to recreate the classic play, which is set in 1930s Germany.

Kids get bugged [Audio]

MU graduate student Jennifer Hamel brought bug communication to life on Thursday, July 3 at the Daniel Boone Regional Library in Columbia. She brought a group of thornbugs to the library so children could listen to how bugs "talk." In addition to live bugs, the children listened to recordings made by Reginald Cocroft, associate professor and head of the Cocroft Lab at MU. The event was part of the library's summer reading program, which is themed "Catch the reading bug."

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Title: Hirosaki Castle, 1935
This print captures the cherry blossom season at its end as the cherry tree's blossoms start to fall. The combination between the transient blossoms and the seemingly intransient castle is a poetic reflection of the Buddhist principle of impermanence. Cherry blossom season lasts about two weeks.

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Title: Mt. Fuji from Okitsu River, 1928

From the research: Mt. Fuji, the tallest in Japan, is frequently used in Japanese art. Here two men are fishing at daybreak before Fuji on the Okitsu River, which is the only place to fish for ayu (freshwater sweet fish) in Eastern Japan.

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Title: Ochanomizu, 1861

Hiroshige II, Ando's (he's in the show too) disciple, Ochanomizu, means "tea water." This print is a reference the tradition of gathering river water for the shogun's, the military dictator of Japan, tea.

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Title: Shinobazu Pond at Ueno Park, 1939.

Ueno Park is the largest and oldest park in Tokyo.

Poetic Painting [Photo]

Mehrhoff is the academic coordinator for the Museum of Art and Archaeology at MU. He can be contacted

Journey to Japan leaves 2 Columbia teachers with deeper understanding [Photo]

Clint Darr practices his Japanese symbols.
 Darr and Tammy Cox were two of 160 American teachers who spent three weeks in Japan as part of the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program.

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Clint Darr poses with students he spent a day with in Japan last month. Darr said plans to build a Web site that will include photos and snippets from his journal.

Man injured in moped crash at Providence and Sexton intersection [Photo]

Paramedics and firefighters put a moped accident victim into an ambulance Thursday morning at the intersection of Providence and Sexton roads. The man, 68-year-old William B. Easley, suffered head and leg injuries.

Dentist to unveil Statue of Liberty replica at dusk July 4 [Photo]

Dentist Fred Christman rewraps a tarp around his replica of the Statue of Liberty on Thursday afternoon at his dental practice on West Boulevard in Columbia. Christman plans to unveil and light the statue, which he found at a Kansas City antique mall and renovated over the past four months, at dusk on the Fourth of July.

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The Statue of Liberty replica at Christman's dental practice on West Boulevard. He estimated that eight people helped fix it.

CEDAR RAPIDS MISSION: Students from The Crossing go to help [Photo]

Marty Swant