Proteus provides face masks, COVID-19 support to farmworkers in three states

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Proteus, Inc. is collecting face masks, providing free testing, educating workers on prevention, and helping coronavirus survivors with follow-up services, through a new initiative it began in March. The Des Moines-based nonprofit has already provided masks for 2,000 of the estimated 7,500 migrant farmworkers throughout Nebraska, Indiana and Iowa. Their top goal is to receive enough donated masks to provide at least two to every farmworker in the three-state area. “Farmworkers are essential workers. They contribute to supporting the food supply chain, agricultural economy, and help put food on our…

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Shakespeare’s focuses on coming through with comfort food during coronavirus

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Building on its historic strength of providing comfort food at an affordable price has been the focus of Iowa City’s Shakespeare’s Pub & Grill since mid-March when the coronavirus crisis first began. Throughout an unpredictable four months that included 11 weeks of being shut down to in-restaurant dining, Shakespeare’s has found ways to expand on its specialty of fun food. It was among the first restaurants in Iowa City to begin offering no-touch curbside service, and has bolstered its marketing of delivery through Chomp. Shakespeare’s also offers daily specials every…

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ReAlive Metaphysical connects anew with COVID-19 precautions

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MARION — “No-touch air hugs,” new hours, and a plexiglass barrier between staff and customers are part of the changes you’ll find at ReAlive Metaphysical & Repurposing since the coronavirus crisis. ReAlive is now open noon to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 2 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. ReAlive will offer curbside pick-up and private in-store shopping by appointment. Additional changes include: Hand sanitizer in the front and back of the store, to be used by customers upon entering and leaving  Floor markers showing six-foot distances…

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Velvet Lotus Tattoo cautiously approaches reopening Friday

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IOWA CITY — Velvet Lotus Tattoo plans to re-open Friday with a new way of operating that includes masks, disinfecting resources, and focused scheduling that is also more flexible, says owner Michelle Balhan. The shop is open Friday and Saturday noon to 7 p.m. and Tuesday through Thursday noon to 6 p.m., with flexibility to stay open later if needed.  The goal is an environment that follows guidelines to prevent disease transmission, and to keep staff and clients safe, Balhan said.   Here are the changes you can expect to find…

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Toyota of Iowa City offers virtual shopping, home delivery/pick-up

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IOWA CITY – Home pick-up and delivery for maintenance, car interiors covered with plastic during service, and virtual shopping are all part of the new strategies Toyota of Iowa City is enacting to promote health and safety during the coronavirus crisis that began in mid-March. “Right now, people are being told to stay home, and typically the goal of a dealership is to try and get people in the doors,” says Brandi Kohl, marketing representative for Toyota of Iowa City. “So we’re faced with trying to find a whole new…

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Tarotscope: Open Your Mind (Introduction, May 4-17)

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Welcome, everyone, to my new bi-weekly feature for The Real MainStream: Tarotscope for the Collective! Every two weeks, I’ll be coming to you with a new tarot reading intended for the good of us all. A tarotscope? You mean like a horoscope? Yes and no. A horoscope offers insight and advice for the upcoming month according to astrological signs. A tarotscope is a tarot reading for the community as a whole. It’s a way to speak to folks on both a small and large scale. While everyone gets something different…

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