Poetry Out Loud Student Competition
Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
This event is sponsored by the Hearst Center and the Iowa Arts Council. Free and open to the public. Please join us to support our local students! The Hearst Center is excited to host a regional POETRY OUT LOUD competition this winter! All local students grades 9–12 are invited to register and compete in this national poetry recitation competition (students outside of the Cedar Falls Community Schools system are welcome.) For rules, approved poems, and more information please visit For more information and to sign up, or to volunteer to help with the event, please contact Heather Skeens at 319-268-5550 or

Holiday Concert – Bel Canto of the Cedar Valley
Sunday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m.
Live holiday musical performance by the Bel Canto Choir.

Lunchtime Concert
Bring your lunch and enjoy classics performed live by the UNI Music Department students and faculty! Performances begin at 12:00 p.m.

December 13: UNI Bass Studio
Featuring performances in various music styles by the students from UNI Bass Studio, under the direction of Dr. Alexander Pershounin.

January 10: James Aissen plays selections including original compositions and classic rock covers. Donations received at the concert will be directed toward repairs of the Hearst Steinway D.

February 14: UNI Percussion directed by Matthew Andreini.

March 13: UNI School of Music Voice and Opera students will perform, coordinated by faculty artist Korey Barrett.

Coming in 2020

Concert Series: More Than Music in Mae Latta
Join us on the second Thursday of the month for this series of special concerts with members of CVAGA (Cedar Valley Acoustic Guitar Association). Guest musicians play and chat with the audience about the music that inspires them. Concerts begin at 7:00 p.m.

January 9: Rick Vanderwall presents a special songwriters concert Join Rick Vanderwall, Karla Ruth, Raldo Schneider, Joel Sires and Amie Rivers for live music and discussion about the process of songwriting.

February 13: Jim Miller presents “A Lifetime of Music” Join Jim for a personal evening of songs and sharing about his musical life journey from age 5 to 65.

March 12: Paul Conditt “An Evening of Texas Songwriters” Texas transplant Paul Conditt performs and evening of music from the Lone Star state.

April 9: “Styles” by Janice Nolting, along with Marty and Marie Drilling Janice samples favorites in folk, blues, and pop, then Marty and Marie take the stage to play their favorite style, “hippie music!”

Red Herring Reader’s Theatre Presents: Daisy
January 16 at 7:00 p.m.
“Daisy” tells the story of the first televised negative campaign ad, used by the Johnson team against Goldwater in 1964. Directed by Rita Waggoner. Sponsored by Jones Law Firm

Final Thursday Reading Series
The Final Thursday Reading Series is collaboration of Final Thursday Press, the Hearst and the UNI College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences. Thank you to Sidecar Coffee Roaster and Hansen’s Dairy for beverages. Open mic starts at 7:15 p.m. and featured authors take the stage at 8:00 p.m.

January 30: North American Review issue launch featuring editors and contributors.

February 27: Rachel Morgan, author of the poetry collection Honey & Blood, Blood & Honey.

March 26: Andrew Farkas, author of the novel The Big Red Herring.

April 30: Jim Johnson, author of One Day In June: Selected Poems

Guest Author: David Connon
February 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Author David Connon discusses his new book, Iowa Confederates in the Civil War. Connon shares some the intensely human stories of the seventy-six men entered into Confederate service, ranging from difficult relationships to disease, imprisonment, desertion, and adventure. More stories illuminate the turbulent Iowa home front, where life was hard for parents of Confederates and for Peace Democrats.

North American Review Writing Workshops
February 25: Writing with Mindfulness—Attention to Poetry with Rachel Morgan
March 19: Writing to Save your Life—Finding the Courage to Create with Jeremy Schraffenberger

All experience levels are welcome to participate. Please bring a laptop and/or notebook and pen. All participants will receive a complimentary copy of the North American Review. Sessions are from 6:00–8:30 p.m. in McElroy Classroom. Editors at the North American Review, Rachel Morgan, Brian Pals, Jeremy Schraffenberger, and Grant Tracey, are holding one free, generative writing workshop per month from February to May 2020. Each workshop focuses on a different genre (fiction, poetry, nonfiction, multi-genre) and is conducted by one of these four NAR editors. All experience levels will be welcome. The Hearst Center is excited to partner with NAR to support literature and the arts in our community. April and May dates and times are to be announced. Visit or on our Facebook page for updates.

Local Food and Film Festival
March 7 from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
FREE admission and fun for the entire family! Meet local producers, purchase local food, attend a short film or a food preservation class, and browse the galleries. Childrens’ activities sponsored by the Hearst Center. Local food & non-profit vendors from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Garden Class: Food Preservation from 11 a.m.–noon Film: Overload: America’s Toxic Love Story and discussion from 1 p.m.–3 p.m. Questions? Contact