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Blessing of the Animals at Prairiewoods

October 1, 2023 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm

Come to Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) for outdoor fun for people and pets! Gather your family, your friends and your favorite animal companions and head to the annual Blessing of the Animals at Prairiewoods. Please bring your pets on leashes or in carriers, their clean-up bags, and lawn chairs or blankets. We’ll have this free event rain or shine, and it will be moved indoors if there’s inclement weather. We’ll have a parade with people and pets at 1:15 p.m., and the blessings will begin around 1:30. Our very own Nancy Hoffman, FSPA, and Rev. Jean Sullivan will perform the blessings. We’ll also have the Cedar Valley Humane Society passing out information and collecting donations for their organization. If you would like to help them, they’ll gratefully accept cash donations, dry cat or dog food, HE liquid laundry detergent, antiseptic wipes, or 1-gallon or 2-gallon Ziplock bags. For a complete list of their needs, visit Eastern Iowa Arts Academy will also be on hand to host a sun print workshop. Sun prints, also called cyanotypes, have been used to make records of plants for hundreds of years. Sun print paper is coated with chemicals that react when exposed to sunlight. When you place objects like leaves on the paper, they block the light so that the paper remains white while the areas around the leaves turn a beautiful Prussian blue. Explore the land for some flat leaves and flower petals to turn into a lovely sun print to take home! We hope you and your beloved animals will join us for this fun, free event! For more information, visit or call 319-395-6700.


October 1, 2023
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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120 E Boyson Rd
Hiawatha, IA 52233 United States
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