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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - A community theater group in northeast Iowa is making progress toward its fundraising goal of $1.5 million to renovate a 108-year-old mainstay in the historic downtown area. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that the Cedar Falls Community Theatre has raised nearly $650,000 for improvements at the Oster Regent Theatre. The venue attracts about 35,000 patrons each year. A manager says renovations will improve the roof, stage, curtains, orchestra pit, entryway, box seats and marquee.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Four locations around Saylorville Lake in central Iowa will be open this weekend for bald eagle viewing. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the locations include the Saylorville Lake Visitor Center, Cottonwood Recreation Area, Bob Shetler Recreation Area and Jester Park Lodge. The driving tour is open from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday and includes outdoor observation locations with spotting scopes and naturalists who can answer questions.

HIAWATHA, Iowa (AP) - An eastern Iowa event will offer prom dresses, shoes, jewelry and other prom accessories free to high school girls in need. The annual Gown Town event will be held next Saturday at the Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center in Hiawatha. All of the items have been donated by listeners of Cedar Rapids radio station KZIA.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Public health officials say 28 people in Iowa have been sickened by chicken salad sold at Fareway grocery stores and another 66 illnesses are probably linked to the product. The Iowa Department of Public Health is advising consumers to throw away any chicken salad bought at Fareway produced between Dec. 15 and Feb. 13 and sold in plastic deli containers with a Fareway store deli label.

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