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 is canceling all April event dates but plans to reschedule those events and proceed as planned during the May 26-June 6 festival, the organization announced this week. The organization is offering new Virtual Wine Flights in partnership with local restaurants through Facebook Live, beginning March 27. More information on upcoming events is available online

The 2020 Women Lead Change Quad Cities Conference has been rescheduled to Nov. 10 at the TaxSlayer Center with the same lineup of event speakers, organizers announced today. More information and updates are available online

Drake to continue remote classes for remainder of semester, cancels live commencement

Drake University President Marty Martin on Wednesday announced that the university will continue with remote delivery of classes through the end of the spring 2020 semester. “I know that while we all appreciate the necessity for this, it is nevertheless a sad and unwelcome reality,” Martin wrote in a post on the university’s website. “The second half of the spring semester is a particularly special time at Drake and it is painful to lose this. However, this action is in the best interest of your health and safety, and in the best interest of our broader community.” Additionally, the university has canceled its live commencement ceremonies that were scheduled for mid-May. Drake officials are working on alternative plans to celebrate its May 2020 graduates, to include an invitation to each graduate to attend our December 2020 live commencement and an opportunity to participate in a virtual commencement in May.

DMACC Fashion Merchandising and Design students are now making “Olson masks” from their homes to support local health care providers responding to COVID-19, DMACC announced today. Approximately 15 students are sewing Olson masks based on a design developed by clinicians from UnityPoint Health and named after Lyla Mae Olson, a nurse and author of the 1947 medical manual “Improvised Equipment in the Home Care of the Sick.” Department members have enough materials to make 300 masks but are continuing to collect material, DMACC professor Ann Gadbury said.