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News and Notes from the City of Coralville, April 27, 2017

Upcoming Events

Check out the upcoming events, meetings, activities, and performances at the City of Coralville. Highlights for the next two weeks include:

  • Family Storytime (April 29 & May 6)
  • Meetings: Library Board of Trustees (May 3), Planning & Zoning Commission (May 3), City Council (May 9)
  • Tiny Tykes Play Date: "May the fourth be with you" (May 4)
  • Kid’s Night In: Cinco de Mayo (May 5)
  • Teen bake sale at the library (May 6)

View all upcoming events

 

Kids Can Give the Police a Hand

"Week of the Young Child" event

Saturday, April 29 | 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Celebrate the “Week of the Young Child” at the Iowa Children’s Museum at Coral Ridge Mall. The Coralville Police Department will be inside the mall with a squad car, registration information for Safety Village, and badge stickers. Kids and adults can give the police a hand and put their handprints—using real fingerprint ink—on the hood of a squad car! Learn more

 

Spring Cleaning Events in Coralville

Shop the City-Wide Garage Sale

Saturday, May 6 | 8:00 am-noon

Throughout Coralville

Find a bargain! Starting at 8:00 am on Saturday, stop by the Coralville Recreation Center to pick up a map of participating sales and grab a first come, first served continental breakfast. Learn more

 

Recycle Swap Day

Saturday, May 6 | 8:00 am-noon

City Hall parking lot

Whether you want to declutter and donate items or just look for treasures, Recycle Swap Day keeps usable items out of the landfill. Donations of clean, working items are welcome. Food donations for the Coralville Community Food Pantry are accepted. Learn more

 

Community Shred Event

Saturday, May 6 | 10:00 am-noon

Aquatic Center parking lot

Thin out your files and bring up to two boxes of personal papers to shred in the mobile shredding truck, courtesy of the Coralville Police Department and Heartland Shredding. Learn more

 

Mayor’s Clean up Week

May 8-12

Curbside

Throw away big, broken items (such as broken furniture or bathroom fixtures) for free pickup on trash day. 
 
Unwanted (but usable) building and housing materials and appliances can be donated to ReStore. Free pickup is available, donations are tax-deductible, and ReStore sells the items to support Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity. Learn more

 

Coralville Accepting Applications for Police Officers

We're hiring!

Coralville is accepting applications for police officers through 5:00 pm on Wednesday, May 3. Applicants will complete written and physical tests on May 20, as well as oral interviews in the days following. Learn more

 

4thFest Parade & Vendor Opportunities

March in the 4th of July parade

Entries are now being accepted for Coralville's 4thFest parade, the area's largest 4th of July parade. March on! Learn more

Be a vendor

Apply now to be a vendor at 4thFest in S.T. Morrison Park on July 3 and 4. Thousands of people attend Coralville's annual 4th of July celebration! Learn more

 

On Stage at the Center for the Performing Arts

Annie Get Your Gun

April 28-30 & May 5-7

Presented by City Circle Acting Company. Sponsored by the University of Iowa Community Credit Union. This musical tells the fictionalized story of sharp-shooter Annie Oakley’s days as a performer in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

90 Ideas in 90 Minutes

Tuesday, May 3 | 7:30 am

Presented by the Corridor Business Journal. This will last just 90 minutes, but attendees will walk away with the collective knowledge of nine of the Corridor’s top leaders.
 
Learn more

 

What’s Happening at the Library

"May the fourth be with you" crafts (K-6)

Thursday, May 4 | 2:30 pm

On Star Wars Day, school-aged kids are invited to enjoy activities inspired by Star Wars. Learn more

Free film screening: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PG-13)

Thursday, May 4 | 6:00 pm

Celebrate Star Wars Day by watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens. May the fourth be with you! Learn more

Friends of the Coralville Library book sale

Friday, May 5 | 1:30-5:30 pm
Saturday, May 6 | 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Find over 7,000 used books with a broad range of reading material at bargain prices. Proceeds benefit the library and the community. Learn more

LitFlicks free movie for adults:
Murder on the Orient Express (PG)

Thursday, May 11 | 6:00 pm

Hercule Poirot is on the Orient Express when the train becomes caught in a snowstorm. When a passenger is murdered, his investigation begins. Based on the novel by Agatha Christie. Learn more

 

Stay Informed!

Connect with the City of Coralville and subscribe to City updates on anything from agendas and minutes to community events and more. Sign up and select the topics that interest you at www.coralville.org/notifyme.

 


Road Construction - Lindemann Drive

Weather permitting, beginning on Monday, May 1, 2017, Lindemann Drive, between Phyllis Place and Gustav Street, will be closed to through traffic. This road closure is necessary to facilitate pavement repair in the area.  Access to homes in the area will be maintained.  It is anticipated Lindemann Drive will re-open to normal traffic on Friday, May 5th.

Motorists are to take note of this construction and to seek another route during this time period.  As always, caution should be exercised when traveling through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit the City of Iowa City's website at http:www.iowa-city.org/works/roadconstruction

Lindemann drive


Road Construction - Kimball Road

Weather permitting, beginning on Monday, May 1, 2017, Kimball Road, between  Gilbert Street and  Governor Street, will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic.  This lane reduction is necessary to facilitate multiple pavement repairs in the area. It is anticipated that Kimball Road will reopen to normal traffic by early evening on Wednesday, May 3rd.

Motorists are encouraged to allow extra travel time or to seek an alternate route during this time period.  As always, caution should be exercised when driving through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit the City of Iowa City's website at http:www.iowa-city.org/works/roadconstruction

Kimball Road


Road Construction - Glendale Road and Hawthorne Street

Weather permitting, beginning on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, Glendale Road and Hawthorn Street will each be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic near their intersection. These lane reductions are necessary to facilitate pavement repair in the area.  It is anticipated that both roads will reopen to normal traffic by late afternoon on Thursday, May 4th.

Motorists are encouraged to allow extra travel time or to seek an alternate route during this time period.  As always, caution should be exercised when driving through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit the City of Iowa City's website at http:www.iowa-city.org/works/roadconstruction

Glendale Road and Hawthorne Street


Road Construction - Iowa Avenue

Weather permitting, on Monday, May 1, 2017, westbound Iowa Avenue, between Van Buren Street and Johnson Street, will be closed to through traffic. Eastbound Iowa Avenue will remain open to normal traffic.  Vehicles going through the UI Credit Union drive through will be able to exit back into the UICCU parking lot and exit through the adjoining alley.  This lane closure is necessary to facilitate street pavement repairs in the area.  It is anticipated that Iowa Avenue will reopen to normal traffic by early evening on Wednesday, May 3rd.

Motorists are encouraged to take note of this work and seek an alternate route during this time period.  As always, caution should be exercised when driving through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit the City of Iowa City's website at http:www.iowa-city.org/works/roadconstruction

Iowa Avenue


Celebrate Local History in May at ICPL

Get ready to learn more about local history with the Iowa City Public Library’s Weber Days.

Our annual celebration of local history is held every May in honor of Iowa City’s unofficial historian, the late Irving B. Weber. May also is National Historical Preservation Month. This year’s lineup of programming is perfect for anyone interested in learning more about the community they call home.

Preschool Storytime with Ellen Buchanan – Celebrate Children’s Book Week

Wednesday, May 3, 10:30 to 11 a.m. in the Storytime Room

Celebrate Weber Days and Children's Book Week enjoy this storytime with local native and legend Ellen Buchanan!

Music on Wednesdays @ICPL – Old Post Office Brass

Wednesday, May 3, noon to 1 p.m. in the Lobby

"Old Post Office Brass" reflects the home base in the Senior Center, formerly the Iowa City Post Office, and is a part of the New Horizons Band. This traditional brass quintet (two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba) performs a large variety of music, including classical, ragtime, Dixieland and popular (show tunes, etc.) for audiences in different venues.

University Town, Union Town – An Introduction to Iowa City and Johnson County Labor

Wednesday, May 3, 7 to 8 p.m. in Meeting Room A

John W. McKerley, oral and public historian at the University of Iowa Labor Center's Iowa Labor History Oral Project, will give an introduction to the labor history of Iowa City and Johnson County.

Voxman and Eble – Iowa City’s Music Men

Wednesday, May 10, 7 to 9 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Himie Voxman and Charlie Eble travelled throughout the United States and Europe, collecting sheet music for arrangement, study, and sale in Iowa City. Voxman collected copies of neglected music manuscripts from European archives, while Eble made important contacts with dealers to bring the latest musical repertoire to the University of Iowa School of Music and local musicians. This talk by Katie Buehner, head of the Rita Benton Music Library, will examine their work. The Voxman 5, a woodwind quintet of UI staff members, will perform.

The Plain and Colorful Story of Feed Sacks

Monday, May 15, 7 to 8 p.m. in Meeting Room A

For nearly 100 years, cotton bags (also known as feed sacks) were used to transport products that ranged from agricultural feed and seed to ballots, auto parts, and hams. Their evolution from white, strictly utilitarian textiles to stylish dress-print fabrics parallels recognition by manufacturers of women's influence on their family's purchases. Linzee Kull McCray will share stories and images from her book “Feed Sacks: The Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric,” which brings together tales of hardship, resilience, and social and economic forces with more than 850 historic photos and images of vintage fabrics, advertising, and more.

Why Save an Old Barn?

Wednesday, May 17, 7 to 8 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Secrest 1883 Octagonal Barn in rural Johnson County is one of the oldest and largest round barns in the United States. In the process of restoring the barn, current owner Rich Tyler, a professor in the Departments of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Iowa, has researched the history behind the property, including the golden age of farming, the Great Depression, and the architecture of barns. He'll share the story of the barn's preservation, thanks in part to the individuals and organizations that rallied around the barn. He'll also discuss how you can save your own barn, and what old barns may mean to future generations who grow up without them.

ScienTweens

Thursday, May 18, 3 to 4 p.m. in the Storytime Room

Don't just learn science- DO science with the Iowa City Science Booster Club. In honor of Irving B. Weber, we’ll learn about the science of ice cream and make some to share.

The Jefferson Hotel and Murals of Mildred Pelzer

Wednesday, May 24, 7 to 9 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Sean Ulmer, Executive Director of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, will present a lecture on Mildred Pelzer's Jefferson Hotel murals. Two of the murals are on loan to the Iowa City Public Library and the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center during the renovation of Longfellow Elementary School. J Patrick White, who organized the loan and Chris Pisarik, Longfellow Elementary School Principal, will also speak.

Irving B. Weber Storytime

Thursday, May 25, 10:30 to 11 a.m. in the Storytime Room

Come learn about Irving B. Weber’s fascinating historical connections to Iowa City, including his local history bus tours, his swimming career at the University of Iowa and his days as an ice cream maker!

History Walks – The Pest House in Hickory Hill Park

Saturday, May 27, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hickory Hill Park

Join us for a nature walk in Hickory Hill Park, where we will visit the spot where the Pest House was located. Pest Houses were used to house patients suffering from small pox; this house was used in the early 1900s. We will meet at the Conklin Lane parking lot (800 Conklin Lane) at 11 a.m., and then proceed to the site. The walking portion will be at least 30 minutes round trip, it includes some hills, and is of a moderate difficulty.

Little Village, Big Progress

Wednesday, May 31, 7 to 9 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Celebrate more than 15 years of independent publishing with Little Village. The twice monthly publication has been in print since July 2001.

In addition to these programs, the Library’s May classes for adults will focus on personal history, from genealogy and military records research, to exploring local history resources at ICPL. Visit http://calendar.icpl.org/categories/classes-tech-help for more information and to register for classes.

For more information about Weber Days, call the Library at 319-356-5200.


Iowa City Animal Services seeks help locating dog after bite

Iowa City Animal Services needs the public's help identifying a dog and its owner after a recent bite. 

The dog was in vehicle going through a drive-through at 1861 Lower Muscatine Road when it bit an employee around 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. The dog is described as a black lab-type breed and was in a light green and tan Suburu station wagon. 

Animal Services wants to verify the dog's rabies vaccination status. 

Anyone with information should contact Iowa City Animal Services at 319-356-5295.