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Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: $50 to eat for a week, Day 5, dinner

Mike Thayer 2016 (2) By Mike Thayer

Can you eat for a week on just $50?

Breaking it down by the day, that's about $7.14 per day or $2.38 per meal.

20170524_185340It's Day 5, time for a healthy dinner!  I've been eating well, as in some VERY satisfying food, but some of those meals haven't exactly been some of the healthiest.....  So it's time for some salad!   One of the easiest ways to eat healthy but still satisfy that caveman mentality when it comes to food is to eat a salad loaded with grilled meat.  That's what I did with tonight's meal, rabbit food + grilled meat = YUM!   And here's the kicker.....  If you are a coupon shopper you can really take advantage of some food producer deals!  I picked up a Dole southwest salad  at the store for free using a Dole coupon and dressed that already fantastic ready-to-eat salad with some grilled chicken.  I prepped some chicken thighs with that southwest theme in mind, marinading the chicken with some cumin, black pepper, jalapeno salt and a bit of lemon juice.  It's another dose of YUM!  This Dole southwest salad mix is a winner!  By adding some grilled chicken to it, I've added another layer of great flavor to create one VERY satisfying dinner!  This meal only cost me about $2, the cost of grilling up some chicken thigh and enjoying a couple of adult beverages.  The salad was free, courtesy of the Dole company and a 'Free Salad' coupon.

Meal totals for the day:  

Breakfast:  $2.40
Lunch:  $2.50
Dinner:  $2.00

The Dole salad coupon kept me under budget for the day!  It pays to coupon shop.

Cumulative total for the Challenge:

Day 1:  $7.25
Day 2:  $6.90
Day 3:  $6.55
Day 4:  $4.21
Day 5:  $6.90

Grand Total:  $31.81 so far and under budget!  I've been eating well, dining in, dining out, burgers, Chicken Teriyaki, breakfast sandwiches, having some veggies too....  And there's been no Ramen on the menu!  For now anyway....

Need some meal ideas?  Go to the Bachelor on the Cheap You Tube Channel

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ICPL Summer Bus Program Begins June 1

An Iowa City Public Library card is your child’s ticket to ride an Iowa City Transit bus free this summer.

The Library will provide free bus rides to children through 12th grade, and the adult caregivers who are with them, on any Iowa City Transit bus route traveling to the downtown interchange, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. every weekday beginning Thursday, June 1. Eligible bus riders should show their Iowa City Public Library card to the bus driver to gain free access to the bus. Children can catch a ride home anytime the same day with a Ride & Read bus pass, which is issued by showing a Library Card at any public service desk at the Library.

Parents, if your child doesn’t have an Iowa City Public Library card, visit www.icpl.org/cards/ for information about how to apply for a card. Complete your application online, then stop by the Help Desk within two weeks to pick up your card. You can also apply in person at the Help Desk any time the Library is open. Adults will need to show photo identification (current driver’s license or passport) and proof of resident address (current driver’s license, mail with a current post mark, current lease) in order to obtain a Library Card.

Photo identification is not required for children under age 14.

The summer bus program ends the week day before the first day of school.

For more information, please call the Library at 319-356-5200.


City Park Pool and Iowa City Splash pads to open June 3

Time to break out the sunscreen and bathing suits. City Park pool and the spray/splash pads at Wetherby, Fairmeadows, and Tower Court Parks will open to the public on Saturday, June 3, 2017. 

The City Park Pool is located outdoors on Park Road in Upper City Park on the northwest side of Iowa City. Adult lap swim will be held 7 days a week, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., followed by open swim from 1-5 p.m. and Twilight swim from 5-8 p.m. Monday through Friday an additional adult lap swim session will be available from 6:15 a.m.-9 a.m. Admission is $4 per person, and $2 per person for Twilight swim. Children 2 years-old and younger swim for no fee. Additionally, 30-day and annual passes are available for families and individuals. These passes grant access to all Iowa City pools including Robert A. Lee, Mercer Park Aquatic Center and City Park.

The splash pads are open daily, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., during the summer season and do not require a fee. The pads are located at:

  • Wetherby Splash Pad
    2400 Taylor Drive 
  • Fairmeadows Splash Pad
    2500 Miami Drive
  • Tower Court Spray Pad
    1124 Tower Ct.

For more information, visit the Iowa City Parks and Recreation website: 
https://www.icgov.org/icpools&pads


Oakland Cemetery issues grave decoration guidelines for Memorial Day

The staff at Oakland Cemetery, 1000 Brown Street, reminds residents that decorations for Memorial Day may be placed on graves beginning Thursday, May 26 through Sunday, June 5, 2017. During this period, wreaths and decorations of all kinds may be left at gravesites, with no restrictions on the types of containers or materials used. The cemetery will also display the Avenue of the Flags along the main entrance road throughout the Memorial Day weekend.

Friends and family members who wish to keep their gravesite decorations after Memorial Day should remove them no later than June 5. If flags and emblems are still in place after that time, Cemetery staff will remove and store them, although they cannot assume responsibility for preservation of these items.

On Monday, June 6, staff will begin picking up and disposing of other grave decorations that are typically restricted, and will revert to these standard regulations:

  • Only live or dried flowers in plastic or paper mache containers may be used.
  • Glass or tin containers, toys, boxes, and other decorations that might create a mowing hazard are not allowed.
  • Annuals and perennials may be planted adjacent to the stone, if the lot owner and/or family members provide ongoing plant care.

Oakland Cemetery is the City of Iowa City’s public cemetery. For more information, contact Russell Buffington, Cemetery Supervisor, at russell-buffington@iowa-city.org or 319-356-5105.


Memorial Day Celebration at Oakland Cemetery

A Memorial Day celebration will be held at Oakland Cemetery, 1000 Brown Street, at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 29, 2017. The celebration will include an invocation, honoring of deceased, unknown soldiers, a reading of the Gettysburg Address and the Retiring of the Colors. This event is sponsored by the Grand Army of the Republic, American Legion Post 17 and Auxiliary, and the Johnson County Military Affairs Association, in conjunction with Iowa City Parks and Recreation. There is no fee for this event and the public is invited to attend.

In case of rain, the ceremony will be moved to 10 a.m. and held at the U.S. Army Reserve Center, 1913 S. Riverside Drive.


City Park Rides to open Saturday, May 27

The City Park amusement rides will open for the 65th Anniversary season on Saturday, May 27, 2017. To celebrate this important anniversary, Iowa City Parks and Recreation is hosting several special events throughout the summer.

ANNIVERSARY EVENTS:

5/29/2017- Memorial Day
Jump into summer fun. Buy a 10-ride pass and get two rides at no additional cost.

6/21/2017- First Day of Summer
Go for a City Park amusement ride and get a free Iowa City Parks and Recreation color-changing cup – while supplies last.  

7/4/2017- Fourth of July
Free amusement park rides all day.

7/21/2017 – Old Fashioned Carnival
From 5-7 p.m., play carnival games and enjoy old fashioned snow cones and hot dogs – served at the end of the evening. All participants will receive one free ride on the historic City Park rides.

8/14 through 8/18/2017- Lazy Dayz of Summer
Swim at City Park pool from Aug. 14-18 and enjoy one free ride. Remember to pick up a ride card at the pool before you leave. Ride coupons are only valid during the week of the promotion, and are valid for one ride per person.

The regular season schedule is as follows:

  • Park rides are open noon to 7 p.m. daily, 
    Saturday, May 27 through Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017
  • After Aug. 20, rides are open from noon to 6 p.m. on weekends only through Sunday, September 24. 

Cost is $1 per ride or $8 for a 10-ride punch card. 

To learn more about the history of the City Park Rides, view our brochure at http://bit.ly/2rNHUEH.

For more information, contact Joyce Carroll at 319-356-5100 or joyce-carroll@iowa-city.org.


Dine Out to Support ICPL

Here’s a novel idea: take the night off from preparing dinner and go out to eat. Better yet, have dinner out and support the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation at the same time.

The Foundation has partnered with local restaurants for a new fundraising program: Eat Out to Read. On Wednesday, June 7, dine at Motley Cow Café at 160 N Linn St. anytime between 5 and 9 p.m., and a percentage of your tab will be given to the Friends Foundation.

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


1st Avenue Duct Bank Project – 6th Street to 9th Street

UPDATE 05/25/2017:

1st Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction just north of the CRANDIC Railroad Crossing from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm on Thursday, May 25, to allow the City’s contractor to confirm the location of existing underground utilities crossing 1st Avenue.  The southbound 1st Avenue lane closure will be back in place for the morning commute on Friday.

About the Duct Bank Project

Construction of the 1st Avenue Duct Bank Project from 6th Street to 9th Street began on May 18. The project will install a duct bank (multiple utility conduits within an underground corridor) to allow overhead and underground utilities to relocate into the duct bank before reconstruction of this same segment of 1st Avenue begins in March/April 2018. 

Traffic Impact

A single lane closure in one direction will be in place each week on 1st Avenue, from 9:00 am on Monday until 3:00 pm on Friday, for the duration of the duct bank project. Construction should be complete by September 1, 2017. Sidewalk access will be maintained along 1st Avenue. Access to businesses within the project corridor will be maintained at all times.

Learn More

Questions can be directed to Assistant City Engineer Scott Larson at 319.248.1720 or email slarson@coralville.org. Project updates will be posted at www.coralville.org/projects.

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Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: $50 to eat for a week, Day 5, lunch

Mike Thayer 2016 (2) By Mike Thayer

20170524_210510Can you eat for a week on just $50?

Breaking it down by the day, that's about $7.14 per day or $2.38 per meal.

It's Day 5, time for lunch and have you noticed?  No leftovers yet.  It would be so easy at this point - day 5 - to feed on leftovers, I am after all a leftovers kind of guy for lunch, but I'm trying to stay away from doing that to demonstrate that you can have a variety of foods, conveniently, inexpensively on a $50 a week budget.  So if you're into the flavor of Buffalo Chicken, this lunch dish is for you.   Shredded Buffalo Chicken served over a bed of hash browns with cheese and topped with green onion.  It's another dose of YUM!  This meal cost me about $2.50 and just 15 minutes to prepare.   This puts me a bit over budget for the day, so I'll have to get a bit creative with the evening meal.  TIP:  Canned chicken is a MUST HAVE in your pantry.

Meal totals for the day:  

Breakfast:  $2.40
Lunch:  $2.50

Cumulative total for the Challenge:

Day 1:  $7.25
Day 2:  $6.90
Day 3:  $6.55
Day 4:  $4.21
Day 5:  $4.90 (breakfast & lunch)

Grand Total:  $29.81 so far and under budget!  I've been eating well, dining in, dining out, burgers, Chicken Teriyaki, breakfast sandwiches....  And there's been no Ramen on the menu!  For now anyway....

Need some meal ideas?  Go to the Bachelor on the Cheap You Tube Channel

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