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Rummage in the Ramp 2017 begins Wednesday - Iowa City

Rummage in the Ramp will begin this Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at 4 p.m. Now in its 11th year, the City’s annual mega-recycling event encourages students and local residents to donate, rather than throw away, items they no longer want or need.  

Donated items are sold at bargain prices during the nine-day garage sale, with proceeds divided among local nonprofit organizations that help staff the event. It’s a pinnacle event in the local reduce, reuse, and upcycle way of thinking, and one in which everybody wins. Each year, the event helps new students inexpensively furnish their homes, while keeping tons of still-usable items out of the landfill. At the same time, the event also raises thousands of dollars for local nonprofits.  

The sale includes everything from furniture to household items like dishes, cookware and electronics to books and one-of-a-kind, hard-to-find items. Larger items, like sofas, are seldom priced for more than $20, small appliances typically go for $5, and most individual items are priced as low as $1.

Cash, as well as credit and debit cards, are accepted. 

This year, Rummage in the Ramp will begin on Wednesday, July 26 and end on Thursday, Aug. 3. It will once again be held on the ground floor of the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp under the College Street bridge, across from City Hall, 410 E. Washington St., and adjacent to the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center parking area.

Event schedule 

Donations and sales will occur simultaneously during event hours. 

  • Wednesday, July 26: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 27 and Friday, July 28: noon to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 29: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 30 through Thursday, Aug. 3, noon to 7 p.m.

Electronics and small appliances

Again this year, all electronics and small appliances will be accepted, even those that are not working. If they are not working, inform the sales assistant so they are not placed on a sales table.

A recycling fee of $15 will be charged for all donated, working or non-working, televisions, computers or laptops, in case items do not sell.

Pick-up service

A Pick-up service is available to residents who want to donate items, but have no way to transport them to the ramp. The services costs $10, plus an additional $15 recycling fee, per item for TVs, computers or laptops, working or non-working. To learn more about the service, and schedule a pick-up online, visit This service is available only to households within City limits. Reservations are limited and are available first-come, first-served.

Rummage ReDux Challenge

As part of the City of Iowa City’s longstanding Rummage in the Ramp resale event – the City is offering an opportunity to “redo” a donated item and win some cash too! 

The Rummage ReDux Challenge is an opportunity to transform used items found at Rummage in the Ramp from serviceable to spectacular, all while competing for a top prize of $300. 

Participants will present their redone item during a showcase on Wednesday, Aug. 2 that will take place during the Wednesday night Farmers Market, which runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Stop by and see these transformed projects while enjoying a variety of vendors and live Market Music. The winner will be announced by 7 p.m. that evening. 

Learn more about how the challenge works, and how to participate by reading our web article or visiting Questions about the challenge can be directed to Iowa City Public Art Program Coordinator Marcia Bollinger at 319-356-5237, or

Last day specials and celebration

On the last day of Rummage in the Ramp, Thursday, Aug. 3, take advantage of our “Name your Price” sale, beginning at 4 p.m. Come down, see what’s left, and tell us what you’ll pay for it. 

Enjoy musical entertainment during the final sale too!

Additional Information

Rummage in the Ramp is co-sponsored by the Iowa City Landfill and Neighborhood Services divisions. 

For more information, visit or contact Jennifer Jordan at 319-887-6160 or, or Marcia Bollinger at 319-356-5237 or


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Party in the Park this Thursday at Glendale Park - Iowa City

Connect with friends, family and neighbors this summer at Party in the Park. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Glendale Park, 1250 E. Jefferson St. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy live music by the Yahoo Drummers, games, arts and crafts, and frozen treats. The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will also be on hand, as well as representatives from various City departments who will share information about their areas of expertise. Party in the Park is a no-fee event and is open to the public. Check out the full schedule of events below.

Sponsored by Iowa City’s Parks and Recreation Department and Neighborhood Outreach Division, Party in the Park gives residents a chance to enjoy their summer evenings outdoors with friends and family while exploring the City’s many beautiful natural spaces and neighborhoods.

For more information, contact Joyce Carroll, Recreation Arts and Culture Supervisor, at or 319-356-5100, or Marcia Bollinger, Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator, at or 319-356-5237.

2017 Party in the Park events:


Glendale Park — 1250 E. Jefferson Street
Entertainment: Yahoo Drummers


Wetherby Park — 2400 Taylor Street
Entertainment: Suzanne Wedeking
Eulenspiegel Puppet Theater performance at 5:30 p.m.
*NEW* Sport Court Ribbon Cutting at 6:15 p.m.

S. Hickory Hill Park — 1439 E. Bloomington Street
Entertainment: The Fritters

College Green Park — 600 College Street
Entertainment: Mitch McAndrew

Brookland Park — 550 Greenwood Drive
Entertainment: Bob and Kristie Black

Video Update: Rummage in the Ramp, Climate Action Grant and more

Iowa City Update is a weekly video featuring City of Iowa City projects, programs and events. Topics this week include Rummage in the Ramp, a Climate Action Grant and National Night Out. Click the image below to watch Iowa City Update.

Iowa City Update

Rummage in the Ramp

Whether you’re dropping items off or shopping for a deal, make sure to come by Iowa City's largest rummage sale.

Climate Action Grant

Discover how you can help keep our community sustainable by supporting climate action. Watch to learn how to apply.

National Night Out

Learn how you can take a stand against crime by attending one of five community events.

Police Requesting Assistance Identifying Person of Interest in Stolen Vehicle Case

2017-07707 Suspect Photo 1CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in the identification of an individual that is a person of interest in a stolen vehicle case. 

The individual is pictured in the attached surveillance photographs from May 19, 2017.

Citizens who can identify the individual in the surveillance photographs are encouraged to call the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5532 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME (272-7463) or text CRIMES (274637) and in the message/subject, type 5227 and your tip.  You can continue to trade information with an investigator.  Text STOP to opt out at any time.  Please reference case #2017-07707.

Disclaimer:  Any arrest information included above is based on the legal conclusion that, as with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Edgewood Rd NE near Glass Rd NE Lane Reductions - Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS – Effective Tuesday, July 25, northbound Edgewood Rd NE before Glass Rd NE will be reduced to one-lane for sewer maintenance. Work is expected to take one (1) week to complete, weather permitting. Traffic is advised to seek alternate route.

For an additional list of road closures please check: Closures.

Corridor Business Journal announces Corporate Battle of the Bands

2017 Battle of Bands LogoNORTH LIBERTY – The Corridor Business Journal (CBJ) has announced the lineup for its second annual Corporate Battle of the Bands. The event, which features six company-sponsored bands, will be held from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 24 at Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City.

The CBJ sought band applications in June. To be eligible, at least 50 percent of the band must be comprised of company employees, and the band vocalist must be a company employee. This is an amateur competition; no studio musicians or ringers are allowed.

Corporate bands include:

  • 5 Second Rule - Clickstop Inc.
  • Catastrophy - UFG Insurance
  • FSociety - ProCircular
  • The Hubcaps - Nelson Electric
  • The Hopping Iguanas - Solon Community School District
  • Jessa and the Reps - MediRevv

Each band will have 20 minutes to play a minimum of three songs. An independent panel of industry experts will judge the competition. Bands will be judged based on: Music, originality, stage presence, appearance and personality, and crowd applause.

The winning band will receive a traveling trophy, $1,000 store credit to West Music, donation to the charity of their choice, and the opportunity to play at the CBJ’s Coolest Places to Work event on Sept. 14.

Tickets are $40. Admission includes one drink, appetizers and a T-shirt. Registration closes Aug. 17, and T-shirt sizes cannot be guaranteed after Aug. 14. For more information or to register, visit or contact Ashley Levitt at (319) 665-6397, ext. 311, or

Investigation: Florida man facing charges in deadly human smuggling case

UPDATE on Monday, July 24, 2017: The United States Attorney's Office says a 10th victim has died from injuries related to the human trafficking tragedy on Sunday. See previous story below...

SAN ANTONIO - The driver of an 18-wheeler used in a human smuggling operation that resulted in the deaths of ten people was identified as James Matthew Bradley, Jr., of Clearwater, Florida, according to the United States Attorney's Office.

Bradley, 60, will likely appear before a federal judge on Monday to face federal charges in the case.


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CEC Opens Registration and Announces Keynote for Popular Business Technology Conference

Hiawatha, IA – CEC, a nationally recognized systems and technology integrator, opened registration for its free Business Technology Conference (BTC), scheduled for Oct. 17, 2017, in Coralville, Iowa. Former FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence operative Eric O’Neill will serve as the keynote. 

Recent years have seen a massive increase in theft of private and confidential information from government agencies, businesses, institutions, and individuals. Today’s spies and hackers are sophisticated, brilliant, devious, and technologically advanced, and they are targeting our organizations.

Eric O’Neill, an American former FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence operative who helped bring down American master spy Robert Hanssen, is this year’s keynote. O’Neill’s session, “Security in the Age of Espionage,will rely on real-life spy stories to show how careful diligence, counter espionage techniques, and restraint in social media can help identify the numerous spies, hackers, hacktivists, and trusted insiders that threaten organizations of all types and sizes.

“Cybersecurity is now as important as physical security,” says Melissa Henderson, director of marketing at CEC. “This year’s keynote and event will be informative both personally and professionally for our attendees.”

The 2017 event will feature four tracks of education sessions, and continues to expand by showcasing even more leading manufacturers in AV, IT, safety and security, structured cabling, and two-way wireless communications technology.

Registration is now open for this free event. Information is available at


About BTC

CEC’s Business Technology Conference has become a must-attend event for technology decision-makers. The education sessions, technology demonstrations, and nationally recognized keynotes help organizations align technology solutions to the needs of their organization. Attendees will learn about the best practices form experts as well as their peers, how to prepare for the changes and impact technology has on them, and the latest technology being unveiled on a national level.   

About Eric O’Neill

Eric O’Neill has worked as an FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence operative, a national security attorney, and a corporate security consultant. He also founded The Georgetown Group, a premier investigative and security services firm. In February 2001, Eric helped capture the most notorious spy in United States history: Robert Phillip Hanssen. O’Neill was selected to work with this spy in the newly minted information assurance division, which was created to protect all classified FBI intelligence. While undercover, O’Neill’s investigative skills led to Hanssen’s arrest and ultimate conviction.

About CEC

With offices in the Midwest serving local and national customers, CEC offers solution design, integration, and technical services specializing in audio/video, safety and security, IT, structured cabling, and two-way communications. Focused on the customer experience, the CEC teams partner with clients to understand their business, tailor solutions, and plan for future technology needs. To learn more, visit or contact CEC at 800.377.0721.