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Presidents’ Day holiday schedule announced for Iowa City

City Hall administrative offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 in observance of Presidents' Day. The following schedules will be in effect for other City facilities on the holiday:

Airport: The office will be closed. Jet Air will be open normal hours.

Animal Center: Closed

Landfill: Closed

Library: The Library will close at 6 p.m.

Parking: Regular operations will be in effect. Parking facilities will be cashiered and parking regulations will be enforced.

Parks and Recreation: Offices will be closed. The Robert A. Lee and Mercer / Scanlon recreational facilities will be open regular hours, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Pools at both facilities will open at 6:15 a.m. The fitness room at Robert A. Lee will open at 6:30 a.m.

Police: Administration and Records offices will be closed, but Patrol operations will operate on a normal schedule.

Senior Center: Closed. Senior meals will not be served.

Solid Waste: Refuse and recycling will not be collected. Residents on the Monday route should place materials at the curb by 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16. People on the Tuesday through Friday routes should have refuse and recycling at the curb by 7 a.m. on their regular collection day, although the City cannot determine exactly when items will be collected.

Transit: The Transit Division will operate on a normal weekday schedule.

Water: The Water Division will be closed, but a 24-hour emergency line and on-call staff will be available. In case of a water emergency, call 319-356-5166 for assistance.

City offices and operations will return to normal schedules on Tuesday, Feb. 16. For more information, contact Shannon McMahon, Communications Coordinator, at 319-356-5058 or

Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department hosts Freeze Fest

Blue Zones designation will also be celebrated


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International Children's Theatre visits CCPA

One of Canada’s most renowned theatres for young audiences will thrill children of all ages this month at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia is an award-winning children’s theatre that tours internationally each year. On Thursday, February 18th, they will be performing childhood favorites Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny at 6:30 PM at the CCPA. An early afternoon performance booked especially for area school children has already sold out.

Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. Both feature endearing rabbit characters, and the soothing rhythms of bunny banter and dream-like imagery never fail to infuse young readers with a reassuring sense of security. Mermaid’s staged adaptation brings a new sense of appreciation to stories that have delighted several generations.

Tickets for the 6:30 performance on February 18th are still available. Tickets are $12 for children, $14 for students, and $16 for adults. Tickets may be purchased at the Coralville Center Box Office at or by calling 319.248.9370.

Founded in 1972, Mermaid Theatre’s unique adaptations of children’s literature have delighted more than five million young people in sixteen countries on four continents. Based in Windsor, a small rural town in Nova Scotia’s Avon Region, the company performs for more than 300,000 spectators annually, and currently ranks among North America’s most active touring organizations. Closer to home, Mermaid offers instruction at all levels through its Institute of Puppetry Arts, welcomes artists-in-residence through its Theatre Loft, provides a unique outreach program for adolescents through the Youtheatre, and offers a vibrant performing arts series at MIPAC (the Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre).

City Circle Acting Company Announces Auditions for 1776: The Musical

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will hold auditions for 1776: The Musical on Saturday, February 20 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM and on Sunday, February 21 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at The Community of Christ Church, 2121 S. Ridge Drive in Coralville. Callbacks, if necessary, will be held Monday, February 22 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Those auditioning should prepare 16 bars of a song that shows off your voice and your ability to tell a story and bring sheet music.  An accompanist will be provided. You may also be asked to read from the script and sides will be provided.

Audition walk-ups are welcome but priority will be given to those who fill out an audition form and schedule an appointment. To schedule an audition, complete and submit the audition form at

1776: The Musical is based on events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence and dramatizes the efforts of John Adams to persuade his colleagues to vote for independence and sign the document. With music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and book by Peter Stone, this production will be directed by Pauline Tyer.

1776: The Musical will be performed April 29-May 8 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

ICPL Announces February Music is the Word Events

Join the Iowa City Public Library as we celebrate all things musical with Music is the Word. This special series of programming, to continue through May 2016, welcomes the University of Iowa School of Music building to downtown Iowa City. Here’s what’s happening in February:

7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center Gymnastics Room: Yahoo Drummers. This Family Drumming Session at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center will have families exploring and playing percussion instruments from all over the world. No fee; no registration required.

7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in Meeting Room A: Film screening – “Bessie.” Queen Latifah stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in this HBO Films presentation, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dee Rees. 112 minutes (2015) 

10:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in the Storytime Room: Book Babies – West Music’s Sing, Play, and Grow.

2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in Meeting Room A: Concert – Gospel Explosion Ministry's Choirs. Join the Gospel Explosion Ministry's Praise and Worship Team, GEM Teen Mime Ministry and Precious GEM'S as they share hymns and gospel songs. 

Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in Meeting Room A: Music on Wednesday @ICPL with Preucil School of Music.

10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in Meeting Room A: Preschool Storytime – Preschool Valentine’s Day Dance. 

7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in Meeting Room A: Documentary – “Twenty Feet from Stardom.” The backup singer exists in a strange place in the pop music world; they are always in the shadow of the feature artists even when they are in front of them in concert while they provide a vital foundation for the music. Through interviews with veterans and concert footage, the history of these predominately African-American singers is explored through the rock era. 91 minutes (2013)

10:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, in the Storytime Room: Book Babies – Preucil’s Music Together. 

2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, in the Storytime Room: Sing-Along – “Tangled.” Will Rapunzel ever find her way out of her tower, or discover that she's really the lost princess of the kingdom? Stop by the Storytime Room to sing along and find out! This Disney movie features music by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken.

5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Meeting Room A: Concert -- Traditional Chinese Music Performance featuring Wu Man. Wu Man is an internationally renowned pipa (Chinese lute) virtuoso. 

7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in Meeting Room A: Film program -- And the Oscar for Best Original Score goes to “The Adventures of Robin Hood.” Sir Robin of Locksley, defender of downtrodden Saxons, runs afoul of Norman authority and is forced to turn outlaw. Guest speaker Nathan Platte, Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Iowa School of Music, will introduce the film and give a short history of the Academy Award for Best Original Score.

2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, in Meeting Room A: Family Event – Dancers in Company. Dancers in Company, the University of Iowa’s premiere touring dance company, performs work by nationally and internationally active faculty and guest choreographers throughout the state and region. This year, the company has created a series of works around the theme of “water.” The show will feature dances that investigate personal, local, and global issues underlying the beauty, vitality, and necessity of water by faculty choreographers Armando Duarte, Eloy Barragan, Jessica Anthony and Michael Sakamoto, and guest choreographer Rennie Harris. 

Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Lobby: Music on Wednesday @ICPL with Anthony Arnone. Called “a cellist with rich tonal resources, fine subtlety and a keen sense of phrasing,” cellist Anthony Arnone enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, conductor, recording artist, composer, and teacher throughout the country and around the world. Associate professor of cello at the University of Iowa School of Music, he is also on the faculty of the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, where he teaches and conducts.

Noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in Meeting Room A: Music on Friday. Please join students from the University of Iowa School of Music as they share a hour of music over the lunch break. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the amazing talent of our University of Iowa students.

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

FREE EVENT: Coralville Lake Bald Eagle Watch & Expo, Saturday, February 6, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Indoor Expo: North Central Junior High, 180 E. Forevergreen Rd., North Liberty, environmental groups with displays and activities. Guest speakers scheduled at 11:30 a.m., Linda & Robert Scarth, nature authors & photographers, will talk about eagles and other raptors. At 1:30 p.m., Mike Havelik will present “Big Owls Hoot & Little Owls Toot” with live owls. There will also be a vendor, the Creekside Gift Shop from the Indian Creek Nature Center with fun nature themed books, games, and toys.

Outdoor Watch Site: Coralville Lake Dam complex, Tailwater West Picnic Shelter. The Iowa City Bird Club and the Iowa DNR will have scopes set up for viewing and volunteers to answer questions. Free hot coffee and hot chocolate. For more information call the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Coralville Lake, 319-338-3543 x6300, or visit our Facebook page at or our page at

City Circle Acting Company Presents Sweeney Todd February 12-14

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will present Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street! February 12-14 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Performances are February 12 and 13 at 7:30 pm and February 14 at 2:00 pm.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, Sweeney Todd tells the tale of an infamous London barber who takes out his thirst for revenge on the newly shaven throats of his customers, while his conspirator, the pie shop proprietress Mrs. Lovett, disposes of the bodies in a unique and savory way.

This special concert version of Sondheim’s darkest but most delicious musical features a cast of 43 singers and 20 musicians.  Directed by Mark Baer and with music direction by Carl Rowles, this concert production features the full script and score with minimal scenery and props. This show contains adult sexual situations and violence.

Tickets to the show are $12-$27 and can be purchased online at or by calling 319.248.9370. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the CCPA box office at 1301 5th Street and at the Coralville Recreation Center at 1506 8th Street.

Iowa City Police Department to host Coffee with a Cop Thursday, Jan. 28

Coffee with a copThe Iowa City Police Department will host Coffee with a Cop from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 28 at Bread Garden Market, 225 S. Linn Street. Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative that aims to build trust between community members and police officers, one cup of coffee at a time.

It’s a simple concept. Police and community members come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee. The majority of interactions law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop provides the opportunity to break down communication barriers.

One of the keys to the program’s success in other communities is that it removes the physical barriers that routinely exist, allowing for the relaxed, one-on-one interactions which are the necessary foundation of partnerships. Informal contact in a friendly atmosphere increases trust between police officers and members of our community which is critical to public safety and problem solving. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in the City's neighborhoods. Community members come to a local Coffee with a Cop for a variety of reasons, but no matter why they participate, they are likely to leave with a better understanding and more positive impression of their local law enforcement agency and its role in the community.

For more information, questions or if you would like to host a Coffee with a Cop, contact Officer David Schwindt at or 319-356-5275.

View the event poster.


Public invited to screenings of “Inhabit” film

Event will kick off new “Regenerative Landscapes” campaign

Community members who are concerned about the quality and source of their food as well as declining bee and monarch butterfly populations are invited to screenings of the award-winning film, “Inhabit.” The film documents real-world examples of communities that grow food, provide habitat for desired wildlife, harvest rainwater, and prepare for a changing climate.

Screenings are scheduled Sunday, Jan. 17 at 1:30 p.m. at Prairiewoods, 120 E. Boyson Road in Hiawatha, and on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 1:30 p.m. at Shambaugh Auditorium at the University of Iowa Main Library, 125 W. Washington Street in Iowa City. There is no fee to attend. The event is sponsored by Backyard Abundance, Prairiewoods, the University of Iowa, and the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department.

The film will also launch the community-wide “Regenerative Landscapes” campaign, a partnership between several organizations to help people learn simple gardening activities that will provide healthy food and also enhance wildlife habitat. Plans call for a new outdoor edible classroom on the south side of the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center at 220 S. Gilbert Street in Iowa City, educational plant signage at three public edible landscapes, a spring plant sale focusing on edibles, monthly gatherings to strengthen connections with nature, and over 20 educational and celebratory events throughout the year.

“Through nurturing regenerative landscapes in our community, we inherently nurture our own physical, mental and spiritual health,” said Jen Kardos, the new co-director of Backyard Abundance, who specializes in educational and therapeutic horticulture. Kardos joined Backyard Abundance founder Fred Meyer last summer to jointly lead the environmental education nonprofit.

Funding for the campaign comes in part from a $24,000 Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) Specialty Crop Block Grant awarded to Backyard Abundance and the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department. The grant was awarded to help people learn to grow high-value orchard crops and enhance the competitiveness of these crops in Iowa. Other funding sources include the Community Foundation of Johnson County, Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP) grant, and an online fundraiser. Additional information about the campaign is available on the Backyard Abundance website at

For more information, contact Fred Meyer, Backyard Abundance Co-Director, at 319-325-6810 or