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City Circle Acting Company Announces Auditions for Next to Normal

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will hold auditions for the musical Next to Normal on Friday, September 16 from 6 p.m. to  9 p.m. and Saturday, September 17 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Coralville Center for the Performing Arts at 1301 5th Street in Coralville. Callbacks will be held Sunday, September 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, it was also chosen as “one of the year’s ten best shows” by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. Next to Normal will be directed by Kathryn Van Meter with music direction by Janelle Lauer.

Auditioners should prepare 16 bars of a song that shows off your voice and your ability to tell a story. Bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. You should also be prepared to sing a song from the show which are listed at Copies of the show music will be made available at the CCPA if needed.

To schedule an audition, complete and submit the audition form at Once you submit the form, the producer will contact you with your appointment time. Walk-ins are always welcome, but those with appointments will take priority.

Next to Normal will be performed February 10-12 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Rehearsals will begin December 5. 

ICPL to Screen Cyclo-Cross Documentary

Gear up for September’s Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup by watching For the Love of Mud Tuesday, September 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library.

This documentary by British filmmaker Benedict Campbell gives the history and narrative about cyclo-cross, a niche bicycling race that consists of on- and off-road courses held on a mix of surfaces, including mud. Campbell spent more than a year filming at races throughout Europe and the U.S., interviewing local cyclists and elite athletes.

Iowa City has played host to the Jingle Cross Cyclo-Cross every winter since 2004. This year, the annual race will move to September to coincide with the World Cup on September 24.

Called the sport’s Super Bowl, the World Cup features a series of races in countries across the globe. Iowa City is one of two North American host sites.

This screening is part of the Library’s Gear Up for Bikes, Bikes, Bikes; a series of programs designed to inform and educate the public about cyclo-cross. It is free and open to the public.

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

PAAC awards funds to five local public art projects

The Iowa City Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) has announced awards of $5,800 for five public art projects through its Matching Grant Project, which matches funds up to $2,000 for local visual, audio, or performance-based art. Proposals are submitted by artists, and members of PAAC make final award selections.

The most recently approved projects include:

The Iowa Disability Creative Works Gallery: $300 has been awarded to assist in printing materials and promoting a fall art show for the Iowa Disability Creative Works Gallery,, an online gallery that showcases the talent of persons with disabilities. The show will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at the Environmental Education Center at Iowa City’s Eastside Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Blvd. SE. The public will be able to meet the artists, view their work, and purchase art.

Open Washington Ribbon Project: PAAC has approved $1,500 for the purchase of additional materials and time for artist Thomas Agran to extend the popular Open Washington Ribbon Project. In this public art display, community members tie colorful ribbons to construction fences lining Washington Street in Downtown Iowa City to provide a visual diversion from the construction work. The PAAC funding will extend the display through October.

Mind Travelers’ Aquarium: This project will feature seven glass cases filled with fiber-based underwater creatures that will be displayed in the Fountain Lobby of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 200 Hawkins Drive. The public will be able to help create parts of the project by attending one of four free workshops scheduled between Sept. 6 and Nov. 25, 2016. The PAAC has awarded $1,500 to artist Sayuri Sasaki Hemann to support the Mind Travelers’ Aquarium, part of the ongoing “Urban Aquarium” exhibit which began in Portland, Oregon in 2009. A slideshow about the project will be made available to the public in mid-November. More information about the workshops and the aquarium may be found at

The Center for Afrofuturistic Studies: $2,000 has been awarded this project, which will help fund presentations that are part of the 2016 “Beyond Realism” speaker series. The public will be able to engage with three nationally recognized artists to discuss their works, with themes that include race, inclusivity, and the arts. The sessions will take place at Public Space 1 (PS1) at 120 N. Dubuque St. Poet and collagist Krista Franklin will discuss her current work from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 16 and put her final work on display Sept. 23. Curator and installation artist Alexandria Eregbu will speak at the Iowa Book Festival and exhibit her work at PS1 on Oct. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. Filmmaker Devin Cain will deliver lectures on Afrofuturism and Afrosurrealism from 6 to 7 p.m. at PS1 on Nov. 11 and Nov. 18, with his final exhibit scheduled Nov. 25.

Project Playground: This art event will bring programmers, designers, writers, engineers, and photographers together to create interactive video games at the playground next to the Iowa City Public Library at 123 S. Linn St. Anyone on the playground can interact with the games through clickable buttons placed on the playground equipment and monitors placed inside Merge. PAAC will provide $500 for Project Playground.

For more information on these projects, the Matching Grant Project, or the Iowa City Public Art program, visit or contact Marcia Bollinger at 319-356-5237 or

Labor Day schedule announced for City of Iowa City

City of Iowa City administrative offices at City Hall, 410 E. Washington Street, will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 for the Labor Day holiday. Other City facilities that will be closed, or changes that will take place to City services on Labor Day, are as follows:

Airport: The administration office will be closed, but Jet Air (FBO) will be open regular hours.

Animal Care and Adoption Center: Closed.

Landfill and Recycling Center: Closed.

Library: Closed.

Parking: The City's parking ramps will not be cashiered, and parking meters will not be enforced.

Parks and Recreation: Administrative offices will be closed on Labor Day, but both the Robert A. Lee and Mercer / Scanlon recreational facilities will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The pools at City Park and Robert A. Lee will open at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5 will be the last day of the season for City Park pool.

Police: Administration and Records offices will be closed, but Patrol will operate as usual.

Solid Waste: Refuse, recycling, and yard waste will not be collected on Labor Day. Residents on the Monday route should have their materials at the curb by 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6, although the City cannot determine exactly when items will be collected. Residents on the Tuesday through Friday routes should follow their normal schedule, and have materials at the curb by 7 a.m.

Senior Center: The Senior Center will be closed, and senior meals will not be served or delivered on Labor Day.

Transit: City buses will not operate on Labor Day.

Water: The office will be closed. For a water emergency, call the 24-hour emergency number at 319-356-5166.

Normal City office hours and operations will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 6. For more information, contact Shannon McMahon, Communications Coordinator, at 319-356-5058 or

Coralville Police Department Promotes Three, Hires Three

Chief Barry Bedford is extremely pleased to announce the following Promotion, Assignments and the hiring of three new Police Officers:

Sgt. Juan Coleman: Juan was promoted to the rank of Sergeant effective August 22, 2016. He was hired as a patrol officer in August 2006 and served in that capacity until March 2015, when he was assigned to the Community Relations Officer position. He has served in that role until his promotion.

Officer Hanna Dvorak: Hanna has been assigned to the position of Detective effective July 18, 2016. She was hired as a patrol officer in December 2005, was assigned to the Community Relations Officer position from July 2010 through July 2012, and went back to Patrol where she served until her recent assignment.

Officer Adam Jennings: Adam has been assigned to the Community Relations Officer position effective August 1, 2016. He was hired as a patrol officer in July 2007 after having previously been an officer with the Ottumwa, IA Police Department. He has served as the department’s gang officer for several years while assigned to the Patrol Division and up to his recent assignment.

Officer Jeff Reinhard: Jeff is a new Patrol Officer for the Coralville Police Department. Although he grew up in Coralville, he has been a Police Officer for the City of Grinnell, IA for the past year and a half. He was hired on August 15, 2016 and will start his Field Training on August 22.

Officer Nicholas Stoos: Nick is a new Patrol Officer for the Coralville Police Department. He grew up in Coralville and is the son of former Coralville Police Sergeant, Dave Stoos. He was hired on August 16, 2016 and will attend basic training at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in Johnston, IA from August 22 through December 9, 2016.

Officer Michael Mrstik: Mike is a new Patrol Officer for the Coralville Police Department. He has been a Reserve Deputy for the Linn County Sheriff’s Department since February 2012. He was hired on August 17, 2016 and will attend basic training at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in Johnston, IA from August 22 through December 9, 2016.

Iowa City again receives national Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

City of Iowa City Finance Director Dennis Bockenstedt has been notified that for the fifth consecutive year, the City’s Finance Department has been awarded the national Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The award, which is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting, recognizes the City’s FY2017 budget, which took effect July 1, 2016.

The GFOA notes that this award represents significant achievement and a commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. To receive the budget award, the City had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation which assessed the budget’s effectiveness in four categories: as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and communications device. As part of the review, budget documents must be rated highly in all four of these categories, as well as the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories. The City’s budget was scored by three different reviewers, and in each area of consideration received one of the two highest rankings: “outstanding” or “proficient.”

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving over 18,000 government finance professionals throughout North America. For the last fiscal period, 1,523 entities were expected to receive the Distinguished Budget Presentation award.

To view a copy of the City’s FY2017 budget, visit For more information, contact Dennis Bockenstedt at 319-356-5053 or e-mail

Hundreds of volunteers needed for Jingle Cross Festival & UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup events

UCI Cyclo-CrossAbout 350 volunteers are needed for the upcoming Cyclo-Cross World Cup and corresponding Jingle Cross Festival in September. 

One of the reasons Iowa City was chosen for the Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup series was the overwhelming recognition of a community that wanted to see the event succeed. 

Cyclo-Cross is a tough terrain, off-road cycling sport where athletes often hop on and off of their bike and carry it through various obstacles. 

The three-day cyclo-cross festival is a combination of the annual Volkswagen Jingle Cross Cyclo-Cross Festival and the Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup series. Typically the Jingle Cross Festival takes place in late November or early December at the Johnson County Fairgrounds but with this year’s addition of the UCI World Cup Series, all events will be held September 22-25, 2016.

There are plenty of opportunities for volunteers to help while being part of an event that brings together the best cyclo-cross talent in the world. 

Event Itinerary:  

  • September 22 – Opening Ceremony at the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, “Iowa City Welcomes the World”.  The evening will start at 5:30 p.m. with live music by Lonesome Road, a kid’s bike ride, participating UCI World Cup team presentations, and a spectacular fireworks display.
  • September 23: Amateur races start as early as 9:00 a.m. and continue throughout the day with races under the lights and a D.J. party on Mt. Krumpit.
  • September 24: World Cup Day. The day will start with a gravel and road fondo starting and ending at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.  The day is planned with VIP zones, kids’ races, food vendors, armed forces recognition, live music by Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and the Crooked Mile along with the excitement building for the UCI World Cup races starting at 3:30 p.m.. The UCI World Cup races will be broadcasted live to Europe.
  • September 25: The amateur and UCI races resume starting at 8:00 a.m. and continuing throughout the day with the last race ending after 6:00 p.m.

All of these events require a lot of help in various capacities.

A sign-up system has been developed with job descriptions and time slots for volunteers to choose what works best with their schedule and abilities. This is also a perfect opportunity for corporate or business group volunteers.

​To volunteer and learn more visit or contact Laura Alderman at

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Practice your cat stretch with kittens! Jazzercise Iowa City plans special fundraiser for Animal Center

Instinctively, cats know the benefits of stretching. As humans, we could incorporate more of it into our daily lives. The Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center is teaming up with Jazzercise Iowa City Fitness Center to offer a special mat-based stretching class -- Cats & Mats -- on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016 at 4 p.m. The class will be held at the Jazzercise Iowa City Fitness Center, 1010 S. Gilbert Street.

During this fun class, participants will work through strength and stretching routines while kittens from the Animal Center are released in the studio. Playing with the kittens and incorporating them into the routines will be highly encouraged.

“I’ve adopted three kittens from the Iowa City Animal Center and have a soft spot in my heart for the animals and people there,” says Kristi Bontrager, owner of the Jazzercise Iowa City Fitness Center. “I thought it would be fun to bring people together with kittens during a stretching class. I know I love getting down on the floor with my own cats while I prepare to teach my classes.”

Tickets for the class are $20 and all proceeds go to the Friends of the Animal Center Foundation. Participants can register online at

“We are excited to partner with Kristi and Jazzercise for this fundraising class,” said Liz Ford, Supervisor for the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center. “We get such good support from the Iowa City community and this is just another way for us to bring adoptable animals to people. Plus, we thought it would be great fun!”

Space is limited. Participants should bring a mat, but are asked to leave their own cats at home. Only kittens from the Iowa City Animal Center will be participating in the class.

If you are unable to attend the event but still want to make an impact, you can donate directly to animal care through the Friends of the Animal Center Foundation at