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ICCT Holding Open Auditions For: It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

The Iowa City Community Theatre is holding open auditions for It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry. This production is directed by Brian Tanner.

Auditions for It’s A Wonderful Life will be Sunday, October 29th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM and Monday, October 30th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center.

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

The cast will consist of 5 or more actors (at least 2 females, 3 males). Casting is flexible. Auditions will consist of reading from the script. As this is a radio production, actors will need to be prepared to portray multiple characters within the same scene.

Performance dates are December 1, 2, 3 and 8, 9, 10. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 pm, Sunday performances begin at 2:00 pm.

For more information on specific roles or the audition process, kindly email, or contact Brian Tanner at, To learn more about the 62nd season, visit,

Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14: Every Second Counts, Plan Two Ways Out

Fire Prevention WeekA home fire escape plan can make the difference between life and death 

Consider this scenario: It’s two o’clock in the morning and you and your family are asleep. You awaken to the smoke alarm and the smell of smoke. What do you do?   

October 8-14, 2017, is Fire Prevention Week, and “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out” is the message behind this year’s campaign.  The Coralville Fire Department and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are reminding residents about the critical importance of developing a home escape plan and practicing it.  If you and your family don’t have a plan in place, it could jeopardize your safety, or even prove deadly. 

In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That’s why home escape planning is critical. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small amount of time wisely. A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place that’s a safe distance from the home. 

NFPA and the Coralville Fire Department offer these tips for making and practicing a home escape plan:

  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household. Mark two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure your house number is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave — this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

Fire Prevention Week is supported by fire departments across the country. For additional information, please contact the Coralville Fire Department at 319.248.1835. Some information in this article is reproduced from NFPA's website, © 2017 NFPA.



City Hosts State Snow Plow ‘Roadeo’

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The City of Cedar Rapids and Iowa Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) is hosting a Snow Plow “Roadeo” competition on Thursday, October 5 as part of the three-day APWA Operator Training and Roadeo. A portion of the competition will include guest “celebrity drivers” who will try their hand as snow plow operators. Celebrity drivers include Cedar Rapids’ Police Officer Sarah Lacina, winner of “Survivor,” and members of the Cedar Rapids’ RoughRiders hockey team, including Head Coach Mark Carlson.

WHEN: Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Kirkwood Continuing Education Center

101 50th Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

WHAT: Snow plow competition/obstacle course to hone operational skills and maneuverability. 

Celebrity participants will drive the course with a trained snow plow operator and will be judged on their skills maneuvering safely, quickly, and efficiently through an obstacle course.

In all, more than 80 participants from nine Iowa cities will participate in this friendly competition designed to hone skills of snow plow operators. Winners of this year’s state Roadeo will go on to compete on the national level next year.

Last week, the 2017 APWA Western Snow and Ice Conference and Roadeo was held in Colorado, where Cedar Rapids’ Public Works plow operator Sam Reicks took third place out of 61 in the Skid Steer competition.

Trick or Treat Night, Halloween events announced

Iowa City will celebrate its official Trick or Treat Night on Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, from dusk until 8 p.m. In the meantime, the Parks and Recreation Department has loads of other spooktacular fun planned for the season.


Join Iowa City Police Officers for Coffee with a Cop

Meet up with neighbors, friends, and police officers for coffee and a conversation during the next Coffee with a Cop event. 

Iowa City Police officers will be at MERGE, 136 S. Dubuque St.,from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. 

There is no agenda scheduled. This is an opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know police officers in a relaxed setting over a cup of coffee.  

Additional information about the Coffee with a Cop program is available at For other questions, or to schedule Coffee with a Cop in your neighborhood, contact Officer David Schwindt at or 319-356-5275.

Coffee with a Cop - Sept. 2017  

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To learn more about the Coffee with a Cop program, and for instructions on how to schedule an event in your neighborhood


Cedar Rapids Regional Police Academy Graduation

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Police Department is pleased to announce the graduation of the 45th Basic Cedar Rapids Regional Police Academy.  The public is invited to attend the graduation ceremony that will be held at Cedar Rapids Public Library, Downtown Branch at 450 5th Avenue SE, Whipple Auditorium, at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 6th.  A reception will be held in Beems Auditorium “A” following the ceremony.

Graduates include:

Cedar Rapids Police Department

Dale Daniel Dellimore

Kyzer Kip Moore

Benjamin Ross Pritchard

Melinda Jean Rauwolf

Eastern Iowa Airport

Jonathan Ron


The Cedar Rapids Regional Police Academy began on June 12th and concludes with the Graduation Ceremony on October 6th.  The Academy includes 17 weeks of basic training for police recruits.