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Tee Off for Swimming and Reading Golf Classic

The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department and Iowa City Public Library will host the first ever Tee Off for Swimming and Reading Golf Classic on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Finkbine Golf Course, 1380 Melrose Ave. The goal of the event is to generate funds for children’s books and programs at the Library, as well as support the Parks and Recreation swim scholarship program. Proceeds will help ensure that all local kids who want to learn to swim are able to, regardless of their family’s ability to pay for lessons. The event begins with lunch at 11:30 a.m. Tee times begin at 1 p.m.

For participating golfers, the cost to play is $125 per person or $400 per foursome, and includes green fees and a box lunch. There are also several corporate participation levels available ranging from a $100 corporate sign sponsorship to a $300 hole sponsorship. Each level offers different opportunities to market or promote a business, product, or organization. 

To register online as a sponsor or a golfer for the event, visit, or download a hard copy of the registration form here: Hard copy forms should be sent to the Development Office at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240.  

Questions? Contact Aquatic Supervisor Matthew Eckhardt at 319-887-6117,, or Patty McCarthy, ICPL Development Director, 319-356-5249,  

Backyard forest invasive species field day

Registration is now open for an educational forest field day on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Hickory Hill Park,1439 Bloomington Street. The Backyard Forest Invasive Species Field Day will cover issues related to invasive species, including identification and management, as well as establishment of healthy native habitat. Landowners are encouraged to join the experts to learn how to improve their woodlands and become advocates for healthy forests.  

This event is open to the public and there is no fee to participate. Pre-registration is required. Detailed registration information can be found at  

The field day is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, Trees Forever and the Iowa DNR, in partnership with Iowa City Parks and Recreation. 

It’s a “Total Eclipse of the Heart Sale!”

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Monday’s Solar Eclipse has many people excited.  The eclipse will last 2 minutes and 23 seconds, during which a total solar eclipse will occur – the sky will turn black, the air will cool, and stars will be visible in the middle of the day.   The last time a total solar eclipse crossed from one coast to the other of the continental United States was June 8, 1918.

So starting at Noon, Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control will be hosting a special adoption event to commemorate this extraordinary and historic phenomenon.

We’re calling it a “Total Eclipse of the Heart” adoption sale!

From Noon to 5:00 p.m. Monday only, black and/or orange altered felines will be available for adoption for just $2!  And because they want to be fair to all the animals looking for a new home, any other altered dog or cat will be available for just $25 – Monday only, purebreds are an exception.

“There are several sale events in the area celebrating Monday’s total solar eclipse,” said Diane Webber, Program Manager for Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control. “But only at the “Total Eclipse of the Heart” adoption event can you find the purr-fect, furry four-legged companion to steal your heart away.”

Adoption fees include:

  • Spay or neuter
  • Initial vaccinations 
  • Deworming
  • Flea/Tick treatment
  • Microchip

“Don’t forget,” says Webber, “when you adopt a pet, you're not only saving a life, but gaining a companion that makes your life complete.” 

About Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control

You can view a list of the many wonderful pets we have available for adoption by visiting our PetFinder website at

Back to School Swim to be held at Noelridge August 22

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – On Tuesday, August 22, the Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department will hold the Last Gasp! Back to School Swim at Noelridge Aquatic Center from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Admission is only $1 per person for this special swim with games, relays, a dunk tank, and an inflatable castle. Swim passes will not be accepted for admission.

Post season pool schedules are available online at For more information, call the Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department at 319-286-5566.

Association of Realtors Provides Exercise Station at Cherry Hill Park

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held for a new outdoor exercise station in Cherry Hill Park. This station includes multiple elements for upper and lower body exercises and plyometrics.  There is also a wheelchair accessible piece for upper body exercise. The Cedar Rapids Association of Realtors provided approximately $20,000 for the equipment. This is the third exercise station in Cedar Rapids parks donated by the Association of Realtors for a total contribution of $60,000.

WHEN:          Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:       Cherry Hill Park, south of the pool

Speakers will include:

Justin Shields, Mayor Pro Temp, Cedar Rapids

Jeff Pomeranz, City Manager, City of Cedar Rapids

Gary Doerrfeld, Cedar Rapids Association of Realtors

Daniel Gibbins, Parks Superintendent, City of Cedar Rapids

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 and University of Iowa Department of Public Safety Officers will be at Cortado, 26 S. Clinton St., Iowa City, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 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 flyer  

Learn more 

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


ICPL Storytime at Upper City Park Log Cabins

The Iowa City Public Library has teamed up with the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department for a special storytime event on Thursday, August 17, at the historic log cabins at Upper City Park, 200 East Park Road, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. 

The program will include stories, games, pioneer crafts and songs. The Bookmobile will also be on site. 

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

Celebrate Summer with Coralville's 5th Street Social

Celebrate the end of summer with music, food, children’s activities, and local brews at Coralville’s 5th Street Social on Saturday, August 19.  A portion of the proceeds benefits the Coralville Parks and Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund.

Enjoy music and activities on 5th Street between 6th and 10th Avenues on Saturday, August 19:

  • Kids’ Zone, 4:00-8:00 pm: Free fun for kids, including bounce houses and craft activities.
  • Fun for Everyone: Giant Jenga, giant tic tac toe, bags games, and ping pong.
  • Food Trucks, starting at 4:00 pm: Buy a bite to eat from a local vendor (30 Hop, Maestro’s Empanadas, Marco’s Grilled Cheese, Mosley’s, and Tacos Don Diego).
  • Live Music, 4:00-10:00 pm: Kick up your heels and dance to live music on 5th Street. At 4:00 pm, Plastic Relations, a locally-grown cover band, opens the stage. At 6:00 pm, David Zolo and The Body Electric perform their mix of rock, blues, soul, gospel, and honkey-tonk. At 8:00 pm, country singer-songwriter Tasji Bachman performs.
  • Beverage Garden, 4:00-10:00 pm: A two block area is enclosed as a beverage garden, featuring craft beer from four Johnson County craft breweries (Backpocket Brewing, Big Grove Brewery, ReUnion Brewery, and Sutliff Cider); $5 cup charge. IDs checked. Due to state law, alcoholic beverages must remain in the beverage garden.

A temporary street closure on 5th Street between 6th and 10th Avenues is scheduled.  

For full event details, parking, street closures, transit changes, and volunteer opportunities, learn more.

5th Street Social is presented by the City of Coralville and sponsored in part by Hills Bank and Trust Company, 808 on Fifth, and University of Iowa Community Credit Union. For additional information, please contact Coralville Parks and Recreation at 319.248.1750.



Boss Baby: Special Access Movie Screening at ICPL

The Iowa City Public Library has partnered with The Iowa City Autism Community to host free a screening of Boss Baby from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16, in the Storytime Room. 

The room and movie screening will be as accommodating of sensory needs as possible. This movie will only be open to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. No sign up is necessary to attend. 

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