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City of Iowa City employees schedule "Leaf It To Us!" volunteer day

Employees with the City of Iowa City are organizing a “Leaf It To Us!” leaf-raking volunteer day and are looking for Iowa City homeowners who can no longer do these chores themselves and could use the help. Volunteers will rake and pile leaves at the curb for pick-up. The event, which is being coordinated by the City’s Employee Wellness Committee, is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Iowa City residents who want to sign up for the assistance should contact the Senior Center at 319-356-5220 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to have their names added to the list. The deadline for sign-up is Friday, Oct. 16, although the City cannot guarantee that all requests will be accommodated. The service will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Residents whose yards will be raked will be notified prior to Oct. 24. Volunteers will be available to rake leaves only; no other chores or clean-up work can be performed. In case of inclement weather, the event will not be rescheduled.

For more information, call the Iowa City Senior Center at 319-356-5220.

Orchid Show in Cedar Rapids, October 17 and 18

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department, in cooperation with the Eastern Iowa Orchid Society, will host the Fourth Annual Eastern Iowa Orchid Show and Sale on October 17 and 18. The show will be held at the Noelridge Park Greenhouse, 4900 Council Street NE, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. The show is free and open to the public. Over 500 blooming orchids will be featured, arranged in beautiful displays by exhibitors from throughout the Midwest. Activities include American Orchid Society orchid judging, and floor and table top orchid exhibits by regional orchid societies, amateur hobbyists, and professional orchid growers. Orchid related crafts and collectables will also be exhibited. Several vendors will have a wide variety of orchid plants for sale. Volunteers will be present to answer questions about orchids in the show and how to grow orchids. Daily lectures are scheduled on Repotting, Basic Culture and Reblooming Orchids. Visitors are encouraged to cast their vote for the People's Choice Award, the best orchid display in the show. Other special awards include: Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion for the best two blooming orchids, Nature's Best Award for the best orchid species, Weird and Wonderful Award for the most unusual orchid, and Mini but Mighty Award for the best miniature orchid. This show venue is family friendly and offers visitors an up close and personal view of some of nature's most exotic orchid blooms in artistically arranged displays. For more information go to


Free kids' safety seat checks scheduled

Studies show that four out of five child safety seats may be installed or used incorrectly. To ensure that your child is protected, have your car seat inspected by a certified technician. Safe Kids Johnson County, in partnership with the Iowa City Fire Department, will offer a free child safety seat check from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at Fire Station #4, located at 2008 N. Dubuque Road in Iowa City.

A trained technician will provide education and assistance on proper safety seat installation, and will also answer questions and check for recalls. Parents, grandparents, childcare providers, and others who travel with children in the car are invited to bring their vehicle, child and child safety seat to the event. Appointments are not required, but may be made by calling Mercy On Call at 319-358-2767 or by visiting

For more information on the child safety seat checks, visit the Safe Kids Johnson County (IA) page on Facebook or contact Fire Chief John Grier at 319-356-5256 or Additional information on child safety is available at

City of Iowa City plans Halloween events


On Friday, Oct. 23, tricksters of all ages are invited to meet at 6 p.m. at the Weatherdance Fountain on the Ped Mall in Downtown Iowa City, dressed in their full Halloween attire. The annual Parade to the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center at 220 S. Gilbert Street will begin at 6:15 p.m. Once the revelers arrive at the Recreation Center, even more ooky fun gets underway with the Halloween Carnival, scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Enjoy the Haunted Hallway and a glow-stick dance party, as well as carnival-style games, crafts, prizes, tricks and treats, special visitors, and loads of other Halloween fun.

All ages and abilities are welcome. No pre-registration or fee is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult for both of these events. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled, but the carnival will still be held.

TOT MONSTER MASH: Friday, Oct. 30

This annual Halloween adventure, designed for kids aged 6 and under, accompanied by a parent or guardian, is scheduled on Friday, Oct. 30 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dress up in Halloween costumes and join Parks and Recreation staff at Mercer / Scanlon, 2701 Bradford Drive in Iowa City, for inflatables, games, stories, crafts, and more! No pre-registration or fee is required to participate in this event.

TRICK OR TREAT NIGHT: Saturday, Oct. 31

Iowa City’s official Trick or Treat Night will be Saturday, Oct. 31 from dusk to 8 p.m. Have fun out there, but stay safe by following these guidelines from the Iowa City Police and Fire Departments:

  • Make sure that costumes allow trick-or-treaters to see and walk safely. Avoid long, billowing fabrics that drag on the ground, costume footwear (wear sturdy shoes), or masks that obstruct the ability to see or breathe. Cut out larger openings for eyes, nose, and mouth, if necessary.
  • Trick-or-treaters should be visible. Carry a flashlight or wear something lighted, such as a glow bracelet or necklace or shoes that light up, or add reflective tape to a Halloween costume or coat.
  • Parents, guardians, or a responsible older youth should accompany trick-or-treaters. Visit homes in familiar neighborhoods where the porch light is on and the area is well-lit. Make sure children understand that they are never to enter a stranger's home. Stay on the sidewalk rather than cutting across yards.
  • Instruct kids to stay away from candles and open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothing catches fire. Adults are urged to use battery-powered candles in their jack-o-lanterns, and are also advised to make sure that the decorations they place on sidewalks, porches, steps, or other approaches do not pose a tripping or safety hazard to trick-or-treaters.
  • Halloween treats should not be eaten until they're brought home and examined by parents. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • Drivers should be especially alert on Halloween. Keep an eye out for children who may be dressed in dark clothing or walking on roadways, medians, and curbs, or who may dart out from between parked cars. Also, be sure to enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • Halloween is often a time for pranks that may have the potential to harm a person or property. If you see any unlawful or suspicious activity, contact the Iowa City Police Department at 9-1-1 to report it.

For more information about these Iowa City Halloween events, contact the Parks and Recreation Information Desk at 319-356-5100. For additional Halloween safety information, contact Crime Prevention Officer Al Mebus at 319-356-5273 or or Fire Chief John Grier at 319-356-5256 or

Harvest Party planned Tuesday at Mercer Farmers Market

The Mercer Park Farmers Market will celebrate the arrival of fall with a Harvest Party next Tuesday, Oct. 6. Join the fun at 2701 Bradford Drive from 3 to 6 p.m. and pick up your weekly supply of fresh produce, baked goods, and other Farmers Market items while celebrating a successful harvest season! More than 20 Farmers Market vendors have signed up to participate in this event.

Activities will include pumpkin decorating, games, live music by Dustin Busch and Guy Drollinger, and a bouncy house and storytime by the Antelope Lending Library for the kids. The Bike Library will also be on hand to offer fall and winter biking tips, while the City’s Recycling Division will provide information on fall waste reduction, composting, and how to reclaim your holidays by creating fun and meaningful celebrations that are more fulfilling, less wasteful, less stressful, and more focused on what’s most important during the holidays.

In addition, the Harvest Party will serve as a collection point for clean, gently used  winter outerwear, such as coats, boots, snowpants, hats, gloves or mittens, and other winter outerwear in all sizes. Items will be redistributed through local charitable organizations, including the North Liberty Community Pantry and the Consultation of Religious Communities. Bring what you can no longer use to help others this winter.

For more information, contact Farmers Market Coordinator Cassidy Bell at or call 319-321-1958.

Steinway Artist BK Davis performs a Stevie Wonder Tribute Saturday, October 10 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

Coralville, IA. -- Byron "BK " Davis  Steinway International Artist is returning to Coralville to perform a ninety minute Stevie Wonder tribute.  Performances will take place Saturday, October 10 at 2:00 PM & 6:00 PM.  Tickets are $12-$27, and are available through the CCPA Box Office at 319-248-9370, and online at

Davis' Steinway peers are legends such as Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr., Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock, Ahmad Jamal, Elton John  and others. This concert is a must see!

BK Davis is a Steinway International Artist, one of only a few hundred elites amongst the tens of thousands of professional musicians working today. The Steinway International Artist designation is an honor bestowed on pianists with an impressive body of work. Davis’ Steinway peers are legends such as Elton John, Billy Joel, Harry Connick, Jr. and Herbie Hancock.

It is no accident that Davis is in such esteemed company. He has been composing and performing music for 40 years. The jazz pianist/singer composed his first song at age 13 and had it performed by a 150-member church choir – that he was directing – on national television a year later.

Born in Davenport, Iowa, home of 20th century jazz great Bix Beiderbecke, Davis was raised in a musical household. His father, Bishop Ezekiel Davis, conscripted him as a teen to serve as musical director for the seven churches he oversaw, while his mother, Rose Davis, an accomplished vocalist, attended to his vocal and instrumental training. Davis is a multi-instrumentalist who plays more than a dozen instruments besides the piano, including guitar, organ and drums.

He served in the U.S. Army, was honorably discharged, then continued his musical studies at Western Illinois University.

Jazz, R&B, gospel, soul and pop are the genres that propelled Davis to travels around the world. His artistry enticed promoters in Europe, Japan, North America and on the high seas to book him and not one has regretted it.

“What BK has, intellectually, is the capacity to know what the audience wants and when,” a Florida club owner said. “He can take you on that magical trip; when it’s smooth, he takes you up a hill – then he sets you on fire.”

A restless musical intellect, Davis has an impressive and disparate list of accomplishments to his credit:

§  Wrote theme music for the Boy Scouts of America and an Indianapolis 500 race among dozens of commercial jingles that he penned

§  An early adopter of musical independence, he shunned a record contract, created his own company and sold tens of thousands of CDs of his original music

§  Musical and/or choir director for several large churches in the Midwest and on the West Coast

§  Band leader

§  Band member for several well-known artists, such as Johnnie Taylor, BB King and Billy Preston

§  Co-wrote original music with rock and roll legend Little Richard, as well as McFadden and Whitehead, the recording duo best known for their signature tune “Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now”.

Davis’ latest project is to pursue the one accolade he hasn’t received: a Grammy nomination. He is in the studio composing a new album and negotiating with a major record label for representation so the new album may be eligible for honors by the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the body that bestows Grammy awards.

Marching Bands to Compete at City High

IOWA CITY, Iowa—City High School will host five top-notch high school marching bands at Bates Field on Saturday, October 3rd, for the “Little Hawk Marching Band Invitational.” The public is invited to attend the 19th annual competition, which will feature bands showcasing their half-time performances. The event runs from 10:30 a.m. until noon; an awards ceremony will follow. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Children 5 and under are free. Drinks and refreshments will be for sale.
The City High Little Hawk Marching Band, which will take the field in exhibition, will perform its “Latin Fire” show, featuring “El Cumbanchero,” “Novus,” and “Malaguena.”
Performance times for the participating bands are as follows:
10:30 a.m.—Highland
10:45 a.m.—West Branch
11:00 a.m.—Aplington-Parkersburg
11:15 a.m.—Maquoketa
11:30 a.m.—Keokuk
11:45 a.m.—City High (exhibition only)
About City High: City High, which has served the Iowa City community since 1858, has been named to lists of “America’s Best High Schools” by NewsweekU.S. News and World Report and The Washington Post. City High offers comprehensive instrumental and vocal music programs featuring more than 16 electives.
For more information: Contact Myron McReynolds, band director at City High, 688-1040.
City High is located at 1900 Morningside Drive in Iowa City; Bates Field is accessible from First Avenue in Iowa City.

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ICPL Announces October Music is the Word Events

Join 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. The Voxman Music Building is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016.

Music is the Word launched last month with a Musical Revue at The Englert Theatre, followed by several events at the Library, including live music in the lobby and a special family concert. Here’s what’s happening in October: 

2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, in the Storytime Room: A Family Concert featuring Marc Falk. Marc Falk is a choral conducting professor from Coe College. He will also give audience members a micro-conducting lesson.

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, in Meeting Room A: Reading by Stephen Witt, author of “How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy.” Journalist Stephen Witt traces the secret history of digital music piracy, from the German audio engineers who invented the mp3, to a North Carolina compact-disc manufacturing plant where factory worker Dell Glover leaked nearly two thousand albums over the course of a decade, to the high-rises of midtown Manhattan where music executive Doug Morris cornered the global market on rap, and, finally, into the darkest recesses of the Internet. Part of the Iowa City Book Festival (

10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in Meeting Room A: Preschool Storytime. We will make and use homemade kazoos and other instruments in our very own Kidcophony. 

7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in Meeting Room A: Documentary Screening – “From the 50 Yard Line.” This documentary tells the emotional marching band story through two high school bands: one an Ohio championship show band, the other a Los Angeles band reborn after 18 years of silence due to budget cuts. Travel on adventures through band camp, the marching season, and 2006 competitions. See the life-changing effects for these exceptional students and the ramifications when music is lost. (2007) 94 min.

5:45 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, Downtown Iowa City: ICPL Book Cart Drill Team and Kazoo Band. Don’t miss our annual Book Cart Drill Team in the University of Iowa Homecoming Parade, joined this year by a special Kazoo Band.

Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the Lobby: Music on Wednesday @ICPL featuring Pigs and Clover. Take a few minutes during your lunch hour for a live musical performance.

7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Meeting Room A: Iowa Roots Music with David Zollo and Andy Fleming. David Zollo joins Andy Fleming of the Des Moines-based band, Brother Trucker, in a unique conversational music performance.

7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, in Meeting Room A:  Iowa Literary Heritage Film Screening – “State Fair.” This film version of Phil Stong's 1932 novel of the same name, directed by Walter Lang and starring Dana Andrews and Jeanne Crane, was the only musical written directly for film by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. A small-town family travels to the State Fair. The father is looking for a blue ribbon for his prize hog, Blue Boy, Mom is looking for glory in her cooking, and the kids are looking for love. (1945) 100 min.

2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, in Meeting Room A: Family Concert with The Dandelion Stompers. The Dandelion Stompers are a local New Orleans-style jazz combo featuring Chris Clark, Katie Greenstein, Ira Greenstein, Brandi Janssen, Marc Janssen, Katie Roche, Suzanne Smith and Jacob Yarrow.

7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at The Mill. Join us for the fall 2015 series of the B.Y.O.Book "Books In Bars" Book Club meetups! This month we will discuss Sherman Alexie's "Reservation Blues.” Registration is encouraged due to space limitations. Limited copies of the book will be available for check out from Info Desk staff on the Library’s second floor.

7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in Meeting Room A:  Iowa Literary Heritage Film Screening – “State Fair.” Starring Pat Boone, Bobby Darin, Anne Margaret, and directed by Jose Ferrer, with words and music by Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers, this film is a remake of the 1945 movie, with new songs by Richard Rodgers. An Iowa farm family heads to the Iowa State Fair. The parents are focused on winning the competitions for livestock and cooking. However, their restless daughter Margy and her brother Wayne meet attractive new love interests. (1962) 118 min.

10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in Meeting Room A: Family Concert with Orchestra Iowa. Stop by to learn about the string family and hear wonderful quartet music!

2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, in the Storytime Room: “The Nightmare Before Christmas” Sing-Along.

Noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in Meeting Room A: University of Iowa School of Music Lunch Performance. Join musicians from the UI School of Music as they share their talents with the community.

Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Lobby: Music on Wednesday @ICPL featuring Saul Lubaroff. Take a few minutes during your lunch hour for a live musical performance.

10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in the Storytime Room: Halloween Dance Party Preschool Storytime. Come in costume today for a Halloween dance party and costume parade around the Library!

A listing of all Music is the Word events can be found at 

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

Java Blend's Afternoon with Dan DiMonte and the Bad Assettes | Iowa Public Radio

On Friday, October 2nd at 2 pm in Iowa City downtown's Java House, IPR Studio One's Ben Kieffer will host Dan DiMonte and the Bad Assettes, the multi-faceted Iowa City Band. Stop by to hear Ben talk with the band about their latest efforts and experiences on the road.