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Celebrate Local History in May at ICPL

Get ready to learn more about local history with the Iowa City Public Library’s Weber Days.

Our annual celebration of local history is held every May in honor of Iowa City’s unofficial historian, the late Irving B. Weber. May also is National Historical Preservation Month. This year’s lineup of programming is perfect for anyone interested in learning more about the community they call home.

Preschool Storytime with Ellen Buchanan – Celebrate Children’s Book Week

Wednesday, May 3, 10:30 to 11 a.m. in the Storytime Room

Celebrate Weber Days and Children's Book Week enjoy this storytime with local native and legend Ellen Buchanan!

Music on Wednesdays @ICPL – Old Post Office Brass

Wednesday, May 3, noon to 1 p.m. in the Lobby

"Old Post Office Brass" reflects the home base in the Senior Center, formerly the Iowa City Post Office, and is a part of the New Horizons Band. This traditional brass quintet (two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba) performs a large variety of music, including classical, ragtime, Dixieland and popular (show tunes, etc.) for audiences in different venues.

University Town, Union Town – An Introduction to Iowa City and Johnson County Labor

Wednesday, May 3, 7 to 8 p.m. in Meeting Room A

John W. McKerley, oral and public historian at the University of Iowa Labor Center's Iowa Labor History Oral Project, will give an introduction to the labor history of Iowa City and Johnson County.

Voxman and Eble – Iowa City’s Music Men

Wednesday, May 10, 7 to 9 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Himie Voxman and Charlie Eble travelled throughout the United States and Europe, collecting sheet music for arrangement, study, and sale in Iowa City. Voxman collected copies of neglected music manuscripts from European archives, while Eble made important contacts with dealers to bring the latest musical repertoire to the University of Iowa School of Music and local musicians. This talk by Katie Buehner, head of the Rita Benton Music Library, will examine their work. The Voxman 5, a woodwind quintet of UI staff members, will perform.

The Plain and Colorful Story of Feed Sacks

Monday, May 15, 7 to 8 p.m. in Meeting Room A

For nearly 100 years, cotton bags (also known as feed sacks) were used to transport products that ranged from agricultural feed and seed to ballots, auto parts, and hams. Their evolution from white, strictly utilitarian textiles to stylish dress-print fabrics parallels recognition by manufacturers of women's influence on their family's purchases. Linzee Kull McCray will share stories and images from her book “Feed Sacks: The Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric,” which brings together tales of hardship, resilience, and social and economic forces with more than 850 historic photos and images of vintage fabrics, advertising, and more.

Why Save an Old Barn?

Wednesday, May 17, 7 to 8 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Secrest 1883 Octagonal Barn in rural Johnson County is one of the oldest and largest round barns in the United States. In the process of restoring the barn, current owner Rich Tyler, a professor in the Departments of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Iowa, has researched the history behind the property, including the golden age of farming, the Great Depression, and the architecture of barns. He'll share the story of the barn's preservation, thanks in part to the individuals and organizations that rallied around the barn. He'll also discuss how you can save your own barn, and what old barns may mean to future generations who grow up without them.


Thursday, May 18, 3 to 4 p.m. in the Storytime Room

Don't just learn science- DO science with the Iowa City Science Booster Club. In honor of Irving B. Weber, we’ll learn about the science of ice cream and make some to share.

The Jefferson Hotel and Murals of Mildred Pelzer

Wednesday, May 24, 7 to 9 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Sean Ulmer, Executive Director of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, will present a lecture on Mildred Pelzer's Jefferson Hotel murals. Two of the murals are on loan to the Iowa City Public Library and the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center during the renovation of Longfellow Elementary School. J Patrick White, who organized the loan and Chris Pisarik, Longfellow Elementary School Principal, will also speak.

Irving B. Weber Storytime

Thursday, May 25, 10:30 to 11 a.m. in the Storytime Room

Come learn about Irving B. Weber’s fascinating historical connections to Iowa City, including his local history bus tours, his swimming career at the University of Iowa and his days as an ice cream maker!

History Walks – The Pest House in Hickory Hill Park

Saturday, May 27, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hickory Hill Park

Join us for a nature walk in Hickory Hill Park, where we will visit the spot where the Pest House was located. Pest Houses were used to house patients suffering from small pox; this house was used in the early 1900s. We will meet at the Conklin Lane parking lot (800 Conklin Lane) at 11 a.m., and then proceed to the site. The walking portion will be at least 30 minutes round trip, it includes some hills, and is of a moderate difficulty.

Little Village, Big Progress

Wednesday, May 31, 7 to 9 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Celebrate more than 15 years of independent publishing with Little Village. The twice monthly publication has been in print since July 2001.

In addition to these programs, the Library’s May classes for adults will focus on personal history, from genealogy and military records research, to exploring local history resources at ICPL. Visit for more information and to register for classes.

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

Registration open for Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Championships

Register now through Thursday, May 11, 2017 for the Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Championships.

The Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Championships event was founded in 2015 to continue the tradition of the Hershey® Track and Field Games in Iowa. Like its predecessor, the Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Championships is a no-fee state-wide event that requires no special equipment to participate. Local meets are hosted all around Iowa, giving participants a chance to compete in their hometowns. Local meet champions will have the opportunity to participate in the state meet held in Marshalltown.  

The Iowa City event, hosted by Iowa City Parks and Recreation, will be held on Friday, May 19 at Raffensperger Track, Bates Field (City High), located at 1900 Morningside Drive. The track will open at 5 p.m. for warm-ups; races begin at 5:45 p.m.

Youth must be age 9-14 to participate. Participants must compete in his/her age division based off of what age the participant is as of December 31, 2017. All athletes must reside in Iowa, and can only participate in one local meet or they will be disqualified from meet in-progress and shall not advance to the state competition.

Volunteers are needed! Iowa City Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteers to help with the meet. If you are interested, contact Matt Eidahl at

For more information or to register, visit

ICPL, Prairie Lights Host Writing Program for K-2 Students

Budding young authors will have the chance to put their imagination on paper during Invent Your Own Story from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, in the Storytime Room at the Iowa City Public Library.

Attendees will write the story they’ve been dying to tell, and then share it in a book also created at the event. This program is for students in kindergarten through second grade. Registration isn’t required and there’s no cost to attend.

Invent Your Own Story is co-sponsored by the Library and Prairie Lights Bookstore in celebration of Children’s Book Week. Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Established in 1919, it is the country’s longest-running national literacy initiative.

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

Willowwind School and Iowa City Parks and Recreation partner on Arbor Day program

On Friday, April 28, 2017 the Willowwind School campus will receive a facelift in the form of a new tree, provided through the Iowa City Parks and Forestry Division’s Arbor Day Program. This 38-year-old program aims to educate students on the benefits of trees, while offering them the hands-on experience of planting a tree themselves. This year, students from Willowwind will plant a Honeycrisp Apple tree after a brief educational presentation and reading of the Arbor Day Proclamation, originally read at the Iowa City Council Meeting on April 18. The program will begin at 12:15 p.m. 

"Willowwind School has been a very willing participant in this program, and we're excited to have a chance to work with these Iowa City students to improve their school," said Iowa City Forestry's Senior Maintenance Worker Rae Lynn Schepers.

One of the benefits of the Arbor Day program is that it helps Iowa City Maintain its TREE CITY USA status. Iowa City has held this distinction for 38 years. TREE CITY USA provides a framework to help communities manage and expand their public tree inventory. To earn the TREE CITY USA distinction, communities must adopt four core standards for their urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day. 

Iowa City Parks and Forestry is a division of the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department.

Family-friendly swim carnival scheduled April 29

On Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department (ICPRD) will host the "Splashes for Scholarships" family aquatics carnival at Mercer Park Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gym. The carnival will include water games, inflatables, food, a silent auction, and the chance to dunk a firefighter. Tickets will be sold at the door for $1 each. Proceeds from the purchase of carnival tickets will support ICPRD's swim lesson scholarship program so every child has the opportunity to learn how to swim. This family-friendly event is open to all ages.

Splashes for Scholarships is made possible through a partnership between ICPRD and the University of Iowa event planning class. For more information, visit

Corridor Business Journal invites Corporate Battle of the Bands applications

2017 Battle of Bands LogoNORTH LIBERTY – The Corridor Business Journal (CBJ) is seeking applications for its 2017 Corporate Battle of the Bands. The Corridor’s top six corporate bands will face off in a live competition at the second annual event, to be held Aug. 24 at Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City.

To be eligible, at least 50 percent of the band must be comprised of company employees, and the band vocalist must be a company employee. This is an amateur competition; no studio musicians or ringers are allowed.

Up to 16 bands will be chosen to participate in a preliminary, live elimination round on Aug. 4 at Cedar Ridge Vineyards. Following the preliminary, six bands will move on to the final live performance. Judges will select finalists based on music, originality, stage presence, appearance and crowd applause.

The winning band will receive a:

  • Donation directed to a charity of its choice
  • $1,000 store credit to West Music
  • Traveling trophy and bragging rights until the next event
  • Gig at the CBJ’s Coolest Places to Work event on Sept. 14

To nominate your corporate band, visit and download the application. There is no cost to apply, but finalists will be required to pay a $250 entry fee. Applications and demos are due June 16. For more information, contact Ashley Levitt at (319) 665-6397, ext. 311, or


Coralville Farmer's Market Opens May 8

Coralville Farmers MarketThe 2017 season of the Coralville Farmers’ Market will begin on Monday, May 8. The Market starts with the ringing of the opening bell at 5:00 pm, and ends at 7:00 pm.

The Coralville Farmers’ Market is located at 1513 7th Street in Coralville, in the west side of the Coralville Community Aquatic Center parking lot in S.T. Morrison Park. The Market is held on Mondays from 5:00-7:00 pm through October 2.

Several special events, sponsored by the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, will be held in conjunction with the Market throughout the season. Local and regional musicians will perform acoustic music on most Monday evenings in June, July and August, beginning with Iowa City duo Greg and Susan Dirks on June 5. Kids’ Days will be held on June 12, July 17, and August 14. The June 12 event will feature a special presentation of Music Time with Nancy and performances by magician Tim Stolba. All Kids’ Day events will include games and activities led by the Iowa Children’s Museum, free balloon creations by Papa Balloon, a bounce house, and more.

The annual Sweet Corn Feed will be held on July 31, with grilled sweet corn and BBQ available from T.C. Bonez BBQ & Catering, with family-friendly activities and live music by local Americana foursome The Feralings.

The third Market of each month will feature a free drawing for a basket filled with products donated by the vendors. The drawing will take place at approximately 5:30 pm, and the winner must be present to claim the prize.

For more information about the Coralville Farmers’ Market or to view a schedule of music and special events at the Market, please visit or, or contact Matt Hibbard at 319.248.1750.


Paul's Discount Iowa City Weekly Update: April 26, 2017

Paul's Discount

Spring is finally here and Pauls has you covered with great specials on lawn & garden. Save on top soil, cypress mulch, Roundup Concentrate, Weed-B-Gon Max Plus Crabgrass Control, all-purpose potting soil and more. Also save this week on Little Debbies snack cakes, Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed dog food, Bounty Basic paper towels, Silver men's jeans, Zebco 33 spincast combos, baseball bats & gloves and other great items!

Our greenhouse is now open for the season! Shop a great selection of flowers and vegetables. We are stocking 4-packs of annuals at the super low price of $1.19, a price we guarantee won`t be beat!

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The Farmers Market season opens Wednesday, May 3

Grab your baskets, bags and boxes and make your way to Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp, 405 E. Washington Street, on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. to load up on fresh local foods and goods at opening day of the 2017 Iowa City Farmers Market. Iowa City's Farmers Markets are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp from the first week in May through the last week in October. During construction on the Chauncey building, Market Music and patron seating will be available near City Hall and on the east side of the ramp. 

Credit, debit and Electronic Benefit Transfer cards for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (EBT/SNAP) are accepted at the Iowa City Farmers Market. Shoppers intending to pay with a card should stop by the centralized information table and swipe their cards for tokens of equal value. All eligible vendors will accept the EBT/SNAP tokens, and all vendors will accept the credit/debit card tokens. Signs indicating which tokens are accepted by the vendors are displayed at each booth. As an added benefit, those using EBT/SNAP cards to purchase tokens will have their dollars matched through Double Up Food Bucks, Iowa’s statewide healthy food incentive program. For more information about the Double Up Food Bucks program, visit

Don't forget, single-use plastic shopping bags will no longer be provided by Iowa City Farmers Market vendors. Farmers Market staff encourage patrons to bring their own bags, baskets, or boxes to carry their goods. 
To help launch this new policy, the Iowa City Farmers Market has purchased 1,500 cloth bags which will be given away at the first few markets, while supplies last. After these are gone, the market will sell bags for $3 each at the information table.   

 The Iowa City Farmers Market is a program of Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department.