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The Iowa City Community Theatre to present "Dracula"

The Iowa City Community Theatre will be bringing the production of "Dracula" to the stage this Halloween. Based on the novel by Bram Stoker, and directed by Christina Patramanis, the show brings the thrill of Stoker's novel to life. The cast features Melissa Kaska (Mina), Jen Brown (Lucy), Jordan Running (Seward), Alex Tucker (Harker), Josh Sazon (Renfield), Brian Tanner (Van Helsing), and Joseph Dobrian as Dracula.  Performance dates are October 21 – 30, 2016. Tickets are available online at or at the door.

As a related event, the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is holding a blood drive in the lobby of Iowa City Community Theatre on opening day, October 21st from 2:30-5:30pm, Johnson County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall A, 4261 Oak Crest Hill Road, Iowa City.  All donors who attend will receive a free ticket to the production of "Dracula."

Download additional details:  Download Dracula-Press Release (ICCT)

LWVJC to host a Candidate Race Forum for Iowa House District 77 on Oct. 6

The League of Women Voters of Johnson County will host a House District 77 Forum on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Coralville City Hall, 1512 Seventh St.

The forum will provide citizens opportunities to hear from and question the candidates running for Iowa’s House District 77. Amy Nielsen (D) and Royce Phillips (R) are running for a seat in the Iowa House of Representatives District 77 that is being vacated by incumbent Sally Stutsman, who is not seeking re-election. Nielsen, North Liberty Mayor, defeated Abbie Weipert in the primary election. Phillips, who was also a candidate for Iowa Senate District 39 in 2014, defeated Paula Dreeszen in the primary election.

LWVJC Board member and secretary Sandy Keller will moderate the discussion.  

Members of the public who attend may submit questions written on cards. The forum will run on cable TV live and will also be rerun other cable channels. 

“Each year, the League of Women Voters hosts public forums to inform voters and the public about important issues and elections impacting our community,” said LVWJC Board President Syndy Conger.  “Our newest effort, will help people register to vote and become knowledgeable about issues in our communities. An informed electorate is important to democracy. ”

The League of Women Voters of Johnson County is a nonpartisan organization that neither supports nor opposes any party or candidate. The LWVJC is a member of the National League of Women Voters, consisting of 50 state Leagues and 803 local chapters, and a member of the Iowa League of Women Voters. The LWV and LWVJC will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020.

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Iowa City Public Library Celebrates Intellectual Freedom

The Iowa City Public Library ‘s 2016 Carol Spaziani Intellectual Freedom Festival begins Monday, September 19.

Named for former librarian Carol Spaziani in honor of her life-long commitment to the freedom of ideas, this an annual event affirms everyone's right to freedom of thought and expression. ICPL’s celebration of intellectual freedom coincides with Banned Books Week, which will be celebrated September 25 through October 1.

This year’s Intellectual Freedom Festival includes the following programs:

Monday, September 19, 7 to 9 p.m. in Meeting Room A: Documentary – Don't Look Back

Bob Dylan is captured on-screen as he never would be again in this groundbreaking film from D. A. Pennebaker. The often banned and misunderstood artist was filmed during a tour of England in the early 60's and, as he has his entire career, leaves his audience scratching their heads in wonder.

Monday, September 26, 7 to 9 p.m. in Meeting Room A: Documentary – Citizenfour

In January 2013, Laura Poitras, an American documentary film director/producer, received an encrypted e-mail from a stranger who called himself Citizenfour. In it, he offered her inside information about illegal wiretapping practices of the U.S. National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies. Poitras traveled to Hong Kong with her camera for the first meeting with the stranger in June 2013. We know him as Edward Snowden.

Tuesday, September 27, 7 to 8 p.m. in Meeting Room A: Book discussion – Hamlet’s Dreams: The Robben Island Shakespeare

Hamlet's Dreams brings together the Robben Island Prison of Nelson Mandela and the prison that is Denmark for Shakespeare's Hamlet. David Shalkwyk uses the circulation of the so-called 'Robben Island Shakespeare, ' a copy of the Alexander edition of the Complete Works that was secretly circulated, annotated and signed by a group of Robben Island political prisoner in the 1970s (including Nelson Mandela), to examine the representation and experience of imprisonment in South African prison memoirs and Shakespeare's Hamlet.



Kids Day at the Market and Fall Equinox Celebration

Fresh farm fun awaits at the 2016 Iowa City Farmers Market Kids' Day, Saturday, September 17, from 9 a.m. to noon at Chauncey Swan Park, across the street from City Hall on Washington Street. Support kid vendors as they sell goods they've grown or made. Enjoy live music from pop violinist Genevieve Salamone, and learn something new at one of the many planned exhibits, demonstrations and kids activities sponsored by area organizations.

If that's not enough, after attending Kids' Day, walk over to the south side of the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St., to enjoy the first season bounty of the new Outdoor Edible Classroom. Visit with farm animals, sow butterfly milkweed seeds, and dig up potatoes while listening to the Skipperlings’ sing. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. to celebrate this new space.

There is no fee required to attend either of these events.


Iowa City Job and Resource Fair to take place Tuesday, Sept. 13

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, the City of Iowa City Human Rights Commission and Housing Authority, Goodwill of the Heartland, Iowa WORKS, Shelter House, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, and Successful Living and Supportive Housing are sponsoring a Job and Resource Fair at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 South Gilbert Street in Iowa City, from 3 to 5 p.m. There is no charge or fee for job seekers to attend. Over 20 local employers are registered to participate.

Employers participating to date are: City of Iowa City, Sheraton Iowa City, Goodwill of the Heartland, US Foods, Systems Unlimited, Iowa City Community School District, Hartig Drug, Always Best Care, Kelly Services at ACT, Inc., Midwest Janitorial Service, Inc., REM Iowa, Johnson County, Geico, Manpower, 1st Class Staffing, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Successful Living Supportive Housing Program, Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Hy-Vee, NIS, LLC, Target, General Dynamics Information Technology, Bridgestone Retail Operations and Staff Management.

Resources participating to date are: Successful Living Supportive Housing Program, Johnson County General Assistance, Inside out Reentry Program, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Iowa Works.

Contact Stefanie Bowers, City of Iowa City Equity Director, with questions at or call 319-356-5022.

Poll workers needed in Johnson County

Johnson County is in need of poll workers to work ELECTION DAY (November 8th). Workers are paid $12.00 per hour, plus time and a half ($18.00) for any hours over eight in a single day. Mileage is paid at $0.47 per mile.
Workers typically work from 6am-10pm and must be registered voters in Johnson County.

If you are interested, please e-mail or call 319-356-6004 for more information.

FRYfest 2016: Here's everything you need to know | The Gazette

CORALVILLE — FRYfest, the annual “celebration of all that is Hawkeye,” takes over Coralville’s Iowa River Landing Friday, with a concert, pep rally, live music, fireworks, Hawkeye trade show and panel discussions on Iowa sports. It’s all leading up to Saturday’s Hawkeyes football opener vs. Miami (Ohio). Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. at Kinnick Stadium.


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September is Library Card Sign Up Month

With the school year underway, now is the perfect time to check your wallet, purse or backpack to make sure you have the most important school supply item of all: your Iowa City Public Library Card!

September is Library Card Sign Up Month. If you don’t have a Library Card, now is the time to get one. Use your Library Card to check out books, movies, videogames, framed art, laptop computers, and music; access databases; explore the Library’s digital collection, including eBooks and audio books, and digital magazines; and get connected to the Library’s on-site public computer stations.

Cards are available for Iowa residents of any age. Pre-apply online at or complete the entire process in person at the first floor Help Desk whenever the Library is open. A photo ID and Iowa address verification are required for both options.

All new Library Card holders will receive a free ICPL drawstring book bag, while supplies last. If you’ve lost your card, we’ll replace it for free all month long!

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