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Party in the Park: June 23 at Fairmeadows Park

IOWA CITY, IA. -- Fairmeadows will be the featured park and host site for the next Party in the Park, scheduled Thursday, June 23, 2016. Join in the neighborhood fun from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to hear live music by Mike Haverkamp, and enjoy games, arts and craft projects, and ice cream. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs or blankets for sitting on, and your swimming suit and towels for playing at the Fairmeadows splash pad! This is a no-fee event and is open to the public.

Party in the Park is sponsored by the City of Iowa City’s Parks and Recreation Department and the Neighborhood Outreach Division. A party will be scheduled in a different Iowa City park each week through August 11, giving residents a chance to enjoy their summer evenings outdoors with friends and family while exploring the City’s many beautiful natural spaces and neighborhoods.

 For more information, contact Joyce Carroll, Parks and Recreation Department Arts Supervisor, at joyce-carroll@iowa-city.org or 319-356-5100, or Marcia Bollinger, Neighborhood Outreach Planner, at marcia-bollinger@iowa-city.org or 319-356-5237.

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Party in the Park: June 16 at Reno Park

Bob and Kristie Black will be the featured musicians at the next Party in the Park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Reno Park, 516 Reno Street.

In addition to live music, there will be games, arts and crafts projects, and frozen treats. This is a no-fee event and is open to the public. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and join other neighbors for the fun!

Party in the Park is sponsored by the City of Iowa City’s Parks and Recreation Department and the Neighborhood Outreach Division. A party will be scheduled in a different Iowa City park each Thursday from 6:30- 8 p.m. through August 11, giving residents a chance to enjoy their summer evenings outdoors with friends and family while exploring the City’s many beautiful natural spaces and neighborhoods.

For more information, contact Joyce Carroll, Parks and Recreation Department Arts Supervisor, at joyce-carroll@iowa-city.org or 319-356-5100, or Marcia Bollinger, Neighborhood Outreach Planner, at marcia-bollinger@iowa-city.org or 319-356-5237.

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City Circle Acting Company Presents In The Heights

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will present its annual teen musical In The Heights on June 17-19 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Performances are June 17 and 18 at 7:30 pm and June 19 at 2:00 pm.

Created by Lin-Manual Miranda and winner of the Tony for Best Musical, In the Heights tells the vibrant story of a community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music.

Tickets to the show are $12-$27 and can be purchased online at http://www.coralvillearts.org or by calling 319.248.9370 or in person at the CCPA box office at 1301 5th Street and at the Coralville Recreation Center at 1506 8th Street.


2016 Playgrounds Drop-in Program starts Monday

The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Playgrounds Drop-in Program provides games, arts and crafts, nature activities and special events for children completing grades K-6. The program runs Monday - Friday, June 6 - July 29 at Highland, North Market Square, Wetherby and Willow Creek Parks in Iowa City. Programs will not meet on July 4. Younger children may attend with a participating adult 18 years of age and older. 

This is a no fee, drop in program, and children are welcome to come and go as they please, so parents should use discretion when sending children without a caregiver. Registration is on-site the first day of attendance. Playgrounds will not open if it is raining, and will close if rain begins after opening.

Find a Playgrounds Program near you:

  • Highland Park
    752 Highland Ave.
    Monday-Friday 9:30-11:30 a.m.    
  • North Market Square Park
    600 Fairchild St.
    Monday-Friday 9:30-11:30 a.m.    
  • Wetherby Park
    2400 Taylor Dr.
    Monday-Friday 1-3 p.m.     
  • Willow Creek Park
    1117 Teg Dr.
    Monday-Friday 1-3 p.m.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Joyce Carroll, Program Supervisor at
319-356-5223 or joyce-carroll@iowa-city.org.


IOWA CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY’S STORIES IN THE PARK BEGINS JUNE 8

The Iowa City Public Library’s Stories in the Park summertime outdoor reading series begins June 8 and continues through July 29.

Stories in the Park will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings at Willow Creek Park, 117 Teg Dr., and 10:30 a.m. Friday mornings at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Dr.

In the event of rain, the Wednesday storytimes will be held at the Library and the Friday storytimes will be cancelled.

Stories in the Park is an outdoor storytime geared toward children between the ages of three and six. All children in attendance need to be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Children should remember to bring their Library Card, as there will be a selection of books available for check out at each storytime. Children who don’t have a Library Card can sign up at icpl.org/cards. Library staff will be available to issue new Library Cards at Stories in the Park.

This event is co-sponsored by the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department and the Iowa City Public Library. For more information, please call the Library at 319-356-5200.


Iowa City Police Chief Hargadine announces retirement

HargadineIowa City Police Chief Sam Hargadine has announced his retirement from the Iowa City Police Department, effective June 30. He has accepted a position as the Executive Director of the Iowa Police Chief’s Association.

Chief Hargadine has served the Iowa City community as Police Chief since August 2005. During his tenure in Iowa City, Chief Hargadine has been instrumental in implementing a number of important initiatives. Community outreach and interagency collaboration have made great strides under his direction. The Police Chaplain program was implemented in 2013 and enlists volunteer Chaplains to counsel crime victims, provide support for officers and their families, and help the Iowa City Police Department engage with community members. More recently, Chief Hargadine has advocated bringing the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) model to Iowa City. Led locally by Johnson County, this model develops partnerships between law enforcement, mental health providers, and healthcare professionals to more effectively respond to mental health crises and substance abuse issues. The CIT program also stresses using interagency collaboration to help individuals in crisis enter into treatment rather than utilize more costly and less effective emergency room visits or serve jail time. 

Chief Hargadine has also taken the lead on engaging in a fact-based and public discussion on the issue of disproportionate minority contact and strategies to reduce disproportionality. He worked extensively with St. Ambrose University to collect and analyze traffic stop data for disproportionality.  The Iowa City Police Department is one of two police departments in the state that uses traffic stop data in this manner.

In 2007, Chief Hargadine brought the Crimestoppers program to Iowa City. The program has helped solve a homicide, as well as several armed robberies and multiple other crimes in the community. He was also involved in the successful passage and implementation of the under-21 bar ordinance in Iowa City. This ordinance has been credited with creating a more family-friendly downtown atmosphere.

Most recently, the Iowa Police Chief’s Association honored Chief Hargadine with their prestigious Police Chief of the Year award.

“We thank Chief Hargadine for over a decade of distinguished service to the City of Iowa City. His many contributions to the Iowa City Police Department have strengthened our community significantly. We wish Chief Hargadine continued success in his new position,” said Interim City Manager Geoff Fruin.


Summer 2016 Party in the Park schedule announced

Connect with friends, family and neighbors this summer at Party in the Park. The 2016 season begins Thursday, June 2 at Glendale Park, located at 1250 E. Jefferson Street. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy live music by Old Capital String Band, games, arts and crafts, and frozen treats. Party in the Park is a no-fee event and is open to the public. Check out the full schedule of events below.

Sponsored by the City of Iowa City’s Parks and Recreation Department and the Neighborhood Outreach Division, Party in the Park gives residents a chance to enjoy their summer evenings outdoors with friends and family while exploring the City’s many beautiful natural spaces and neighborhoods.

For more information, contact Joyce Carroll, Parks and Recreation Department Arts Supervisor, at joyce-carroll@iowa-city.org or 319-356-5100, or Marcia Bollinger, Neighborhood Outreach Planner, at marcia-bollinger@iowa-city.org or 319-356-5237.

2016 Party in the Park events:

JUNE

  • 6/2/16         
    Glendale Park   —  1250 E. Jefferson Street         
    Entertainment: Old Capitol String Band

  • 6/9/16
    Tower Court Park  —  1124 Tower Court               
    Entertainment: Nancita!

  • 6/16/16
    Reno Park  —  516 Reno Street 
    Entertainment: Bob & Kristie Black

  • 6/23/16       
    Fairmeadows Park  —  2500 Miami Drive
    Entertainment: Mike Haverkamp

  • 6/30/16       
    Creekside Park  —  1858 7th Avenue Court          
    Entertainment: Cedar Creek Cobras

JULY

  • 7/7/16         
    Willow Creek Park  —  1117 Teg Drive
    Entertainment: Ron Hillis

  • 7/14/16
    Court Hill Park  —  2825 Friendship Street
    Entertainment: Loren & Margaret Brumm

  • 7/21/16 
    Wetherby Park  —  2400 Taylor Drive
    Entertainment: Pennies on the Rail

  • 7/28/16       
    Oak Grove Park  —  700 Page Street
    Entertainment: Larry  Mossman & Peter Rolnick

AUGUST

  • 8/4/16         
    Highland Park  —  Highland Avenue & Keokuk Street
    Entertainment: Marc & Brandi Janssen

  • 8/11/16       
    Mercer Park  —  2701 Bradford Drive
    Entertainment: Kalimbaman & the Yahoo Drummers

 

 


Iowa City Police Chief named Iowa law enforcement executive Of the year

HargadineOn May 19, 2016, law enforcement executives from across the state met for annual Iowa Police Chief's Association (IPCA) Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (LECC) conference  in Coralville, Iowa. During the awards ceremony, Iowa City Police Chief Sam Hargadine was recognized for his commitment and dedication to the Iowa City community and the law enforcement profession.

Iowa City Police Chief Sam Hargadine was awarded the Law Enforcement Executive of the Year award by the Iowa Police Chiefs Association. Chief Hargadine, has a lengthy history of service with time in the U.S. Army and over 30 years of law enforcement service that includes serving as a Police Captain for the Columbia, Missouri Police Department, and 11 years as the Police Chief for Iowa City, Iowa

During his tenure as the Iowa City Police Chief, he has streamlined his department, raised the level of professionalism and made the Iowa City Police Department a place where officer recruits strive to be employed. Chief Hargadine, upon coming to Iowa, immediately dove into service for the Iowa Police Chiefs Association and for all of Iowa law enforcement. He has served on the Board of Directors for the 6th Judicial Correctional District, as liaison to the Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers Board of Directors, the Iowa Police Chiefs Association LECC Training Committee, as the Iowa Police Chiefs Treasurer and presently as the Vice-President of the Iowa Police Chiefs Association.

His efforts have benefited Iowa law enforcement agencies by providing guidance and leadership that has allowed for a legislative voice, improved training, and overall collaboration of various law enforcement agencies. "When one thinks of a law enforcement leader in the state of Iowa, Chief Sam Hargadine is most certainly one that comes to mind," stated Iowa Police Chiefs Association President Jeremy Logan. "Chief Hargadine sets that standard for law enforcement executives and is a critical asset to the law enforcement community, our association and our state."


Lucas Farms celebrates neighborhood history on Memorial Day weekend

The Lucas Farms Neighborhood Association, Friends of Historic Preservation, and Johnson County Historic Society have teamed up to coordinate a two-day event on Memorial Day weekend that will highlight and celebrate the neighborhood’s rich history.

Saturday, May 28
On Saturday, May 28 from 1 to 4 p.m., a “Tour de Farm” bike ride is scheduled with several historic stops throughout the course that feature exhibits or child-friendly activities. The ride kicks off at Faith United Church of Christ at 1609 Deforest Avenue, next to Mark Twain Elementary School. Two routes will be offered -- a shorter one for families with young children, and a longer four-mile route that will include additional historic stops. No registration is needed. Helmets are required, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Some of the historic points along the ride will include the Lucas show ring and old circus grounds, several historic Moffitt houses as well as stories of people who lived in them, Victory Gardens, Dead Man’s Cave, and the former Florence Street vineyard.

Sunday, May 29
The following day, Sunday, May 29, the second annual “Lucas Farms History Day” is scheduled, with events organized throughout the neighborhood from 1 to 4 p.m. Five separate activity sites are planned. Signage will be posted to guide visitors to interest points. Visitors may walk or bike to stops of interest, or take the free shuttle bus, provided by Iowa City Transit, to each stop from Mark Twain Elementary School. The stops and activities are listed below. There will be no charge for any of the events unless indicated.

Mark Twain School, 1355 Deforest Avenue

  • Vintage Car Show
  • Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) activities for families
  •  Welcome Station for Twain alumni
  • Shuttle bus hub (no charge for use of the shuttle)

Highland Avenue Park / Assembly of God Church, at Highland Avenue and Keokuk Street:

  • Bouncy house and other free activities for kids
  • Pony rides for $2 per person

Plum Grove Historic Site, 1030 Carroll Street:

The historic Plum Grove House officially opens for the season as part of the Lucas Farms History Day event. Plum Grove was the retirement residence of Gov. Robert Lucas and his wife, Friendly. Lucas was the first governor of the Territory of Iowa, from 1838 to 1841. In addition to the season opening of Plum Grove, this stop will entertain visitors with:

  • Historic reinactors, including Abraham Lincoln
  • Performances by the Liberty Band of Iowa 

For more information on Plum Grove events, contact alyssa@johnsoncountyhistory.org or call 319-351-5738. 

Neighborhood Walking History and Garden:

Start the Walking History and Garden Tour at any of the tour stops, where maps and tour information will be provided. Approximately nine neighborhood gardens will be open, with historic stops along the way.

Friends of Historic Preservation Tour of Historic Homes:

Friends of Historic Preservation will offer a tour of historic homes on Summit Street, Kirkwood Avenue, Walnut Street, and Florence Street. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased at any of the featured homes. A complimentary wine-tasting is scheduled at a former neighborhood vineyard. For more information on the historic home tour, contact alicia@ic-fhp.org or 319-351-1875. 

For more information about the Lucas Farms neighborhood events, contact Judy Nyren at docnyren@aol.com or 319-351-6913.