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Pullman bar manager named Iowa’s Top Mixologist

The man behind the drinks at Pullman Bar & Diner was named Iowa’s Top Mixologist on Wednesday.

Chris Martin, bar manager at Pullman, 17 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City, was awarded the title of top mixologist after beating out 12 other mixologists from across the state at the Iowa Restaurant Association’s annual State Mixology Championships.

via www.press-citizen.com


Coffee with a Cop scheduled Friday, Aug. 28 at T.Spoons

The Iowa City Police Department will host "Coffee with a Cop" from 9 to 11 a.m. this Friday, Aug. 28 at T.Spoons, located inside the Old Capitol Town Center at 201 S. Clinton Street. Residents are invited to join their neighbors and co-workers to discuss community issues, ask questions, voice concerns, and build relationships with neighborhood police officers in a relaxed setting over a cup of coffee.

Additional information about the Coffee with a Cop program is available at www.icgov.org/coffee. For other questions, or to schedule Coffee with a Cop in your neighborhood, contact Officer David Schwindt at david-schwindt@iowa-city.org or 319-356-5275.


Discounted early bird tickets are now available for Habitat’s Hammers and Hardhats

Iowa City, IA. -- Discounted early bird tickets are now available for Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity's annual Hammers & Hardhats silent auction. The event will take place on Friday, October 23 from 6-9 p.m. in the Feller Club Room at Carver Hawkeye Arena. Attendees will enjoy an array of filling appetizers, a cash bar, the chance to bid on dozens of silent auction items, and watching local personalities face off in a lighthearted, entertaining competition for the HabiChamp crown.

Early bird tickets purchased by September 1 are offered at a discounted rate of $40. After September 1, the price increases to $50. Tables of ten are also available for purchase at a discounted rate. Online registration is available at: http://marypalmbergbuild.com/hammers/.

All proceeds from this event will be designated to the Mary Palmberg Women Build, helping the committee reach its $50,000 fundraising goal toward the construction of a new, affordable, and energy-efficient home in Iowa City for a family relocated from Sudan. Already, the Women Build committee has raised nearly $44,000 thanks to many generous gifts.

So far, silent auction items include vacation stays at two different Colorado properties, a sushi party, artwork, gift certificates to local restaurants, Walt Disney World tickets, a spa day, and much more.

Construction on the new home will begin on Friday, September 11. Visit http://marypalmbergbuild.com to volunteer to help with construction when online signup begins, or contact Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity at tami@iowavalleyhabitat.org.

About the Women Build

Each year, Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity seeks out an influential woman in the community to honor with the Women Build. Our 2015 Women Build honoree is Mary Palmberg, a long-time Johnson County community volunteer.

The Women Build gathers women in the community to raise funds and build a home for a low-income family in the area. The goal of the Women Build is NOT meant to exclude men, but to include women who may not feel comfortable volunteering at a male-dominated construction site.

About Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity

With a foundation in ecumenical Christian principles, Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity (IVHFH), a tax-exempt, non-profit housing organization, unites diverse communities to build, rehabilitate and maintain safe, decent and affordable homes for hard-working families in Cedar, Iowa, Johnson and Washington Counties. Each home Iowa Valley Habitat builds has a variety of aspects that make it extremely energy efficient, helping the environment and ensuring that the new Partner Family will spend less on utility bills.

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity
2401 Scott Blvd. SE Iowa City, IA 52240
Phone:  319-337-8949
www.iowavalleyhabitat.org


Coralville Transit Facility Opens - KGAN-TV CBS 2

CORALVILLE, IA (CORRIDOR BUSINESS JOURNAL) - The Coralville Transit Intermodal Facility at 906 Quarry Road in the Iowa River Landing opens today. The facility will serve as a hub for Coralville Transit with an indoor waiting area, bike lockers, restrooms and showers, park-and-ride spaces for commuters, and the Iowa Bicycle Coalition.
The opening of the facility coincides with changes to Coralville Transit routes and schedules and bus service to the Iowa River Landing. Monthly park-and-ride permits are $50, which includes an unlimited ride bus pass for Coralville Transit. A third level of uncovered parking with 174 spaces is available for Iowa River Landing retail use. Secured bike lockers will be available for rent for $18 for one month, $32 for six months or $56 for 12 months.
The Coralville Transit Intermodal Facility terminal will be open from 5:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Park-and-ride spaces and bike lockers, along with Coralville Transit and Megabus service, will operate beyond terminal hours.
For more information, visit www.coralville.org/intermodal, or call Coralville Transit at (319) 248-1790.

via www.cbs2iowa.com


H&H Home Builders added to the Corridor Search business directory

The Coralville Courier is pleased to announce the addition of H&H Home Builders to the 'Home Builders', 'Home Improvement' and 'Contractors, General' categories in the Corridor Search business directory.

H&H Home Builders“Certified Green Builders of Iowa”

H&H Home Builders, your certified green builders of Iowa have been constructing Energy Star Compliant homes since bursting onto the building landscape in 1995 as "North Liberty’s Premier Builder." H&H Home Builders feel very fortunate to be a vital part of quality, growth and development in our area and would like to offer their services to you as part of your next quality building experience. H&H designs and builds high quality custom homes in the Iowa City, Cedar Rapids Corridor at reasonable rates. "The Name Means Quality"

Our Commitment to Green Building:

H&H Custom Home Builders have constructed Energy Star Compliant homes since we burst onto the building landscape in 1995 as ‘North Liberty’s Premier Builder’. Since then, Energy Star Guidelines have evolved into what we consider today as the pinnacle of efficiency and we, as builders of ‘green’ homes, have kept pace with those guidelines and have adapted them into each home that we build. H&H Home Builders will build you what is known today as a ‘green’ home, but what has always been lesser known as a ‘sustainable’ home. Sustainable homes are quality built so that they last not just decades, but are built to maintain value, encouraging pride of ownership for generations to come. An H&H ‘green’ Home uses raw materials in a responsible way, using fewer resources, resulting in the use of less energy.

As the standards continue to get tighter, we too will strive to meet and exceed those guidelines; our commitment to you as your builder. We will continue to research and utilize quality building products that are made from recycled and renewable materials. H&H Home Builders offer free consultations and design ideas, various lots to choose from, customization options, and a one year warranty on all new construction. Our homes will always be revered as ‘Quality’ and ‘Valuable’ The choice is yours to make. Let us help you design quality into your next home building experience.

H&H has been featured in Room Magazine & Better Homes and Gardens

Home BuildersH & H Home Builders
North Liberty, Iowa

Randy Hahn
Mobile: 319.936.2030
319-665-2365

Gerald Hingtgen
319.936.2031

via www.hhgreenhome.com


Paddlers and volunteers sought to help with annual Iowa River Clean-up

Volunteers are being sought for the annual Iowa River Clean-up, in which participants in canoes and on riverbanks will haul trash out of a 9.5-mile section of the Iowa River from Iowa City to Hills. This year’s clean-up is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 12.

Volunteers who have their own canoes are invited to register and join the launch at 7:30 a.m. at Sturgis Boat Ferry, located on S. Riverside Drive just south of Hwy. 6 in Iowa City. A limited number of canoes will be available to loan to volunteers who sign up to help and request a canoe before Sept. 5.

People are also needed to work on land the day of the clean-up, helping to clear trash from riverbanks, offload junk from canoes, and sort collected materials for recycling. Those interested in joining the effort are asked to meet at noon at Hills Access, a rural park located one-half mile east of Hills on 520th Street.

The Sturgis Ferry-to-Hills Access section of the river is part of the Iowa River Water Trail, which offers scenic views of the river, the rural countryside, and local wildlife as it makes its way to the Mississippi River. The clean-up, which is being organized by the City of Iowa City Stormwater Division, Iowa Flood Center, and the Johnson County Conservation Board, is a National Rivers Clean-up-sanctioned event. The goal of the volunteer effort is not only to clear trash and debris from the river, but also to protect the future and integrity of this water resource.

To register as a volunteer or to request a canoe for the event, visit www.iarvcp.org. For more information about the event, contact carol-sweeting@iowa-city.org or call 319-541-2385. Paddlers may also call Dan Ceynar at 319-321-1755 for more information.


ICPL announces Summer Reading Program prize winners

The Iowa City Public Library ended the 2015 Summer Reading Program with strong participation numbers among all age levels – babies, kids, teens, and adults.

In all, 4,721 patrons registered for the 2015 Summer Reading Program, with 2,246 participants turning in completed game cards by Aug. 9. 

The kids program had the highest number of registrants – 2,878 people – and the highest completion rate – 1,455 people.

More than 1,000 adults signed up for the program, with 434 turning in completed game cards. 

The teen program had 399 registrations and 148 returned completed game cards, while the babies program had 420 registrations and 209 game cards returned to the Children’s Room.

All completed game cards were entered in a drawing for the Summer Reading Program Grand Prize, which varied depending on the program level. The winners were chosen by a random drawing and contacted by Library staff.

Congratulations to everyone who received a Summer Reading Program prize and thank you to all who participated! 

Babies Summer Reading Program Grand Prize: A $50 gift card to Prairie Lights

Winner: Maggi Kaalberg

Kids Summer Reading Program Grand Prize: A $150 VISA gift card

Winner: Yousef Ismail 

Participants in the teen and adult Summer Reading Programs were eligible for one of multiple prizes.

The prize winners in the teen program are:

$50 Marcus Theaters gift card: Maria Brown

$50 Prairie Lights gift card: Emalyn Foster

$50 Game Stop gift card: John Bounds

$50 Pancheros gift card: Daniel Kelly 

The prize winners in the adult program are:

Two one-year memberships to FilmScene: Amanda Bellis and Heather Steward-Tharp

$50 Downtown Iowa City gift certificate: Kayla Feil

$50 gift certificate to A & A Pagliai’s Pizza: Wendy Berry

Pair of 2-hour Paddle Passes at the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area: Vernona Myers

Second prize winners in the teen and adult Summer Reading Programs received a $5 gift certificate to spend at Taste of Iowa City. The winners of this prize are: Mya Kahle; Alyssa Skala; Sadie Widmer; Adrian Dale; Daniel Bodin; Chuck Henderson; Sommer Gilbert; Jennie Fischer; Eric Bodin; and Bev Amoroso.


Hills Bank and Trust Company receives an industry-leading financial health score from DepositAccounts.com

Hills Bank and Trust Company, was named to the 2015 edition of the Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America that DepositAccounts.com just released. The bank stood out in all of the primary evaluation categories, including Texas Ratio, Deposit Growth, and Capitalization. 

Additional details about the Hills Bank score provided in the following link:  https://www.depositaccounts.com/banks/hills-bank-and-trust-company.html#health

About DepositAccounts.com

DepositAccounts was created in 2005 by Ken Tumin as the Bank Deals Blog. Almost ten years and 10,000+ articles later, the site has grown to become the largest consumer destination in the United States maintaining a dedicated focus on depository banking products.


ICPL Launches Music is the Word Series with Musical Revue

The Iowa City Public Library will kick off nine months of special programming with the Music is the Word Musical Revue at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at The Englert Theatre.

The revue will feature live performances by local musicians playing everything from bluegrass and rock to vocal choir and ethnic love songs. Performers include The Beggermen with the Champagne Academy of Irish Dance; Kol Shira; the Extra Credit Project; Cedar County Cobras; The Recliners; Combined Efforts Theatre Men’s Choir; and Chase Garrett. 

“We want to showcase the wide variety of musical talent in Iowa City,” Paul Bethke of Children’s Services said. “At the same time, we see this concert as an opportunity to introduce new genres to the audience – adults and children – who might not otherwise experience it.”

The Library’s Music is the Word celebration is to help our community welcome the University of Iowa School of Music building to downtown Iowa City, currently scheduled to open in the fall of 2016. Weekly programs focused on all things musical are scheduled from September 2015 through May 2016. 

“The Musical Revue is the first of what will be nine months of programming of all types for all ages,” Library Director Susan Craig said. “This is an opportunity for us to share Iowa City’s rich musical culture through live performances, presentations, displays, hands-on activities, movies, and sing-alongs.”

“This is an exciting time in our community, as we prepare for the opening of the UI School of Music downtown and adding to Iowa City’s abundant musical complexity,” said Maeve Clark, the Library’s coordinator of adult services. 

General admission tickets for MITW Musical Revue are $10 each; children 5 and under are free. Everyone must have a ticket to the show, free or paid, to gain entry to the Englert.

Tickets are for sale at Library’s first floor Help Desk at the Library and The Englert Theatre’s website at www.englert.org

All performers are donating their time and talent to the Musical Revue. Ticket proceeds will help support additional Music is the Word programming.

For a list of Music is the Word events, visit www.icpl.org/mitw. For more information, contact the Library at (319) 356-5200.