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Kid's Night In: Monster Mania on October 14

When kids need a well-deserved break from their parents, they come to Kids' Night In at Van Allen! Our events give parents some adult time to see a movie, catch up with friends or just enjoy a quite evening at home. Meanwhile, children get some quality "kid time" in a safe, fun, familiar place with great staff and plenty of pizza. We will have an evening filled with fun activities relating to the theme. Some nights we will be featuring a movie that will be rated either G or PG. All families living in Coralville and all students who attend James Van Allen pay the resident rate.

Theme: Monster Mania
Grade: K-6
Location: James Van Allen School
Deadline: 24 hours prior to each program date

Friday, October 14, 2016

Grade: K-6 Deadline: 72 hours prior to each class date Theme: Monster Mania


Coralville Hosts Four "Coffee with a Cop" Events in October

Coffee with a cop CoralvillePolice & community members can build connections over a cup of coffee

The Coralville Police Department is hosting four “Coffee with a Cop” events during the month of October. “Coffee with a Cop” is a nationally recognized program where police officers and the community members they serve can talk in a casual setting over a cup of coffee. It’s a great time for anyone in the community to ask questions, discuss concerns, say hello, and get to know the Coralville Police Department outside of a crisis situation.

Scheduled events:
Friday, October 7, 2016 • 8:30-10:00 am
National Coffee with a Cop Day
McDonald’s, 618 1st Ave.

Friday, October 7, 2016 • 8:30-10:00 am
National Coffee with a Cop Day
McDonald’s, 2794 Commerce Dr.

Thursday, October 13, 2016 • 8:30-10:00 am
Coffee with a Cop (in the morning)
Hurts Donut Company, 1303 5th St.

Thursday, October 13, 2016 • 10:30 pm-midnight
Coffee with a Cop (at night)
Hurts Donut Company, 1303 5th St.

For more information, please contact Community Relations Officer Adam Jennings at or 319.248.1800.


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.

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.