Traffic Alert - George Street

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, George Street will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic between Benton Street and Oakcrest Street to facilitate the replacement of an electrical pole in the area.  It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by end of the day.

Motorists are to take note of this work and allow for extra travel time as delays may occur.  As always, caution should be exercised when driving through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit

Party in the Park Presents: Carnival Games at Kiwanis Park

IOWA CITY -- Stop by the Party in the Park at Kiwanis Park on Thursday, July 18, 2019 for carnival games, live music, and fun crafts!

The party will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the park, 1519 Teg Drive, where there will be ring toss games, giant checkers, cup stacking, and fun carnival themed games.

Don’t forget your blankets and lawn chairs! There will be live entertainment performed by Iowa City native, and contestant on both "The Voice" and "American Idol" TV shows, Abbie Callahan.

The evening’s guided craft activities will include making paper-curled insects and coloring rocks with paint markers. Other fun happenings include playing on the Kiwanis playground, exploring the hiking and jogging paths, and visiting the communal garden.

The evening will conclude with a frozen treat.

Party in the Park is a weekly event that is free and open to the public. To learn more, visit or contact Recreation Supervisor, Joyce Carroll at, 319-356-5223.

Video Update: Riverfront Crossings Park Grand Opening, Downtown Sidewalk Sales, and more

Iowa City Update is a weekly video featuring City of Iowa City projects, programs and events. Topics this week include the grand opening of Riverfront Crossings Park, the annual Downtown Sidewalk Sales, and more. Click the image below to watch Iowa City Update.

Iowa City Update

Riverfront Crossings Park Grand Opening

Join us for art projects, live jazz, and a fireworks show to celebrate the grand opening of this new park, which was designed to connect people with nature.

Downtown Sidewalk Sales

Stroll through the Northside Marketplace and Downtown to find special deals during this annual outdoor shopping experience.

“Chip In” Online Budget Survey

Learn how in just five minutes you can let the City know how you think funding should be prioritized as we head into another budget planning session.

Splash Pads

Beat the heat by taking advantage of the three splash pads that are in operation every day of the week and are free to enjoy!

Iowa City Update - Your source for Iowa City news and information.

Do you have a 72 hour supply of food on hand?

By Mike Thayer

You'd be surprised to learn how many households don't have much of a food supply in the pantry.  This is typically true for folks that don't like to cook, preferring instead to eat out a lot or order in. 

Do you have meals you can put together from your pantry if the power goes out, there's a bad storm or something as simple as an unexpected visit from family or friends?

Every well stocked pantry should contain enough dry and canned goods to feed a family for at least 72 hours, that's three breakfasts, three lunches and three dinners.   With that in mind, here's a grocery list of essential pantry items for that power outage, the storm preventing a trip to the store, or some unexpected visitors.

Grocery List

  1. A box of cereal
  2. Nonfat dry milk
  3. Vegetable oil
  4. One box of Bisquick
  5. A can of fruit
  6. A jar of jam/jelly
  7. Instant oatmeal
  8. Instant potatoes
  9. A packet of gravy mix
  10. 2 or 3 cans of soup
  11. A can of tuna
  12. A box of pasta
  13. A bag of white rice
  14. Two cans of chicken
  15. A can of tomato paste
  16. Three cans of vegetables
  17. A can/box of juice
  18. A bag of bread
  19. Peanut butter
  20. Salt

If you're a saavy shopper, that list of 20 items can be purchased for about $30 - $35.  That's three days worth of food for a family of four, for the cost of one meal at a McDonald's or Burger King.   A single person can purchase a three-day supply of food for about $14, including bottled water.

Here's what you can do with that grocery list: 

Item Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
3 Breakfasts Cereal Oatmeal Toast/biscuits
  Milk Fruit Jam
    Milk Juice
3 Lunches Peanut Butter/jelly Sandwiches Soup Tuna sandwiches
3 Dinners Rice Pasta Potatoes
  Canned Chicken Tomato Paste Canned Chicken
  Canned Vegetable Canned Vegetable Gravy mix
      Canned Vegetable

And here's the beauty of this list - believe it or not you won't consume it all (keep portions small in an emergency).  You'll have leftover Bisquick, jam, oatmeal, peanut butter, dry milk...  It's something you can build on.  The other great thing about building a food reserve in your pantry is you'll save money down the road.  Once you build up a reserve to cover a 72 hour period, it's easier to stock up for a week's supply, then a month.....  You'll be fighting food inflation (prices are always rising in case you haven't noticed) and your grocery list can become more flexible.  There's no reason NOT to do it, even if you're not much of a cook.

So the next time you grocery shop, don't use the "What sounds good for dinner?" mentality, use the mindset of building your pantry for another 72 hour period in addition to your regular grocery shopping.  Don't think menu item like lasagna, think in terms of I need to buy some kind of grain, some kind of bean, some kind of oil, a sugar, a spice.  Mix things up a little, buy some dried beans, a small bag of brown rice, a jar of honey, perhaps some dried soup mixes.  Down the road, you'll find that your pantry will hold a range of variety  for you, making menu planning so much easier and not nearly as hard to shop for.

And something else you may not want to overlook, bottled water.  Floods, power outages and other events can put a temporary stop on your access to tap water.  Always have some bottled water on hand.  A family of four needs about 12 gallons for a 72 hour period.  That figure includes water use not just for cooking and drinking, but the little things too like brushing your teeth, some washing/cleansing or perhaps medicinal use.

It's easy to start building a food reserve!

Hawkeyes in Space

The Doctor isn't the only space traveler, Space physicist George Hospodarsky will speak about the University of Iowa's involvement in the space program from the...… Read on

Date July 16, 2019
Time 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Coralville Public Library
1401 5th St.
Coralville, IA 52241
Cost Free and open to the public

Lester homers, drives in 3, pitches Cubs past Pirates 10-4

CHICAGO -- Jon Lester homered, tied a career high with three RBI and pitched effectively into the seventh inning to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-4 on Saturday.

All-Star catcher Willson Contreras' three-run homer and Lester's two-run single off the left-field wall were the big hits in the Cubs' seven-run first inning.


Iowa City Police Investigating Burglary

On July 13, 2019 at approximately 4:12 a.m., the Iowa City Police Department responded to 108 South Linn Street for a female reporting she awoke to a male inside her residence speaking to her. The male suspect then left the residence carrying a plastic bag and the victim found he had stolen an undisclosed amount of money and/or property and disturbed items in the apartment.  The suspect entered the residence through a door that appears to have been inadvertently left unlocked.

The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 5’10”, medium build, and in his early 20’s. He had shoulder-length dreadlocks and a dark blue tee-shirt.

The victim was shaken up, but not injured during this incident. 

This case is being actively investigated by the Iowa City Police Department and citizens are reminded to lock their doors and windows.

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering up to a $1000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of this suspect. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477). All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed.  Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.