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Thursday, April 12, 2018

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Upcoming Events

Check out the upcoming events, meetings, activities, and performances at the City of Coralville. Highlights for the next two weeks include:

  • Family Storytime (April 14 & 21)
  • Meetings: Parks and Recreation Commission (April 16), City Council (April 24)
  • Primetimer’s Potluck (April 16)
  • Senior Coffee & Crafts (April 19)
  • The Writers’ Rooms: The Scarlet Boudoir 18+ (April 25)

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Rick Sprinfield

4thFest Concert Announced

Rick Springfield is coming to Coralville

Coralville welcomes Rick Springfield as the headline artist at the 4thFest concert in S.T. Morrison Park on July 3.

This Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and musician will bring his iconic songs like “Jessie’s Girl” and “I’ve Done Everything for You” to 4thFest. The annual free concert is one of Coralville’s many 4thFest traditions.
Free concert

Solar array

Solarize Johnson County

Residential solar purchase program 

Are you interested in getting solar for your home? Learn more about solar energy and potentially invest in affordable solar through a new program called Solarize Johnson County.

Free informational sessions are available to learn about solar, its financial impact for a household, and the program. Solar program

Take Turns

Get Used to the “Zipper Merge”

Using both lanes isn't rude, it's efficient

Look for signs on northbound 1st Avenue and Coral Ridge Avenue construction areas reminding drivers to use both lanes up to the lane taper, and to take turns merging “zipper style” into the open lane where the signs indicate.

The zipper merge reduces backups, keeps both lanes moving at similar speeds, and gets everyone to where they're going faster. Zipper merge video

Major Road Reconstruction Continues

Traffic delays expected; when finished expect safer & smoother travel

Road construction continues on 1st Avenue (6th Street to 9th Street) and Coral Ridge Avenue (Oakdale Boulevard to Forevergreen Road). Learn about these projects at

Finishing 1st

1st Avenue

Northbound 1st Avenue is reduced to one lane from south of 6th Street to south of 9th Street. Temporary pavement progress continues on the east side of 1st Avenue with improving temperatures. Coralville Transit riders may experience delays, especially during peak traffic times. 1st Avenue project

Coral Ridge Ave Improvements

Coral Ridge Avenue

Paving moves ahead with improving temperatures, and water main work continues. Northbound and southbound Coral Ridge Avenue each have a combined thru/right turn lane and a dedicated left turn lane at the Oakdale Boulevard intersection, and east-west traffic on Oakdale Boulevard runs head-to-head on the north side of the center medians. Westbound Forevergreen Road is reduced to one lane between Jordan Street and Coral Ridge Avenue. Coral Ridge Avenue project

Pancake breakfast

Firefighters Flip Flapjacks

Annual pancake breakfast is around the corner

Sunday, April 22 | 7:00 am to 12:00 pm

Enjoy pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice, and coffee at the annual Coralville Fire Department Pancake Breakfast at the 5th Street fire station. Eat a hearty breakfast, tour a fire truck, and support a good cause. Pancakes

Rotary Camp Park

Vote for Coralville to Receive a Disney Meet Me at the Park Grant

Everyone deserves a great park and the City of Coralville would love to win a $20,000 Meet Me at the Park grant through the Walt Disney Company and the National Recreation and Park Association to help improve Rotary Camp Park. 

You can help Coralville win by voting daily at now through April 30.

Stage view

On Stage at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

Così Fan Tutte or The School for Lovers

April 13-15

Presented by The University of Iowa School of Music. A simple bet puts love to the test. Will two young couples betray their respective mates? Mozart’s tale is timeless.

Kirkwood Elementary music concert

April 17 | 6:00 pm

Presented by Kirkwood Elementary students.

Coralville Central Elementary music concerts

April 18 & 19 | 6:30 pm

Presented by Coralville Central Elementary students.

Cinema Sweethearts starring Laura Ellis

April 21 | 7:30 pm

Songbird Laura Ellis brings back the days of the silver screen sensations with a show celebrating Hollywood’s iconic leading ladies—and the songs that made us fall in love with them.

More on stage


What's Happening at the Library

We're celebrating National Library Week

April 8-14

Fines will be waived for materials turned in this week, and the fee for replacing lost or worn out cards—usually $1—will also be waived. National Library Week

Free Earth Day film:  An Inconvenient Sequel

Tuesday, April 17 | 6:00 pm

This follow-up documentary to Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth addresses the progress (or lack thereof) made in confronting climate change. Documentary

Novel Conversations:  The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Thursday, April 19 | 6:00 pm

Imagine the Underground Railroad as a real railroad in this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Follow an escaped slave as she makes her way north to freedom. Discussion

Free film to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday

Tuesday, April 24 | 6:00 pm

Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love portrays a young Shakespeare who has run out of ideas and cash when he meets a woman who changes everything. Shakespeare

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