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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:

  • Families on Foot (May 12)
  • Family Storytime (May 12 & 19)
  • Coralville Farmers' Market (May 14 & 21)
  • Primetimer's Potluck (May 21)
  • Meetings: Parks and Recreation Commission (May 21), City Council (May 22)

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Iowa Arena

Arena in Coralville Breaks Ground 

Ceremony on E. 9th Street near the Antique Car Museum of Iowa

Wednesday, May 16 | 4:00 pm

Join community leaders and partners for a ceremonial ground breaking for the new multi-purpose arena in Coralville, followed by an open house with information about the arena and other Iowa River Landing projects. The public is welcome to attend these free events. 

This exciting multi-purpose facility includes seating for 5,100, a full-size sheet of ice for hockey, and will serve as a new year-round venue for concerts, sporting events, and more. Ground breaking

Spring Cleaning in Coralville

Shred Day and Recycle Swap Day

Donate or take home free household items

Saturday, May 12 | 8:00 am-noon

Whether you want to donate clean, working items or find a treasure, Recycle Swap Day in the City Hall parking lot keeps usable items out of the landfill. Donations for the Coralville Community Food Pantry are also accepted. Rain or shine. Recycle Swap Day

Free document shredding

Saturday, May 12 | 10:00 am-noon

Bring up to two boxes of personal papers to shred in the mobile shredding truck at the Aquatic Center parking lot, courtesy of the Coralville Police Department and Heartland Shredding. Shredded materials will be recycled into usable products. Rain or shine. Free shredding

Mayor's Clean Up Week

Free trash pickup for big items

May 14-18 | Curbside

Throw away big, broken items (such as broken furniture or bathroom fixtures) for free pickup on trash day. Mayor’s Clean Up Week

Donate usable items to ReStore

If you have usable building and housing materials and appliances you no longer want, they can be donated to ReStore. Free pickup is available; donations are tax-deductible. ReStore

Major Road Reconstruction Continues

Coral Ridge Ave Improvements

Coral Ridge Avenue detour begins May 14

About the detour

Starting May 14, Coral Ridge Avenue traffic will detour using Oakdale Boulevard, Crosspark Road, and Wheaton Road.

Pedestrians & traffic signals

Pedestrian access will be across the north and west legs of the Coral Ridge Avenue and Oakdale Boulevard intersection, and across the north and west legs of the Oakdale Boulevard and Crosspark Road intersection.

Temporary traffic signals, including pedestrian signals, will be at both intersections. 

Why is there a detour

The detour and temporary closure will speed up the project by letting the contractor reconstruct Coral Ridge Avenue from the north half of the Oakdale Boulevard intersection to just south of Wheaton Road, and the west half of Coral Ridge Avenue from Wheaton Road to Forevergreen Road, in one phase instead of three. Coral Ridge Avenue improvements
Finishing 1st

1st Avenue update

Southbound lane reduction May 14-18

There will be a lane reduction on southbound 1st Avenue near the Perkins driveway from Monday morning, May 14, through Friday afternoon, May 18, for installation of a sanitary service for the new Drury Hotel that is under construction. The Perkins and Kum & Go driveways will remain open.

Other lane reductions & closures

1st Avenue traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction near the 6th Street intersection, and both lanes shift east onto temporary pavement. 6th Street is closed from 1st Avenue to the Baymont Inn & Suites Driveway. Coralville Transit riders may experience delays, with reroutes for a few stops on 6th Street near 1st Avenue.  1st Avenue improvements


Coral Ridge Avenue, Interstate 80 westbound off-ramp, Commerce Drive improvements

May 14-August 1

The Iowa DOT will begin work on their project at this intersection on Monday, May 14. The project will construct additional lanes and install new traffic signals to increase the capacity of the intersection ahead of the 80/380 Interchange Project. Construction should be complete by August 1.


Help Reimagine Coralville’s Southeast Commercial District

Open house at City Hall

Thursday, May 24 | 6:30-8:30 pm

Join us for a community engagement workshop to gather feedback about Coralville’s Southeast Commercial District, which is roughly bordered by Clear Creek, the Iowa Interstate Railroad, and 1st Avenue.

The event is part of an urban design planning partnership. The public is invited to attend and share what they perceive as the opportunities and challenges, and their vision, for this area. Community event


Is There a Fire in You?

Fire Department accepting applications for volunteer firefighters

If you want to give back to the community and gain hands-on experience in a challenging and rewarding atmosphere, consider volunteering for the Coralville Fire Department.  All training is provided, and a new Fire Academy class begins in June. Firefighters


On Stage at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

Van Allen Elementary Choral Concert

Thursday, May 10 

Third and fourth grade students from Van Allen Elementary will perform in their annual spring concert.

Pancham...The Genius of RD Burman

Friday, May 11 

Presented by Iowa Corridor Sangeet. This free program traces the musical journey of a legendary Indian (Bollywood) music composer.

Iowa Dance Festival 2018 Concert & Master Classes

Saturday, May 12

Master classes feature circus hooping, hip-hop, and contemporary ballet. The festival culminates in a concert featuring collaborative performances from local musicians, poets, choreographers, and special guest artists, Nimbus Dance Works.

Regina Bands Grades 7-12 in Concert

Thursday, May 16

The Regina Junior High Band salutes the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The Regina High School Jazz Band performs rock, swing, funk, and Latin style charts. Donations accepted at the door.

Nancy Cree Keyboard Learning Center Spring Recitals

May 19 & 20

Students will perform spring piano recitals.

City Ballet of Iowa Spring Concert 2018

Monday, May 21

City Ballet of Iowa's 10th anniversary season opens with a performance of classical and contemporary works.

What’s on stage


What’s Happening at the Library

Free movie: Dunkirk

Tuesday, May 22 | 6:00 pm

In May 1940, German forces trapped Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. In desperation, Britain transported over 330,000 Allied troops to England as the Germans closed in. Based on the book The Miracle of Dunkirk by Walter Lord. LitFlicks

Summer Reading Kickoff

Thursday, May 24 | 5:00 pm

Sign up for programs, pick up a calendar of events, and explore the library for great books to start the summer. Sponsored by Hills Bank & Trust and other local organizations and businesses. Kickoff

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