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Thursday, June 11, 2015

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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:

  • Park It at the Movies: Big Hero 6 (June 12)
  • Family Storytime (June 13 & 20)
  • Coralville Farmers’ Market: Kids’ Day, giveaway, and music by The Fritters (June 15); music by Slewgrass (June 22)
  • Sounds of Summer: Music by the Iowa City Community Band (June 18)
  • Meetings: Board of Adjustment (June 15), City Council (June 23)
  • U.S. Open week specials at Brown Deer (June 18-21)

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Iowa Firefighter's Memorial

Iowa Firefighters Memorial Service

Sunday, June 14  |  10:30 am

The 21st annual Iowa Firefighters Memorial Service at the Iowa Firefighters Memorial, 1 Russell Slade Boulevard, honors the courage and service of Iowa firefighters.  Learn more

Coralville 4thFest

The Countdown to 4thFest Begins

Coralville’s 4thFest is a few weeks away, but it’s not too early to make plans for the free Loverboy concert, parade, fireworks, carnival, and special activities!  Events are held June 27 and July 1-4.

4thFest 2015 celebrates the Library’s 50th anniversary with the theme, “Be part of Coralville’s story!” Learn more

4thFest 5K

Run Like the Wind
(or at Your Own Pace)

Register for Coralville’s annual 4thFest 5K!  Cross an item off your bucket list, run for an award, achieve a personal record, or just do it for the t-shirt. Kids up to age 8 can run in the free mini-marathon!  Learn more

Construction Updates

Reconstructed Parking Lot Opens Ahead of Schedule

The reconstructed S.T. Morrison Park/Recreation Center parking lot reopened a few weeks ahead of schedule. A new walking path on the south side of the lot gives patrons a safer route from the parking lot to the Recreation Center or to the sidewalk into the park.

Roundabout sign

12th Avenue & Holiday Road Construction Continues

Progress moves ahead at the 12th Avenue / Holiday Road intersection, which is closed until early July for construction of a mini-roundabout. When complete, traffic backups at the intersection will be reduced during peak driving times. The June construction schedule was chosen to coincide with the start of the Iowa City Community School District summer break, with completion planned before the 4th of July. Learn more

Did You Know?

Facts about Roundabouts

Roundabouts have been shown to:

  • Reduce the number and severity of accidents when compared to standard intersections.
  • Reduce vehicle delays and keep traffic moving at intersections.
  • Reduce vehicle emissions due to decreased idling times.
  • Typically cost less to construct and maintain than signalized intersections.

Learn more from the Iowa DOT about the benefits of roundabouts.

Biscuit Creek box culvert

Reimagine 5th

Portions of 5th Street between 1st and 10th Avenues are closed until mid-August for street improvements and flood protection projects. Recent work included installation of the new Biscuit Creek box culvert. The projects, combined with recent redevelopment, will result in a community-friendly, walkable corridor with trail connections, transit access, historic attractions, and public spaces. 

Learn More

Updates about Coralville’s construction projects are posted at

RAGBRAI Is Coming to Coralville

Special Entertainment & Vending Rules in Effect on July 24 & 25

As recommended by RAGBRAI, the City adopted an ordinance regulating outdoor entertainment and vending for July 24 and 25, 2015, to help create and maintain a fun and safe environment for riders, visitors, and the community.  

This ordinance requires that any food or non-food vendor obtain a permit from the RAGBRAI Committee. Businesses that normally sell food, beverages, and non-food items are exempt from this requirement if they are serving or selling within their regular operating premises.  

If you are considering any type of merchandise sale, food sale, or outdoor event during RAGBRAI in Coralville, please contact Chief Barry Bedford at the Police Department at 319.248.1800, or visit

On Stage at the Center for the Performing Arts

Meet the Center’s New Managing Director

The Center welcomed Evan Hilsabeck, new Managing Director, this week!  Join us for a reception and meet Evan on Tuesday, June 23 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

Upcoming Events

Over the next two weeks, the stage at the Center features:
  • The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra (June 11)
  • The Addams Family presented by City Circle Acting Company (June 19-21)

Learn more

What's Happening at the Library

Summer Reading Programs

Programs for children, teens, and adults continue at the library!  Learn more

Taking Flight for Teens

Monday, June 15  |  2:00 pm

Make your own paper airplanes and other flying creations. Test them in flight and challenge your opponents in speed, distance, accuracy, and beauty. Prizes awarded in all categories.  Learn more

Family Night: Ben’s Bubble Show!

Monday, June 15  |  6:30 pm

Ben’s Bubble Show is back again this summer by popular demand, but this time for the whole family! Ben’s Bubble Show blends art and science with a touch of magic. Ben will create beautiful and mind-boggling soap bubble sculptures.  Learn more

Free Summer Movie for Adults

Wednesday, June 24  |  7:00 pm

The Music Man is the film version of the 1957 musical comedy about a traveling salesman out to con the good people of River City, Iowa. Starring Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, and a young Ronny Howard.  Learn more

Stage on the Page

Thursday, June 25  |  10:00 am

Critics rave about The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), saying it turns “an evening of Shakespeare into something out of Saturday Night Live” (John Laviriere).  Learn more

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