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Thursday, July 23, 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:

  • RAGBRAI comes to Coralville (July 24)
  • Farmers’ Market and Music (July 27), and Sweet Corn Feed (August 3)
  • Meetings: City Council (July 28), Planning and Zoning Commission (August 5)

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Coralville Ride the Red Carpet logo

Coralville Rolls out the Red Carpet for RAGBRAI

Friday, July 24, 2015

Coralville welcomes RAGBRAI, the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, for the fifth time on Friday, July 24. Over 20,000 visitors will arrive in the community in a single day. Options for entertainment and involvement abound, and planning will make getting to your destination easier.  For all things RAGBRAI, visit

Entertainment for Everyone

You don’t have to ride RAGBRAI to enjoy the free entertainment. Live music, roaming acts, a kids’ zone, and indoor and outdoor movies are throughout the day.  

Cheap Trick, sponsored by Two Rivers Bank and Trust, performs at 8:00 pm in the beverage garden south of the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. The beverage garden opens at 4:00 pm with live music by Slap ‘n’ Tickle, Gimikk, and The Swing Crew. Admission to the concert area/beverage garden is $10 or free to registered RAGBRAI riders or volunteers wearing their t-shirts. Coolers, food, beverages, bikes, or lawn chairs cannot be brought into the beverage garden. Food and beverages are available for purchase.  Learn more.

RAGBRAI tents in S.T. Morrison Park

What the Locals Need to Know about RAGBRAI in Coralville

Watch for Cyclists

Several streets in the area surrounding S.T. Morrison Park and the Iowa River Landing will be closed or open to local traffic only on July 24 to facilitate traffic flow for RAGBRAI.  Please allow extra time and use caution, especially when traveling routes used by bicycles.  The addition of 20,000 visitors, many on bikes, may cause delays on city streets.

Parking & City Facilities

City offices and facilities, including City Hall, the Coralville Community Aquatic Center, and the Coralville Recreation Center will be open; however, parking will not be available at any of those locations. Parking in the Town Center Parking Facility is reserved for patrons and employees of the Coralville Public Library, Plaza on 5th, and Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Coralville Transit is free all day July 24. Learn more


As recommended by RAGBRAI, the City adopted an ordinance regulating outdoor entertainment and vending for July 24 and 25, 2015, to help maintain a fun and safe environment. This ordinance requires that anyone selling food, merchandise, or hosting an outdoor event open to the public obtain a permit. The deadline for obtaining such a permit has passed. Businesses that normally sell food, beverages, and non-food items are exempt from this requirement if they are serving or selling products they normally sell within their regular operating premises. Learn more 

RAGBRAI in Coralville

Thank You, RAGBRAI Volunteers, Hosts, & Sponsors!

With the help of hundreds of volunteers and housing hosts, along with community organizations and businesses, the RAGBRAI committee has staffed a multitude of volunteer shifts and housed bicyclists with true Coralville hospitality. Thank you for your time, talent, and generosity!  

Coralville Police & Fire Departments Rally Blood Drive Donors for "Battle of the Badges"

Thursday, July 30  |  2:30-7:30 pm

The public is invited to donate blood on behalf of either the Coralville Police or Fire Department at City Hall. The “Battle of the Badges” blood drive, hosted by the DeGowin Blood Center, is a friendly competition to see which department can get the most blood donations and save the most lives. Learn more

National Night Out

Host a Neighborhood Block Party

National Night Out Is August 4 

Coralville residents are invited to host block parties and connect with their neighbors during the 32nd annual National Night Out on Tuesday evening, August 4.  It’s a great night to meet those who live nearby and build neighborhood ties--guests from the Coralville Police and Fire Departments and City Council might stop by to say hello! Learn more

Construction Updates 

5th Street

Work continues on 5th Street between 1st and 10th Avenues. Where 5th Street is being reconstructed and elevated over Biscuit Creek, backfill of the new box culvert and embankment fill placement, which is expected to be complete the week of July 27, will be monitored for settlement before setting a paving schedule. On 5th Street from 6th Avenue to just west of 9th Avenue, paving is expected in mid to late August. Learn more about recent progress and upcoming work at

Coral Ridge Avenue

Work on Coral Ridge Avenue from Holiday Road to Oakdale Boulevard continues. The goal is to have four lanes fully open before the Iowa City Community School District and University of Iowa begin classes in late August. For an update on roadway lighting, brick paver installation, work on the center median, trail work, landscaping, and bioswale construction, see

On Stage at the Center for the Performing Arts 

Over the next two weeks, the stage at the Center features:

  • Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale, presented by Young Footliters (July 24-26)
  • New Horizons Band Concert (July 29)
  • Camp Creamery (August 3-7)
  • Theatre Antics: Literature as Drama (ages 5-10). Register

Learn more

What's Happening at the Library 

Teen Summer Reading Finale Pizza Party

Monday, July 27  |  6:00 pm

Teen Summer Reading Program participants who completed the first level or more can celebrate with activities, food, door prizes, and grand prize drawings. Learn more

Family Movie

Thursday, July 30  |  2:00 pm

Join us for a super afternoon movie: The Incredibles. Learn more

How to Develop Your Writing Voice

Saturday, August 1  |  1:30 pm

Are you looking for ways to strengthen your voice as a writer? Sign up for this free class for ages 14 and older. Learn more

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