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May 2017

Iowa City Police investigate shots fired

On May 27, 2017 at 3:40 a.m., Iowa City Police officers responded to 1100 Arthur Street on report of multiple shots fired.  A caller reported that a vehicle left the scene after the shots, but no suspect descriptions were provided.  There were no reported injuries at the time of the call.

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect/s.  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. 

City of Iowa City Transportation Services: Schedule of services during Arts Fest (June 1 to June 4, 2017)

Thursday, June 1, 2017:  Starting at 6AM, the bus interchange will move from Washington and Clinton Street to a temporary location on Court Street between Clinton and Dubuque (adjacent to the Court Street Transportation Center) until the service day is concluded on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Normal bus service utilizing the main transit interchange will resume on Monday, June 5, 2017. Iowa City Transit will be operating a normal weekday and Saturday schedules during Arts Fest.

The outbound bus stops located at Washington Street & Linn Street (stop 7200), Washington Street and Gilbert Street (stop 7201), Clinton Street & Jefferson Street (stop 7400),  Jefferson Street & Linn Street (stop 7401), Washington Street and Madison Street (stop 7082) will be closed. The inbound bus stops located at Madison Street & Washington Street (stop 7081),UI Lindquist Center ( stop 7079), Market Street & Linn Street (stop 7206), Clinton Street & Jefferson Street (stop 7207), IC Recreation Center (stop 7243), and Burlington Street & Dubuque Street (stop 7244) will also be closed. Customers who use these stops should catch their buses at the alternate interchange on Court Street. These stops will reopen on Monday, June 5, 2017.

Friday, June 2, 2017: Iowa City Transit will run a normal weekday schedule. The detours and stop closures begun on Thursday will still be in effect.

Saturday, June 3, 2017:  Iowa City Transit will run a normal Saturday schedule. The detours and stop closures begun on Thursday will still be in effect.

Sunday, June 4, 2017: No bus service.

Parking Department: The Parking Department will be operating a normal weekday and weekend schedule from Thursday, June 1, through Sunday, June 4, 2017. Parking ramps will be open and staffed. All parking regulations will be in effect and enforced.


For more information, please call the Transportation Services Department at 356-5151 or visit us on the web at

Pedestrian Path temporarily closes on Dubuque Street

PedestriansPedestrians will need to use a detour that will re-route them off of Dubuque Street.

Crews have closed the path between Park Road and Church Street, and it will remain closed through at least Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Crews are installing a left turn lane from Dubuque Street onto Park Road, and are paving the pedestrian path. 

Pedestrians and cyclists will need to use the marked Hancher Bridge detour during this short-term closure. This route must be used. There is no sidewalk on the east side of Dubuque Street. 

The Iowa City Gateway Project is a flood mitigation effort that is elevating Dubuque Street while raising and replacing the Park Road Bridge. To receive project updates be sure to sign-up for City of Iowa City e-subscriptions, and follow the City of Iowa City on Facebook and Twitter using #ICgateway. To learn more visit

Party in the Park summer schedule announced

Connect with friends, family and neighbors this summer at Party in the Park. The 2017 season begins at 6:30 on Thursday, June 8 at Court Hill Park, located at 2825 Friendship Street. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy live music by Old Capitol String Band, games, arts and crafts, and frozen treats. Additionally, there will be several dates this season that will feature a special performance by the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theater at 5:30 p.m., before the Party In the Park begins. The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will also be on hand, as well as representatives from various City departments who will share information about their areas of expertise. Party in the Park is a no-fee event and is open to the public. Check out the full schedule of events below.

Sponsored by the City of Iowa City’s Parks and Recreation Department and the Neighborhood Outreach Division, Party in the Park gives residents a chance to enjoy their summer evenings outdoors with friends and family while exploring the City’s many beautiful natural spaces and neighborhoods.

For more information, contact Joyce Carroll, Parks and Recreation Department Arts Supervisor, at or 319-356-5100, or Marcia Bollinger, Neighborhood Outreach Planner, at or 319-356-5237.

The Corridor is rich in arts & entertainment

All the offerings of theatre - drama, musicals, comedy, dance, etc. can be found in the corridor and from a variety of venues.

Coralville Center for the Performing ArtsThe Coralville Center for the Performing Arts with the Jim L. Fausett Theater is a 472-seat auditorium located in the heart of Coralville at the corner of 5th Street and 12th Avenue.  Attend full scale performances of musicals and plays by some of the area’s best performance groups; Orchestra concerts, chamber ensembles and solo recitals; Productions by professional dancers and local dance academies.

Englert TheatreThe Englert Theatre - 221 East Washington Street, Iowa City. The Iowa City theatre provides diverse programming, educational opportunities and exposure to the performing and visual arts. Our focus is on highlighting the talents of local performers, artists and ensembles as well as hosting regional, national and international touring performances.

Old Creamery TheatreThe Old Creamery Theatre Company is proud to be the oldest professional theatre company in the state of Iowa! The Old Creamery Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. This year we are celebrating 44 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.  Located at 39 38th Avenue, Amana.  

Paramount TheatreThe Paramount Theatre is a 1,690 seat historic theater located in downtown Cedar Rapids and owned by the City of Cedar Rapids. The Theatre’s mission is provide the citizens of Cedar Rapids and the residents of eastern Iowa with the broadest possible range of top quality cultural, educational and entertainment events.  Located at 123 Third Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids.




ICPL, Summer of the Arts Present ABC Saturday on June 3

Children are invited to celebrate the arts during ABC Saturday on June 3.

Formerly known as Children’s Day, ABC Saturday stands for Arts, Books and Children Saturday. This annual event, produced by the Iowa City Public Library with Summer of the Arts during the Iowa Arts Festival, encourages kids’ creativity with an extensive lineup of hands-on activities to promote Build A Better World – the 2017 Summer Reading Program.

More than a dozen booths will be set up on the City Plaza, with activities ranging from mask-making and chess, to rocking out with the Yahoo Drummers and making a new friend from the Iowa City Care and Adoption Center. Children also can enjoy live performances on the Family Stage.

ABC Saturday also is the official planting day for the Library’s Children’s Garden on the City Plaza. Kids are invited to help Scott Koepke, the education director of Grow: Johnson County, plant this year’s garden. All produce harvested from the Children's Garden is donated to Table To Table, which provides food for the area’s hungry, homeless and at-risk population.

ABC Saturday begins at 10 a.m. with activities concluding at 3 p.m.

For more information about ABC Saturday, call the Iowa City Public Library at 319-356-5200.

Mayor’s Walk on June 7, 2017

Mayor Jim Throgmorton will continue his series of neighborhood walks through Iowa City on Wed., June 7, 2017. These Mayor’s Walks provide him with the opportunity to learn more about how things are going in the City directly from the residents he serves.

Mayor Throgmorton will begin his walk at the Transit interchange, located at Clinton and Washington Streets, where he will catch the 4:30 p.m. Towncrest bus. He will take that bus to the stop at 2nd Ave. and Muscatine, then walk east on Muscatine to 3rd Ave., south on 3rd to J St., east on J St., then north on 2nd Ave.

For more information about the Mayor’s Walks series, email or call 319-621-9391.

CFJC opens grant process June 1

IOWA CITY – The Community Foundation of Johnson County (CFJC) will accept grant applications beginning June 1. Grants may be requested for operations, programs, capital projects or for a match to establish an endowment fund.  The grant application deadline is Friday, June 23 at 5 p.m.

Nonprofit organizations can apply for grants by visiting CFJC’s website at and click on “Apply for a Grant.”  Applicants are assigned a password when they start the process, which allows applicants to complete the application process in phases should they be interrupted. Applicants are also required to attach a budget and financial information with the application.

Grants in the following areas will be considered:

  • Arts, Culture & Humanities
  • Education
  • Environment & Animals
  • Health & Human Services
  • Public & Societal Benefit

Community Fund affiliates in the communities of Coralville, Lone Tree, North Liberty, Solon, Swisher, Tiffin and University Heights will have opportunities to review and determine grant applications from nonprofit organizations serving their locations.

Organizations that received a grant last year are reminded they must file a report before June 30, 2017, in order to be considered for another grant. Grant Report Forms are available at and click on “Grant Report.”

For information about the CFJC grant application, contact Dave Lewis, executive director, at 319.337.0483.

The Community Foundation of Johnson County advances philanthropy by connecting nonprofits and donors who care. This year the Foundation celebrates 17 years of service to Johnson County. The Community Foundation administers $26 million in assets and has distributed more than $11 million in grants. CFJC supports more than 200 nonprofit organizations, family funds and community fund affiliates at a cost of less than 2 percent.  CFJC accomplishes its goal – grow philanthropy for the greater community good . . . For Good  . . . Forever.

Coralville Transit Layover Change for Iowa Arts Festival

As a result of road closures for the annual Iowa Arts Festival in downtown Iowa City, Coralville Transit will not serve the following stops all day on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 1 through 3, 2017:

Downtown Iowa City interchange (stop #0001)

Iowa Memorial Union (stop # 0125)

Macbride Hall (stop # 0120)

All routes will be diverted to the Court Street Transportation Center between Clinton and Dubuque Streets in Iowa City for layovers. No other stops are scheduled to be affected. Service delays are anticipated. Any changes to service will be posted.

Route changes, road closures, and traffic delays will make predicted bus arrival times on Bus on the Go (Bongo, inaccurate from June 1 through 3, however, the real-time maps on Bongo with actual bus locations will be accurate and should be used to locate buses.

Normal transit service and Bongo operations will resume on Monday, June 5. For more information, contact Coralville Transit at 319.248.1790.