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Traffic Control for Heartland YFC Over the Edge

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Heartland Youth for Christ will be holding their Rappel For A Cause event Saturday, August 19, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The following streets will be closed during the event:

  • 3rd Street SE from 4th Avenue SE to 5th Avenue SE

There will be parking restrictions on Friday, August 18, 8:00 a.m. to noon. Please see the hosting organizations website for additional information:

Traffic Control for the Beer Nuts Beer Festival

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Benz Beverage Depot will be holding the Beer Nuts Beer Festival Saturday, August 19, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The following street will be closed from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for this event: 

  • 7th Avenue SE between 5th Street SE and 6th Street SE

Please see the Benz Beverage Depot website for additional information:

Traffic Control for the 2017 Downtown Farmers’ Market

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance will be holding The 2017 Downtown Farmer’s Market this Saturday, August 19, 2017, beginning at 7:30 a.m. (set-up time 5:00 a.m.) and ending at Noon (tear down time 1:00 p.m.).  This year, the following streets will be utilized for the event:

  • 3rd Avenue SE from alley between 1st Street SE and 2nd Street SE to 6th Street SE
  • 2nd Street SE from 2nd Avenue SE to 4th Avenue SE
  • 3rd Street SE from 2nd Avenue SE to 4th Avenue SE
  • 5th Street SE from 2nd Avenue SE to 4th Avenue SE

A “No Parking/Tow Away” zone will be enforced on these streets from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. per Municipal Code Sections 61.094 and 61.094A. Guests of the market are encouraged to use the 4th Avenue, GTC, 5 Seasons or Convention Complex parking ramps located within a few blocks of the Market. For additional parking information, please visit Parking ramps are handicapped-accessible and market patrons with special needs are encouraged to use those areas.

Please see Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance for additional information.

News and notes from the City of Coralville, August 17, 2017

Upcoming Events

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

  • Senior Exercise (Monday/Wednesday/Friday)
  • Family Storytime (August 19)
  • Wee Read (August 21)
  • Meetings: Board of Adjustment (August 21), City Council (August 22)
  • First day of classes for ICCSD (August 23)

View all upcoming events


5th Street Social Celebrates the End of Summer

5th Street between 6th & 10th Avenues

Saturday, August 19 | 4:00-10:00 pm

Cap off the summer at Coralville’s 5th Street Social. There’s free fun for everyone with giant games and a kids’ zone, plus live music by Plastic Relations, David Zolo and The Body Electric, and Tasji Bachman. Buy a bite to eat from local food trucks and craft beer from local breweries. Learn more

Be Part of the Fun...

...and get a free t-shirt! Help make this a great night in our community. Volunteer

Back-to-School Traffic Safety

Reminders for drivers and pedestrians

As students and teachers return to class, it’s time to brush up on back-to-school traffic safety:

  • When approaching a marked school zone, obey the posted speed limit and watch for children crossing the street.
  • Passing a school bus with a stop arm extended or flashing red lights is illegal. This can result in a citation of at least $250 or up to 30 days in jail, and a 30-day suspension of your driving privileges. 

Coralville police officers patrol school zones before and after school every day to ensure the safety of our community’s children. Do your part and obey the laws in and around our neighborhood school zones. Learn more


Filing Period Begins Soon for City Election Candidates

Are you thinking of running for city office?

Office of Mayor and three City Council positions will be on the ballot for the November 2017 city election. Coralville residents who are running for office may file their candidacy with the Johnson County Auditor beginning August 28 through September 21.
Being familiar with past and current council actions, along with a strong civic understanding, are crucial for a newly-elected official to hit the ground running. The City has a number of resources to help citizens and candidates get familiar with our city government. Learn more


Save the Date for FRYfest

A celebration of all that is Hawkeye

FRYday, September 1 | All Day

Kick off the Hawkeye athletic season at the one-day FRYfest event at Coralville’s Iowa River Landing. This year’s celebration highlights Hawkeye hoops. All events, except the High Porch Block Party, are free.
Tickets are on sale for $5 for the High Porch Block Party at FRYfest—which includes Arch Allies and The Pork Tornadoes in concert, plus bags games, a kids zone, and fireworks. Learn more


Make One Last Splash

The summer is winding down, but there’s still time to splash and swim at Coralville’s outdoor pool, open daily through August 22, and then open on weekends and Labor Day. After September 4, the Aquatic Center will close for the season. Learn more


On Stage at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

James and the Giant Peach

August 18-20, 2017

Presented by Nolte Productions. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical is about courage and self-discovery.

Youth Rising: An Evening of Spoken Word and Dance

August 25-26, 2017

Part of the Open Doors Dance Festival. Youth perform about the current state of affairs in our country. Both audience and performer are on the stage at this intimate show.

Charlie Liu Benefit Concert

Sunday, August 27 | 2:00 pm

Supporting the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital and The Preemie Project. Charlie Liu performs classical pieces from Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Marcello, Schubert, and Tchaikovsky.

Learn more


What's Happening at the Library 

Novel Conversations:
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Thursday, August 17 | 7:00 pm

A half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain falls in love and builds a new life in the U. S. after the fall of Saigon – while reporting to the Communist regime in Vietnam. Nguyen’s novel won six awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. Learn more

Scarlet Room Write-In

Wednesday, August 23 | 6:30 pm

This Iowa Writers’ House group provides opportunities for romance writers at any stage of their writing journey to share and write in a safe, supportive, and creative space. Learn more


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Cedar Rapids Police Department to Hold Citizens Police Academy

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Police Department is gearing up for the 2017 Citizens Police Academy training program that will begin on Wednesday, September 13th.  This program is directed toward citizens who live, work or visit the Cedar Rapids community.  The goal of the Academy is to increase understanding between citizens and their police department.  The Police Department is not training citizens to be police officers, but rather helping participants gain an understanding of how the Police Department accomplishes its mission on a daily basis.

Classes meet on Wednesday evenings for three hours for ten weeks beginning on September 13th. Class attendees receive information and instruction on a variety of topics such as use of force, defensive tactics, narcotics enforcement, special operations, and criminal investigations. Also there will be demonstrations by the Special Response Team and K-9 Unit, and much more.  All of this is enhanced by the opportunity to ride along with an officer and engage in a simulation scenario hosted by the Marion Police Department.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age. An investigation of an applicant’s criminal history will be completed prior to acceptance into the Citizens Police Academy. Advance registration is required. The program is $30 and is limited to 20 participants.

Register now as the class is filling up quickly!  If you are interested in attending the Cedar Rapids Citizens Police Academy, contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department at 319-286-5439, email or go to the Cedar Rapids Police Department’s website at and download a brochure/application.

City installs receptacles for fishing line on boat docks

New receptacles for waste fishing line are now available on several boat docks in Iowa City.

The City features many good spots for fishing, including docks to launch boats, canoes and kayaks. Stray line can get caught in boat motors, can be a nuisance for other anglers, and is dangerous for wildlife that becomes tangled in it.

People are encouraged to instead use the new receptacles to help improve the Iowa River and protect wildlife. Be mindful, the containers are not for other trash, just excess fishing line.

If you have questions, contact Carol Sweeting, Public Works Information Coordinator, at 319-541-2385 or

Cedar Rapids’ First Roundabout Opens Ahead of Schedule; Mobile Open House August 18

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The first roundabout in Cedar Rapids opened on Monday, August 14, 2017, ahead of schedule. The roundabout is located at the intersection of Kirkwood Blvd SW at the entrance to Prairie Point Middle School (just south of 76th Avenue) on the College Community School District’s campus.

College Community parents and stakeholders have the opportunity to talk with staff regarding the new roundabout, learn more about safety and efficiency, see a simulation video of how the roundabout will work, and drive the roundabout with a City traffic engineer before the start of the new school year:

Mobile Open House 

DATE: Friday, August 18

TIME: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Kirkwood Roundabout Mobile Open HouseLOCATION: Parking lot west of Kirkwood Blvd SW and Prairie Point Middle School, adjacent to the roundabout.

“We are very pleased with the project’s early completion, and look forward to talking with parents about its safety and efficiency features before the start of the school year,” says Traffic Engineering Program Manager John Witt.

Roundabouts are effective at moving high volumes of traffic. They are more efficient than traffic signals at schools, where signalized intersections are often not needed during the majority of the day, but peak morning and afternoon times require effective traffic control. They also help slow traffic speeds and reduce the severity of crashes.

The entire project on Kirkwood Blvd included the single lane roundabout, a culvert, sidewalks, street lighting, and landscaping, and was awarded a $500,000 safety grant from the State of Iowa.

To learn more about roundabouts, please visit

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