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Silent Library

Teens! Can you hold it together while completing some wacky challenges guaranteed to make you laugh? If you are up for the challenge, join us for Silent Library.… Read on

Date July 25, 2017
Time 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location Coralville Public Library - Meeting Room A
1401 5th St.
Coralville, IA 52241
Cost Free for teens, registration required

Missionary to visit Hope Church in North Liberty on Aug. 6

On Sunday, August 6th, Dr. Tom Johnson and his wife Leslie will return to Hope Church in North Liberty, the congregation Dr. Johnson founded.  The Johnson’s currently serve as missionaries in Prague in the Czech Republic.   Mrs. Johnson is the founding director of the Christian International School of Prague.   Dr. Johnson is the first Evangelical Ambassador to the Vatican; has received a knighthood from a Middle Eastern royal family, and had his book “Human Rights: A Christian Primer” given to President Obama at his first inauguration.  He has written other books on human rights and growing religious persecution. 

Dr Johnson will speak at the 9:30 a.m. worship service and, along with wife Leslie, will share about their work at the 11:15 a.m. Christian education hour. All are invited to visit Hope at 420 N. Front St. in North Liberty to hear of the work of this couple.


“Pay What You Want” Book Sale at ICPL July 22 and July 23

Two of the greatest words in the English language have come together for a great event: Book Sale. 

The Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation will host a Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 22, and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 23, in Meeting Room A. The sale features “Pay What You Want” prices on everything from large print books and graphic novels to fiction, cookbooks, nonfiction, graphic novels and children’s books.

All sales are final with proceeds benefitting the Library, courtesy of the Book End Committee of the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation. 

For more information, contact Patty McCarthy, Development Office Director, at 319-356-5249 or via e-mail at

ICPD sponsors youth RAGBRAI ride & overnight camping trip

Seven kids and three adult chaperones will ride the Thursday route of RAGBRAI this year with the support of the Iowa City Police Department.

The Neighborhood Center of Johnson County’s Youth Off-Road Riders Cycling Program (YORR) provides area youth who have an interest in cycling with the coaching and camaraderie needed to help them achieve both competitive and non-competitive cycling goals in a safe and enjoyable manner. Members of this group who cycle regularly, will ride on Thursday, July 27 from Charles City to Cresco, covering 54.6 miles and 2,257 feet of climb.

The Iowa City Police Department is providing the resources for a sag wagon, meals and overnight camping in Cresco at Harvest Farm Campground Resort, 3690 318th Ave., Cresco. That’s located about 12.6 miles from the town of Cresco.

Any rider from the Iowa City area is welcome to stop by the campsite and say hello to these young riders. The group will pack-up and return to Iowa City on Friday.  

This trip is part of the Iowa City Police Department’s ongoing effort to develop relationships between officers, youth and families. It is also part of a larger City initiative to encourage more people, including children and families, to ride bicycles.

For questions or additional information, contact Community Service Officer Henri Harper at 319-356-5275 or Special thanks to YORR Youth Program Director Anthony Branch for his help in coordinating this special event.


RAGBRAI, the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is an annual seven-day bike ride across the state. It is the oldest, largest and longest recreational bicycle touring event in the world. 

“Do You See Me Now?” soccer game cancelled due to heat

Update 7/20/2017: The Iowa City Police Department has cancelled its soccer game as part of the "Do You See Me Now" challenge, set for Thursday, July 20, 2017 due to forecast heat indices of 105-110 degrees. 

Police plan to reschedule the match, and will release more information at a later date. 

For additional information contact Community Service Officer Henri Harper at 319-356-5275.

Original release 7/06/2017: Area junior high and high school students will face members of the Iowa City Police Department, along with other local law enforcement, in a friendly basketball and soccer challenge this month during the department's second annual “Do You See Me Now?” competition.

The two events are part of Iowa City Parks and Recreation’s Teen Dynamics program, introduced to provide teens with opportunities for positive interaction, education, relationship building, and activities during summer break. The program is held Monday through Friday from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert Street in Iowa City. The program began June 5 and runs through August 11.

The “Do You See Me Now?” events are aimed at building positive relationships between participants and officers.

On Wednesday, July 19, officers will host a basketball game between local law enforcement and Teen Dynamics participants at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center. The game begins at 5 p.m., followed by a discussion and dinner, provided by Police.

On Thursday, July 20, youth involved in the Teen Dynamics program will take on officers during a soccer game beginning at 1 p.m. at Iowa City Kickers Soccer Park, 4400 Soccer Park Rd. Following the game, participants can spend time talking with the officers and enjoying a provided dinner.

Enrollment for Teen Dynamics is open, ongoing and can be completed online. There is no fee to participate in the program. However, a parent or guardian should accompany participants on the first evening they attend to fill out additional registration forms. 

For more program details, contact Recreation Program Supervisor RaQuishia Harrington at or call 319-356-5228. 

For additional information about the “Do You See Me Now?” challenge, contact Community Service Officer Henri Harper at 319-356-5275 or Sgt. Scott Gaarde at 319-356-5275.

Mid-Week Arts & Crafts - Piggy Bank

Each Wednesday afternoon our instructor will lead a different craft project. Try one or try them all! We encourage a parent, older silbing or sitter to accompany...… Read on

Date July 26, 2017
Time 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Location Kate Wickham Elementary School
601 Oakdale Blvd
Coralville, IA 52241
Cost $15 res., $18.75 non-res.


Experience a County Fair at Old MacDonald’s Farm

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Old MacDonald’s Farm in Bever Park, operated by the Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department, will host a County Fair on Saturday, July 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Admission is free for all ages, but a $1 minimum donation is recommended. The first 1000 kids will receive a small door prize.

Families will enjoy experiencing a fair setting at the farm with hayrack rides, interactive booths, gunny sack races, carnival games, contests, balloon animals, face painting ($5 fee), touch a truck/tractor and fair foods. Concessions by Cruise Inn are available for purchase. Highlights include music by Sheila Stevens, “Chalk the Walk” event and Whipped Cream Pie Eating Contest all day.

For more information about programs and events at the farm, see the Play! guide at or call the Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department, 319-286-5566.