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Kites for Kids event commemorates child abuse victims

Come fly a kite in honor of children in Johnson County who have been impacted by child abuse. 

The Johnson County Community Partnership for Protecting Children is teaming up with the Prevent Child Abuse—Johnson County Council, and many other local businesses and organizations to commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month with Kites for Kids, a children's festival. 

Kids and families will be flying kites on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from noon to 2 p.m. at Lower City Park, 200 Park Road, Shelter #5 in Iowa City. The event is free and open to everyone. Kites will be provides along with bubbles and refreshments. 

Iowa City Police Chief Jody Matherly will be at the event along with officers and investigators. 

Should it rain, the event will move to Saturday, April 29. 

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 683,000 children were victims of abuse and neglect in 2015; and 1,670 children died from the abuse. 

For more information about this event, visit the Kites for Kids Festival—Johnson County event page on Facebook or contact Johnson County Community Projects Specialist LaTasha DeLoach at 319-356-6090 or

Iowa City Parks and Recreation summer activity registration opens Wednesday

Take a look at all that Iowa City Parks and Recreation can offer you and your family this season. The Summer Recreation Activity Guide is now available online and in hardcopy at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 200 S. Gilbert St. and Mercer Park Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gym, 2701 Bradford Drive.  

Online and in-person registration will open Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Online registration opens at 12:01 a.m. To register online, either set up your new ActiveNet account or to log into your existing account. You’ll be able to sign up and pay for classes online through the ActiveNet system.

In-person registration opens at 8 a.m. at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert Street, and at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center / Scanlon Gym, 2701 Bradford Drive.

For more information, visit our website.

Tiny Tykes Play Date - May the Fourth be with You

Thursday, May 4, 2017

These onetime preschool programs are meant to add a little spice to your child's spring.

During these play dates your child will get the chance to socialize with other kids while crafting, baking, or just playing. Don't miss this chance to add some excitement to your spring routines!

Theme: May the Fourth be with You
Age: 2.5-5, must be accompanied by an adult
Deadline: 1 week prior to program start date


Get your tickets for "The Diary of Anne Frank"

The Iowa City Community Theatre is excited to announce "The Diary of Anne Frank" opens this weekend! The powerful memoirs of a young Jewish girl are brought to life, as she is forced to hide to evade Nazi persecution.

Additionally, a live panel discussion featuring local personalities including representatives from Indigenous Iowa, Students Against Hate, and former congressman Jim Leach, will begin after the first matinee on April 23rd, Holocaust Remembrance Day. The live panel will be moderated by Sonja Spear and is free and open to the public. Lastly, there will be American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters for the production and the live panel. Please check the ICCT website for more details about this event as we get closer to the show.

Performance dates are April 21-30. Tickets are available online at Please see attached press release with photos for additional details, and feel free to contact me if you would like further information.

Join Iowa City Police Officers for Coffee with a Cop

IC Coffee With A CopJoin neighbors, friends, and police officers for coffee and a conversation during the next Coffee with a Cop event. 

Iowa City Police officers will be at T.Spoons, Old Capitol Town Center, 201 S. Clinton St., Iowa City from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017. 

There is no agenda scheduled. This is an opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know police officers in a relaxed setting over a cup of coffee. 

You can RSVP to this event by visiting the Iowa City Police Department Facebook Page

Additional information about the Coffee with a Cop program is available at For other questions, or to schedule Coffee with a Cop in your neighborhood, contact Officer David Schwindt at or 319-356-5275.

Friends of Library Annual Meeting

Thursday, April 20, 2017

You are invited to join the Friends of the Coralville Public Library at their Annual Meeting.

You are invited to join the Friends of the Coralville Public Library at their Annual Meeting where the Friends will celebrate and share what they have accomplished in the last year. They will recognize volunteers, and announce the Friends annual $1000 Teen Service award recipient and T. Patricia Dee Award for Adults recipient. There will be a little bit of work as they elect new board members, but over all there will be socializing and laughter. If you are interested in discovering what the Friends are all about this is the place to be.

Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.


Novel Conversations

Novel Conversations is a book group that alternates between classic novels and more recent works of fiction and nonfiction. All are welcome.

Novel Conversations is a book group that alternates between classic novels and more recent works of fiction and nonfiction. Participants are welcome to come to all the meetings or just those that sound interesting.  Multiple copies of each book are available for checkout in the library and are, whenever possible, made available in large print, audiobook, and ebook editions.

Novel Conversations meets the third Thursday of each month from 7:00-8:00 pm in the Board Room. Refreshments are served!

Station Eleven (book cover) Thursday, April 20 : Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel

In a post-pandemic America, a former Hollywood child star tours the settlements of survivors with a group of actors, putting on shows for anyone who is left. At one stop, they meet The Prophet, a violent and threatening cult leader who threatens to dig the graves of anyone trying to escape. How do you survive the end of the world?



Iowa City once again honored as Tree City USA

Tree CityThe City of Iowa City was recently honored with the 2016 Tree City USA Award at the 27th Annual Community Forestry Awards Luncheon in Des Moines. The award was presented by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau April 6, 2017.

“The Tree City USA award is a symbol for communities who have made a commitment to the management of public trees,” said state forester Paul Tauke. “The City of Iowa City has provided an outstanding example for other Iowa communities by enhancing our forest resources and demonstrating the great value of trees in providing multiple benefits for future generations.”

Iowa City was one of 80 Iowa communities to qualify for Tree City USA status. To receive the award, a city must, at a minimum, have either a city forester or an active city tree board; have a tree ordinance; spend at least $2 per capita annually for its community forestry program; and have a tree planting and maintenance plan. 

Iowa City is proud to have been named a Tree City USA annually for the past 38 years. Only one city in Iowa, Cedar Rapids, has been a recipient over a longer period of time than Iowa City.

Colleges Against Cancer invites ALL to Bark For Life

The student org Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) at the University of Iowa will host its FIRST Bark For Life Event on April 23!

IOWA CITY – Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) at the University of Iowa is hosting it’s first Bark For Life event! An organized fundraiser that celebrates the contributions of Canine Caregivers. It is a chance for individuals to be inspired through their canine companions and to help fund the mission of the American Cancer Society. 

The event will take place at Lower City Park Shelter 6 from 11-2pm. Registration costs $15 for an individual, $35 for an individual and their dog. There will be free mini grooms, nail clippings and more! For more information or to register, visit or email

About Colleges Against Cancer:

Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) runs and creates Relay For Life at the University of Iowa. CAC works all year long educating the community about prevention and the many forms of cancer, volunteering and helping cancer patients, as well as fundraising to raise money for the American Cancer Society for cancer research and support!