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Student winner announced for Juneteenth essay contest

Iowa City and Johnson County area students put their creativity to paper as part of the 2017 Juneteenth celebration’s essay contest, and event organizers have now announced the contest winner. The competition was sponsored by Johnson County and the City of Iowa City.

Written essay competitors were asked to write about the progress and ongoing struggle for equal rights in Iowa and the United States. Xena Makky took the top spot with “The Legacy of Perseverance.” She will be recognized at the Juneteenth celebration. The event is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Dr., Iowa City.

Makky will receive a certificate in her name and a cash prize of $75. The essay may be viewed online at

Juneteenth, often referred to as the African American Emancipation Day, is a national observance marking the end of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865. This year is the 150th anniversary of the Juneteenth celebration.

Other scheduled Juneteenth events include an informational display on the history of slavery and Black Iowans; live music and a variety of live entertainment; an indoor health fair; and food, games and activities for the whole family.

There is no fee to attend, and the public is invited to participate.

Mid-Week Arts & Crafts: Tie Dye Shirts - Coralville

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 June 28, 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.


Explore the history of Lucas Farms this weekend - Iowa City

The Lucas Farms Neighborhood Association invites everyone to celebrate the history of Lucas Farms Neighborhood with several events. 

The first governor of the Territory of Iowa, Robert Lucas, lived in what is now the Lucas Farms Neighborhood, in his home Plum Grove. He served as governor from 1838 until 1841, and built Plum Grove in 1844. 

This celebration showcases the unique history, artistic talents and exquisite gardens of the area. 

Tour De Farm Bike Ride: Saturday, June 24, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Meet at Faith United Church of Christ, 1609 DeForest Ave., located next to Mark Twain Elementary School, for a 4.5 mile ride featuring 25 historic sites along the way. Restrooms, water and parking are available at the church. There is no fee to participate in the ride, but helmets are required and children must ride with an adult. Participate in a post-ride social at Big Grove Brewery, 1225 S. Gilbert St.

Lucas Farms History Day: Sunday, June 25, from 1 to 5 p.m.

  • Tour the Plum Grove Historic Home and Gardens 

Enjoy a free narrated bus ride provided by Iowa City Transit, and free tours of the Plum Grove Historic Home and Gardens, 1030 Carroll St. Master Gardeners will show both the vegetable and flower gardens, each part of the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens. The State Historical Society will also be there with its new mobile museum.

  • Shop the Yewell Street Art Market

Named for Iowa City’s original artist George H. Yewell, the street will feature art vendors, local art history presentations and childrens’ activities. The street also features the Moffitt houses, where several well-known artists lived.

  • Family fun in the neighborhood

Stop by the Iowa City Assembly of God Church parking lot, 1330 Keokuk St., for free bouncy houses, refreshments and other family activities. Pony rides will be available for a small fee.    

The neighborhood will also host the Project GREEN Garden Tour Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The tour includes eight lovely gardens, with the Plum Grove Historic Home and Gardens as the anchor. Tickets are available for $5 at any of the featured homes; entry for children 10 and younger is free. Walk, bicycle or ride the free history shuttle (mentioned above) between the garden locations.


If you have questions about any of these events, contact Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator Marcia Bollinger at or 319-356-5237. Stay up-to-date on event information with an RSVP to the Lucas Farms History Day event Facebook page.   

Johnson County Historical Society to hold Open House at 1876 Coralville Schoolhouse and Coralville Old Town Hall during 4thFest

In celebration of the Johnson County Historical Society’s 50th Anniversary, the 1876 Coralville Schoolhouse and Coralville Old Town Hall will be open to the public on July 2nd from 1 to 4 pm, as part of the 2017 4thFest celebration.

In 1974, the Historical Society signed a 50-year lease for the 1876 Coralville Schoolhouse. Between 1974 and 1983, the Johnson County Historical Society operated out of the Coralville’s Old Town Hall, while volunteers and members raised money to restore the Schoolhouse. On July 4th, 1983, the Coralville community gathered to celebrate the finished restoration of the Schoolhouse and its rededication as the new home of the Johnson County Historical Society. This celebration, which included speeches and a parade celebrating Coralville pride, became known as 4thFest.

The open house will feature exhibits on the history of the Schoolhouse and Old Town Hall. A shuttle service will run from S.T. Morrison Park to the sites located on 5th Street courtesy of the City of Coralville. For more information, please call Johnson County Historical Society at (319) 351-5738.

Seven students from Coralville named to 2017 spring semester Dean's List at Luther College

DECORAH, Iowa—Seven students from Coralville, Iowa, have been named to Luther College's 2017 spring semester Dean's List.

Mary Ferrel is a junior at Luther.

Matthew Harper is a sophomore at Luther.

Ben Johnson is a junior at Luther.

Alice McNamara is a senior at Luther.

Addison Taylor is a junior at Luther.

Noah Tiegs is a first-year at Luther.

Michael Wagner is a junior at Luther.

Luther College's spring 2017 Dean's List includes 743 students; 56 first-years, 146 sophomores, 210 juniors and 331 seniors. To be named to the Dean's List, a student must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale and must complete at least 12 credit hours with 10 hours of conventional grades (A, B, C, D).

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website:

Party In the Park continues this week at North Market Square Park - Iowa City

Connect with friends, family and neighbors this summer at Party in the Park. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at North Market Square Park, 600 Fairchild St., with a special performance by the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theater before the Party in the Park begins at 6:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy live music by Nancita Wernett, games, arts and crafts, and frozen treats. 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 Coordinator, at or 319-356-5237.



N. Market Square Park — 600 Fairchild Street
Entertainment: Nancita Wernett
Eulenspiegel Puppet Theater performance at 5:30 p.m.

Oak Grove Park — 700 Page Street
Entertainment: Ace Jones


Creekside Park — 1858 7th Avenue Court
Entertainment: Mike Haverkamp

Reno Street Park — 516 Reno St.
Entertainment: Pennies on the Rail
Eulenspiegel Puppet Theater performance at 5:30 p.m.

Mercer Park — 1317 Dover Street
Entertainment: Kathy Maxey & Larry Mossman

Glendale Park — 1250 E. Jefferson Street
Entertainment: Yahoo Drummers


Wetherby Park — 2400 Taylor Street
Entertainment: Suzanne Wedeking
Eulenspiegel Puppet Theater performance at 5:30 p.m.

S. Hickory Hill Park — 1439 E. Bloomington Street
Entertainment: The Fritters

College Green Park — 600 College Street
Entertainment: Mitch McAndrew

Brookland Park — 550 Greenwood Drive
Entertainment: Bob and Kristie Black

Celebrate the 4th of July with Coralville's 4thFest

Coralville 4thFestCoralville’s 4thFest, an Independence Day tradition, is known for free concerts, spectacular fireworks, the area’s largest 4th of July parade, and activities for all ages. 4thFest 2017 is July 1 through 4, with most events at Coralville’s S.T. Morrison Park (1513 7th Street).

4thFest 5K

4th Fest 2017 starts with the annual 4thFest 5K run/walk on Saturday, July 1 at 8:00 am, followed by a free Firecracker Kids Mini-Marathon (26.2 yards) for children up to age 8 at 8:45 am. Both events start near the Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th Street). Advance or same-day registration is required for the 5K. For more information, call the Recreation Center at 319.248.1750 or visit

1876 Schoolhouse & Old Town Hall

Tour the Coralville 1876 Schoolhouse (310 5th Street) and Old Town Hall (407 5th Street) on Sunday, July 2, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, in celebration of the Johnson County Historical Society’s 50th anniversary; admission is free.


The 4thFest carnival opens Saturday afternoon, July 1, and continues through Tuesday, July 4, in the Coralville Community Aquatic Center parking lot (1513 7th Street). Carnival tickets are $15 for 20 tickets through June 30 at 5:00 pm at Coralville City Hall, the Library, and the Recreation Center. Tickets at the gate are $20 for 20 tickets, or a $20 wristband for unlimited rides good for July 1 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm only.

Food & Booths

Vendors feature a variety of food and goods in S.T. Morrison Park beginning July 3 at 3:00 pm, and July 4 at noon.

Free Concerts

Bring blankets and lawn chairs to S.T. Morrison Park for two free concerts on July 3:

  • The Sidewinders, 6:30 pm: Citizen-soldiers by day and rock band by night, the Sidewinders is an energized nine-piece band whose covers of current pop hits and rock classics connect with a range of audiences, with songs from “Radioactive” and “All About That Bass” to “Carry On Wayward Son.” This crowd favorite returns to 4thFest for the third straight year.
  • Tommy James & The Shondells, 8:00 pm: The road to stardom for Tommy James began when his song “Hanky Panky” became the summer smash success of 1966 and his first million-seller. Today, with a music career that spans over 50 years, his legendary hits include “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Draggin’ the Line,” “Mony, Mony,” and “Sweet Cherry Wine.”

Pancake Breakfast

Begin the 4th of July with the annual Corridor Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast at Northwest Junior High (1507 8th Street) from 7:00 am to 10:00 am. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door; kids age 5 and younger eat free. For more information, contact Scott Prochaska at or 319.248.1750.


The 35th annual 4thFest parade begins on July 4 at 10:00 am with a two-mile route that starts and ends at the corner of 9th St. and 22nd Avenue. The parade travels east on 9th Street and 8th Street, south on 14th Avenue, east on 7th Street, south on 12th Avenue, west on 5th Street, north on 20th Avenue, and west on 8th Street. View a parade map at Seating along the route is first come, first served. For safety, always stay behind the curb when watching the parade. Seating is not available from the corner of 9th Street and 22nd Avenue north to the GEICO