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Summer activity registration opens Wednesday, April 25 at 8 a.m.

Take a look at all that Iowa City Parks and Recreation can offer you and your family this season. The Summer Activity Guide is now available online and in hardcopy at several City locations:

  • Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, 220 South Gilbert Street
  • Mercer Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gymnasium, 2701 Bradford Drive
  • Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street
  • Iowa City City Hall, 410 E. Washington Street.

Online and in-person registration will open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.  

To register online, either set up your new ActiveNet account or to log into your existing account. You will be able to sign up and pay for classes online through the ActiveNet system.

For more information, visit our website.

Old MacDonald’s Farm Opens April 25

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department will open Old MacDonald’s Farm in Bever Park for the season on Wednesday, April 25. Originally planned for April 23, the farm opening was delayed two days to allow for warmer overnight temperatures for the welfare of the baby animals. The farm, now a petting zoo, will be open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. through October 12. Admission is free, but a $1 minimum donation is recommended.

Old MacDonald’s Farm is home to farm animals and North American waterfowl. The baby animals will begin arriving April 23 and include calves, chickens, pygmy goats, lambs, rabbits, a tortoise, guinea pigs, rats, chicks and pigs. They will be out only during warm weather. The waterfowl exhibit will not open until the weather is warm enough to clean the ponds.

New this year is the “Growing Classroom” with the Linn County Master Gardeners. Hands-on workshops for all ages are being offered at the new gardens at the farm. The workshops cover everything one needs to know about gardening. They are offered twice per month usually on the third Monday and Saturday of each month. However, the dates for the April classes were changed to Monday, April 23 and Saturday, April 28 due to the cold weather. The workshops meet on Mondays from 6:30 p.m. – dusk and on Saturdays from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. The fee per visit is only $2 per person or $5 per family and includes snacks from the garden. There is no fee for children age 2 and under. Advance registration is required. More information is available in the Play! guide online at

Old MacDonald’s Farm visitors will enjoy four “free” events this year beginning Friday, May 18 with Movie Night at the Farm. The movie is How to Train your Dragon. In addition, farm tours, birthday parties and the following programs are available: Animals on the Farm; Be a Bee; Farmer for a Day; Creek Study and You; Fuzzy, Furry, Slimy, Scaly; Goat Yoga.

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.

International Jazz Day to be Celebrated Worldwide on April 30

In celebration of UNESCO’s International Jazz Day, John Rapson, director of the jazz studies program in the University of Iowa School of Music, will discuss his multimedia jazz production “Hot Tamale Louie” as part of a free event from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, April 30. 

Rapson and collaborators created the musical performance based on a New Yorker article about an Afghani man who left his home near the Khyber Pass, wandered through India, and ended up years later in Sheridan, Wyoming. The Jazz Day program will take place on Monday, April 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. It is presented by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization in partnership with the library. 

The event is one of hundreds that will be held around the world on April 30 in celebration of International Jazz Day. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, and Herbie Hancock, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, announced the program for the main International Jazz Day event in St. Petersburg, Russia, this year’s Global Host City. A series of educational and outreach programs will culminate in an extraordinary all-star concert at the historic Mariinsky Theatre, an event which will be streamed live worldwide. 

Celebrations will also take place in other cities across the Russian Federation and in more than 190 countries worldwide to mark the day, which was established by UNESCO in coordination with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in 2011, recognizing the role of jazz in promoting freedom, creativity and intercultural dialogue, uniting people from all corners of the globe. 

As previously announced, Sydney, Australia, will serve as the Global Host City of International Jazz Day 2019 and next year’s All-Star Global Concert will be performed in the iconic Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

City Circle Acting Company Announces Auditions for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will hold auditions on May 11 and 12 for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Auditions will be Friday, May 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 12 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Community of Christ Church, 2121 S. Ridge Drive in Coralville.

Based on Mark Haddon’s internationally best-selling novel and winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play, Curious Incident will be directed by Bo Frazier and will open City Circle’s 21st season on September 28-30 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Rehearsals begin August 5.

Auditioners should prepare a 1-2 minute monologue (memorized). British dialect (Cockney or RP) is preferable but not required for the audition. A group movement audition is also required so come dressed to move.

To schedule an audition, complete and submit the audition form at Once you submit the form, the producer will contact you with your appointment time. Walk-ins are always welcome, but those with appointments will take priority.

Cedar Rapids Police Department to host Coffee with a Cop on Thursday, April 19th at Scooter’s

Program offers opportunity to meet local officers, discuss community issues

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – On Thursday, April 19th officers from the Cedar Rapids Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend. The event will run from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. on April 19th at Scooter’s, 6600 Kirkwood Boulevard SW. 

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Cedar Rapids neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts that law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the country, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities that they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Free Zumba Class at McGrath Amphitheatre April 21

Cedar Rapids, IA – In recognition of International Dance Day on April 29, the Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department will celebrate early by offering a free Zumba class at McGrath Amphitheatre, 475 1st Street SW, on Saturday, April 21 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Participants should wear exercise clothes for this workout that feels more like a dance party with salsa, flamenco and merengue music. No experience or registration is required.

Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation also offers weekly Zumba classes on Mondays from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th Street NW. The monthly fee is $34 for residents and $41 for non-residents. Advance registration is required. Go to or call 319-286-5566.

For more information, contact Rob Wagner, 319-286-5799.

Attend the Landfill and Recycling Center Open House

The Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center will host an open house this weekend. 

The public is invited to attend the event from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at the Landfill and Recycling Center, 3900 Hebl Ave. SW. Come learn about composting and recycling, as well as facility operations, equipment and more! Snacks will be included. Attendees will also take home a free kitchen compost container. 

This event is being coordinated in conjunction with the 'Seed the Future, Grow Iowa Roots' event at the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm. Attendees are asked to take the event shuttle from Downtown Iowa City or the Poor Farm as parking is limited at the landfill. 

RSVP to the Iowa City Landfill Open House event on Facebook for updates and reminders. 

For more information, contact Jane Wilch at 319-887-6110 or 

Landfill Open House