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Cirque Italia Water Circus coming to Cedar Rapids

Water CircusA Performance of European Style

Cirque Italia presents “Aquatic Spectacular.” The name reflects a unique attribute under the tent, as the show features a custom designed water stage that travels from city to city. The stage holds 35,000 gallons of water that performers dazzle over while thrilling the audience with every move. With this “unique feature” under the tent, guests will be surprised, for it’s a show of its own!

Cirque Italia brings talented artists from across the world under the big top with performances that will really have you wanting more. They bring unique aerial acts, hand balancing, contortionists, and many more surprise performances that are breathtaking. They have created a show that is magical, modern, breathtaking, and most importantly –unforgettable!

Cirque Italia, the spectacular water circus from Italy will be in Cedar Rapids August 24-27.

via cirqueitalia.com

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Attend the upcoming Health & Wellness Festival

All are welcome to attend an upcoming Heath & Wellness Festival from 3 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center gymnasium, 220 S. Gilbert St.

The festival will bring together more than 30 organizations ranging from crisis responders to yoga practitioners. Activities include food tasting, music and raffles, as well as a bouncy slide for kids and much more!

The purpose of this event is to highlight services and activities that help us all improve the quality of our lives, by bringing us good health and good living. There is no fee to attend this event, and it's open to everyone. Metered parking is available on the east side of the Recreation Center.

Participating groups include Field to Family, Mercy Iowa City, the Iowa City Police Department Crisis Intervention Team,  the Iowa City Public Library, Johnson County Public Health, The Crisis Center of Johnson County, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Domestic Violence Intervention Program, Rape Victim Advocacy Program, the La’James International College, Elder Services and more.

The event is made possible by sponsors Successful Living and Sankofa Outreach Connection. Co-sponsors include the City of Iowa City Office of Equity and Human Rights, Hills Bank and Trust, Hy-Vee, and AW Welt Ambrisco Insurance, Inc.


Party in the Park and ribbon cutting event at Wetherby Park this Thursday

This week’s Party in the Park will also feature a ribbon cutting for the new sport court. Stop by and learn how to play futsal or show off your skills at the basketball competition!

Iowa City Parks and Recreation's Party in the Park series continues this week on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, at Wetherby Park, 2400 Taylor Dr. This week's event is extra special, with a celebratory conclusion to the Wetherby Sport Court construction project. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. with a performance by Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre in the park shelter and a futsol demonstration at the sport court. After that, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:15 p.m. and a basketball skills competition. The main Party in the Park event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature music from Suzanne Wedeking, as well as the usual craft projects and frozen treats.

Party in the Park is a no-fee event and is open to the public. Check out the full schedule of events below.

About the Wetherby Sport Court project

The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department launched the Wetherby Park sport court planning process in August 2016, which included a public input meeting held September 28, 2016. Public comments, including suggestions from area youth, were incorporated into the plan. The court can accommodate many activities and lines have been painted for basketball and futsal use. This project is supported through funds from a $75,000 Wellmark Foundation Community Health MATCH grant and Community Development Block Grant funds. The court was designed by Snyder & Associates, and constructed by LL Pelling.

About Party in the Park
Sponsored by 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, Recreation Arts Supervisor, at joyce-carroll@iowa-city.org or 319-356-5100, or Marcia Bollinger, Neighborhood Outreach Planner, at marcia-bollinger@iowa-city.org or 319-356-5237.

2017 Party in the Park events:
AUGUST

8/3/17
Wetherby Park — 2400 Taylor Street
Entertainment: Suzanne Wedeking
Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre performance 5:30 p.m.

8/10/17
S. Hickory Hill Park — 1439 E. Bloomington Street
Entertainment: The Fritters

8/17/17
College Green Park — 600 College Street
Entertainment: Mitch McAndrew

8/24/17
Brookland Park — 550 Greenwood Drive
Entertainment: Bob and Kristie Black


Sunset 5K Fun Special Olympics Benefit Run/Walk is August 6

Cedar Rapids, IA – The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department and Special Olympics Iowa are hosting a Sunset 5K and 1M Fun Run on Sunday, August 6.  All funds raised will benefit Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA) athletes in the Cedar Rapids area. Prairie Park Fishery, 2125 Otis Road SE, in Cedar Rapids is the location for this event sponsored by Sam’s Club. The Sunset 5K begins at 7:00 p.m., and the 1M Fun Run/Walk starts at 7:10 p.m.

“This inclusive event is to help raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Iowa athletes,” said SOIA Coach and CR Parks and Recreation Special Populations Supervisor, Rob Wagner.  “We will have athletes and community members of all ages participating and the paved trail at Prairie Park Fishery is stroller and wheelchair friendly. We encourage everyone to be part of the fun, whether you are walking or running at the event.”

The registration fee is $25.  For more information or to register, visit www.active.com.

Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA), a statewide nonprofit organization, provides high-quality training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in all 99 counties of Iowa.  SOIA offers 23 Olympic-style sports to nearly 12,000 athletes and Unified Sports partners year-round. Since 1968, Special Olympics has provided an inclusive culture that stresses athletic excellence, rewards determination, emphasizes health, and celebrates personal achievement. 


Party in the Park this Thursday at Glendale Park - Iowa City

Connect with friends, family and neighbors this summer at Party in the Park. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Glendale Park, 1250 E. Jefferson St. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy live music by the Yahoo Drummers, 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 Iowa City’s Parks and Recreation Department and 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, Recreation Arts and Culture Supervisor, at joyce-carroll@iowa-city.org or 319-356-5100, or Marcia Bollinger, Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator, at marcia-bollinger@iowa-city.org or 319-356-5237.

2017 Party in the Park events:

JULY

7/27/17
Glendale Park — 1250 E. Jefferson Street
Entertainment: Yahoo Drummers

AUGUST

8/3/17
Wetherby Park — 2400 Taylor Street
Entertainment: Suzanne Wedeking
Eulenspiegel Puppet Theater performance at 5:30 p.m.
*NEW* Sport Court Ribbon Cutting at 6:15 p.m.

8/10/17
S. Hickory Hill Park — 1439 E. Bloomington Street
Entertainment: The Fritters

8/17/17
College Green Park — 600 College Street
Entertainment: Mitch McAndrew

8/24/17
Brookland Park — 550 Greenwood Drive
Entertainment: Bob and Kristie Black