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May 2017

Hawkeyes 'ecstatic' as Texas-sized challenge awaits

After surging to the program’s first Big Ten Tournament title with Sunday’s 13-4 win over Northwestern, the Hawkeyes are dancing for the second time in three years. Iowa (38-20) earned a No. 4 seed Monday morning and will head to the Houston regional to face the top-seeded Cougars (40-19) on Friday at 7 p.m. CDT, with ESPNU televising. Second-seeded Baylor (34-21) and No. 3 seed Texas A&M (36-21) make up the other half of the regional.


ICCT Holding Open Auditions For: Mame

The Iowa City Community Theatre is holding open auditions for Mame. The musical is based on the book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee. This production is directed by Richard Tiegs, with musical direction by Wes Habley.

Auditions for Mame will be June 20 and June 21, 2017 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Iowa City from 7:00 — 9:30 pm. A dance/movement audition will take place at 8:00 pm. Call backs will be on June 27th at Christ the King Lutheran Church.

Set in New York City and spanning the Great Depression Mame focuses on eccentric bohemian, Mame Dennis. Her fabulous life with her wealthy friends is interrupted when the young son of her late brother arrives to live with her. They cope with the Depression in a series of adventures.
Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Performance dates are September 22 - September 24, and September 29 -- October 1. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 pm, Sunday performances begin at 2:00 pm. Actors will be required to attend all technical and dress rehearsals beginning Sunday, September 17th and continuing through the week.

For more information on specific roles or the audition process, kindly email, or contact Richard Tiegs at, To learn more about the 62nd season, visit,

Road Construction - Kennedy Parkway

Weather permitting, beginning on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, Kennedy Parkway, north of Shagbark Court, will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic.  This lane reduction is necessary to facilitate pavement repair in the area.  It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by Thursday, June 8th.

Motorists are to take note of this construction and allow extra travel time as delays may occur.  As always, caution should be exercised when traveling through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit

Road construction kennedy parkway

2017 Iowa Arts Festival street closures, parking & transit info

The Iowa Arts Festival kicks-off Iowa City’s summer festival season, beginning Friday, June 2 and ending Sunday, June 4, 2017, bringing artists and their works, live music, family activities, food vendors and all sorts of fun to Downtown Iowa City for the 35th consecutive year.

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Road closures and restricted parking

Crews will begin setting up for the festival on Thursday, June 1. Limited festival area street access and closures will continue through Sunday, June 4 with all streets reopening between midnight and 1 a.m. on Monday, June 5.

Thursday, June 1, 2017:

No parking starting at 12:30 p.m., roads close at 2 p.m

  • Iowa Ave. between Clinton St. and Dubuque St.
  • Iowa Ave. between Dubuque St. and Linn St.
  • Clinton St. between Jefferson St. and Washington St.

No parking starts at 4 p.m., roads close at 5 p.m.

  • Dubuque St. between Jefferson St. and Washington St.
  • Linn St. between Washington St. and Iowa Ave.
  • Washington St. between Clinton St. and Linn St.
  • Clinton St. between Washington St. and the alley next to Joseph’s Steakhouse

In addition to reduced street parking, some ramp and lot parking will be reserved for festival vendors, artists, performers and service vehicles. Look for posted signs indicating restricted parking.

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Parking perks and resources 

Parking will operate regular hours, rates and enforcement.

First Hour Free

Take advantage of the First Hour Free program at the Dubuque Street, Capitol Street and Tower Place parking garages, in addition to the Court Street Transportation Center. For more info visit

Parking Apps

Download the PassportParking app and use it to pay for City metered spaces, or to park inside the Chauncey Swan and Harrison Street ramps. Check if ramps space is available remotely by downloading the ParkMe app. For details visit

Bike Parking

Special free festival bike parking, that includes a secure valet, will be available at the intersection of Iowa Ave. and Dubuque St., near Culinary Row. No need for bike locks or to carry your helmet around. People are also encouraged to use City racks located throughout downtown.

Transit Schedule 

The bus interchange at the intersection of Clinton and Washington Streets will be temporarily relocated to the Court Street Transportation Center,  150 E. Court St., beginning at 6 a.m., Thursday, June 1 and will remain there until Monday, June 5, 2017.

Transit services will be free on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3. Normal schedules will be in place with the following detour and stop closures beginning on Thursday. 

Outbound bus closures:

  • Stop 7200: Washington St. and Linn St.
  • Stop 7201: Washington St. and Gilbert St.
  • Stop 7400: Clinton St. and Jefferson St.
  • Stop 7401: Jefferson St. and Linn St. 
  • Stop 7082: Washington St. and Madison St. 

Inbound bus closures:

  • Stop 7081: Madison St. and Washington St.
  • Stop 7079: UI Lindquist Center
  • Stop 7206: Market St. and Linn St.
  • Stop 7207: Clinton St. and Jefferson St.
  • Stop 7244: Burlington S. and Dubuque St. 

Transit will not run on Sunday, June 4. Normal schedules will resume on Monday, June 5.


Other Information

Accessibility accommodations 

An accessibility golf cart shuttle will be available to people with mobility issues. Call 401-584-2787 if you need assistance to get from the ramps to the main festival area. An accessible seating area will also be located to the left of the Main Stage on Clinton Street.

General festival information

Information booths will be available at the main festival entrances, in the Ped Mall and at the merchandise both on Clinton Street. A first aid station will be accessible on Clinton Street. Downtown ambassadors and extra police enforcement will be available for questions or concerns.


For more information, visit

Hills Bank - Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Hills, Iowa City, Kalona, Marion, North Liberty

Hills bankHills Bank and Trust Company is a bank based in Hills, Iowa, U.S.A., with 17 offices in three eastern Iowa counties, with more than 420 employees and total assets over $2 billion.  Hills is a community bank serving Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Hills, Iowa City, Kalona, Lisbon, Marion, Mount Vernon, North Liberty and Wellman. 

Hills Bank and Trust Company

131 Main St
Hills, IA
(319) 679-2291



U.S. Bank - Coralville

Us bankU.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $321 billion in assets, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the 5th largest commercial bank in the United States. The company operates 3,086 banking offices and 5,086 ATMs, and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions.

U.S. Bank can take every part of your business to new heights. From business lending to payment services. From equipment financing to commercial real estate. And, even the personal banking needs of every employee. U.S. Bank can do it with a level of service no other bank can match.

Whether your business is global or your world is local....
you don't just get one of us, you get all of us serving you.  U.S. Bank

Coralville Branch
506 10th Ave.
Coralville, IA. 52241




Green State Credit Union - Iowa City, Coralville, Cedar Rapids

Green StateGreen State Credit Union is a member owned financial cooperative with 10 office locations. Since being organized in 1938, Green State has grown to over $2 billion in assets and 110,000 members. Membership is open to anyone living or working in 42 Iowa Counties,* as well as direct relatives of current members and University of Iowa Students, Staff, and Alumni. Your money is secure at Green State. Deposits are insured to at least $250,000 through the NCUA (National Credit Union Administration), a U.S. government agency.

Our "members first" philosophy has led to a national rank by independent research firm Callahan & Associates for Return of Member. This measures how effectively a financial institution returns its profits back in the form of better rates and lower fees. For the 9 of the last 10 quarters, our rank was #1 out of nearly 14,000 banks and credit unions nationwide.

Green State exists to serve the community as well. We volunteer time and donate funds to support the local organizations and charities that help our communities thrive. We provide financial education for area schools and businesses to help residents grow and make smart money decisions.

We encourage you to explore our site and learn about all we have to offer.  Then stop in any office location or call us. We would enjoy the opportunity to show you why Green State is your best choice for financial services.

Key Contacts & Numbers

Main Line: (319) 339-1000 or (800) 397-3790

Mailing Address: PO Box 2240, Iowa City, IA 52244

Telephone Banking (24/7): (319) 339-1040 or (800) 822-8056

Lost or stolen debit card: (800) 397-3790 or (800) 234-5354 after business hours

Lost or stolen credit card: (800) 397-3790 or (866) 570-1238

*Visa Gold cards only (800) 234-5354

Office and ATM locations: Click here

*This includes the following 42 Iowa Counties: Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Clayton, Clinton, Delaware, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Franklin, Grundy, Hamilton, Hardin, Henry, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, Tama, Wapello, Warren, Washington, and Wright.



California Fracking Boom Set to Lift U.S. Production to New Record

California’s field oil production peaked at almost 1.2 million barrels a day in January 1986, but steadily fell by 62 percent to a post-1940 low of 443,000 barrels a day in February 2017. Many blame California’s fiscal crisis on the shriveling of oil & gas extraction taxes.

Although California has some of America’s best shale formations for hydraulic fracturing, the oil drilling technique requires 1 to 13 million gallons of water. Due to the five-year drought, California missed the initial boom, but the combination of record rainfall, record snowpack, and full reservoirs this year has positioned California to lead the next leg of the fracking boom.

American oil production hit its all-time annual peak of 9.6 million barrels per day in 1970, before falling to a 59-year low of 5 million barrels per day in 2008. But the U.S. fracking boom drove production back to its peak in June 2015, before the OPEC cartel dropped the price of oil from over $100 a barrel to under $30, according to the Energy Information Agency.


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