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August 2017

Celebrate Sherlock Holmes’ 125th Anniversary at ICPL

Arguably the most famous of all fictional detectives, Sherlock Holmes was known for his proficiency with observation, forensic science and logical reasoning that bordered on the fantastic. As British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle once wrote, Sherlock Holmes’ business is to know what other people don’t know. 

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the publication of Doyle’s “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” with a series of programs that honor the detective in all media, from short stories and novels to television and film. 

Will the Real Sherlock Holmes Please Stand Up? 

7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, in Meeting Room A

Who, exactly, is Sherlock Holmes? Join Monica Schmidt, president of the The Younger Stamfords of Iowa City, a Sherlock Holmes literary society, as she explorers where literature ends and the pop culture begins. 

Sherlock Holmes in Turn of the Century Britain 

7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 7, in Meeting Room A

Richard Caplan, author of "Dr. Watson, Mr. Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures of Young Stamford and Other Sherlockiana," will lead us through an exploration of the persisting phenomenon of the great detective. This event is made possible by funding from Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Sherlock Holmes Movie Marathon 

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 9, in Meeting Room A

Come to the Library for a day-long screening of some of the best Sherlock Holmes to appear on film and television. This marathon will feature the following:

9 a.m.: “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” (1939),  starring Basil Rathbone

10:30 a.m.: “The Hound of the Baskervilles” (1959), starring Peter Cushing

12 p.m.: Lunch break: Sherlock Holmes on the Big Screen, presented by University of Iowa Associate Professor Corey Creekmur, who is the head of film studies.

12:30 p.m.: “The Copper Breeches” (1985), starring Jeremy Brett

1:30 p.m.: “Sherlock Holmes” (2009), starring Robert Downey Jr.

3:50 p.m.: “A Study in Pink” (2010), starring Benedict Cumberbatch

5:30 p.m.: “Mr. Holmes” (2015), starring Ian McKellen 

For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200

Road Construction - Gilbert Street


Celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month with ICPL

With the new school year underway, now is the perfect time to check your wallet, purse and backpack to make sure you have the most important school supply item: your Iowa City Public Library Card! 

September is Library Card Sign Up Month. If you don’t have a Library Card, now is the time to get one. 

Cards are available for Iowa residents of any age. Pre-apply online at or complete the entire process in person at the first floor Help Desk whenever the Library is open. You also can apply for a Library Card on our Bookmobile. To celebrate this new service, anyone who uses their Library Card on the Bookmobile in September will receive an entry into a drawing for a $25 gas station gift certificate. Apply for a Library Card on the Bookmobile, and you’ll receive two entries that day. 

A photo ID and Iowa address verification are required for all Library Card sign up options. 

Use your Library Card to check out books, movies, videogames, framed art, laptop computers, and music; access databases; explore the Library’s digital collection, including eBooks and audio books, and digital magazines; and get connected to the Library’s on-site public computer stations. If you lost your card, we’ll replace it for free all month long. 

For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

News and notes from the City of Coralville, August 31, 2017

Upcoming Events

Check out the upcoming events, meetings, activities, and performances at the City of Coralville. Highlights for the next two weeks include:

  • Family Storytime (Saturdays)
  • Meetings: Deer Hunt Information (August 31), Library Board of Trustees (September 6), Planning and Zoning Commission (September 6), City Council (September 12)
  • Holiday Trash Schedule (September 4-8)
  • Kids Create (September 7)
  • Kinder Club (September 8)

View all upcoming events


Celebrate All That Is Hawkeye

FRYfest in the Iowa River Landing

Friday, September 1 | Free & All Day

Kick off the Hawkeye athletic season at a one-of-a-kind experience full of Hawkeye swag, discussions, autographs, trivia, a bags tournament, memorabilia, blood drive, kids’ activities, a pep rally, and more. Learn more

High Porch Block Party

Tickets in advance & at the gate | $5

Cap off FRYfest with Arch Allies and The Pork Tornadoes in concert, bags games, a kids zone, and fireworks. Free for kids 12 and younger. Learn more


Dive in & Swim

Make one last splash outside

The summer is winding down, but there’s still time to enjoy Coralville’s outdoor pool, open September 2-4. After Labor Day, the Aquatic Center closes for the season. Learn more

Take a dip inside

Welcome back, swimmers! The indoor pool is open after an eight week closure for repainting and resurfacing. Learn more


Labor Day Schedule

What's closed, what's open

On September 4, City offices, the Library, Coralville Transit, and the Farmers’ Market will be closed; the Aquatic Center, Recreation Center, and Indoor Pool will be open. Learn more

We’re talking trash

Remember to roll out your trash cart, set out recycling bins, and put out yard waste one day later than usual September 4-8.


School Election Nears

Early voting at the library

Saturday, September 9 | 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Sunday, September 10 | 12:00 pm-3:30 pm

The Coralville Public Library will host early voting for the upcoming school election. Ballots will be available for all Johnson County school precincts, and voter registration will be available. Learn more

Where to vote on Election Day

Tuesday, September 12 | 7:00 am-8:00 pm

If you’re voting on Election Day for the school election, remember that your school polling place may be different from where you vote for general elections. For the majority of Coralville residents, their school polling place is Coralville City Hall. Look up your school polling place


City Candidates Make It Official

Are you running for city office?

Coralville residents running for Mayor or City Council in the November 2017 City Election can file their candidacy with the Johnson County Auditor through September 21.
Being familiar with past and current council actions, along with a strong civic understanding, are crucial for a newly-elected official to hit the ground running. The City has resources to help candidates get familiar with our city government. Learn more


On Stage at the Center for the Performing Arts

Charlotte's Web

September 8-10

Presented by Young Footliters Youth Theatre. Adapted by Joseph Robinette from the best-selling book by E.B. White; directed by Matthew Falduto. Join Wilbur, Charlotte, and their friends in a play about friendship, family, and one extraordinary pig! Learn more


What's Happening at the Library

Got fines? Pay with food!

The month of September

The library will erase your fines for overdue (not lost or damaged) materials with a food donation to support the Coralville Community Food Pantry. Learn more

English Class for Foreign-Born Adults

Wednesday & Fridays | 9:30 am-11:00 am

This free, beginning level class is sponsored by the Iowa City Community School District and the Friendship Community Project. Begins September 6Learn more

It’s a Mystery Discussion Group:

The Quiet American by Graham Greene

Wednesday, September 13 | 10:00 am

An American CIA officer goes to Vietnam in the 1950s, where he meets a British journalist. A tale of espionage and love, this crime novel is an eerie predictor of the Vietnam War. Learn more


Stay Informed!

Connect with the City of Coralville and subscribe to City updates on anything from agendas and minutes to community events and more. Sign up and select the topics that interest you at

Bachelor on the Cheap: The 'Living on Appetizers' Challenge - Breakfast Puffs

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer    

Can a guy live on just appetizers alone? I'm going to find out. Over the next couple weeks, I'm preparing, eating and, 'surviving' on appetizers alone.

20170831_130515-1For breakfast on this day, I decided to go with "Breakfast Puffs."

What the hell is a breakfast puff you ask?  It's a bite sized pastry filled with meat and cheese and let me tell you, that bite is AWESOME!

Breakfast Puffs


  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • dash of garlic powder
  • dash of black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flake
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 pound pork sausage
  • 1/4 cup roasted red pepper, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons bourbon


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Brown sausage in a small frying pan over medium heat.  Add roasted red pepper, black pepper, pepper flake and bourbon, stir until incorporated and once browned, set aside.  In a separate pan, melt butter in 1/4 cup boiling water and a pinch of salt.  Add flour, stir vigorously.  Stir until the mixture forms a ball that does not separate.  Remove from heat and cool.   Add egg, Parmesan cheese and garlic powder, beat vigorously to incorporate.  Drop dough onto greased cookie sheet, using 1 level teaspoon dough for each puff.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.  Remove puffs from oven, cool and split.  Fill each puff with the sausage filling and serve. Serving Option:  Drizzle with melted Velveeta cheese. 

This appetizer 'meal' cost me about $3 to prepare which is VERY Bachelor on the Cheap friendly!  Did it fill me up?  Yes!  But I must admit there are no leftover puffs these were so good!  I did have more than enough filling however, which will refrigerate nicely for another application.

Help Iowa City upgrade its Bike Friendly Community status

Iowa City needs your help as it looks to improve bicycling in Iowa City.  

The League of American Bicyclists is currently reviewing Iowa City’s application to renew its ‘Bike Friendly Community’ status. The City currently has a silver designation, and is hoping to achieve gold.

As part of the review process, the League is asking the community to participate in a brief online survey to better understand local bicyclists’ experiences in Iowa City. The survey takes less than five minutes, and is due by Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.

Whether you bike daily or occasionally, your input is needed. We also encourage you to share the survey with your friends and neighbors.

Achieving The League of American Bicyclists gold status is a strategic priority for the City Council, and is part of a larger goal to improve, expand and encourage bicycling in Iowa City.


If you have questions, contact Associate Planner Sarah Walz at 319-356-5239 or  

bike friendly community

Grilling Tools - buy quality

Tongs: You can grill without them, but you really shouldn’t. NO grill master is without a good pair of metal tongs. Buy what suits your grilling needs. If you have a small portable grill, you don’t need long handled tongs. It’s not like you’re having to reach through of wall of flame to flip burgers when using a small grill, so buy a size that suits the grill. A 9” pair of tongs works fine for small grills, a 12” pair performs well with medium grills and for larger grills, get a 16” pair, that’s when you’ll need the reach. Anything larger than that can’t be handled well. The smaller pairs of tongs give you greater control than the longer pairs do, especially with big steaks and things like baked potatoes. For added control and gripping power, be sure to buy a pair with some kind of scalloped edge in the tip end, a pair that can grip something as small as a scallop or as large as a rack of ribs. Stay away from ‘scissor’ style tongs with the loopy ends, they’re practically worthless for grilling anything besides hot dogs. Don’t bother with the oversized but fancy looking wood handled varieties - the varnish on the wood wears off from the heat and the soap and water used to clean them…. and who wants that varnish stuff flaking off onto the food? You want locking metal tongs with spring action. When unlocked they naturally stay open to grab items easily and can be locked in a closed position for easy storage.


Javier Baez, Ian Happ lead Cubs past Pirates

CHICAGO -- Rookie Ian Happ drove in four runs and joined the 20-homer club while Javier Baez added a two-run double and stole home to spark the Cubs to a 17-3 victory over the Pirates on Wednesday and complete a sweep.

Kyle Schwarber belted a pair of two-run homers and Anthony Rizzo added his 31st blast of the season to help the Cubs improve to a season-high 12 games over .500 and maintain a 3 1/2-game lead over the Brewers in the National League Central.


3 military vets named finalists for trucking's top rookie

Three military veteran rookie truck drivers were named finalists in the “Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence” program at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. 

Wayne Roy, a Marine Corps veteran driving for U.S. Xpress; Daniel Shonebarger, a Navy veteran driving for Melton Truck Lines; and Gregg Softy, an Army veteran driving for Stevens Transport, were named finalists in the program. Shonebarger was named the 2017 Trucking’s Top Rookie by Truckers News at GATS, as well.


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