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December 2020


CORALVILLE – Due to its overwhelming success last weekend, City Circle Theatre Company has decided to re-broadcast the virtual production A CHRISTMAS CABARET on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so that people can enjoy it during their family celebrations this week.

City Circle Theatre Company will re-broadcast the hugely successful A CHRISTMAS CABARET as a virtual production available on demand December 24 & 25. Tickets are $12-$17. For tickets and more information, visit or call the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at 319-248-9370.

Written and directed by Katie Colletta, A CHRISTMAS CABARET features performers from throughout the Corridor who will rescue Santa from the quarantine blues as they

sing, dance, and laugh their way to a happy holiday. The performance will be professionally recorded and edited by CoralVision. 


December 24 & 25

When the quarantine blues cause Santa to consider canceling Christmas, it is up to the elves to restore his holiday spirit! Featuring talented performers from throughout the Corridor, this musical variety show will bring the holidays right to your screen in this internet broadcast. Written and directed by Katie Colletta.

City Circle Theatre Company

City Circle Theatre Company has been Coralville’s community theatre for over 20 years and is a resident theatre company of the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. For information about upcoming performances visit of call the CCPA Box Office at 319-248-9370.

Coralville Publishes Winter Trails and Side Paths Map

Coralville trailsCoralville Parks and Recreation has published a new resource for trail and sidewalk users to continue outdoor recreation opportunities.  A map is now available at showing the trails and overwide side paths (sidewalks) that are plowed, trails that are not plowed and are used for winter sports such as snow shoeing and cross country skiing, and natural surface trails that are groomed for fat tire riding.   When participating on outdoor trails, dress in layers, refrain from using headphones or ear buds, stay to the right of the trail, or follow directional signs for singletrack trails.  Use caution for snowy or icy conditions as salt or ice melt is not used on most trails.  

Rollin’ Recmobile Delivering Outdoor Fun to the Parks during Winter Break

Cedar Rapids, IA – The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department’s Rollin’ Recmobile will take to the streets during winter break to deliver fun, outdoor activities and warm hats, gloves and mittens (while supplies last) to local kids. The van, loaded with equipment and games will bring staff to lead activities December 28, 29, 30 and January 2, 3 at three different parks per day. 

Donations of new hats, gloves, and mittens for distribution at the Rollin’ Recmobile stops are still being collected. Donations may be dropped off by December 21, 2020, at these locations: 

Jones Clubhouse, 2901 Fruitland Blvd. SW

Soko Outfitters, 41 16th Ave. SW

Ohnward Bank & Trust, 665 Marion Blvd., Marion

Ohnward Bank & Trust, 1211 Edgewood Rd. SW

Schedule updates are available online: Residents may also sign up to receive text alerts on cancellations and updates at (Choose the Rollin’ Recmobile category.)

Monday, December 28:

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Hidder Park, 1248 10th St. SE

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Twin Pines Park, 3500 42nd St. NE

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Cleveland Park, 1600 8th Ave. SW

Tuesday, December 29:

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Jackson Park, Wiley Blvd./Jackson Dr. NW

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Nixon Park, Northwood Dr./Nixon Dr. NE

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Redmond Park, 1545 3rd Ave. SE

Wednesday, December 30:

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Hayes Park, 1924 D St. SW

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Greene Square, 400 4th Ave. SE

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Cleveland Park, 1600 8th Ave. SW

Saturday, January 2:

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Hayes Park, 1924 D St. SW

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Redmond Park, 1545 3rd Ave. SE

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Twin Pines Park, 3500 42nd St. NE

Sunday, January 3:

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Nixon Park, Northwood Dr./Nixon Dr. NE

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Hidder Park, 1248 10th St. SE

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Greene Square, 400 4th Ave. SE

Suspects Arrested for Robbery

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Cedar Rapids Police Officers responding to a robbery report in the area of Cenex Gas Station at 502 E Avenue NW on 12/16/2020 at 2:53 p.m. located two victims who reported being robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of the gas station. The victims had used social media to set up a sales transaction of tennis shoes to another party.

Officers began checking the area and located two individuals matching the suspect descriptions walking near 400 F Avenue NW. Both individuals were taken into custody and after investigation, Markeontay Gray (DOB: 10/28/2003, age 17) and Mikael White (DOB: 02/22/2005, age 15) were charged with Robbery in the first degree. Property taken during the robbery was recovered.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department would like to remind the public to use caution when meeting to exchange items from online marketplace sales. Residents are invited to establish the Cedar Rapids Police Department parking lot, 505 1st Street SW, as a designated meeting spot.

Disclaimer:  Any arrest information included above is based on the legal conclusion that, as with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Trump Administration Highlights Record Levels of Investment for Iowans in 2020 to Build Rural American Prosperity

DES MOINES, IOWA – The Trump Administration, along with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director for Iowa Grant Menke, recently highlighted the department’s investments in Iowa in 2020 that are building prosperity and strengthening the state’s rural businesses and communities.

“Under the leadership of President Donald J. Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA invested over $697 million in rural communities throughout Iowa in 2020,” Menke said. “The investments made by USDA Rural Development are supporting Iowa’s rural communities as the agency bolsters economic opportunities and enhances the overall well-being for rural Iowans.”

Below is a summary of USDA’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Iowa accomplishments:

Connecting Rural America to High-Speed Broadband

  • Invested $35.8 million to support rural broadband expansion through the ReConnect Pilot Program and the Telecom Infrastructure Program. These investments are connecting 6,165 rural households, farms, and businesses to high-speed internet. 

Improving Rural Infrastructure


Bolstering Rural Economic Development

Improving Rural Quality of Life

  • Invested $287.2 million in direct and guaranteed loans through the Single Family Housing Programs to help 2,418 low- and moderate-income families buy homes throughout Iowa.
  • Invested $92.7 million in loans and grants through the Community Facilities Programs that funded the construction or modernization of 42 essential community facilities such as rural hospitals, educational institutions and public safety facilities. These investments will benefit 233,689 rural residents across Iowa.
  • Invested $1.6 million through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program. These investments will benefit 27,000 rural Iowa residents, making it easier for them to access healthcare and educational opportunities without having to travel long distances.

Enhancing Customer Service

  • Cut red tape to increase private investment in rural America by making it easier for lenders to access four flagship loan programs under the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative.
  • Took immediate actions to assist rural residents, businesses and communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, USDA launched a Federal Rural Resource Guide, provided loan forbearances, halted evictions, and made additional funding available under existing programs. For more information, visit our COVID-19 response page.
  • Streamlined regulations to ease customer access to CARES Act programs, infrastructure improvements, business development, housing, community facilities and high-speed internet access in rural areas.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.

USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million residents living in rural Iowa. Office locations include a state office in Des Moines, along with local offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly. For more information, visit, call (515) 284-4663, or follow us on Twitter @RD_Iowa.

If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.

ICPL Offers New Art and Craft Online Resource: Creativebug


Iowa City releases preliminary plan to accelerate community policing; seeks feedback from the public

On Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, the City of Iowa City released a preliminary plan to restructure the Police Department towards community policing. The full preliminary plan is available on the City’s website at

The document includes a statistical overview of the Iowa City Police Department, background on recent community policing initiatives, and 36 recommendations to address public health, community safety, and systemic racism in Iowa City.

The 36 recommendations reflect three areas of focus: (1) a continuum of responses to crisis calls for service including prevention, diversion, co-response, and stabilization and referrals; (2) a commitment to unbiased policing; and (3) an effort to use unconventional and innovative solutions for common problems.

The community is encouraged to provide additional input on the preliminary plan, to be incorporated into the final plan. Residents can take a survey on the recommendations online or e-mail suggestions to [email protected].

Extensive public input was collected prior to the development of the preliminary plan, including six listening posts on community policing held throughout the City. The preliminary plan comes after City Council adopted a 17-point resolution to address the Black Lives Matter movement and systemic racism in June 2020. This resolution included a commitment to develop a preliminary plan by December 15, 2020.

The public can view progress on other commitments and the full resolution at

Winter Reading Program

Reading is Beary Cozy

Winter Reading Program

Traffic Alert - Prairie du Chien Road

IOWA CITY -- Iowa CityWeather permitting, on Friday, December 18, 2020, Prairie du Chien Road will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic from the I80 overpass bridge to St. Anne’s Drive to accommodate work on overhead electrical lines in the area. Flaggers will be onsite directing traffic and it is anticipated normal traffic will resume by the end of the day.

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