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June 2022

Apply for Green Iowa AmeriCorps positions in Iowa City

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Help lead the charge against climate change by being a member of the Green Iowa AmeriCorps here in Iowa City!

Green Iowa AmeriCorps is a state-wide organization with a mission of empowering Iowa's communities to make more environmental, conservation-minded decisions and improvements through direct service work, environmental education, professional development opportunities, and volunteer engagement.

The program is looking to recruit passionate and motivated individuals for an eleven-month service experience in Iowa City that starts in September 2022. Working with and supervised by the City's Climate Action Office, Green Iowa employees have the opportunity to create plans in conjunction with city officials, and nonprofit leaders, and execute projects that will greatly impact the communities they serve. 

AmeriCorps members receive a living stipend, public service loan forgiveness qualification, student loan interest accrual repayment, and much more!.

Qualifications include: 

Visit the Green Iowa AmeriCorps website for more information about the positions.

Traffic Control for Freedom Festival Parade

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival will be holding the Freedom Festival Parade on Saturday, June 25, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

The following streets will be closed for the event from 7:00 a.m. (set up time) until 1:00 p.m. (tear down completion):

  • 2nd Avenue SE from 2nd Street to 7th Street
  • 3rd Avenue SE from 2nd Street to 7th Street
  • 4th Avenue SE from the railroad tracks to 8th Street
  • 3rd Street SE from 1st Avenue to 4th Avenue
  • 5th Street SE from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue
  • 6th Street SE from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue
  • 7th Street SE from 3rd Avenue to 5th Avenue

Additionally, a “No Parking/Tow Away” zone will be enforced on these streets from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. per Municipal Code Sections 61.094 and 61.094A. Guests of the Market are encouraged to use the 4th Avenue, GTC, 5 Seasons or Convention Complex parking ramps located within a few blocks of the Market. For additional parking information, please visit Parking ramps are handicapped-accessible and market patrons with special needs are encouraged to use those areas. For additional parking information, please visit

Coralville Transit Layover Change for Iowa City Downtown Block Party

Coralville TransitDue to road closures for the annual Downtown Block Party in Iowa City, organized by the Iowa City Downtown District, Coralville Transit will not serve the following stops all day on Saturday, June 25, 2022:

  • Downtown Iowa City interchange (stop #0001)
  • Iowa Memorial Union (stop # 0125)
  • Macbride Hall (stop # 0120)

All routes will be diverted to E. Court Street between Clinton and Capitol Streets (one block west of the Court Street Transportation Center) in Iowa City for layovers. No other stops are scheduled to be affected. Service delays are anticipated, and any changes to service will be posted at

Route changes, road closures, and traffic delays will make predicted bus arrival times on the Transit app inaccurate on June 25, however, the real-time maps on the Transit app with actual bus locations will be accurate and should be used to locate buses. 

Normal transit service and predicted arrival times on the Transit app will resume on Monday, June 27. For more information, contact Coralville Transit at 319.248.1790.

Celebrate Independence Day with Coralville’s 4thFest

Coralville's 4thFest, an Independence Day tradition, is known for free concerts, spectacular fireworks in S.T. Morrison Park, the area’s largest 4th of July parade, and activities for all ages. Most events take place at Coralville’s S.T. Morrison Park (1513 7th Street).

4thFest 2022 welcomes Next Generation Shows, Inc. The carnival will open at 5:00 pm on Friday, July 1, and Saturday, July 2, and at noon on July 3 and 4, and will stay open until dark each evening. Buy ride tickets at the gate for $1 each, or 22 for $20. Or, buy tickets in advance at Coralville City Hall, 1512 7th Street, or the Coralville Recreation Center, 1506 8th Street, until 3:00 pm on Friday, July 1; advance ride tickets are $16 for 22 tickets. Kids’ rides cost three tickets; major rides cost four or five tickets per ride. 

The annual 4thFest 5K run/walk is Saturday, July 2, at 8:00 am, followed by a free Firecracker Kids Mini-Marathon (26.2 yards) at approximately 9:00 am for children age 6 and younger.  Both events start near the Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th Street). Advance or same-day registration is required for the 5K. 

The Stars and Stripes Youth Cross Park Race is new in 2022.  This race is for youth ages 5 to 11 and is on Saturday, July 2, at 10:00 am in S.T. Morrison Park.  Registration is required.  The race is approximately one mile long with obstacles and challenges along the way.   For more information about the races, call the Recreation Center at 319.248.1750 or visit

Free Concerts
Bring blankets and lawn chairs to S.T. Morrison Park for two free concerts on July 3:

  • FunkDaddies, 6:30 pm:  FunkDaddies is a funk/soul/R&B band dedicated to bringing the best, funky dance music to the Midwest.  The band is inspired by Tower of Power, Earth Wind & Fire, and all the great Motown artists.  Members include Anthony Hendricks, John Reasoner, Ken Duncan, Ken Fullard, Denny Ketelsen, and Dave Shawver.
  • Night Ranger, 8:00 pm:  Heavy-hitting rock legends Night Ranger has sold over 17 million albums worldwide, performed across 4,000 stages, and captivated a radio audience that exceeds one billion.  Their popularity is fueled by legendary titles such as “Sister Christian,” “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me,” “When You Close Your Eyes,” and “(You Can Still) Rock in America.”  Night Ranger released their 12th studio album (And The Band Played On) in 2021.  The band is Jack Blades, Kelly Keagy, Brad Gillis, Eric Levy, and Keri Kelli.

Vendors offer a variety of food available for purchase in S.T. Morrison Park beginning July 3 and 4 at noon.   

Enjoy bingo at the S.T. Morrison Park Hilltop Shelter on July 3 and 4 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm, courtesy of the American Legion.  

Pancake Breakfast 
Begin the 4th of July with the annual Corridor Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast at Northwest Junior High, 1507 8th Street, from 7:00 am to 10:00 am. Tickets for ages 11 and older are $7 each and can be purchased at the door, or available in advance for $6 each at the Coralville Recreation Center.  For those aged 5 to 10, breakfast is $5 at the door or $4 in advance.  The breakfast is free for children under 5 years old.  

The annual 4thFest parade begins on July 4 at 10:00 am with a two-mile route that starts and ends at the corner of 9th Street and 22nd Avenue. The parade travels east on 9th Street and 8th Street, south on 14th Avenue, east on 7th Street, south on 12th Avenue, west on 5th Street, north on 20th Avenue, and west on 8th Street. View a parade map at The parade will be livestreamed on the Coralville 4thFest Facebook page,

Seating along the route is first come, first served. For safety, stay behind the curb when watching the parade. Seating is not available on 22nd Avenue; parade entries line up on 22nd Avenue.  The viewing area on 5th Street from the fire station west to the end of S.T. Morrison Park is designated as “limited noise”.

Community Events
The 4th of July includes a variety of events, including free performances on the Showcase Stage, and games in S.T. Morrison Park in the afternoon.

Concert & Fireworks
To close the 4th of July, enjoy the music of the Iowa City Community Band beginning at 8:30 pm, followed by a spectacular fireworks display at approximately 9:45 pm in S.T. Morrison Park, courtesy of the Coralville Fire Department. The fireworks will be livestreamed on the Coralville 4thFest Facebook page,

Coralville’s spectacular 4thFest events are possible with the support of the community. To donate, visit  

Learn More
Times and events are subject to change. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit

JCMG to host anniversary Taste of the Heritage Garden on July 13

Johnson County Master Gardeners will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Taste of the Heritage Garden on Wednesday, July 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  

Following a two-year hiatus during the coronavirus pandemic, the annual celebration is back – in-person. The Taste is a tribute to Iowa’s history and food. The event is held at historic Plum Grove, 1030 Carroll Street in Iowa City, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Cost is $5 donation.

Donations fund the gardens and Kirkwood Community College horticulture scholarships and 4-H Awards.

Built in 1844, Plum Grove was the home of Robert and Friendly Lucas. Robert served as the first governor of the Territory of Iowa from 1838 until 1841. Iowa was admitted to the Union as a state Dec.  3, 1846.

This year, Master Gardeners will honor Betty Kelly, who died March 30. Betty organized efforts for the gardens at Plum Grove and “The Taste.” The Taste cookbook will serve as a program and will feature recipes for the food served as well as a tribute to Betty Kelly. Her family is commemorating Betty with a tribute bench recognizing her service.

For years, Betty negotiated with the State Historical Society of Iowa, owner of Plum Grove, for permission to plant a heritage garden as the state planned its sesquicentennial celebration in 1995. Betty, along with Joanne Leach, diligently researched the Lucas family, including Friendly’s diaries and letters, and newspapers to identify what people ate during that era and made every effort to be accurate in the garden and each undertaking. “The garden was another opportunity to inform the public about the state’s history, agriculture and its citizens.”

Today, Plum Grove boasts four gardens: vegetable (1995), Grandma’s Heirloom Flower Garden (1998), a wildflower garden (2000), and the Quester’s Rose Garden (2010). The historic vegetable and flower gardens are part of the Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens. Plum Grove gardens have received local, state and national recognition including the first Iowa State Service Award, National Smithsonian Garden Award and an Irving Weber Award. Plum Grove has been a featured garden on the Project GREEN Garden Tour.

The gardens provide a glimpse into history. They are laid out in typical 1850s fashion with four sections and rows of vegetables planted in a north-south direction. The gardens are raised beds gardens – following the archeologist’s request that the ground would be minimally disturbed.  The flower garden is located on the old barn site.

Johnson County Master Gardeners prepare and serve. Menus always include a variety of items featuring vegetables that Friendly Lucas might have grown and served in the mid-1800s. This year’s menu includes some favorites from past years including plum dishes – purple plum soup and plum oat bars and a plum topping for the ice cream. Also on the menu will be King Arms Cabbage slaw, Iowa applesauce cake, Dane’s Dairy ice cream and rhubarb punch.

The Old Post Office Brass Band will perform as they have for many years.

In 2022, Johnson County Master Gardeners is celebrating 40 years of service in Johnson County. The local program was organized in 1982. The educational volunteer program, sponsored by Iowa State University Johnson County Extension and Outreach, provides current, research-based, home horticulture information and education to the citizens of Iowa through programs and projects. Master Gardeners receive horticulture training, and volunteer to promote a mission of education and service. The program is open to anyone 18 or older with an interest in gardening and a willingness to use their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on their local community.

Video Update: Mi Casa, Your Casa, Fireworks Ordinance, and more

Iowa City Update is a weekly video featuring City of Iowa City projects, programs, and events. Topics this week include an interactive public art exhibit in the heart of downtown, a reminder that fireworks are illegal to use in Iowa City, and much more. Select the image below to watch Iowa City Update.

Girl swinging on the Mi Casa, Your Casa public art piece

Mi Casa, Your Casa 2.0 

Learn about a new interactive art display in Downtown Iowa City that is not only fun to swing on, but is also raising money to provide affordable housing in our community.

Fireworks Ordinance

With the 4th of July approaching, the City wants to remind folks that it’s illegal to use fireworks in Iowa City. Violators will face a minimum fine of $250.

Rec n' Roll

Parks and Recreation staff will be bringing its trailer of fun to Cardigan Park for the weekly Rec n' Roll series. Learn how you can enjoy fun games, live music, and get to know your neighbors. 

Iowa City Update - Your source for Iowa City news and information.

Independence Day closings announced for City