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Scattergood Friends School seeking bus driver

Scattergood Friends SchoolScattergood Friends School is seeking a bus driver with CDL and bus driver designations for daily morning and afternoon bus routes between our campus in West Branch and a pick-up/drop-off location in Iowa City. Candidates must be reliable, punctual, and able to work with Middle and High School students. This is a part-time, non-benefit eligible position with a rate of $18-$20 per/hour, Monday-Friday, September through June. Please contact for more information and to apply.

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CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Boys and Girls Club of the Corridor is holding the Fish-O-Rama at Ellis Park in the Robins Lake/Manhattan Pavilion beginning at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 7, 2021 (set up begins August 4 at 8:00 am), until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 8 (tear down ends by 3:00 p.m.).  The pedestrian/bike trail will be re-routed by the parking area of Manhattan pavilion during the event.

Additionally, Robins Lake is closed starting today for event preparations.

Johnson County Master Gardeners offers flowers for sale Aug. 12

IOWA CITY – Johnson County Master Gardeners’ growing garden success will be available to the public on Thursday, Aug. 12, when the group will offer cut flowers for sale from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, 3109 Old Hwy 218 S., Iowa City.

The demonstration garden on the Johnson County Fairgrounds has always showcased a variety of flowers. This year, a combination of the “right stuff” – rain and location – led to an abundance of zinnia flowers that Master Gardeners will offer to the public as a flower fundraiser.   

Those who are interested in supporting the Master Gardener program may drive up to request a bouquet without leaving their vehicle. The one-day sale on Thursday, Aug. 12, will be offered from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Cash and checks will be accepted; credit card purchase is not available at this time. The suggested cost is $9 for two bouquets.

Project leaders, Sharon Jeter, Ann Ruppenkamp and Chris Sedrel, are joined by a host of Master Gardener volunteers to plant and maintain the garden throughout the growing season. Recently, the garden that provides gardeners inspiration and informational exhibits about growing produce was on display during the Johnson County Fair. Produce grown in the garden is donated to area community pantries and Table to Table.

Proceeds from the flower fundraiser will support JCMG programs and operations, 4-H Awards and Kirkwood Community College Horticulture Scholarships.

The local Master Gardening group has enjoyed a long association with the Johnson County Agricultural Association (JCAA). The demonstration garden was organized in 1993. In 2017, the demonstration garden was moved and celebrated its fifth year in the present location.

In 2021, Johnson County Master Gardeners are celebrating its 39th year of service. The local program was organized in 1982. The educational volunteer program, sponsored by Iowa State University Johnson County Extension and Outreach, uses research-based horticulture and gardening knowledge and practices to educate people and coordinate projects that promote healthy communities. 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: James Alan McPherson Park, Sculptors Showcase, and more

Iowa City Update is a weekly video featuring City of Iowa City projects, programs and events. Topics this week include a celebration for the renaming of an Iowa City park after a renowned author and teacher, a new art program for sculptors, and much more. Select the image below to watch Iowa City Update.

Iowa City Update: McPherson Park

Ribbon-Cutting at James Alan McPherson Park

Help us celebrate the renaming of an Iowa City park in honor of James Alan McPherson, the first African-American writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Iowa City Sculptors Showcase

Learn about some new sculptures that will be on display in parks around town as part of this new program to showcase the work of local Iowa sculptors.

Public Art Matching Fund Program

Iowa City artists can apply for up to $2,000 in matching funds for visual, audio, or performance-based public art.

Climate Action Work Awards

Showcase your business as a leader in local sustainability measures! Learn how to apply for a chance to share your story and earn a cash prize for being a climate advocate.

Free Smoke Alarms for South District residents

The American Red Cross and the Iowa City Fire Department are teaming up to test, replace, and install new smoke alarms at no cost for residents in the South District Neighborhood.

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

Iowa City recreation centers return to regular hours

Iowa City Parks and Recreation will return to regular full-time hours on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. 

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday 6:15 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturdays 6:15 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sundays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Patrons can access pool hours by visiting The pool at Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center is expected to reopen in late August 2021. 

Registration for fall classes, programs, and events begins at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. Patrons can register in-person at either Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St. or Mercer Park Aquatic Center and Scanlon Gym, 2701 Bradford Dr., or over the phone by calling customer service during regular business hours at 319-356-5100, or online

Be aware of road and parking impacts for Summer of the Arts Soul & Blues Festival

The City of Iowa City will be closing a section of Iowa Avenue for the Soul and Blues Festival this weekend. 

The annual music festival organized by the Summer of the Arts brings with it live soul and blues performances and activities for the whole family. This year's event will take place in Downtown Iowa City from Friday, July 30, to Saturday, July 31, 2021. 

Road closure and parking impacts

Iowa Avenue from North Dubuque to South Linn Street will be closed beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, July 30, and will reopen to traffic late Saturday, July 31, 2021.

Parking meters on Iowa Avenue between Dubuque and Linn streets will be marked with "No Parking" signs before the event. Cars in violation of these regulations will be towed beginning at 11 a.m. Friday. Metered spots in this area do not allow parking from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. and these parking regulations will be enforced. Follow all posted parking signs to prevent your vehicle from being towed.

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. No transit changes will be needed to accommodate this event. 

Soul and Blues Festival info

For more information about the festival, visit the Summer of the Arts' website

City of Cedar Rapids Asks Residents to Select New City Flag

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The City of Cedar Rapids invites Cedar Rapids residents to help pick a new city flag. Residents can visit to view the four designs, read the symbolism descriptions, and rank their top choices. Community ranking will be open through August 31, 2021. The top choice selected by residents will become the new official Cedar Rapids city flag.

A flag unveiling will take place on September 18, 2021 at 10:00 am in the Cedar Rapids Public Library downtown location main lobby area.

In 2019 the City of Cedar Rapids began public outreach asking residents to submit design ideas, colors, shapes and symbols for a new flag. The goal was to create a flag that reflects the city and incorporates citizen input and ideas. The city put the project on hold because of the pandemic and derecho.

After the public input process that launched the project, local volunteer graphic designers helped take the public input and create several possible designs. Members of the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) provided two rounds of ratings, comments and suggestions on the submitted designs. A local committee used NAVA feedback and resident input to select four final designs.

“We are excited to offer the opportunity for Cedar Rapids residents to help select the new flag design,” said Ashley Vanorny, Cedar Rapids City Council Member. “The flag is a symbol that will represent the community, so it’s important that the community feels a connection to the final design. I hope people will really embrace the new flag and we start to see it all over as a point of pride for the people of Cedar Rapids.”

A city flag is a symbol of pride for the community. Cedar Rapids residents will also drive how it is used. All design files will be publicly available for printing and other community uses.

Local businesses interested in creating flag merchandise are encouraged to contact the city at