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Outdoor kite event: construct and fly kites on the 2nd Avenue Bridge, Cedar Rapids.

August 28th at 10:00 AM—2:00 PM 

The Community of Artists and Veterans, in conjunction with the Veteran Memorial Commission invites the public to participate in the first kite event of its kind in downtown Cedar Rapids.

On August 28th, from 10am to 2pm the public is invited to construct and fly kites at this unique and free event. Coloring tools and over three hundred kites provided. Kite kit assemblage and decoration to take place before and the day of Kites On 2nd Avenue. Flying will commence on the iconic 2nd Avenue Bridge with the guidance of expert kite flyers. Restrooms available inside the Veterans Memorial Building on May’s Island.

This is the first Kites On 2nd Avenue local event, although the concept was established by previous and similar international events. Some background: in recent years the Community of Artists and Veterans (C.A.V.) leader Scott Droessler, and artist/member Jason Everett collaborated to purchase and guide local artists and families to share a series of kites that were escorted to countries including Iraq, Cuba, Uganda, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, and Namibia. Droessler (Director of The C.A.V, MMU graduate in Art, and Iowa National Guard Veteran) oversaw the preliminary kite assemblage-art component, while Everett (US ARMY Veteran, UI/Kirkwood Alumni) and Nancy Bartosz (Chicago-area school teacher, founder of HOPE Travels) delivered and orchestrated kite events in these countries. The outcome of the successful international program demonstrates that despite geographical distance and natural differences, people can connect positively. Hope and the arts are two things that transcend the barriers of language, culture, ethnicity, geography—and therefore are themes that cultivate and inspire collaboration and friendship.

For Kites On 2nd Avenue, the goal is the same with the program/event going local— encouraging people to simply have fun and make positive memories and connections. This project is in partnership with other organizations that serve our community. Kites On 2nd Avenue will be an event that gives community members, children and families an opportunity to enjoy an outdoor activity with kites.

Adjusted Pool Schedules Begin This Week

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – As in previous years, the Cedar Rapids outdoor pools will begin adjusted schedules in August based on decreased attendance, darkness and staffing levels. Bever Pool is scheduled to close on Friday, August 6. The Bever season will culminate in the K9Splash! dog swim on Saturday and Sunday, August 7 and 8, in the same way it has for the last fourteen years (except 2020).  

On weekdays, through August 13, Cherry Hill Aquatic Center will be open for afternoon swims, from 1:00-5:00 p.m., and evening swims, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. It will be open on weekends for open swim from 1:00-6:00 p.m., and close for the season at 5:00 p.m. on August 22.  

Noelridge Aquatic Center will be open for afternoon swims, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. through August 20. It will be open for evening swims from 6:30-8:00 p.m., through August 13. Noelridge will remain open for weekend swimming, with open swim from 1:00-6:00 p.m., through Labor Day. Noelridge will close at 5:00 p.m. on September 6.  

Lap swims, at both aquatic centers will be held on weekdays from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and 5:15-6:15 p.m. through August 13. On weekends, lap swim will be from 11:45-12:45 p.m. on days the two pools are open. The Last Gasp! Swim, the last opportunity to swim on a weekday afternoon this summer, will be held at Noelridge on Friday, August 20 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.  

Schedules and any changes are posted on the City’s website at The availability of slides and water features may vary due to staffing. A list of indoor swimming opportunities at Bender Pool, is available in the fall Play! guide mailed to Cedar Rapids homes the week of August 9.


Elvis_2CORALVILLE -- After multiple postponements due to the pandemic, the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is thrilled to welcome back Joseph Hall and his “Elvis Rock ‘N Remember” tribute Saturday, August 7 at 7:00 PM.

Tickets are $17-$32. Both regular seating and socially distanced seating options are available. For tickets and more information, visit or call the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at 319-248-9370. The Box Office is open for phone calls Wednesday-Friday 12:00–4:00 PM.

ELVIS IS IN THE BUILDING! This show celebrates the roots of Elvis, yet is a fast-paced concert that makes it difficult for you to stay in your seat. It caters to both the young and the young at heart. He's got the look, the voice, the charm and the moves that take us back to a time when parents were flabbergasted by the flauntingly provocative hip action.

In Hall's Elvis Rock ‘N Remember show, he achieves a powerful flashback experience to the moment when fans fell in love with the talented, handsome, carefree, energetic, high-spirited young man that is Elvis Presley. The show is masterfully produced with a mixture of Elvis hits from rock ‘n roll, country, pop to gospel, multiple costume changes and a heartfelt tribute to our veterans. He's even got the teddy bears and scarves to woo the ladies. A must-see for all ages!

Joseph Hall, born in 1984 has been paying tribute to the legacy of Elvis Presley since 2006. He starred on NBC's America's Got Talent in 2008, making 6 TV appearances, viewed by more than 90 million people and placing as one of the top 10 finalists! Sharon Osbourne impressed enough to tell him, "I've got shoes older than you, but I'd like to try you on!" Also, Piers Morgan quoted saying, " ELVIS IS BACK!" Joseph Hall has performed all over the world! Joseph Hall has won accolades throughout his young career including the "Spirit of Elvis " award. Joseph Hall has worked with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Legends in Concert, and has officially been recognized as one of the top tribute artists in the world today. Hall says "My goal is to capture the essence of Elvis Presley, to pay tribute with the utmost respect to his legacy, his music, his image and above all else his fans.”

Corridor Business Journal invites Forty Under 40 nominations

40 zoomNORTH LIBERTY – The Corridor Business Journal (CBJ) is seeking nominations for its 2021 Forty Under 40 class. These annual awards recognize 40 leaders under the age of 40 who have made a significant impact in their business and community early in their careers.

Nominees must live or work in the Corridor and be under 40 years old as of Oct. 14 to qualify. A panel composed of 2020 honorees will select this year’s class. Honorees are selected based on the totality of their career, past and present civic, corporate and nonprofit activities, and leadership roles.

The nomination form is available online at Nominations must include the nominee’s recent resume or bio, a brief statement about why they should be selected, and an additional letter(s) of recommendation. All nomination materials must be submitted together electronically. Nominations are due Aug. 12.

Honorees will be featured in the Oct. 25 issue of the weekly Corridor Business Journal and recognized at an Oct. 14 awards banquet. For more information, visit or email CBJ Event Manager Ashley Moore at

About Corridor Business Journal:

The Corridor Media Group Inc. (CMG) is a family-owned media company based in North Liberty, Iowa, and the publisher of the Corridor Business Journal (CBJ), a weekly source of comprehensive business coverage for Iowa’s Creative Corridor. CMG also provides custom publishing, digital news, business data, and hosts the region’s most popular corporate and awards-based events. For more information or to subscribe, visit

Celebrate Summer with Coralville’s 5th Street Social

5th street socialCelebrate friends, family, and neighbors with a block party festival on 5th Street on Saturday, August 14!

Coralville’s 5th Street Social celebrates the street dances of the 1950’s by featuring music, food, local brews, children’s activities, and a classic car show and shine. The entertainment and activities are free and open to the community, with food and drink available to purchase.

Enjoy music and activities on 5th Street between 6th and 12th Avenues:

  • There is fun for everyone with giant family games, bags, ladder golf, and chalk art.
  • Buy a bite to eat from local food trucks starting at 4:00 pm, featuring Falbo’s Pizza, Fork & Chef, Marco's Grilled Cheese, and Pineapple Whip Iowa.
  • Tip Top Cakes bakery and Pat and Fran's Irish Pub, both located on 5th Street, will be open.
  • Get rockin' on 5th Street with live music all night long. Dogs on Skis take the stage at 4:00 pm, and The Final Mix Band headlines the night starting at 7:00 pm. Wander to the west end of the festival grounds and watch the Battle of the Bands at West Music from 6:00-10:00 pm. 
  • The beverage garden, open from 4:00-10:00 pm, features craft beer for $5 for a 16-18 ounce pour from three Johnson County craft breweries: Backpocket Brewing, Big Grove Brewery, and ReUnion Brewery.
  • Stop by the Classy Chassy Cruisers Show n' Shine from 4:00-8:00 pm and see classic cars parked on 5th Street from 9th Avenue to 12th Avenue.
  • Visit 5th Street businesses in the Social zone, with prize drawings and specials throughout the evening. 

Street Closures & Coralville Transit
5th Street between 6th and 12th Avenues will be temporarily closed. Coralville Transit will not stop at #4360 (5th Street and 8th Avenue) after 11:40 am; the bus will pick up passengers along 6th Street at intersections and at the intersection of 6th Avenue and 5th Street.     

Opportunities to help are available before, during, and after the event. As a perk, all volunteers will receive a 5th Street Social t-shirt, and those 21 and older will receive a free beverage ticket! To see the descriptions and to sign up to volunteer, visit

Learn More
For full event details, parking, street closures, transit information, and volunteer opportunities, visit or call Coralville Parks and Recreation at 319.248.1750.

A portion of the proceeds benefits the Coralville Parks and Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund. 5th Street Social is presented by the City of Coralville and sponsored in part by 808 on 5th.