Try Your Favorite Beers Paired with Your Favorite Cookies

Adults 21+ are invited to Cookies & Flights at Big Grove Brewery & Taproom in Iowa City, Iowa, on June 13, 2024.

PairingIOWA CITY -- Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois and Big Grove Brewery & Taproom have partnered to create delicious cookie and beer combos! A carefully crafted pairing menu was developed by Big Grove’s Cellarwoman, Ophelia Flores, and will be exclusively available on June 13, 2024, at the Cookies & Flights fundraiser.

"Big Grove's and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois's missions align to help make our corner of the world a better place,” says Mikala Demet, community and project manager for Big Grove Brewery & Taproom. “We are looking forward to not only enjoying beer & Girl Scout Cookies with everyone, but to also raise support for all the great programs that Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois provides our community!"

Guests will experience five 7 oz. beer and Girl Scout Cookie pairings while enjoying heavy appetizers, games, and a silent auction. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois to help girls in your community better their futures.

Cookies & Flights is on Thursday, June 13, 2024, from 6:00-8:30 pm. At Big Grove Brewery & Taproom, 1225 S Gilbert St, Iowa City, Iowa. Tickets are $45/person. To learn more about Cookies & Flights and purchase tickets, visit https://bit.ly/4c1afwk.  

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois
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Traffic Alert for Ballet Des Moines Summer STEM tour at Brucemore

CEDAR RAPIDS -- Brucemore is hosting the Ballet Des Moines Summer STEM tour on Friday, June 7, 2024, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For traffic and pedestrian safety purposes during the event, temporary “No Parking” will be in place along the following streets, per City specifications:

• 200 and 300 block of Crescent Street SE - west side
• Nassau Street SE between Linden Drive and Blake Blvd- west side
• Linden Drive SE between Forest Drive and Linden Terrace - north side
• Linden Terrace SE between Forest Drive and Linden Drive - north side
• Linden Drive SE between Forest Drive and Crescent Street - both sides
• Dows Lane SE between Forest Drive and Brucemore's driveway - both sides

For additional information, visit https://www.brucemore.org.


City of North Liberty: It's going to be good

TO DOs
☑ Explore June's community activities 
☑ Get ready for outdoor pool season
☑ Help out at Summer Lunch & Fun
☑ Get a membership to save on the rec center and pool
☑ Volunteer for Blues & BBQ

As I write this, it's a warm and sunny day, which brings me joy and makes it easy to feel good about my neighbors and smile as families waddle through the park or couples walk their incredibly furry dogs down the block.

I'm not always this way, and sometimes it can be hard to feel warmth towards people. A jerk noses in front of you in the school drop-off line. You catch some snarky blowback at the grocery store. There's some nagging from your partner the moment you get home. But when I feel joy, it's easier to offer these folks grace and set aside my occasional petty feelings of resentment or annoyance.

This weekend, we're celebrating love, which seems like a pretty good thing to celebrate. And we'll do a lot more celebrating of community and getting chances to be joyful as we head towards more sunny days.

[insert contented sigh here]

It's going to be a great summer.

— Nick Bergus

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City offices will be closed Thursday, July 4, for Independence Day. Summer Lunch & Fun will not be held, and the Library will be closed. Recreation and aquatics will be open limited hours.
Stormwater — primarily meaning rain — and how we deal with it is something North Liberty staff thinks a lot about, even on sunny days. We recently modernized our storm water utility rates. Planning Director Ryan Rusnak and Stormwater Coordinator Mike Wolfe talk about what we do and why we do it.
Listen to 52317 to learn about people and their work. The latest: Heather Cummings, owner of North Liberty’s Best Academy, talks about being focused on keeping kids active and engaged with plenty of physical exercise, field trips, and the teaching of life skills. Find the podcast wherever you listen.
 
COMMUNITY EVENTS
Details and more events are on the community calendar. ★ denotes events on the City Slate.
Free Community Swim Lesson
June 7 • 9:30 or 10:10 am
Aquatics Center
To help everyone enjoy a fun, safe summer, here's a jumpstart to water skills and safety.
 
★ Let Love Fly
June 8 • 11 – 3 pm
Centennial Park
A community celebration of love with awe-inspiring mega kites, LGBTQ groups and sponsors.
 
From Soil to Soul
June 10 and 24 • 6 pm
Community Pantry
Inspirational sessions exploring the connection between diverse gardens and good health.
 
★ Camp North Liberty
June 21 • 3 pm to overnight

Community Center
Come camp with a full evening of programs: live music, cardboard boat racing, dinner and more.
 
★ Car Show & Shine 
July 3 • 7 – 9 pm

Penn Meadows Park
Join the Classy Chassy Cruisers for a free classic car show before the fireworks display.
Ranshaw House Concerts
Fridays • 6 – 8 pm
Ranshaw House
Gather with your friends for a free concert. Bring a picnic, chairs and BYOB.
 
★ Free Fishing with TAKO
June 9 • 11 am – 1 pm
Liberty Centre Pond
Learn how to fish from the experts, no license required. A free light lunch is provided.
 
★ Swimming Storytime
June 12 • 9:30 – 11:30 am
Aquatics Center
First a story then an open swim at the first of three storytimes in our outdoor pool.
 
★ Splash Bash
June 23 • 6 – 9 pm

Aquatics Center
The pools turn 20 this year. We're celebrating with food trucks, a live DJ, photo ops and more.
 
★ Fireworks
July 3 • 9:30 pm
Penn Meadows Park
Fireworks to kick off your Independence Day celebrations after the car show.
Outdoor Yoga
June 8 • 8 – 9 am
Centennial Park
A free gathering  led by Natalie Johnston of Lifestyle Health Therapies for all levels and ages.
 
Summer Lunch & Fun
Weekdays • 11:30 am – 1 pm
Ranshaw House
A meal and an activity every weekday starting June 10 for any kid in North Liberty.
 
Twilight Swim
June 12 • 5 – 9 pm
Aquatic Center
Enjoy sweet summer evenings with a evening dip. Concessions available.
 
Late Night Swim
June 28 • 8 – 10 pm

Aquatics Center
A special late-night after-hours swim in the outdoor pool, with limited concessions available.
 
★ Blues & BBQ 
July 13 • 10 am – 10:30 pm
Centennial Park
Delicious food, free live music headlined by The White Buffalo, craft beer and free kids fun
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Tow alert issued; Transit changes announced ahead of Iowa Arts Festival street closures

Iowa CityIOWA CITY -- The following roads will be closed for the Iowa Arts Festival at 6 a.m. on Friday, June 7, and will reopen late night Sunday, June 9:

  • Clinton Street from Jefferson Street to the alley north of Joseph's Steakhouse
  • Washington Street from Capitol Street to Linn Street
  • Iowa Avenue from Clinton Street to Dubuque Street

Dubuque Street, from Iowa to Washington, is already closed to the Dubuque Street Reconstruction Project. 

Parking meters on all impacted streets will be marked with "No Parking" signs before the event. Cars in violation of these regulations will be towed. 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. Owners whose vehicles have been towed will need to obtain a vehicle release from the Iowa City Police Department, City Hall, 410 E. Washington St. Call 319-356-5275. Do not call 911.

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.

The Parking Division will be operating a normal weekday and weekend schedule from Thursday, June 7 , through Sunday, June 9. Parking ramps will remain open and staffed. All parking regulations will be in effect and enforced.

Transit changes for Iowa Arts Festival

Iowa City Transit will temporarily relocate the bus interchange to Court Street between Clinton and Dubuque streets starting at 6 a.m. Friday, June 7, 2024, due to the Iowa Arts Festival. This change will be in place through Saturday, June 8. The bus interchange will return to its normal interchange at Clinton and Washington on Monday, June 10. 

The bus will not be able to service the following stops in the Downtown area due to the detours in place. Affected bus stops are stops 7200, 7201, 7500, 7080, 7081, 7400, 7091, 7207, 7401, 7023, 7077, 7078, 7244.

Use the Transit App to keep track of changes; routes will be updated.


Iowa City Traffic Alert – Scott Boulevard

Iowa CityIOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, travel on the following street will be impacted beginning on Monday, June 10, 2024.

The northbound right-turn lane will be closed on Scott Boulevard at the Rochester Avenue intersection. Additionally, lanes of traffic will be shifted on Rochester Avenue and Scott Boulevard. A detour route will be posted.

These traffic impacts will facilitate the installation of watermain in the area. It is anticipated normal traffic will resume by Wednesday, July 3, 2024.


This Weekend in North Liberty

Ranshaw House Concert Series
The Ranshaw House Concert Series kicks off this Friday, June 7. Catch up with friends and socialize as a community on the Ranshaw House lawn at 515 Community Dr. Enjoy a two-hour live performance from Calle Sur on the historic house’s front porch.

The concert series will take place each Friday in June and July from 6 to 8 p.m. Here's the lineup:

June 7: Calle Sur
June 14: Camp Cardinal
June 21: Iowa Brass
June 28: YesterNite
July 5: Pucker Street Band
July 12: Tanya English Band
July 19: Two-Bit Maniac
July 26: Youth Night, presented in partnership with United Action for Youth
 
Other Events on the Horizon
Camp North Liberty
Dig out your sleeping bags and tent or prepare the camper — it’s time to make plans to attend Camp North Liberty Friday, June 21 through Saturday, June 22. City staff camp counselors have prepared a full evening of activities for a community campout. Learn more.
Cardboard Boat Regatta
Come watch cardboard boat creations test their limits at the outdoor pool on Friday, June 21.  A wait list has been started for those looking to participate but all are welcome to come cheer on participants!  Learn more
 
 

You also may be wondering

  • Restrooms will be available at all of the events.
  • Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash and you clean up after them.
  • The use of tobacco, nicotine, vape and other electronic smoking devices are prohibited in North Liberty parks, trails and public recreation areas.

Stay in the loop

Accessibility

We’re committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation at our events for individuals with disabilities. For accommodations, please reach out to [email protected] or call (319) 626-5755.

More City Slate Fun

These events are part of the City Slate, a compilation of North Liberty’s largest and free city-produced events, with dozens planned this year.

The City Slate is made possible by A2Z Heating & Plumbing, Centro, Inc, Collins Community Credit Union, The Eastern Iowa Airport – CID, Hills Bank, MidWestOne Bank, South Slope Cooperative, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Urban Acres Real Estate and Veridian Credit Union.

Explore the schedule at northlibertyiowa.org/cityslate.


Hiawatha: Robins Road Reduced Lane Width

Robins Road from Boyson Road to Northwood Drive will be reduced in lane width for installation of new water main on the west side of the roadway.
 
HIAWATHA, IA – Starting Monday, June 10, 2024, Robins Road will be reduced to two 12-ft lanes from Boyson Road south to Chaffee Drive. Reduced lanes are expected to be limited to 1,000 feet. All businesses and homeowners will have access to their properties. There may be short periods of time where access will be limited while water main is being installed or driveways are being replaced with new pavement. The contractor will backfill access points with rock as work is being performed.
 
This project is expected to continue through October 2024 weather pending. Thru traffic should expect possible delays. Please try to avoid the areas during construction.
 
If you have any questions, please call the Engineering Department at (319) 393-1515 (EXT. 528)


Action Matters: Iowa City Climate News for June

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June 2024 | Visit us online at www.icgov.org/climateaction

by the numbers

Heat pumps vs. central A/C: two for one

12  

Every minute, 12 new central AC units are installed in homes in the U.S. Both homeowners and the climate would benefit if people got dual-purpose heat pumps instead of single-purpose AC units. 

3.6 million  

While heat pumps are gaining market share, they still have a long way to go — around 3.6 million heat pumps were sold in 2023, compared to 6 million central AC units.

200,000  

Mass adoption of heat pumps in the U.S. would save 200,000 barrels of oil a day. 

$2,000  

Federal tax incentives under the IRA cover 30% of the costs, up to $2000, for installing a heat pump.

Goldie gets a heat pump in the video viewable here: we dare you not to smile! Find more information at icgov.org/heatpump.

Grants awarded to community partners in climate action!

past Climate Action grant recipients are shown

Congratulations to the 2024 recipients of Climate Action Grants: Habitat For Humanity, Oaknoll Retirement Residence, Antelope Lending Library, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Plated Table, Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County, Trinity Episcopal Church, Nomadic Foods, and Bur Oak Land Trust!

Grants this year will be used to improve insulation and air sealing, fund reusable container systems, and more. Stay tuned for updates in future newsletters!


Iowa City builders embrace HERS ratings

HERS index

In partnership with the Home Builders Association (HBA), the City of Iowa City launched a new incentive program this year to encourage builders to get Home Energy Rating System (HERS) ratings for new residences.

HERS ratings help home buyers compare the future costs to heat, cool, and light a home when choosing where to live. The lower the score, the lower the energy costs.

In May, Advantage Custom Builders was the first to submit a HERS rating for the program, earning an $1,800 award. The home scored a HERS rating of 43, making it more than 30% more efficient than a home built to Iowa code, which typically score in the mid-70s.

Congratulations to Advantage Custom Builders! Residents can tour this high performing home as part of the HBA Parade of Homes, June 8-16, 2024.


AmeriCorps Jobs Alert

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Green Iowa AmeriCorps is hiring for the upcoming eleven-month service term starting in September 2023. Benefits include federal loan deferment, healthcare coverage, childcare coverage, training and certification, individualized professional development opportunities, Segal Education Award upon successful completion, monthly living stipend distributed by UNI, leadership experience, Public Service Loan Forgiveness Qualification, and interest accrual repayment. Find more information and apply on the website greeniowaamericorps.org.


This month's reason for hope: LEED celebration

Prairie Hill homes are shown

Fourteen years ago, a group of Iowa City residents launched the development of a co‐housing community: 37 eco‐friendly residences clustered around a common house. Community gardens are located on the crest of the hill overlooking the shortgrass prairie, homes and orchard trees. The project was completed last year, and 30 homes are LEED Gold Certified.

Those interested in attending the Prairie Hill Co-Housing LEED Celebration can register here. A community open house will also be held at a later date.

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Find more climate hope on the Project 51 web page.

 
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CoCoRaHS: Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network

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Amateur scientists are needed for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHs)! Climate change is impacting rainfall in Iowa City. Join a corps of volunteers working to collect precipitation data that can be used by local, state, and federal agencies to document changing weather patterns and their impact to the local community. Training will be offered by Iowa City Climate Action and Outreach Division and  facilitated by a Meteorologist from NOAA/National Weather Service (NWS).

  • Monday, July 15, 4:30-6:00
  • Senior Center Assembly Room

For more information, email Climate Engagement Specialist Megan Hill, visit icgov.org/CAevents, or register online.


Harnessing the purchasing power of cities for good

sustainability in procurement workshop

In May, Iowa City welcomed public procurement staff from communities across Iowa to Terry Trueblood lodge for a day of discussion about strategies to incorporate sustainability principals into purchasing practices.

The wide ranging discussion touched on many topics, including electric fleet vehicles, total cost of ownership analysis, and lower-carbon concrete mixes. Speakers provided examples of practices used in other cities and the challenges and successes they had along the way.

In the spirit of the event, Iowa City staff even crafted upcycled floral arrangements made from discarded paper, cans, leather scraps, coffee filters, and packing material to make material reuse a literal centerpiece at every table.


Deep dive into composting

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Banana peels, watermelon rinds, corncobs, eggshells, coffee grounds – what can we do with these non-edible scraps? Compost them! Enjoy this month's Love Food Fight Waste video from Table to Table and Iowa City Resource Management.


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T'Shailyn Harrington

Neighborhood Outreach and Engagement Specialist

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How do you take climate action?

I am mindful of my shopping habits and strive to reduce my use of single-use plastics. I prefer shopping at thrift or consignment stores for clothing and household items rather than at big retail stores. To cut down on plastic waste, I carry reusable water bottles, bring fabric bags when grocery shopping, and use glass airtight containers in my kitchen.

Why is it important to take climate action?

For me, climate action is important because we experience the negative effects of a damaged planet - such as unseasonably warm days and threats of extreme natural disasters - too often. It is not enough to simply discuss the issue; we must take steps to address it. We need doers! This is about action.

What can others do to take climate action?

As a passionate world traveler, I have found joy in exploring walkable cities. I am always impressed that other parts of the world are not car-dependent as we are here. Everyone can take climate action by considering alternative forms of transportation such as walking, biking, or using city transit instead of driving solo in a car.

 


Iowa City’s Climate Action Commission meets monthly

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The public is invited to attend monthly Climate Action Commission meetings. The next meeting is July 1, 2024. Access upcoming and past meeting packets  at the Climate Action Commission web page.

More events from around the community: