Traffic Control for Freedom Festival Balloon Glow

Cedar RapidsCEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival will be holding the Freedom Festival Balloon Glow on Saturday, June 18, 2022, beginning at 6:00 p.m. and ending at 10:00 p.m.

The following streets will be closed for the event from 8:00 a.m. (set up time) until 10:00 p.m.(tear down complete):

  • Victoria Drive SW (east side) from Wilson Avenue Drive to 26th Avenue Drive
  • Teresa Drive SW (east side) from Wilson Avenue Drive to 29th Avenue Drive
  • Evelyn Drive SW (east/north side) from 27th Avenue Drive to Teresa Drive
  • Lauren Drive SW (east/south side) from Wilson Avenue Drive to Deborah Drive.
  • Deborah Drive SW (west/south side) from Wilson Ave Dr SW to Lauren Drive.
  • Fruitland Boulevard SW (west & east sides) from Wilson Avenue Dr to the park entrance
  • 26th Avenue Drive SW (north side) from Bowling Street to Teresa Drive
  • 27th Avenue Drive SW (north side) from Bowling Street to Teresa Drive
  • 29th Avenue Dr SW (both sides) from Bowling St to Parkview Pavilion Road (park entrance)

“No Parking/Tow Away” zones will be enforced on these streets from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. per Municipal Code Sections 61.094 and 61.094A. Guests of the Balloon Glow are encouraged to park at the Kirkwood Continuing Education Center, 101 50th Avenue SW, where a shuttle service will be utilized. For information on the Balloon Glow and additional parking information, please visit https://www.freedomfestival.com/events/balloon-glow-great-american-kites/.


News and Notes from the City of Coralville, June 17, 2022

Upcoming Events

Check out the upcoming events, meetings, and performances at the City of Coralville. Highlights include:

  • Craft to Go for Adults (June 22)
  • Meetings: Citizen's Community Policing Advisory Board (June 27), City Council (June 28), Arts Commission (July 5), Library Board of Trustees (July 6), Planning and Zoning (July 6)
  • 4thFest (July 1-4)
  • Holiday trash schedule in effect (July 4-8)

Learn About 5th Street Improvements

Open house in City Hall

Monday, June 20  |  5:00-6:30 pm

5th Street will be getting a facelift from 12th Avenue to 20th Avenue, and the City would like community input.

Attend an open house to learn about draft plans and give feedback about street improvements, lighting, overwide sidewalks, and stormwater treatment opportunities.  Also included are plans for exciting, vibrant, interactive spaces on the lawns at the Library, City Hall, and S.T. Morrison Park.  5th Street improvements open house

 

Shop the Block Coralville

Sales, live music, door prizes, & refreshments

Thursday, June 16  |  4:30-6:30 pm

Discover hidden gems and deals at small businesses in Coralville! Check in at the corner of 5th Street and 12th Avenue, grab a Shop the Block passport, and visit all participating businesses for a chance to win a door prize. This event is an initiative of the Iowa City Area Business Partnership. 

 

Free Community Meal

At the Coralville Public Library

Friday, June 17  |  5:30-7:30 pm

Get your kebab on! All are welcome to enjoy a delicious free community meal curated and prepared by a team of community chefs.  The meal will be held on the front lawn of the Coralville Public Library, complete with music and activities for all ages to enjoy

 

Juneteenth in Coralville

Free, family-friendly celebration

Saturday, June 18  | 12:00-4:00 pm

Juneteenth commemorates the Black liberation from the institution of slavery, and highlights resilience, solidarity, and the cultural Black community. 

Celebrate Juneteenth at S.T. Morrison Park with performances, children's activities, and free food. All are welcome! This event is made possible by the Johnson County Iowa Juneteenth Commemoration with support from the City of Coralville.

 

Celebrate 4thFest in Coralville

Coralville's 4thFest is around the corner!


Carnival, food, & vendors

July 1-4

Stop by S.T. Morrison Park for a carnival July 1-4, and food and booths in the park July 3 and 4. 


4thFest 5K

Saturday, July 2

Kick off the weekend with the annual 5K, followed by the kids' mini-marathon. New this year is the Stars and Stripes Youth Cross Park Race. 


Free concert featuring Night Ranger

Sunday, July 3

Bring blankets and lawn chairs for a free outdoor concert featuring heavy-hitting rock legends Night Ranger! The ''Midwest’s hippest band,'' Funk Daddies, will open the show. 


Pancakes, parade, performances, & fireworks

Monday, July 4

Grab a bite at the Kiwanis pancake breakfast and see the 4thFest parade. Then come to S.T. Morrison Park for performances and free lawn games, listen to the sounds of the Iowa City Community Band, and watch the fireworks. 

 

Apply to Serve on a City Board

Citizen's Community Policing Advisory Board

Deadline is June 24

The City Council is accepting applications from Coralville residents for the Citizen's Community Policing Advisory Board for one partial term ending December 31, 2025. Diversity, equity, and inclusion will be considered.

Library Board of Trustees

Deadline is July 8

The City Council is accepting applications from Coralville residents for one seat on the Coralville Public Library Board of Trustees; the term expires December 31, 2022. Diversity, equity, and inclusion will be considered. 

 

Does Your Home Need Exterior Repairs?

Apply for a forgivable loan program

If you need assistance paying for exterior home projects, the City has funds available through the Iowa Economic Development Authority to help qualifying Coralville homeowners.

Forgivable loans provide up to $25,000 per home for exterior projects like new siding, roof, gutters, exterior doors, windows, and more. 

 

Utility Rate Increase Begins July 1

Increases go into effect July 1, 2022, for water and solid waste rates. The changes were approved by the City Council following a review and public hearing in February.

A water rate increase will allow the City to finance significant planned water system and capacity improvements, and a solid waste rate increase will help fund increased operating costs and compensate for lower values for recyclable materials.

 

Leave the Fireworks to the Pros

If you are thinking about shooting off fireworks, think again. It is illegal to use fireworks in Coralville (unless you are an insured operator approved by the City). Fireworks cannot be used in many surrounding communities as well. 

If you want to see spectacular fireworks, there are great options locally, including Coralville's 4thFest fireworks on July 4 in S.T. Morrison Park

 

Center for the Performing Arts

Get tickets

Orphan Train to Iowa: For The Love of Pete
June 18

Presented by Crescendo Children's Choir. Between 1854 and 1930, more than 200,000 orphaned or abandoned children were sent west to find new homes. Their story is told in this opera with music by Kevin Allen. 

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr.

July 22–24 

Presented by Young Footliters Youth Theatre. Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas! 

 

What's Happening at the Library

A summer of Hitchcock: free movie

Rope:  Thursday, June 23  |  6:00 pm

Two men attempt to prove they've committed the perfect crime by hosting a dinner party after killing one of their classmates. This film was based on a play inspired by the infamous true crime of Leopold and Loeb. 

Free healthcare services

Saturday, June 25  |  10:00 am-2:30 pm

The UI Mobile Clinic will be in the lower level of the library to provide free vitals, HbA1C and cholesterol testing, doctor’s vitals, medication re-fills, free eyeglasses, and children’s sports physicals

 

 


TRAFFIC CONTROL FOR 2022 DOWNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET

Cedar RapidsCEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance will be holding the Cedar Rapids Farmers’ Market this Saturday, June 18, 2022, from 7:30 a.m. (set up beings at 5:00 a.m.) until 12:00 p.m. (tear down ends by 1:00 p.m.). This year, the following streets will be utilized for the event:

  • 2nd Avenue SE from 1st Street to 5th Street
  • 3rd Avenue SE from 1st Street to 5th Street
  • 4th Avenue SE from 3rd Street to 5th Street
  • 3rd Street SE from 2nd Avenue to 4th Avenue
  • 5th Street SE from 2nd Avenue to 4th Avenue

Additionally, a “No Parking/Tow Away” zone will be enforced on these streets from 4:00 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 www.parkcedarrapids.com. Parking ramps are handicapped-accessible and market patrons with special needs are encouraged to use those areas. For additional parking information, please visit www.parkcedarrapids.com.

Please visit Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance for additional information on the Farmers Market.


City of Coralville Hosts Public Open House for 5th Street Improvements

CORALVILLE -- S.T. Morrison Park Pond5th Street will be getting a face lift from 12th Avenue to 20th Avenue and the City of Coralville would like community input.  Attend the open house for 5th Street and City Civic Campus Improvements on Monday, June 20 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.  This open house will be held at Coralville City Hall, 1512 7th Street.  

Consultants from Shive Hattery and Confluence have been guiding a team of residents and staff to develop plans for street improvements, lighting, overwide sidewalks, and storm water treatment opportunities.  Also included are plans to provide exciting, vibrant, interactive spaces on the lawns at the Coralville Public Library, City Hall, and S.T. Morrison Park.  Residents will be able to review draft plans and give feedback on final renderings. Drop in any time during the event. 


Fireworks are illegal to use in Iowa City; avoid a $250 fine

Fireworks Ordinance

Due to public safety concerns, the use of fireworks inside city limits is prohibited, and violators can face a minimum $250 fine.

Why can I buy fireworks in Iowa City, but not use them here?

Changes to state law in 2017, and most recently the 2022 State Legislature session, prevent cities from prohibiting or restricting locations for the sale of fireworks, but does allow counties and cities to determine their own regulations regarding the use of consumer fireworks.

Use of fireworks in unincorporated parts of Johnson County are also illegal without a permit from the County.

How do I report illegal fireworks?

Residents are encouraged to speak directly with their neighbors regarding the use of illegal fireworks. Reports can also be made to public safety dispatchers at 319-356-6800. Please provide an address when reporting your concern.

For questions about the local fireworks ordinance, contact Fire Marshal Brian Greer at 319-356-5257 or brian-greer@iowa-city.org.

Where to view fireworks safely

  • Iowa City Jazz Festival
    • Fireworks will begin around about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2022, at the Old Capitol Museum. 
    • For a full list of the Summer of the Arts' Iowa City Jazz Festival performers, visit SummeroftheArts.org
  • Coralville 4thFest
    • Fireworks will begin around 9:45 p.m. on Monday, July 4, 2022, at S.T. Morrison Park, 1513 7th St. 
    • For a full list of 4thFest events, visit Coralivlle.org

Traffic Alert – Franklin Street

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, travel on Franklin Street, between Friendly and Highland avenues, will be closed to through traffic beginning on Monday, June 20, 2022.

Access to residences will be maintained during this project. It is anticipated normal traffic will resume by Thursday, June 23.  This closure will facilitate the repair of a sanitary sewer service line in the area.

For information on road construction in Iowa City, visit www.icgov.org/travelalerts


Traffic Alert – Dubuque Street

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, travel on Dubuque Street, between Iowa Avenue and Washington Street, will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic starting Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

Flaggers will be on-site directing traffic through the area. It is anticipated normal traffic will resume by the end of the day.

This lane reduction will facilitate the completion of soil borings for an upcoming construction project.


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Traffic Alert – Highway 6

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, Eastbound Highway 6, at its intersection with the entrance to the VA Hospital, will be reduced to one lane of traffic beginning on Monday, June 20, 2022. 

This lane reduction will facilitate the work on a underground gas line in the area, and will last through Thursday, June 23, 2022. 

For information on road construction in Iowa City, visit www.icgov.org/travelalerts.