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Thursday, March 29, 2018

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Upcoming Events

Check out the upcoming events, meetings, activities, and performances at the City of Coralville. Highlights for the next two weeks include:

  • Free Movie: Loving Vincent (March 29)
  • Senior Lunch Club at 30hop (April 4)
  • Senior Coffee & Crafts (April 5)
  • Family Night at the Library (April 9)
  • Meetings: Library Board of Trustees (April 4), Planning and Zoning Commission (April 4), City Council (April 10)

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Take Turns sign

What Is the Zipper Merge?

How you merge can reduce traffic congestion

A "zipper merge" is when drivers use both lanes of traffic until they reach the defined merge area, and then alternate "zipper" style into the open lane. It's best used when traffic is slow and congested.

Northbound 1st Avenue drivers will notice signs reminding them to use both lanes up to the lane taper, and alternate merging into one lane after 5th Street. The zipper merge reduces backups, keeps both lanes moving at similar speeds, and gets everyone to where they're going faster. Zipper merge 

Major Road Reconstruction Continues

Allow extra travel time on 1st Avenue & Coral Ridge Avenue

If you’ve driven through Coralville lately, you’ve probably noticed road construction on 1st Avenue (from 6th Street to 9th Street) and Coral Ridge Avenue (from Oakdale Boulevard to Forevergreen Road). While traffic delays are expected, the benefits from the long-awaited improvements will last far into the future.
Learn about these projects at

Finishing 1st

1st Avenue update

Northbound 1st Avenue is reduced to one lane from just south of 6th Street to just south of 9th Street. Southbound 1st Avenue remains two lanes.

Temporary pavement progress continues in preparation for the next phase of construction. Coralville Transit riders may experience delays on all routes, especially during peak traffic times.
1st Avenue improvements

Coral Ridge Avenue improvements

Coral Ridge Avenue update

Northbound and southbound Coral Ridge Avenue each have a combined thru/right turn lane and a dedicated left turn lane at the Oakdale Boulevard intersection, and east-west traffic on Oakdale Boulevard runs head-to-head on the north side of the center medians.

Work continues on the southwest and southeast corners of the Coral Ridge Avenue and Oakdale Boulevard intersection. Westbound Forevergreen Road is reduced to one lane between Jordan Street and Coral Ridge Avenue as water main relocation begins.
Coral Ridge Avenue improvements

Yard waste bags and stickers

Curb It!

Yard waste collection season kicks off

As the last snow of the season melts, yard waste season resumes with the arrival of spring. Set out yard waste on your regular garbage collection day in biodegradable Coralville yard waste bags, or in a 33 gallon container that has a 2018 annual yard waste sticker on it. Yard waste

4th of July Parade

Find a Treasure, Support a Community Tradition

4thFest Basket Auction: a night of community

Saturday, April 7 | 4:30 pm

Fireworks, the 4th of July parade, and a free concert in S.T. Morrison Park are part of Coralville’s 4th of July tradition—but did you know that an annual spring fundraiser helps to support 4thFest?
Toys, electronics, home décor, a barbeque, a VIP fireworks tour, and more will be up for bid. The evening includes snacks, door prizes, and the announcement of this year’s 4thFest concert. Donations courtesy of area businesses and individuals. Held at Brown Deer Golf Club; free and open to the public. 4thFest fundraiser

Putt Fore the Library

Putt Fore the Library

Mini golf for all ages

Sunday, April 8 | 11:00 am-4:00 pm

The library stacks become “caddystacks” at an 18-hole mini-golf course inside the library with a 3-hole toddler course, a raffle, photo booth, and popcorn. Admission is $5.00 per person; ages 5 and under play for free with a paying adult.
The library will be closed for regular services during this event, but will resume normal hours on April 9. Mini golf


Coralville Center for the Performing

The curtain rises for summer camp registration

Registration is open for fun and exciting theater summer camps presented by Young Footliters Youth Theatre and Old Creamery Theatre’s Camp Creamery. There are camps for everyone age 5–17, beginner or experienced:

  • Masks, Puppets, and More!
  • Journey to the Cave of Wonders!
  • Camp Creamery: Little Red Meets the Wolves
  • So You Want to Be An Actor?
  • Character Factory
  • Popcorn Players – Fairytale Mayhem
  • Musical Theatre Cabaret – Broadway Bound
  • Camp Creamery: Lights, Hollywood, Action!

Sign up at

Coralville Public Library

What's Happening at the Library

It’s a Mystery: City of Jackals by Parker Bilal

Wednesday, April 11 | 10:00 am

It’s 2005 in Egypt, and President Mubarak has been dubiously reelected. A Sudanese detective must find a missing boy and solve a murder—all the while negotiating a tricky political situation (note: the March and April titles switched due to a publishing/distribution delay). Mystery discussion

LitFlicks: A League of Our Own

Thursday, April 12 | 6:00 pm

It’s 1943 and while most of America’s young men are off to war, a wealthy manufacturer starts an all-female baseball league. Based on the book by Sarah Gilbert. Refreshments, including fresh popcorn, will be provided.
Free film

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