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Thursday, December 6, 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:

  • Coffee & Conversation (December 7)
  • Essential Yoga (December 10)
  • Family Night at the Library (December 10)
  • Meetings: City Council (December 11 & 18), Parks & Recreation Commission (December 17)
  • K-12 Chilly Reading Challenge Begins (December 19)

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Aisle of Lights

Be Part of Aisle of Lights

Over 8,000 luminarias will light up Coralville

Sunday, December 9 | 5:00-9:00 pm

If you've never lit luminarias or toured the lights during Aisle of Lights, please join us for a Coralville tradition! 

All Coralville residents and businesses are invited to light luminarias along their sidewalks and turn on their holiday lights on Sunday evening. Free sacks and sand to make luminarias are available in the Aquatic Center parking lot. 
Tour the lights on your own or by bus on Sunday, or visit the festive events hosted by Coralville organizations and businesses. Luminarias are sponsored in part by the University of Iowa Community Credit Union; sand is donated by Hawkeye Ready Mix.  Aisle of Lights


Free Community Meal

Gather for free food, fun, and friends

Friday, December 14 | 5:00-6:30 pm

‘Tis the season, so what better reason to eat together? The community is invited to the Recreation Center to enjoy free spaghetti, garlic breadsticks, salad, and dessert—as well as games, a bounce house, and crafts.

Hosted by the Coralville Community Food Pantry and Coralville Parks and Recreation, with books distributed by the Friends of the Coralville Public Library. Free meal


Find the Holiday Lights

See the lights or get your address on the map

Have you put up outdoor holiday lights, decorations, or inflatables? From simple displays to elaborate ones, we’d love to know about them!

Throughout December, our map of outdoor holiday displays in Coralville is available online. Enjoy! If you have an address to include, let us know—the more, the merrier! Holiday lights map


Take the Online Bicycle Survey

Feedback aids bicycle master plan process

Whether you bike year round or only occasionally, the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County wants to hear from you!

Take the metro area bicycle plan survey at Your input will help guide the plans for bicycle programs and facilities to get you where you want to go in Coralville—and beyond.

Finishing 1st

Lanes to Reopen Soon for Road Reconstruction Projects

1st Avenue

Head-to-head traffic continues on the new west half of 1st Avenue from 6th Street to 9th Street. The entire west side sidewalk is expected to open later this week. Work this week includes light pole installation and cleaning pavement.

North of Pipeline Road, all four through lanes and the center turn lane are expected to open in mid-December while work continues on the 1st Avenue and 6th Street turn lanes and traffic signals. Finishing 1st

Coral Ridge Ave

Coral Ridge Avenue

It’s a milestone that many drivers will welcome: all four through lanes on Coral Ridge Avenue are expected to be open by mid-December. 

Through the winter, the east and west legs of University Parkway at Coral Ridge Avenue will remain closed, and Wheaton Road will remain closed between Coral Ridge Avenue and Crosspark Road. The northbound Coral Ridge Avenue left turn onto Forevergreen Road will likely not be paved this year. Once all lanes are open, the signals will be adjusted to allow north and south traffic to move simultaneously. Coral Ridge Avenue improvements


On Stage at the Center for the Performing Arts

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Friday, December 7 & 14 | 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 8 & 15 | 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 9 & 16 | 2:00 pm

Presented by City Circle Acting Company. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, this classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress.

What's on stage


What's Happening at the Library 

It’s a Mystery: The Girl I Used to Be

Wednesday, December 12 | 10:00 am

Everyone assumed that Olivia’s father killed her mother, but no one found what became of him. When new evidence emerges, Olivia must find the killer. April Henry’s novel won the 2016 Anthony Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. Henry book discussion

Free holiday double feature for adults

Wednesday, December 19 | 6:00-8:30 pm

March of the Wooden Soldiers stars the classic comedy duo of Laurel & Hardy, and A Christmas Carol is a 1938 version of the classic Dickens story. Fresh popcorn will be provided. Free movie

Novel Conversations: The Leavers by Lisa Ko

Thursday, December 20 | 7:00 pm

The son of an undocumented Chinese immigrant is adopted by a white couple in New York, but as he grows up he yearns to learn about his heritage. Barbara Kingsolver chose this for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for fiction. Ko book discussion

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