Sun. June 16
Partly cloudy. A few showers. Wind: NW 5-15. (KCRG)
Hi: 79 Lo: 58
Open House Set for Discussion on 12th Ave. Project
The City of Hiawatha is planning a resurfacing project for the section of 12th Avenue from Blairs Ferry Road to Lyndhurst Drive. The project includes street patching , stabilizing the sub-base, and an asphalt overlay. Sidewalk ramps will also be reconstructed.
Please join us for an informational open house Thursday, June 20, 5-7 pm, in the Hiawatha City Hall multi-purpose room, lower level. City officials will discuss the project details affecting accesses along 12th Avenue and a proposed work schedule.
Library Construction Won't Hamper Programs
Construction is beginning at the Hiawatha Library, and the staff is asking patrons to be patient during the remodeling.
Although scheduled programs will not be affected, there will inevitibly be changes inside the library as different parts of the library are being worked on.
(Click here for upcoming library programs.)
That's What Friends are For
It's good to have friends, and with the right kinds of friends, you can accomplish most anything.
For example, Hiawatha Parks and Recreation has a group of friends who helps the department purchase playground equipment, sponsor free community events, and cover expenses that are not included in the annual budget.
Friends of Hiawatha Parks and Recreation Foundation helps raise these funds through events such as bus trips to the Iowa State Fair or to see the Cubs play. They sponsor HiBrai (Hiawatha's Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa) and Reindeer Run, an annual fun run. They also support Hiawatha through community service.
Last year, the Friends of Hiawatha Parks and Recreation were able to help the Parks Department purchase and install a water fountain, which includes a spout for animals, as well.
Friends of the Park also sponsored the first annual Teal Trunk or Treat event for kids with food allergies last Halloween. They have also been involved in helping out with the Back Pack program, which helps kids experiencing food insecurity at home.
While these Friends are helping Hiawatha Parks and Recreation with their needs, there is another group that is busy helping another Hiawatha entity with theirs.
The Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library are a group of people who help raise funds, which help fund free library programs and prizes that aren't covered in the annual budget. This includes the annual summer reading program.
The summer reading program not only offers prizes for books read, but the library also sponsors several events during the week over the course of the entire summer.
Having programs like these available helps kids stay busy and active during the school break, while the reading program helps them retain what they learned in school. With the wide selection of prizes available, it's a lot of fun, too.
The Friends of the Hiawatha Library fundraising efforts include selling tickets to the Play Station for $5 each (That's a savings of $3 for each child!), as well as Hy-Vee coupon books, which are $10 each.
The tickets and coupon books are available at the library, 150 W. Willman Street. The group also has a book sale room (open during library hours), where you can purchase used books, DVDs, and CDs at a discounted price.
Members of these groups work hard to help hiawatha residents (and non-residents) enjoy free (or low cost) events and activities, which also enables families to spend quality time together.
For more information about how you can join one of these groups, contact the Hiawatha Parks and Recreation at (319) 393-1515, or the Hiawatha Library by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.