MESSENGER MESSAGE FROM
Summer 2018 THE MAYOR
May is Marion Arts Festival Celebrates
Building 26 Years of Fine Art and Flip-Flops!
Month ImagiNEXT Announces Future Four Initiatives | page 2
2 IMAGINEXT INITIATIVES
A MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR
Through the ImagiNEXT com- ties in and around the creek, creating a man-made lake or
munity visioning process, we asked pond, installing wetlands and trails and enhancing existing
you to contribute big ideas to make green spaces with gardens.
Marion a better place, and you responded
It’s the Little Things - Marion residents expressed the
by submitting more than 3,000 ideas! I’m desire to collaborate with city leaders in the creation of
policies that can be put into place relatively quickly. Ideas
grateful to everyone who submitted ideas included expanding curbside recycling, community-
sponsored fireworks on July 4, developing an app or text
and especially the 23-member committee alert system to publicize events and expanding the open
container area in Uptown.
Nick AbouAssaly of community volunteers who had the
difficult task of combining like ideas, The Future Four ideas will be part of an application to
Iowa Great Places, which supports the development of
identifying those already in progress and amenities and infrastructure to cultivate the unique and
authentic qualities of regions in Iowa.
narrowing the list. A community vote and further refining
We already know that Marion is a great place, but
by the committee resulted in our exciting list of Future achieving the official state designation for the second time
will provide exposure for Marion’s success and open up
Four initiatives, which we proudly unveiled in late March. funding opportunities for projects that further enhance
The Heart Of It All - This initiative supports creative the great quality of life we all enjoy.
updates that will enhance the curb appeal and func- Marion residents have a voice and a seat at the table
in shaping the future of our community by helping to
tionality of Marion’s historic business district. The most turn the Future Four ideas into reality. I encourage you
to join one of the committees tasked with developing and
frequently suggested ideas included developing a plaza for implementing these ideas. Share your interest in serving
on a committee by visiting: marionimaginext.org/
year-round outdoor gathering, lighting to enhance public futurefourcommittee.
safety and ambience, a wintertime ice rink and creating focal Thank you for making Marion a great place to live,
raise a family and grow a business. Let’s keep reaching
points such as fountains or water features with gardens. higher together!
Just Keep Swimming - With a fast-growing population
and an aging municipal pool, a new pool with waterpark
features was the number one idea offered by residents.
Popular suggestions included unique slides, zero-entry
edges, an infant and toddler section and a wave pool.
Creekside Pride - A number of residents had ideas for
Indian Creek, one of the city’s most significant natural
features and an underutilized community asset. Specific
suggestions included developing recreational opportuni-
The Heart Of It All - Just Keep Swimming –
Creekside Pride – It’s the Little Things – SPONSORED
BY BLUE SKY
CITY OF MARION,
BANK, IOWA BIG,
KCRG TV9 AND
MARION ARTS FESTIVAL 3
Marion Arts Festival Among
Top 25 Festivals
in the Nation
Experience collaborative, creative merrymaking at its finest! Join friends old and new Saturday,
May 19 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Marion’s City Square Park for the 26th annual Marion Arts Festival.
Named among the top 25 fine art festivals EMPTY BOWLS DONATIONS TO FOOD ceramics collective offering a range of
in the nation in 2017, the Marion Arts BANKS WILL TOP $100,000 IN 2018! l programming, including classes for all
Festival features 50 nationally sourced The Marion Arts Festival believes art helps skill levels.
visual artists, along with specialty foods, make a community. Each year, all K-12
a range of hands-on art experiences and students in the Grant Wood Area Educa- Pottery wheels will spin, hands will get
a fundraising 5K run & fun walk. tion Agency service footprint are invited to dirty and participants are invited to create
create contributions for one of the Marion a bowl to be donated to the Marion Arts
NO BANDS, NO BEER – IT’S ABOUT THE Arts Festival’s most beloved programs, the Festival’s 2019 Empty Bowls sale!
ART l The Marion Arts Festival is a free, Empty Bowls project.
family-friendly, come-as-you-are culture. IT’S NOT EASY, BECOMING AN ARTIST
Whether browsing or buying, an estimated In their art classes, students from l Investing in the future of festivals, the
10,000 festival attendees will experience a 20 schools work to create ceramic bowls Marion Arts Festival’s Emerging Artists
wide range of one-of-a-kind objects, with then donated and sold at the Marion Arts program is designed to create a real-world
the additional opportunity of getting to Festival, raising funds to benefit local food selling experience for students considering
know the artists behind the art. banks. Area artists also contribute ceramic a career in art. Six high school and college
bowls, along with wood bowls masterfully artists – representing four area schools,
The 2018 exhibitor line-up offers work crafted by the American Association of colleges, universities and residency programs
in 12 different media – from 2D mixed to Wood Turners, Corridor Chapter. – were selected through a jury process, and
sculptural woodworking – and 22 artists then mentored by the festival to maximize
are brand-new to the event. Exhibitors Approximately 400 area students will the potential of their experience. These
were selected from 333 artist applications, become involved by making bowls. Most students will be offering work in five me-
representing 32 states and Canada. bowls carry a $5 price tag. Over the dia, and selling alongside the festival’s slate
program’s 20-year history, the festival has of professional exhibitors. Support young
RUN FOR YOUR ART! l Held the morning donated more than $96,000 to area food artists and find new favorites!
of the event, competitive and recreational banks, and the 2018 sale is anticipated
runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to raise this figure to over $100,000! MORE FUN l Add in an array of specialty
at the Marion Arts Festival 5K Run & food vendors and creative family activities.
Fun Walk, with every registration helping The sale is planned and managed by Uptown Marion will be open for business,
to support the festival’s community a team of Marion High School art club with the Marion Public Library, Marion
programming. The run takes a flat, fast students, with the assistance of teacher Heritage Center and other community
course through Marion, and invites Jen Thilges. If you are an educator whose staples offering adjunct art experiences.
runners to experience innovative race classroom would still like to donate bowls Visit www.uptownmarion.com for details
technology features. Enjoy the finish line to the 2018 event, please contact the on the day’s events.
giveaways, purchase prizes and more than festival for information.
$1,000 in cash awards. Registration is Presenting sponsor of the Marion
open through the start of the run, with AT THE MARION ARTS FESTIVAL, Arts Festival is Farmers State Bank,
participation capped at 800 runners. EVERYONE’S AN ARTIST l The Art in the with major sponsor support from The
Full registration info available at Depot experience offers every community Gazette, City of Marion, KCRG-TV9,
http://www.maf.jmsresults.com/races/ member the opportunity to work side-by- MidAmerican Energy and Rockwell
marion-arts/5krun. side with professional artists. The festival Collins. Find full program details at
will again feature guest artists from The www.marionartsfestival.com.
Ceramics Center, a Cedar Rapids-based
4 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
See You in Uptown This Uptown Marion Market will welcome over 50 local and regional
The Marion Chamber of Commerce vendors the second Saturday of the month - June 9, July 14 and Aug. 11- from
and Platinum Community Partners 8 a.m. to noon. Vendors will offer fresh produce, baked goods, honey, organic
are proud to present Uptown Marion meats, Iowa native wines, salsa and a wide selection of artisan items. Live music,
Market and Uptown Getdown in City community demonstrations and children’s entertainment will also be a part of
Square Park this summer! the activities in the Park. Take part in a community bike ride at the conclusion
of each market.
Uptown Getdown has another great lineup for this year’s event
happening each Thursday in August from 6 to 9 p.m. This year’s entertainment
schedule will feature some area favorites!
Aug. 2 – Crazy Delicious (Pop/Rock)
Aug. 9 – Wylde Nept (Celtic)
Aug. 16 – Never The Less (80’s Favorites)
Aug. 23 – Danny Whitson Band (Country)
Food and dessert vendors will also be onsite with a variety of items.
Thank you to our Platinum Community Partners : Farmers State Bank, Fosters
Heating and Air Conditioning, ImOn Communications, MercyCare Community
Physicians and Townsquare Media for making these events possible.
Visit www.marioncc.org for more details.
Eat. Drink. & Be Marion. Uptown Marion will host the fourth annual
Eat. Drink. & Be Marion: Pub Crawl Fundraiser on Thursday, July 12. Enjoy a
night out on the town for a good cause! With your ticket, you will receive a free
glass and coupon book that will get you $1 drink samples and exclusive deals
from participating businesses in the Uptown Marion Main Street District.
Enjoy live entertainment and extended shopping hours as you walk to each
participating establishment. All proceeds benefit the ongoing revitalization
and beautification efforts of Uptown Marion – A Main Street Iowa District.
Register at www.UptownMarion.com.
PLANS NEW FACILITY
VIEW FROM WEST ON
BLAIRS FERRY ROAD
Timberline Manufacturing, a Marion based contract manufacturer of electrical subassemblies, plans to
construct a new facility to meet increasing demand from current customers. The company is working on final
plans to construct an 85,000 square foot facility located at 1029 Blairs Ferry Road. It will be built just west
of the company’s current headquarters on Lyons Lane in Marion.
Timberline was founded in 1993 and continues to provide electrical manufacturing specializing in wire
harness assembly, control panels and circuit board assembly. The company has customers spanning a variety
of industries including aerospace, mining, road construction equipment, agriculture and packaging industries.
“Timberline is yet another Marion company providing innovation to products and industries all around the
world,” says MEDCO President Nick Glew. “We’re thankful for the continued investment by one of Marion’s
The Engineering Department’s annual work program includes projects that
maintain existing infrastructure and support new development. This year’s
program includes a number of large and small projects, with a few of the
more significant projects highlighted below.
2018 Asphalt Overlay Project >> STREET FROM TO
4th Street 3rd Avenue 5th Avenue
This annual program includes the asphalt 9th Street 9th Avenue Central Avenue
overlay of streets evaluated to be both in 9th Street 1st Avenue 3rd Avenue
the most need and to provide the greatest 11th Avenue 3rd Street 6th Street (Skipping
benefit to the most drivers. Staff annually intersection of 5th Street)
evaluates the need for maintenance of Country Club Drive McGowan Blvd 16th Street
local streets against those collector and 14th Avenue 12th Street 14th Street
arterial streets carrying the most traffic. Lucore Road North of Hunters Ridge 250 feet north
The table at the right includes the list of 26th Street 10th Avenue 17th Avenue (Skipping
streets for resurfacing in 2018. Work intersection of 12th Avenue)
will begin no later than July 16. 3rd Avenue 15th Street 22nd Street
Alpine Road Linnview Drive Lindale Drive
Central Corridor Project Alpine Road Lindale Drive Parkview Drive
(13th Street to 19th Street) 15th Avenue 27th Street 31st Street
A public/private project between the City Additional detail on these and other projects can be found on
and Genesis Equities, this segment of the the Engineering pages at www.cityofmarion.org. Or sign up to
Central Corridor Project includes the receive the Engineering Department’s weekly status report by
reconstruction of 6th Avenue from 13th emailing Anne Kroll at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Street to 19th Street. Construction will
occur in multiple phases and will include Alburnett Road Extension Project - Sidewalk Inspection Project
a roundabout located at 6th Avenue and Phase 1 (Indian Creek Bridge)
15th Street. On even calendar years, the City evaluates
The project includes the construction public sidewalks in approximately half of
Tower Terrace Road Project of a bridge over Indian Creek to connect Marion for code compliance and notifies
(Winslow Road to Lennon Lane) the north end of the Alburnett Road adjacent owners of any deficiencies. Staff
Extension to the 2nd Street / south end will inspect the sidewalks and place pink
Tower Terrace Road will be extended network. Snyder and Associates has paint on sidewalk panels that present
from Winslow Road to Lennon Lane. provided extensive work related to study, trip hazards.
Construction will be done by the devel- design and permitting of the bridge and
oper, Morris Wood Enterprises, and their approaches in the concept study. In Notification will be made by mail and
contractor. This project will be construct- December, City Council approved a de- owners will typically have until August
ed in two phases. Phase one includes sign contract with Snyder and Associates to make repairs.
the extension of Tower Terrace Road regarding the Alburnett Road Extension
to Winslow Road. Phase two includes – Phase I (Indian Creek Bridge). Central Corridor Project
the reconstruction and realignment of (19th Street to 26th Street)
Winslow Road, including connections to Lucore Road Reconstruction Project
Oak Savannah Court and Vaughn Drive. A public/private project between the
Construction of this project includes This four-stage project includes the City and Genesis Equities, this segment
closure of Indian Creek Road from reconstruction of Lucore Road from just of the Central Corridor Project includes
35th Avenue to Lucore Road. north of Hunters Ridge Road south to the construction of 6th Avenue from
the Indian Creek Bridge. It includes the 19th Street to 26th Street and will connect
2017 Northview Drive reconstruction of the existing pavement, to the east end roundabout. Depending
Reconstruction Project sidewalks, storm sewer, subdrain and on acquisitions, this project may be
other associated work. The sidewalks and constructed in multiple phases.
Northview Drive will be reconstructed trails in Stages A&B will be finished this The plans are near completion.
from 11th Avenue to 17th Avenue. Work spring as work resumes on Stage C.
will begin no later than June 4 and in-
cludes removal/replacement of existing
pavement, driveways, storm sewer, sub-
drain, water main, and other associated
work. BWC Excavating LLC is the
6 BUILDING MAY IS
CONTACT CITY BUILDING
COUNCIL MEMBERS SAFETY MONTH
Mayor Nicolas AbouAssaly Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign celebrated by jurisdictions
worldwide during the month of May to help individuals, families and businesses
1225 6th Ave. | (319) 743-6305 understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. The campaign
email@example.com reinforces the need for the adoption of modern, regularly-updated building codes,
a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional
At-Large – Randy Strnad workforce to maintain the system.
1820 Agate Circle | (319) 377- 3276 All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from disasters like
firstname.lastname@example.org fires, weather-related events and structural collapse. Building codes are society’s best
way of protecting homes, offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, stores and enter-
At-Large – Paul Draper tainment venues. Code officials work day in and day out to keep the public safe.
4670 Fairways Ct. | (319) 377-8393 Ron Hoover
Retires after 28 Year
Ward One – Kim Etzel Career with City of Marion
933 8th Ave. | (319) 491-7179 At the end of March, Ron Hoover,
email@example.com longtime building inspection director
for the City of Marion retired.
Ward Two – Steve Jensen
Hoover joined the City of Marion
3830 Monarch Ave. | (319) 360-7009 in September 1990 as both building
firstname.lastname@example.org inspector and engineering technician.
Later he was hired full time in the Building
Ward Three – Will Brandt Inspection Department. Hoover became
building inspection director in 1998.
2745 4th Ave. | (319) 389-9918
email@example.com As director, Hoover managed the
budget, personnel and operations of
Ward Four – Rene Gadelha the department. The position required
thorough knowledge of building codes
797 Oak Park Circle | (319) 538-7888 and construction techniques in order to
firstname.lastname@example.org share expertise and provide direction
Send the same email to all members to inspection staff and builders.
at: email@example.com To maintain proficiency in all areas of the challenging field of
Marion’s City Council meets in building construction, continuing education was always a high
work session (no action taken, priority for Hoover. He served as an active member and leader of
just discussion) on the 1st and several local, state and national organizations during his tenure,
3rd Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. working to ensure a safe built environment.
Regular session meetings are held When reflecting on his career, Hoover noted that since he joined
the Thursday following the Tuesday the City the community’s population has doubled in size.
work session at 5:30 p.m. All meet- “The responsibilities of the Building Inspection Department have
ings are held at Marion City Hall. grown along with the community,” said Hoover. “The residential and
commercial construction projects have increased in both variety
MARION MESSENGER and complexity.“
The Marion Messenger is published “I am thankful for the positive relationships I’ve built over the years
quarterly for the residents of Marion, and proud of the caliber of individuals whom I have selected through
Iowa, to keep them informed of city the hiring process,” noted Hoover. “They are all genuine people and
policies, new developments and very skilled at what they do.”
community events. If you have com- Hoover’s future plans include spending more time with his family
ments or suggestions concerning and grandchildren as well as fishing, woodworking and relaxing.
this or future issues, please contact: Gary Hansen, assistant director of the Building Inspection Depart-
Amber Bisinger, Editor ment, will serve as acting director until a replacement is named.
Marion City Hall
Swimming Pool Safety at Home BUILDING 7
With summer just around the corner, it is time to start For more information on deck safety requirements,
thinking about swimming pool safety. An alarming number stop in and speak with a building inspector at the
of children drown in the United States every year, so this Marion Building Department or check out the
should be a concern of all homeowners with or without Open Deck handout at www.cityofmarion.org.
Pool safety is a priority of the Marion Building Depart-
ment, therefore a permit is required when installing. Within the United States, millions of homes are equipped with exterior
The City of Marion has adopted the 2015 International decks and balconies made from treated wood products. Decks are a partic-
Swimming Pool and Spa Code, which includes the follow- ularly popular place to gather in the summer months, however, many acci-
ing provisions for pool safety: dents also occur on decks that can result in severe injuries and sometimes
• All outdoor swimming pools 24 inches or more in even fatalities.
depth (including in-ground, above-ground, or on-ground Within Marion city limits, permits are required for constructing any deck
pools) shall be surrounded by a barrier measuring over 30 inches off the grade, or any that are built over a basement window,
48 inches in height. or built to support a story above, a roof or an unusual load.
• Make sure all pedestrian gates in the barrier fence for
the pool are self-closing and self-latching. Other gates One of the most common areas of failure is the connection between the
should be padlocked. deck and the house, which typically causes a sudden and total collapse of the
• Remove all chairs, tables, large toys or other objects that deck. Another common problem area is the guardrail system. The building
would allow a child to climb up to reach the gate latch or code requirement for a residential deck guardrail is 200 pounds of force
enable the child to climb over the pool isolation fence. applied 36 inches above the deck’s surface in any direction. If the deck rail
• Reaching and throwing aids like poles should be kept at your home is loose or wobbly, it probably won’t meet the 200 pounds
on both sides of the pool. These items should remain and should be looked at by a qualified builder.
stationary and not be misplaced through play activities.
• All pool and hot tub drains (suction outlets) must have a Determining whether a deck is safe involves many factors.
cover or grate that meets industry standards for suction • All structural connections should be inspected for proper size and spacing
fittings marked to indicate compliance with ANSI/ASME
A112.19.8 2007 or the successor standard ANSI/APSP-16 of fasteners. Nails alone should not be used to attach a deck to a house
2011. Check to see that these covers are not broken or because they are simply not strong enough. Use fastener schedules found
in disrepair, and that they are anchored firmly over the in the International Residential Building Code for bolts and lag screws.
drain openings. The pool shall be closed immediately Critical connections include deck-to-house, girder-to-column, and post-
when broken, missing or noncompliant suction outlet to-deck.
drain covers are first noticed. • Corrosion of metal fasteners is another possible problem. Some preserva-
• Install a pool alarm to detect accidental or unauthorized tive chemicals have been found to be highly corrosive to steel and alumi-
entrance into the water. While the alarm provides an num. Aluminum flashing, which traditionally was commonly used, should
immediate warning, it is not a substitute for the barrier not come in contact with the new preservative chemicals. Steel fasteners
fences, door alarms and safety covers required by the code. should be hot-dipped galvanized or stainless steel.
• Install either an automatic or manually operated, • Steps should have a graspable handrail.
approved safety cover to completely block access to water • A guardrail is required if the deck is higher than 30 inches above the ground.
in the pool, spa or hot tub. The covers shall comply with • Guardrails should be at least 36 inches high above the deck surface and
ASTM F1345. Never allow anyone to stand or play on a should be able to safely resist 200 pounds of force applied 36 inches above
pool cover. the surface. It is not useful to simply wiggle a deck guardrail to determine
• Barriers can have limited openings and may be fences or if it safe. The entire guardrail system must be evaluated to determine if
buildings. Barriers shall not be climbable. each connection is adequate.
• The picket spacing should be no wider than 4 inches to keep children
For more information on the safety requirements, stop in from falling through.
and speak with a building inspector at the Marion Building • Notched guardrail posts are not safe and can break at the notch with little
Department or reference the Swimming Pool handout at warning. Surprisingly, notched posts are very common and are found on
www.cityofmarion.org. many decks, but they are very weak when horizontal loads are applied to
the top of the rail.
For more information and tips on
swimming pool and spa safety visit
8 CITY SERVICES
Fireworks Signs in the Right-of-Way
Usage in Marion
Did you know that signs other than official traffic or
Last fall, Marion City Council revised the number of street signs are not allowed in the City right-of-way?
days/times consumer fireworks are permissible within This includes signs such as For Sale, Open House, Garage
Marion city limits. For the upcoming Independence Day Sale, advertising or political signs. Signs placed between
holiday, consumer fireworks are only permissible on July the curb and sidewalk, within 15 feet of the curb
4, 2018 from noon to 11 p.m. Fireworks may be used on where sidewalks do not exist, or on City property
the user’s property or on the property of someone who are considered in the right-of-way and will be
has given permission for the use of fireworks on their removed. This time of year these types of signs
property. Fireworks may only be purchased and used by tend to become very prolific and can cause add-
persons 18 years of age or older. Fireworks may NOT be itional distractions and sight barriers to drivers.
used in public parks. To report fireworks usage outside Therefore, staff will work aggressively to remove them.
of these parameters, call the Marion Police Department’s The City cannot guarantee that signs will be available
non-emergency line at 319-377-1511. to be returned to you if removed from the right-of-way.
Questions may be directed to the Engineering or Planning
2018 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE & Development Departments at 319-743-6340 (6320).
Garbage & Recycling Collection Yard Waste Drop-off
Date Pick Up Schedule Facility Open Year Round
Memorial Day Marion residents that receive municipal solid waste
collection can utilize the Yard Waste Drop-off Facility
May 28 – Monday One day late all week located at 195 35th Street. Yard waste items such as leaves,
grass clippings and brush less than 4 inches in diameter
are accepted at the facility free of charge, year round.
July 4 – Wednesday One day late Residents are also welcome to compost, wood
Wednesday-Friday chips, and mulch free of charge. Please
contact the Public Services Depart
Labor Day ment at 319-377-6367 if special arrange
ments are needed for large deliveries
Sept. 3 – Monday One day late all week of compost.
Thanksgiving Day City of Marion
Nov. 22 – Thursday Pickup on Friday
The Marion Public Services Department offers both
Day After Thanksgiving 18-gallon and 32-gallon recycling containers to Marion
Nov. 23 – Friday Pickup on Saturday residents. Each residence is issued one container to remain
with the property. Additional containers can be purchased
Christmas Day at the Marion Public Services Department located at 195
35th Street in Marion. The cost of an additional 18-gallon
Dec. 25 – Tuesday O ne day late container is $11 and the
Tuesday-Friday 32-gallon container is $20.
Residents may place
containers at the
curb at no
New Year’s Day
Jan. 1, 2019 – Tuesday O ne day late
WATER D E P A R T M E N T N E W S CITY SERVICES 9
Marion Consumer Confidence Water Quality Report CITY DEPARTMENTS
In compliance with the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, the annual water quality City Hall
report is now available to Marion Water Department customers. This report outlines 1225 6th Avenue
Marion’s water sources, what it contains and how it compares to standards set by Marion, IA 52302
regulatory agencies. The report may be found under the Water Department’s cityofmarion.org
Documents and Reports at www.cityofmarion.org and is also available in print Administrative Offices
for anyone requesting a copy. For further information about your drinking water 319-743-6300
or to request a copy, please call the Marion Water Department at 319-743-6310. firstname.lastname@example.org
Utility Account Portal 319-743-6301
The Marion Water Department’s online customer account portal is available City Clerk/Finance
24/7 and easily accessible from the convenience of your home. It allows you to: 319-743-6350
• Obtain current and past bills email@example.com
• View account history, consumption analysis and more Planning & Development
• Sign up for electronic bills 319-743-6320
• Pay online – for no additional fee firstname.lastname@example.org
• Sign up for automatic bill pay with your credit card Building Department
Visit www.cityofmarion.org to access the portal. 319-743-6330
Water Rate Increase Instituted in April Engineering Department
In March, the Marion Water Department’s Board of Trustees approved a water rate email@example.com
increase effective in mid-April 2018. The increase was necessary to pay down the Water Department
department’s $2.2 million SRF loan for Well #7 and to fund the replacement of old 319-743-6310
water mains, water plant improvements and the installation of new water meters. firstname.lastname@example.org
Parks & Recreation
Residential customers will see an increase of $1.50 per month. Commercial and Lowe Park, 4500 10th Street
industrial customers will generally have an increase of 13 percent to 16.5 percent, 319-447-3590
dependent upon variable consumption. There were no water rate increases in 2017. email@example.com
Additional information can be found on the Water Department page at Thomas Park, 343 Marion Blvd.
Spring Means Door- Public Services
to-Door Solicitation (solid waste, sewer, streets)
195 35th Street
Spring is here and warmer weather brings solicitors 319-377-6367
to our community. A solicitor is any person who firstname.lastname@example.org
goes from house to house, place to place, or street Marion Public Library
to street, soliciting or taking orders for sales. Per 1095 6th Avenue
Chapter 122 of the Marion Code of Ordinances, all 319-377-3412
solicitors, peddlers and transient merchants are email@example.com
required to obtain a license through the City of Fire Department
Marion prior to the first day of any sale, offer for 3933 Katz Drive
sale or solicitation. Emergency – 911
Non-Emergency – 319-377-8237
If you decide to continue a conversation with firstname.lastname@example.org
a solicitor, you should ask the individual to see Police Department
their identification and City of Marion License if it 6315 Highway 151
is not in plain sight. Their City of Marion license is Emergency – 911
evidence of compliance with all requirements of Non-Emergency – 319-377-1511
the Code and will indicate the length of time the Records – 319-200-7714
license is valid. If the individual is unable to display Administration – 319-200-7727
their license, you should call the Police Department email@example.com
at 319-377-1511 while the person is at your house
or in your neighborhood.
All peddlers, solicitors and transient merchants
license time restrictions are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven
days a week. If you have any questions, please call
the City Clerk’s office at 319-743-6350.
10 PUBLIC SAFETY ❱❱Overdoses, particularly opioid
overdoses, are happening
IN THE KNOW ABOUT
at an alarming rate.
Can you Prevent
MARION POLICE an Overdose?
EVIDENCE BASED In 2016, more than 42,000 people died from opioid over-
POLICING doses in the United States. Opioid overdoses can include
illegal drugs such as heroin, but can also include prescrip-
In an effort to be more efficient, the Marion Police tion drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone and fentanyl.
Department continues to work toward intelligence
led policing. The University of Iowa Public Policy Members of the Marion Fire Department are among the
Center recently completed an examination of prior first to respond to medical emergencies involving over-
police calls for service over the last several years doses. Today, about 40 percent of opioid overdoses
and developed a new beat structure. The new beat involve prescription medications. Here are some sugges-
structure went into effect April 1, 2018. It will tions on how to prevent an overdose from happening:
more evenly distribute calls for service throughout 1. If you have been prescribed an opioid medication,
the City and allow for more efficient deployment
of officers based on past calls for service. especially if it is for a long duration of time, make sure
that you are taking it exactly as prescribed. If you are
The Police Department also recently hired a feeling exceptionally drowsy after taking it, you need
data analyst to identify areas of criminal activity to consult your physician to make sure that the dose
and map crime trends. The information will allow is right for you.
the Police Department to deploy officers based 2. If a person is taking multiple medications and has
on the current data in an effort to reduce crime. trouble keeping them in order, have someone double
The analyst will also work closely with other city check and make sure that they are not taking more
departments and other law enforcement agencies medication than prescribed.
in the area to identify county and regional trends. 3. Do not let anyone else take your medication. People
who intentionally are abusing prescription medications
The data analyst will use social network analysis will get them any way that they can. People who are
to identify serious offenders within Marion and addicted to opioids can tell some very convincing
Linn County as well as other associates within the stories to get the medications from people they know.
offender’s network. Focusing police resources 4. If you have been prescribed a medication and no
on those serious offenders and their associates longer need it, dispose of it properly. The Marion
will also help reduce crime. Police Department’s drop box serves this purpose
and prevents someone from taking medication either
MARION POLICE intentionally or accidentally.
SELECTED TO 5. If you see someone whom you think may be abusing
PARTICIPATE IN illegal drugs, contact the Marion Police Department
OPIOID STUDY at 319-377-1511, or call 911 if you think someone is in
danger. Opioid overdoses can cause death in a matter
According to the National Institute on Drug of minutes. Calling for help may save a life!
Abuse, more than 115 Americans die every day
due to opioid overdose. The Midwest is not THE MARION POLICE DEPART-
immune to the epidemic, seeing a 70 percent MENT HAS A DRUG DROP BOX TO
increase in opioid overdoses between July 2016 DISPOSE OF UNUSED/UNWANTED
and September 2017. PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS.
THE BOX IS LOCATED OUTSIDE THE
In an effort to combat the opioid epidemic, FRONT OF THE MARION POLICE
the Marion Police Department is one of eight DEPARTMENT AT 6315 HIGHWAY 151
law enforcement agencies across the county that AND IS ACCESSIBLE 24 HOURS
has been invited to participate in the Opioid Data PER DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK.
Initiative. Other agencies involved in the project
are Burlington, VT; Lowell, MA; Cambridge, MA;
Lake County, IL; Mohave County, AZ; Little Rock,
AR; and Indianapolis, IN.
The results of the project will support develop-
ment of an operational framework to help com-
munities better use data and facilitate data sharing
within and across jurisdictions.
ACTIVE LIVING/SENIORS 11
SUNRISE YOGA l Join us for the 4th year of BIKE TO WORK WEEK RETURNS MAY 14-18 l Every year
Sunrise Yoga at Lowe Park, Saturdays in June, July the League of American Bicyclists designates May as National Bike
and August at 7:30 a.m. This free community event is Month and the third week in May as National Bike to Work Week.
open to all ages and abilities. Information on weather Join Marion’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee for a
updates and announcements related to our certified group ride or take a break at a morning pit stop.
volunteer instructors are posted on the Sunrise Yoga -
Lowe Park Facebook page. Bring a yoga mat or towel May 15 l Bike to Work Week Kick Off Ride; Thomas Park to
and a water bottle. City Square Park. Begin at 7:30 a.m., refreshments and Mayoral
Proclamation to follow
COMMUNITY GARDEN l Healthy options are
May 16 l Morning Commute Pit Stop at Lindale Drive and
not available for everyone in our community, but Lindale Trail. Ride of Silence to honor those who have lost their
Be Well Marion is working with a group of com- lives while biking; Begin at 6 p.m. in Uptown Marion
munity leaders and volunteers to try and meet the
needs. The Uptown Community Garden has been May 17 l Morning Commute Pit Stop at Rockwell
providing fresh vegetables to the Churches of Marion (Collins Road and F Avenue area)
Food Pantry for four years. The garden, located on
the vacant lot between the Marion Library and City May 18 l Bike to Work Day Ride; Butterfield Park to Uptown.
Hall has provided hundreds of pounds of fresh Begin at 7:30 a.m. with refreshments to follow. Helmets and Hops
garden produce with the assistance of volunteers After Work; Uptown Artway (5-7 p.m.)
who prepare, plant, tend and harvest the garden.
Interested in helping with the garden? Contact May 19 l CMPO Ride. Begin at 9:30 a.m. at Mt. Trashmore
and travel to Ely
Sara Mentzer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BE WELL MARION IS BUILDING UPON THE SUCCESS THE
COMMUNITY ACHIEVED THROUGH THE BLUE ZONES PROJECT®.
Marion The Heritage Area Agency on Aging, in partnership with the Marion Public Library
and Marion Parks and Recreation Department, is pleased to announce the grand
opening of its Encore Café in Marion.
Welcomes Encore Café is for seniors ages 60+. The new and innovative café will feature a choice
menu with meals ranging from turkey and mashed potatoes to pasta and tacos, all
catered by Marion Hy-Vee. The Encore Café is your one-stop shop for nutrition, health
education, and socialization time with friends for a suggested voluntary contribution.
Encore Café will be open for business at two convenient Marion locations:
• Marion Public Library – Mondays and Fridays at noon
• Lowe Park (with a full salad bar) - Wednesdays and Thursdays at noon
ENCORE In addition to the meals being offered, educational and health-related program-
CAFE ming will also be expanded following mealtimes. Visit http://bit.ly/Lowe-Activities for
activities planned at Lowe Park and the calendar at www.marionpubliclibrary.org for
what’s happening at the library.
A grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony are planned at each
location. Enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the Café locations, and after the meal to
enjoy local vendor booths, giveaways, prizes and learn more information on classes
and event that Encore Café has to offer.
• Wednesday, May 9 at noon at Lowe Park
• Friday, May 11 at noon at the Marion Public Library
RSVP by 1 p.m. the day prior by calling 319-377-3412 or visiting www.tinyurl.com/y9hh4b8y
12 PARKS & RECREATION The Marion
Pool reopens on
Marion Weekly Farmers’ Market Memorial Day,
The Marion Farmers’ Market offers a variety of May 28.
locally grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers,
homemade crafts and more. Stop by Taube Park, at the
2200 31st Street, between 8-11:30 a.m. every Marion Pool
Saturday morning from May 5 through Sept. 29. Regular Hours:
Monday–Friday l 12:30-7 p.m.
Graduation Party Rentals Saturday & Sunday l 12:30-5 p.m.
To accommodate more families and rentals for Special Hours During Session 1 Swim Lessons:
graduation parties during the months of May
and June at Lowe Park, graduation party rentals June 4-8 & June 11–15 l 12:30-4 p.m.
are limited to only one time period per renter;
9 a.m.–3 p.m. OR 4:30–10:30 p.m. Alcohol is not Daily Adult Lap Swim Hours: All Ages $3.75/person
permitted at any high school graduation party
rental. All rentals of facilities and pavilions take Monday–Sunday l 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
place 364 days in advance of desired date. For Monday–Sunday (Lap Lane) l 12:30 p.m.-Close
Lowe Park rentals, please call 319-447-3590. No evening lap swim during session 1 swim lessons
Tall Grass & Weed Ordinance Regular Pool Admission: (Cash or Check Only)
It is a violation of City code to have plants, grass, Ages 3 & Under l $2.75/person
or weeds growing uncultivated and out of con- Ages 4–59 l $3.75/person
trol at a height of 8 inches or more. Five days are Seniors (Age 60+) l $2.75/person
allowed following notice to rectify the problem
and bring it into compliance. If not, the City will Season Pool Passes:
mow the property and assess the owners a mini-
mum of $40/hour, plus a $25 administrative fee. Individual Pass l $100/each
Family Pass* l $190/family
News from Friends of
Oak Shade Cemetery Purchase season passes at the Marion Parks and Recreation offices
at Lowe Park or Thomas Park, Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Passes
Do you have family interred at Oak Shade may also be purchased during swim lesson registration day on April 28
Cemetery? A complete listing of all burials and and at the swimming pool starting May 28. Only cash or check are
locations is available online at www.cityofmarion. accepted at the pool. *Add a babysitter or nanny for an additional $75
Summer Fun & Safety Night:
As beautiful as it is, Oak Shade is a compli-
cated cemetery. Due to many expansions over Thursday, May 24 l 4:30-6:30 p.m. l Marion Pool l $2 admission
its 178 year history, there are now 43 separate
sections and, while maps are posted at each Discounted Admission Days:
entrance, it can still be difficult to locate the
boundaries. If you need assistance, call the Parks $2 Days l June 17 • July 15 • August 12
and Recreation Department at 319-447-3580 Pay $2 per person on these special admission days
and they can put you in touch with a Friend of
Oak Shade to show you the way. Family Swim Special—Every Wednesday from 4:30-7 p.m. and
every Sunday, 3-5 p.m. Bring the entire family for a swim at the
Another source of information about family Marion Pool for just $12. Admission can include up to a maximum
graves — this one with pictures — is available at of 2 adults and 4 children under the age of 18. This can include
www.findagrave.com. Once at that website you grandparents bringing grandchildren. Family rate available on
can seek out family graves at Oak Shade or else- Wednesday and Sunday evenings ONLY.
where across the country to aid your genealog-
ical research. We are proud to say that 95 per- Private Pool Rentals: Evening rentals of the Marion Municipal Pool
cent of the Oak Shade memorials at FindaGrave
include photographs of the gravestones. are available for birthday parties, neighborhood gatherings, church
groups, etc. To make a reservation before May 28, contact the Recre-
As weather improves, our trained volunteers ation office at 447-3590. After May 28, contact the pool at 377-1654.
will resume work in straightening, repairing and Monday–Friday, 7:15-8:45 p.m. l $200
cleaning grave markers throughout the cemetery. Saturday–Sunday, 5:15-6:45 p.m. l $200
If you have a marker that you feel needs attention
we are happy to advise or assist. Although we Splash Pads: The Marion Parks and Recreation Department
have no set fees, a freewill offering is appreciated.
operates three splash pads throughout the city. All splash pads are
Friends of Oak Shade has a continuing need
for people to help in the cemetery, to brainstorm open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
future activities and to tell our story to community Thomas Park, 343 Marion Boulevard l Open daily 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
groups. Anyone interested is invited to attend a Gill Park, 3450 Hawthorne Street l Open daily 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
monthly meeting at the Safe Room in Thomas Willowood Park, 1855 35th Street l Open during pool hours.
Park on the first Friday of each month beginning
at 3 p.m.
PARKS & RECREATION 13
SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAMSRIONPARKS
& REC REATI Marion Parks and Recreation has a number of new and returning programs planned for all ages and abilities.
Find additional details and registration forms on the Parks and Recreation pages at www.cityofmarion.org.
TOT TIME AT LOWE PARK New! DAY CAMPS FOR KIDS FEE: FREE to participate
DAYS/DATES: Saturday, July 28
CHILDREN AGES 2+ l Parents and children CHILDREN GRADES K-6TH l The Marion TIME(S): 1–4 p.m.
will have access each day to a variety of sports Parks and Recreation Department has part- LOCATION: Waldo’s Rock Park
equipment, games, and activities to play with. nered with Linn County 4-H to offer some
No structure or instructor, just show up and play summer day camps in Marion. These day-long BEGINNERS MAGIC CAMP 101
with the provided equipment! This program camps (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) are educational and
is held outdoors. In the event of inclement sure to keep your child’s attention. Children CHILDREN AGES 10+* l Join local magi-
weather or rain, the program will be canceled. should bring a sack lunch each day. Limited cian, Tim Stolba, owner of the Iowa Magic
FEE: FREE number of spots available each camp. Ques- Shop, and learn to perform fabulous feats of
DAYS/DATES: Thursdays, June 7–July 26 tions may be directed to Amy Schmitt, Linn amazing magic with ordinary objects such as
Time: 10 a.m.–noon County Youth Outreach Educator, at 377-9839 ropes, coins, rubber bands, cards, and more.
LOCATION: Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center or by email at email@example.com. The Props are provided as part of the program.
cost is $20 per camp. Register at www.exten- Limit 12 participants per session. *Children
New! FRIENDS OF THE sion.iastate.edu/linn/content/4h-day-camps. under 10 years of age can participate with an
Robot Boot Camp: Junk Drawer Robotics accompanying adult. Adult must be engaged
PARKS SCAVENGER HUNT (3rd-5th) l Thursday, June 7 at Thomas Park and participate in the camp with the child.
Farm To Fork: Plant Detectives (K-2nd) FEE: $75, includes supplies & small magic kit
OPEN TO ALL AGES l Visit four Marion Tuesday, July 10 at Lowe Park DAYS/DATES: August 6–10
Parks and identify the items on the scavenger Farm To Fork: Food & Ag Connections (3rd- TIME(S): 9–11 a.m.
hunt sheet. Check or “X” each item as you 5th) l Tuesday, July 17 at Lowe Park LOCATION: Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center
find them. Turn in your completed forms and On Their Own & OK (4th-6th) REGISTER BY: July 20, 2018
any photos/ selfies of your family completing Monday, August 6 at Thomas Park
the scavenger hunt at the recreation office New! FALL FOLIAGE
at Lowe Park. Scavenger Hunt forms can be New! HIGH SCHOOL
picked up at the Lowe Park or Thomas Park RIVERBOAT CRUISE
or printed from the Marion Parks website. INTRAMURALS
FEE: FREE to participate AGES 55+ l Join the Marion Parks and
DAYS/DATES: June 1–July 10 OPEN TO ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS Recreation Department for this new trip on
NOTES: Must be completed by July 10, 2018 A perfect way to stay active and social- the waters of the Mississippi River during
ize with other high school students in the the most beautiful time of the year. Ride in
STORY TIME AT THE area. Visit www.cityofmarion.org and learn comfort on a chartered motor-coach to the
AMPHITHEATER about the Ultimate Frisbee, 3 vs 3 Basket- dock in Dubuque and enjoy a nice relaxing
ball and Flag Football Tournaments of- and scenic fall afternoon on the water. Your
CHILDREN AGES 1+ l Join us out at Lowe fered for high school students through the ticket includes a full hot 2-entree lunch buffet
Park as the Marion Public Library brings their summer. All leagues are CO-ED and will be and live music entertainment. Don’t wait to
popular story time on the road. Enjoy a story divided into 2 separate divisions (9th/10th sign up as these seats will fill up fast! This trip
with your little one as you take in the beau- and 11th/12th). is geared towards those age 55+. Younger
tiful surroundings that the park has to offer. passengers may accompany a guest age 55+.
Program held outdoors as weather permits. New! WALDO’S ROCK ROCKS! FEE: $65 per person
FEE: FREE, just show up ready to listen DAYS/DATES: Wednesday, Oct. 10
DAYS/DATES: Thursdays, June 7–July 26 OPEN TO ALL AGES l Visit Marion’s newest TIME(S): Pick-Up at 8:30 a.m.; Drop-Off at
TIME(S): 11–11:30 a.m. park where there will be activities for all ages 6 p.m. Cruise will be from 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
LOCATION: Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center including learning about rocks, collecting and LOCATION: Pick-up and Drop-Off at
painting rocks. Look for more information as Lowe Park. Cruise is out of Dubuque, IA
New! PEDDLING THRU the date gets closer. (Celebration Belle)
REGISTER BY: Sept. 7, 2018
PROGRAM FOR WHEN REGISTER BY
OPEN TO ALL AGES l Enjoy one of Marion’s Adult Ages 18+ Session 1: Thursdays, May 3-June 28 Prior to play
greatest amenities...the trails! Ride the bike NEW! Adult Tennis Session 2: Thursdays, July 5-Aug. 30
trails that start at Thomas Park. There are five Round Robin Play Adult Ages 18+ Session 1: Mondays, June 4–July 2 Session 1: May 25
trails starting in Thomas Park that go to Hanna Session 2: Mondays, July 9–Aug. 6 Session 2: June 29
Park (1.6 miles round trip), Donnelly Park NEW! Adult Cardio Children Ages 6–10 Tuesdays, July 10–31 June 15
(Boyson Trail, 2.5 miles round trip), Lindale Tennis
Trail, (1.5 to 4 miles round trip), Menards Trail Children Ages 4–6 Tuesdays, July 10–31 June 15
(2.5 miles). Bike the trails as a family and Start Smart Lacrosse
earn stamps at the turnaround of each trail. Camp Children Ages 6–10 Thursdays, July 19-Aug. 9 July 6
FEE: FREE to participate
DAYS/DATES: Saturday, June 23 Little Pigskins Children Ages 5 & 6 Mondays & Wednesdays, Aug. 6–15 July 13
TIME(S): 1–4 p.m. Football Camp Children Ages 6–10 Mondays & Wednesdays, Aug. 6–15 July 13
LOCATION: Thomas Park Trail Heads Children Grades Practices: Begin the week of Aug. 20 July 20
NEW! Youth 2nd–6th (Fall 2018/19) Games: Saturdays beginning Sept. 8
SUMMER M.U.S.I.C. CAMPS Pickleball Camp Children Grades K–1st Tuesdays & Thursdays, Aug. 21– July 20
(Fall 2018/19) Sept. 13
CHILDREN GRADES K–5TH l Do you want Track & Field Camp Children Ages 3–8 Wednesdays, Sept. 5–26 Aug. 10
to make M.U.S.I.C. this summer? (Movement/
dance, Understand (reading/writing), Singing, NEW! New & Old Games Children Ages 7–13 Mondays, Sept. 10–Oct. 8 Aug. 31
Instruments, and Create) Join local music in-
structor, Carly Schieffer, for some interactive Youth Flag Football
music camps this summer at the Lowe Park
Arts & Environment Center. PeeWee Flag
Session 1: Bugs and Butterflies
(K-2nd Grade) l June 25–29, 9–11 a.m. Lil’ Tykes Basketball
Session 2: Explore (3rd-5th Grade)
June 25–29, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. NEW! Fall Youth
LOCATION: Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center Tennis Lessons
REGISTER BY: June 1
14 MARION PUBLIC LIBRARY
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR Libraries Rock!SPECIAL SUMMER PROGRAMMING:
Marion Library Adopts Tuesday, June 5 l Making Waves with Jeff Stein l 7-8 p.m.
Service-Focused Vision Radio and television exploded onto the scene in the 20th
century and completely changed our lives. Today, we can hardly
The Marion Public Library will provide an imagine a day without broadcasting. The development of radio
unparalleled patron experience. We facilitate and TV in Iowa was groundbreaking, and became the model
access to the resources our patrons want when they followed by the rest of America.
want them. We are where our community chooses to Tuesday, June 12 l Our Song Craft Night l 6:30-8:30 p.m.
gather and connect. We are the friendliest public library Create a custom piece of wall art using a vinyl record as your
in the world. canvas! All supplies provided and all artistic levels welcome.
Friday, June 15 l Like Oh My Gosh, Murder! l 6-9 p.m.
Marion Public Library leadership and staff have Polly Abdool is hosting a totally tubular album release party
for her friend, Debbie Gribson, at a posh VIP Beverly Hills club.
been working on a new strategic plan for the past Debbie Gribson is a top international pop idol who is releasing
her new album, Eclectic Youth. She is simultaneously releasing
several months. We have been analyzing past plans, a new fragrance line of the same name. The guest list is packed
full of big name celebrity guests who will undoubtedly hit the
considering our aspirations for the scene in outrageous ‘80s fashion! This is where your story
begins... Registration will open on Friday, June 1.
future and assessing our current Tuesday, June 19 l Historical Walking Tour of Marion l
services. It has been a joy to work Come join us for a one-hour walking tour of Uptown Marion with
Mark Stoffer Hunter, research historian for the History Center in
with staff on this project; taking Cedar Rapids. Presented by Friends of the Marion Library
Tuesday, June 26 l Alive Inside Documentary Screening
time to vision as a team is a power- and Discussion l 6:30-8:30 p.m.
An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind,
ful exercise, and it’s an activity that ALIVE INSIDE’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences
humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film
creates space for contemplating Festival, where it won the Audience Award.
Tuesday, July 10 l Behind the Beat presented by the
who we are as agency. Our new African American Museum of Iowa l 7-8 p.m.
This presentation uses music to explore African American history,
Elsworth Carman vision statement—shared above— from the African beats to the jazz of the Harlem Renaissance to
the popular music of the Civil Rights movement. To understand
is the basis of the new plan. history, you just have to look Behind the Beat!
Tuesday, July 17 l Backyard Blast! Summer Cooking
We see a strategic plan as a direction-finding tool. with Hy-Vee l 7-8 p.m.
Join Hy-Vee dietitians for tips and tricks on how to prep for the
An effective plan is reflective of current practice but perfect barbecue. Recipes and refreshments provided!
Tuesday, July 24 l Silent Film Fest l 7-8:30 p.m.
also aims higher and offers a framework for where Enjoy some early silent films as they were meant to be experi-
enced: with live musical accompaniment! We’ll start the popcorn
the agency is going. As we have worked through at 7 p.m.!
Tuesday, Aug. 14 l Improv with Theatre Cedar Rapids l
the process of writing a new plan, library staff and 6:30-8 p.m.
Join comedy experts for this free introductory workshop.
volunteers returned repeatedly to the importance of Registration opens Wednesday, Aug. 1.
Thursday, Aug. 23 l Antiques Appraisal with Mark Moran l
service. We chose to institutionalize this part of what 5-8 p.m.
Antiques Roadshow expert Mark Moran will appraise your
we do and make it central to our official agency plan. family’s antiques and artifacts. Contact the Information Desk
for a time slot. Registration begins Wednesday, Aug. 1.
It would be easy to think of friendliness as an
Summer reading starts June 1 for all ages!
organic, no-cost part of what a library offers, but Watch for fun summer activities and programs!
our ability to be what we consider friendly—to be
flexible, personable, to listen to our users and to care
authentically about the people we serve—requires a
strategic allocation of resources. Recruiting, hiring
and training the best possible staff is just the begin-
ning of building a culture that celebrates friendliness.
Library leadership works hard to empower front-
line staff to say “yes” to patron requests and to make
sure they feel comfortable making decisions that
benefit each individual patron. We invest in ongoing
training to keep staff current in readers’/viewers’/
listeners’ advisory and general service provision and
we do our best to respond to every patron request or
comment we receive. Often patron comments will
get us thinking about ways to improve processes or
practices, so don’t hesitate to tell us what you like
or want to see changed.
As we move forward with our community, we will
keep the dialogue open between staff and customers,
even sometimes soliciting your opinions in how we
provide services. Through this input and your spe-
cific requests, we will continue to allocate resources
in ways that directly enhance service to our patrons.
Every decision we make will be grounded in our
aspiration to be the friendliest public library in
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You’ll always find programs at the library for many interests and TEEVESENUNLMTISMBERTRHARISY
they are always free!
RECURRING PROGRAM SERIES INCLUDE: Don’t forget to register for the Teen Summer Reading Program:
TIMELESS TRIVIA l First Monday of the month, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Libraries Rock! Cool prizes, events, and fun all summer long for
Stretch your memory and have some fun with Timeless Trivia! 6th-12th graders!
Through film clips, historic photos and commentary, there will be
a new theme every month. Come with friends or to meet new folks. Music Fridays l June1- July 27 l 3-5 p.m.
CARD SHARKS l Second Monday of the month, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Canasta, Rummy, 10s, Bridge, Hearts, War … anything is fair game Libraries rock every day, but especially on Fridays from 3-5 p.m.
at our monthly card club! Come for some friendly competition and Programming will include YouTube Music Festivals, a K-Pop
socializing. Refreshments provided. Party, Hamilton Mania and more! Some Fridays will include
MOVIE MONDAYS l Summer Matinees! Join us for dinner and a special times and events, so be sure to check the calendar!
show this summer! Our movies are the 3rd Monday of the month
and are open to all ages. Summer movies start at 11:30 a.m. Game Week l June 11-15 l 3-5 p.m.
• June 18: Grease
• July 23: Wizard of Oz Gear up for some friendly competition at the Marion Public
• Aug. 20: Hard Day’s Night Library! We’ve got Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros Brawl and
CRAFT CONNECTION l Fourth Monday of the month, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Minecraft, as well as some awesome board games like Super-
Chat, craft and connect – stop by our new monthly craft morning! Fight, Betrayal at House on the Hill and more. Come ready to play.
Bring a project to work on or try the craft of the month.
Teen Read & Feed l Friday, June 29 l 5-7 p.m.
REGULAR MONTHLY PROGRAMS
NOVELS@NOON l First Wednesday of the month, noon-1 p.m. Get We feed you pizza and snacks, you read in the library after it
the inside scoop on popular titles from Adult Services Coordinator closes! Bring your own book or get a personal recommendation
Madeline Jarvis! Feel free to bring book recommendations to share. from a librarian. Pajamas encouraged. Registration required.
HACAP MOBILE FOOD PANTRY l First Wednesday of the month,
4-5 p.m. HACAP will distribute via their mobile pantry in the Katz Lego Mindstorms Week l July 10 -13 l
parking lot across the street if the weather’s nice, in Meeting Room 3-5 p.m.
B if it’s inclement. Income eligibility guidelines apply.
Try your hand at coding with Lego Mindstorms EV3! Teens and
tweens will be able to build bots and experiment with beginning
programming. All abilities welcome. Registration required.
Guitar Like a Star l Thursday, June 28 l 2-4 p.m.
Learn basic introductory guitar from a pro! No background in
guitar is necessary. Instruments will be provided. Registration
Anime Treat & Meet l Thursday, July 26 l 3-5 p.m.
Create and sample delicious Japanese food with a local Hy-Vee
dietician, then meet and chat with someone in the anime biz.
Teen Lock-In: Musical Murder Mystery l
Friday, July 27 l 5-8 p.m.
Put on your detective cap and help solve this Musical Murder
Mystery after hours! Each participant will be assigned a charac-
ter for the evening’s mystery. Costumes encouraged and props
will be available at the library as well. Registration required.
For families who have children in preschool and
daycare, we have introduced “Grow on the Go:
My Library Visits Me!” a new outreach
where Marion Library staff take story
time to licensed preschools and
daycares in the area and leave a
bin of toys, games and books to
add variety to their collections.
If your child hasn’t brought home
a Grow on the Go sticker, ask your
provider to contact the Children’s
Department at the Marion Public Library
and request to be added to our rotation.
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Annual Community Festivals & Events
MARION FARMERS’ MARKET PICNIC ON THE PRAIRIE CONCERTS
Saturdays | May 5-Sept. 29 June 16 | 7 p.m. | Lowe Park
8-11:30 a.m. | Taube Park featuring Pieta Brown
August 18 | 7 p.m. | Lowe Park
MOONLIT MOVIE featuring the Bernemann Brothers
featuring Coco DOGS OF SOCIETY,
May 11 | 8:30 p.m. | Lowe Park THE ULTIMATE ELTON ROCK TRIBUTE
MARION ARTS FESTIVAL June 23 | 7 p.m. | Lowe Park
Saturday | May 19 MARION BIG BAND CONCERTS
City Square Park
Thursdays | July 5, 12, 19, 26 | City Square Park | 7 p.m.
EAT, DRINK & BE MARION FUNDRAISER
Saturdays | June-August
7:30 a.m. | Lowe Park July 12 | Uptown Marion
MARION BY MOONLIGHT
Thursdays | June 7, 14, 21, 28 PIANOPALOOZA DUELING PIANOS
6:30-9:30 p.m. | City Square Park
July 14 | 6 p.m. | Lowe Park
MARION BBQ RENDEZVOUS
Saturday | June 3
11 a.m.-9 p.m | Lowe Park Thursdays | Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 | 6-9 p.m. | City Square Park
UPTOWN MARION MARKET NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
Saturdays | June 9, July 14, Aug. 11 August 7 | 5-7 p.m. | Thomas Park
8 a.m.-noon | City Square Park
CONCERTS featuring Wonder
August 10 | 8:30 p.m. | Lowe Park
Tuesdays | June 12, 26
7 p.m. | City Square Park BRULÉ A Native American Experience in Sight, Sound & Soul
August 25 | 7:30 p.m. | Lowe Park
SWAMP FOX FESTIVAL
September 28-30 | Uptown Marion and Lowe Park