While you’re gearing up for the holidays, the Iowa City Recycling Center has a few pointers on how to make your Christmas a little more environmentally friendly. Did you know that you could recycle lights, holiday cards, and wrapping paper? Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jordan explains what common items can, as well as what cannot, be recycled during the holiday season. 

The City of Iowa City Public Art Program is now accepting entries for the 2017 Poetry in Public. Writers of all ages and experience are encouraged to submit work to the contest. The Poetry in Public Program began in 2002 to celebrate the rich writing culture in Iowa City. The winning poems will be displayed in City buses, Iowa City Public Library, Iowa City Recreation buildings and other public facilities from April (National Poetry Month) through the fall. Visit the Poetry in Public page for complete rules. 

The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department is holding the Winter Solstice Festival on Saturday, Dec. 17th from 3 – 5 p.m. at the Robert A Lee Recreation Center. Activities include music, games, lantern making, stone stacking, a lighting ceremony and more. Winter Solstice, which marks the shortest day of the year, actually falls on Dec. 21st. Join us for an early celebration with this fun, free event.
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Date of publication

Monday, December 12, 2016